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

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: packetknife on 07-07-2003

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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!

Photo of CanuckRover
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of sfprint
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Filosoof
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of basica
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

Photo of Squelch
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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..

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.

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)

Photo of tjd25
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Watou Wit/Witte Van Watout. Served on-draught into a Watou 25cl glass in a bar in Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken June 2011. Cost was 2.30 euro.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and fantastic retention. Colour is a cloudy semitransparent yellow.

Sm: A mild strength aroma of orange citrus esters and clean pale malts. Pleasant.

T: Lemon and orange esters over a weak barley foundation. Balanced but simple. Not bold or interesting really in any way. Nothing special. A bit sour on the climax, actually.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but unrefreshing - a huge blunder for a wit. Complements the flavours decently.

Dr: Priced decently, but of below average quality. Easy to down, but it's not really worth a try. I won't be getting it again.


Photo of packetknife
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker than expected, hazy as heck, sediment floating around. Off-white fluffy head that faded quickly leaving a small layer and ting. Plenty of spice on the nose, probably the best/most powerful smelling wheat I've found. Spicy and slightly dry across the tongue. Thick and carbonated just right. Lingering spice but not harsh.

Photo of paterlodie
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 08-2007. Nice white head and a beautifull pale golden beer. Nose is koreander, sour citrussy note, pale wheaty maltcaracter and litle fresh hops. Taste is litle pale and dry but, shows koreander, light sourness, wheaty and litle earthy carracter. Aftertaste has nice though not overdone bitterness. Overal balanced brew but could IMO have some more taste. Good carbonisation with it makes mouthfeel fine and to me very easy drinkable and still enjoyable.

Photo of haz77
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale gold with very lively carbonation. An inch of white head falls fairly rapidly to a thin layer.

S - Citrus, clove, wheat, coriander

T - Light and delicate with the noted smells all in here. The finish refreshes the palate.

M - Light with fine carbonation. Gets smooth towards the end.

D - Tasty beer, although maybe a little to light.

Photo of bark
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is clear; the colour pale yellow with a tint of orange. The high compact with head is firm. Nice lacing.

The smell is fruity with some esters and hints of soap. Light tart notes, notes of sweet wheat dough.

The taste is at first light and very dry. Soft tart flavours and spicy notes of fresh herbs. The aftertaste got fruity flavours of apricots and lemon peels plus a touch of soap. Dough and yeast in the finish.

The carbonation is light, small fresh bubbles. The liquid is light but not watery and a bit dry in the mouth.

A very pleasant and refreshing brew, I place it somewhere between the Belgian style witbier and the French biere blanche.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tiny 250 ml bottle served at Rotterdam's Locus Publicus. On to the beer:

This wit is pale yellow in color and topped with a decent size dhead which leaves a surprising web of lace given its size. The aroma comes in two forms; lemonade, and lemon peel. Not much spiciness is given to the nose. There are more flavors tasted, though as one takes a little effort to get down. There's a fusel butter note first, creamy oats, a little bit of fruitiness, and a little bit of coriander. Its body is light and creamy, which seems to leave a light buttery aftertaste.

A decent witbier, but coming from the same city as St. Bernardus, I think the latter has the stronger case to be called "Watou's Wit Bier".

Photo of Hex92
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good beer, but not amazing. Pours real nice with a slightly cloudy pale golden color. Little bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass as it sits. It doesn't smell much like anything. It has kind of a strange mouthfeel. I can't really describe it exactly, its just different. I guess there just isn't anything really outstanding. Its OK, but with so many better beers out there I wouldn't buy this one again.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Any fan of a witbier will love this one... Its pretty conventional. There is a lot of stored carbonation that continues to rise even after the first sip ts taken, and a not-too bubbly head. Pretty dry consumption, which makes it easy to enjoy more than one. Unlike other witbiers, the fruits are not as evident in this one, although with a little searching you are able to notice them a little bit. Overall a great beer for someone who wants to try a traditional white...and someone who is looking to have more than one!

Photo of Refloosh
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Watou Wit - Served from a bottle into a snifter.

Not really what I would call a Witbier but also not terrible.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, but dissipates quickly

Smell: Immediate smell is pure honey. Sweet smelling with alcohol backing up the back end.

T: It tastes like honey lemon tea with a slight orange citrus finish. It's balanced but a little too bland for my liking. No bite at the end and pretty unassuming

Mf: Quite Smooth but a little watery for a witbier. It is not that refreshing which i think is pretty important for a witbier...in fact that is exactly what a witbier should be! Pretty disappointing really in terms of true to style.

Overall, it smells hugely of honey and citrus but is rather disappointing when it comes to flavour and end. Not, terrible but expected better. I will not be getting this one again.

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