Gruut Belgian Wit Bier - Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 57
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 07-08-2008

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Best before 6/7/14.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and honey. Taste is much the same with some spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing. (596 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pale lemon color in the tall glass. Really big foam up with every pour, but settles down to a frothy half a glass. Very light in appearance as well as taste. A nice nose of herbal aromatics, but nothing that stands out as identifiable.

Barley and wheat malt and "herbs" instead of hops. Tastes essentially like any other Witbier, but not much citrus taste, and only a hint of spice. This brew would be more suited to a big chilly mug.

From the 33 cl bottle bought in Gent. (480 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy yellow with a thick white head. Nose is light lemon and mild funk (at first). Flavor is extremely smooth and extremely drinkable. Nice smooth citrus tones. A balanced sweetness that isn't really too strongly noticed but adds to the experience. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is appropriately thinner. Overall very drinkable and very refreshing. Light and airy. This one didn't last long after I cracked it open. (444 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Trapeeze Pub in Athens, Georgia. Pours a very hazy pale straw with a very thin head. Very light aromas of coriander, lemom, and wheat. The taste is also soft and light and quite creamy with lemon, coriander, and more pronounced flavors of clean straw and fresk wheat. Very smooth in the mouth with a bit of light bitterness in the finish. Soft. This was beautiful on a 90 degree day. Refreshing and interesting enough to keep drinking. (454 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

h. Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a thick creamy white head. Spicy aroma of citrus peel, lemon zest and slight earthy hop presence. Spicy flavor with hints of lemon zest, citrus fruit peel, grapefruit and a slight dry, sour finish. Soft carbonation up front that leads to a sweet citrus middle and dry finish. (318 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,229 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy banana peel and sunshine beneath a thin veil of foam. Effervescent bubbling. Lemony herb aroma has a few hint of green apple peels too. Very dry lemon skins with some coriander start the flavor. But the Dry malts and herbal hops quickly fade. Bonedry palate makes me think of crushed lemonheads. (302 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Greeenish yellow, very hazy, with a beautiful white foam, one finger.
The smell is quite fresh, but with an hint of broth.
A bit heavy in the mouth too, maybe some fermentation problem..
Anyway, beside that, not unfresh.
Well, nothing to remember, for sure.
Almost drinkable. (275 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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... (499 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of loose cannon over at ratebeer! Thanks Ron! From a tasting in Williamsburg. Thanks! Poured into a chalice.

A: A light, bright, almost white beer with a crisp white, short-lived head, crazy hazy.

A: Seafood - tons of malt complexities, light lemon, grainy, bready notes.

T: A wit in that it can't be classified as anything else - great, sweet pilesner malt, bare bitterness, faintest sweetness, tons of different malt complexities Wheat notes? Great throughout - wheat, no spice, barely any citrus.

M: Very even and smooth, so unusual. This one is really unusual and really unique.

D: SO highy recommended, right up there with the Allagash White as far as witbiers. Highly recommended - unique. (710 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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! (943 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

pours a very hazy pale yellow color with a nice white head. Soft citrus fruit in the nose paired with subtle toasted wheat. Floral, slightly perfumey, tart, crisp, a little sweet but oh so smooth. My girlfriend is absolutely raving about this beer right now. She says she gives it an A+. Light bodied, bright but tame carbonation and absolutely chugable. (369 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic cloudy, pale yellow colour nearly white around the edges when held to a lamp. Snow white head subsides to an eighth-inch blanket.
Smell, while modest, contains all the classic nuances of spices, yeast, a touch of lemon rind and perhaps the slightests suggestion of a damp basement. Taste is very mild with the spice profiles not as assertive as I had hoped, but still there. There seems to be a bit of lemon in the flavour, too.
This drinks very easily, as it should, given the style and abv. Carbonation is a bit lower than I'd like to see in this style, but it's still a very good example of a style I really enjoy. Nice. (633 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard glass. This is not my style, but it was this or Bud Light or Miller Light (although the Vortex bottle really was calling me...not).

A: A hazy light goldend color with a one finger white head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet fruits with some wheat tones and spicey yeast smells.

T: Yeasty wheaty flavor with big flavors of lemon, tangerine, some coriander spice and a deep sugary sweetness on the finish. Not overly complex.

M: Medium to light actually. No lasting flavors and no alcohol.

D: Decent, but the sweetness was a bit cloying for me. Needs some more hops or darker flavors to even this one out.

Overall not a favorite of mine, but drinkable with the absence of anything else. (720 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of kshankar
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a nice head. Thick and fluffy, decent retention. Poured into my Hoegaarden glass

Aroma: Wheat, citrus, some lemon. Where is the spices? I don't get too much in terms of coriander, etc. Which I expect from witbiers

Taste: Wheat and citrus. Spices are okay, and its nothing extraordinary. Its a good wit, though

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing, like a witbier should be. Goes down well

Drinkability: Well it has the characteristics of a good witbier. Refreshing, light, good taste

Recommended? Its pricey where I got it, and the taste isn't all too much better than Allagash or Hoegaarden. I'd rather pay for those, than pay premium for this one, which certainly needs more on the spice end (something which the other two beers I named deliver on quite well)

Its worth a try though. (825 characters)

Photo of blakesell
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a standard swilling mug.

Appearance- Beer pours a clouded yellow with a thick two finger head of foam that slowly dies to a murk across the top. Lacing is ample and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Smells to be very wheaty with a very minor hop content. Hops are slim to none with a whole lot of yeasty character coming up in the background.

Taste- Wheaty, lightly malted with pale malts, hopped adequately at best, lightly creamy, unimpressive by my tongue. Watery, a witbier to be sure, but not impressive by any means.

Mouthfeel- thin, watery with hard water, highly carbonated, low hopped, and medium light bodied.

Drinkability- I don't see myself coming back to this beer anytime soon, blue moon would be an adequate substitute to this beer. (794 characters)

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Gruut Belgian Wit Bier from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij
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