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Wieckse Witte - De Ridder Brewery

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Wieckse Witte
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BA SCORE
84
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Ridder Brewery
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000)
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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

HalfFull, Jan 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a “best before end” date clearly printed.

Appearance: Semi clear yellow with a pretty healthy white lace.

Smell: Stale dried orange peel and coriander with light lemon fruitiness.

Taste: Slightly smooth slick malty mouth feel, straight clean malt comes first then melds with a faint spicy and tart flavour of hops and fruitiness. Mildly peppery and grain make a small showing upon the taste buds. Tastes of citric and coriander flavour come late.

Notes: Great stab at the style, certainly up to par with their Belgian neighbors. I enjoyed this brew very much and had a hard time thinking of a domestic beer that could match it except for Allagash White. A brew to give a try for sure.

Jason, Dec 21, 2000
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in Maastrict, a beautiful old Roman city in the Limburg province of the Netherlands, a bicycle ride away from the Belgian and German borders. My favorite Dutch city, by far. This pours into a pils glass a hazy, straw yellow color, with an ample white head that leaves sheet lacing. Aroma is initially a bit skunky, in a Heineken sort of way, but gives way to lemony citrus and some spice. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, with a hop bite that is hardly noticeable. Tatse is middle of the road for style, with tart citrus, wheat, and some graininess. Hops are restrained in the taste and provide only some dry and slightly bitter balance. Good drinkability with its dry and clean finish. I've had better beers from the Limburg Province, but not since being there a decade ago. Nothing exceptional here, but I would drink another one.

merlin48, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit, I found a witbier in WV has hell frozen over. Possibly, but this beer pours a hazed golden tone with a fairly thick white head. The aroma consists of spices, banana, cloves from the yeast very pleasant. Tastes a well balanced very refreshing blend of wheat, yeast, and spices. I really like this witbier no off flavors very good beer. Nice representation of the style from Holland, well I am impressed. Not the best wit I have ever had, but I am able to get this one in WV. Light bodied with very high drinkability level, almost the lemonade of the beer world.

WVbeergeek, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +7.5%

timontheroad, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of rastaman
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice, but a little less spicy than i like, slightly more malty in flavour than other wheats, very smooth, lacks a good bite in the flavour, but generally pretty good, a tad bit of regreshing acidity.

rastaman, Jul 26, 2002
Photo of javier
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Dutch version of the classic Belgian style. definitely better than most domestic attempts. It is crisp enough to cut the sweetness and not too spicy.

javier, May 16, 2002
Photo of Mar02x
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Mar02x, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the Heineken subsidiary brewery, Ridder of Maastricht, comes a brilliantly done witbier.
Its cloudy yellow body is topped by a good-sized head of creamy bright-white foam that holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The nose is rich with spice in the form of coriander/clove and a mild, cola-like cardamom; backed by sweet, juicy oranges and a touch of tart lemon over a dryish, hay-like wheat-based malt. The body is light and it's very fine, gently effervescent, and lightly crisp carbonation caresses the tongue and awakens the tastebuds. All of the flavors promised by the nose are delivered, although it's lemonish character and wheat-like malt are a bit more dominant. It's exceptionally well-balanced with an underlying bitterness that works so well with it's delicate spiciness and subtle tartness that it never needs to make an appearance. It finishes dry with a flash of orange and lemon before leaving some residual, delicately spicy coriander. Impressive!

NeroFiddled, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of highdivejon
5/5  rDev +34.4%

highdivejon, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Kampfar
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Kampfar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Hobbz
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm. My first Wieckse Witte and a nice surprise.
I was a bit hesitant on the smell at first. But I didn't find much present and certainly nothing to fault. Nice view in the glass.
Creamy look and mouthfeel throughout, with plenty of fruity, spicy flavors to match -- but remains a lighter, drinkable experience.
This unfiltered white beer is a treat and one I will buy again.

Hobbz, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +7.5%

PhillyStyle, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +7.5%

bonbini26, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Regenpak
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
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...

Regenpak, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
1.55/5  rDev -58.3%
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.

RuudJH, May 01, 2009
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

metter98, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The sediment in the bottle was pretty tightly compacted - usually a sign that decanting is not a good idea. Poured carefully, but was not able to avoid a good dose of disturbingly chunky tan yeast sediment going in. Fortunately it quickly settled to the bottom of the glass. Lacked the fruity or powdery yeast aspects of most Wits, had more of a crisp wheat aspect of a German crystal. A fair bit of citric acidity cleared palate, with a pleasant, understated slightly bready finish.

Brent, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of biernack
4/5  rDev +7.5%

biernack, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Jose9e
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Canada_Dan, May 07, 2014
Photo of david18
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

david18, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Douberd
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Douberd, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Absumaster, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of gnikola
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

gnikola, Apr 12, 2014
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Wieckse Witte from De Ridder Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.