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

10oz draught
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on April 2, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Camada. The beer poured a cloudy gold with a 1" thick white head. The aroma was wheat malt, some banana, some cloves, some grain, and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour was wheat malt, sweet malt and spices and a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of a light and hazy ocher color and an effervescent foam.
Smell and taste are not strong neither special, somewhat yeasty and spicy but with more malt notes than any thing else.
Body is light and carbonation is high, but effervescence takes the gas away after some shaking

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Photo of Onslow
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a long day in Amsterdam and pretty much drained, I arrive at my dutch cousins house and a cold bottle of this is waiting... could not have needed or enjoyed a beer more at that time!...

a refreshing quenching beer..

looks beutiful, lots of lacing and fine foam

.i got it....light fruity and delicious, clean full and amazing.

.i loved it!

..not many can touch this...

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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 juju7
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As pale as they come, almost white. How appropriate. Just a touch cloudy with a tight one finger head. Banana, bubblegum and some citrus on the nose with a little spice. Slightly cloying but pretty smooth and creamy. Malt comes through nicely. Good, solid summery beer. I'd get it again

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow that never seems to stop effervescing. There is a medium head that is much smaller if the glass is tilted. Smells like other witte beers with the sweet hops and a touch of wheat. The taste is surprisingly flat... it tastes like a large brewery used to lagers and such tried to make a witte beer. You have just a touch of the sweet taste but for the most part it tastes like refreshing water. I suppose if you are looking to drink a lot this is a good beer to grab but if you are like me and are looking for "the perfect white" then stay away from this one.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, cloudy orangish golden color with plenty of creamy white head at the beginning, fading down to a thin layer within about a minute. Smells sweet and floral and a little fruity. Very 'fresh' smelling. Tastes fairly dry for a witbier. Pretty clean tasting. A little yeasty and fruity, but mostly dry. The fizzy mouthfeel makes it hard to make much more than that out. Finishes very dry as well. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but a little too dry for me.

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

The beer has a good head and has an orange/copper colour to it. It has a lot of carbonation. It also is filtered, and doesn't look like a usual wit beer.

The beer smells like a lot of wit beers with the citrus/orange peel to it with the usually yeasty/wheat smell to it. The taste is very fruity and very tasty. It's a great fruity taste to it. It has a lot of the usual wit beer flavours, but a bit more malts than I expected. Solid wit beer, that's for sure. The feel tastes like most wit beers; however, I could easily drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with little lacing.

S: Aromas of spice, citrus, apple dominate the nose. Pretty typical wheat bear/heffeweisse nose.

T: I get a touch of bubblegum in the flavor, along with definite notes of coriander and orange peel. Pretty clean overall, but nice nonetheless.

M: Really smooth with a nice light body and lots of carbonation.

D: A very refreshing wit that goes down easy. Special thanks to Will for bringing this one back from his trip to Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

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

Received from Paterlodie. Thanks!

Pours a pale hazed straw with a great cushy white head. Pinpoint carbonation bubbles add a champagne-like appearance.

Light bready smell with a restrained amount of spices and lemon scent in the nose with some bubblegum as well. Refined rather than brash.

Lightly spicy tingle with slight banana notes. Refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel is a little too tingly for me with the carbonation.

Very drinkable hot weather beer. Nice job!

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Photo of Zet
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A tasty and refreshing brew, though it lacks some of the herbal aromas of other witbieren. Leans a bit towards weizen actually. That's not necessarily a bad thing though.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color. There is a generous head with solid retention covering it.
The aroma is mostly wheaty, also some fruity and malts.
The taste starts sweet. There's quite some wheat, a slight yeasty feel. Slight sourness present, but also slightly watery body.
The fruity finish is nice.
Not my favourite, but drinkable.

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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 IPAcraig
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in Amsterdam at some place in the Leidesplein (sp?).

It has a very light and slightly cloudy appearance.

The aroma on this beer is great. A big yeast and banana presence.

The taste is solid but a bit light. Again it has that great belgian wit yeat flavor with a bit of lemon that finishes slightly sweet.

A very drinkable wit, though maybe a bit to light. A solid chioce anytime you are craving a wit.

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Photo of basica
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my Dutch beer friend, Wim; cheers to you dude! Hoegaarden is my staple
Belgian witbier which I take every now and then and I really enjoy it. This Witbier from La
Trappe is, in fact, my second Belgian style Witbier; therefore I am keen to see how it holds
up against competitor, Hoegaarden. This Witbier pours out murky yet bright yellow golden with
a nice thick head; medium retention. Hoegaarden looks murkier and darker. This beer has a smell
that was pretty similar to Hoegaarden, spices, wheat malts and yeast; pretty strong smell and I
think this is slightly stronger than the Hoegaarden. The entry to the taste is mainly yeasty
making it a little like a Belgian blond; spices on the back and towards the finish with a citrusy
and subtle banana like flavour. The finish is a dry goodness with lot's of wheat and some spices.
The after taste is lightly yeasty, mainly wheaty and citrusy with some spices lingering about.
The mouthfeel is a medium to thin body with a good (perhaps slightly high) amount of carbonation
and is basically pretty smooth drinking. Drinking the last few mouthfuls a little faster seems
to feel less yeast and an immediate strong banana aroma springs up on the palates and on the
nose upon finish dragging long into the after taste. Interesting... Generally the smell is
stronger and perhaps better than the Hoegaarden but the Hoegaarden has a better taste without the
yeast bags which made the La Trappe Wit taste like a Blond; also the Hoegaarden is much more
refreshing to drink with a better mouthfeel. The La Trappe Wit is also a little too dry perhaps.
On the whole a good beer for sure but Hoegaarden is easily available in Singapore unlike the
La Trappe and I do prefer the Hoegaarden; Hoegaarden wins this round. Next opponent: St Bernardus
Witbier or Bluemoon White Ale? :)

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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 BeerNutta
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White Trappist.

A = Pours a pale straw with a thin foam head.

S = Slight citric smell with a herbal aroma mixed in.

T = The usual white beer taste. Just a little blander. Light citris flavour with the usual herb like finish. Clove aftertaste.

M = Moderately carbonated.

D = Average. If you like white beers drink hoegaarden. Cheaper and nicer.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden/light mahogany body with a creamy white head with great lacing.
S: Wheat, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and sweet malts.
T: A mix of a solid witbier and a good Belgian. Interesting mix that I haven't had before, and not sure it's found too many other places. Starts light with the wheat, then shifts into some dark fruits and candied sugar.
M: Pretty heavy, maybe not a thirst-quenching wheat but more a session beer.
D: Could've had a few.

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

Pours a very fizzy, light gold with a big white head (all to style).
A bit hazy which is also a wit characteristic.
Smell was malty-estery with some fruit and yeast.
Good tasting wheat and malt with the right hop balance (i.e. not much).

Just a bit on the fizzy-watery side for mouthfeel but still good drinkability.

Overall, a good sample of Belgian Wit but maybe a bit mainstream. This isn't a whole lot better than Sam Adams version.

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Photo of WHROO
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this to be a Hoegaarden Wit clone (or maybe the other way around?)
Poured a great sudsy head, with good head retention, & lacing. A nice soft appearance
Sweet honeys in the aroma...some molasses, very inviting.
The taste was clean, spicey with cloves & coriander, little bitterness & no dryness - very very nice.
mouthfeel had some nice carbonation leaving an alive feeling...this was a nice witbier for sure.
Excellent drinkability - light enough to easily have a session....
Ima loving the witbiers & I reckon this was better than Hoegaarden Wit.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the bottle is opened and you start to pour the beer into the glass, a very strong citrus smell is noticeable. It pours out a foggy gold, not white, beer. The beer has a strong mint, pepper/spices and citric odour. The taste also releases that citric taste along with hop and malt. The aftertaste could be described like eating overcooked potatoes with a lemon sauce. A very dry and citric aftertaste. Overall not a superb beer, but very refreshing during the hot summer months.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Review acoording to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 16A). Bottle 33cl - Batch K10A14. AROMA: sweet and subtle cereal background. moderate coriander with moderate citrusy notes. hop aromas very subtle to none. APPEARANCE: very pale straw/hay color. very clear. dense white head with good retention. TASTE: predominant herbal hop flavour balanced with citrusy character. and a mild wheat background. low hop bitterness that doesnt linger. PALATE: medium-light to light body, a bit on the watery/thin side. finishes not very dry and without tartness. Very effervescent and highly carbonated. no astringency. OVERALL: altough refreshing and very drinkable, an average wit.

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only white trappist available. Poured it into my lindemans glass.

A: A very lightyellow hazy color. Huge head that slowly diminished throughout the drink. Nice!

S: Some general white beer smells like citrus and coriander but to my surprise also some sweet fruits low in the mix. Yeast smell a little too strong for my taste.

T: No acid bomb like some white beers can be. Grains, coriander, lemon, hints of sweet fruits.

M: Medium carbonation and a medium body.

D: A different white beer for once. I think this will be my second favorite after the Gulpener korenwolf.

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

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a pale yellow, hazy, with a three-finger creamy head with some retention. After the head dissipates a constant ring of foam remains at the rim of the glass.

The bouquet is pleasing. Huge bubblegum, banana, wheat, honey, citrusy as in lemon, orange, malty sweetness, slightly spicy.

Very expressive carbonation upfront. Short after, a mildly bitter taste enters the frame with notes that follow the nose accurately. There is also a very refreshing, herbal note, which lingers long.
The finish, in contrast with the dominant flavor, is predominantly sweet, and long.
Medium to light body, slightly smooth.

Very nice beer.

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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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