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Wittekerke - De Brabandere


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704 Ratings

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%

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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Jesse13713


2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass of the month at Winking Lizard Tavern. Served in a huge 1/2 liter pilsner glass. Shorter review since I was eating dinner.

Appearance - A very cloudy/murky off-yellow color. Rich soapy head that keeps its retention high throughout drinking. A very lemon-like appearance.

Smell - Light wheat and yeast. A bit of spice, but not really much else. Overall, pretty bland in the aroma department.

Taste - Definitely not as strong as other witbiers I've had. A nicely balanced blend of light wheat grain and banana. A bit musky with some faint spice and lemon taste. The flavors are very weak and overcome by the taste of corn.

Mouthfeel and Overall - This was the perfect beer to get with spicy wings. I could have easily drank this all night. Light bodied and extremely refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 01:18:30 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of leokbelo


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

Pours a semi-hazy pale yellow into a pint glass. 1 and a half inch foamy white head that dissipates into a half inch lacing.
Very zesty on the nose, with some meringue like sweet scent also. Citrus aroma, with some spices.
Tastes of coriander and orange/lemon peel? Very smooth, light and refreshing, and very drinkable.
Nothing complex, just an honest witbier, more flavorful than Hoegaarden, for sure.
Nice refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: can

07-03-2012 16:18:42 | More by leokbelo
Photo of thecheapies


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like lemonade with a lip of white head. Hazy, even more so through the frosted Wittekerke stange. 3.0

Soapy aroma with wheat grains and faint lemon/banana ester. No evident spicing. 3.0

Wheat upfront. Some banana and funky lemon. Very light note of dusted white pepper. Sweeter pie crust finish, which is a little strange. 3.5

Slurpier than expected. Average to light carbonation. 3.0

Okay witbier. I like that the spices are very subtle. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 02:31:24 | More by thecheapies
Photo of StaveHooks


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz served into a pilsener glass.

A - 2 fingers of fluffy white head on top of a very pale straw body with a slight chill haze.

S - Green wheat, noble hops, sweet bread.

T - Wheat and a tangy lemon flavor upfront. Sugary malts, light coriander spice.

M - Smooth and light feel, perfect carbonation, light bodied.

A great summer beer. Simple flavors and excellent feel. Kinda reminds me of diluted lemonade. Very refreshing.

Serving type: can

05-18-2012 22:04:24 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy pale straw yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, banana, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, plantain, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really left me desiring more from it. The flavor was really quite muted and didn’t have a lot going on in it. For the style it was average to say the least, but definitely nothing more than that. At least the aroma was a little nicer to bring it up above an average brew of the style. Worth trying for a craft brew n00b, but if you enjoy a good Wit, I would look elsewhere personally.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 11:34:21 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

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

Pours out a cloudy yellow with a three finger head! The retention is decent as it settles down to a thin lace around the glass but there is some sticking to the glass. If you put hear up to the glass you can hear the sizzle of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is light with lemon zest, soft wheat, and some coriander. Refreshing aroma and clean.

The flavor is a nice refreshing mix of zesty citrus. I can detect fresh baked bread that is kind of soft. The yeast also adds to the bread flavor. Some nice coriander, lemon peel, and a touch of hop bitterness in the end.

The body is light, carbonated. and with a clean finish.

This is great Ale for summer time. Nothing is over the top and it is very refreshing to drink. I like it!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 16:01:22 | More by Luigi
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium lasting white head with some lacing. Aroma of wheat, light malt, yeast with some light citrus notes. Taste is wheat, yeast, some grassy hay and sweet citrus notes. Palate is a light body with mild carbonation. Finish is wheat, some grassy citrus notes, light banana and malt flavor with some light bitterness on the end. Overall a good refreshing session wheat ale.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 18:01:02 | More by Samp01
Photo of wages


4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - 4/5 - Pours with a two finger white head that disappears in a couple minutes but leaves a respectable level of Belgian lace behind. The color is a cloudy light yellow.

smell - 4/5 - Has a light banana sweet aroma.

taste - 4.5/5 - Very faint banana flavor amidst crisp wheat flavors.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - High level of carbonation makes this very refreshing and only faint banana notes are left behind.

overall - 4/5 - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but the Belgian yeast takes it in a very nice direction. Nice for a warm sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:41:16 | More by wages
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. ours a hazy yellow with a half finger of head with moderate lacing. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and the toffee like bready witbier aroma. Taste follows, mild, pleasant wheat with a hint of citrus, and doughy finish. Nothing remarkable, but a pleasant, low key witbier. Light to medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:28:38 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of BeerCon5


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, pale yellow color with about 1 finger of foamy white head.

The scent is a bit malty and a some noticeable citrus.

The taste was a bit bready at first, then there was some citrus, wheat, and some notes of spice.

Light bodied, smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, the flavor was very balanced and had good flavor, overall though it was pretty average. I would drink this again but wouldn't be really looking for it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 14:47:19 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of mralphabet


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a hazy muck colored yellow with a 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer and ring. Great lacing from start to finish.

S: Very wheaty smelling with faint hints of coriander, yeast and a little orange peel.

T: Just like the smell... but more bland than I was expecting.... Pretty Blue Moon like... sweet malt, wheat, little coriander and orange peel.

M: Light bodied with a strangely mild carbonation.

O: Not a bad Wit, but nothing really stands out with this one... Little more plain Jane than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:08:53 | More by mralphabet
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of Valmor88


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, it is as a cloudy pale yellow. About 1 finger of white head that vanishes very quickly.

S: Grassy wheat comes in very strong, but not much else. Some citrusy hops and yeast are there.

T: Didn't expect the taste to be so balanced based on the smell. Grassy, bread-y, wheat-y flavors are predominant, but the fruity citrus I wasn't expecting. Definite orange flavor with some spices that I can't figure out.

M: Smooth mouthfeel. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was much more impressed with this beer the more I drank it. The appearance and smell are greatly lacking, though. Overall, I think it is a good beer, especially for one out of a can.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 18:49:23 | More by Valmor88
Photo of woosterbill


2.17/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the New Rudy's into it's proper glass.

A: Cloudy straw-colored body beneath an inch of creamy white head. Nice retention, decent lace. Ok.

S: Huh. Smells more like a Pils than a Wit. Very crisp, biscuity malt is dominant, with just a bit of floral, herbal hops on the back end. Way, way off for the style.

T: Slightly spicy malt, faint herbal hops. Nothing like a Wit.

M: Lively to a fault. Super frothy, medium body. Crazy bubbly.

O: I really wonder whether the bartender didn't pour the wrong beer into the right glass; it sure looked like a Witbier, though, so I don't think so. I think this beer just kind of sucks.


Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 01:13:45 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Rifugium


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
Photo of rudzud


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes reviewed at BBF.

A - Poured a pale yellow with a very slight haze. Atop was a white thick head that was well retained.

S - Somewhat light wheat and yeast aromas with light citrus too.

T - Similar to the nose in that this was very lightly flavoured. Light grains and yeast with super light lemon citrus.

M - Light mouthfeel, smooth, clean and easy to drink.

O - Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment. Expecting much more but this was simply an average witbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:34:41 | More by rudzud
Photo of ZenAgnostic


1.55/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottom of can stamped 14-08-2012. Poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance - Pale cloudy yellow. Line pineapple juice, but a bit more pale. Thin white head with beautiful lacing.

Smell - Corn? The heck? Not much else. Boring.

Taste - Musky. Corny. Very metallic finish and aftertaste. Ruins the beer. Must be a bad can, because I don't imagine anyone would ever approve mass producing this as it stands...

Mouthfeel - Super astringent to the point of being pretty gross. In fact, this may be the most astringent beer I've ever come across. Must be aluminum leeching into the beer or something. Gross.

Overall Drinkability - I'm going to have to review this again some other day just to make sure this wasn't a bad can. As it stands it's a horrible beer that I never want to have again, but feel obligated to just to make sure it wasn't skunked.

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 01:28:30 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A slightly different aroma than what I expected: Coriander, malt and a kind of grainy aspect.

T: Tasted of light malt, coriander, lemon and that grainy quality. This last ingredient tends to dominate the flavor, which is not always a good thing. An uneven taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly slick and oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer does have some good qualities, but it's certainly an uneven brew.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 12:04:02 | More by avalon07
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of cooch69


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a semi hazy pale pastel yellow with a lovely two finger pure white head with super tight tiny bubbles.

Nose is cracked malt and maize at first with lots of lemon and some green apple hints. A little bit of must in there as well. Not sure if there is coriander in here, im getting more of a surprisingly fitting all spice taste.

This one is super light and smooth in the mouth. A bit of an acidic zing comes in the middle and rides thru. Pale bready malts and a nice creamy taste and texture. Bright and vibrant, this beer hit the spot.

Worth a shot for a Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 05:36:57 | More by cooch69
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Light gold color, slight haze, white cloudy hues, delicate white head, quick to dissipate.

Amazing smooth scent, wet-earthy musk, herbal spices, wheat...nice yeastie aroma.

A very light feel and flavor effect, green peppers, clean spring water, crispy, snappy, dry and spicey wheat, good yeast and the subtle complexity shines through.

A light and snappy feel, very refreshing, great summertime hot weather feel!

Love the wheat!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:47:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fluffy white head just over a finger tall rests on a clouded pale white-gold brew. It eventually simmers down to a foam that sticks well on the glass, leaving patchy lacing in its wake.
The aroma offers wheat and lemon with some gentle spicing and a dusty, bready yeast note. A bit more strength would earn it more points.
The taste follows suit; this tastes quite authentic, but points are lost for the chalky aspect and the fact that the hops flavor goes a little tangy at the end. Otherwise a nice citrus presence under a wheat body with spices that aren't overstated but make themselves known.
Chalky isn't just in the flavor; it translates to the feel as well. Other than that, this beer goes down very nicely. A smooth, creamy aspect balances with a light crispness and carbonation is soft but certainly adequate. It semi-dry in a medium-light body.
This is a good wit and, in my mind, true to tradition.

Serving type: can

08-23-2011 12:18:21 | More by Brenden
Photo of IronLover


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

Sampled from a can - best by August 14, 2012. Pale yellow in color with a thick haze. Poured with a frothy white head that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Wheat malt and lemon zest aromas with a hint of pepper in the background. Medium bodied with assertive, refreshing carbonation. Creamy smooth feel with a clean finish. Wheat and biscuit flavors up front with lemony citrus bitterness in the middle and a light peppery undertone throughout. Finishes pretty clean and is very refreshing. A great summertime wit,that's fairly simple and goes down really easy.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 22:55:23 | More by IronLover
Photo of output01x


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can (Best By 08/14/2012) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger snow white head that settles after a few minutes to a light dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy _PALE_ yellow like a dull lemonade. The body is so cloudy, carbonation bubbles cannot be seen. Very little lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

A strong wheat aroma wafts through the air as this beer is being poured. Further investigation reveals more grainy, bready wheat. A little yeast and orange citrus can also be found in the nose.

Light wheat with notes of banana and a little citrus slowly wash over the tongue. Oddly, it seems to have an almost can sugar sweetness at the end. While this does assist in the beer's drinkability, it also reinforces the dull lemonade hypothesis posed earlier.

Light bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is a real pleasure to drink. Like a wheat beer should be, Wittekerke does not coat your mouth, nor get sticky. Instead, it is easily sipped, gulped, and everything in between. The mouthfeel is perfect for when you are dying of thirst and don't want to have to taste much.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 17:53:43 | More by output01x
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