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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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470 Reviews

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 851
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

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 Moose90
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy banana colored yellow in the glass, with a tall and fluffy bright white head on it. Moderate lacing left behind.

S — Smells of wheaty, biscuity malts, as well as a little banana and yeast freshness.

T — Tastes of light wheat and pale malts, there is a little bit of clove and banana, but it's fairly one dimensional.

M — Light-Medium bodied and there is a fairly short finish.

O — Nice overall, though it's a bit thin and lacking any real depth of flavor.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served part of a Belgian flight. Ale the color of cloudy pineapple juice. Little head, spotty lacing. Not my pour. Aroma of Belgian wheat (surprise), spices, banana, lemon zest. Taste follows the aroma pretty well, although taste was much stronger than the smell. Refreshing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and a hint of straw + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat malts, citrus lemon, and hints of spices/coriander.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat malts. That is followed by light flavors of citrus lemon and spices/coriander. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades away almost instantly.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a nice beer for a very warm spring evening here in NC. Definitely a good summer brew.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Look: cloudy, somewhat really light yellow, not really that attractive.
- Smell: Lots of wheat and barley, very interesting!
- Taste: some coriander, herb-ish. Fruitiness.
- Light body, quite little aftertaste. I can see using this as somewhat of a thirst quencher.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of Duhast500
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Shocktop Wittbier glass.

The color is a clear golden/yellow with a finger of foamy white head and some very thin lacing.

The smell is mixed with a bit of funk and slight citrus aroma.

The taste is sweet with a lemon citrus flavor that has a good bready edge to it. There is a earthy flavor that holds back the citrus flavor from really getting a hold and stealing the show. The flavor seems force in on itself and before it really a chance to shine it hits a bitterness at the end and I'd gone.

The feel of this beer is light with a nice drinkable feel that goes down easy and leaves no aftertaste.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +12%

Pours a light straw with a thin white head. Good retention, and nice lace. Aroma is of fruity spices, and candy. Body is light and creamy. Taste is of orange, and sweet tart fruit. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -16%

Pours a light yellow golden with almost no head. Faint taste of orange peel. Light and smooth, but too light. Besides the orange peel, taste is almost an afterthought. A nice summer drink...

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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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow gold with some yeasty chunkiness floating below the head, which is considerable. The head is a big, frothy white that is about two fingers in depth. Carbonation seems more moderate than I expected. Lacing less than I expected.

Smell: This beer has some fairly forward aromas, including orange, citrus, lemon, clove, ginger and spices. Appealing.

Taste: Nice, fairly complex flavor profile that follows the nose. I'm also getting a slight sense of banana that might just be in my head. Citrus and clove are the most dominant flavors. There are also some breadiness and grassy notes in there.

Mouthfeel: It's refreshing and sessionable, as a witbier should be.

Overall: This is a very nice wheat beer that I'm glad I picked up. It has a nice mix of flavors that are all traditional for the style. Would drink again.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was an okay beer. It has an hazy and golden yellow color to it. The aroma was a good smell, at least I liked it. The taste was pretty good as well. I liked the green apple taste that it has. I could smell some vanilla in the aroma as well. I

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of bready wheat, vanilla, yeasty, and green apple.

Taste: Same as above. Nothing spectacular and pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Tart wheat, chewy, light bodied, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice witbier. Not fantastic, but nice. Out of a can too.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a half a finger of head. Straw yellow with some light accents of orange. Sticky random lacing left behind. Active carbonation is present but is on the lighter side for the style.

Smell: Lemon and prairie grass greet the drinker. Creamy malt mixes well with light accents of pepper and salt. Grainy undertone rounds out the aroma. Simple but distinguished tones are very pleasant.

Taste: Creamy oats and wheat with a slight touch of salt provides an easy going front. A squeeze of lemon and lime brighten up the body. Some very light spice and pepper sits on the palate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is extremely low which contributes to the creaminess. Crushable not doubt (because this is certainly the most important aspect of any beer)

Overall: Very surprised here. Listed as a Wit but has the saltiness and light funk of a Gose. Either way I would not hesitate to reach for one of these.

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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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
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.


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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of billybob
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.