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Wittekerke - De Brabandere


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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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Photo of plaid75

New York

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light ester with an adjunct sweetness and green apple.

The taste was likewise synthetic with apparent adjuncts, a slick sweetness and mechanical ester.

The mouthfeel was light for the style.

Overall a sub par wit.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 02:46:31 | More by plaid75
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

3/4 of a sampler at Tyler's in Carrboro.

Pour is super light and cloudy. The smell is just, light. I want some kind of coriander or something. Smells watery, with a lack of spices.

I want a good Wit to either taste like Hoegaarden, Allagash White, or Triangle White, but this just doesnt. Its light and drinkable, which it has going for it. But thats it. Lack of spices really kills this thing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 23:33:49 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of Hoptometrist


3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap into a 1/2 liter glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Poured a super light pale yellow color with a soapy head that left some splashy lace

S- Some lemon, lots of wheat, light spice, fairly faint aroma

T- Mostly lemon and wheat, a little watery in flavor

M- Some prickly carbonation, fairly refreshing, finishes a litttle watery

O- An average to below average witbier, not something I would want to try again

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 03:21:30 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Jesse13713


2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass of the month at Winking Lizard Tavern. Served in a huge 1/2 liter pilsner glass. Shorter review since I was eating dinner.

Appearance - A very cloudy/murky off-yellow color. Rich soapy head that keeps its retention high throughout drinking. A very lemon-like appearance.

Smell - Light wheat and yeast. A bit of spice, but not really much else. Overall, pretty bland in the aroma department.

Taste - Definitely not as strong as other witbiers I've had. A nicely balanced blend of light wheat grain and banana. A bit musky with some faint spice and lemon taste. The flavors are very weak and overcome by the taste of corn.

Mouthfeel and Overall - This was the perfect beer to get with spicy wings. I could have easily drank this all night. Light bodied and extremely refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 01:18:30 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of thecheapies


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like lemonade with a lip of white head. Hazy, even more so through the frosted Wittekerke stange. 3.0

Soapy aroma with wheat grains and faint lemon/banana ester. No evident spicing. 3.0

Wheat upfront. Some banana and funky lemon. Very light note of dusted white pepper. Sweeter pie crust finish, which is a little strange. 3.5

Slurpier than expected. Average to light carbonation. 3.0

Okay witbier. I like that the spices are very subtle. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 02:31:24 | More by thecheapies
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy pale straw yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, banana, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, plantain, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really left me desiring more from it. The flavor was really quite muted and didn’t have a lot going on in it. For the style it was average to say the least, but definitely nothing more than that. At least the aroma was a little nicer to bring it up above an average brew of the style. Worth trying for a craft brew n00b, but if you enjoy a good Wit, I would look elsewhere personally.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 11:34:21 | More by thagr81us
Photo of BeerCon5


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, pale yellow color with about 1 finger of foamy white head.

The scent is a bit malty and a some noticeable citrus.

The taste was a bit bready at first, then there was some citrus, wheat, and some notes of spice.

Light bodied, smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, the flavor was very balanced and had good flavor, overall though it was pretty average. I would drink this again but wouldn't be really looking for it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 14:47:19 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of woosterbill


2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the New Rudy's into it's proper glass.

A: Cloudy straw-colored body beneath an inch of creamy white head. Nice retention, decent lace. Ok.

S: Huh. Smells more like a Pils than a Wit. Very crisp, biscuity malt is dominant, with just a bit of floral, herbal hops on the back end. Way, way off for the style.

T: Slightly spicy malt, faint herbal hops. Nothing like a Wit.

M: Lively to a fault. Super frothy, medium body. Crazy bubbly.

O: I really wonder whether the bartender didn't pour the wrong beer into the right glass; it sure looked like a Witbier, though, so I don't think so. I think this beer just kind of sucks.


Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 01:13:45 | More by woosterbill
Photo of nightcrawler


2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was the "Beer of the Month" at a local bar and came in a Wittekerke glass. It initially looked cloudy like a wit, but we discovered that this was because of the glass, not the beer itself which was pretty clear.

The smell was good, but I had a sense of "macrobrewed" on the tail end of it. When I tasted it, I could hardly find any sweet or bite of wheat in the flavor. I swear that someone had replaced their keg with a Bud Light Wheat.

The mouthfeel okay. It had the sizzle of a wit. But in the end, I dumped out the last quarter of the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 22:18:17 | More by nightcrawler
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick Store Pub (Decatur, GA) served in a Stange glass:

The beer appeared a pale yellow with a lighter haze than expected. The beer did produce a nice, white, thick head that was well retained.

The beer had a lighter aroma than expected, but a nice wheat/yeast aroma with a light hint of some citrus.

The taste of the beer was good and followed the nose well. Not much else to report. I expect this beer is probably better out of the bottle than on tap.

The beer had a lighter feel to it, as expected, but smooth, clean and easy to drink.

Overall, I guess that I expected more, but I still enjoyed the beer and if given the chance to pick up some bottles I would.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 17:03:11 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of megahurts4


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brouwerij Bavik Wittekerke
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light yellow, good lacing, medium head.

Smell: Grain and slight yeast.

Taste: Slight lemon citrus, smooth malts, and grains.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

This is a nice citrusy refreshing brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 04:18:31 | More by megahurts4
Photo of glid02


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 03:09:28 | More by glid02
Photo of adkirkish


2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured light straw yellow, hazy, light white foamy head, no lacing

A: LAL aroma, no hops, no malt, w/a slight citrus zest aroma.

F: Flavor matches in the aroma as being lal upfront, that finished with a light citrus zest. Balance is towards the malt.

M: Light medium body and mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

O: Ive heard alot of people say good things, but this was not my draft of beer. I couldn't pull any malt sweetness out of and quite frankly tasted like adjunct lager. I would have liked more malt character, fruity, and spicy notes out of this one. The appearance however was spot on, just not aroma or taste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 00:43:04 | More by adkirkish


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Capital Alehouse in Richmond. Very pale, very cloudy yellow with about 3/4 inch white head. The smell was fairly weak and breadier than I was expecting. The taste was very refreshing. I could sit and drink these nonstop. The taste was wheaty, almost to the point where it was more like a hefe weizen than a witbier. There was a very strong citrus taste toward on the finish that got stronger as the beer warmed. Nice balanced carbonation. The mouthful and drinkability were both great. Again, I could sit and drink these all day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 04:42:10 | More by TJBAIHWL
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass; hazy golden with less than a finger of white head. The smell was one of lemon, orange, and feint allspice. The taste was more intense, with the spiciness surprisingly more prominent than the citrus. Spritzy, medium body; a nicely spicy session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 20:57:20 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of BarrelO


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Wittekerke glass.

A: Hazy orange. Decent head.

S: Typical citrus aromas, but also surprisingly prominent hops. Almost pilsner-esque.

T: Again, typical wit flavors of citrus tartness are countered by pils-like hoppy bitterness. Kind of like Oberon, but not quite as good.

M: Light and spritzy.

D: It's certainly unique. I'd never make it my go-to wit, but it is good and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 04:06:39 | More by BarrelO
Photo of PreacherBrewer


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beer Run in Cville.

Appearance - A vibrant Yellow beer shines in my 10oz glass. A very attractive color, and small bubbly carbonation collecting at the surface. A very attractive color...

Smell - Citrus flavors are bouncing everywhere in my nostrils. Orange, Lemon, Lime, etc. Pine Saw comes to mind, in a good way...haha. it's like breathing in a fresh breeze.

Taste - The Lemon, Orange, and Citrus flavors all return in quite an exhilarating fashion. Pineapple shows up with it's good buddy the pear. as the beer warms, yeast is present in a good way. very tantalizing and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - This witbier sports a handsome mod-heavy mouthfeel, which is different, in a great way. it has a lot of carbonation going on for a wit, which i like the change-up on this note. very crisp, very refreshing.

Drinkability - A very Balanced beer was in my glass, and is now in my tummy. It was refreshing, bold for it's style, and full of wonderful flavor. Although it was a tiny bit watery, it was complex and refreshing enough to keep my full attention. great brew. i'll have another...

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 22:47:58 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

Appearance: Tremendously clear, damn near colorless body exhibiting only a faint pale yellow hue. Thin, white head.

Smell: Thin, puny aroma with just the mildest notes of barley, wheat, flowers, and lemons.

Taste: Slight touches of listless barley and wheat with a sweet, floral taste of honeysuckle. Small hint of grain. Lemony qualities and a minimal amount of spice character. Light bitterness. Sweetish back-and-forth of barren malts and tired lemon until the drying, weak finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A real snoozer. So filtered and meek, it's downright wimpy. I'm all for light and refreshing, but, come on, let's have some (any) flavor too!

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 19:28:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Natural510


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to me in a pint glass with no head or lacing. The color is a murky off-gold; resembling something between lemonade & urine.
Smells of lemon & spice, fairly bright.
Familiar blend of wheat & lemon, with an added spiciness of perhaps coriander or nutmeg. Nice hop kick at the end.
Not the most crisp or carbonated, but it did quench my thirst on a hot summer day.

I'd never heard of this brew before ordering it, and by the flavor could've sworn it was an American Pale Wheat Ale. In such a case, it would've been one of the best APWA's I've tasted. Nonetheless, it's a good option for thirst-quencher on a hot day, and complexity is enough to not be too boring (compliment? you decide).

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 14:28:24 | More by Natural510
Photo of aggiearcher13


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap at Monroe St. Bistro last night

A: Kind of a cloudy, straw yellow color. Nothing too impressive, was a bit more clear than I expected, the 1/4" or so of head didn't hang around long, no lacing.

S: Kind of the same as the appearance. About what I'd expect, some lemony-orange notes, a little bready aroma to it. It's pleasant enough, but not complex, doesn't really leave me looking forward to the taste.

T: Sweet, citrusy, and the malts aren't really there too much. Lighter than I would have expected. The yeast really isn't picking it up at all.

M: Thin, just not enough body. Low carbonation, but it is easy drinking, good for a hot day.

D: Drinkability is good, but I wasn't really wanting another by the time I was done.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 20:26:23 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of Atron67


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brasserie V tonight with a sweet bartender.

A- came a super cloudy almost white with a light caramel character and pretty delicious looking. pretty solid head with good retention.

S- light clove. almost bavarian character but lighter on the phenol and ester but still pretty solidly estery

T- the clove and ester character are still pretty solid but yeast still gives a solid presence being pretty pleasent all around. nothing outstanding but very enjoyable all around

M - medium body, maybe slightly thick because of all the wheat but pretty much a refresher, with a little more body because of the high wheat concentration

D- solid session beer. not the greatest wheat beer, but a drinker i could do over and over

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 04:31:17 | More by Atron67
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow body with a decent white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell isn't very strong, hints of lemon zest.

Taste is pretty basic. Lemon zest throughtout with a wheat bite. Fairly well carbonated, almost creamy.

Good drinkability, it's never hard for me to drink witbiers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 20:39:54 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of drperm


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ the Biergarden, Asheville NC

Appearance: What can I say? Yellow. Brightly so, like a Hoegaarden on steroids. Like perhaps the beer includes carotenoids.

Aroma: At first blush, coriander, with a sweet grain-maltiness. At second blush, more of the same, with a nice shallow depth.

Taste: OK. Classic wit, nothing spectacular, but nothing off either.

Palate/Mouthfeel: A bit on the sticky side but amply refreshing.

Overall: Not my favorite witbier, but it will definitely suit the bill if you're looking for a wit to drink and it happens to be what they have. All in all, somewhat plain. Interesting that the "kerke" in question on their label/tap handle is a plain white clapboard frame thing, because that's the overall effect of the beverage: plain, unassuming, mainline-protestant-style witbier. No stone towers or fancy stained glass with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 19:56:10 | More by drperm
Photo of ScottUCF84


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mr. Dunderbak's, in Tampa, FL.

A-Pours a very pale, cloudy yellow. The head wasn't extremely thick but was a a bright white and it contrasted well against the yellow. It had a lemon merengue pie vibe to it. Random towers of lacing were left behind.

S- Very peppery and lemony.

T- The taste matched the smell very well; immediately peppers and spices stung my tongue. Afterwards lemon and a bit of wheat took over.

M- Pretty crisp with a smooth finish. Very light body.

D- The spice was a bit overwhelming to drink more than one, but overall a very tasty treat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 19:51:42 | More by ScottUCF84
Photo of Proteus93


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very pale yellow/blonde, quite murky. A low, but reasonaby lasting ring of lace.

S: Quite mild, some citrus notes, tropical fruit aromas.

T: Very noticable wheat flavours and some rather pleasant fruit taste. A lighter note of citrus + citrus peel, more towards a lemon spritzing.

M: A nice, little sharp expressiveness in the carbonation with a wet, refreshing finish. Quite nice.

D: Decent quaffer, a good summer time drink, and reasonable for the style. I tend to find myself moving away from the wit styles, but this is something I might consider trying again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 22:20:26 | More by Proteus93
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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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