Two Lights | Allagash Brewing Company

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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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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#14,538
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
84
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of drtth
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light fizzy head, little lacing, crystal clear light yellow color

Nose little fruity, little sweet toasted malt, doughy like malt, straw grassy, hint white grape

Taste little sweet malt, doughy fresh wort malt, raw dough, bit fruity, white grape again, into hops, grassy mild floral and fruity hops, fair bitterness

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb

Overall not bad, nice malt, hops kick in nicely later

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tulip glass a lemon haze color with a half finger bone white head atop.Musty grapes in the nose with a tinge of cork.Dry on the palate with a slight salinity to it,mild funk/cork flavors linger in the finish.Not a fan of must/funk of any kind but this had other flavor components going on and it was insanely easy to drink.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - watery straw color just short of brilliant clarity, effervescent, thin but healthy white head with tenacious lace

AROMA - crisp bright nose of dry two row with a medium low spicy noble hop, lager-like minerality, maybe some pleasant and well-evolved sulfur, medium strength character of pear/white grape skin, and apple flesh, maybe some acetaldehyde in that mix. Comes off like a great kolsch. Very appealing.

Flavor - big ripe pear flavor is pretty over the top, with some definite acetaldehyde prominent in the flavor with a grassy note as well. notes of honeydew melon, High spicy/floral hop flavor on the mid-palate. Low, well attenuated two-row/ US Pilsner malt flavor. A little hit of lemon in the backend, Light hop bitterness.


Mouthfeel - medium bodied, a little creaminess from alcohol that makes itself known in a long drying finish, medium-high carbonation,

Overall - Familiar and unusual at the same time. Certainly pleasant and drinkable in the same vein as some kind of European lager / ale hybrid beer but kind of messy in profile. I think highly of Allagash but this is not their best effort. The grape must is detectable but distracts more than it enhances, The champaigne yeast has certainly not dried the beer out much, but may have given it a little bite. The beer generally just has me wishing for a nice fresh lager that's half the ABV of this one, and a little cleaner.

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Photo of deebo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the first couple bottles out of this 4 pack I picked up at the brewery bottled on 7/26. Review of the last one I've been sitting on.
A-A quarter inch of white, weak small bubbled foam that quickly dissipates atop an extremely lightly pale yellow colored clear brew.
S-Reminds me of a saison. Fermented grapes, spicy black pepper,
T-Interesting combination that reminds me of a slightly funky lager saison hybrid. Gets more funky in the back end as it warms.
M-Quite a significant mouthfeel, much bigger than you'd expect after taking a look at this beer. Spritzy carbonation and a hidden alcohol sensation that you don't feel until it's deep inside.
O-An interesting, extremely crushable beer. 6.7% ABV. Hard to believe. A nice experimental beer that reminds me of a flavor profile like Saison Dupont but with the drinkability of a lager.

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Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle. Bottled on 6/21/18 opened on 9/15/18 almost the entire summer season in the bottle.
Not sure this is an American Wild Ale...

I love the straw-gold color with a slightly hazy white hue. PALE as pale can be. Thin white foam hovers for a bit band drops to a thin cover and bubbles. A lively appearance.

The aroma is classic Farmhouse/Saison style, musky field grains, sour/fermented fruits, like white grapes and tangerine. Densely herbal and spice kick, sour-bready lager yeast funk and a hearty blend of earthy toned hops. Right on.

The body, feel and texture is worth noting next, after all, the first sip buzzes the palate with a crisp, light and jazzy effect overall. The champagne yeast certainly gives it a lively and effervescent style.

The taste has a very light and harmonious effect, as the light but sneakily complex malty side brings out the field grains flavors of: golden wheat, oats, hay and nettles. The herbal and spicy bite seems to come from the yeast combo and hop complexity. Grainy, earthy but with plenty of "funk" from the lager and champagne yeast.
A very clean and very light malty texture and flavor keeps the complexity subtle, but interesting.

Overall, I'm thinking this is a damn fine American twist on the classic French and Belgian Farmhouse Saison style. This is my jam.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Brewing Company "Two Lights"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/21/18 09:09"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what do we have here, a lager brewed with sauvignon blanc grape must? Sounds good! So I've apparently jostled the bottle a bit and now this bottle-conditioned lager shows some haze in its very light colored yellowish body. The head is a finger-thick cap of bright white. On to the good stuff... the aroma is fairly limited but displays some mineralish character, some white grape, and just a touch of sweetish malt. It's pleasant and welcoming. The flavor is much fuller, and there is a clear note of grape to it. Knowing that it's sauvignon blanc I can see that in its character, and I'm also getting some distant tropical flavor and a touch of pear. The mineralish character remains and I don't know if that's from the grape juice of the Champagne yeast that was used. It's not sweet but neither is it bitter, and there is a light acidity to it that's refreshing. I almost wish it was a little more tart, but I won't argue against it the way it is. It's unique, and very much like drinking a glass of wine in many ways. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and delicately crisp with a fine-bubbled natural carbonation. Personally I'd like it a little crisper but I can see how that might interfere with the balance of the grapes and the overall sweetness of it by accentuating the acidity that's there. Again, I won't argue against it as it is. It's charming, different, and refreshing - a great summer beer. Worth trying.
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Photo of hophugger
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobDB
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White wine Belgian, sweet, tart and crisp.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer that would benefit from greater carbonation and a bit more dryness; I was expecting it to pop a little more and it was actually fairly flat relative to many wild ales of this style

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Phineasco
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LeRose
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is difficult for me to score this beer. I had it at the brewery and thought it was great, but in the bottle it seemed to lose some of the brightness and vitality it had on tap. I guess I have to mentally average the two, but since this beer is being distributed in bottles I think it is important to make note of the difference.

The beer pours an incredibly pale yellow with a shorty, fizzy white head that falls to a ring of kinda big bubbles. It's a little cloudy on the pour, but it clears up nicely. Very pale color reminiscent of white wine. At the brewery, pretty much crystal clear from the tap.

On tap, this beer has a very bright aroma that is clearly heavy on the wine grapes, pear, sour apple, and a little lemon riding over a bready malt reminiscent of a pilsner. In the bottled version, this aroma is very subdued and it loses some of the layers in a more or less generic fruity aroma. The malt is much more forward.

The flavor follows suit - on tap, very bright and lively with the grape must dominating, supported by the light citrus. The malt is not highly assertive, but is detectable. In the bottle, to my mind these things flip. There's a higher presence of the malt, with the fruity and more interesting aspects of the beer reverting to a supporting role. There is also a slight bitterness in the bottled version.

The feel is light, almost effervescent but not overly carbonated. Crisp with a dry finish.

Overall, mixed feelings on this one. The bottle version is certainly not a bad beer, but the on tap version set some high expectations that clearly went unmet. My wife agreed that these differences were pretty obvious. If the bottled version "measured up" to the beer had on tap, it is certainly an enjoyable summertime drinker. As it is, I'd rather go to the source to drink this beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- 12oz stubby bottle into a chalice with a slightly hazy pale straw yellow body and really tall head shooting up to about two fingers high with a foamy texture. Massive sheets of lace decorate the glass after each sip.

S- The grapes and the champagne yeast are in the forefront and overall it has a Belgian ale sort of feel to it. Light fruits like apple and especially pear join in with this along with a hint of whole grains, a touch of lemon zest. The grapes feel like a blanc.

T- Surprisingly sweet here considering the champagne yeast usage but it could be some left over long chain sugars from the fruits and whole grains. The pale fruits blend together just a bit here with pear, apple and white grapes leading the way with some sweets and cereal, whole wheat, vanilla sweets and a touch of citrus zest following.

MF- Extremely high carbonation with a very foamy body. The body is on the light side but the effervescence and the puffy creamy texture keep it substantial on the palate. A light zesty bitterness in the finish.

Another very interesting project from Allagash. The grapes are right up front but pair masterfully with the yeast strains and base brew here. Really drinkable and intriguing on the whole.

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Photo of jakea
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Two Lights from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 84 ratings