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Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash WhiteAllagash White

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel bulb. Cloudy pale gold color with a small head and some retention. The nose is fresh and fruity. I get notes of bananas and oranges. I also get a sweet musty note as well.

Very light to medium bodied beer with a firm mouthfeel. The taste is on the sweet side, almost as if some candy sugar were used. Sweet, lemony flavors in the front of the mouth give way to creamy bananas and just a hint of tart orange. I don't get as much tartness as I like and I don't get much of the coriander and clove herb notes one comes to expect in this style. Still, very tasty and refreshing.

I thought this was a very refreshing, enjoyable wit, but it's not one I would try again. It's just a bit too sweet for me. I tend to like witbiers that are a bit more tart. To me they are more refreshing.

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #44. sampled dec 31/07.

pours hazy golden hellow with a large rocky white head. drops slowly and leaves some chunky lace.

aroma is nice. white bread. bit of grain. hint of alcohol. slightly earty. orange peel. hints of clove and corriander.

taste is good. white bread and crackers. bit earthy. medium-low bitterness level. hint of alcohol. bit of lemon. grain. just a touch of funk, more in the mouthfeel than the flavour.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. nice balance to this one. fairly interesting malt presence and well restrained spice. nice example of the style.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy yellow with a hint of orangeness. Minimal head, but maintaining a crown of bubbles around the glass. The aroma is dominantly of yeast with a spice background of clove.

Taste - Mildly sour fruit and obvious yeast. The spiciness kicks in quickly after that. Very nice flavor, big. I'm sensing orange, clove and some peppery notes, too. Aftertaste gets bitter, like orange peel.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with average carbonation. A bit below average body, but plenty of taste rounds it out.

Drinkability - Pretty pleasant, an all around good pick. It contains 'all the flavors of autumn' per my wife. It's good enough for a summer brew, but I think it'll be even better come September when things cool down a bit and a bigger tasting Wit fits the atmosphere.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Allagash tasting room.

A: opaque golden yellow. Half finger of white head settles calmly and leaves good lacing.

N: hay, wheat, yeasty, hint of citrus, a bit spicy.

T: nice gentle Belgian tones, spicy, wheat, refreshing bitter aftertaste.

M: crisp. Refrshing. Nice carbonation.

O: very good and approachable.  a good flagship. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lore: Neck and body labeled stubby. Neck label info: Naturally cloudy.

Light straw golden hues with quite a hazy appearance, of course, following the label pour instructions, under a tight spotty razor thin snow white coating. Lots of swirlly yeasty spiral in the brew. Sippery head slides down the glass.

Easy musty clove saison scents.

First Swigs: Corinader cloves. Tight well balanced grounded earthy wit. Not all spices and bananas. Bright clean middling coriander spices. Slips back with gentle carbonation. Lemony wheat with a lingering aftertaste.

Medium body thanks to soft carbonation. A few healthy swirls arouse a tight coating.

Last Swigs: Yeasty lemony coriander with a gentle light wit style body. Another ALLAGASH winner.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of JLShepard
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: A pleasantly citrus nose, with some spicy character that is a good example for the style.

Appearance: A cloudy golden yellow typical for the style, the beer holds a small head for the duration of drinking.

Taste: A sweet start moves quickly into a citrus middle and finish. A faint hop undertone follows the taste through to the end.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body with a hint of crispness gives this beer a very nice mouthfeel.

Overall, well, I've found a new favorite witbier. It has all the hallmarks of the style, and is more refreshing than my previous favorite.

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Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Quintessence - Pale yellow color, with a decent white head.

Aromas of banana, hints of orange, yeast and coriander. Creamy, smooth thick mouthfeel.

Coriander, lemonade and banana, with bitter hints and a little pepper in the end, Very well balanced, refreshing, excellent Witbier, with a clean ending.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow color (where is the sediment) with decent foamy head,aroma was very citruisy and wheaty.Taste was nice anf tart very lemony and spicey with some faint smoky undertones.Very refreshing and easy to drink not my favorite wit beer but still pretty good.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Allagash White to enjoy on these warm summer nights. The beer pours a hazy light straw yellow color with a fizzy yellow head that quickly dissolved to a thick ring on the surface. A flowery aroma with notes of yeast, corriander, wheat and lemon citrus hover overs the beer.

Each sip of this smooth medium bodied beer is full of flavor. Corriander and wheat dominate the taste, but hints of lemon kick in towards the end. A mild citrus and wheat flavor is left behind once the beer is gone.

This is a very drinkable well balanced beer. The flavor is not as strong as other belgian styles beers, but is quite refreshing.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours cloudy yellow with yeast floating about.

S- coriander, yeast, and slight citrus

T- the smell transfers stright to taste: coriander, yeast, and slight citrus

M- Very light mouthfeel. A tid bitter on the aftertaste

D- A beer I will certainly look for again on a hot day.

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Photo of Lare453
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a dfh glass

a exteremely light yelloe, a pale pale yellow. possiblay the lightest beer ive ever drank. very cloudy, small white head, dissipates fast. left a large white crown around the glass.

s lemons, yeast light grains

t very light taste. the beginning is fresh lemons that enters into a yeasty middle and end. the aftertaste is fresh grains. a very refreshing beer.

m thin and almost crisp. light prickly carbonation

o a great white beer. not my favorite style but it is very well done.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better in the bottle. When had on tap, so many taps very much suspect it wasn't too fresh. Richer and better colour in bottle. Still spice, prticularly corriander, but carbonation rich and alive. Thanks to donator from USA at Doug Shoemaker party.

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Photo of MarenJensen
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer review on BA!

I've tried the Allagash White before but decided to keep a review in mind as I tried it again last night.

A friend of mine is obsessed with this beer so I think I came into it expecting something a little different.

The smell came off as chemical-y to me. Very clean but a bit too grassy, almost. Goes down how it smells, clean, beautiful in color and very crisp. I enjoyed it but the taste was a bit too reminiscent of it's smell for me--I couldn't quite get past the chemical association I made at first whiff.

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Photo of frazbri
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White from a bottle. Poured slightly cloudy golden straw in color. The very thin white head quickly disappeared. Grapefruit aroma with a little hop accent. Very dry mouthfeel crisp carbonation you can feel on the nose. Tangy flavor very citric in taste. Grapefruit, lemon peel and tangerine with a pepper finish.

Overall a balanced and very drinkable beer. Good summer beer, but the lack of head really was disappointing. Not one bottle of my six-pack kept a decent head.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

consumed at a tasting. review from notes.

A: hazy pale orange. inch of head. great lace, great retention.

S: Bananas, clove, yeast. more like a hefe IMO.

T: Orange peel. Leads me to wonder if the bitterness is from hops or the peel? banana is not as obvious. tastes stale.

M: undercarbonated. came from what i thought was a fresh keg but leaves stale bitterness, lingers.

D: Stale bitterness doesnt help, but beer is still pretty smooth.

this beer was very up and down. more carbonation would go a long way.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A pale murky yellow with decent pillowy head that fades shortly after and laces moderately on the glass.

S - Pretty yeasty, orange aroma.

T - As yeasty as the nose indicated; citrusy with orange and lemon zest; slight hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is good - light but not too light with the appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely sessionable, especially in the summer. Might like it enough to get it again, but I don't quite see what all the fuss is about with this beer.

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Photo of Troyone
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light apple juice color with a blond hue, frothy white head with some lacing, and lots of carb action.

Has an interesting roasted caramel malt smell with some resin and citris hops aromas.

Lightly/moderately sweet/acidic, lightly bitter, and nutty/grainy malt taste with a flowery grapefruit/orange and salt free soy sauce hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry texture, soft carbs, and a smooth but weak and lacking finish.

A good session beer for some however too weak for me although I just had the Whole Foods 25th which could have altered my taste buds.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to start by saying that I like any beer that has instructions on the bottle on how to properly pour it.

That being said, I found this Wit to be above average at best. Perhaps I was expecting more being that some of the other reviews liked it a lot. Or perhaps it's because I had it from a bottle and not on tap.

I'll start with the appearance, being that I liked that part best. Poured a hazy bright gold. The yeast cloudiness was enticing looking. 3/4 to 1/2 inch white head that retained well. Pretty big bubbles. Smell was pretty good also. Slight citrus notes, and slight hint of coriander. I expected more though being that the bottle said "beer brewed with spices," on the label. The taste was good. Crisp, slightly spicy, slightly citrus. Nothing overwhelming. Mouth feel was good also, if not a bit thinner than I expected. As to drinkability, it was better than average. Although, I'm going to have to stick with what I said before, this beer looks better than it tastes. It also smelled better to me than it tasted.

As I said earlier, perhaps I expected more based on others reviews. This is not a bad beer by any means, defiantly above average. But I think I let my high hopes get the best of me, and I wound up being underwhelmed.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Pours a golden straw color with a wispy head, surprisngly opaque despite the light color
S=Orange, lemon, citrus hops, a lot of yeast
T=Citrus notes dominate the palate, with some orange, lemon, ,yeast and heavy spicing, weak aftertaste I'm actually a bit disappointed in this one
M=light bodied and crisp, feels excellent washing around in the mouth
D=goes down easily and smoothly, creating a gentle warming sensation

Not bad, but I was expecting more after seeing all the reviews.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours cloudy due to the 'good stuff' on the bottom of the bottle. Yellow color, nice white, airy head with decent retention.
The smell is of lemon/citrus and a tiny bit of banana, maybe some pepper.
Pleasant spicy taste, the citrus stands out. Refreshing on a hot day.
Mouthfeel is good and bubbly. I get a slight, sticky aftertaste, but only if I stop drinking.
Allagash is easy to enjoy, especially if you like a little bit of spice.

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Photo of cbl2
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Slightly cloudy yellowish-gold with little to no head. Remarkably clear for a beer bottled with yeast.


No doubt that it is a wheat modeled after the Belgium White ale. Hints of citrus and coriander shine through with yeasty characters as well.


Slightly more bitter than it's 750 mL counterpart this is still a fine example of a Belgium White. I first had this beer in the summer of 2000 in Ongonquit Maine while vacationing with my family. It was a treat back then, as I was just beginning to branch into craft beers at the time.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Batch 2

This is a tasty brew, not sure it is any better than Hogaarden which is cheaper in my neck of the woods.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a thick and tightly bubbled creamy head. Lots of thick lacework. Fades to a thin layer atop the brew.

Aroma of orange and cloves as well as some faint floral hops.

Taste is mild, soft wheat with some citrus and spice.

Taste is as it smells.

Very refreshing beer. Will definitely buy again. Have to try a face-off with Hogaarden.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash's flagship standard is a total oasis at the bar with nothing else to offer. I can't count the number of times I've found this tapped at bars where the only other options are sam adams and corona light. And on moments like that, you just have to thank god for Allagash's expanding market penetration.

A fine ol' looking beer with a few fingers of white fluffy head and milky bronze below. Smells are citrus dominant with some bread and grassy spiciness for good measure. Taste is wonderfully balanced with sweet and sour citrus notes mixed with the bitterness from that herbal/grassy aspect. The body is light and smooth, almost creamy, to the degree that that's possible in a light-bodied beer.

Overall, very glad to find it whenever I do, and cheers to all you folks across the country who are surprised and grateful to be saved by this one on your chance outings.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow in color with a thin white head and mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hints of cloves, wheat, and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of cloves, wheat, and hops. Typical Witbier, Belgium White, Whites, or Hefeweizen type beer.

Overall: Decent brew, I would have this one again, but it is not my first choice.

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Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick white foamy head and very hazy beer. what you should expect from a wheat beer. smell is light, but the corriander spiciness is evident.

Smooth to drink, and some carbonation, but not too heavy. a decent amountt of spiciness is evident, but not too much. The wheat and grain taste is evident but pleasent.

This will probably be a staple in the fridge. I can't wait for the summer to have some shelfish and a few of these.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.
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