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La Trappe Witte Trappist - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly La Trappe

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-21-2005)
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Photo of cyrenaica
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on April 2, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Camada. The beer poured a cloudy gold with a 1" thick white head. The aroma was wheat malt, some banana, some cloves, some grain, and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour was wheat malt, sweet malt and spices and a nice bitter finish.

cyrenaica, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Trappe glass.

Pours a hazy orange kissed yellow color with a small, perfect white head that recedes slowly to a film and a fluffy white ring around the glass. Aromas are of lemon and orange supremes with some vague wheat notes. Touch of lemon sweetness but overall not too aromatic. Taste is very acidic which i like. Bites the tongue, finishes dry and makes you pucker a little. great supplement with seafood i think. Nice finish and solid carbonation which leaves the palate refreshed and finishes clean as a whistle. Overall this is a great example of the style. Not my top choice, but a solid contender and worth finding if this is the style you like.

Augustiner719, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque lemon yellow with a nice fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is lemony, wheaty and slightly yeasty. Wheaty flavor has a hint of lemon and just a bit of yeast. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a fairly persistent tingle in the finish.

Cyberkedi, Jun 16, 2011
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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Witte

Appearance: light yellow, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast and grain.

Taste: wheat, coriander, and slight yeast.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. It is light and smooth without being watery.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of silenius
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received from Paterlodie. Thanks!

Pours a pale hazed straw with a great cushy white head. Pinpoint carbonation bubbles add a champagne-like appearance.

Light bready smell with a restrained amount of spices and lemon scent in the nose with some bubblegum as well. Refined rather than brash.

Lightly spicy tingle with slight banana notes. Refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel is a little too tingly for me with the carbonation.

Very drinkable hot weather beer. Nice job!

silenius, May 25, 2005
Photo of Everydayoff
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe Witte Trappist chalice by freshness date.

A:
Pale cloudy yellow in color, the pour produces two fingers thick of foamy white head that is pretty good comparing to typical Witbier head. Also, the retention is very good with slim cap endurance and leaves fine sticky lace, high active carbonation.

S:
Cover by citrus, pineapple, wheat, yeast, wrap up by clove and coriander spice. The fruitiness tends on citrus zest and sour fruits, light on banana, malt sweetness and bubblegum going out from shelter when the beer starts to warm.

T:
Fruitiness dominates mainly from citrus and lime zest, supporting by generous spiciness from clove, coriander and wheat which is also slight twang, subtle bitterness from hop liaise with fruitiness again to generate a zesty end.

M:
Moderate body, smooth palate with decent and lively carbonation, finish is dry.

O:
Pretty well balance Belgian Wit, robust yet elaborate, worth to pick.

Everydayoff, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very fizzy, light gold with a big white head (all to style).
A bit hazy which is also a wit characteristic.
Smell was malty-estery with some fruit and yeast.
Good tasting wheat and malt with the right hop balance (i.e. not much).

Just a bit on the fizzy-watery side for mouthfeel but still good drinkability.

Overall, a good sample of Belgian Wit but maybe a bit mainstream. This isn't a whole lot better than Sam Adams version.

joedon, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Poured two and a half fingers of bubbly white head that slowly diminished then disappeared completely. Colour is a slightly cloudy straw.

Smell - 4.0
A nice subtle aroma of coriander, a little orange peel, sweet wheaty malt and perhaps a hint of banana.

Taste - 4.0
Alcohol is immediately noticeable, 5.5% ABV is high for the style. Still extremely refreshing with flavours of coriander, lemon and orange peel.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation is relatively high, the beer feels light in the mouth. The champagne-like bubbles have a sharpness to them.

Drinkability - 4.0
Certainly sessionable if you appreciate the style. I found this to be extremely refreshing.

OVERALL - 3.9
An interesting wit. It doesn't really look like a witbier, but it fills the bill in every other area. I think this is every bit as good as Hoegaarden, and can be bought more cheaply. Rates as good value in my opinion.

LittleCreature, Mar 22, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is light pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a bright white head that died down and left some patches of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of wheat and orange peel in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of balanced flavors of wheat and orange peels.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an enjoyable witbier. It seems a little heavier bodied compared to other beers in the style (but still light in nature) and has a nice amount of orange peel flavors.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours as expected from a 12oz bottle.. pale straw yellow with slight caramelized highlights.. big frothy yet even head that settles to one-finger, with craterific lacing and lots of streaming bubbles despite the lack of inscribed glass-bottom.

aroma also as expected. sticky flower honey, lemony tart and wheaty goodness. bigger rich sweetness than most wits, if i had to nail one stand-out characteristic.

mouthfeel is another, as this manages to be both very smooth and peppy with carbonation. some might say this is a bit too perky, but this is the time of year where i dont mind a bubbly wit. lots of bitter fruitiness in the finish.. lemon? orange? is my mind playing tricks on me? and without any detectable hints of alcohol. very well-balanced and nicely crafted. initial taste itself is a bit lacking, but i think that's a product of trappist restraint and by-the-book obsession.

for what it is, near perfect. if this was as available to me as ommegang witte, i would prefer this. since its impossible to get, ill stick to locals. recommended, if you can get it without splitting your nuts to do so.

goodbyeohio, Sep 19, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the commissary of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, this is the first concrete evidence of my BA activities at the embassy. Nestled amongst the Corona, Heineken and Miller is a case of this little gem, just waiting for a curious buyer. Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with an elongated neck and a silver and black label featuring what I assume is the monastery in the middle. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before July 2006, I opened it on 10/6/05.

Pours a hazy light straw hue under a 1.5 finger white head that fades slowly but surely, with decent contour but only a few spots of lace. The nose is full of sweet fruit and yeast. The mouth is extremely carbonated and quite light. The taste is mild, of coriander and raspberry, with a touch of bread. The finish offers a shadow of bitterness, an echo of espresso. Spice returns in the aftertaste. A humble, but solid brew.

Globetrotter, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of Bierschenker
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the bottle is opened and you start to pour the beer into the glass, a very strong citrus smell is noticeable. It pours out a foggy gold, not white, beer. The beer has a strong mint, pepper/spices and citric odour. The taste also releases that citric taste along with hop and malt. The aftertaste could be described like eating overcooked potatoes with a lemon sauce. A very dry and citric aftertaste. Overall not a superb beer, but very refreshing during the hot summer months.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

Bierschenker, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, as La Trappe Witte Trappist, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 5.5%. Looks crystal clear in the bottle, but there is some sediment. Pours crystal clear pale yellow with a huge head. Slightly hazy when the yeast is poured in the end. Fresh and attractive aroma with notes of mild spices (coriander, cloves), hints of citrus. Light bodied (verging on "thin"). Mildly spicy flavour (coriander and cloves again), refreshing.

Sigmund, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit sour and satisfying. Yeasty and orange and apples aroma.
Hazy white with an orange tint. Mid-sip coriander spice. Medium wheat grain and creme mouthfeel.
Another bottle a couple of years later and observed zesty carbonation.
A year later the bubble gum aroma.

Sammy, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a fine white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang and light citrus. Also present are very slight hints of indistinct spices.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined by slight amounts of breadiness and heavier light citrus – orange with hints of lemon rind. Midway through slight spices dry things out a bit, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this beer was a bit of a letdown, it wasn’t as well-balanced and robust as I’d hoped. Still, a solid beer for the warmer months.

glid02, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer on tap in a hotel in the south of Holland in the original glass. A very nice head with very white foam. After a minute the head disapears in a small ring. The beer is light yellow with a very nice yeast smell. Iiked the beer but to call it a white trappist is a bit misleading because it's more of a white beer.

Brabander, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of flyingpig
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£1.89):
Slightly cloudy yellow to golden with a large, foamy white head that looks quite thick and holds well. Plenty of visible evidence of carbonation and some lacing left on the sides of the glass too.

Light spice then some citrus notes, there is a touch of lemon and a hint of coriander as well. I could detect some cloves, wheat & some refreshing fruits that seem almost tropical but these are faint.

Citrus with a mainly lemon zest taste to begin, there is some banana and a little clove too. A definite witbier taste with some light coriander and hints of spice and orange with a mix of various fruits towards the end.

Well carbonated with a citrus tang that is quite refreshing on top of a light body. The high carbonation takes a little away from the smoothness but the beer is an easy one to drink.

Not a bad witbier at all and very close to what I was expecting before opening the bottle. The taste features all the regulars for the style and the the balance is a nice one with no one flavour dominating proceedings.

flyingpig, Jan 13, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my Dutch beer friend, Wim; cheers to you dude! Hoegaarden is my staple
Belgian witbier which I take every now and then and I really enjoy it. This Witbier from La
Trappe is, in fact, my second Belgian style Witbier; therefore I am keen to see how it holds
up against competitor, Hoegaarden. This Witbier pours out murky yet bright yellow golden with
a nice thick head; medium retention. Hoegaarden looks murkier and darker. This beer has a smell
that was pretty similar to Hoegaarden, spices, wheat malts and yeast; pretty strong smell and I
think this is slightly stronger than the Hoegaarden. The entry to the taste is mainly yeasty
making it a little like a Belgian blond; spices on the back and towards the finish with a citrusy
and subtle banana like flavour. The finish is a dry goodness with lot's of wheat and some spices.
The after taste is lightly yeasty, mainly wheaty and citrusy with some spices lingering about.
The mouthfeel is a medium to thin body with a good (perhaps slightly high) amount of carbonation
and is basically pretty smooth drinking. Drinking the last few mouthfuls a little faster seems
to feel less yeast and an immediate strong banana aroma springs up on the palates and on the
nose upon finish dragging long into the after taste. Interesting... Generally the smell is
stronger and perhaps better than the Hoegaarden but the Hoegaarden has a better taste without the
yeast bags which made the La Trappe Wit taste like a Blond; also the Hoegaarden is much more
refreshing to drink with a better mouthfeel. The La Trappe Wit is also a little too dry perhaps.
On the whole a good beer for sure but Hoegaarden is easily available in Singapore unlike the
La Trappe and I do prefer the Hoegaarden; Hoegaarden wins this round. Next opponent: St Bernardus
Witbier or Bluemoon White Ale? :)

basica, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a generous two finger of fizzier foamy pure white head that didn't have great retention but wasn't bad; lightly cloudy golden yellow-orange hue

Yeasty; green grape skins; little hint of sweetness; hint of vanilla and light spiciness; touch of citrus as well. Pretty basic, but some nice enough things going on.

Taste is a little more enticing than the aroma with a citric bite that hits first and then a vanilla and light fruitiness comes through the most. Nice touches of spice and a little yeasty, and everything is on par for the style and pretty clean. The MF is definitely light overall, and the carbonation is actually really, really vibrant and this was almost a turnoff for me in the drinkability side of things. That being said, still a really nice example of the style, traditional and good.

Nickls, Dec 20, 2009
La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.