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IJwit - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full-bodied, Amsterdam wheat beer that is dangerously ‘moreish’. Slightly cloudy, it has a beautiful golden colour and a soft, foamy head. When we brew IJwit, we use wheat malt as well as barley malt, which is also how the beer gets its name. The wheat malt gives the beer a delightful, fresh flavour, and the addition of coriander and lemon during the brewing process produces a rich aroma of banana, citrus and spices. Topped off by a fine, slightly sweet aftertaste, IJwit is a delicious thirst-quencher.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7%

On tap at the brewery.

LOOK: Cloudy straw, nice lacing

SMELL: Citric peel, spice, yeast, fresh bread, pears, papaya

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, spice forward, clean grain, yeast, plums, coriander bitterness, grainy grassy finish

An excellent example of the style, the dry finish with the long lingering grain and spice after taste makes for and amazingly drinkable beer. A wit where I could have more than one or two.

10-22-2011 13:11:22 | More by Jason
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Guden

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

A- A hazy beige color with just a few white bubbles of head. Second beer I've had from this brewery and they both looked like this, I can excuse the haziness and color a little more for this style at least.

S- Kind of a muddled earthy mess. A bit of citrus and coriander but also earth, grain and a touch of piney, spicy hops. Not what I was expecting.

T- Much better than the smell. Spice (coriander and clove) shine through above notes of citrus, fruity bubblegum and banana. A pleasant mix if not entirely what I expect from a wit.

M- Medium light in body with medium carbonation, okay for the style but I think the high alcohol made this one a bit more dry than it should be.

D- Far from the best wit, it has decent spices but the coriander/orange flavor should dominate, not wrestle with clove, bubblegum and dank earth the way they do here. An okay beer but not one I will soon go for again.

10-09-2012 01:30:03 | More by Guden
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -9%

Pretty nice little wit. Spicy, citric and lemony. Fairly yeasty as other t'ij i've had tend to be. Not as smooth and soft as other witbiers, but nice anyway, bitter finish, with some light crispness in the finish also. Refreshing and tasty, which is all i ask for in my wits(Bottle- GBBF 03')

10-02-2003 00:59:43 | More by rastaman
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Brouwerij 't IJ's organic IJ Wit delivers a standard witbier appearance with a cloudy yellow-orange body beneatha white head that holds welll and leaves limited lace about the glass.

The nose is distinctly sweet with clear notes of wheat malt and soft coriander, as well as a light touch of citrus fruit.

It's zesty, effervescent carbonation leads it to become airy in the mouth as it warms; and then its dextrinous light-medium body simply slips away.

The flavor is yeasty with a sweet (and even a touch candyish) wheat malt; some sweet spice; and mild orange notes. It finishes drying with some stick malt about the mouth and lingering coriander.

08-13-2005 13:53:58 | More by NeroFiddled
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sfprint

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

exp 5/2012
A: quickly disappating head. like a slightly cloudy natural soda. lively carbonation both seemingly random and with a few mini columns. looks like a ginger beer. darkish yellow with a hint of orange.
S: kumquat, mango, yeast isn't so bright but sits in the middle. yes smells like a witbier but with fruitiness. fermented fruit.
T: alcohol isn't very present for 7%, not really any sweetness, neutral, not really bitter, but leans on that side. perhaps hay and lemongrass, but the mango/kumquat is still there but subtle. lemon also. Nice, but very different. I've always thought of witbiers on a scale, an everyone on a point toward or away from perfection, but this one doesn't fit on that scale. Unique. Relatively heavy.
M: the yeast sort of elevates the heaviness of this, lightening it, but you can still feel heaviness underneath. Another thing that makes this one special.
O: special and good.

11-23-2011 02:44:09 | More by sfprint
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brinch

Denmark

3/5  rDev -22.7%

03-16-2012 21:17:32 | More by brinch
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pleasewearpants

California

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

The third and final of this quick IJ tasting. Common denominator seems to be somewhere in the yeast. Similar mango esters as the triple. This is a bit more tart and has a slight hint of bile in the nose (not a bad thing to me). Color is hazy straw, head is somewhat rocky but goes away quickly. Nice wheat and yeast flavors. I like the body of this much more. Very light. Finishes clean. Really just dig the birds on the label.

09-10-2011 01:40:59 | More by pleasewearpants
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

A 33 cL bottle from vwcraig.

A: The wit is a slightly hazy (I stress slightly) yellow color. The head is nothing more than a thin white layer on top of the liquid that quickly recedes.

S: The nose is fairly light with a very strong orange aroma, not just orange peel mind you, but orange pulp and juice.

T: The ale has a surprisingly strong malt body, thick enough with grainy bread flavors that the citrus in the nose rarely breaks through. The big malty body does not overpower all of the spicy sweetness however, allowing some peppery coriander and orange peel sweetness to come through. This really reminds me of the St. Bernardus Wit with its bigger body.

M: The mouthfeel is difficult at times, the big body makes a normally easy drink a little too thick.

D: This is not a witbier for a hot summer day, the flavor is strong enough to hold up nicely on a brisk fall night as well.

05-19-2007 00:06:16 | More by akorsak
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Cburden

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-18-2014 20:06:31 | More by Cburden
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Bio wheat beer, 33 cl. bottle. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Murky brown colour, thin head.
Smell and taste is bready, with citrus and spicy. Koriander.

This has quite a big bite in the aftertaste. Bitter and spicy, but also alcohol, making this one of the more robust wheatbeers... not for careless drinking on a terrace, when it's warm.
The 7% abv is just too demanding for that.

04-30-2011 12:06:09 | More by RuudJH
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Beer-Ed

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2014 11:45:31 | More by Beer-Ed
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral blossoms and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a faint amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thick (for the style) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a strong witbier but it is still very easy to drink. I really enjoyed it.

04-16-2013 21:39:12 | More by metter98
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biernack

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-24-2014 17:23:43 | More by biernack
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy pale Gold colour, with a decent white fluffy head that stays around.

S - Bits of yeast and zesty citrus.

T - Nice wheat flavours up front with a spicey booze finish

M - Light body and carbonation

D - A very good wit beer

02-12-2011 17:16:24 | More by eric5bellies
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%

Had this beer at the brewery in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in small taster snifters.

A-light gold, murky body and a white head.

S-light grain and yeast.

T-grain husk front and a well balanced hop finish.

M-light

D-Very nice. Great with Gouda cheese and salami. Good to see something like this in Amsterdam given what is commonly found. I would drink this again.

08-11-2010 02:53:49 | More by jneiswender
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Absumaster

Netherlands

2.98/5  rDev -23.2%

I drank this beer at the brewery where it was poured into nice looking glasses.

An orange, yellow fizzy beer with a creamy head.

Smell is sweet and aromatic with coriander and orange. The sweetness overrules the yeasty smell, which normally imparts a slight tartness and spiciness.

Taste is SWEET, like it hasn't been fermented properly. Sweetness is actually all there is for the first few sips. Then the yeast gives some spicy character and spices also comes through. Obviously no hop character. Mouthfeel is sweet and full. This is probably a mistake and can't be ment to be like this.

02-19-2007 14:48:06 | More by Absumaster
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-07-2013 18:27:29 | More by safaricook
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elHeron

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-16-2014 19:33:14 | More by elHeron
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-01-2014 00:28:44 | More by outoffocus
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rpopescu

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-11-2014 20:17:27 | More by rpopescu
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Andreji

Colombia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

I wasn't overly impressed by my this, my first choice at the eproeflokaal in NE Amsterdam.

I think this is the same Scharrel Wit, because the bottled version boasts a huge "IJ WIT" sign with only a tiny "Scharrel" inschrijving atop it. anyway.

The looks of it is just so...wit. not that that's ever been bad. golden but opaque with a medium retentive bright white head, pleasant to look at and more pleasant to try.

The smell is clearly citrusy and foremost lemony. this beer was meant to be a thirst quencher or a session beer- not necessarily a bad thing again. just a pleasant remark.

The taste, however, wasn't too good. a bit watery, with a taste judgeable more by the nose than by the mouth- nonetheless wheaty and- yes- lemony, with good carbonation to give it a further refreshing tone (see: pop). not bad anyway, but het IJ does better.

07-04-2005 14:16:08 | More by Andreji
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patto1ro

Netherlands

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

Pale yellow colour with a fine white head. Coriander, ginger, clove, grass and elderflower aroma; sweetish/bitterish taste with coriander, orange, herbal and wheat aromas; bitterish finish with hop, ginger, butter and herbal aromas.

An unusual combination of wheat, spice and hop that works quite well. Too strong and hoppy for a normal witbier, but so what? It still tastes good.

06-29-2006 13:11:06 | More by patto1ro
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-21-2014 15:34:21 | More by vermilcj
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.7%

08-16-2014 11:10:25 | More by lgmol
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AdamNowek

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

08-09-2014 14:30:14 | More by AdamNowek
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IJwit from Brouwerij 't IJ
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