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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 wattoclone


4.84/5  rDev +36%
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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 19:58:06 | More by wattoclone
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wittekerke has a thick, white head, and a very cloudy, lemon-yellow appearance, with bubbles streams and lots of tan chunks floating about. A bit of lacing is left behind. The aroma is of pungent, bread and yeast, with a faint citrus and sweet back note. Taste is of the strong yeast, some mint or other odd herb, wheat bread, and lots of tap water. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Wittekerke finishes semi-dry, easy-drinking, and rather bland. It’s not too good, really.


Serving type: can

01-09-2014 20:04:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wittekerke pours a bright straw color with a small lacing head. There is a sweet fruity banana like aroma, with strong ester notes. The taste is light and mellow, crisp malt undertones, with fruity esters finishing it out. Good body, weak flavor. Overall a decent beer, light and crisp.

Serving type: can

11-01-2013 00:48:25 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of mfnmbvp


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

11.2 fl oz. can, with date 11-11-2012 printed on the bottom of the can. Not sure if that is a canned on or a best by date, but whatever. I got this can as part of a mixed sick pack at the local Binny's. My first beer from this brewery, expectations are average given the style.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a pale murky watery yellow colored body with one finger of white head that disappears quickly. Looks pretty blah, to me.

S - Smell is also kind of bland. Some wheat, grains, corn, wet cardboard, lemon pith, fresh oranges, dusty bubblegum malts, lemongrass.

T - Taste follows the nose: authentic citrus, natural orange peel, lemon, pineapple, clean grains, wheat, lemongrass. I'm actually really enjoying the flavors here. Some earthiness, lager yeast, and a hint of wet cardboard presence also.

M - Feel is crisp, carbonated, & medium bodied. Some juicy citrus lingering on the palate.

Overall, I rather enjoyed it, especially considering I'm not usually a fan of the style. It tastes more like what I wished the Firestone Walker Solace I just drank had tasted like. It's a beer I would drink again if it was offered to me, but not something I am likely to see out.

Wittekerke ---3.5/5

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 03:46:58 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of billybob


3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a light straw yellow color about a one finger head and a light lace covering. nose is light with a lemon grassy smell. taste of mild citrus and light wheat malt. mouthfeel is smooth light clean. wheat beer is a style i like and i think a little more body to the taste would have made it that much better. i would buy again.

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 18:05:39 | More by billybob
Photo of Murrhey


3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with medium-sized bubbles. Active and noisy with modest, minute-long retention. Fluffy and creamy looking head. Strange cloudy yellow color. The color of lemon juice. I've never seen a witbier like this one before.

S- Spicy yeasts is the first aroma that strikes, followed by the usual citrus and coriander. I wonder what sort of hops they used because that could easily contribute to the hoppiness. Definitely has a Belgian air about it.

T- Decidedly refreshing. Lemons and oranges form a citrusy power-play, with the spicy yeast and coriander bringing up the rear. Interesting body of flavor, balanced nicely, but certainly not exceptional.

M- Smooth, medium bodied with semi-active carbonation. Finishes sticky and wet. Nice feel.

O- Perhaps I'm being too generous with this brew, but I feel it surpassed the 81 BA score it has accrued. Tasty and refreshing, this was a pleasure to drink. The color is strange, but appealing.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 04:30:15 | More by Murrhey
Photo of beertunes


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of 11-11-12, Uh-oh! Poured into tulip. Poured a very pale yellow, almost white, with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention but moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain, with a bit of tangy yeast, and very faint traces of the expected coriander and orange. The flavors were pretty similar, typical for the style, but very subdued.

The was OK, but a bit thin, even for a style not noted for fullness. Drinkability was good, I could see throwing a sixer in a cooler for a day of tubing or whatever. Overall, an OK brew, certainly not among the best of the style, but perhaps a good introductory example.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 22:17:34 | More by beertunes
Photo of TWHartman


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- very pale, cloudy with thick white head that dissipates quickly to thin lace. White flakes at the bottom of the glass.

S- Slight citrus and bready

T- slightly sweet, tangy, little bitterness. Slight citrus spritzy finish. Well balanced for a refreshing beer.

M- At first I thought that there is not enough carbonation for the style, but there is still a nice bite at the end from small bubbles

O- Not fantastic, but a nice beer for putting a bunch away on a nice hot day. That's what I'll buy it for.

Serving type: can

06-08-2013 22:01:23 | More by TWHartman
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Witbier in a can, let's go.

It was a rainy day, but still kinda warm. The chili was taking their marks and the cook-off was about to begin. With a slight delay I opted to have my first beer at 11am, something light to not wreck my chili palate.
This beer was given the chance. Pours a light yellow/orange, a bit hazy. Fluffy light head, small bubbles.

Light citrus aroma with hints of spice and white pepper. Not much power behind the nose. Light sweet malt. I don't get that coriander and zest I expected.

Same with the flavor. Not all that zesty or spicy. Light citrus and a bit sweet. Not dry for sure.

And the light carbonation does not help. Lacing zest, I would have been satisfied with a good bubble and dryness. Instead it seems a bit filmy and sweet. Surprising with the huge head, but this one seemed a bit flat.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 19:57:45 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of greenengineer


3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz can picked up at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, into my 2013 NERAX pint.
A- big foamy white head. very pale yellow.
S - not much there, smells a little skunked perhaps., hints of milk.
T - sweet, drinkable, a little citrus
M - very light, thirst quenching, tasty.
O - five more in the fridge should go down easy on a hot day. Nothing amazing, but a nice lighter brew. Glad I bought it - man does not live by hops alone.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 02:12:00 | More by greenengineer
Photo of Steamer


3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy, lemonade yellow with a pure white head. Rather large bits of residue that settled at the bottom of the glass.
Smell: a simple lager aroma.
Taste: Light, crisp, and lemony. Refreshing: I enjoyed it after a long walk; it hit the spot.
Mouthfell: Very light, like carbonated soda.
Overall: If you are looking for a beer to help ween some friends of their bud and miller lights, this would be a good one to break out on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 22:07:45 | More by Steamer
Photo of XxNitExX


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2 oz can into pilsner glass

A- Very pale cloudy yellow, small white head that disappears quickly. Average, but nothing special.

S- Smells of wheat and bananas with some citrus hops mixed in.

T- Very strong wheat taste up front followed by lemon, not bitter orange like most but just straight lemon. Very little spice character but the citrusy hops are very nice.

M- Thicker bodied because of all the wheat. Almost sticks to your mouth. Not at all unpleasant but unexpected.

Overall a pretty decent wit. Light on the spice character and kind of overkill with the lemon but for a can I can drink it and enjoy it.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 23:45:37 | More by XxNitExX
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 22:03:01 | More by LXIXME
Photo of bump8628


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Witbier in a can, ahhh. Cloudy light straw with a thin head of white that doesn't last long. Faintly musty, tart lemon juice and orange zest upfront. Rustic wheatiness in the middle with more citrus at the finish. Super dry. It starts off really but finishes a bit insipid.

Serving type: can

08-15-2012 23:39:26 | More by bump8628
Photo of leokbelo


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

Pours a semi-hazy pale yellow into a pint glass. 1 and a half inch foamy white head that dissipates into a half inch lacing.
Very zesty on the nose, with some meringue like sweet scent also. Citrus aroma, with some spices.
Tastes of coriander and orange/lemon peel? Very smooth, light and refreshing, and very drinkable.
Nothing complex, just an honest witbier, more flavorful than Hoegaarden, for sure.
Nice refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: can

07-03-2012 16:18:42 | More by leokbelo
Photo of StaveHooks


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz served into a pilsener glass.

A - 2 fingers of fluffy white head on top of a very pale straw body with a slight chill haze.

S - Green wheat, noble hops, sweet bread.

T - Wheat and a tangy lemon flavor upfront. Sugary malts, light coriander spice.

M - Smooth and light feel, perfect carbonation, light bodied.

A great summer beer. Simple flavors and excellent feel. Kinda reminds me of diluted lemonade. Very refreshing.

Serving type: can

05-18-2012 22:04:24 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

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

12oz can. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium lasting white head with some lacing. Aroma of wheat, light malt, yeast with some light citrus notes. Taste is wheat, yeast, some grassy hay and sweet citrus notes. Palate is a light body with mild carbonation. Finish is wheat, some grassy citrus notes, light banana and malt flavor with some light bitterness on the end. Overall a good refreshing session wheat ale.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 18:01:02 | More by Samp01
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Best by 8/14/12.

Pours a murky light whitish yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Lots of clumpy sediments settles at the bottom of the glass after the pour. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, spices, yeast, and some very fruity aromas. Taste is extremely fruity up front with some grain flavors on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it doesn't remind me too much of a traditional witbier. Much more fruity than others I have tried in the past.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 02:20:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of TMoney2591


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Sometimes you can't fight the late-night cravings for some brews, amiright? This one pours a hazy lemonade topped by about a half-finger or so of short lived off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat (bordering on sourdough), coriander, lemon zest, and a pinch or so of cardamom. The taste leans more heavily on the spicy side, with the cardamom and coriander meshing with newcomer black pepper. The lemon zest is still there, but a tad more subdued and enveloped by a slightly more assertive bit of wheat. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a nice, easy-going, unpretentious wit. Good times, really.

Serving type: can

01-06-2012 06:42:59 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Valmor88


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, it is as a cloudy pale yellow. About 1 finger of white head that vanishes very quickly.

S: Grassy wheat comes in very strong, but not much else. Some citrusy hops and yeast are there.

T: Didn't expect the taste to be so balanced based on the smell. Grassy, bread-y, wheat-y flavors are predominant, but the fruity citrus I wasn't expecting. Definite orange flavor with some spices that I can't figure out.

M: Smooth mouthfeel. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was much more impressed with this beer the more I drank it. The appearance and smell are greatly lacking, though. Overall, I think it is a good beer, especially for one out of a can.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 18:49:23 | More by Valmor88
Photo of Rifugium


3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: a can from a friend's cooler at a Rush concert

Seeing how I drank this from the can, I can't really give a proper appearance judgement, so I'll just go about middle of the road in the rating, going by the general consensus. Typical wheat profile in the nose, citrus zest, and slightly metallic (plus the can). Taste of wheat, a bit sharp, lemony zest, and hints of spice. Light body, refreshing, and quite drinkable, especially for a summertime tailgate.

Serving type: can

09-17-2011 06:27:06 | More by Rifugium
Photo of ZenAgnostic


1.55/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottom of can stamped 14-08-2012. Poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance - Pale cloudy yellow. Line pineapple juice, but a bit more pale. Thin white head with beautiful lacing.

Smell - Corn? The heck? Not much else. Boring.

Taste - Musky. Corny. Very metallic finish and aftertaste. Ruins the beer. Must be a bad can, because I don't imagine anyone would ever approve mass producing this as it stands...

Mouthfeel - Super astringent to the point of being pretty gross. In fact, this may be the most astringent beer I've ever come across. Must be aluminum leeching into the beer or something. Gross.

Overall Drinkability - I'm going to have to review this again some other day just to make sure this wasn't a bad can. As it stands it's a horrible beer that I never want to have again, but feel obligated to just to make sure it wasn't skunked.

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 01:28:30 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A slightly different aroma than what I expected: Coriander, malt and a kind of grainy aspect.

T: Tasted of light malt, coriander, lemon and that grainy quality. This last ingredient tends to dominate the flavor, which is not always a good thing. An uneven taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly slick and oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer does have some good qualities, but it's certainly an uneven brew.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 12:04:02 | More by avalon07
Photo of womencantsail


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

A Belgian beer in a can. Gotta give it a shot...

A: The pours a very pale cloudy yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Doesn't have too much witbier aroma to it. Lots of straw and grass notes. Only a mild citrus and yeast note, minimal spice notes as well. The rest of the aroma is just a bit sweet with some wheat.

T: Sweet bread, wheat, and banana notes. A little bit of straw and grass with some orange flavor and perhaps a touch of lemon peel. Just a mild spice note to it.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I must say, my first canned Belgian beer was a bit of a disappointment.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 03:14:47 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2011 12:18:21 | More by Brenden
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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.