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Mostly Cloudy | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A mostly cloudy body is capped with a light, fluffy head that reveals soft notes of citrus and spices. Whether you prefer partly sunny or mostly cloudy, this brew will happily keep your glass half full.

Mostly Cloudy is modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries during the 14th Century. We’ve refined the recipe of our Belgian White, given the packaging a new look and released it under the new name, Mostly Cloudy—although it pairs equally well with sunrays and cloudy days.

Added by puboflyons on 03-21-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
308
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
35.17%
 
 
Wants:
6
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113
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 308
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spieglau wheat glass.

Look is a hazy golden yellow with a thin head.

Aroma is phenolic little banana not completely pleasant.

Taste is a little clawing sweet but thin with a lingering after taste.

Not all together a balanced or pleasant beer. Definitely won't be seeking out.

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Photo of cbutova
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours less cloudy than expected into a goblet with a pale straw yellow body. A fizzy head forms but dies very quickly to almost nothing and lacing just doesn't happen here.

S- Lacks the robust strength of aroma that is often found in the style. Hints of coriander, tart oranges, wheat bread and general Belgian yeast spiciness.

T- A really laidback brew even compared to some of the lighter versions of this style. Soft spiciness leads to hints of lemon and orange citrus, coriander, herbal tones, cracked wheat and pale fruit like white grapes.

MF- The appearance makes a bit more sense as the brew is very light on the palate with just a fizzy texture and slight foaminess; really comes off quite thin.

I usually equate Long Trail with having a rich, full-bodied brew and even for a summer seasonal this one comes off thin and too tame for what is usually a flavorful style.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance is cloudy straw yellow. getting yeast, wheat, light lemon on the nose. taste is essentially the same - pretty standard. overall a solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This witbier pours an opaque dark yellow / orange color with an almost non-existent head and a fairly high amount of carbonation. The smell is mild, but pleasant, a little bit fruity with hints of orange and also some coriander and bready notes. The taste is much the same with coriander and orange being the primary flavors with some yeasty bread flavor as well. The finish, however, is semi-dry and there is a strange slightly acrid aftertaste, although this seemed to go away as the beer warmed up a little bit. The body is lighter than I would have expected. It actually tastes kind of watered down, so that combined with the carbonation it almost tastes soda-like. I have enjoyed some of the other beers from this brewery, but this one is a miss for me, which may be partially because I’m not real big on the witbier style, but not completely.

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Photo of 57md
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is not nearly as cloudy as the name would indicate and there is hardly any head. Neither the nose or the flavor profile has the level of funkiness that most wits possess.

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Photo of KeithTobberman
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly Cloudy by Long Trail Brewing Co. is an exciting and friendly beer. It is very tasty and full of great flavors. Strong citrus notes are present, and the aftertaste is clean and refreshing. I enjoy this beer in the late winter/spring seasons and it is a real treat. Because of it's powerful flavors, I wouldn't drink this beer on a daily basis. Overall, I'm a fan of this beer.

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Photo of fx20736
1.9/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bought a 6 pack from Southtown Beverages late Sept 2015. Served cold in a Duvel tulip.

Look: hazy lemon yellow, no head or lacing.

Smell: not sure what that smell is

Taste: no idea

Feel: ok

Overall: bad beer

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Photo of billybob
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a cloudy straw yellow quickly faded head and not much lace smells of wheat malt and mild fruity orange. taste same light and crisp mouthfeel. be sure to swirl the bottom inch or two into your glass because there is a lot of sediment. good all around any time beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottleneck says 3/13/15.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with barely any head that immediately fades to nearly no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Usual wheaty/yeasty aroma of a witbier. Somewhat sweet with fruity esters that bring some orange notes.

T- Generic run-of-the-mill wheat beer flavor. Honestly not much more going on here than in a Blue Moon. Weak finish.

M- Decent amount of fruity tang from the yeast but the medium-low carbonation leaves a bit to be desired.

O- Pretty lackluster IMO. Even when the yeast is introduced there's not much more character or richness brought to the table.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 4.7% abv.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow. Color similar to a pear. Two finger head quick to dissipate. And....as the name implies, clarity-wise, this beer is mostly cloudy!

Smell- Toasted cracker, Lemon, Orange peel, peppery spice.

Taste- Sweet, bready malt. A touch of orange citrus lingers about with a faint hint of banana. Sharp finish with spice notes of clove and pepper, with a bit of wheat in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Light in body with adequate carbonation.

Overall- A decent witbier with good flavor and high drinkability.

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Photo of ajilllau
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was probably one of my favorites beers of the summer and the quickest selling for my bar - sold a 1/6bbl in four days. It had a cloudy yellow haze look with a one inch head. These reviews are surprisingly underwhelming and a great summer drinking beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not the best of the style, but fairly decent offering. Pours hazy golden with no head or lacing. Aroma of ripe fruit, primarily banana. Flavor is also fruity, and really enjoyable. Unfortunately it's a bit over-carbonated, yielding a somewhat rough finish.

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Photo of Tearsonthegrave
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's pretty tame and safe. I would buy it again, but it's not my first choice. I like the light flavors and it is what it advertises. There are some better ones on the market. The citrus taste is very light and it's good for hot summer days. There are some better modern options for a Belgium white types. It's better than any of the Shock Top variety. But U.F.O.s are much better. Overall it's pretty solid.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i love a good wit in the summer, and this is better than its ratings i think, but for me it left a little to be desired. for one, the spice complexion seems overdone to me. i get coriander and orange peel of course, but i also get lemon rind, black pepper, clove, and allspice or something rather autumnal and pungent that takes it out of summer a little bit for me. makes it not quite refresh as hard, and thats one of the best features of the style. still, it has a lot going for it, plenty of body and carbonation makes it feel really nice on the palate. its also quite interesting, more flavorful than many and certainly not generic. the spices linger long though, and there is a bitterness that doesnt really belong. i like that these new beers are coming out from long trail, its been awhile since they released a bunch of cool new beers, but this one isnt the best of the recent crop. ill try it again in the fall, i think with the spices and the body it might work better in that context.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Inconsistent brewing. I bought the Summer Survival Pack from Long Trail, which includes this Belgian style witbier, and these did not all taste the same. They were all bottled on the same date, at least as far as I could read, because the dates printed on these were very blurry, but they must have come from different batches or something.

The first bottle I tried was sort of watery, and had a very indistinct flavor to it. I could faintly taste citrus and orange peel, but I really didn't taste any coriander or spice at all. It honestly felt like I was drinking Rolling Rock or something, because there was really no clear flavor, it was very watered down. The second bottle, on the other hand, almost tasted like I was drinking a completely different beer. Much more defined orange flavor, thicker feel, and I could definitely taste the spice this time. Far better, and it tasted somewhat similar to Harpoon's UFO White, though a bit more muted. Haven't cracked open the third bottle yet, but these two alone have told me enough.

I would give the second bottle a 3.75, but I feel I've got to knock some points off for the inconsistent taste. The second bottle definitely tasted like the beer they were trying to make, but that first bottle was also something that they brewed and shipped, even if it wasn't what they were aiming for. I can see why some people are calling this watery, because if they got a bum batch, they're missing out on a decent witbier. If Long Trail could get better quality control, it would be worth buying again, but I wouldn't chance it as it stands now.

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Photo of Sheepdog6
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tasty beer with tacos today. Little spice but a wonderful witbier. I do love my witbiers! Really enjoy this one during the summer when I want something light but not a shandy.

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Photo of JerryLevinson
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The orange citrus notes are more pronounced than usual for the style, similar to Harpoon's UFO White. Almost a shandy. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a nice alternative for daytime warm weather refreshment.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to nothing

S: A little bit yeasty with some light fruity and malty notes. Very light banana comes out

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some very light yeasty and fruity notes with a light maltiness. Some banana and clove/spices. Very light overall, and a little watery

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little on the watery side

O: More of an introductory wit with some lighter tastes and mouthfeel. A nice easy drinker, but not something you want if you want even moderate taste

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Photo of pgrose
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Bottle, Buffalo, NY
L: as advertised
S: malty sort of fermented smell, not the best smell to be honest
T: fermented taste forward , tangy middle, ends malty sorta sweet
F: medium / strong carbonation
O: would be an excellent Belgian ale except for the smell

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Unfiltered belgian white.

(3.50) A: Orangish-brass coloring, misty haze with a misty rise of effervesce. Capping is antique white, 1/2 inch high, modeateley short in retention with a spongey foam texture. Thin lacing.

(3.45) S: Wet citrus on the nose, some orange-wheat notes with a light peppery touch.

(3.55) T: Flavor was bright and wet hopped with a sweet caramel-orange and honey wheat nature. A bit of fruitiness, berries, mango, pineapple-orange with a lingering peppery wheat finish.

(3.60) M: Spritzy mouthful, creamy texture, buttery, nice body depth.

(3.50) O: Overall fresh and wet nature, easy drinking, sweet flavor, crisp and moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of rorjets
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

This Long Trail Mostly Cloudy Belgian White has a peculiar perfume-like flavor that wasn't sweet, but very fragrant. Definitely an odd flavor. Not my favorite beer for this style. Probably why it was so discounted when I bought it.

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is wheat heavy, a bit of citrus. Taste wheat, some citrus, some very light spice, refreshing but a bit on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Long Trail "Mostly Cloudy" Unfiltered Belgian White
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "03/18/14 3504 B(?) - almost 5 mos. old
$7.99/six pack @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

While I object to Long Trail's use of the term "Belgian" on their label (as it's clearly not from Belgium), I can hardly complain about the beer itself. It follows the witbier style closely, and displays bright and fresh aromatics and flavors. The nose is full of soft coriander and orange peel, and the flavor is gently malty and just slightly tart with notes of orange, lemon, and some more dusty coriander. The bitterness is kept well in-check, and along with the light note of subtle tartness and very delicate spiciness it's really well-balanced. Some wheat character is apparent in the maltiness, especially across the middle; and there's a subtle touch of earthiness in the finish that's probably coming from a combination of wheat, yeasty chalkiness, dull coriander, and leafy and grassy hops. This is a style that many brewers over-do in one way or another (too much malt, too much spice, too much yeast character, too much hop flavor - or all of the above!) but that's not the case here. It's lively and bright, and remarkably refreshing, but also complex enough that you don't get bored with it.
Kudos to Long Trail for staying focused because sometimes balance is everything!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

S: The aroma contains lemon, wheat, mild Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of lemon and other citrus fruits followed by some breadiness from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but expected for this kind of beer and it’s enough to create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A light and hazy brew, yellow, with a white head. Typical for the style. The smell is sweet, a bit malty, and has undercurrents of fruit....some peach and apricot, maybe. The taste is soft and a touch fruity. Slightly sweet, but generally balanced. There is a background of yeast. The finish is soft and the body is moderately light. This is a good, but overall average, Belgian style white.

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