Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

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85
very good

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 29
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Capone’s. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a somewhat-hazy straw color. Light and fairly crisp. Slight bit of grain with nice wheat. Touch of citrus and spice. Good carbonation. Dry. Well done wit.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of PatriotsRule
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey is a respectable, reliable brewery, and you've gotta love the cork cage 750mL bottle
A: Nice and light yellow, great head and ample carbonation. Lacing that lingers
S: Wheat, citrus, honey, hops and strawberry
T: Follows the nose, with a little sour fruitiness and a strong wheat backbone
M: Wheat! This is like a refined hefeweizen in some ways. The yeast is active and interesting
O: Extremely drinkable, sweet and special. At 4.8% abv this is a safe choice if you love wheat!

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tbone1384
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it. The head doesn’t linger long nor leave any lacing. It has a decent nose: Wheat, some spice, floral and earthy notes. The taste is crisp and it feels a hair light. Wheat, some spice, citrus. A nice wit.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mylesj
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cvm4
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked & caged 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a small hint of haze and a huge, active effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy white foam. Not bad, but I like my witbiers with a little more murky mystery.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little bit of wheaty character and a relatively strong perfumey, fruity, vinous quality, perhaps due to the honey. It's OK, but it doesn't exactly work for me in a beer of the style.

Taste: perfumey and floral, with a bit of a wheaty malt undertone. I understand that they are playing with the concept of witbier, here, but it's a bit *too* far outside the range of this relatively well-defined style. That, and the overabundance of perfume quality, make this a drinkable but non-wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body and a great big carbonation yield a nice, big, smooth creaminess. Best part of this brew.

Overall: this is simply not one of my favorite beers. It's not bad in any way, but it is not tasty enough to justify its position so far outside of style guidelines.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale straw in color with a large, creamy white head that dissipates slowly. Some thick lace spots around the glass.

Smell: Wheat, obviously, with lots of citrus- lemon and a touch of bitter lime. Pepper and coriander.

Taste: Begins with a banana/clove yeast flavor that remains throughout. Rounds out to more of a bready flavor and finishes with a touch of spiciness. Some citric and honey sweetness remains on the tip of the tongue after the finish, which is one of the most delightful things I have experienced in any beer.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with sharp up front carbonation that quickly smooths out giving this beer an almost creamy character. Finish is very refreshing.

Overall: One of the better beers I have had of this style. I wish it were a hot summer day, because this beer would be just about perfect for it.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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 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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Golden in color with a thin spotty head clinging to the edges of the glass. It's a surprisingly clear beer.

The aroma shows a nice mix of zesty citrus and sweet wheat malts. Coriander and orange peel flavors are apparent in it. Pretty refreshing and flavorful aroma.

The taste has more of the coriander and orange peel citrus flavors throughout. I get a little lemon to it as well at times. Sweet, bready wheat malts play a big role as well. It's pretty crisp and refreshing, which I like.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation feeling a little low. Overall, it was a pretty good version of the style. The look and feel felt a little off, but flavors were pretty good.

Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.