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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002)
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Photo of UA8
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear amber with a small white head.

S- Malt grains and a touch of green hop in the background.

T- Mild malts and a touch of euro hopping for good balance without the high bitterness or citrus notes.

M- Crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation.

D- A very nice and refreshing session brew from long trail. I'm stating to think that they enjoy going with very Euro style products after having this and a couple other of their beers.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Label just says "Bottled:" No date, I guess?

Long Trail Ale pours a glowing amber-orange with a creamy white head. You can see the bubbles floating up the glass. The head is excellent on this beer. It starts off rocky and solid, and eventually settles to a cap of foam. The lacing is outstanding, and sticks all over the glass, showing each sip. This is a great looking beer.

The nose is nice and simple. Toasty grain and a light, herbal hoppiness rest behind a gentle ale fruitiness. You can get a good idea of what the beer is going to be like from this aroma.

The taste is very straightforward. A bit of toasted malt, and a moderate bitterness that gives it a kick. There is a good body to this beer to provide a bit of sweetness. The carbonation is moderate.

This beer is incredibly drinkable. It's something that you could easily stick with for one night that wouldn't challenge you, but would also stay interested. I'm shocked that this beer is listed as 6%. This beer should be required at every bar and restaraunt in New England, right next to Sam Adams as an excellent introductory craft beer that anyone can dig.

Photo of Vthophead
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long Trail Ale is a local staple here in Vermont especially at my house. A great session beer. I would question the 6% alcohol content, it seems to be lower than that.
Appearance - A typical amber ale color, exactly what you would expect.
Smell- A slightly hoppy aroma that finishes with amber malt flavor.
Taste- A bit fruity from the hops at first and again finishes with amber malt.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and not overcarbonated.
Drinkability - Top notch session ale. Goes down smooth with a nice amber malt aftertaste.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this on tap at the brewery and thinking it was one of the simplest, purest, and best beers I have ever had. Should be good out of the bottle too!

A - Pours a dark golden color with a one finger white head that does not last long.

S - A bit of a fruity malt aroma with a hint of hops. Pretty simple.

T - Very smooth and crisp tasting. Nice maltiness to it and a nice crisp hoppy finish. Tastes a little toasty, like most ambers do. Bready as well, but just a well balanced and simple taste.

M - Pretty light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D - This is a great session beer, and it isn't heavy at all.

Overall, this is just a simple, good beer. As beers get more and more complex and imperialized these days, it's good to sit back and have an old fashioned, simple amber ale like this.

Photo of JMD
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper color with 1 inch off white head that dissipates slowly. Leaves some small lacing on the glass.

S: Faint aroma of bread and hops. Light floral hops as well.

T: Bisquity malt and carmel. Followed by a soft touch of hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: This is a decent ale that goes down smooth. I could easily drink more than one of these at time. Not the most flavorful ale, but solid nonetheless.

Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, clear, orange-amber body topped with half an inch of coarse white foam that dissipates to a ring almost instantly; some lace, fairly low carbonation.

S: Pretty straightforward fruity malt aroma, backed up with a bit of understated hops. Nothing remarkable, but nothing unpleasant.

T: Very smooth-tasting, with a consistently balanced flavor of crisp malt and just a hint of drying hops. I really can't think of anything else to describe this beer - it just tastes like good, normal beer.

M: Fairly light bodied and surprisingly prickly with what little carbonation is there.

D: This is a thoroughly sessionable beer, with its smooth, balanced taste and its manageable abv. Wide availability doesn't hurt either.

Notes: I usually seek out Long Trail's specialty beers, but their flagship Altbier is a comforting, inoffensive brew. There honestly isn't a single memorable thing about this beer, but there isn't a single bad thing about it either.


Photo of thecarster1
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers head, nice bit of carbonation, really nice lacing, clings to glass on the way down, burnt amber coloring.

s- malty, hint of vanilla maybe, little fruit,
slight grass, not a big nose though.

t- biscut, slightly sweet malt, grass, bit of roasty taste hits in the middle, slight hop finish.

m- light to medium body.

d- nice and refreshing, sessionable, this is my first altbier not too sure what i was expecting, but from the description on here i think it fits, it's delicate and not overly complex but very drinkable.

Photo of nickd717
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went to a wedding in Vermont and this was everywhere. It was this or generic BMC crap, so I drank lots of bottles of this.

A - Pours orangish amber with a small off-white head.

A - Caramel malt and some mild fruity esters. Not much too it really, but pleasant.

T - Caramel malt, light fruitiness, and some mild floral hops.

M - Average palate for the style, average carbonation. Light-to-medium body.

D - Pretty damn downable. I went through a metric shitload of these that weekend.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thin golden amber that has a decided pale feel to it. The head is a thin film of off-white.

Smells of Wheaties and under-ripe pears with a hint of birch bark.

Tastes light and juicy with a touch of golden raisin and a raspy CO2 sting followed up with a dry birch bark, rhubarb and a distant hint of anise.

Feels glassy and clean with a raspy rush of carbonation.

Not too bad, but a little on the boring side.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a decent look to it. Dark orange and almost amber color. Had an off-white colored head that sticks around half the drink. Some ok lacing to it. Smelled kind of grainy with toasted malts followed by a gentle smell of hops. The taste was very pleasant. Tastes much more hoppy than the smell does, then followed by grain and toasted malts, very nice. Feels nice on the pallet, very refreshing, and I found this beer very drinkable. I consider this to be a very reliable beer from Long Train, however I'd consider it to be much more of a summer or spring beer. A good stand by to have for a cookout, but nothing overly special.

Photo of TheFightfan1
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exp date of 4/3/09

Pours a crystal clear amber with golden highlight's. A white heading that settles to a few bubbles on the surface leaving some lacing behind.

Smell is yeasty off the top followed by a slight toasted malt aroma. A slight chlorine smell is in the nose as well. Not to enticing.

Taste of toasted malts hit's you first with a funky dry yeastiness. Leaves a nutty biscuity taste in the mouth that just doesn't seem to fit the bill.Slightest of hoppiness.

Mouth is medium bodied decent carbonation with again a funky aftertaste that can't be ignored.

Drink is decent nothing spectacular maybe I could give it a try some other day.

Photo of BostonBrewins
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper color with a white head. Pretty standard.

S - I smell scents of floral hops and biscuity malts.

T - Balanced is the word I would use to describe this beer. A nice balance of hops and malts. My biggest issue is it didn't last long enough. The flavor seemed to leave my mouth just as quickly as it came, with the complete absence of any kind of lingering, flavorful finish.

M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D - Not a bad brew but I wouldn't seek this out again. I've had better altbiers and better from Long Trail.

Photo of mnrider
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Medium Amber with two finger white head. Very Average looking. Ok Carbonation. Nice sticky lacing looks good.

S: Burnt Smell, Caramel Malt. Woody Hops.

T/M: Very malty with a dry aftertaste. Going down it is smooth with a caramel taste. Hops are earthy.

D: Good. Has a lot of taste and not very bitter. An ok Altbier. Could have been better. Don't think i'd get this again however.


Photo of ProfessorCJ
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an ale glass. Two fingers of light tan foam above amber ale. Smells like slight hops with a hint of roasted grain. Tastes like I believe a good Altbier should taste. Feels in the mouth like an ale that encourages you to retun to your glass to sip again. Very drinkable, I've enjoyed several of these and will continue to in the future.

Photo of TommyW
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden body with a fluffy white head.

S- Semi-sweet, grainy malts.

T- Malty, grainy with some notes of lemon rind. Slightly dry finish.

M- Smooth buy a bit watery. Medium body overall.

D- Not one of my favorite beers; just not very memorable overall.

Photo of TubaManJack
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two months from best by.
Appearance: A slight amber body with a bit of white head. A little lacing and high carbonation.
Smell: A bit of hops and almost sterile- and forgivable.
Taste: A slight bitterness from the grain and hops with a darkness from out of the blue.
Mouthfeel: Over carbonated and a fizzy feel.
Drinkability: Forgettable and easy to finish. I'll be passing on it in the future.

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with gold highlights. It had a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, floral notes and hints of citrus.

T - It had a nice sweet roasted malt taste with caramel flavor. There was also a mild citrus taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. I was surprised to find an altbier and I enjoyed it.

Photo of bill93063
1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This ale is an example of the micro brew revolution spawning mediocre ales with poor quality ingredients. The hops taste stale and are obviously of an inferior grade. The lingering aftertaste is just plain bad, at has metallic notes akin to Beck's lager. The drinkability quotiant is very low, I had trouble finishing one.

Photo of JoKo
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The appearance of this one is amber with an inch thick white head. The carbonation looks moderate.

Smell: The nose is actually very clean, I'm really not getting much from this.

Taste: The hoppy bitterness comes up front really quick. This beer has the hop character of a pale ale, although it diminishes very quickly on the palate. There is definitely a malt character to this beer but the hops quickly cut through. The finish is very clean.

Mouthfeel: Contrary to what I would have expected, this beer is actually very light. I would have thought the body would have been more medium.

Drinkabilty: I would definitely have another one. It is a good beer, it's something that would be a go to if you're not looking for something very complex or heavy, just a basic beer.

Photo of njthebestofme
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i really liked this amber ale.. when poured it had anice head about one and a half fingers.. nice copper coloring and smelled sweet and malty.. taste was great just the right amount of hops and great taste not over powering.. nice lacing.. great drinkablity you can do a six pack in one night and feel great to take a hike the next day... cheeers

Photo of madmanjf
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just recently had this flagship beer of Long Trail after being a long-time fan of their more recent offerings.

As Norther-German Albier, this particular example isn't bad or a domestice.

Pours very clear and clean, light coppery/brown hue; however, the head retention is somewhat lacking.

The nose reveals the buscuity aroma one would expect with a beer of this style. Hop aroma is non-existant which is appropriate for an Alt.

The flavor is mildly sweet and yet, at the same time, balanced. The finish has the same buscuity flavor as the aroma suggests.

In the mouth, carbonation is evident along with a medium body. The beer is appropriately chewy.

This is beer would qualify, in my opinion, as an acceptable session beer. It's clean, refreshing and enjoyable with out any predominant aspects which may grow tiresome.

NOTE: Reviewed Live/Real-Time at the Golden Rail

Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice coppery tinged yellow-orange with a thin, non-existent film of head. Not like that film of head I watched last night. Terrible. Slow, crawling and very light carbs. That ring of lacing, slightly sticky. Not bad, could use more though.

There's an almost coppery character on the nose. Slightly sour with hints of fermented fruit, like a wine character, almost. It's quite well done but a bit subdued for my liking.

Nice and refreshing palate. Maybe a bit simple. At the same time, not really watery. Subtle hoppy characters flourish throughout the palate with an earthy flavour underpinning it. It's quite mild, really, with a bitter, clean finish. Palate though isn't all that complex, and apart from the noticeable bitterness, the cleanliness and subtlety remind me of an English ale. Very drinkable though.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Barley's and Hops in Bethel Park.

Appearance: A little lighter than I had anticipated, with a bit of straw-colored body and a white head dissipating fairly quickly.

Smell: Clean malt and herbal tea aromas with a bit of rounded hops. Good but nothing too complex.

Taste: A bit of citrus and clean grain sweetness from the malt. Slight bitterness in the finish, which isn't very long.

Mouthfeel: Fairly lighter-bodied and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: An above average brew, and one I enjoyed, though I'm not sure I'd be real excited to try it again.

Photo of sacredduck
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a surprisingly good brew for a larger microbrew. Pours a clear, copper-straw with not much head. Carbonation is well evident in appearance and taste. The smell is pretty light on this one, don't expect much here. As for the taste, the best way I can describe it is as "grain tea." Neither hops nor alcohol seem to play much, if any, role in the final taste, but the malty taste is quite enjoyable. I could drink these all night. An excellent session beer at a reasonable price.

Photo of jimj21
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of the Long Trail Survival Pack. Bottled December 2008. Pour produces a finger of off white head. Not much retention, but decent lacing. Color is reddish amber. Great clarity with some bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is pretty malty, with caramel and toast. Also getting some aromas of overripe plum. Some spicy hops as well. Nothing overwhelming though.

Taste is very malty. A lot of toasty character upfront. Some sweet caramel as well. Maybe some apple flavor. Finishes with some spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Some creaminess. A little watery. Good carbonation.

Good drinkability. Nothing here is going to overwhelm the palate. Alcohol isn't too high, nor is it noted in the taste. Good balance.

Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.