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

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85
very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 18
Gots: 18 | 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 joedon
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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 -14.3%

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 +9.5%

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 -3.2%

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 +16.7%

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 -7.2%

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 +10.9%

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 -7.7%

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.

lacqueredmouse, May 16, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
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.

LittleCreature, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Onslow
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...

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
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.

ggaughan, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Viggo
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.

Viggo, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of grub
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.

grub, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of btmo
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.

btmo, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of brendan13
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.

brendan13, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of basica
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? :)

basica, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
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.

Kulrak, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
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.

irishkyle21, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
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.

IPAcraig, May 21, 2007
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
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.

EPICAC, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
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!

Absumaster, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of vancurly
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.

vancurly, Nov 06, 2006
La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
85 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.