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 BillyBrew
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is everything right in beer.

Cloudy pale/straw yellow colour, almost glows in the light. with a super-creamy, white head that bubbles and sticks and coats and, most importantly, never fades. The yeast naturally pokes me in the nose, along with citrus peels and one of those 'exotic' spices, coriander I am told. Stong, but not striking, flavors of malted wheat and yeast. Floral and citrus flavors, but not neccesarily hops. Bitter fruit rinds, not sweet juice or essence. A coriander (?) spiceiness. Super-smooth medium body that is crisp with a fine complimentary carbonation. Pleasant lingering flavor, not a lasting aftertaste.

This beer is a great pick for any occasion: in warm or cool weather, in the morning and before bedtime, and with any food or in its own, naked right. Mkae sure you try this brew in all of these situations and combinations. Enjoy (a six pack)!

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Photo of aaronh
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy straw yellow beer that pours with a white head with decent retention. Leaves a nice ring of lace at the top of the glass. The aroma is of yeast and malt, with a straw component in the background. The taste is heavy with coriander and yeast, with some wheat flavors and a subtle sweetness. The finish still seems to have some noticable hops as well. The mouthfeel is good, but nothing exceptional. This beer is enjoyable to drink, but not a truly memorable beer.

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

Pours a cloudy dirty blonde beer with a great creamy foam white lace that eventually settles into a patchy laced head with sticky trails along its path of rest.

Smell is rather clean and soft with a yeasty edge, faint spice (corriander, white pepper), hint of grassy lemon and orange.

Very smooth and silky body and mouthfeel. A bit rough around the edges with musty yeast, grain notes, a sparking mineral/seltzer water fizz and flavour and orange peel/rind bitterness. Fruity apricot flavour works itself out and blends in with the malt sweetness, followed by a mixed bag of spices follows and really embeds its flavours deep into the palate where it stays to the end -- herbally, white pepper. Malts are semi-sweet and show off more in the body. Bitterness comes in the form of a lemony grass flavour, it's a bit sharp, tangy. Yeast and grain flavours in the finish.

A very traditional Belgian Style Wit beer. All the flavours and characteristics are pretty damn spot on for a US made brew. One of New England's greats ...

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

On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Allagash's hometown of Portland, ME. This is one of the first good beers I tried. Golden yellow with light orange tints. Foamy, rich, full head, laced down the glass perfectly. Smell was a combination of faint orange peels, coriander kick, and other less pronounced spices. Taste is right on for the style. Citrus, spicy, midly carbonated. Heavier than anticipated, yet very refreshing. I actually prefer this to the Hoegarrden version. Slightly more full bodied and a better finish. A very good beer, one of my favorites, and worthy of a special ocassion.

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

It's the typical nice foamy, cloudy yellowish white beer you expect from the style. Big coriander and orange flavor, but not a nice as what I got from the Wittekerke. Nice wheatiness.

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Photo of doho95fu
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good example of a Belgian White, but not quite on par with the Hoe. The flavors were the same (citrus, coriander, etc) but they weren't as distinct as the they are with the Hoe. The appearance was good, maybe too cloudy? Overall, one of the better of its type.

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Photo of pbrian
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer lacks what it takes to have the world class status that it has(IMHO, of course). I've seen a better head on a Bud. Nice aroma: coriander, orange peel, spicy yeast, very perfumey. Tastes like it smells, with some wheaty tartness coming into play. A bit thin and solventy though. Like I said, not my favorite wit.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is a hazy light, light golden in color. A decent white head turns into only an edging within moments. Nice malted wheat aroma mixed with spices (nutmeg, cinamon and orange peel). This wit is a nice blend of malted wheat, spices and belgian yeast characteristics. There's a nice little breadiness coming from the belgian indgredients I believe. A nicely carbonated mouthfeel, not too much as to hinder you if you need to drink it at a rapid pace (which I am doing now since I just finished my workout). A highly refreshing, tasty wit.

Thank you to Cokes for the sample.

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

This beer poured a light, cloudy straw color and formed a small white head that left little lace. Quite a bit of carbonation to it. A citrus and slight hops aroma to it. The taste was of citrus, spice which was probably coriander and some hops. The finish was a touch tart due no doubt to the spice element and the heavy carbonation. A good summer beer.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. short twist, gives directions on how to properly pour the beer on the label. No freshness date on the bottle but the case box had a bottled on date on top.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in colour with a creamy big bubbled lace that shows no problem of retaining. A classic White Ale look.

Smell: An extravagant spicy mix and a touch of lemon hit the nose sharp. Coriander and orange peel are evident as well as an earthy yeast.

Taste: Crisp and a bit smooth with a moderate body and medium carbonation. Soft flavours of barley and wheat are cut by a flare of spiciness, coriander is a bit dominant. The orange peel is a touch bitter with a soft rind like flavour. A little touch of fruit (pear & plum), yeast and a dash of hop bitterness in the finish. The fermented wheat provides a lingering spiciness that fades slowly in the semi-dry finish.

Notes: This ale is fine just on its own though the spiciness can hold its own to anything on the bbq grill. A superb wit to be had.

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Photo of beernut7
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a winner. Pale yellow, almost white brew with an initial bright white foamy head which sticks around leaving a nice lasting lace on the glass. Hops apparent in the aroma and first sip, but then integrated into the whole flavor. Clean tart finish. Very good summer brew.

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Photo of doerickson
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, and cloudy to the point of being completely opaque. Citrus-like smells are most prominent. I find the most notable thing about this beer is the unexpectedly bitter finish--for all the citrus in the nose, it doesn't really give the orange peel/lemony twang I keep expecting. That said (which isn't necessarily a bad thing anyway), I'm having no trouble drinking it and would happy to have more.

EDIT: Remember when they used to sell this in 6-packs for the same price they now charge for 4-packs? Thanks anyway, Allagash; you're good, but not that good.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy white with a tint of orange color. White head with beautiful lace. Scent of lemon citrus, hops, and yeast. Taste begins with soft smooth mouth followed by a burst of orange/lemon flavor and corriander. The finish is just bitter enough to leave you wanting more. Lots of suspended yeast in the beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite an complex brew. A very nice American Wit.
Throws a cloudy straw in color. Decent foamy head. Extraordinary lemon-pepper smell.
Taste is all over the map. Yeasty, citrus and spice. Peppery and smooth. A lot of lemon peel, some coriander, and some subtle malt backdrop on the palate.
Every sip makes you beg for another sip. Very refreshing, and absolutely lovely.
Makes for an exceptional drinking experiance.
Recommended at any price. (here in Wisconsin, Allagash White is top dollar, but worth every penny. I can't wait until summer to get the most out of this delightful brew.)

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Photo of John
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite a complex brew. One of the best (if not THE best) Wit beers brewed in the US.

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Photo of rosebud
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't help it, this is my favorite white beer. Unfornately it has spoiled me and made me very critical when it comes to white beers! I love that beautiful critrus taste and the way the flavor lingers in the tongue after the last sip. I have to give the brewer credit on this. I haven't had an American belgian-style white that can compete.

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Photo of stiv
2.66/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK start at a witbier, but an _extremely_ heavy hand with coriander and hops destroys the thirst-quenching properties that one gets from the best examples of this style. This beer is nowhere near the wit that Hoegaarden and (the long lamented) Celis White were.

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