Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2008)
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Reviews by kenito799:
Photo of kenito799
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kcc
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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
2/5  rDev -42%
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
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of testch09
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -71%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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 riktronics
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hatshep18
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of blknikon
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DerekP
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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 EBeckett3
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Enriquehopnog
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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