White | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 ManekiNeko
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in color. Didn't form much of a head, but a nice lacing was left on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Coriander is quite prominent, with some citrusy (mostly lemon) undertones.

Taste: Faint taste of malt dominated by coriander and lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Aftertaste is very faint.

Drinkability: More please! Great beer for a sweltering night on the porch.

I first had this beer on tap over a year ago at a Belgian beer tasting hosted by the Brickskellar. It was the only non-Belgian beer featured and the emcee made sure to point this fact and the fact that it was forming lace on plastic sampling cups. It was definitely the hit of that night.

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

Batch #9

Handsome cloudy orange-yellow hues. Stickey foam head sticks to the sides of the glass. White-pepper, coriander, fennel, orange peel on the nose. Complex and subtle tones flood over the palate, anise, fennel, orange peel, and oats. Soft and subtle up front, moving to an almost robust finish. Leaves feeling creamy and delectable.

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Photo of taez555
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

This beer poured a cloudy yellow body with lots of dark specs and a small white head that died down rather quickly.

The nose was simply beautiful. Spice, fruits, apples, cinnamon, nutmeggy. Slight yeast, basically cinnamon apple.

The taste was very inviting. Light to medium bodied. Lots of subtle spice. Bananna, apple, lemon peel, citrus peel, very fresh fruit flavor. A very slight earthy hop flavor, but mostly a subtle hop bitterness. A very soft and round yeast and spice mix. It actually tastes a lot like some brewpups versions of a hefeweizen. Very fresh, up front fruit and spice.

It finishes very smooth with a slight pop of spice near the end.

Overall a very interesting and yummy beer. Belgian white meets american fruity hefeweizen with lots of great spice and fruit. Perfect for sitting by the fire in the dead of winter or on a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw a case of this at the distributor (one of only 3) and had to buy it. $27.99 isn't too shabby, and in the last week of July I knew I had a good month left to polish these off. First off, I tasted this while sitting on my roof in the sun, and I feel that such summer doldrums invariably help any witbier review. The beer pours a hazy golden, darker than Hoegaarden, lighter than Whirlwind, with noticeable haze and yeast. Smell of light citrus and stong spice, (corriander) sneak through a thick smell of yeast. The first taste is, well, amazing. The flavors are complex, with a certain bit of sweetness in the beginning that quickly gives way to a spicy aftertaste. There's orange/lemon zest, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, corriander, and pepper to name a few. The taste is incredibly refreshing, and this beer has a lot more life to it than other whites, as there is strong carbonation in the form of miniscule bubbles that rise to the top. Head retention is not there, as the initial 1" quickly fades to a thin lacing, yet the lacing is immovable from the sides of the glass when drank and dissapates only after 10 minutes or so. The beer is the highest review I've given, and deservingly so. I'd prefer this to Hoegaarden or a list of other Belgians Wits any day. Great job on this one.

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Photo of TheDM
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a small head of fine white mostly lasting bubbles that left an excellent lacing and a straw yellow colored body. I smelled no discernable aroma from it. It had a tingly mouthfeel and a mild bread flavor. Nothing much here and I was not as impressed with it as others seem to be.

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Photo of goz
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden color, big white head, good lace, and a lot of clingy bubbles in the body. Aroma is lemon zest, other citrus, slightly tart, and some mild spices. Flavor is lemon & citric, some hints of banana (especially as it warmed), light spice, some biscuit, and some bubblegum was detected at the very end. Body is medium-full, lot's of different flavors and things happening as it warmed.

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

On tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh NC.

This beer was served with a slice of lemon. It was a pale yellow color with minimal head. It had a haziness to it also. It had a citric smell to it as well as a citric taste. This beer was smooth and very easy to drink. This beer is a perfect choice for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy yellow with a hint of orangeness. Minimal head, but maintaining a crown of bubbles around the glass. The aroma is dominantly of yeast with a spice background of clove.

Taste - Mildly sour fruit and obvious yeast. The spiciness kicks in quickly after that. Very nice flavor, big. I'm sensing orange, clove and some peppery notes, too. Aftertaste gets bitter, like orange peel.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with average carbonation. A bit below average body, but plenty of taste rounds it out.

Drinkability - Pretty pleasant, an all around good pick. It contains 'all the flavors of autumn' per my wife. It's good enough for a summer brew, but I think it'll be even better come September when things cool down a bit and a bigger tasting Wit fits the atmosphere.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark blonde color, with a small white head that quickly settles into lace. Smell is a mix of spice, orange and yeast. Starts with a wheat malt flavor, and lots of spice. The sharp spice continues through most of the taste and it finishes with just a touch of bitter and fruit.

This brew is heavy on the spice. I didn’t think much of it over all, but I may not be a fan of the style right now. Some of the spices just seemed to strong for most of the taste, left me with an average impression.

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Photo of charlesw
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow. Small, dense, very white head that lasted.
Smell? Um. Very very light.
And the taste... Well, huh. I didn't expect so much of a malty flavor from such a pale beer, but there it was. Of course, I did expect to get citrus flavors (as in most/all wheat beers I've had) and there were NONE! Color me surprised! Nice and smooth and full in the mouth. No overpowering flavors or aftertaste (well, the malt might be a tad heavy - but it goes down just fine). A great beer to enjoy on a nice hot day!
Oh, obviously if I'm saying that I must mean that it's not too heavy on the malts, eh? It is smooth and pleasant.

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Photo of Morris729
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright hazy golden color with a creamy white head that leaves behind trails of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is lemony citrus and spicy coriander with some underlying softer notes of yeast. Medium in body and very smooth, almost silky, in texture with a very fine carbonation. Taste starts off with flavors of grassy wheat and sweet fruit with notes of apricot, lemon, and orange followed by an herbal and earthy spiciness with notes of coriander and clove and finally a bite of white pepper. A fantastic white beer, and a great brew with which to kickoff Independence Day. Thanks to Loki for the sample!

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

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma consists of yeast, corriander and pear. Mouthfeel is a thick, creamy and full-bodied. Amazing complexity in the flavor. I initially noticed some vanilla sweetness upfront, almost like frosting. Spices follow shortly after as it glides over the tongue. Some pepper is detected in the midtones. Wheat flavor is not as dominant as the spices, sort of hangs out in the background. Finish sharpens with some bitterness as the smooth texture starts to turn crisp near the back of the tongue. Very good wit and much smoother than I expected.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a pale hazy yellow with one finger of head and ok retention. There is just a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a fruity aroma of pineapple and lemon, very pleasant. The smell also has some spicyness to it. The taste brings the spicyness up front, with even some black pepper to the taste. More fruit in the taste, possibly apples. There are just a few hops present. The mouthfeel is fairly bold, and the drinkability is awesome for this summertime hit.

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

Wow. Great execution here -- a prime example of the style. Very pale yellow -- could be a little more "white" maybe -- with a nice, dense head and plenty of haze. Aroma is an exercise in near-perfection. Very spicy -- orange, peppery, rich, lemony. The same sensations lead into the palate. It's a little thin on the tongue, but so are a number of other wits, I suppose. Very, very drinkable, and an ideal beer for a hot summer day. This was my first exposure to this beer, and I ended up picking up a bottle after I had it so I could have it again this summer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pure golden color with a moderate white head. The lace was failry pronounced from the small residual head that settled out about two minutes into the brew. Slight clove sense in the flavor and a genuine perfume sense in the aroma. This is a fairly refined beer that gives a sense of lightness and refreshment. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. A good summer brew to be sure.

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

This white ale has a very citrusy aroma that is complimented by a wonderful slightly bitter taste. Lemons and oranges ran through my palate. The appearance is a hazy white-ish color which is definitely true to style. Mouthfeel is an interesting balance of sharp tanginess and cool smoothness. In general I think this beer fits the category well and is an excellent approach to a Belgian Wit, a style that few brewers in the states attempt to mass market.

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

Cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty.

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

A hazy yellow body is topped by a pillowy head of bright white foam. It drops in height but maintains a creamy collar and some lacy surface foam. Lacing is slightly limited, but the tiny spots are attractive. In the nose, lemons and spice dance joyfully over a mild, gently sweet malt. The coriander is distinct, but you have to swirl the glass to bring out more of the orange and citrus peel. Quite vibrant! A very fine and gently effervescent natural carbonation gives it an initial crispness on the tongue before it softens into silky smoothness. The body is light and it's immensely refreshing. The flavor displays a softly sweet and lightly tangy wheat malt that's accentuated by gently acidic citrus fruitiness and delicate zesty spices that slowly build on the palate. It finishes with a flourish of yeast character and drying spice before receeding to leave some residual delicately sweet and grainy malt. It's delicate and refreshing, yet very flavorful! Most impresssive.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #7. Yellow color. Medium head. Aroma is spicy and citrusy with a touch of coriander. A medium bodied whit. Orange coriander and other spices. Somewhat sweet and balanced by its spiciness. Very tasty and extremely drinkable. Just gonna sit back and enjoy this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and a touch spicy.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What's my problem? I was so excited to try this highly-acclaimed wheat ale, but other than a complex, citrusy smell, I could not find much to recommend in this Allagash. It poured bubbly and sparkling, like a deep yellow champagne. OK, that's reasonable enough. But the taste seemed out of whack--off-kilter--like there was too much ginger or cumin or something, and to top it off I found the mouthfeel thin and saucy. I gave the rest to my wife, who absolutely loved it. So, what's wrong with me?

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly cloudy and white-ish with a nice creamy white head, good carbonation, and rings of lace. Classic crisp spicy aroma and taste from the coriander. Medium bodied, fluffy and creamy with a nice balance of citrus and spice.

Awesome ! The best "American" Belgian style Wit I've ever had !!

Label staes "Beer brewed with spices"

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow color (where is the sediment) with decent foamy head,aroma was very citruisy and wheaty.Taste was nice anf tart very lemony and spicey with some faint smoky undertones.Very refreshing and easy to drink not my favorite wit beer but still pretty good.

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Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, hazy yellow with a white and frothy head. The head disappeared quickly, but left some nice lacing. The aroma is of fruit and pine. Flavor is a bit yeasty, and has hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth, with even carbonation. That typical wheat flavor is round and firm, making its presence felt, which makes this one less drinkable for me.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy lemon colored body with a soft, creamy white head that settled quickly. Speckled lace all the way down my glass.

Smell: Orange/lemon nose. Spicy, too. Wonderful yeasty/bready notes that fought past my allergies. Heck, this seems to be helping them.

Taste: More citrus, and the peppery, spicy flavors really shine through. Thirsty citrus-peel bitterness that draws my cheeks in and prepares me for the next sip. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice drying finish.

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Photo of pheurton
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy yellow with an excellent foamy white head. the nose is full of spice, mostly cloves and corriander. the first time i had this beer was like a revalation...this is what a wit should taste like! it's difficult to explain, but allagash seems to have hit the nail right on the head. full rounded witbeer flavors that are pleasant and quite refreshing. highly quaffable. a most enjoyable summer treat.

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White from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 5,506 ratings