Double Bag
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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German Altbier
Ranked #14
Ranked #13,165
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Very Good
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Notes: This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier” – German slang for “secret brew”. Long Trail Double Bag was originally offered only in our brewery taproom as a special treat to our visitors. With an alcohol content of 7.2%, please indulge in moderation. The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s “Beer of the Year” in 2001. Malt Advocate is a national magazine devoted to “expanding the boundaries of fine drinks”. Their panel of judges likes to keep things simple, and therefore of thousands of eligible competitors they award only two categories: “Imported” and “Domestic”. It is a great honor to receive this recognition.

33 IBU
Reviews: 593 | Ratings: 1,759 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tantonys
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice malty beer with sufficient hops. Good hops, not very aromatic, but decent for this double alt. You can't go wrong, but still ... a decent after work beer

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Photo of mickyge
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a 16 oz shaker glass
clear dark amber color thin dissipating head

notes of malt and hops and a kind of roasted aroma

taste was malty and fairly sweet

refreshing crisp mouth feel medium carbonation

finish smooth and sweet.

A pretty good representation of the style.

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Photo of izraelc
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting one. Pours dark amber. Smells malty. Tastes like a hoppy red ale but with a roasted malt body. Finishes slightly sweet . Two different styles blended nicely together. Make it a double.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent amber with a quickly receding off white foamy head. Smell is very muted, mild stone fruits,hops. Taste is of toffee,cocoa nibs, stone fruits,hop bite. Feels well carbonated, smooth, creamy, finishes juicy. I don't get the lower ratings. This is a delicious example of Stickebier-

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Photo of Amendm
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a finger of light beige creamy foam with average retention and irregular streaks of lacing. Clear new penny copper color, orange-amber in front of light.
Multiple malt aromas greet the nose; caramel, toasted, some dark malt and wheat.
Faint herbal hops, fruit (banana and over ripe melon), and alcohol in the back ground.
The taste begins semi-dry and mildly bitter, malty rich. The bitterness increases during the middle from hops and peppery alcohol. The finish is quick, crisp and dry, almost Lager-like.
A light bitter and boozy aftertaste lingers. Medium bodied, extra CO2 in reserve, the head returns with a strong swish. Smooth, malty, almost session-able. A happy revisit from way back. Nice mix of flavors, big malt backbone, high ABV yet not to filling.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger tan head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: toasted grain; mildly sweet; a touch of hop spice;

T: rich and toasty from start to finish; moderately sweet; virtually no hop character;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: sweeter and less complex than I remember;

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Photo of PMakowski
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark amber color, only a medium foam head and some glass lacing
Smell - Malt. It dominates the nose. A hint of hops and believe it or not some toffee. Decent aroma.
Taste - First thought is this is a very rich beer, not one to chug. Fairly sweet caramel with the malts and full bodied. Low-medium carbonation. It's hard to describe the taste other than "malty" cause the malt is the main ingredient. If you were forcing it you could pick up vanilla, chocolate, coffee notes. There is maybe a slight hop bitterness but this isn't a hoppy beer. This is more of a dessert beer than a party beer. Can't taste any alcohol which makes it smooth sailing.

Overall, excellent product. Very pleasurable. I really liked the malty beer for what it was.. not all beers need to be extremely flavored. I would certainly buy it again. I give this beer an A

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Photo of Samlover55
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
BB sometime in 2017 (would love to try fresh but was amazing so here is review)
Light brown with thin off-white head
Licorice, fruity toffee
Sweet caramel, fruity chewing gum, spicy
Smooth and crisp with a tinge of alcohol, dry finish
Overall im shocked by how good this is, so complex and refreshing

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well its not great. Doesn't taste too bad although on the blah side, as if someone just threw this beer together. Needs carbonation badly and the lack of this kills whatever the beer could be. Would not buy this again.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty, slight pepper, toasty caramel throughout. A thin head with no lace. Maybe some figs, dates, and a touch of some unidentifiable fruit. Low bitterness, slightly dry, but not too much. A slightly off brown/copper color. Sweet with some cinnamon and spice. Low carbonation; Did I mention malt? A damn malt bomb! Full-bodied and boozy. Seems like a good beer for a crisp fall or winter evening. I prefer a lighter alt, but this one is worth trying at least once.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from 22oz bottle in a pint glass in March 2018.

Appearance: Dark amber with a moderate & creamy tan/brown head. Head left only a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Balanced aroma of caramel, nutmeg, toasted malts, and a little cocoa as well, but overall the caramel and nutmeg dominate the others. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: There is a balance between the caramel, roasted malts, and some bitterness from hops. There is a sweetness, with just a little hoppy bitterness bitterness adding some complexity.

Mouth-feel: Medium alcohol, but with a very smooth and creamy body.

This is a nice, malty ale that has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. This is a medium-bodied brown ale, which is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of TheRedEagle
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty beer. I started drinking it while making my dinner and the next thing I know I'm sitting on my ass feeling really nice! Overall a very tasty beer, but I don't think I would get a case of just this beer. It definitely belongs in a variety pack (for me at least).

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear amber with a small off white head that dissipates to a thin film. Little to no lacing is left behind.

S: Cooked sweet red apples and pears, caramel, toasted brown bread, hay.

T: Cooked apple and pear, brown sugar, caramel, slight cherry, toasted brown bread, and a touch of grass. Very sweet.

F: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. Slick with residual sugars.

O: A decent enough beer for what it is. Not something I really care for, though.

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Photo of Phishagonia
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been enjoying this beer for 15 years or so now. This double altbier pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin coating of a bubbly head. Smell is of bready malts, but not as much as, say, a doppelbock. The taste follows suit; i get bready malts up front, a hint of caramel, and a smooth finish. Back in the day, the 7.2 ABV was fairly strong. It is well hidden on this one, and I just keep wanting to have more. This brings me back to my Vermont winters. Cheers, Long Trail. Please do not take this away for a few years like you have been with other beers in your lineup.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours dark orange with a hint of brown with roughly one finger of head. The aroma is malty, with faint notes of burnt bread. The taste is sweet upfront with some late but prolonged bitterness. Medium body and with some mild carbonation bite. 

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Photo of haines710
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle at the local supermarket. First time I had seen this and I have liked other Long Trail beers. Poured into a pint glass not much head or carbonation. Scent is malty faint alcohol and appearance is nice dark copper. Taste is malty and nice for sipping. Better as it warms and is exactly what is described. Not my favorite but good for a late night.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from VA in a Laughing Skull glass.
Lovely copper body with great clarity but only a short head despite a aggressive pour. The head, nonetheless, has excellent retention.
Mild aroma with obvious alcohol.
Surprisingly full and complex flavor has hints of toffee, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Somme roasted nuts appear in the moderately bitter aftertaste.
Smooth and full bodied feel where the high ABV is partly hidden.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I got this in a mixed 12pck in PA near the WV border. This poured a hazy amber with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of sweet malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber and clear, thin finger of head in a shaker on tap at The Good Life in Massapequa. Malt-forward and smooth, some caramel sweetness, mild nut tones, and a vague pale fruit impression. Smooth, medium-bodied, and mild.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper red color,medium carbonation. Even though malt is a primary flavor it is balanced with some sort of mild hop background taste. It was a good beer that I would try again as it was an easy middle of the road beer meaning it wasn't extreme in any way. Just a unique beer

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a clear yet dark amber/brown colored body with a short slightly creamy looking head, spotty lacing drips down the side of the glass as it goes down. The smell is malty and slightly fruity with some nuts that try to carry over slightly. The taste is a rich and well balanced malty fruitiness. On the palate its about a medium in body, comes across fairly sessionable, no aftertaste with a dry earthy finish, slightly crisp. Overall, this is a good beer for its style and good to me.

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Photo of LarryV
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried to like this beer, but despite my best efforts to delve into it's mystique I just find it a very boring beer. Primary character is malty, but I wouldn't call it a malt bomb. Kind of like an androgynous beer that's not quite sure what it wants to be. It's not offensive at all, nor is it exciting. One or two and I've had enough.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. A clear ruby orange with a thin layer of head that dissapates to a thin lace quickly. Toasted grains, caramel malts on the nose and in the taste. Some orange/honey/tea thing happening. The carbonation is medium low, the heft is medium, goes down fast. A good change of pace.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Transparent Amber with medium bubbles on the body and an off-white head rising just about a surprisingly two finger's length.

Smell: Light yeast and smooth malts, resembles an IPA as far as scent.

Taste: Light malts a bit sweet. A touch sour which feels a bit like a lemon was squeezed in the brew.

Mouth: Medoum carbonation, lightly sticky.

Overall: Good brew especially considering the price I got it for. Breadth feel at the end which definitely complimented the prosciutto I just inhaled.

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Photo of AndrewKiser
4.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Actually one of the closest American Alts I've had to actual Altstadt Altbier I had back in the 80's in central Germany. Very smooth and great taste both warm and cold

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