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Witch's Wit - The Lost Abbey

Witch's WitWitch's Wit

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very good

311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%

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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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsener glass. Poured a translucent gold with copious tiny bubbles effervescing to the underside of the cap. One inch bright white, fluffy head eventually settled into a thin, consistent head. Dense lacing with good legs. Mild nose - wheat, lemon zest and orange peel. Taste follows nose with a slight citrus astringency at the finish. Light-bodied; carbonation is balanced with the body, but a little too soft. Very easy drinking witbier. Lacks some of the spiciness characteristic of the style, but very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 23:58:13 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Talisker


2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco, for $8.99.

Close to an outright miss for The Lost Abbey. This is a limp, watery wit without an ounce of pizazz.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bland yellow, macro lager color, albeit not entirely transparent. Warning sign - very little head, and lacing dissipates almost immediately. No active bubbles visible.

Smells like a wit, with the combination of fruit and spice. This one maybe more grapefruit-y than orange-y. Unfortunately it tastes like a bit of a cross between Hoegaarden and Budweiser. Not *interesting*, but also not very *good*. No carbonation or other qualities to excite the texture. Even a little sticky on the end, which doesn't go well with the thin watery texture.

I don't think this bottle was mistreated. Just seems like a beer that sort of missed its target, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 22:45:16 | More by Talisker
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 23:56:55 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of GClarkage


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/03/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. 2008 release, poured into my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Off light yellow in color (a healthy pee color). 3/4 inches of head upon pour. Leaves light lace patchwork behind.

Smell- Light musk nose. Some clove, corriander, lots of white pepper and grassy yeast.

Taste- Very traditional in flavor. Spices meld about as perfect as you can get. Maybe a bit more grass-hay-earth flavor would have put it over the top. Still wondeful clove and white pepper and confectioniers sugar meld.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation, very crisp though with a fuller mouthfeel for a wit.

Drinkability- One of the better wit's I have had hands down. Right up there with St. Bernardus and Little White Lie IMO. Good stuff worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 23:50:34 | More by GClarkage
Photo of bbothen


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 21:59:21 | More by bbothen
Photo of scottoale


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 23:00:35 | More by scottoale
Photo of cjgator3


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle

A- Pours a nice golden yellow color with orange hues along with a white head that provides adequate lace.

S- The aroma is pretty dry and slightly tart with citrus zest, spices and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features some spices along with some citrus flavors with the finish on the dry side.

M- Light bodied but a little too watery, could use a little more carbonation for the mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, a nice light and refreshing wit perfect for the warm summer months when you don't particularly want a high ABV sipper.

Overall, Witches Wit is a very nice wit that is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 23:31:43 | More by cjgator3
Photo of largadeer


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a couple inches of white foam; nice retention and lace.

Smell: Zesty citrus and whole wheat bread. Faint sweetness, but more on the dry side. Smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wheaty, bready, yeasty and spicy. Dry, light-bodied and incredibly refreshing. The finish brings out a touch of honey and grapefruit. Ridiculously drinkable stuff; this one was gone in no time.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:48:44 | More by largadeer
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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
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