I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 9/4/13 and cost $3.75 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright lemon skin-yellow hue. Opaque. Pours to a small,
bright white, foamy head which mostly evaporates and leaves minor lacing
on the glass.
Smell: The smell of summer: bright orange and lemon citrus, light spices, clean flowers and Belgian yeast esters.
Taste: There isn’t much to say about Allagash White that hasn’t been
said about a lot of other witbiers. It’s one of the better American
examples of the style as it’s tasty, robust, well-balanced and highly
drinkable. This is exactly what I expect in a witbier.
Just like the aroma, the flavor here is a sweet and spicy mixture of
orange citrus and light peppery notes. A clean, refreshing taste across
the tongue with hints of lemonade or orange juice, but without any
tartness or acidic character. The finish imparts subtle clove or black
pepper seasonings. Not much in the way of bitterness or specific hop
character, though that’s fine because this is exactly to the style
specifications. It’s satisfying to be sure, though I can’t help but wish
it was a little bit more robust.
Drinkability: Allagash White is so damn refreshing it almost seems to do
it a disservice drinking it in colder weather. The mouthfeel is rather
full and energetic for what is technically a smaller bodied beer.
Refreshing and crisp with a clean aftertaste - it’s difficult to not
quaff it all down at once. At only 5.1% ABV it’s tempting to throw back
several of these in a row.