Belgian White
Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
80
Avg:
3.49 | pDev: 16.05%
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
354
From:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  4
Gots
  37
SCORE
80
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Notes: Our Belgian White Ale is modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries during the early 14th century. The soft notes of citrus and spice are topped with a light, fluffy head that finishes clean and crisp. This fresh and natural ale is our summer seasonal brew, perfect for lounging lake-side or celebrating trail’s end…ENJOY!

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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 354
Reviews by VictorWisc:
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3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought two 12packs of Long Trail Belgian White (LT) and Hoegaarden Wit (HW) and have been doing side-by-side and successive comparisons over the past several days. The result is a review that contrasts the two of them that I'll try to post under both (with the numbers being different, of course) until someone smacks me down for doing that.

Both beers claim to be made in the tradition of Belgian witbiers, with similar spicing and process. Hoegaarden is basically the prototype for the category, albeit clearly not the best one. LT states it is "modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries". As such, it is not a very good model.

Both beers were sampled from 12 oz bottles (HW is actually a slightly smaller 11.25 oz). Each day they were poured in different glassware, although both were poured in identical glasses on the same day. They were given the same amount of refrigeration as well.

HW pours cloudy with no through visibility. Head is white. substantial in some glasses, moderate in others, gradually reducing to a thin layer. Carbonation is moderate. Color is pale yellow, that of a long-whipped egg yolk, which the liquid resembles in appearance.

LT is cloudy, but less so, with very moderate and quickly disappearing head and slight but noticeable carbonation. Color is darker yellow, closer to commercial apple juice.

Both claim to have been brewed with orange peel (from a variety of oranges) and coriander, but the nose and flavor could not be more different.

HW has a characteristic winey yeast odor of a Belgian ale, with a faint coriander aroma along with some sweet citrus. LT has faint yeast smell with strong coriander overtone. If there are any hops present, they are not noticeable in either glass. There is some faint smell of roasted grain in LT.

Taste is radically different. Hoegaarden continues with the strong yeasty flavor, supplemented by malted and roasted grain, with notes of coriander, cloves and sweet orange, gradually transforming into a sweet Dutch licorice finish that lingers for a few minutes but eventually dissipates.

LT has an overwhelming coriander flavor, with sour, but not citrusy yeast notes and some roasted wheat undertone which quickly turns sour in the mouth. The sourness lingers for a while, even after a moderate consumption. Using sugary beverages to get rid of it did not help -- the sourness persisted even after a glass of Coke. A glass of water did eliminate the aftertaste, but it required some effort.

HW is better balanced, with no alcohol feel in the mouth. Although lacking balanced flavor, LT does not taste overly alcoholic, but there is more alcohol feel in it. Both are light and, under the right circumstances, refreshing. With right foods (e.g., Thai and Indonesian curries and Indian food that is not overly saucy) LT can be a very serviceable beer, but the strong coriander flavor and odor make it unsuitable for most occasions, including everyday drinking. HW is a perfectly reasonable everyday pour, especially in the summer. Original or not, it likely would not survive a comparison to some of the better American varieties, such as Allagash, but it can certainly hold its own. Long Trail, on the other hand, has a long learning curve ahead of it as a brewery. Even their best products (pale ale and IPA) seem to offer only a single taste note, where competitors offer a bouquet of flavors and aromas. Hoegaarden does pretty much only one thing but it does it rather well.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bierbirrabeer
2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Preface: I have not encountered many beers in my time that, to me, pair well the normal beer tastes and fruit -- with the exception of a beer occasionally that is accompanied by a citrus slice (in the category of blue moon.) This beer did not sway me from this feeling. If, however, you count yourself as one who can appreciate that melding of flavors, then perhaps you would be better suited reading another review.

Appearance: It's pour, to me, was the best part of the beer. Out of the bottle it looks very pale yellow. In the glass it settles to a nice cloudy honey color. The head was, at its best, about one to one and a half fingers; however, the head lasted relatively briefly.

Smell: The aroma is sweet with none-too-subtle citrus "undertones." At first the smell is welcoming, but, before long, I begin to regret that the beverage had to come in so close contact to my nose each time I took a sip.

Taste: I think you probably see where this is going. Too much citrus. I appreciate the taste of a good summer beer, but it's a little bit like a fermented Fresca. (Too harsh? Maybe.)

Mouthfeel: Not a lot too it. It disperses quickly about the palate. You decide if that's a good thing or not.

Drinkability: If you can swig lemony light beer til' the cows come home, then have at it, Hoss. If you have similar tastes to mine, then I might suggest a different beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a light straw color that is entirely hazy with a large number of carbonation bubbles and a solid two finger head that is beautifully white and is quite frothy in character, leaves little lacing
S: nice lemon zest and a slight bit of pepper and a nice bready wheat scent
T: nice gentle lemon in the beginning, disappears in the middle, and then slides back a bit more mellowed at the end, not entirely complex but it is absolutely refreshing, kind of reminiscent of lemon muerang pie
M: a bit strong on the carbonation in the beginning, leaves a nice refreshed taste on the palate
O: a great brew, especially during the summer on a very hot day, makes for a great lawnmower beer, nicely refreshing and enjoyable

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Wamesit
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale, hazy orange with a white rocky head that gives way to little lacing, which is disappointing.

S - Fruity esters, citrus (lemon). Coriander.

T - Spicy and well-rounded. The subtle sweetness from the wheat malt works well with the mild more-lemon-citrus-than-bitter hops presence. There is a fruit/floral flavor in the finish that adds to this already refreshing beer but those who find coriander flavor a bit soapy might find the finish a bit too dry.

M - Medium, carbonation lasts and keeps it playful.

O - Good summertime beer but it could lose a bit of the coriander and up the wheat malt and find some improvement.

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1.75/5  rDev -49.9%

Photo of mikeg67
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with a soda like carbonation and white head. Aroma is of sweet malt and some spices. Taste is orange, brewing sugar and spices. Medium, tangy body. I would call this brew "Bud of Belgium wits".

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Neecee513
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Light gold, cloudy, big head.

S: Sweet, citrus orangy.

T: Tastes like it smells, sweet, citrus and orangy. Very subtle spice hint.

M: High carbonation, light body, creamy, not that dry or tart for a witbier.

D: Light beer, smell is so pleasant. Sweet beer. The orange sweetness and carbonation reminded me a bit of qualities of a mimosa.

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Photo of dali27
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

A: Pale yellow and hazy. Very little head. No lacing.

S: Fruity sweet, mostly lemon and orange. Spicy coriander and floral hints.

T: Taste is sweet and fruity, mostly lemon. The sweet overpowers the wheat a little too much, not exactly what I was expecting. I like sweet though, so it still tastes pretty good.

M: Light body for this style.

O: Overall, this beer is pretty good tasting and goes down easy. Not the best example of the style, but it is decent and tasty.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Guden
2.02/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A- Right off the start this beer seems overly carbonated with a pop at the opening and a huge head that slowly fades and leaves no lacing. Clearer and more yellow than I expect of the style as well.

S- Very strong lemon and orange citrus notes with a bit of offputting spice. Not awful but the spiciness seems a bit off for the style.

T- Very prickly from the high carbonation, light spiciness and heavy orange rind notes. It isn't particularly bad as far as taste, but combined with the thinness and carbonation its barely drinkable.

M- As already stated this is the aspect that completely kills this beer. The carbonation pricks the mouth and makes the already high citrus character and weird spice seem abrupt and unpleasant on the tongue. bleh.

D- It's not the worst beer out there but its not very good. There are so many better examples of the style, this doesn't even deserve a try.

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Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 354 ratings