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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 13:25:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7%
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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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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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~~

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 01:23:27 | More by wl0307
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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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first bier sampled at the 't IJ brewpub. Full name is Scharrel-IJwit. It was a medium to dark golden color, and cloudy within. Head was a creamy white one, which lasted well and left fine lace. Nose was most definitely wheaty, with hints of clove and banana a la Weißbier. Medium bodied, it also passed fairly well across the tongue, with little prickliness. Has a crisp flavor, with a light toasty malt sweetness at the start. Tastes of some citrus and additional fruit flavors like tropical fruit. Quite a pleasant brew! Goes down easily!
Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

727

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2004 19:11:51 | More by Bierman9
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-01-2011 18:17:32 | More by uturn
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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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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub

Pours with a cloudy golden orangy body, thick creamy white head with amazing retention

Smell, bejebus...very floral, sweet perfumy aroma, smells like fields of flowers soaked in perfume. Some clove kicking in also

Taste, smooth, some yeast kicking in. Perfumy once again

Probably my favourite wit, amazingly fresh on tap from the brewery

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2005 16:59:51 | More by cypressbob
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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