White | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian 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 Dukeofearl
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The local beer store finally was able to get Allagash products all the way in So. California, and I stared off with the Tripel that totally blew me away. Then a solid Dubbel, and now the time for their wit.

Appearance- poured from a 750 ml as a slightly cloudy pee yellow. The small particles of yeast/unfiltered wheat are visible- moreso than most wits I've had. This baby has a big fluffy head.

Aroma hits me from 2 feet away (I like that in a beer- I have a weak nose, so I can use all the help I can get!), fruity and clean with slight yeast, lemon, herbs (grassy) and wheat. Lemon citrus is quite pleasant, not real sour lemon, but lemon none the less.

Flavor- Follows through from the aroma (I like it when beer does that), with a tart back palate, lightly refreshing.

Oveall, this is a solid white, and a very nice way to spend a warm afternoon. I'll gladly have another!

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better in the bottle. When had on tap, so many taps very much suspect it wasn't too fresh. Richer and better colour in bottle. Still spice, prticularly corriander, but carbonation rich and alive. Thanks to donator from USA at Doug Shoemaker party.

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

Wow, this is some good stuff.

It poured to a great yellow and gold color with a big creamy head and a tornado of carbonation. It's leaving a great fluffy lace behind as well.

The smell is very enjoyable, holding a great blend of spices. The taste in the mouth builds on that, bringing light malts into the picture along with more spices and touches of various fruits. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth while the drinkability is very good.

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

A very drinkable white beer for sure! I had this pint on-tap at Big City in Allston (Boston). This brew is a cloudy golden yellow colour with a nice white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma consists of coriander, wheat, lemon, yeast, and more spices. The taste is lemony and refreshing up front, spicy in the middle, and smooth and wheaty in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy/smooth and refreshing so the drinkability is very, very good. Better in 750's but still a damn good brew on tap.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow color. Big bubbled, billowy white head that fell to a cloud like texture.
Nice fresh sweet smell. Pale malt, citrus rind and spices.
Tastes of pale sweet malt at the start. The orange peel really comes through in almost an aromatic way. Sorta like orange flower water. The coriander is subtely present. Has an almost juicy fruit gum flavor in the finish.
Thin bodied with a light carbonated mouthfeel and a bit of creaminess in the finish.
This would be great on a hot day. Not my favorite style but I rather enjoyed this. Good drinkibility.

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

Swirled out a cream top, leaving lots of drift lacing and thick bubble islands beautifying the brew. Bright yellow cream thick body. Very good looking. Lots of orange peel zest, yeast, and cream in the nose, with some cloves and sweetness.

Taste is tart, with a touch of salt. Limes, oranges--citrus! Edged with some barley grains that added body. Mint leaf after dryness mixed in the bitter hop background. I would've really liked to have 2 or 3 more of these.

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Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy hazy pale yellow with a nice white head that leaves spotty lace down my glass. Aroma is grainy wheat bread like yeast bananas light cloves and peppery spice not bad but have had better. Taste is zesty flavored bready grains with some fruity sweet bananas coming threw. Cloves and light spice take over then pepper mingles with hops for a spicey tart finish. Mouthfeel a smooth medium but light at the same time. Drinkability is good not the best witbier but very good for the price would buy again.

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

This concoction looks more like a banana smoothy than a beer. Bright almost neon-yellow color, yet thick looking and almost opaque, with yeasty dots floating up and down and a frothy head. Smells wheaty, yeasty, bready, lemony and tangy, with a hint of some spices. This beer is very flavorful, but subtle at the same time. Lots of tastes coming atchya. Bread and yeast take over, but there are still lots of noticable complexities like Belgian spices and lemon zest. This beer while being rather light, seems to have a very medium-full body, very thick tasting and smooth in the mouth. An amazingly drinkable beer - it's one of those beers that you finish before you realize because it's too hard not to take those big gulps. Yum.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lore: Neck and body labeled stubby. Neck label info: Naturally cloudy.

Light straw golden hues with quite a hazy appearance, of course, following the label pour instructions, under a tight spotty razor thin snow white coating. Lots of swirlly yeasty spiral in the brew. Sippery head slides down the glass.

Easy musty clove saison scents.

First Swigs: Corinader cloves. Tight well balanced grounded earthy wit. Not all spices and bananas. Bright clean middling coriander spices. Slips back with gentle carbonation. Lemony wheat with a lingering aftertaste.

Medium body thanks to soft carbonation. A few healthy swirls arouse a tight coating.

Last Swigs: Yeasty lemony coriander with a gentle light wit style body. Another ALLAGASH winner.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Sampled at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

Yellow, cloudy beer with a moderate head. Dissipated quickly.

The smell was slightly smoky and yeasty. None of the lemon aroma I detected in the bottled version.

The taste was slightly smoky and a little sweet, again without any lemon as noted with the bottled beer.

Mouthfeel was thin, and although the taste was OK, this one could get old rather quickly. I wouldn't want more than two of these.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" bright white head above a slightly cloudy yellow brew. Head faded to a layer of bubbles rather quickly, and lacing was average. The 1/4" of bubbles returns with a quick swirl of the glass, however. Aroma is of wheat and yeast. Taste is somewhat bitingly of wheat and yeast, in a pleasant way. Mouthfeel is just what I would expect for the style, and drinkability is excellent. Great stuff.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer, compares favorably with the Hoegaarden that I had before it, a bit more golden than Hoe, also less of a head, but same citrusy aroma, and taste, a bit more sharp of a taste, but very comparable, very drinkable! recommended! I just recently started to drink these, and I find them delicious and refreshing!

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

Presentation: Comes in a brown, 12 oz bottle with a tan label. Information on the bottle neck about the beer, pouring instructions on the side. No bottling information or freshness date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very warm, yellow color. Extremely cloudy, with a nice swirl of yeast sinking to the bottom. Small, less than one finger-sized head with OK head retention. Lots of cloudy lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates.

Smell: Very nice, spicy yeast smell with hints of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Minor lemon notes follow the initial yeast.

Taste: Nose of dry yeast flavors fades to clove spiciness and some hop bitterness. Mild white pepper presence. Slightly sour lemon flavor follows the yeasty nose. Finish is sour and astringent, with grassy yeast notes that linger on the palette. Beautifully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but a little bit heavy on the carbonation, creating an almost seltzer-like quality to the beer.

Drinkability: Would make a perfect session beer on a hot summer day — plenty of flavor to keep things interesting, but not too heavy for the warmer weather.

Allagash White was the last of the summer seasonals in my fridge, and a perfect end to the season. Easily the best witbier I've had, much more flavorful than imports like Hoegaarden and the domestic craft brews I've tried. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good deal of yeast in the pour turns this into a beer cloudy enough to be nearly opaque--I can barely see my fingers on the other side of the glass through the hay/pineapple colored liquid, let alone any visible carbonation. Nice. Small, spotty head of bright white bubbles is somewhat disappointing in terms of both size and cling. Smells come rushing right out of the bottle: candied ginger, over-ripe pear skins, and (with a generous amount of imagination) pie crusts. Nosefeel is a complex balance of powdery and moist but diminishes substantially over time. Prominent flavors of (curacao?) orange peel, coriander, and more ginger than clove. A pear-like sensation in midpalate operates as a base for this complex spice profile. Mouthfeel is very wet, wheaty, and quenching before being puntucated by a peppery dryness, especially at sides of the palate. I had a bit of difficulty describing the actual complexities, but this is most drinkable. This was from a 12oz. bottle and I'd like to compare this with the 750ml version.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tap at blind tiger. Extremely cloudy pale yellow hue. Classy looking. Highly carbonated, but creamy mouthfeel at the same time. I love the expressive malt in here, cookie-ish and grassy. Lots of lime flavor, smooth witbier that manages to be flavorful and feel as light as can be.

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Photo of frazbri
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash White from a bottle. Poured slightly cloudy golden straw in color. The very thin white head quickly disappeared. Grapefruit aroma with a little hop accent. Very dry mouthfeel crisp carbonation you can feel on the nose. Tangy flavor very citric in taste. Grapefruit, lemon peel and tangerine with a pepper finish.

Overall a balanced and very drinkable beer. Good summer beer, but the lack of head really was disappointing. Not one bottle of my six-pack kept a decent head.

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Photo of Hefe
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted 8/28/04.

Appearance: Pale, hazy gold with a thin head that quickly fades to a touch of lacing.

Smell: Citric and spicy with mild yeasty background.

Taste: Fruity and malty up front, with notes of lemon, orange, banana, pale malt, clove/coriander, and a wisp of yeast on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and fresh.

Drinkability: About as drinkable as beer gets, especially outside in 90 degree weather at a BBQ.

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

Pours pale yellow and hazy with substantial carbonation.

Smell is sweet with lots of coriander and flowers scent and a bit of clover honey smell.

Taste is a little sweet and very Belgian tasting. Lots of flowers and summer smells in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is like Champagne.

Tasty brew, not a Duvel but still good.

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

Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Batch #3 indicated on the front label.

The beer beer poured a golden yellow with shades of orange. The head on this one was a thing of beauty. Fluffy and white and it adorned the glass for quite a while. The nose was malty with hints of citrus fruits and bananas. The taste was smooth with the orange and spice flavors really coming through. Long, long finish turning slighty bitter as it lingers. An exceptional witbier, a real thirst quencher on a hot summer night.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I served the Allagash White in an Allagash goblet out a of a 12 oz brown bottle. I searched for a freshness date on the bottle, but didn't find one. Cool label design representing Maine's great north country.

The appearance is cloudy with an off yellow color. Very nice head with sustain. Noticable lacings stick to the sides of the glass.

Classic Belgian scent is evident....some peppery like aromas, citrus notes and yeast.

Taste is bold with wheat refreshness in every sip. The spicy and citrusy flavors mix so well together. What a great American interpretation of this Belgian brew.

Clean, crisp and perfect on a hot summer day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow almost lemonade-like. A nice white head adorns the tops of this good looking beer. Nice lace.

A citrus like aroma floats from the top of the beer to the nose. A hint of spice balances it off nicely.

A citrus/lemon flavor is subdued in the nouth. I was hoping for a little stronger presence in the taste. Good, but not great.

A thin beer that is balanced by a creamy smooth head. This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever tried. A light hop bite finishes the beer.

A very good offering from Allagash that is a superb thirst quencher. Had there been a touch more flavor, I would have loeved this beer.

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Photo of oelergud
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a cloud of pale honey in a glass, pure white head consist of very small bubbles, pretty good lace.
Sweet clover honey scent and some faint spices. Very interesting fragrance, some cinnamon?
Sweet and mellow taste, the spices are very apparent on the palate and emphasizes the clover honey quality, very good.
Smooth, round and spiked all at once like a chestnut shell, as interesting on the tongue as on the tastebuds.
Good drinkability as it stays surprising but doesn't knock you on your ass after a couple bottles.
This is another great brew from Allagash, I have come to expect great things from this brewery each time I try another of their brews.


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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No head despite a pour straight down the middle of the glass. Cloudy as fresh grapefruit juice. Smells lemony, tastes lemony with a mild spiciness and grainy background. Tart finish. I keep expecting to see lemon pulp in the glass. I'd love to have a lemonade that tasted like this, but as a beer it's a bit dull.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Pour, swirl, pour yeast"

Pure, pale white head that drifts quickly to the sides. A frothy lace on the sides that falls slowly throughout the glass. A golden yellow, cloudish color.

Coconut and faint banana aromatics with a bit of lemon. There's also a spiciness (coriander and clove) that combats the coconut and lemon. The diacetyl is the most powerful aroma though that isn't all that bad, but it drowns out some of the other flavors.

A mild, unobtrusive banana and lemon flavor with the sweet diacetyl rounding out the flavor. Nice carbonation present that cuts through the butterscotch and compliments the lemon zest. The coriander adds a nice element of spice.

Well balanced given the complex range of flavors. Very smooth drinking wit.

Easy drinking wit with virtually no alcohol or watered down taste. Just a mellow beer that could be drank all night.

A very quality example of a wit right from good ol' New England. A perfect ale for the summer.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my first allagash in a long time...why? i don't know, because their stuff is available at many places around here. anyway, this one pours a nice cloudy golden colour with a thin white bubbly head. i would've like a bit more of a fluffier head here, but overall a decent appearance. the smell isn't bad either, but could have been a touch bolder. main notes are of citrus and some wheat. the taste is very citrusy. it's sweet up front and has a dry wheat flavour in the middle then anothe sweet and slightly juicy kick at the finish. orange flavouring dominates here. the mouthfeel is quite nice. there's almost a frosty drink feel at times because the carbonation level is cranked up rather nicely on this one. a nice summer thirst quencher and a nice representation of the style.

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