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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

maybe not the most elegant or traditionally perfect example of the style here, but this is just stupidly underrated here on BA. its one of the most enjoyable long trail brews in the summer, and certainly a winner while grilling all day. cloudy and real pale on the pour, large and lasting white head. a nose of a little too much orange, and an herbal yeasty summery brightness. a little soapy flavor in the taste, but its cut by a great citric acidity and clean wheat malt flavor. cut grass hop aromatics and fruity orange on the finish. its clean and uplifting in feel, its best feature. carbonation is way up, but its not rocky like a soda, its smooth as can be, just lovely and refreshing. almost a shandy in that sense, its refreshment value is supreme. lighter body and abv makes it an all day session beer. I have spent many a summer days putting back a twelve pack of this and grilling up my ribs. this deserves a little more contextual love.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a thin fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a light citrus aroma on the nose along with the malted wheat. The taste of the beer was fairly refreshing with some lemony orange flavors popping through with a grainy finish. The mouthfeel was watery and had a low carbonation. Overall this beer wasn't the best Wit out there.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of lemons and oranges in the nose.
T: The overall taste has flavors of wheat and citrus, the latter of which contributes some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite thirst quenching. It’s a good beer to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of the Summer Survival mixed pack ($12.99/12)

An average witbier right here, some nice yeasty taste and spicy in the palette. I would prefer a Blue Moon or Shock Top to this though but it's still a good beer overall. I also noticed some inconsistent taste from bottle to bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Despite an increasingly hard pour, I could hardly raise a head on this beer, which is the first test for me of the style; the color was a cloudy honey, with a lot of yeast particulates suspended in the liquid

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with an orange citrus edge as well as some coriander

Taste: Lots of wheat bread up front, with a developing sour citrus and coriander flavor; after the swallow, the sour citrus fades and the refreshing wheat beer and coriander flavors predominate, but the damage was done

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but lifeless carbonation

Drinkability: Maybe this was an old or off bottle, but I was pretty disappointed with this beer

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow coloring with a small white head. The nose is some really strong aromas of lemon and citrus plus a bit of zest and spicing. Taste is overpowering citrus, almost going toward a lemon-scented cleaner. Feel is spicy and quite light. Overdone; I'm not a fan.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance. Lacing could be better. Very nice aroma with bright coriander. Loads of spice in the initial sips, soon followed by delicately sweet, wheaty, and even subtly honeyish malt. Citrusy and floral. Mild bitterness. Very rounded and balanced... not necessarily smooth because of the spice, but of course it needs that edge to make up for the lower hop level and bitterness. Easy drinking but still full of flavor. Absolutely nothing to complain about here! Very well done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with lemon and spices along with some Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts and a touch of hops. For some reason, it reminds me of Fruity Pebbles.

T: The taste is sweet, fruity and spicy up front with flavors of lemon, orange, coriander and clove. Then there are some bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast that tone down the sweetness a bit. There's a mild hops presence as would expect from a Witbier.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of clumpy yeast in the glass; classically cloudy. Modest, but lasting, head; good lace

Perfume aroma of fresh-cut wild flowers. No spiciness that I've come to expect from the style. But this is still very attractive and inviting.

Thin bodied and highly carbonated. Reminiscent of orange blossoms but very dry.

This does not show all of the qualities of a typical wit, but it is very tasty. Call it a mild wit--like Dennis Miller.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was scouring my local bottle shop for new beers to try and although I came up short on CANs, I figured that I would go in a different direction for a time, bottle be back to The CAN Quest (TM) is short order.

From the bottle: "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 all natural ale is our latest seasonal brew, perfect for lounging lake-side or celebrating at trails end ... Enjoy!"

The pour netted just under a finger of fizzy, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow. Nose had an interesting spiciness - not as intense as black pepper, but still quite present and underlain by a light orange citrusiness. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the flavor really lacked any oomph. It was like a dumbed-down version of the style, too soft for my tastes. Sure, it was spicy and citrusy, but I have had much better from other brewers. Finish was dry and refreshing, which is nice in the summer, but I just think it could have been done better.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A real nice melon and lemon yellow like body. Hints of deep orange capping with a sudsy thin but large bleach white head. Vitually no retention at all but shampoo big and settles to a thin puck.

Large smell of orange zest and fresh squeezed juice. Good hint of grass and coriander and herbality to match. Pretty good so far.

Palate hits with a mild grainy character and some light bodied feel. Juicy quality somewhat but a little bit of wetness that doesn't carry the flavors so much. Some citrus pleasure and malt grain but very fleeting. Slightly bitter and minor medicinal finish, but clean and refreshing.

Overall not a bad witbier, you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Following traditional pouring method for the style, pours clouded yellow with a thin head that is thin enough to show body underneath. Almost no lacing sticks.

The smel is of lemon, orange, coriander, very light floral notes.

The taste is of lemon (which dominates), wheat, a pinch of coriander. It hits the marks on the points, though there is a sugary sweetness that interferes. Finishes sweet and abrupt. Crisp?

The feel lags. It is light-bodied, but with a touch of syrupy sweetness. It misses the mark on a "Belgian" feel (not that all of the style I've had from Belgium have it, but...) This is just a bit odd.

Drinkable for a hot-weather brew (though how many other beers fit that...) A bit too sweet and too much of a pedestrian attempt overall for me to buy again with the current onslaught of the style. A worthy attempt at the style on its own though.

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

31808 etched onto the bottle, "brewed on" date? I allowed this one to warm up for about 20-30 mins. out of the frig., set it on its side to get the yeast into the mixture and then poured into a Belgian tulip style glass. Medium apricot and cloudy, minor off white head and equally minor slippery lace. Floral, honey filled nose. The early sips reveal clear notes of coriander, ripe bananas, more honey, and some light pepper in the rear. Seems to be a little low on the carbonation scale, I like my wits a bit more bubbly and lively. This is a drinkable and enjoyable enough summer quaffer. Nothing amazing going on here, just a middle of the road take on the style.

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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 plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Kodiak's, Farmingdale, New York.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and no lacing.

The smell featured a sweet fruity ( blueberry, apricot and orange) aroma with a light wheat malt.

The taste was dominated by the aforementioned fruitiness with a thin malt note. There was little to no esthers detected.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall a decent wit. Much better domestic examples available.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 040111-1292. Sampled on May 22, 2011. It begins with a foggy, cloudy unfiltered straw yellow pour with practically no head. Lemon and orange citrus notes are evident with a barely notable malt scent and a slightly better hop scent. The body is thin. Lots of tart citrus in the taste with an OK hop bite thrown in.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of bwyker.

A: The ale is hazy, a yellow pale color of goldenrod. A half a finger of head on pour wasted away to a thick pool.

S: The aroma is a strong dose of wheat, slightly acid, with lemony citrus, orange peel and coriander. Great start to the ale.

T: The taste is more tart, showcasing the wheat body over everything else. Only after the initial wheatiness do the spice profile and barley bill shine through. The spices are orange peel and coriander with a peppery ring, full of citrus sweetness. The finish is pale biscuity malt with the spices. A post sip burp brings back the wheat tartness. An accessible, easy drink that tastes better as you go along.

M: I was not expecting the good flavors that came out of the glass. The wheat is tartly pleasant, supporting a broad spice profile and nice finish.

D: Under 5%, this beer is a great summer sipper. As it is, I'm off work for the week and this is helping me unwind.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very hazy pale yellow color. Smaller head that is bleach white and retains quite well. Laces decently well.

S-Light citrus. Coriander. has the Fruit Loop smell too. Light, sweet, and refreshing. I enjoy the conventional Witbier aroma. Therefore I enjoy the smell of this beer.

T-Very light flavor. A nice and easy Witbier. Flavor dies off quite quickly. Not intense or unique, but still mildly enjoyable.

M-Light body. Heaps of carbonation. A bit watery. Not much else besides the ample amounts of bubbles.

O/D-I have noticed that I enjoy this style more than I would have ever expected. This is a decent example of the style. Good for hot weather. Also nice because I got a case for $14. Not bad.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy, lemony yellow. Lots of carbonation, as expected. No head at all.

Smells of lemony/citrus and biscuits/belgian yeast.

Taste is of lemon peel and very clean, crisp belgian malt.

Extremely light and crisp on the tongue. Refreshing.

Very good drinkability, perfect for a summer day.

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Photo of Brad007
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just saw this today and I was like, "whoa! A new Long Trail beer! Been two years since I've seen one!".

Bottled 2/26/08

Color: Pours a pale white color with a very thin head. A bit cloudy but with good carbonation.

Aroma: Strong aroma with citrus and coriander present. Definitely concentrates on orange out of a possible range of citrus flavors. Aroma is very inviting.

Taste: Smooth and wheatish. Coriander and citrus flavors seem muted here. Dry in the middle. Drinkable at the least.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry. Not much citrus or coriander though.

Verdict: The aroma alone is inviting but I feel that the overall taste falls flat. Drinkability is definitely there but what I was hoping to see was a continuation of the aroma in the taste, something that any witbier should be able to do.

Still a good effort but I wouldn't seek it out as a benchmark of the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy light golden yellow color with an almost non-existent tiny white head.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a lemon citrus smell. This lemon is mixed with some yeasty and slightly floral smells as well.

Taste – The taste is upfront of light wheat. A lemon and orange flavor quickly follows the wheat. The taste of the these flavors create quite a crisp and refreshing flavor. As the taste advances more the lemon gets a bit stronger and some light yeast and floral flavors come to the tongue. At the end the lemon and wheat fade slightly with some more bitter hop flavors coming to the tongue, leaving a crisp and clean feeling on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light with the carbonation level being rather normal. Both are good for the lighter and fruitier flavors of the beer.

Overall – It is easy to drink and has a good flavor profile. A pretty decent session wit.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, wheat

taste: citrus, more citrus, some spice, whea

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not to impressed by this witbier. I would prefer a more well rounded brew. This beer is over the top on the citrus profile. There should be more to this beer other then that.


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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours hazy cloudy pale yellow. Layers of yeast remain at the bottom of the bottle. Very fizzy white foam that bursts and vanishes without a trace.

Wheaty smell with a very minor citrus backing. Belgian notes.

Lemon orange citrus taste - very clean, and strong carbonation. Everything blends nicely for a well made brew.

Tasty, nicely done. Drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Very pale, cloudy yellow color. The yeast was obviously swirled in the bottle and decanted in the glass as per the style. Aromas of perfumey coriander up front, fermented wheat twang and light wildflowers in the back of the nose. Refreshing smoothness and a moderate carbonation keeps the fluffy body afloat. Maltiness is a little wet with a clean graininess throughout. Hops are very modest with some bitterness in the middle. Quick flash of fresh coriander and citrus. A little soapy and floral middle to end. Finishes dry with some chalky yeast and a bitterness from the orange peel and coriander.

The balance is a bit off-kilter, and the flare from a good Belgian yeast strain seems to be missing here. The coriander runs amuck--flailing bitterness and a soapy flavor around. Decent at best.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold/yellow with a white bubbly head. Aroma of yeast, yogurt/sour notes, and light fruits. Flavor is in the same vain as the aroma - sour yogurt, yeast, along with some lemon/citrus, light fruits, and strawberry rhubarb. This beer is not really like traditional witbiers as it lacked the usual wit spices. However, as a beer, it was pretty tasty and refreshing.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

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