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Wittekerke | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Reviews: 475 | Ratings: 885
Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and very light color straw.The palest with a crown of good white foam that lasts well. Nose is spicy and breaddy. Lots of earth and only faint clove. Not too much banana in fact hardly any. Some hop peeks out as it warms to show a bit of pepper. Flavors follow the nose. This is the perfect witbier. Some complexity on the palate but only lightly. A crisp finish with a very light tartness to keep the mouth watering. Mouthfeel is medium light and lightly creamy. Hops give a slight bitterness to finish it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Possibly above average looks. Delicate coriander aromatics, but not complex.
Taste is about the same, but also not distinguished.
Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall, there are better ones out there.
If I try this again, it would be in a bottle in the hope the yeast adds some of the better Belgian funk.

MJ gave this 2 stars of 4 in his 1999 edition.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Straw yellow in color, lots of bubbles from carbonation. Pours a very fluffy white head that leaves nice lace.
S: Pretty mild, some hint of spice, maybe a little biscuity.
T: Really mild flavor, touches of what a normal wit taste like but with much less oomph.
F: Smooth as hell, velvety, high carbonation yet goes back so easy and is quite pillowy in texture.
O: Really just kind of standard. Not bad, not good. Goes back easy as hell though.

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Photo of jtaylord
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow out of a can. Not sure if normal, but a lot of sediment at bottom of glass. Taste is mild compared to many other wits. It is easy drinking. Would be easy to drink several of these during the course of the night.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of citrus and spice. The taste was citrus and was pretty heavily carbonated. A good witbier.

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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
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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