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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: 4
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -71%

Photo of ifij775
1/5  rDev -71%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tastes like I'm sucking on a lemon...in other words this beer tastes like ass. I wonder what this beer has to do with Belgium, since i've been to Belgium and this beer doesn't taste like anything I had there. The beer looks like warm piss, so you should skip this one and get the double bag.

Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

Photo of goodbyeohio
1.6/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

cloudy banana-yellow pour into my brooklyn tulip, head is minimal and lacing arrives in small dots. nose is rife with clove essence and an artificial orange zest aroma. there is something vaguely wittish hidden underneath the aformentioned, and a strange candied nut note.

immediate first sip is full of a chemically orange weirdness that causes a sharp metallic bite on the tongue. it is very reminiscent of the newfangled orange scented cleaning sprays which have recently become popular. think leinenkugel's... but instead of finishing with a not-beer refreshing fruit loops soda character, this goes all buttery and weird in the end leaving you with a grainy, bitter skin mess. it's seriously like drinking something not meant for human consumption.

i like witbiers, i like them alot as a matter of fact. this just feels artificial and sloppy from beginning to end, and i have poured the last 2/3 of this 12oz bottle down the drain. i like long trail beers and this is hands-down the worst one i've ever had the displeasure to taste. what a shame, because this would have been my go-to summer beer if the nail had been struck properly on the headish area.

Photo of Chinaskifan1
1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

Photo of potownbill
1.88/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is one of the strangest tasting beers I have ever had.
Appearance: Semi cloudy yellow with a thin white head. There were cloudy areas within the beer that didn't seem to mixin.
Smell: Fake lemon smell
Taste: Lemon Pledge. Tastes like the stuff mom used to spray on the end tables. Awful fake lemon.
Mouthfeel: thin.
Drinkability: This is certainly the last of these I will ever drink.

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 andrewborstein
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was offered one of these at a friend's house. Glad I didn't pay for it.
Citrus (lemon/orange) and coriander were dominant to an annoying degree, leaving a nasty aftertaste. Artificial and way overdone to the point where the wheat gets lost in the mix.
I was happy to see this one go once I reached the bottom and was looking for a glass of water to rinse my mouth.
Not recommended.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of sgregory
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of goblue3509
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw color that is slightly hazy. The smell is overpowering it is of aloe and a hint of lemon. The smell is enough to throw you off. The taste is of wheat and lemon, but again due to the smell it can be difficult to taste all of the flavors. The mouthfeel is a light carbonation. Overall you could have one but not many more, the smell is just too much to overcome.

Photo of DIM
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a cloudy, pale yellow. It poured with a medium sized, fizzy white head that was moderately sticky.

s: Could be an old bottle, but with no date... I expected vibrant and zesty, but instead I found an abundance of cloves overwhelming everything else. Unbalanced overall and unappealing.

t: Pretty far off base here. Heavy tasting with too much spice. Lacks the light, refreshing yeast character I associate with the style.

m: It feels oddly heavy for the style.

d: Again, maybe this was an old bottle, but was way off-stlye and just plain not very good.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow coloring with a small white head. The nose is some really strong aromas of lemon and citrus plus a bit of zest and spicing. Taste is overpowering citrus, almost going toward a lemon-scented cleaner. Feel is spicy and quite light. Overdone; I'm not a fan.

Photo of riktronics
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of blknikon
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of disemgrowler
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of kevmcdin2003
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of MikeBrandman
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - 2 fingers of pure white head on a translucent yellow body. No lacing and the head had poor retention. Other than that, it looks delicious.

S - Smells of citrus and bananas. Very strong fruity smell. No hops or malts in the aroma. Smells like a very strong soda.

T - Taste is just like the smell. The carbonation really gets in the way of enjoying this beer. Tastes very lemony, but doesn't have the bitterness that you'd expect from a wheat beer. Tastes artificially fruity.

MF - The carbonation really sabotages this beer. By the time it's flattened out a bit, it's also warmed up. Smells, tastes, and feels like a soda.

D - Again, too carbonated. This beer was in the fridge for a while and I don't know if that contributed to anything, but overall, not a fan.

Photo of bierbirrabeer
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Preface: I have not encountered many beers in my time that, to me, pair well the normal beer tastes and fruit -- with the exception of a beer occasionally that is accompanied by a citrus slice (in the category of blue moon.) This beer did not sway me from this feeling. If, however, you count yourself as one who can appreciate that melding of flavors, then perhaps you would be better suited reading another review.

Appearance: It's pour, to me, was the best part of the beer. Out of the bottle it looks very pale yellow. In the glass it settles to a nice cloudy honey color. The head was, at its best, about one to one and a half fingers; however, the head lasted relatively briefly.

Smell: The aroma is sweet with none-too-subtle citrus "undertones." At first the smell is welcoming, but, before long, I begin to regret that the beverage had to come in so close contact to my nose each time I took a sip.

Taste: I think you probably see where this is going. Too much citrus. I appreciate the taste of a good summer beer, but it's a little bit like a fermented Fresca. (Too harsh? Maybe.)

Mouthfeel: Not a lot too it. It disperses quickly about the palate. You decide if that's a good thing or not.

Drinkability: If you can swig lemony light beer til' the cows come home, then have at it, Hoss. If you have similar tastes to mine, then I might suggest a different beer.

Photo of HBeezley
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok, here's the deal with this beer:
It looks nice. The cloudiness and lemon-color, makes very pleasing to the eye.
It smells nice. Very sweet/floral thing its got going for it.
But then the taste puts the whole thing off. Its not necessarily a bad taste, but rather an awkward taste. At first, sweet; which is nice - I like sweet and especially this kind of sweet cause its not too sweet. Then, its way too strong on the coriander; even though the coriander makes the taste interesting its turned up one notch too high. Then, theres some awkward and unnecessarily soapy/chalky/cleaner-like taste at the finish; I understand that perhaps that bite of bitterness can be good - in fact I love bitter beers - but it doesn't fit here; or perhaps its just like the coriander and needs to jump down a notch.

Overall, the beer is not really that pleasant to drink but the strange way by which that it is unpleasant makes it just strange enough to keep drinking. I could see though how it could be decently nice on a hot day. However, I think I'll stick to other summer beers.

Photo of EkimGram
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.