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Long Trail Double White, part of Long Trail’s Brewmaster Series, was released April of last year but was still on the shelves of the local Kappy’s. Not realizing it was nearly a year old, and thinking orange flavors suit the winter pretty well, I picked it up.
The Double White, a stronger version of a Belgian-style witbier, pours a very hazy, straw yellow, with a big fizzy head that quickly dissipates. There is immediately a strong smell of oranges followed by some spice. The taste of the beer follows suit. Orange is the strongest flavor with some spice. The beer tastes wet, very sweet and juicy. There’s a bit of a dry, spicy taste from the wheat in the finish and some earthy or nutty yeast flavors. The malt is sweet and bready – white bread comes to mind. Hops are hard to notice until the beer warms up more and even then are mild, reminding one of Harpoon’s UFO, maybe.
The carbonation is pleasantly prickly on the tongue. The beer is medium-bodied and despite the sweetness and high alcohol content, is not sticky. The sweetness covers up the alcohol heat, but remember that this one is 8% alcohol by volume.
Since witbiers are not a hop dependent style the Double White should not have changed too much with age and may be worth a shot (provided you really like oranges) if you can still find it or if Long Trail re-releases it.