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Mostly Cloudy - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 257
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: puboflyons on 03-21-2014

A mostly cloudy body is capped with a light, fluffy head that reveals soft notes of citrus and spices. Whether you prefer partly sunny or mostly cloudy, this brew will happily keep your glass half full.

Mostly Cloudy is modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries during the 14th Century. We’ve refined the recipe of our Belgian White, given the packaging a new look and released it under the new name, Mostly Cloudy—although it pairs equally well with sunrays and cloudy days.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 257
Photo of ajilllau
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was probably one of my favorites beers of the summer and the quickest selling for my bar - sold a 1/6bbl in four days. It had a cloudy yellow haze look with a one inch head. These reviews are surprisingly underwhelming and a great summer drinking beer. (259 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat, hops, citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of grassy notes with a bitter sweet hops and citrus.

Overall: Great beer! I was glad I tried this one out. (313 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not the best of the style, but fairly decent offering. Pours hazy golden with no head or lacing. Aroma of ripe fruit, primarily banana. Flavor is also fruity, and really enjoyable. Unfortunately it's a bit over-carbonated, yielding a somewhat rough finish. (256 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, whitish-gold hue with a one-finger head into my glass. I wonder if this is the same recipe as their Wit?

A mix of clove and coriander stands out in the nose. Nice and light.

Robust with lots of clove, coriander and a slight touch of pepper. Crisper than their standard Wit recipe.

Finishes clean with only a trace of clove.

A very nice interpretation of the witbier. It's cleaner than their traditional Wit recipe. (437 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Long Trail "Mostly Cloudy" Unfiltered Belgian White
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "03/18/14 3504 B(?) - almost 5 mos. old
$7.99/six pack @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

While I object to Long Trail's use of the term "Belgian" on their label (as it's clearly not from Belgium), I can hardly complain about the beer itself. It follows the witbier style closely, and displays bright and fresh aromatics and flavors. The nose is full of soft coriander and orange peel, and the flavor is gently malty and just slightly tart with notes of orange, lemon, and some more dusty coriander. The bitterness is kept well in-check, and along with the light note of subtle tartness and very delicate spiciness it's really well-balanced. Some wheat character is apparent in the maltiness, especially across the middle; and there's a subtle touch of earthiness in the finish that's probably coming from a combination of wheat, yeasty chalkiness, dull coriander, and leafy and grassy hops. This is a style that many brewers over-do in one way or another (too much malt, too much spice, too much yeast character, too much hop flavor - or all of the above!) but that's not the case here. It's lively and bright, and remarkably refreshing, but also complex enough that you don't get bored with it.
Kudos to Long Trail for staying focused because sometimes balance is everything! (1,366 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz bottled on 02/26/14. Sampled on March 21, 2014 so it is pretty fresh.

It pours lemon yellow with a modest fizzy white head and as the name declares - mostly cloudy. Active carbonation.

That aroma is juicy orange, soft wheat, biscuit malts, and mild spice. It has the characteristics I expect in a witbier.

The body is light and refreshing.

Even though I get orange peel and coriander on the nose, its punchiness is more forward in the flavor along with a bready and sweet character. Dry and spicy finish. (518 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light and slightly cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemon, wheat, mild Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of lemon and other citrus fruits followed by some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but expected for this kind of beer and it’s enough to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style. (900 characters)

Photo of pgrose
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Bottle, Buffalo, NY
L: as advertised
S: malty sort of fermented smell, not the best smell to be honest
T: fermented taste forward , tangy middle, ends malty sorta sweet
F: medium / strong carbonation
O: would be an excellent Belgian ale except for the smell (265 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lemony gold color and has a hazy body. A fluffy white head sits on top. It fairly tall and lingers a good bit before fading away.
The aroma is very much coriander and as with most wits, it dominates.
The taste is similar to the nose with a big coriander bite so others flavors include yeast clove and pepper.
About standard for the style, over use of coriander. (370 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Don't expect too much for this beer I wasn't wowed by Limbo so here we go.

A - Well that head fizzed out rather quick. No lacing to speak of. Color is a mildly hazy bright yellow.
S - It has some lemon with a bit of dry fruity yeast and a touch of spice corandier.
T - Very light and refreshing touch of lemon and zest and a bit of wheat and some fruity yeasts. A decent witbier.
M - Light to medium. Crisp and easy to drink.

Overall I am not sure I love it but it's a decent witbier. Not sure the low rating its tasty enough with no hard water taste. (554 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is gold, clarity is dense, opaque, head is off white presented thin about 1/4 inch and then dissipates to nothing.

Smell is subdued, wheat and biscuit are present, yeast off notes are citrusy and some phenols.

Taste improves as it warms: started light wheat only with some citrus tartness, but then as it warms some pleasant subtleties presented. Stronger wheat and biscuit character improved and yeast off notes include nice tartness and citrus.

Mouthfeel is crisp, crispness comes from a strong carbonation and biting yeast flavor.

Overall, a nice tasting witbier with okay mouthfeel and aromas, could use some nicer presentation qualities. (687 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy. Milky and a light yellow. Fat bone white head of foam falls slowly and leaves a sheet of shimmering lace to slide down the glass as you drink. Also leaves behind a bubbly ring and a film on top.

Nose is light cittusy then very floral. Rose petals,sweet flowers. Sweet lemon zest, sweet white fruit like white nectarine or I would even say light peach, and a bit of spice. Some yeast on the nose but it is not terribly funky - just a bit.

Malt hits the palate first with a light sweetness. The wheat is broad in this and not very crisp. It's a light wet cracker in there. Soft creamy mouthfeel and no real bite from carbonation. Just a subtle uplifting. Flower petals and a sweet delicate bit of fruit take the mid palate. This finishes with a bit of tartness and a citrusy backnote and light spice.

It tastes good. It's easy to drink and it has a bit of juiciness in the middle that leans into a slight citrus twang in the finish. It dries but isn't completely dry in the finish. (997 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.7% abv.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow. Color similar to a pear. Two finger head quick to dissipate. And....as the name implies, clarity-wise, this beer is mostly cloudy!

Smell- Toasted cracker, Lemon, Orange peel, peppery spice.

Taste- Sweet, bready malt. A touch of orange citrus lingers about with a faint hint of banana. Sharp finish with spice notes of clove and pepper, with a bit of wheat in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Light in body with adequate carbonation.

Overall- A decent witbier with good flavor and high drinkability. (582 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i love a good wit in the summer, and this is better than its ratings i think, but for me it left a little to be desired. for one, the spice complexion seems overdone to me. i get coriander and orange peel of course, but i also get lemon rind, black pepper, clove, and allspice or something rather autumnal and pungent that takes it out of summer a little bit for me. makes it not quite refresh as hard, and thats one of the best features of the style. still, it has a lot going for it, plenty of body and carbonation makes it feel really nice on the palate. its also quite interesting, more flavorful than many and certainly not generic. the spices linger long though, and there is a bitterness that doesnt really belong. i like that these new beers are coming out from long trail, its been awhile since they released a bunch of cool new beers, but this one isnt the best of the recent crop. ill try it again in the fall, i think with the spices and the body it might work better in that context. (996 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbid straw-yellow with a rich cap of bleachy white head that rose to about two fingers' height. Lacing is a pretty sight.

Orange slice citrus with some lemon, a bit of coriander, clove, and pepper. Standardized Belgian witbier yeast and zestiness. Wheat malts have a good presence, too. Smells sweet and musty.

Very much spiced, with a lot of coriander and notes of cardamom. There's distinct bitter orange flesh and peel and a chalky yeast that works to get drying. Getting notes of hibiscus and chamomile tea in here, also. A wildly floral take on a Belgian staple.

Easy to drink. Wet-bodied with subtle carbonation creeping in and back out. Pretty simple, but okay. (673 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Unfiltered belgian white.

(3.50) A: Orangish-brass coloring, misty haze with a misty rise of effervesce. Capping is antique white, 1/2 inch high, modeateley short in retention with a spongey foam texture. Thin lacing.

(3.45) S: Wet citrus on the nose, some orange-wheat notes with a light peppery touch.

(3.55) T: Flavor was bright and wet hopped with a sweet caramel-orange and honey wheat nature. A bit of fruitiness, berries, mango, pineapple-orange with a lingering peppery wheat finish.

(3.60) M: Spritzy mouthful, creamy texture, buttery, nice body depth.

(3.50) O: Overall fresh and wet nature, easy drinking, sweet flavor, crisp and moderately enjoyable. (672 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A light and hazy brew, yellow, with a white head. Typical for the style. The smell is sweet, a bit malty, and has undercurrents of fruit....some peach and apricot, maybe. The taste is soft and a touch fruity. Slightly sweet, but generally balanced. There is a background of yeast. The finish is soft and the body is moderately light. This is a good, but overall average, Belgian style white. (391 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small head, especially for the style. Little lace--just some spots. Mildly cloudy with an orange-gold color.

Sour and wheaty to the nose. Reminds me of a lightly soured lambic.

The flavor is light with a bit of orange rind sourness. I find it refreshing but not complex. It has a semi-sweet, but short, aftertaste. Good body. (327 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is wheat heavy, a bit of citrus. Taste wheat, some citrus, some very light spice, refreshing but a bit on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer. (272 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

smells like a hair salon but tastes full and bright, not too bubbly, nice and smooth, a bit velvety. its really not a sharp witbier. realy smooth and mellow. clean drinking. lot of citrus notes, funkiness. overall a decent beer the aroma is just way off, funky in the worst way (277 characters)

Photo of Tearsonthegrave
3.37/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's pretty tame and safe. I would buy it again, but it's not my first choice. I like the light flavors and it is what it advertises. There are some better ones on the market. The citrus taste is very light and it's good for hot summer days. There are some better modern options for a Belgium white types. It's better than any of the Shock Top variety. But U.F.O.s are much better. Overall it's pretty solid. (408 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Cloudy pale yellow hues brew, great looking lace. Light aroma with some spicing and bready malt. Lighter bodied with sufficient crispness. Maltiness comes off a little wet, like cracker-like tone meets a modest orange peel and coriander tone. A decent try but not much pops here, still worth a go if you are into Witbiers. (364 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got a mix pack from Long trail on sale 13$ pretty good deal.

A: Pours a pale straw, very cloudy as expected. Big white head died down quickly, a little dissapointing.

S: Smell is a lot of lemon zest, some funky belgian yeast, and some baked bread. Maybe some corriander.

T: A lot of lemon. Too much. Reminds me of Sam Adams summer ale, or other lemon-y beers. Its defintiely got some whit flavors in the breadyness and the yeast, but this one has too much lemon going on. Might go better with food, summer ale fans would like it most likely.

M: Carbonation is a little low for a whit, could have been my aggressive pour.

O: A dissapointment from a brewery I've been very pleased with recently. (Brewmaster Mike's series, and LImbo are great beers). Way too much lemon. (776 characters)

Photo of candcholt
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Bottled 3/18/14.

Cloudy, as advertised. Pale golden yellow. Nicely carbonated.

Taste is drinkable but not outstanding. The strongest note I can put my finger on is a bitter peel flavor.

Nothing to sneeze at when it's a choice at a party, but I wouldn't seek it out or buy a case unless it was on a big sale. (346 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Inconsistent brewing. I bought the Summer Survival Pack from Long Trail, which includes this Belgian style witbier, and these did not all taste the same. They were all bottled on the same date, at least as far as I could read, because the dates printed on these were very blurry, but they must have come from different batches or something.

The first bottle I tried was sort of watery, and had a very indistinct flavor to it. I could faintly taste citrus and orange peel, but I really didn't taste any coriander or spice at all. It honestly felt like I was drinking Rolling Rock or something, because there was really no clear flavor, it was very watered down. The second bottle, on the other hand, almost tasted like I was drinking a completely different beer. Much more defined orange flavor, thicker feel, and I could definitely taste the spice this time. Far better, and it tasted somewhat similar to Harpoon's UFO White, though a bit more muted. Haven't cracked open the third bottle yet, but these two alone have told me enough.

I would give the second bottle a 3.75, but I feel I've got to knock some points off for the inconsistent taste. The second bottle definitely tasted like the beer they were trying to make, but that first bottle was also something that they brewed and shipped, even if it wasn't what they were aiming for. I can see why some people are calling this watery, because if they got a bum batch, they're missing out on a decent witbier. If Long Trail could get better quality control, it would be worth buying again, but I wouldn't chance it as it stands now. (1,590 characters)

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Mostly Cloudy from Long Trail Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.