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Wittekerke - De Brabandere


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

Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of aasher


2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a very, very light and bright almost somewhat hydrated urine yellow in color. It smells of light malts with a strange funk. It doesn't smell like someone would do this intentionally. It almost smells like BMC salty grains. No bueno. It is sooo light and there really isn't anything wit related present. It's the lightest wit I've seen, it's the lightest wit I'm smelled, it's the lightest wit I've tasted. It doesn't feature the normal flavors or aromas. This is far below average in my opinion. It's thin in body and the flavor is so off that this isn't even drinkable. I know this is fresh yet it falls sooo flat. Oh well. Avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:46:52 | More by aasher
Photo of GallowsThief


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

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

A – Crazy very light straw yellow color. Cloudy. Produces very little bubbly white head that settles down quickly.

S – Has a funky yeasty smell that always reminds me of Belgians. Citrus in the form of lemons. Light all together.

T – Bit of a hop flavor up front. Again like the smell I get lemons. Not overpowering but like a weak lemonade flavor minus the sweetness. Crisp wheat flavor follows. Finishes with a touch of sweetness. Very light though.

M – Thin but pretty well carbonated. Glides across the palate with a bubbly fizziness.

O – Decent brew here that is great for a hot summer day. This is really solid ice cold but as it warmed it was not nearly an enjoyable. It’s a great brew for a hot summer day. Keep em cold and put em down.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 00:03:28 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of celticfutblclub


3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2er can.

comes out a light yellow opaque with a thin white head that has some lacing and ok retention. wheat is the main thing on the nose here with coriander and clove floating in the background. nose could do with a bit more presence and complexity but what is there isnt bad. taste comes in with again wheat coriander and clove and adds banana as well it then slides into a overly grainy into hop finish that leaves this one really lacking. everything up to that grainy finish is great and it just seems to slide away at the end. good carbonation in this with a nice light body tiny bit of a hop puckering felt in there which is a nice touch. overall though this thing does everything well but the overly grainy taste leaves this falling short of the mark.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 21:51:47 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of BeerAmbassador


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

Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that stuck around in my glass for quite some time and left a bit of lacing. Lemon peel and coriander on the nose and a bit of grain. Flavor is lemon, orange and coriander with a touch of sweetness and a decently long finish. It's been a while since I have had this beer and I especially since I have thought about it critically while I drank it, it has long been a camping/ pool beer for me and I am usually not taking notes in the pool... When I look back on my initial review, I was definitely a little green at that point (reviewing a beer straight from the can:) but my overall feelings haven't changed much, this is a solid example of the style, if a bit one note. It is also a beer that I would happily take on any outdoor pursuit where beer is desired.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 23:13:27 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of damndirtyape


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL can poured into a tulip glass. Best by 14-08-2012 stamped on bottom of can.

Appearance: Cloudy translucent light yellow (straw to lemonade color) beer with an initial 1/4" fluffy white head. The head dies down to a thin layer across the top, a good thick ring at the edges, and plenty of lacing (strands and sheets) all over the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: With a swirl - the smell of a freshly opened and wetted instant yeast package and orange peel. As the foam dies down it is more faint orange peel and a mix of malt an wheat/grain and a hint of mustiness at the end.

Taste: Just what I needed after mowing the yard. Crisp wheat twang up front with a nice dry, but still refreshing mild citrus finish. Simple in flavor, but good.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue - scrubs it clean. Dry finish. Hard to make out much more with the other sensations going on - not fizzy, but definitely airy with the carbonation that is present.

Overall / Drinkability: A great post-yardwork beer - crisp and refreshing. I think it would go well with food as well. Interestingly, one is all I want right now. It's good, but it leaves me not wanting more. I'm somewhere between pleasantly sated and thinking "Umm, no more right now - maybe later." Definitely above average, but I can't exactly call it good in the end. Overall though - nice looking beer with a good simple taste. Not an amazing witbier, but a good one.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 00:22:47 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of nightcrawler


2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was the "Beer of the Month" at a local bar and came in a Wittekerke glass. It initially looked cloudy like a wit, but we discovered that this was because of the glass, not the beer itself which was pretty clear.

The smell was good, but I had a sense of "macrobrewed" on the tail end of it. When I tasted it, I could hardly find any sweet or bite of wheat in the flavor. I swear that someone had replaced their keg with a Bud Light Wheat.

The mouthfeel okay. It had the sizzle of a wit. But in the end, I dumped out the last quarter of the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 22:18:17 | More by nightcrawler
Photo of aleckpa

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times, and have decided to finally review it. I had this from a 11.2 FL OZ can, poured into my DFH Signature glass.

A- Hazy gold, lots of carbonation. Fluffy creamy ½ finger head that goes away shortly after pour. Lacing remains throughout drink.

S- lemon, orange, corriandor. Smells very fresh and light.

T-light flavor, nothing strong. An average witbier. Taste wheat and some lemon and orange. Nothing stands out too much.

M- Light, carbonation.

O- I was obsessed with this beer when I first started drinking Belgium and craft beers. After not having this for awhile, I'm not blown away like I was when I first had it. However, this is a good drinkable beer and really good on a warm day. At 5.0% ABV, it's pretty good.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 21:32:07 | More by aleckpa
Photo of BeerYain


4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 6-pack cans shrink wrapped in plastic in Seattle (Metroploitan Market Lower Queen Anne). Pours smooth with little head, leaving a consistent, thin foam ring around the top of the beer as it's being consumed. Cloudy and straw-colored (as it should be), this drinks very well cold and fairly ok warm, but hits its peak served very cold. Most white beers often require additional citrus slices to balance out the beer and "make" it what it should be (think Shocktop or Blue Moon), but the blend of ingredients with this beer doesn't need any doctoring. It goes down smooth with a solid citrus and coriander taste, offering a consistent little bite in the back corners of the tongue and mouth. The carbonation is mild enough to drink heartily, but the taste and mouth feel want you to slow down and savor such a quality drink. This is a great beer for those with a domestic palate (Bud, Coors, etc) who are searching for a foreign, high quality white zesty beer made the RIGHT way. There is no need to add anything to this well-balanced, high quality witte beer!

Serving type: can

05-30-2011 04:08:19 | More by BeerYain
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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
Photo of mltobin


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

I picked up a 6-pack of cans of this wit from Ancona`s.

Appearance is a yellow tone with cloudiness. The smell is citrus, primarily lemon, wheat too, a faint aroma in general. It tastes of corn, orange, some light spices. MF is light and clean, finishes dry. I think this is a pretty good wit and a good option to have a couple of while doing a spring clean up in the yard.

Serving type: can

05-09-2011 23:42:57 | More by mltobin
Photo of iguenard

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

( 39/50, 5% alc/vol, Vineyards) Cloudy white, with an orange hue. Has a small head of beige that dissappears rather quickly. Chunks of sediment hover in the beer, eventually fall, only to rise at each sip. Chunks so big you can tell what spice it is (orange peel, clove, corriander). Soapy, round, orange peel and watermelon essence. Sweet, fresh and corriander exploding from this white beer. Fruity tropical and round aromas that entice. Honey is pretty present. Incredible corriader and fruity yeast flavours. Strong sweet and fruity palate. Soft and slightly acidic-tart citrus that gives it a good tang. Slightly lifeless but ever so flavourful. Hoppy, soapy and floral hops gives it a nice oily texture that glides very. Body is rather thick feeling and heavvy due to sweetness. Delicious, refreshing and fruity. Great witbier coming from a solid brewery. Try it with mussels or olives.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 19:10:30 | More by iguenard
Photo of DrDemento456


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

Seeing this is from the same company that makes Wittekerke Rosé I wasn't expecting much but here goes:

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a half inch of head. The most impressive part is the lacing which is thick and creamy throughout the whole glass.

S - Smells like a Witbier. Strong wheat base, faint coriander and yeast but very little orange peel. Curious I take a sip.

T - Can't say it's the most flavorful but it wasn't bad. Mostly tasted of wheat, sweet malts and mild coriander with spice. Kind of like Blue Moon.

M - Light bodied but could use more flavor.

Overall not bad but I have had better. Not sure of some of the lower reviews comparing this to Sprite or Michelob Ultra. Definitely had more body than those lackluster beverages. Wouldn't buy it again but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 01:57:05 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of jale


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

A: Pours a light straw with two fingers of white head.

S: Very light malt and hops. A hint of spice.

T: Slightly sweet with light malt and small hop bitterness. A hint of spice in the finish.

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: A good beer in this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:07:36 | More by jale
Photo of KonigObHops


2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have never had a Mic Ultra, but I'm guessing that this is similar.

The appearance is extremely pale yellow (almost white). The head is a creamy white.

The aroma is non-existent.

The beginning, middle, and end is all the same in terms of taste... This beer tastes like a Sprite.

Overall, I cannot recommend this beer to anyone, even if you love a good Wit Bier.

Serving type: can

04-24-2011 19:28:59 | More by KonigObHops
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the downtown Spec's a couple weeks ago and this is one of the last two of the six pack. Let make it official:

Appearance: Pours a mostly hazy yellow color with a solid 1/4" cap of creamy white foam that is solid and looks like it is going to be there for a while. There is already some lacing left on the glass as the beer is swirled for aroma.

Aroma: The beer is initially has a solid bread dough background with some wheat and lemon grass highlights. As the beer warms, the citrusy aromatics are starting to get stronger, but the aroma is staying consistent. If there is spicing in here, it is subtle and well done.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma entirely. There are some wheaty notes in here and a bit of citrus, but the bread dough notes are only in the aroma. The body is light with ample to high carbonation, so the carbonation actually makes the beer slow down across your palate in this case because it causes it to stay and be fizzy for a little while on the tongue. The finish is all about the malt/non-hop flavors.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer no doubt. For being so light, it has a deep flavor and aroma profile. It has a reserved, but well blended profile all the way around. I do have to comment that, while I am warming up to can beer in general, in this case the can makes it hard to get a good Belgian pour of your beer, so it ends coming out sloppy so that you break the tension in the beer and it will flow. The first two I poured, I tried to pour too slowly, so it ran back the side of the beer and spilled all over the place. I am thinking that the bottle or draft may be a different experience, so I will plan to try those too if presented the opportunity.

Serving type: can

04-21-2011 03:13:58 | More by SkeeterHawk
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 2 finger sudsy head. Yellow straw color, murky, that has a sort of glow to it.

Smell - nice straw smell with hints of bannana

Taste - Really nice flavoring, light with straw and grassy tastes.

Mouthfeel - slight watery but ok

Overall - I really like the flavorings of this beer. I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, not so much on wheats, but this one is very good. Light easy drinker and great for a spring, summer patio, evening beer. Highly recommend!!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:19:49 | More by bubseymour
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a clouded neon-yellow color with a finger of snow-white head that holds okay and laces well.

S: Light and sweet citrus, grassy notes, and some cupcake-like aromas.

T: Yeasty spice, delicious citrus, some candi sugar, and coriander.

M: The body is medium-light with above-average carbonation.

O: This was much better than I expected and it holds up with the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:14:33 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of PhillyStyle


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

On tap at Brick Store Pub (Decatur, GA) served in a Stange glass:

The beer appeared a pale yellow with a lighter haze than expected. The beer did produce a nice, white, thick head that was well retained.

The beer had a lighter aroma than expected, but a nice wheat/yeast aroma with a light hint of some citrus.

The taste of the beer was good and followed the nose well. Not much else to report. I expect this beer is probably better out of the bottle than on tap.

The beer had a lighter feel to it, as expected, but smooth, clean and easy to drink.

Overall, I guess that I expected more, but I still enjoyed the beer and if given the chance to pick up some bottles I would.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 17:03:11 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of schoolboy


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

I have this funny feeling that this tastes beter from the can than from the bottle half the time. This one is a delicate wheat beer. The taste could easily be destroyed if it were exposed to too much light or something.

The color is weird. Almost green in the glass. Cloudy as all hell. But I'll drink anything. The second one I drank much warmer and it had more flavor, but still well balanced and light.

Serving type: can

04-08-2011 00:43:03 | More by schoolboy
Photo of plfahey


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Very pale straw yellow with a nice haze. Full white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Interesting barnyard funk sort of aroma, wet hay, lemon peel, and coriander. Moderate wheat malt smell. Funk comes through a little bit strong, but is not entirely unpleasant.

Flavor-Lightly lemony with a strong coriander presence. Nice firm wheat flavor. Finish is very dry, somewhat flinty and mineraly. Some of the funk from the aroma is present as well.

Mouthfeel-Moderately light body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Not quite effervescent, but spritzy on the palate.

Good, and interesting, though certainly not my favorite witbier. I would like some more citrus (especially orange) character, and the funk throws me off a little bit.

Serving type: can

03-20-2011 06:56:33 | More by plfahey
Photo of DCon


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 11.2 can into a pint glass at the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. (B.O.D.= 24-12-2011)

Appearance- A cool white pour, almost as if a Cider was being poured. Light head (half a finger), no retention, bubbly, and very cloudy. Dull yellow color with a white haze.

Smell- Lemon and Orange Citrus smell with yeast and wheat.

Taste- A very mild beer with extreme amount of wheat. Would like to enjoy on a nice summer day or at a Biergarten somewhere close.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, carbonated well, crisp, and a low viscosity.

Drinkability- Enjoyed two back to back. Had a buffalo chicken wrap and chips w/ guacamole with my second can. Reminds of of days when I used to live in Wien, Austria. A great memory bier!

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 04:53:03 | More by DCon
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 11.2oz can.

A - Pours a light, slightly hazy, straw, forming a very thin white head. Minimal spots of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is mostly grainy with a hint of lemon and skunkiness.

T - Water thin taste of light grain, wheat, and lemon. This tastes more like a canned lager than a witbier.

M - Low carboantion with a light body. Very smooth and clean.

D - I have to say I expected a little more flavor and body from this one. Not what I expect from witbiers. Having said that, I still enjoyed this beer quite alot. Its an easy sessionable beer and one I would love for the river in summertime. Like I said, not my idea of witbier, but an easy drinker nonetheless.

Serving type: can

03-08-2011 08:35:09 | More by beeragent
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel green tulip. 5% ABV, 40280 printed on the back of the label.

A - Wittekerke pours a hazed-over, very pale yellow straw with a lumpy stark white head. Moderate retention with very little left in the way of lace until about half of it is consumed.

S - Slight skunk notes distract from the otherwise pleasant aroma of dry wheat, straw, pale malt, lemon citrus, and Belgian yeast. Inviting and crisp, mineral hints remind me of a Berliner weisse.

T - More lemon citrus than I remember, this has an almost lemonade characteristic to it. Mild coriander spice and Belgian yeast are nice while the wheat is soft with a pale malt backing.

M - Soft and smooth entry leads into a well-carbonated, sharper, crisp, light-bodied finish. Refreshing and inviting.

D - Definitely a sessionable brew, this beer would be a great refresher on a hot summer day. Both drinkable and flavorful!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 16:05:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dull whitish-yellow color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Light aroma of bananas, light clove, and lemon soda; very light nose; like seltzer water and hefeweizen. Medium mouthfeel: lively, fluffy carbonation; solid amounts of lemon seltzer water, bananas, and lightly toasted malts upfront; basic biscuity malts; light character overall, but, in all honesty, I could drink a fair amount of this; an effervescent, light witbier. Medium finish: toasty malts, light banana, a touch of light spiciness.

Serving type: can

02-14-2011 18:03:23 | More by CuriousMonk
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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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