Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,749
4.18 | pDev: 11.48%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: 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: 1,445 | Ratings: 5,620
Reviews by cgise22:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.58/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one up in the sleepy little town of Sylva, NC.

A - It pours into a pint glass a semi-cloudy pale yellow. Head quickly fades into a fairy ring. A bit of lacing.

S - The nose is a bit light but one can detect wheat, some spices, and floral hops.

T - I'm disappointed. I base most of my witbier reviews from my perceptions of Hoegaarden and Wittekerke. To me this beer falls short. I can barely detect the spices or citrus in the beer and part of this is due to an unusual high level of hops for this style. To me, it comes off as watery and hoppy / grassy.

M - A light mouthfeel and a bit biting.

D - I don't think I'm going to repeat this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly cloudy daffodil yellow. The cap is as bright white as freshly fallen snow and is ever so slowly melting away with the gentle popping of thousands of tiny surface bubbles. A short, thick collar is being pulled along as the head descends, some remaining behind as attractive lace.

The nose is witbier wonderful. Some wits have too much spice, some not enough. Some lack citrusiness, others smell artificial. This one smells juuust right. It possesses an intriguing mix of bright, lemon zestiness and warm coriander spice, both humming along on a lightly sweet, soft wheaty undercurrent. I hope the beer tastes as incredible as it smells.

Allagash White is an exceptional witbier. In my experience, most craft breweries have a slightly different take on the style. I love Allagash's since it dovetails so beautifully with my preferences. Far from being a mere vehicle for the other flavors, the underlying ale is rock solid. It's pale maltier than most, with a sugar cookie-like sweetness that is softened by the addition of a generous quantity of wheat.

Wits are all about the top notes, though, and that's where this one really shines. There's a perfect amount of spiciness. Coriander is the clear ringleader, but I wouldn't be surprised if cardamom is present as well (the beer just has that spicy, exotic, cardamom bite). Gliding farther up the register, we have abundant lemon and orange peel notes. This is a beer that delivers on all levels.

As I stare sadly at my glass and realize that there are only a few ounces remaining, I'm struck by the sheer palate-busting flavor of this beer. It's bold and aggressive while retaining an amazing degree of approachability and drinkability (characteristics of all great beer, in my opinion). The mouthfeel is more than up to the task and provides a medium-full, silky smooth lushness that is a sensual treat quite apart from the flavor itself. Outstanding.

After drinking and enjoying the hell out of Allagash Grand Cru, I knew they were capable of great things. Even so, I wasn't prepared for the magnificence of Allagash White. It delivers on every item from my 'witbier wishlist', combines them into one amazing package and ties it all up with a perfect ribbon of drinkability. Allagash is rapidly ascending the list of my favorite U.S. craft breweries.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. short twist, gives directions on how to properly pour the beer on the label. No freshness date on the bottle but the case box had a bottled on date on top.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in colour with a creamy big bubbled lace that shows no problem of retaining. A classic White Ale look.

Smell: An extravagant spicy mix and a touch of lemon hit the nose sharp. Coriander and orange peel are evident as well as an earthy yeast.

Taste: Crisp and a bit smooth with a moderate body and medium carbonation. Soft flavours of barley and wheat are cut by a flare of spiciness, coriander is a bit dominant. The orange peel is a touch bitter with a soft rind like flavour. A little touch of fruit (pear & plum), yeast and a dash of hop bitterness in the finish. The fermented wheat provides a lingering spiciness that fades slowly in the semi-dry finish.

Notes: This ale is fine just on its own though the spiciness can hold its own to anything on the bbq grill. A superb wit to be had.

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Photo of Beric
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap:
This pour is a cloudy white ale pale yellow. Head is very white and caps the pour for at least half the glass.

Nose is Belgian yeast banana with a dose of wheat and light amounts of coriander spice. A little sweet orange citrus accent also presents itself.

A nice carbonation that’s between tickling and prickly hits my tongue. Medium body behind it carries the flavors that correspond to the nose. The banana hits first, but the coriander and an earthy bitterness push this into balanced or even ever so slightly bitter seeming. Orange again plays just an accent, more noticeable in the back of the taste.

A very solid beer, maybe a little Americanized, but that alteration isn’t a problem at all.

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Photo of Antton
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aside from the pleasant yet simple bottle design , this beer holds a place in Valhallah. This is the nectar of the gods. Never have I felt satisfied enough with a beer to rate it over a 3/5. This however , has changed my tastebud’s hopes. The balance of citrus and spices is masterful. I would recommend this beer blindly to any human with hopes of ever satisfying their beer cravings. I could imagine enjoying this beer while summiting a mountain, sunbathing in Boyton Beach, clubbing in downtown Miami, or grilling punta tracera after my 5 year old’s 3-0 win over his rec team’s rivalry game.

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Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy yellow color, fluffy white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Spices, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light malts, lemon

Taste: Spicy, pepper, cloves, coriander, orange peel, light hints of banana, light malts, wheat, hints of lemongrass

Feel: Light body, full carbonation

Overall: A classic brew, an interesting take on a classic style. The added spices enhance the yeast flavors, rather than detract. Love it. Very refreshing as well

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Photo of modidia
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent example of a wheat beer. A lot more flavor than your basic wheat beer. If I want something light, this is my go-to. Would be hard pressed to find a better one

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by the dude at Stella Brew in Winston-Salem, and he did me a real solid with this one. A light somewhat cloudy color with a nice pour. An inviting aroma, I'm too much of a beer idiot to describe what it is I'm smelling but I like it. A crisp taste and smooth aftertaste. Again I can't identify the flavors, but I'd rather drink it than try to figure out how to describe it

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy almost opaque lemon yellow, soapy and quickly dissipating 1 finger head with a good amount of lacing.
S: strong, tart and very spicy, prominent lemon character that blends well with the wheaty tartness
T: Immediate wheaty tartness followed by subtle sweetness and warmth, not as much lemon as one would expect, a very prominent spicy character, lemon remains subdued but beer remains very zesty
M: creamy and silky smooth with a dry finish
O: I fucking hate belgian wits (though I passionately love belgian beer), and this is the best one I've ever had and I truly enjoy it. this beer is not complex but doesn't need to be, it is an excellent example of the style and each layer here (though there are not many as noted) is interesting and pleasant enough that the lack of complexity is a non-issue. buy it if you get it in your area

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Photo of monique
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yummy is the only word to description of this beer.

It was poured nicely & looked great.

The smell and taste were clean & crisp and went very nicely with my veggie sandwich. It also was great as a after lunch drink. Even the one who brewed himself thought that it was a nice refreshing beer for spring & thought it might be paired well with cheesem

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Litterbean
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear straw colored yellow. Hazy from yeast and carbonation. Little head and little lace.

Smells lovely. Hints of bananas and yeasty characters. Real deep, pleasant aroma with some bready notes mixed in.

Taste: Carbonation is tight and gives way to a thick yeast flavor that gives off a strong fruity/banana flavor. Slight bitterness at the end. Overall, a very tasty beer that ends on a smooth, creamy note. The bottle's claims of a "crisp, refreshing taste" are not lies.

Lightly bodied but very complex taste, with 5.5% alcohol. This makes for a real good session beer, and I'm glad I picked it up on a whim. Can't recommend it enough.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was only six dollars and I felt like that is a good deal on a 750 of Belgian style ale. This is a really light yellow and almost white in my snifter with a puffy white head. The smell is spicy and not unlike most witbiers. The taste is very good, easy to drink, nice citrus flavors and some subtle spicy, peppery taste. This is one of the better wits I have had, I really like how subtle the flavor is and how easy to drink it is. There is some phenolic flavor but it does not detract from the beer.

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