Monks' Wit - Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)

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BA SCORE
78
okay

70 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tempest on 12-30-2010

Monks’ Wit is distinctly fruity and spicy. The yeast lends a note of spice that accentuates the coriander, orange peel, and other spices. The malt itself provides a sweet, bready quality up front, a round fruitiness in the middle, and the hops and spices together with our pure brewing water, lend a clean, dry finish.

14 IBU
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #72 (Jan 2013):

Well balanced spicing, akin to some of the Belgian brewed Witbiers as opposed to some of the more soapy varieties brewed in the US. A tad bit drier and crisp would help it reach a level of greatness, regardless … a damn good example of the style.

STYLE: Witbier
ABV: 5.1%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale golden straw, ample lacing

SMELL: Subtle coriander, earthy yeast, orange peel, bready malt, a bit grassy, plumy

TASTE: Smooth, medium bodied, slick, grainy, mildly biscuity, orange peel, walnut skin, orange peel, ripe pears, hint of alcohol, very modest hopping, semi-dry grassy finish

Photo of Auraan
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy one-finger white head that slowly receded to a cap of fluffy white foam. Quite nice looking, very true to style. Scents of banana, with faint hints of clove and bubblegum and a slight tinge of citrus. A pleasant aroma, hitting the style guidelines nicely, though a bit simple overall, still rather nice. Flavor begins with a semi-sweet note of banana, mingled with clove, and some orange peel. Moves into a medium-dry middle with stronger notes of clove and some slight citrus notes. Finish is medium-dry, with notes of clove, orange peel and grainy malt. Aftertaste is clove, orange peel and grainy malt. A good flavor profile, very true to style. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a semi-drying feel. Quite nice and true to style. Overall this is a good witbier, very true to style in all respects.

Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass gives this beer a medium sized white head above a clear golden colored light bodied beer.

Aroma is sour lemon, yeast, light spices, and a hint of banana.

Lemony citrus hops with a slight yeast taste that leaves a slight lemon citrus dry aftertaste.

A pretty decent wit beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to THECPJ for tossing me on of these for the NM tick.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, very light straw/yellow color. Lots of carbonation release. Small white head that sticks around and leaves some pretty good lacing.

S: A bit subdued, but there is defintely some light sweetness, a little wheat, and light fruits, orange peel and lemon.

T: Not as much going on here as I would have hoped. Light wheat and a little bit of fruit, but seemed a bit watered down.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing special here. A somewhat watered down witbier. After reading some of the other reviews, I am a bit puzzled. Did not get much in the way of spices at all.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monk's Wit pours a hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of bright white foam that drops steadily but manages to leave some nice streaks of crooked lace about the glass.

The aroma suggests a lightly sweet, wheatish malt base along with some fruitiness (apple, soft lemon), a touch of citrus peel, and a bit of spice (mainly coriander). It's clean and bright.

The flavor delivers what the aroma suggests, and it's well balanced with a slight tartness, a moderate bitterness, and a restrained hand in spicing. It finishes fairly short, and dry, with some mild residual spice and chalkiness. Interestingly, the coriander which is normally fairly dominant, is quite tame here despite the fact that you can pick it out in the nose.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body with a slight caress from the moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Delicately spiced and remarkably well-balanced, Monk's Wit is quite drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer and poured a tall, fluffy white head. I was immediately struck by the spice in this wit. It's almost a touch biting at first, but it's very pleasant and the beer's finish is balanced. The aroma has a big raw wheat and cracker note with a hint of yeasty bread dough and light, herbal citrus. The flavor is bright at first with creamy lemon (like a pie) and vanilla toast. The beer closes with a mild, soft bitterness, but there's a lovely clove note. After trying the Monks' Ale I wasn't expecting such a fantastic wit, but this was one of the most interesting wheat beers I've had in a while. It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis for the fresh character and level sessionable complexity. Find this beer and enjoy.

Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with citrus and spice. Taste is good, coriander and citrus are present but more subdued compared to the smell. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. "0211" lasered onto bottom of front label so guessing that is a bottling date. It was a hazy, pale yellow color with some carb bubbles. It had a good sized white head that settled into a constant thin foam cap. Good lacing with plenty sticking.

The aroma was good but a bit subdued. The usual citric, wheat and corriander just not as strong as the better ones in the style. The taste followed suit. Standard elements but a little watered down. Not bad by any stretch but I like mine with a little more spice in it. Mouthfeel was medium but needed some more carbonation. Watery after-taste.

Overall, a good middle-of-the road wit that while very drinkable just didn't stand out and make me want to buy more of it or buy it instead of my favs in the style. Newly available here in TX. Rotation - maybe on-tap if visiting NM but probably wouldn't buy more for reasons above. Do recommend if it's this or the usual BMC fare though. [N;O]

Photo of 18tony
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: yellow with a nice cloud inside.

smell: floral, sweet.

taste: like white tea with honey. when it comes to being unique, this one is way up there. no hop profile. freash. great for my hot tx summer time.

light in body but with it seemingly unfiltered there is some texture there.

this is a good beer for sure. even more it's a good alternative.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a 1/4 inch of fluffy head.

S - Kind of mild but I can pick up some lemon, orange peel and coriander.

T - Kind of confused with the low rating, does everyone hate widely available Witbier's? It has a mild yet refreshing flavor of fruity yeast, squeezed orange, and a touch of drying spice.

M - Light bodied and easy to drink.

Overall like the Blanche De Bruxelles only a touch more dry. Again it's light, refreshing, cheap, and sessionable.

Photo of JerseyKirk
1.96/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Semi filtered look. Opaque enough to see objects through the glass. White 1.5 finger head.

S: Earthy, soy like aromas.

T: Slight lemon peel. Oddly misplaced spicing. Really odd pairing beer. Smell doesn't match taste. Taste doesn't match style.

M: Semi sweet.

O: Not a good take on a witbier.

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and slightly hazed, yet bright straw color, nice pook of white bubbles that linger and leave good lacing. Scent is big on spices (fresh ground corriander, touches of white pepper and ginger even) with the yeast and fresh bready grains lagging slightly behind, faint hints of candied fruit trail on the end. Although big in the scent, the spices are wonderfully balanced and fresh tasting, the fresh bready grains and belgian yeast blend perfectly and all components of taste balance qonderfully. Lighter in body and a tad more bubbly than many wit beers, dry on palate. A nice suprise from a brewer that is just starting to gain traction.

Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another interesting beer brought to me courtesy of local trader, tone77.

In my field persona of Brother Woody of the Order of Disorder, I am a Trapped monk who is often described as being quite the wit, so this is right in my wheelhouse. I prefer the subtle humor of Brother Juniper (http://www.comicstripfan.com/newspaper/b/brotherjuniper.htm) and Brother Sebastian (http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/2008/02/brother-sebastian-carries-on-by-chon.html), but any monk's wit is sure to be good.

From the bottle: "made with care and prayer".

As with the previous wit, two pours, one gentle then one aggressive.

Gentle pour: In this iteration, it looks like Greg Koch beer - fizzy and yellow. I got a finger of fizzy bone-white head that dissipated fairly quickly in the heat and humidity of the day. Color was a pale lemon yellow with NE-quality clarity and an abundance of CO2 bubbles. Nose had an odd sourness that I hope does not translate into taste. I could not really place it, but it caused me to sneeze repeatedly. Mouthfeel was rather thin, especially with all of the carbonation and the taste was kind of weak and muted. I could tell that there were some spices involved, but it was more like a simple wheat beer. Finish was equally lackluster and I will pray that a post-agitation pour will be better.

Post-agitation pour: I still had a finger of bone-white head, but the retention seemed to improve. The color took on a slight haze, but nothing off-putting as in big chunks of lees. Nose, taste and mouthfeel remained unchanged. Finish was perhaps a little spicier, but not enough to make a difference.

Bottom line: Go ahead and swirl this in the bottle before pouring. There were not enough lees to have it make a difference one way or the other.

Photo of crusian
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from local shop, lots of sediment at the bottle, can see it without opening it.
Reviewed by style:
Pours a nice cloudy white with very little head, with this style I expect more head. Belgian yeast on the nose with a bit of coriander and a tiny hint of lemon and some pepper.
Taste is what I would expect, but has more lemon zest on the palate than the nose gives. Something sweet in this, but it doesnt hit you until the finish, oddly enough. Finish is very dry, quite nice. If I was to guess, i wouldnt think this was made by monks in the desert of New Mexico. Pretty decent foray into beer for a start up.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and a dry wheat smell. In the taste, a mellow spice and a light orange citrus. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice of cinnamon in the aftertaste. It looks watered down, everything else is just about average.

Photo of sergio1va
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from 12 ounce bottle into tulip pint glass.
Appearance- very on point in regards to most Wit beers- pale golden color with off white foam head.
Aroma- Mild aromas of wheat and spiciness come through the glass but not too overwhelming.
Taste- Coriander and spice notes seem to predominate in the tasting notes of this beer. Wheat notes eventually make their presence along with some tangy citrusy bite in the back end. Reminds me of a Hoeegarden or a stronger version of Great White- both great wit beer offerings.
Overall- Very enjoyable wit beer with an ABV 5.2% that won't scare most session drinkers.

Photo of Oakenator
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale yellow color. Some head at initially disappates. Sparse spotted lacing on the glass wall.

S: Wheat and citrus & lemon present.

T: Refreshing wheat and citrus flavor. Spicy and dry finish.

M: Light, refreshing and clean throughout.

O: Good for a hot sunny, summer day.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abbey Beverage
Monks Wit

Pours a hazed straw color, bone white head and little lace. Aroma of Belgian yeast, with some citrus, lemon, floral notes and a touch of banana. In the flavor, more of the same, banana like notes with citrus, mild bitterness and a wheat malt twang amidst a strong breadyness. There is some spice (pepper and dried orange peel) and the Belgian yeast leaves its fingerprints nicely. Sessionable and simple, not a bad choice to drink on a hot summer day or with a hearty pork and cheese platter.

Photo of mattgreger
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew poured with a wonderful yellow, hazy color. It has a very small white head that didnt have any retention. Little lazing followed, just a bit of a ring as brew was consumed.

There is a nice hit of floral aromas in the front of this brew, almost a bit tart. There is some nice spice aromas as well, especially clove. There is a bit of citris as well, and a finish with a bit of a yeasty/bready ending.

As you take the first sip there is a nice strong clove and a spice flavor bunch that is quite good. There is a bitt of a sweetness in the brew, maybe a touch of honey that compliments the citrus flavors very well. It actually gives the brew a nice balance as the final flavors you get are the nice yeasty/bready flavors that carried over from the aroma.

The carbonation helps actually bring the flavors from the brew alive. Carbonation is very active, making this brw nice a creamy, but bring the tartness and sweetness to the front. Its pretty good brew.

The drink on this brew very easy. A great brew to enjoy on a hot day. This was a very good Wit. This could also be a very good session brew.

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This tastes like a cross between Coors and a Witbier. Pale golden color with a modest head but persistent carbonation. Faint lemony flavor with a warm malty tang. Not much hint of hoppiness, but there is a scratch of bitterness. A negligible amount of spice flavors.

A light but decent quaff. From the 12 oz six-pack bought at a market in Albuquerque.

Photo of emmasdad
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack at Lukas last week. Poured a crystal clear light straw color with a little white head. Aromas of coriander, yeast and light citrus. On the palate, this one is light bodied with flavors of Belgian yeast, coriander and lemon.

Photo of jhines18
4.99/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great Witbier. It's got hints of citrus and spice with a creamy finish. Very refreshing with some complexity brought on by the yeast. A wonderful and refreshing beer. Highly recommended. Good work monks, keep it up!

A: Pours an orangish/yellow color.
S: citrus & lemon.
T: Refreshing creamy citrus and spice.

Good on a hot summer day

Photo of thain709
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a cloudy, hazed pale yellow body...two fingers of white head formed and receded to a small, yet full cap...nice lacing was left behind

S - There is some light spice coming through (coriander, black pepper) along with some yeast and fruit...mainly banana

T - First sip provides a slight twang, not a metallic twang but almost a sour vibe...the yeast shines through in the middle with some wheat malt...the ending is nice as it combines the spices (light again), creamy fruit (mainly banana), and some sweet caramel

M - Medium bodied...little carbonation and very creamy

O - I've passed on this in a bottle, but saw it on draft and it was a pretty hot day and thought a nice Witbier would quench my thirst...that it did...the nose could have used more presence and if that twang was eliminated this would have been a very good beer

Photo of BillBabbitt
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was disappointed on the pour with a very thin head that dissipated almost immediately. The color was a very light straw. However, once I noted the bouquet, I was pleasantly surprised. A very strong, clear Belgian aroma that was most pleasing. This is a light, very refreshing beer that was highly enjoyable. I don't typically drink wheat beers, but this would be an exception.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wheat, and some subdued yeast and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy, spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but seems unrefined in my opinion.

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Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
78 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.