Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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85
very good

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 29
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 08-04-2008)
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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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 champ103
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours an incredibly murky, yeasty, golden orange color. A one finger bubbly white head forms with pour retention. No lace. Dead and lifeless.
S: Dry, slightly tart apple cider in the nose. Sweet malt as well. The least offensive part of the beer.
T: Cloying sweetness, honey, light apple flavors. Buttery malt. The sweetness is really a problem for me here, with nothing else for any resemblance of balance.
M/D: No body, and no carbonation. Really dead. The lifeless feel and cloying sweetness makes this really hard to drink.

Another let down from Lost Abbey. I have said that a lot lately. Though, IMO this is one of the most over rated breweries I can think of.

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Talisker
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco, for $8.99.

Close to an outright miss for The Lost Abbey. This is a limp, watery wit without an ounce of pizazz.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bland yellow, macro lager color, albeit not entirely transparent. Warning sign - very little head, and lacing dissipates almost immediately. No active bubbles visible.

Smells like a wit, with the combination of fruit and spice. This one maybe more grapefruit-y than orange-y. Unfortunately it tastes like a bit of a cross between Hoegaarden and Budweiser. Not *interesting*, but also not very *good*. No carbonation or other qualities to excite the texture. Even a little sticky on the end, which doesn't go well with the thin watery texture.

I don't think this bottle was mistreated. Just seems like a beer that sort of missed its target, especially for the price.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Lost Abbey Witches Wit, Malt Beverage brewed with honey and spices.

The label art depicts a medieval village, wherein an act of fatal violence is perpetrated against a purported black arts dealer. Florid, over-wrought, heavy-handed label copy goes on and on describing the scene, and only bothers to describe the ale as "a light and refreshing wheat beer", and as "exactly the sort of thing you'd expect to find being passed around the center of town on witch burning day." Whatever the hell that means.

Lightly hazed, pale yellow aroma, very small head, slims to nil in a minute. Bit disappointing.

Aromatics, light spices, minor fruit. Not smelling much like a wit, not feeling the orange or coriander, or the wheat.

Taste: Light bodied and flavorless. Watery. Little mouthfeel or texture.
Extremely minor spice, and fleeting wheat character. A bit of celery, with a drizzle of lemon. No reason to call it a wit, if it ain't. Or is this a joke? Did I get a bad bottle, or was this their intention?

This is what they'd be drinking when they murder on witch suspicion? Does that imply that witch burners have terrible taste? I've got half a mind about witch burning image was a desperate ditch at drumming up sales on this loser.

blah!

Photo of Adkins1203
3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of busterthecat
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured into a wine glass

A- Pours a nice bright golden hue. A little head develops but fades quickly.

S- A sweet hay, some citrus, very light pepper/ spice. kinda light.

T- Quite light. Similar to smell but notes are fainter. The hay and citrus most prominent. Simple.

M- Very light, almost no body. Kinda watery, nothing lingers. Kinda poor after taste.

O- A decent brew. Nothing special. I would have expected more from Lost Abbey.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden with a thick soapy head.

Aroma is very medicinal, bubblegum, powdery and musty, with unidentifiable spices.

Taste is sweet up front. Citrus fruit, lemon grass and bubblegum. finish is medicinal, with lingering nutmeg, coriander, and allspice.

Mouthfeel is light-medium in body. Spritzy.

Overall drinkable, but flavor is disjointed. Oddly medicinal and almost flat tasting. Not my favorite.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Really cool label (as per usual w/Lost Abbey)...glad they didn't change it, as much of a tree-huggin liberal as I am. Nice cork/cage job, though I really wish it had a date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy goldenrod beer, capped with a white crown with good retention. Lots of small C02...nice looking beer.

Smell: Dead on for a wit; lots of crisp, off-sweet orange and other citrus (esp. lemon), w/a nice, delicate spice note as well. Touch of sugar cookie-like sweetness?

Taste: My first thought is that (even though this is nearing a year old) this is significantly more bitter than a wit should be. Which is too bad, because that bitterness takes over from the first sip and hangs on, really fighting the orange and (peach?) fruitiness. There's a bit of spice in the background as well, which I'm assuming is coriander. Honey is not appreciated on the palate.

Mouthfeel: As a wit should be; fairly light, but yet somehow creamy and a bit substantial.

Overall: I'm not sure if the odd bitterness here is coming from the hops or from some kind of spice, but it's really quite distracting from the otherwise nice flavors. Overall, it's an ok wit in a really cool bottle; I might be tempted to pick it up once in awhile, if it wasn't for the $10.00 pricetag for the 750.

Photo of stimulus
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, corked and caged.

A: Pours a pale gold with a light white head, but no yeast appears to be present.
S: Some light spices, but not your typical wit.
T: Very sweet, sugar and honey appear before the light spice, but the honey/sugar dominate the palate.
M: Light bodied and well carbonated.
D: Just a bit too sweet to drink more than one glass. Honey instead of orange peel and coriander doesn't appeal to me that much.

Photo of Overlord
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright gold, surprisingly small white foam head. Sparkly!

Smells like grass, herbs, and maybe some yeast. Taste is zesty, with that an expected grassy herbal flavor, a bit of pop in the form of spices (coriander?), and maybe just a tad of residual sweetness. Honey? Yeah, not getting that.

A surprisingly dry mouthfeel and finish, it's pretty champagn-ey. I'd say the mouthfeel is the best thing about it, as I'm not that excited about the taste.

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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
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