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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%


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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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
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Larrytown

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:37:59 | More by Larrytown
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 15:58:29 | More by dsa7783
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 20:25:33 | More by marcpal
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notched 4 BB which I beleive indicates it was bottled in 2006.

A - Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow with a thin layer of white head that settles to a skim of foam.

S - Tart green apples, white grapes, lemon, hay, coriander and a slightly bready yeast.

T - Sour green apple and white grape mixed with a grassy, lemony citrus and a wheat bready, yeasty flavor. Some wine notes and light spicing are also present.

M - Very carbonated and spritzy feeling in the mouth. Dry finish.

D - I believe I heard in an interview that there is some wild yeast in this one. I assume that is what creates the tart, grape, apple flavors that are a nice change compared to many wits.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 22:34:48 | More by brewcrew76
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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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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy and hazy. Dull bronze body. The white head is fluffy and airy....and it sticks around for a while. Aroma is nice and fresh. Belgian yeast, lemon zest, lavender and orange. The flavor is pretty dry and herbal like. Not a lot of sweet traits to be found. Spicing is moderate with a little corriander or something similar. Sour lemon is present. A definite tangy aftertaste. This is o.k. Nothing I'd need to seek again for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 22:53:13 | More by Bighuge
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun-bleached goldenrod topped by a huge expanse of eggshell colored foam that almost overflowed the glass. Crackly heads rarely look very good, last very long, or leave much lace. This one is okay on all three fronts, but is certainly nothing to get excited about.

The nose is strangely subdued. Tart fruit is uppermost, with very little of the orange peel and coriander that define the style. I find it interesting that even when all 11.2 ounces of beer are poured, the liquid is still barely hazy. Did they filter out the good stuff?

Witte's flavor follows the nose in that it's mostly unripe fruity, with much more sour lemon peel than sweet orange peel. A major problem is that there isn't enough malt to provide any sort of balancing sweetness or to provide a halfway decent mouthfeel. Corinader is next to absent as well.

Even keeping style in mind, the beer is too thin and easily reaches watery on the finish. Not only that, but the carbonation, while not abundant, has a harshness that more malt sugars might have helped to soften.

I expected delicious things from Struise Witte since De Struise Brouwers are responsible for some of the most highly regarded beer on planet Earth. I've had plenty of wits from barely known American craft breweries that could run rings around this stuff. Another bottle may be in order, in case this one isn't representative.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 13:43:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 13:24:13 | More by GbVDave
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 19:02:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the brewery; Sampled July 2010
A big pour into my Cantillon Tulip glass produces a big, frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is quite hazy, even opaque and is gold colored with the white sheen required of a Wit beer. The aroma has a nice yeasty, earthy character to it and there is a nice pear-like fruitiness that is backed by hints of coriander and perhaps a touch of baby vomit (that wild Struise character). As the beer warms up the coriander becomes more noticeable.

As the beer first hits my palate it tastes earthy and feel cools and crisp. There are some nice orange zest notes as well as coriander flavors that intermingle with a soft sweetness and a very, very firm bitterness (especially for a Wit). There also seems to be a pronounced (again for a Wit), herbal hop character to this brew. Hay like grain notes as well as some cracker like malt start to come out as the beer warms up.

This is quite an interesting interpretation of a Wit; the hop character in this beer has really piqued my interest and really sets the beer apart from other Wits. Quite nice and I am definitely enjoying this.

Sampled October 2007
4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5 = 3.65
Very well carbonated, the beer pours with a frothy, easily four-finger thick, light tan colored head (the head is actually darker than one would expect in a typical Wit). Without the sediment the beer is an almost clear, full gold color. The aroma is lemon like up front, but has a grain-derived grassiness, a touch of bright coriander and a touch of crushed malt aromatics mixed in. Mostly the lemon-like citrus character is noticeable.

The beer is quite dry up front and it immediately foams up as it hits my tongue. The combination of the light body and ample carbonation almost make this beer seem airy. Tart, with notes of lemon zest being prominent throughout the flavor profile. A very soft spiciness (other than the citrus) is just barely perceptible; perhaps contributing notes of white pepper, Japanese pickled ginger, and a hint of earthy / grassy coriander, and something like stinging nettle that adds a touch of green / vegetal character around the edges. The light malt character also contributes a touch of hay or grass.

This is really the consummate summer refresher, it is so light and refreshing that I could almost see drinking this instead of water, which is a rare comment from me when talking about beer. This has very little palate impact, and I would guess that trying to pair this with any type of food would completely swamp the subtle flavors of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 14:54:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 23:56:59 | More by DaPeculierDane
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genog

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After really enjoying the Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers, I also decided to give this one a try. Pours a gorgeous murky orange color with a fluffy, cloud like white bubbly 4+ inch head in my Weizen glass. I had to wait a moment and let the head die down before I could finish pouring the rest of the bottle. Smell is heavy with orange peel, spices, coriander,and yes. And man do they punch your nostrils hard. Taste is not as strong as the nose and mostly I taste citrus. Moutfeel is medium bodied making this a hearty witbier and I like that.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 01:59:57 | More by genog
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tpd975

Florida

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

This one as well as the Dutch version of Pannepot arrived at the beer store last week.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a towering head. The head dies down nicely to half a finger and hangs around until the end.

S: Very natural smelling. Citrus, yeast rolls, and wet hay. There is a hint of spice in there as well. Coriander I believe.

T: A little different than the other wheat’s I have had there is defiantly a Belgian twist. The citrus is there front and center. It gives way to a mild spiciness before you are treated to a citrus finish. There is a mild underlying biscuity sweetness that you tend to find in Belgian brews. Makes it a little different than your average wheat brew.

M: Light and sparkling. Refreshing.

D: I enjoyed the bottle, but one was enough. I have had better Wit's before.

Overall: A nice mild and refreshing brew. The citrus taste is wonderful and the spices used and malty sweetness makes this beer a bit different. I enjoyed it. Since there are only 6 reviews, I guess this one is pretty rare. It was nice to give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 18:31:50 | More by tpd975
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:16:18 | More by ggaughan
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 00:13:08 | More by emerge077
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 06:56:08 | More by BEERchitect
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jdense

Oregon

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

On tap at HOTD De Struise Night 6.28.12.

Thin layer of pure white head over clear orange tinged clear gold body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Citrusy nose, good dose of orange peel backed by some meyer lemon notes, spicy, coriander quite prominent. Taste mirrors nose, not overly sweet. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, very good effervescence. Not the most memorable of beers from an epic night of beer tasting, but certainly a well crafted brew worth trying for fans of this easy drinking style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 14:01:37 | More by jdense
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Struise Witte from De Struise Brouwers
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.