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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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703 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 03:20:28 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 15:42:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Serving type: can

10-21-2007 02:12:47 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 22:15:06 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-19-2007 16:49:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2006 11:48:03 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 12:45:31 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 18:20:30 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2002 18:31:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:16:13 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big,white head, pale yellow,hazy color.
Deep wheat aroma. Super fresh!
I'm wishing I had more food/spice experience to conjure more descriptors. The regular gang are in attendance:coriander, curacao,anything else? Very bright, floral, honeyish, lemony (but don't put a lemon in it, please! Let beer be beer!)
Soft texture, wonderful drinkability, some graininess, but still creamy, luxurious. I could drink this by the pitcher on a hot summer day! Tastes great anytime, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 17:07:13 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts and some spice.

T: The taste is exactly what you look for in a Witbier, flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast, coriander spice and orange peel, all of which are well-balanced. The malt character is light and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, very good representation of style, this is a good lighter Belgian beer that you could drink for a very long time. I could see myself drinking several of these.

Serving type: can

11-22-2007 05:24:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a spicey yet sweet wheat malt scent. The yeast enhances the aroma and gives it a banana like fruity smell. The taste is average. It has a fruity wheat taste, but it is overshadowed by the metal can flavor. It also has a mild grapefruit flavor that isn't very good. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average witbier. It just goes to show, you never trust Belgian beer in a can.

Serving type: can

03-17-2004 20:53:08 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

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

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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2007 01:31:15 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Pours a hazy straw color and is topped by a thin pale head. My nose picks up a subtle spicy aroma with notes citrus, coriander, and grain. This beer is very light on the palate, lightly sweet, with a lemony spritzyness. This is simple and straight forward, a true Summer refresher. This is certainly one of the best can beers that I have ever had, though it is a distant 3rd to Old Chub, and Dale's Pale ale.

Serving type: can

07-11-2004 00:51:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours cloudy lemon-drop yellow with a thick foamy head that descends to a thin cover leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of orange peel, coriander and a lightly spiced yeast - some subtle herbal notes come through as well.

The taste is of coriander, orange peel, with a hint of herbal spiciness. Orange/lemon tartness, malt sweetness and herbal/peppery spiciness interact well. It has a refreshingly dry finish. On target for style.

It is appropriately light-bodied. The initial effervescence gives way to a smooth texture.

This is a thirst-quenching, tasty, and exceptionally smooth example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 03:13:30 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first introduction to witbiers occured this summer, and I was able to sample both Hoegaarden and Wittekerke on tap. I remember at the time really enjoying the Wittekerke even more so than the Hoegaarden. However, when I came back from California I really haven't seen this beer. So, I decided to sample it again this time in a bottle. Appears a light hazy golden hue, very pale int he pour with a gleaming foamy white head. The aroma is an amazing mixture of banana, spices, and honey sweetness this is one spiced up monster of a wheat beer. Wittekerke in my opinion does everything Hoegaarden attempts and does it better. Thank heavens I have found a real white beer. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with traces of the spiced up yeasty, wheat combo the flavor is well balanced and amazingly done. Very drinkable I am sold that this is the best Belgium wit style I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 10:00:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very pale yellow, more standard wit colours, with a fair white head.

S: Lemon meringue, mandarin orange, pasta al dente, some residual sugar in the nose.

T: Orange predominately with light coriander and some cake batter cream.

M: Spritzy, crisp, light-bodied.

D: A tad sweeter than most wits and a good flavour. I quite liked this one, I haven't had it in the longest time, I was glad to revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 02:54:02 | More by Halcyondays
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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Billolick

New York

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

11.2 ounce blue can, with some sort of dating/info on the bottom. Pours the expected, cloudy light yellow shade. Soft white head, with good retention. leaves scattered, sticky lacing. Nose is oddly metalic, with some spice and fruit. Medium bodied, notes of cloves, flowers. Fair wit, not the best, but worth a try. Refreshing stuff. Fine for a summer picnic. One of the more interesting canned beers out there.

Serving type: can

06-11-2005 21:47:13 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- When this beer is served it looks like milk that has been around a bit to long. Pure dense white body with a yellow hue that matches the white film of head. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip but it is a very odd color.

S- The smell if very clean with a light pine hop note and a faint soapy wheat note to it.

T- This beer has a light soapy wheat bread taste with a soft tartness to it followed by a soft green pine note at the finish. There is a note of citrus water that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel and a clean finish.

D- This beer has a crazy color with an interesting flavor,especially for a wit. I thought it was very novel but no worth another glass.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 19:37:29 | More by rhoadsrage
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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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