1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

Not Rated.
Witch's WitWitch's Wit

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

355 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 355
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 32
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: illidurit on 08-04-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 355 | Reviews: 161 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mylesj
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mylesj, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

kingcrowing, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

richkrull, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Gonzoillini, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kegatron, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of mozim
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mozim, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Bierguy5, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of Liquoric3
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Liquoric3, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of errantnight
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

errantnight, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of danwho
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

danwho, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Geuzedad
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Geuzedad, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of beanoboy7
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

beanoboy7, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of gcare02
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

gcare02, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of SoCalStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

SoCalStout, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ms11781, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Robyn, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of GAlcaraz1
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GAlcaraz1, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

HopHead84, May 25, 2012
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Mattias, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tanzbodeli
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tanzbodeli, May 17, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Wasatch, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 10, 2009
Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.