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Struise Witte - De Struise Brouwers

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:6, IBU:15, OG:1044, FG:1008, ABV:5%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Hoegaarden glass. Really like the label on this brew.
An immensley hazy Witte. Light medium head, carbonation is good. Great appearance.
Smell is quite a bit lighter than expected.Wheat,yeast, orange, pepper, metal? hmmm. Lemon, wheat, good, but really lacks the "Struise" kick I was expecting.
Flavor is very peppery,biting and very good.Orange, biscuit, spices, grains, musty yeastiness, really spicy Wit, touch of sweetness akin to white grape, but the pepper/cracker/lemon combo is fantastic.
More biting than most Wits I've had, I guess it does have the "struise" touch after all, very drinkable, but I really miss the creaminess in the mouthfeel that I think is one of the key critique factors in a Wit.]
Good,but not quite on par with my expectations.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy straw-gold body with a thin white froth. Sweet aroma of hay, orange peals, coriander, and touches of grapefruit. Flavor is mildly funky with very light sourness and a spicy finish. Citrus flavors and a touch of apple. Somewhat muddled. Similar to many American Wheats I have had at average to mediocre brew pubs with just a touch more spiciness. Not very pleasing to me.

Bottle picked up at West Lakeview Liquors for about $5.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving hardly any lacing.

Smells of lemon zest with hints of spices. As the beer warms a bit of barnyard funk comes out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the flavors aren't as strong as I was led to believe from the smell. The lemon flavors hit first, both sweet and tart, then very light spices, then a dry finish. As with the smell, a slight funk comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could have a lot of these on a summer day - not too much going on but very refreshing.

Overall this was a good wit - not great, but certainly good. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body of pale warm yellow on the first pour. The super thick snow white head last and last turning rocky after a bit. With the last half of the bottle poured in this beer turns very hazy. There are still strands of tiny bubbles seen trailing up the sides of the glass.

S- The soft light smell of yeasty bread dough has a nice soft spice hint and a green herbal finish.

T- This beer has a soft wheat dough flavor with a slight tartness that is like faint white wine vinegar. There is a soft hint of brie cheese blended with a green hop note at the finish. As this beer warms there is a nice faint sweetness and citrus zest flavor with a note of butterscotch coming though aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight fizz that really crisps up the finish nicely.

D- In a world of bland wit beer after wit beer this one shines through. It has some nice subtle twist to it and has some wild hints to it aswell.

Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having the excellent Pannepot beers, I had to give this a try from Struise as well. The beer poured a hazy light yellow color into my tulip glass. There were definite notes of citrus and a funky earthness in the nose. The taste has really nice wheat tones to it and is smooth, even with a citrusy background. There are good spice notes running around in the taste as well: corriander, orange peel. Very refreshing witte.

Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average tasting beer again from Struisse. Pours light translucent orange with some white head, that later leaves lace teasting in the glass. Soft mouthfeel, with after tongue tingling. Orangey citrus flavour. Slightly below average smell of the spice. Nicely drinkable blend.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally available locally, this is a good sign of things to come.

Pours a medium yellow-orange that more resembles opaque orange juice once the yeast is poured in. Initial burst of sudsy foam, 3-4 fingers high. This settles to centimeters of skim, but sticks around.

Airy, spritzy on the surface, carrying aromas of grassy wheat and white grapes.

Prickly mouthfeel at first, lessened with a few swirls of the glass. Juicy, tart grape, light bitter orange peel, and fairly light on the spice. A papery malt and light wheatiness comes out in the aftertaste. It has character, and has a touch heavier body than many other Wits. Approachable, with a mild tartness that's very refreshing.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another nice tasting throwdown tonight down by the lake. brought some nice ones i needed to try and this one was one of the first.

it poured a bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse. It was average at best but no worse then that,. I could have had another easily as they were like water. An average witbier for me

Photo of RuudJH
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Witbeer unfiltered unpasteurized, 33 cl bottle.

Clear golden beer, 1/2 inch head, modest carbonation.

Smell is very floral and herbal. Quite unique in this way.
Taste is similar, with a rounded full bitterness.
Nice medium body.

Overall this is a very well balanced beer. the perfume of this brew is quite different from other witbeers, making it a nice try for sampling.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - A tart and spicy aroma; mildly sweet. A little cidery.

Appearance - Head was not to style. Did not pour a dense head, and it dissipated quickly to 1/4 finger width. Almost no head retention and no lacing. Color was a crystal clear yellow to gold. Darker than style and much clearer than style. This was the biggest flaw I found.

Flavor - Crisp and dry. Mild tartness on the front. Pils malt comes through prominently in the middle. Spice on the back end, and then the tartness comes back through and lingers. There is a lactic acid flavor consistently through.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with high carbonation. Acidic, and dry.

Overall Impression - While the appearance is out of style it is a good looking and tasting beer. It is probably not the best representation of the Belgian Wit style, but it is a good and drinkable beer. I give them the benefit of the doubt as well, because wits are fragile, and it was probably abused in the import process.

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent, light gold with plentiful streams of carbonation quickly rising to the top of the creamy, 1 finger, white head. The foamy cap never falls out. Scattered speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon zest, rummy sugar, spicy dough, and perhaps a tiny amounts of caramel drizzled on white bread.
Taste is of raisin (white)bread minus the abundance of brown sugar. There is also a honey & citrus flavor that is highlighted by the freshly squeezed lemon qualities found zinging along the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zesty, mildly spicy, with tartness leading to a somewhat dry finish.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a pale gold color with a creamy white head that quickly settles into a nice, solid one finger. Quite effervescent at first, but fades with time and temperature.

S: Right off the bat, I'm greeted with some citrus. Lemon and orange peel. That leads right into green apple, bread, and some subtle spices.

T: Again, tart citrus blended with slightly sour/tangy apples. Spices, dry toasted malt, and an excellent bready yeastiness.

M: Feels thicker than what I expected. Prickly and bubbly with a nice, long, fruity finish.

D: Loaded with compelling tangyness. Very refreshing!

Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded but left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Astringent-like aroma bubbling with yeast, wheat, coriander, spices, and lemons...
"Ale brewed with spices" on the front logo sticker, and those very spices were certainly noticeable in the taste, with a punch of coriander, lemons, citrus, grapefruit, and ripe pears... Spicy taste, which was a little more than what I was expecting from a Witbier...
Good, crisp, clean, rich mouthfeel and a very good level of drinkability due to the relatively low ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Definitely an interesting take on the style...

Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dull gold/straw color with a very light, aerated head that stands tall before receding slowly.

Wow. Huge blast of circus peanuts, baskin robbins, coldstone creamery, waffle cones, and a touch of ACV. Very interesting aroma. Unexpectedly powerful.

The taste reveals a more pronounced tartness than the aroma hinted at. Very nice. There's a unique sweetness/maltiness that I've never tasted in a beer before. Coriander and spicy hops mingle with watered down ACV.

Mouthfeel is a bit spritzy on first sip, and the carbonation mellows from there. Light body. The head is very fluffy and soft looking as I swirl the beer around the bowl of the snifter. Beautiful beer.

Overall, this was unexpectedly great. I will be looking to purchase many more of these.

Photo of yapi
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very nice Witbier. I'm used to more watery witbiers, and this one is much fuller in the mouth and in taste.

L: has a very well balanced, soft yellow color. Nice head.

A: not that present, but you can smell the wheat is in there

T: fresh, wheat is also very pronounced, reminds me a bit of a triple Karmeliet in terms of the wheat taste. I love it that it's a full flavour. Not watery at all, very firm. Pretty bitter too. A bit of citrus going on.

O: nice Witbier by the struise brouwers! Couldn't ask more of this

Photo of Wanne
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy golden colour, with a white head that disappears relatively quickly. Smells a bit sour (oranges?). Taste is a combination between malt ans sour notes, whereby the sour holds the middle between orange zest and lemon. Overall, nothing exceptional.

Photo of Sigmund
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, courtesy of gunnfryd, who supplied it to our tasting. The ABV was 5.0%. Served at room temperature, which was too warm, and caused the beer to gush out of the bottle when opening. Hazy golden colour, moderate head. Surprisingly malty aroma, plenty of coriander. Moderately spicy flavour.

Photo of marcpal
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a large tulip glass.

A: Dark blonde with a small white head.

S: A bit different- earthy and fruity. Grapefruit rind and lots of spiciness.

T: Spiciness didnt match the smell. A little too sweet and tart. The yeast was good but a little scattered in flavors. Some bitter hops.

M: Carbonated and tart taste left in the mouth.

D: A refreshing drink but not one of my favorites. Surely not worth the price tag on this one.

Wouldnt recommend searching this one out but worth a try.

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle of standard brown glass with pressure cap served into a weissbier glass in a hostel in Amsterdam. Reviewed live.

A: 3.5 finger head is thin, devoid of cream, and retains well. Colour is a cloudy murky dark yellow. No visible yeast.

Sm: Lemon, biscuit, and bland citrus hops. A mild strength scent.

T: Lemon and citrus esters. Some heavy malted barley comprises the foundation. Some unwelcome cream is also present. Balanced but poorly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavour. A bit too wet.

Dr: Easily drinkable, but highly priced and of limited quality. I'd have it again at a lower temperature, but as is, it's the first disappointment I've had from Struise.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing in its soft tartness and earthen with grain and hop- the overall character of this Belgian wheat beer is less reliant on perfumy notes or citrus notes- but allows for a minerally, earthen, and spicy yeast tone that's normally reserved for farmhouse ale.

Highly carbonated (perhaps obnoxiously so) the ale pours an eruptive bright straw color but with a modest soft hazy glow. As the foam settles into a mousse visual texture it looks rocky and stubborn. Very well defined- the foam laces remarkably while the beer recedes.

Its understated perfume and earthen tones align softly on the nose- sweet grains, light bread, orange and lemon peels, and the soft herbal presence of coriander, lemon pepper, and straw act in complement to the malt sweetness. But to taste, the flavors are sharper, crisper and drier. Its grainy-sweet taste is short lived as the beer turns more Saison-like with a dry peppery middle. A strong minerally finish iron and maybe even blood-like with a hint of cilantro-type vegetable and soap character.

Its body is mid-light with a quick finish of snappy and mineral crispness. Its a zestier and more abrasive ale than is typical. Lightly bitter and mildly astringent, the ale surpasses drinkability and goes to battery acid to close.

With a much more rustic and spicier tone, this Witbier carries an "old-world" character that's charming and inviting- but its strong iron properties seriously impede drinkability and enjoyment.

Photo of Larrytown
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks like a great foamy wit right off the bat, but there's nothing especially noticeable about the nose.

The taste is WAY off for me. It's completely dominated by a flavor I can't quite place. Frankly, it's a little like rubber. Maybe vinegar. Mouthfeel is fine, I guess, but dominated by that taste that I absolutely cannot get rid of. I won't be seeing the bottom of this glass.

Perhaps the bottle has just gone bad; that's the only way I can match this up with the rest of the (generally positive) reviews here. If I sample again, I'll edit the review.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy honey amber, has good initial head that soon disappears.

S: Lots of sour fruits and bananas, brown sugar and a little horse blanket.

T: Ginger, sour fruit, coriander, honey.

M: High carbonation (almost like seltzer) gives this a light mouthfeel and makes it a real palate cleanser.

D: Its light mouthfeel and sourness makes this a good thirst quencher for a hot day. Although I can sometimes only stomach one wittbier, I could envision having two of these on a hot day.

Photo of haz77
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy straw with an inch of frothy white head. This recedes fairly quickly to a thin cap. No visible carbonation.

S - Quite muted. Lemon, grapefruit, grassiness, breadiness. It's ok.

T - Back on track. Initial burst is of bread/yeast, before the citrus moves through in the middle. Bisuity malt towards the end and a lightly hoppy finish/aftertaste.

M - Medium body initially, with light carbonation. Becomes much lighter and almost watery towards the end.

D - Not too bad. I've head better wittes, but this would certainly be acceptable on a hot day.

Photo of albern
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this witbier because of its complexity and very characteristic Belgian qualities. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a foamy smallish white head that dissipated quickly. The smell is sweet yeasty malts, Belgian sugars, some florals as well. The taste was very light, easy to drink, refreshing, with a hearty yeasty effervesence, orange rind, coriander, maybe some pineapple. The taste is quite nice, a little on the dry side, and there is sufficient complexity which you will notice as the beer warms and more fruity and citrus flavors develop. The beer is a real treat and well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a matching De Struise cervoise. I loved this beer to death when I had it on draft so I didnt hesitate in getting some bottles when the opportunity arose. I should have paid closer attention because this bottle I am opening for this review is old. Like... older than it should be for a wit. The label is different from the one listed here, instead of yellow, it is blue and very faded, scratched up and downright falling apart now that I look at it closer. The best before code on the side of the label is different from the normal struise labels I am use to seeing that have been imported by Shelton bros. I assume this to be best by 2013 putting this at a 2008 vintage possibly? The brew appears a very clouded color of yellow to golden with a solid 2 fingers of white froth that fade slowly leaving spots of lace clinging all over the glass.

The aroma opens up with a seemingly perfume-like lemony aspect. It is chalk full of yeasty notes mixed with some herbal and earthy components. Wheat tartness is somewhat evident with a blending of grain and then as it opens up, there is a bit of apple cider note coming into play. The taste includes a tart wheat character with hints of lemon and coriander with almost an oily touch. There is a bitterness here somewhat more exaggerated than i was expecting for a wit but it does a decent job contrasting the lemony aspect and the tart wheat presence.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking with the expected lemony aspects and wheat inclusion. I am a bit surprised by the herbal components and hop bitterness that is present. This is certainly a 180 degree turn from my experience of having it on tap. it is good in it's own right, just not at all what I was expecting based on previous experience. I guess it is understandable knowing the difference of draft version bottle conditioning and considering this specific bottle might be several years old.

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Struise Witte from De Struise Brouwers
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.