Allagash White | Allagash Brewing Company

5,275 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, light yellow straw colored with a big white foamy head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: yeasty, banana, clove, spice, corriander

T: flavors of grain, banana, clove, cinamon, orriander, nutmeg, fruit

M: soft with good carbonation, gentle on the palate, thinner

O: nice American version of the style that stays true to the roots

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of MarkQ617
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is legitimately one of my favorite beers to drink come summertime. I put pen to paper (actually it was on my phone notebook) at the Westin in Boston on this review in May of 2011, but I had my first Allagash in college and have never looked back. The fruity crispness, corriander, slight spice, and hazy appearance make you long to be sitting on your deck in July. The only small qualm I have with this beer is the mouthfeel, which is awfully soft, even for a witbier. Absolutely outstanding.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of EthenWithAnE
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma - Medium sweet grainy (pils malt) character with a subtle wheat aroma. Medium high citrus (orange peel) aroma. No noble (earthy) hop aroma, ok for style. A very light peppery phenol. Otherwise clean.

Appearance - Pale straw color, hazy as appropriate for style. White thick and moussy foam; head retreats slowly, but quicker than style dictates.

Flavor - Medium grainy malt flavor gives way to moderately high bitter and zesty orange character. No hop bitterness detected. Very low noble hop (earthy) flavor. Well balanced between malt sweetness, spices (orange peel, coriander), and peppery phenols. Moderate notes of clove just before a dry crisp finish. Very slight lactic acid character lends itself to the crisp finish. No DMS, Diacetyl or harsh alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, slight creaminess; high carbonation, prickly on the tongue; very spritzy. Moderately low lactic finish lends a tartness to the feel. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

Overall - Wonderfully refreshing. Body makes this a somewhat substantial and nourishing beverage. Perfect for summer. For more head retention, try a larger percentage of wheat in the grist OR simply carb with more priming sugar or co2. Nearly outstanding.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Allagash White

Appearance: Allagash White, the first witbier to pass these lips, pours a very pale, cloudy, straw-like yellow capped with a nice two-and-a-half fingers of snow white head. Retention was good overall, but average for a Belgian-style beer. The carbonation is evident and active, streaming in droves off the bottom of the glass. The lacing is very impressive, leaving sheets of suds all over the glass like a freshly washed car or snow after an avalanche. In a word, “refreshing” describes the appearance of this beverage.

Aroma: Lots of nice, bready baking yeast comes through immediately, but clove honey, orange peel, lemon zest, and the witbier’s calling card, coriander, all come through in a very balanced and subtle manner. There is also a lovely wheat sweetness/creaminess that underscores the rest of the aromas. This is a rather simple, but masterfully done beer, and, at a meager 5.1% ABV, smells much better than it has any right to. Amplifying these notes somehow would really benefit the beer, however, as the nose has to do some digging to discover the subtleties of the aroma.

Taste: Unlike most beers in which the taste is very nearly a carbon copy of the smell, Allagash’s aroma actually complements the taste, and vice-versa. All the notes from the aroma are there, but they are downplayed by great Belgian yeast character in the form of a tame bubblegum and a nice spiciness. Furthermore, the spices that the label states the beer is brewed with come through wonderfully here, where they were almost entirely absent from the aroma. There is an extremely minimal amount of clover honey, wheat and banana sweetness that is cut nearly as it starts by the coriander and clove spiciness. The aftertaste is extremely dry and refreshing with an exceedingly delicate hop presence. Again, taking into account the ABV on this beer, there is almost more flavor here than can be believed.

Mouthfeel: This may be the weakest part of the beer, but it is still easily above average. The body is a bit thin, but it wrings every bit of body out of the minimal alcohol it has to work with. The wheat gives the expected creamy and smooth body, which works wonderfully with all the flavors. Like the body, the carbonation is a little less than this reviewer would like, but considering the bottle-conditioned nature of all Allagash products, this is a minor gripe. The mouthfeel certainly accomplishes what it sets out to do: complement the flavor and refresh the drinker, and it does both with flying colors.

Overall: Given one of the first really nice days in Wisconsin, this beer was perfect to just relax on the porch with and watch the city live and breathe around me. This beer is what all other summer beers should strive to be, but it is also great enough that it could be enjoyed at any point in the year. Now the only problem is how I am going to get my hands on another bottle, since Allagash does not distribute to Wisconsin, yet. 17/20

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4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Witbier made by Allagash, with a charming orange-peel aroma, honey, coriander seeds, and, in a smaller scale, pepper and wheat ideas. The spiceness is more evident in the taste, that besides bringing the other elements of the aroma, displays a slight hop bitterness that is well-paired with the other characteristics. The light, relatively well carbonated body leaves such subtle hop bitterness at the end. I am absolutely fascinated by the quality of the Allagash White - I love it.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Allagash White from Allagash Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 5,275 ratings.
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