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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 32
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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 phichifiji00
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw color, pours 2 inches thick white head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: brett, barnyard funk, earthy, citrus, grassy, orange zest, coriander, honey, spices, floral notes.

Taste: Orange zest, coriander, orange blossom honey, spices, subtle funk, white pepper, salty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, crisp, zesty.

Overall: Very drinkable. Well balanced. Fairly complex. I think this bottle definitely improved with age.

phichifiji00, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C. Date is scratched, but it's definitely 2011. Served in a pilsner glass.

Seems like an appropriate beer for today's date.

Pours a clear pale straw with lots of cascading bubbles and a small white head. Fizzes away pretty quickly. Bits of lacing. Gets a lot hazier as I pour the rest of the bottle and get more yeast.

Aroma is mostly wheat malt with a bit of spice. Slight amount of funk. Lemon citrus.

Flavor reveals the same with some additional sweetness. Must be from the honey claimed on the label. Lemony citrus emerges in the finish.

Body is medium light with active but soft carbonation. Feels very good on the palate.

brotherloco, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a hint of citrus. It pours a lovely clear solar yellow with a thick, if not too persistent, white head that leaves minimal lacing. Firm, wheaty flavor has a yeasty undertone and hints of citrus and grass. Body is a little above average, especially for a wit, and the fizz is firm and persistent. I managed to get one of the bottles with the controversial image of an auto-da-fe. Could this become a collector’s item?

Cyberkedi, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Natural510, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of bierfreundlich
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, soft golden color with a fairly thin, white head that disappears rather quickly. Practically no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - The smell is reminiscent of hay bells and cereal grains with spicy/peppery notes from the yeast (which I assume to be a Belgian yeast).

T - At first, a very bright hefeweizen taste somewhere between a Bavarian Hefe and a Belgian Wit. As it warms ever-so slightly, more banana, clove and lemon come out.

M - Very thin, bright and crisp with a slight meandering resinous quality.

D - Very delicious and easy to drink.

bierfreundlich, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  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.

ehammond1, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

notchucknorris, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of hannibalsmith
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

This beer poured into a stemmed glass is bright and vibrant. Visibly effervescent. The smell as I poured the glass was quintessential Belgian yeast. Taste was light and bright. The font is a little grassy but finishes nice and dry. This beer is so easy drinking it is quite the session beer. Perfect for a hot day. As far as witbier are concerned this is a lot cleaner tasting that most imports... All in all another winner from The Lost Abbey!

hannibalsmith, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of elginirishpunk
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle and pours cloudy and smells like lemon and like clove. The layer of tastes are as follows: lemon, coriander, clove. There is a grainy wheat feeling in the finish of the beer. Very nice carbonation and very clean and light finish of the beer. decent for a wit but nothing amazing.

elginirishpunk, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Knapp85, May 17, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: looks thick and cloudy yellowish color. very little head and lacing.

S: honey and spice.

T: slightly sweet from the honey. with spice all the way thru.

M: slightly thick and creamy, little carbonation, goes down easy with a dry spicy finish.

O: not real impressed. i think it's an over priced, over hyped version of hoegaarden. i dont think i will purchase this again.

match1112, May 16, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter with a big head that stuck around for a while; hazy and golden in color.

The honey was very apparent in the smell, but a bit too sweet for my tastes

Sweet notes, presumably from the honey, with a bit of citrus. A hint of spice up front as well, but not pronounced.

Highly carbonated and light on the tongue, not a great finish though.

Low ABV and good carbonation make this an easy beer to drink, it's quite refreshing. However, the honey was a bit much so I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed much more than a taste.

drummermattie02, May 09, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

BedetheVenerable, May 08, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice, the brew is a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color. Not much in the head department, maybe a scant centimeter of soapy white head. It fades quickly, though, down to a thin ring around the beer.

Smell: Slightly sweet, with a slight citrusy sort of spice to it. It's relatively mild, which isn't surprising given the style.

Taste: Sweet with some citrusy, slightly peppery spice. Very crisp and refreshing, it's a good beer to end the night with.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but a bit lacking in carbonation. Still, not too bad here.

Overall (Drinkability): Not a bad beer overall. The flavors are mild, but they are good and the beer is refreshing. I'd have it again if it were available, but there are better examples of the style.

krisandajt, May 07, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

busterthecat, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

tone77, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of beerlove82
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours bright hazy golden with a nice 2 finger thin bright white head. Some lacing.
S: Honey, spices, a hint of citrus. Smells refreshing!
T: Spice, Little honey, tart
M:very light bodied, wet.
D: I like it but at 8.50 a corked 750ml not wort its weight in beer.

beerlove82, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle. My first from Lost Abbey. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold with a thick inch and a half white head resting on top. Good retention; fair lace left behind. The nose is sharp with grass, lemon, yeast, mild funk. Pretty pungent.

The mouth is a little on the spritzy side to start out, but mellows as I continue to sip. Mild citrus flavors meld with a green earthy flavor. Light yeast on the back end. This was good, but far short of great. Something about it made me wish I would have split this with some friends rather than try to tackle the big bottle myself. Cool label though.

Onenote81, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of champ103
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

champ103, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, wheat, hops, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, wheat, slight yeast, slight hop, hint of citrus (lemon?), and hint of spice (clove?). Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Mc Chouffe goblet.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thin fuzzy white head that slowly faded into a thin bubbly film that left a ton of wispy lace down the glass.
S: Strong notes of coriander, clove and dried orange peel. A touch of fruit as well, maybe apple.
T: Tastes like spiced apple cider. Starts off full of lemon and orange, then the spices and apple take over. The finish is sweet and sticky but doesn't necessarily taste like the honey this is brewed with. Wheat notes are not huge in this one. Aftertaste has a touch of bitterness to it.
M: Carbonation really froths up on the palate, but surprisingly the body is fairly thin. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough though.
D: Very good for the style, and not a bad beer all around. There's something about it that doesn't make me love it though. Hard to pinpoint. Maybe the aftertaste. Darn good though.

scottfrie, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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.


feloniousmonk, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

stakem, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a finger worth of head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty big on citrus and yeast character but also had bready spice honey notes to add to the nose. The taste was also pretty citrusy but the spice was a little bit more mellow on the palate alongside. Some yeasty, bready, and honey like accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, wheaty, and slight crisp finish. It drank very good and was really refreashing while grubbing down on some pizza. Witches wit is a pretty solid wit beer and has been tasty the few times I've tried it.

Gobzilla, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Blake brought this one back for me from Philly (along with the entire LA lineup) last week. Blake, as soon as you join BA (or at let me know your BA name), I'll let the whole community know what an awesome dude you are!

A: Poured, a VERY cloudy apricot orange color, with a one finger head, and moderate carbonation. Yep, I could have pegged it as a Witbier in a lineup!

S: Overripe citrus fruit (actually in a good way), honey, with funky yeastiness, and a little more than a twist of lemon.

T: Ahhh.... very refreshing.... which I feel is the #1 goal of this type of brew. It has a nice full and fruity body. This brew narrowly escapes what I feel is the trap many Witbiers fall into: they have kind of a vomit, or stomach acid kind of taste. Thankfully, this brew is definitely more on the thirst-quenching, alkaline side.

M: The carbonation is bubbly and refreshing, and since the ABV is extremely low, this allowed the fruit, honey, and spices to fill out the palate. They do that very nicely!

D: This was sessionable for sure at 4.8% ABV. The Lost Abbey continues to impress me.

Chaney, Nov 19, 2010
Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.