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Struise Witte - De Struise Brouwers

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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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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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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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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magine

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at teresas gold brew no head little lace. Brew smells of sweet fruits and yeast. Good sweet flavors; fruits an spices along with a spicy carbonated feel. Drying finish. Drinks like a champ. Very session able. A light drinking summer brew that wouldnt offend. Good stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:55:28 | More by magine
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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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BierMeJohn

Germany

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-21-2013 12:19:57 | More by BierMeJohn
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Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-25-2013 20:49:13 | More by Mattias
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-21-2013 20:08:08 | More by rolltide8425
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-18-2014 21:33:30 | More by Tucquan
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-03-2012 21:24:29 | More by samEBC
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-30-2012 22:09:28 | More by Riggsy
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haz77

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 17:24:14 | More by haz77
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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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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

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

330ml bottle pored in a thumbler glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color forming a medium to small thin bubbled white head. Low retention and practically no lacings left

S: Spicy and peppery. Notes of black pepper, orange zest and coriander. A bit grassy. Different from the traditional Belgian Witbiers. More sweet and malty in the nose

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet malts. A bit sour. Herby and spicy. Notes of orange zest, coriander, wheat, and bready yeasts

M: Medium body. Low carbonation and a spicy and citrus aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Again, not a traditional Belgian Witbier but still a Struise

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 19:13:14 | More by eduardolinhalis
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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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Sigmund

Norway

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 20:19:30 | More by Sigmund
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:53:00 | More by stakem
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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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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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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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czfreeman

California

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 19:49:41 | More by czfreeman
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at 40 degrees in a small juice glass(split the beer with another person). The pours were equally distributed and the yeast was swirled and added to each beer.

The beer poured with a golden brown color with a clean white head. The aroma was one of dominating sourness - not what I expected from a Belgian wit. The first couple of sips were surprising from the standpoint that the flavor was much less sour than what you would expect from the aroma. The beer seemed a bit high on the carbonation side. I really struggled with this beer to find descriptive characteristics. It was the second beer of the night for me so my palate was still capable. I swirled it to release some carbonation. Upon doing that I was able to detect the mild citrus notes and a bit of the sourness I originally smelled.

I could call this a very complex wit or a wit with no identity. I'll make sure to revisit this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 14:14:59 | More by Yetiman420
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RobertH50

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-16-2014 22:05:11 | More by RobertH50
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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
Struise Witte from De Struise Brouwers
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.