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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,461 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,461
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 333
Gots: 675 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.
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Ratings: 4,461 | Reviews: 1,306
Photo of kenito799
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

20 oz pour at Press 195, Bayside, NY

This bright golden brew, hazy with pillowy creamy white foam, certainly looks the part.

Fresh pleasant coriander and lemon on the nose.

The mouthfeel is nice, creamy bubbles, crisp. The tangy wheat flavor is great, it's this coriander that I don't care for too much...too reminiscent of the grassy flavor that dominates beers like Blue Moon. Nowhere near as bad as that, but the type of coriander in beers like Hoegaarden works much better. Well made but not one I will personally go to again.

Photo of Greggy
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a 3 finger head into my glass. The head is rather fluffy with nice retention. The body is a hazy straw color. Lacing is present.

S- What a nose. This one makes me smile. Notes of banana, grassiness, some nice citrus, a touch of spicy hops, and floral notes. This smells so fresh and delicious.

T- Starts with a nice fruity banana and hints of honey and lime with some grainy grassy notes, towards the finish I get a hint of mineral component and some light hopiness. The Finish seems to go on for days with mandarin orange, apple, and other great fruits.

M- Just some light carbonation on the palette. Great finish on the beer.

D- This is a tremendous beer. It's a shame I cannot get this locally. I would love to have this with a bacon and eggs breakfast. @5% I can easily put away the 750ml bottle I received in trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks man!

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloud like light and fluffy white head... Extremely hazy uber pale yellow, like a yellow raisin or pulpy lemonade... Still with an ever so slight hint of carbonation rising to the top... Solid head retention... Exquisite lacing...

S - Lemon... Spice... Smokiness... Grains... Perfectly blended to present a truly enjoyable aromatic experience...

T - Grains... Pepper... Lemon zest...

M - Delicate and creamy... Spicy and smoky... Satisfying... Complex...

D - Unique and enjoyable... Regal and sophisticated...

Photo of radshoesbro
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it seems as if i've been killing myself on IPAs and other assorted palate killers for the past few weeks so I figured that i'd go in and try something different. now, i've been somewhat critical of this brew in the past, but this is my "fair and balanced" review.

s - yeasty with spices that swell the nostrils.

a - poured into a lil ol 8oz glass of the proper shape for drinking a drink of this caliber. almost champagne like in color, very little head and very little lacing.

t - very yeasty with a spice kick towards the end. the spice at the end almost brings a higher ABV to mind, but clearly that isn't the case.

m - good carbonation and an all around solid drink.

Photo of LennyV
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Unibroue tulip from a 750ml bottle

Small pinky finger head, limited lacing. Nice spicy yeasty smell.

Full body, perfect carbonation not to fizzy, not to flat.

Spicy tatsting as expected as it is brewed with spices but not overwheliming and very smooth.

Perfect beer when you are not in the mood for a heavy brew.

Photo of chiefydawg
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow. Nice fluffy 2 finger head with multiple bubble sizes and fairly active carbonation. That's what I call a White Wheat Belgian ale! Live yeast keeps a vined lace clinging to the sides all the way down

Has a crisp yet sweet smell, like a fruit barn, with the light Belgian funk. Light earthy and musty scent accented by apricot. Very much what I would expect, and done so boldly yet tastefully.

Sweeter than expected, with some of the spice showing through. Getting more than the usual coriander and orange peel thing too - nutmeg I think. As it warms, I get some malt and a bit of the wheat zing. Think I caught some alcohol warmth on the last sip.

Velvety mouthfeel with a tad more sticky tongue at the swallow than I expected. Quite drinkable and a viable session, though not sure how much I would want to drink a Belgian Wheat all night long. This is exactly what I look for in the style, and would send somebody to Allagash for what I think an American Belgian White should be.

Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having the Southampton Double White, had to do a comparison with the other top US contendor from Allagash.

A: Cloudy bright yellowish golden with a foamy white head that settled in a thin sudsy lacing, fair amount of ringed sticking.

S: Aromas of coriander, lemon and orange peel, earthy, nutty yeast, and a sweet wheat maltiness.

T: Coriander spiciness, earthy, musty yeasty, light on the mustiness, apricot with lemon fruitiness, a touch of orange in the middle, subtle herbal hoppiness that strikes the right balance, and a dryish light spice, orangey, wheaty finish.

M: Good, steady carbonation and a malty crisp, dryish, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.

D: Overall a real good offering and a good representative of the style that I'm real glad I tried. Still, this wasn't quite in the class of Southampton, further convincing me that they are the best of the best. Still, I was impressed and will give some other Allagash offerings a shot.

Photo of whiteskittlz
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought on-tap at Anthill Pub UCIrvine on tap, then to pitcher, then finally to frosted pint glass.

looks: looks like lemon gatorade with a 1-inch or more head on it. nice lacing. a bit cloudy.

smell: probably too cold to get the whole bouquet, but smells zesty. can't taste much maltiness.

taste: citrusy (lemon, grapefruit, dalandan) with a nice hop finish. also, a bit sweetish.

mouth: the citrus, hops and carbonation bounce aroudn fizzily in your mouth.

drinkablity: oddly enough, i didn't get through it very quickly. and it wasn't really a sipping beer either....somewhere between session and savour. it would be a great beer for a hot summer day with some lemony snack.

in witbiers, i look for more of that malt taste, like New Belgium's Mothership Wit, so sadly, Allagash White doesn't make it to my hall of fame.


Photo of thryn
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pale, golden, cloudy yellow with a white head that vanishes and settles to lace.

It smells of candied orange and spices -- coriander, of course -- a faint hint of banana. It smells clean.

The taste is sweet, but not overly so. The spices take center stage, but they leave room for the other elements to play their roles. Slight bitterness tempers everything else.

This beer's greatest accomplishment may be its mouthfeel. It is light but somehow creamy, with enough body and heft not to fall flat on the palate. Carbonation is medium and compliments the citrus and spice notes well.

If I had five more, I'd have zero in short order.

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dirty blond with an enormous yeasty head, nice lacing.

Smell: Yeast, spice, grass, lemon

Taste: Nice yeasty funk and spices with with some grass and lemon. Delicious citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, nice mouthfeel

Drinkability: Well balanced and easy drinking Wit.

Photo of kels
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try a sample of this at BeerFest 08 at Fries Cafe in Clifton. I'm not usually a wit person, but I was told this was the one to try to change my mind. I was definitely not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours very yellow with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. Very little sticky lacing hangs around.

Smell: This is definitely what I would expect for the style. The yeast is very distinct and heady, and the grains and malts are also strongly present.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouth is very light and well carbonated, which helps spread the flavors throughout my palate as I drink. The taste is an excellent balance of the grains, yeast and malts - each one is deliciously present without overpowering the other. The malts add caramelly, sugary sweetness and the grains a toasty depth without adding heaviness. There is a wonderful finish to this beer - floral, herbal and citrusy - very delicate and almost perfume-like.

Drinkability: High. The carbonation and the mix of the satisfying malts/grains/yeast with the light and interesting finish makes me want to have another.

Photo of funkyspunk87
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash White
Allagash Brewing Company
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %

Out of the bottle (almost took my eye out with the cork) and into a chilled mug.

Light orange and lemon taste. Smooth throughout with a big head after pouring.

Great beer at any time. Would buy again and recommend.

Photo of beerfairy
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very light color with a great head of foam.

S - Very nice aroma. Belgian spiciness with orange, coriander, lemon and cloves.

T - Orange, orange peel, spice that I can't put my finger on but very good.

M - Smooth. Creamy with a mild carbonation.

D - Definitely drinkable in mass quantity, I'd definitely buy it by the case instead of the 4pak

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: (Labeled Batch # 33.) It was poured from a brown, corked and caged 750ml bottle into a witbier tumbler.

Appearance: Its color was light yellow with a hazy body that produced a light white colored head. The head had a soapy appearance with large and small bubbles that hang out for a long time and make nice spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of wonderful malty wheat tones, yeast and spice.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a bright vibrant flavor and smooth palate. It has a mostly sweet malt with some wheat tang and nice mild yeast flavor. Coriander and Curacao orange peel give it a good spicy and bitter/sweet citrus touch that works well with the very mild and slightly herbal hops. A smooth creamy texture, medium body and lively carbonation give it a very refreshing character.

Notes: Very well done!!!

Photo of CHADMC3
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow body with an abundant, fluffy, white head, resembling a cloud itself. A generous lacing lasts throughout the beer.

Abundant wheat and spice aroma with a citrus zest and hints of yeast.

Remarkable flavor characteristics including pronounced wheat/yeast, citrus, and flavorful, almost sweet spices.

Mild to medium carbonation, excellent character balance, and just the faintest bite on the rear of the palate.

What an excellent beer! It offers so much to the senses, is great on the palate, and leaves you craving another sip to experience more.

Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy golden color with a very dense head.

The taste is mildly spicy, mildly fruity and yeasty. Pretty sweet.
pretty well balanced in my opinion, the taste reminded me of wittekerke but the consistency and mouthfeel are very different.

This beer was velvety smooth going down, a near perfect creamyness.

A very good example of the belgian white style, probably one of my favorites, it especially gets point for the creamyness factor. Not a very unique beer but definately one I'd like to have again.

Photo of kshankar
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours pale straw color...cloudy. Pretty typical for a witbier. Produces good head which lasts.

Aroma: Coriander, citrus, spices

Taste: Coriander, lemony, citrus...maybe some other fruits. Banana a bit. Some cloves, spices from the coriander. Overall pretty good. Similar to Hoegaarden in some ways, but unique still.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, good bit of carbonation, and very refreshing. Light overall, which is the way it should be in this department.

Drinkability: Excellent. I can have more than one of these very easily, summer day or not. Pretty refreshing. Great wit.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear straw color. This bottle has obviously settled some. Head is somewhat weak.

S - Belgian spiciness with orange, lemon and cloves I think it is.

T - Orange, orange peel, spice and a light malt and wheatiness. yeasty and lightly bitter.

M - Smooth. Creamy with a mild carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Light with good flavours. Refreshing.

Photo of mwilbur
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle (batch #52 printed on label) into pint glass from John's Grocery.
A: Pours a pale lemonade yellow with lots of carbonation producing a very thick 2 inch white foamy head which seems to last forever. Nice lacing on the glass.
S: Definite wheat and coriander. Citrus and bitter hops too.
T: Coriander, orange peel, and citrus hops. Reminds me a lot of Hoegaarden. Good, but pretty straight forward.
M: Very light and effervescent mouthfeel. No lingering or maturing taste.
D: This is highly drinkable. Perfect summer beer. I like it, but I can't say it is exceptional...not too complex.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 2 finger fluffy/pillowy head. Cloudy gold in color. I had a several at a wedding this weekend and noticed that some had a huge amount of lacing and others very little. I trust that has more to do with the cleanliness of the glass vs. Anything else.

Aroma was of banana, belgian yeast, clove.

Taste follows the aroma quite nicely. Spiciness really is front and center here. Not too assertive, but really a part of the flavor. Banana, slight lemon/citrus, clove, black pepper. A slight yeasty (Belgian) flavor is evident. The aftertaste has a slight hop tone to it. Nice flavor, I like it.

Mouth feel is light and refreshing. Carbonation really brightens the flavor. Drinkability is quite nice and I really enjoyed these.

Photo of rtepiak
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a pineapple tint with the cloud of a wheat. not too big of a head but carbonation remains within the glass, mildly. not an assertive taste for a wit. come coriander, and orange peel as expected with the style, but also much more herbs. something along the line of clove, rosemary, thyme. not sure very delicate, but surprisingly earthy. very american. very dry for a wit. crisp. easy to drink, casually or as a beer snob. haven't found a better american wit.

Photo of daythree16
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish golden color with a nice 2 finger head that slowly fades leaving some chunky lace on the glass.

Smell is mostly grassy and lemony. Taste is definitely lemon with a nice sweet and spicy mix. There is some coriander and a bit of orange peel that come through. All the flavors really go well together and create a very mild delicious beer.

Very sharp and acidic, with the carbonation stinging my tongue. Body is light to medium. Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite witbiers. Refreshing, mild and very, very drinkable.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this beer after a hot as balls day and earthquake.

Pours a big foamy fluffy head with a pale straw color. Kinda like a liquid twinkie.

Cant smell much as my allergies are actiing up.

Very good witbier, spicy, Dentyne refreshing

Crisp, refreshing.

Good cold beer on a hot weird day

Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Clark Street Ale House last night.

Poured up a pale cloudy yellow with a half inch white head that sunk down to a nice cap. Fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was quite sweet with notes of coriander, some tangy orange, and some spiciness.

The flavor was similar to the aroma. Sweetness up front with that coriander spice and a bit of lemon/orange comes out after the initial kick. Finishes with some spice.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Would make a nice summer beer.

This is probably my second favorite witbier after the Celis White. I'll have to pick up a bottle of this sometime.

Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much aroma. Poured with a light, fine, white head and a bit of lace. Hazy yellow color. A bit citrus. Kind of indistinct. Sort of crisp. Ok beer. Don't pick up any of the spice. Not a bad finish. What finish there is though, is short lived. Be good to cook with.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
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