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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 128 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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
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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a rather small white head that settles into a light ring. Nice color, looks like a liquid penny. The aroma is of bready malt with a tea like sourness, some metal and a touch of lemon. The taste is of the bready malt but not much of the tea sourness, light brown sugar and an earthy rust characteristic. Finishes with a light bitter hop. Moderate body with very fizzy carbonation; sweet overall but fairly balanced. An easy drinking brew, nice flavors with a low ABV.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first reviewed this from a bottle. Tried it from a can and much better. Yes, that can was from woodychandler. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit malty, bready. Taste is nutty, malty, some breadiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of david18
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the Whole Foods store on draft and was more excited about it than I ended up feeling after i drank it. Color was an average brown golden, not great carbonation, decent aroma and ok flavor. I like Alt, like i do many german ales, but this is not one of my favorites. Nonetheless, worth getting on draft if you can.

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with a bottled on date of 10/12/09

Pours a clear amber color with a finger of slightly yellow stained head. Slight bit of lacing and retension is lacking however it maintains a thin lace on top of the beer. Nose is a nice blend of faint hops, malt and some caramel notes. Taste is sweet with grains and a slight bit of spice hop character in the finish. It is a very clean and refreshing brew. Medium light feel and medium to high in carb. I havent had many altbiers to compare this one to but it's not bad. I would drink it again.

Photo of alleykatking
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. This came to me from Mark...aka TheManiacalOne in the Local BIF. Thanks once again! Review from notes.

A- Pours a clear deep amber color with light copper hues. One finger dirty white head comes and goes fast. Light filmy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Rich malt backbone to this one. Some darker fruit notes are detected in back of the nose. Light earthy hop tones as well. Little alcohol present as well.

T- Bitter hops come through with this beer more in the nose leads on. Malts come into play and bring along with them some dark fruit (plum and raisin) notes. Alcohol comes through a little more as well.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. More fruit and malt left on palate then anything else. Clean tasting except for the light alcohol burn to it.

D- Very enjoyable ale from Long Trail. Surprised in a good way.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great looking reddish brown. Completely transparent with one finger of quickly receding head.

S - Great smell of malts. Very pleasant beer aroma.

T - Not as strong of a taste as I would have hoped. Very balanced taste between the malt and hops. Almost a sour dough twist to the end.

MF - Very smooth and easy to drink.

D - I could go for about 2 or 3 of these.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: No idea - I drank this straight out of the bottle at a friend's Christmas party this weekend.

S: No idea - drank it straight out of the bottle

T: Very nice. I would classify this as very in balance

M: Good carbonation, medium body on the palate

D: Very refreshing, highly sessionable. Glad I tried this at the party. Would definitely drink it again if choices were limited, as they were at this party.

Photo of cichief
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a case for Thanksgiving.

A- Pours a clear dark amber, with a nice off-white head (lighter than most of the Altbiers I've had from Germany)

S- Somewhat malty and bready, little hops

T- Malty and somewhat yeasty, nice clean hops finish

M- Very carbonated for the style (not so on draft), light to medium body

D- Very refreshing, better when I had it in the brewery's bar

Photo of mempath
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nice head that settles fast revealing the medium golden/amber, transparent ale.

too a big sniff to find the slight maltiness and ghostly hop aromas.

taste is a pleasant, well-balanced ale that brings out what the nose barely hinted at...neither malts or hops dominate, but are equally present. nice. nothing crazy, but a solid offering of this style. perfect balance (again) of carbonation and viscosity make this quite the drinkable brew that would pair with many foods and go solo with ease.

Photo of drabmuh
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served on tap at the Purple Shamrock Pub in Boston, MA. Poured into a conic pint glass. I ordered this beer because it was the only beer in the bar that I had not already had and reviewed.

Beer is dark with no head and very low carbonation. The bar is dark so its hard to get an exact read on the color. I would say that it is brwonish to dark reddish. NO lacing on the glass at all.

This beer has a familiar smell that I often associate with weaker and / or poorer crafted brews. I will try not to judge it harshly. Its a sweet / fruit like red apple smell. No hop aroma or malts to speak of.

Beer is bland and smooth. Light body and goes down unmemorably. Too bad. I was looking forward to it.

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger & ½ of almost creamy head forms and begins to leave clumpy lacing on the glass. The beer is a bright copper/amber color with excellent clarity and some visible carbonation.

Aroma is a nice mix of toasted malt, bread crust tones and some fruity esters. Nice caramel aroma as well.

Flavor is really pretty nice. Toasted Malts again along with a light cracker flavor. Very fruity.

Bright mouth fell and carbonation. Medium/light body and very drinkable.

A buddy brought over a 12 pack of this and I'm surprised how much I really enjoy this.

Nice beer.

Photo of GbVDave
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to ineedabeerhere for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a very clean, crystal-clear, copper/apple juice color with a lovely mound of soapy, off-white foam on top. Retention is excellent as is the lace left behind. Lazily carbonated.

S: This one just says "pilsner" to me. Clean noble hops, bready malt, notes of tangy citrus and green apple. Some toasted cereal grains, as well.

T: Same as above. Fruity and herbal hops, clean toasty malt, and notes of soap and tart orchard fruit.

M: Starts off smooth and medium bodied which changes over to a middle and finish that brings on a dry, hoppy, astringency. Perhaps a tad too dry?

D: Well, this drinks well but I kept asking myself if it was something I'd want to have again. I don't think I would. This is a very clean and well made beer but it was pretty boring. Not bad in any way, just, well, yawn...

Photo of UA8
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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 +2.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +5.6%
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
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
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 -11.3%
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
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
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.


Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.