Thursday, May 3, 2018

Allagash White (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 1/23/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Lively nose with a lovely fruity/estery character. Fairly strong presence of sweet orange peel, peppercorn, coriander, and a little banana. Malt, wheat and oats give it a slight malty-sweet cereal-like disposition. Overall nose is bright and clean. No discernible hops (none needed). 11/12

APPEARANCE: Pale milky yellow (1-2 SRM) with a hazy complexion. Small white foam retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: A complex and delicious palette with plenty of flavor combinations happening at once. Curaçao orange peel imparts a sweet orange taste while the yeast esters impart some banana and light fruity notes. Coriander adds a bit of spice to balance and complement these flavors. Finishes with a remarkably strong peppercorn-like spiciness and dry bitterness. Hops don't seem to have much obvious flavor (not that this is required). There is a light tartness on the backend akin to lemonade, though this is due to the malt and not any kind of lactic addition. Malt, wheat and oats create for a lightly sweet, slight cereal-like taste. All the flavors work in unison. 19/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; high[ish] carbonation. Texture is smooth with a dry, slightly spicy aftertaste. Beer is extremely refreshing and highly quaffable. Could easily be sessioned in warm weather even at 5.1% ABV.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delicious, refreshing, and nearly perfect as far as specs go. That it's mass-produced and widely available is even more impressive. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 48/50

NOTE: Read my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/11/allagash-white.html

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