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

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.

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Photo of billab914
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 impending
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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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 HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Witches Wit pours a hazy pale straw with some orange tints near the edges. A thick white head settles down into a tight ring, leaving a decent lace throughout. A BIG bouquet of aromas are present, most noticeably grass, spice, citrus, wheat, and a little funk. Clove, banana, spice, wheat, honey, coriander, and orange zest all intermingle to build a good Belgian Wit. A spritziness from a lot of carbonation is welcomed by a medium-light body. Another GREAT Belgian inspired brew from the crew at Lost Abbey.

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Photo of marikoangel
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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

750 C&C Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Pint Glass. Bottled 6/11

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Crisp aromas of wheat, honey, lemongrass, coriander, and orange peel.
T - More wheat, honey, coriander, and a ton of orange peel/curacao. Very citrus-forward.
M - Quite refreshing, with a medium-light mouthfeel and sharp, "spritzy" carbonation.
O - Excellent Wit, I look forward to picking up more of this next Summer!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow to light orange in color with a white head. In the aroma, wheat and light spices. In the taste, spicy, earthy, and a small tart citrus. A spice bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with and small dry spice in the aftertaste. Nice flavor, but just above average.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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?

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Photo of Natural510
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of hannibalsmith
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

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Photo of elginirishpunk
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 match1112
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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