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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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835 Ratings
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Ratings: 835 | Reviews: 472
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz can, freshness date on the bottom.

Appearance: Thin stark white lacing with minimal stickage. Very pale yellowish beige with a cloudiness showing some flaky particles of sediment.

Smell: Fresh squeezed lemon juice, bit of citric zest and a mélange of spicing where it is difficult to pick anything out other than some liquorice and citric peel.

Taste: Peculiar mouth feel as it feigns a medium body, semi crisp with a slick backend. Lots of lemon flavour with a plum fruitiness on the side, grainy with some malt sweetness and a wheat twang. Chalky yeast, citric peel and other obscure spicing abound. Finsihes with trace hop flavour and more earthy yeast.

Notes: I’d prefer this brew bottle-conditioned though the canned version is not bad at all and is a perfect switch if in a situation that restricts you to canned beverages only. All in all a decent white ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yeklow color with big blooming head,smell was very lemony and almost to sour.Like others who have reviewed this I think this lacked spiciness that Iam accustomed to with this style,way to one-dimensional.Not overly impressed with this one,there are many better out there.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Typical hazy light yellow in color with a nice, frothing head that went down quick and clean.

Smell – The natural Witbier aroma is very light. I can pick up a zesty, lemon-orange citrus almost like a Sprite with hints of spices.

Taste – The zesty fruits took over at the pour. I like to see at least a little bit of yeast in my Wits.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was there but a bit too fizzy for my tastes. Otherwise it was light-bodied and nice.

Drinkability – This one was OK but I wouldn’t buy again.

Photo of kaimcm
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wit bier in a can! hell yeah!

A: decent, needs more and fluffier head but otherwise, good color.

S: not much, a little citrus, a little grassy, and a slightly off metallic quality.

T/M: soft with a slight citric tang. yeasty and mild sourdough character. unfortunately the iron appears on the finish as well as the nose. creamy light body and refreshing.

D: goes down very easy, fix the metallic quality and a sure winner.

a one dimensional beer but I dig the can. better wit's for sure but nothing worth avoiding in this one.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wittekerke Belgian White beer. 5% alcohol content.

A- Hazy off yellow color that shows a very small head and good lace retention. The lacing is most impressive as it remains on the top of the glass with every sip I make. Note: Small wheat grains float in the light.

S- Fresh wheat and malt are light by apparent with hints of sweet grains and yeast.

T- Taste is a very refreshing wheat and mild malty nose with very simple yeast patterns on the finish.

M-D- Fresh on the palete with nothing offensive at all. Mild wheats and malts have a mild astringent feel on the mouth. Highly drinkable Belgian wheat beer. Not my first or last.

Photo of skybluewater
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky lemon color. Smells like lemon, pith especially. Taste is quite refreshing, but also different: Seriously, this is like drinking a lemon meringue pie. Nevertheless, it's quite refreshing, probably better for a warm summer day than a cold fall night. That, or dessert. ;-)

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz can. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin fine white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bright citrus fruits (lemon, orange), wheat and some light spices (corriander).

The flavor is sweet soapy wheaty malts and lemon peel with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid wit, a little too sweet. It's a nice change of pace for canned beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce blue can, with some sort of dating/info on the bottom. Pours the expected, cloudy light yellow shade. Soft white head, with good retention. leaves scattered, sticky lacing. Nose is oddly metalic, with some spice and fruit. Medium bodied, notes of cloves, flowers. Fair wit, not the best, but worth a try. Refreshing stuff. Fine for a summer picnic. One of the more interesting canned beers out there.

Photo of Byeast
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy/opaque , with a ring of small bubbles , pale-creamy yellow.

Smell: yeasty citrus , lemon juice/peel.

Taste: Very refreshing and light , citusy / slight lemon , dry yeasty twang , bit of maltiness in there to.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly crisp.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Witbier , nice and refreshing. I prefer it over Hoegaarden , not much of any spice in this one.

Photo of wattoclone
4.85/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sticky white lacing that persists. Very pale yellowish beige with a cloudiness and some sediment. A flashlight revealed more sediment in bottom of can trough so I poured some beer back into can and vigorously swirled.

Aroma of bread and oranges with a predominant yeast overtone. Actually smells like orange flavored dough rising.

Taste is fresh baked bread with malty sweet orange zest. The finish has a slight metallic twang, presumably from the can. Perhaps the most yeasty, bready witbier to date. The yeast aroma persists throughout the session while the metallic note fades into non-existence. There is a pleasant, lingering orange oil finish after several minutes.

For yeast lovers this is a superb witbier that achieves near perfection, at least for my palate.

Photo of jsolack
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Has a "banana" color, similar to fresh lemonade. Head is very light.

Smell:
Sweet wheat scent. I would like scent to be stronger... missing clove or banana scent.

Taste:
Sweet citris flavor with a lot of grain in the finish. Tastes better than it smells.

Mouthfeel:
Brite and carbonic but also coats mouth well. Feels good... a little more carbonation than a typical wheat.

Drinkability:
Smooth flavor and great aftertaste. The beer is very tasty overall. A little different then a typical wheat.

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a refreshing, easy to drink Wit. Back when Pierre Cellis ran Hoegaarden that was the go to wit but after Interbrew gobbled it up and instituted high gravity maching to reduce costs, Wittekerke was the best Belgian wit left standing. It has the light straw color and a thin, white, fairly quickly dissipating head. Orange peel and spice aromas greet the nose. It has a refreshing, citrusy, spicy taste perfect for drinking with a pot of mussels and pomme frites. It is light yet full flavored.

Photo of BadBadger
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an absolutely refreshing treat. This well brewed beverage pours from the growler a cloudy light-gold color, with a descent but not huge foamy head. The smell is pleasant, with a nice spiced grassy aroma of herbs and fruit. The taste is wheaty and wonderful. This is brew of exceptional drinkability. I regret not buying more, after the very first taste. Definitely pickup growler of this witbier, or give it a try if you see it!

Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I only ever see this beer in cans...

Hazy banana color, close to the pineapple Lifesaver candy in color. Decent bright white sugary head of 1/2 an inch. Slight lemon aroma, not particularly yeasty. Very understated flavor, just a very smooth ester sense with a trace of vanilla and a very, very sweetened lemon finish (like a lemon bar cookie)...Wits are tough for me, some leave me unsettled in the swallow and some are excellent. There's nothing offensive in this beer but little else to challenge the tongue, either. So, to me, mediocre flavor but as drinkable as a frosty root beer at a carnival.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.77/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first introduction to witbiers occured this summer, and I was able to sample both Hoegaarden and Wittekerke on tap. I remember at the time really enjoying the Wittekerke even more so than the Hoegaarden. However, when I came back from California I really haven't seen this beer. So, I decided to sample it again this time in a bottle. Appears a light hazy golden hue, very pale int he pour with a gleaming foamy white head. The aroma is an amazing mixture of banana, spices, and honey sweetness this is one spiced up monster of a wheat beer. Wittekerke in my opinion does everything Hoegaarden attempts and does it better. Thank heavens I have found a real white beer. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with traces of the spiced up yeasty, wheat combo the flavor is well balanced and amazingly done. Very drinkable I am sold that this is the best Belgium wit style I have had to date.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fluffy white head over a golden straw colored body that has a mysterious almost misty character to it. Decent head retention, but little lace. Smells of light citrus, banana, clove and a touch of coriander. Slightly sweet upfront but reveals a lemony citrus flavor. Nicely balanced and smooth. Medium body. Just the right amount of light crispness in the mouth, slightly creamy with a clean refreshing finish.

One of the most drinakble Belgian wits I’ve come across. It has a great mouthfeel and strikes a perfect balance between complex yet subtle flavors. A great session beer or revitalizing tonic.

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang. Also present are mild amounts of lemon rind.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted light malt and wheat flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are mild amounts of lemon rind flavors and very light hints of indistinct spices. The spices fade out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this wasn't the most flavorful wit in the world but it's real easy to drink and is more refreshing than most. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- When this beer is served it looks like milk that has been around a bit to long. Pure dense white body with a yellow hue that matches the white film of head. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip but it is a very odd color.

S- The smell if very clean with a light pine hop note and a faint soapy wheat note to it.

T- This beer has a light soapy wheat bread taste with a soft tartness to it followed by a soft green pine note at the finish. There is a note of citrus water that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel and a clean finish.

D- This beer has a crazy color with an interesting flavor,especially for a wit. I thought it was very novel but no worth another glass.

Photo of richkrull
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer last week at Burger Bar in Las Vegas. Great place if you're in town.

This is a very solid wheat beer with a nice easy flavor. Very smooth and light in your mouth. I could have had a few more of these and would have if they weren't $6.50. Definitely a good beer though and worth a try if you see it.

Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small white head settles into a thin lacing above a cloudy light yellowish gold colored beer.

Light grains, mostly wheat with some yeast and citrus hops (bananas and lemons) aroma. The citrus hops in the aroma is quite different from the way US pale ales and IPA's have a citrus hops aroma and taste.

Very light banana, light spices, wheat grains, lemon extract, and some light yeast in the taste of this easy drinking Belgian Wheat Beer.

A light dry aftertaste without much lingering tastes on this light bodied beer.

Not really my favorite style of beer, really quite far down the list of styles I like, but putting that aside this beer was quite tasty and easy to drink. A wheat beer that I can actually drink, I don't know if that's good or bad for me to like a wheat beer.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light gold into the tulip...

Lemon zest...

Tasted absolutely terrible when sipped from the can...Alcohol with citric acid...Once into the snifter there was an excellent transformation. Tasted of orange juice with a dash of lemon. Excellent and very, very satisfying!

Mouthfeel was near perfect. More body than expected. There is something to this beer that a lot of emulators miss. This was like drinkable lemon meringue pie!

Authentic Summertime Bier...

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fluffy white head just over a finger tall rests on a clouded pale white-gold brew. It eventually simmers down to a foam that sticks well on the glass, leaving patchy lacing in its wake.
The aroma offers wheat and lemon with some gentle spicing and a dusty, bready yeast note. A bit more strength would earn it more points.
The taste follows suit; this tastes quite authentic, but points are lost for the chalky aspect and the fact that the hops flavor goes a little tangy at the end. Otherwise a nice citrus presence under a wheat body with spices that aren't overstated but make themselves known.
Chalky isn't just in the flavor; it translates to the feel as well. Other than that, this beer goes down very nicely. A smooth, creamy aspect balances with a light crispness and carbonation is soft but certainly adequate. It semi-dry in a medium-light body.
This is a good wit and, in my mind, true to tradition.

Photo of watermelonman
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a thick yellow and white with a medium head that quickly faded. It isn't leaving any lace.

The smell is fairly good, with plenty of wheat malt and a minor amount of spice. The taste starts with wheat malts and gives way to yeast flavors. Some honey and citrus can be found in the end. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing while drinkability is good.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-visit of this wit but this time in a can.
While drinking it I went over my initial review in the bottle and honestly think it is exactly the same with the exception of the aroma.
The can might be a bit fresher, however, because what is impressing me the most here is how wonderfully intense all of the aromas are.

This was how my original review of the bottle went:
***
The pour is beautiful. Very light cloudy pale lemony yellow with a massive 3 finger snow white head that melts down to a sticky covering of white lacing.
Aroma is bready yeast with just a hint of lemon. Mostly dry, biscuit or bready yeast.
Taste is initially sweet and soft then the breadiness and dry peppery spice of the wheat takes over. Finish is definitely lemon.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy from the carbonation with a tingly bite of white pepper spice.
***
Now that I can find it in the can it is going to be a staple in my summer fridge.
Very nice Wit.

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy, sediment-strewn medium straw hue, with one finger of thin foamy white head, which settles quickly, leaving but a thin meniscus of lace around the glass. It smells of sweet lemon, orange zest and coriander, soft wheat malt, and some faint yeast. The taste is sweetness up front - more aged orange and lemon essence, mildly spicy coriander, and smooth, soft wheat. The carbonation is present, but quite unassuming, the body on the skinny side of middleweight, and smooth in a somewhat breakfast juice manner. It finishes off-dry - sweet wheat, yeast, and retreating spiced fruit making for a satisfyingly rounded complexity.

I quite like how the various usual witbier suspects are so well blended in this offering. Equally detectable, yes, but better when appreciated in context with the others. The burgeoning summer-like weather would seem to cry out for this kind of beverage - I would agree, with the caveat that this particular one could be enjoyed year-round.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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