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.

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Photo of ditch
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that this is not my style of beer. But in the effort of maturing my knowledge of all things beer I have decided to give this one a try on a recommendation of a friend.

Pour was decent, head was not as big or long lasting as previous reviews have said. I'm guessing this is because of the pour from a bottle instead of a tap. Poured a milky golden color. Lacing left on the glass falls away quick.

Very yeasty scent followed by a slight fruit and spice.

Wow as far as a Belgian wheat goes, this is really good! I am very impressed. Yeast is the main flavor to hit the pallet. A little spice and citrus. Very light and drinkable. I could go for another, but i only bought one!

Hats off to another great beer by Allagash!

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour a pale, cloudy yellow with just a hint of orange. About 1/2 in of white head which quickly dissapears

S: Citrus and stone fruit (peach, apricot etc) with some floral undertones

T: The citrus is present here as well, with some sweetness and the spices coming throughout the drink. This is a very clean drinking beer with

M: Lightbodied and crisp, very refreshing, with carbonation that isn't overpowering

D: Overall a very nice brew for warm weather drinking

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Photo of Abra
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A powerhouse Belgian wheat beer!

Pours a cloudy yellow with a decent head.
Taste begins with the traditional Belgian spices and finishes with strong, assertive wheat that lingers exactly like it should. This style of beer is one of my favorites and Allagash did a fantastic job. Clean, crisp, refreshing...traditional done right!

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Photo of fattychubs
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark blonde color, with a small white head that quickly settles into lace. Smell is a mix of spice, orange and yeast. Starts with a wheat malt flavor, and lots of spice. The sharp spice continues through most of the taste and it finishes with just a touch of bitter and fruit.

This brew is heavy on the spice. I didn’t think much of it over all, but I may not be a fan of the style right now. Some of the spices just seemed to strong for most of the taste, left me with an average impression.

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Photo of loving44
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured light amber with a light foamy head.

smell of citrus, sweet wheat malt, squash, and lots of yeast. very crisp.

Tastes of citrus and clean wheat. Very smooth and well balanced. Crisp finish that is a bit dry. A very slight dry bitterness lingers.

light and airy mouthfeel.

this beer is insanely drinkable.... I went throgh the large corked and caged bottle to fast for my own good. Very tasty and refreshing stuff!! Recommended!

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Photo of LennyV
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Unibroue tulip from a 750ml bottle

Small pinky finger head, limited lacing. Nice spicy yeasty smell.

Full body, perfect carbonation not to fizzy, not to flat.

Spicy tatsting as expected as it is brewed with spices but not overwheliming and very smooth.

Perfect beer when you are not in the mood for a heavy brew.

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Photo of BillH200174
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark yellow color with a thin off-white head. Very little lacing. Aroma is very spicy with pepper, coriander and some citrus. Light-bodied and crisp with a spicy and fruity character, with yeast flavor as well. The finish is sweet, fruity and clean.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours golden and cloudy with a thick white head that disapates quickly. Very smooth with hints of floral, and citrus.There almost is a whiff of baby powder in this beer if thats possible This is a great summer witte! This will be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of Krevee
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank 6/2/10
Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Light pale straw yellow. Decent white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Light wheat and citrus and spices along with some yeast ester smells.

T - Taste similar to smell. With little bit of hoppy bitterness at the end. Along with some sweetness while drinking this beer.

M - Light silky mouthfeel but still crisp with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amount of oils left in the mouth

D - This is a nice easy drinking beer. A good summer selection. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium sized frothy head, rush of carbonation activity, laces nicely, great looking unfiltered wheat beer.

Smell - Citrusy, mild spice, wheat. Not an exceptionally strong aroma overall, but a good precursor of what is to come.

Taste - This white is amazing because unlike most other wheat beers, the wheat character never sticks out alone. It comes in combination with the fruit flavor and with the spice in good balance.

Mouthfeel - Goes down great, the higher carbonation is appropriate for this beer.

Drinkability - I've had this before, but waited until I had one that I could drink along with this review. This is still the best white ale I've had after trying several others. This one strikes the best balance of good taste and pizazz...the level of citrus flavor and spice in just right in my opinion and that takes this beer above some others which have quite acceptable bases and those with too much fruit and spice.

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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 ScottUCF84
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review in months. Blame corporate downsizing! It kinda killed my mood for a while, but I am back on my feet and drinking quality beer!!!

Anyway, this was poured into a simple pint glass.

A-A cloudy banana yellow with orange hues that come to life when held up to the light. Roughly half an inch of snow-white head and generous lacing. Lots of little floaties.
S- Very yeasty, citrusy, and spicy. Coriander and pepper come to mind. (kinda given with this style, but it's there!)
T- Spices, lemony citrus, and bitter orange peel hit the tongue. Very flavorful for the style.
M- Crisp and slightly creamy, with a sharp bite from carbonation. A bit more carbonated than other witbiers.
D- Goes down very well, but not as well as other witbiers.

I was very excited to find this brew in a 4-pack at my liquor store, I had been tempted to buy the growler for a while but the price kept scaring me away into other purchases. Unfortunately the pack was not cheap, but it was a better deal.

I still prefer Hoegaarden over this brew. I feel the Allagash had more flavor overall, but it just wasn't as smooth and drinkable as Hoegaarden, nor as cheap. 8.99 a 4 pack for a witbier isn't exactly practical, either, when I can get Hoegaarden for 7.99 for 6.

It's still a glorious offering, I would love to try it on tap!

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy straw yellow color with a big 2 finger fluffy head that lasted and left a sudsy lace.

Smelled of wheat, faint banana, light orange peel, coriander, with a very light alcohol scent.
Taste and smell reminded me a LOT of Troegs Dream Weaver but much more subdued which I liked much better. Not as in your face. The taste reflects the smell.

Smooth with fairly high carbonation and high drinkability. Not much more I could ask for from this style of beer. Excellent.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Diluted yellow pour with a shining white head that simmers down without much fuss. Not as cloudy as I had anticipated. I didn't see any yeast at the base of the bottle.

S: Has a bright citrus and spice nose; pepper and orange notes mingle with a honey lift.

T: The taste really follows through well. Fruity esters are tossed about with the sweet bread pungency. At the far edge of sweet, but it somehow manages not to be cloying.

M: Thinly built with a mildy-active mouthfeel. Maybe just a touch under carbonated.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, but the sheer sweet factor keeps sessionability down. A nice breather on a hot day.

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

Emptied bottle into an oversized wine glass which produced small amount of head. Didn't notice any lacing. Nice look to this one, a bright lemony yellow color that was completely opaque. Flavors of clove, banana, and dry tea leaf spices. Easy drinking beer and I would like to sample many more of these. The thing that impressed me the most besides the taste was the awesome vibrant yellow color to it, very unique

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Photo of Kiwano
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance – The beer was presented in a glass with a light yellow flaxen color that was almost clear. There was a nice white head that laid lightly on top.

Smell – Light fresh and citrus with a tiny bit of yeast but in no way overpowering.

Taste – There is definitely a bit of citrus and sweetness to the beer. It has a perfume like aftertaste that stays in on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Very light but with very fine carbonation but as the beer warms up it seems to expand in the mouth leaving a foam as it dissolves in your mouth.

Drinkability - The beer goes down nicely and is light and refreshing but it does expand in the mouth somewhat as it warms up.

[ serving type: on-tap ]

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Photo of mbenthall
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured cloudy yellow with thick creamy head that lingured.

Smell: Wonderful citrus notes, that of lemon and orange. Also hints of spice and yeast.

Taste: Crisp and smooth, good medium texture. Notes of orange and lemon blended well with barley and yeast. Subtle spice finish that slowly dissapears.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, great taste, one of the best witbiers I've had.

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

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Photo of BogleHill
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite summer brew. Glowing orange in color with a lot of cloudiness. The bitter orange peel adds a nice bite to this one, more so than the popular Hoegaarden. More flavorful, but at the same time very refreshing. Very good out of the bottle, but it's becoming more commonly found on tap in bars in my area. Worth checking out, if you haven't yet.

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/10/10

A: Very hazy straw yellow appearance.
S: Citrus, wheat, cloves, and some hops.
T: Citrus yeasty flavor which is very relaxing and enjoyable. Extremely smooth beer.
M: Crisp + smooth = refreshing.
O: When commericals say coors light is refreshing, they wish they had this refreshment in a beer. This is an overall amazing beer.

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Photo of TheStig
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Slightly hazy gold and a well-defined one finger head.

S: Yeast, sweet citrus and warm spices.

T: Yeast. I'm pretty certain that whoever handled the bottle beforehand agitated the yeast a little, so it didn't have much time to settle before I poured it. After letting it sit in the glass a little more, though-- wow. The sweet citrus carries over to the taste, with what I'd probably classify as tart grapefruit being the dominant starting taste. This segues nicely into a well defined malt and wheat taste, while finishing on a tart note.


M: (after the yeast settled, obviously) Light, crisp and with a respectable amount of fizz.

O: Delightful.

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Photo of advill88
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow-orange color with a white half inch head.

Smell is very yeasty with hints of lemon and orange.

Taste is also quite yeasty with fruity lemon and orange flavors and a nice bit of bitterness that lingers on the tongue at the end.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit of lingering carbonation throughout.

This is a great Belgian White, and I think one of the best ones I've had. I'll admit that I thought it was a tad bland when I took my first sip, but let this beer warm up a little more before you make a final judgment.

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

i've had this from both bottles, on tap, and from a keg

a - nice deep opaque yellow. pretty and defined lacing.

s - DEEP citrus lemon scent. very inviting if sour notes make your mouth water

t - strong citrus up front with a clean light wheat finish

m - pretty heavy for how it looks. happily bubbly

o - if you want a delicious belgian heavily loaded with citrus lemon, you will absolutely love this brew. goes great with meals (had it with sushi tonight) and it's a good pub beer. parents got a keg of this for my grad party and almost everyone was thoroughly enjoying killing this keg. (the few that didn't like the keg were sticking with their carbonated water, aka bud light and coors)

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Andy's in a pint glass. This pours a very hazy bright yellowy color with a white head.

Aromas of lemons and fruits, slightly tart as well.

The taste is also similar to the nose. Lots of lemony flavors but they are not overpowering. Some tart flavors and maybe some banana too. It leaves you with a dry aftertaste wanting more.

M & D, this is a medium bodied wheat beer that goes down very easy. I could drink this throughout the entire summer.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, bright yellow, with a 1" head that dissipates but does stick around. Good lacing all the way down.

S: Yeasty and a hint of orange and spice.

T: Yeast up front with a very nice orange and spice flavor in the middle. Just a hint of hop bite at the end.

M: Carbonation dances on the tongue and substantial feel for such a light beer.

D: Very easy drinking beer. No problem polishing off this 4 pack, but show some restraint tonight.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, golden, thick white head, creamy lacing, ultrafine bubbles

S - Pungent lillies, buttered sourdough, spicy brightness, citrus fruits

T - Clean, crisp grapefruit, spicy complexity, slight bitterness - refreshing

M - Medium to light body, bountiful carbonation, crisp

D - This would be a great beer to crack open on the beach!

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