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Barrel Trolley Belgian White - World Brews

Barrel Trolley Belgian WhiteBarrel Trolley Belgian White

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BA SCORE
73
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46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 21.24%


Brewed by:
World Brews visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pBRale on 09-06-2011)
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NewMexicoBeerLover

New Mexico

3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: straw blond,very hazy which is fine for style.Snow white1 finger head with some fish eyes ---some lace,

S: Pleasant earthy undertones with big citrus

T:Not sure what appealed to me--acidic maybe, but not enough complexity to keep my interest.

M: Kind of tangy.

O: I like wheat beers a lot--this one may not be the one for me. By contrast I tried aommegang witte at the same time. It shraed elements but semmed somuch better integrated and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 03:44:48 | More by NewMexicoBeerLover
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DoubleJ

California

3.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It took awhile, but I am going to break into the world of Barrel Trolley. From a twist-off 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

An inch of soapy head sits top the washed out orange body. Good lacing is provided around. The aroma sits a touch above mediocre, thanks to a kiss of coriander and vague sweetness. With the taste, the coriander is more pronounced. Solid orange peel note to compliment, and the oats are there to add an extra layer. In fact, the taste is not bad at all. It's a light, soft carbonated beer, which is a wee too soft for the circumstances. A little more pop I think would enhance the beer. It's a solid witbier along the lines of Blue Moon, which is not intended to be an insult as some would see it as.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:59:26 | More by DoubleJ
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, subdued spice, and perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus cleaning product flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is somewhat drinkable but there is definitely an artificial quality in the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:08:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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wrightst

Maryland

2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Barrel Trolley is a very interesting line. They have a pretty decent range - IPA, pale, amber, brown and this witbier as commonly available. They are inexpensive, making them good session choices if one of the above styles is your thing.

Straw gold and minor league cloudy in appearance with or without head, depending on the pour. Note: you don't drink the appearance.
It has weak traces of the smells we associate with witbiers, particularly Belgian witbiers. That is to say orange and coriander.
The taste is similar to the smell (don't get me started on esters and thiols), but again weak. It's all there as a session beer if you like Belgian wit. Similarly, try the brown as a session if you like browns. Try the pale if you like pales.
These beers all offer a nice, sessionable option for the styles in question. None of them pop, which makes me suspect a very large, international beer-axis-of-evil company is behind them.

World Brews is listed as a California brewer on this website. My bottle reads Rochester, NY. I've never seen a contract brew printed like that - indistinct from the home brewer. Usually it's more of a "brewed under license by..." or something. Additionally, I could find no web news about this beer. The website is a single page, literally. No news about whether a mega brew is behind it or not. It's distribution is too wide to be going solo. My opinion. Things that make you go hmmmm.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:41:36 | More by wrightst
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wow, judging by the sales-floor visibility and the talk, I'd say Binny's foray into a "house label" (one that was already available in other chains in other states...) hasn't been much of a success. Oh well... This stuff pours a clear pale-golden-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, musty biscuit, coriander, and old lemon peel. The taste brings in more of the same, only a touch brighter when it comes to the fruits. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a substandard wit that likely couldn't compete with even Hoegaarden on a taste basis. I'm not surprised this brand isn't doing well around here...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 17:52:08 | More by TMoney2591
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I always like when local, in-person trader, tone 77 stops by with a big box o' beer. I never know what I am going to find inside but I am never disappointed. I think of drinking beer like reading in that there is no such thing as bad reading nor is there truly bad beer drinking. Just like the late-'60's/early-'70's hippies, I will try anything once.

Quite a busy label: "America's Best-kept secret"; "Barrelled and numbered by Barrel Trolley"; "A seamless network of tracks, the covert trolley system of the 1920s was the ticket to an American revolution, the revolt of Prohibition. Connecting underground speakeasies, mobsters teamed to distribute barrels of their precious brew. Let your palate travel the underground flavor network of this Belgian-style wheat ale. Bright flavors of orange balanced by subtly spicy coriander make this unfiltered ale a reason to celebrate. Raise your glass for 'This is a plea for beer!'"

I made sure to agitate this nicely in the bottle so as to have nothing residual remaining following the pour. I was successful and I had two fingers of dense French vanilla-colored head by the time that I was done. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a definite spiciness, borne of the coriander but the yeast also played a part as it had a musty aspect as well. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the taste was really lacking for the style. It was about as bland a wit as I have encountered for a while. Finish was equally bland and unobtrusive. You can do much better for yourself if you want to try a wit.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 18:56:49 | More by woodychandler
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. As this appears to be another duplicate offering, one of many exposed to the Alberta drinking public by the not-so-good folks of the Liquor Depot chain of stores and their associated import business, why on earth should I buy one of each 'brand'? Especially if my inquiries as to such have fallen on deaf ears, all of the way up the corporate, and all the way down the brewing chain?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, silken foamy ecru head, which leaves some low-lying coral reef lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of wheaty, somewhat acrid pale malt, muddled coriander, overripe lemons, neutered yeast, and a bit of herbal, weedy hops. The taste is softly sweet bready malt, with a touch of doughy pastry character, tame breakfast cereal wheatiness, ethereal savoury spice, a stale orange fruitiness, and more sedate herbal, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite laid-back, and hardly noticeable, the body medium-light in weight, and actually pretty smooth. It finishes mostly off-dry, the wheaty, sugary, and fruity malt holding on the tightest, as the fruit and hops melt away into the approaching night.

A beginner's witbier, and agreeably wrought at that rate, with very little to none of the, well, not quite skank, but rather cheapness of its familial ilk. Too bad it's 5 bucks a sixer more expensive than Hoegaarden around here, which leads to the obvious question - why bother?

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 04:22:09 | More by biboergosum
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head on top. The retention is pretty good on here with some very scattered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is sweet with some fruity notes to it. The taste of the beer is sweet with some subtle tropical fruit notes. Not much bitterness or anything in this one. The mouthfeel is light bodied... nothing too complex or exciting in this beer. Overall I don't hate the beer but I feel there are better Witbier's out there. I can't say I'd personally seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:44:42 | More by Knapp85
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color iwth a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild,some spices, a touch of citrus. Taste is quite subdued, wheat, spice, a touch of orange, refreshing but light. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:09:39 | More by tone77
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TheSixthRing

California

3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, golden hay with a little over a finger width, white head. Sub-par retention results in a sparse, but somewhat sticky lace.

Smell - Smells of milky wheat notes and hints of coriander.

Taste - Starts crisp and with coriander spice, complimented by undertones of wheat and milk. The finish is sweet, then hints at bitterness, and is as quick as the aggressive start, with little time for flavors to develop.

Mouthfeel - Close to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Fairly creamy; almost buttery. Goes down easy.

Overall - A very average witbier. A Blue Moon clone, basically. Not the most flavorful, but it's fairly drinkable. Nothing I'd go out of my way to buy, but if it were on sale, my options limited and my mood was for witbier, I'd probably give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 05:09:27 | More by TheSixthRing
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend bought a six pack of this - no clue where from. This must be brand new.

Anyway, Barrel Trolley Belgian White is a Witbier of the Blue Moon variety. Less orange (it also doesn't call for an orange) but it has that same spice set, dominated by coriander, and it has that thicker wheat character. Taste and smell are pretty average. I didn't get a metallic aftertaste like the first reviewer, but I do agree that it isn't great. It's pretty drinkable, but you can do much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 17:20:51 | More by TheRealBigC
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pBRale

Iowa

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale gold with a huge, fluffy white head that settles slowly and leaves a thick and sticky lacing all the way down. Impressive.

Smell: Wheat and spice (corriander) are the dominating scents. Not much else. Perhaps a faint metallic scent.

Taste: Taste is wheat, spice, green apples, and a metallic finish/aftertaste that is very unappealing. Great taste (~4.0) until the finish. Thoroughly disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Nice light body, high carbonation, crisp finish. A drinkable beer.

Overall: Great looking beer that falls flat on its face with the metallic aftertaste. Maybe I got a bad batch, but I won't be trying it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:17:42 | More by pBRale
Barrel Trolley Belgian White from World Brews
73 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.