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Long Trail Ale - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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1,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 149 | 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 Pittsburgh
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer for what it is, darker lager, rich, almost a syrup taste to it, more malty than hoppy. Relatively smooth, has a bit of body to it, finishes with a slight tangy taste for a moment.

Ranks a pretty average beer, I like the taste, pretty unique in my opinion for a lager, a good base beer for Long Trail to work off of, but nothing spectacular that would keep me buying this on a regular basis, but still a solid brew.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish copper color, relatively clear, with one finger of white foam. Short lived. Light sweet malt smell that is pleasant.

Taste is a sweet malty blend, with a mild hop background. Modest to strong carbonation. Nicely balanced.

A real good New England beer. Good taste, easy to drink.

Photo of ajhod
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles purchased in NH this week and driven to NS. Case marked: bottled December 2009.

Appearance poured out of the 12oz bottle into a pint glass: dark copper colour/near amber. Head fades fast, lingering around the edge thin and white.

Smell: Not impressed by the smell. Mild, no hop notes, little malt notes.

Taste: Clean, very mildly bitter, no real floral notes from hops, almost lager-like in taste.

Mouthfeel: edgy, bright, astringent. Clean food friendly beer.

Drinkability: Good session beer.

This is a beer which is better on draft, if you can find it. Good from the bottle but not as good as on draft.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pintglass frm a keg.

Pours a nice ruby ruddy red with a small light off white bead. Nose is lightly wheaty and hoppy

taste is really swee , hoppy and rich. Honestly it's a great beer. Vert rich mouthfeel with a real strong wheaty and malt flavor. great beer

Photo of Ranbot
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice amber color with an inch of white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Partway through the gass the head dies down, a little quicker than I'd like, into a swirl of foam on the top of liquid.

S - Light bread, barley, and caramel malts. The hops are almost undetectable.

T - Strong malt flavor with caramel and grain. It's slightly sweet, but not overbearing or cloying at all. A light to moderate touch of floral and earthy hops compliment the malts and round out the flavor and linger into the aftertaste.

M - Light, chewy, and slightly watery mouthfeel with a crisp edge to it. It's refreshing, almost pilsener-like, but obviously it's a ale.

D - I could [and I do] drink this any time, any where, any season, any occasion. At a low 4.6% ABV there's a lot of flavor here.

Now I'll lay feelings and probably biases to bear....As a native Vermonter I love the Long Trail Ale. Walk into any bar in VT and chances are you'll find this on tap or in the cooler at the local store. But, despite it's saturation in the Vermont market it's a damn good beer to boot! There's nothing in your face about it, but the balance and drinkability is spot on perfect, and it's low ABV means you can enjoy several without too much worry of alcohol's less desirable side-effects. There is no occasion, season, time, event that I can think of that Long Trail Ale wouldn't be suitable for.

Photo of steve8robin
2.39/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decided to try this local brew...

A: Very good looking. Copper color with a thick white head that quickly fades.

S: Nothing special going on in the scent. Kind of like a mainstream Bud.

T: Starts off like drinking water. Hints of hops on the very backend. Not very good. Might be good for mainstream beer-aholics.

M: Way too watered down. Hardly any carbonation. Leaves not many good flavors on your taste buds.

D: Goes down like drinking a water. For all the wrong reasons. Not impressed.

All in all, if you're into craft beer, avoid this brew. Nothing special at all. This would be good for mainstream beer lovers. If you like brews like Bud, Coors, and Michelob, then this is for you. Otherwise, avoid.

Photo of EPseja
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Pours a light caramel copper in color, with a pillowy, inch-thick head. Lacing is sporadic and head retention is sparse.

S - Crisp, light hoppiness with an underbelly of biscuity maltiness. Simple, but effective.

T - ESB-style maltiness up front, moving quickly to an excellently balanced middle where the flowery hops begin to peek in. The back of the throat mellows out the sweetness even more and brings in a moderately dry finish that rounds out the journey. Wonderful balance.

M - Gently fluffs up in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation. Swallow has nice volume and creaminess.

D - The balance on this beer is like one perfect up and down of a see-saw, with the malts on one side, and the hops on the other. I swear, there's something about Vermont water that makes beers from there seem cleaner and fresher tasting. A wonderful session beer that can be enjoyed all day or night long.

Photo of Docer
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle I acquired from a trade w/ Ranbot! Thanks man. Believe it or not, I love trying what others call "The usual go to beers" from their area. Nice extra.

- Nice rich copper amber, clear, and some quick fizzy off-white head... quickly down to a ring of lace. Nice bubbly action going on. Makes me think of the Samuel Adams glass and the etched ring in the bottom.

- A very strong barley and grainy smell. Almost diacetyl like scent... on the verge. Little maple, wood, grass... bread. Some light hops, pine, earthy.

- Smooth and grainy. Nice sharp touch to it with a smooth grainy and barley backbone. Hops are light, bitter, and compliment the malt very well. This is what an Amber should be... and is a reason I like my own local Full Sail Amber so much. Very much alike.

- Light to med. bodied... but lighter in flavor. Little sticky chewy... but not bad.

- Overall this is a fantastic representation of the style, and recommend it for anybody that likes a rich, flavorful, and rather light drinking session amber.

Photo of BeerMasterD
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 OZ. brown bottle, says "Take A Hike!", and you know this beer does make me want to go on a hike through the woods. A beautiful amber/light copper color with a decent head that leaves quickly, love this color. Smells hoppy and grassy with a light caramel sweetness. Love it. Tastes very well balanced, toasty malt, spicey hops. I could drink a few of these, a good medium feel with decent carbonation. Just a good new england amber ale. Of course i will be getting this again.

Photo of DNICE555
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mid-Mountain lodge in Stratton VT

A - Clear copper with little head or lacing.

S - Toasted malt and yeast.

T - The malt is huge but there is a hop character.

M - A medium body with a nice crisp dry finish.

D - A bit on the malty side for me. I'd prefer a blackberry wheat or an ipa from long trail over this one anyday. Not bad though.

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.

Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.