Wittekerke Rosé - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 124
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 25.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GreenCard on 06-30-2004

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Photo of t0rin0
3.3/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a hazy orange color with some pink(just a little). Looks like a wit mixed with a kriek. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is overpowered by the sweet cherry with a little maltiness poking through. Nothing else.

Flavor is of red koolaid and sweet cherries. Some tartness is present but no bitterness. Too much, over the top.

Body is of medium thickness. Enjoyable but tastes too much like candy. Would make for a great beer for people who like mixed drinks. (545 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Seemingly a Belgian Witbier with added Raspberries, the beer takes on a softer and sweeter attitude that will surly satisfy the thirst of fruit beer fans and those with a sweet tooth.

The beer pours with a cloudy rouge/peach color and carries a dense, white, froathy head with great staying power while lots of lace is left behind.

Sweet grains, malts, and raspberries are all evident. Light aromas of tart berries and apples also rise to the forefront as the beer warms. Lightly bready and cotton candy sweetness all around. Lightly spicy notes weave in and out of the berry tartness.

Sugary flavors begin the taste profile; combined with raspberries and the beer takes on a jam-like taste. Light tartness seems all berry and little from the more desirable tartness from yeast. Mild breadiness is much less pronounced in taste than suggested in smell.

Medium weighted and creamy early, the beer fades into a sweetly-sticky feel that seems much more like soda pop than beer.

This Framboise is balanced heavily toward the sweetness and giving it a much more wine cooler affect than from the more sour-balanced of lambic versions. The Witbier allows for heavy sweetness and disrupts the soft and powdery textures of original Wittekerke. (1,239 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light pinkish color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and average lacing. Aroma of raspberry syrup with light tart notes. Taste is quite sweet though not overly with some syrupy raspberries and a very faint tart finish. Not as bad as expected or as bad as other Belgian fruit beers but not the greatest drink ever. (357 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Blurry coral with a pale pink cap the color of homemade strawberry ice cream. If the beer is allowed to come vigorously chugging out of the little can, the head that forms is actually of decent size and persistence. A few strands of lace manage to stick to the glass. This is an odd looking beer (dare I say that it's pretty?), but I'm bound and determined to keep an open mind.

Wittekerke Rose smells like sweetened raspberries. The nose is actually pretty appealing if one likes raspberry-infused fruit beer. Believe it or not, there's the slightest bit of yeasty, musty funk underlying the sticky fruitiness. I'm still onboard with testicles intact.

Whoa now! Who dumped an entire canister of sugar into my beer? This is, without a doubt, the sweetest, most cloying, most tooth rotting so-called beer that I've ever had. I don't hate sweet beer (even the Melbourn Bros. offerings are okay in small doses), but this one goes way, way too far. This stuff is sweeter than orange juice... orange juice to which 4-5 heaping tablespoons of sugar have been added.

At some point, when the boundaries of beer have been stretched to the breaking point, the beverage in question ceases to be beer. This is one of those cases. It'll be all I can do to finish this review. Here goes... raspberry puree choked with sugar, nothing more. Oh yeah, there's no hint of funky yeastiness or any other subtle flavors on the palate. Despite the tiny 8.4 ounce can, I can't force myself to finish it.

The mouthfeel is... wait a second...<gag, choke>... thick and syrupy and sticky and spritzy and disgusting. It's a wonder the brewers were able to get all that excess granulated sugar into solution. I half expect to feel graininess with each sip.

Despite starting off on a somewhat promising note, Wittekerke Rose falls, and falls hard, as soon as it comes into contact with the taste buds. I can't imagine any self-respecting wine cooler loving woman liking this stuff, much less a beer drinker. This 'beer' isn't fit for human consumption. And giving it to a dog would be grounds for calling the SPCA. (2,095 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Bobby, labeled as Wittekerke Framboise.

A: The beer pours a dark pink/light red color with a pinkish tinted head.

S: A very sweet aroma with lots of raspberry to it. It's got a raspberry soda type of aroma to it with a little bit of straw and grass. Some raspberry syrup and a light wheat note.

T: Intensely sweet and somewhat sugary. There is a hint of tartness to it, perhaps a little bit of citrus peel to it. A light grass flavor and tons of raspberry and raspberry soda type flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A little sweet and soda-like for my tastes. (608 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.4 ounce can, energy drink-style can featuring the truck mudflap girl and packed with aspartame. Thanks (I think) to kkipple for this one.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, pinkish-peach body with a very thin white head.

Smell: Tart-scented, faux raspberry nose with some indistinct hints of wheat.

Taste: Sharp, tart raspberry flavoring and a touch of tangy wheat sweetened with a couple packets of Equal. Lovely. No real hop character or bitterness. Flavor of ground up Sweet Tarts candy on the finish. Bleh!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. The production of this beer was a very bad decision. (649 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.2/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pinkish orange body. Pinkish head. Average retention; minor lacing. Sweet and tart raspberry nose and flavor. Next to no bitterness as appropriate. Finishes short and fruity. The aspartame is oddly noticeable, and I think that detracts from the flavor (I even drink diet soda). Refreshing. Clearly a beer produced and marketed to the younger dance-club crowd. Kudos to Bavik for trying to hold their share of the market, but I'll pass on this one myself. (454 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.7/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from an 8.4oz can into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a pale pink color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of sweet and sour raspberries but not much of anything else.

T: The taste is very tart with a strong raspberry flavor and some spices. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way beer qualities in the taste, however. There’s a very light malt character, no hops, can’t taste much Belgian yeast either.

M: Crisp but not too smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not tasty at all unless you’re really into the raspberry flavor, not filling at all which I believe is it’s only good quality, mild kick, yet another novelty fruit beer that just doesn’t have anything going for it. (795 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As my friend ordered this one on draft at Mad Mex Robinson the other night, the bar gave him a Brokeback cheer as he was eating his San Francisco wings. Anyway it was late and the combonation of food and beer pairings was definitely a bit Brokeback. Appears pink ruby red with an light pink thin head leaves thin lacing down the 12oz. chalice. Aroma is sugary raspberry not touch of citrus not really any spicing going on maybe some yeast tones there that's about it sugary sweet raspberry. Taste is sickeningly sweet not something to have in number a novelty beer by all means, it was syrupy coated raspberry no sweetness tasted like juice with added high fructose corn syrup. Not very spicy or coriander just sweetness, dessert candy like. Mouthfeel is spritzy lighter bodied not very entertaining to the palate. Drinkability is heart greatly by the amount of sweetness try once and move on and if you have a sweet tooth you may come back to it. You honestly give up a fraction of your manhood when sampling the Rose'. (1,020 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.39/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Bottle served into a La Chouffe tulip. Reviewed from notes taken July 2012. 4.3% ABV confirmed.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream and fair thickness. Retention is average. Body colour is a solid light red.

Sm: Artificial raspberry, an overload of sugar, and syrup. An unfortunately quite strong aroma.

T: Tastes like artificial crap raspberry, cultist suicide style koolaid (just drink it!), and overloaded garbage sugar and nasty syrup. Cough! Not really a true beer at all. I'm embarrassed to be seen drinking this. simply crap. Poorly built and balanced, with no redeemable characteristics. The finish is a sort of dying sugar-high stale note. Cough syrup comes through.

Mf: Very smooth and wet. Helps the disgusting flavours slide down.

Dr: 1.50 euro is high considering the pathetic state of the taste. Not a worthy beer at all. This is a damned embarrassment. Avoid at all costs.

F

**I just want to point out that this was terrible but I did not drainpour it. I finished it because I'm not a panzy. Remember: there are sober kids in India; nut up and finish your damn beer. (1,101 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At long last, a can of "the fruity pink" is mine, all mine! Lucky, lucky me...

Contents of 8.4 ounce can (why?) fill slightly 1/2 of my glass with a cloudy, pinkish red liquid, smallish pinky-white head.

Tart raspberry nose wafts out...candyish...

Bracingly sour at the fore, puckering, then...poof! nothing, gone in a flash. The palate is drained dry before we could feel any flavor from the brew, such as it is...This raspberry flavor overtakes any of the charm of the witbier style, which Wittekerke does so very well, and delivers something forgettable, and, ultimately, regrettable.

What is this supposed to be? A mix of framboise sweetened lambic with a wit? It's the worst of both worlds!
Is it a cheap attempt to cash in on the "chick market" with an artificially sweetened, artificially flavored brew? didn't work!

Tastes like Sweetarts mixed with Kool-Aid, watered down!
Deserves to die...bad Bavik, bad! (933 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My "CAN Ya Dooit?" quest took me to D's 6 Pax & Hot Dogz in Da 'Burgh, which never disappoints. I remember drinking this one with a Bosnian girlfriend when we were both undergarduates at Pitt. That is now eight years removed, so when I saw it in the Beer Cave, I jumped on the chance to have it again.

"Belgian White Beer with Raspberries - the Fruity Pink" - that was its tagline, and since I am solid in my sexuality, it does not bother me to drink such things. Plus, it was in a CAN and it was summertime when I will drink anything that is NOT Hefeweizen. The CAN looked like an early iPod ad with a lime-green female in silhouette, hair streaming behind her, against a reddish-pink background. The only thing missing was two white cords running into her ears. Okay, sorry.

My pour sreated two fingers' worth of pinkish-white head the color of blossoms on cherry trees, but with low retention. Color was a hazy light-pink like pink lemonade. The nose had a HUGE raspberry scent which instantly transported me back to Grummy Chandler's garden. Mouthfeel was full with a definite raspberry/fruity flavor, like the recent Tastykake Summerberry pies. Finish had a big fruitiness, with a slight tartness at the extreme finish. This was way too sweet to be anything more than a dessert beer or one to share with a female companion.

Beach? Only if I'm wearing a bikini! (1,368 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.03/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a reddish pink color that is fairly hazy. It is topped by a frothy pale rose colored head. The aroma is dominated by strong notes of sweet fruity raspberries with perhaps a hint of tannin and nothing else. Oh god, this thing is sickeningly sweet, and artificially so. It is like drinking a Red Bull. This is actually somewhat dry and spritzy when it first hits my tongue but the sweetness quickly dominates the palate. This is really not that drinkable, it is just too sweet and has a disagreeable artificial sweetener aftertaste. It's a drain pour. (555 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.56/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Girlie beer in a girlie can, with a girlie, perfume smell and a sweet sweet jolt of flavor. Pours orangy melon, cloudy, with a thick and perfumed off white head. Leaves decent lacing. The real story here is the super sweet and candied nature of this "beer". The nastiest part is the artificial color and sweeteners, whats up wid dat?? Might be ok with a fruity dessert, otherwise pass it by or serve it to girlie newbies. (421 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Wittekerke Rose

Pours a light cloudy pink color, light pink foam. Aromas of berries and a small portion of wheat malt. In the taste, berry sweetness, sugar, cola like carbonation and a little yeast. Alcoholic wheat berry soda. Mouthfeel is light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Overall, a fruit beer that is geared towards female consumption. (344 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Isn't the can of Wittekerke Rosé awesome? You'd think the slender 8.4 ounce can was some kind of energy drink that donates a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer. Instead, it is a raspberry infused witbier. Did I mention the raspberry was artifical flavor? On to the beer:

Well, the color of the beer has a raspberry infused orange color to it, hazy. The head color has a pink tint to it, and it has surprisingly good head retntion and forms good patchy lace. It kind of smells like raspberries, and it's not bad at all. Maybe I was wrong about this beer...

....or maybe not. It tastes like lightly flavored cough syrup to me, which isn't the worst taste in the world, but it sure doesn't taste like beer. I can also taste a bit of iron. Come to think of it, it does kind of taste like a raspberry energy drink. It feels sticky in the mouth like one, and as a beer I prefer it didn't.

Well...I managed to get all 8.4 ounces down of this 4.3% ABV drink. It sure isn't as fun to drink as Wittekerke w/o all the added shit, but what other alcoholic beverage out there can you get for less than Red Bull, yet who's label looks like an energy drink? This must be good for drinking in public places and driving. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Zorro
1.6/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

OK what can you say about a beer that you fear could turn you gay just from the looks of the can? The only reason I am giving this a try is that it is a Wittekerke beer.

Pours a cloudy off pink colored beer with a slightly pink white head.

Smell is sharply sour with jolly rancher raspberry candy like scent. The sharp sour scent does remind me a bit of a Framboise lambic so I can't completely trash the scent.

Taste is sharply sweet and sour like an over sweetened lambic. Fairly pronounced raspberry flavor that again reminds me of a Lindemans raspberry lambic only not nearly as pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light.

Not a real drinkable brew. After drinking half the glass and I feel like I should get a medal of Valor or something for getting that far. Drain pour don't waste your money on this. (808 characters)

Photo of biegaman
1.85/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pink lemonade with an almost bronze filament. Its head is stable and fuzzy with a soft pastel pinkish hue. Lacing remains spattered, at least temporarily. Pleasantly animate bubbles tirelessly mount the upright slope of the flute glass. The light extracts unusual shades, soft pastel tones of peaches, pinks and beiges that - artificially created or not - make a stunning looking beer.

Ah man, you can taste the corn. Yuck. Each sip the palate is stormed with a short-lived but intense, dizzying barrage of sweetness that quickly evaporates and left over is nothing more than the naked, unmistakable taste of fructose (corn syrup sweetener). I had intended to mention the (pitifully artificial) taste of fruit (raspberry juice is added although it tastes a lot like fake strawberries, too) but this fructose is just too superabundant.

I'd consider it almost hypocritical for any self-respecting liquor store to sell this if they also make claims about "social responsibility" regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. Adult palates should have already outgrown this. It is supernaturally, redundantly, over-gratifyingly sweet. The taste of fruit is unmistakably synthetic. It's doubtful a drink like this would appeal to anyone other than children!

The brewery uses aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener that is something like 200 times sweeter than sugar. The motivation for its use is that, because of its supernatural sweetness, only small amounts are needed and thus its caloric contribution is basically negligible. Its use is logical if your aim is to promote a sweet tasting beer to a weight conscious demographic that is likely to avoid sugar for its excess calories...

I may fear the dreaded beer-belly but I think it would be more mindful of my health to avoid aspartame than the minimal extra calories. Not that it matters. It's obvious this beer was not marketed to someone like me. For one, it lists "beer" as the first ingredient. If "beer" is just one ingredient in a list of ingredients (rather than the only* ingredient) in your drink, then what you're drinking should not really be considered beer.

*Beer should generally have only four ingredients: water, malt, hops, yeast. I'm also excluding fruits and spices, which are often used by both innovative and reputable breweries. (2,311 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
1.37/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Damn... I hate being a ticker sometime. Found this at the COOP today... ehhh.... I know what I'm getting myself into... but oh well.. crap.

Pours with a lite tan head with a definite but lite pink twinge... the brew is orange but again, a light pink twinge... I have hope!!

I haven't had Jello in 20+ years, but the nose is unmistakably Raspberry Jello. Nothing else.

Flavor is Raspberry Jello mixed with some really artificial background flavors that I can't really describe... but I will try!! I don't know what Antifreeze tastes like, but if it was "pink", this would be it. Fruity and chemical.. teeth stripping sugars... fake.. fake.... fake... God.. this is horrible... the only reason to keep drinking it is just to punish me for going against my better judgment.

Thick and carbonated like a Mexican Coke.. I need my teeth cleaned.

Fucking horrible ... I'm done destroying my palate.. this is disgusting.

3.5/1.5/1/2/1

Edit: I see some reviews mention "Aspartame".. thank GOD my bottle was the "natural" variety. Why would anybody buy this more than once when there are alcopops that actually taste okay? And more, why would ANY brewer make this shit? And for anybody who has bought this more than once, here is some advice that will save you a ton of cash, buy a handle of the cheapest vodka out there and mix it with the cheapest juice you can find, shake well with ice and it will be 1000% better than this. I already brushed once AND had a taco, and I can definitely still taste it.. Jesus... nasty. (1,517 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in two-tone pink can with lime-green female silhouette. Totally euro-disco looking. Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with a white head of big, loose bubbles. Head dissipated very quickly, with no lacing. A very sweet, candyish aroma. Tastes more like a berry flavored 7-UP than a beer. Soda-pop body and drinkability. I would maybe drink this on a hot day out by the river, but would rather have a better Wit. Try it once just to add it to your list, but don't search it out. (507 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.07/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy, rosy apricot amber with a thin white head that slowly dissipates to a ring around the glass, no lacing. Aroma of raspberries and not much else, but the fruit aroma is quite nice. Flavor is tart and sweet raspberry, very faint neutral malt. The berry flavor is nice, but this is far too sweet; basically an over sweetened fruit juice with a thin malt body. Light bodied. I had to try it, but our relationship ends here. Cloying sweet, but I have to give it credit for being pretty much as it presents itself. (566 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish color with pink hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet raspberries, nothing else. Taste is also dominated by raspberries, sweet up front then becoming a tad sour. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall if you are looking for something sweet and fruity this would do the trick. Otherwise avoid it. (381 characters)

Photo of Viggo
2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

250 ml bottle from LCBO, with Aspartame!

Pours a cloudy pinkish orange, pretty interesting colour, fizzy light pink head forms, quickly drops down to a thin layer, few lace spots stick to the glass, fruit juicy looking. Smell is very sweet, grapefruit juice, strawberries, very sugary, slightly musty, straw/barnyardy, wheat, oranges, very citrusy, funny smell I can't place, kind of acidic. Taste is similar, very very sweet and sugary, very fruity and citrusy, grapefruit and oranges, not much else, just incredibly juicy and sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, pretty tough on the palate. Not very drinkable, much too sweet and fake tasting. (665 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a whitish-red color with a thin-head and ample carbonation. Interesting package and looks more like a wine cooler.

Aroma is full of raspberries in the nose followed by a touch of wheat. Definitely smells the part.

Taste is a bit too sweet and tart for my liking. Lots of raspberry goodness though if you like that thing. Definitely puts the "fruit flavoring" in fruit beers.

Not much of the beer in this. Feels like a witbier underneath but hard to tell with the sweetness.

Too sweet to even be beer. Worth a shot though because if anyone dares to question your manhood (or womanhood) for drinking this, they're probably full of shit. (644 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.24/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I figured this would be a bad idea. Belgium beer in a can. Still at 1.75 it seemed like a good gamble since I like fruit beers.

A - Pretty nice pink rose colored with slight soapy head that mildly sticks to the side of my tulip glass.

S - From the can I got a mild funk but in the glass I get a sweet sugar and tart raspberry smell which seems artificial and yeasty.

T - Taste kind of like beer in a sense that I can taste mild grains and hops but really overly sweet with maybe a touch of tart raspberry but very artificial. An almost vodka like hint in the base makes this a very mild malt liquor.

M - Light to medium, but comes off almost like Four Loco light with very mild but noticeable alcohol.

D - Man I had a feeling it would be bad but I was awe stuck by the fact that it was Belgium. I guess even they can make crappy artificial beer. (850 characters)

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Wittekerke Rosé from De Brabandere
63 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.