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Wittekerke - De Brabandere


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703 Ratings

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%

Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, 41010 bottle code. Pours very hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, coriander, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, clove, pepper, coriander, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, coriander, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a very short bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with decent robustness and a very dry finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good witbier. Good balance of yeast, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:02:11 | More by superspak
Photo of ZoomanCru


4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

App: Light yellow green pour with lots of yeasty sediment spiraling around the glass. Stark white one and a half finger head that dissipates very quickly leaving a thin even ring of foam and a lot of lacing.
Smell: Champagne like tartness in the nose, yeast predominant with very faint floral notes, of orange blossom or jasmine. Very delicate. Definite wheat beer, true to the Witbier style, not nearly as pungent as some american Wheats. As beer warms there's a tremendous clover flower aroma almost like white honey. Some apple.
Taste: Belgian yeast really kicks this wheat up a notch. Flavors of coriander, ginger, hint of citrus like bitterness. Flower like delicateness with a very nice honey quality. Certain cereal taste lingering with a barely perceptible hops bitterness.
Mouth: Insanely smooth and evenly carbonated. No stinging bubbles, and the ample amount of yeast sediment gives it a robust creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:49:29 | More by ZoomanCru
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow brown with a little suspended sediment. The head is off-white, moderate in size, and soon fades to a scattering of foam on the surface. The lacing is fine-beaded and glass-coating. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Lots of orange rind and bread-like wheat malt dominate the aroma. There is an understated presence of coriander as well.

Taste: Opens with a strong wheat malt presence, allied with orange rind and coriander. These flavors play out harmoniously throughout the taste, with none dominating the others. The wheat malt flavors gently rise towards the close, finishing with a slight bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example of a witbier, in which all of the traditional facets shine.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two ounce Euro-style long neck bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:13:02 | More by Pegasus
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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Bottle poured into narrow tulip, I don't know if this restaruant's choice in barware was the greatest?

Two finger head, I think the choice in glass hindered head appearance

Aroma: Wheat, coriander, and possibly orange peel

Taste: Pleasant sweet beginning followed by a lemony sourness that is ok.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy in the start, rough and carbonated at the end.

Overall, I don't think I'll have this beer again; it really isn't my style. If I want a Belgian White, I'll stick to Rickyard's White.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 17:52:32 | More by BierStein711
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2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Clear yellow color, good head that remains for a while.

Smell - no fruits or special aromas come out of the beer.

Taste - The beer had almost no taste, no fruits, maltiness or aromas felt. There was no balance in the flavors as it had none at all.

Mouthfeel - Feels like a light beer, thin watery feel. The beer was flat.

Overall - Not a very good beer, I would not drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 21:54:10 | More by freditoj
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a pale straw yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that was mostly diminishing, leaving behind a thin film with a small collar thus producing fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a moldy Belgian yeast with notes of banana, citrus (lemon), wheat and coriander.

The taste was very lightly sweet with a strong wheat presence and a touch of banana from the start and possessed a slight citrus note and a bit of spice towards the end. The flavor was short lived with a mild citrusy wheat finish.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a mellow carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty basic Witbier. Tasty, refreshing and very drinkable, which along with the somewhat low ABV makes it the perfect brew for a hot summer’s day...


Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 11:14:22 | More by KajII
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 07/17/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Two inches of white carbonated head that lasts for a minute or two; Very pale yellow in color with a mostly cloudy appearance; No real lacing left behind

S - Yeasty with a bit of sweetness and spice; Three noticeable components - lemon juice, chalky, and floral notes; Light aroma overall

T - Yeast, lemon juice, clove, banana, wheat, chalk, and very mild spices are present in the taste; Overall taste is a bit on the sweet side; Like the nose, the flavor seems to be muted somewhat

M - Light to moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Certain chalky sensation in the mouthfeel - not bad, but not really expected either

O - There's no denying the refreshing and overall light, uplifting qualities of this beer. It may not really impress in any single area, and the chalky character was certainly a bit different, but it's extremely easy to drink. On a hot day such as today, I finished this glass off in no time and could have consumed another.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 10:59:56 | More by TechTriumph
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West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours cloudy hazy yellow color with an orange hue, flaky sediments drop to the bottom. Fizzy head quickly reduces to nothing. No lacing.

S- lots of spices, specifically coriander, sharp lemon zest, wheat and a. It of liquorice.

T- Lemony citrus bite with a wheaty undertone. Finishes a bit chalky and yeasty. Slight notes of clove and citrus rind.

M- lively carbonation with a medium body but goes down very slick.

O- A light and refreshing beer, but seems a bit undertoned. Solid, but there are better options for this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:53:43 | More by Treyliff
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow with a three finger head! The retention is decent as it settles down to a thin lace around the glass but there is some sticking to the glass. If you put hear up to the glass you can hear the sizzle of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is light with lemon zest, soft wheat, and some coriander. Refreshing aroma and clean.

The flavor is a nice refreshing mix of zesty citrus. I can detect fresh baked bread that is kind of soft. The yeast also adds to the bread flavor. Some nice coriander, lemon peel, and a touch of hop bitterness in the end.

The body is light, carbonated. and with a clean finish.

This is great Ale for summer time. Nothing is over the top and it is very refreshing to drink. I like it!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 16:01:22 | More by Luigi
Photo of wages


4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - 4/5 - Pours with a two finger white head that disappears in a couple minutes but leaves a respectable level of Belgian lace behind. The color is a cloudy light yellow.

smell - 4/5 - Has a light banana sweet aroma.

taste - 4.5/5 - Very faint banana flavor amidst crisp wheat flavors.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - High level of carbonation makes this very refreshing and only faint banana notes are left behind.

overall - 4/5 - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but the Belgian yeast takes it in a very nice direction. Nice for a warm sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:41:16 | More by wages
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. ours a hazy yellow with a half finger of head with moderate lacing. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and the toffee like bready witbier aroma. Taste follows, mild, pleasant wheat with a hint of citrus, and doughy finish. Nothing remarkable, but a pleasant, low key witbier. Light to medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:28:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a hazy muck colored yellow with a 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer and ring. Great lacing from start to finish.

S: Very wheaty smelling with faint hints of coriander, yeast and a little orange peel.

T: Just like the smell... but more bland than I was expecting.... Pretty Blue Moon like... sweet malt, wheat, little coriander and orange peel.

M: Light bodied with a strangely mild carbonation.

O: Not a bad Wit, but nothing really stands out with this one... Little more plain Jane than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:08:53 | More by mralphabet
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3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes reviewed at BBF.

A - Poured a pale yellow with a very slight haze. Atop was a white thick head that was well retained.

S - Somewhat light wheat and yeast aromas with light citrus too.

T - Similar to the nose in that this was very lightly flavoured. Light grains and yeast with super light lemon citrus.

M - Light mouthfeel, smooth, clean and easy to drink.

O - Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment. Expecting much more but this was simply an average witbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:34:41 | More by rudzud
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4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a semi hazy pale pastel yellow with a lovely two finger pure white head with super tight tiny bubbles.

Nose is cracked malt and maize at first with lots of lemon and some green apple hints. A little bit of must in there as well. Not sure if there is coriander in here, im getting more of a surprisingly fitting all spice taste.

This one is super light and smooth in the mouth. A bit of an acidic zing comes in the middle and rides thru. Pale bready malts and a nice creamy taste and texture. Bright and vibrant, this beer hit the spot.

Worth a shot for a Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 05:36:57 | More by cooch69
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New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Light gold color, slight haze, white cloudy hues, delicate white head, quick to dissipate.

Amazing smooth scent, wet-earthy musk, herbal spices, wheat...nice yeastie aroma.

A very light feel and flavor effect, green peppers, clean spring water, crispy, snappy, dry and spicey wheat, good yeast and the subtle complexity shines through.

A light and snappy feel, very refreshing, great summertime hot weather feel!

Love the wheat!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:47:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a very, very light and bright almost somewhat hydrated urine yellow in color. It smells of light malts with a strange funk. It doesn't smell like someone would do this intentionally. It almost smells like BMC salty grains. No bueno. It is sooo light and there really isn't anything wit related present. It's the lightest wit I've seen, it's the lightest wit I'm smelled, it's the lightest wit I've tasted. It doesn't feature the normal flavors or aromas. This is far below average in my opinion. It's thin in body and the flavor is so off that this isn't even drinkable. I know this is fresh yet it falls sooo flat. Oh well. Avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:46:52 | More by aasher
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:16:13 | More by biboergosum
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Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

( 39/50, 5% alc/vol, Vineyards) Cloudy white, with an orange hue. Has a small head of beige that dissappears rather quickly. Chunks of sediment hover in the beer, eventually fall, only to rise at each sip. Chunks so big you can tell what spice it is (orange peel, clove, corriander). Soapy, round, orange peel and watermelon essence. Sweet, fresh and corriander exploding from this white beer. Fruity tropical and round aromas that entice. Honey is pretty present. Incredible corriader and fruity yeast flavours. Strong sweet and fruity palate. Soft and slightly acidic-tart citrus that gives it a good tang. Slightly lifeless but ever so flavourful. Hoppy, soapy and floral hops gives it a nice oily texture that glides very. Body is rather thick feeling and heavvy due to sweetness. Delicious, refreshing and fruity. Great witbier coming from a solid brewery. Try it with mussels or olives.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:10:30 | More by iguenard
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seeing this is from the same company that makes Wittekerke Rosé I wasn't expecting much but here goes:

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a half inch of head. The most impressive part is the lacing which is thick and creamy throughout the whole glass.

S - Smells like a Witbier. Strong wheat base, faint coriander and yeast but very little orange peel. Curious I take a sip.

T - Can't say it's the most flavorful but it wasn't bad. Mostly tasted of wheat, sweet malts and mild coriander with spice. Kind of like Blue Moon.

M - Light bodied but could use more flavor.

Overall not bad but I have had better. Not sure of some of the lower reviews comparing this to Sprite or Michelob Ultra. Definitely had more body than those lackluster beverages. Wouldn't buy it again but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 01:57:05 | More by DrDemento456
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3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light straw with two fingers of white head.

S: Very light malt and hops. A hint of spice.

T: Slightly sweet with light malt and small hop bitterness. A hint of spice in the finish.

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: A good beer in this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:07:36 | More by jale
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 2 finger sudsy head. Yellow straw color, murky, that has a sort of glow to it.

Smell - nice straw smell with hints of bannana

Taste - Really nice flavoring, light with straw and grassy tastes.

Mouthfeel - slight watery but ok

Overall - I really like the flavorings of this beer. I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, not so much on wheats, but this one is very good. Light easy drinker and great for a spring, summer patio, evening beer. Highly recommend!!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:19:49 | More by bubseymour
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a clouded neon-yellow color with a finger of snow-white head that holds okay and laces well.

S: Light and sweet citrus, grassy notes, and some cupcake-like aromas.

T: Yeasty spice, delicious citrus, some candi sugar, and coriander.

M: The body is medium-light with above-average carbonation.

O: This was much better than I expected and it holds up with the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:14:33 | More by bucklemyshoe
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel green tulip. 5% ABV, 40280 printed on the back of the label.

A - Wittekerke pours a hazed-over, very pale yellow straw with a lumpy stark white head. Moderate retention with very little left in the way of lace until about half of it is consumed.

S - Slight skunk notes distract from the otherwise pleasant aroma of dry wheat, straw, pale malt, lemon citrus, and Belgian yeast. Inviting and crisp, mineral hints remind me of a Berliner weisse.

T - More lemon citrus than I remember, this has an almost lemonade characteristic to it. Mild coriander spice and Belgian yeast are nice while the wheat is soft with a pale malt backing.

M - Soft and smooth entry leads into a well-carbonated, sharper, crisp, light-bodied finish. Refreshing and inviting.

D - Definitely a sessionable brew, this beer would be a great refresher on a hot summer day. Both drinkable and flavorful!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 16:05:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and poured with a bright white head that quickly dissipated into lacing and then faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of lemons in the nose.
T: The taste isn't that strong and has flavors of lemon and wheat. No spices are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and has some refreshing qualities.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 12:45:31 | More by metter98
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2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours, even with a hard pour, a modestly tall off-white head of thick, tiny bubbles, kind of like I imagine a "microfoam" to be. Body is pale yellow in color, like a drink mix lemonade. Opaque from the yeast, I presume, and no visible carbonation (but it's there in the mouthfeel). Leaves good lacing, heavy foam-sheeting action that eventually leaves clumps of doily-like patterns on the glass.

Smells fairly bland, some candy sweetness, some mild citrus scents, not much presence or subtlety. Not impressed.

Tastes about as bland as it smells. A bit of hop(?) or bacterial(?) sourness, watered-down lemon rind esters, sweetness from grain (wheat? barley? I can't tell and am pushing it here) and that's about it. Aftertaste is of slightly sweetened lemon citrus.

While drinking, the modest carbonation allows the beer to feel rather smooth and unaggressive, which is pleasant. Finish is dry, but I don't really look forward to another sip.

Hey! It's a beer. That's about the extent of my enthusiasm for this beer (and what it gives to you, too). I wish I had checked with BA ratings before trying this, I would have passed on the chance (wouldn't mind my $2 back). Misses some of the key aspects of the wit style. Probably the blandest Belgian beer from Belgium that I've tasted, and that's not a compliment.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 06:13:00 | More by falloutsnow
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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.