IJwit - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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 Sspeer1
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of lgmol
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of sfprint
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BreweryRun
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RuudJH
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Onslow
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Photo of GRUUMSH
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Guden
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of rinhaak
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of supermeniscus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of thepeter
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Sarmento
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of benfons
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
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

Photo of Saind
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of biernack
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of laurastradford
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of AdamNowek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

IJwit from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.