Allagash White Is A Terrible Beer

Allagash White can
Trying an Allagash White on my Beer Bench

Yep. To me it is. To me. And yes I am an idiot. But…

What a good beer is can be very subjective. A large community inside Beer Twitter and beer folks in general, adore Allagash White. Some herald it as the perfect beer.

I could never stand the fucker.

A thin old tasting beer that feels like it was put through a Randall filled with smushed bananas? No thanks.

But it had been a long time since I had one. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe my palete had changed. I am wrong a lot so I could be totally off.

So I tried one again:

Yep. Still as awful as I remember. Maybe more so. So difficult to drink. Just gross.

Allagash Brewing is a great top-tier Indie brewer that I highly respect. But Belgian Wheat beers are terrible, and the King of the style is Allagash White.

Too Stupid To Judge Galaxy Beers Then

Machine Learning HDIPA from Bottle Logic Brewing

Beer Twitter regularly bashes Untappd for everything, especially the people that don’t like the style of a beer and rate it poorly.

While I agree if you REALLY don’t understand the style you are drinking you should refrain from rating it and just leave some comments to your future self like “Don’t drink this again, ya dummy!”

BUT. Untappd is whatever you (and I will die on this virtual hill), whatever you want to use it for. If I want to rate beers on how it actually tastes to me and not what a Cicerone trained geek thinks of it, then I will. I paid zero cents for the app just like you, I’ll do what I want and that doesn’t make me better or worse than Beer Geek Twitter.

While we are here, where does this want for Untappd ratings to be 100% accurate end?

The beer pictured at the top, Bottle Logic “Machine Learning” was a total label-buy. Love the label. Love IPAs and usually Hazzies. The beer? Not really. I won’t get it again.

This is my rating:

Basically if I rate something under a 3.75, I was not into it. Nobody is going to grill me for the mediocre rating. But maybe I don’t know what the hell a HDIPA featuring Galaxy, Idaho 7 & El Dorado is supposed to taste like.

Should I have NOT rated it? Of course not. So leave Untappd ratings alone, yo. Make it how you want. ✌️🍻

You Can’t Really Fix Untappd’s ‘Not My Style’ Guy

He is talking about how if Allagash White (considered by Beer Twitter to be a perfect beer) can be rated so low by Untappd, then something is wrong with Untappd.

Yes but if you are Untappd, HOW can you weight by style? 

I think everyone knows “not my style” guy is a problem in Untappd, but how in the world could you actually remove that guy’s rating? How do you fix that in reality without someone at Untappd picking through every rating and messing with it?

I don’t think you can. 

One of the ticks of Untappd is it’s what the world of drinkers thinks of a beer, not just what uppity beer geeks think.

Maybe you can try, like others have, to create a more curated, “educated” beer drinker app and not let anyone rate Allagash White below a five. Good luck with your boring-ass beer app.

And also, us beer geeks aren’t perfect either:

Yeah, what that👆guy said!

I guess it would be nice to have a more accurate rating system. But I feel like you lose something if you’re tweaking things and walling off all non-snobs.

So I think Allagash White deserves that 3.76. It’s rated too low by drinkers that don’t know Belgian Wit and overly hyped by Allagash fans, making for a perfect real world rating.

BTW, Wheat beers and Belgian Witbier, like Allagash White? Well, they suck. Not my style.

Beer Twitter Advice: How To Like Beer Again

My first thought was: Keep drinking it. But there are better thoughts on the subject.

Here is the best of Beer Twitter’s advice:

This is a great place to start. We talk about it on the Perfect Pour; reset your palate.

I occasionally buy a 12-pack of an old favorite, Sierra Nevada Pale, and that usually makes things all freakin’ right.

Can’t go wrong supporting good people making good things.

That one falls under the resetting your palate umbrella and I’m for it.

Okie dokie:

Get your beers cold and watch some videos may be all ya need.

I will NOT endorse the wine tactic but I do endorse taking a break from beer if things are getting that bad. I probably should do this but simply don’t want to.

Oh HELL yes! 👏 Finding some hidden gem of a brewery in a new city. That will pump ya back up.

Yes yes yes 🧀. Which reminds me, I really want to put some charcuterie boards together themed for beer pairing and have a party and shit. We should ALL do this.

Nope nope nope. We done here. Chris, we are trying to fall BACK in love with beer, not block it from our feed.

How To Fall In Love With Beer Again [a recap]:

  • Drink some of your old favorite beers. Spend some time doing it.
  • Reset your palate. Drink stuff you never would normally drink. Weird styles. Even drink BAD beer.
  • Enjoy the good people around beer. Don’t overthink what you are drinking.
  • Watch other people enjoying beer. Brew some beer on your own.
  • Take a break. Simply don’t drink a damn thing for a while.
  • Focus on having the right beer with your food and go down a charcuterie cutting board hole.

If you have your own thoughts or advice on this, please leave it in the comments. And if you like pickles and olives on your charcuterie board, I think I’m falling in love with you.

Now let’s look at this board and think about the beers we want to have with it:

Board found at Natashaskitchen.com