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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: 5,172
Photo of klewis
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale straw color with fine sediment suspended throughout the brew. A small head at the pour quickly dissipates. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

S: Aromas of coriander, lemon, and orange

T: Flavors of citrus and pepper with a slight bitterness in the finish. Nothing interesting here.

M: Crisp mouthfeel with a light body and moderate carbonation.

D: This would perhaps make a good summer session beer, but there's no reason for me to seek this again. I'll have a Hoegaarden next time.

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

Comes in a bottle with nifty instructions for increasing the yeast in suspension. Cute. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy head that hung out to say 'hello' and went away to wisps on top. Smells strongly of citrus --mostly orange with hints of yellow. The smell, and taste, of the typical wheat twang are minimized in this beer. It's tasty, refreshing, and... well, summer is coming soon. Mouthfeel is average and pretty light.

Good drinks. I'll buy more of this when it gets hot.

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

More akin to Celis White than Ommegang Wit. Citrusy. Tends to be sweet or it has other spices in it I associate with sweetness.

Poured a cloudy lemon with a minimal head and lace into a pint glass. A good bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel isn't harsh, but isn't smooth either.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 6 pack from Hanover St. Liquors

Appearance = Pale, foggy offwhite-yellow. average head and lacing. I like the color and cloudiness.

Smell = Deep scents of fruit and cloves. Banannas and melons most present.

Taste = Excellent tasting Witbier. Spicy and malty without being overwhelming. Fruity and ideal amount of sweetness and tanginess. A great Spring/Summer beer

Overall = Really delicious Witbier. One of the better I've tried. Highly recommended for fans of the style.

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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 arizcards
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of bottles at AJ's right before Christmas for $2.39 each.

Beer poured a semi-cloudy straw yellow with little head and no residual lacing. Could be that i picked up some older bottles. The yeast is suspended so it makes for an interesting view. Nose is wheaty, grassy, and has some hints of spice, perhaps coriander. Taste is a nice complex mix of the items picked up in the nose with a fine light crisp hop finish. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated for a nice lively feel. Drinkability is awesome. This would make a fine tailgaiting beer!

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Photo of bruachan
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

winking lizard tour beer

ohhh sweet coriander. spicy aroma with more zing than other wits (cinnamon or allspice?). hazy straw color with a haze of spotty head that once was a solid creamy strata

the flavor isn't as exciting as the nose. in fact, i don't have any reason to think what i smelled and what i tasted were the same beer. slight spice flavor, wheat, some earthy hop flavor

i'm not a huge witbier guy, but i guess this is par. my girlfriend likes it. it grows on me a little, as i drink it

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow with no head and excellent lacing. The aroma was citrus and sweet fruits, with some honey and mild spice. The taste was much of the same, orange was very dominant, clove and vanilla followed and alcohol finished things out. The feel was rather bitter at first, some sweet and sourness whihc ended up being a smooth finish. A great example of a white.

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Photo of maddamish
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best wit beers on the market.

Ap: This beer foamed up pretty good till settling down into a nice murk gold. The head eventually laced nicely. I poured this one in my glass and I got just the depth I was looking for.

Sm: Orange and spices. I didn't think the smell was pronounced enough but I was sitting at a bar and that may have had something to do with it.

Taste: I just want to say that this may be the best wit on the market. I have not had a wit beer that has come close to this level of complexity.

Spices, orange and lemon citrus are all present here. Not only are they present but they are participating in a big way.

Mouth: The mouthfeel is smooth and full of body.

Good: This is the white beer you always hope to open. It really is one of the best of it's style.

Bad: I wish the smell was a bit more pronounced but I may just be picky here.

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

follow instructions on pouring. prefer a weizen to that glass though.
pours a clear light yellow until the yeast flows down from the head. then a creamy blend of white/yellow/orange.

smells very spicy. lots of peppery spice and lemon zest.

taste - subtle lemon backbone with a spicy twang. pretty decent witbier.

mouthfeel is buttery and creamy. nice. pretty drinkable as witbiers go. would be refreshing on a hot day.

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

Allagash White pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a huge white head that fades after a while to just a dusting on top of the liquid. The wonderful nose is redolent of doughy yeast, coriander, grass and citrus. The doughy smell is particularly important, and makes the nose a bit superlative in the world of witbiers. First up on the taste is a bitter lemon on the back of the palate, which gives way to a huge spice attack that shifts to the front of the palate. Mouthfeel isn't quite as watery as some witbiers, and the spicy bitterness makes Allagash White a bit rough. Still, very refreshing and quite quaffable.

To me, this is one of the better Belgian-style American beers out there. It's also my favorite American witbier of the ones I've had. Excellent beer.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.58/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one up in the sleepy little town of Sylva, NC.

A - It pours into a pint glass a semi-cloudy pale yellow. Head quickly fades into a fairy ring. A bit of lacing.

S - The nose is a bit light but one can detect wheat, some spices, and floral hops.

T - I'm disappointed. I base most of my witbier reviews from my perceptions of Hoegaarden and Wittekerke. To me this beer falls short. I can barely detect the spices or citrus in the beer and part of this is due to an unusual high level of hops for this style. To me, it comes off as watery and hoppy / grassy.

M - A light mouthfeel and a bit biting.

D - I don't think I'm going to repeat this one.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours an almost neon pale straw color with a finger of snow white bubbles. Nose is balanced between musty yeast and spice and sweet tropical fruits. Taste is equally balanced as well. starting of with a dry musty yeastiness, peppery spice, then turning mildly sweet with notes of pineapple and apricot. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. This is a nice and balanced wit. Most wits are either heavy on the clove or heavy on the sweet fruit, and this one strikes a nice balance between the two.

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

"BATCH # 3" the label states, though no date.

Poured into a standard pint, body is cloudy yellow/gold with a thick fluffy head. Substantial lace lines the glass and stays for the duration.

Aroma is that of pepper, corriander, wheat, lemon, and orange. Very spicy.

Just like the scent the flavor has a nice kick of spice. Pepper and corriander up front with a wheaty orange zest undertone. Feel is sharp and acidic, though smooth and silky. My first taste of Allagash, and no doubt not my last.

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

Poured from a corked bomber, labeled batch #27 into a goblet.

This beer pours a pale wheat color with a thick, white foamy head. When held up to light this brew is nice and cloudy, hmmm tasty looking, The aroma of this beer is great. The nose has a nice citris smell combined with plenty of spices. The first sip is primarily spicy with subtle orange flavor. Very smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel is full due do the high level of carbonation, it's a party for the tastebuds. The finish is dry, without being overly bitter. Drinkability?....very high. This is a tasty brew that goes down easy and at 5.5% this is made for session duty on a hot day!

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

Light gold with cloudy swirls of yeast and a white bubbley head with decent retention. Spiced aromas explode with light citrus lemon and sweet malts and yeast. Tastes of spicey wheat, juicey fruits, lemon and of course yeast. Mouthfeel is dry and grainy for a moment before it turned into a piced smoothness.

Great job with the Belgian style here. I could definitely suck down many of these, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of alysmith4
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Was happy to find it on tap at a nearby pub. Refreshing, citrusy, and cool. The appearance is one of the best - a clean, soft orange-brown, with a slight carbonation.

The taste is great - very light and crisp. Lemon and honey come through, with a faint hay aftertaste. I enjoy this beer, and think its probably the best in its category.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour...light yellow-gold..very cloudy with the swirl..foamy, lively white head..up to 2"..settles to a collar.
Smell is very light..malt and just a hint of citrus and spice.
Tastes of bread dough... yeasty..sweet ..spices in the background, and a mild lemony after taste.
Very smooth medium mouthfeel...low carbonation.
Very drinkable.
I usually don't like beers this light..but this one is so good - looking.!!... and although the taste is mild; it's a really nice taste....it's growing on me as I drink it. Would go very well with food.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Everytime i order this beer they refer to it 'like hoegarden,' but I definitely has a taste and presentation all its own. Presented in Allagash white glass with lemon. Great foamy head with a strong lemon/citrus zing. A little bitter on the aftertaste, but overall it is very smooth. Lightly carbonated and easy drinkability make this a very refereshing beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoo, starts with a balmy lemon yellow, cloudy with the lil’ yeast soldiers intermixed to haze it throughout. Fast dying white head, but a nice sticky lace ring slid down the glass. (point deduction - no bottle dating).

And the aroma, a captivation mixture of Belgium yeasts with heavy spring spices of clove and coriander. Crisp & tart, a lemon drop touches on the finish. I can’t imagine plopping a fruit wedge in here, it stands on it’s own quite well.

This would be a spring/summer favorite, if it were available on a wider scale in the mid-west. I’ll keep my eye out for it in the future. A very refreshing brew, and a good candidate for the session status.

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Photo of Yegg
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy yellow with thin foamy head.Can smell hints of orange and coriander. Very smooth feel. Medium bodied. Crisp, clean, lightly carbonated. Taste is ever so slightly sweet, a faint orange and clove flavor.
Have not found this beer in Kentucky. I brought it back from Chicago on a dorm run. Found the Allagash White in a quaint little liquor store in Downtown Chicago. I was looking for a new brew and hit the jackpot. This White, in my humble opinion, is the one all other Whites should be judged by. I have tried others and thought the original Belgian was probably the best so this was a pleasant surprise.
Allagash has a unique, unbelievably refreshing taste that I don't think can be topped in its class. My hats off to Allagash.

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

This beer poured a hazy, light golden color with a bit of white head. There is a nice citrusy aroma of orranges, corriander, lemon that is pleasing to the nose. The taste is a nice low carbonated, citrus fest for the mouth. This is a refreshing beer with a bit of bitterness that rounds out this white beer. Very drinkable.

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

Chalky straw with a nice foamy head. Lovely apricot-pepper-lemon zest nose. Taste too is peppery and loaded with citrus and coriander. Very refreshing. Solid underlying malt backbone and subtle bitterness. Spicy and thirst quenching at the same time. Very complex for the style.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a foggy yellow with apricot highlights and a thin white head that had a big bald spot in the middle. Smells of spicy fruits with coriander and oranges and a chalky marshmallow base. Tastes super fruity with dates, melons and lemons with a fine nutty and banana yeast. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a light carbonation. This is a nice and easy drinking beer that has a smooth combination of flavors.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good every day beer. It is a cloudy yellow appearance, with a small head that retains well. I think it has a predominately spicy odor, with some fruitiness also. It tastes spicy (coriander) and fruity (lemon). Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated, and quite smooth. A person could sit down and drink a few of these.

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