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Winter White (Brewmaster Series) - Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Winter White (Brewmaster Series)Winter White (Brewmaster Series)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co. visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 11-14-2009)
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Reviews by BeerNinja007:
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bomber kicking around since last season, purchased from Lebanon Health Food Store in Lebanon NH for $5.99. Code 102009 (date = Oct 20, 2009?). Hopefully age hasn't ruined it. Served at 50F in a pilsner glass of similar temperature.

A: Poured gently to avoid disturbing yeast. (I added the yeast later, see comments at the end). Bright solid yellow brew, perfectly clear, throws up a big fizzy 1" of white head that settles fairly quickly. Tons of big carbo bubbles flow upward pretty quickly. Put it in a flute and it might pass for champagne. No lace.

S: Light clean sweetness with smooth orange pith. There's a nice lavender floral herb note that leaves a bit of cool menthol-like feel in my nose. Somewhat reminds me of the powdery floral scent of (I think it's) Johnson & Johnson's hand lotion. As it warms a bit more bitter citrus comes out.

T: Not much on the tip of the tongue, just a little resiny orange... dryer than I was anticipating. Taste hits strong on the mid-palate with big bitter orange rind, floral/herb hop, and spicy/soapy coriander. Dry soda/seltzer finish with lingering bitter orange oil and lavender.

M: Body is a 3/10 in thickness. Carbo is rigorous and abundant, but fairly soft, not sharp or biting. Goes down pretty smooth and a bit more filling than I would expect. Alcohol is limited to a very subtle bit of heat in the back of the mouth... didn't notice it until I went looking for it.

D: Great example of the style. A bit strong on the additives (orange and herbs), I'd like it better if these were more subtle, even if that allowed EtOH to become a bit more evident.

I swirled in the yeast toward the end of the bottle and this added a good yeasty dose to all the A, S, T, M. I think this improved the brew quite a bit bit... added some body, sweetness, and earthy funk to mellow out the sharp orange and floral notes. Before yeast and after yeast is almost like sampling 2 different brews. Cool.

Taste is a bit too strong on the orange and herbs. A little too dry before yeast and a little too sweet after it. Somewhere there's a balance... perhaps swirl it in earlier. I'd like a wit to be more crisp and quaffable, but honestly that's nitpicking because this is damn good.

BeerNinja007, Feb 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't particularly care for witbiers, but this is a damn fine beer. In a tulip the beer was a golden color with a quickly dissipating white head. It had a fresh, outdoorsy aroma. Sweet malt taste, orange, maybe a hint of spice. Real depth to the taste. Very smooth beer, enjoyed it a lot

lordofthewiens, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of glaze0101
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Belgian style witbier is brewed right up the road in Vermont. Witbier is an easy beer to pair. Often admired with salads and fish, this winter white's strawberry orange aroma and flavour were amazing with the smooth pumpkin polenta. I am very pleased with my first official pairing. This worked out well and the food and beer balance themselves out smarvelously!

glaze0101, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY...reasonably priced @ $3.99..no freshness ingo offered. Pours clouded light pear/apricot, the head is minor, off white and quite short lived. A 1/4 inch head, then quickly thin film and unimpressive collar is all that is achieved. Fine, but slight again, lacing is observed and left behind. The nose is of fresh fruit juice with orange and/or tangarine coming to mind. Fruit infused white ale, more orange picked up, also grape juice, lime, coriander and Belgian yeasty and spic notes. The final pour is heavily clouded and this adds a slight nutty note. Pleasant enough white, hearty stuff 2 over 7% alcohol. Decent brew @ an easy to digest price. Crowd pleaser, easily appoachable ale. Think I'll pick up a few bottles for the super bowl party next week

Billolick, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy amber with a small thin white head. Nose is light, sweet and it's got a ton of orange.

Wow. Very Orange-y, it's quite interesting how strong it is. Lots of coriander as well. May be better if you aged it for a few months. Taste is almost like an earl grey tea, worth trying.

kingcrowing, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer-basket gift from Bob--danke! Dark, malty-looking body frames a strange picture in a weisen tumbler.... body is rather clear with a foamy off-white head... fruity yet medium-bodied, somewhat malty fragrance--a bit off in some respects... thin, swift texture.... average effervescence.. chewy when held between the back teeth... an odd amalgamation of malt and wheat--defintely a unique attempt at a "winter" brew--an empty, almost lagerish aftertaste leaves the experience rather flat.... Long Trail's beers tend to have a light, fizzy presence; I applaud their attempt to produce something more substantial... not sure how this would session--I like my winters a bit more complex...

dacrza1, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail- Winter White

A- Hazy cloudy golden yellow with a thick frothy white head.
S- Spicy coriander, apricot and orange rind. Lemony slight touch of pepper.
T- Sweet malt up front. Creamy malt with a spicy coriander, lemon and orange rind body. Dry sour finish.
M- Mild spicy tartness. Creamy malt backbone.

Overall- Smooth and milder than expected. Another good Brewmaster Series beer!

NJpadreFan, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whitish body with a decent sized foamy head. This is a unique wit in that it has above-average mouthfeel but solely the sweet-spicey orange peel comes through over the yeast and wheat. The corriander,ginger is much.Missing balance. Not that drinkable.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 22 ouncer marked 102009-1207. Sampled on February 18, 2010. It pours a slightly cloudy golden color with about a half finger of short-lived off-white head. There are sediment bits in the glass too. The aroma is an inviting balance of orange peel, citrus, spices, and light hops. The mouthfeel has the quality of honey with its smooth, creamy medium range texture. The taste is full of citrus and orange peel, a hint of malts, and a hint of hops and maybe an ounce of honey. The drinkability is very good but do not drink it too fast because even though the 7.2% ABV is well-masked, it creeps up on you in the end. I found this to be one of the more enjoyable American takes on the witbier recipe in a long time. I need to buy a couple more before they sell out at the end of the season.

puboflyons, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of DrewKid4
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served: Bomber bottle poured into a 12 oz tumbler.

A: Opaque, amber-orange with some noticeable bubbles. No head, just initial bubbling when poured.

S: Strong orange smell, much more like an orange soda than a white beer. Very pleasant compared to other witbiers.

T: Initial touch of the tongue reveals orange, spice, and flowery ingredients. Seems sweet. Bitterness later, probably attributing to the bitter oranges advertised on the bottle. Tastes more like a fancy less sweetened soda than a beer.

M: Quite a pleasant witbier that leaves many complex flavors on the pallet. Very refreshing 7% beer.

D: Very easy to drink, especially in the summer, although it's named a Winter White. You don't want to get through two many due to the above average abv.

Overall a great find in my local Shaw's (A great supermarket for more than macro beer) for less than other bomber bottles like Stone, Duvel and other Belgians.

DrewKid4, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of CheckMate
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bought at Shaw's in Windham, split with BA MrHurmateeowish to ring in the New Year. pours a cloudy golden yellow with a half inch of off white head that quickly dissipated. scents of sweet oranges, lemony citrus, and coriander. tastes of oranges, lemon zest, and coriander(it even dried out my tongue after my first sip.. it was a weird experience). low carbonation, medium bodied. crisp and refreshing, the first sip invites another simultaneously. I'm very impressed with this beer. It makes me anxious to try other brews from this series. Two thumbs up!

Cheers!

CheckMate, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy pale yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a light citrus aroma in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The overall taste has lots of citrus flavors and a moderate amount of sweetness. There are also some notes of spices and wheat.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a good amount of carbonation. There is some alcohol warming.
D: For the level of alcohol in this beer, it's rather easy to drink. This is perfect if you like witbiers but want to have one when the weather's a bit colder outside.

metter98, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very very hazy yellow color, not much for head and what there is of disappears very fast leaving no lacing, would have been a perfect five since it looks beautiful if not for the lack of head and lacing.

Smell is intensely coriander with hints of citrus and orange peppering it.

Taste is crisp and light, the strength is well hidden behind the spice, very good assertive carbonation, coriander is the main theme with this witbier although there is a nice orange presence.

If there was an imperial witbier category, this would fit perfectly, not as easy drinking as most witbiers but if I'm looking for something a bit stronger I wouldn't hesitate to reach for this.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of mountdew1
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Looked like champagne. Color was a dark golden amber, akin to champagne or apple cider. Lots of carbonation with copious amounts of bubles rising from the bottom. Large head didn't last long. When the bottle says to pour slowly they mean it. Slow pour yielded a huge head. Aroma was citrus like clemintine with a touch of vanilla. Taste was slightly sweet with a small touch of pepper. Felt thin and watery in the mouth, but was nicely carbonated. Pleasantly easy to drink.

mountdew1, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Njstoutlover23
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Njstoutlover23, May 04, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of spices, citrus, light malts, wheat, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of oranges and coriander spice that are quickly followed by a strong breadiness from wheat and Belgian yeast. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance, but it's the orange and coriander flavors that remain dominant into the after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this beer is more on the fruity side than the wheat side but is more well-crafted than other most fruity white ales and has a little more substance to it. Overall it's a good beer to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, May 20, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle -

Pours golden witht thin white head that vanishes. Not until the last pour is it clouded (something of an issue I have with bombers of this style).

The smell is of a complex orange - bittersweet and slightly tart with a malty sweetness and touch of peppery coriander. Tangy and orangey.

The taste is of oranges - frsh from the orchard - different types of oranges come through. Slight alcohol warmth comes through. A touch of peppery coriander lends enough balance to finish at semi-sweet.

It is on the fuller side of light-bodied. Creamy.

Layers of orange with a touch of coriander in the finish. Really an imperial wit that has nice orange tones and some warmth. A very nice example of the style.

jwc215, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of PaleAleHater
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful winter surprise on tab at the local tavern. Upon first sip the brew coated my lips in soft heat, creamy moisturizing nectar, like wax shaved paper thin by a barber's razor on Sunday after church. My palette promptly sensed lemon zest and ripe fig. An aroma of testosterone penetrated my nostrils. The musky odor taunted and teased sip after ever loving sip. Half way done I pounded the rest down my wide open throat and longed for another burn of wit on my wind pipe. I ordered another and began the journey anew, wiser but still curious.

PaleAleHater, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local somewhat recently.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" eggshell head over the clear golden brew. Head is promptly down to a thin skim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste begins sweet, orange dominates the middle nicely, and then spices and a slight warming close out the experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft over the tongue, and drinkability is great. Nice spin on the style.

ppoitras, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out an orange haze, good solid white head and little lacing on the pinty. Lots of sentiment at the bottle of the bottle, I will be drinking pulp free tonight, but don't let me stop you.

S: Gets in you nose right away, very nice, Citrus in the form of orange, tangerine, and lemons. Nice earthly tones to mixed in with some yeast overtures.

T: Somewhat crisp and refreshing while still maintaining a relatively high ABV content. Taste soapy which I say in a good way, great characteristics in this one, you just don't whats gonna come out at any certain point in time through the session process.

M: Medium, oily, good carbonation, ABV nonexistent to a degree.

D: Like I've said in the past, LTBS beers are all forming well together as one killer lineup. This is just another extension of the fact. Will I drink again, truthfully I can answer no, but its just in the reference of style. I will continue the be friends with the brewmaster,... for my own benefit. Encore!

Recommended.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JTomczak, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge head of the size of my hand. It's fluffy and fizzy. Color is pale hazy golden.

N: Nice Belgian malts to start, sweet sugary malt aromas with some orange zest and spices as well as almost vanilla.

T: Sweet Belgian malty to start, some light spices, orange peel is strong, slight boozy sweetness. Crisp and spicy malt tastes. Some bitterness like orange peel bitterness. Some hibiscus flower like taste, probably from the spices or real flowers for all I know.

M: Lighter body with good carbonation.

F: Dry! Spices linger with some light malts and vanilla cream taste seems to stay as everything else fades. Slight bitterness from the lingering orange peel.

jlindros, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

noyellowfizzbeer, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -23.9%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great start to the head but it literally dies to no bubbles...none. No lace either. Straw color broth and only a touch hazy.

Sweet aroma of berries and banana. Light wheat.

Lots of spice--I detect clove, oregano?, thyme and strong white pepper. Mild wheat flavor in the background. Very spritzy but the body provides some counterbalance. Short peppery aftertaste.

smcolw, Jul 03, 2010
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Winter White (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.