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IJwit - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
86
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
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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Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +3.4%

BigCheese, May 09, 2012
Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

AlexM, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Aethien
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Aethien, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of kja157
5/5  rDev +29.2%

kja157, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -22.5%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +3.4%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of sfprint
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

sfprint, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Jason, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of pleasewearpants
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

pleasewearpants, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

RuudJH, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam.

Pours a honey gold with a very, very thick and full head. Nose of wheat, hay, and honey. Very smooth with a very light mouthfeel. A light wheat flavor and a little bready, this is a very subtle beer.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable: I was drinking it in the sun on a beautiful 75° day and it hit the spot magnificently.

rinhaak, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

eric5bellies, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of thepeter
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a frothy head that doesn't last very long and leaves little lacing.

S- Smelled really nice, lot's of Banana, fresh baked bread, and some vanilla. Very sweet smelling with some spice added

T- Not as clean tasting as most Wit's, but still very tasty and I am not complaining. Again, banana along with some other fruity flavors, apple maybe, cloves, spice, and some pepper on the back end. Very different but really tasty and went SO nicely with brunch. Weird because it was not what I was looking for but still I really liked it.

M- Pretty smooth, but normally that is not what I am looking for in a Wit. Hmm usually the big bubbles and light zing is a great palate cleanser with food. This one is smooth and creamy. . . good but not what I prefer in a Wit.

D- Very easy to drink, but again when compared to most Wit's it does not have those same clean, refreshing qualities. I could still drink this quite a bit but it's just not the same.

Very good beer, but not in the traditional sense. Most of the Beers from 't IJ that I have tried have been a bit "different" so I guess this is no surprise. In the end I rated this as the beer itself and NOT as or compared to other Witbiers.

thepeter, Aug 07, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a fizzy white head. Wait a second, clear? Well after careful inspection I realized that the fact that my beer isn't reflecting the other reviewers must be due to a thick layer of yeast stuck to the bottom (inside) of the bottle. I'm guessing this has aged at least two years.

Anyways, despite the clarity, the beer was fresh tasting, and quite carbonated.

Taste, I'm getting a bit of alcohol in the taste, some honey, malts, wheat, spices and etc.

Overall, a highly drinkable beer, but due to the outrageous cost to purchase ($4.50 a 12oz bottle) I might wind up sticking with Unibroue for now.

cadenwhitaker, May 23, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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

ATPete, May 05, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had fresh on tap at the tiny brewpub in Amsterdam: WOW! this is a heavy witbier! Darker,more alcohol, and fuller in the mouth than any other witbier i've ever seen. even the dutch guys with me said this wasn't a wit, but it is . and a damn fine wit..not as traditional but its fun and inspiring to see a brewery push the limits. this was flowery and delicious and hazy and pronounced. me likey!

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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%.

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange juice with lemonade trim. The polished ivory crown is the best part of the beer's appearance. Not only is it firmly creamy and incredibly persistent, it crackles like Rice Crispies in milk. Nothing like a little ear candy to go along with the eye candy. Unfortunately, lace looks to be no more than an afterthought.

While this is only my third Brouwerij 't IJ offering, I've found their beer to be a little off-center. Therefore, I'm not a bit surprised that Scharrel Wit doesn't really smell like a witbier. It smells golden fruity with a moderate musky spiciness. Repeated sniffs deliver what might be cordiander, but orange peel is still a no-show. Style aside, I like the nose.

This is one of the oddest witbiers that I've ever had. I can kinda, sorta taste the resemblance, even if I probably couldn't have come up with the style on my own. I would have said Belgian pale ale or weak tripel. The biggest reason for the style confusion is that the beer is sweeter and more full than the typical witbier.

Golden apples, white grapes and wheat swirl throughout the mouth, accompanied by the briefest blip of citrus peel and a musky spiciness that I would have been hard-pressed to identify as coriander. Of course, I'm assuming the brewery stuck to the style guidelines (highly doubtful) and didn't give it their usual 'original interpretation'.

As noted above, the mouthfeel is anything but light and airy. Actually, given the hard working carbonation, it is light, in a lightly viscous sort of way. It's pleasantly creamy too. I have no idea if 'Minstens Houdbaar' means 'brewed on' or 'best by', but my label is notched at 3/05. The beer certainly tastes fresh to me.

I never know what to expect from Holland's Brouwerij 't IJ. The slim brown bottles and the labels are rather unassuming, but the beer is always delicious. Although Scharrel Wit is far from typical, it's proving to be well worth the $4.49 that I paid for it.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 04, 2007
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

akorsak, May 19, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
2.98/5  rDev -23%
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.

Absumaster, Feb 19, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

GooberMcNutly, Jan 15, 2007
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 01/07, served lightly-chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark golden hue, slightly murky, coming with abundant fizziness to feed a pillowy beer head which settles slowly to a 0.5cm cap sustaining throughout the drink, while the lively carbonation softens to constant streams of tiny fizz. Looking very nice indeed.
S: smelling of a heavier body than usual witbier, bearing hints of Belgian pale ale's exotic yeastiness; wheat-ish malts, sweet lime and orange peels, grapefruity bitterness, green apples, along with a wave of coarse, spicy (white-pepper+coriander+ginger) yeastiness at the back. Quite colourful.
T: exotic+soapy yeastiness and fruitiness abound... on top of semi-sweet bready malts and lighter wheat-malts... tangy and dryish lemon-zests develop along with coriander seeds, clove, and white pepper, followed by a tinge of bitterness of hops and rough yeasts, turning drier and drier towards a rather tangy finish with a quiet stream of alc. felt down the throat.
M&D: softly carbonated, very light on the mouthfeel and utterly quaffable; the body is very light for 7%abv., leaving just a bit of alc. in the very end to remind one of the strength. This witbier shows a fuller flavour profile as well as a fuller body than all other witbiers I've tried, and should I admit how impressed I am by this beer! Not as complexly spicy as some of its counterparts, but the beer is solid and delicious, even like a cross b/w Witbier and a Belgian Pale Ale. A very successful and lovely beer IMO--perhaps my favourite Belgian Wit from now on~~

wl0307, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of patto1ro
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

patto1ro, Jun 29, 2006
IJwit from Brouwerij 't IJ
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.