Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

5,311 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 Newmerator
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was yet another that for me held quite a bit of hype, that in my opinion was not lived up to.

A. Pale-yellow, hazy/cloudy, white head, good lace

S. Very yeasty, citrus/lemon dominant smell, coriander?

T. Rather similar to the smell. yeasty, citrus, still lemon.

M. silky, light body,

D. good beer. Could have a few, nothing too great though. But definitely a beer that I could drink through the night, considering it's low alc content. I don't see why they would price it so high however.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours out a beautiful, cloudy, lemony yellow with a nice but not persistent head. Aroma is strong, the typical hefeweissen aroma - wheaty, malty, with a lemony overtone. Flavor is rich and jazzy, what one expects of a wheat beer but richer and more mouth-filling and with a hint of hops. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, it has a touch of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of RaginBowener
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Belgian tulip at Tryon Public House

Creamy white head a finger thick. Pale golden liquid with a it of a hazy look. 4.5

Smells of banana, clove and lemon. Sweet malt rounds things out. 4.25

A zesty, spicy wheat flavor joins sweet banana and clove to make a pretty great beer. 4

Bubbly, lively mouthfeel from the yeast and carbonation, but the body is full, creamy and smooth. Finishes semi-dry with a touch of tartness. 4

Classic tasty brew.

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Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy white pour with a yellow tint. There is some lacing noted on the glass. Foam is a frothy white that retains pretty well.

S - Spicy notes of corriander and ginger lie above a citrusy smell of oranges. Some scent of light grain is present.

T - Initial tartness of orange is faded by a pronounced spice flavor. Actually I think it is a bit too much. But the notes are all there and a crisp taste of wheat rounds this out.

M - Easily sessionable and great for the warmer months. Balance is solid (again the corriander could tone done a notch) and minimal carbonation.

O - Not sure if this still the leader of the style but clearly a solid beer. A perfect beer to show those breaking in to craft beer that even the lighter styles can be eye opening.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date. Bottled with yeast and has pouring instructions.

A - Totally hazed over with tiny sediment specks interspersed throughout. Pale yellow straw. Classic Witbier color. Small white head with poor retention and just a ring left after subsiding. No lace.

S - Creamy light lemon and lime citrus that smells like lemon meringue pie. A hearty yet delicate helping of spices and a yeast aroma on the nose as well. Moderate wheats in the background with some straw. No hops. Good layering in the aroma. Up front yet delicate.

T - The flavor mirrors the aroma. A blend of lemon meringue pie and lime yogurt. A yeasty and spicy smack is in there with the wheat but all besides citrus flavors party out in the shadows. This one has more flavor that I remember other Witbiers having as well. Moderately-low balanced. It leans a bit towards the citrus flavors.

M - Smooth and light-medium bodied. Residual sweetness with a creaminess to it lingers through the carbonated finish. No bitterness but a light spice at the end. Nice and refreshing.

D - Good drinkability but not something I'd rush out for. A lovely summer brew that will quench the thirst in the heat. Again, really good layering of flavors in this one.

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Photo of hoffman
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The famed allagash white. Not available in Nebraska this one has been on my radar since I found out there was life past Blue Moon. The pour on this one was not at all impressive to me. Thick opaque yellow haze and a bright white head that rises quickly and falls just the same leaving some traces of bubbles on the surface. Very spotty lacing follows down the glass. The smell is quite nice very yeasty, more tradtional Belgian smell with some citrus in the background. Nice and potent. The taste is very nice, bannana yeast flavor with some tart lemony undertones but a hop balance in the middle that takes the cake. The mouthfeel is creamy but may tread a bit on the weak side with adequate carbonation. This one is mighty drinkable...not really up to the hype that I was expecting but my wants from this one may have been unfair.

Try it if you can get it.

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Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zayzay1
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clody yellow, big poof of white foam, good retention and decent lacing. Scent is of fresh cracked wheat, white bread and yeast, lighlty spiced with notes of lemon and banana are present, but not forward. Taste follows scent, the breadyness of the beer (including yeasts) are the star with the citrus and spice noted being kept under wraps, the sweetness is also mild when compared to other wheats. Faint hint of tartness. Medium bodied, heftier then others in the style, lightly dry, active carbonation. A good, solid wit beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wheat beers are not really my fav style, but I'm trying to find a place for them. These kids are a good start, and are perfect for hot summer weather.

Pours a pasty white fizzy fluffy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with tons of soapy lacing, fairly hazy golden pilsner like color.

Nose lots of wheat, Belgian sweet malt characters but white malts, wit like spices with faint coriander like, touch of citrus and orange peel light Belgian wit like yeast aromas.

Taste brings more of the same but first some light esters from the yeast, bit of a pear and light apple like, then wit flavours, lots if wheat, light spices with coriander again, faint orange peel and citrus zest, a light bready toasty biscuit like wheat too. Finish is drier but a bit sticky, lingering citrus zest, coriander, and what flavors, nice lingering citrus slightly spicy hop bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bod but nice fluffy carb.

Overall nice Belgian wit like beer, pretty typical though but nothing too special. Still a tasty beer made in the USA, a nice Belgian wit. Again, not really my fav style either but hits well in the hot summer heat wave we're in.

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Photo of Tycedi
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek564
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PGD120
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into jelly glass
Appearance.: light golden hazy color with a bright white 1 finger head.
Smell: wheat and coriander with a little lemon.
Taste: really bright flavor, coriander notes with yeast and wheat. Slight lemon citrus lingering flavor and some banana
Mouth feel: light body with lingering carbination.
Overall: just a really solid American witte. Really refeshing solid beer.

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Photo of BoogsAndBohs
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beastcpa
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful hazy looking brew with a slight white head from tap at Chickie's and Pete's. Bready and yet somewhat spicy scent. Lemon and malt and some spice yum! Wonderful creamy and decently carbonated. Just good !

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Photo of Smconnor
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at cellar temperature pours into a tulip glass a bright, but hazy, yellow colour. A tightlyknit white head of minute bubbles eventually settles into some sheets of lacing. Aroma is of a Belgian strong ale, minus the alcohol. Banana, lemonzest, yeast, cloves, and coriander. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with a tonguebite of pepper and hops. Taste is pleasantly complex, with lemon, musty yeast, wheat grain, and a spice array featuring green peppercorns and coriander. Carbonation is medium and plays into the mix quite well. Aftertaste is clean, with a note of mild pepper. Malts stay subdued in this Allagash, but I can easily understand why this white ale is the flagship of this fine Maine brewery. Very well crafted and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours fully clouded, yellowy apricot, delicate white cap resting above, fine and plentiful lace. oh so tasty and tender nose of delicate coriander, orange and wheaty malts and yeast. Simply delicious nectar of the gods..more orange, subtly lime flourishes, coriander again, drying citric hops...enjoyed on an unusually warm spring day..looking forward to the salads, bread and cheeses of summer, joined by this fine accompaniment . Delicate, yet flavorful, fine achievement in brewing going on here. Widely available, enjoyed getting a fresh sample on draft (in my growler)

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

Freshness Date: None

A: Hazy pale golden yellow in the glass with half a finger of an ephemeral white head which fades to a faint rim.

S: Wheat and peppery spicy up front. Some banana and crisp fruit then come through.

T: The wheat is grainy, light and clean balanced with a pepper and clove spiciness. There is a hint of honey sweetness. The fruit components are banana and bits of apple and pear.

M: Light with moderate carbonation. This is so crisp it snaps with the first sip.

O: A flavorful and well balanced wheat that is right there at the top. Refreshing, highly drinkable, and perfect for a sunny day.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 5,311 ratings.
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