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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 32
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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 PatriotsRule


4.55/5  rDev +20.7%

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!

12-03-2012 02:11:58 | More by PatriotsRule
Photo of nquigley16


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-23-2012 01:40:56 | More by nquigley16
Photo of tbone1384


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-06-2012 01:20:27 | More by tbone1384
Photo of Boto


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

11-04-2012 20:47:05 | More by Boto
Photo of kjkinsey


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-03-2012 15:03:05 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of bobotron


4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-03-2012 04:17:40 | More by bobotron
Photo of mylesj


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-28-2012 01:07:52 | More by mylesj
Photo of cvm4


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

10-18-2012 23:25:35 | More by cvm4
Photo of flagmantho


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

10-18-2012 01:15:35 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.7/5  rDev +24.7%

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.

10-15-2012 00:52:59 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of SFC21


4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-14-2012 21:37:44 | More by SFC21
Photo of Beeradelphia


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-28-2012 09:37:02 | More by Beeradelphia
Photo of AgentMunky


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

09-22-2012 05:06:20 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Blackwolf

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

09-13-2012 05:00:15 | More by Blackwolf
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-10-2012 23:39:17 | More by DarthTremens
Photo of Ryan1423


5/5  rDev +32.6%

08-28-2012 04:52:29 | More by Ryan1423
Photo of billab914


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Golden in color with a thin spotty head clinging to the edges of the glass. It's a surprisingly clear beer.

The aroma shows a nice mix of zesty citrus and sweet wheat malts. Coriander and orange peel flavors are apparent in it. Pretty refreshing and flavorful aroma.

The taste has more of the coriander and orange peel citrus flavors throughout. I get a little lemon to it as well at times. Sweet, bready wheat malts play a big role as well. It's pretty crisp and refreshing, which I like.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation feeling a little low. Overall, it was a pretty good version of the style. The look and feel felt a little off, but flavors were pretty good.

08-24-2012 15:12:48 | More by billab914
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev -9%


750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear classic yellow gold, minor cream colored head, ok lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet and yeasty. The citrus shines a top the coriander note. All in all fairly subdued.

The flavor matches the aroma with the grapefruit now obvious. Again the citrus is dominant although it is clearly from rind, not hops. Medium bodied. Mild in every measure. The mouthfeel and medium carbonation keeps it from entering the realm of crisp and refreshing but pleasant none the less.

08-18-2012 23:19:29 | More by impending
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-18-2012 20:26:17 | More by ryanpj
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-13-2012 04:06:50 | More by SocalKicks
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-06-2012 03:44:15 | More by mhaugo
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-04-2012 05:56:29 | More by twelveinches
Photo of duceswild


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-31-2012 14:41:52 | More by duceswild
Photo of WesM63


4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-29-2012 21:27:10 | More by WesM63
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