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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 27
Gots: 33 | 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 orbitalr0x
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork pops from the bottle with a mellow pop. Pours into my glass a clear, pale straw yellow with a small bubbly white head on top that quickly fades. Carbonation seems a bit lacking. Aromas start with crisp wheat grain malt along with a big blast of honey that swirls alongside light fruity tones, coriander and grapefruit zest. Yeasty, spicy phenols in the background.

First sip brings a crisp, dry wheat malt upfront that quickly moves into spice and honey. Coriander, white pepper and lemon and grapefruit zest float across the palate. Flows down with a kiss of hops and a yeast. Pretty dry overall. More mellow than I expected and not really my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth. More carbonation in the mouthfeel than the pour lead onto. Goes down really easily and is quite refreshing. Overall, I was expecting a bit more flavor wise here. I probably won't be grabbing this one again, but if you are a fan of wits this is worth seeking out.

Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, caution light yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: funk, hay, clove, and wheat

Taste: lemon, hay, wheat, and citrus

Mouthfeel: sweet with some funk, light bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: An above average witbier that at times takes on saison characteristics. I appreciate the multiple layers in this beer. That being said, I am not sure I would fork over the high price to get another.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing, hazy golden color with a small, white head. Smells like you expect a Belgian wit to smell, with spices and malt being the predominant flavor. Taste is corriander and orange, with a finish of lemon. I don't detect any honey in the aroma or flavor even though the bottle says it contains honey. A very drinkable beer and I could drink several of them, but not the best beer of this style I have ever had.

Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I doubted Lost Abbey could make a light beer without overloading it. I was wrong. Pours clear yellow with a bubbly white head. Fresh aroma of wheat, banana, coriander, grapefruit, and orange peel. Refreshingly crisp taste. The wheat, bubblegum, orange-lemon-grapefruit-citrus flavors are balanced nicely. Dry finish. Great beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & cages bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a super thin white head. Nose is bready, yeasty an fruity. Lemon zest and citrus notes.

Taste is bready and yeasty, not really and fruity at all. Mouthfel is thick and rich, overall a decent beer that's easy drinking.

Photo of ehammond1
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy light yellow. Thin white head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Aromas consist of tangy yeast, wheat, citrus (grapefruit and orange), and some peppery spice.

Follows the nose almost entirely: Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, and some mild spice, though this beer seems sweeter than a classic witbier.

Somewhat heavy mouthfeel for the style, unfortunately.

A good enough witbier, but probably not an offering I'll find in my glass again.

Photo of Blackwolf
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wineglass.

A- Hazy golden yellow body, very little head (almost a finger), that settled quickly into a saturn ring. No lacing. Some very uniformed carbonation that hugged the sides of the glass.

S- Toasted malt, wheat, some yeast and citrus notes. A little spice as the wit opens up more. Nothing too complex, but very solid and aromatic.

T- Palate and nose are almost hand in hand on this. Toasted malts, honey wheat, yeast spice, orange blossom. Again, solid, solid solid!

MF- Surprisingly light-medium crisp body. Medium carbonation. Semi-quick finish, but lots of funky flavor that hangs around the palate for a good minute or two.

O- Solid flavored witbier that opens up well! This is a seasonal worth trying, maybe not rushing to go out and find, because it will always be there the next year... But definitely worth grabbing if you want a crisp and refreshing wit. Lost Abbey never disappoints.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to route66pubs for sending this bottle over.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of orange peel, lemon zest, and sweet malts. All of the smells are spot on, but I would've liked them to be a bit stronger.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the flavor is fuller than the smell would've led me to believe. Sweet malt flavors hit first followed very shortly by refreshing citrus flavors. Mild spice flavors find their way into the flavor profile right before the ending.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and could definitely drink a few of these on a summer day.

Overall this was a very solid wit. Nothing outstanding but a very nice session brew for the hotter months. Worth a shot.

Photo of Auraan
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Reino
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in the Trick or LIF from scubarex. Thanks man.

Appearance- A gingerly pour into my pint glass produces a finger of white head that is creamy, but settles to a creamy film very quickly. The beer itself is a beautiful apricot gold, with blond highlights that shine bright when held to light. The lacing was phenomenal all the way down the glass.

Smell- The aroma of this beer changed directions on me quite a few times. Initially, I get a ton of sweet floral notes with clove and a bit of dull honey. The second wave of aroma brings about nutmeg, lavender and a banana creme sweetness that is very nice. As it warms up, I start to get plenty of coriander (was wondering where this was) and some orange with a tiny bit of earthiness/grass that changes to breadiness as the beer continues to warm. The aroma is very refreshing/cleansing, like a mint tea. At it's very warmest, I think I can settle on describing this beer's aroma as a very sweet floral smell combined with fresh out of the oven wheat bread.

Taste- Coriander makes its presence felt early and often along with some clove. Sweetness comes in second from a bit of that banana creme from the nose, but much more from golden apples. A dull sweetness from some honey comes in late and lingers along with some bitterness and orange peel. Actually, there's a nice underlying hoppy bitterness throughout that never overpowers, but accents the flavor and keeps this Wit from being a one trick pony.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, lively carbonation gives life to a fairly creamy, medium body upfront that gets a watery at the finish. The beer leaves a cooling, refreshing feel on my cheeks as the bitterness of the hops dry my tongue a bit, but not a whole lot. Obviously, there is no heat to be felt from this low abv brew.

Drinkability- It has sweetness, spice, and everything nice. It goes down extremely smooth, and has a low abv that would make it okay to have more than one 750ml to yourself. If this beer were available to me, I'd surely buy it again on a sunny day.

Photo of pwoods
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at South Bay, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden grainy color with a bit of clouding... too dark. A short head forms and dies fast. Little lacing.

S: Smells pretty sweet, a honey sweetness. Very grainy and wheaty. The yeast isn't as potent as I'd like it to be and contains little fruity esters.

T/M: More from the nose. Lacks the fruitiness and liveliness that the yeast needs to bring. Just kind of bland. More of the honey sweetness and strong wheat notes. Body is medium light and without enough carbonation. Mouth feels almost slick... I'm not sure why.

D: Really disappointed in this. Probably The Lost Abbey's weakest offering. Decently easy to drink.

Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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....

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank's for picking up, Dr. Jay. Spot on the style, and nice grapefruit notes. Honey and understated spices. Very light b ody, no real head to speak of. Bit of wheatand spice aroma.Drinkability is great and unique, I can have this as my staple. Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow color with a small head.
Mostly citrus, lemon and a little orange with some spice.
Citrusy flavor, spices and a hint of honey.
Bigger mouthfeel than most Witbiers I have had,almost fluffy.
A good interpretation of a witbier, only down side is its very expensive and IMO not worth the money.

Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle

A- Pours a nice golden yellow color with orange hues along with a white head that provides adequate lace.

S- The aroma is pretty dry and slightly tart with citrus zest, spices and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features some spices along with some citrus flavors with the finish on the dry side.

M- Light bodied but a little too watery, could use a little more carbonation for the mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, a nice light and refreshing wit perfect for the warm summer months when you don't particularly want a high ABV sipper.

Overall, Witches Wit is a very nice wit that is recommended.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witch's Wit pours a very pale gold color. It's surprisingly clear. There's not a bit of haze at all. Perhaps that'll change on the second pour. EDIT: There is a little cloudiness in the second glass, but not enough to trigger a bump in score. A forceful pour yielded a white head that didn't quite stand a finger tall. It was quick to dissipate and left very light lacing on the glass. Eh...it's alright.

The nose isn't really out of line for a Witbier, but it is weak and a little disappointing. It's grainy and earthy throughout. There's a spicy aroma, but it needs more strength. Clove is the most pronounced, but there's some pepper and orange peel backing it up. There's a light, sweet fruity scent. It smells mostly like lemon. Once again, it's faint and could use more strength. There's may be some ancillary fruit elements here, but this nose isn't picking them up. Overall, it's above average for the style, but needs some work.

The flavor is better. I'm waffling on whether it's enough to bump the score. I'll hold that call for a few. It's grainy and earthy from the first sip to the finish. There's an interesting sweet honey flavor here. I didn't pick that up in the nose, but it's here. Spices are effective and have a nice flavor. There's a mix of clove, coriander, and pepper hogging the spotlight. Tastes like there might be a few others, but they're secondary and I can't tell what they are. Lemon is noted, but is relatively faint in the mix. It adds some sweetness, but sweet honey is much more culpable (if you want to call it that) for the sweet flavor. A little Belgian yeast is noted on the tail. Nice touch. It finishes spicy and slightly sweet. There's quite a bit more to the flavor than the nose. It is enough to warrant a bump in score.

Witch's Wit has a light body, but doesn't feel watered down at all. It is pretty well carbonated. Yeah...a Lost Abbey beer...and it's carbonated. Whatever problems they may have had with some other releases, this one's fine. This one's smooth and has a nice feel. Drinkability is good. This is a good Witbier. I'm not generally a huge fan of the style, but I like this one. It's got a nice flavor and goes down easy.

Witch's Wit is a good Witbier. I can't say it's among Lost Abbey's best beers, but it's pretty good (especially for a Witbier). It's a little unique in that it features a rather prominent sweet honey flavor. I like that. I wouldn't say that makes it out of line for the style, but it is somewhat novel in that respect. The look and the nose could use a little work. They're above average, but could be better. Overall, this is pretty good stuff. Who would've thunk it? Lost Abbey makes good beer. Despite the fact that Tomme Arthur and crew may not be perfect, they still make damn good beer more often than not. This one's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden clear color but it had no head at all. No real lacing down the glass either.

Smells nice and yeastie. Little malt. Wish there was a little more aroma to this one.

Taste is pretty good. I have had better withbeers before but it is still pretty good. A little plain if you ask me. Not enough yeast esters and the malt background isn't that strong

Mouthfeel is good for the style although I wish it had a little more viscosity.

Overall a decent beer but if I have the choice I would buy a different wit beer or try something else.

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Murks up a bit a t the bottom of the bottle, Good head retention & lacing

S: White pepper, coriander & apples

T: White pepper, apples, lemony hops & estery alcohol up front. White grapeskins, band-aids & dryness as this warms. Finishes with white pepper, coriander, some breadyness & a touch of grapefruit

MF: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks alright, just run of the mill as Wits go. I was expecting more from Lost Abbey

Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass, this brew pours a rather hazy carbonated lemon orange and offers some nice lacing.

Mostly dry wheat on the nose with hints of clove, lemon and grapefruit, a bit more subdued than expected with a touch of wet flowery spice, banana is nowhere to be found.

Taste offers a bit more of a malt body than many a witbier and fits with the orange color yet is nothing special. Feel and Drink are equally typical for the style. Nice easy drinking summer beer but not going out of my way for it again.

Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean golden color with a thick and sticky white head.

Has a big cotten candy and bubblegum smell with a bit wheat.

The flavor is light and fruity with the bubblegum(bazooka joe) coming through strongly along with a bit of spices and a long wheat finish.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a good bit of carbonation.

Very drinkable, I like it. Excellent belgian white.

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a very cloudty golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some spices. Taste is good, citrus, spice, a touch sour at the finish, clean and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Clark St. Ale House.

Golden yellow pint, slight haze, with a compact head of foam. It wasn't especially lively, but it looked like a Witbier all the same. Vague spice in the nose, bubblegum with a bare hint of coriander or clove. Body was a little thin, mellow and wheaty with more bubblegum yeast ester flavors. It didn't have the zippy carbonation to uplift it's body, but it was still really drinkable. Overall I have mixed feelings about it, pretty much "just ok", i've had better domestic Wits.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small pure white foamy head with minimal retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma is sweet and somewhat cloying. Taste is also way too sweet for the style with honey taking too much place in the flavor profile.Wheat malt and spices are very subtle. Body is quite full with average carbonation. I would say this is one of the most disapointing offering from this usually fine brewery.

Photo of Docer
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to BeerMolly for the brew.. how could I ever repay.. it's a nice hot day here so i thought this would go great w/ a BBQ'ed steak after fishing!

- Slightly cloudy light yellow/orange with a thick froth of white head.. down to a ton of little bubbles and lace..

- A wheat 'n grain scent with a touch of sweet honey and bitterness.. and lemon zest.. a bit of a zing..

- Little bit of a Belgian yeast taste with a touch of wheat, barleygrain and honey... with a lovely bright citrus zing.. perfect for a hot day.

- Slightly dry, citrus lemon aftertaste.. but also very refreshing..

- Super drinkable... would be nice in a 12-pack! A great summer brew.. Highly recommend this one!

Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.