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Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy pale yellow color. Smaller head that is bleach white and retains quite well. Laces decently well.

S-Light citrus. Coriander. has the Fruit Loop smell too. Light, sweet, and refreshing. I enjoy the conventional Witbier aroma. Therefore I enjoy the smell of this beer.

T-Very light flavor. A nice and easy Witbier. Flavor dies off quite quickly. Not intense or unique, but still mildly enjoyable.

M-Light body. Heaps of carbonation. A bit watery. Not much else besides the ample amounts of bubbles.

O/D-I have noticed that I enjoy this style more than I would have ever expected. This is a decent example of the style. Good for hot weather. Also nice because I got a case for $14. Not bad.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of cmq103
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg at the basement bar into a standard pint glass. Weyerbacher Verboten on the other side of the dual tap kegerator.

Appearance: A moderate 1/4" white frothy head that reduced to a thin white ring. Average lacing as my glass emptied. Nice cloudy yellow exhibition.

Smell: The aroma reminded me of a citrus perfume. I get orange peel and lemon grass in the nose.

Taste: Lemon citrus tartness, with a moderate sweet finish. Definitely different than a Blue Moon, which is much sweeter with a generous coriander bite. This beer lacked the coriander and spice I generally enjoy in a Witbier, but had a crisp summer finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation for the style, which was light to moderate in body.

Overall: A great light and refreshing summer session beer that certainly would quench your thirst. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting and would commit to another 1/6th keg next summer. Not the best Witbier, but a different take on the style. Very nice Long Trail...

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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 obywan59
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale lightly cloudy yellow with a 2 finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass and a partial light film over the beer. Light lacing. Occasional huge bubbles of carbonation.

Somewhat earthy Belgian aroma reminiscent of a Saisson without the funkiness. Light citrus and noticably spicy. Every now and then, some toasted wheat.

Tangy wheat,tart citrus and bold coriander. Some light bitterness in the middle. Tasty.

Light bodied with a bit of stickiness. A sting of carbonation on the tongue, and a burn in the throat.

A great summer beer. Light, tasty, and very easy to drik.

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Photo of Kendo
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Corsendonk Christmas glass. Body is hazy yellow with a small white head.

S: Orange peel, lemon and spice. Slight musty smell as well.

T: First impression: light. Nice wheat twang to it. Lemony citrus (lemon peel). Coriander is noted. Finishes clean, with no real aftertaste.

M: Light, soft carbonation.

O: Solid for what it is - a light, easy-drinking wit. Would substitute this for a pilsner on a hot day without hesitation.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured with no head and only a trace of foam on top. Beer itself is a cloudy deep yellow.

S: Citrus comes first in the form of orange and is followed quickly by coriander. Breadiness can be detected throughout.

T: The coriander beats the orange into submission, pins its arm behind its back and takes it lunch money. Not that you can't detect the citrus in this, just that it feels kinda weak by comparison. Nicely bready on the backend.

M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated but very watery.

O: Not awful, but there are much cleverer wits out there.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 7/19 at the brewery.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head

S - Kind of has a pinesol nose (but in a good way!), bready, a little caramel

T - Big lemon taste with a mildly nutty end

M - Thin with a little bite

D - real high.

This one was pretty delicious, actually.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of lemons and oranges in the nose.
T: The overall taste has flavors of wheat and citrus, the latter of which contributes some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite thirst quenching. It’s a good beer to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured From Bottle.

Pours a nice Hazy yellow, like a late afternoon summer sun. Small white head. Taste nice a citrusy, at first felt a little over carbonated but that passed quick, perfect word to say that I read was humble a small taste of yeast and a nice finish of lite hops. Go for it.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, refreshing, with a clear citrus flavor. Not strong on the Belgian yeastiness, but that's not needed for this one. I found it to be perfect for a hot summer afternoon. No bitterness or sticky sweetness. Quite delicious in my humble opinion.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was scouring my local bottle shop for new beers to try and although I came up short on CANs, I figured that I would go in a different direction for a time, bottle be back to The CAN Quest (TM) is short order.

From the bottle: "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 all natural ale is our latest seasonal brew, perfect for lounging lake-side or celebrating at trails end ... Enjoy!"

The pour netted just under a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose had an interesting spiciness - not as intense as black pepper, but still quite present and underlain by a light orange citrusiness. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the flavor really lacked any oomph. It was like a dumbed-down version of the style, too soft for my tastes. Sure, it was spicy and citrusy, but I have had much better from other brewers. Finish was dry and refreshing, which is nice in the summer, but I just think it could have been done better.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, wheat

taste: citrus, more citrus, some spice, whea

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not to impressed by this witbier. I would prefer a more well rounded brew. This beer is over the top on the citrus profile. There should be more to this beer other then that.


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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle - Served in a Sam Adams fluted glass.
It' got the cloudy Witbier off-yellow color, but the head fades rather quickly.
The aroma is subdued for the style, with not much in the way of citrus or spiciness. A little lime smell. A bit of malt. Not much else.
The flavor department is much the same.
I'm afraid that the brewers were trying to be too careful not to go crazy with the spiciness and the edgy citrus and orange flavors, but in doing so they have missed the point of the Witbier.
But all that aside, I like this beer as palette cleanser. It's sort of a nice beer to keep on hand for newbies to the style as an entry level Belgian White.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale, hazy orange with a white rocky head that gives way to little lacing, which is disappointing.

S - Fruity esters, citrus (lemon). Coriander.

T - Spicy and well-rounded. The subtle sweetness from the wheat malt works well with the mild more-lemon-citrus-than-bitter hops presence. There is a fruit/floral flavor in the finish that adds to this already refreshing beer but those who find coriander flavor a bit soapy might find the finish a bit too dry.

M - Medium, carbonation lasts and keeps it playful.

O - Good summertime beer but it could lose a bit of the coriander and up the wheat malt and find some improvement.

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Photo of kershner23
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Number 2 from the Survival Pack

Pours incredibly hazy orange yellow. Very little head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is more subdues than expected from the look. Coriander, citrus, something sweet. Really wish this had more orange in the nose.

Taste is ok, but nothing to blow you away. Certainly not something that would get my mouth watering thinking about it at work, but nothing bad. Coriander, spice, citrus and zest. All very light. Finishes nice, aftertaste is really nice. Might actually be better than the taste in mouth.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. I am not a fan of carbonation. The less the better to me, so I enjoyed the smooth character of this. Great feel and finish for hot weather.

I would drink and enjoy this at a friends house or a BBQ. I think it actually gets better as it warms. Much better than Blue Moon and Shock Top, not as good as Sam Adams and Leinenkugels.

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Photo of micmillon18
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Long Trail pint glass. Long Trail does provide a "best by" inscription on their bottles but unfortunately I can't read this one. For what its worth, the other bottles in this variety pack were fresh.

A - Hazy straw yellow with little to no head retention. It was able to muster about an inch tall after the pour but it fizzled quickly and what remained sat around the rim of the glass.

S - Citrus scents of lemon and orange along with sweet wheaty malts. Not a strong scent but what's here is good.

T - Starts out with a nice tangy citrus flavor, followed by sweet wheat malts. However, it doesn't finish great, the taste being kind of soapy with some seltzer water qualities. The yeast and some honey like flavors are present on the end as well but don't subdue the off tastes I mentioned early. Overall, it tastes good but nothing great.

M - Crisp and refreshing with a medium body. Leaves the mouth slightly fuzzy.

O - I have a sort of childhood affinity for Long Trail. It's a brewery I routinely went to at the beginning of my craft beer experience. However, as I expand my horizons, I see it more as a solid alternative than something I'm overly excited about. And that seems to apply to this brew. Its an good addition in a solid variety pack but probably not something I'd seek out regularly.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at a local tavern, poured into a cheater pint served with a lemon.

a: cloudy straw yellow, creamy slight off white head with fair retnetion

s: lemon zest, orange

t: slightly tart citrus mixed with a slight pepper note.

m: light and crisp

Average Witbier, makes due on a hot day.


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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 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 Reznick
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 12pk at Hannaford in Derry, bottled on 4-15-11. Pours a murky light yellow (even without agitating the yeast in the bottom) with a good half-inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells fruity with lemon and banana in the lead and coriander heavily supporting it. Lemon, orange, coriander hit the palate with hints of butterscotch and vanilla toward the finish. Medium to light in body with ample carbonation. Very drinkable. Not the best example of the style I've had, but a pleasant flavorful balanced easy-drinker that would be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Neecee513
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Light gold, cloudy, big head.

S: Sweet, citrus orangy.

T: Tastes like it smells, sweet, citrus and orangy. Very subtle spice hint.

M: High carbonation, light body, creamy, not that dry or tart for a witbier.

D: Light beer, smell is so pleasant. Sweet beer. The orange sweetness and carbonation reminded me a bit of qualities of a mimosa.

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