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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | 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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

05-16-2008 05:07:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +20.2%

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...

02-26-2008 14:31:32 | More by Onslow
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

02-10-2008 21:13:08 | More by ggaughan
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at BeerBistro. Pours a hazy yellow, thick white head forms, nice lacing on the glass, settles to a medium layer, good retention. Smell is quite light, some sourness, apples, banana and spice, wheat, some vanilla, very soft but the sourness is neat. Taste is similar, apples, banana, light sourness in the middle, yeast and wheat, oranges, almost winey character in the finish, a bit like a Berliner weiss due to the sourness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. I generally don’t like witbiers, but the sour character on this one gave it a bit of edge over other examples of the style.

12-22-2007 20:32:08 | More by Viggo
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

On-tap a Beerbistro. Wheat beers are always better when they're fresh.

A: Hazy, white-yellow, white head, some retention and lace.

S: Spicy (corriander), tropical fruit (banana with a hint of pineapple) and a touch of wheat.

T: Corriander, banana, wheat, cider, hint of pineapple, slight hint of tartness.

M: Light to moderate body is well-attenuated with a dry finish. Higher than moderate carbonation. Refreshing. It'd be a great summer drink.

D: Very drinkable.

11-30-2007 01:12:07 | More by Derek
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Hey! This is good stuff! My partner (bless her) bought some at the supermarket the other day, knowing I like "trappist" style beers. I didn't have the heart to tell her I don't really go for white beers.

Turns out I am a prejudiced boob. This really is very good. Clean, clear, fresh - I really like it.

I think you will too - give it a try.

10-26-2007 05:04:05 | More by btmo
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brendan13

Australia

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a few centimetres of white head that falls away suprisingly quickly.
S - Wheat malt, some very vauge, very slight citrus and spice notes.
T - Like the smell - wheat maltiness with some citrus and spice hidden in the depths.
M - Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, quite a dry finish.
D - Nice enough but lacks the citrus that is commonly associated with Witbier.

10-16-2007 07:45:59 | More by brendan13
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basica

Singapore

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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? :)

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

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a bright, cloudy orangish golden color with plenty of creamy white head at the beginning, fading down to a thin layer within about a minute. Smells sweet and floral and a little fruity. Very 'fresh' smelling. Tastes fairly dry for a witbier. Pretty clean tasting. A little yeasty and fruity, but mostly dry. The fizzy mouthfeel makes it hard to make much more than that out. Finishes very dry as well. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but a little too dry for me.

08-20-2007 09:06:07 | More by Kulrak
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

A very refreshing and highly drinkable witbier. The only Trappist witbier and they do a great job. Certainly worth trying. Has a best before date of 09/08.

Pours with a fluffy white head with excellent retention. Some lacing and a slightly hazy yellow colour.

The nose is delicate and pleasant. Has a slight yeasty spice, some wheat and honey like sweetness.

Taste's like a good wit, a bit more carbonation than most but I am not complaining, a bit of spice here and there, some citrus, a little sour with a slim bitter finish.

08-03-2007 06:32:18 | More by irishkyle21
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

I had this on tap in Amsterdam at some place in the Leidesplein (sp?).

It has a very light and slightly cloudy appearance.

The aroma on this beer is great. A big yeast and banana presence.

The taste is solid but a bit light. Again it has that great belgian wit yeat flavor with a bit of lemon that finishes slightly sweet.

A very drinkable wit, though maybe a bit to light. A solid chioce anytime you are craving a wit.

05-21-2007 13:27:22 | More by IPAcraig
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

01-18-2007 02:16:22 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a huge foamy pure white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of wheat is dominating with some very subtle coriander. Taste is also dominated by wheat with some limited spices and yeast characteristic being noticeable. Body is quite light and even if label mention that this beer is not filtrated I am guessing that it is somewhat filtrated. Interesting an refreshing but really lacking something to make this a great beer.

01-11-2007 16:13:52 | More by Phyl21ca
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -9%

I had a bottle at Kelk in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a white head that thins to a persistent layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Heavy notes of bananas. Swirling brings out some pepper and spice.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront, some notes of banana. There's graininess in the center with a light peppery spice and tartness. This tastes more like a Belgian Pale Ale than a wit.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate to low carbonation with a bit of creaminess.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, though not to style.

12-14-2006 02:36:49 | More by EPICAC
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

This is the world's first Trappist wheatbeer and they have done an excellent job!

Appearance is really good, a white/yellow beer with a thick 2 inch head that stays on the entire beer. The yeast and protein make the beer murky. Carbonation is slowly reaching for the top.

Smell is citric and grainy with a slight diacetyl smell.Very fresh with some hints of lactic acid. There is some spiciness that leans more towards a German Weizen than to a Belgian witbier.

Taste is even better, very fresh citric, without being sharp or acidic. The spiciness reminds me of clove and lemon and complements the grainy properties of the beer. The yeast is more German Weizen, while the malt bill is Belgian, this makes it a cross-over beer, that has no competition. The fathers in the abbey have created a truly unoque beer. Hallelujah!

12-06-2006 20:31:12 | More by Absumaster
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vancurly

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -13%

A: Poured into a large wine glass. Very bubbly, with thick foamy white head. Pale gold, light haze.
S: Wheat malt, hint of lemon, yeast phenolics
F: Noticable caramalts, slight citrus tang. Not very 'spicy' as one expects for style.
M: Big effervescence. Fairly light and airy, watery even. Finishes quickly with a lemony tingle.
O: Not bad, although I would prefer creamier wheat body & flavour.

11-06-2006 05:06:32 | More by vancurly
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bark

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

The colour is pale orange-gold; the liquid is hazy. The finger thick head slowly sinks down to a firm white layer, leaving some lacing.

The smell is fruity with yeasty flavours, sweet citric fruits (mandarins, bitter oranges) and a hint of bitterness.

The first flavours are citric (bitter oranges, lime), mixed herbs, plums and bakery yeast. Then, some notes of wheat flour, and sour flavours emerges. The aftertaste is mid-sourish with a fruity bitterness and hints of herbs.

The carbonation is overwhelming and – in my opinion – too strong even for a wit. The bubbles are medium sized.

I thought this beer was a little too discreet; I like a wit to be a rollercoaster of flavours!

10-11-2006 17:15:46 | More by bark
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ohitsbrad

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

29 September 2006, Best Before Nov 06

Cloudy golden colour with a medium sized head. Aroma of citrus, coriander, spice, banana and fruit. Tastes doughy and wheaty with some lemon zest, orange and coriander spice. Mouthfeel is bready and light to medium bodied. An excellent witbier.

10-02-2006 15:05:54 | More by ohitsbrad
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Regenpak

Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

Purchased this beer in a sixpack of those cowardly 30 cl bottles (see photo) in my local Dirk van den Broek supermarket. It pours a half-inch head that's pretty persistent. Lots of bubbles rising in the pale yellow liquid. Very light haze of yeast. The smell is the typical sweet-sour flavor of witbier. Some fruitiness in there. The taste did not follow the promise of the smell. A bit watery and some chemical faintly in the background. This was nicely offset by the rather strong carbonisation. A really nice beer to have on a hot summer day though.

08-22-2006 14:29:56 | More by Regenpak
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy honey yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer.... no lacing...

Aroma - Spicy, light honey sweetness, some light coriander notes, peppery, light maltiness, some spicy hops, lemony, floral notes...

Taste – Spicy, nice light hop bitterness, light sweetness, lemon fruitiness, floral, slight nuttiness, very light maltiness, some wheat traces... flavours maybe all lacking a little depth...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Extremely drinkable - would be nice on a hot summer day...

Overall - An ok witbier.... As i said maybe lacking a little depth - still worth a try though...

06-12-2006 13:21:05 | More by mdagnew
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BeerNutta

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%

White Trappist.

A = Pours a pale straw with a thin foam head.

S = Slight citric smell with a herbal aroma mixed in.

T = The usual white beer taste. Just a little blander. Light citris flavour with the usual herb like finish. Clove aftertaste.

M = Moderately carbonated.

D = Average. If you like white beers drink hoegaarden. Cheaper and nicer.

01-21-2006 12:42:09 | More by BeerNutta
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

09-19-2005 19:40:20 | More by goodbyeohio
La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.