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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 845
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.06/5  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. (574 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Valmor88
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Cheers! (643 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.59/5  rDev -55.5%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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! (453 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +12%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of aasher
2/5  rDev -44%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of nightcrawler
2.34/5  rDev -34.5%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of aleckpa
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of BeerYain
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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! (1,068 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,005 characters)

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.