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Brugs - Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Alken-Maes visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 09-11-2004)
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Reviews by mdagnew:
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Gapwines, Belfast..

Poured a cloudy pale golden straw colour. White head poured big thick and foamy and faded slowly to thick frothy layer.. lots of sticky lacing... carbonation bubbles rush to the surface...

Aroma - Spicy, citrus pith, light coriander notes, some biscuity malts, apple traces, salty hints, floral / grassy, some very light honey sweetness, some cinnamon, perfumed, hint of Lemsip...

Taste - Strong clove and coriander spiciness, grassy, floral hops, no real maltiness, good lemon fruitiness, herbal notes, some vanilla creaminess, lots of wheatiness, quite yeasty...

M&D - Sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable - would be nice on a hot summers day...

Overall - An excellent wheat beer... recommended...

mdagnew, May 11, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Satyr179, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Typical Belgian Wit appearance, reminds me of Hoegaarden. Lots of fluffy white head. Pale straw colored and cloudy.

S-Clove aroma is strongest note picked up, quite weak in aroma compared to many other of the style

T-Wheat and clove. Just a hint of skunk in this beer. Some orange and lemon notes.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated.

O-Pretty average. Tastes better as it warms a bit.

deebo, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Wegomlegging
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow into its flat custom glass, with ample head. Citrusy smell with whiff of wheat, almost floral yeast. Outstanding flavor that trademarks the witbier style the way it was meant to be, light spice and grain that finishes clean and lingers on the palate. Standard carbonation gives it a familiar feel, but the satisfaction in the understated flavors makes it incredibly drinkable. My favorite style for a summer BBQ, this beer was very tasty.

Wegomlegging, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Ciocanelu, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of sfprint
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy lemonade color that's been sweetened with brown sugar. In the light there it's also a bit pink. Not so carbonated.

S: Smells more like a German Hefeweißen than a Witbier. Yeasty!

T: The flavor is quite hollow. Slightly sour and lemony. Grassy too.

M: Other than the sourness, it's fine.

D: I wouldn't jump to drinking another, but another will do.

sfprint, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 Brown bottles, both 25cl and best before 11th Feb 2008, drank on 17th June 2007.

Both bottles were poured into my old Hougaerdse Das tumbler. The beer is cloudy and looks like dirty washing up water, with a white scum on top, however, that is supposed to be how it looks, so full marks for looks (well nearly).

Aroma is of citrus fruits, more a sweet grapefruit than a sour lemon smell though.

This is a summers day drink, thirst quenching with weak citrus flavours joining the hops to give a very pleasant beer.

The mouth drys and the citrus (grapefruity) flavours stay, a slight metallic taste also arrives, which isn't too nice, but overal, this is one of the better wit beers I have tried.

BlackHaddock, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of ThaCreep
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose still very light with a scent of wheat (only 30% of wheat is used in this mix) and a touch of lemon. A distinct lack of spice in the body of the beverage is to be noted and you do not feel that a return to the lemony taste. The aftertaste is also low. This is certainly a refreshing beer but a little too devoid of flavor to be interesting.

ThaCreep, May 05, 2010
Photo of biernack
4/5  rDev +18.3%

biernack, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Noelito76, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Blumstein
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Blumstein, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of pperez38
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

pperez38, May 02, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky yellow beer with an initial big head, which collapses almost instantly.

Smell is spicy and grainy with aromatic coriander and some slightly musty or husky smells. I am not sure what it is, but it makes the beer not standard. I also get a little soapy smell.

Taste is aromatic and perfumy of the spices, I get coriander and cumin. There is a light wheat taste, which is a little grainy and ackward, musty and oriental. The beer tastes fresh and drinkability is good.

Absumaster, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of constantine_272
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

constantine_272, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, coriander and hints of lemon citrus. In the taste, coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel starting with a small sweetness and ending dry. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry lemon zest in the aftertaste. Nice big citrus and quite refreshing.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Sspeer1, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

leitmotif, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

"Brugs Biere Blanche Witbier" served on-draught into a Brugs goblet in a bar in Brussels, Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken June 2010.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Body colour is a cloudy lemon-yellow.

Sm: Very light aroma of lemon citrus esters.

T: Lemon ester body is more subtle than expected, but lacks a citrusy character. There's a light wheat foundation which threatens to come off weak but manages to simply stay light and refreshing. Very pleasant. Complex enough for a witbier. Subtle and simple, but effective.

Mf: Light, moderately thick, smooth, and wet. Just as it should be. Carbonation is good.

Dr: A fairly priced and refreshing beer that is low in ABV, slides down extremely easily, and is worth a go for fans of the style. A good summer witbier, but held back by its simplicity. Not a great beer for the style, but passable.


kojevergas, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of paterlodie
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before 13-02-06 so must be quiet fresh and ok for rating. Pours in fine with a "not" overwelming foam and gone fast. Collor is dark yellow with a white haze.
Smell is unfresh, oxidated fats, litle yeastfruit and not much orange and koreander. Sourness from wheat also getting in my nose but overal not fresh.
Taste is litle better being quiet dry, wheat, litle sour, creamy and then getting a light bitter aftertaste. Nothing special about this one to say but drinkable.

paterlodie, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of BucBasil
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a branded chalice at the Midi Station in Brussels.

A: The beer is a bright hazy gold color with a 1 finger pure white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lemon zest and a touch of malt. Not much else.

T: Citrus and pineapple. Finishing slightly spicy. Similar to a Hoegaarden. OK

Nothing exciting or particularly outstanding - just had this one while waiting for the rain to stop.

BucBasil, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, poured into my brugs chalice

Pours with a cloudy hazy yellow body, eggy white head with good retention

Smell, a fair bit of clove initially, some fresh malt, little bit of yeast

Taste, very fresh tasting, some subtle spice and fruit, slightly estery

Very drinkable, great little session wit

cypressbob, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of chunkylover53
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got this as a free bonus gift when I ordered some Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10 online.

I can see why they're giving it away. I mean, it's not bad, but it's not great either.

It poured a very pale cloudy yellow with a big, foamy, quicly-dissipating head.

Smell was a little bit floral and not much else.

It was quite watery and had very little flavour at all. Like a watered-down Hoegaarden.

chunkylover53, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a really cloudy yellow colour with a lot of carbonation. The head is small and has a decent retention.

The smell is really wheaty with some hints of fruits. The beer is slightly fruit and slightly wheaty. The beer has yeast in it, and it's sweet and refreshing. The beer is slightly what you'd expect with the mouthfeel, but it's too watery.

This beer is a good beer to drink a bunch of them.

swizzlenuts, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light pale yellow. Not particularly cloudy, surprising for a wit, good thick head.
It looks enticing, but not as much as I'm used to.

Refreshing, herby witbier nose, not as strong, or fragrant as I like. This is starting to strike me as a pale imitation of the witbier greats.

Hmm. Very nice. It seems to have gained its character back here. The refreshing, light herby and aromatic flavours are more pronounced in the taste. It still doesn't quite match the heights of, say, a Hoegaarden White, but its taste is belied by the rather listless appearance and nose.

Light, enjoyable, drinkable. Doesn't stand up to the witbier greats, but still a reasonable example of the style.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 23, 2005
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