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IJwit - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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Absumaster

Netherlands

2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Denmark

3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

California

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/07/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Strange how some of this breweries beers have a date strip and some don't. Poured into my Petrus chalice.

Appearance- Deep golden colored, lightly clouded pour. The bottom the the glass looks clear as day while it gets cloudier as it gets to the top. One small yeast chunk floats in suspended animation. Full 1 inch head on pour which settles at a 1/4 inch. Pretty nice lace patchwork is left behind after each sip.

Smell- Fairly musky scent in the nose. Grassy with corriander and white pepper. A tiny bit of fruit peel scent if really digging deep.

Taste- Has a pretty decent hop afterbite. Almost like a unripe orange pith flavor. Starts out nice and sweet and succulent and turns dry and kinda setzerlike. Light corriander and white pepper and some confectioneirs sugar at first. Just seems to get a bit lifeless as you get halfway in.

Mouthfeel- The slightest touch watery with a dry mouthfeel, but full. Effervescent carbonation level.

Drinkability- It started out very good and took a turn for the bland. Still worth a try. It's damn dry as a bone though and the carbonation seems champagne like. Kinda like a Bud Select with a decent flavor added at the end and a good wit at the begining. Jekel and Hybe beer here. Does have a good abv kick though at 7%.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 00:04:55 | More by GClarkage
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benfons

Belgium

3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
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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pleasewearpants

California

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Guden

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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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GooberMcNutly

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong Wit style, but too clear for the style, even after swirling the bottle a little. Nice white fluffy head stands up and stays with you through the beer. A Belgian twang to the wit tartness is a nice balance. The bottle was a little oxydized, the beer was almost 2 years old. The label says that it is 100% organic except for the hops, if that tickles your funny bone.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 15:03:27 | More by GooberMcNutly
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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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Andreji

Colombia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-21-2014 18:53:25 | More by Andy_Luft
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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')

Serving type: bottle

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

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy toasted peach. Vibrant peach and melon aromas, with hints of coriander and orange peel, as well as a hint of mint, herbs and grass. Assertive nose, although I wish it showed less spice and hop, and more Belgian yeast attributes. Banana chip, peach, nectarine and tangerine notes on the initial palate, followed by hints of apple butter and caramel, which melds into subtle orange-like spice, toffee hints and a 5 second hay and spice finish, which slowly fades.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 06:39:41 | More by Crosling
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StJamesGate

New York

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Cburden

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-16-2013 20:45:20 | More by Bandi
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Hayley_86

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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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ATPete

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

A- Cloudy yellow, small white head.

S- Very wheaty, bready, yeast, some banana and citrus. Good aroma balance.

T- Very soft, some more citrus comes through, bisquits, wheat, very inviting.

M- Light like it should, very simple and refreshing

D- very good

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 18:43:29 | More by ATPete
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