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Watou's Wit Beer - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
82
good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: packetknife on 07-07-2003)
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Reviews by parintele:
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

parintele, Aug 10, 2014
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Photo of shapudding
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dated 05/05
Poured out a pale, hazy lemon. There were tons of yeasty chunks floating all throughout and a good amount of carbination rising up to the thick, creamy, luscious head. Crisp scents, lightly spicey, very saison like. Very clean flavor, it is almost gone from your tongue as soon as you finish swallowing! Good amount of carbination in the mouthfeel, but not overpowering. Very balanced flavors and surprisingly dry, which makes this highly drinkable. Enjoyed this!

shapudding, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Marius, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of intoxabroad
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

intoxabroad, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale gold. Pretty much totally clear, not very wit-like.

Nice cookie malt with a good hit of coriander on the nose. Light on orange. Good dusting of yeastiness.

Pretty clean up front. Unwelcome diacetyl through the middle and in the finish. Nice coriander and citrus play with eachother here and there. Malt backbone is pretty grainy.

Not a bad beer, but not up there with my top Belgian wheats, just a bit too clean.

CanuckRover, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Ciocanelu, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Incredibly creamy yellow-white, almost lemon custard like in color. Small head. So cloudy that you can barely see the rising micro carbonation. Very special color.

S: Wow, what I consider to be a perfect Witbier smell. Beautiful refreshing lemony yeast. Almost like lemon meringue pie.

T: Strange cement like tart after taste which is quite overpowering. Strange yeast, sour.

M: There's a slight feeling that you're putting something wrong in your mouth, like rubber. Mild carbonation sting, lightish body.

D: Sadly the taste doesn't live up to the look and smell, but it's ok.

sfprint, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 25c bottle in Watou. This wit approached greatness, but there was a diacetyl note in the aroma and the flavor needs a little more punch. The body appears a hazy gold with a thick white head. The aroma explodes out of the glass with bit vanilla and lemon spice. The flavor dials things back a bit with dry bready wheat malts and sugary Belgian cream. All in all an excellent beer.

tempest, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Filosoof
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with the last reviews.

L: ok;
S: lovely, interesting, coriander, orange, spicy;
T: like many Belgian whitebeers the smell is more interesting than the taste; the taste is usually thinner; the same with this one, but it's nice and refreshing; I taste some things I cannot describe; nice, round.
M: ok.

Overall: a nice, calm whitebeer in the wellknown Belgian style, I will surely drink this one more often (because of its interesting smell), though it's not exceptional.

Nicely paired with a rucola-salad.

Filosoof, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of basica
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this from BrusselSprouts; kinda surprised to see it there but since I am on a mini-quest to try as many witbiers are possible and rank them all; let's grab it. The bottle I have is a small 25cl bottle. I poured this beer onto a small Budvar stemmed glass and a pretty big clinging head
billows up quickly in a very witbier fashion too. The beer was the standard hazy golden with visible carbonation. Head settles quickly and also as you drink to leave layers of lacing on the walls of the glass. Watou's Witbier smells strongly of spices which clearly includes coriander and orange peel and also with a citrusy nose; some yeast was also detected. The taste was mainly the mentioned spices, yeast, wheat malts and a dash of citrus. Resembles the Hogaarden taste but more pronounced on the spices and also on the yeast but I would prefer less pronounced yeast. On the finish it became a little watery which was a slight disappointment. Also with the finish, I could sense bananna aromas on the nose and the after taste was of wheat malts, light spices and a citrus or grape like backing. Bananna aromas stay on the nose for a while which was pretty nice. The mouthfeel of this Witbier is generally not as slick as the Hoegaarden. It exhibits a thinner body than the Hoegaarden putting it between thin to medium body; it is also not as creamy as the Hoegaarden and it was a tad bit watery though it was still very smooth and drinkable with good carbonation. A good beer but I would choose the Hoegaarden over this one.

basica, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a small white head.
Nose shows doughy wheat and soft orange peel.
Pretty spicy flavours, lots of orange peel, a bit of wheat, also some musk. Too light on to support the amount of spice.
Body seems a little watery, could use more carbonation too.

CrazyDavros, Oct 13, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Yellow hazy brew ith a nice head that disapeared a bit too quickly. Yeasty nose and incredible yeasty flavor as only the belgian brewer can do. Note of coriander and citrus. Great body for a witbier. Very impressive for this style. Will try this again for sure!

Phyl21ca, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Squelch
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like a witbier. No lacing.

Smell: Wonderful aromas on this beer. Exceptional

Taste: Kinda bland. No hops at all in this one. Need a little more spice.

Mouthfeel: Tingly. Medium bodied. Leaves a film in my mouth.

Drinkability: This is an ok beer. Don't know if I'd go out of my wat to get it again.

Squelch, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small 11.2 oz brown euro bottle. Label depicts a friendly cartoon belgian man with a sud in his hand.

Shiny pale yellow color. Maybe golden. Foamy, thick white head. Very dense. Bubbled over the edge of the glass. Smell is spicy, full of orange peel, and coriander, among other things. Very lively and appealing. Your taste buds ache to taste it. First taste is refreshing and spot on for the style. Very light, refreshing, crisp citrus taste. Yummy thick yeast thickness on the bottle swirl. Earthy undertones combined with the citrus kick. Very smooth and refreshing. What a belgian wit should taste like in my opinion. Highly charged, carbonation light bodied, and refreshing. This is more spicy, charged, less metallic, and more flavorful than any hoegardden I have had. Just as good as an Allagash White, or is an Allagash White just as good as this, an nobody knows it ?
Cheers to the BelgianBum for this beauty.

StevieW, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A murky lemon yellow on the pour, head is adequate in size, the consistency spumescent; color a bright white as it dissipates the resultant lace a concealing sheet upon the glass. Bread dough comes to mind when I quaff this beer, tons of sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite refreshing is this nose, start loaded with malt and somewhat sweet, top middling in its feel. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops as expected, dry and somewhat tart aftertaste, can’t really say “Wits” are my favorite “Belgians”, quite a treat nonetheless.

Gusler, Jul 20, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

pknyc, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of eric5bellies
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a hazey gold colour with a hint of copper.

S - Plenty of clove and coriander seed.

T - Usual citrus spice wheat and clove flavours.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Does not rival the Hoegaarden and is a little sweet.

eric5bellies, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in "The little Bear". Smells of banana and pineapple. Hazy orange/white look in the glass. Initial wheat sweetness dominates and then your tongue is left with hints of banana and yeast. Light mouth. There is also a touch of orange peel in the finish as well. Good looking with a white sheen and lace on the glass. Solid..

frank4sail, May 06, 2004
Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky, light yellow beer with a small head.

Smell of wheat, with yeasty fenolic notes. A light tartness really adds to the freshness of the beer.

Taste of wheat and pilsmalts, beautifully fermented with the typical yeast strain which makes the beer fenolic and fresh. The yeast seems to look a lot like the Hoegaarden strain. The tartness of the beer is mild, but seems to be the difference between an average witbier and a good one. Drinkability is great, I finished this beer within 15 minutes.

Absumaster, Jun 10, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

safaricook, May 10, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White-ish to light yellow with a full pillowy white head, good carbonation, and good lace. Big spicy coriander aroma. Spicy flavor dominates but very nicely ! Light bodied and refreshing but not as balanced as some wits...

Scored a bit lower than I wanted to score it due to little orange citrus character but this one is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Best Before:
Tasted: 10/26/03

(11.2 oz. / 330 ml)

RBorsato, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

outoffocus, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of NeMe
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

NeMe, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of tjd25
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is soft and creamy, with fine bubbles fading very slowly on a hazy pale golden color body. The smell shows nice wheat and yeast notes, giving a real impression of smoothness. Spicy, more herbal than other witbiers, with pepper and some sweetness. The taste is wheaty with nuances of citrus, hints of orange peel, an interesting liquorice aspect, herbal and spicy, peppery, sweet but not overly. I don't know how to feel about the aftertaste of sugar free whipped cream; there's something I like about it, and something I don't. I can't really explain it though. Mouthfeel is good, smooth, quite complex for a witbier.

tjd25, Jul 17, 2004
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Watou's Wit Beer from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.