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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 03:55:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:51:17 | More by megahurts4
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silenius

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 17:45:24 | More by silenius
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Everydayoff

Thailand

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 19:10:55 | More by Everydayoff
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joedon

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 14:38:51 | More by joedon
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 02:39:34 | More by LittleCreature
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 17:40:01 | More by metter98
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 19:40:20 | More by goodbyeohio
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 17:03:58 | More by Globetrotter
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Bierschenker

Belgium

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 19:37:36 | More by Bierschenker
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Sigmund

Norway

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 12:21:10 | More by Sigmund
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 02:16:22 | More by Sammy
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glid02

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 20:59:30 | More by glid02
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 21:01:18 | More by Brabander
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 15:49:16 | More by flyingpig
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basica

Singapore

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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? :)

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 16:43:18 | More by basica
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 17:00:58 | More by Nickls
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA for $8. Served in a large snifter, the wit is hazy straw yellow with a white head. The aroma is weak until the beer warms up, but when it does, the smell is akin to sticking your rose in a bunch of roses. It's almost bizarre how much this smells like flowers, down to the earthy (dirt) undertones. The flavor is a smooth, but too subtle, mix of soft wheat bread and soapy floral spice. Not my favorite white ale, but well-made and worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 13:25:45 | More by tempest
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HalfFull

California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Offers a nice half inch cap of white foam, good retention and sticky lace.

Spicy wheat aroma with a bit of lemony hop, touch of graininess and clove spice. Somewhat light but well balanced and pleasant with a good yeast presence.

Taste of wheat with coriander and pepper and supported with a firm carbonation level. Notes of lemon return on the finish. Feel is spritzy and offers a hint of sweetness initially, segueing to a more bready lemon and spice feel. Overall a solid offering and quite drinkable, lacking a bit in depth only on the taste, but solid aroma and feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 05:28:57 | More by HalfFull
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at beerbistro as part of their koningshoeven trappist beer launch nov 27/07.

pours pale yellow with a bit of haze. the small dense white head lingers for a long time and leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. light caramel sweetness. bit of grain. nice spice - clove, orange peel. bit of pineapple. banana.

taste is good. very low bitterness. bit of alcohol. light clove. bready malt. pineapple and light tangerine. bit of caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation level. fairly light body. very smooth.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very smooth. i'd say it's less assertive than some wits, but it's not dull. very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2007 19:04:01 | More by grub
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of solid yellow. It has a massive white head of evenly distributed tiny bubbles, of about three fingers. It is soft and foamy, and disappears at a medium pace. Flecks of lacing appear around the glass as it goes, and a clean dome of bubbles remains for the tasting. There is a good deal of haze to the glass, but little sediment is noted otherwise. The carbonation looks highly active. The aroma hits with cooling wheat and malts, and a generous helping of clove, with a bit of help from some independent medicinal phenols. There is some other spice, with showings of white pepper, a hint of fresh vanilla bean, orange rind, and cinnamon. The flavor begins with pale malts. There are generous inclusions from wheat and other, lighter grain, with the beginning otherwise unremarkable. A sour wheaty kick flares up through the center, briefly, to be washed away by a sweet orange flavoring, clove, and some further sweetening banana esters. The finish is clove-dominant. Again, they are detached from the phenolic bite that one might expect from such a clovey taste. The aftertaste is full of wheat, those faint esters, and a secondary cooling maltiness. There is also some citrus here, but here the orange becomes lemon. The body of this beer is medium, and the carbonation is active. The feel is creamy, cooling, and a bit coating. The carbonation is overactive at times, and is noted to prickle the tongue throughout the tasting. The abv is within limits and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the crispness and rejuvenation of the feel. The aroma was appropriately inclusive of all the necessary components, but the beer fell short in the flavor department. While it was not outright watery, the flavors seemed dull. This was both good and bad. It lent to the cleanliness of the palate on the one hand, but also left the drinker wanting more of a punch on the other.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:14:19 | More by TheBrewo
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JC333

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-21-2014 03:32:05 | More by JC333
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Marius

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-25-2012 19:53:13 | More by Marius
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Dinkel

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-09-2013 14:22:58 | More by Dinkel
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Tomblerone

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-27-2012 17:12:22 | More by Tomblerone
La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.