White | Allagash Brewing Company

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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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Photo of kfoss99
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle, with pouring directions on label, poured into an Allagash chalice
I pour the first 2/3 and its clear and sparkles like champagne, then swirl the yeast and pour the rest and the ale gets nice and cloudy with a fast rising head that levels off to a film above a body that looks like watered down orange juice

Smells like a yeasty dinner roll with a floral hop aroma.
Very light and sharp mouthfeel.
Clean finish with a residual of spices, cloves (?), and hops. Some grassy earth notes as it warmed could be detected.

Allagash suggest serving their ales served in 750ml bottles be served at cellar temp, the same suggestion should be made for this ale. The complexity comes out as it warms and the carbonation mellows. When I first had this, last year, it was the first time I had a beer that didn’t taste like “beer.” I’d suggest it to anyone who doesn’t like beer because of the taste.

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Photo of jvajda
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reader's Note: This is my first review so take it for what it's worth. I have been drinking craft beer for a year now.

Appearance: A really yellow beer with a two finger head that disipates quickly. There is a thick cloud of particulate througout.
Smell: A little extra bite in the smell than I would expect from a white. It smells hoppier than other whites.
Taste: Orange peel, light but present hops, a healthy amount of wheat. This beer tastes simple yet good.
Mouthfeel: Maybe a little over-carbonated.
Drinkability: I would have no problem drinking lots of these, day after day.

This is a good white, though not exactly what I expected. I prefer a Sam Adam's White to this.

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

Picked up in Dallas. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Yellow and extremely cloudy without being chunky. One-finger, sticky white head dwindled slowly and left a thin layer of fine bubbles on top for the entire drink. Typical wit appearance. Light lacing.

Smell: Light aroma, but what was there was sort of heavy. Grains, cloves, light mandarin orange, and banana. Also a thick sweetness. An occasional whiff of spicy yeast or alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but with a little chewy character on the sides of the tongue. Smooth except for some lively carbonation on the back of the tongue.

Taste: I remember this being heavier and sweeter. This time, came across as grainy and dry. Light grass transformed into hints of light spiciness and citrus flavor. Less of those two flavors than most other wits. Dried out to a grainy finish.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash White was served from a 750ml corked and caged bottle labeled "Batch #11". In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a hazy pale golden and was topped by a wonderfully thick, creamy, and unyielding bright white head. The nose presented a light lemon/orange citric peel spritziness, spiced with coriander...nice but could use more flair and oomph. The taste was light on the palate as well. A quenching grapefruity lightly acidic base emited shy accents coriander as the aggresively bittered dry citric finish engages the taste buds. The finish is quite clean leaving only light traces of lingering citric peel/coriander essence. The beer succeeds in the quenching/refreshing department. While the upfront flavor is a bit lacking in intensity, the finish was very well done for the style. I felt the body was a tad thin, though it was smooth to the touch. The carbonation was fine and fluffy, meshing well with the flavors and personality of the beer. This light and crisp white was very drinkable, especially on the warm sunny day of this tasting.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a milky pale golden, with suspended particles of yeast flittering about. Forms a small white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is very good..orange and coriander in abundance with a tangy funkiness, akin to sharp cheese, that I appreciate in good wits (Celis comes to mind). Sweet pale malts, vanilla, and honeydew round out the assortment. Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth, particularly for the style which typically has strong carbonation. Taste echoes the aroma, with a lightly sweet malt body, grain husk and honeydew towards the middle, and a well-balanced bitterness level. Finish is moderately bready with a fulfilling wit "bang".

Cleanly fermented with great characteristics of the style, this one is easy to drink and it becomes more perfumy and floral as it warms. Completely gratifying, this is an excellent brew and would easily replace Oberon as my summer beer if it was available in my area. A world class wit.

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Photo of ctrlfreak
3.16/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle
5.2% alc
Batch# 3

Apperarance: hazy gold color with a soft white head
The Aroma: Smell is mostly yeast and wheat, with a hint of spice
The Taste: crisp and refreshing
Mouthfeel: smooth and lightbodied
Drinkability: nice brew in the warmer months

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

I am not generally a fan of wheat beers, but when they get to this quality, it is hard not to like them. this was on tap at Gingerman in new York. Poured to a beautiful cloudy golden color, it had a decent head which laced nicely. It had a nice bite at the back of the tongue and mouth, but was smooth at the front. There was little after taste, and unlike some wheat beers, this doesn't need lemon to improve it or make it drinkable.

As wheat beers go, this was strong.

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

1.94 pint bottle. Cool label...and I LOVE the cork...i just love that whole cork thing, id dig it if every brew came with a cork to pop.

Apperance: Budweiser yellow, but not as clear. The color goes from orange to yellow when you go from natural to artificial light. The head on this brew is just perfect! I love the head here. Cotton white with bursting mountains of foam.

Nose: Orange is so nice from this brew. It isnt your orange peel chicken, this is orange blossom...the flower of the orange tree....yum! Next comes the herbs...I have no clue what kind, but it's herby...or herbacious, whatever.

Taste: My god, the head has lasted the whole time Ive been writting this and into the "taste" section. I could go watch TV and the head will wait for me. It's crisp to the mouth, I taste lemon, orange and then herb.

Notes: Love the cork, love the label, love the head!

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Photo of edchicma
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After drinking a diet of Stouts and Porters for the past several reviews, I decided to visit one of the first styles I had tried, i.e., a wheat style brew. The cloudy, lemon yellow appearance with great lacing invites you to drink. The smell is fruity and yeasty...as my wife aptly put it, almost like pizza dough. The taste is light...with initial fruitiness, followed by a dry, slightly astingent quality that is very crisp. I like this dry, refreshing mouthfeel and could drink types like this all night. Very drinkable...would be an extremely nice brew in the warmer months (if tehy ever come agian!)

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The predominant aroma and taste I got from this was apricot. The beer had a nice tang to it, naturally cloudy, and not too carbonated. Could have been a bit more yeasty in flavor, perhaps a little more hops. Just a bit too watery. Overall I enjoyed it.

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Photo of stewart124
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color with little head that leaves quickly. There is little lacing. This beer has a nice spicy aroma and hints of citrus. There is a hint of hops as well. The taste is a very nice blend of spices and I get a sense of grapefruit and orange flavors. This is a very silky smooth beer that leaves a strong crisp taste in my mouth. This is a quality belgian style wit beer and makes me long for spring time.

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

Great balance of spice, grain, and orange. Among the most well-integrated beers I've had in general -- wit or not. Finish is smooth, even silky, and makes me long for summer. I would've liked a little more yeast character and more suspension in the glass, but the overall complexity of this beer more than makes up for it.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at cellar temperature pours into a tulip glass a bright, but hazy, yellow colour. A tightlyknit white head of minute bubbles eventually settles into some sheets of lacing. Aroma is of a Belgian strong ale, minus the alcohol. Banana, lemonzest, yeast, cloves, and coriander. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with a tonguebite of pepper and hops. Taste is pleasantly complex, with lemon, musty yeast, wheat grain, and a spice array featuring green peppercorns and coriander. Carbonation is medium and plays into the mix quite well. Aftertaste is clean, with a note of mild pepper. Malts stay subdued in this Allagash, but I can easily understand why this white ale is the flagship of this fine Maine brewery. Very well crafted and easily drinkable.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, presented in a shaker pint.

Pale hazy yellow. Thin white head. Lace, tons of lace, all the way to the bottom.

Nose is spicy, with coriader, pepper & hops.

Tart & lemony, spicy, & plenty of hops. Bone dry finish. So damn good on tap, it should be illegal.

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

I don't know if I would label this is a white, so I am not going to dock it any points for stylistic impuritires. Banana, clove and citrus were quite evident in the aroma and quite balanced. I could see where some people would not appreciate the balance in the beer that is IMO it's strongest point. Soft coriander and zest are quite evident but blend nicely with the sweet wheat flavors. Color was a cloudy yellow that, depending on pour, could clear up nicely. Finish is quick and easy... on the light side but this adds to it's drinkability. High quality brew. Look forward to trying some more Allagash brews.

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

From a 750ml bottle. Batch 8.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a frothy ivory head. Smells of citrus and coriander. Some light fruitiness and sweet wheat malt.

Taste is lightly sour and yeasty. Citrus flavors underlying. Tasty wheat malt with a good bit of spiciness. Very light and crisp on the palate. Soft sour aftertaste. A very drinkable beer, easy to finish a 750ml solo. Damn good and it's even better as a summer beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-sized, white, noisy, dense, foamy head. Hazy, dirty yellow body. Citrus in the nose and just a little peanutty. Nice. Citrus and major pepper in front. Some burnt crackers. Middle turns tangy, sourish, fruity. It's almost a little milky tasting. Bitter finish, more pepper, grains and some burnt toast. Hm. Very bitter at the end. This is really good. It's better with the yeast pour, I think. Quite milky/tasty. More buttery with temperature.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this countless times but never got around to reviwing it, here goes. Served on tap at Bull Feeny's in a big Allagash tulip glass. Has that wonderful turbid yellow with the white foamy head I've come to love. Smells sweetly of lemon and little bit of grain.

This is the best tasting wit I know. Not that I am the all encompassing wit authority, but this is just delighful. So chewy and grainy, with just the right balance of hop at the end. Lots of citrus and fruit come through with just a hint of spice. Very crisp mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Very light yellow in color with a smallish head.

Smell – The light malt character is mixed well with some big orange peel and some stiff spicing. This is a huge Witbier.

Taste – The light malt base is infused with the hearty orange peel and gigantic spicing from the nose. This is more like a BSPA.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and medium in the body. This one was fluffy and felt great in the mouth.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this beer, but it would probably be too much for most.

Comments – JohnnyDuvel handed this one to me when I was down in Florida on vacation. He actually gave me two of them – BA Bros are the best!

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but for whatever reason, hadn't rated it. This time I had the small bottle (as opposed to the 750). This is a wonderful, crisp, refreshing wit. As good as any I've had in this style. Ultimately, I prefer their triple, but this is nearly as good. Appearance as you would expect, light golden color, small head with some retention. Fruity, somewhat dry taste. I find that Allagash has a distinctive taste, which is there in all of their styles. Tangy, refreshing beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a white spotty lace head. The aroma is of Belgian pale malts and yeast. It seems a bit weak and watery. It does have a fruity scent that is appealing . The taste is decent, but again it seems to be a bit watery and weak. There is a fruity aftertaste that lingers. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinker, but I just don't care too much for Allagash beers. Ommegang is so much better.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to start by saying that I like any beer that has instructions on the bottle on how to properly pour it.

That being said, I found this Wit to be above average at best. Perhaps I was expecting more being that some of the other reviews liked it a lot. Or perhaps it's because I had it from a bottle and not on tap.

I'll start with the appearance, being that I liked that part best. Poured a hazy bright gold. The yeast cloudiness was enticing looking. 3/4 to 1/2 inch white head that retained well. Pretty big bubbles. Smell was pretty good also. Slight citrus notes, and slight hint of coriander. I expected more though being that the bottle said "beer brewed with spices," on the label. The taste was good. Crisp, slightly spicy, slightly citrus. Nothing overwhelming. Mouth feel was good also, if not a bit thinner than I expected. As to drinkability, it was better than average. Although, I'm going to have to stick with what I said before, this beer looks better than it tastes. It also smelled better to me than it tasted.

As I said earlier, perhaps I expected more based on others reviews. This is not a bad beer by any means, defiantly above average. But I think I let my high hopes get the best of me, and I wound up being underwhelmed.

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

I finally got my west coast hands on some Allagash (dubbel and tripel to follow) and am most impressed with the first sample. It pours a hazy yellow that's reminiscent of a refreshing glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade. The foamy white head settles a bit but leaves traces on top and sticking around the edges of the glass. Going along with the lemon appearance is a very nice citrus smell with just a trace of spice. The taste is sour but not overwhelmingly sour and as smooth as silk. After giving this a try on its own, I used it to wash down some tortilla chips and spicy salsa and it really worked well. I'm looking forward to resampling this on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist top with no date. Pouring instructions that tell you to put the yeast in.
Aroma: Lemon rind and a mild lambic sour. Not much noted in terms of spices.
Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with a glint of the White in the name. Thin white head with a couple of odd clumps of foam. It showed some decent lacing.
Flavor: Mild taste mostly of a light malt. None of the lambic sour, no spices really, no citric notes, it has taste, but it ends up being very neutral. As it warmed up, some minor classic Belgian taste started to peek out, but it was very little, very late.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick body, given the color at style. It’s syrupy with a bit of chew.
Overall Impression: I don’t really have one. I guess this might be a good ease into Wit beer style, but I don’t think I’d offer one to someone as a good example. This needs more ZIP! More spices, more lambic sour, more lemon or citric notes. It lacks all of this. Can’t really recommend this one.
I really enjoy Wits, but this just did nothing for me. Looking over the other BA reviews, it seems that there is a lot of variability (ranges from a 5 to a 1.6) in scores. I have to assume that the lack of a date on the bottle plays a big roll. Coriander fades pretty quickly, and it’s a core ingredient in a good Wit. I’m guessing that I got an aged bottle, and thus am not getting the wonderful taste other BA’s obviously received. I’m thinking this plays a role in the other less than stellar reviews as well. I’d suggest the brewer put a date on the bottle, but I’m guessing they know that they simply won’t sell older vintages, so they don’t. Wit is best fresh, not a beer to age. I’d like to get a fresh sample, but how would I know?

Re-reviewed 5-13-04
Aroma: A sour- sourdough lemony smell with a dash of spice.
Appearance: A hazy apricot orange yellow that had a brief white head but now just a trace. Little hints of lace, but short lived before diving back to the liquid.
Flavor: The sour is subdued, allowing a very fresh fruit tang to shine. A bit acidic and I get a hint of grapefruit and good doses of pear with a twist of orange peel. I’m still struggling on the spices. Logic tells me there is coriander but I can’t pick it out. I aged this bottle a bit in the fridge, so it may have faded. I do get a taste of white pepper.
Mouthfeel: A bit of a prickle, especially at the tip of the tongue. Carbonation seems a tad low for style.
Overall Impression: A tasty wit. A bit subtle in my opinion, I like a wit to really grab me and make me salivate. This was more pleasant and well mannered. It is a good hot weather beer, but not quite a lawn mower. No problems with drinkability, but I don’t find myself craving another. Suggested, but only if you are into wits.

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Photo of Dantes
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml corked and caged bottle, labeled 5.2% ABV. Batch #8. Bottle-conditioned. Expressionist forest scene on label.

Cost: $5.49 at Finger Lakes Beverage

Presentation: tulip glass at ~45º

Appearance: Cloudy, very pale yellow color. Almost like citron pressé. Voluminously fluffy, dry head that persisted through both servings. Numerous streams of extremely fine bubbles cut through a cloudy body. Substantial lace. Very vigorous cork pop and gunsmoke, with a lot of lees at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Complexly floral with banana, clove, coriander, and citrus peel. Very crisp and clean.

Taste: Starts off with primary tastes of citrus peel (lemon zest), coriander, and a touch of banana. These elements are buoyed by an inviting yeastiness. As the beer warms, it shows even better, with the orange peel noted on the label taking over for the harsher lemony notes. This beer rounds out and really begins to show much more complexity than your average Wit. This complexity is only slightly marred by the slightly watery, short finish. It would benefit from a bit more concentration.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, bottle-conditioned carbonation. Extremely fine bubbles carry the flavor well, while maintaining a crisp liveliness. Very creamy for such a light, effervescent beer.

Drinkability: Super refreshing and drinkable. The ABV is not much of an issue and is undetectable. A first rate warm-weather thirst-quenching beer. Delicate AND satisfying.

Backwash: Another great effort from Allagash. I’d sought the 750’s of this for some time, and finally found them at Finger Lakes Beverage in October. Although I think of this as a “warm-weather” beer, I couldn’t stop myself from trying one. It showed all of the finesse and complexity I’ve come to expect from Allagash, combined with wonderfully executed bottle conditioning. Allagash really does this well. The spices are well-integrated and not over-wrought. Very effervescent and thirst-quenching; just the thing for a Summer day! I only wish I didn’t have to go to Ithaca to get it!

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