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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
82
good

800 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

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 Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Vanilla milk shake. Creamy and "I like Vanilla" aroma on the wheat. Love the shake appearance. However, a barnyard onion like aroma and taste comes out in the actual drink, and subtracts from the rest of the surface. Was better warmer, and at end with sediment. Laces. Freshly in at Smokeless Joe's.

Sammy, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Texasfan549, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

metter98, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -16.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemony yellow color with a bubbly white head that leaves some strands of lacing behind

Smell: Faint tangy aroma - lemons, maybe

Taste: Starts out with a slight wheat flavor that provides a bit of coriander spice in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Compared to some other wits, this is a bit bland in both the aroma and the taste, although there is a nice coriander flavor; just lacks the banana and wheat flavors that are to be expected

brentk56, May 14, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wildly impressed with this beer. Perhaps my best sampling of the summer. Nothing like this citrus, soft tap brew on a 95 degree day. Looks a cloudy canary yellow with a soft whipped-cream head retention. Very soft carbonation is pleasing to the eyes and mouthfeel. Mildly sweet and big on bready, yeasty character. Decorated with soft curraco and corriander. Simple and pure, it's a great beer. I would prefer a touch more boldness in the sweetness and hops, to stand up to the rich, creamy body but I'll take it anyway.

08-26-05 Bottle (3.5, 4,4,3.5,4.5)
It's basically a lighter, smoother, softer version of a good Heffe. Lighter in color ( pale yellow) with the same cloudyness as a Heff. Aromas are softer and lighter. Nice sweetness from wheat malt, sweet citrus, honey, and sweet spices. Flavors are similar: a mild wheat and honey sweetness with corriander, curraco orange peel, and lightly peppery or cinemon-like. Good doses of citrus sweetness and smoothness: no bittering or tartness. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, powdery, silky, and smooth. Crisp finish with no drying. Low aftertaste. It's a lot like drinking a sweetheart. A very plesant beer for summer consumption or for the ladies.

BEERchitect, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a golden yellow color ale with some small white hue and a medium size pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of wheat and some light coriander. Taste is also dominated by some light wheat with some commendable spice mix in which coriander dominates. Body is a bit light with too much filtration with some adequate carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pastel amber with swirls of spectral fog. A few small chunks quickly find their way to the bottom. The large, frothy head of cumulus cloud white deposits small sputterings of lace as it descends and drags a short collar of lace along with it.

I like the nose quite a bit. My initial impression was of fresh citrus zest. Further sniffs bring out an untoasted wheaty background, orange peel (more so than lemon) and a smattering of coriander. Sweetened orange is especially prominent, which is why I think the aroma appeals to me so much.

There are a lot of facets to the flavor profile, all of them suggested by the nose. Sun-baked wheat, sugared orange rind and spicy coriander, all working together in perfect harmony. The mouthfeel is pleasurable despite being (or is that 'because it's') on the light side of medium.

I didn't think it was possible to combine such a plush mouthfeel with such a relatively light body, but the evidence is right there with every sip. Too bad the mouthfeel degrades to some extent with warming. Thankfully, the usual Belgian enthusiasm for carbonation is nowhere to be found. It's subdued here and the beer is the better for it.

Wittekerke Wit is damn fine beer. I had never heard of it before picking it off the shelf last month, but it's now one of my favorites of the style. Although I'm drinking this bottle in early January, it strikes me as the perfect summer brew. I'll be sure to load up when the warm weather arrives. Now if I could just remember where I bought it.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I actually got to try this at Whole Foods of all places and had a can of this with a slice pof pizza outside tonight, now I know that wasnt exactly supposed to go on that way, but it did and it was cool. So anyway it poured a bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse. It was average at best but no worse then that,. I could have had another easily as they were like water. An average witbier for me

mikesgroove, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -16.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

SocalKicks, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yeklow color with big blooming head,smell was very lemony and almost to sour.Like others who have reviewed this I think this lacked spiciness that Iam accustomed to with this style,way to one-dimensional.Not overly impressed with this one,there are many better out there.

oberon, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of largadeer
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from alfrantzell. Thanks I guess :(

Appearance: Hazy blond with a finger and a half of foam that sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Retention is solid. All-around a spot-on looking wit.

Smell: Peppery, grainy. Not much going on here. Very faint esters. Meh.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tastes like a lemon butter cookie. With white pepper on it. Even for the style this is rather bland, oddly buttery, and lacking the dry, crisp finish I look for in a good wit. Not awful by any means; this would be a solid picnic beer, it's just decidedly average.

largadeer, May 20, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

biboergosum, May 11, 2011
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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
82 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.