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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 32
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 htomsirveaux


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%

750 mL bottle tried 10 Sep 2008.

Small white head. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy dull straw color. Smells of lemon, yeast and grapes. Starts with some honey lemon flavor but not too sweet. Ethanol very light. Medium chewy body. Not much of the expected coriander and citrus flavor. Finishes somewhat bitter and pithy.

Overall not bad but definitely needs more coriander.

01-26-2009 00:39:22 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of TKEbeerman


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

05-19-2013 19:01:58 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of pwoods


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

10-09-2008 03:15:39 | More by pwoods
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-25-2013 01:27:48 | More by Reappropriated
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-21-2012 16:03:40 | More by hiphopj5
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-09-2013 19:40:23 | More by IrishColonial
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-01-2012 20:58:05 | More by Lucasperea
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

03-16-2014 22:29:44 | More by jkane101
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

03-14-2014 22:20:03 | More by kmanjohnson


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-07-2013 21:38:31 | More by JDJTEXAS
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-17-2014 02:38:25 | More by KAF
Photo of hopdog


3.28/5  rDev -13%

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

11-16-2008 01:36:27 | More by hopdog
Photo of mcallister


3.28/5  rDev -13%

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.

01-11-2009 20:33:44 | More by mcallister
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3.33/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

10-18-2012 23:25:35 | More by cvm4
Photo of Knapp85


3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

05-17-2011 03:31:29 | More by Knapp85
Photo of HalfFull


3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

08-11-2008 05:19:29 | More by HalfFull
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3.43/5  rDev -9%

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.


06-27-2012 03:48:38 | More by kojevergas
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3.43/5  rDev -9%

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.

10-25-2008 23:02:46 | More by sessycuban
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3.43/5  rDev -9%

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!

07-08-2011 01:27:26 | More by hannibalsmith
Photo of impending


3.43/5  rDev -9%


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.

08-18-2012 23:19:29 | More by impending
Photo of beerlove82


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

03-05-2011 04:43:43 | More by beerlove82
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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

10-20-2008 03:35:42 | More by russpowell
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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

09-05-2008 23:56:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-28-2012 01:07:52 | More by mylesj
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

11-13-2010 20:43:58 | More by kingcrowing
Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.