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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 scootny
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb take on the style. Light golden with perfect "double shine" from the yeast. Nice head and retention with better than average lacing for a wit. Bright lemony smell with a pale dry wheat malt undercurrent. Faint spiciness. Taste is right in line with a bigger spice component and a perfect dry clove tinged finish. Lovely sourness make this one so refreshing. Light feel with just enough gravity to it and spot on carbonation with a light tinglyness. So drinkable and delicious I took all I had to keep from just giving this one fives across the board. Stock up for the summer folks!

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Photo of ElCaholicRacer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard many good things about this brew so when I came across it last night, I pulled the trigger on a 4-pack for $9.99 at City Beverage in W-S. I am a wheat beer fanatic, but I am quickly finding out how similar they can be. Poured into a DFH pint, it poured a textbook cloudy yellow-orange with a nice one finger head and excellent lacing. The aroma is glorious with tartness, yeasty, and some black pepper lingering. The first sip reminded me of another wit right away, Natty Greenes Wildflower. Extremely smooth, great yeast flavor that I love so much, pepper on the finish, and good carbonation. What I really like about this particular wit is the lack of citrus. Some other that I have had are loaded with banana, orange, and/or lemons. This is just a great wheat beer.
I see where it gets it's world class label, definitely in my top 5 wits, but not at the top of the list. DFH Namaste still has it beat IMO. Prost!

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Photo of CheckMate
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's Meat Market. Poured into an Allagash Tulip. Hazy gold with an inch of head that dissipated within a minute and a half of being served. citrusy, spicy coriander. taste of orange rind, spice, and doughy/bready aftertaste. moderate carbonation. good quality, refreshing beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of my favorites when it comes to easy drinking beers, especially during the summer.

A very hazy, golden beer with strong citrus notes in the nose. The lemon zest is most prevalent, behind it though is a lovely coriander and orange taste hidden away.

The beer is very light and goes down easily. Best enjoyed during the summer months in Maine, but can be enjoyed all-year round anywhere.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed (but not too much) light yellow color with a fluffy, topogrophous white head. Retention is about average and the lacing is good. The color and right amount of haze really make this beer one of the most attractive white ales I have seen.

Nose is soft coriander, orange flesh and unmalted wheat. A bit of grassy hops is detectable as well as some doughy yeast.

Taste is soft and creamy lemon meringue pie with a topping of grated coriander seeds. So delicious and refreshing! Wheat tang is delectable and the citrus peel and mild hops make for more than enough bittering on the finish. More hop presence than most witbiers, that is for sure. Cranks the flavor profile up a notch compared to say, a hoegaarden, but I am not necessarily sure that is a good thing. Regardless, my glass emptied at an astonishing rate...a must try for any fan of witbiers. Sucks this one is so expensive at nearly 10 bucks a four-pack, as this makes a most excellent summer pounder.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow i love this beer !! Poured into my duvel tulip, per instructions on the bottle. a - magical, cloudy beer, with nice frothy head. s - yeasty, spicy, like a mellowed out hefeweizen. t - the taste is like the smell. Spot on for the style ! m - chewy, like eating the ultimate happy meal. very substantial. d - i could drink these all nite and never tire of it. todays a 80 degree spring day and this refreshes to the core.

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Photo of selecter70
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always good, bottle-conditioned or on draught, Allagash has become a happily anticipated summer beer of choice, and one that shows that witbiers can be made well here! The pour is smooth but full-looking, wheat-yeast hazy yellow and leaves a nice creamy-dense head floating on an opaque yellow. The head is a nice solid, creamy hint of citrus & spice and the white lace clings thereafter to prove a nice point. The aroma exudes obvious lemon, but also tangerine, wet grass & spices from pepper to coriander. The body is smooth and silky like the head, although a bit more straight forward, while the spices definitely emerge in complexity. Bright, smooth and clean, this wit puts a smile on your face and settles nicely on a warm day...hope in a bottle!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason, I had a really hard time finding this beer, but I was finally able to score a 12oz four-pack in a store quite a distance from my house that specializes in carrying rare beers... The search was definitely worth it... Pours a nice, golden color with some carbonation visible and a decent frothy head, although it wasn't as cloudy as I expected... The smell was terrific, full of spices, like corianer and orange... The taste was above and beyond, with a flavor of spices that was rich and flavorful... Mouthfeel and drinkability were equally good... This is truly a classic example of a witbier - up there with Blue Moon and Hoegaarden, if not superior... Definitely recommended, even though a four-pack ran me $8.99... The flavor is exceptionally rich and really stands out... go for it...

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy strawlike yellow color with about a finger of white bubbly head.

The scent is of citrus and grain mostly.

The tasts is of citrus up front, some mild hopps, grains, and notes of pear.

Light bodied, crisp and prickly feel, high carbonation.

This was very easy to drink, very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of mgironta
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nicely with a little head (less than one finger). The picture was taken about 1 minute after pouring. Appearance is cloudy, but pleasant yellow. It looks like what I’d expect from a wheat beer. I got a lot of lemon and coriander when I first smelled it. On first sip, you definitely get the coriander. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s not overly simple either. It’s a nicely balanced beer. I’m also getting a little bit of clove, and the more that I drink it and the citrus flavors definitely come out. It’s got a nice carbonation to it and I could see easily putting away a bunch of these while sitting on a patio on a summer night.

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Photo of Machoo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3 a pint at green Austin TX grocery chain. Belgian white not typically my thing but was impressed. Came across light and refreshing. Went home to see if JCVD was on TV.

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Photo of berley31
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Portland, ME. Had a white, good-sized head. Body was hazy with a dark-yellow color. Nice lacing. Aroma was strong with citrus (orange), but not at all overpowering. Nice on the palate, slightly creamy with average carbonation. Great flavor - citrusy, with a medium-lasting finish. A great witbier that was enjoyed on a sunny deck on the waterfront... quite possibly the best witbier I've had yet.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been digging the Wits lately, and this was no exception:

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a wonderful amount of a frothy white head.

S: Bready and fruity, a fair amount of spice to it, very very pleasant.

T: A little tart, citric and spicy. Coriander is rather noticeable, it's very very good for the style, a nice balance.

M: Pretty ideal mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a great example of the style, probably the best I've had.

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Photo of blacklabel67k
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy hazy yellowish orange, smells delicious. Lots of citrus and coriander. The taste is nice and citrusy, lots of orange flavor. Leaves a nice 2 finger head. One of the best Belgian style witbiers I've had. Can't wait to have some again to do a proper review, I did this off of memory.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24th Review on BA
Bottle poured to pint glass
yeast added

App- Poured a very hazy yellow, very highly carbonated. Had a 1 finger head that just sat and bubbled away.

Smell-Don't ask me why but I got bananas and vanilla. My wife thought I was crazy. It's driving me nuts I can't pin point an exact scent.

Taste- This is a belgian white. No mistake about it. Had a distinct flavor to it. Was a small bit of malt on 1st sip then turned the over flavors on palate. I got a small bit of wheat and lemon.

Mouth- Nice flavor balance and very clean. A little light but very good all the same.

Drink-Yes please can I have some more to session with good friends and a nice pairing cheese.

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Photo of moviedawg
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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 pheurton
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy yellow with an excellent foamy white head. the nose is full of spice, mostly cloves and corriander. the first time i had this beer was like a revalation...this is what a wit should taste like! it's difficult to explain, but allagash seems to have hit the nail right on the head. full rounded witbeer flavors that are pleasant and quite refreshing. highly quaffable. a most enjoyable summer treat.

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Photo of obrendano
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5 straight down the board on this one

A - pours an off-lemonade color, thick bright white head that leaves heavy circular foam rings down the glass marking off every sip I took

S - musty yeast, orange peel, wheat and a general spice tone dominate, incredibly inviting

T - huge lactic citrus snap, very light and crisp

M - amazingly smooth, prickly tiny bubbles from the carbonation, goes down so easy it's not even funny

D - one of the best beers I've had to just sit there, watch TV and chill out with. had this in a late fall cold snap, but this would be equally great out on the porch in a dead summer heat

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden but cloudy and hazy with a white two finger head on top.

Aroma: Clove, allspice, cinnamon, banana, orange and lemon zest, light peppery notes.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel, lemon zest, clove, green apple, banana, a mild spice note of pepper. The finish is crisp and nice and dry.

Notes: Such a great Witbier drinkable and a great dry finish. Cheers.

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Photo of MichaelGreene
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Instructions on the label told me to drink this out of a tumbler, I just poured it in my erdinger weisse glass. Worked out nice.

Batch #50 (stamped on the label)

Pours out a cloudy yellow(banana yellow mixed with white cloudiness) Sort f a funky/spicy smell, like cracked pepper and something else I just cant place.

Exceptionally creamy mouthfeel, nice carbornation. Pretty perfect in that dept.

The flavor is good, I taste alot of pepper. When I first pour it in my mouth, I get the citrus, and a little tiny spark of bitterness at the end, just enough to taste that zesty peel flavor. I really taste a peppery flavor. It actually reminds me of eating those sea salt and pepper potato chips, you know the ones.

Theres really no negative about this beer. The only thing I can think of is that the spices are pretty prominent as the main flavor, But its really the style, so thats just something I like sometimes. This is something I will drink very regularly, not everyday though, like I would a German weisse bier. Something I would like to serve to guests though. Overall really really good.

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Photo of Wamesit
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy straw. White head that gives way to moderate clumpy lacing.

S - Yeast, corriander, citrus (lemon), grassy hops.

T - Yeast, bready malts. Spices (corriander and others). The hops maintains the grassiness of the aroma, as well as the lemon, but the citrus spectrum widens up a bit and includes orange peel. Surprising bitter in the finish.

M - Light/medium, lively carbonation.

O - This is an outstanding Witbier.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I served the Allagash White in an Allagash goblet out a of a 12 oz brown bottle. I searched for a freshness date on the bottle, but didn't find one. Cool label design representing Maine's great north country.

The appearance is cloudy with an off yellow color. Very nice head with sustain. Noticable lacings stick to the sides of the glass.

Classic Belgian scent is evident....some peppery like aromas, citrus notes and yeast.

Taste is bold with wheat refreshness in every sip. The spicy and citrusy flavors mix so well together. What a great American interpretation of this Belgian brew.

Clean, crisp and perfect on a hot summer day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to celticfutblclub for this bottle...

A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving a light frothy ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is sweet, a touch spicy, and with mild citrus. I get banana, lemon, lime, bubblegum, clove, and light pepper. Smells super inviting.

T: This beer starts out sweet with a nice mild malt bill and some bananas and a touch of citrus. As the beer moves to the middle, I get some spice and bubblegum. The finish is effervescent with clove, yeast, and banana.

M: Light bodied beer. The flavors are bright and refreshing as they envelop the palate. Mild spice in the middle, but a great balance throughout. Clean finish.

O: Excellent witbier. It's up there with Dancing Man Wheat. I could drink a ton of this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a tumbler. The beer pours the classic cloudy gold color of the witbier with a soft and fluffy white head that laces down the glass and leaves a nice film over the beer. The smell is full of what I always think of as the "soft" smell of unmalted wheat along with yeast and some citrus sweetness. The taste displays all of the characteristics of the smell but the coriander comes out nicely as well here. The mouthfeel is nice as well medium-full and soft carbonation. I am glad I finally got around to reviewing this one. This is my favorite wit. A great mix of refreshing and complexity. Just a fantastic brew.

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Photo of BierReise
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #4 75cl
This is a great example of a Belgian spiced white ale. I actually believe that this one is even better than Hoegaarden on draught. It pours beautifully, an orangy golden cloudy work of art. It feels like an ultra smooth wheat ale and the flavor is a generous presence of orange and corriander. This one seems to taste better as you drink it and the best mouthful was the last one from the bottle.

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