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Sterkens White Ale - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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171 Ratings

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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

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 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 kdog630
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice straw color with half inch head that stayed for many sips. Well carbonated with a decent mouthfeel. Aroma was pleasant, definately matched the style. Finish was smooth and slightly sweet. Couldn't vouch for the freshness of the bottle but the overall taste, etc, was very pleasant.

kdog630, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/gold color with a thin fizzy white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with a yeast presense. Light-bodied with a grain character along with spice and yeast flavors. Very straightforward and refreshing. The finish is short and clean with some hops and spice aftertaste. Above average summer fare.

Dogbrick, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of dauss
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: slim belgian style 11.2oz. bottle. Plain silver label, no date or stamp.

Appearance: Very cloudy light orange yellow color with a lot of yeast chunks floating around. A very small white head rests on top.

Smell: Very sweet malt aroma, lots of coriander, light clove, alcohol, and a slight acidic twang.

Taste: Very light with a large amount of sweet wheat malt. More clove and coriander, with a yeasty spicyness, a clean and dry finish. Very light tartness.

Notes: A very tasty witbier. Not quite as pretty or sweet as Hoegaarden, but they're about the same. I like them both.

dauss, May 04, 2005
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 TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours as white of a color as I have seen from any beer, ever. Gloudy with a slight golden tone and a big white head. I haven't had a Wit in a while, but this makes me remember why I like them. Smell is corriander and orange, slightly yeasty and clean. Taste is smooth and has a creamy mouthfeel to it. Flavors are mostly yeasty with only slight orange and spiciness to it. I liked this one a lot, although could be a little bit sharper and spicier, but still very good.

TastyTaste, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light-gold color, hazy body, small bubbly white head on the top. Citrus tones on the scent as well as a light flower scent. Light and refreshing on the tounge, grainy malts, touch of hops, lemon zestyness as well as a touch of spices. Med bodied, dry finish. Quite a nice refreshing drink.

Tballz420, Mar 21, 2005
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 Suds
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, whitish-orange color with plenty of floaties and a generous white head. The aroma is intriguing: coriander, fruit (citrus and melons), flowers, orange peels, and yeast. It’s a delicate, flowery smell. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a distinct citrus-like wheat-ness. Soft and full body, with a crisp and dry finish. This is a very good witbier.

Suds, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, without freshness dating, Pours very light orangy/yellow, cloudy, alot of yeast particles floating around. Tiny bubble white film for a head. nice stringy lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity. This is afairly light bodied and tasting wit. Mid section is a tad watery. Lightly spiced, finish is sort of starchy, not my favorite of the style.

Billolick, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color and some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is a yeasty wheat. Starts with a distinct wheat flavor, finishes crisp and light. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

jdhilt, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy. There are things floating in it. This is a wheat ale, let me tell you. This is what "unfiltered" means, I think. I've never seen anything quite like it. It is beautiful.

Smells like wheat malt and bananas. Allspice, too. Cloves. Complicated, but not very intense.

Tastes like WHEAT MALT. Cloves upfront. Very spicy. Mealy in the back, wet in the back. Tartness. Citrus not of nature. Synthetic splash of sweetness like freebasing orange juice. Right into your fucking veins.

Fizzy so great. Excellent mouthfeel like fireworks.

mynie, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of GDMFSOB
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite witbiers. It's got a dirty kind of characteristic to it. It pours out a murky, yellow color with some sediment floating around. It looks a lot like grapefruit juice.The nose is spicey and citric with some sweet graininess. This has some great flavor. Peaches, oranges, pears, coriander, pepper are just some of the flavors I'm tasting. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with some crisp carbonation. The aftertaste is sweet and bready with some tangerine-like citrus. Five minutes after I finished the beer my tastebuds were still being satisfied. I could drink these all day.

GDMFSOB, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 fluid oz. brown bottle with an obvious layer of yeast clumps.
Aroma: Nice wit smell. Sweet blond malt, note of coriander, and a twist of orange peel; It’s dead on for style.
Appearance: A soft pour to keep the yeast in the bottle left very little head. A hazy golden glass with some clumps of lace developed from the ring of white foam.
Flavor: Taste is subdued compared to the aroma. The main flavor is wheat malt with a nice sour note. The spice and fruit are minimal in the taste. There is also a hint of horse blanket or farmyard funk about it that is appealing.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, lively carbonation and a bit of a sour pucker.
Overall Impression: A mild intensity, moderately complex, massively drinkable wit.

HardTarget, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just became available here in Dallas, this week, so probably very fresh. 11.2-ounce bottle in a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Pale straw color, with a lot of haze and cloudiness.

Aroma: Spicy coriander aroma.

Flavor/Body: Citrusy flavor, only slightly spicy (ground pepper flavor). Dry, slightly acidic finish. A little watery in body.

A somewhat disappointing witbier. With so few examples available here, I was hoping for better.

allengarvin, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow color with a small head that quickly dies off to nothing. The aroma has a hint of sweetness with some lemon and a grassy character. The flavor is citrus and grassy, but very interesting - unusual, but good. Great drinkabilty and a good witbier.

clvand0, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an insane pale color with little head that fades to nothing. White beer is right. White is the only way to describe the color. The nose is a nice balnce between sweet and spicy and ornage-peel. What a nice flavor onthis one. Its really well balanced, mellow, nice subdued mellow malts. This beer is very smooth, a little creamy with a slight tart orange on the finish. The mouthfeel is moderate to thick. This was a nice easy drinking beer. I would try it again if I found it.

kmpitz2, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, hazy peach color. Lots of yeast floating around. A smaller head than I normally see in a white ale. Smell is of herbal tea and lemon zestyness and maybe some honey. Taste is very raw. The flavors aren't really refined at all but that seems to be ok. Lots of breadiness, the grains bring in a sweetness the more I drink this, lemony tartness hids in the background. The finish has citric orange qualities and is dry. Medium bodied and decently refreshing. Definitely a solid, raw white.

granger10, Jul 02, 2004
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 CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, white and yellow color with small white head and a little bit of lace on the goblet.
Aromas of herbal tea, lemon, grass and some lighte yeast tones.
Flavor is heavily skewed to light citrus, grassy hits with a wheat and bread like undertone.
Mouthfeel is very light on the palate, not wuite enough citrus for style but refreshing.
Drinkability is fairly high, refreshing brew nothing outstanding but decent.

CRJMellor, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of halfpgl
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale even for a wheat. A nice soft almost lemony glow. The head is slight but with a creamy texture. The taste has the citrus notes with sparkles on the tongue. This is a very drinkable bier and would be a huge hit during the summer months. The finish is clean with a pleasant aftertaste but not coating the pallet.

halfpgl, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

True to its name, it really poured almost white in color. I guess you'd call it more of a pale straw hue. The head was big and frothy, admirable. Also, has a nice spicy pepper character in the odor. The mouthfeel is great, its light and fluffy. I get mostly an impression of citrus, but also an complementary maize-like flavor. Extremely mellow. It finishes smooth with peppery spritzes on the tongue. This a tremendous session beer. Don't forget to serve with a lemon.

Hhawk06, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale scent highlighted with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It is light and spicey with a smooth fruity finish. It tastes a little watery, but it has decent mouthfeel. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent Belgian white. It has good flavor.

WesWes, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An off-yellow, pale, dull hue, tons of chunky sediment. Definite wheat-like aroma combined with some yeast, fresh bread offerings. Up front, quite thin, some yeast and spicy notes, very carbonated, exteremely clean palate. Lemony, citrus notes, creamier as it warms, buttery, near oily-slick; a well-defined 'yeast-like' presence, might be an ugly looking beer with it's swamp-like appearance, but a very clean and quaffable white ale.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 16, 2004
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
Sterkens White Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.