I’ve really come to enjoy this particular style of beer – Belgian White, and so I’m excited about this beer review and to find out what Vermont’s Long Trail Brewing was able to come up with! The Long Trail Brewing Winter White is part of their Brewmaster Series which means its a beer that’s only available in these plainly-labeled 22 oz. bottles, and perhaps at the brewery itself.
As I mentioned, the Winter White is a Belgian White, and it checks in at 7.2% ABV. The label indicates that it’s brewed with sweet orange, bitter orange, and coriander. So far, so good. That’s what we expect in a Belgian White beer, right?
During the summer, Liz reviewed their ‘regular’ Long Trail Belgian White, and gave it a 4-star rating! Looking back on my notes, and from what I remember about that beer, I liked it too!
So, how’s this Brewmaster Series going to be in comparison? Let’s see!
First, the beer looks great! I have these huge wheat beer glasses that are perfect for these 22 oz bottles of beer! It poured a beautiful golden color, and created an aromatic and foamy head. You can pick up on the citrus and spices, some breadyness, and a bit of alcohol in the smell without even sticking your nose into the beer. (I hate when I do that!)
Sometimes when I pick up too much alcohol in the aroma, its an indication to me that its going to have a stronger alcohol flavor than I like, but I didn’t find that to be the case. The alcohol is nicely hidden in the Long Trail Winter Whiteby the sweet and sour orange, and a good blend of spicy flavors!
Drinking this beer I thought that the aftertaste was just great. There is a lingering citrusy flavor, and true to the ‘Winter Style’, that bit of extra alcohol in the mix warms just a bit as its going down the pipe.
I would definitely pick up the Brewmaster Series Winter White again, especially because (if I remember correctly) it was less than four bucks for the 22oz. bottle! A great beer and a good beer value in my book! I think its really one of the better Belgian Style Witbiers I’ve had actually. Its a smooth, crisp, flavorful beer that seems to have a great blend of flavors consisting of the orange and coriander.
Odd for a Winter ale? Perhaps – to me its more of a Summer beer style, but wheat the heck, if you see a bottle of this, pick it up to try! If you’re a fan of Blue Moon, I really think you’ll love this special beer from Vermont! I’m going to make it a point to try the other beers in their Brewmaster Series!
Another four-star beer review for 2010! Rating: