Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash WhiteAllagash White

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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 katan
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz twistoff bottle. Looks undated. Round 2, first ever re-review.

A - Pours a light golden color. Very little haze. The bottle conditioning didn't leave much sediment. The head was fairly large, but dissipated to a film rather quickly.

S - The most dominant smell is yeast. But it is somewhat subdued and trailing an earlier aroma of wheat malt.

T - Starts off nice and sweet. Not much orange peel, but I can tell coriander is present. Finishes off with a nice yeasty note. It has a bitter taste with a mix of cloves.

M - This one is well carbonated. I can feel it going down. Seems to be a bit "fizzy" in the mouth.

D - Very smooth drinker. One of my favorites.

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Photo of aaronh
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy straw yellow beer that pours with a white head with decent retention. Leaves a nice ring of lace at the top of the glass. The aroma is of yeast and malt, with a straw component in the background. The taste is heavy with coriander and yeast, with some wheat flavors and a subtle sweetness. The finish still seems to have some noticable hops as well. The mouthfeel is good, but nothing exceptional. This beer is enjoyable to drink, but not a truly memorable beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Cole's Improper.

Came out in a glass mug with a slice of orange (which was removed) and a short head. Lovely aroma, a little spicey and citrus. Easy drinking and delicious. Bit of orange flavor and nothing very unexpected, but a very solid brew, great representation of the style.

Here's a great belgian white that'll make any Blue Moon drinking friends wonder how they've ever lived without this beer.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Straw color, very hazy, with rich white mousse for head. Aromas of coriander and lemon, nice aromatics. Flavor is mellow and wheaty, rich front with a spice that comes through afer a few seconds on the tongue. Flavors of orange peel, lemon, wheat, coriander, and allspice. Refreshing and mellow, very silky mouthfeel. Solid.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloud like light and fluffy white head... Extremely hazy uber pale yellow, like a yellow raisin or pulpy lemonade... Still with an ever so slight hint of carbonation rising to the top... Solid head retention... Exquisite lacing...

S - Lemon... Spice... Smokiness... Grains... Perfectly blended to present a truly enjoyable aromatic experience...

T - Grains... Pepper... Lemon zest...

M - Delicate and creamy... Spicy and smoky... Satisfying... Complex...

D - Unique and enjoyable... Regal and sophisticated...

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Photo of BMoney575
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-29-08
Batch #45

Pours a super cloudy pale yellow, with an immense craggy white head the fills half the glass... and stays there.

Smell is a great balance of coriander "witbiery-ness" and Belgian yeast. Light and fruity, but at the same time complex.

Taste is very subtle, wheaty, with just a hint of coriander and spices. Unfortunately not nearly as varied and complex as the smell. The finish is bready but light, with a pleasantly sharp hop bite.

Mouthfeel is great for the style, fizzy, but also creamy.

Drinkability is very good, light and very well-balanced.

Overall, being a huge witbier fan, I was a little disappointed. It reminded me more of a hefe, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent nice head. medium thickness. The beer is a light yellow color. doesn't look much different from a pilsner, but a bit more carbonation. Smells lightly of spices. Tastes light and rounded. fairly complex, but very light. Feels a little frothy, but still very drinkable.
*The color improved and the beer became more cloudy after pouring the rest of the bottle. (I don't have a 750ml tumbler. but there is a diner down the street frequented by giants, maybe I can swipe one from there.)

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. A very hazy gold, with streaks of orange and light red running silently through it.

S. Very light yet wholesome citrus, primarily lemon which overshadows very subtle and smooth orange peel. Very slight vanilla.

T. Fairly light and smooth while being a little over carbonated for my liking. Slight lemon and very insignificant hints of zestier orange. This is a perfect summer time beer, not much too it, not much to think about, and pretty refreshing. Maybe a little too plain for my liking though.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger of creamy white head. Nice retention with some thin lace.

Aittle bit of lemon in the aroma with spicy hops. Some candied orange sweet ess rounds it out. Pale malt body on the pallet with lemon and spicy hops to finish this. Dryer on the pallet than the aroma would lead. A little bit of a musty flavor in the finish.

Nice light body with somewhat sharp carbonation. Overall this one is a good lighter offering. Could be a solid go-to beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy yellow color, with some suspended yeast appearing in the body. Not much of the white-colored head appears.

S: Phenols, coriander, citrus peel, wheat, and some yeast funk.

T: The flavor is a little hard to describe. There's some opening tartness, hints of orange peel and black pepper on the middle, and an incredibly crisp, slightly bitter finish. Everything here is a little subdued and light, but the flavors work well anyways.

M: Doesn't have the strong carbonation typical of wits, but sweet zombie Jesus, is it refreshing. Also has a lighter body and a hint of wateriness on the back end.

O: Wow, this goes down easy. In fact, it goes down too easy...I could seriously down an entire 4-pack of this in one sitting. Not the most in your face beer on the market, but an awesome summertime drink.

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Photo of scriabin
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy, flaxen appearance and a nice head, in the spirit of a classic white. Smell has hints of cloves, banana, and lots of sweetness. Definitely on the sweeter end of the scale for a white. The cloves and banana are also present in the flavor, but are certainly not overpowering. Very nice.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/2 finger white head that cleared quick. Could be the way the bar cleans there glassware. Straw colored and unfiltered haze from wheat proteins. Looks like a hazy lemonade. Unnaturally yellow.

S: belgian yeast phenolics, bitterness, banana, wheat beer.

T: nice biscuty, bready malt flavor, small noble hop finish and smooth.

M: nice medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: good beer but overrated. The carbonation wasn't nearly as much as needed to create a nice creamy wit beer head. Also no corriander or orange peel taste. Would drink if on special.

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Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing cloudy yellow color, almost like it's radioactive, still you can see the tiny bubbles swim to the surface. Not much head nor lacing. Subtly fills your nostrils with sheer weight as well as clove, coriander spice, lemon peel, vanilla bean, has a lively yeastiness, some banana notes, while light of touch it's never not there. Light-bodied, fizzy and kind of skittish, never settles down on a branch. The heavier carbonation does whip up the clove led spices, lemon to orange citrus, mineral water and mild metallic flakes. The fruit mainly banana, pear, apricot, more skin and pit than flesh. Creates a lot of perfume in the mouth yet cannot persist through the finish. Goes down without a hiccup.

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Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is very mild, some hints of clove and citrus. Taste is delicious. There is so much going on here, spices, cloves, citrus, all blended perfectly together. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fine beer.

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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 professorchow
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow with modest head and minimal lacing. Hints of orange and spice (not sure I could come up with coriander if I didn't know it was an ingredient) but the nose isn't super fragrant. Taste follows nose--balanced, certainly, but also only hints of those favors. But I'm not complaining about Allagash. This seems to be An excellent version of the style, as best as I can tell (can't think of a witbier I liked as much), but it's just a style that does only so much for me.

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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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