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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 401
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 29
Gots: 42 | 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:
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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 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 Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow colored brew with a fizzy white head on top. The smell is citrusy and floral, theres some spicy notes too in there. The taste of the beer is much like any other wit out there. There some grainy wheat and citrus with a little bit of spiciness in there. Not an overly exciting brew. Glad I had it but I won't need to have again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After the cork withdrew without a pop, I was worried about another undercarbonated beer from Lost Abbey (see 10 Commandments); this pours a cloudy lemon color with a very modest head (phew) that does manage to scatter some lace; still, nowhere near what I would expect for a Wit (I cracked open another bottle five months later, with much the same result - so much for bottle conditioning.)

Smell: The aroma hits home, with piercing grapefruit tones, some horseblanket and cardomam as well

Taste: Opens with a wheat bread, white pepper and clove aspect, that moves into the realm of sweet honey and bitter lemon peel and grapefruit pith by mid-palate; after the swallow, the breadiness returns and provides a nicely balanced profile with the fruit and spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some carbonation, but lacks the prickly aspect I would expect from a top tier Wit

Drinkability: All in all, a decent beer; I appreciate the unique elements (honey, grapefruit and cardamom), but the carbonation issue needs some work

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Any Lost Abbey beer is a special treat for me since they are not available anywhere near me. I've had this beer a few times- first, on tap at Denver's Falling Rock and most recently from a friend who dragged the beer back from Cali.

The darker golden than usual beer pours with a volumptuous head formation that endures the session while leaving a inordinant amount of lacing on the glass. Impressive despite the dark color.

Aromas fall somewhere between Witbier-meet-American Pale Ale. The initial softer malt aromas are quickly swamped by a moderate dose of piney and citrus American hops. Decorated with spices that easily match the hoppy,fruity notes.

Flavors again begin with a softer malt taste, but the hops, esters, and spices provide an on-slaught of acidic, citric, sharp tastes that I find very nice but clearly out of bounds for classic Witbiers. Spices seem forced; not a complete yeast derivitive, but added later. Fruity flavors of oranges, lemons, and pineapple meet the spices of white pepper, corriander, and clove for a lot of variety, but at time distracting.

Full, rich, and creamy mouthfeel is cut with the sharp hop bitterness and acidity. Again, a very refreshing, crisp, clean beer. But the spices, hops, and overly fruity flavors keep the beer from conveying the silky smooth flavors and textures found, in say... Hoegaarden.

I like this beer in much the same way as I do the Schneider-Brookly experiment Hopfenweiss. Using a base style, but giving a defiant American twist that challenges the palate and bastardized our notions of classic styles.

Thanks Clvand0

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a couple inches of white foam; nice retention and lace.

Smell: Zesty citrus and whole wheat bread. Faint sweetness, but more on the dry side. Smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wheaty, bready, yeasty and spicy. Dry, light-bodied and incredibly refreshing. The finish brings out a touch of honey and grapefruit. Ridiculously drinkable stuff; this one was gone in no time.

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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

Bright lemon yellow with sunshine colored trim. A controlled pour created a cotton white crown that is beginning to paint the glass with impressionistic lace. It would be great if subsequent pours added a little yeasty haziness to the proceedings. Note: they do.

The nose is classic witbier, which is odd since the ingredients aren't classic. Most brewers don't add honey, grapefruit peel and cardamom to their wits. WW smells wheaty, citrusy and modestly spiced. It also smells good.

Witch's Wit doesn't taste as exotic as its ingredients would suggest. It's still a very nice example of the style that is beautifully balanced and sneakily complex. I would expect nothing less from one of the best breweries in America.

Never mind the Brewer's Log on The Lost Abbey website because grapefruit does not come through loud and clear on my palate. Not compared to a C-hopped IPA anyway. There's mostly lemon and orange, along with a hint of back end sweetness that is probably the honey. And there's more coriander and clove than cardamom.

The body/mouthfeel seemed too light initially (even though it's a witbier meant for warm weather consumption). With time, it's becoming lightly silky smooth and supple. Don't make up your mind too early.

It's hard to get too jazzed about a 4.8% witbier, but then it's always exciting to pop the cork on a Lost Abbey ale. Witch's Wit is proof, as if any more was needed, that Tomme Arthur is a world-class brewer who is able to hit the bull's eye on any style he sets his sights on. Good stuff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was able to procure this bottle from Joey last week and was very anxious to try it. One of my favorite styles an a nice session able wit beer for a hot weekend. I served this one cold, right out of the fridge in a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 09/14/2008.

This one poured out a very nice, and very bright golden yellow. Lots of cloudiness and haze in here, as there should be for the style. Some nice sediment pooling on the bottom as well. Nice one inch high head of white that fizzled out quickly but left behind a copious amount of side glass lacing.

The aroma was on the lighter side of things, lots of spices, wheat and grass like smells coming together nicely. A hint of lemon zest or orange peels in there as well, brightening it up very nicely. The flavor was superb for the style. Lots of coriander and spices running through it, a touch of clove and an almost banana like flavor in the middle. Lots of fresh grass as well in the finish. Wonderful body on this one was chewy most of the time and really just came across very well. Great carbonation kept it lively throughout. I drank this one outside on the deck in 96 degrees and it was wonderful.

Overall I really think it is interesting seeing this one get slammed soo much, as it really is a very good beer and should not be discounted. Great Mouthfeel with a really nice profile just added to the mix. I would not mind at all having a case of this one every summer, it was a perfect hot day session beer for me, with a little extra kick. Very well done.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-colored, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Slightly grainy, unrefined wheat aroma with notes of lemon zest, triple sec, wildflower honey, and lastly, a meager pinch of spice.

Taste: Sweetish wheat grains with a touch of honey. Cantaloupe juice mixed with a dash of Cointreau and garnished with a lemon twist. Lightly earthy, citrus hop character with a medium-low bitterness. Minimal yeast spice qualities, quite subtle really. Rebound of orange and lemon citrus flavors on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it could benefit from a bit more crisp carbonation, it was still an enjoyable, immensely refreshing Belgian wit.

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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 Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this 750 w/ tenderbranson 69 @ shady mcgrady's in Hbg. Served chilled in two goblets

A - A golden straw color with appropriate haze and a thin white cap. The yeast cake was still packed to the bottom of the bottle from bottle conditioning, swirled a bit and added to the glass

S - Sulfury belgian yeastiness w/ a hint of citrus, coriander and the yeast is a dominant odor providing pleny of fruit notes

M - A crisp, fresh feel w/ pleasing carbonationand light, sweet honey tinged malt w/ light spiciness in the finish

T - A crisp wheat w/ pleasant citrus peel that has an orange flavor and the creamy taste is refreshing w/ hints of hops and the contrast of subtle pepper flavor is fantastic. The taste has a tangerine-like sweet note from the peel and the malt is soft and balancing in contrast from the yeast, not grainy in any way. The spice flavors do the trick and the wheat is tasty w/ light herbal hops rounding out the flavor

D - The refreshing quality of this ale is off the charts, I consider this one of the best American wits I have tasted- A great beer for quaffing, no matter what the season

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food. Consumed on a mildly full stomach.

Yields a satisfying pop upon opening.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head without much cream, of okay thickness, and average retention. Colour is a nontransparent yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon, lemongrass, lemon peel (yes, these are all distinct notes...), clean malts, hints of funkiness (unexpected), and wheat. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Wheat, funkiness (maybe even brettanomyces?), lemongrass, lemon, clean malts, barley, and background citrus esters from the light subtle hopping. Balanced and built well. I like it. A bit simple, but pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some needed coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavour profile nicely. Thick enough. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: A drinkable little wit. I quite like it. An excellent summer brew. Refreshing and pleasant. I'd definitely have this again, though the price is a significant drawback. A good session beer. Fans of the style will definitely like this one. Another solid offering from Lost Abbey.

A bad candidate for aging.

Would pair well with a lightly dressed salad, buttered soft pretzels, and orange rind cheese.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange gold with barely any white head. Nose is mild citrus and dough. Flavor is spiced, with some dough and yeasty funk. Feel is slightly vibrant on the carbonation and the liquid is a bit sticky and thick. This is easy to drink, but so-so for a wit and comes off more as a pale ale to me. Lost Abbey should just stick to putting out more wild ales IMO.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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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 feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -22%
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.


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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these from Friar Tuck in Springfield, IL - not sure why we don't get this one in Chicago. Served in a pint glass.

A - Looks pretty nice - two fingers of eggshell white foam with good retention and lots of nice sticky lacing. Really hazy straw color - looks like a witbier should!

S - Belgian yeast, wheat, bubblegum, bananas, cloves, pepper & spice. Pretty potent and nice-smelling, but nothing really unique.

T - A lot milder than the smell suggested. Nice, but nothing special. Sweet with a tiny spicy bite from the yeast. Minimal aftertaste.

M - Thin with good carbonation (enough, but not over the top). Refreshing with a little tingle at the back of the throat. Not much residual mouthfeel either.

D - Low ABVm not too bloaty. This could make a really nice session brew, but it's not something I'd actively seek out again.

I liked it better than Gift of the Magi.

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Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

750 ml bottle:

Pours golden (not cloudy until the last part). Not too great of a head retention. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of orange peel, light coriander, bread, light malt, wheat tang.

The taste of coriander/pepper picks up much more on the taste. Spicy with orange peel, lemon tartness and a wheat tang coming through. There's a bit of a metallic tinge in the spicy finish.

It is light-bodied, but not thin. A firm effervescence and creaminess make it gentle and refreshing on the palate.

A bit too heavy on the coriander for me, but still a solidly refreshing wit.

Personally, I don't understand why a wit would be in any bottle too large to pour it all into the glass at once, since the real "treasure" of the style lies on the bottom of the glass, that needs to be swirled. In large bottles (like this) you have to wait to get through too much of it in order to be able to swirl and pour it if you want to enjoy the sediment on the bottom.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/23/10.

Appears a lightly hazed straw yellow color with constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. 2 fingers of creamy white head hold strong and long supported by the rising bubbles. A solid amount of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is lemon filled with other fruity suggestions and is lightly spicy. A bit earthy with a slight sulfur note. Overall the nose is dominated by lemon that seems too bold to be natural.

The taste is lemony and lightly fruity, spiced, yeasty and the grain comes through tasting like wheat. Some estery alcohol is evident. The lemon flavor seems exaggerated with an artifical taste.

This is a light bodied brew with a high level of carbonation. The lemon aspect is a bit oily and clingy inside the mouth that lasts. This would make for an excellent summertime brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a weak coriander and orange peel spicing. It has a thin citrus feel with a light to mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a rather bland pale and wheat malt flavor. The spicing is weak as is the yeast character. It's watery and not very complex. The mouthfeel is above average. It's a low bodied beer with with adequate carbonation. This is probably the weakest offering from Lost Abbey. It's an easy drinker, but a forgettable wit.

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