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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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4,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,417
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 316
Gots: 634 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of TeddyBG
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, bright yellow, with a 1" head that dissipates but does stick around. Good lacing all the way down.

S: Yeasty and a hint of orange and spice.

T: Yeast up front with a very nice orange and spice flavor in the middle. Just a hint of hop bite at the end.

M: Carbonation dances on the tongue and substantial feel for such a light beer.

D: Very easy drinking beer. No problem polishing off this 4 pack, but show some restraint tonight.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 750ml bottle (Batch #46)a radiant golden yellow with some cloudiness and a persistent fluffy white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Soft wheat graininess with a burst of banana creme pie, coriander and other spices. Mouthwatering floral hops and some citrus coming from the yeast.

T: Grains lightly toasted, wheat tones prominent, with banana and apricot fruity esters. Some coriander at a small but perfect level. Some honey sweetness to balance. The hops are present but not overwhelming. Citrus and fresh floral hops.

M: Silky smooth light to medium body with tight but somewhat crisp carbonation. Some warming from yeast.

D: Wow! Was looking forward to this one the whole time I was mowing the lawn in this heat. I was excited to try this for the first time but the wait after the work made it so much better. To say it is a great lawnmower beer would not do it justice, even though in this case appropriate, it is an amazingly refreshing summertime beer up there as probably the best witbier I have ever tasted. Continuos head the whole time and lots of flavor to enjoy. Don't miss this it is so worth the price. It's like right from the tap but you have the convenience of the bottle.

On this site it says 5.0% Alc/vol but bottle says 5.2%. Small deviation but don't know if it has changed.

Photo of mbenthall
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured cloudy yellow with thick creamy head that lingured.

Smell: Wonderful citrus notes, that of lemon and orange. Also hints of spice and yeast.

Taste: Crisp and smooth, good medium texture. Notes of orange and lemon blended well with barley and yeast. Subtle spice finish that slowly dissapears.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, great taste, one of the best witbiers I've had.

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Oak Knoll Liquor in Orcutt
Poured a nice straw colored yellow with massive carbonation. The head was white and massive and a clean white. Nose was yeast, citrus,light matls, wheat and some spice. Taste was citrus, wheat, spice and yeast while very light. mouthfeel was light and yeast, citrus and yeast peak on the way down. Very good! Drinkability is high on a nice summer day.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pale almost hazy sunshine..or maybe pee yellow. Bright shiny tooth-commercial white, pillowy and soft.

Aroma is on the mild side until it warms up. My glass was served a bit too cold. Dry wheat and slight bandaid from the yeast.

Grainy and yeasty mouth smacking flavor. Spices persist through. Coriander and some clove. Some citric lemon peel in there too. Nice complexity, though the mouthfeel is too dry and carbonated. It's just not quite as smooth and enjoyable on the palate as I would like.

Overall a stunning witbier, with only a slight lack in the mouthfeel and as a result the drinkability.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible! My tongue is rejoicing behind an indulgent smile. Gorgeous body, heavenly color. Marzapan basted in Orange Mango juice with a runover of fresh squeezed lemon. Jasmine lets the twins hang loose on a 'vanilla wafer' magic carpet ride. The skies are cloudy but the senses remain clear. Fly on brother, fly on!

Photo of rkcrozier
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a trip to Portland ME in the upcoming months, I wanted to taste a beer from one of their finest breweries - Allagash. I was not disappointed. Poured from a 12 oz. screw cap bottle, the colors and aroma were mouth watering. A beautiful, golden straw color, my mouth watered as I awaited a tasting. Once I lifted the glass to my mouth, the smell of oranges and citrus enveloped my senses. The first taste was a blast of refreshing fruits and a touch of yeast and with east sip, I was in love.

By far one of the finest Belgian whites I've tasted, this one is a definite must for fans of this style of beer.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on the lookout for this beauty for some time and was glad to have a pint at the Hop Devil Grill last night.

A: Poured a cloudy pale golden with at first a foamy head with big pockets, but fell to a thin pencil line shortly afterward. Minor lacing and average retention.

S: Nose was a bevy of citrus fruits, more orange than lemon or grapefruit. Well in the rear was dashes of bready yeast.

T: Followed the nose perfectly with balanced hops and spices. Yeast is more promiment but under control, as most wit's are known to be.

M: Quite smooth, with a good watery clean finish if that makes sense.

D: Top notch from Allagash. Not as pungent or tastey as other but is still very refreshing and perfect for almost all seasons.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on the bomber and poured in a nice hazy golden brew with a terrific, full lasting head.

Tons of aroma -- sweet grain, yeast, citrus rind.

Flavors are as many and complex as it gets. Yeasty sweetness, orange (a little bitter rind), dry spices.

Medium fizziness with a tart to sour abrupt finish. Not in a bad way.

These go down very easy - great version of the style. A favorite.

Photo of JRed
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettiest looking beers I have seen in a while but we all know looks aren't everything so I get to know the Allagash White a little more. A sweet perfume inspires me to go in for a little more, I go 90%, it goes 10 and the sweet, carbonated taste of a Belgian wheat hits me. Pretty good kisser too. Satisfying and light, an aftertaste that makes you want more. Gorgeous looks, subtle carbonation, and light sweets that hit the tongue are what it's all about. This beer is a keeper.

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

A: An extremely cloudy yellow coloring. A thin white head with ample amount of lacing.

S: Spice and coriander are at the forefront. Also had some hints of banana and citrus. Ample amounts of yeast too.

T: Lots of spice, wheat flavors with very light amounts of citrus.

M: A light body beer, very crisp and clean.

D: One of my favorite Witbiers, very clean and crisp, perfect for summer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz twist cap bottle. bottom of the bottle has molded into the glass, "02 08". poured into shaped pint glass.

pale, light straw color, translucent and cloudy with yeast. nice head that fades to splotchy wisps and thin ring. lacing is a bit splotchy too.

aroma of candied citrus, spices and fresh parsley. yeast and bread dough.

flavor is citrus peel with hints of tropical fruit juice. yeast is faintly nutty, then bready. bitterness is very mild, and melds with spice and parsley note. slight phenols in finish.

not thin, relatively smooth. refreshing and lively despite gentle carbonation.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review in months. Blame corporate downsizing! It kinda killed my mood for a while, but I am back on my feet and drinking quality beer!!!

Anyway, this was poured into a simple pint glass.

A-A cloudy banana yellow with orange hues that come to life when held up to the light. Roughly half an inch of snow-white head and generous lacing. Lots of little floaties.
S- Very yeasty, citrusy, and spicy. Coriander and pepper come to mind. (kinda given with this style, but it's there!)
T- Spices, lemony citrus, and bitter orange peel hit the tongue. Very flavorful for the style.
M- Crisp and slightly creamy, with a sharp bite from carbonation. A bit more carbonated than other witbiers.
D- Goes down very well, but not as well as other witbiers.

I was very excited to find this brew in a 4-pack at my liquor store, I had been tempted to buy the growler for a while but the price kept scaring me away into other purchases. Unfortunately the pack was not cheap, but it was a better deal.

I still prefer Hoegaarden over this brew. I feel the Allagash had more flavor overall, but it just wasn't as smooth and drinkable as Hoegaarden, nor as cheap. 8.99 a 4 pack for a witbier isn't exactly practical, either, when I can get Hoegaarden for 7.99 for 6.

It's still a glorious offering, I would love to try it on tap!

Photo of Onslow
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought a single. drank. red stripe broke one, then i bought another ... pineapple, honey light aromas... a simple refreshing refined brew ... a good example of the style ...smooth ... fresh ... enjoyable .. a hit with stu and melanie on the second go...

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

A very nice Am Wit!

Poured a very uniform cloud with a nice 2 finger at 45F with fine lacing throughout. A very nice lemon zest nose dominates....The taste is truly very wide and very balanced...it just slakes on the tongue smoothly, but seems to lack a global mouthfeel. Drinkability is exceptional.

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

Pours a foggy light gold with a little head, but lots of nice lacing. The nose has some coriander and spiciness.

The taste is exactly what a witbier should be. It's got some spiciness and some sweetness, but neither dominate. This is truly perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp but just a hint of wateriness on the back side.

Drinkable? I'd say so. Delicious witbier. Can't say I've had many better.

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

Pours a cloudy golden.

Smell is yeasty and citrus with a little spice.

Taste is mild, but leaves you refreshed. Citrus and yeast flavors in the base, with spices like black pepper. A nice blend, flavors are not strong, but mix well.

Mouthfeel very crisp and refreshing.

This was quite drinkable. No particular element of it sticks out, but together it works, and makes a nice light summer beer.

Photo of Matty1918
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. No freshness date on bottle.

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow. Small puffy white head that didn't last too long. Good amount of lacing though.

A nice fresh aroma of grains and fresh cut grass. A nice sweetness also.

First taste starts of a bit watery but that doesn't last too long. The yeast comes through with a slight sweetness and bready taste. There is nice balance of mild bitterness also. There is a nice sweetness of hiney at the end too. Very nice tasting.

Mouthfeel is nice... a bit watery at first but this gives way to a nice carbonation that slightly stings your tongue. Very creamy...very nice.

A nice light drinkable beer. Perfect for the summer.

Photo of jamiejohnson
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Allagash White - it's a good one. Poured into an oversized wine glass (anyone else use this as their primary drinking vessel for virtually all styles?) Great aroma for a White. It contains more spice and flavor than any other wit I've ever experienced. The Belgian lacing on the glass sends your senses racing to Antwerp (or Portland, Maine.) This beer would probably be a nice nightcap after a few lesser bodied examples. I can't wait to try the other two Allagash products I just purchased, their Dubbel and Tripel Reserves - tomorrow maybe.

My first Allagash,
It's their White.
Ohh La La
White with a bite!

Photo of MichaelGreene
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Instructions on the label told me to drink this out of a tumbler, I just poured it in my erdinger weisse glass. Worked out nice.

Batch #50 (stamped on the label)

Pours out a cloudy yellow(banana yellow mixed with white cloudiness) Sort f a funky/spicy smell, like cracked pepper and something else I just cant place.

Exceptionally creamy mouthfeel, nice carbornation. Pretty perfect in that dept.

The flavor is good, I taste alot of pepper. When I first pour it in my mouth, I get the citrus, and a little tiny spark of bitterness at the end, just enough to taste that zesty peel flavor. I really taste a peppery flavor. It actually reminds me of eating those sea salt and pepper potato chips, you know the ones.

Theres really no negative about this beer. The only thing I can think of is that the spices are pretty prominent as the main flavor, But its really the style, so thats just something I like sometimes. This is something I will drink very regularly, not everyday though, like I would a German weisse bier. Something I would like to serve to guests though. Overall really really good.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice with a twist of orange.

Looks great, perfect lightly hazy lemon yellow with a persistent white head. Have to admit the orange slice makes it look refreshing, even though it's kind of stupid to put a twist in any beer.

Aroma is sweet, orange and wheaty, with a touch of spice.

Flavor is really smooth, balanced. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly effervescent.

Drinkability is great. This example of a wit might be slightly off the mark on style guidelines, but is dead on for a great lunchtime brew.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

200th review...

Might as well go with one of my favorite witbiers...a classic IMO.


Served into a pint glass.

A- Bright cloudy golden color, think a dark lemonade color. Fluffy white head, no lacing. Damn good lookin wit here...

S- Smell was overly citrus with the orange peel really coming through. Some lemon zest as well. Fruity and yeasty, great combo.

T- Corriander, sugar, lemon zest, assorted spices. Some pineapple? Other fruits.

M- This was thin bodied, but appropriate for the brew. Toned down carbonation, also appropriate.

D- Phenomenal and easy to drink. I could drink these all day at a barbeque. This is a witbier done right, not too sweet, not too spicy, flavorful and well balanced.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Poured a pale yellow-gold. Lots of tiny bubbles effervesced. Solution was a little cloudy, with particles of yeast detectable. One-inch foamy bright white head eventually settled into a thin skim of foam and tiny bubbles. Some strands of sticky lacing adhered to the side of the glass during the tasting. Scent of grapefruit, pale wheat and spice. Taste consistent with nose. Spices revealed as corriander and clove. Mouthfeel is light and lively without feeling watery. Nice, clean, mildly astringent finish. Light & refreshing without sacrificing flavor or character.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a coudy lemon yellow with a 2 finger head of foam. Good lacing and very good head retention.

The smell is yeasty and has big notes of orange and spice, mainly corriander. A touch of banana as well. Great nose for the style.

The taste is of lemon, corriander, a touch of clove, banana, pepper, ok. It fits the style to a T for me and I'm loving it.

Medium bodied and well carbonated, it finishes with a lemon zest flavour. Very drinkable and seeing how it's only 5%abv, I wouldn't get into too much trouble drinking a few of these.

Oh, and I just noticed a sweetness in my last sip....perhaps candy sugar? Wow. This is good.

Bottom line: A *great* Witbier that would make one hell of a return to beer in the upcoming summer. I wish we had it in Casper!!

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow, with a thin white head. There is very little lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Wheat and citrus, with unmistakable Belgian-style spices.

Taste: Basically a repeat of the smell. This beer is immensely pleasant and refreshing. I can imagine really enjoying one of these after being outside in the heat.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: It's such a smooth and pleasant beer that I could easily drink several of these.

Although I haven't had all that many witbieren, I can certainly say that this is a solid example of one - and it's not even Belgian!

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 4,417 ratings.