Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 27
Gots: 36 | 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 +5.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Any Lost Abbey beer is a special treat for me since they are not available anywhere near me. I've had this beer a few times- first, on tap at Denver's Falling Rock and most recently from a friend who dragged the beer back from Cali.

The darker golden than usual beer pours with a volumptuous head formation that endures the session while leaving a inordinant amount of lacing on the glass. Impressive despite the dark color.

Aromas fall somewhere between Witbier-meet-American Pale Ale. The initial softer malt aromas are quickly swamped by a moderate dose of piney and citrus American hops. Decorated with spices that easily match the hoppy,fruity notes.

Flavors again begin with a softer malt taste, but the hops, esters, and spices provide an on-slaught of acidic, citric, sharp tastes that I find very nice but clearly out of bounds for classic Witbiers. Spices seem forced; not a complete yeast derivitive, but added later. Fruity flavors of oranges, lemons, and pineapple meet the spices of white pepper, corriander, and clove for a lot of variety, but at time distracting.

Full, rich, and creamy mouthfeel is cut with the sharp hop bitterness and acidity. Again, a very refreshing, crisp, clean beer. But the spices, hops, and overly fruity flavors keep the beer from conveying the silky smooth flavors and textures found, in say... Hoegaarden.

I like this beer in much the same way as I do the Schneider-Brookly experiment Hopfenweiss. Using a base style, but giving a defiant American twist that challenges the palate and bastardized our notions of classic styles.

Thanks Clvand0

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend via the Rare Beer Club

A-Airy whimsy head and hazy golden body. Slight starchy yellowness in the appearance.

S-Lemon peel and coriander are dominant in the aroma. Nothing too overpowering.

T-Sweet and and slightly tart flavor up front. Spices and clove are strong but very welcomed. The hops are there and noticed, but not to intense.

M-Dry throughout with an unexpected level of hop bitterness. The hops dry out the finish and add an earthy touch.

D-This is a very nice beer, but maybe a tad too dry for a refreshing wit. Definitely well done for a tough style, but not my favorite wit.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ajsdad06.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate citrus, herbs and yeast aroma.

T - Medium sweet flavor with a medium fruity citrus sweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Light to medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation.

D - Refreshing soft brew that met my expectations.

Photo of ClassicBrad
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750ml, corked bottle into my DFH signature glass a pale, cloudy, straw yellow. Head fizzled away like soda but left a ring of lace around the glass.

Nose is mostly of pale wheat malt. Not a lot going on with the smell.

Such a crisp and refreshing beer; lacks your traditional coriander spice and orange zest, but makes up with an original burst of wheat malt and a strong suggestions of honey with hints of what I can only describe as dark berry fruit.

Carbonation is vigorous and makes the beer a thirst quenching experience.

Drinkability is average for a beer under 5%, but still feel like I should give it props for being so darn refreshing!

Photo of brotherloco
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lemon color with plenty of haze. Head is perfectly white, with tightly packed microbubbles. Great lacing too, as the tiny bubbles stick nicely to the glass.

Honey and spices it says on the label and honey and spices I get on the nose. Tart, a bit gingery, with a good wallop of cardamom and a meta-smell of honey. Sounds like a nose-ful, but it's pretty de rigeur for a wit these days.

Great balance and complexity for this style, definitely not watery at all, which is my main complaint with witbiers. Definitely a lemon zest flavor that's featured prominently here, alongside classic phenolic notes of clove and coriander.

Hops add an herbal, earthy flavor that complements the honey sweetness.

Two tons of smooth in the mouthfeel department; not too insubstantial so as to be 'simple'. My first thought was that this was a spice-forward take on the wit, but the honey sweetness really opens up and takes control. Not a bad take...not bad at all.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.

This pours a bright clear yellow gold with a small head of foam. It becomes hazy after the initial pour and the head retention is good with ample lacing.

The smell has a good nose of wheat with some spice and a sweetness that is the backbone of its smell.

The taste is of honey sweetness, wheat, clove, and grain. More sips in and I get slight notes of pepper and very slight banana. Nice taster.

The mouthfeel is light, the carbonation is light, and it finishes grainy with a slight citrus bitterness. Also, at the very end it becomes a bit watery. Easy drinker though so it'll be no problem to finish the 750. Lost Abbey did a good job here.

Photo of aforbes10
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley. Bought this for my wife, by request, but she let me have a glass. Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a short hint of a white head. Weak lacing. Smells of fruity citrus yeast and tangy wheat. Taste is fresh and tangy, lots of zip. Yes, definitely a zippy beer. Nice orange and coriander notes on a good wheat malt base. Dry alcohol on the finish. Thin to medium bodied, right for the style. A good drinker, tasty and interesting.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nomomentwasted
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this today out a bottle today that I got on sale from Freddy out at Beverages 4 Less. $6.99's a pretty good deal on any Lost Abbey, and I drank it with good friend and fellow BA @tahlstro. Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, just like I'd want a Witbier to look. Unfiltered, opaque, and golden-yellow, with a nice little bit of head and beautiful lacing. Wished for just a little more head as it was relatively minimal, but other than that it was spot-on.

Smell: Light with some spiciness, with sweet honey and clove and a bit of lemon to it. Refreshing and light, but a little less than I was expecting.

Taste: Clean, sweet, and a little clove to the front-end, with a slight bit of sourness on the finish. The honey and wheat are definitely the two main ones here, and I traced a bit of raisin to it as well. Definitely not super-complex or multi-layered, but tasty and super refreshing on this hot San Diego night.

Mouthfeel: Crisp but not too dry, with a nice coating and simple aftertaste of slight sourness.

Drinkability: For the ABV it's actually a bit slower than I'd imagine, but still very quaffable in this summer heat. Served this relatively cool too and was very refreshed. 10 bucks would be steep for this, but on sale it was a great bottle to add to the collection and a very refreshing summer Wit.

Photo of Biggness
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy amber with a 1 fingered white head with some lacing. The smell is of mild citrus and some banana. The taste has a decent malt base to it and some nice flavors from the yeast, I would just hope for a little more. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth the carbonation level seems good. A highly drinkable brew.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the brewery. Hazy blonde with a big white head. Floral yeasty spice and orange/grapefruit aroma. Dry flavor with light wheat and a slightly tart, herbal finish. Light bodied and spritzy. Nor really a traditional wit, but pretty tasty and drinkable.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium cloudy yellow with a foam white head. Head is a bit disappointing in volume, but it does last. No lace.

Yeast and sweet wheat in the nose. Sweet nutty grain notes.

Wheat and grain dominate in the flavor. The honey comes out and gives this a soft feel. Mild bitterness at the end. Malt forward, incredibly easy to drink, but a very standard wit.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

So they made a beer to quaff in the summer. You could drink gallons of this stuff on a hot summer day. No competition at all for the good imported stuff, but a nice version just the same. Easy to like and recommend.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow color with a small head.
Mostly citrus, lemon and a little orange with some spice.
Citrusy flavor, spices and a hint of honey.
Bigger mouthfeel than most Witbiers I have had,almost fluffy.
A good interpretation of a witbier, only down side is its very expensive and IMO not worth the money.

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky light honey, stark white head. Leaves fast to ring.

S - Not much there. A little barn fun, but light. A little straw.

T - Definite straw, light malt, nice clean taste.

M - Light bodied, very lager type mouthfeel, good balance and fair coating.

D - Super easy to drink.

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold with a short-lived bubbly white head that fades to a collar quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma has a healthy Belgian yeast sweetness up front with hints of banana and honey. There is also a bit of spices, especially clove and coriander, though very subtle.

The taste is a bigger version of the nose with the initial sweetness giving way to a much healthier spice kick than the nose indicates. There is a bit of hop kick in the finish leaving some bitterness, but not much.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

This a decent witbier that is very drinikable. Another good effort from Lost Abbey.

Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml cork & caged bottle. Shared with friends on 8/31/2008.

Pours a pale golden straw yellow with a hazy hue. Bright white fluffy head. Plenty of lace as glass is comsumed.

Light sweet aroma with lemon zest, spicy, wheaty, yeasty. Nice.

Mellowed flavor. Lemon, wheat, honey, yeast, peppery, sharp. All flavors are subdued & easy palitable.

Smooth and incredibly refreshing. Need a backyard summer beer. This is it.

Highly drinkable.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank's for picking up, Dr. Jay. Spot on the style, and nice grapefruit notes. Honey and understated spices. Very light b ody, no real head to speak of. Bit of wheatand spice aroma.Drinkability is great and unique, I can have this as my staple. Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of charlzm
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed November 29, 2008.

Beer pours a mimosa color with a fine white head.

Aroma of wheat and oranges. Somewhat bitter aroma.

Flavor has a light citrus character and the expected wheat tang. Some coriander. Flavor is quite "wet" (as opposed to dry) and somewhere between light and medium.

Texture is somewhat thinner than expected.

Fine, drinkable witbeer though Hoegaarden has nothing to fear.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The best looking wit that I have ever seen. It almost looked like a sunset. Bright yellow and orange colors. Super hazy with a half finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Usual wit smells of coriander and citrus. Some hints of the yeast as well.

T: Little bit sweet up front. Much more so than a traditional take on the style. I think it gave a bit of a boost to what I consider a fairly boring style. The wheat was there as were some of the spices. Not that bold a taste at all. Very easy on the palate.

M: Medium body. Slightly thicker than other examples of the style.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Glad I got a bottle on sale for $7. IMO a wit is not worth $12 for a 750. At that price it was ok but anything higher makes other beers more tempting.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witch's Wit pours a very pale gold color. It's surprisingly clear. There's not a bit of haze at all. Perhaps that'll change on the second pour. EDIT: There is a little cloudiness in the second glass, but not enough to trigger a bump in score. A forceful pour yielded a white head that didn't quite stand a finger tall. It was quick to dissipate and left very light lacing on the glass. Eh...it's alright.

The nose isn't really out of line for a Witbier, but it is weak and a little disappointing. It's grainy and earthy throughout. There's a spicy aroma, but it needs more strength. Clove is the most pronounced, but there's some pepper and orange peel backing it up. There's a light, sweet fruity scent. It smells mostly like lemon. Once again, it's faint and could use more strength. There's may be some ancillary fruit elements here, but this nose isn't picking them up. Overall, it's above average for the style, but needs some work.

The flavor is better. I'm waffling on whether it's enough to bump the score. I'll hold that call for a few. It's grainy and earthy from the first sip to the finish. There's an interesting sweet honey flavor here. I didn't pick that up in the nose, but it's here. Spices are effective and have a nice flavor. There's a mix of clove, coriander, and pepper hogging the spotlight. Tastes like there might be a few others, but they're secondary and I can't tell what they are. Lemon is noted, but is relatively faint in the mix. It adds some sweetness, but sweet honey is much more culpable (if you want to call it that) for the sweet flavor. A little Belgian yeast is noted on the tail. Nice touch. It finishes spicy and slightly sweet. There's quite a bit more to the flavor than the nose. It is enough to warrant a bump in score.

Witch's Wit has a light body, but doesn't feel watered down at all. It is pretty well carbonated. Yeah...a Lost Abbey beer...and it's carbonated. Whatever problems they may have had with some other releases, this one's fine. This one's smooth and has a nice feel. Drinkability is good. This is a good Witbier. I'm not generally a huge fan of the style, but I like this one. It's got a nice flavor and goes down easy.

Witch's Wit is a good Witbier. I can't say it's among Lost Abbey's best beers, but it's pretty good (especially for a Witbier). It's a little unique in that it features a rather prominent sweet honey flavor. I like that. I wouldn't say that makes it out of line for the style, but it is somewhat novel in that respect. The look and the nose could use a little work. They're above average, but could be better. Overall, this is pretty good stuff. Who would've thunk it? Lost Abbey makes good beer. Despite the fact that Tomme Arthur and crew may not be perfect, they still make damn good beer more often than not. This one's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny last Saturday.

The beer pours a light gold color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The beer smells OK, but really strikes me as a bit simple. There is a definite "wheaty" aroma, but I don't get much in the way of orange peel or coriander. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though there is some nice honey with a touch of spice. The beer is pretty light on the palate (as one would expect), and it's obvious that the abv. is not very high.

While I thought this a very nice Belgian style wit beer, given that it was from Port Brewing, I really expected a bit more flavor. Oh well.

Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.