Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Belgian WhiteBelgian White

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356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 30 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Belgian White Ale is modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries during the early 14th century. The soft notes of citrus and spice are topped with a light, fluffy head that finishes clean and crisp. This fresh and natural ale is our summer seasonal brew, perfect for lounging lake-side or celebrating trail’s end…ENJOY!

12 IBU
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Ratings: 356 | Reviews: 158
Reviews by edchicma:
Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy lemon with a nice half-inch head. Smell is mix of grassy, lemon and wheat..very nice. Taste is a bit too malty with an odd spice quality. Mouthfeel is smooth, I would have preferred a bit more crispness. Drinkability also suffers a tad due to the above qualities.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Very pale, cloudy yellow color. The yeast was obviously swirled in the bottle and decanted in the glass as per the style. Aromas of perfumey coriander up front, fermented wheat twang and light wildflowers in the back of the nose. Refreshing smoothness and a moderate carbonation keeps the fluffy body afloat. Maltiness is a little wet with a clean graininess throughout. Hops are very modest with some bitterness in the middle. Quick flash of fresh coriander and citrus. A little soapy and floral middle to end. Finishes dry with some chalky yeast and a bitterness from the orange peel and coriander.

The balance is a bit off-kilter, and the flare from a good Belgian yeast strain seems to be missing here. The coriander runs amuck--flailing bitterness and a soapy flavor around. Decent at best.

Photo of Reznick
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being a fan of whites, I'd seen this for a while at my local corner store and decided to give it a try.

Appearance: Standard cloudy orange that is typical of all whites.

Smell: Hints of orange and lemon zest are the most prominent, and these seemed to blot out any other aromas the poured beer might have given off.

Taste: The creamy wheat taste that is common of Belgian whites was present, but was somewhat less rich than I had come to expect from the type. This was followed by orange and coriander, and a slight lemon flavor. The beer's taste then proceeded to thin out and the beer developed a somewhat watery character- I noticed a vaguely soapy taste came at the end. The beer lingered with thin notes orange/coriander and fainter lemon on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not bad considering the taste, but somewhat thin and less creamy than I've come to expect from quality whites.

Overall: This is a pretty mediocre white, and there are much better whites on the market for roughly equivalent price. While it's nowhere close to an awful beer, I would seek out different whites if you want a good example of the type.

Photo of generallee
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 120z bottle into a Witbier glass. The bottle has a best before date printed on it and the label lists the abv at 4.7%. The neck label has a brief description of the beer as well.

Appearance: The body has a hazy yellow color with an average two finger tall head of light soapy white lacing. This head quickly fades and makes very little in the way of lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a heave nose of citrus orange and lemon peel with much lighter wheat malt underneath. Hop notes are very light and only add to the citrusy character.

Taste/Palate: On the palate it has a light slick texture with light carbonation. Its medium body has all the same flavor notes as noted in the aroma. It is big on citrusy notes. Mostly from the addition of bitter orange peel and a little bit from the hops. The hops add very little in the way of bitterness and only serve to bring some dryness to the still somewhat sweet finish.

Notes: Overall this seems like a good average Witbier.

Photo of Guden
2.02/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A- Right off the start this beer seems overly carbonated with a pop at the opening and a huge head that slowly fades and leaves no lacing. Clearer and more yellow than I expect of the style as well.

S- Very strong lemon and orange citrus notes with a bit of offputting spice. Not awful but the spiciness seems a bit off for the style.

T- Very prickly from the high carbonation, light spiciness and heavy orange rind notes. It isn't particularly bad as far as taste, but combined with the thinness and carbonation its barely drinkable.

M- As already stated this is the aspect that completely kills this beer. The carbonation pricks the mouth and makes the already high citrus character and weird spice seem abrupt and unpleasant on the tongue. bleh.

D- It's not the worst beer out there but its not very good. There are so many better examples of the style, this doesn't even deserve a try.

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

31808 etched onto the bottle, "brewed on" date? I allowed this one to warm up for about 20-30 mins. out of the frig., set it on its side to get the yeast into the mixture and then poured into a Belgian tulip style glass. Medium apricot and cloudy, minor off white head and equally minor slippery lace. Floral, honey filled nose. The early sips reveal clear notes of coriander, ripe bananas, more honey, and some light pepper in the rear. Seems to be a little low on the carbonation scale, I like my wits a bit more bubbly and lively. This is a drinkable and enjoyable enough summer quaffer. Nothing amazing going on here, just a middle of the road take on the style.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small fluffy head that fades. Nose is yeasty with lemon and some bready notes.

Taste is light and wheaty, mouthfeel is light and a bit too watery for me. Some lemon and yeast in the flavor as well. It's easy to drink, but I wouldn't want to drink a lot of it.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle > Stella glass

This is hazy-white pale yellow color with a full 2" of frothy, but very active pure-white head, mild to low carbonation with some rare bubbles. The carbonation seems mild but the head dissipates quickly and almost totally disapears.

The smell is sweet and tangy citrus fruits with wheat and cinnemon and sour-apples. there's a nice whiff of fresh spices, corriander and lavender at the end.

This is a rather tart, citrus flavor with lemmons and green banana's, corriander and fresh herbs and spices with a pleasant wheat malt edge.

Eventhough this appears stagnant and flat it feels very lively and crisp and with a nice smooth finish. Very light and refreshing overall.

Good stuff for a hot day.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance. Lacing could be better. Very nice aroma with bright coriander. Loads of spice in the initial sips, soon followed by delicately sweet, wheaty, and even subtly honeyish malt. Citrusy and floral. Mild bitterness. Very rounded and balanced... not necessarily smooth because of the spice, but of course it needs that edge to make up for the lower hop level and bitterness. Easy drinking but still full of flavor. Absolutely nothing to complain about here! Very well done.

Photo of kenito799
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle poure into a pilsener glass.

Very distinctive coriander aroma, some light malt. Very fresh, no grassiness.

Smooth mouthfeel. Clear yellow with small head. The taste is very nicely frsh, brings the coriander into excellent balance with a subtly lemony malt, but absolute absence of the grassiness that I don't like in many witbiers. Very smooth and drinkable, well done.

Photo of DerekP
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy golden-yellow face with a pleasant orange peel aroma. The wheat pushes a nice dryness to the beer while the hops add to the feel and flavor.

Citrusy, yet not over the top. Belgian yeast adding that trademark spiciness. Tasty and refreshing. Certainly a solid offering from Long Trail.

Photo of bill93063
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An okay Belgian style white ale. If the temp rises to room or higher, the citrus notes are overpowering and it is hard to drink. However below 50 F. it is a decent drinkable ale. The citrus notes are more muted and the mouthfeel seems to improve with the cooler temps. There are some nice caramel notes and a middle ground hoppy flavor. It is an okay ale that i'd buy only if you can get it for a good price. There are far better choices available.

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy cloudy pale yellow. Layers of yeast remain at the bottom of the bottle. Very fizzy white foam that bursts and vanishes without a trace.

Wheaty smell with a very minor citrus backing. Belgian notes.

Lemon orange citrus taste - very clean, and strong carbonation. Everything blends nicely for a well made brew.

Tasty, nicely done. Drinkable.

Photo of animalchin
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very hazy yellowish body. Absolutely no head retention at all - basically looks like lemonade.

S - Very thin scents of lemon and some wheat.

T - A bit more action happening in the taste. A lot of citrus qualities tie in with the wheat making for a rather pleasant experience. Sensing some buttery/creamy notes as well.

M - Dense carbonation makes for a creamier feel. Easy moving.

D - Not the greatest I've had from Long Trail. There's a lot I like about this beer; it's crispy taste and overall quality. The appearance of urine from a dehydrated person is a bit of a turn-off though. Worth a try if you're a fan of crisp summer beers.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy light orange with a decent head which retains slightly. Smells subtly of citrus and orange. Medium to light bodied with some citrus sweetness but nothing to bold and a good deal of carbonation.

Honestly I thought this was a great summer wit beer that went down easy with a nice summer taste. I drank quite a few of these this summer and probably will drink more next summer. It also did a good job of standing out amongst the crowd of other wit beers by displaying a wide variety of citrus like flavors yet having none of them be too overpowering.

Photo of dali27
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

A: Pale yellow and hazy. Very little head. No lacing.

S: Fruity sweet, mostly lemon and orange. Spicy coriander and floral hints.

T: Taste is sweet and fruity, mostly lemon. The sweet overpowers the wheat a little too much, not exactly what I was expecting. I like sweet though, so it still tastes pretty good.

M: Light body for this style.

O: Overall, this beer is pretty good tasting and goes down easy. Not the best example of the style, but it is decent and tasty.

Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 040111-1292. Sampled on May 22, 2011. It begins with a foggy, cloudy unfiltered straw yellow pour with practically no head. Lemon and orange citrus notes are evident with a barely notable malt scent and a slightly better hop scent. The body is thin. Lots of tart citrus in the taste with an OK hop bite thrown in.

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of bwyker.

A: The ale is hazy, a yellow pale color of goldenrod. A half a finger of head on pour wasted away to a thick pool.

S: The aroma is a strong dose of wheat, slightly acid, with lemony citrus, orange peel and coriander. Great start to the ale.

T: The taste is more tart, showcasing the wheat body over everything else. Only after the initial wheatiness do the spice profile and barley bill shine through. The spices are orange peel and coriander with a peppery ring, full of citrus sweetness. The finish is pale biscuity malt with the spices. A post sip burp brings back the wheat tartness. An accessible, easy drink that tastes better as you go along.

M: I was not expecting the good flavors that came out of the glass. The wheat is tartly pleasant, supporting a broad spice profile and nice finish.

D: Under 5%, this beer is a great summer sipper. As it is, I'm off work for the week and this is helping me unwind.

Photo of SickGnar
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very, very pale golden & distinctly hazy. Head popped right up and fell flat right fast. Almost no lacing.

S: Wheat beer clearly spiced with coriander. Very lemony / citursy in funky lemonade way. Pungent too. It actually come pretty close to smelling like lemon-scented Mr. Clean. If I really hunt, I can maybe, just maybe pick out some grainy sweetness. Interesting isn't always good.

T: Any of the more nuanced characteristics of the wheat or yeast or aspects of the beer are lost in the lemon / citrus / coriander blast. Not actually cloying, but it leans on the spice so hard that it is difficult to detect, and far less appreciate, much of anything else.

M: Quite effervescent with a body that is just verging beyond medium. It has a bit os sweet sticky tack, but seems thinner due to CO2.

D: Variety is good. This is another choice for warmer weather. Too much coriander for me to want more than one of at a time, but I would try it again.

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

Photo of danmcg62
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy, orangey-yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Decent looking brew.

S-Spice, lemon grass, herb comes to mind first. Subdued orange, lemon, and other citrus fruits. Very mild hops as well. I like this smell. Pretty complex.

T-Very citrusy (lemon is the most distinctive fruit that comes out). Really sweet, almost tastes like an alcohol infused sour patch kid. I like this a lot.

M-Really sweet, citrusy in the mouth. Nice and smooth going down.

O-Overall this is a solid offering from Long Trail. A real solid take on the style. A nice reminder of summer as fall slowly creeps in on us.

Photo of scottg
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color with orange hues and a medium clean white head that disappears quickly with no lacing. Strong citrus, clove, and spring flower aromas. It has a crisp up front taste of lemon zest and wheat, finishes hoppy and dry, a little bitter. There is medium carbonation, average mouth feel. I would prefer to drink this beer with food, maybe BBQ, than on its own.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy yellow in the glass, with yeast swirling from the bottle; huge head of pale yellow foam. Faint fruity hops smell in the nose. Taste is all fruit and fruity hops. No malt. Extremely refreshing and tasty--would be the perfect beer for the non beer drinker at your BBQ--but I didn't like it as much as I had hoped. No "bad" tastes or strange aftertastes (like some Witbiers seem to have), but I started to feel as if I were drinking Minute Maid Citrus Punch, not beer. So for style, it's a knockout. For me... sorry, not so much.

Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a half inch head - wispy and medium bubbled then settles quickly. Upward carbonation. Slight bit of haze. Yellow in color.
S) Citrus lemon - almost sour. Black pepper. Woodsy - like cedar.
T) Grainy. Sour like green apples. Some hop bitterness in the finish - good ol' European type - earthy and dry.
M) Dry. Gritty. Light bodied. Puckering - like strong lemonade.
D) A well crafted Belgian White / Witbier.

Photo of smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A real nice melon and lemon yellow like body. Hints of deep orange capping with a sudsy thin but large bleach white head. Vitually no retention at all but shampoo big and settles to a thin puck.

Large smell of orange zest and fresh squeezed juice. Good hint of grass and coriander and herbality to match. Pretty good so far.

Palate hits with a mild grainy character and some light bodied feel. Juicy quality somewhat but a little bit of wetness that doesn't carry the flavors so much. Some citrus pleasure and malt grain but very fleeting. Slightly bitter and minor medicinal finish, but clean and refreshing.

Overall not a bad witbier, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light, watery golden colour with a fluffy head that quickly dissolves and leaves no residue on the glass.

The aroma has a strong perfume base to it, with hints of coriander and some citrus fruit aroma as well. Sweet smelling for sure, but pretty good.

The flavour mellows out the sweetness and perfume to make for a bit nicer experience here. Citrus flavour comes out a bit more for slightly more juiciness and the coriander notes are a bit more apparent as well. Each sip finishes with a bit of a yeast flavour to it. Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps a bit too watery.

Not bad overall, but not necessarily something that's overly memorable. I liked, but didn't love this one. There are many other Long Trail beers I'd grab before this one and the same can be said for other beers within the style. Still, it seems relatively easy to find just about anywhere around here and makes for a nice, safe summer choice.

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Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.