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White - Brugge Brasserie

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BA SCORE
85
very good

23 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brugge Brasserie visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Indybeer on 07-13-2005)
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Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially I was impressed by this at GTMW '08...

Pale canary yellow, hazy orange once the dregs are poured in. Not much of a head at first, but there was a good inch or so the second time. Head didn't last though. Wheaty aroma, not getting much spice or citrus at all.

Lemon zest tartness, some light pepper, and creamy wheat. It's fairly well carbonated but stays creamy, never prickly. Seems to be missing the spice levels I remember at the Great Taste. Strange since it was poured from the bottle there...

Very easy drinking, it would serve well as a summer patio beer, or with a nice meal.

emerge077, Oct 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours into my glass a hazy pale yellow with a huge three fingers of white foam on top. Tons of active carbonation and spotty lacing. Aromas of crisp wheat malt with coriander spiciness and yeasty accents.

First sip brings crisp wheat upfront with coriander accents. Acidulated malt brings some sour / tartness as well. Good yeast character on the way down. Yeast spiciness on the way down as it finishes a bit on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. This is an easy to drink brew that would be a nice compliment to some grilled food and a summer evening. Worth checking out and even more worth going to the brewpub itself and eating the amazing mussels!

orbitalr0x, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

freewill35, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Oops
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Oops, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I brought back from Indy into a pint glass. No dating info. It was an opaque straw color with lots of carb and no lacing. It had a large, fizzy white head that settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was a little weak. It had most of the usual wit aromas but was weaker on the spice than most and had the addition of lemon. The taste was very similar to the aroma. Needed a little more spice to it or less lemon for my taste. Not bad but just didn't grab me. Mouthfeel and taste were a little watery.

Overall, a decent beer that just misses the mark for me. It's from the great state of Indiana so I'll recommend it to help support the local beer scene. One and done except for maybe a re-try on-tap.

TexIndy, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had at Boulevard Tavern in Brooklyn.
A-Gold color, decent head, completely opaque.
T-Wheat scent to it, mild.
T-Wheat and sweet, slightly sour aftetaste. Bubbly. Sits kind of heavy. Good, but I would only want one or two before I would be done with it.

Amalak, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of nightcrawler
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured with a thin, quickly dispersing head, and was a bit more "clear" than the other whites we had at the table. I was afraid this was another attempt to make a psuedo-white beer. The smell was very Belgian, with a definite hint of funk.

And I was surprised at the taste. It was clearly a wit beer to purchase again. It definitely had a fruit finish, not overpoweringly sweet like some. The only thing was that the beer seemed a bit fizzy on the tailend, but it did help to give a clean finish, which is always a big hit in my book.

In short, I like this beer.

nightcrawler, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon yellow with a thin bright white cap.

Aroma of salt and pepper along with faint lemon, grain, and sour milk.

The taste has an off-putting saltiness upfront. A bit of soft maltiness is there but not much else. Fairly bland overall.

Lighter bodied and lightly carbonated.

This beer did nothing for me. I expected more.

Monkeyknife, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of HosP
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First crack at a witbier. I've enjoyed Brugge's other beers, so I thought I'd pick this one up as well.

A - HUGE white fluffy head to this beer. It comes down pretty quick with no remnants of lacing. Color is a pale yellow with haze to it.

S - Right off the bat, lemon aroma up front. Spices follow through with some nutmeg in the background. Smells zesty!

T - The taste lacks from the nose. Lemon, spice taste but rather subdued. Has a bitterness to it though at the end of the drink.

M- Light-Medium body. Lots of carbonation.

D- Not sure what to think of my first witbier. It was an easy drink. However I was hoping for more taste from it. Not sure if I'd pick up another bottle, although would try it on draft maybe to get a second opinion.

HosP, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of ryancorn
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ryancorn, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of cnally
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crisp yellow-orange color. white head falls down with little lacing.

fruity aroma, berries up in there. slight sugary malt.

yeasty but sweet flavoring. very, very sweet. but in the midst of all of that, there is a good flavoring of caramel malt and slight citrus.

just an explosive carbonation bomb. not balanced on the feel, all over the place and too much.

I believe this beer has a time and a place, a warm day with a craving for sweet beer. how often do I have that day? not often.

cnally, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of KenOnBass
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Tavern, Brooklyn, NY

A: Very light golden look w/ a decent head, and good lacing.

S: Sweet nutmeg type smell or something similar. Very refreshing.

T: Pretty good, but something is lacking. A little bitter for a witbier.

M: Medium to full, great carbonation.

D: Good light witbier but to be honest I think there are better choices, but totally worth the try.

KenOnBass, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice soft yellow, with great head and lacing for a wit, and has a lot of carbonation. It has a very crisp and sweet aroma, malthy with a lemon zest scent. Nice wheat ale taste, very clean and refreshing, with a lemon/lemongrass flavor. It goes down very smoothly.

JamesS, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of baos
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big kitty bottle into Atlas Good-Luck jar.

A: A hazy ultra-pale light straw color with a tiny one finger head on pour that completely disappears. Light lacing that goes pretty quickly too. Its has a nice hue to it though.

S: Lemon grass and the tiniest bit of bubble gum and cloves.

T: Very tart like pulling up a clump of sour grass-clover (the kind with the little yellow flowers) and taking a bite of it. Then comes some wheaty and spicy, almost green peppercorn flavors. This beer is super-refreshing I'll need to check back with the little kitty in zee summer time.

M: Light to medium. Maybe a bit watery but with the flavors going on this mouthfeel is very good. I can wait to have this in the hot sun.

D: Very good. This is the Lemonade of beers. You could almost throw it on ice and put a lemon wedge in it and serve it too grandmama and grandpapa on zee back porch!

baos, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy pale straw color with a one and a half inch white head. It sinks down to a spotty skim and leaves no lacing.

Aroma has some wheat tanginess along with a good crisp citrus aroma - not only orange but a good amount of lemon as well. There is also a light floral smell, no doubt from the chamomile used in this brew.

Taste is initially quite lemony with a wheaty taste. It grows more tart and peppery then almost makes it to sour by the time it's down the throat. Think watered down lambic with fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel is light with a wonderful carbonation level and crisp yet smooth feel. Quite dry.

A very unique tasting witbier that I am really enjoying right now. Quite easy to drink, I will have no problem putting back this 750. I really like how this isn't sweet like many of the witbiers that I've tried are.

roadhouse, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Brugge Brasserie

Hazy golden color, obviously.

Smell, typical wit smells, orange, wheat, corriandor

Taste, yawn, more of the same. Fluffy wheat flavors are balanced by the corriandor and subtle citrus notes.

Overall, a very good Wit to be had. But considering it was only one of three beers available, you would think it would be more unique.

leftmindedrighty, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Onibubba
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not too cloudy straw yellow with a very nice frothy white short lived head. Citrus aroma that reminds me very much of JP's Calabaza Blanca. Unexpected. As is the taste. I'm surprised to see little mention of the sourness of this beer. I mean that in a very good way. Again, the comparison the JP's witbier come to play in the taste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but drinkability was very good. I liked this very much and was sorry I had only one bottle...Guess I could follow up with a Fantome.

Onibubba, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White. Picked up a bottle while in Indiana. Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a light amber orange hue throughout. A bubbly white head with limited retention and lacing.

The nose has a lot of the wit characteristic but also has a lot more going on. A nice wheat base with a light spiciness on the back end. Some nice lemon zest aroma but along with that is a funk plum and fig notes. More of an estery aroma but not overly yeasty. The spices come out as well. Some limited coriander, would like more, but there also is a lemon grass and lavender. Almost like a candle.

The taste is similar. The lemon zest comes out a bit more than the nose. Some lighter orange notes as well. The wheat backs off but is still noticeable. There is a more of pepper taste that comes out but blends oddly with the distinct lavender/lemon grass notes. There is a light herbal note that I think is coming from the hops. Some yeast and a light fig note but limited versus the nose. Some chalky notes into the finish.

The body is moderate but has a milder finish. Some carbonic bite but not over the top. Overall some nice positive notes with the wheat character and pepper, but some off notes as well with the esters and phenolic. Ok.

Oxymoron, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I was extremely impressed with my visit to Brugge Brasserie, I was hardly impressed with this beer. It was perfectly drinkable, but was definitely a below average witbier. In particular, I was turned off by a sour milk aroma which thankfully did not really penetrate the taste of this beer.

It arrived in a pint glass, with a lemonade colored body and a tight head that reminded me of meringue. There were some large bubbles on the side of the glass which made me question its "beer cleanliness," but the class appeared clear and free of fingerprints and other debris. Aroma was some citrus and lots of clove, but an unpleasant sour milk off-odor. Flavor was pretty average for a beer for a beer of this style: citrus-y and clove-y., but hardly exceptional. I got an unpleasant metallic taste as well which reminded me of Indianapolis tap-water (this city has worst tap-water of any I've ever lived in). Mouthfeel was OK.

I think this beer, at least as it was served to me, has some flaws, but it was still not an unpleasant and I drank my entire glass with a smile on my face. The beer wasn't bad, but yet I found what I didn't like about it very easy to articulate.

BeerBelcher, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of erz316
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9.5floz bottle into the big boy 1l Spaten seidel. this beer is 'best enjoyed often." nice bottle design with the cats.

A - big frothy bright white head, creamy texture. body is a light amber, though it does not have the characteristic red tinges that amber has. this is more like darker yellow. head comes down to a reasonable size in a short while.

S - definite wheat notes in the foreground. the seidel is not the best vessel to extract the subtleties of a beer. other than the wheat malts there is some lemon like zest to the nose, maybe a bit spicy.

T - initial taste is an expansion of that spicy zest in the nose, though nothing overwhelming, still a strong wheat back bone. the finish has some spicy, or at least bitter, hops; quite a dull experience. the aftertaste is sweet, wheaty, maybe a bit of honey.

MF&D - a moderate carbonation beer with a little-too-thin body. nothing that would seriously impede a good rating.

erz316, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of schoolcb
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy pale straw with a huge white foamy head that settled down to leave a constance lace of bubbles. Aroma was of cardamon and malt. The hop bitterness balanced the malty sweetness well but offered no flavor. Has complex spicy flavors of cardamon, camomille, and orange peel. I'm not sure what the ABV is, but would guess it's higher than your average beer. A nice example of the Wit style!

schoolcb, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

imperialking, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of mynie
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette. It's gonna be nice to have a speciality brewpub like this within driving distance.

Pours like a wit. Pale yellow that's still got some character to it, nice white head.

Smells like a nice wit. Coriander, harsh lemon and generic citrus, white pepper. Maybe a little on the sour side, but there's nothing necessarily wrong with that...

Unless, of course, that sourness gets too intense. Which in the flavor it doesn't, at least not quite. The spice complexities are good, and the citrusiness serves as a nice balance, but there's a harsh acidity that takes a while to get used to and distracted me from the more pleasant stuff.

mynie, Jun 13, 2009
White from Brugge Brasserie
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.