Wittekerke - De Brabandere
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4.84/5 rDev +35.6%
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.
03-14-2014 19:58:06 | More by wattoclone
4.8/5 rDev +34.5%
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.
05-02-2003 10:00:59 | More by WVbeergeek
4.78/5 rDev +33.9%
Appearance - Light foamy cloudy color. Thick foamy white head. Lots of lace.
Smell - Citrus, lemon, clean smell.
Taste - Crsip, lemon, sweet, fruity.
Mouthfeel - Not heavy, pretty light. Lots of bubbles.
Drinkability - I learned I like Witbier beers. Nice clean taste, I could see myself drinking alot of these. This brand does come in cans, but I purchased it in a bottle.
02-03-2007 17:07:57 | More by auxiliary
4.68/5 rDev +31.1%
I poured a bottle of this into my hexagonal hoegaarden glass.
A: What a nice color, perfect for what you expect a white ale to look like. Its a light colored beer with a pale golden yellow tint to it, with a cloudiness reminiscent of soapy dishwater. Present within the cloudiness was some sediment. The beer poured a nice 2 finger thick head, which remained for a bit and subsided into some lacing.
S: What a sweet beautiful smell, a whiff brings to mind a sweet complex floral scent mixed with orange and lemon, with a subtle mix of spice, mostly coriander, and light notes of wheat.
T: 1st thing that came to mind the moment this nectar from the gods made contact with my taste buds is the sheer amazement of the goodness and complexity of this beer.
Many things are gong on here and its utterly amazing how this orchestra of various flavors works together to bring fourth such a beautiful symphony. The fruity presence of orange and lemon is at the forefront, with subtle flavors of spice in the backdrop, all riding on top a mix white wheat and some oats.
Which together bring together a range of flavors that consist of sweet, fruity, subtle spice, creamy wheat and oats, and some sourness. The beer finishes off nice and smoothly and is extremely light and refreshing.
This is one of my personal favorites, a great brew and a prime example of the Belgian White Style beer. It is very light for the style and is not heavily or overly carbonated, which both help in making it such an easily drinkable beer. Its not overly spiced like some of the other whites out there. Give this brew a shot if you ever come across it, you won't be disappointed.
09-07-2008 05:21:02 | More by RogerRabid
4.65/5 rDev +30.3%
I was first introduced to this beer through the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club more than eight years ago, when it was featured early on. Served at just over fridge temperature in a traditional witbier glass. 39478 is lasered on the lower left side of the label on the back.
Appearance- Cloudy and milky banana-gold, this beer supports a terrific bone white, almost three finger head. The final 2 oz. is vigorously swirled and added, and we've got some solid lacing that completely adorns the top of the glass.
Smell- A soft, delicately spiced balance of wheat, orange zest, and coriander. Rarely does a Belgian wit whet the appetite as much as this, where everything incorporates so well and no one ingredient is overemphasized.
Taste- Wheaty and softly spiced, this is so balanced with regard to the coriander, orange peel, and wheat malt... a mild, barely-tart finish is welcome, and each long, wonderful sip is delicious.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The soft, silky texture in the mouth seems impossible to improve upon. It's liquid velvet, and the body is so easy and creamy. At only 5% and so balanced in terms of flavors and spices, this rivals Allagash White as my go-to beers for this style. This is more reserved and more sessionable then our friend from Maine's IMO... don't miss the opportunity to try this.
08-07-2008 01:26:41 | More by yelterdow
4.63/5 rDev +29.7%
Served from a 33cl bottle in my SABL glass at cellar temperature.
A - Very pale hazy lemon yellow with a nice 1-inch frothy snow-white head. Head retention is very good, never allowing the surface of the beer to become exposed, but lacing is only patchy.
S - Sweet, light malted graininess and lemon zest. Nuances of crisp European hops and evanescent spiciness. Fresh, slightly tart and unassuming.
T - Mild sweetness with a hint of clover honey and lemon-orange candy. A splash of yeasty tartness at the back of the tongue, and a quick, semi-drying bitter close after the swallow. Definitely one of the less-spiced Witbiers out there, but I believe that's the intent.
M - Smooth, micro-bubbled carbonation on the way in, growing to a seafoam wash over the tongue. Swallow is creamy and satisfying without being gassy.
D - This beer is supremely drinkable and absolutely refreshing. Sure, it's not going to win any extreme beer contests or even the coveted "Best Witbier in the World according to BA" spot, but given the two different goals that can amicably exist within this style -- easy refreshment and complex spiciness (e.g. Allagash White) -- this one excels at the former.
03-09-2009 01:06:45 | More by EPseja
4.53/5 rDev +26.9%
This brew pours a light hazy yellow. A thin but persistent white head stays on top of this beer through 95% of the ride down the glass. Aroma is of lemon and a mild hint of spice/grass feel and must from the yeast. Flavor is a tart lemon zing with a crisp bitter finish. A light smooth mouthfeel and extremely easy to drink and enjoy. There has been a few post of the perfect lawnmower beer .this is it. A must try brew.
07-04-2005 00:22:24 | More by Stubbie1
4.5/5 rDev +26.1%
A- This was poured into a frosted Wittekerke glass and served. The body is a hazy straw yellow but I could not tell how hazy due to the glassware used. Big fluffy white head that slowly settled to 1/2 finger. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.
S- Big citrus nose upfront. Lemons hit the nose immediately. Corriander also has a strong presence. Yeast is there but hidden in the background.
T- Very similar to the smell. The main character to this beer is citrus. A good balance of corriander, sweet bready yeast, and minimal hops make up the backbone. The taste is consistent all the way through with citrus and yeast lingering. Great-but could use more yeast.
M- Medium to high carbonation and full yeasty body. Goes down easy with no thin water-like qualities.
D- This a delicious, drinkable, and sessionable witbier. Low on alcohol and big on flavor. Probably best as a summer beer but can be enjoyed year-round.
08-21-2007 16:23:41 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.5/5 rDev +26.1%
Picked this up to help celebrate the new season - even though it still feels like winter outside. I hadn't had a Witbier in quite some time, and after sampling this, it's pretty damn obvious why I miss this style so much! This was quite a sight to behold, and even more enjoyable to drink. Quite a shame the bottles aren't 12 oz, but I'm sure that's because it's a metric measurement...
This had a lovely pour to it - beautifully cloudy, a nice head, and the perfect hue of light straw. The taste was simple, in that it wasn't overwhelming...but the flavors were near-perfect proportion. Obviously, there's a straw-like malt backbone here, but there's hints of bubblegum, banana, citrus, lemon, and surprsingly, champagne. It sounds like a lot but as I said, they work well together and make this exceptionally easy to drink and perfect for session drinking, hot summer days, or for times when ya want a lighter beer that's as complex as a stout or high-hopped brew.
The only thing I'd change about this is the lacing, since it's average and not up to the level of this brew's other attributes. The aftertaste lightly lingers like that of a banana, and there's no bitterness or sharpness in the back here. Additionally, the 5.00% ABV can't be felt at all here, making this a great choice as I transition from winter's dark ale to the lighter fares of spring. Highly recommended!
04-07-2007 07:27:02 | More by JerzDevl2000
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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