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Struise Witte - De Struise Brouwers

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 05:09:38 | More by mikesgroove
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes: had this bottle at the struise brewery. Pours a bit hazy yellowish colour with a white head that disappears almost immediately. Smell is spicy, yeast, bit metallic, hops and some very well hidden citrus. Taste is much more hoppy than most of the beers in this style. Very dry finish as well. Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation. Overall nice beer, much less citrus and more hops than others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 15:45:50 | More by rvdoorn
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treyrab

California

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes straight from the hands of Urbain over in Belgium. Flew across the pond last week and I wasted little time before cracking it open. Chilled fast tonight in the freezer and poured into my non-branded Belgian tulip glass.

The beer opens with a slight hiss as the white cap pops off. Slight smoke peeks out as I pour it into the glass.

A: Pours a hazy wicker basket yellow with a nice snowblind white head. A little darker in color for a wit, similar to a light gold (a few hues lighter than the New Orleans Saints uniform gold). The head is very white, thick, and creamy. As I drink the glass, it leaves nice spotty lacing down the sides.

S: The smell starts with a nice pepper and cracker. A slight metallic scent blends its way into the scent, but not in a bad way. As I swirl the glass around a bouquet of scents including bananas that have sat out on the counter for four days, cracked black pepper, and saltine crackers. Slight German skunk as well.

T: One of the more full bodied wits I have had. It is not watery or airy like many wits. It is nice and thick, yet refreshing and quenching simultaneously. The flavors of overripe bananas, pepper, coriander, slight skunky German yeast, and spicy Belgian yeast.

Overall, this is a great wit. Very flavorful for the style and one of the better representations

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:41:33 | More by treyrab
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle shared with Carlo at De Struise...Pours a light hazy gold that is still semi clear. A light off white head, light and fades pretty quickly with light lacing...The aroma is yeast, lemon, spice, and a touch bitter. Its not the typical wit aromas, nice originality but not entirely working for me...The taste is light lemon, spicy, yeast, has a very champaign like quality from the yeast and dryness of the drink. The finish to harsh and dry for me, so despite its intent as a crusher beer its a tad difficult for me to drink.

Not my fav De Struise beer, I'd skip it next time around.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:27:03 | More by jrallen34
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yapi

Belgium

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 18:13:35 | More by yapi
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The weather is warm in Holland so this morning i put this Struise witte in my fridge.

Poured it in my Struise glass this evening and the beer is very nice in the glass; a huge white head with an unclear (?) fluid.

Fresh smell and an even fresher taste. This is a nice witbeer from the guys from Oostvleteren

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 21:44:11 | More by Brabander
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy (very slightly for a wheat) straw golden with mild carbonation. Nose has a bit of cheese funkiness, sourness, with notes of pear or apple, and a vinous quality not unlike a Pinot Grigio. Flavor is nice and vinous, finishing dry and slightly tart with more funk on the exhale. A relatively thick feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 12:04:23 | More by gyllstromk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors recently Lot B-3-BB, whatever that means. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with three fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a splotches of lacing and a decent cap. Lightly hazed, but mostly transparent, golden straw body, with tons of bubbles racing upwards and sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, candi sugar, lemony citrus, honey and spices. There's a bit of sourness and funkiness that I'm not 100% certain is intentional, but it's a nice touch. Maybe a touch medicinal as well. It's a little more complex than a typical witbier.

T - The taste is much more conventional, with some light lemon zest and spices, and a malted wheat backbone. The aftertaste has a little bit of graininess to it. Urbain calls this a lawnmower beer, and I'd have to agree. Simple, yet satisfying.

M - Lively, active carbonation. Extremely dry finish, with maybe a touch of stickiness in the finish.

D - I could drink a ton of this, if not for price and availability. The carbonation, while tingly, isn't overboard, the ABV is low, and the finish is very dry and clean.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:57:43 | More by MasterSki
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adamette

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the same 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at De Bier Tempel in Brugge, Belgium on or about 6 9 09 for 2.50 Euros. I took it with me all over Italy, finally returning at the end of June.

A Kind of basic moderate yellow translucent body with visible carbonation rising up but no sediment viewed by me. Nice, white, creamy head that stuck around for at least 10 minutes. 4.0

S Nice belgian yeast, malt smell and, thankfully, no hops smelled by me. Some light citrus but really this beer does not have a strong smell. 3.5

T Nice sweet, light syrupy malt taste and some grains but not as much of the wheat taste and no significant spices which I tend to like. Really this beer tastes more like I would call a Belgian Blonde but what do I know? What this beer does have, however, is the by now unmistakable Belgian taste as described above. 3.5

M Moderately smooth but most significant feel is a light syrupy stickiness. 3.5

D Good and if it was any easier to get I could test that theory. 4.0

Notes: I would like to taste a Witte from this brewery (a world class one at that) as an unfiltered version. As it is this is a solid beer, but probably a Blonde Belgian Ale. I have to admit that I was a bit let down after having some absolutely stellar beers from DSB in the past. Coming up are two Pannepot beers though....

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:58:24 | More by adamette
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok beer. Poured with a white head that quickly faded to a small amount on the surface and almost no lace. Color is hazy medium amber. Aroma is different: yeast, leather, earth, wood, and malt. Flavor is malt, tart, bread, yeast, and cookies. Interesting play between good carbonation and softness in the body. Decent finish. Could maybe be a session beer. Don't really pick up the spices touted on the label.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 22:07:46 | More by drpimento
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:03:37 | More by Sammy
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glid02

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:49:25 | More by glid02
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 00:16:05 | More by weeare138
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Beerenauslese

California

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 02:11:01 | More by Beerenauslese
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rhinos00

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A- Straw, pale yellow with lots of carbonation. Nice three fingers worth of off-white head gathered.

S- Combination of wheat and spiced herbs. There was also a strong scent of acidic, sour citrus tones.

T- Follows the smell. I was afraid the sourness was going to play into the taste, but surprisingly it did not. Carried a nice wheat flavor and finished off with a crisp spice finish.

M- Like the taste, crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. At 5% ABV this is definitely a session beer, not too mention its refined taste.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I still prefer there quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 03:12:19 | More by rhinos00
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/16/08. Bottle. Poured a light yellow with a small white head, pretty carbonated. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear, citrus). Taste of the same light fruits also some darker fruits like plum. The taste also had lots of spice that really complemented the beer and didn't overpower it. A nice blend of flavors. Very refreshing and very drinkable. I loved this! 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 02:12:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I ended up with this at the Delirium Cafe due to some confusion from a not-too-beer-savvy bartendress and something of a language barrier. I wish I would have had something else, as I was not impressed.

This beer is almost clear with a light yellow tinge. Head is a pretty thorough coating of universally-sized bubbles not different from a macro-lager. Aroma was very faintly wheat-y, but there was not much there...maybe a touch of sugar. Flavor is slightly bitter grainy-ness in the back of the mouth with some citrus notes. Flavor seemed awfully unbalanced - lots of malt but not much else. I was unimpressed.

I would not recommend this beer. I had this from a bottle at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:26:55 | More by BeerBelcher
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requiem960

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every now and again I find those beers that to me are unbelievable. Struise Witte, simply put, is a near perfect example of what a Witbier should taste like.

This beer pours slightly hazy with a golden/orage tone with a foamy head. The smell was different for a Witbier, but had a sweet, yeasty fragrance. Not what I was expecting, nor was it one of those beers that smells of perfection. The scent was a little on the boring side, but the taste definitely made up for the smell!

Struise Witte has a very floral taste, but is not overly complex. Yeast was definitely present, so was orange and citrus. I found the beer to be more on the sweet side, than tart. Overall, this beer was crisp, clean and refreshing; a perfect beer to drink at the end of a hot day in Florida!

I was pleasantly surprised with the Struise Witte. After hearing my beer advisor recommend this beer, I was excited to try it. But to my surprise, it exceeded my expectations and renewed my faith in Belgium Wits!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 00:03:25 | More by requiem960
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a very finely beaded pure white head that sticks around as a thin cap. Smells of orange cream, a spritz of lemon, and a touch of coriander. Definitely a bit unusual for the style, both in aroma and taste, but really quite nice. The taste is a bit sour for a Wit, and really tastes nothing light the smell. You'd really expect a lot more sweetness in the flavor based on the aroma. There is still some of the lemon spritz, but the sourness is almost acetic. A touch of cream and coriander remains as well, but the orange is gone. The taste is a bit floral as well. Fairly light in the mouth and a bit sour. Pleasant porch drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 22:51:07 | More by Georgiabeer
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changeup45

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored and pours a huge white fluffy head with good retention. The aroma is malty, with some grass and herbal notes with just a touch of citrus. The flavor is a citrus tang; I get orange, coriander and lemons along with wheaty malts. Acidic with quite a bit of carbonation. Seemed a bit thin and over-carbonated. Interesting, refreshing beer, and overall pretty good but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 17:08:54 | More by changeup45
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jakon

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 10:38:27 | More by jakon
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ccrida

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Struise Witte is a hazy straw yellow with a very large, fluffy white head, that is almost painfully flow to recede, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is phenomenal, sweeter, spicy, floral hops, fruity esters, just very appealing to me, lots of aroma without overpowering.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma, a little to grassy hops, not as much floral and fruitiness, sour wheat tang. While I'm happy to not be overwhelmed by the spices and orange peel, I could use a little something more. Perhaps if the aroma was so appealing to me, the taste would seem better, as there's really nothing wrong with it, pretty standard witte.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and drier, although not particularly crisp, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is pretty good, if only for the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 04:00:26 | More by ccrida
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BrewerB

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Hints of orange, spice, and wheat are prevalent. Moderate level of sweetness. Vanilla. Tart. Floral noted later in the session. I'm having a hard time noting the coriander character I'd expect in the style. It may be there but I'm not detecting it.

Cloudy, straw-like color. Formed a dense white head that thinned itself in and retained well. Some lacing takes place when swirled though this is not required of the style.

Upfront tartness with a bitter orange peel type flavor. Wheat-like graininess. Low level of bitterness. Missing out on some of the spicy notes I expect. Lacking a pleasant sweetness, as required in this style. Too focused on the tart/acidic flavors.

Medium-light bodied, moderately high level carbonation. Finished dry with some lingering tartness and a small bit of astringency. Effervescent.

Overall a drinkable, refreshing, crisp belgian wheat beer that is missing a few key flavors. Tart, bitter orange peel flavors too prominent. With some more sweetness and an increase in spiciness, decrease of tartness, this would be a more appropriate witbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:48:04 | More by BrewerB
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Hullabaloo2

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 01:52:17 | More by Hullabaloo2
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albern

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 23:39:02 | More by albern
Struise Witte from De Struise Brouwers
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.