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

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 17.39%
Wants: 3
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.

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 73
Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hint of citrus, slight hop, wheat, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level and slight dryness. Tastes of strong wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance body for a Witbier with no frills.

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2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look and smell are standard wit. The taste is hollow and like wet hey. I can't imagine this is what they were going for. Sub par even for a wheat beer.

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Photo of Doonzman
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clean refreshing dry witbier. Perfect for a hot day. My first swig was disappointing but I realized I couldn't just down the stuff. The taste isn't as powerful as a stout IPA. Search for the taste and you're golden

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
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%

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

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Photo of Auraan
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of sergio1va
4.38/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of jhines18
4.99/5  rDev +44.6%
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

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Photo of Oakenator
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color, with less cloudiness than expected. The head is somewhat thin, but it does hold nicely around the edges, while the lively streams of carbonation rise from below. The aroma has a sharp coriander note, with a melon-like sweetness. There's a bit of an off note in there, sort of a chemical/cleaning product character, not overpowering, but certainly not good.

The flavor has a citrusy, orange peel sweetness, that starts out a bit tart before mellowing at the finish. The lemony sourness seems a bit intense for the style, though fortunately after a few sips the impact wears off and the drinkablility is do-able. Mouthfeel is thin, which would be alright, but the carbonation is slightly thin as well, and you need that foaminess to give the effect of a richer feel.

The problem with this beer is the lack of effort. Sure it's a halfway drinkable brew that could work on a hot day, but what is going to keep me coming back for more? Anyone can make an average Witbier, how about making a truly great one?

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Photo of 18tony
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Monk’s Wit pours to a yellowish/golden color with a touch of haze. The nose is mild, but if you search, you will find hints of yeast, clove, coriander, fruit, grains, and even a little cardboard.

This beer has a taste that doesn’t surprise. It has flavors one would expect based on the aroma, including light spice, banana, wheat, and some sour lemon. The sourness is only slight and it doesn’t last very long. The taste returns to the other core flavors in a few seconds.

Monk’s Wit isn’t anything great, but it isn’t a bad beer either. It is a tad more watery than I prefer, but I agree that it makes a good session beer that most consumers will at least find to their liking, even though they will be far from impressed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
1.96/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug/stein glass.

Look - fairly light straw-like color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worth of almost grayish colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - a little cereal like, so maybe a little malty and probably heavy on the barley.

Taste and Mouthfeel - more spicy in the taste than what's noticeable in the smell. The spices aren't strong, but they do make a pertinent impression on the taste. Texture is pretty well balanced. A slight feel of bitterness in the finish, but mostly sweet.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Not terribly interesting in taste, but not boring either.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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]

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Monks' Wit from Abbey Beverage Company (Monastery of Christ in the Desert)
80 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.