Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 387
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 28
Gots: 37 | 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 Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml., 4.8% ABV. Slightly cloudy and golden in color. White head disappears rather quickly, leaving no lace. A few tiny bubbles rising from the bottom.

Some light spices, corriander in the nose. A bit of pale malt, and a yeasty note as well. Orange peel fades out at the end.

Pale malt, slightly tart. Not much spice. Seems to be very subdued.

Light body, not a great deal of carbonation. Not bad, but seems to lack character. (432 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/24/2012

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. (494 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x for this brew.

750ml
Caged/Corked

Pours a nice golden yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, with some yeast/grass notes, with some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, with spices. Medium body. Drinkable, not what I was expecting at all. (334 characters)

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. (368 characters)

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

Shared a 750 ml bottle with some family

Pours a 2 finger white head, hazy orange body with sediment floating around. Head retention and lacing are slightly above average

Smells of coriander and wheat, not much else

Taste is coriander, orange peel, and some yeast. Also there is a slight aftertaste of honey.

Mouth feel is a little over carbonated. Light bodied and very similar to most other Wits.

Over all a good witbier. At 10 dollars a bottle its a bit overpriced for the actual quality. Would much rather buy a six pack of Southampton or White rascal. Label on the bottle is awesome though, prolly one of the coolest beer labels i've seen (648 characters)

Photo of beerlove82
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (264 characters)

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. (467 characters)

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

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and proteus93, w/ my portion poured into a 10 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a filtered, clear, pale gold, capped with a fast fading, bubbly, half-finger of almost white head, which leaves a faint dusting of lace and a thin collar after it's gone. This one's full of diffuse bubbles of various sizes, surprisingly slow. Not sure why this one's filtered ...

Aroma: A little faint, mainly comprised of grassy, airy hop notes, bananas, pears, and a pale, honey sweetness.

Taste: A little bland. Lots of grassy bitterness, pale, dull, sort of muted sweetness, and a few stray fruits, a little less dynamic than the nose even.

Mouthfeel: Fairly even for a witbier, probably due to the low lack of carbonation. It's a little thicker than I would expect too. So while it's pleasant, it's not quite stylistically accurate.

Drinkability: Decent but not too impressive. Perhaps the bottle's a little old, but I think that even fresh this one would be lacking in a few places. It's extraordinarily low in abv% though, precisely where it should be for the style. However, where it's "enjoyable," it's stylistically inaccurate, and where it's stylistically accurate, it's just not that dynamic. (1,244 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & cages bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a super thin white head. Nose is bready, yeasty an fruity. Lemon zest and citrus notes.

Taste is bready and yeasty, not really and fruity at all. Mouthfel is thick and rich, overall a decent beer that's easy drinking. (312 characters)

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 (509 characters)

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! (459 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is an amber-gold color that shows a light haze and a bright, straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid lemon-like coriander character, a grassy herbal note, a medicinal honey note in the finish as well as a grassy, pale grain character to it. The honey character gets more pronounced as the beer warms up. A second pour re-accentuates the earthy, herbal notes of the coriander, but the citrus picks up a touch of sweetness (perhaps accentuated by the honey) that smells a bit more like grapefruit.

Lightly sweet tasting up front with a distinct honey flavor to it through the middle and in the finish. Grassy grain notes meld with a light herbal note, a touch of astringency and a very light bitterness; each of these notes provides a balancing not to the light sweetness and honey character. Very light and quaffable, though the honey keeps this from having a crisp, dry finish. Light citrus notes, that are more lemon like than anything, seem to hide underneath the honey notes most of the time.

The honey is definitely an interesting addition to a Wit; it definitely works with the traditional Wit flavors but I don't necessarily like the sweetness that it adds. Actually some more yeast-derived spice notes would help balance this beer out a bit more.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA (1,421 characters)

Photo of errantnight
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Let me just say that if I was reviewing this from a tap sample... the scores would be higher across the board. But enough is fucking enough... Lost Abbey has simply got to get their carbonation issues in order. It is completely and utterly ridiculous that this (deservedly) famed and highly regarded brewery could make batch after batch of exceptional beer and undercut with sloppy bottle fermentations. The list is virtually endless... from special releases like Cuvee de Tomme and Bourbon Barreled Angels Share to Port Brewing beers bottled at the same location like Shark Attack Double Red and Panzer Imperial Pilsner and their 2nd Anniversary Beer to one-off special blends like Veritas 003 to their more regular seasonal specialties like Inferno, or 10 Commandments (a delayed release dropped into stores a solid 2 or 3 months away from having reasonable carbonation, and with no fore-notice). And now... Witch's Wit can join that illustrious group is a severely undercarbonated beer that suffers tremendously for it. I'm through with making excuses for a brewery that seems willing to halt their love and care for their amazing beers a little short.

That said... as with many of these poorly carbonated beers (under or over) the carbonation merely stands out as an unfortunate flaw in what is otherwise quite clearly a deserving beer.

Pouring a virtually flat gorgeous hazy pale straw, the beer still manages to have a lovely citrus-tinged and lightly spiced aroma that is charming in its subtle complexities.

The body is medium-light and seems thin and watery, which consequently disguises some of the nuances dancing around in this beer. Doesn't have an overbearing spice or orange note, nor a pasty, chlorine presence, it feels like a subtle dance between a wit and a table saison. It's very, very good.

Despite my frustration, the beer in this form still delivers much of what I loved about the tap Witch's Wit, and while I'm sad to say I'm glad I only had the one bottle, if this is the only form you can find it in I suggest you do so... it stills has its merits, and hopefully it'll be instructive to compare next year if they can do something about the conspicuous lack of bubbles. (2,199 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (516 characters)

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

B

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.
cheers
jd (514 characters)

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.

B- (1,605 characters)

Photo of sessycuban
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- The beer pours a dried straw color with two fingers of head. Good head retention and lacing.

S: The smell is a mélange of gala apples, white pepper, and coriander.

T: The beer tastes of lemon zest, white pepper, gala apples, and grapefruit. It tastes a bit bready when it warms.

M: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated.

D: The beer is very well balanced. The style is spot on. I would've preferred if this was a Port Brewing offering as it is very pricey for a witbier. (485 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (342 characters)

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. (363 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with an average sized head. Pours were subsequently hazier as I go to the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of honey, wheat, and spices. Tastes of honey, citrus, some wheat, and spices. Thinner body.

Notes from 9/1/08 (259 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at South Bay, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden grainy color with a bit of clouding... too dark. A short head forms and dies fast. Little lacing.

S: Smells pretty sweet, a honey sweetness. Very grainy and wheaty. The yeast isn't as potent as I'd like it to be and contains little fruity esters.

T/M: More from the nose. Lacks the fruitiness and liveliness that the yeast needs to bring. Just kind of bland. More of the honey sweetness and strong wheat notes. Body is medium light and without enough carbonation. Mouth feels almost slick... I'm not sure why.

D: Really disappointed in this. Probably The Lost Abbey's weakest offering. Decently easy to drink. (725 characters)

Photo of David121
3.25/5  rDev -14%

This wit beer has great long lasting head, delightful smell, and very HEAVY citrus peel and coriander taste. It is by far the most flavor of all the wit beers I have ever had, its almost unbearable. Every time I think about it I dislike it more and more. (255 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very stale pour. Hard pour yielded hardly a head and what was there faded very quickly. A golden copper color and clearer than I would have thought.

Smells like a belgian white. Spicey with corriander, orange peel, yeast and hints of a carbonation aroma.

Lacking complexity which is suprising for a LA beer. Still good flavors yet a little thin and watery in mouthfeel. The same corriander and orange peel the nose suggests. Some belgian spice character and yeast. Could easily drink many of these although I'm not
sure I'd want to considereing the thiness. (561 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby goblet, Witch's Wit is a chill hazed gold with a small white head that leaves lighter lace.

Smell is soft and floral, a slight, honey phenol, sulfur and other minerals, sweeter wheat as it warms, which was much better then the fridge serving temp.

Taste is spicy, bittersweet and grainy, very light, tropical fruit esters and a dry, biting bitterness on the abrupt finish and lingering astringency. Barley opens up as it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter, slick and dry.

Drinkability is ok, I didn't really care for it much at all at first, and while it grew on me, it's not my taste in Wit's at all, under attenuated and biting. (669 characters)

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. (1,285 characters)

Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.