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IJwit - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
very good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 29 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by safaricook:
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-07-2013 18:27:29 | More by safaricook
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Hayley_86

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-21-2014 20:31:09 | More by Hayley_86
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Saind

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-21-2014 08:58:19 | More by Saind
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benfons

Belgium

3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear yellow colour, dense 1cm thick head, doesn't look like a witbier

S: citrus, hints of coriander, slight peppery notes

T: orange, rather sweet, less spices

M: light to medium body, good carbonation

O: doesn't look like a witbier, does taste like one, and is better then a lot of others

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 22:14:27 | More by benfons
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-21-2014 15:34:21 | More by vermilcj
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Beer-Ed

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

New York

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cafe Fonteyn, Amsterdam.

Slightly cloudy amber-tinged straw with lacey white head.
Big perfumed nose with some toffee and candle wax yeast.
Lemon 'Nilla Wafers with big candy sugar hit, a lemon hard candy center, some vanilla notes and coriander seed end.
Kiwi finish and drying spicy linger.
Medium side of light, some chew, not crisp enough.

Too sweet, but also complex with decent depth of spice (if not enough citrus). Cloys, but also cleans up after itself. A big fruity, sugary wit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 15:41:18 | More by StJamesGate
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-21-2013 21:02:32 | More by supermeniscus
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-13-2013 17:20:50 | More by DeanMoriarty
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-16-2013 20:45:20 | More by Bandi
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laurastradford

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-20-2013 20:08:24 | More by laurastradford
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Guden

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-09-2012 14:45:59 | More by BigCheese
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AlexM

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-15-2012 18:23:30 | More by AlexM
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Aethien

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and a yellow that's close to orange. There is a lot of yeast in the bottle.
Smells like yeast, spices, citrus peels, fresh bread and some more fruitiness I can't really pin down.
It's a little more bitter and less sweet than most witbier I've had. It feels light and crisp, very nice and just right to make it easy to drink with a fairly strong yeast flavour and some tropical fruit next to the usual citrus flavours and a dry and slightly bitter finish that makes me want to drink more as soon as I put my glass down. The higher than normal alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

A lovely witbier that is a little different from the standard and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 16:52:17 | More by Aethien
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kja157

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.2%

03-19-2012 21:33:41 | More by kja157
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brinch

Denmark

3/5  rDev -23.1%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-01-2011 18:17:32 | More by uturn
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-30-2011 17:06:33 | More by rekel
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sfprint

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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