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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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Reviews: 1,363 | Ratings: 5,193
Photo of blackie
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a cloudy, whitish golden hay in color. The low head quickly dissipates. A little more head would have been better.

Smell is just wonderful. Wheat, hay, yeast, Fruit Loops, coriander, and a nice oh-so-slight peppery spiciness. The light fruitiness of this beer is just perfect, I love the smell. Hops are kept to a minimum.

Carbonation is moderate and the body around the middle of the thin range.

Taste is of wheat, coriander, citrus peel, and a bit of spicy hops. Finish is dry. Just lovely.

Drinkability is dangerous.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

appearance: hazy yellow straw, thick white head that laces all the way through

smell: citrus/orange, yeast, spice

taste: sweet orange complimented with a nice spice flavor. Its just as good as I remember.

mouthfeel: light to medium, refreshing, tingles the tongue

drinkability: all day long

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Photo of AlexJ
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How can it be possible that I have never reviewed this beer. WTF am I thinking!

Aggressive pour yields a cloudy, peachy yellow beer with a high and fluffy white head. Decent retention and nice crusty lace.

Aromas are a sweet cornicopia of fresh orange peel, crushed lemon zest, white pepper, sweet spice, and wheaty goodness. Everything I have come to expect from a good Witte.

Flavor certainly holds up to the nose, even exceeding it. It begins with soft citrus notes of tangerine, lemon, and orange. Sweet and somewhat dry and tart at the same time. There is a nice level of spice:corieander, white pepper, and clove. All of which are accentuated by the spicey yeast. It trails of with lingering hints of citrus, and a nip of floral hops.

Body is between light and medium, right where it should be. Texture is slick, wheaty, and creamy. Carbonation is soft and effervescent. Hugely drinkable, just hook me up to an IV full of Allagash White and I'll be set for the rest of summer.

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

The Allagash White is an outstanding beverage. Arrives from the tap in a slightly hazy golden color. The head is white and plentiful. The smell is a nice mixture of spices, with a citrus overtone. The taste is exceptional. A highly drinkable beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of bashiba
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a straw yellow with a nice hazyness about it and a decent amount of thick white head.

Smell was full of yeast, orange, and coriander.

Taste was very nice, a hint of orange, a little lemon, some coriander, even a touch of pepper with just a little bit of crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel was crisp and a bit tingly with all the carbonation.

Drinkability was very good, especially goes down well in the summer heat.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a medium amber color with modest white head that feel to a thin ring. Smell is nice and spicy with an abundance of cloves. Taste is mainly of cloves with lemon and corriander inthe background. Finish has a bit of a bitiness that I don't overly enjoy in this type of beer. Good drinker.

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

Appearance: hazy beer. straw, yellow with a white fizzy head. Good retention...but not a lot of lace left on the glass.

Smell: A spicy orange smell. Sweet maltiness.

Taste: Fantastic taste. A sweet orange flavor hits my mouth right at the beginning and then gets overtaken and complimented by an almost perfect coriander/spiciness.

Mouthfeel: medium to light in body. Very refreshing and clean.

Drinkability: I like this beer better in the bottle. Perhaps because I served it warmer. Regardless it is a good beer.

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Photo of Hop2it
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy unfiltered Witbeir if I ever saw one. Straw yellow with a decent head. Lacing down the glass is evidence of its sugary contents.

Smell is blatant and upfront. Citrus and yeasty. Lemons and orange rind. Definitely a strong aroma, just not as balanced as some Germans in the same style.

Light and tangy. The body is somewhat lacking for me, which is surprising considering it's as cloudy as the Seattle skyline. I will give it this: it's well balanced. The hops are a gentle compliment to the sweet base.

I'm basing my ratings on a recent mission to submerge myself in unfiltered wheats. This is a fine brew, and very much exemplifies the American varieties of the style.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a nonic. The beer is a cloudy pale yellow that is even paler on the edges and it has a 1 finger bone white head that doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Smells delicious - oranges, coriander, banana, pepper, spiciness, and yeast, all blended together nicely. The aroma is fairly subtle but strong enough to get some good whiffs. The taste follows suit but with an addition of spicy hops and a mild bitterness that complement the other flavors. It has a medium body that is kinda tingly yet smooth, with the last sip having the best mouthfeel. The drinkability is high as it is a complex and refreshing beer but the flavors aren't overwhelming. I could easily see this being a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a big white head. The aroma is of orange, and corriander. The taste is very nice. Citrusy and spicy, yet still smooth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a great interpretation of a witbier. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with allagash logo on front. "beer brewed with spices" is printed on front of label. pouring instructions are on side of label. allagash's interpretation of their belgian white is also printed at the top of the bottle. no ABV is displayed.

appearance: pours a cloudy lemonade orange color in a pint glass. thin head that is gone within seconds. small quantities of bubbles rise through the mist.

smell: spicy orange and lemon. hint of russian tea. herby aromas and cloves can be smelled while sipping. tinge of fresh cut grass after swirling.

taste: citrusy sweet. orange and lemon with very little bitters to balance. not overly complex. mostly spicey citrus. yeasty finish.

mouthfeel: thin and crisp but smooth mouthfeel. decent carbonation. swallows hard.

drinkability: i could make this a session brew. alcohol is very masked. mouthfeel reminds me of a lemonade. could be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

overall: there's a spice that is just totally dominant. i like it but it could get old. i wasn't overly familiar with the smell of corriander, so i grabbed the spice rack to compare. that's not it. all i can say is that with the mix of orange flavor and aroma, the spice reminds me of russian tea. i'm not a huge fan of this style, so i havn't had many other examples to compare this to. however, if this is your style, i feel i can highly recommend this witbier.

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Photo of robertp1024
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This belgian white from Allagash pours a wonderful cloudy golden yellow. There is a slight head which disapates nicely, but leaves lacing thougthout the entire glass. The scent is smooth and fresh. The scent of citrus is what you expect and exactly what you get. I smell lemon, orange and wheat. The flavor is quite the same, with maybe a little cloves. Some spices are evident as you enjoy this beer. I think this is a great belgian white, and if you are a fan of this fresh flavor, then give this a shot. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of sacfly
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

Pours a creamy pale yellow with a white haze from the yeast, nice for style. Huge bubbles make up a think white head. Aroma is mostly orange peal with some spice for good measure. Taste is a wonderful mix of lemon, orange, coriander. A touch of sweetness manifests itself… reminiscent of apricots. Light in body. Very easy to drink. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Kind of like after biting an orange rind, but not as harsh. Awesome beer. In my opinion, this is a perfect summer beer. Light and refreshing but not sacrificing the slightest bit of flavor to do so.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Corked and caged 750 ml
*Batch #23

Appearance: With the yeast pour, the beer actually IS a bit white; pale, almost opaque, cream straw. Topped with a thick, creamy head with superb retention. Extremely fine carbonation. Thick, frothy lace.

Smell: Very pronounced orange peel and spice; sweet and citrusy. A bit of biscuity wheat. Terrific.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very full and creamy for such a low abv beer, with mild carbonation -- quite nice. The taste is very big, maybe a bit too forward. Very strong yeast pepper and orange rind to start. Tart citrus juice and metallic wheat mid palette. Pepper burn lasts long into the finish.

Drinkability: This is a very substantial wit. I personally think the flavor is a bit harsh, but the texture and and scent are fantastic. Not for everyone, but certainly one some folks will love.

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Photo of palliko
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy amber with a good head of puffy foam and some nice lace. Aroma contains a vanilla soft bread, some herbs, citrus and lemon grass. Initial taste is gentle, followed by yeast, barley, carbonation about right and bitter curacao orange. The flavors wash over the tongue: malt, peach, spice. Very nicely done – complex and well brewed.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma begins with a big spice smell that has hints of corriander, orange peel and clove with a malty background of bread and crackers, very classic witbier scent. Taste malty with a nice spiced flavor, you get flavors of of corriander and clove, orange and lemon rind as well as a light peppery note, and the malt flavor and clean and simple; notes of fresh baked bread and crackers. The mouhfeel is smooth and creamy, and the finish is clean and crisp with moderate carboation. Drinkability is extremely good, probably one of the most drinkable beers around, a great summertime brew to say the least.

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Photo of lord2464
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy appearance and darker then your average wit. The beer was highly carbonated but not as effervescent as some classic Belgian examples, instead there was a more creamy head. The spicy aromas jumped out of the glass. The beer had the classic coriander/bitter orange flavors, but with more pronounced accents then most wit. These flavors are set inside of a delectable golden ale ripe with malt sweetness and a perfect hop bite. Sorry Hoegarden.. this domestic takes home the blue ribbon!

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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 neonbrown82
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Allagash brew, acquired thanks to GCBrewingCo. I must say, I was a bit disappointed with this one despite being thoroughly impressed with the Victory Prima Pils I reviewed earlier.

Pours to a very hazy light yellowy orange color with a white glow. The head is very minimal and fades to non-existent soon after the pour.

The smell is very subdued. Has a hint of wheat malt and coriander spiciness, but it doesn't ever seem to open up.

The taste is quite good, however. Has a strong spiciness from the unmalted wheat. Also notable is a huge coriander and orange peel taste. It tastes almost like I put a slice of orange on the rim of the glass after squeezing the juices in. A clove spiciness is well hidden beneath the citrus and other spices.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied and quite refreshing. Overall, it's quite enjoyable, but not quite impressive. I'm looking forward to seeing how this compares against one of my favorite brewers' (St. Bernardus) which I also acquired thanks to GCBrewingCo.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass with a lemon. Had a nice golden hue, almost cloudy. Served with a slight head on it, which disapated fast. The smell was sensational, had a fruity or flowery smell, but this could be due to the lemon wedge that was served with it. Starts off sweet, almost a citrus orange flavor to it. It was light and easy to swallow, even the aftertase was pleasent. I would order another, maybe this time without the lemon, just so I can get the full effect of the beer. Overall a good choice on a nice summer day.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap from GLB, served in pint glass
Appearance: beautiful hazy straw color with a wonderful foamy head that slowly dissipated, excellent lacing in rings down the side of the glass
Smell: sweet smell rife with citrusy spices forming a complex lemon and floral bouquet highlighted by a strong hint of yeast. delightful and complicated nose.
Taste: sweet and light on tip of tongue ringing with mysterious herbal and slight citrus notes that confirm and echo the mystique of the nose. yeast taste and mild spice kick follow, lingering on back of tongue/palate, balancing the initial sweetness with a semi-dry singing finish. packed with interesting varieties of flavor and smell throughout the entire experience of consumption - fruit, coriander, dank yeast, citric tartness, etc.
Mouthfeel: light in body but moderate carbonation for a texture that showcases the aromas and flavors to be found in this brew. crisp, lively, and delicious? must be a must have.

the allagash white is a killer witbier. can't wait to go home and savor one.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What could possibly go better with Allagash White than Nick Blakey (Bauer Wine) and Rob Tod (Allagash) serving it up and chatting with folks about the process of making beer at their tasting at Bauer Wine?

Poured into a pint tumbler with a fizzy 1/2" white head that leaves a wide, spread out ring that mingles with the lace all over the surface. Through the murkier than murky earthy yellow color carbonation can be seen rising very quickly to the surface keeping the head alive for an impressive length of time.

Smells pleasant, yeast and spice, not overpowering at all. The taste is a robust wheaty mouthfull of puckering goodness. The spice is not very forward in the profile, bit of a clove flavor on the sides of the tongue. The length is fairly short, that does go well with the style, but I tend to want more than you get with this style of beer. The way the spice is combined on the palate with the dry, puckering finish takes away from the drinkability a bit.

Overall a good spring-summer session brew.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hardly any head is about the only thing negative that I can say about this one. Nicly clouwded goldenwhite beercolor makes presentation ok. Nose is very citrussy and fruity but also fresh, probably extra cause of litle koreander being used. Nice sourness with it and even litle maltarome with wheat.
Taste is also very good being quiet bitter for a white, nice sourness, malty and cirtussy with koreander. These american hops do very good with a wheat beer, hell yes! Great mouthfeel completes the party so just want more of these!

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch # 20

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with fluffy, uneven, white head. The head thins down a lot but still maintains a nice covering over the top of the beer.

Smell: Bubble gum, banana, apple, sweet malty aroma. Light, sweet, non-specific floral aroma.

Taste: Spicy pepper, pear, gren apple, bready, chewy. Sweet with a hint of lemony citrus. Very citrusy up front with a mostly malty/wheaty middle. Watery clean ending with a lingering maltiness. Very light woody flavor like sawdust or unfinished oak.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and lively. It dances on the palate and releases the flavor evenly and cleanly. It also has a nice chewy feel from the malts. Excellent feel to this light to medium bodied beauty.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and clean. Complex and tasty and with a well balanced spiciness and maltiness. I will gladly drink this one again. Well done.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First this is an unfair review. I've kept this bottle around far too long. Perhaps over a year. Not fair to a beer that shouldn't be cellar. It poured out golden in color. With a thin surface level head that quickly dissipated in a lot of fizz. Smell is non-existent. Taste is actually quite good if understated. I imagine this would be quite good as a fresh beer. A bit of spiciness remains. Corrinader remains even after all this time. A bit on the dry side. I much preferred the Allagash Tripel.

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Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 5,193 ratings.
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