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Two Lights | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two Lights is an ode to two of the more refreshing drinks of summer: cold beer and sparkling wine. While brewing this beer, we add Sauvignon Blanc must—the freshly pressed juice of the grapes. Then we ferment it with both lager and champagne yeast to create a tart, crisp, and dry profile. The finished beer’s aromas of pear, grape, and light hops pair with a flavor profile that’s a mix of tropical fruit and the snappy spritz of a freshly picked grape. We suggest sipping Two Lights by a water source too large to see across.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AMCimpi
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Macrobius
1.68/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From the bottle, it tasted greasy. If you're going for a summertime beer with must, I'd recommend Dogfish Head's Mixed Media.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice creamy white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a nice looking pale straw color that is very clear.

The smell is good. The beer has light bitter hop note with a more predominate sweet malt and yeast note that resemble a mustier lager. The smell has a good cantaloupe and white grape note from the sauv blanc notes.

The taste is good. It has a good sweet pale malt note with a bit of light bitterness from hop notes and a tropical fruit mango and cantaloupe note from the sauv blanc grapes.

The feel is good. The beer has a very light body with a very light carbonation to it.

Overall, this is a pretty refreshing beer that was definitely made for the summer. It reminds me of a good pilsner but a little bit sweeter.

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Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobv
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.
Bottled on 6/21/18.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch creamy white head over a light straw colored body with scant lacing. Nose of pear, white wine, and slight apple. Taste follows nose nicely with mostly grape and pear. Finish is all grape and pear with a great mouthfeel from the champagne yeast. Overall a very nice offering from my favorite sour producer on the east coast. Cheers!!!

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Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The slightly hazy pale yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that eventually recedes to an irregular island of foam on the surface of the liquid while leaving a layer of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates two arches of foam that quickly become some patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include some green orchard fruits, some white wine and some pale malt and wheat. There are touches of some tropical fruits and a light herbal character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the malt and wheat and their light sweetness backed up by the white grapes, the green orchard fruits, a bit of tropical fruit, just a bit of tartness and some almost completely hidden dry herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the sweetness and fruit flavors begin to fade away, leaving a fairly dry, lightly tart ending tinged with some light herbal bitterness and residual fruit flavors.

Definitely an interesting and refreshing beer that is clean, light, slightly tart, crisp and worth having again. The aromas/flavors blend together quite nicely. I'd say the brewer hit the target on this one but that it is both a refreshing beer for a summer's day and also a nice aperitif any day.

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Photo of hman43
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours straw with a white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: There is a somewhat strong aroma of leather with grapes. There are some light pear notes with slight grainy sweetness and some vinous qualities.

Taste: There are grape flavors that are vinous with some leather and light pear. It certainly has the traits of a white wine. It is clean overall.

Feel: It has a moderately light body with high carbonation. It finishes rather dry.

Overall, this is a beer with lager qualities combine with white wine qualities that works well together.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 6/21/18.

Pours hazy yellow with a minimal head or retention. Honey-drizzled white grapes with a hint of lemon zest in the nose. Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. The palate starts sweet with honey and candied grape. Zero malt with a hint of lemon follow through. Finishes sweet with enough spiciness to give the tongue a bit of numbness.

Always happy to try anything that Allagash brews up but this one is just too sweet and a bit boring.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 6/21/18 into the test glass.
A - Forsythia in bloom color, a touch of haze, thin white cap offers real contrast. Carbonation is in full marathon mode, determined and driven.
S - Clean yeast in the nose, champagne for sure, A bit of bread rising, some of the fruit from Sauvignon Blanc must is interesting ,adding a layer of brightness to the offering. Lemongrass, and wheat add more.
T - Sweet malts, the slightest hint of tropical element, lemon peel shaved, garden thread runs through this, Verbana, a hint of white pepper, all stand around the sidelines.
M - Crisp, popping across the palate, start is semi sweet then runs the yeast train with carbonation forcing the offering to a dry white wine finish.
O - Well this is a complex effort, yielding a wonderful experience, bright, crisp, dry, and loaded with twists along the way.
Thanks Allagash for the fine offering

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 48 degress, poured into a tulip.

Pours a mostly clear, champagne straw color, with a touch of cloud, and a hint of green. A two finger bone white bubbly head slowly recedes to a soapy film with a thin cola of foam. Thin streams of very fine effervescence constantly streaming up, keeping that little collar alive. Dazzling.

Nose is clear lager yeast. There's also an impression of champagne as well. I do get the little sauvignon blanc must on the nose. There's also an evident farmy hay, almost wild note to it. It has that wonderful saison tart aroma.

Palate is a completely different director than the nose leads you to believe. It is not tart at all. It has that tacky, corny American adjunct lager sweetness to it. I find this to be to its detriment. There is also a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. I didn't get it on the nose, but this has a fairly bitter finish, and for a lager, pretty hoppy. I do get the slight white vinous character. It's subtle, but it does indeed lend a little something special to it. Perhaps it's also contributing to the sweetness to some degree. I find the sweetness to be overbearing. It certainly drinks like a lager, though. A lager with a little something extra contributing to it, but not necessarily helping it.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. A fine, scratchy effervescence definitely lifts it up, and takes some weight off of the sweetness. I don't say scratchy as a negative descriptor. It's a bubbly beer, and I like that. I despise the word "crushable" with a burning passion, but I suppose if one must adhere to such vernacular, this, would in fact, be considered..."crushable". I prefer drinkable. That drinkability is more thanks to the light crispness.

Overall, I can't say I'm in love with this one. I've passed on it so many times, because I do not enjoy lagers. Then I read several reviews that described this as a saison. Being a favorite style of mine, I decided to pull the trigger, and I'm left disappointed. That's my own fault, not Allagash's. This is in no way a saison. It's a very unique lager. My numbers are generous, and I'm rating this as a lager. I love Allagash, and I can't hold this against them. It's just not for me. The craft lager drinker would probably love this.

Edit: I just came back to edit this because I just noticed this is 6.7%ABV. Wow. I had no idea. It drinks and tastes likes it's 4.7%. Alcohol is not detectable in the slightest degree.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice pear, citrus and fresh white grape notes laying over a clean lager base with bubbly effervescence from the champagne yeast

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Arcadia

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Photo of CollinaTiger
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCPhD
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williahd
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i like everything allagash does, and this is another fun one. grape must and champagne yeast, but also a lager, pretty rad idea, especially as a summer seasonal, which i think is arguably the season with the least exciting seasonal offerings from most breweries. this has a wonderful fruity complexion from green grape to ripe pear to honeydew melon and kiwi fruit, the sauv blanc must quite obvious in both the nose and taste, but instead of making this overly vinous, the champagne yeast and lager yeast come into play immediately, drying this out, crisping it up, and keeping it plenty beery. even though the grain flavor is really light, the lager yeast has enough character to keep this one the beer side. light tannic funkiness here too helps with that. there is a slate sort of minerality to the finish which i like a lot, the skins of the grape more than their juices, and subtle pineapple and lime tropical notes too. really tasty and drinkable beer, i love the mouthfeel from both yeasts working together, not sure i have seen these two in cahoots before, but its an excellent combination. killer beer, forever drinkable, and definitely distinctive and creative and unique, i loved it.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated ?5/22/18 (hard to read) poured into a plastic hotel room cup
A: Pale yellow with a thin head
S: Grape must, light wheat, some yeast
T: Matches the nose; fairly light
M: Light-bodied despite being 6.7%
O: I love the nose, I think this has a lot of potential it just doesn't come across on the palate

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a clear and vivid gold straw color, with a small foamy white head, and lots of lacing.

The aroma on this is so soft and delicate, with pear, vanilla, green grape, hay, champagne, and pink grapefruit.

This is really intricate and tasty. There's lots of soft fruit flavor- mostly creamy pear, pink grapefruit, sweet grapes, and a bit of champagne type sweetness. There's not a ton of funk here, just a bit of hay and grassiness.

This is pretty light bodied, and very clean, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, a soft level of carbonation.

This is a really fun beer- it feels stripped down while still being intricate and complex.

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Two Lights from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 86 ratings