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Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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158 Reviews

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 356
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 35 | 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!

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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 356
Photo of ifij775
1/5  rDev -71.3%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
1.69/5  rDev -51.4%
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.

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Photo of potownbill
1.87/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

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Photo of Guden
2.02/5  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.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.23/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.26/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

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Photo of DIM
2.46/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of bierbirrabeer
2.61/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy and lightly swampy golden yellow with virtually no head and a small amount of carbonation. The aroma is Lemony and candy-like. The taste at first is a blast of lemon pledge which is kinda nasty. You get used to it eventually but it is way overdone and weird. The wheat is there but not as much flavor as I would like. The brew is mostly dominated by pledge. The feel is moderate to light but crisp to the tongue. This a very mediocre beer and in terms of the Belgian whites i have had it just plain sucks. I could do a few of these I suppose.

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Photo of Bounty628
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With an ABV of 4.7%, the Belgian White is perhaps meant to be drank as a session beer more than any other Long Trail product. With the summer seasons upon us, the Belgian White would likely prove to be a solid performer at a cookout or family picnic.

The Belgian White pours a very bright yellow color that at first glance seems almost more yellow than any other Belgian White on the market currently. There is a partial cloudiness to the pour of the beer but certainly it is not as hazy as other offerings from different breweries in the same style. Once poured into a standard 16 ounce pint glass, the beer is observed to be very carbonated.

When poured, the Belgian white gives way to a very thin white head that quickly dissipates into the rest of the glass. There is little to no retention along the sides of the glass from this pour highlighting the thin nature to both the pour and the assumed taste of the beer.

This Belgian White perhaps more than any other is extremely overpowered by a lemon taste and the beer takes on an immediate fruity nature to it. Though the lemons certainly overwhelm the palate, very faintly in the background hints of wheat and paled floral attributes are also noted.

Not only does the beer maintain a very lemony taste to it but the smell also is quite prevalent with more than just a hint of lemons. Though there is a certain refreshing and cooling nature that might be associated to lemons and summer, the folks at Long Trail have perhaps gone a bit too heavy with this notion in this Belgian White. Where the lemons are overpowering, the other flavors and smells of the beer fade off into the distance due to the acidic and forceful army of lemons.

To ensure that the offering was not perhaps just one bad lemon in the bunch, this beer was had in both a six pack in Massachusetts and on tap at the Long Trail Brewing Company brew-pub as well. Each time the beer was consistent with the other, but that consistency let down a bit each time.

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Photo of HBeezley
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of EkimGram
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Photo of sfsean28
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a tall weisse beer glass annd left a thick foamy head which gradually diminished to a 1/8 inch layer. Nice lacing too.
A- a cloudy yellow color with carbonation bubbles present but yet hard to see.
S- lemons,strong scent of lemon oil
T- weak taste and body.Hints of coriander. I was hoping for more citrus flavor. I feel like drinking less of this while beer is getting warmer
M- light beer. Drink on a hot summer day is fine and low ABV. Carbonation is fine.

O- its just ok. I bought a growler fill at a good price and I can see why it was a good price and still available.

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Photo of SickGnar
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
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)

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Photo of curasowa
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of berley31
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured with hardly any head... what is there is down to a mere wisp in no time. Body is slightly hazy (but a little too clear for a wit), and a light yellow color.

S: Very fruity aroma, with the orange overwhelming anything else. Almost smells like candy. Not unpleasant, just a little too fruity.

T: What the... it tastes like fizzy fruit juice! Orange, lemon and lime, but I'm not noticing any coriander or spices. Way too fruity.

M: Light-bodied and fairly thin, with quite fizzy carbonation.

D: Probably one of the worst wits I've ever had. Like I said, it's certainly not hard to drink, which is why I gave it a 3 in that department. But if I didn't know better, I'd swear it was a fizzy Festina Peche, which is not the same class at all. Ugh.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with a soda like carbonation and white head. Aroma is of sweet malt and some spices. Taste is orange, brewing sugar and spices. Medium, tangy body. I would call this brew "Bud of Belgium wits".

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Photo of mnrider
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle. Pint Glass

A: Cloudy pale yellow, with one finger white head. No lacing and head disappears at once.

S: Citrus. Dry Smell with light spice hops and other fruits.

T/M: Light Body. Spicy hops are faint. Lemons and Wheat are present. Dry finish. Too watery but crisp.

D: Pretty good light summer beer. Nice and crisp. Watery, light taste brings it down a little. Not so sure i'd purchase again.


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Photo of IMincedTheKing
2.81/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy goldenrod with a small, vanishing head.

The aroma is a blast of coriander over a base of sweet citrus. Way too much coriander.

Coriander continues to dominate through the flavor. A yeasty, wheaty background is complimented by citrus. Soapy mouthfeel, and excessive zing from the carbonation. Aftertaste of orange peel and some hoppiness.

Drinkable, but this beer is totally out of balance. A poorly crafted Belgian White.

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Photo of dali27
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ack! Looks like there's something wrong with my oj. It's a dirty, foggy orange with an irregular smear of head. Bleah.

Smells of pineapple and apricots in heavy syrup backed by clover. Whoa.

Tastes extraordinarily fruity with tons of orange and apricot. There's a light grassy element that reminds me of jasmine which balances this out a bit. It also introduces a nutty dryness and some CO2 sting to add some more balance.

Feels heavy with a velvety presence of carbonation.

Meh. Not too bad for the price.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Long Trail Belgian White
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a Ommegang Witte glass

Pours a cloudy and mustard-yellow in appearance. Head retention could be better. Carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass.

Whiffs of borderline rotten bananas and artificial sweetness.

Strikkkee.... Long Trail.

At best, a decent beer.

A strong lemon/chemical blend and sugary sweetness leave an unfavorable impression.

Yikes...I was hoping for much more.

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Photo of magine
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.