Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and their own special blend of spices, this beer is light and slightly cloudy in appearance, with a spicy aroma.
This is an especially great beer to break out in the Spring and Summer time… lemon and spice - dry finish (a mildly spicy hefeweizen) – Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and a special blend of spices, this beer is light and appears to be a cloudy muted apricot color. The flavor is laden with banana pith, coriander and clove. The coriander is joined by a light lemony tartness and some citrus zest.
There's more complexity than in the aroma. The softness of the spice blends beautifully with the citrus resulting in a superb balance between sweet and spicy. It’s light on the tongue with a somewhat malty finish.
All of the bottled beers at Allagash are bottle conditioned. Bottle conditioning is also referred to as the methode champenoise. It calls for two fermentations, the first in the fermenting tanks and the second in the bottle itself. This means that just prior to bottling, a fresh dose of yeast is added, along with a measured amount of Candi Sugar. After bottling, the beers are moved into a temperature controlled cellar, where the yeast will actually begin a new fermentation in the bottle. This new fermentation naturally carbonates the beer, and greatly enhances the traditional Belgian character. The aroma, feel and balance of Allagash White are what other wit breweries should be aiming for and perhaps what other wits wish to be. Overall, it is a beer that is very drinkable and smooth any time of the year. Exceptional.
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