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Vuuve - Brouwerij Smisje

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 20.78%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-08-2002)
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Photo of changeup45
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It sounded interesting so I figured I'd give it a try. Pours a dirty yellow color with a quick fading white head. Aroma wasn't bad; oranges, yeast and some lemons. The mouthfeel on this is very carbonated and like seltzer. Overall pretty thin. The flavor is pretty weak as well with some orange coriander, lemon, some spice and maybe mango and overall wheaty and acidic. Tastes like a combination of fruit juice and seltzer water. Which isn't good... I'll give the Belgians a mulligan on this one.

changeup45, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
2.05/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is a cloudy orange with no head. I pulled my pour back about six inches to encourage any sort of head and nothing. (This would have been a huge mess all over the bar with most other beers) Little bits of clear bubbles almost like flat champagne.

Smell is unique with bits of honey, orange and corriander. There was also quite a bit of vinegary sourness.

Taste was a bit sour and full of orange flavor. Almost like spoiled orange juice as many other reviewers noted. Did I get a dated bottle?

Mouthfeel was very thin with puckering tartness. There was more carbonation than I expected since there was no head to speak of.

I'd skip this one unless you were absolutely sure it was fresh.

gonzo46and2, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bottle of this into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy, amber body with with a light, small white head with no retention and minimal lacing.

S: Smells fairly sweet with some musty undertones.

T: Tastes a little sour and bitter. Definitely was not what I was expecting. I was expecting something a little bit sweeter. A bit of a earthy, musty aftertaste as well.

M: A little light on the mouthfeel, but still pretty smooth. Fairly decent.

D: I cannot say that this one was too drinkable. It was ok, but it seemed a little to bitter or sour for me. I am very surprised to see this one classified as a Wit.

As A side note, I bought this beer from a very reputable place. There did not seem to be any dust on the bottle when I bought (as it was a more expensive one, I made sure the quality seemed decent), so my assumption would be that it was still good.

Maybe this one serves as more of a reason that some kind of expiration of birth date should be stamped on beers.

maddogruss, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There have been a good deal of negative criticism of this one on here, and I am not sure why. I had a magnum of this yesterday during the family barbecue and was rather pleased with the results of it. The pour was nice, with a very hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow layed out in front of me. A decent amount of white froth on top, perhaps an inch high that settled down nicely into a thin crown that stuck to the sides throughout the session. A good deal of carbonation could be seen throughout the session as well.

The aroma was very light, airy, with a ton of fruit. This one almost gave of the aroma and flavor of dole pineapple orange juice at times. Simply very nice on a hot day would be the best way to put it. The initial smell was that of oranges, apricots, pears, and lemon. Very bright and floral with almost no bitterness in it. As it warmed it got a little sweeter and some nice hints of peach started coming through on it. The flavor followed suit as well, really coming across very light and very nice for a light summer beer. There was a touch of wheat in the back end of it, but the fruit was the real story here. Loaded down with a good amount of peach, pear, coriander, and a touch of spice. There was even a very light, and very subtle tartness on the finish. Really very well done, with a long lingering flavor of light pineapple and orange that stayed on the tongue for what seemed like an eternity. The feel was more then decent with a nice carbonation profile and a good light body to it. Nothing heavy about this one at all. As far as being able to drink it, it was simply awesome. A very easy drinker, and the fruit flavors really lended themselves to a hot summer afternoon type of flavor. I was very impressed with how much flavor there was in here coming off of it.

Overall while not being the best thing I have ever had, this was more then solid. I am not really sure why people would not like this as a light Belgian Wheat, it hits the description head on. A fine example of what the style can be, and a really nice drink for a barbecue. I would definitely head back to this one again, really could not go wrong here.

mikesgroove, May 28, 2008
Photo of NolanGTI
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a straw color with minimal head and lacing. Nose was full of fruit and a touch of alcohol. Predominantly orange shined through, not overly complex in the nose and not completely appealing based on looks. On to taste...

This is a wit? Really? While some Wit's are lacking in a ton of complexity, this one really falls short. Yeasty and fruity, but not much else. It has some nice citrus but it has an overly light mouthfeel and lack of complexity in flavor. Very disappointing overall. Drinkable, but uninspiring.

NolanGTI, May 27, 2008
Photo of avalon07
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color, with a cloudy appearance. The head was almost nonexistent. Some lacing, though.

The smell was fruity, with traces of spices and yeast. Not overwhelming, but decent.

Had an citrusy flavor with some coriander and yeast, but mainly it was really thin. Not especially complex either.

The carbonation was a little below par here. There was a smooth finish, giving this an uneven mouthfeel.

On the whole, this was not a great beer. It was a little thin and watery for my taste. I know witbiers are supposed to be a little lighter in character than others, but I think they took that a little to literally with the Vuuve.

avalon07, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz squat bottle picked up at the Coop Tuesday for ~$4.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head drops quickly back on to the hazy straw colored brew.

Aroma is grainy wheat and a little tartness... fruitiness leans toward the orange zest with quite a bit of coriander.

Flavor is sweeter than many wits.. but the added maltiness helps tie everything together. Again a litte tart too... the orange is more pronounced than the aroma.. with the coriander more of a background player... slightly sour dry finish... really quite a bit of orange throughout. Light medium body with lighter than average carbonation for the style.

pretty good ... not great ... given the price tag, I will probably only ever buy again if I am brewing a witbier and am looking for inspiration.

JohnGalt1, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in bottle at the Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC. The appearance is a cloudy medium orange with a medium off white head. Lacing is decent. The nose is of light citrus, coriander, and some spices. The flavor is very smooth and full. Lots of spices, I like it. Mouthfeel is medium-smooth with decent carbonation. I was surprised to find out that this is a Belgian Witt. Seems to fall outside this style but not easily definable either. I would defiantly have another one of these, very nice. Nice name too!

TheEclecticGent, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle

Poured into a snifter. Vuuve pours a cloudy, yellowish-orange with a pure with head on top that drops really quick, leaving almost no head at all. On the nose are aromas of citrus, yeast, spices, some bubble gum, and some sour notes. Sour flavors from the second it hit my tongue. Sour citrus with spices, like extremely mellow grapefruit juice with out the tang. Good use of fresh orange peel. Mouthfeel is nice, very mild carbonation, very smooth and refreshing, doesn't stay on the palate too long, but enjoyable to drink nonetheless. Very drinkable, mostly a hot summer day for me, a nice easy drinking treat.

paulthebeerguru, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ver clear golden straw color, foamy head dissapates quickly. When yeast is added in it swirls thickly througout the glass,turning the beer a murky lemon-tealike color.Beautiful appearance. Aroma-yeast,orange,apples. Very granny-smith like taste,orange bitterness,co
riander comes though,very tart,more biting
and less sweet than expected,like extra dry champange, a difference that I apreciated.Very very good, I liked how special this beer tasted, good go-to aeritif

czfreeman, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. stubby Belgian bottle,

A: Pours cloudy, murky, dark yellow, with a fizzy head that disappears after a few seconds, almost like soda pop. There is what looks like an underwater vent of bubbles coming to the top, which was cool, but overall, not impressive.

S: Quite fragrant for a 5% beer, fresh fruit and yeast run the show.

T: The taste is kind of weird, not at all what I was expecting in a witbier, tastes more like a spiced Belgian Pale. Huge Granny Smith, green apple flavour along with orange peel and coriander and other esters, maybe a little bit of pear and lemon (definitely).

M: Light and fizzy, a little too much residual carbonation though.

D: An interesting wit, though at times, just a little too strange, but I bet a lot of Belgian fans will get a kick out of it.

Halcyondays, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted cool into my mug, poured from the 11.2oz brown bottle

A - A gently hazed amber liquid w/ a thin white head and a minute bead.

S - Wheat malt, Belgian yeast w/ subtle spiciness and a bit of citrus zest in the nose.

M - A burst of fruit in the carbonated snap w/ a touch of melon and spice texture w/ nutty dry qualities.

T - A smooth fruit taste that is both fresh and tropical w/ a subtle citrus note combines w/a creamy wheat taste and plenty of yeasty belgian flavor. The dry nutty coriander note w/ classic orange peel flavor makes for a tasty, refreshing white ale.

D - Very drinkable, fresh and full of flavor w/ a nice bottle conditioned yeast essence. Very high on the list of wits for me.

Slatetank, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was a decidedly average witbier, and doesn't stand up well to a Wittekerke or a Hoegaarden.

It pours a hazy yellow with tiny bubbles in its head (which did not stick around for long). Aroma was a lemon-y scent that reminded me of Lemonheads candy. Flavor was a tart Lemonhead flavor (more the outside of the Lemonhead rather than the super-sour core) with some spiciness, but a spiciness that was hard to place as it wasn't coriander, clove-y, or pepper. Mouthfeel was a bit chalky.

I thought this was OK, but nothing special.

BeerBelcher, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of burnstar
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky and yellow with a very small head that recedes quickly. No lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Pears? Taste has some sweetness. Citrusy with notes of tropical fruit. Lemons. Spicy and earthy finish. Complex and tastey. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Fairly drinkable. Really good interesting wit.

burnstar, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of casadebia
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much head or lacing to find here but the cloudy color makes up for some of that. The smell is a spicey clove scent with a lingering orange aftertone. Somewhat bitter clove taste that disperses into a blend of spices at the end. A little overcarbonated for my taste. Very drinkable.

casadebia, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a shaker. This beer poured a cloudy, golden color with a tiny, fizzy white head that quickly faded away. The aroma consisted of doughy yeast, orange, and coriander. The flavor was made up light citrus notes and some spicy yeast esthers. The mouthfeel was light-bodied with quite a bit of fizzy carbonation. This was not one of the better witbier’s that I have tried.

mdm46410, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Nesued
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy bright yellow coloring. A very vibrant three-finger white head formed upon pour. A bit of lacing retained as the head decended to a more managable level. Hard to see the carbonation, but something has to be keeping the head alive. Looks very inviting.

Smell - A little bit of sweet, a little bit of citrus, a little bit of yeasty aroma. Very pleasant.

Taste - Very citrus and very, very light carbonation. This lack of carbonation really allowed the tart/sour citrus body come thru. Very unlike many witbiers I've had before.

Mouthfeel - Thin, as you would expect from a witbier and the lack of carbonation doesn't help add to the body. But, it does aid in being able really feel the flavors.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. I would very much put this on my list of witbiers, except for the price per bottle. A bit pricey.

Nesued, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that completely disappears.

S: Nice and spicy with a ton of orange.

T: This is 5%?? That was my first reaction, as there is a ton of flavor in here. Lots of orange peel and a decent bit of coriander (and then I read the bottle to find those were the two spices used!). Has a citrusy/grapefruity herbal hop presence (not much in the way of true bitterness here). Earthy, wheaty sort of flavors too. Nice.

M: For a 5% beer, this has even a slight sticky aspect, although something about the carbonation makes it a bit watery too. Carbonation could be just a touch higher. Overall, a good, but not great, mouthfeel.

D: Extremely drinkable. Low alcohol, lots of flavor and enjoyable.

Highly recommended. I am impressed with the amount and complexity of flavor in a beer of this alcohol. Well done.

rallison, May 09, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a yellowish orange color, hazy. Foamy white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Lots of fizzy sounds to it like a coca cola. I can see the carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Smells of oranges and other citrus fruits. Tastes of oranges, yeast, slightly bitter, some lemon and spice. Interesting beer, I am not a huge fan of it but I appreciate it for what it is.

beeroclock, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a murky golden orange color with a very small head that quickly disappears. The aroma is fruity with notable orange peel and coriander. The taste is tart with some citrus with a hint of spices. The mouthfeel is overly thin and watery. Not a big fan of this brew. The taste I find to be very unpleasant and I even thought that this was a bad bottle at first, but judging by other reviews with similar characteristics, it seems that is the way the beer is. Not recommended.

cjgator3, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of jbart
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I generally like white beers, but I particularly love the ones that are a bit different. This is one of those.

I love the spicy, citrusy flavor. It definitely has a sourness, but not overly so. It has the same qualities as a lot of wild ales that I love. It also reminds me of the Hitachino Nest White--perhaps my favorite white of all.

There isn't much head, but mouthfeel is carbonated. I could drink this all day--if only it were readily available.

jbart, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear pale yellow in color with a wispy thin head that breaks down immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: fruity, yeast tones, and a hint of tartness.

Taste: yeast, ripe fruit sweetness, tart green grapes, coriander, clove, and a soft bitterness is wrapped in a light musky and a hint of sourness.

Mouthfeel: smooth and lightly dry throughout. Very short aftertaste as the yeast and spice linger briefly. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: pretty easy to drink though not too refreshing as it was slightly dry. Decent beer overall.

Gavage, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of weird spices is not the most enticing. Taste is different from your average wit but not necessarily for the best; there is way too much orange peel with limited coriander which contributed to the misbalance character of this beer. Body is slightly oily and not full at all. Weird take on a style that doesn’t provide much error margin to begin with.

Phyl21ca, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours an orangey gold color with a tiny 1/4 finger foam cap. Very slight haze, left the sediment in the bottle.

S: Malt and coriander with notes of citrus and a faint honey sweetness.

T: Slightly tart, slightly sour. Bitter orange or lemon up front with an earthy, spicy middle, and a small malt and hop finish.

M: Thin and quite dry. Like a dry white wine. The sourness is puckery and it strips your tongue.

D: I wasn't expecting this to be so sour. It took me a few sips to get my palate used to it (I was expecting something more along the lines of a fruity/spicy BPA). Once I got used to it I found it to be enjoyable. Would be interested in trying this on tap.

GbVDave, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jasonmech77 for breaking out this magnum bottle at the tasting...
Appears a hazed light orange with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Little speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dusty, spiced, pils malt, along with pepper and vanilla.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mild citrusy funkiness going on.
Mouthfeel beads off the tip of the tongue to a chalky, dry finish.
Overall, it's not what I had expected from a witbier.

weeare138, Dec 27, 2006
Vuuve from Brouwerij Smisje
82 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.