White | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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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#1,514
Reviews:
1,411
Ratings:
5,478
pDev:
11.54%
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4.54
 
 
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Ratings: 5,478 |  Reviews: 1,411
Photo of BierReise
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #4 75cl
This is a great example of a Belgian spiced white ale. I actually believe that this one is even better than Hoegaarden on draught. It pours beautifully, an orangy golden cloudy work of art. It feels like an ultra smooth wheat ale and the flavor is a generous presence of orange and corriander. This one seems to taste better as you drink it and the best mouthful was the last one from the bottle.

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

Aroma is spicy and hoppy. Thin, dense head does not last long; lacing is long and stringy. Beer pours cloudy and yellow.

Mouthfeel is sweet, creamy, and slick. Surprised to feel that creamy texture from such a fresh-tasting beer. Just chewy enough to make you want to chomp on it for a few moments. Taste is citrusy -- clean, brisk, and fresh. Interesting mix of citrus and spice.

This is my first of this style. Not a bad first step. A refreshing spring and summer beer.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent nice head. medium thickness. The beer is a light yellow color. doesn't look much different from a pilsner, but a bit more carbonation. Smells lightly of spices. Tastes light and rounded. fairly complex, but very light. Feels a little frothy, but still very drinkable.
*The color improved and the beer became more cloudy after pouring the rest of the bottle. (I don't have a 750ml tumbler. but there is a diner down the street frequented by giants, maybe I can swipe one from there.)

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

Reviewed from a six pack's worth of these, where each bottle differed from the next, and, as seen from many of the reviews, results definitely vary with this beer...

Poured a murky and very pale yellow with lots of carbonation, a decent foamy head, and thin but sticking lace. Nose was of light wheat, cloves and herbs - sometimes it smelled of quite a cannabis or hay funk - and a dash of a citrus peel. Overall, its scents were soft on the verge of getting crisp. Taste was mainly a soft and mild wheat, almost biscuity, followed then by a quick sweet flavor in the middle, and ending with a citrus zing that is light and quiet. Had a good body – steady, centered, and tasty - as well as decent hops. In time, it took on a creamy tasting finish that was fairly long and dry. The yeast could taste better as it leaves behind a cardboard drynes – not the natural hops, lactic, or sour kinds of dry. Good, relatively cheap, and available.

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Photo of yen157
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow body (if poured as directed on label) with a touch of something a bit darker. Foamy white head tops it off. Oily lemon rind, coriander, sweet malted wheat, and yeast fill the nose with wonderfulness. Silky in the mouth. Simply stunning flavor. Well spiced, but not overly so. Coriander set perfectly with malt flavor and citrus additions make this a nearly perfect Wit. Surprisingly, I was able to detect a slight toastiness that I haven’t come across in this type of beer before. It really tied all of the ends together.

This was only the second time I had this. The first one MUST have been bad because. This was before I started taking notes, but I remember it being downright awful.

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

This is perhaps my favorite example of the belgian wit style I've had to date. Definately my favorite wit brewed in America. The appearance seems a bit off. Even after swirling the yeast, it is not as cloudy as other wheat beers I've seen, but it still has that pale color characteristic of wits. The spicy aroma mostly coriander with other spices. The taste is intense coriander as well. It seems to be one of the spiciest beers I've had, but that's why I like this style so much and Allagash didn't hold back with the spice.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Why should I argue with the beer that continues to sell above and beyond everyone else at the Great Lost Bear? Why would I even think of possible arousing the ire of Rob Tod, one of America's great brewers? Because I happen to like German wheat styles more than Belgian wheat styles?

So let's be fair. This is a delightful brew: spices and sweetness will grab a micronewbie (especially of the female white zinfandel persuasion) and make them an ale lover.

but! staying in line with this site's intentions, I just had one at my mug club local (cold), and I found it a bit thin in mouthfeel, not all that sparky in aroma and it didn't grab me by the throat in taste either. Do not expect that banana and clove aroma or taste.

Fact is, I drink this stuff pretty often, and when I try to quantify and specify, I find the draft version to be nice but not stupendous. I see others have reviews based on the bottle conditioned product. From experience: now you're talkin'. That is what the fuss is about.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appers a pale golden hue with hazy clouded screen augmenting the true color. The enormous creamy head is pure white with traces of yeast runinng through it after the swirl technique was applied to the last few ounces of the pour. I must say this beer is looking very appetizing as a complement to my lunch. The aroma starts with a lemon citrus zing, followed by coriander and other wonderful spices. Floating around in the background of the aroma is a slightly biscuity aroma from the malt that only complements the beer overall. The flavor of Allagash white is a great example of the style yet they really throw in their own flavor into this beer. It combines the spices, slight lemon zing, hop bitterness, and earthy yeasty tones to form an extraordinary balance of flavors. A great session beer that is medium to light and with the addition to the yeast from the bottle is quite filling. As for drinkability very enticing, calling me back for another beer from my six pack. All I can say is that I yearn to find this Belgium style white flowing from a draught.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet. thats the way I would describe the 1st tase I had of this beer. Very light in color/apperance, cloudy enough to be a wheat, but light enought to be almost pilsner. Very light, very smooth. Clean and with a smooth bite. Nice lace, not much head. Has a definate citrus, but it is now a definate flavor to ti, more like a supporting taste, if you will. This beer is full of subtle mixes of tatse and types, so I would recomend you tast it for yourself to decide. Very good spring and summer beverage, go for it.

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Photo of Riggo
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful Belgian-style wheat beer from Portland, Maine. Very sexy, charming and great for the spring and summer season.

The nice-looking label explains how to pour the yeast in for a "naturally cloudy" ale. The color is a hazy, buttery gold with a creamy, sea foam-like head and nice lacing. An inviting and great-looking beer. The nose is the life of the party on this one. One of the best-smelling beers I've ever had--fruity and musty, with notes of bubblegum, orange zest, rosemary, yeast, rain, lemons, and roses. Simply a gorgeous bouquet and illustrates well the very important role that smell plays in the enjoyment of a beer. Taste is lemony with a nutty maltiness. Deep wheat and fruit sweetness balanced beautifully with a clean hop bite. Mouthfeel is solid--smooth and buttery, yet spritzy and crisp. Finish is dry, fruity and long.

A simply beautiful product from Allagash. Complex and alluring and at the same time refreshing and very quaffable.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750ml bottle, labeled "batch #3" very nice looking label too.

Color was light, cloudy yellow with a huge white fluffy,head that retained throughout the glass as I drank it and had patchy tight lace. Aroma of strong lemony, orange, with a bit of spice.
Taste is good, could have a little more body though, but its a good wheat style belgian, lightly lemony, a bit of spice and a very clean wheat backing. Pretty darn good. Its a bit empty on the feel, goes right into the lemony spice and just ends, no real finishing qualities. It's a lighter bodied ale, fresh, lemony, with a slightly dry citrus twinge. You can definately drink alot of this one, goes down super easy.

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Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin white head sits on a murky, yeasty, dark-yellow brew. It could have a bigger, longer lasting head, but its still an attractive beer for the style. Aroma is delicate, citrus, spicy, and yeasty. Sharp, tart, wonderful wheat taste. It can be a little husky and grainy, but very enjoyable. Spiciness lingers throughout the taste. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. Yeast is present in all aspect of the beer, but stays somewhat subtly in the background…not as “in-your-face” yeasty as It could have been.
Hard to think of a better “sit on your deck on a sunny spring day” beer.

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

If there was candy beer, this would be in the sampler box.

Pours with a light citrus punch color, made almost a glowing translucent hue by the decanted yeast.

Fine white head that never settles completely, but instead swirls around and laces in various capacity to the bottom of the glass. Smell is sweet and inviting, tones of citrus and clove with just a faint hoppy presence.

Taste starts with characteristic wheat crispness and bite, moves to a highly carbonated middle, with strong notes of orange, lemon zest, and clove. Finishes with a nice yeasty twang, and just the faintest drying, bittering hop note.

"Healthy" exudes from this for some reason, a very wholesome feel. Would make an excellent hot and humid summer evening beer, preferably with thunderstorms brewing.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash White. Bottle Conditioned and offered in a 750ml (1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz) Brown Glass Bottle. Batch #4. Corked with a gold colored wired frame and steel cap.

Appearance: Small sized bubbles slowly rise in a beautiful milky hazed straw colored body. A huge egg-white stiff meringue head sits atop. A crusty head laces the glass sides and leave and enticing lace. The head develops a rocky surface as it very slowly rescinds. Excellent presentation.

Smell: A refreshing spicy nose that is quite complex for a Wheat beer. Oranges and Curacao Oranges are evident and add eastern dimension to this beer. The Wheat Beer has such gorgeous wholesome aromas that I swear I can taste them.

Taste: Wow, this is a very good American Belgium Style wheat beer. Not your “run-of-the-mill” bland cloudy wheat beer, but a fairly complex offering. It is difficult to concentrate on the tastes when the nose is so inviting. Strangely, as I drink through the beer, I detect a slightly grainy wheat malt entrance. This is short lived and soon makes way for a lovely spicy middle and a lingering citric finish. Coriander and Oranges linger like silk underwear on the tongue, long after the beer has been consumed

Mouthfeel: Starts a little ‘rough’ with the grainy malt, but this very quickly disappears to introduce a wholesome, smooth, silky, beer that coats the mouth with spices and citric fruits.

Drinkability: Very High, my 750ml bottle disappeared in 3 minutes – Nuff Said!!!

Overall: One of the better American Belgium Style Wheat Beers that I have had to date.

Thanks to Murph for this one.

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Photo of purplehops
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash White pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a very frothy tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a subtle blend of lemon, coriander, orange peel, and floral yeast and hop notes. The taste starts with a crisp bite of wheat malt followed by flavors of citrus and spice. The finish is dry with a complex blend of fruit flavors; orange, lemon, apple and pear; melded with flavors of sweet malt, coriander, nutmeg, pepper, and notes of hop bitterness trying to make an appearance. Aftertaste is a lasting flavor of citrus, wheat malt, and faint floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp up front and smooth in the finish with a light to medium-light body.
Overall a most refreshing and wonderful American version of a Belgian Wit Beer. Perhaps a bit more malty and hoppier than it's Belgian cousin (but it is brewed for the U.S. market). The tap version is a bit crisper and fruitier than the bottle version IMHO. Also beware that servers (even in beer bars) like to serve this one with a wedge of lemon.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow straw color with a massive white head. Sweet aromas hit the nose first, and a nose tingling citrus comes in afterwards. There is also a great hop presence in the aroma.


Very crisp and tingly. The start is bready with a lot of yeast. Towards the end, you get a lot of bananas. I expected there to be a blast of citrus in there somewhere, but it was nowhere to be found. I found this to be unique for the style. It had enough to it as it was. Very refreshing brew that really smoothes out after the carbonation dies out a bit. Don't miss this one.

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Photo of jackndan
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Allagash White: In twelve ounce bottles. If you are looking for an orange flavored beer, you’ve found the beer! Cloudy golden beer. Not a whole lot of head; what there is tends to cling to the side of the glass. Initial taste is remarkably of yeast, which sweetens up to a pronounced orange flavor. Crispy and carbonated. The aftertaste is more of orange marmalde and a little bit of crispy toast. Not a bad beer, but there are better in the style.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the beers we fell in love with during our recent trip to Portland. Beautiful straw color, delightfully light citrus notes...I had to give this beer a five for drinkability, as really, one could drink these beers one right after another. Full-bodied, but light at the same time. Allagash have got themselves a real winner here. I can't wait to enjoy this on a hot summers day.

Recommended!

pat

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

Color is crystal-clear pale yellow, with a mountainous, lacey, bubbly white head of foam. Nose is dry, sea-foamy fresh, with hibts of citrus, straw, some sly spiciness. Actually quite lovely, the perfect aromatic profile for a wit.
Later on, the citrus and spice becomes bolder and takes a long ride on the palate. Not a wit for the faint of heart, this has more and more flavor as it unfolds in the mouth and nose. More floral and perfumey aspects show up. Texture is grainy, yeasty, and quite a delicious mouthfull. Hops are high, dazzling, citrus-soaked. Light body, but excellent texture, abundant flavor.
A very tasty and satisfying Belgian-style white ale, mellow and smooth. In 3 words or less: yummy, yum,yum!

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright cloudy yellow with a thick foamy white head. The haed give way to a nice lace.

Aroma: A nice citrus aroma comes to the nose. A bit a yeast also. Kinda sweet and bitter.

Taste. The taste is very nice. a smooooth. Again the citrus comes in on the flavor. A bit bitter at the end. Nice body a carbination. Very drinkable!

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

Cloudy yellow with a thin soapy head. Aromas of orange, spice and yeast. Taste is similar to the aroma. Nicley spicy and citric. Refeshing and light bodied. An exceptional summer beer. Less sweet than Hoegaarden to which I compare it favorably. My range of experience with whit beers is not wide but I must say that this is the best example that I have tasted thus far.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy straw color with a monster white rocky mountain head that last for a few minutes then retreats to a minimal sized head leaving a silky lace behind. The smell of hops and citrus fruitiness pour out the top of the glass. A nice bitter citrus flavor hits the palatte hard. This has to be the best white beer I have ever had. I am so close to Portland Maine it sucks that I have not been there sooner. The high carbonation hurts the cheeks a bit but not to bad, I can live through it. This is a great beer I am mad I did not have it sooner.

Cheers

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

Batch #3 in 750 ml. bottle. Very pale and hazy golden color with sizable, and extremely foamy head. Very citrusy with obvious orange peel. I also detected some grape hints. Extremely crisp and refreshing. I wish I had drank it on a hot summer day. Very high amount of carbonation, but easy to drink. I certainly did fall in love with this beer, although it was good for the price.

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

Batch # 3
Sampled from a corked 750ml bottle in 2 halves; 1st half basically free of yeast sediment, 2nd half loaded with yeast sediment. 1st half poured a clear, quite pale goldish yellow. 2nd half a very hazy straw color. Produces an impressive white head.
Yeasty foam clings to the glass all the way down.
Aroma comprised of spices, a lemon-like scent, oranges, and yeast.

Taste is sharp, crisp, and complex. Spices evident throughout. Bready, semi-sweet malts claim victory, but the hops balance this one well. Lemon and yeast flavors also present.

Contains too much carbonation for my liking, but mouthfeel is otherwise good.
Refreshing and quite drinkable.
Overall, a very good example of a Belgian-style wheat beer.

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

I have had this beer many times on draft but never out of the bottle. Pours a cloudy, glowing yellow color with a nice white head. Very effervesent with many tiny little bubbles. The smell is sweet orange, citrus and corriandor. The taste is very similar. Citrus, lemon, corriandor, pepper and some yeasty flavors. Better on draft than in the bottle in my opinion.

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,478 ratings