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Belgian White - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 158
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 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
Photo of Newsman
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a golden yellow/orange, unfiltered, with a nice head and decent carbonation.

And then there's the smell...wow. I've never smelled a beer so interesting. Fruity orange scent, with coriander, a hint of pine and hops, some other spice. I swear, this beer has the best bouquet I've ever whiffed. Take that for what it's worth.

The nice thing is that these smells don't really come through to overpower the palate. You get some of the hints and traces here and there, but mostly you get a nice, flavorful witbier style, perhaps a hint more hops, with some citrus and spice overtones. Very well balanced, not overly carbonated, goes down well.

There have certainly been better Belgian whites out there, but this one gets extra points for a very nice whiff. Probably Long Trail's best effort yet.

Newsman, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with lemon and spices along with some Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts and a touch of hops. For some reason, it reminds me of Fruity Pebbles.

T: The taste is sweet, fruity and spicy up front with flavors of lemon, orange, coriander and clove. Then there are some bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast that tone down the sweetness a bit. There's a mild hops presence as would expect from a Witbier.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/14/08, this will be served at just over fridge temperature in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful clear, rich yellow with terrific haze as the yeast is added. The snow white crown begins two fingers tall, then quickly submisses and remains a thick film atop the beer. Quite a solid appearance.

Smell- Great big spicy nose... the coriander and citrus literally leap from the glass, almost trying too hard. It does mellow out over time, but I'm not in love with it.

Taste- The coriander, orange peel, and our usual suspects come together and blend well with the malts and hops. My only real problem with this beer is the super-yeasty, almost sourdough-like finish that lingers in the mouth for several minutes after the swallow. There's a mild tartness that feels out of place here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Outstanding texture in the mouth... microbubbles are barely discernable throughout and the swallow is effortless. At $5.85 a sixer, it's a steal... especially with rising beer prices lately... but I wouldn't recommend this particular offering from LT, as it's not one of their strengths.

yelterdow, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at cellar temp into a weizen glass the beer mimics champagne from its bright clear gold hue to the fizzy vivacious bleached white head of 5 cm. Several streams of bubbles rise to the surface and the head gradually recedes creating huge craters on its surface as it fades.
Aroma is sweet malt and tart lemon with bits of grain and floral notes as well.
First sip reveals a crisp lite body with a sturdy texture, carbonation is fine and fizzy.
Flavor is sweet malt briefly then rolls to some tart lemon and wheat malt, bits of doughy yeast poke through as well.
This beer is clean and crisp and easy to drink, not necessarily the most complex beer ive tasted but what it has is tasty.

sulldaddy, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Bounty628
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Bounty628, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Hibernator
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Hibernator, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

kbnooshay, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A- Long Trail's Belgian (style) White Ale pours a very watery looking very pale yellow. A nice white head sits upon the brew, slow rising carbonation.

S- Lemons, Limes, melon, very sweet and soft wheat, vanilla, and those old circus peanuts made out of sugar that were always stale...

T/M- Very thin, lots of sweet lemon/grassy character, Very soft wheat character, a bit of citrus and hop bitterness at the end.

D- Extremely drinkable, easy drinking session beer.

Pick it up while you can this season.

ATPete, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy straw yellow with a short white head that quickly faded and some lacing that also quickly faded. smells of wheat malt, lemon and some spice. strong lemon taste up front, hint of coriander, hint of spice and hops with a lingering tang from the yeast. light mouthfeel and good carbonation. not at the top of the list but i would buy again.

billybob, May 23, 2008
Photo of medic25
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow color, not very much head with a good pour. Aroma is typical yeasty, wheaty scent. Taste is quite nice; wheat flavor, a little spicy. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable. Goes down easy, with a very light aftertaste. While there are better examples of the style, this is still an enjoyable summer beer.

medic25, May 21, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance. Lacing could be better. Very nice aroma with bright coriander. Loads of spice in the initial sips, soon followed by delicately sweet, wheaty, and even subtly honeyish malt. Citrusy and floral. Mild bitterness. Very rounded and balanced... not necessarily smooth because of the spice, but of course it needs that edge to make up for the lower hop level and bitterness. Easy drinking but still full of flavor. Absolutely nothing to complain about here! Very well done.

NeroFiddled, May 20, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow color, cloudy, thin layer head that faded fairly quickly, many bubbles rising throughout

S- Lemons, wheat, light malts, hint of floral hops

T- Oranges, lemons, yeast, pale malts, wheat, light spices near the end

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, flavorful, slightly fizzy

D- Worth buying again and again

This is one of my favorite witbiers, great for relaxing outside in the sun. Although I have to say that I definitely prefer this beer on tap compaired to in bottles.

iceball585, May 15, 2008
Photo of ejquin
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra from brewandbbq in a trade.

A: yellow/white with thite head that dissipated quickly. No retention at all.

S: Yeasty with lemon zest, orange peel and some floral notes.

T/M: Pretty straightforward here. It's clean, and semi-dry. Mouthfeel fine. Not as corbonated as most white's, hence the absence of head. Finshes quick. Starts off whit prickliness from carbonation fading quickly to citrus, lemon zest and orange, fading to some hop spicincess before finishing on some alcohol notes and then the lemon reappears, this time as more of a lemon extract flavor.

D: Good. It's pretty clean, though the finish lingers

Ovr: Admittedly this isn't my favorite style. This beer was good. Above average.

ejquin, May 14, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, single bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recommended to me by the in-house beer manager, I was glad I purchased this one... Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, light, straw-colored appearance with a decent-sized frothy head that quickly receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Sweet, fruity smell bursting with fresh florals and citrus essences...
Great creamy, sweet, flavor with noticeable hints of ripe fruits, pears, apples, and bananas...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability... probably one of the best Long Trail beers I've sampled and a terrific summer-time beer for sure...
Recommended...

dsa7783, May 04, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra with wolfsblood. heres to uncle pete from woodstock VT.

A- golden foggy white all over. light white head built up on top. there was a solid head that biult up, fell medium length but left a little lace on top.

s- lemony wheaty beer. light malts but a decent wheat character. other than the initial lemon character which gives at a sharp sweetness the hops are balanced but otherwise not very present.

T- light crisp malt character. the lemony charachter is back, the wheatiness stays with the lemon charachter. while a little too strong its not that bad. fades to a light yeasty finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation.

D- pretty good. look forward to this with some teriyaki wings at the long trail bar

Atron67, May 04, 2008
Photo of scottg
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color with orange hues and a medium clean white head that disappears quickly with no lacing. Strong citrus, clove, and spring flower aromas. It has a crisp up front taste of lemon zest and wheat, finishes hoppy and dry, a little bitter. There is medium carbonation, average mouth feel. I would prefer to drink this beer with food, maybe BBQ, than on its own.

scottg, May 03, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Following traditional pouring method for the style, pours clouded yellow with a thin head that is thin enough to show body underneath. Almost no lacing sticks.

The smel is of lemon, orange, coriander, very light floral notes.

The taste is of lemon (which dominates), wheat, a pinch of coriander. It hits the marks on the points, though there is a sugary sweetness that interferes. Finishes sweet and abrupt. Crisp?

The feel lags. It is light-bodied, but with a touch of syrupy sweetness. It misses the mark on a "Belgian" feel (not that all of the style I've had from Belgium have it, but...) This is just a bit odd.

Drinkable for a hot-weather brew (though how many other beers fit that...) A bit too sweet and too much of a pedestrian attempt overall for me to buy again with the current onslaught of the style. A worthy attempt at the style on its own though.

jwc215, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a one finger white head.Decent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of lemony citrus,and spices.This beer is medium bodied,with light carbonation. Taste is of citrus,sweet up front,but has a nice tart,peppery edge to the finish.Very nice

riversider76, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of MattBrooks
4.55/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so anyone who knows me, knows I love Long Trail beers. That being said, I was surprised to find this beer in a store recently. I was unaware it was now available. So, I grabbed a six and headed home.

Upon pouring this brew, the aromas of lemon, orange and coriander waft up from the glass delicately and without purpose.

There is very little carbonation to this beer, some purists may want to see more, but I think it adds heavily to the drinkability of this beer; although it may take away from the overall mouthfeel.

All in all, an excellent new offering in a category that seems to be getting a little too much attention lately. Yeah, I'm talking to you- B-M-C!

MattBrooks, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow body with a big fluffy wite head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing. Some yeasties floating around in there too.

Smells slightly peppery from yeast, but mostly lemon zest dominates the nose.

Very slight peppery yeast flavor. Lots of orange flavor with some lemon zest. Wheat bite on the back end. Very smooth

Medium bodied for a wheat with medium carbonation. Smooth drink.

Great for a warm day, I could drink quite a few of these.

Hojaminbag, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of dasenebler
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like trying different wheat beers, and when Long Trail had a new seasonal wheaty available, I jumped at the chance.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow-gold-- make sure you pour to 3/4 full and swirl the bottle, then finish pouring in order to get all of the deliciously unfiltered, yeasty goodness.

Smells slightly spicy, not terribly fruity, but initial taste is very citrusy-- orange and lemon zest (not getting the grapefruit here as others have, but oh well). Tastes lemony, somewhat allspice-like as well. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall better than other domestic wheat stylings (Magic Hat Circus Boy, etc.) but not jaw-dropping. Allagash White is somehow better, but I can't put my finger on why. The Bavarian Schneider-Weisse is still the bench mark for the global wheat beer, IMO.

dasenebler, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of goodbyeohio
1.6/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

goodbyeohio, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

31808 etched onto the bottle, "brewed on" date? I allowed this one to warm up for about 20-30 mins. out of the frig., set it on its side to get the yeast into the mixture and then poured into a Belgian tulip style glass. Medium apricot and cloudy, minor off white head and equally minor slippery lace. Floral, honey filled nose. The early sips reveal clear notes of coriander, ripe bananas, more honey, and some light pepper in the rear. Seems to be a little low on the carbonation scale, I like my wits a bit more bubbly and lively. This is a drinkable and enjoyable enough summer quaffer. Nothing amazing going on here, just a middle of the road take on the style.

Billolick, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long Trail Belgian White pours a gorgeous hazy gold from the bottle with a one finger bright white head. The bubbles are medium size and fade slowly to a thin wisp but do not completely fade away. There is a fine lacing down the glass that slowly fades after the sip. The smell is citrusy with slight hints of clove. The taste is true to the smell with a citrus and clove front followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. The beer has good body but is not filling or heavy. Belgian White is definitely drinkable and a great addition to the Long Trail Family! Cheers!

DevilDogBeer, Apr 18, 2008
Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.