White | Allagash Brewing Company

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

A perfectly golden-yellow brew! Like most corked beers, this one comes out highly carbonated, so watch when you open it. The bubbling keeps going for quite some time, keeping the visuals nice and entertaining. Smells very strongly of citrus. Lots of citrus, with at least a few different kinds contained.

The taste is very tangy. Very fruity, and all around wonderful. Not heavy at all. The mouthfeel is perhaps a tad sharp, but overall this one is a good, light, fruity beer. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of scottum
2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served a pale hazy yellow straw amber with a big white head. Sweets with some citrus tones lead the flavor pack. Also the yeast and some spices come through quite strong. The flavors are not balanced to where I would like them. Mouthfeel is thin and carbed. This beer did not come close to living up to the hype which surrounds it. Drink less Maine beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.45/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle, Allagash White had a cloudy straw color and nothing that could be described as a "head", just a thin bubbly skim. The smell was a blending of yeasty pale malt, coriander, and some peppery spices. The taste was lightly malted with some yeast and had a spicey bite in the finish. The real dominant taste was an acrid metallic tang that really exerted a hard bitterness on the back of the palate. The feel was light and kind of flat.
I can't really express how disappointed I was with this offering from Allagash Brewing Co. Described as their flagship beer, I thought this would have had a lot more character than a flat, bitter gunmetal flavor. With no markings on the bottle to give me an idea as to a "best before" date, I can only hope this particular bottle was simply past its prime and not the norm.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle. Poured a nice orangy-yellow that started pretty clear but once the entire bottle was split between two tumblers, the color turned even cloudier with a big thicket of white foam. Aroma of malted wheat, orange zest and coriander typical of the style. Seemed to have a watery aftertaste yet that mouthfeel told me that this one seemed to have more body that most Belgian whites. Hmmm... enigmatic. Very drinkable, though. I'd buy one again.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

lumpy weird looking white head, over a nice looking bright yellow beer. very cirtrusy smell, a bit bready with a hint of cloves. the taste is also very fruity, i pick up lemon, grape, and a hint of banana with the cloves coming through bit in the taste too. this yeast provides a nice flavor as well. mouthfeel is a little thin but my no means bad, just feel like it should have a little more body. I could put away a number of these in one sitting so i'm givving it a pretty high drinkability

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Photo of Mustard
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best by" date; no ABV %; purchased as part of a ten beer "Summer Brews" sampler pack from Cost Plus for $7.99.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored gold; sudsy, snow-white head; a good c-cup's worth of lace; decent to good head retention.

Aroma: Nicely of bananas, cloves, pepper and coriander with a hint of caramel like sweetness.

Taste: Faintly sweet upfront; primary flavor characteristics are of banana, clove, pepper and yeast; hints of coriander, orange rind and lemon in there as well; lightly floral; medium bodied with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Notes: Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color - Cloudy, warm yellow glow
Head - Large, fluffy pillow, stark white
Nose - Spices, pepper, hay and yeast
Taste - Light wheat flavors, cloves, a very clean profile with a soft, fairly rich flavor. Some banana and yeast notes have a small say as well.
Carbonation - a bit fizzy and very tight
Mouthfeel - light and a little slick

Overall - A fine (and dandy) brew. Yippidee doo!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a 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. This is a solid Wit.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.69/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy straw-golden color with a light, creamy head. Spicy nose with a hint of banana and coriander. More spiciness on the palate, although I can't pick out any specific flavors. Progresses from spicy to bitter with a dry finish. Decent mouthfeel, especially with the tingly feeling all of the spice gives. Overall, though, I'm not really a fan. It lacks the overt coriander and pleasant spice blending of Hoegaarden or Celis White, or the subtle balance of Wittekerke. Probably not going to buy this one again.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For some reason this was much better on tap. It was much fuller in body and the flavors worked together much better than the 12 oz. bottle version. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a sudsy, loose head with big bubbles. Smell was much wheatier without the veggie-like smells of the bottle. Tons of musty yeast worked in with a bit of a bready finish. The taste was refreshing yet filling with a harvesty wheat flavor and just a slight bit of cloves and orange/lemon to give it a proper spice for a autumn eve. Mouthfeel was much thicker and creamier with just as much carbonation. I think I am starting to see what others do in this beer. Since I was so dissapointed with the bottle version I was afraid to try this, but I'm glad I did.

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Photo of winomark
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy light golden color. Thin white head.

Aroma: Banana esters and spiciness on the nose.

Taste: Dry and crisp. No single flavor dominates, although there are some yeasty flavors present.

Mouthfeel: Coating, but on the thin side, with a lingering finish.

Drinkablilty: Not a beer for me. Still have not attained an enjoyment for this style.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this beer rules. Appearance is that of a typical wit. Unfortunately, not much of a head, but I really could care less with a beer of this caliber. With a wonderfully refreshing yeast and subtle spice flavor, perfectly carbonated mouthfeel, perfect ABV, this makes a great session brew. Also would make a good "crossover" beer as it's virtually impossible not to like it.

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Photo of Boto
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WONDERFUL! An exceptional beer. The aroma has hints of banana, corriander and orange. The combination of orange & corriander make the Belgian White one of my favorite beer styles. This is equal to the old Celis White or Hoegaarden White. It's no wonder this just won a gold medal at the GABF!

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky pale golden hue. Solid, burly porcelain white head leaves steadfast lace. Vibrant combination of orange peel and sweetly herbal coriander dominates the aroma, although a tepid clove undertone adds a mildly phenolic contrast. Mellow yeast must and banana esters surface as the beer warms. Well rounded and judiciously spiced aromawise. Brusque snap of bready sweet malt initially in flavor yields to a soft melange of curacao bitterness, gentle clove, and a balmy, lemon like acidity. Residual sweetness augments as it warms as does the subtle banana ester component, eventually lending an agreeable, mellow banana bread impression late. Lightly bodied overall, but pleasantly viscous, and slightly silky from both the suspended yeast and oat glucans. Finishes mostly clean, with fleeting hints of candied lemon and freshly ground coriander. Allagash White is a superbly spiced wit that sits very softly on the palate. A bit tame in yeast derived character, but highly enjoyable and tasty nonetheless. Spot on.

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

Batch #7 (750 mL corked and caged bottle)

Pillowy, pure white head atop a hazy, golden offering. The orange-citrus kick in the nose previews the beautiful taste of this favorite beer. Very mellow wheat tones, with a nice coriander touch in the finish. This is a gorgeous beer, with perfectly matched citrus, spice, wheat, and yeast, and a distinctive, noticeable effect from the curacao orange peel. An all-time great.

Part #2 of the Z-Test Adventure.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, unfiltered and cloudy, with a wisp of white head. Smell is very yeasty with the wheat and clove smell. The taste is dominated by the wheat, much more so than other wits, with hints of spicing. Mouthfeel is VERY well carbonated. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few more.

Not my favorite witbier, but certainly a good one. Hopefully, this will be the first of many Allagash reviews. I may well have this wit again.

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

What a nice color! A work of art-very vibrant, hazy, almost electric yellow. A nice snowy head and good stick add to the picture. Quite a citrus kick on the aromatics with heady spices as well. In the mouth the beer kicks, stings, bites, and thrusts. The body is quite robust for the style, and zippy citric acid flavors pop up and sting the sides of the tongue. Very forceful in the way of coriander with the orange influence hiding in the background, and showing its self in the way of orange zest. All in all a nice balance of flavors. The beer finishes strong with a modest touch of bittersweet. This is a full throttle Belgian white and perhaps the strongest I've had to date. A real treat that I think must have just arrived in the Chicago market. Go get em!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a cloudy pastel yellow, completely opaque, topped with a copious white head. Tons of lace, with head clumping up on the glass. Excellent.
Aroma is rich and full, with bountiful wheat maltiness. Pronounced coriander, with a touch of acidic citrus sourness. Phenolic, with hints of spicy clove, pear, and white grape. Superb.
Flavor is rich and malty, balanced with a spicy coriander, and a light breath of citrus tang. The wheat malt comes in first, blending with a phenolic esteriness in the middle. Some grape flavor behind the malt, a touch of apple or pear, with a bit of clove and pronounced coriander. The beer finishes spicy, with a pleasing sweetness, leaving a light citric flavor lingering on your tongue. Effervescent and light to medium bodied.
Absolutely a world class witbier. Definitely a benchmark for the style. Very drinkable, I could sip one (or three) of these every night.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours cloudy due to the 'good stuff' on the bottom of the bottle. Yellow color, nice white, airy head with decent retention.
The smell is of lemon/citrus and a tiny bit of banana, maybe some pepper.
Pleasant spicy taste, the citrus stands out. Refreshing on a hot day.
Mouthfeel is good and bubbly. I get a slight, sticky aftertaste, but only if I stop drinking.
Allagash is easy to enjoy, especially if you like a little bit of spice.

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Photo of jahred
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly bright yellow in color, and pours a good foamy head with retention, with a generic fruity smell. The fruity taste at first is best described, for better or worse, by fruit loops. That in itself was impressive to me, but the large number of flavors I tasted after the fruit loops makes this beer one of my favorites. After the initial taste, there's a nice kick of coriander and pepper, as well as an orange flavor. The carbonation is definitely noticeable, but not overwhelming. The lingering aftertaste is slightly bitter and yeasty, but pleasant.

I was quite impressed - this is ne of my new favorites.

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

What a wonderful find and surprise. When poured it was a light yellow hue with loads of foam. Pour very slowly. The aroma of fruit really filled the nose and with a hint of a citrus nature. The taste was smooth and fruity with a slight citrus on the palate. I really like this white and would recomend it to my friends, highly! Final say, fruity, with a hint of citrus and spices!

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Photo of hotstuff
2.51/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This beer's appearance was a small sized white head with fine sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was cloudy and the hue was pale yellow.The nose was fruity, citrusy and spicy.It had a light bitter flavor to it and the mouthfeel was smooth.

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

This beer poured a cloudy lemon yellow with a hint of orange. The head had good retention and was snow-white. Had a very yeasty aroma, also with a strong banana presence. The taste was nicely balanced between a sour citrus and a hop bitterness, and a tiny bit of spice. Overall a pretty good white, featuring a full flavor while still being nice and light and most of all refreshing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aroma of orange, coriander and an herbal citrus nose. This beer is a pale gold color that is nicely cloudy (thus the white). Lightly refreshing and well carbonated as well. Tastes nicely spiced, with fruity notes, citrusy and a bit of coriander in the finish. Ends with a bit of sharp acidity on the tongue. A good well balanced, and easy drinking wit.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured to instructions on the bottle. Deep cloudy yellow with an immense white head with swirling yeasts. Smells peppery, hints of yeast, grains and some citrus--orange peel, maybe coriander? Big spices up front with a mellowing citrus and very little bitter. Superb level of carbonation. Sour yeast and wheat with orange peel, maybe some pear flavors in the middle. A nice peppery after taste. I was somehow reminded of grilled trout [not in taste] but triggered by the tastes. Awesome! Fantastic flavors and exceptional drinkability. I agree with Kluk and say that this is the best Witbier brewed in the U.S.!

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