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Wieckse Witte - De Ridder Brewery

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Wieckse Witte
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84
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Ridder Brewery
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2000

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  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!

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, white, blooming head, and typical hazy yellowish body. Aroma is full of citrus and spice, very soft and fresh. There's the coriander we love so well, there's the orange, there's the citrus. Beautiful! Everything falls in line for style, and, really, it's no wonder that this style can convert so many non-beer-lovers, whether they know it or not, Blue Moon, of Coors, being our best example. Lovely, perfumey nose, light body, easy drinkin', a note-perfect witbier, yummy, yum. yum!

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

C

Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RBorsato
4.77/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy straw color with a low white head throughout. Melony fruit aroma and spicy tones (additionally aroma is a bit sweetish). Spicy and gingery flavor with nice citrusy lemony) tones. Light bodied (leans medium) and creamy !

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Boto
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This seemed as if it was going to be just a basic Wit, and I was right. It was a standard cloudy light golden color. There was a bit of a white head. The aroma was a bit yeasty, citric and a hint of corriander. Tastes along the same lines. A nice beer for sitting with at an outdoor cafe.

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color fairly cloudy, medium head. Slightly spicy aroma. A light refreshing wit. Mild taste. Kind of spicy, coriander, clove and citrus. Taste is a little tart. Mouthfeel is full. Aftertaste is clean. Finish is a little lemony. Not very spicy for a wit, but all-in-all a nice drinkable beer.

Photo of rarbring
3.45/5  rDev -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.

Photo of rastaman
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  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.

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of adamette
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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?

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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Wieckse Witte from De Ridder Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.