Belgian White | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Belgian WhiteBelgian White

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

12 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 356
Photo of Rehtakul
4.67/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll start off by saying that Long Trail is, by far, my favorite brewery on the planet. I've loved every LT I've ever tried, and this one is no exception. Interesting how every beer drinker has that one brewery that just 'does it'. Long Trail is that brewery for me. But I digress.... back to the brew. The appearance is well above average for an American wit. Very nice yellow~orange 'cloud'. (Ah....the cloud.) The aroma, well, on a scale of 1 - 10, I would have to say a strong 9. Aside from the orange/coriander nose, there's something else that's hard to pinpoint, but very pleasant. The taste of this offering is well above average, IMO. The citrus/spice balance is just perfect. This is definitely one of the highest 'drinkability' brews I've come across in quite a while. As american Belgian White's go, I rate this very highly. On par with, say, Weyerbacher's Blanche.(My fav US BW so far). If you like Blue Moon, (and I do...), do yourself a huge favor and track this one down if you can. Experience what a true American Belgian White can be. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of joe7530
4.62/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best witbiers I've had.

Great on a summer day; A a fews step up from a Bluemoon, but not as heavy as a Franziskaner or other hefeweizens.

Clean wheat taste that lasts after you drink it and has a good smell as well.

I always choose it as a solid, moderately priced witbier and Long Trail is a great company as well.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.57/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Okay, so anyone who knows me, knows I love Long Trail beers. That being said, I was surprised to find this beer in a store recently. I was unaware it was now available. So, I grabbed a six and headed home.

Upon pouring this brew, the aromas of lemon, orange and coriander waft up from the glass delicately and without purpose.

There is very little carbonation to this beer, some purists may want to see more, but I think it adds heavily to the drinkability of this beer; although it may take away from the overall mouthfeel.

All in all, an excellent new offering in a category that seems to be getting a little too much attention lately. Yeah, I'm talking to you- B-M-C!

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Photo of jsisko01
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, light yellow color (almost looks like orange juice) with an inch and a half thick head that last about 2 minutes. I don't see foam like this very often.. it looks nice.

Smell - Citrus, lemon zest, wheat, and some spices. I'm pretty sure coriander is present.

Taste - The strongest flavor that stands out is the lemon zest, along with citrus.. There's definitely a few spices in there but I can only point out the coriander. Has a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - I like the zing it gives your tongue on contact. Has a medium to mild body with plenty of carbonation.

Overall - This is a really great beer. I would drink it on a regular basis if I didn't have acid reflux aha

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Photo of TommyW
4.52/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow/orange and cloudy body with a thick white head.

S- Nice aroma of fermented malt, organge/lemon peel and coriander.

T- Very nice. Slight notes of orange and lemon with more dominate notes of coriander and soured malts.

M- Very smooth and full. Nice level of carbonation.

D- Prior to this beer I wasn't a big fan of this style, but this one really change my opinion. A must try.

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Photo of mrgrinch
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a nice grapefruit yellow. Mega-carbonation. Clear and refreshing.

Smell - nice citrus notes with a sweet, almost cookie scent.

Taste - This beer really tastes good. It has a prominent fruity taste, with a bit of flowery sweetness as well. The taste follows the smell very much. Not much spice--which I think is great.

Mouthfeel - This beer a bit soda-like. And that is not bad. It is not creamy, the texture is light, but not really thin.

Drinkability - This beer is going down very easily. Definitely among my favorite of this variety. Beats Hoegaarden by miles and miles!!

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Photo of chicagoish
4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge fan of Whites. I'm more a Hop head. But our local distributor does a "beer Club" of sorts and this was part of the current selection. I was very impressed with the clean citrus taste of this White. I can't recommend this as an everyday beer, but as a change of pace on warm summer day this will fit the bill. The lemony citrus taste is very much up front and the finish is clean. Go try one...

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.36/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long Trail Belgian White pours a gorgeous hazy gold from the bottle with a one finger bright white head. The bubbles are medium size and fade slowly to a thin wisp but do not completely fade away. There is a fine lacing down the glass that slowly fades after the sip. The smell is citrusy with slight hints of clove. The taste is true to the smell with a citrus and clove front followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste. The beer has good body but is not filling or heavy. Belgian White is definitely drinkable and a great addition to the Long Trail Family! Cheers!

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright yellow with a tall and airy white head that settles and then laces the glass somewhat on the way down. It has the smell of sweet malts, some citrisy aroma and spices present. The taste is good for a beligian white. It has a nice light backbone of sweet malts, some spices, and then some orange flavor. The mouthfeel is good - very crisp and fresh feeling which makes it a very drinkable beer. Well worth a try as this is a very good witbier.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, single bottle just copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recommended to me by the in-house beer manager, I was glad I purchased this one... Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, light, straw-colored appearance with a decent-sized frothy head that quickly receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Sweet, fruity smell bursting with fresh florals and citrus essences...
Great creamy, sweet, flavor with noticeable hints of ripe fruits, pears, apples, and bananas...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability... probably one of the best Long Trail beers I've sampled and a terrific summer-time beer for sure...

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, bright golden yellow with cloudy whisps of yeast clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Smells faintly sweet and peppery, with a mild citrus and funky wheat aroma to the nose. Pretty light and clean smelling, though.

T: Taste is light and sweet, with hints of orange zest and coriander, and a slight citrus hop with a zesty, white peppery zing. Pretty good.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, if only for the slightly chewy yeast.

D: I could put down a 6 of this Belgian White with great ease. A very drinkable flavor and modest ABV add to the authentic replication of a drinkable and popular Belgian style. Nicely done.

Long trail scores a hit here, in my opinion. Flavorful enough to satisfy without bogging you down with any intense, one-off tastes. Long Trail did this one just right.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - cloudy bright yellow color with a big fluffy white head that stayed around for most of the glass.

S - lemon/citrus and some yeast in the aroma.

T - citrus tartness upfront is balanced out with a light sweetness on the finish.

F - light, crisp and very refreshing.

D - nice taste and extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Boppar
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had it on-tap at The Barley House in Concord, NH. This review is based on the pack I picked up later.

A: Beautiful straw-colored body. Pours a generous two-fingers of head.

S: Blueberries, lemon peel, wheat.

T: In addition to the expected lemon and coriander taste, there is a distinct blueberry and orange presence.

M: Not too thick, but with enough substance to let you know you're drinking a beer.

D: Even for a highly-drinkable style, this baby stands out in the crowd.

An excellent summer beer.

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Photo of GuyNamedSid
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell- Subtle Wheat/Citrus


Taste- Light and airy. Definite orange flavor but not overwhelming.

Overall - Definite second purchase. Perfect for hot summer days when you're looking for a great refreshment to kick back with and enjoy!

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Photo of dtreindl
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, refreshing, with a clear citrus flavor. Not strong on the Belgian yeastiness, but that's not needed for this one. I found it to be perfect for a hot summer afternoon. No bitterness or sticky sweetness. Quite delicious in my humble opinion.

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Photo of obywan59
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale lightly cloudy yellow with a 2 finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass and a partial light film over the beer. Light lacing. Occasional huge bubbles of carbonation.

Somewhat earthy Belgian aroma reminiscent of a Saisson without the funkiness. Light citrus and noticably spicy. Every now and then, some toasted wheat.

Tangy wheat,tart citrus and bold coriander. Some light bitterness in the middle. Tasty.

Light bodied with a bit of stickiness. A sting of carbonation on the tongue, and a burn in the throat.

A great summer beer. Light, tasty, and very easy to drik.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow body with a big fluffy wite head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave any lacing. Some yeasties floating around in there too.

Smells slightly peppery from yeast, but mostly lemon zest dominates the nose.

Very slight peppery yeast flavor. Lots of orange flavor with some lemon zest. Wheat bite on the back end. Very smooth

Medium bodied for a wheat with medium carbonation. Smooth drink.

Great for a warm day, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a sampler pack. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Cloudy light yellow brew gives 1/2" of pure white head that settles quickly.

S: Creamy orange, strong lovely floral notes, a bit of mixed spices, a touch of yeast funk, slightly sweet.

T: Similar to the taste, though more herbal than floral or spice. Coriander. A bit sweet.

M/D: Thin bodied with soft carbonation. Very creamy but not thick, the citrus and spices cut through to make it crisp. Immensely drinkable and quite tasty.

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Photo of Ron860
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Definitely blonde... nice carbonation.

Smell: Hints of lemon and other citrus. Very clean.

Taste: Quite refreshing. Very easy on the palate. I don't understand why there are so many moderate reviews. I don't mind putting down a few of these on hot summer day at all!

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable. Can sense the citrus notes as the brew leaves for the mouth for the phase completing it's original mission!

Overall: Excellent brew! One of the many good reasons for enjoying the summer.

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Photo of kenito799
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 0z bottle poure into a pilsener glass.

Very distinctive coriander aroma, some light malt. Very fresh, no grassiness.

Smooth mouthfeel. Clear yellow with small head. The taste is very nicely frsh, brings the coriander into excellent balance with a subtly lemony malt, but absolute absence of the grassiness that I don't like in many witbiers. Very smooth and drinkable, well done.

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Photo of iceball585
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright yellow color, cloudy, thin layer head that faded fairly quickly, many bubbles rising throughout

S- Lemons, wheat, light malts, hint of floral hops

T- Oranges, lemons, yeast, pale malts, wheat, light spices near the end

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, smooth, flavorful, slightly fizzy

D- Worth buying again and again

This is one of my favorite witbiers, great for relaxing outside in the sun. Although I have to say that I definitely prefer this beer on tap compaired to in bottles.

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Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer aint that bad. A friend of mine bought it with a variety of other white beers for us to try.

This beer has a nice gold color thats pretty cloudy, not really any sediment in there.

There is very little head with this beer, hense the lower score on appearence.

The smell of this beer at first is pretty lemony and spicey.

The taste of the beer is nice and refreshing, not too spicey and slightly creamy. The tastes seem pretty well balanced to me with the hints of lemon, corriander and mayb a little orange.

Overall this is a good beer, especially for a hot mugy day like today was. Very nice and refreshing, I'd buy it again and suggest it to others who are into this style beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours very clear yellow despite being unfiltered. Thin layer of sediment remains in the bottle. Half finger of wispy foam clears quickly. Aroma is lemon zest, soapy, citrus, crisp. Carbonation is above average.

This is a very dry, refreshing beer. Lemony, finishes crisp and palate cleansing. Hints of clove and spice. Very drinkable.

Nice offering from Long Trail here. Bit of spiciness and a nice clean finish.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and wheat malt scent along with a lemony zest and fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a fruity witbier yeast taste. The coriander and lemon peel and well recieved here. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great summer time beer. It's light and highly refreshing. Recommended!

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Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra with wolfsblood. heres to uncle pete from woodstock VT.

A- golden foggy white all over. light white head built up on top. there was a solid head that biult up, fell medium length but left a little lace on top.

s- lemony wheaty beer. light malts but a decent wheat character. other than the initial lemon character which gives at a sharp sweetness the hops are balanced but otherwise not very present.

T- light crisp malt character. the lemony charachter is back, the wheatiness stays with the lemon charachter. while a little too strong its not that bad. fades to a light yeasty finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation.

D- pretty good. look forward to this with some teriyaki wings at the long trail bar

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