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Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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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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.

bierbirrabeer, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of huxcrunner
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- it is a very cloudy pale yellow golden with two fingers of white head, overall the appearance is just how it should be for an unfiltered beer

s-the aromas are of citrus particular lemon undertones of wheat

t-sweet taste not very bitter at all not an overwhelming citrus taste though

m-somewhat grainy with medium body, what you might expect from something unfiltered

d-good drinkability for this seasonal beer

huxcrunner, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good light summer beer. Pours a very hazy straw color with a delicate bubbly white head. Head retention is average and there is no lacing. Aroma is mild, wheat and a bit of lemon.

The taste is a surprise, much stronger flavor than the aroma lets on. Strong lemon zest, coriander (if that what the flowery spice is) and some wheat bitterness at the end. This is a good tasting beer with low abv. Not weak and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is average, this beer is crisp, light on the tongue but still not watery.

Drinkability is pretty good. This would be an ideal summer session beer.

JayQue, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a cloudy light gold with a thin, less then a finger or so, foamy white head. There is some slight lacing on the glass but minimal.

The smell is a nice peach flavor with a little orange peel. Some green apple or apple skin flavor as well.

The taste is wheaty with a nice bready flavor that is right up front. The fruits in the nose return after a moment of pause and then give way to a nice slight bitter finish.

The beer is well balanced and goes down well. It has a nice drinkable feel that was refreshing. A good beer for the summer or just for those moments when your in the mood for a white ale.

Duhast500, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of mrgrinch
4.45/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a nice grapefruit yellow. Mega-carbonation. Clear and refreshing.

Smell - nice citrus notes with a sweet, almost cookie scent.

Taste - This beer really tastes good. It has a prominent fruity taste, with a bit of flowery sweetness as well. The taste follows the smell very much. Not much spice--which I think is great.

Mouthfeel - This beer a bit soda-like. And that is not bad. It is not creamy, the texture is light, but not really thin.

Drinkability - This beer is going down very easily. Definitely among my favorite of this variety. Beats Hoegaarden by miles and miles!!

mrgrinch, Aug 03, 2010
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.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of philippehb
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A cloudy lemonade color, creamy head, BOY! this looks refreshing!

S - There are definitely a bit of spices in here, I believe there may be coriander and some strong sweeter citrusy notes.

T - What is in here? "lemon flavoring" ?

M - Very light, effervescent !

D - I very much enjoyed it the first time around, but after a second review on a different day, the lemon flavor seemed artificial.

philippehb, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a sampler pack. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Cloudy light yellow brew gives 1/2" of pure white head that settles quickly.

S: Creamy orange, strong lovely floral notes, a bit of mixed spices, a touch of yeast funk, slightly sweet.

T: Similar to the taste, though more herbal than floral or spice. Coriander. A bit sweet.

M/D: Thin bodied with soft carbonation. Very creamy but not thick, the citrus and spices cut through to make it crisp. Immensely drinkable and quite tasty.

BeerNinja007, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Love them bears! Belgian White has a monk bear under a tree with "Belgian Ale" encircled by a heart. I concur.

Bubbly white head that quickly fizzles itself out. Translucent lemon yellow color.

Aroma is yeasty Belgian wheat but with chamomile and lemon hand soap.

Maintains the trademark Long Trail clean and honey-esque malt character but with acidic lemon added. Fairly monotone, the acidity gets old pretty quick.

I had a few of these at fridge temp and while they were pleasant and drinkable they were fairly bland. I tried one at room temp (Long Trail recommends 45-50) and more aroma and flavor came out...but the acidity was cloying. As flavor goes increases drinkability goes decreases?

donkeyrunner, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Amalak
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got out of a six pack.
A- It's opaque deep straw yellow. It has a good foamy head and leaves a good amount of lace. Sediment is visible.
S- Very, very sweet lemon scent.
T- Bubbly on the palate. Honey and lemon come through with a wheat hint. Very sweet. Has a Sprite taste to it. Good but a bit too sweet.

Amalak, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy yellow with a bubbly white head. No lacing, and the head dissipates to nothing. Some sediment, but no floaties.

Some light wheat and citrus aromas. Not much here.

Tart lemon bite up front, with some light sweet grain. A touch of yeast. Thin flavors here. Just too damn light. Spice? -- good luck. Clean finish? Sure, because there isn't much flavor to start with. No off notes, as a plus.

Light bodied, watery, with some light carbonation. They didn't even get this right.

Overall, a very very mediocre Wit. Light bodied, light flavored, so-so structure. Color was nice! You can do far better than this one. Nothing you'd spit on the floor, but just average brew.

OtherShoe2, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of animalchin
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very hazy yellowish body. Absolutely no head retention at all - basically looks like lemonade.

S - Very thin scents of lemon and some wheat.

T - A bit more action happening in the taste. A lot of citrus qualities tie in with the wheat making for a rather pleasant experience. Sensing some buttery/creamy notes as well.

M - Dense carbonation makes for a creamier feel. Easy moving.

D - Not the greatest I've had from Long Trail. There's a lot I like about this beer; it's crispy taste and overall quality. The appearance of urine from a dehydrated person is a bit of a turn-off though. Worth a try if you're a fan of crisp summer beers.

animalchin, Jul 18, 2010
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.

generallee, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack tonight. Poured into Ommegang Witte glasses. Hazy yellow body. Fizzy head, not really fluffy like other Belgian whites. Was hoping to see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle? Lots of carbonation. Smelled like citrus, but more like a household cleaner. Flavor was lemony, with a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel was very thin, no body to speak of. Drinkability was fairly good. Low abv, smooth, and light on flavor. An easy beer to drink but not extremely flavorful. A below average witbier.

morebeergood, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, New York.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and no lacing.

The smell featured a sweet fruity ( blueberry, apricot and orange) aroma with a light wheat malt.

The taste was dominated by the aforementioned fruitiness with a thin malt note. There was little to no esthers detected.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall a decent wit. Much better domestic examples available.

plaid75, May 31, 2010
Photo of Sneers
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow. Pours thin head that fades to just a ring and leaves no lacing. Swirling the glass does very little to produce a temporary head.

Smell: Clean, faint lemon. Not a ton going on here.

Taste: Lemony citrus that's a bit sharp and sour, but not too powerful. There is very little malty sweetness, and it tastes a bit thin. Normally I like the stronger citrus flavor in Belgian wits, but because this one doesn't have as much of a backbone, I'm glad it isn't as strong. Seems to lack the complexity of flavors that good wits have. It does have a crispness to it that reminds me of a pils.

Mouthfeel: A bit too watery for the style. It just lacks that smoothness that so many quality Belgian ales have.

Drinkability: Definitely an easy beer to sip on a hot day, and at under 5% abv, one could have quite a few, but there's not really enough flavor to keep one coming back for more.

This beer just isn't wit-y enough for me.

Sneers, May 28, 2010
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.

ifij775, May 09, 2010
Photo of BricksandPorter
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ice cold into an American Pint glass.

Pour - clean, crisp and quick. No waiting here...cloudy but clean, big bubbles and a medium head.

Smell - Fruity and light. I almost have a sense of apples, or pears even.

Taste - great freezing cold. better when breathed for ten minutes. Mellow, sweet and ctirusy. Mild hoppiness and a good clean finish. Nothing too far off the beaten path on this one.

Mouth - smooth and leaves the drinker wanting more. Good carb for a belgian white. I actually really like this beer

Drinkability - A solid beer, defenitely great for a summer party outdoors after mowing the lawn all day.

BricksandPorter, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have a hard time distinguishing one belgian white from another, they all taste the same to me. This tastes like any other I have had, nothing really sticks out to me, not a bad beer, but tastes like all other belgian whites I have had. I think Blue Moon has a little more fruity pop than this so I would probably rank Blue Moon above this one. Average beer, I think it says less about Long Trails brew and more about Belgian Whites not tasting that different to me.

Pittsburgh, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy cloudy pale yellow. Layers of yeast remain at the bottom of the bottle. Very fizzy white foam that bursts and vanishes without a trace.

Wheaty smell with a very minor citrus backing. Belgian notes.

Lemon orange citrus taste - very clean, and strong carbonation. Everything blends nicely for a well made brew.

Tasty, nicely done. Drinkable.

KTCamm, Feb 14, 2010
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.

MikeBrandman, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of berley31
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

berley31, Oct 21, 2009
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.

kingcrowing, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of dickieb
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small fizzy head, no lacing. The smell is citrus coriander and some wheat malts. The taste is a bit light with all of the expected flavoring of a whit, mostly light malts belgian yeast and some citrus notes. An average mouthfeel, and a drinkable beer. Its hot as hell out so this beer is hitting the spot right now, but not one of the better whits I have tried

dickieb, Aug 22, 2009
Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.