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Wieckse Witte - De Ridder Brewery

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48 Reviews

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Ridder Brewery

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 92
Photo of carlborch
1.63/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This Witbier pours a very hazy yellow and forms a white, 1 inch head that quickly settles into a thin white film. The carbonation is almost not perceptible. The nose has hints of yeast and spice, but is also weak. No spice or malt on the palate, and it is short. I sense some sour notes and the body is very light and thin. Given other reviews, I will have to get another bottling (this one is 5184528Y0941), however, if this is what it has to give, I will not be back!

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Photo of Zet
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At first sight, this beer has the odds against itself:
1. Mass produced by Heineken
2. Among the ingredients are "natural aroma's"...please just tell me what they are...
3. It looks like a pilsener: it lacks murkiness and foam.
The smell and taste make up for it though. Lots of cloves and banana in the smell, tasty spiciness in the taste and a fulfilling aftertaste with the clove coming back in. One negative side note is the fact that it's quite stingy on the tongue. You should probably use orange peel and coriander instead of "natural aroma's". Still a pretty good witbier though..

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

A – A nice hazy orange/yellow colour with a thick single finger of dense white foam that retains pretty well leaving heavy lace in the glass.

S – Musty wheat malts with notes of lemon grass and gooseberry with the lightest hop tone in the back end.

T – A lot of lovely wheat malts and some very mild lemon grass. Very fresh tasting with some light sweet spice such as star anise.

MF – Creamy mouth feel with mild linger.

O – A really rather good wheat beer with solid flavour, decent balance, creamy mouth feel and very refreshing. Pretty good for the style and one of the nice ones I have had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.07/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with a weak carbonation and two fingers of white foamy head.
The aroma is wheaty, slighty yeasty (not nice) along with some fruits to improve the situation.
The taste starts sweet and spicy and continues with a bit of yeastiness. Finish is bitter, but another reminder why I don't really like wheat beers. Not a bad one, just not my style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Cafe t'Molentje in Amsterdam. Served in its own branded glass. On to the beer:

This witbier is paler yellow in color with a haziness and whisps of lace sticking around the glass. The nose is spicy; big spicy coriander note with pepper, and a kiss of tart lemon. That will perk you up in the late morning. Still quite spicy to taste, though there's a little more fruitiness to stand up. Lemon comes first, then quick pepper and coriander notes. The beer gaines a fruitiness similar to orchard fruits with more sips. The beer is lighter medium, with a pleasant crispness.

Pleasant enough wit, although its spiciness takes some getting used to.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Het Konings Huis, Delft, Netherlands

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat and orange citrus along with faint hints of coriander.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, thirst quenching and refreshing. It really hits the spot drinking this outside in a square in the sunshine on a nice spring day.

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Photo of Douberd
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle of 300 ml, at home. ABV 5%.
One finger of white head with average activity in the glass. Colour is pale golden, hazy and semi-transparent body. Foam has an average retention, leabing a thin line lingering around once gone.
Smell of citrus fruits, oranges.
Taste is not as sweet as I expected, with the orange peel quite notable.The korinader gives it some spicy notes, mostly on the aftertaste.
Medium body, very light carbonation. Very drinkable and a very good choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small 30 cl. bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours with a light haze and a slim cap of foam. Retention and lace are light and the lack of carbonation seems to reveal itself throughout.

Wheaty on the nose though lacking in that 'wit' sense and lacking any definitive spice character.

Taste improves a bit with an arguably odd lemon character along with some imbued spice and a good dose of wheat.

Offers a decent feel with a spritzy lemon delivery. The underbelly remains a bit weak however, a bit lacking in depth and character for the style. Yet quite drinkable nonetheless. Overall a rather lightly spiced wit be it from added spices or the yeast itself.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Wieckse Witte." Served on draught into a .4L wieckse glass in a cafe in Amsterdam. Cost was 4.00 euro. Reviewed from notes taken July 2010.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Body colour is a cloudy light yellow. Semitransparent.

Sm: Lemon citrus esters including orange peel. Cream and barley. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Refreshing lemon citrus esters with honeycomb and orange peel, all stacked atop a very weak barley foundation. The balrey base is watery and throws off the balance. That said, it's built to refresh and in this it succeeds.

Mf: Smooth and wet - too wet, almost watery.

Dr: A simple refreshing witbier, but a highly priced one by Dutch standards. It's worth a try, and I'd have it again at a lower price.


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Photo of Mar02x
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Gold blond, little carbonation, withe head that is slowly retracting until a thin layer remains.

S - Like a white beer, not really nice.

T - Not a bad white beer, some citrus fruit, fresh and light bitter/sour. Faintly some corn. No alcohol present.

M - Medium carbonation, slightly bitter/sour and just a tiny bit of cream in the after taste.

O - A good beer for a warm and sunny day, a thirst quencher, but a bit to blond for a white.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a nice yellow-orange color with a fluffy head.
Smell: Wheat, citrus, orange peel, yeast, and coriander.
Taste: Malts, wheat, citrus, yeast, spicy pepper. Coriander and citrus in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew

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Photo of czfreeman
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Hoegaarden glass.
Murky golden yellow, superb foamy thick head, murky hazy body.
Smells heavy on the clove/coriander/pepper/creamy wheat mix of a great Wit. Orange peel,lemon, and a really funky yeasty background, almost like soured appel, and sour wheat.
Really strong aromas, even more pronounced than Hoegaarden.
Sour apple, orange, lemon, wheat, strong notes of yeast, light biscuit, orange, pepper, clove,coriander, black pepper-all combine to create a superb first, and quick second sip.
The fruit is well pronouced, the spice is distrubuted, and the sour background provided enough level ground to support and enhance the mix.
Little did I know buying this beer today that I would enjoy it much More than Hoegaarden, my go-to standard Witbier.
Very good, spicy light and refreshing-will buy again.

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Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a recent visit to Amsterdam. I didn't order it myself (not a big Witbier fan) it was brought to me during someone else's turn to buy a round. It's always nice to try the local beers and was glad to have the opportunity to sample this on but I was not blown away.

Appearance is typical for a white, light straw color, very hazy with a large amount of very active carbonation. Flavor was the typical yeasty banana flavor of the style. Not terrible but not my favorite. Overall it was a very easy beer to drink and I'm glad I tried it. Probably wont' get it again.

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Photo of rarbring
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A foggy yellow golden beer with a good white head that settles slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet, oranges and cardamom, slightly of sour milk.

The taste is also sweet, lemon and lime, cardamom and some yeast.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, rather soft, medium body and a syrup feeling.

OK, maybe a bit to sweet. Bought in Breda, NL.

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Photo of Regenpak
2.06/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Call me prejudiced but since I detest anything made (or owned) by Heineken Wieckse Witte is no exception. Nevertheless, since my girlfriend thought I'd like it I had to try it.

Packaged in the cowardly 30 cl eurobottles it pours a pale yellow, almost headless glassful. There's almost no yeast, the brew is clear. The thin layer of froth quickly disappears, leaving a ring around the glass inside. The smell is musty and sweet. I can't put my finger on what it tastes like but it's rather sweet. Maybe Nutrasweet, I don't know. It reminds me of the cheapo Lidl Weizenbier (Grafenwalder). Light carbonation. Unpleasant, slightly bitter aftertaste. All in all something I'd avoid, opting for bubbly water instead...

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Photo of adamette
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 1870 Pub in Turin, Italy on or about 6 15 09. Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Opaque, white appearance to body which is quite appropriate. I sampled this on a night when I had sampled several others and was dissapointed. Already with the look of this one I knew I would not be as dissapointed.

S Thankfully, like a Witbier. It is just a bit thin, lacks some of the spices that I have enjoyed in other Witbiers.

T Solid Witbier that delivers on what is advertised. It has a nice soft feel that I also appreciate from this style. Again, lacks some of the spices that I have appreciated in others within the same style.

M Thin to moderate mouthfeel in addition to the aforementioned softness. It lacked the nice moderate to full feel that I like.

D Really, honestly good. I could have several of these.

Notes: I notice some awfully low ratings for this beer. Maybe those other reviewers had a different beer?

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Photo of RuudJH
1.55/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewing this a few times, to make sure i didn't sample a bad one (also i'm usually a fan of wheat beer, so i'm a little frustrated by this one, as it's so widely available in shops here).

I will repeat my verdict from last time though: this beer needs a better yeast. The smell is just not acceptable to me.

((Cloudy golden, with a thin head.
The smell is not pleasant at all (it tries to be banana, but it hangs between dirty wet socks and cod liver oil ). I hesitated to even taste this beer.

I did taste it. It's slightly sour, and the skunky smell has a twin on my tongue.
I couldn't find much else that could make it a little better.))

I hope people who like to try wheatbeers, do try some others too. It can be so much better than this.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : orange color, with a white foam head.
Smell : aroama dominated by wheat.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and spicy flavours, a sour background finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian witbier.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this with dinner at a Tapas restaurant in Amsterdam. This was an exceptional witbier, really unexpected. The beer was hazy and golden yellow colored, with a thick and durable head. The aroma was spot on, real spicy-like with coriander and whatnot, with a nice yeasty fruity thing going on as well. All the same came through in the taste, very nicely done and perfect with the meal. If you're lucky enough to see it I say get it.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddy, orange, yellow beer with a thin and creamy head.

Smell is quite clovy, with some faint unfresh dirty sock odor. Cloves are the main part of the smell. The raw wheat is grainy and the obvious coriander and orangepeel add a nice spiciness.

Taste of clove and phenolic and spicy of the yeast. Some lemony whiffs. Still something undefinable unfresh in there, yeast autolyzed or rotten orange zest? Like said undefinable. Body is spot on, not a very big body, but just enough to avoid a watery mouthfeel. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap serving at Caffe Hoppe in Amsterdam, in branded glass.

A- Cloudy, yeasty weizen blonde, 3 finger head cut dutch style, good retention and lacing.

S- A nice blendy or orangey citrus fruits and vanilla.

T- Once again, oranges, citrus, vanilla and a bit of honey.

M- Light and spritzy but not aggressive like some wits i.e hoegaarden for me

D- A delightful fruity sweetness combined with the light mouthfeel made this an excellent wit for the summer months!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 5/27/07 - Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly but leaving a good lace. Cloudy, pale amber color. Faint wheat nose. Good carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is wheat, lemon and spice. Slight sour finish. On-tap at Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam, NL. €5.15 ($7.06) for 0.5L glass.

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Photo of ernie
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color, huge creamy white head.

Aroma spicy - orange peel, coriander, sweet red pepper and a hint of yeast.

Start moderately sweet, body round, soft, taste fruity, yeasty, with all abovemention spices present. Finish acidic, a bit tart. Aftertaste heavenly and long.

Very good beer. Sincerely recommended!

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Photo of Redteketed
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 10-6
Average head, pale golden colour. Nose gives malts, wheat, some spices and some fruitiness. There is a typical flavour I can’t determine, but I have sensed it in some other wheatbeers.
Basetaste is a bit bitter, with wheat flavours.
Normal carbonation, light mouthfeel, a short/average spice aftertaste.
I could enjoy another.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

Pours with a light yellow body, cloudy with a bubbly white head

Smell, fresh, cloves and melon adorn the nose. Little bit of eastern spice

Taste, peppery and clovey. Light and refreshing though, backed up with a nice wheaty finish

A tasty little wit, well balanced

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Wieckse Witte from De Ridder Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.