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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 400
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 29
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illidurit on 08-04-2008

Convicted of a dark art, the crowd will gather to watch as they raze your earthen existence. An intolerable pain is the cross you’ll bear that day as you are removed from this righteous world. No one will summon the courage to save you in fear of their life. It sucks. But such is the life of a witch. In honor of your fleeting existence, we brewed Witch’s Wit. A light and refreshing wheat beer, it’s exactly the sort of thing you might expect to find being passed around the center of town on witch burning day. Say hello to the Prince of Darkness for us.
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Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2014 bottle, opened Sept 2015

A - Clear, bright light gold body. Fine white head pours two fingers high with nice retention and lace.

S - Really nice; soft and subtle. Banana, coriander, touch of black pepper and clove, honey, soft caramel, bread dough, and strawberries.

T - Soft, light and delicious. Honeydew melon, lemon, grapefruit, Pilsner malt, touch of coriander and black pepper, and white bread.

M - Soft medium light body.

O - An excellent take on the style. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of benheredunthat
4.98/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

You know, you have to be "in a mood" sometimes to really fall in love with a beverage. I can't say that there was any special mood on this particular evening when I opened my blind purchase bottle of Lost Abbey Witch's Wit.

I do like a wheat beer but I usually get so much more enjoyment from a well made amber, porter or stout. I have been to Lost Abbey a couple times and have really enjoyed the fare. Maybe I missed this one at the tasting room being crowded out by other more tempting selections. My bad, my loss.

I have to say that I have never had quite a good wheat beer, ever. My first craft beer experience was on a wheat and I was hooked. This one is so good I may consider abandoning some of my fridge space for it.

A- Very pale in color with the suitable amount of cloudiness of an unfiltered wheat. Big head with nice easy lacing.
S- Grain, citrus, absolutely no chemical or detergent smell.
T- Like a bite of wheat flat bread with carbonation that lifts the beer off the tongue.
F - Thin, low viscosity with a lasting unbitter, unsweet lingering aftertaste.

Gentlemen and Gentlewomen. we have a winner.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It opens with a mediocre pop of the cork. It pours an amber-orange,, slightly hazy & a nice cream colored head that vanishes quickly. Smells very yeasty & some hops. Tastes like bread with a citrus kick. Very nice flavor.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey chunky tumbler

A: Pours a honey orange color with lots of carbonation coming off the bottom, head did not retain, what's left of the head is soapy, looks thin, really hazy, cloudy, no lacing, bubbles are dancing to the surface, spritzing off the top, never seen carbonation like this.

A: Honey, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus aromas like orange and grapefruit, slight breadiness, smells pretty good.

T: Spice upfront, slight citrus flavors, hint of honey, finishes with grapefruit and orange peel zest with a dry finish.

M: Less than medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, very easy drinking.

O: Lots going on here, I was not expecting much but the flavors are well balanced, spice, some honey, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, this is a great summer beer, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy orange gold under a thin white film that does provide some lace.
S: Honey, light bread, yeast and spice, dried fruit.
T: Spicy orange and honey slathered on fresh white bread.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A light, very drinkable, refreshing wheat bear with a definite Belgian character.

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Photo of David121
3.25/5  rDev -14%

This wit beer has great long lasting head, delightful smell, and very HEAVY citrus peel and coriander taste. It is by far the most flavor of all the wit beers I have ever had, its almost unbearable. Every time I think about it I dislike it more and more.

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Photo of Auraan
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that slowly receded and left abundant lacing down the glass. A beautiful beer and very true to style. Scents of honey, yeasty, grainy wheat bread, a perfume-like aromatic quality, hints of orange zest and slight sweet spices and light notes of white pepper. A pleasant aroma that is fairly true to style with a bit more honey character than is usual and a bit less in the way of spice aromas. Good and true to style, but not the best example of a witbier aroma. Taste begins pleasantly sweet, with notes of honey, a slight sour tang and a nice orange zest and citrus presence. This moves into a more spicy middle with notes of coriander, white pepper and low levels of herbal/spicy hops joining a backbone of sweet malt, bready malt and a refreshing tang. Finish is semi-dry with notes of coriander, white pepper, hints of orange zest, bready wheat malt and a slight sourness, not intense at all. Aftertaste is coriander and white pepper with some wheat. A fairly good flavor profile that is nicely representative of the style. Refreshing, with a nice balance between malt, spice and orange peel flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a slight effervescence from moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink as a result and quite pleasant in feel. Very true to style. Overall this is a good example of a witbier. It hits the style quite well all categories and is a refreshing, pleasant beer.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured cloudy straw with thick white head. Good retention, and mild carbonation

Aroma: wheat and citrus

taste: sweet with lemony wheat character. Minimal hops.

mouthfeel: sticky with a bit of tingly

overall: pretty tasty, but sweet and bit thick (cloying). could stand to be dryer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

An absolutely crystal clear golden brass yellow and lemon body. Noticeable numerous but not dominant carbonation rising through. Head is classic witbier fluffy white and soapy, but with good three fingers tall and staying power. Real nice looker, bright, clear probably the best looking witbier I've seen.

Great nose to match so far. Huge floral notes and sweet perfume. Lavender. Grape penny store candy also, but nothing overbearing. The drink screams of purple in the fact if I could put that into words.

Taste matches a little more toned down than the nose hints at, but it's subtlety makes for easier drinking. Light bodied sugared grape and floral mid palate. Some nice crispness with toned down sucrose Belgian quality. Wine like floral notes and a subtle sugar perfume component that matches nicely with lavender, white grape, accents, and spicy almost peppery finish too.

This is a real interesting take on a witbier and a real enjoyable one. Can't say I've had one like this before it might be a new favorite of mine for sure.

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Photo of tmzl
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Large fizzy, big bubbles white head, very fast retention, mostly diminishing. Leaves a very thin thick layer for the whole ride. Color is cloudy - darker straw yellow - wheat! what a surprise. Some carbonation visible.

Smell: Wheat, yeast, spicy - peppers, cloves. Hint of banana and some honey. All light, goes with the style I guess. Comes off as fresh and easy going.

Taste: A bit more honey to detect. There is some grapefruit, lemon zest. This goes to light sweet wheat middle, banana, yeast and ends in light bitterness and sour with spicy/earthy honey notes. Some hop to detect. Everything is very gentle.

Mouthfeel: No surprises here too, fresh, crisp carbonation, light-med body, very drinkable, goes down easy.

Overall: Typical witbier, does down like nothing and not too much taste to stop you from drinking it like a mad man. Easy, gentle, fresh, simple but enjoyable.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey Witch's Wit

Appearance: clear straw yellow, good lacing, and a medium head.

Smell: yeast, apples, and a slightly malty grain.

Taste: fresh fruit, light hop, some grain, and a touch of yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a pretty good brew. While it is somewhat lighter, the flavor is full and smooth without being watery. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a wit with grapefruit, why hasn't someone done this before? if they have, I have regrettably missed it. this one pours into a pint glass (probably wrong?), a hazy hazy hazy hazy hazy straw color, yellow and thick, brutally unfiltered, yet appetizing as anything. notes of dried citrus, maybe the lemon peel you put in fish dishes or indian grub. the grapefruit doesn't give as much flavor as it does character. its acidic and bitter, not ripe and juicy. I live the fuller body on a light style, and I love the citric finish, its summery and winter at the same time, maybe the most versatile version I have had of a Belgian wit. well carbonated yet a ton of body, zesty and pulpy almost, I like this a lot, but I am glad I paid 6 and change for a glass than 12 and change for a 750ml bottle. overpriced but tasty, another fun and challenging beer from the lost abbey. something to stock in your fridge regularly if you make six figures.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: August 31, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse pokal... OCCASION: celebrating Penn State's first win of 2013...APPEARANCE: hazy, almost dirty sediment-laden pale straw yellow body; head is glacially stacked; its lacing is like well-patterned sea foam--a beguiling start... AROMA: banana, pepper, and clove--the holy trinity of wheat beer scents--is present and strong; honey is bottle-boasted but not as apparent...PALATE: medium-bodied, active on and under the tongue; spritzy, as a seltzer or a soda; refreshing...TASTE: lemony zest is first to stake its claim; pepper is also prominent sipping through its head adds to the experience... OVERALL: mellow and refreshing; little complexity, and little complaint there; the bottle is mid-ranged in price, and in a six-pack would be more than enjoyable....

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pear, grape, apple, lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, pepper, clove, floral, wheat, honey, bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast esters with spices and a good amount of malt balance; and nice strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, floral, bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus zest, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, honey, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast ester and spice flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors for 4.8%; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface as well as a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of lemons and hints of peppery spices. Some honey also becomes apparent as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but there are also some notes of honey.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While the honey flavor makes this beer a little unique compared to other beers in the style, it makes the overall taste slightly sweet and not as refreshing compared to other witbiers. It is still very easy to drink.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 4,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an oversized wine glass.
Bottled on: 26/07/2012

Appearance: The appearance is fairly standard for a wit beer - murky (I purposefully shook up the yeast) golden-yellow body, topped by a large white head. The head could have lasted a little better, but it does leave some nice rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Oh wow, the honey is immediately apparent, with a big raw honey note dominates the first few sniffs. After a few minutes the more traditional notes of malted wheat, banana, coriander and clove become apparent. Warming yields a light citrus character (sweeter than I'd expect from grapefruit peel), a little peach and a perfumed note that might just be the cardamom.

Taste: As with the nose, the initial flavour offers a fair amount of raw honey. This is soon joined by malted wheat, an unexpected light hoppy note (sweet citrus fruits), coriander and clover.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a medium-high level of relatively smooth carbonation.

Overall: I love wit beers and this is a very interesting (and delicious) example of the style. It was fantastically refreshing and I could happily see myself drinking a few of these during summer!

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sparkly and bubbly in the New Belgium snifter. Like a Lager in color and spritziness. A nice head on the glass. Mild aroma of coriander, with more in the nose. slightly tart with a taste of something too much like chamomile.

The spice is quite prominent, and seems to be a little too much of a good thing. A touch of dried orange and lots of the spice with some Hefeweizen wheaty esters. LIght bodied yet plenty malty. No hint of hoppy taste or bitterness, either. The flavor wears a little on the palate. Not one I can drink much of.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium cloudy yellow with a foam white head. Head is a bit disappointing in volume, but it does last. No lace.

Yeast and sweet wheat in the nose. Sweet nutty grain notes.

Wheat and grain dominate in the flavor. The honey comes out and gives this a soft feel. Mild bitterness at the end. Malt forward, incredibly easy to drink, but a very standard wit.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

So they made a beer to quaff in the summer. You could drink gallons of this stuff on a hot summer day. No competition at all for the good imported stuff, but a nice version just the same. Easy to like and recommend.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Capone’s. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a somewhat-hazy straw color. Light and fairly crisp. Slight bit of grain with nice wheat. Touch of citrus and spice. Good carbonation. Dry. Well done wit.

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Photo of PatriotsRule
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey is a respectable, reliable brewery, and you've gotta love the cork cage 750mL bottle
A: Nice and light yellow, great head and ample carbonation. Lacing that lingers
S: Wheat, citrus, honey, hops and strawberry
T: Follows the nose, with a little sour fruitiness and a strong wheat backbone
M: Wheat! This is like a refined hefeweizen in some ways. The yeast is active and interesting
O: Extremely drinkable, sweet and special. At 4.8% abv this is a safe choice if you love wheat!

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Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it. The head doesn’t linger long nor leave any lacing. It has a decent nose: Wheat, some spice, floral and earthy notes. The taste is crisp and it feels a hair light. Wheat, some spice, citrus. A nice wit.

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Photo of cvm4
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very golden in color, almost see through and has a thin head to it.

S - Malty, wheaty & slightly floral.

T - The taste is very perfume/floral. Light malts along with spices & not much else.

M - Light body & high carbonation. Fits the style.

O - It's good but not great. Way too much floral & perfume going on in here for me.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked & caged 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a small hint of haze and a huge, active effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy white foam. Not bad, but I like my witbiers with a little more murky mystery.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little bit of wheaty character and a relatively strong perfumey, fruity, vinous quality, perhaps due to the honey. It's OK, but it doesn't exactly work for me in a beer of the style.

Taste: perfumey and floral, with a bit of a wheaty malt undertone. I understand that they are playing with the concept of witbier, here, but it's a bit *too* far outside the range of this relatively well-defined style. That, and the overabundance of perfume quality, make this a drinkable but non-wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body and a great big carbonation yield a nice, big, smooth creaminess. Best part of this brew.

Overall: this is simply not one of my favorite beers. It's not bad in any way, but it is not tasty enough to justify its position so far outside of style guidelines.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale straw in color with a large, creamy white head that dissipates slowly. Some thick lace spots around the glass.

Smell: Wheat, obviously, with lots of citrus- lemon and a touch of bitter lime. Pepper and coriander.

Taste: Begins with a banana/clove yeast flavor that remains throughout. Rounds out to more of a bready flavor and finishes with a touch of spiciness. Some citric and honey sweetness remains on the tip of the tongue after the finish, which is one of the most delightful things I have experienced in any beer.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with sharp up front carbonation that quickly smooths out giving this beer an almost creamy character. Finish is very refreshing.

Overall: One of the better beers I have had of this style. I wish it were a hot summer day, because this beer would be just about perfect for it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled 26 July 2012.

A: Fizzy white head and a pale, white-gold body. Hazy.

S: Dull yeast and grain. Faint spice and light citrus.

T/M: An excellent witbier! I am not disappointed by the Lost Abbey. Light, spicy, and zesty, with fresh citrus and grassy hops. The light-bodied wheat smooths and sweetens. The aftertaste is lingering coriander, with a twist of citrus peel.

O: Great example of the style. Highly recommended and immensely drinkable. Would have again.

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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.