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

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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 03-21-2005

Formerly La Trappe
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Photo of 77ships
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The only witbier made by trappists, bottle@home, from notes, sold as La Trappe Witbier in Belgium but I am certain that this is the same beer:

A: hazy yellow, white bubbly head that doesn't last long
S: some citrus, plenty of spice & citrus
T: heavy on wheat, some yeast, spices (coriander?) & citrus peal, typical witbeer flavours, kind of weak
M: kind of thin really, plenty carbonation, dry end
D: not really impressed by this one, not horrible but I would pick Hoegaarden over this. Not a fan of the style, I would rank this one slightly above average but not much, nowhere near the quality of the other trappists.

Photo of desiderius
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: This is beautiful; hazy yellow color; lots of bubbles, some in champagne-like rows; spectacular, rocky, bright white head; great retention; nice lacing; no sediment.

Smell: Delicate; subtle wheat malt, hints of banana and citrus, minimal hops; could be more complicated.

Taste: Wheat malt, delicate yeast; lemon and orange; slight hoppy bitterness at the end, perfectly blended with the fruity and wheaty taste; however, I usually expect more complicated taste from a trappist brew.

Mouthfeel: Quite light, crisp and refreshing; abundant carbonation but wouldn't wish for less; would welcome somewhat fuller body though.

Drinkability: This drinks like lemonade, and the 5,5% ABV goes unnoticed. OK, most belgian beers are bottled in 330 mL bottles, but I just wish I could find this in 500 mL ones!

Overall, very nice and refreshing, but left me wishing for a bit more.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit more transparent than I was expecting, very light for a witbier. Thin white head. Very slippery lacings.

Great big bubblegum aroma with just a touch of lemon.

Carbonation brings the zesty bitterness to the front. Gradually mellows. Coriander to banana to bubblegum. A nice bit of yeast that is almost Hefe-like. Nice dry finish.

A bit too carbonated for my liking. I enjoy creamy wits, this one is quite spritsy.

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, white gold color with decent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, showing clove, lemon zest, light orange peel and a hint of coriandor. Flavors replicate the nose almost exactly in this moderately sweet beer. However, there is enough underlying spice to counter and balance the light sweetness very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and frankly I'm a bit surprised by the amount of flavor I'm encountering in this wit beer. Drinkability is exceptional... the alcohol is well disguised and the amount of flavor I'm gettin in this 5.5% beer is very impressive.

A very nice beer... one of the better Belgian wit beers I've had in some time. Delicious.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drtank from my Leffe chalice.

A - Pours a very light hazey straw colour with a large bubbled head that reduces to a film.

S - Plenty of citrus spice.

T - A hint of coriander seed that is more bubblegum and spice. Quite nice.

M - Smooth, light body and low carbonation.

D - One of the better exaples for this style.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nose of wheat, a little fruity, almost transparent pale blond color. Fairly light, fast and easy refreshing, it proposes cons little spice in the mouth unlike the classic Hoegaarden. It remains sparkling, with an aftertaste safe and presence of yeast that offers fruity lightweight and has made more palatable.

Photo of Sigmund
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of rarbring
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale straw colored hazy beer, with a white large foam that recedes rather quickly leaving a good lacing.

The smell is the typical spices, cardamom, cumin, citric fruits, bitter orange, sweet syrup, bread loafs and some yeast.

The taste is starting with a clean toffee sweetness, acid tones from lemon and oranges, spicy notes, clove and cardamom, a little bitterness like orange seeds.

A rather mild carbonation and a fresh, yet rich and complex feeling.

A typical sunset, or sitting-on the porch beer. Or why not to a spicy soup.

Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had on-tap at Novare Res. Poured with a fizzy, medium-sized white head that diminished to 1/4-finger or so. Body is pale yellow and cloudy.

S: Nice wit aroma of coriander and citrus, but not sickening at all (some wits really make this mistake).

T: Very nice flavor... the typical spices and fruit are there, but they're not overpowering or sickening. In fact, it's quite mellow for a wit, which is nice for a change, and definitely increases drinkability. Very refreshing.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, fizzy carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, and was glad to have the opportunity to try it on-tap. Definitely a very enjoyable wit and something I'd order again in the future if given the chance.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with little lacing.

S: Aromas of spice, citrus, apple dominate the nose. Pretty typical wheat bear/heffeweisse nose.

T: I get a touch of bubblegum in the flavor, along with definite notes of coriander and orange peel. Pretty clean overall, but nice nonetheless.

M: Really smooth with a nice light body and lots of carbonation.

D: A very refreshing wit that goes down easy. Special thanks to Will for bringing this one back from his trip to Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse - sad I missed meeting the brewery rep the day before, still happy to get to try this. Served in a generic tulip.

Lightly hazy pale straw liquid with a creamy finger of ivory foam. Excellent retention and pleasant gentle lacing.

Biscuits, pale malt, and light yeast aromatics with a touch of wheat. Faint esters, though I can't place any fruit in particular.

Mild lactic tartness, hints of pear, bread dough, rice crackers and faint lemon on the palate. A whisper of hops lead into a tart then dry finish. Nicely balanced over all.

Well carbonated with mild effervesence - smooth and a bit milky - just a touch thin, but very refreshing.

Tart, bready, and straight-forward, this is a flawless if restrained example of the style.

Photo of Nickls
3.78/5  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.

Photo of Brabander
3.8/5  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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Chaucer's pub in London, ON- Pours the typical cloudy yellow with a good froth of white foam. Nice lacing with good retention. The aroma set me aback, as it surprisingly full of fresh aromatic hops and other leafy greens. Also present are good doses of pine and yeasty nuances with a follow up of orange peel and vanilla, maybe a touch of spice. The flavour profile is quite hoppy and citric, lots of bitterness, bubblegum, lots of fruit, very tasty. FInish is fruity citric bitterness, with lots of candy. Unexpected and pleasant!

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle (procured in the Netherlands) poured into my Supra gueuze tumber, La Trappe Witte is a spritzy clear pale yellow with a large, quickly settling white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet and fruity, but not to strong, and with a nice little twang from the wheat.

Taste is amazing, wow. Big fruity esters, very clean, super tasty. Surely the best Witte I've had, which is many, as it's a favorite style of mine. I love the sweetness while still being very refreshing and not at all overbaring.

Mouthfeel is sharply crisp, with a light body, very refreshing.

Drinkability is super high. This is an awesome witte.

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver.

A - Great hazy orangish-blond appearance with a huge, lasting creamy white head and great lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast, citrus, banana, and coriander.

T - Pale malt and wheat, yeast, coriander and other spices, orange peel, banana, and clove. A bit sweet, but not too much.

M/D - Palate is smooth and fairly light with soft carbonation. High drinkability. Overall a great witbier!

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As pale as they come, almost white. How appropriate. Just a touch cloudy with a tight one finger head. Banana, bubblegum and some citrus on the nose with a little spice. Slightly cloying but pretty smooth and creamy. Malt comes through nicely. Good, solid summery beer. I'd get it again

Photo of lhaqq
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden/light mahogany body with a creamy white head with great lacing.
S: Wheat, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and sweet malts.
T: A mix of a solid witbier and a good Belgian. Interesting mix that I haven't had before, and not sure it's found too many other places. Starts light with the wheat, then shifts into some dark fruits and candied sugar.
M: Pretty heavy, maybe not a thirst-quenching wheat but more a session beer.
D: Could've had a few.

Photo of PapaEugene
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only white trappist available. Poured it into my lindemans glass.

A: A very lightyellow hazy color. Huge head that slowly diminished throughout the drink. Nice!

S: Some general white beer smells like citrus and coriander but to my surprise also some sweet fruits low in the mix. Yeast smell a little too strong for my taste.

T: No acid bomb like some white beers can be. Grains, coriander, lemon, hints of sweet fruits.

M: Medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: A different white beer for once. I think this will be my second favorite after the Gulpener korenwolf.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe, maybe not the best, but with their wide range of different beers, for sure the most inventive trappist brewery. This time I tried the only white trappist beer avaliable.
Poured it into a La Trappe glass. The beer pours a cloudy gold-yellow color with a nice two finger thick head that didn't disappear during drinking.

The scent is like Hoegaarden white, wheat malts, fresh and some spices (coriander).

The taste is great, a bit sweet (but much less sweet than Hoegaarden white), wheat, some citrus and spices again. The aftertaste is a bit malty, nice and very fresh

The mouthfeel is good, medium-high carbonation but very light and drinkable

Overall it is my favourite white beer, more spicy, much less sweet and much more depth compared to Hoegaarden white beer. Another great trappist beer. If you like the style, it is a must try!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, the only Trappist white beer, I'm excited to try this,

A: Pours a hazy yellow to be expected with a firm white head, great Belgian lace.

S: Notes of wheat and lemon, light.

T: Predominately lemon with a minor note of orange and some white pepper. Interesting wheat malt notes mid-palate.

M: Dry and spritzy, very light-bodied, soft carbonation, easy to drink.

D: Pretty much a middle of the road wit for me, it's nice, but I'm not wowed by it.

Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.