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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 30
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 08-04-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

mantissa, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

GeoChase90, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

sbangs, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of donaldchapman
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow, with huge frothy white head.
S - Wheat, complex spice, phenolics, and slight hops.
T - Dry and complex, wheat complexity, spices mingle well with malt and hops.
M - Medium mouth feel, dry with a perfect level of carbonation.

This is a great, beer, the spices and malt flavors mingle very nicely. Finishes dry and crisp with a good mouth feel. Aftertaste is very nice.

donaldchapman, Nov 02, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Reino
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in the Trick or LIF from scubarex. Thanks man.

Appearance- A gingerly pour into my pint glass produces a finger of white head that is creamy, but settles to a creamy film very quickly. The beer itself is a beautiful apricot gold, with blond highlights that shine bright when held to light. The lacing was phenomenal all the way down the glass.

Smell- The aroma of this beer changed directions on me quite a few times. Initially, I get a ton of sweet floral notes with clove and a bit of dull honey. The second wave of aroma brings about nutmeg, lavender and a banana creme sweetness that is very nice. As it warms up, I start to get plenty of coriander (was wondering where this was) and some orange with a tiny bit of earthiness/grass that changes to breadiness as the beer continues to warm. The aroma is very refreshing/cleansing, like a mint tea. At it's very warmest, I think I can settle on describing this beer's aroma as a very sweet floral smell combined with fresh out of the oven wheat bread.

Taste- Coriander makes its presence felt early and often along with some clove. Sweetness comes in second from a bit of that banana creme from the nose, but much more from golden apples. A dull sweetness from some honey comes in late and lingers along with some bitterness and orange peel. Actually, there's a nice underlying hoppy bitterness throughout that never overpowers, but accents the flavor and keeps this Wit from being a one trick pony.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, lively carbonation gives life to a fairly creamy, medium body upfront that gets a watery at the finish. The beer leaves a cooling, refreshing feel on my cheeks as the bitterness of the hops dry my tongue a bit, but not a whole lot. Obviously, there is no heat to be felt from this low abv brew.

Drinkability- It has sweetness, spice, and everything nice. It goes down extremely smooth, and has a low abv that would make it okay to have more than one 750ml to yourself. If this beer were available to me, I'd surely buy it again on a sunny day.

Reino, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard Lost Abbey brown 750ml. cork/caged bottle a cloudy pineapple gold with a finger of solid white clingy foam. Good retention here, carbonation is spot-on for this style.

Lightly sweet and spicy nose is very Belgian-esque. Wheatgrass, lemon, spice and yeast come through in a very pleasant manner.

The flavor, as it smells, is very mellow, tasty and smooth...ever-so quaffable. The perfect hot weather thirst quencher with it's mild ABV and super easy drinking taste.

I think I prefer the bottled version here a notch above what I've tried on tap, none the less a nice Wit from one of my favorite breweries...cheers!

scottoale, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of drummstikk
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding spices meld with tangy wheat and Belgian funk in a delicious and refreshing beer. Color is a hazy straw and carbonation is nice and brisk, perhaps 3V. Smell is of citrus, and orange and citrus flavors are balanced by a noticeable hop bitterness and not quite enough Belgian yeast character. The sweet spices accentuate the residual sugar to make the beer slightly too sweet. But these are quibbles one only notices in beers that are close to glory as Witch's Wit.

drummstikk, Aug 09, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Slatetank, Feb 11, 2009
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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
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, purchased at Lone Hill,

A: Pours a hazy cloudy yellow with a small white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: Coriander, bubblegum, wheat, rose petals.

T: Definite Grains of Paradise right out with a lot of fruity spice character. Honey is clearly evident which I really liked and it complemented the various spices very well. Flowery and sweet finish, cantaloupe, banana chips and light lemon zest.

M: Well structured, a lot like Avery's White Rascal, the flavour holds and has a strong finish. Easy to drink, spritzy, smooth brew, a tad too much carbonation for my liking, but a minor quibble.

D: A very good wit here, a well made brew which I always find from Port/Lost Abbey, if you find a bottle, definitely pick it up, great drinker, the bottle lasted 40 minutes, but easily could have been gone in 20.

Halcyondays, Oct 17, 2008
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 4,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an oversized wine glass.
Bottled on: 26/07/2012

Appearance: The appearance is fairly standard for a wit beer - murky (I purposefully shook up the yeast) golden-yellow body, topped by a large white head. The head could have lasted a little better, but it does leave some nice rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Oh wow, the honey is immediately apparent, with a big raw honey note dominates the first few sniffs. After a few minutes the more traditional notes of malted wheat, banana, coriander and clove become apparent. Warming yields a light citrus character (sweeter than I'd expect from grapefruit peel), a little peach and a perfumed note that might just be the cardamom.

Taste: As with the nose, the initial flavour offers a fair amount of raw honey. This is soon joined by malted wheat, an unexpected light hoppy note (sweet citrus fruits), coriander and clover.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a medium-high level of relatively smooth carbonation.

Overall: I love wit beers and this is a very interesting (and delicious) example of the style. It was fantastically refreshing and I could happily see myself drinking a few of these during summer!

Thehuntmaster, May 18, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey Witch's Wit

Appearance: clear straw yellow, good lacing, and a medium head.

Smell: yeast, apples, and a slightly malty grain.

Taste: fresh fruit, light hop, some grain, and a touch of yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a pretty good brew. While it is somewhat lighter, the flavor is full and smooth without being watery. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish.

megahurts4, Nov 23, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled june 7/09.

pours fairly clear pale yellow with a small cap of fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. lightly sweet caramel and honey. cracker and white bread. just a touch of alcohol. lots of nice belgian spice. orange peel, clove, corriander. other light citrus and floral character too.

taste is good. white bread with just the slightest toasting. cracker. hint of alcohol. orange peel. bit of bright floral character. nice belgian spice. low bitterness level. at moments this feels like a lighter tripel. after a few sips i'm noticing the alcohol a bit more and it starts to feel like more than the listed 4.8%. i'm not sure if it's my imagination, but i feel like there's just a touch of brett in here. it's more in the mouthfeel than anything, but there is just a touch of horse blanket and leather.

mouthfeel is great. nice light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nice balance. unlike many american interpretations of belgian styles, i really think lost abbey has nailed this one. often the malt profile won't be quite right, or the spice too obvious, or the sweetness too high. this one scores well in all regards. blindfolded i'd easily guess this was from the other side of the ocean. good stuff.

grub, Jun 08, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue tulip glass. Split the bottle with my wife.

Pours a hazy peach color with a 1/2 finger very light gray head.

Aroma is a very pronounced lemon and light malt.

Taste is incredibly clean and smooth - mouthfeel part of the equation.

Aroma after a couple of sips presents more of the wit yeast aroma and less lemon.

This one almost drinks too easy. More pronounced yeast flavor would help. If not for the aroma, I'm not sure I could easily pick this out as a wit. The taste is just so clean which is good but bad from a flavor standpoint. I'm lowering it from my original 4.5 to a 4 for flavor.

On a warm sunny day, this is the beer to turn someone on to the wonderful world of craft beer.

Yetiman420, May 02, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw into a Lost Abbey long-stemmed tulip. Frothy one finger head dissipates into a thin collar. Very little lacing. Banana and spice on the nose. The honey is in there, and it makes a nice addition to the profile. Flavor is quite fruity, with some yeasty spice to balance things out, and the honey making itself known again. Light bodied and crisp.

Probably Lost Abbey's most drinkable brew, I could sip on this stuff all night. Seek it out if you're a fan of witbiers.

0110x011, Sep 29, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip glass. The color is pale golden/orange and a small white head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing.

The smell is very nice. There is a strong presence of citrus, both from fruit and hop additions. Some coriander is also evident.

The taste follows the aroma, with citrus very strongly up front and coriander in the middle-back. The end is somewhat wheaty in character.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and dry. Very refreshing.

A very drinkable beer with more depth than your typical wit. I would go back to this beer again and again.

tedsox31, Aug 29, 2010
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4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: August 31, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse pokal... OCCASION: celebrating Penn State's first win of 2013...APPEARANCE: hazy, almost dirty sediment-laden pale straw yellow body; head is glacially stacked; its lacing is like well-patterned sea foam--a beguiling start... AROMA: banana, pepper, and clove--the holy trinity of wheat beer scents--is present and strong; honey is bottle-boasted but not as apparent...PALATE: medium-bodied, active on and under the tongue; spritzy, as a seltzer or a soda; refreshing...TASTE: lemony zest is first to stake its claim; pepper is also prominent sipping through its head adds to the experience... OVERALL: mellow and refreshing; little complexity, and little complaint there; the bottle is mid-ranged in price, and in a six-pack would be more than enjoyable....

dacrza1, Sep 02, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first glass poured out of this 750 was very bright and clear, a yellow/gold colour with a dense white cap. Good head retention with a thick layer of bubbles clinging to the glass. Things were a bit cloudier in subsequent glasses, much more in line with what I expected. Nice aroma. Crackery and yeasty with a lemony twang and citrus zest smell. Spice was coriander for the most part, maybe a hint of clove character, a little sour too. Flavour was great. Crackery wheat with just a bit of sweetness, citrusy and zesty with spices filling things out nicely. A little grassy mid-palate with a balanced finish. The body was a little fuller than you normally get in a wit, but still retained a pleasant crispness with the slightly higher carbonation. Dry, but not overly so. Quite refreshing and very tasty.

DrJay, Sep 27, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a very tall, large weizen glass, this shows typical whitish-gold witbier body, with a soapy-looking head that leaves some random thick gobs of foam on the side of the glass before settling to a thumbnail cap. Coarse-looking bubbles furiously rise from the heavy bottom of this tall glass. Clearer than I would expect, but then again this is the first pour of the 750ml bottle. Indeed, on the second pour, this really clouded up, and I noticed a couple large bricks of sediment falling out of suspension. Extremely cloudy, completely opaque witbier we have here. I like that, but your mileage may vary.

Aromatics are mostly fresh sourdough bread, citrus, freshly molded plastic and a little sweaty sock testifying to the yeastiness of this brew. True to style.

Hmm, here is where we deviate from the norm and realize that this is indeed a Lost Abbey beer. In most other witbiers I've tried, I don't get much hop presence, if at all. Here, there is a definite citrusy hop along for the ride throughout - not overbearing IPA-type citrusy hop, but just enough to let you know it's there. Otherwise, the flavor profile is dominated by the yeast, with sour mash notes riding on the back of the wheat, with a thick peppery coriander bite. I see that this is brewed with honey - I don't really notice, I think much of that residual sugar has been eaten.

Feel is a pillow-like feel that I normally associate with stronger beers, like a tripel. Given the coarse-looking carbonation, I would have expected something more spiky. For a witbier, it's a little too luxurious.

Given the low strength of this beer, and the breadth of flavor, I'd say this is very drinkable. I'm glad this isn't "just another witbier," which helps justify the high price. Would be a good one to pair with food. Not your starter Belgian White, I don't think I'd give this one to Shock Top or Blue Moon drinkers.

Patrick999, Apr 12, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean golden color with a thick and sticky white head.

Has a big cotten candy and bubblegum smell with a bit wheat.

The flavor is light and fruity with the bubblegum(bazooka joe) coming through strongly along with a bit of spices and a long wheat finish.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a good bit of carbonation.

Very drinkable, I like it. Excellent belgian white.

bashiba, Jun 16, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! I've been curious to try this one. Love me a good wit. Into my Duvel tulip, it goes

A: The first pour is a clear yellow with a solid white head that slowly recedes to a disk. Steady carbonation, very pretty

S: Wheat is prominent up front with a definite honey-like sweetness. Spicy with a hint of cardamom and white pepper. Refreshing,

T: Excellent spicy flavors are prominent on the palate as I take a sip of this. Pepper and cardamom flavors tickle the palate and is followed by a solid wheat flavor with a mild sweetness. Light in body, this beer dries up on the finish
*edit* - The second pour with some of the sludge from the bottle adds some delicious yeasty flavors to this beer and also improves the mouthfeel a hair.

M: Maybe a little watery but the carbonation and the finish are great. The spices and the citrus qualities linger on on the finish.

D: I'd easily drink more but this is my only bottle. Plus, at 8$ a pop, it's a little pricey for what it is. Great label work, though!

DefenCorps, Sep 17, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

superspak, Jul 03, 2013
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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
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to GregMcQ for sending my way!

Pours a lightly cloudy dark amber orange, pretty interesting colour, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright. Smell is neat, some light toast, banana, sugary sweetness, wheat, orange peel, coriander, some frutiness, lightly yeasty, smells good. Taste is great for a witbier, very dry and toasty, oats, wheat, banana, spices, coriander and orange, pepper, tropical, quite malty too, nicely balanced, really nice for a witbier. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, insanely dry and toasty in the finish. Usually not a big fan of witbiers but this one is great! Thanks Greg!!

Viggo, Jun 08, 2009
Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.