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La Trappe Witte Trappist | Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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La Trappe Witte TrappistLa Trappe Witte Trappist

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly La Trappe

The world’s first and only white Trappist ale that continues to ferment slightly after bottling. Brewed using only water, wheat, and hops. No herbs are added. Saphir hops give the ale its citrusy aroma. A real thirst-quencher on a hot summer’s day that also makes for a delicious drink at any other time of the year.

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 323
Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color, slightly hazy at the beginning and milky at last pours. Thin head.
Predominant tropical fruits aroma and yeast, notes of wheat and cloves.
Incredibly refreshing with a spicy feeling. Citric flavor of non-sweet oranges, mild on condiments and with hints of yeast. Clean aftertaste, a bit fruity.
A touch lighter than its counterparties in terms of complexity or flavor strength, still very quaffable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with white head. Aroma has the classic witbier spices with the cloves standing out more and some lemon. Taste is slightly sweet at first, yeasty with lemon notes and the finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. Body is on the light side but with a really soft mouthfeel. Really enjoyable and easy drinking overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

5.00% ABV. Served on-draught in a bar in Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011. Cost was 3.50 euro for a 30cl pour. Expectations were high given the brewery.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream and thickness, and really good retention. Colour is a pale lemon. Semitransparent and cloudy.

Sm: Lemon zest and musty barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon and even lime citrus esters are brilliant, accompanied by a fine background light cream tone. The foundation is full-bodied, with well layered pale malts and barley filling it out. Very refreshing and fanciful. Well built and balanced. Its biggest weakness is its simplicity.

Mf: Coarse enough to bring out the flavours, but smooth enough to refresh. Wet. Complements the flavours generally well.

Dr: Unfortunately, it's ever so slightly watery, and a bit too simple. The price is fair. It's refreshing and drinkable on a hot summer day, and I like it, but it's just not exceptional.


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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw with a towering head.
Nose shows light doughy wheat, soft citrus fruit and some spicy phenols. Pretty appetising.
Light flavours; wheat, very faint citrus. Refreshing but a little plain.
High carbonation and light body suits the beer well.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is light pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a bright white head that died down and left some patches of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of wheat and orange peel in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of balanced flavors of wheat and orange peels.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an enjoyable witbier. It seems a little heavier bodied compared to other beers in the style (but still light in nature) and has a nice amount of orange peel flavors.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Taproom 307. It was served in a petite Duvel tulip.

La Trappe Witte pours on opaque straw yellow. Two fingers of frothy white foam crown the beer and hang around for a minute or two before fading relatively cleanly. The nose has aromas of sweet orange.peel, wheat, and freshly cracked black pepper, in that order. The flavor profile is easily too grainy. Lots of wheat, and not much of anything else flavor wise. There's a little bit of a citrusy orange character, and next to no spicy phenols to speak of. The carbonation is plenty lively, but the body is just too chewy for my taste. La Trappe's witbier is an alright brew, but it's clearly not in the same class as the better versions of the style.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow with a tall white head. Acrid smell, citrus and salt. Crisp and dry, with notes of citrus, yeast, wheat. Refreshing and quench thirsting.

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Photo of Arno
2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance: Hazy lemon color. Good white top, but lost quickly and not much lacing.

smell: You get kind of an overkill "white beer" scent. The yeast and wheat's are there plenty but are even pushed in the background with a lemon smell.

taste: I don't really like it. There is hardly any body. It's refreshing maybe with the very lemony taste, but it just lacks balance to make it something special. It's just a lemony white beer. There is still some of the banana bread, yeast and wheat a proper white bear should have, but with a lemon kick. Also giving it a metallic like citric after taste which i especially don't like.

mouthfeel: Quite thin, but with a bit of a grainy texture. Maybe it's just the high carbonation causing this, but it lacks a bit of smoothness, especially to level it out with the metalic / citric like taste. But it's not.

overall: Somehow i'm not a big fan of the La Trappe beers. It's not even just this one. In general i just don't like their style i guess. But this one must be the most poor one i've tried so far of La Trappe. It's refreshing maybe, if you're into lemon. But there is just no balance to it. It's like a poor balanced lemonade with some alcohol. Not my thing.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Offers a nice half inch cap of white foam, good retention and sticky lace.

Spicy wheat aroma with a bit of lemony hop, touch of graininess and clove spice. Somewhat light but well balanced and pleasant with a good yeast presence.

Taste of wheat with coriander and pepper and supported with a firm carbonation level. Notes of lemon return on the finish. Feel is spritzy and offers a hint of sweetness initially, segueing to a more bready lemon and spice feel. Overall a solid offering and quite drinkable, lacking a bit in depth only on the taste, but solid aroma and feel.

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Photo of Douberd
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 300 ml at home. Pours a very slighty hazy beer, colour is pale golden yellow, with a huge three finger froathy head that was quickly gone, living a half finger behind to cover the surface of the beer.
Aroma is quite fruity, with banana and some citrus traces.
Nice taste. There is an obvious lemon taste that bites your tongue in addition to the quite high carbonation. Leaves behind a sweet aftertaste.
On the body is thick and as I wrote before, carbonation is quite high.Leves a dryness on your tongue, making you wanting one more sip, so that counts I think for high drinkability.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a La Trappe glass.

Pours a hazy orange kissed yellow color with a small, perfect white head that recedes slowly to a film and a fluffy white ring around the glass. Aromas are of lemon and orange supremes with some vague wheat notes. Touch of lemon sweetness but overall not too aromatic. Taste is very acidic which i like. Bites the tongue, finishes dry and makes you pucker a little. great supplement with seafood i think. Nice finish and solid carbonation which leaves the palate refreshed and finishes clean as a whistle. Overall this is a great example of the style. Not my top choice, but a solid contender and worth finding if this is the style you like.

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Photo of benfons
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: looks like a witbier should. Hazy, pale yellow colour, nice dense head

S: citrus, yeast, coriander and grains

T: citrus and yeast upfront, spices come through a bit later

M: mildly creamy, low carbonation abv fine, thirst quenching

O: fine witbier, nothing exceptional

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up during my last trip to Belgium. Cloudy straw-yellow pour with beautiful two finger pure white head with decent retention and great lacing. Typical Belgian Witte nose with lots of yeast and citrus. Hints of corriander, lemon zest, grass, and barnyard. The taste follows suit with hints of pepper, honey, corriander, lemon and orange zest, grass, yeast and just a touch of banana. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy with a nice tangy, crisp, dry finish. Not a huge fan of the style, but this is a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of sfprint
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

exp: Jan 2013

A: Translucent yellow, a hair dull, basically no head, mild rising carbonation.
S: Citrusy pineapple yeast. Sitting between sweet and savory.
T: Not sweet, could use a bit more sweetness. A mildly bitter witbier, which is a little odd. But still nice. Almost piney. Nice medium flavor.
M: Mild dry sting.
O: Pretty nice, but certainly different. Worthy

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a goblet. Looked a little like fresh pineapple juice, really pale and cloudy, with just a tiny bit of a white head. Smelled a little yeasty. Distinct flavours of banana throughout, with bits of honey and pineapple coming through in places. All flavours are very mild, leaving the overall impression a little bland.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe Witte Trappist chalice by freshness date.

Pale cloudy yellow in color, the pour produces two fingers thick of foamy white head that is pretty good comparing to typical Witbier head. Also, the retention is very good with slim cap endurance and leaves fine sticky lace, high active carbonation.

Cover by citrus, pineapple, wheat, yeast, wrap up by clove and coriander spice. The fruitiness tends on citrus zest and sour fruits, light on banana, malt sweetness and bubblegum going out from shelter when the beer starts to warm.

Fruitiness dominates mainly from citrus and lime zest, supporting by generous spiciness from clove, coriander and wheat which is also slight twang, subtle bitterness from hop liaise with fruitiness again to generate a zesty end.

Moderate body, smooth palate with decent and lively carbonation, finish is dry.

Pretty well balance Belgian Wit, robust yet elaborate, worth to pick.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Witte

Appearance: light yellow, large head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast and grain.

Taste: wheat, coriander, and slight yeast.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

This is a nice brew. It is light and smooth without being watery.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in its own tulip glass @ Domus brewery - Leuven, Belgium

A: Pours the traditional cloudy yellow to beige color forming a big white aired and bubbled head. Medium retention and many lacings left

S: Also smells like a traditional white beer. Very spicy and refreshing. Wheat, coriander, citrus hops, orange zest and yeasts

T: Follows the nose. However, much less tasty that I've expected. Taste is quite dry and again, the combination of wheat, coriander, orange zest and citrus hops

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Mild citrus and bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable and refreshing beer as expected from the style. Low ABV. But I still prefer a Hoegaarden :)

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on-tap at The Louisville Beer Store a couple of months ago and am just now getting around to submitting my review.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy white mousse. Displays a nice unfiltered haze in the glass, appearing almost turbulent. Really, the effect is quite nice. I wonder if all witbiers look this good on-tap.

S: The nose is an immediate disappointment. Lots of heavy cream, butter, wheat toast, and coriander notes. I could not detect my beloved orange peel at all.

T: Opens creamy, smooth, and mildly tart with notes of cream, vanilla, butter, wheat toast, and coriander. The finish is smooth and silky with a huge swirl of cream, wheat, and coriander flavors.

M: Light-bodied and fairly dry, but with a luscious quality. Goes down as smooth as any other wit I've tried. I'm sure this would be welcome on a hot day, but otherwise there is nothing exceptional or memorable about it.

O: This is a decent enough witbier, but not one for which I'd go out of my way. I was left waiting for the notes of orange peel to kick in, but instead I got a lot of cream and coriander. Unspectacular. For me, this is evidence that Trappist breweries are not beyond criticism.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The escapade with wheat beers continues with a trappist wheat - La Trappe Wit. Away from the banana clovey realms I finally move a paradigm into the spicy - citrusy zone. I had heard about this one quite a bit, finally was able to lay my hands on one. I poured this one into a Hoegaarden tumbler. Even the slightest pour gave rise to a massive, pillowy bright white head that slowly began to recede atop a hazy, yellowish orange body. Plenty of carbonation and activity was visible through the transluscent body. As the head receded below the rim, it left heavy rings of lacing. Good beginning so far.
The bouquet was slightly numbed though, faint traces of wheaty malt along with coriander spiciness and citrusy zestiness - had the beer been slightly warmer, I am sure the aroma would have been more profound. However, I was sure the beer would make up for it in taste.
I wasn't wrong. Behind the creaminess of the first sip lay a blast of "witty" flavours - coriander, lemon & orange, a little pale malt. There was a bold sting in the mouth, elucidated by the carbonation and the spiciness. The beer had a dry, spicy finish that left the palate feeling the need for the next swig. The taste was not lengthy, yet it exhibited both the coolness of citrus with the heat of the coriander with great balance.
I had just picked up a single bottle and was left yearning for more. This is a great beer that can be had with equal enjoyment in summer and winter alike.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Trappe Witte Trappist, ABV: 5.5%.
330 ml bottle, 14.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The beer pours a hazy and bubbly yellow liquid, with a big, white foamy and soapy head. The retention is good.

S: All the 'witty' features are here, with fruity aromas of mandarins, lemons, citrus peels and bananas, as well as spices like bitter oranges, cloves and ginger, and yeast.

T: The flavours are spicy, zesty and yeasty, with notes of cloves, bitter oranges, lemons, freshly baked wheat bread and a minor bitterness. Complex, balanced, Trappist quality.

M: Fizzy, with a relatively rich body.

O: A substantial and zesty Witbier that's lovely on a sunny afternoon, or with food. I had it with a hash of diced potatoes, onions and sausages, but I'd love to try it with some spicy chicken. The price is good as well, considering it's a Trappist.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bursting with bright and vibrant citrus flavor, but with the creamy wheat base, this beer is all that Hoegaarden is, but without the over zelous spice inclussions.

Pouring a glowing canary yellow hue and with a diffused haze, the beer's appearance gives testament to both wheat and Belgian yeast. This combo helps to build a fluffy and stubborn head of cotton white foam with intricate patterns of lace left behind.

Aromas of musty wheat, powdered sugar, light lemon, white pepper, and soft bready wheat all decorate the nose with a bright fruity/spicy balance. Very inviting- mouthwatering and refreshing, even to the nose.

Flavors begin with the light coat of pilsner malt and wheat that provide a firm but understated base of light bread, yeast, and dough. The malts act as the perfect springboard for esters of freshly grated lemons and oranges, spices of white pepper and corriander, and with the light acidity of better white wines that produce the faintest vinous note (white grapes) but without sourness or bite. A well-controlled execution of pristine recipe formulation.

Early creaminess provides a rounded saturation of the mouth, but the sprite carbonation is short lived, giving rise to a peppery tingle to the mouth as the bubbles evaporate. All this takes a bready texture across the mid palate and manifests in a lightly grassy but clean bitter bite in finish. Soft vanilla silkiness and a powdery-dry finish close the session with a hoppy memory of lemongrass and alcohol cooling of mint.

With this superb balance of flavor, the beer remains highly quaffable and refreshing; maybe too so. Those who want more tooth, texture, and boldness won't find it here. Finness and sensibility prevail.

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Photo of glid02
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a fine white head that leaves thick lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang and light citrus. Also present are very slight hints of indistinct spices.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined by slight amounts of breadiness and heavier light citrus – orange with hints of lemon rind. Midway through slight spices dry things out a bit, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this beer was a bit of a letdown, it wasn’t as well-balanced and robust as I’d hoped. Still, a solid beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Displays an ever so slightly hazed, pale yellow body with a 1/2 inch of creamyish, cotton ball-white head.

Smell: Yields no more than a somewhat mild, anemic aroma, with all too transient notes of citrus rind, light malts, and spice.

Taste: Gentle union of pale malted barley and wheat with a sweetish touch of confectioners' sugar. Light honeyesque taste. Dashes of ground coriander, maybe a bit of allspice. Low herbal qualities with a very low amount of bitterness present. Light lemon. Sweetish, lightly spicy finish with a snippet of eleventh-hour fizz.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and pleasant; a competent albeit uneconomical Dutch wit.

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La Trappe Witte Trappist from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.79 out of 5 based on 323 ratings.
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