Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash WhiteAllagash White
5,348 Ratings
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 redbarnbikes
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brutalist
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

A: (3/3) Unbelievably crystal clear almost colorless light yellow produces gigantic foamy head. After yeast swish, so much fun watching it cascade through the head and into the beer below.
S: (9/12) Coriander and black pepper pair well with the strong wheat aromas
T: (16/20) Decidedly light flavor profile. A good contrast to a fin du monde--similar profile but that guy smashes you over the head with wheat. If I focus, I can taste a similar balance of the spices above, though.
M: (4/5) Medium carbonation. A little bit of heft to the body for a wit but otherwise spot-on for style. Little dryness on the finish.
O: (7/10) I want more. Simply put this is a weak beer. It’s good, don’t get me wrong. Just weak. Now, having said that, this is a witbier, not a hefeweizen, certainly not a dunkelweizen, so I can’t fault it for that. It has a little bit of that “artificially sweetened” flavor that turns me off from other spiced or fruity beers, but otherwise it’s solid.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a touch of malt and fairly sharp in flavor. Spice is quite apparent and provides a fair amount of bitterness along with the hops. Quite refreshing.

Scent is of the ocean and a touch of mustiness. Quite lovely in the tulip, plenty of head and streams of lacing down the glass. Pleasant mouthfeel. Very light and on the dry side.

I'd want to taste a few of these classic Wits together to see what really sets the apart. This one seems a little less mellow and more tart, so it might be just the thing for a big Oktoberfest stein.

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Photo of speter
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy gold with a small fluffy white head.

S: Mainly yeast with hints of coriander and less of citrus than some witbiers.

T: Immensely refreshing. The lightness of the wheat combined with the ample carbonation says summer (even if the weather doesn't). The spicing is very subtle and doesn't overpower the other flavors.

M: Light and refreshing without being watery.

D: Easily a session beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of cpone
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale straw body. Thick, foamy head disappears quickly, leaves thick lacing.

S: Very sour, orange, spices - cloves, cinnamon. Wheat.

T: The wheat aroma follows through in the flavor, a tad sweet with a nice citrus component. Get the spices and faint hops.

M: Decent mouthfeel, fairly light. A nice tart/creamy finish.

D: very drinkable - great for warmer weather, not dead of winter.

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Photo of bfitzge2
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Left a one finger head with good retention and some lacing here and there. Body was very cloudy and a pale-yellow-gold.

Smell - faintly spicy yeast and bready malt.

Taste - much like the smell, a bready malt highlighted with tones (although surprisingly faint) of yeasty spiciness.

Mouthfeel - full, chewy, smooth.

Drinkability - goes down very easy and is good. Could go for more in a session.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tap at blind tiger. Extremely cloudy pale yellow hue. Classy looking. Highly carbonated, but creamy mouthfeel at the same time. I love the expressive malt in here, cookie-ish and grassy. Lots of lime flavor, smooth witbier that manages to be flavorful and feel as light as can be.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an even golden color with a translucent, cloudy body and a thin cap of white head. Nose is heavy on the banana and clove, like a hefewizen but also tempered by a short note of coriander, Overall definitely okay but a little understated.

Light and flavorful in the mouth and very quenching. Citrus is the big note, along with the obvious wheat and the same pinch of spice from the aroma. A little thinner in the mouth than I'd like, especially at the finish but still downable in quantity.

Certainly this is a pleasant Belgian white but not quite what I was hoping for. Worth trying but better witbiers exist.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Charlesw for this one in trade.

Served refrigerated, which is unusual for me (I prefer cellar temp) this beer pours hazy yellow, and if you follow the bottle directions to resuspend the yeast you will be rewarded with a big white head that quickly crashes to a thin lace and edge ring.

Smell is sweet and spicy over a wheat background; full and enticing.

Taste is sweet, lemon citrus and spicy corriander, VERY NICE !

This is my wife's favorite style; she likes 'White' (Witbier), and this is better than most.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, clean & balanced.

Drinkability; this would be a great refreshing summer beer. If I could routinely obtain it, I would keep it in stock.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on the lookout for this beauty for some time and was glad to have a pint at the Hop Devil Grill last night.

A: Poured a cloudy pale golden with at first a foamy head with big pockets, but fell to a thin pencil line shortly afterward. Minor lacing and average retention.

S: Nose was a bevy of citrus fruits, more orange than lemon or grapefruit. Well in the rear was dashes of bready yeast.

T: Followed the nose perfectly with balanced hops and spices. Yeast is more promiment but under control, as most wit's are known to be.

M: Quite smooth, with a good watery clean finish if that makes sense.

D: Top notch from Allagash. Not as pungent or tastey as other but is still very refreshing and perfect for almost all seasons.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, straw-yellow. Head was thin, and lacing minimal (although the bartender may be to blame, since a Hefeweizen poured the same evening had only a meager head instead of the expected tower).

S: Lemon-grass. White pepper. And wheat. In that order.

T: Tart and dry up front. The citrus flavors of lemon and orange really stand out. There's a little pepper and coriander mixed in. Wheat is certainly there, but appears later, with the semi-dry and bitter finish. The flavor doesn't linger long.

M: Medium dry, without much carbonation.

O: Quite good among the Witbiers. It would be a close competition with Hoegaarden, but I'd give Allagash a slight edge.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For some reason had a couple of white beers last night since I was inspired by my first beer of the night - Bells Winter White. Followed it up at Monks with a couple of Allagash Whites while having some Thai Curry Mussels.

A - Pours a yellow looking straw color with a white pillow that leaves some good legs on the glass as you drink.

S - Citrus, some yeast, and a little bit of candy sugar make it a pleasant experience.

T - Very light and refreshing, you gert the yeast, citrus, and sweetness all coming together.

M - Light and refreshing, nice for style.

D - Very easy drinker of course. You could drink a lot of these as I have done at times in the summer.

Very good beer made by a good brewery. I have had the pleasure of meeting the owner a couple of times and he is very committed to putting out quality beers.

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Photo of cp45
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a wine tumbler.

pours a golden white. clearer than I expected for a Belgian brew, but it's Gina enough of a haze to let you know its got some yeast content

I got a one finger head with decent retention, but nothing to write home about.

the nose is a mix of citrus wheat and Belgian yeast as expected. light and refreshing.

taste matches the nose. it's light and bright with the right amount of Belgian yeasty favors to remind you that this a of a refined vein of witbeers.

mouthfeel is light and crisp. this one is perfect for a hot summery night. too bad it's 60 degrees right now. would enjoy this more so in hotter weather hanging outside by a fireplit.

not as impressive as I hoped but holds its own weight. if you want a high end summer brew this has your name written all over it. but as for me, this is only marginally better than some of. the other mass produced summer favorites. don't think I'd get it again. bit then again I'm jot a big fan of Belgian wits to begin with. to be fair though, this is still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale, straw with a creamy white head that recedes to a thin film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Smells like a Wit. There are fruity notes of bananas and citrus, with grainy wheat, pepper and coriander.

Taste: Crisp wheat flavors are present throughout. The center is fruity with a nice tart citrus flavor and mild bananas. The finish is yeasty and spicy with notes of pepper and clove. The bitterness is low.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, with a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A nice drinkable witbier, not my favorite, but solid.

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Photo of TroyE219
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Eddiehop
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,348 ratings
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