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Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

354 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 Yeastcakes
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - hefe glass, cellar temp.
A - bright citrus (lemon mostly), some esters.
A - two fingers of bright white head, dark cloudy-opaque yellow.
M - medium body and carbonation.
T - Banana and citrus flavors dominate with some cloves. Flavors linger on the palate long after the beer is gone.
D - Body and flavor of this beer come together very well. Bright citrus flavors make this a great summer / spring beer. I would buy this again for a summer cook-out.

Yeastcakes, Mar 21, 2009
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.

potownbill, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and wheat malt scent along with a lemony zest and fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a fruity witbier yeast taste. The coriander and lemon peel and well recieved here. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great summer time beer. It's light and highly refreshing. Recommended!

WesWes, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw gold color with some white tones. Two fingers of white head has average retention and leaves some ok lacing behind. Smells of lemon, yeast, wheat, honey, and perm solution. Tastes of lemon zest, orange blossoms, sugar coated cereal, coriander, salt, and yeast with a touch of mint. Medium light in body with plenty of carbonation to dance on your tongue. Tart, crisp, and refreshing, but not very Wit-like.

HopDerek, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of strohme2
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear, the color of straw. A half inch white, foamy head appears with little retention.

S: Yeasty with a sweet, faint lemon smell .

T: Sweet, lemony-citrus, light dough taste. Gentle spice at first sip. Not overly spicy but very refreshing.

M: Very light and crisp.

D: Very good. A refreshing summer beer that I could drink all afternoon on the dock by the lake. Good mouthfeel and taste make a good overall summer beer.

strohme2, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours a pretty clear, straw yellow body with a small, white head with no retention and lacing of great significance.

S: A sweet, lemon zest smell with some bitter hop notes as well.

T: A floral, lemon zest taste with a slightly, salty-like, seltzer water aftertaste. The overall taste combination was pretty good and fairly nice for the style.

M: A light, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel that was pleasant on the palette and a good example of the style.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination for the style. Definitely a nice, summer beer that I can see myself drinking at the end of a hot day to dry off; a good beer overall.

maddogruss, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold/yellow with a white bubbly head. Aroma of yeast, yogurt/sour notes, and light fruits. Flavor is in the same vain as the aroma - sour yogurt, yeast, along with some lemon/citrus, light fruits, and strawberry rhubarb. This beer is not really like traditional witbiers as it lacked the usual wit spices. However, as a beer, it was pretty tasty and refreshing.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long Trail Belgian White is a cloudy light golden ale with a small white head that makes a brief appearance. The aroma is faint and tart with notes of lemon, bubble gum, coriander and mint. It is medium light bodied and smooth with a bubbly finish. The flavor is dominated by coriander. It is very spicy with notes of mint, perhaps wintergreen or spearmint. It is very bold-- a unique Witbier. I'd almost call this a Spiced Ale, rather than a Wit.
(rated Jun 23, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured an opaque yellow with a huge fluffy head. The smell is sweet and citrusy with some wheat. The taste starts off with some sweet lemon that gives way to some breadiness and spices. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with very fine carbonation. This is a tasty little beverage, and light enough to enjoy a couple back to back.

TheTrevor, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - cloudy bright yellow color with a big fluffy white head that stayed around for most of the glass.

S - lemon/citrus and some yeast in the aroma.

T - citrus tartness upfront is balanced out with a light sweetness on the finish.

F - light, crisp and very refreshing.

D - nice taste and extremely easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of clumpy yeast in the glass; classically cloudy. Modest, but lasting, head; good lace

Perfume aroma of fresh-cut wild flowers. No spiciness that I've come to expect from the style. But this is still very attractive and inviting.

Thin bodied and highly carbonated. Reminiscent of orange blossoms but very dry.

This does not show all of the qualities of a typical wit, but it is very tasty. Call it a mild wit--like Dennis Miller.

smcolw, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of scriabin
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ah, the belgian white -- one of the finest drinks invented by man. long trail's version has a wonderful unfiltered, bright flaxen color and a generous head. it's a little on the sour side going down but is sweet with hints of clove. the strong and somewhat sour flavor makes this tough to stay with over the course of the night, but it's still recommended.

scriabin, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of the Summer Survival mixed pack ($12.99/12)

An average witbier right here, some nice yeasty taste and spicy in the palette. I would prefer a Blue Moon or Shock Top to this though but it's still a good beer overall. I also noticed some inconsistent taste from bottle to bottle.

oriolesfan4, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A mildly hazy, off color white beer with limited carbonation.

Smell- Pungent and spicy, very yeasty smell.

Taste- Much milder than the smell would indicated but still very assertively yeasty with solid wheat undertones.

Mouthfeel- Solid, fills the palate.

Drinkability- Very solid brew, really hits the spot.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer aint that bad. A friend of mine bought it with a variety of other white beers for us to try.

This beer has a nice gold color thats pretty cloudy, not really any sediment in there.

There is very little head with this beer, hense the lower score on appearence.

The smell of this beer at first is pretty lemony and spicey.

The taste of the beer is nice and refreshing, not too spicey and slightly creamy. The tastes seem pretty well balanced to me with the hints of lemon, corriander and mayb a little orange.

Overall this is a good beer, especially for a hot mugy day like today was. Very nice and refreshing, I'd buy it again and suggest it to others who are into this style beer.

Bergenboy1981, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a Hazy yellow with a inch head and a small lace.
The aroma is of wheat,yeast,lemon/coriander and orange.The smell is quite enticing,strong flavor promise.
The taste is sweet lemon,light malts,wheat and a spicy tone.
The overall feel is crisp,tart with a light body mild carbonation and a really clean finish.

Notes: I did not fall in love with this beer.
Better examples out there and I felt it was a bit sweet and almost like a lemon fruit drink.I know the style and I understand that it is supposed to be a bit sweet and tart,but somehow this one did not blow me away.
Still,it was not a bad beer and having one or two on a hot day I would not mind.

Lexluthor33, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friends brought me back some from a Vermont trip. Yeha I know you can buy it lots of places, but not in WV.

Cloudy golden color, thin white head with no staying power. I get an aroma of light citrus and coriander. Nose tingling from the carbonation as lots of little bubbles are bursting on the surface. the taste is rather big on the coriander, with some peppery notes and a citrusy middle, all finishing up with a lightly bitter twang that does not last.

Light bodied, easy to drink, good flavor. Really a nice overall beer, but a little heavy on the spice for my liking.

Still, I'd visit it again.

ZimZamZoom, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of bwyker.

A: The ale is hazy, a yellow pale color of goldenrod. A half a finger of head on pour wasted away to a thick pool.

S: The aroma is a strong dose of wheat, slightly acid, with lemony citrus, orange peel and coriander. Great start to the ale.

T: The taste is more tart, showcasing the wheat body over everything else. Only after the initial wheatiness do the spice profile and barley bill shine through. The spices are orange peel and coriander with a peppery ring, full of citrus sweetness. The finish is pale biscuity malt with the spices. A post sip burp brings back the wheat tartness. An accessible, easy drink that tastes better as you go along.

M: I was not expecting the good flavors that came out of the glass. The wheat is tartly pleasant, supporting a broad spice profile and nice finish.

D: Under 5%, this beer is a great summer sipper. As it is, I'm off work for the week and this is helping me unwind.

akorsak, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured off the tap at the Green Room, Thanks Rachel! Clear yellow color, pleasant but not cloudy like a Belgian should be. Light white head with not much retention. Aromas of lemon, coriander, citrus and sweet malt. Flavors are similar dominated by the lemon zest. Slightly bitter, sweet, cloves emerge as it warms, finishes on the citrus note. Moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing but not particularly complex. A good stand alone but neither Long Trail's best nor a great example of the style. Weak compared to Hoegaarden.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of eberkman
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-gold with a frothy white head.

The smell was a powerful blast of citrus -- almost like Orange Crush crossed with lemon Pledge, with a somewhat synthetic-smelling perfumy aspect to it. I detected some bready yeast as well, but not a lot of the coriander spice characteristic of the style.

Taste was overly fruity as well. It went way beyond the orange zest and hints of lemon I associate with witbier -- it seriously bordered on tasting like a CapriSun, except for a trace of hops and big wheaty notes offsetting it slightly.

It did have a nice crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and it went down very easily, but this really reminded me more of a fruit drink than an honest-to-goodness beer.

For good American renditions of this style, I'd stick with Celis White (still out there -- brewed by Michigan Brewing Company), Allagash White or Victory's Whirlwind Wit.

eberkman, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, bright golden yellow with cloudy whisps of yeast clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Smells faintly sweet and peppery, with a mild citrus and funky wheat aroma to the nose. Pretty light and clean smelling, though.

T: Taste is light and sweet, with hints of orange zest and coriander, and a slight citrus hop with a zesty, white peppery zing. Pretty good.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, if only for the slightly chewy yeast.

D: I could put down a 6 of this Belgian White with great ease. A very drinkable flavor and modest ABV add to the authentic replication of a drinkable and popular Belgian style. Nicely done.

Long trail scores a hit here, in my opinion. Flavorful enough to satisfy without bogging you down with any intense, one-off tastes. Long Trail did this one just right.

Gambrinus1184, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light, watery golden colour with a fluffy head that quickly dissolves and leaves no residue on the glass.

The aroma has a strong perfume base to it, with hints of coriander and some citrus fruit aroma as well. Sweet smelling for sure, but pretty good.

The flavour mellows out the sweetness and perfume to make for a bit nicer experience here. Citrus flavour comes out a bit more for slightly more juiciness and the coriander notes are a bit more apparent as well. Each sip finishes with a bit of a yeast flavour to it. Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps a bit too watery.

Not bad overall, but not necessarily something that's overly memorable. I liked, but didn't love this one. There are many other Long Trail beers I'd grab before this one and the same can be said for other beers within the style. Still, it seems relatively easy to find just about anywhere around here and makes for a nice, safe summer choice.

SixpointJMH, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Foxman
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy golden orange, pretty much as expected. Two fingers of fluffy white head drop away rather rapidly. Lacing is fine and sparse.

In the aroma, the orange zest and coriander are there, but even more prevalent is a flowery perfume that unfortunately distracts and blankets any real grain presence.

Upon tasting, the grains are amply sweet with berry light sugar. The esters and spices then amp up, with coriander, clove, orange and lemon zests, and a crisp apple note. Yeasty dough is mild near the close before a crisp, dry finish lingers for a time. It's nice enough, but so mainstream it's very easy to take for granted.

It flows with a light current and the carbonation peps things up for a nice, sassy touch.

The perfumy aroma put me off, but I could still note some good things lurking. The flavor is nice, but it's regular, pretty much standard issue, and not enough to voercome what I didn't appreciate in the nose. After one or two, any ensuing bottles would go down quite well, I'm sure, but getting that far would mean I didn't have much else left in my DBF.

Foxman, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy yellow in the glass, with yeast swirling from the bottle; huge head of pale yellow foam. Faint fruity hops smell in the nose. Taste is all fruit and fruity hops. No malt. Extremely refreshing and tasty--would be the perfect beer for the non beer drinker at your BBQ--but I didn't like it as much as I had hoped. No "bad" tastes or strange aftertastes (like some Witbiers seem to have), but I started to feel as if I were drinking Minute Maid Citrus Punch, not beer. So for style, it's a knockout. For me... sorry, not so much.

tugdriver7, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Rehtakul
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll start off by saying that Long Trail is, by far, my favorite brewery on the planet. I've loved every LT I've ever tried, and this one is no exception. Interesting how every beer drinker has that one brewery that just 'does it'. Long Trail is that brewery for me. But I digress.... back to the brew. The appearance is well above average for an American wit. Very nice yellow~orange 'cloud'. (Ah....the cloud.) The aroma, well, on a scale of 1 - 10, I would have to say a strong 9. Aside from the orange/coriander nose, there's something else that's hard to pinpoint, but very pleasant. The taste of this offering is well above average, IMO. The citrus/spice balance is just perfect. This is definitely one of the highest 'drinkability' brews I've come across in quite a while. As american Belgian White's go, I rate this very highly. On par with, say, Weyerbacher's Blanche.(My fav US BW so far). If you like Blue Moon, (and I do...), do yourself a huge favor and track this one down if you can. Experience what a true American Belgian White can be. You won't be disappointed.

Rehtakul, Jun 28, 2008
Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.