Long Trail Ale
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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German Altbier
Ranked #151
Ranked #43,887
3.58 | pDev: 12.57%
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States
Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale
Notes: Long Trail Ale is a full-bodied amber ale modeled after the “Alt-biers” of Düsseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale beer quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft-brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival.

25 IBU
Reviews: 435 | Ratings: 1,398 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of tomtjs4
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, easy to drink, extremely tasty and beautiful color. The flavors are incredibly well balanced. It’s also great that it’s always available.

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Photo of Maxkelly9
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle - Similar notes to Sam Adams Winter from what I recall. Nutty smell, dark caramel color, sweet taste & thick lacing. Perfect foam head follows pour. Nice winter ale. Easy to drink. But not fan of slightly bitter after taste.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised this gets as low a rating as it does. You have to drink it at the right time of year. It is more akin to an Octoberfest. It is a consistently good malty bock style ale, easy to drink and pairs wonderfully with pizza and pub fare. I do think it is a style that is better from the bottle than from the can. I would avoid buying it from the can, if possible.
Look: Caramel golden clear, slight head, that is not retained
Smell: Sweet malt pleasantly bread
Taste: Natural carbonation, smooth, caramel malts, nice finish. Best drank at 45 to 50 degrees F.
Feel: Good body, pleasant carbonation
Overall: I sometimes get this when it is on sale. Like I said earlier, It is more akin to an Octoberfest. So this ale is best suited for a cool or cold time of year. Simple, good quality ale.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark-ish golden brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells nutty, with some caramel, a bit of toast, and some light hops.

This is simple, but it's still a classic for sure. It's got a great balance between the various things that make a beer a beer - there's a light but pleasant hop bitterness, a toasty and just slightly sweet malt backbone, and a really great crisp flavor and finish.

This is drinkable, and very crisp, with a light but not thin body to it.

You're instantly transported to the earlier days of craft brewing in the Northeast with this beer. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it's also not meant to do that.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought I had this beer but this was their only popular beer that I've never got around to reviewing on here. I was surprised how easy this was to drink and how accessible it was as well as the outward lack of alcohol in the taste and on the palate. This makes me wish that more brewers would give this beer a go, especially with Octoberfest coming up!

Nice copper hue to this beer with plenty of foam to top this off. It looked like bread in terms of how they offset but it didn't translate over to the lacing as there only a few scattered bubbles on the side of my pint glass once I sipped this. Apple, pear, and caramel in the nose as the taste was quite sweet with some yeast and herbal notes underneath it. Felt a bit like tea and finished just as clean and refreshing, as the carbonation was light and lively with a sweet and funky finish to it like a Belgian Pale Ale.

Had there been another here, I could have easily had that after finishing this off. A bit of water would be nice to wash this down but as it was, this was a year-round beer with plenty of taste and body that seemed just a bit unfamiliar to me as there weren't any hops outwardly present. Nice job with this as this was a classic brew that's held up well over time!

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I can't believe I have never rated this iconic ale. Looks reddish/orange and fairly clear. White head dissipates quickly-Picking up a scent of cherry licorice, stone fruits, earthy dankness. Tastes like pine, stone fruits, hop goodness. Feels semi dry and very quaffable. I remember hiking 20 miles on the Appalachian trail and then having this beer, I thought it was the best in the world and it still does not disappoint 30 years later. Not sure why the lower reviews. This beer is awesome-

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Photo of Stoven5
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a good beer, not killed with hops or high alcohol just some thing you can enjoy. I like the English type ales and I know this is not one, but it dose the job when I find it on tap in Vermont, then I end up getting 3 or 4 cases to take back with me to PA.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber with an off white head.

smells of malty bread and roasted nuts

malty whole grain bread gives way to roasted nuts and finishes with a dry bitter herb.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clear amber. A finger of fizzy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Spicy and fruity sweet malt.

Taste: Mild, bready malt with a light hop bitterness to balance.

Mouthfeel: Fuller than normal for the style. High carbonation.

Overall: A quintessential example of the altbier style.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - clear copper amber color with a very thick foam head that slowly dissipates, lots of lacing on glass
Smell - like a bag of caramels. Rye bread. notes of maple or spruce sap, brown sugar, and vanilla.
Taste - interesting, it is like a mix of red and amber styles, both of which are very sweet. Tastes like caramel, bread, and copper metal. This isn't syrupy sweet but it is certainly one of the sweeter beers i have had. Weird thing is actually do pick up the alcohol slightly. Not much in the way of hops....at all. Very drinkable although medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall, lacks complex flavor i am looking for. The double bag is twice as good as this. I know this is meant more as a session beer but it still isn't light enough to drink more than a few. Only a good not great beer so i give this beer a B

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Photo of Amendm
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle poured aggressively into a 16-oz. mug produces a finger sized egg shell white head with little lacing.
Clear copper color shows orange/amber when held up to light.
Malty smell plus some funky yeast and faint hops.
Taste has semi-sweet malt up front with a carbonated yeast middle and a slight hop bitterness that does not linger.
Medium body/carbonation, finishes on the sweet side.
Easy drinking, clean finish with low bitterness.

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Photo of Vermont_Northern
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great ale. Full bodied taste with just the right bite. Hot summer days to brutally cold vermont winter nights this beer will always appease.

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Photo of deniro
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a really solid Ale. Not a big Ale drinker but I definitely prefer this one over most that are out there. It's got nice flavors to it and I'd definitely recommend.

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Photo of billybob
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz. bottle clear amber hardly any head or lace smell is a little better with a malty slightly sweet note. taste is smooth and mostly malt hint of caramel well balanced and carbonation good, very easy drinker.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a mixed 12pck of this in PA...near the WV border. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of sweet malt with touch of bitterness. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a solid beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little quencher pours a nice
ruby tinged amber with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin layer, and showcases nice light lacing. nose of subtle toasted malts,
light breaded malts, and lager yeast with a touch of caramel. Flavors hit the spot
with caramel notes and light breaded notes touched with subtle herbal hops on the
rear and showcasing a nice lager yeast note. Decent mouth feel; medium light body,
medium carbonation that is lively, and a lightly clean sweet finish.

Overall, a decent brew for the BBQ.


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance had a light amber color with an off-white head that didn’t last too long. It left just a bit of spotty lacing. The smell had the aromas of caramel, almonds and hops. This smooth, easy drinking ale is good in all seasons. It had a good clean, crisp, and dry finish and with a slight touch of bitterness. Overall, good for its style and good for me.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look - Pours a clear amber color with lighter copper highlights, a finger of foamy off white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Grainy, brown sugar, vegetal.
Taste - Very light. The main flavors I'm getting are grains and burnt caramel and they're gone in a flash. Aftertaste has a dull hop bitterness but little to no flavor.
Feel - Light bodied, watery, soda-like.

Overall - Not bad but not very good either. Just a boring and bland beer.

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Photo of Riff
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown with a smattering of white head. Smells of bready malts and a tiny bit of hops, but fairly faint smells. Taste is better, sweet and malty at first, not too bitter, nice hop flavor. Soft body, medium light. Nice, easy drinker, good flavor. Probably would taste great after a day of hiking.

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Photo of Namaste2u
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color with thick head, remaining around .5 inch. I cannot describe the smell. Taste is sweet at first, with a slightly bitter after taste. Dispute having a lot of carbonation, it is not have a very high carbonated mouth feel. I am very impressed. The beer has a very nice taste and feel.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle; date is scratched off; think it's 03/03/17. 12 oz. Nonic pint. Note: bottle says 5% ABV.

A: pours a brilliant, clear dark amber with two fingers of foamy off-white head. Loads of streaming carbonation. Lacing is epic.

S: smells awesome! Sweet bready malt, some fruity esters, a very English hop aroma. Smells a lot like Sam Adams Boston Ale or Left Hand Sawtooth.

T: much like the aroma, mildly sweet on the arrival; malty, bready middle with floral hop aspects; really more prounounced floral, earthy, and woody English hop flavor than expected. Not too bitter to begin with at the end, but on the aftertaste a medicinal hop bitterness begins to build that seems to become more pronounced the farther you get from the swallow.

M: soft, heavier side of medium bodied, lower carbonation than the appearance suggests. Slick finish. Perhaps a little heavy for the style.

O: this is one of those beers that reminds me of where craft beer began. For that reason alone, I love it. Bready, English medicinal hoppy, easy drinking. It is not as enjoyable to me as SABL or Sawtooth, and is about as available to me. I'd even put this below Bell's amber, Censored, and Boont Amber, which have a more American hop profile. Still, I would enjoy it as a single when the mood strikes.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber. Thick, tall, white head fades after a bit to a lasting cap.

Smells toasted malts, earthy and grainy.

Tastes grainy, malty, earthy bitterness. Finish is dry with a bitter and bready linger. Medium body and fizzy higher carbonation.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light brown pour with minimal head. Aroma is malty and grainy with a mild chem and/or meat smell - like a frying pan used to cook burgers the day before. Thankfully that's missing in the flavor which is nicely malty with just enough hop to balance slightly on the sweet side. Feel/finish is okay with lingering toasted flavor.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle at the Long Trail brewery back in late January 2017. Bottle on date of 1/12/17 with review on 3/10/17. Kept cold since that time. Pours a clear amber color with okay head that leaves some lacing. Smells of baked bread with some caramel and just a touch of cinnamon and allspice. Tastes malty, as per aroma, with some earthy hops and a balanced bitterness that lingers. Feels medium bodied that's quite sessionable. Overall, it's a solid beer just not one that is really exciteable. Probably excellent early on during the craft beer craze, this one is still a delight to have as the style isn't really brewed in craft beer circles.

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Photo of Holderness
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -- clear dark amber with a moderate off-white head. Moderate lacing.
S -- oats, malt, slight sulfur
T -- decently hoppy with a nice malt backbone and hints of brown bread. Very classic amber ale taste
F -- Smooth with no lingering finish. Mild mouthfeel
O -- Fairly nondescript in profile, but nothing very negative can be said about it either


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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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