Mostly Cloudy - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 262
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 37.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of Immortale25
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 3/13/15.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with barely any head that immediately fades to nearly no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Usual wheaty/yeasty aroma of a witbier. Somewhat sweet with fruity esters that bring some orange notes.

T- Generic run-of-the-mill wheat beer flavor. Honestly not much more going on here than in a Blue Moon. Weak finish.

M- Decent amount of fruity tang from the yeast but the medium-low carbonation leaves a bit to be desired.

O- Pretty lackluster IMO. Even when the yeast is introduced there's not much more character or richness brought to the table.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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. 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.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Tearsonthegrave
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Sheepdog6
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasty beer with tacos today. Little spice but a wonderful witbier. I do love my witbiers! Really enjoy this one during the summer when I want something light but not a shandy.

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Photo of JerryLevinson
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The orange citrus notes are more pronounced than usual for the style, similar to Harpoon's UFO White. Almost a shandy. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a nice alternative for daytime warm weather refreshment.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to nothing

S: A little bit yeasty with some light fruity and malty notes. Very light banana comes out

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some very light yeasty and fruity notes with a light maltiness. Some banana and clove/spices. Very light overall, and a little watery

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little on the watery side

O: More of an introductory wit with some lighter tastes and mouthfeel. A nice easy drinker, but not something you want if you want even moderate taste

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Photo of pgrose
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of rorjets
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

This Long Trail Mostly Cloudy Belgian White has a peculiar perfume-like flavor that wasn't sweet, but very fragrant. Definitely an odd flavor. Not my favorite beer for this style. Probably why it was so discounted when I bought it.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a sour lemon smell mixed with a good amount of a biscuit aroma. A bit of wheat bread and some coriander as well as a little bit of orange and a light grassy smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather dry flavor, with just a bit of a cracker flavor and a bit of yeast and coriander spice. As the flavor advances a very light orange and lemon flavor develop on the tongue bringing just a hint of sweetness and sourness to the profile. Along the same time, a bit of graininess and some light grassy and moderately hay-like flavors develop on the tongue as well. The yeasty flavors grow stronger as the taste moves to the end, leaving a rather bland and dry flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. With little flavor, an even higher carbonation and thinner body may have been more appropriate for the brew.

Overall – Not a brew I would go to again. For the most part it was very low on the flavor profile with the flavors not even really being that good. While I understand that at 4.7 % abv. that I will not get a flavor powerhouse, this one is actually less flavorful and more offensive then most low cal. brews.

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Photo of candcholt
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 4/9/14)

A: Carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. Frothy head that dissipates rapidly. Light white wine color that is slightly cloudy.

S: Smells light and airy, like I remember from the few witbiers that I've had. Though it is a strange smell that I can't really describe. It is like yeast and bread.

T: Tastes like it smells. Just this odd flavor that is hard to describe. It is dry, with yeast, bread and probably grains of paradise.

M: Even carbonation that is light and effervescent.

O: I think this is turning out to not be my style. I needed a cheap beer to finish off my mix six, so I grabbed this. I'm gonna turn this into pancakes.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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