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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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802 Ratings

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 ScottUCF84
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +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.

Photo of shirfan
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of kkipple
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of istomtom
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of AlXalone
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of hwwty4
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of jenbys2001
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can a cloudy grapefruit color with a quick-fading white head and a moderate amount of sticky white lacing.

Aroma is bright and lemony with a slight whiff of wheat present.

Taste is very smooth and chocked full of sweet lemons. Finishes with a touch of tartness.

Light mouthfeel is clean, crisp and with a nice sparkling carbonation to it.

This was my first Belgian from a can and I found this Wit to be very refreshing, easy to drink, and enjoyable.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind, I am not incredibly familiar with belgian whites. It is my least favorite style of the country and I dont buy it often. Pours a hazy peach white. with normal head. smell is strong, but seems like it should be skunkier. smells like lemony citrus and some hops. Taste has some lemony notes with slight hop flavors. the taste virtually dies as the beer is swallowed. But there is an aftertaste that lingers for a bit but is not very strong. The last part of the taste is almost a musk. The mouthfeel is good but very thin, and the carbonation tingles a bit. Drinkability is very good, keeping in mind its only 5%. To be honest this beer just makes me want to go grab the strongest quadrupel in my cellar, but i am more disciplined than that thank God! Better than I expected for a beer in a can though, i will say that.

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting white beer ... Notable for being the only white beer that appears regularly at the Yardhouse.

Pours a strange milky white, hazy, with a white head. Interesting beer, and the appearance is actually quite fascinating.

Taste is orange rind, some spices, wheat, yeast, and a barely detectable malt backbone. Quaffable, good, but not a powerful tasting, nor smelling, beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- When this beer is served it looks like milk that has been around a bit to long. Pure dense white body with a yellow hue that matches the white film of head. There is a nice bit of lacing with each sip but it is a very odd color.

S- The smell if very clean with a light pine hop note and a faint soapy wheat note to it.

T- This beer has a light soapy wheat bread taste with a soft tartness to it followed by a soft green pine note at the finish. There is a note of citrus water that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel and a clean finish.

D- This beer has a crazy color with an interesting flavor,especially for a wit. I thought it was very novel but no worth another glass.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, wheat, light malts and some spice.

T: The taste is exactly what you look for in a Witbier, flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast, coriander spice and orange peel, all of which are well-balanced. The malt character is light and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not filling at all, very good representation of style, this is a good lighter Belgian beer that you could drink for a very long time. I could see myself drinking several of these.

Photo of skeetermoses
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time having this beer, I happen to like this white beer much better than Hoegaarden, overall this beer did not have the spice that hoegaarden, but it did have a citrus aroma to it. This happened to be the second beer I have tried from Bavik and am quite impressed with what I have had so far.

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, not a bad beer, but this certainly wouldn't be my first pick if I had a choice... There are definitely better witbier's out there... The appearance is a cloudy, yellowish-mist... The flavor, which was good, was citrusy/lemony,and pepperish and definitely worth trying if you're a fan of this type of beer... I wouldn't mind downing a sixer of this one... Although somewhat bland compared to other witbier samples, this was nonetheless a solid and respectable brew. Not particularly over-the-top or exciting, but drinking one would definitely lead to another so I would buy it again... Without a doubt worth trying at least once if you're a fan of witbiers, but all in all, there are better samples out there... I was satisfied, but not totally blown away... A predominately citrus taste characterizes this beer, which though not bad, is not absolutely terrific-get me another now... All said, certainly worth a try though...

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I actually got to try this at Whole Foods of all places and had a can of this with a slice pof pizza outside tonight, now I know that wasnt exactly supposed to go on that way, but it did and it was cool. So anyway it poured a bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse. It was average at best but no worse then that,. I could have had another easily as they were like water. An average witbier for me

Photo of Amalak
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale yellow. Opaqueish, with a little bit of bubblyness. Average head that dissipates but leaves a little lace.

S: Not much there. Very mild, fruity scent.

T: Honestly, it almost seems flat. It tastes lemony, but there isn't any substance in the form of beer taste, full-bodyness.

M: Easy on the mouth. Lemony.

D: Easy to drink, but is very citrusy.

This beer just doesn't have any richness to it. Not bad, but very average.

Photo of wesleyhighley
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally smooth, about the color of a lemon meringue pie. Sweet, opaque taste. Smells like a good american macro.

I really enjoyed drinking this. For the price, it's definitely worth the investment. I can't complain a bit about this, though the style isn't my favorite.

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.