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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

Witch's WitWitch's Wit

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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 08-04-2008)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 01:53:24 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 03:18:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of HopHead84


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Hazy yellow with a big foamy white head.

S: Lightly tart wheat aroma with orange zest, coriander, apple, and grapefruit. Peppery phenolics are pronounced.

T: Big phenolic presence with pepper, band aid, and leather. Lemon blends with coriander and a pervasive wheat presence with a light tartness. I get some apple and grapefruit. The finish is spicy and dry.

M: Light body with high carbonation.

Overall: A light Wit beer that's heavy on the phenolics.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 05:04:14 | More by HopHead84
Photo of marikoangel


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a New Belgian large snifter glass at Amsterdam in SF, it pours a hazy golden yellow with a fingers worth of white fluffy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: This beer has a nice Belgian yeast nose, a little dusty, mellow wheat grains, a very subtle spice, and some light dry citrus notes in there.

T: Like the nose, the flavors are yeasty with a nice Belgian spice, there are clean citrus flavors, light wheat grain notes, and a nice subtle sweetness, with a little bit of honey. Overall nice light flavors.

M&O: The mouthfeel is medium light with a lower carbonation. It is crisp and nicely refreshing. Light with a good backbone still. Overall a light, easy drinking and refreshing beer with great flavors. Perfect for a hot sunny day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 23:15:24 | More by marikoangel
Photo of Natural510


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz pour, at Ron's in Exton PA.

Pours a pale, cloudy yellow with decent amount of head & lacing.

Faint scent of wheat and grapefruit rind; clean but nothing too pronounced.

Flavor is light and clean. Peppery notes of coriander and citric notes of grapefruit, all understated. Wheat rounds out the flavor well.

Medium mouthfeel, refreshing aftertaste. Light, astringent finish.

Nice, inoffensive witbier. Far from bold, but the grapefruit rind adds a nice touch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 13:41:50 | More by Natural510
Photo of ehammond1

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 21:05:48 | More by ehammond1
Photo of notchucknorris


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellowish color with a thin white head.

S: Wheat, lemon and some clove.

T: Wheat upfront with some hay and lemon curd. Maybe a hint of clove as well. Some prickly carbonation works well with the flavors. A pretty solid wit. Glad I finally got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 15:28:21 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of BARFLYB


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn and Mcmenemins in da city. I passed buying a C&C bottle of this because there is no way im spending 12+ on a simple wit. I got a pint for $3.50, that's better.

Witches Wit has a nice bold yellow golden hazy tannish look to it with a bright white head that becomes a cap and then stay's, no clingy's though. The smell is quite large with lemon, wheat, some hay/grass and some clove. The taste is quite citrusy with the wheat coming in second. Clove is a afterthought. Somewhat of a small bubblegum presence when warmed. Pale malt off to the side as well. A bit above light bodied and a bit fuller than your average wit. The carb is nice and amped up and a sharp and short prick on the tounge. I really enjoyed this wit for what it was, just another witbier in a sea of em in the style. Drank my pint with ease. Enjoyable and forgettable at the same time, I've had this beer many times before, but from different breweries over the years, pretty cut and dry.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 18:01:20 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of drummstikk


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding spices meld with tangy wheat and Belgian funk in a delicious and refreshing beer. Color is a hazy straw and carbonation is nice and brisk, perhaps 3V. Smell is of citrus, and orange and citrus flavors are balanced by a noticeable hop bitterness and not quite enough Belgian yeast character. The sweet spices accentuate the residual sugar to make the beer slightly too sweet. But these are quibbles one only notices in beers that are close to glory as Witch's Wit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 07:07:53 | More by drummstikk
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a shaker pint glass at Verdugo Bar, on to the beer:

Urine yellow in color, but it has that "glowing" effect, probably from the cloudy body. Head retention is okay, but i was most impressed with the rings of lacing I was getting. This is a witbier the has some lemon sweetness to it, and ground corinador, which while still brings some spice, isn't too much, but rather "rounded". In the mouthfeel, a light bite of carbonation from the beer comes along with a semi-creamy feel. To summarize this beer, a very respectable witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 20:15:49 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of CraftLoverSD


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the first time having just found out about Lost Abbey a few weeks ago. This is their new relesae for 2010 that just came out about two weeks ago. I had it in a sampler 4 oz glass. So onward to review:

A - there was a medium - low head of foam on this that went down fairly quickly with little lacing. The color was a typical wheat beer color.

S - I didn't notice anything really sticking out regarding the smell besides the usual wheat.

T - tasted less sweet and had more depth than a typical wheat beer.
D- Very drinkable. I had the 4 oz and was ready for some more. Can't say that for all beers I've tried at breweries.
Overall, great refreshing beer that will plan on coming back for a growler fill for. Great for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 17:48:03 | More by CraftLoverSD
Photo of charlzm


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed November 29, 2008.

Beer pours a mimosa color with a fine white head.

Aroma of wheat and oranges. Somewhat bitter aroma.

Flavor has a light citrus character and the expected wheat tang. Some coriander. Flavor is quite "wet" (as opposed to dry) and somewhere between light and medium.

Texture is somewhat thinner than expected.

Fine, drinkable witbeer though Hoegaarden has nothing to fear.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 07:01:17 | More by charlzm
Photo of emerge077


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 23:54:20 | More by emerge077
Photo of weeare138


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap, which quickly fades into a mild head of silk. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Plenty of CO2 quickly rises to the top of the glass.
Smell is of citrus, caramel, spices, and lemon zest.
Taste is mainly of citrus notes with hints of cracked pepper, lemon zest, and pumelo...tasty!
Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and easy drinking.
Very nice brew. It went from good to better with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 02:44:12 | More by weeare138
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny last Saturday.

The beer pours a light gold color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The beer smells OK, but really strikes me as a bit simple. There is a definite "wheaty" aroma, but I don't get much in the way of orange peel or coriander. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though there is some nice honey with a touch of spice. The beer is pretty light on the palate (as one would expect), and it's obvious that the abv. is not very high.

While I thought this a very nice Belgian style wit beer, given that it was from Port Brewing, I really expected a bit more flavor. Oh well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 16:38:35 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting how the reviews for this beer are all over the place. I put it down to on tap versus in bottle to start with, but looking through all of the reviews that doesn't seem to hold true either. I liked this beer a great deal. I like its low abv, and it certainly tastes nothing like Hoegarden mixed with Budweiser. I had this on tap at Toronado San Francisco and it was served in great condition. Poured a nice hazy golden with a light head that fades to a ring. Smells very spicy and herbal with loads of coriander. Tastes quite herbal and spicy as well with anise, coriander, some pepper, a long herbal finish and some minerality right at the end. No appreciable sweetness from the honey, but I'll bet some of that herbaceous taste is coming from there. The mouthfeel is fairly clean with some more of that herbal tang. Nice drinkability. I haven't had the bottle yet, but I'm interested to see if it holds up as well as the tap version.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 01:22:53 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of opwog


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Isaac Hayes - Walk On By

A-golden yellow cloudiness with a white clingy head.
S-more malt and less fruit that similar witbiers
T-better than average witbier, where you can differentiate the spices instead of being overwhelmed by them
M-smooth, but nothing special
D-I personally wouldn't be drinking much of this when other beers are available. But I can't deny what I watched, which was an evening where this was the most poured beer in the bar. That in itself deserves a higher rating for drinkability than I might have given it for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 06:19:21 | More by opwog
Photo of HalfFull


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 05:19:29 | More by HalfFull
Photo of jbmorch


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 5-oz in a chardonnay glass with my watermelon salad at The Linkery in San Diego.

First thing I noticed was the legs on this beer as I swirled it - intricately deep threads that hung onto the glass forever. The beer was a pleasing yellow color and the smell of spices (citrus and Indian kitchen spices) was prominent.

It was smooth tasting for such a sharp smelling beer. And the flavors kept coming... sharp Christmas spices followed by a easy wheat blanket on the tongue and then an aftertaste that lingered without getting in the way of the next morsel of dinner.

It was like Tomme aged this beer - has he been sitting on these bottles for a year? I'll be getting some more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 05:26:24 | More by jbmorch
Photo of illidurit


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at RBSG at Lost Abbey. Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a dense white head that leaves wispy lacing. Nose is spicy with some nice wheaty ester notes. Flavor is full and complex, with coriander, orange peel, banana, and melon rind. A very fulfilling and drinkable wit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 19:11:45 | More by illidurit
Photo of MrBoz21


3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 02:14:51 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of smakawhat


4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 21:09:59 | More by smakawhat
Photo of tmzl


3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:51:41 | More by tmzl
Photo of megahurts4


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:04:32 | More by megahurts4
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New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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....

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 04:10:41 | More by dacrza1
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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.