Wittekerke - De Brabandere
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3.2/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
01-12-2005 03:20:28 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-19-2012 02:20:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-12-2011 12:45:31 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
01-09-2005 15:42:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
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
05-14-2006 22:15:06 | More by brentk56
3.23/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
09-19-2007 16:49:42 | More by Phyl21ca
4.28/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
08-03-2006 11:48:03 | More by BEERchitect
3.23/5 rDev -9.5%
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
10-21-2007 02:12:47 | More by mikesgroove
3.45/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
09-04-2011 03:14:47 | More by womencantsail
3/5 rDev -16%
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!
07-07-2009 19:28:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
06-04-2003 18:20:30 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
01-06-2012 06:42:59 | More by TMoney2591
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Poured out a cloudy, yellow color with a white, foamy, two-finger head. Left small traces of lace.
S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and come clove.
T - It tasted of wheat and spices. It also had a yeast-like taste.
M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.
D - This was a pretty good beer. Not what you'd expect from Belgium.
08-20-2007 01:31:15 | More by zeff80
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
05-20-2009 01:35:30 | More by largadeer
3.75/5 rDev +5%
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.
05-11-2011 01:16:13 | More by biboergosum
4.2/5 rDev +17.6%
The cloudy yellow body is topped by a firm and bright white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma offers a somewhat sweet and fruity, lightly earthy and floral malt with a gentle clove note. The body is light, but with an extremely fine, natural carbonation that makes it oh-so-supple in the mouth. Like velvet! The flavor offers very lightly tangy notes of sugary lemon and orange peel along with a bright & fresh but restrained clove spiciness . Wonderfull. The finish is short, and lightly sweet, with a very gentle reminder of the flavor that was just had, beckoning you to have another sip. A very delicate beer. What I like about this beer is that the spice is so clear - although it comes at the expense of a limited yeast, and to some extent, malt character. One of my thoughts at first tasting this was "Budweiser with spices" but it's far more complicated than that. Still, this is very refreshing and quite enjoyable with some interesting flavors.
10-09-2002 18:31:21 | More by NeroFiddled
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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