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Limburgse Witte | Brouwerij Sint-Jozef

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sint-Jozef
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gusler on 01-03-2003

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 32
Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap served in a Limburgse Witte glass at Color Café, Bangkok.

The showcase is hazy and pale yellow color. It comes with big velvety head that long-lastingly sits at the top while just only slowly sinks into white foamy layer. The lacing left on the glass-side is plenty and refined with many patches and spots here and there.

Bubblegum, banana, clove spice, citrus, zesty lemon, wheat grain, these aromas are all you could expect from good Belgian Wit.

Sweetness and fruitiness all over the taste buds with a pleasant touch of banana, citrus and lemon, then bring all this sweet back to balance with a moderate tartness and spiciness. The spiciness does its job well by continuing to linger as an aftertaste.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation that is lively enough to refresh the feeling. Finish is very dry that makes you really crave for next sip.

True to the style as it should be while not too overwhelming sweet. Worth a try if Belgian Wit is your glass.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow whitish color with a one finger thick head with short retention.
Nice aroma of fresh oranges, lemon merengue, coriander, other yellow fruits and maybe some banana.
Flavor with notes of oranges, lots of pears, some banana in the background, white bread, coriander, C vitamin and a hint of white pepper and lemon. Smooth aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with lively carbonation. Somewhat creamy.
Very good Wit, refreshing and flavorful. Nice surprise. It sure could support more spices, this is what is holding it behind being outstanding.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label reads Limburgs Wit

Drinkable, but not very wit-like. The appearance is a slightly cloudy light gold with no head. The aroma is very much like a cake, but made of barley, with a creamy frosting. The flavor matches is more sweet malts, little to no wheat character, and a hint of lemon. This is certainly a Belgian, but you'd have to tell me it's a wit.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Belgian Witte for only 25$ a case at Shangy's, a nice find. This pours out a well hazed yellow amber with a fluffy head of pure white foam that sticks nicely.

Aroma is soft and wheaty with tangy lemon and sweet tangerine. The spice notes are sweet and peppery, but don't smell as strong as the spices in some other examples.

The flavor is well crafted and similar to Hoe, although less sweet and a little less complex. Crisp wheat and tangy lemon zest notes are met by sweet coriander and light clove and banana, there's a great white pepper note and a touch of minerality. Finish is on the dry side and very refreshing.

Body is medium, slick, and very wheaty. Airy mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a very smooth texture. Damn good stuff here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acid-washed pastel lemon, the palest version that I've ever seen in a style known for being pale. The tight-bubbled head is blindingly bright white and gives the whole a fresh-scrubbed, vibrant look. Unfortunately, lace is limited to a ragged short collar and a few wayward blips higher up the glass. An interesting minor variation on the usual witbier look.

The nose could stand to be as luminous as the appearance. It's softly wheaty, slightly tangy, moderately citrusy and barely coriander-like. I know enough not to translate all that to the palate since the flavor is often amazingly different... so I won't. I'll also resist the urge to be too hard on the nose since subtlety isn't necessarily a dirty word when it comes to witbiers.

Limburgse Witte is well-malted; probably too much so. Maybe it's the lack of fruit zest (lemon, orange) and spice (coriander), but the wheat carries too much of the flavor load. Wits are all about the soaring top notes, not the sturdy base line.

Even though the 'best by' date is still five months away, the beer tastes slightly stale. Like the nose, the flavor lacks the vividness of the appearance. It's neither sweet, nor sour, nor bitter, and that lack of anything to grab onto gets in the way of my enjoyment to some extent. I'm being a little picky, but only a little. The finish is as brief as the next sentence. Really.

The mouthfeel is light; which, in and of itself, considering the style, isn't a knock. The problem is that it's also undercarbonated. This sucker needs more body or more bubbles. More of both would be even better.

My bottle reads Pax Belgian White Ale, below which is Limburgs Wit. Given the notched date, I have to believe this is the new name and label. Pax means peace in Latin and this certainly is a peaceful beer. Too peaceful. Even light, easy drinking styles need to be a little more forceful. It shouldn't be too hard to find a better version. Peace out.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison some time ago. Best By date says 5/05, so I guess I waited a little too long. Here goes...

Pours a faintly cloudy pale yellow with two fingers of snow-white head. Nose is ripe with clove, lemongrass, and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste starts with subtle clove, pear, green apple skins, candi sugar and spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is crisp and tickling, body is medium. This is an impressive Wit, not overpowered by clove like many, it lets the sugar-coated fruits and spicy yeast shine. A refreshing wit for any time of the year.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New packaging on this brew. Its now called Limburgs Wit. Close enough. It pours a slightly hazy straw color with a 2 finger ivory head that falls to a finger. Nose is nice. I get light coriander citrusy spice, light creamyness and even a touch of banana ester. Flavor is fairly similar to the nose. Banana creamyness is very pronounced. Solid wheaty backbone gives it a slight lemoney twinge. Not what I expect from a Belgian wheat, but a nice refreshing brew. Feel is moderate and creamy. Very pleasant on the tongue. Overall, this one is very easy drinking and smooth. Nothing is off, but it doesn't hit the style. I would call this a hefeweizen.

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Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Different label than pictured, with "PAX" proudly bulletined across the front, under a barley-chomping dove.

Pale and translucent and while still technically yellow-straw in hues, this is a close as any beer can be to actually being white.
Luxurious nose of powder-sugared orange peels, coriander seeds, chamomile, hay, and vanilla extract.
Begins with a brisk and quick wheat hull notion, then edges sweeter. It gains a persona not unlike fairground-purchased Elephant Ears spinkled, of course, with powdered sugar. Orange rind is issued next with the intrinically linked coriander, as well as fleeting traces of cardamon. A noisome leafy vegetal quality develops near the close, and could probably be overlooked in a muscular brew, but is significantly bothersome here. It ends with traces of rosewater and dried grass hop punctuation.
Light bodied with modestly perky CO2.
This comes close to being something special, and that makes its flaw--albeit fairly minor-- all the more annoying.

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Photo of Brent
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lemony color. Vague yeasty aroma. Smooth and a bit citric, immediately called to mind a lighter bodied Hoegaarden, with less wheaty malt body. Not a lot of spicing going on in the yeast - pretty much a straightforward white ale. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

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Photo of Skidz
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out crystilline straw and sits cloudy, dull yellow in the glass with a large creamy white head, fading to a glassy surface with a collar of white around the glass.

Smells crisp and wheaty with big note of orange peel and corriander. Mild fruitiness with faint hints of bananas, at least from my perceptions. Gooey globs of yeast in the middle, honeysuckle and clover.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, smoothed out flavors of orange and honey, bits of lemon zest and corriander as well. Mild grassy kick and creamy, yeasty flavors on the back of the tongue. Finish is mildly bitter, lingering spices as well.

Relatively full-bodied witbier, medium body overall. Crisp carbonation, but fairly mild. Creamy insides spread out all over.

Decent, but not outstanding. I really liked the nose, but it lacked in flavors. Otherwise, this is a very nice wit, built for drinking.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All hail the 10-beer gift pack. Double props for giving me 2 of them! Hip hip hooray (x2)...

Appearance - cloudy straw color and a thick foamy white head that leaves a blanket of lace behind. The head never truly gives way. There are loose chucks of solid stuff in the bottom of the bottle, I didn't even pour the last ounce in my glass.

Aroma - yeast, banana, and yeast again. Pleasant and nicely aromatic for the style.

Taste - soft flavor of yeast and citrus. Very mellow, orangey flavor that avoids excessive sweetness. The standard yeast and banana flavors are there. A feathery orange taste at the finish, also a brief metallic note now and then, but not too distracting.

Mouthfeel - toned-down carbonation and a smooth feel do this beer proud.

Drinkability - a tasty example of the style with a unique twist of orange added. No issues downing a few of these anytime.

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Photo of granger10
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden color with a creamy white head one inch high. Decent amount of yeast floating in suspension. The aroma seemed a little weak but it was yeasty with spices (coriander/orange peel) and maybe some grainy malts. The flavor is slightly sweet upfront. The middle is light and lemony and works really smoothly into a dry, yeasty, spicy finish. Quite refreshing and light to medium in body. Very refreshing, a great beer for after working all day out in the summer heat.

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Photo of ark57
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a cloudy gold with a big, fluffy head. I know this style is supposed to be cliudy, but it is a bit too murky and dark and there is clumped yeast in suspenion. The aroma is spicy with some citrus and slight sulfur. The body is light and creamy with a slight metallic tinge. There is some sweetness and corriander and slight orange notes. The carbonation is ample yet the bubbles are very fine. It finishes with a dry spiciness.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed 10-03-2003. Somehow in the reorganization of the database, my review got paired up with the Pils instead of the Wit. This is just to correct that mistake.

Burnt yellow-orange color, hazy, with a quickly dissipating white head. Relatively strong wheat notes in the nose, but upon tasting, the wheat and yeast are quite mild, with a touch of citrus and spice. Slightly thin mouthfeel, and a vegetable-ish flavor in the finish. Enjoyable, easy drinking, but not benefiting from recency effect, as the last witbier I sampled was Allagash White. This is a mid-range wit, but good for the price.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pax Limburgs Wit (Belgian White Ale) to give it its full title, 5.0% ABV, out of a green bottle from Eagle Provisions, Brooklyn. Cloudy, pale, nice fluffy white head. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy. Taste is mellow with spices coming through to a degree leading up to a semi-dry finish. The spice levels are not too great but impart enough flavour to make this a tasty, refreshing brew ideal for slaking thirsts on a warm day.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow color with a thin white head. Very little lacing. Lots and lots of flakes of sediment swirling around the glass. Aroma of yeast and spice. Crisp body with flavors of mild spice, citrus and yeast. The finish is a little peppery. This is an average Wit overall.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wit beer poured a nice straw yellow colour with a small white head. The aromas were all yeast and spices with a nice complexity. The taste was a bit underwhelming as this beer tasted a little too citrusy for my tastes. This reminded me of a Hoegaarden with a whole orange or lemon slice thrown in. The mouthfeel was a bit light and the drinkability was standard for a wit.

Good, but not worth the extra $! Stick with Hoe.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle actually poured pretty clear, strawlike in color, with a very thin head. The aroma was lemony and lightly yeasty. Flavor starts off sweet, with an appealing lemony flavor, develops a bit of banana mid-palate, and finishes with a light spice. Aftertaste is wheaty. Very light, crisp in body, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy (w/ some large suspended solids) yellow body with an orange-ish cast and a bright white head of creamy froth. The head drops to a 1/4" cap but holds well and leaves some very nice splashes of lace throughout the glass. The nose displays some delicate, sweet, citrus-rind that's equally balanced between lemon and orange. A note of sublime banana and gentle clove complement nicely and give it an added touch of complexity. It's soft, smooth, and lightly creamy in the mouth with a light body that's accentuated by its very fine and gently effervescent carbonation. The flavor starts with a very quick note of light citrus tartness at the front of the mouth; then warms to reveal a lively spice (coriander/clove) and gently sweet, bready and honeyish malt. It finishes with some sweet malt that slowly fades amongst the rise and fall of some citrus juice, and then chalky rind. The bitterness is amazingly well-balanced. It's clearly present (low-key, but present), and holds everything together perfectly. Quite nice, and very interesting! It's almost as if a traditional Bavarian weisse yeast was used; but the banana is quite subtle and there are no bold phenolics. It does have, however, a "juiciness" to it's citrus character that leaves it bright, lively, flavorful, and refreshing! A great beer in place of the traditional Mimosa with brunch - and perfect at anytime during the spring and summer months!

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Photo of fattyre
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not generally my favorite style but I do really like this beer. It pours a hazy yellow/white color with a smallish creamy white clingy head and a firm, silky mouthfeel. The smell was of a faint sweet sort of bubblegum and a pleasing bananna. The taste was a very pleasant clove and bannana which is accentuated by silky(from suspended yeast) mouthfeel. A very enjoyable classic Witte.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, yellow-white Wit Beer, with a smallish, creamy white head. I smell a sweetness and a hint of clove. At first there was a flavor reminiscent of banana, followed by a slight bit of spice, with a citrus end. The taste is also somewhat tangy on the tongue. The texture was firm in my mouth. Overall, I found this to be very nice.

(source: Great Beers of Belgium)

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a “Chill hazed” lemon yellow color with lots of dross suspended throughout the beer. The head bright white, impressive in size, creamy in texture and the residual lace a fine coating upon the glass. The aroma of fresh bread, citrus spicy, fresh and clean a true treat for the senses. Start is sweet and sour, lots of malt, the top skinny in feel with the finish moderately acidic, the hops perky and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a very quaffable beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, cloudy white-ish yellow with a full white head and good carbonation. Light spice and fruit aroma in line with style. Soft perfumey orange-ish and honey flavors. Light bodied but creamy for the style. A great example of a Belgian Wit.

[11.2 oz bottle]

Best Before: 03/03 Tasted: 12/31/02

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Limburgse Witte from Brouwerij Sint-Jozef
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.