Long Trail Ale | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Long Trail AleLong Trail Ale

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

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Photo of PabstMan252
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice amber color with a smooth flavor. Also offers a great fragrance with a wonderful head piece. No after taste and goes well with just about anything. When this first arrives at your seating you will notice the color and realize that it looks like a lager however you will be pleasantly surprised how smoothed and non bitter this beer presents.
Please try...your taste buds will explode!

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Photo of scootpolute
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap @ '...'(I forgot the name) Locks Restaurant & the Bradley (Hartford) Airport into custom painted pint glass.

A - Pours golden, with a nice white head and some lacing.

S - Malts, Hops and some pine undertones-

T - Smooth & refreshing! A fresh malt & hop flavor at the top, followed by some citrus, then ending with a bit of pine-like spices...Pleasant & refreshing!!

M - Great carbonation! There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much pine/sweet flavors...

D - This is a great east-coast stand-by!! I don't appreciate the last several 'B and C' grades some of the other members have given Long Trail Ale. The previous beer drinkers claim that this beer appears to be 'too-macro...' For cryin' out loud, this is one 1st beers of the micro revolution (mid 80's to early 90's) & paved the way for what everyone tastes now...was a fan in the back 'in the day' and remain one :~)

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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4.92/5  rDev +38.2%

Photo of Tomegunb
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Patlee3324
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This major step forward in my search for the perfect craft-brewed Altbier came as a result of sitting on my family room sofa. Awhile back, I saw Mike Rowe cleaning yeast filters at the Long Trail Brewery on his TV show "Dirty Jobs." I was intrigued by the show and looked into the brewery only to find out that (1) I was eager to find their products and (2) they were only available in the in New Jersey and points north. So the last time I went to Philly on business, I traversed the Ben Franklin Bridge just to find some Long Trail in Cherry Hill. It was well worth the trip. And now I regret I didn't buy a case.

Rich, deep clear amber color with a nice tan foamy head that quickly disappeared but left a beautiful lacing all the way down. Clear malt with a buttery accent and a definitive hops scent hits your nose as you raise the glass and, when sampled, the flavor is both rich malt with a subtle sweetness that is at the same time just tart enough to keep you wanting more. Mouthfeel is rich enough to let you know it's a craft brew but thin enough (with just a touch of tingly carbonation) to make it oh so smooth. Excellent and very easy drinking with a (perfect?) aftertaste of bitter hops that make your mouth water in anticipation of the next swallow. Extremely true to the traditional German Altbier style but with a distinctly American edge that would likely appeal to a wide range of beer tastes if it were more widely distributed. A classic. And likely near the top of my list of favorite beers ever.

Fast Forward to 2017: Compared in a 4x American Amber/Alt taste test featuring Long Trail Ale, Fordham Copperhead, Troeg's Hopback Amber, and Union Balt Altbier. Still came out on top.

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Photo of jamesdr1968
4.68/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very smooth beer. I was really impressed at the taste - I'm not really familiar with the "altbier" style so I actually didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be more of a bitter taste but it's so smooth, extremely drinkable. A nice session beer.

One note: The bottles are labeled 6% ABV (BA's description says 5%).

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Photo of MTNboy
4.68/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very impressed. I tried this beer while on vaction in Maine. I had heard good things but none of them did this beer justice. It was exceptional. It went down smooth and the flavor and aroma were great. I can't wait to try more beers from this company.

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Photo of NHbrewer61
4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice character well balanced flavor

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Photo of superwho24
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Different. Very good beer. Trail Days 2018

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Acadia09
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

For an Amber it really stands out above the rest.

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Photo of Ranbot
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice amber color with an inch of white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Partway through the gass the head dies down, a little quicker than I'd like, into a swirl of foam on the top of liquid.

S - Light bread, barley, and caramel malts. The hops are almost undetectable.

T - Strong malt flavor with caramel and grain. It's slightly sweet, but not overbearing or cloying at all. A light to moderate touch of floral and earthy hops compliment the malts and round out the flavor and linger into the aftertaste.

M - Light, chewy, and slightly watery mouthfeel with a crisp edge to it. It's refreshing, almost pilsener-like, but obviously it's a ale.

D - I could [and I do] drink this any time, any where, any season, any occasion. At a low 4.6% ABV there's a lot of flavor here.

Now I'll lay feelings and probably biases to bear....As a native Vermonter I love the Long Trail Ale. Walk into any bar in VT and chances are you'll find this on tap or in the cooler at the local store. But, despite it's saturation in the Vermont market it's a damn good beer to boot! There's nothing in your face about it, but the balance and drinkability is spot on perfect, and it's low ABV means you can enjoy several without too much worry of alcohol's less desirable side-effects. There is no occasion, season, time, event that I can think of that Long Trail Ale wouldn't be suitable for.

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Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of AndrewKiser
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great American Altbier

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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Long Trail Ale from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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