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Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 356 | Reviews: 159
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of dickieb
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an extreme cloudy yellow color with a tiny white bubbled heading.Thin Lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell is lemony kind of yeasty as well.

Taste is just like the smell extremely lemony very yeasty a slight touch of honey and other fruits.No hop detected whatsoever.Very lemony is all I can say.

Mouth is light bodied full of carbonation at first but about midway through turns completly flat.

Drink is decent but a bit sweet for my liking but yes a nice drink to have around the summertime.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Properly poured into a pint glass produces half an inch of head with varying bubble size. A pale gold color which in enjoyed very much, looks to have more character than most wit biers

Wheat malts, coriander and lemon dominate the smell, extremely pleasent

Taste light wheat malts and spices are finished with a powerful citrus falvor

Light bodied yet not watery pleasant carbonation

a tasty brew i will buy again but like many others have said the lemon is almost too much and reduces drinkability

Photo of bill93063
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An okay Belgian style white ale. If the temp rises to room or higher, the citrus notes are overpowering and it is hard to drink. However below 50 F. it is a decent drinkable ale. The citrus notes are more muted and the mouthfeel seems to improve with the cooler temps. There are some nice caramel notes and a middle ground hoppy flavor. It is an okay ale that i'd buy only if you can get it for a good price. There are far better choices available.

Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a half inch head - wispy and medium bubbled then settles quickly. Upward carbonation. Slight bit of haze. Yellow in color.
S) Citrus lemon - almost sour. Black pepper. Woodsy - like cedar.
T) Grainy. Sour like green apples. Some hop bitterness in the finish - good ol' European type - earthy and dry.
M) Dry. Gritty. Light bodied. Puckering - like strong lemonade.
D) A well crafted Belgian White / Witbier.

Photo of mnrider
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
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.


Photo of Hoagie1973
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
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 goblue3509
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
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 Boppar
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had it on-tap at The Barley House in Concord, NH. This review is based on the pack I picked up later.

A: Beautiful straw-colored body. Pours a generous two-fingers of head.

S: Blueberries, lemon peel, wheat.

T: In addition to the expected lemon and coriander taste, there is a distinct blueberry and orange presence.

M: Not too thick, but with enough substance to let you know you're drinking a beer.

D: Even for a highly-drinkable style, this baby stands out in the crowd.

An excellent summer beer.

Photo of TommyW
4.52/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow/orange and cloudy body with a thick white head.

S- Nice aroma of fermented malt, organge/lemon peel and coriander.

T- Very nice. Slight notes of orange and lemon with more dominate notes of coriander and soured malts.

M- Very smooth and full. Nice level of carbonation.

D- Prior to this beer I wasn't a big fan of this style, but this one really change my opinion. A must try.

Photo of VTaler
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Whitish Gold color. Very little head or lacing but at least there was some

S - It smelled nice. Nothing too strong it smelled like it would be good on a hot summer day. There was aromas of coriander and orange/lemon.

T - Nice pleasant taste. This is how a witbeir is supposed to be made. Im not a big fan of wheat beers and this tasted very good. Light hop taste and not very bitter. Citrus and coriander.

M - Went down very smoothly. Nice carbonation. Very refreshing

D - Definitely a beer I could have while golfing or at the beach. Very drinkable

Photo of EPICAC
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail's Belgian White pours a cloudy, straw color, and is topped by a bright white head that quickly fades to a film. I like the color a lot, but the head retention leaves something to be desired. The aroma is fairly mild overall, though the traditional notes of spicy coriander and citrus are there, along with notes of pepper, yeast and banana. There's also a bit of graininess present in the aroma, which, when combined with the relative lightness of the other components of the aroma hints at an inviting crispness.

Like a lot of wheat beers the malts here are predominantly grainy with a mild sweetness, but their major contribution is a crisp texture on the palate rather than a huge amount of flavor. Esters contributed by the yeast, and the traditional Wit spicing become evident in the center. There are bright citric notes of lemon and orange, notes of banana, a coriander spiciness, and a peppery finish that melds with the crisp backbone of the beer in the finish. Long Trail's Belgian White is light-bodied with a nice crispness that comes from the grainy malt backbone and the substantial carbonation. There's also a mild dryness in the finish.

Long Trail Belgian White is a decent Witbier. It's a nice refreshing summer beer, but it could use a bit more punch in the flavors from spicing.

Photo of wampahoofus
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a decent amount of head retention.

Smell of wheat and lemon. Very lemony. I am a bit surprised by how much fruit I am picking up.

The taste is like the smell. It is a flavorful wit beer with lots of citrus bursting out of it. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy lemon with a nice half-inch head. Smell is mix of grassy, lemon and wheat..very nice. Taste is a bit too malty with an odd spice quality. Mouthfeel is smooth, I would have preferred a bit more crispness. Drinkability also suffers a tad due to the above qualities.

Photo of epicness
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow color, almost borderline gold. Very thin head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

S - Lemon, Orange, Coriander... Pretty standard Wit smells.

T - Dominated by lemon. The wheat and coriander is found but limited. It's a very very highly dominated by lemon type Wit. I'm not a huge fan of the high on lemon brews so the taste doesn't wow me. But I could see some people totally loving it. It has a sweet finish taste though which I did like a lot.

M - Very low carbonation. Seems low atleast compared to other Wits.

D - Very drinkable on a nice summer day or to just switch up the normal Wits.

It's probably not a Wit that I would drink on a daily basis because I feel there are much better ones out there. But it's not awful and I will probably easily finish off the rest of the sixer.


Photo of wagenvolks
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip (brewed 3.26.09). Thanks to hojaminbag for the freebie!

Like a good Wit, Long Trail Belgian White pours with a hazy, bright orange core that fades to lemon at the edges. A sizable tuft of eggshell-creme head quickly recedes to a ring of small bubbles. Very nice aroma here--spot on for the style--as notes of fresh orange peel combine with soft coriander spice and a hint of lemon. Clean malt base with a slight grassy hop note, too.

Things start off smoothly in the flavor department, with a soft Belgian spice that couples well with the lively carbonation level. Citrus zest hits the sides of the tongue, while the middle is mostly wheat with a hint of vanilla. Finishes slightly stale with a hint of wet paper. Refreshing palate, but the light body feels too watered down. Still, this is a sessionable, tasty Witbier that did its job well in staving off the hot Austin afternoon.

Photo of Genuine
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Golden in color with quickly dissipating head. Not much in terms of lacing, but it was present.

smell: Personally thought it smelled refreshing. Lots of coriander and citrus notes will be found immediately. Smelled very pleasant.

taste: I enjoyed the taste of this one. Very easy to drink. There was a lot of citrus notes and just a bit of hops. I wish there were a bit more hops, personally. Very nice finish though.

mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, a bit above water. The carbonation was very crisp and pleasant.

drinkability: This would make for a great beer after mowing the lawn or for a session. I could have a few relaxing on a hot day during the summer.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of prattmeister14
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The appearance of the beer was pretty enticing, but as others have reviewed, the head does not seem to be as voluminous as it should be, (an aggressive pour was needed). The haziness of the beer and the maize color was as it should be.

S: The smell, as one would expect, is bready and yeasty with some citrus notes

T: Coriander, Yeast, Bread, Citrus, none too overpowering, yet none stand out to "make" the beer.

M: Weak carbonation, decent mouthfeel

D: Easy to drink, went through 4 while doing a paper, could have drank them all night.

Overall: I wish that there was more to this beer, a little more carbonation, a little more taste, a little more smell. This being said the appearance of the beer was excellent, despite the quickly diminishing head. The Drinkability is fantastic. Goes down like a casual summer beer should. l recommend this for a nice summer day, but choose something else if you want a more engaging experience.

Photo of brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Despite an increasingly hard pour, I could hardly raise a head on this beer, which is the first test for me of the style; the color was a cloudy honey, with a lot of yeast particulates suspended in the liquid

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with an orange citrus edge as well as some coriander

Taste: Lots of wheat bread up front, with a developing sour citrus and coriander flavor; after the swallow, the sour citrus fades and the refreshing wheat beer and coriander flavors predominate, but the damage was done

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but lifeless carbonation

Drinkability: Maybe this was an old or off bottle, but I was pretty disappointed with this beer

Photo of chicagoish
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of Whites. I'm more a Hop head. But our local distributor does a "beer Club" of sorts and this was part of the current selection. I was very impressed with the clean citrus taste of this White. I can't recommend this as an everyday beer, but as a change of pace on warm summer day this will fit the bill. The lemony citrus taste is very much up front and the finish is clean. Go try one...

Photo of kenito799
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle poure into a pilsener glass.

Very distinctive coriander aroma, some light malt. Very fresh, no grassiness.

Smooth mouthfeel. Clear yellow with small head. The taste is very nicely frsh, brings the coriander into excellent balance with a subtly lemony malt, but absolute absence of the grassiness that I don't like in many witbiers. Very smooth and drinkable, well done.

Photo of Macdoyal
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance: Nice and cloudly. light yellow color with a nice white foam.

Smell: I smell citrus, light hops and refreshment.

Taste: Low hops, nice sweetness. Citrus notes. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: decent carbonation. pretty smooth.

drinkability: it's nice. I can imagine this on a warm spring or summer day.

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of citrus and spices (noteably cloves). Tastes of citrus, lemon rinds, spices, and some wheatiness. I wrote down -> Lemon Pledge.

Notes from and tasted on: 4/20/09

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Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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