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Sterkens White Ale - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
83
good

171 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-10-2001)
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Photo of Texasfan549
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

Texasfan549, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.1/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a typical cloudy wheat. A little darker than some other "white" ales. Almost no head, and what little there is dissipates almost immediately.

Whoa. Tons of large chunks of yeast suspended and swirling around. About the size of rock salt. I've never seen this in any beer, much less a commercial brew. Starts to make you wonder what the deal is.

Smell is mild and yeasty. None of the characteristic spiciness of a typical wit. Now i'm really wondering what the deal is.

First sip... bland. Completely not what i expect from a wit. Where are the spices? Where is the orange peel, the coriander, the clove? This is totally dull.

Obviously, this thing is ancient. This is my first experience ever with a stale beer. I've had beers that were intentionally cellared for an effect, but this one was never meant to be cellared and it's pretty much ruined. Every bit of flavor has fallen out of it. That also explains the massive clumps of yeast.

I opened this one day after buying it at Four Winds in Pensacola. I may have to amend my BeerFly review. Obviously they are not rotating stock, and this thing must be several years old. Phooey.

Perhaps i can one day find a fresh example and see what it's really like.

Bonhoeffer, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Havion383
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Havion383, May 24, 2012
Photo of number1bum
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours a very light yellow, hazy and fizzy looking, with a nice white 1 finger head. Retains a thin film of lacing all the way down. Although it looks a little thin, almost like watered down lemon juice, the appearance is nice and is the highlight of this brew. It goes downhill from there.

Smell is nice...lemon zest and coriander. Taste is thin but the same as the smell - lemony with coriander and some other zesty spice(s). A little tart, almost sour. A bit watery overall, but it's the carbonation that's really bothersome. It's fizzy to the point of almost being soda-like. Not what I'm looking for in a brew. Drinkability-wise it's just too fizzy and thin to make me want another. Look elsewhere for your wits.

number1bum, May 20, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From a 11.2oz bottle. It pours pale, the color of white grape juice. A large amount of pulpy sediment floats in suspension from the bottom on up of my pils glass. A two- finger white head dissipates in the blink of an eye, leaving behind not lacing, just some slight bubbling on the surface of what now looks to be a flat beer--except for the slight bursting of bubbles.

The smell is light and lemony, full of citrus, yeast, some wheat and other grainy characteristics. The flavor bursts with citrus, followed by a touch of honey, a strong presence of adjuncts, and only a whisper of spice.

The mouthfeel is light, bordering on watery. For all the citrus elements in the taste and aroma, it seems quite sluggish and dull on the palate. The most pleasant part is the finish, where you can sense what little spice there is, and a bright burst of berry.

Drinkablity is good I suppoose, but the flavor and mouth is so dissapointing I won't be drinking another. However, I could see why some might go to this on a summer day, or to accompany a spicy or seafood meal. I could also see some uninitiated folks at a reasturant squeezing in some lemon and and enjoying it.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I would definitely go with a Wittekerke or even a Paulaner Hefe-Weissen over this.

Osiris9588, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of portia99
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours the expected hazy, pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of dense and fluffy white head. Foam slowly fizzes its way down to the surface without much success in leaving any lacing on the glass.

S - Oranges and lemons, coriander, spicy wheatiness, a bit yeasty, light breadiness. Lemons really dominate the aroma...nice.

T - Overall flavoring here is on the light side. Dry, wheaty, not much for citrusy fruit, spice or yeast. Pretty bland actually...disappointing.

M - Highly carbonated, foamy in the mouth. Body is light. Its almost like the carbonation is so potent that it overwhelms any flavors that might be in this beer...its surprisingly close to drinking soda water...maybe soda water that was in the bottle that used to contain Sprite...just a hint of residual flavor carried over.

O - Rather disappointing overall. Started off with promise with a on target appearance and aroma, but lost it where it counts in the flavor (or total lack of)...

portia99, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours into a pilsner glass and shoots to about 5 or 6 fingers of head right away. As it recedes, what forms up is perhaps the palest beer I've ever seen. If it weren't for some light haze, it might not have any color at all! That's not true, but it really is nearly transparent. The head pulls back and holds at less than a finger, leaving a thick but ragged cover. 4.0

Aroma - very light yeast poking through a lemony grain. Some nice depth to the yeast despite its restrained intensity, perhaps even a light funkiness. 4.0

Taste - mild tart/citric up front, and an unmistakeable 'funky' element. It's not overbearing but it takes me in a different direction. The swallow is prickly with carbonation, dry and a bit lemony. Some positive elements but I don't really like it much. 2.5

Mouthfeel - very zippy, clean, and refreshing. 3.5

Drinkability - no, I can't see myself having this one again; *maybe* I'd try it again on tap. 2.5

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of ngandhi
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm all for bottle conditioning and I'm not one to talk about the appearance of a beer, but Sterkens White Ale is downright chunky. I certainly recommend decanting, but the bottle's not really designed for it. Nice head and lacing.

For a wit, Sterkens errs on the side of spice over fruit. The nose is dominated by coriander and clovey yeast which are paired nicely on the palette with spritzy lemon and growing endnotes of orange.

Overall uninteresting, this beer lacks balance or class. It needs more fruit character to leap outside of a hefe. The dry finish is pleasant, but short.

ngandhi, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of SLeffler27
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A tall, loose, white meringue head quickly drops after the initial pour of this very pale yellow, almost white beer. The final half ounce carries a cloud of yeast into the pilsner glass.

Smells of a dusty, dirty sock with a pinch of ginger and lime. While subtle, these aromas leave much to be desired.

Subtle flavors of grain and dry white wine permeate prior to a quick, slightly bitter finish.

A dry, light-bodied beer, Sterkins has no presence of alcohol. The watery texture has lively carbonation.
Sterkins White could easily be a session beer as it closely resembles a light macro lager. This one doesn't do much for me.

SLeffler27, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of xare
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

No head whatsoever. Poured as cloudy yellow beer with no yeast blobs floating around (always a good thing to me).

Smells like light wheat and a touch of coriander. Not appetizing but not off-putting either. Rather average.

Tastes a bit like orange peel and coriander. Just a hint of wheat but you have to try really hard to discern that flavor. Might be a couple of other spices in the background but overall, a rather plain blend of spices but masterfully done. Rather pleased with it.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and clear. No surprises there. A bit of a soapy kick (very light) at the end. Nicely done.

I wouldn't finish this beer personally, but if you like witbiers, it seems to be a solid entry and something that appears to be very solid overall. I probably would give mine away if I happen to get them in a mixed pack though.

xare, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -20.4%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of JasonA
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little cloudy golden ale with virtually no head. Lacing throughout.

Smells light belgian, maybe some citrus sweet. Hard to get anything.

Sweet Belgian. Virtually no hops. Citrus finish. Can taste the unfiltered apsect. However, not prevelent.

Smooth, not lots of carbonation. Little biting, but not much.

Not a very interesting beer. Not bad for the style, but I would like for there to be something more. Not a beer I would head back to.

JasonA, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This baby had the appearance of pale straw and was loaded with heavy sediment. There were a few pieces that may take the cake as the biggest piece of anything found in a beer, just short of the chili pepper in Cave Creek Chili Beer. The light and fluffy white head left a pretty heavy lace and there was a very fresh and soft aroma reminiscent of other white beers. There is a heavy citrus taste and a soft finish. This is lacking anything that stands out to be great. Nothing but an average white brew.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 21, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, ghostly pale yellow-white hue, the head was very modest in height, maybe a half of a finger, it was white in complexion, standard in appearance for the style. The tiny head held reasonably well, it turned soapy after awhile before completely leaving. No subsequent lace was produced. The nose displays a tart fruitiness with traces of wheat, a kiss of orange peel, lightly tart on the finish, not much complexity. The aroma says “Wit” but I’m not convinced I want to take a sip. But I do. Major disappointment. The palate is tart upfront, a kiss of orange peel in the middle with pear-like fruitiness, wheaty, largely empty of tasty goodness; the finish is quick and uneventful. Maybe my sample is tired or maybe this is just a below average White Ale. I’d like it tastier, especially in the coriander department. The carbonation is appropriate, modest but caressing, medium-light in body. The aftertaste is wheaty and dry. I’m not really impressed with this offering; I can’t image the need to drink it again. Purchased in Omaha.

bditty187, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a sort lived pure white head that leaves little in the way of lacework. Lots of suspended yeast.

Smell is fresh cut hay and summer fields, sweet orange and hints of spice. Very much like Hogaarden.

Taste is soft doughy wheat, hints of hops, some faint dry citrus notes. Sour citrus finish lingers on the tougue then fades to extinction.

Mouthfeel is clingy, sticks to the tongue and sides of mouth.

Drinkable, yes though I don't know if it is that much better than the Hogaarden that it is worth paying extra for.

Citadel82, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of putnam
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(smells like pancakes, hmm) Looks whitish/yellow. Burned butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and soda/baking powder cakes made from white flour are on the nose. Odd development of flavor. The attack is heavily metallic. In retrospect that pancake smell was more the smell of a hot iron skillet than burned butter, though there was some of that too. There is a really dry breadiness throughout the palate finishing relatively quickly with an abrupt, pottery dustiness.

putnam, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very light golden/straw color, a little murky, with very good carbonation and about four fingers’ worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fruity/citrusy in aroma, much like a hefeweisen. Hops seem fairly present, but not as much as the smell of rye.

Taste – a little bit of a musky taste it from the start. The rye taste is less than I would have thought, but it’s there. There’s also a fizzy, champagne-like quality to the taste as well. The finish and aftertaste are both pretty mild.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but as stated above, a bit on the fizzy side.

Overall – not a bad brew, but a little plain-tasting and uninteresting.

Nerudamann, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of dand
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy pour from a 11.2 oz bottle

Normal in appearence for the style, hazy yellowish.

The smell is kind of interesting, the usual citrus notes, kind of like an orange creamsicle which i found interesting.

Very fizzy in the mouth, light and almost watery.

Tastes of faint citrus, nothing overpowering, but nothing really stands out either.


All in all, not a bad session, and a good beer to satisfy thirst, but nothing above average

dand, Sep 28, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

MPSTARR, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

kobeer, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Flashyspoons
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Flashyspoons, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw color, with a white head that quickly diminishes. It leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of coriander, with a light orange peel aroma as well. The flavor is light and fruity. It has the taste again of coriander, with an orange rind flavor in the finish. Overall, it is an easy drinking beer. Would be great on a summer day.

BeerBuilder, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a hazy light peach color. Small white head tops the brew and laces nicely. I like the wheat malt aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing, a little spicy (pepper and corriander) and a bit yeasty. There is a minor soapy aftertaste that is not pleasant. If not for that, this beer would rate fairly high.

Bighuge, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of PorterLambic
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy whitish-yellow with globs of yeast suspended within. Very little head, and that was made of pencil eraser-sized bubbles. Smell is malt, spice, fruit, yeast and some woodiness (I think, it was hard to put my nose on it). Taste is malt, fruit, some spice with hops in the aftertaste. Not as complex as it sound, sadly. Medium bodied with effervescence on the tip of the tongue, also warms the throat to some degree. Overall, the balance is good but the complexity I found lacking somewhat. A good beer, but they've done better.

PorterLambic, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold and hazy. A few particles floating. 1/4" white head falls to a cap and rides the whole way down.

S - Orange peel. Banana. Clove. Pineapple. Ripe fruit.

T - Wheat. Powder. Hint of sourness. Aroma is fuller than the flavor.

M - Between medium and thin bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

D - Decent drinkability. I expected much more flavor.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jun 26, 2007
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Sterkens White Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.