Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

158 Reviews
THE BROS
74
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 356
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 356
Photo of seedyone
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/25/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC. On tap. Excellent beer. Great for a summer session. 4.7 ABV, crisp-ish, nice & citrusy, good body...what more could one ask? If your day has been a long trial, make this your destination. (218 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the contents of the bottle into my drinking contraption. Cute bear that I named Jake sitting under a tree for the bottle art.

A: ugly looking beer. Almost clear no lacing no head and yellow colored... Gives mental images of something else.

S: smells of orange and grain some lemon

T: orange, very spicy, lemon

M: light bodied a bit watery

O: refreshing and I'd reach for this before a blue moon or hoegaarden. Decent summer drink (442 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

maybe not the most elegant or traditionally perfect example of the style here, but this is just stupidly underrated here on BA. its one of the most enjoyable long trail brews in the summer, and certainly a winner while grilling all day. cloudy and real pale on the pour, large and lasting white head. a nose of a little too much orange, and an herbal yeasty summery brightness. a little soapy flavor in the taste, but its cut by a great citric acidity and clean wheat malt flavor. cut grass hop aromatics and fruity orange on the finish. its clean and uplifting in feel, its best feature. carbonation is way up, but its not rocky like a soda, its smooth as can be, just lovely and refreshing. almost a shandy in that sense, its refreshment value is supreme. lighter body and abv makes it an all day session beer. I have spent many a summer days putting back a twelve pack of this and grilling up my ribs. this deserves a little more contextual love. (949 characters)

Photo of youngs11
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an opaque golden-yellow. A little more yellow in color than other belgian whites I've had.

Smells like sweet citrus, like a fresh squeezed orange

Lemon-lime on the front end followed by a fruity sweetness with orange and apple accent

Above average carbonation followed by sweet smoothness. Light and refreshing with a little bit of stickiness

Basically what I expect of a belgian white. Light, refreshing, enjoyable on a hot summer day as long as it is cold. I don't often drink white beers, but I was in the mood for one and it did not disappoint. I was not overly impressed either. Good example of the style but nothing to write home about. (660 characters)

Photo of VictorWisc
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought two 12packs of Long Trail Belgian White (LT) and Hoegaarden Wit (HW) and have been doing side-by-side and successive comparisons over the past several days. The result is a review that contrasts the two of them that I'll try to post under both (with the numbers being different, of course) until someone smacks me down for doing that.

Both beers claim to be made in the tradition of Belgian witbiers, with similar spicing and process. Hoegaarden is basically the prototype for the category, albeit clearly not the best one. LT states it is "modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries". As such, it is not a very good model.

Both beers were sampled from 12 oz bottles (HW is actually a slightly smaller 11.25 oz). Each day they were poured in different glassware, although both were poured in identical glasses on the same day. They were given the same amount of refrigeration as well.

HW pours cloudy with no through visibility. Head is white. substantial in some glasses, moderate in others, gradually reducing to a thin layer. Carbonation is moderate. Color is pale yellow, that of a long-whipped egg yolk, which the liquid resembles in appearance.

LT is cloudy, but less so, with very moderate and quickly disappearing head and slight but noticeable carbonation. Color is darker yellow, closer to commercial apple juice.

Both claim to have been brewed with orange peel (from a variety of oranges) and coriander, but the nose and flavor could not be more different.

HW has a characteristic winey yeast odor of a Belgian ale, with a faint coriander aroma along with some sweet citrus. LT has faint yeast smell with strong coriander overtone. If there are any hops present, they are not noticeable in either glass. There is some faint smell of roasted grain in LT.

Taste is radically different. Hoegaarden continues with the strong yeasty flavor, supplemented by malted and roasted grain, with notes of coriander, cloves and sweet orange, gradually transforming into a sweet Dutch licorice finish that lingers for a few minutes but eventually dissipates.

LT has an overwhelming coriander flavor, with sour, but not citrusy yeast notes and some roasted wheat undertone which quickly turns sour in the mouth. The sourness lingers for a while, even after a moderate consumption. Using sugary beverages to get rid of it did not help -- the sourness persisted even after a glass of Coke. A glass of water did eliminate the aftertaste, but it required some effort.

HW is better balanced, with no alcohol feel in the mouth. Although lacking balanced flavor, LT does not taste overly alcoholic, but there is more alcohol feel in it. Both are light and, under the right circumstances, refreshing. With right foods (e.g., Thai and Indonesian curries and Indian food that is not overly saucy) LT can be a very serviceable beer, but the strong coriander flavor and odor make it unsuitable for most occasions, including everyday drinking. HW is a perfectly reasonable everyday pour, especially in the summer. Original or not, it likely would not survive a comparison to some of the better American varieties, such as Allagash, but it can certainly hold its own. Long Trail, on the other hand, has a long learning curve ahead of it as a brewery. Even their best products (pale ale and IPA) seem to offer only a single taste note, where competitors offer a bouquet of flavors and aromas. Hoegaarden does pretty much only one thing but it does it rather well. (3,484 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Strong, strong citrus flavor and smell, orange and lemon, so I guess you have to like that sort of thing. Over the summer, I can enjoy such things. There's a earthy underlying smoke here as well. The appearance isn't great, a hazy pale yellow. It's one of the better beers I've had from Long Trail. (298 characters)

Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale golden color.

S: Strong citrus aroma.

T: Orange and lemon flavors dominate with some bitterness in the finish.

M: Very light feel with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: This is a crisp refreshing beer. not the best wit beer but definitely drinkable. (258 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy light golden yellow color with an almost non-existent tiny white head.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a lemon citrus smell. This lemon is mixed with some yeasty and slightly floral smells as well.

Taste – The taste is upfront of light wheat. A lemon and orange flavor quickly follows the wheat. The taste of the these flavors create quite a crisp and refreshing flavor. As the taste advances more the lemon gets a bit stronger and some light yeast and floral flavors come to the tongue. At the end the lemon and wheat fade slightly with some more bitter hop flavors coming to the tongue, leaving a crisp and clean feeling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light with the carbonation level being rather normal. Both are good for the lighter and fruitier flavors of the beer.

Overall – It is easy to drink and has a good flavor profile. A pretty decent session wit. (961 characters)

Photo of neophilus
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, straw colored beer fills the glass. Dense, foamy white head builds quickly then falls. Good lacing.

Floral coriander up front on the nose followed by a bit of tart citrus. Cracker like malt aroma underneath.

Light hop bitterness with the first sip followed with a bit of an orange citrus bite and then finally smoothed out with the coriander. The medium body is crisp but present. Leaves a bit of a soapy aftertaste.

Refreshing but a little heavy on the coriander. (473 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light, hazy orange color with a relatively small, soapy white head. No lacing but does leave some small bubbles on top.

S: I get some orange on the top of the nose, followed by coriander, wheat and a hint of spice.

T: A lot of strong wheat flavor comes right at the top, followed by some grassy notes, orange, and coriander. A little bit of honey and spice on the aftertaste.

M: Crisp, earthy beer. Good carbonation, very light and drinkable.

O: This is a nice wheat beer. I assumed that it would be dominated by citrus or an orange peel, but that flavor is faint behind all the wheat. Good looking beer, but I wish it has a little more head, but hey, give me six of these any day! (697 characters)

Photo of KB24
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, golden color. Two to three finger light and fluffy head.
S - Lemons and cloves. Wild yeasty kind of smell, but appropriate for style.
T - Great mild wheat taste, with the hint of lemons. Has a great balance of flavors, and none are overpowering or competing. Nice that this beer is not overdoing it with any of the Belgian white characteristics.
M - The flavor coats your tongue nicely and the smell almost pops up to your nose. Good amount of carbonation. It does finish a little odd, almost sits at the back of throat a little too much.
O - Pleasantly surprising Belgian white that is great to drink on a hot day. Definitely has a unique taste within the style. (676 characters)

Photo of Ron860
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Definitely blonde... nice carbonation.

Smell: Hints of lemon and other citrus. Very clean.

Taste: Quite refreshing. Very easy on the palate. I don't understand why there are so many moderate reviews. I don't mind putting down a few of these on hot summer day at all!

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable. Can sense the citrus notes as the brew leaves for the mouth for the phase completing it's original mission!

Overall: Excellent brew! One of the many good reasons for enjoying the summer. (493 characters)

Photo of curasowa
2.76/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, yellow color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: A mild spice aroma over lemon and phenolic notes. It kind of reminds me of the smell of someone getting a perm.

Taste: Pretty clean and thin on the front end, with some orange rind bitterness and a hint of banana. The finish is right behind, and is fairly fast and clean with some residual phenolic notes.

The Rest: This one is just Ok. Pretty thin even for a Belgian white with some off notes that really detract from the beer. (523 characters)

Photo of GuyNamedSid
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell- Subtle Wheat/Citrus

Looks- BLONDE

Taste- Light and airy. Definite orange flavor but not overwhelming.

Overall - Definite second purchase. Perfect for hot summer days when you're looking for a great refreshment to kick back with and enjoy! (249 characters)

Photo of magine
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams White Ale glass.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Initially a nice sized one finger thick white head that settles to a lace sheen layer. No lace or head remains.

Brew smells of wheat and coriander, pale malts. Not much else. Average nose.

Brew is thinner than other wits I have had. Decent orange and spice, lacking on the yeasty thickness that you should expect. A easy mellow drinker that finishes uneventful. A thin feel really hurts. The flavors are a little flat as well; orange and almost a lemon zest at the end. Meh.

Not a go to brew for wits by any stretch. An OK brew, but not much going on with it. Good price point, who knows maybe I got a bad bottle. I suspect it is just average at best on its freshest date though. Average at best. (769 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: cloudy, light yellow colored body with about a half finger of white foamy head that lasted about one minute. The lacing that was left was lightly foamy and had some unbroken rings that were uneven around the glass.

S: centered around the citrus and wheat. Some light spices were in the background and some coriander in the back.

T: citrus and the wheat, nicely blended. It had a tangy aftertaste.

M: medium with a fair amount of carbonation hitting the mouth.

O: this was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I'm glad I got a six pack of this. (579 characters)

Photo of joe7530
4.62/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best witbiers I've had.

Great on a summer day; A a fews step up from a Bluemoon, but not as heavy as a Franziskaner or other hefeweizens.

Clean wheat taste that lasts after you drink it and has a good smell as well.

I always choose it as a solid, moderately priced witbier and Long Trail is a great company as well. (329 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Colour is a pale, hazy orange-wheat. Head is half-finger in height and fades to a thin, wispy layer on top. Small amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Aromas of coriander, orange zest, wheat, and yeast are mild but blend together very nicely.

Taste: Acidic and bitter. This reminds me of something along the lines of mandarin-flavoured seltzer. All of the pleasant aromas crashed into one another and formed one confused and noisy flavour.

Mouthfeel: Light body, lots of carbonation, finishes a little sticky.

Overall: This brew leaves something to be desired. While everything about this beer is nice and light, the taste is just not pleasing. It is uninteresting and best left for those days where you need a beer to bring to a BBQ in the summer. (804 characters)

Photo of beerme626
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a standard drinking glass. Oh, the difficulties of being at the parents' house.

A: A very cloudy yellow/orange, like light orange juice. 1 finger head dissipates quickly, but lacing stays true throughout.

S: An easy wheat smell, but with definite oranges upon closer inspection. Very satisfying and easy going.

T: Lots of orange, slowly dissolving into lots of wheaty malt on the back.

M: Sits rather heavy, feels a little full, especially at the end. Very carbonated.

O: A solid 3.5; good, but there are better witbiers. I think the heaviness is what does it for me; it kind of gets stuck in my throat. Still, tasty and smells good. An overall pleasant experience. And the bear on the bottle is cute. (725 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a thin fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a light citrus aroma on the nose along with the malted wheat. The taste of the beer was fairly refreshing with some lemony orange flavors popping through with a grainy finish. The mouthfeel was watery and had a low carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't the best Wit out there. (398 characters)

Photo of Guden
2.02/5  rDev -42.1%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.55/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, light yellow color (almost looks like orange juice) with an inch and a half thick head that last about 2 minutes. I don't see foam like this very often.. it looks nice.

Smell - Citrus, lemon zest, wheat, and some spices. I'm pretty sure coriander is present.

Taste - The strongest flavor that stands out is the lemon zest, along with citrus.. There's definitely a few spices in there but I can only point out the coriander. Has a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - I like the zing it gives your tongue on contact. Has a medium to mild body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall - This is a really great beer. I would drink it on a regular basis if I didn't have acid reflux aha (703 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a light straw color that is entirely hazy with a large number of carbonation bubbles and a solid two finger head that is beautifully white and is quite frothy in character, leaves little lacing
S: nice lemon zest and a slight bit of pepper and a nice bready wheat scent
T: nice gentle lemon in the beginning, disappears in the middle, and then slides back a bit more mellowed at the end, not entirely complex but it is absolutely refreshing, kind of reminiscent of lemon muerang pie
M: a bit strong on the carbonation in the beginning, leaves a nice refreshed taste on the palate
O: a great brew, especially during the summer on a very hot day, makes for a great lawnmower beer, nicely refreshing and enjoyable (744 characters)

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