White | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian 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 Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better in the bottle. When had on tap, so many taps very much suspect it wasn't too fresh. Richer and better colour in bottle. Still spice, prticularly corriander, but carbonation rich and alive. Thanks to donator from USA at Doug Shoemaker party.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the flagship beer for allagash, i have been drinking this one for as long as i can remember. i do like it better from the bottle than the tap though, an uncommon theme for me personally. it pours a real cloudy pale yellow color with an inch of soapy white head. hold the orange slice please, this isn't a schocktop. aromas of orange zest and light coriander seed waft up, but so does a nice bitter hopping and a density of wheat malt that is quite pronounced. the taste is the best of the nose, with the orange being subtle, sweet, and acidic. the body is full for the style, which i really like, and the Belgian yeast strain is just right for this brew. probably the best version of this style brewed in the entire untied states, certainly one of them. this is a staple beer for me, but i think it gets watery or contaminated via tap sometimes. the bottles are always perfectly carbonated, but the draft is hit or miss in my experience. it was epic on tap at the brewery though, so fresh and bright. this beer is an all around winner.

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Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of Allagash White 12oz bottles. Belgian style bottle conditioned white beer. Poured into River Horse pint glass. Followed instructions on bottle.
Cloudy straw colored with small white head and great lacing. Aroma of wheat and orange. Tasty citrus and spice blend. Exceptionally drinkable. Definitely ranks up in the top 5 white beers I've had.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy milky yellow. Quarter finger head that rapidly dissipates and little lace

S: wheat and nice citrus melody.

T: orangy and lemon. wheat is there as well. Nothing at all offensive. Very palatable.

M: light bodied. Refreshing. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Excellent beer for its category. You can tell it is on the light side without losing the taste.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Academy in Canyon Country, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, yeast, and spices. Taste is of wheat, yeast, and spices along with a slight perfume flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I honestly expected more from this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours as a foggy looking yellowish orange color. The head is decent. The lacing is pretty good too. The smells of citrus and other spices are very much in this beer. The aroma is probably the best part of this beer. The taste is good too but I felt that it fell just a bit short compared to the aromas is was giving off. The mouthfeel was pretty good for a white ale as well. Nicely carbonated and smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy light yellow in color with a bright white head that slowly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of orange peels and spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a perfect balance between citrus flavors and spices. There are also some notes of wheat and yeast.
M: The beer feels light-bodied, crisp and very refreshing on the palate.
D: It's extremely easy to consume and is thirst quenching, particularly on a hot summer day.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer a lot.. definitely a lot different than other Witbiers out there.. this one tastes genuine.

Has a different spice to it than the bland one other breweries have and seems cloudier somehow? Either way this beer is delicious and I wish my local beer store carried more Allagash products [this is the only one :-(]

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date or batch number. Pours hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger whilte head with nice retention, that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well, with a steady stream of carbonation coming from the bottom. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, spices, citrus peel, and a bit of wheat tang. Very nice aromas here and are very true to style as well. Taste of big spices, banana, clove, citrus peel, wheat, and breadiness. Not much bitterness on the finish, but there are plenty of lingering notes of spice, citrus, bread, and clove. Medium-high carbonation with medium body; with a great and slightly creamy mouthfeel, that leads to very smooth and enjoyable drink. Alcohol is well hidden as expected, nothing other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall an outstanding witbier that is extremely refreshing, and has a great balance of flavors.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kojevergas
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at USBTC Tasting, Jungle Jim's, Cincinnati. The beer does everything that you want a Witbier to do, and then some. It has the typical soft citrus, spicy, belgian, wheat characer. Has light yellow glitter color with a mild haze. Looks cotton-ey. Smells a little more wheat-ey and estery than most Wits; more Hefe-like. Tastes more than typically Belgin with extra souring, twangy, and yeasty. Alcohols seem heavier than normal and give a lightly phenolic and soapy character. Despite the mild off-flavors, the extra boldness is attractive. Still light and fresh feeling to the mouth. Finishes mostly clean and soft. Very nice.

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a half finger of creamy white head. Good retention. Smells like Belgian yeast, banana, and mild lemon. Taste follows. I like the spice with the light fruity flavors. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, compared to a draught pour from last night. Spice level and richness is definitely more noticeable in the bottle version.

Hazy lemon body, thick foam settles into choppy irregular peaks of lace. Perfect level of spice in the nose..coriander, nutmeg, lemon zest. Nicely aromatic in a way that compliments the taste without overshadowing it. Tea-like almost on the palate, mild yet spicy. Earthy spice and wheat come through halfway. Smooth and thin mouthfeel, lending itself to sessioning a 4-pack or 750 easily. Best domestic Wit available.

Allagash White is quickly becoming my Witbier of choice...

2011 draft sample: A bit soapy, thin bodied. Mild earthy coriander and earthy spice, quenching. Today I don't hold it in high regard as I used to.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, thick, two-finger, white head of foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of yeast, clove, wheat and some hints of banana.

T - It had a nice sweet wheat flavor with a good yeasty flavor. There were hints of clove and spices.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied wheat ale.

D - This is a very easy drinking brew. I could see myself drinking a lot of this great tasting wit.

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