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Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,353
Ratings:
5,107
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
22.82%
 
 
Wants:
439
Gots:
1,256
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,353 | Ratings: 5,107
Photo of aceman811
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

tried it and definitely a beer to drink if you like this style of beer. read a few mixed reviews about the head. for me low to no head of the very white almost creamy top. But agreed with the other reviews. also a great price for this beer..

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Photo of Richwright22
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light in the glass, even for a Wit. Lovely light-ish aroma, yeasty but not overly citrusy or spiced. Superb flavor, very light on the citrus and coriander. Goes down incredibly easily - the first glass is gone before you know it. Outstanding example of a stateside, Latter-Day Witbier. Praying that Allagash doesn't get bought out by a global beverage giant...

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Photo of Sheppard
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw hue with white head. It looks exactly how a wit should, so enticing on a warm day. Light aroma of citrus peel. There's a light spicy and you can taste some of the citrus. It is so soft and wonderful. Allagash White is a world class Witbier.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours neon yellow. Lasting sudsy head.

Bready and sweet. Banana bread, sweet corn, sour lime.

Aforementioned dry sourdough bread. Sour pang. Sweetness. Earth notes.

Mouthfeel is good, impressive smooth, medium body for such a light beer. Guessing ABV @ 5%.

Can't go wrong with this one, hard not to like.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
8/22/2015
On tap at Pier 13, Hoboken. Plastic Cup.
LOOK: Cloudy but bright yellow. White lacy head.
AROMA: Yeast, Citrus.
TASTE: Yeast, Citrus.

Good Full beer for summer.

**

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Photo of GStone899
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy yeast! What a smell! I've never smelt a beer with this much yeast! Plus orange peel and citrus. Taste is extremely well balanced with light carbonation. It screams summer with the crispness and full bodied flavor. Love the wheat taste that mixes with the spices. Haven't had many Witbiers but this is an amazing beer. Period. Well done.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Served with a lemon slice and accompanying a lobster roll

Hazy pale yellow color, large frothywhite head, unfiltered

Aroma of cities, peppery, whiff of banana

Tastes citrusy, slight linger of pepper

Feels crisp, smooth, well balanced carbonation, light body

Perfect summer beer. Dockside with a lobster roll. Repeatable

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Photo of Guppy314
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Sol 38 restaurant. Had a Milky straw color with a thin head. Tastes wheaty with a bit of coriander but without hops. I didn't taste any of the citrus flavors that other reviewers talk about. Overall, this is a decently drinkable beer, but others with greater character are available at a lower price.

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Photo of movethroughspace
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Allagash White

Appearance: Pale, cloudy (perhaps a bit hazy), and inviting. I really wanted to dive right into this beer. Poured with a thick, beautiful head. 3.75

Smell: Smelt a bit like yeast with some very watery, earthy, and airy notes. 3.25

Taste: A bit bready, unbalanced, and watery with a slightly hoppy and spicy aftertaste. Described as it hit my palate: "Bready, then watery with an aftertaste that stays a bit and tastes a tad hoppy with some spice notes. When I breathe out I'm reminded of my breath after eating spiced gumdrops."

The taste lost some points here because I was expecting a smoother, slightly bolder flavor with a much less watery experience. 2.75

Mouthfeel: Initially crisp and full but quickly changes to watery and finishes light. Almost a three-stage experience but too heavy on the watery for my palate. 3.0

Overall: A little disappointed. The thing that disappointed me was that I expected more flavor and less water, especially considering how the beer appeared when poured.

Other than that, the beer felt fairly good on the palate and is just about flavorful enough to sip and enjoy but watery enough to consume faster and in slight quantity if that's your thing. 3.25

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Photo of allswells
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was the first white ale I ever liked and was the beer that got me into craft beers in the first place. Huge fan of the Allagash Brewing Co. and really happy with everything I've had from them.

This beer has a pretty sugary mouthfeel, with great carbonation. A nice amount of citrus and some coriander rounds out the taste nicely. Not too hoppy, which is what I like in a white ale, but a nice wheat flavor. Solid beer.

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Photo of dfavreau
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my go to Belgian style wheat beers here in Maine. Fantastic with a slice of lemon. It has a rich golden hue and a great creamy, frothy head. Smell is a bit like sour apples but not too flowery. It goes down very smoothly and is an easy drinking beer. It has hints of lemon, apple and orange notes. The beer has a nice creamy, smooth feel and medium body. Again, one of my favorites and glad I moved back to Maine to have it so accessible. Cost = $9.99/4pk, any local grocery store.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a big white head. Has a distinct aroma of Belgian yeast with subtle vague spices. The taste follows with some added lemon accents.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright, pale/straw yellow colored body, cloudy. Big white head that remains, leaves a ton of lace.
S: Very strong wheat aroma, like fresh dough. Esters present but minimal. Some hints of spice as well, with a touch of citrus.
T: Tons of peppery spice, most likely phenols. Base flavors are predominantly wheat related, some esters and a nice grainy flavor as well. Finishes slightly dry.
F: Full yet not something that will weigh you down. Something you can have a few of. Actually quite refreshing, despite the dry finish. Crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation, which is about medium level.
O: Solid wit, glad I revisited it.

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Photo of cwbern
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow really nice. Not what I I was expecting from a white beer. Not super malty - in fact a very light beer. But a great aroma and can taste a bit of citrus. Would recommend as a great summer beer for beach or BBQ.

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Photo of Blairo
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy, pale amber color, large white head, yeast settled at bottom before rousing

Smell: peppery, hints of fruitiness (not overpowering), banana, citrus (mainly orange), not hoppy

Taste: very crisp, citrusy, delectable peppery/spice aftertaste

Feel: crisp, smooth, well balanced carbonation, light body

Overall: the best witbier I have ever had. Executes all of the qualities of the style excellently. Light bodied beer that has a smooth yet crisp citrusy taste and finishes off beautifully with a peppery aftertaste. Very enjoyable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, pale straw color with a thin, snow white head and minimal lacing. It smells of lemon, coriander, and yeast. Wow, this is a delicious wit with a nice lemony citrus taste balanced with coriander, pepper, and other Belgian spices. You can also taste the yeast. All of the tastes blend in a terrific way. This beer is lightly carbonated, and with an ABV of only 5.1%, you can keep on drinking it. Overall, I think this is the best American Wit I've tasted. It's right up there with St. Bernardus. Great job, Allagash!

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Photo of dwillie733
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best belgain white like beers in the USA. Has a great taste and a good smell. I would recommend this beer with a good pork roast or steak, can't go wrong.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light gold, one finger head. Smell aggressive, spicy. Taste not quite up to the smell's promise, but satisfying, with a long finish. Feel is light, foamy, not too much carbonation. A winner.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with a substantial amount of haze and sediment floating throughout, this is what wit fans want usually, 1" of head. Tons of coriander and other spice rack stuff going on, citrus underplayed in comparison.

Still lots of coriander in the taste. So much that it lends itself to bitterness. Citrus still in the background very minimally. I really don't get the immense love for this, but hatred for say, Blue Moon. Its like almost the same beer, this one just amps up the spice rack so deep. I guess people like coriander bombs.

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Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best witbier. Outshined maybe only by St. Bernardus Wit. Pours a crisp, cloudy yellow. Smell is mild coriander and citrus. Very smooth and balanced flavor profile. Spicy, peppery, slightly citric. I generally prefer Hefeweizens to witbiers (or, at least, think there are a few Hefeweizens that are better than any witbier e.g. Weihenstephaner or Ayinger), but Allagash is basically as good a witbier as you can get. Blanche De Chambly, St. Bernardus, and Hoegaarden are also up there.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours - cloudy lemon color thin white head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - I get some notes of lemon coriander citrus and floral.

Taste - clove and citrus stands out a little yeasty flavor.

Feel - Very light bodied crisp and clean good feel.

Overall - While I am not a fan of most Belgian styles this one does a really good job.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Soft, light pastel yellow, it pours delicately fizzy with a soft, short head that needs encouraging now and then.

The peppercorn notes I get are so intriguing I find my nose in the glass almost the entire way through every time I have this beer. It's not a strong, sneeze-inducing bite like you might expect, it's simply there just enough in the background that it creates a whole other dimension for beer that I was previously unaware of. Touches of lemon and banana are also ever present. All of these attributes are equally present in both taste and aroma, and its all the better for it.

Allagash takes a very admirable approach by not going overboard with the Belgian yeast element here. This is a very well balanced and drinkable beer that you can tell a lot of love went into developing.

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Photo of modidia
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 beersday
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Festive and refreshing - this Belgian wit is one of the best non-IPA beers around. I ran across it on a beer tour in New England, went to the brewery (free samples), and suddenly it's becoming available here on the west coast -- two pub/restaurants a block from my office put it on draft in the last month.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a dark restaurant, so I couldn't get the most detailed look at the beer, but from what I saw it honestly looked like lemonade. Sort of a light cloudy yellow. Looked unique and appetizing to me. The smell is wheaty and yeasty, no surprise, and with some citrus and spice. Tastes pretty much the same. Paired nicely with the meal I had. Feels light and refreshing, with not much carbonation. Witbiers aren't usually my style, but this one is exceptional.

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