Belgian White | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an opaque golden-yellow. A little more yellow in color than other belgian whites I've had.

Smells like sweet citrus, like a fresh squeezed orange

Lemon-lime on the front end followed by a fruity sweetness with orange and apple accent

Above average carbonation followed by sweet smoothness. Light and refreshing with a little bit of stickiness

Basically what I expect of a belgian white. Light, refreshing, enjoyable on a hot summer day as long as it is cold. I don't often drink white beers, but I was in the mood for one and it did not disappoint. I was not overly impressed either. Good example of the style but nothing to write home about.

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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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Belgian White from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 355 ratings
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