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Allagash White - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,301
Hads: 4,718
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 391
Gots: 926 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 1,301 | Hads: 4,718
Photo of Phigg1102
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow and hazy with a rich creamy head. Tons of banana and rich spice in the nose. Taste is grassy with a vanilla touch. Great rich mouthfeel that carries the flavors well. (179 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful head that lasts the test of time, atop of a blonde straw body that looks the part for a white beer.

S: I get the spicy notes here, and also the wheat and yeast. Comes through nicely with a hint of lemon freshness to tie it all together. White pepper is huge.

T: Coriander is pronounced throughout, with a lemony start and a yeasty-wheaty finish. Tons of white and pink pepper punch you in the face. Maybe even some grains of paradise. Whoa!

M: Medium to full bodied, but with enough tartness to pull the brew together. The head is soft and fluffy.

O: a great beer, and an excellent white beer. Traditional, quintessential, yet distinct. Nice. (659 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Orange, banana, spice and white bread on the nose.
Pours straw under a 1/2" foam collar that quickly dissipates. Lacy.
Classic wit palate with white bread, orange, coriander and banana.
Medium body and above average carbonation. Creamy smooth. (243 characters)

Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Draft in a tulip glass

A - Cloudy gold amber in color. Head dissipates somewhat slowly but stops disappearing and leaves a 1/8" head that is retained until the glass is drained. 4/5

S - Some banana but very heavy on cloves (at least more so than most Hefs that I have had). Somewhat malty/bready and a slight pine note. Hint of citrus. 4.25/5

T - Definite clove and some banana. Slight astringency with a slight piney finish. Some orange peel is noticeable as well. 4/5

M - Moderate carbonation that finishes smooth. Somewhat chewy in the beginning. 4/5

O - Nice complexity here. Piney finish was a bit of a surprise since the pine note is different than most Hefs that I have drank. Pine works well with the banana and clove flavors. Throughly enjoyed this beer. 4.25/5 (790 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle (no date)

Poured into a tulip glass, leaving a little in the bottle to swirl around and pick up the yeast, then poured the remainder in. Cloudy straw yellow color with a large white head. Plenty of lemon and orange citrus in the aroma with some slight pepper. Medium bodied. Dry, crisp finish with the Belgian yeast and spices really coming to the forefront. Loads of carbonation keeps it refreshing til the last drop.

Hard to find any faults here. Light in it's appearance but full of flavor. A classic wheat beer. (537 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, very light yellow in colour. Billowing head with good retention and lacing.

Nose is soft and full of spice, orange peel, and lemongrass with a slight malt sweetness. Accompanying the doughy, bread-like notes: an awesome, earthy, yeasty kind of scent is present; something other interpretations of this style lack and really makes this one stand out. Coriander is pretty obvious, with very slight banana esters.

Taste is overall spicy and crisp, with lots of pepper, coriander, and orange peel. Lightly sweet malt paired with a lot of wheat flavour, and again very slight notes of banana. Light lemongrass notes from the hops.

Overall, probably the best witbier I've had. Very refreshing with light body and good carb, plus notes of citrus. Savory enough to be enjoyed year-round. (789 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

09/19/11 At Rattle n Hum, NYC. Hoped this would live up to the hype. The claim that it is a 'bucket list' brew

Since Real Beer drinkers will live forever, there ain't no bucket list', but to consider oneself a real beer drinker, make sure you try this before you pay your last tab.

Worth more than these words. (313 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from tap nice one finger head good lacing clear yellow
Aroma of white pepper some citrus
Taste pepper and coriander nice variation some citrus in background
Nice malty feel with a spicy finish
Overall another great ale from Allagash actually prefer to some of belgiums (291 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical hazy pale yellow color. Nothing notable about 1 finger semi-soapy head. Really poor retention and no signs of lacing, granted it was serve in a pint glass.

S: Banana, clove, graham cracker malts, coriander perfumes, but fruit esters seemed to dominate.

M: Lighter bodied and creamier feel, but still refreshing with a moderately high carbonation level. Dry, crisp, and tart finish is superb.

T: Considerably more complex than the aroma suggests. Banana and cloves, floral hops, scant lemongrass tartness, white pepper and coriander spicing, orange pith gives it a dry and tart character on the finish. Slight metallic, but a definite medicinal character builds as well. (686 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a very pale straw, very light color. Sight haze. Head was massive frothy large bubbled 2 fingers, dissipated to a nice soapy froth, although was always lively did not leave much lacing.

S - pungent banana and fruity yeast Esthers dominate the nose. Slight citrus and herbal notes follow, coriander, anise, and clove... Tons of fresh breadyness round out the nose, smells fresh and inviting.

T - I feel the taste follows the nose exactly, no surprises here... Tons of fruityness from the yeast with lots of banana, herbal notes prevalent with a good amount of citrusy coriander, still getting a slight licorice-esque anise and some clove. This taste is supported by a great bready biscuity wheat malt that is crisp and refreshing. Finishes with a clean citrusy bitter.

M - great mouthfeel, very refreshing. Crisp and dry with a good amount of body to the mouthfeel from the wheat.

O - one of the beers that got me into craft back in the day, over the years this hasn't changed and is still just as good today. Overall all just a perfect example of the style to me. Looks great, smells and tastes phenomenal and is really crisp and thirst quenching. (1,166 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 07-10-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a hazy, honey-colored beer with a small white head that fades fast and leaves just a little lace behind.

Smells include fruity notes of bananas, coriander spices, and some barnyard yeast aromatics. Very nice nose

The taste is partly dry but also has some sweetness to it from the fruits. Flavors include green grapes, for a white wine taste, plus citrus fruit such as lemons and oranges.

The high carbonation makes for a prickly mouthfeel, with a body somewhere between light and medium. The finish is semi-sweet with green grapes, but also some tartness of lemon.

Overall a very enjoyable beer; it's interesting how the different flavors play out for a sweet and dry aspect at the same time.

Thanks to Treyliff for this one! (886 characters)

Photo of beerwithbears
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer appearance is a vibrant gold indicative of a white beer. Foam forms a good head during pouring. You can smell some fruity aromas coming from the beer during the first sips. It's a medium to light bodied beer with an aftertaste of signature Belgian yeast. To cut the story short, if you want a belgian beer and it's too hot to enjoy a darker beer, then the Allagash White is an excellent choice. (400 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon with a touch of foamy white head.

Aroma is lemony, with Belgian yeast esters of peach and coriander adding complexity.

Flavor reveals more lemon, peach, coriander, and pear, with white pepper at the fairly dry finish.

Body is a bit light, with carbonation on the high side.

Very refreshing, drinkable beer. The finish is drier than I prefer for a Belgian, but it beats a Heineken any day. (411 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light lemonade yellow, cloudy through and through, one finger of white head, some visible fine bubbled carbonation.

S: Coriander, black pepper, lemon, lemon rind, white salt.

T: Bubblegum, salt but not salty, just the mineral quality of salt, also some black pepper, coriander. Light, light sweetness, light bitter hops on the end, light dough.

M: Medium smooth body, medium fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Very unique, really like this beer. Love the salt and pepper quality. Light and fresh and definitely great. My first by this company. (544 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally I get to this. Not being on the coast makes a difference. Also at the time of this review I had no reviews of a top 50 wit. This solves that and will try to find Unibroue wit too.
1401 which would be 5/20/14. Pretty fresh with today being 6/11.
And it has a nice fresh fruit aroma, with soft spice and full wheat character. Big full very white head and cloudy yellow with lots of bubbles rising. Nice.
Prickly on the tongue. Soft wheat character with a slow and growing dryness that really lays on the tongue. Ample carbonation leads to immediate gas. Still is a little cold, so I'll let it sit a bit and see if it opens up a little more. Softer spicing than in the aroma. This one is cleaner than most and spices takes less of a strong role in the overall flavor with more emphasis on the wheat character. To me it actually calls for a little fruit addition (something I would never have said a few years ago). A light tartness and sourness shows in time. (964 characters)

Photo of craft4mike
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Cloudy Yellow with significant lacing

S- Orange Peel, Lemon & Coriander

T- Wheat, Coriander, Orange Peel and some ripe fruit. I may be crazy but I am getting bubble gum in the finish.

M- Moderate carbonation and a crisp and clean finish.

O- Love this beer. Every time I finish one off I find myself yearning for more. This is flat out one of the best Wheat/Wit/White beers that I have ever had (maybe the best). It has a very complex flavor profile especially considering the style. Wish I could get it a little easier as they are tough to come by in my city. (566 characters)

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

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 29 May 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, but I made sure to rouse the yeast as I was drinking. I could tell that it was hazy, and it kept a light froth around the edges of the bottle.

Smell: Slight banana notes in the nose from the yeast with a powerful assertion of the spices.

Taste: Wow, this is an extremely complex wit. The standard wit yeast notes (banana and some slight funk) is present and relatively assertive, but the major player in this beer is the coriander and orange peel. I was really impressed with how assertive these spices were in this brew and was honestly a bit put off by them at first. This is steps above a Blue Moon, but is something I would probably not drink in quantity due to its assertive spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and medium bodied.

Overall: A great witbier and one that really exemplifies the style. This is a heavily spiced beer- the spices are easily the most dominant part of the flavor in this one. It's not bad, but it takes some getting used to. Would recommend. (1,070 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jack of the Wood in Asheville NC.

A: Apricot hazy like glow with a finger of white head quickly dissipating with excellent lacing.

S: orange peel, coriander, ginger, spicy fruity light and refreshing.

T: An orange taste and wheat dominate the front end while the back has a tart pear like taste.

M: Light with a fairly carbonated mouthfeel. Medium body coming from the wheat.

A quality offering and one of the best I've had of this style, which I am not crazy about. (484 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A pale straw yellow color. Very hazy, with a fairly low amount of white head.

S: Citrus notes with lemon balm. A touch of spice as well as a hint of skunk. Nice bread notes.

T: Light bread and citrus. The finish has some light fruity notes as well as some spice and a little herbal quality. Biscuit finish with lemon peel.

M: Soft with moderately high carbonation. A little bite in the finish, but not enough to take away from the crispness.

O: Overall a good beer. Easy drinking, refreshing and interesting enough to stand apart from others in the same style. (570 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(on tap at Misconduct - served in a shaker pint)

A: they say 'slightly cloudy' - this is up there with the cloudiest... the head seems to suffer from whatever else is going on below - it has a bit too open of a constitution, falls into a smear of a cap rather fast - curiously pedestrian

S: coriander a bit further in the back with the orange peel a bit more forward... doughy yeast full-on up front - nice if you dig that quality in the style, which I certainly do... nothing here to excite necessarily though

T: more yeast and malt forward than most Amer examples - perhaps this is balance?... the spicing merely highlights, as I suppose it should... seemingly assertive hop bitterness for the style

M: one of the more fullish-bodied American Wits you'll come across... it holds shape for a good moment or two before stealthily vanishing off... ends up fairly dry, however, with a phantom of its starchy meatiness lingering

O: been many long years since I've had this... still as crazy cloudy as I remember - 'cloudy' ain't even the word - more pea soup 'murky'... it's solid, though it could be tilted a tiny touch more toward the spice, less naked yeast flavor (1,169 characters)

Photo of johnpmitchell
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from my home kegerator into a pint glass.

A: Perfect hazy yellow with a nice-sized fluffy white head.

S: Lemon/citrus on the nose, with some cloves, but not overpowering. A little banana too. Very pleasant, but mild.

T/M: More cloves in the taste, with a citrus flash until the carbonation kicks in and cleanses the palate, preparing it for the next sip. Finishes extraordinarily clean.

O: Perfectly executed. Unbelievably drinkable. Worthy of the high ratings. (475 characters)

Photo of HarryPlopper
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and yellow appearance, decent head and lacing.

Very aromatic smell with lots of spice and citrus.

Excellent taste, lots of orange and spice, some yeast in the background. Smooth finish, not bitter.

Great mouthfeel, not much carbonation.

This is a new favorite of mine and one that I will regularly request. (315 characters)

Photo of DSupernor
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow and is slightly cloudy. Its got a citrus type of fruity smell and taste to it. Reminds me of a good ole summer ale. Crisp and refreshing. Definitely a beer that I will go back to in the future. Smooth and easy to drink. Overall its a really good beer and lives up to the hype of it being one of Allagash's favorites. (338 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy light yellow gold with a white head on top. Some small visible carbonation as well as sediment in stasis in the body. Spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Real nice belgian qualities as soon as you take a sniff. Solid yeast profile along with the orange peel and coriander. Wheat comes through giving it a grain like quality.

T: Balanced mix of malt, yeast and fruit character in this one. Starts off with a pale malty flavor mixed with a slight banana. Mild orange comes in to pay a visit but doesn't overpower. Light hopping adds just a touch of bitterness. Backend lingers with banana like yeast.

M: Light on the tongue despite feeling creamy on the mouthfeel side of things. Crisp and very refreshing finishing that is clean and not muddled.

Overall this is really a perfect example of the style. Very easy drinking beer that retains a complex flavor profile. Top of its class. (950 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass. Body is slightly cloudy, straw-yellow in color with a small (just under 1-finger) white head.

S: Sugar-cookie dough malt, hint of spice and a good amount of lemon zest.

T: Light malt foundation - sugar-cookie-dough again comes to mind, along with a touch of wheat twang - then modest coriander spice, which is followed by lemony drying bitterness and a touch of fruit (probably the orange peel I'm getting).Finishes almost like lemonade - the fresh-squeezed, light-on-the-sugar and somewhat diluted kind.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; modest carbonation. Finishes clean and refreshing.

O: This is a good version of the style. Make that an excellent version of the style. It brings to mind those original Wits (anyone remember Wit! or was it W!T from the 90s?) I had oh-so-long ago. (831 characters)

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.