Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

5,302 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 Antg8989
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz twist off bottle with no freshness date, into a weizen glass. The pour on this beer is a wonderful, cloudy golden color that looks like lion's fur. Fluffy white head that sticks as a nice cap.

Aroma is spicy and citrusy, kind of like lemon-pepper. Some lemon rind and wheaty tartness is in the aroma.

Taste is orange citric, with some coriander spiciness and a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is just shockingly good. Smooth, with a creamy thickness to it that defies it's extra light body. I love when wheat beers pull this off. Too bad this comes in four packs, because this would be an excellent beer to stick with as a six pack.

Note: I suspect these bottles may be on their way to being old. No freshenss date, and when I asked at the counter if this was popular I was told they don't sell a lot of it (probably the answer to 99% of craft and micro beers). I had a sample of this beer another time that was a lot better and probably fresher. I'm not sure you can expect these to fly off the shelves because of the ridiculous price and four pack format. For the money, I'd rather go with hoeegarden, which is more likley to be fresh, and a lot cheaper. Allagash, start putting these in six packs and I'll regularly buy it.

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Photo of hsway
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into pilsner glasses. I really appreciated the directions for pouring, which I followed to the best of my ability. The batch number on the bottle was a nice touch too.

a: This is a beautiful beer - a cloudy sun-like yellow with an almost pure white head and abundant lacing.

s + t: Spicy and fruity, with a yeasty finish.

m: Smooth and well carbonated.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow color. Big bubbled, billowy white head that fell to a cloud like texture.
Nice fresh sweet smell. Pale malt, citrus rind and spices.
Tastes of pale sweet malt at the start. The orange peel really comes through in almost an aromatic way. Sorta like orange flower water. The coriander is subtely present. Has an almost juicy fruit gum flavor in the finish.
Thin bodied with a light carbonated mouthfeel and a bit of creaminess in the finish.
This would be great on a hot day. Not my favorite style but I rather enjoyed this. Good drinkibility.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chalice with a twist of orange.

Looks great, perfect lightly hazy lemon yellow with a persistent white head. Have to admit the orange slice makes it look refreshing, even though it's kind of stupid to put a twist in any beer.

Aroma is sweet, orange and wheaty, with a touch of spice.

Flavor is really smooth, balanced. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly effervescent.

Drinkability is great. This example of a wit might be slightly off the mark on style guidelines, but is dead on for a great lunchtime brew.

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Photo of Justinprintz
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LuthersMug
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very pleasant orange hue, nice and cloudy. Nice one inch head and good lacing.

S - Wheat, citrus orange, and floral scents

T - A very delicious beer, just right on the malts and a citrus, wheat flavor with a bit of spice.

M - Yummy.

O - Very enjoyable, I had two.

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Photo of ark57
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle Batch 10 - It pours a cloudy pale gold (almost white in color) with a big creamy white head. The head doesn't stay large, but it lingers as a thin covering for the beer until the end. The aroma is citrussy with some spice, a delicate hoppiness, and some sweetness. The light body is has some creamy malt and corriander seems to be present. It finishes with a nice spicey bitterness. A nice crisp, refreshing beer.

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Photo of beertunes
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very cloudy, barely translucent, yellow with just more than an inch of clean white head that left an above average amount of lacing.

The amount of orange in the aroma was less than expected but the overall spicieness of of the scent was good. The flavors had more of the orange than tha aroma, and the rest of the spices were a very good complement to the wheat base.

The body was typical for the style, perhaps a touch fuller. As with most Wits this is a very drinkable beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of lucky_rodent
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Davis Graduate.

Small foamy white head over an unfiltered yellow to light golden. The head retains just a ring of retention. A nose of predominantly wheat and citrus. Tastes of refreshing wheat flavors, coriander and other spices at the front. A lemon citrus hop bite comes in, but it's nothing against the wheat and spices. Orange bitterness in there as well. Ripe, sugary fruit pull through with a little bit of time. Medium body crispness and oh so smooth. This is such a great beer to cool down with. Very fitting for the style!

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Photo of sfprint
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed first week of Nov, 2011

A: beautiful Orangy yellow, opaque, no visible rising carbonation. Basically no head.
S: Yeasty tangerine, there’s some asian fruit quality to it, sweet pear
T: Bitter lemon, resembles an unsweet tropical fruit punch. A Hair bitter.
M: light carbonation, fairy light.
O. nice and fruity and fresh but could use some sweetness.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a faint yellow color, just a bit hazy, carbonation bubbles shoot to the top creating a thick and creamy white head that retains long after the pour, seems like a oemanent head, leaving beautiful lace behind.

S- mineral-like Belgian yeast provides a bit of light fruit with just a hint of banana and some sugary sweetness. All of the classic witbier aromas are there, but a bit subdued

T-yeasty and light, notes of clove & banana, earthy and mineraly. Mid-palate gives an acidic citrus tartness, then transitions to a dry finish, leaving mineral and earthy notes on the palate

M- light-medium body, moderate but spritzy carbonation, pure velvet mouthfeel with a silky finish. By far the creamiest mouthfeel I've experienced from a Wit.

O- a solid example of the style, mouthfeel was near perfect. Perhaps the best outside of Belgium.

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Photo of robebo44
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cubedbee
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin bright white head that quickly fades. Aroma is wheat, orange peels, and a nice blend of spices. Taste is light wheat malt with a strong spicey finish, just a bit of citric tang--very refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium/thin and carbonation is fairly low. This is a really good thirst-quenching beer for the summer.

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Photo of IBUBrew
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ela
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmryan21
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Great looking beer. Hazy yellow with a thick white foam.

Smell: Spicy and yeasty. Clove and banana too.

Feel: Spicy again. Clove and Belgian yeast dominate. Orange peel.

Feel: Crisp and light. Heavily carbonated.

Overall: The baseline example for a really good witbier. Its hard to beat this one and is a great beer to introduce to new craft drinkers.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in downtown Los Angles, California. Reviewed from notes. I'd had it out of the bottle before, and was already impressed, so my expectations were quite high. Paired with sweet potato chips (fries).

A: Pours a hazy yellow. The head is a half finger of light cream, decent thickness, and bad retention.

Sm: Light lemon citrus esters and cream over a light clean barley foundation. A bit simple, but pleasant and refreshing. Very well balanced.

T: Nicely lightly creamy, with very pleasant refreshing fruit ester hops. The body is near perfect, combining fruit with cream. Very well balanced and built. Also amazingly subtle, to the point that it disguises its own complexity.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and slightly creamy. Just thick enough. Clean and refreshing, and complementary of the flavours. Delicate and light on the palate.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. An amazing witbier. Very flavourful and complex for the style. Affordable as an import considering its high quality.

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Photo of Dur921
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Stillyman11
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of baseball636
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 5,302 ratings.
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