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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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811 Ratings

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
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
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of KevinB
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz can, served in a pint glass. Pour revealed a huge frothy pale white head that snow capped a hazy chrysochlorous body.Head slowly retreated leaving a good amount of lacing. It's a good looking brew with little bits of sediment which I wasn't expecting.
Smell is somewhat faint but pleasant, grassy, bready, light floral notes, wheat is the most prominent scent.
Taste is a good wheat flavor, kinda yeasty with a light fruity tartness.
Mouthfeel is a light, it's a lighter medium body, good amount of carbonation, finishes clean.
Overall a pretty good beer, thats easy drinking though not very interesting.

Photo of Vancer
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like a Belgium strong pale ale, an easy pour produces a massive white cloud that floats for seeming eternity on top of a golden clear brew. A yeastie swirl at bottle’s end murked her up a bit.

Aroma was semi-weak, just some tidbits of a wheaty malt. But the quaff was a different bird – soft and reminiscent of a lemon chiffon pie. Weird.

Body was a paradox – that big head was followed by a smooth brew without much carbonation. Pretty nice brew, but I’m wondering if I could make my way thru a sixer of them.

Photo of theopholis
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- The body is a very cloudy, pretty much translucent, pale yellow. HUGE, fluffy white head with lots of retention and some lacing.

Aroma- Lots of sour-mash with a significant citrus nose upfront. No hops, banana or clove. Slightly bready smelling. No other spices, although the style calls for them.

Taste- The taste is quite a bit different from the aroma. You get a lot of citrus with a good balance of coriander. Hints of sweet bready yeast, and just enough hops to let you know this is a wit. Great citrusy after-taste. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Light body. Medium to high carbonation

Drinkability- I'm not real big on Belgian wits, but this stuff is pretty good.

Photo of soupyman10
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light yellow color with a touch of head on top that dissolves down to a thin film. Nose is crazy citrus, lemon, and some pencil shavings (?). Flavor is smooth, clean citrus, light wheat. Body is medium with solid carbonation. This one's not bad, a very smooth drink, although not crazy complex.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a golden yellow color ale with some small white hue and a medium size pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of wheat and some light coriander. Taste is also dominated by some light wheat with some commendable spice mix in which coriander dominates. Body is a bit light with too much filtration with some adequate carbonation.

Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking a break from working on the deck. Oxalic acid is taking the skin off my hands and the 80°F 85% R.H. has raised a thirst that I would rather not quinch with water.

The small blue 33 cL can of Authentic Belgian Wheat Beer does my Duvel glass proud with a wheat hazed yellow body topped with a supurb brilliant white dense head that slowly falls lacing the glass to the brim on my side while beading from the etched bottom raises a small pillow encircled by creamy ring of head. " .. the archetypal Belgian Wit, in fact, it probably sets the Benchmark."

Lemon with some hints of coriander that become more noticable with warming.

Similar flavor of fresh lemons, with spiced character better expressed than in the nose. Coriander, lemon zest, acidic lemony-grapefruit cleans the pallate. Finishes with easy. Citric feel on the tongue in the finish, crisp and very refreshing. Never watery but light and with high carbonation a real treat from its efferescent tart exciting mouthfeel and solit wheat body.

On underside of the Can the Best Before Date is 01-12-2008 this kind of packaging has its benifits. One to look for in Belgium railway stations or local beer/liquor shop in US.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This was poured into a frosted Wittekerke glass and served. The body is a hazy straw yellow but I could not tell how hazy due to the glassware used. Big fluffy white head that slowly settled to 1/2 finger. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Big citrus nose upfront. Lemons hit the nose immediately. Corriander also has a strong presence. Yeast is there but hidden in the background.

T- Very similar to the smell. The main character to this beer is citrus. A good balance of corriander, sweet bready yeast, and minimal hops make up the backbone. The taste is consistent all the way through with citrus and yeast lingering. Great-but could use more yeast.

M- Medium to high carbonation and full yeasty body. Goes down easy with no thin water-like qualities.

D- This a delicious, drinkable, and sessionable witbier. Low on alcohol and big on flavor. Probably best as a summer beer but can be enjoyed year-round.

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, yellow color with a white, foamy, two-finger head. Left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and come clove.

T - It tasted of wheat and spices. It also had a yeast-like taste.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good beer. Not what you'd expect from Belgium.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

never saw this before and tried it at rocks bar in chicago. they served it in the wittekerke glass from the can. nice glass and a nice looking beer, it was a glowing cloudy straw with a great creamy head. sweet bready and lemony aromas. nice bit of sweetness and well balanced by a tart finish. chewy mouthfeel. very sessionable, this went down easy.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Colins for US$8.99 a 6 Pack.

This pours from 11.2oz can(best by 21-09-08) a very pale straw-yellow with a nice large head of foam that shrinks to a solid layer and it has lots of lacing.

The smell has a lemon nose that I noticed as soon as I popped the tab on the can. I also get whiffs of wheat and for the hot weather we've been having in Casper, it's pretty darned inviting.

The taste on first sip and I get plenty of lemon zest that smacks me in the face and then there's a yeasty kick and some banana and some spice and I'm starting to enjoy it quite a bit but then(yet again), the flavours seem to drop off.
Just before and through the finish, it becomes very bland and watery and and that ruins it for me. Too bad; Initially, I thought I'd really like this Wit.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy, creamy, milky white-yellow color (haven’t seen this before). The smell is light and slightly floral. The taste is light and delicate – it has slight malt and hop flavors topped off with some floral notes. The mouthfeel is light and feels suited for this beer. Overall, this is a smooth and easy drinking beer.

Photo of oelergud
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale translucent yellow body. White fluffy head with decent retention and good lace.
Very mild sweet malt scent with abit of honey and berry.
Taste is mild as a wheat beer usually is. Sweet mild honey, some spice and abit of hops. Aftertaste is very mild and shortlived.
Light to medium body with a dry finish.
Good drinkability.


Photo of BeardedSquash
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straight out of the bottle, it's a beauty. Bright, almost neon yellow. A bit cloudy, with a fingers worth of bright white head. The appearance score would have remained higher had the head stayed longer or laced on it's way down.

S: Light and yeasty. I'm a fan of Belgian Witt yeast, so this smells like home. Some subtle orange in the background, an overall bright nose.

T: First impression is yeast, as a it should be. Bready but not heavy, malt takes a back seat to an array of other flavors. Cirtisy notes, almost lime. Sweet, but not obnoxious. Overall the flavor is a bit understated, but makes for a good summer time quaffer.

M: Thin, but aggressive if agitated. Carries the flavor nicely.

D: I'd drink it all day long in the summer. Hell, I'd drink it all day long in the fall and spring too. A wonderful treat when all you want is a brisk, non-offensive beer.

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

On tap in Tampa. Pours a thick white head, cloudy golden yellow. Was served with an orange slice, but I disposed of that. Smells of citrus. Tastes lightly of lemons and little of orange, but I missed the peppery sensation. Not a fan of the after taste. Better than Blue Moon, but I want to try more Belgian whites before I compare it further.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz can

Pours a hazed pale straw colow with a creamy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lightly bready and yeasty with hints of corriander and orange. It has all of the right elements, just more subdued than what I expect.

Taste is very light. Mildly bready and yeasty upfront with subtle hints of corriander and orange. Finishes very clean. Pleasant, but lacking.

Light body, creamy texture.

This is a very easy drinking brew, but overall very a average wit. A worthy choice for a thirst quencher, but not so much if you are craving the taste of a classic wit.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great find for me, for a wierd reason. I live in a complex where they do not allow glass bottles at the pool. Since we can't get Dale's here in SC I have no options except some BMC crap. But, I stumbled onto a 6 pack of this beer in cans.

A. Poured into a pint glass an interesting white hazy color with a dissipating head with decent lacing.

S. Very typical of a Belgian wit, but with a bit more citrus. Very much like Hoegarten.

T. I enjoyed the dry citrusy taste and finish. I know many people here don't, but tastes difer.

M. Well carbonated. IMO this makes it very enjoyable.

D. Great, definitely will cut the heat at the pool all summer for me, at least until somehow I get some Dale's Pale Ale or Old Chubb.

All in all, a very drinkable Belgian wit. This class has underwhelmed me, but I certainly enjoy this more than Hoegarten or Blue Moon.

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.