Mostly Cloudy | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Mostly CloudyMostly Cloudy

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

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.

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Photo of fx20736
1.9/5  rDev -44%
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 theBubba
2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A sad example of a Witbier. After a good pour into my Weissen glass the huge head literally disappeared in 6 seconds leaving me with a glass of what looked like a urine sample.
Taste was that of a watered down real Witbier with a slightly bitter after taste that just doesn't fit the style. Smell was...well you really had to sniff very hard...unexceptional.
All in all a poor representation of the style. Maybe that's why I paid 5 bucks for a six pack.

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Photo of rorjets
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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 cbutova
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
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 BlurryVisi0n
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a flute.

Appearance: Cloudy gold wbracelet to a white head rising maybe half a finger's length. Drops quick with zero lacing.

Smell: bland hops. No bueno at the very best.

Taste: Little sour, lightly malty. I'm trying to like this beer but it's a little tough.

Mouth: Comes and goes with a medium carbonation.

Overall: Ehh, I have had way better...came in a sampler which I could always hand off to my buddies which is the best purpose for the brew. No disrespect for Long trail, I love a lot of their beers but this did nothing for me. Salud!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a sour lemon smell mixed with a good amount of a biscuit aroma. A bit of wheat bread and some coriander as well as a little bit of orange and a light grassy smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather dry flavor, with just a bit of a cracker flavor and a bit of yeast and coriander spice. As the flavor advances a very light orange and lemon flavor develop on the tongue bringing just a hint of sweetness and sourness to the profile. Along the same time, a bit of graininess and some light grassy and moderately hay-like flavors develop on the tongue as well. The yeasty flavors grow stronger as the taste moves to the end, leaving a rather bland and dry flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. With little flavor, an even higher carbonation and thinner body may have been more appropriate for the brew.

Overall – Not a brew I would go to again. For the most part it was very low on the flavor profile with the flavors not even really being that good. While I understand that at 4.7 % abv. that I will not get a flavor powerhouse, this one is actually less flavorful and more offensive then most low cal. brews.

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Photo of Sheepdog6
2.95/5  rDev -13%
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 -12.1%
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 NastyNorseman
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cloudy, of course, amber color. Little if any residual head or lacing after the pour settled. Bitter aftertaste, not a bad witbier, but an okay one. Needs to be ice cold.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 4/9/14)

A: Carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. Frothy head that dissipates rapidly. Light white wine color that is slightly cloudy.

S: Smells light and airy, like I remember from the few witbiers that I've had. Though it is a strange smell that I can't really describe. It is like yeast and bread.

T: Tastes like it smells. Just this odd flavor that is hard to describe. It is dry, with yeast, bread and probably grains of paradise.

M: Even carbonation that is light and effervescent.

O: I think this is turning out to not be my style. I needed a cheap beer to finish off my mix six, so I grabbed this. I'm gonna turn this into pancakes.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Hannaford part of the summer 12 pack.
Pours a hazy dark straw color with a huge fluffy bone white head that persists forever leaving plenty of stickies on the way down the glass. Bready malt with light floral and lemony hop aroma. Light hint of something sour in there as well, I imagine old lemon juice. The flavor is light bready spicy malt with bits of lemony citrus. Light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a watery crisp mouthfeel. There's not a whole lot going on here, its an easy to drink light brew, but frankly a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Act25
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Long Trail scores a flat 3.2 which is about how it feels. Pass this unless there's only bud to drink.

A: Nice initial head but a fast fade to flat, yellow body. Not much to look at.
S: Not much smell, the faint components of citrus zest, spice rack, and tangy wheat, but all tame, and it has that marginal, metallic back ground that Vermonts Magic Hat seems to offer.
"Smells like a hair salon" - one wrote.
T: Faintly there. It's a session beer, but a bit lacking in the finish
MF: Fail. Thin, flat, metallic, and a cottony mouth finish. Feels like I inhaled some hair spray.
Downgrades the beer to an average 3.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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 candcholt
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Bottled 3/18/14.

Cloudy, as advertised. Pale golden yellow. Nicely carbonated.

Taste is drinkable but not outstanding. The strongest note I can put my finger on is a bitter peel flavor.

Nothing to sneeze at when it's a choice at a party, but I wouldn't seek it out or buy a case unless it was on a big sale.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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 BigCheese
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got a mix pack from Long trail on sale 13$ pretty good deal.

A: Pours a pale straw, very cloudy as expected. Big white head died down quickly, a little dissapointing.

S: Smell is a lot of lemon zest, some funky belgian yeast, and some baked bread. Maybe some corriander.

T: A lot of lemon. Too much. Reminds me of Sam Adams summer ale, or other lemon-y beers. Its defintiely got some whit flavors in the breadyness and the yeast, but this one has too much lemon going on. Might go better with food, summer ale fans would like it most likely.

M: Carbonation is a little low for a whit, could have been my aggressive pour.

O: A dissapointment from a brewery I've been very pleased with recently. (Brewmaster Mike's series, and LImbo are great beers). Way too much lemon.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Immortale25
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Jason
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Cloudy pale yellow hues brew, great looking lace. Light aroma with some spicing and bready malt. Lighter bodied with sufficient crispness. Maltiness comes off a little wet, like cracker-like tone meets a modest orange peel and coriander tone. A decent try but not much pops here, still worth a go if you are into Witbiers.

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Photo of Tearsonthegrave
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
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 dank203
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

smells like a hair salon but tastes full and bright, not too bubbly, nice and smooth, a bit velvety. its really not a sharp witbier. realy smooth and mellow. clean drinking. lot of citrus notes, funkiness. overall a decent beer the aroma is just way off, funky in the worst way

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
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 smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small head, especially for the style. Little lace--just some spots. Mildly cloudy with an orange-gold color.

Sour and wheaty to the nose. Reminds me of a lightly soured lambic.

The flavor is light with a bit of orange rind sourness. I find it refreshing but not complex. It has a semi-sweet, but short, aftertaste. Good body.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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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