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

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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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 berley31
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

berley31, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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

MrDanno96, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

augustgarage, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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
Photo of Brabander
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

mrmanning, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

ccrida, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

nickd717, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tempest, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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

juju7, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

lhaqq, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of PapaEugene
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

PapaEugene, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

rvdoorn, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  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.

Halcyondays, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of joedon
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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 laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow colour with a tinge of green. Light but steady bead with a frothy snow-coloured head. Fair amount of residual sugar clinging to the edge, but not a huge amount. Decent.

I got a big banana whiff from a metre away when first poured. There is definitely that tropical fruit character, bit of orange rind wafts in, and a grassy hop aspect on the back. Not bad.

Interesting palate: quite sour, really. Kind of off-fruit on the palate, with a wheaty, almost polleny mouthfeel. A bit watery though, almost like it's an infusion of beer. The fruity, hoppy flavours are there definitely, but they ride the sidecar of water's motorcycle through the palate and the flavour I'm left with is slightly sour and fruity but there was never a big fireworks moment, like when the shuttle blasts off, or a cannon fires off a mighty burst, or when a magnificent caboose thrusts its way into a deep excavated crevice.

This is quite a good brew, but I just prefer the gut-rotting brilliance of the Belgian trappist brethren.

laituegonflable, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only Trappist wheat beer, and seemingly limited in its tap availability to Canada and Australia. The world economic crisis rumbles on, but globalism is clearly not dead yet. Poured into its own special chalice, the appearance of this wit can be described as textbook. I see a hazy dark yellow liquid, devoid of all lustre until holding it to the light bathes my face in a golden radiance. The head is bone white - the colour of the crypt, and lasts the little time it needs to serve out before I've drained the contents. Whippings of lace are left behind, slowly descending to the depths of the chalice to reunite themselves with their ancestors.

Everything about this is textbook, and the nose is down pat. Obviously we have wheat (something would be seriously f****d if it wasn't apparent), but there's also a lemon zing and a hint of apple.

Ah... nice flavour. There's something about drinking beer made by monks that pushes flavours into a whole new realm. Its like they got some good tips from the great brewmaster in the sky. Coriander (but, of course), joined by banana (a pleasant surprise), tart apple and clean, soft wheat. This must be a new edition of the textbook because the banana esters from the yeast give this somewhat of a hefe feel, but the coriander and slight citric bite let you know we're still in Belgian territory. I see it as a hybrid, and a pleasant departure.

The mouthfeel, as you would expect, is clean, refreshing and erring toward the light. I always hoped that wits would have more body, but that's not really their intention. I'll just have to wait for an imperial witbier to show up on my doorstep.

Awesome drinkability, and the only fault is its gone all too soon (are these servings small or am I really enjoying this palate cleanser). Another home run from the monks.

bobsy, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of madvoice
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light honey colour with a sudsy head that disappears pretty quickly leaving a little lacing behind. Smells of citrus fruits and peaches. It also has a very wheaty/yeasty aroma blended in. Tastes as fruity as it smells and has a subtle bite that finishes it well. Crisp and light on the palate but a little fizzier than I expected. Quite a refreshing drop.

madvoice, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of WHROO
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this to be a Hoegaarden Wit clone (or maybe the other way around?)
Poured a great sudsy head, with good head retention, & lacing. A nice soft appearance
Sweet honeys in the aroma...some molasses, very inviting.
The taste was clean, spicey with cloves & coriander, little bitterness & no dryness - very very nice.
mouthfeel had some nice carbonation leaving an alive feeling...this was a nice witbier for sure.
Excellent drinkability - light enough to easily have a session....
Ima loving the witbiers & I reckon this was better than Hoegaarden Wit.

WHROO, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of atis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange/golden colour with average head and almost no lacing.

Aroma is mostly wheat malt with some citrus. Flavour is malty, yeasty, spicy (coriander) with hints of citrus fruit, mostly orange. Mouthfeel is between thin to medium, kind of sharp and fizzy, because of the high level of carbonation. Although it is quite ok for witbiers to have a slightly sour aftertaste, in this case it was too strong.

Very interesting beer, I think it is quite different from other white beers I have tried.

atis, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a good head and has an orange/copper colour to it. It has a lot of carbonation. It also is filtered, and doesn't look like a usual wit beer.

The beer smells like a lot of wit beers with the citrus/orange peel to it with the usually yeasty/wheat smell to it. The taste is very fruity and very tasty. It's a great fruity taste to it. It has a lot of the usual wit beer flavours, but a bit more malts than I expected. Solid wit beer, that's for sure. The feel tastes like most wit beers; however, I could easily drink a bunch of these.

swizzlenuts, May 18, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, lightly cloudy pale lemon coloured body. Nice sturdy head of fine bubbled white foam. Very attractive. Decent Lacing. Some fine-bubbled carbonation, but not a huge amount. Should be cloudier, for a wit, but otherwise very nice.

Decent wit nose, hints of citrus, a little clove and spice. Quite sweet, a little soapy coriander character, but it's pretty subdued overall. The better wits hit you around the head with a huge amount of flavour. This doesn't.

Taste is also quite flat, unfortunately. A bit of sour wheat character, a bit of peppery spice, but quite one-dimensional. Palate is pretty short. Mouthfeel is frothy almost to the point of making it feel like it's difficult to swallow. Don't get me wrong, it's got some very pleasant elements to it, but it's a bit light on them.

It's drinkable, but it doesn't blow me away. A reasonable witbier, but not, in my opinion, an outstanding one.

lacqueredmouse, May 16, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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
Photo of Onslow
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a long day in Amsterdam and pretty much drained, I arrive at my dutch cousins house and a cold bottle of this is waiting... could not have needed or enjoyed a beer more at that time!...

a refreshing quenching beer..

looks beutiful, lots of lacing and fine foam

.i got it....light fruity and delicious, clean full and amazing.

.i loved it!

..not many can touch this...

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear, golden color with a vigourous head and nice bubbles rounding to the top. The nose was wheaty, yeasty and had nice citrus character. The taste is a refreshing light wheat taste, with citrus and a hop character that rounds this out well.

ggaughan, Feb 10, 2008
La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.