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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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very good

1,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,866
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 78
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods in a Unibroue mixed 8 pack poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a light golden color. At initial pour there was a nice finger thick head that disappeared pretty quickly. I also forgot to pour slowly and there was quite a bit of haze but that settled quickly leaving a relatively clear beer. Carbonation bubbles constantly come up from the bottom of the glass.

S: A nice wheat aroma with a nice zing of lemon and spice. Compared to other wheat beers it has a very nice aroma.

T: The taste is much more powerful than I imagined from the style but follows the nose. A classic wheat taste is the backbone with lemon and coriander spice zest that makes it seem a bit tart when it crosses the lips.

M: As mentioned above, it is a bit tart. The carbonation and spiciness tickle the sides of the mouth as it is swirled. It has a bit of an aggressive mouthfeel for the style.

D: The ABV and relatively smoothness make this one pretty sessionable. My only concern would be the carbonation level getting to me if I tried to knock a few back quickly.

11-12-2008 23:32:12 | More by GatorBeerNerd
Photo of steeler

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

My first witibier! Onto the review.

A - Nice golden hazy color, with a thick white fluffy head.

S - Spicy, lemony, you can really smell the lemon zest.

T - Spicy, Spicy, Spicy. Lemon zest, all nicely balanced and smooth! Exquisite!

M - Nice and full, but light.

D - High, when cold its a real nice treat!

I highly enjoyed this! A real treat. Highly recommended!

11-12-2008 22:54:02 | More by steeler
Photo of midaszero


2.9/5  rDev -25.4%

A - Mostly clear straw body with two finger of white head that disappear kind of quick and no real lacing

S - Strong wheat presence with some lemon notes

T - Mild wheat body with a stronger than expected lemon zest flavor that is distracting. The taste is a little rough.

M - Medium body with medium high carbonation

D - A little rough to drink and not as enjoyable as their other offerings but still not to bad.

11-11-2008 00:53:54 | More by midaszero
Photo of dstc


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a clear golden color with a huge white head. Head falls fast with thin lace. Looks very effervescent.

Nice lemon zest aroma.

Full flavor. Zesty citrus and a slight sweetness to it. Nice spice present.

Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Very refreshing and easy to drink.

11-06-2008 13:59:43 | More by dstc
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle; best by 2-12-10

Poured into my new Blanche de Chambly glass the beer is hazy straw gold with a fizzy white head. Oops, poured some of the yeast in - call it cloudy now. No lace - which may be the result of my having washed this new glass with soap.

Scent is coriander, pungent sour yeast, wheat and some phenols.

Taste follows the nose but adds hints of banana and sour lemon. There is a lightly nutty / aged cheese sort of note. White pepper. A slightly bitter finish.

Mouth is slick but has a mildly biting tingly carbonation.

Drink is good and at 5% its a sessioner

A complex and flavorful wit.

11-05-2008 23:34:29 | More by sethmeister
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Ordered a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured into a basic red wine glass. The body is a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head and lacing.

This beer is a great example of a light, but complex beer. Sweet bready malts dominate the flavor, but notes of vanilla and allspice pop in and out. The wheat taste isn't as raw as Hoegaarden, and the aroma is a bit faint, but this is still a top-notch wit. Certainly worth trying.

11-03-2008 01:47:00 | More by tempest
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured slowly into a Erdinger Weisbier glass and produced a four finger white fluffy head . Cloudy dull orange with lots of medium-fine size bubbles, very active and persistent carbonation from this bottled conditioned beer. Sharp citrus taste, lively mouthfeel and a bit of spicy orange, maybe even ginger, in the finish. With a bit of air, a restrained citrus fruit zest, orange with a flash of marmalade here and there, very invigorating. Cleansed the palate quite well when snacking on cheeses and mild salami with good mouthfeel and drinkability. I did find it a bit gassy but otherwise delighted that it held up very well and I enjoyed every drop of this large bottle offering. Heartily recommended!

11-02-2008 04:15:36 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Hazy golden/yellow. Thinnish head which was what took off points. Most wits have signature foam. But still, this looks good. Peering in, I can see a little carbonation.

Aroma: Yeast, orange/citrus. Not too much on the spices such as coriander.

Taste: Citrus/orange. The spices are minimal. Most of it is the typical wit minus the spice notes. Some banana as well comes through. Tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Has a creamy coating. Finishes crisp..its on the lighter side. Pretty good

Drinkability: Fits the bill for a witbier, so this one is pretty obvious. Light, tasty, creamy. Has it all. Might not be the best, but its got good qualities to it. Recommended

10-30-2008 02:44:19 | More by kshankar
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3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance: Slow pour results in three-finger, fizzy, clean, white head that head quickly dissipates to a thin cap. Peering through the glass, I see some cloudy swirls of yeast and many steady streams of carbonation. After a few minutes, yeast cloud as dispersed giving the entire beer a hazy straw color.

Smell: Banana, clove, fart (whoops that was me), peach, and some milder fruit tones (tangerine maybe).

Taste: Banana, peach, and clove - similar to the smell though a little weaker. Carbonation seems to drown out a lot of the flavor. Not tasting much coriander, which seems to be overdone in a lot of the other witbiers I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy, somewhat chewy, with high carbonation (seems typical for Unibroue). While I usually love the mouthfeel in their other beers, this one leaves my mouth feeling... fuzzy.

Drinkability: Would be easier to drink if the carbonation weren't so high. As Stone says "Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies!" Just kidding, I still love you Unibroue.

10-24-2008 23:36:32 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Poured a hazy light golden orange color with a thin creamy white head.

S: oranges, lemons/citrus that stood out.

T: Smooth to drink, a nice citrus touch, full of spiciness (coriander, orange peel), fresh fruit (apples, pears) against a rich wheat backing. Sharp citric tones with fresh oranges linger in the finish. Ends dry with a light tartness.

M: very light on the tongue, nice aggressive carbonation brings out the spiciness of this wit.

D: Very smooth a great summer brew.

10-24-2008 22:36:41 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Strix


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Cloudy pale yellow with a nice head.

Smells like that Unibroue yeast, with a vague citrus flavor.

Sad to say, very plain in the taste department. Vague citrus, black pepper, wheat, uh... yeast? Just not a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, high carbonation.

Eh. I'm a big fan of Unibroue in general, but for me, this just wasn't that interesting. Most of their other beers are stellar, but this was just sort of bland.

10-20-2008 02:30:00 | More by Strix
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Surprised it took me this long to drink this one. Poured it into my chalice tonight...

A: Just looking at this is a piece of art. Hazy yellow and highly carbonated yields a nice big fat head that dissipates quickly to a small ring of foam. The carbonation is bursting to the top of the glass to try and retain the head. Very nice.

S: I am not disappointing with this beer and I have yet to take a sip. The smell is very robust with bananas, orange, some clove and a nice Belgian yeast strain. This smells more like a tripel than a wit.

T: The taste is remarkably clean and refreshing. This would be my ideal choice for a backyard BBQ on a hot summer's day. Incredibly smooth. Now for the negatives. It is extremely light and, in my opinion, lacking a touch of flavor. All the essentials are there...banana, orange, lemon, clove, yeast, but water is also apparent. For the style, the flavors are right on, but I was expecting a little stronger taste.

Overall, this is another great example of the style Unibroue was going for. Not my favorite, but a perfect summer beer.

10-17-2008 23:31:43 | More by treyrab
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Hazy honey colour, lots of carbonation surging up from the bottom. Head is intensely bubbly, but dissipates to nothing very quickly.
Light spice on the nose, very faint citrus. Not a lot there.
Taste is mild banana and fruit esters, ginger, coriander, nutmeg.
Plenty of wheat in the background.
Crisp, medium-light body with plenty of carbonated snap.
Refreshing, crisp, somewhat more subtle than other of the style, but this makes it even more palatable in a way.

The excellent subtleties on the palate more than make up for the lacklustre head and nose. A delicious witbier.

10-17-2008 18:58:30 | More by nighthawk
Photo of jeffmonarch


4/5  rDev +2.8%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Very cloudy yellow color with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet and very wheaty. Typical Unibroue.

T - Sweet and very wheaty, just like the smell. I has a little citrus flavor, orange I think.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. I like the Chamly Noir better but this is also a good one.

10-14-2008 04:45:29 | More by jeffmonarch
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

A- Pours a hazy pale yellow with bubbles bursting out the top. The finger of tight head dies rather quickly and doesn't leave a trace.

S- There's a good amount of wheat in the nose, and along with it some yeast. The yeast is a lot like rising bread, or proofing baker's yeast perhaps.

T- The taste is as wheaty as the smell but there's some nice additions. The yeast flavor comes out significantly more here and way more Belgian character than it did in the nose. I can also pick out the orange with some careful inspection- the rest of the spice profile is harder to find.

M- Very carbonated, and very sweet. Not really the feel to my liking.

D- I'm not the biggest fan of witbiers in general. This one is quite interesting with the strong Belgian yeastiness, but it also just doesn't strike my palate as an amazing beer. A good one for sitting on the porch with on a hot day though.

10-07-2008 03:29:26 | More by zdk9
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: Light cloudy yellow with a drop of orange, thin head with some spots of lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, coriander... good, to style.

Taste Mouthfeel: Very smooth, same as above, I had a Duvel not 2 hours ago, and well it makes me appreciate the big beers. This is a session beer, but for the price nah. Delicious don't get me wrong, possibly better when I had it on tap but I'll go with the other selections from Unibroue for the price and the flavor.

Drinkability: Great, but price prohibitive, 10.99 a 4-pack bah-hum-bug!

09-27-2008 23:15:23 | More by Stonebreaker
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours very pale lemon yellow with fairly big white head. It's actually pretty clear too. Nice citrusy smell with grassy note. Very clean taste, feels just right, citrusy and not bitter at all with almost sweet finish. Very smooth balanced beer with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good.
Really nice beer, would definately have another one.

09-20-2008 02:32:38 | More by Voonder
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

[Eyes] Soft orange pale white color, with good foamy and decent white head. [Nouse] Sweet orange, lemon, notes of vanilla and yeast. Romantic aroma.
[Mouth] mmm thin light and dry. Too much carbonationr, light citrics fruit and not enough malt and hop. Yeast flavors play with a good smooth citric flavor, a little more malt give a little more body...

09-18-2008 16:49:06 | More by gerardoluna
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2.83/5  rDev -27.2%

2 A cloudy yellow, fizzy then nothing, big chunks in suspension
4 S sweet fruity, fruit nougetty, orange-cherry-pineapple
2.5 T fruit punch soda, some apple, not beerlike, sour tart candy
2 M scrubby carbonation, occasional big chunk to deal with
3 D better than a mixed fruit wine cooler, but not great.

09-08-2008 15:23:38 | More by brewmudgeon
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle bought at Fred Meyers

A: brilliant pale golden color with orange hues throughout. Lots of visible effervescence and a thick foamy white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: Smells like a wit with that typical Belgian yeast hitting the nose immediately, with a semi-sweet and fruity lemon twang and orange citrus sweetness.

T&M: highly carbonated but nice and crisp and refreshing. Taste is of mostly of oranges, bready yeast, lemon zest, and lots of spices, ranging from coriander, nutmeg and maybe even some cinnamon. It comes off overall as a bit too sweet for a Wit with orange flavors dominating.

D: Good all around. Not amazing though, which is slightly disappointing as Unibroue has continually impressed me. This is probably the only beer of theirs I'm least impressed with. Definitely still a good beer though...but not the best Wit.

09-05-2008 21:52:32 | More by julian
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

pours a very light color, almost like a watered down lemonade. has a small head but it is gone in no time. smell is good, very yeasty, that is the first impression, for a wit it has a very standard smell and flavor, knowing unibroue's beer i was somewhat expecting a mastery of the style, and while this is a good beer, it lacks a little body to it for my likings, that being said i still enjoyed it very much. taste is yeasty and spicy, mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it is highly dirnkable.

08-25-2008 03:35:31 | More by 1fastz28
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a cloudy, yellow color with a thick, foamy white head which provides some nice lacing. Aroma is of banana and vanilla. Very smooth and perfect for the hot sun. Slightly sweet tasting with some banana and yeast in the flavor. Very refreshing and clean.

08-24-2008 19:30:50 | More by changeup45
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Cloudy pale orange color with moderate head.

Has the spicy-sweet smell you come to expect with this style.

I can find the orange peel and coriander somewhere in there, but it doesn't come out very strongly.

This beer is not bad, but not much better than average.

08-24-2008 00:58:25 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Gehrig


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Dark, cloudy golden color with a thick, durable brick of off-white foam; nice rings of lacing on the Ommegang glass. Spicy nose with pepper and some coriander take charge over fruit, orange peel and apricot. Nice fruity malt blends well with the spice. Orange peel, apricot, coriander, and a bready yeast flavor. Smooth and nice, but not a bold Witbier taste. I'd prefer that the fruity malt were more prominent, and would probably improve the mouthfeel which lags a bit in the second half.

A fine offering and worth trying, but not my favorite from Unibroue, nor my favorite Witbier.

08-21-2008 00:32:53 | More by Gehrig
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

Nice eggshell white head but not much of it. Turns into a clingy ring after a few minutes that does lace a little. Cloudy straw gold. Aromas of coriander, sweet yeast, and orange peel are present though a little subdued. Classic Belgian White flavors. Allspice, coriander, lemon zest, wheat, some general fruit. Starts sweet on the palate and then becomes a little sour as the hops sink in. Light to medium body, high carbonation, crisp finish. Refreshing. Not the best Unibroue beer by any means but a pretty good example of the style.

08-20-2008 15:33:15 | More by thekevlarkid
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87 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.