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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 845
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of wattoclone
4.85/5  rDev +35.9%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (389 characters)

Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

I liked this beer from the very first sip. There's is a noticable level of citrus that iwill subdue your taste buds with pleasure. That is if you like citrus. This is a great beer to charish after a long hot day. It has a cool and crisp finish that will make you say ahh, relaxation time. (290 characters)

Photo of JoLight
4.71/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: large flakes and particulate matter, slightly foggy, yellow, and a stark white head.

Smell: sweetness, grains, very beery

Taste: Very smooth; almost no hops to speak of; malty and creamy; a backbone of wheat; slightly citrusy, yet no sourness or punch.

Mouthfeel: medium

Finish: Semi-dry (304 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,319 characters)

Photo of RogerRabid
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,661 characters)

Photo of EPseja
4.62/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (421 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (924 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (1,387 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delightful! Like Hoegarden, but better. The most lemony beer I have ever had, framed well, with yeasty notes, and a crisp refreshing finish. Looks great too. (157 characters)

Photo of istomtom
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say really, Belgian White is one of the most drinkable beers in my opinion. I've had many BW's, they're all distinct and I haven't met one that I don't like. This one is more distinct, mostly in flavor, it's more citrusy than others I've had (Avery White Rascal, Blue Moon, Hoegaarten, etc). I enjoy it very much but availability is extremely limited. One bonus is that, in my area, this comes in cans (and steel cans at that) so I can take it to the park whereas most BW's are bottled and glass is banned in parks. (526 characters)

Photo of BadBadger
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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! (433 characters)

Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lately this beer is becoming the beer of choice for my friend and I. We stumbled across it locally at a store called Corrados in Paterson, NJ.

The beer has a pretty cloudy gold color and a nice citrusy aroma and a slightly lemony taste.

It goes down smooth and is very refreshing. (282 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, hazy lemonade in color, with a big fluffy head of foam that quickly fades
Aroma-Wheat grain, faint lemon
Taste-Lemon zest, wheat grain, subtle spices-very refreshing and drinkable.
A nice session beer on a hot day, and/or a nice match for an Italian or Greek salad. (333 characters)

Photo of SimplySinister
4.39/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Typical white beer. Very light yellow, minimal head, lightly carbonated. Little lacing.

S - Citrus and spice. Mild and refined.

T - Amazing. Mild, easy drinking, and a perfect compliment with a meal- especially one containing fish. Pair it with a Tilapia, maybe a little wild rice, and you'll see what I mean.

M – Clean and dry.

D - Unbelievable. This beer is so full of flavor yet remarkably refreshing. It's not too heavy, not too light, and nearly perfectly balanced. In truth, it's probably the best white beer you can grab. Top notch. (553 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found on-tap at Ludwig’s Garten.

This beer came a foggy lemon straw with a small collar of white that left spots of lace.

Smells of a nice coriander, ginger and a slight wheat and honey. This was pleasantly dry for the style.

Tastes of smooth wheat and rye that instantly picks up ginger and coriander but then fades to a slightly dry milky bread dough while keeping the ginger sting.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with an invigoration small bubbled carbonation.

This one’s really crisp and refreshing. Way better on tap than in the can. (558 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

picked this one up when i want camping this summer

def like it , i mean i like Belgian whites and i was going to a place that didnt allow glass so i picked up a case of it at the beer yard in wayne

it was relativly cheap (just under $30 for a case)

just a good belgian white

def a great summer/hot day beer

better than alot of other belgian whites,just not as good as St Bernardous (387 characters)

Photo of wesleyhighley
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally smooth, about the color of a lemon meringue pie. Sweet, opaque taste. Smells like a good american macro.

I really enjoyed drinking this. For the price, it's definitely worth the investment. I can't complain a bit about this, though the style isn't my favorite. (275 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a whitish golden color and has a decent thin head that only dissipates a little. The smell is sweet with some fruity aromas. The taste is quite smooth and moderately carbonated. It's bitterness is light but has a nice orange flavor to it. I'm not a big fan of wheat beer, but I particularly like this one. This beer is true to the witbier style and can't really improve much. The smell was a little mild, but other than that, I recommend this one. (453 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wit in a can. Had to give it a shot.

Pours hazy straw color, nothing out of ordinary but with a fairly thick pillowy head. Nice look.

Aroma is definatly wit, vanilla, clove and spice hit my nose as expected. Seems a bit sweeter than usual but not really the banana sweetness I was expecting.

Medium body, very smooth with a nice creamyness.

Taste is very refreshing and balanced, clove and banana flavors don't really jump out, I would say very mild in general. There is an interesting play of a citrus tartness and sweetness with a nice hint of orange.

Very enjoyable, refreshing but with great flavor. As far as canned beers this is up there with Dales Pale Ale in terms of quality. Frankly I wish more beers would come in cans. (747 characters)

Photo of BeerYain
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 6-pack cans shrink wrapped in plastic in Seattle (Metroploitan Market Lower Queen Anne). Pours smooth with little head, leaving a consistent, thin foam ring around the top of the beer as it's being consumed. Cloudy and straw-colored (as it should be), this drinks very well cold and fairly ok warm, but hits its peak served very cold. Most white beers often require additional citrus slices to balance out the beer and "make" it what it should be (think Shocktop or Blue Moon), but the blend of ingredients with this beer doesn't need any doctoring. It goes down smooth with a solid citrus and coriander taste, offering a consistent little bite in the back corners of the tongue and mouth. The carbonation is mild enough to drink heartily, but the taste and mouth feel want you to slow down and savor such a quality drink. This is a great beer for those with a domestic palate (Bud, Coors, etc) who are searching for a foreign, high quality white zesty beer made the RIGHT way. There is no need to add anything to this well-balanced, high quality witte beer! (1,068 characters)

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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