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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Photo of HalfFull
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a sanded maple, I could hardly distinguish the color relative to my cabinets when compared in the light. Light airy head with short retention but decent lacing through the glass. Some sediment reminiscent of freshly grated lemon rind. Indeed appears almost a hazy white when viewed from above.

Smells of lemon rind muddled by yeasts, and another depth of spice I can't quite gather.

Taste is of light lemony wheat and is slightly yeasty without any sour notes. Well balanced carbonation yields a smooth drinking brew. A touch thin in the spice department perhaps, yet nothing over the top yields a reasonable balance.

HalfFull, May 30, 2008
Photo of kb94
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Amsterdam and was happy to find at local distributor in PA.

This beer is a very good example to me of a wit beer, and interestingly, I believe that it is not considered a 'premium' beer in Amsterdam, mainly as I was only able to find this on tap at one pub there, rest in bottles.

If you like wheat beers, give this a try. Like most Belgians i've had, its terrific.


kb94, May 27, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ the Biergarden, Asheville NC

Appearance: What can I say? Yellow. Brightly so, like a Hoegaarden on steroids. Like perhaps the beer includes carotenoids.

Aroma: At first blush, coriander, with a sweet grain-maltiness. At second blush, more of the same, with a nice shallow depth.

Taste: OK. Classic wit, nothing spectacular, but nothing off either.

Palate/Mouthfeel: A bit on the sticky side but amply refreshing.

Overall: Not my favorite witbier, but it will definitely suit the bill if you're looking for a wit to drink and it happens to be what they have. All in all, somewhat plain. Interesting that the "kerke" in question on their label/tap handle is a plain white clapboard frame thing, because that's the overall effect of the beverage: plain, unassuming, mainline-protestant-style witbier. No stone towers or fancy stained glass with this one.

drperm, May 24, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Cloudy yellow brew with chunks of something suspended throughout the body. Decent head which settled to a thin layer, lots of nice lacing.

S - Hints of burning paper and lemon juice. Odd but not really that bad.

T - Artificial lemon flavoring with a very distinct medicine quality to it, maybe even pine sol. Aftertaste is reminiscent of lemon drops and melted plastic.

M - Light bodied, mildly carbonated, odd aftertaste.

D - Yo no tengo, one was more than enough for me, I see people drinking this at bars all the time, but I can't really see why.

PhageLab, May 21, 2008
Photo of geexploitation
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, with little to no head and rather still carbonation. On the nose, some rough, almost skunky hop notes (or a spice that smells like it -- this is from a can, after all) along with herbaceous and peppery elements. On the palate, quite bitter first off, then acidic, before a mellow biscuity malt quality comes through. The only thing that really does not work is the finish, which contains some unpleasant, vinyl-and-mint flavors. Overall, this isn't a bad witbier, and it's entirely likely that someone without the same sensitivity to whatever is coming out in the finish would enjoy it significantly more than I did. Even still, I thought it was decent.

geexploitation, May 21, 2008
Photo of Portertime
1.73/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I do believe I have had my first skunk beer. Yikes! If you are reading this review, don't base your opinion by it! Got this beer from Total Wine and More in Fort Myers. Poured a decent straw color with some haziness and a small white head. Smell was of sweet citrus notes and some floral to it. The first sip made my lips pucker. It was so acrid I could hardly swallow it. The next sip was just and bad that even gave my throat a burning sensation. I belive this one may have turned to the darkside. I will have to try another fresh one sometime.

Portertime, May 17, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Very pale light ale. A bit of head that dissipates quickly.

S. Citrus with some yeasty notes in the background.

T. Semi sweet lemony citrus feel with some other light fruits there too. An aggressive spice mix is also evident.

M. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

D. A fairly drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Stinkypuss, May 16, 2008
Photo of oneeye
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review: Taken from notes while sitting on the back porch bbqing.

A. Poured into a Weizen glass.Bright yellow with carbonation .Very pretty color yellow for a wit beer.

S. Smells of lemon and yeast.

T. At first I taste the lemon then it gives way to the flavor of yeast and white pepper.

M. Mouthfeel is creamy,crisp,and a bit of tingle at the end.

D.Easy to drink and very refreshing.Very good lawnmower beer or bbq beer.

oneeye, May 14, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice huge two-finger plus creamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spice, with some slight caramel tone. The taste is malty/yeasty, nice spice touch, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

Wasatch, May 08, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light gold into the tulip...

Lemon zest...

Tasted absolutely terrible when sipped from the can...Alcohol with citric acid...Once into the snifter there was an excellent transformation. Tasted of orange juice with a dash of lemon. Excellent and very, very satisfying!

Mouthfeel was near perfect. More body than expected. There is something to this beer that a lot of emulators miss. This was like drinkable lemon meringue pie!

Authentic Summertime Bier...

CamuMahubah, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of ScottUCF84
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mr. Dunderbak's, in Tampa, FL.

A-Pours a very pale, cloudy yellow. The head wasn't extremely thick but was a a bright white and it contrasted well against the yellow. It had a lemon merengue pie vibe to it. Random towers of lacing were left behind.

S- Very peppery and lemony.

T- The taste matched the smell very well; immediately peppers and spices stung my tongue. Afterwards lemon and a bit of wheat took over.

M- Pretty crisp with a smooth finish. Very light body.

D- The spice was a bit overwhelming to drink more than one, but overall a very tasty treat.

ScottUCF84, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very very pale and cloudy yellow pour, with a frothy look to it.

Aromas were citrus, mainly lemons, and some peppery clove. The flavors are of zesty lemon peels, though the spiciness is held in check by a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

For such a creamy feel, it was actually fairly light and crisp as well. I haven't had many witbiers, but this is one of the best I've tried.

ElGrecoVerde, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very pale yellow/blonde, quite murky. A low, but reasonaby lasting ring of lace.

S: Quite mild, some citrus notes, tropical fruit aromas.

T: Very noticable wheat flavours and some rather pleasant fruit taste. A lighter note of citrus + citrus peel, more towards a lemon spritzing.

M: A nice, little sharp expressiveness in the carbonation with a wet, refreshing finish. Quite nice.

D: Decent quaffer, a good summer time drink, and reasonable for the style. I tend to find myself moving away from the wit styles, but this is something I might consider trying again.

Proteus93, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of shirfan
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow with a little bit of foam sticking around.

Mild aroma of lemon, possibly some corn, and a touch of pepper.

Flavor: A light, sweet lemonade-like flavor dominates the palate. Following behind are mild tones of wheat, pepper, pear, and a hint of bready yeast.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, would be a great beer for a hot day.

This is a highly drinkable brew, inoffensive and quenching yet just tasty enough to not feel watery.

shirfan, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of kkipple
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came home on the edge of spring absolutely CRAVING a witbeer, and this lonesome can in my fridge was the only one cold. It was into a tall glass in seconds.

A. Thick looking pale pee-cloudy yellow with a fine flufsome white head and some generous lacing. This stuff is pea-soup murky...

S. All around light, notes of lemon, bready yeast, slight grain and perhaps a touch of cooked corn (alas!). There's some mild spice and a little sugar-grain sweetness.

T. Wittekerke is a basic slightly sour and lemony wheat beer, nothing offensive. It's light and clean and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is zesty and lively, and the finish is wet and a little grainy. The lightness of flavor make it easy to drink in gulps, so I did.

D. Very high, and gets moreso the hotter the day. Wittekerke isn't a great beer, but it sure is hitting the spot right now.

kkipple, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, murky, very pale yellow color with plentiful large bubbled white head. On the nose, it has a very pungent orange and clove dominated aroma. A little bit of pepper is there, but overall, a very tart and citrusy aroma. Flavor starts out complex but finishes quickly. The orange and citrus come through along with a tart cider like flavor finishing quite dry. It's not as thoroughly complex as Ommegang or Blanche de Chambly, but enjoyable nonetheless. Carbonation is high but with smaller bubbles as to bring a smoothness rather than a stinging touch.

dreadnatty08, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-visit of this wit but this time in a can.
While drinking it I went over my initial review in the bottle and honestly think it is exactly the same with the exception of the aroma.
The can might be a bit fresher, however, because what is impressing me the most here is how wonderfully intense all of the aromas are.

This was how my original review of the bottle went:
The pour is beautiful. Very light cloudy pale lemony yellow with a massive 3 finger snow white head that melts down to a sticky covering of white lacing.
Aroma is bready yeast with just a hint of lemon. Mostly dry, biscuit or bready yeast.
Taste is initially sweet and soft then the breadiness and dry peppery spice of the wheat takes over. Finish is definitely lemon.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy from the carbonation with a tingly bite of white pepper spice.
Now that I can find it in the can it is going to be a staple in my summer fridge.
Very nice Wit.

IntriqKen, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of istomtom
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say really, Belgian White is one of the most drinkable beers in my opinion. I've had many BW's, they're all distinct and I haven't met one that I don't like. This one is more distinct, mostly in flavor, it's more citrusy than others I've had (Avery White Rascal, Blue Moon, Hoegaarten, etc). I enjoy it very much but availability is extremely limited. One bonus is that, in my area, this comes in cans (and steel cans at that) so I can take it to the park whereas most BW's are bottled and glass is banned in parks.

istomtom, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

jwc215, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of AlXalone
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Presents a cloudy light yellow color resembling pineapple juice. Heading is quite low and comes and goes quickly. Some lacing remains. It looks a little exotic.

S: Fruity esters, citrus in particular with a sour twang. Slight yeastiness.

T: Overall a straightforward mild taste with a crisp lemon aroma. Level of carboation is very appropriate giving a needed kick that makes up for a lack of complexity. Starts of clean and ends with a slightly sour note. Aftertaste has some banana and perhaps pineapple. The aforementionded carbonation gives medium acidity, and this wittbier has good thickness to the body.

D: Very refreshing but too bland to be particularily interesting. Definetely beats your run-of-the-mill-beer.

AlXalone, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just tried this with lunch at the fabulous Sun Singer in Champaign, and it was a wonderful accompaniment to my Reuben and salad. The appearance is very good, with two full fingers of white foam capping a cloudy lemon body. The smell exudes good malt, some yeast, and overtures toward fruit that the taste realizes well. With a smooth, easy texture, the fruit shines through well--orange, banana, lemon--as does the malt. This is highly refreshing, and I can only imagine that this would be every bit the equal of a splendid Hefe Weizen in beating the heat in summer. Having another of these would have been a breeze.

Very fine beer, and goes with a lot of food. It's an easy partner for any meal. Don't miss.

Gehrig, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, whitish yellow with a 2 1/2 finger off-white head that has good retention and leaves a nice sticky lace. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles.

S: citrus, yeast, banana, clove spice with touch of bready sweetness as well

T: much like the nose, yeasty banana and clove up front with hints of orange peel and a touch of apple in the background as well.

M: medium bodied and smooth, good carbonation and a pleasantly crisp finish. A tad watery however.

D: This beer is very easy to drink - it has some good flavours, but they are not as pronounced as I hoped them to be. Not bad, but there certainly are some better wits out there. I would buy this one again, but probably only for a good summer session.

Graham5161986, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz can into a Boulevard Pint glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a bright white head that left mild lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is yeasty with a slight citrus smell. Taste is mild banana, lemony citrus and bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slight carbonation. It’s a pretty drinkable beer.

hwwty4, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a pure white head.

Smell: Yeast and sour citrus.

Taste: Very subdued flavor. Hints of cereal and mild citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Classic wheat beer texture with a smooth and waxy quality.

Drinkablity: Simple and very easy to drink. It was not as complex as expected, but it was still enjoyable.

SargeC, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really crisp, refreshing beer. The beer snob in me was pleasantly surprised. I didn't expect such a tasty beer from a can. Nice choice for a lighter beer, especially since I don't usually care for light beer. I buy this one often, especially for social gatherings where I don't want to drink anything too heavy.

jenbys2001, Jan 10, 2008
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.