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Gruut Belgian Wit Bier - Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 07-08-2008)
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Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 11.2 oz. bottle with a baby blue bottle cap.

Pours into a tulip as pale opaque yellow with a tint of orange. Two fingers of white foam settle to a skim after five minutes. Dusty wheat aroma that is fairly simple but pleasant enough. Mellow wheat and some mild lemon flavor. Spice is at a minimum, it actually seems more like a Berliner Weisse without the sourness. Simple grainy wheat, and mild citrus from the coriander or yeast. Dry bubblegum from a pack of baseball cards. Light in feel, fairly dry finish. Quenching and perfect for summer. Personally it's a bit too mellow for my taste, but it has no flaws that I could tell.

emerge077, Dec 27, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a hazy sunshine yellow like the last rays coming through the clouds on a summer afternoon. Three fingers of creamy white head sit atop the brew and slowly falls. Aromas of crisp sun dried wheat grains brings visions of fields ready for harvest. Lemon zest and light fruity tones merge with a coriander spiciness. Spicy, earthy yeast brings up the backbone. Nice and crispy.

First sip brings a crisp, tangy wheat grain maltiness upfront, like a sun drenched field on harvest day. Lemon zest and light citrus accents throughout along with coriander. Earthy yeast brings a kick in on the back of the palate with a dry finish. An easy drinking wit that is nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and arid with plenty of tongue tingling bubbles. Quite refreshing with the crispness of a wit that I normally enjoy. Overall, a tasty example of the style that's incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Glad I was able to sample this one!

orbitalr0x, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Marius, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer. Pours semi cloudy into a large Belgian Wit glass that I have and looks amazing. It is delicious and has a creamy head with great lacing. It leaves your tongue waxy and with residual taste. Well paired with any type of citrus like orange, lemon or coriander Gruut Belgian Wit is like a better Blue Moon or as I like to look at it, an Authentic Belgian Wit. I loved this beer.

StevenBilodeau, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -16.2%

mattfancett, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Ciocanelu, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus for $5. Appeared a hazy yellow with a short white head. I'd call this a simple, though not simplistic, wit. There's an initial clean, crisp wheat and barley taste followed by a candied orange and a hint of vanilla with basic Belgian spice. It was a very drinkable wit and good appetizer of sorts before dinner.

tempest, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, lemony color with a 1 finger creamy, paper white head that leveled off to a thin, whispy covering rather quickly. Visible effervesce was fairly strong.

S: The nose yielded a good wheaty aroma backed by fresh oranges and lemon peels. Moderate in strength the overall perception was good, but not as spicy as I expected.

T: The flavor made amends for the lackluster aroma with spicy sour oranges with fresh lemony hints. The wheaty backbone was strong giving this a nice feel as well. The flavor had a light, tangy sourness that was bright and pronounced but faded rather quickly after the initial perception. Crisp by nature with a touch of acidity makes this a fairly good example per style. A very light presence of bananas and pears were detected buried deep beneath but had to be really sought after to appreciate.

M: bright and crisp, lively from the carbonation. A medium slightly creamy body from the wheat gives a good feel while leaving a sour tang on the finish and swallow.

D: Nice drinkability, one that can easily be consumed in multiples. The lack of spiciness per style was a tad disappointing at first but makes this a good session beer per style without overkill. Six pack recommended.

beerthulhu, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

desint, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

jaydoc, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a 4 pack of these 11.2oz brown bottles at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for the sale price of $8.99 (reg. $12.49), so I decided to take advantage of the sale. No freshness date or any information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow color and produced a nice 2½ finger white head that lasted several minutes. A decent amount of slippery lacing was present with each tilt of the glass, but no lacing that stuck to the glass was present. It all slid back down into the liquid with each sip.

Plenty of wheat in the nose. Also picking up citrus and spice.

Light lemon/orange citrus flavors but even stronger coriander and white pepper spice flavors. Wheat malt is also present. Bitterness is minimal. Not a beer for hop hounds, but a decent wit.

Light, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel with fairly high carbonarion.

Easy drinker with no noticeable alcohol.

matjack85, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wheat from Belgium, 33 cl bottle.

Colour is lemon, with a white head. Ok carbonation in a partially cloudy beer.
Smell and taste are very bready, biscuits. Citric notes are very dominant in in the taste, with some spice (clove, koriander?) in the background. The yeast is intriguing.
There's not much sweetness to this beer, but it's very complex... almost wild.
Very interesting beer, especially for people who like wheats from Belgium.
One of the best you'll find.

RuudJH, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with some notes of lemon citrus and hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the nose, except that the flavors of lemon and spices are a little more muted. Slight bits of acidity are noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This witbier is easy to drink but isn't really that refreshing or thirst-quenching when compared to others in the style.

metter98, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Commercial name in Spain: Gruit Wit
330ml bottle. Wine glass. Pale straw color, foggy appearance. White foam. Close & lasting head. Aroma profile shows floral, bready & yeasty notes as well as subtle vanilla & spiced hues. Smooth maltiness at first sip rounded by spiced touch. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Subtle citric & no bitterness in the middle provides a refreshing herbal infusion sensation. Gentle flavor & easy drinkability.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up an old bottle of this not sure how old but I got it for $1.75

A - A pretty thick layer of sediment at the base of the bottle left meaning this one may be well over a year old. A mild bit of lace ring proves it. Color is a hazy peach yellow with some bubbles rising to the top. Has some life left in it.

S - Smell has a decent level of coriander, lemon peel, and some wheat. Smells a tad funky and skunked.

T - A bit of sour lemon and spicy coriander. Whats left of the aged body is kind of watery and the wheat is just a shadow of it's former self. I know it's a Gruut but it sure could use some hops.

M - Thin and watery. Almost water actually it goes down smoother than any beer I had before.

Overall it has a decent level of flavor but I like my Witbier with hops and a more pronounced wheat character. Still am curious of the amber I will have it next.

DrDemento456, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a hazy, murky, straw-colored hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Attractive smell of fresh citrus, ripe fruits, cloves, coriander, and wheat...
Super-sweet, thick, flavorful taste rendolent of ripe bananas, lemons, coriander, wheat, fresh citrus, sweet sugars, and slight yeast...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a creamy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Bready and yeasty wheat beer aroma. Nothing much in the way of spices or citrus.

Tastes like it smells. Bready and yeasty, but lacking any spice or citrus characteristics. clean, dry finish.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

I'd describe this as an American pale wheat brewed with wit yeast. Clean and rather bland, with a little more input from the yeast.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -16.2%

JohnK17, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

safaricook, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of joekfsu
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a 2 cm foamy white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of lemon and wheat. Initial flavor is light, sweet, and citrusy. Flavor balances out in the end with the citrus still there but balanced with the wheat. Light body, mild carbonation, moderate lacing, light on alcohol. Overall ok for a witbier, not my favorite genre, maybe worth a try.

joekfsu, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a hazy peach/gold with an active foamy head that dissipates quickly at first, then slows down leaving no lacing.

It doesn't appear to be brewed with any spices although it has a strong corriander and orange peel scent, so i guess they just left it off the label for some reason. I don't know, it smells pretty typical for the style.

The taste is mild and lemony. Almost straight up lemon through and through. There are some mild wheat tones.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery and over carbonated. This one sell well in the US market if it were better distributed.

It is better than Hoegaarden and the other macro witbiers but it could be better.

crossovert, May 24, 2010
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Hellpop65, Oct 19, 2013
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Gruut Belgian Wit Bier from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij
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