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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | 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 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.

Photo of TheBierBand
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz can into a pint glass to produce a 1/2" frothy white head over a cloudy light hazy yellow liquid.

The smell was of citrus.

The taste.... woah!.... like lime peels.... bitter and sour.

Mouthfeel: way too fizzy for my taste

Drinkability:... If you can get by the taste... it's refreshing... thirst quenching... not my can o' beer though.

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

Fluffy white foamy head, small bubbles with good clinginess. Very thin yellow color, slightly hazy.

A little citric twist in the aroma, which is subtle. Some sweetness and slight spicing.

Overall thin flavor and body. Fruity flavor with a lot of citric rind. There is some sweetness from the malt sugars along with light wheat grain as well. Very little hop flavor, slightly grassy and earthy yeast as well.

Average Belgian wit, nothing to speak of other than a decently drinkable summer beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy and cloudy yellow into a Witekereke glass(which looks like a small vase). Lots of thick head, that seemed like half of the beer. Kind of a standard Belgian wit, although a bit drier. A good summer beer, but nothing more than average.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice cloudiness and a pure white head. smells like corn more than anything, with some slight hops. Tastes average, me not being a huge hefe fan probably has something to do with its mediocrity. also has a little bit of bitterness to it, but nothing major. mouthfeel is great, and yummy. not bad, not great.

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

App - Exceptionally pale color. A bit cloudy as expected with the style. Moussy white head with lengthy retention.

smell - A gentle orange and vanilla scent, some wheat bread/grain character, and a bit of pepper. Aroma is complex and no single element dominates.

flavor - Citrus sweetness and minimal hop bitterness up front. Spicy notes from aroma very subdued in flavor. A subtle sour tart taste at the finish. Could be a bit spicier and more characterful in flavor.

MF - Fairly light in body, with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly creamy and smooth. No astringency. Overall a light, gentle mouthfeel. Carbonation a bit low for the style.

D'ability - A clean but somewhat subdued interpretation of the style. Would be very easy to drink these one after another, but the same could be said for a light American lager.

Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Wit. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice size pillowy white head. Light lacing, average head retention. Aroma fairly good, cloves / banana primarily. Nice Wit taste, not as crisp as St Barnadus but not bad either. Fairly good astringency and citrus / cloves / banana taste. Mouthfeel is rich, a bit more sweetness in the finish than I would like, but overall a good beer. Drinkability is fine. At 5% with a very pleasant, refreshing taste, this would be a fine summertime session beer. I wish every place that serves up Widmer's Hefe could switch to something like this instead.

Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My Wittekerke came in a 11.2 oz. can. You read that right. I had no idea that a Belgian Brewery put a Witbier into a can. The stuff you learn everyday. It's a sky blue can with "Wittekerke" in a tan/yellow oval with a some Flemish below it. On the far right of the can is where they put who brewed this beer, who the importer is, and a sentence written in a couple of language. On the far left of the can is where they put the barcode and the US Government warning. On top of the can is a silver lining with the word white beer written in English, Flemish, and Spanish. Make sure you look at the bottom of the can because that's where they keep the best before date. Served in a Pilsner glass.

Poured a light and hazy lemon yellow with a massive head of white pillowy foam. It had one of those head of foams that made me stop pouring half way because it would have overflowed the glass if I didn't. The head of foam had really good retention that left behind a white pillowy film, white foamy rings along the edge of the beer, and a few streaks of white sticky lace around the glass. The aroma started off heavy with dry pepper and with some juicy fruits and a slice of lemon behind it. After it really warms up, the dry pepper aroma dissipates and then is replaced by citrus fruits and a small drop of honey in the background. I'm not too sure what happened to the juicy fruits or the slice of lemon after the dry pepper dissipated. They must have left with the dry pepper. The taste was on the thin side with just a few small tastes of pepper, dry citrus fruits, a slice lemon, a few hops, and with a little dab of yeast to finish it off. There wasn't much going on in the taste. It was average at best. The mouthfeel was really light, not too watery, and with a minuscule aftertaste of grains, citrus fruits, and a little yeast. So this is where a few malted grains emerge. They weren't in the initial taste, so I guess the aftertaste called them up and told them to stop their hiding. I thought it was pretty much a slightly above average Belgian Witbier. I thought the can was a nice touch. This beer in a can would make a nice choice if you're going out on a hot summer day picnic.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.36/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a whitish golden color and has a decent thin head that only dissipates a little. The smell is sweet with some fruity aromas. The taste is quite smooth and moderately carbonated. It's bitterness is light but has a nice orange flavor to it. I'm not a big fan of wheat beer, but I particularly like this one. This beer is true to the witbier style and can't really improve much. The smell was a little mild, but other than that, I recommend this one.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up to help celebrate the new season - even though it still feels like winter outside. I hadn't had a Witbier in quite some time, and after sampling this, it's pretty damn obvious why I miss this style so much! This was quite a sight to behold, and even more enjoyable to drink. Quite a shame the bottles aren't 12 oz, but I'm sure that's because it's a metric measurement...

This had a lovely pour to it - beautifully cloudy, a nice head, and the perfect hue of light straw. The taste was simple, in that it wasn't overwhelming...but the flavors were near-perfect proportion. Obviously, there's a straw-like malt backbone here, but there's hints of bubblegum, banana, citrus, lemon, and surprsingly, champagne. It sounds like a lot but as I said, they work well together and make this exceptionally easy to drink and perfect for session drinking, hot summer days, or for times when ya want a lighter beer that's as complex as a stout or high-hopped brew.

The only thing I'd change about this is the lacing, since it's average and not up to the level of this brew's other attributes. The aftertaste lightly lingers like that of a banana, and there's no bitterness or sharpness in the back here. Additionally, the 5.00% ABV can't be felt at all here, making this a great choice as I transition from winter's dark ale to the lighter fares of spring. Highly recommended!

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

This beer is light yellow with a creamy, fine-bubbled head.

Smell is yeasty with some fenolic and citric witbier notes. The smell has some slight tart charactaristics with some bready malt and a hint of spicy coriander.

Taste is yeasty with a typical fenolic witbier profile. I get some honey and fresh baked bread. Malt is quite strong and backs up these tastes, something I have not found in a witbier before. The tartness in the smell is not detectable in the taste. Too bad, because I would liked to have a bit of sour bite. Really adds to the beers complexity (and reduction of body).
There is very little carbonation in the beer which doesn't add to the beers drinkability. Body is medium and could be a little bit less.
Overall, not the tyical witbier and deserves it's place.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a goblet. This beer is cloudy with light golden straw color. It has a decent head that settles and is retained well enough. The aroma is wheaty malt with a faint trace of hops and faint fruity notes. The flavor is slightly sour wheaty malt with a slight hop finish. As it warms a bit fruity indications of pineapple like yeast byproducts are noted. It has a medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

This is a very good witbier. It's very straightforward. There's nothing fancy here, but it's very authentic. It doesn't pull any punches.

Photo of ccrida
1.85/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured from draft in the breweries tall, thin frosted glass, the Witterkerke was a nice and cloudy, pale straw colored brew with a very thin white head, that dissipated fairly quickly to nothing.
Took a wiff, and whoa, not good! Totally sulfury like rotten eggs, yuk.
The initial taste is sour and tart and definately dominated by that sulfer oder. It then gains a bit of sweetness and finishes grassy, but without an aftertaste.
The body was light and pleasantly carbonated, but there was zero drinkability to this in my mind. Wild beers are one thing, but that sulfur bit was too much.
I'm not sure if this keg was bad, as I see my experience was different then all the reviewers of the bottled version. The Sharp Edge didn't think so, although they agreed it sucked and gave me another beer on the house. If I ever get around to trying this out of a bottle or on draft somewhere else, I'll revisit my review, but for now I'm basing it on that very unpleasant experience.

Photo of auxiliary
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light foamy cloudy color. Thick foamy white head. Lots of lace.

Smell - Citrus, lemon, clean smell.

Taste - Crsip, lemon, sweet, fruity.

Mouthfeel - Not heavy, pretty light. Lots of bubbles.

Drinkability - I learned I like Witbier beers. Nice clean taste, I could see myself drinking alot of these. This brand does come in cans, but I purchased it in a bottle.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy, lemony yellow. There was a mild head, but it subsided rather quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The beer didn't have much of an aroma, but what I could smell smelled decent enough. There was a strong lemon-citrus flavor. The mouthfeel was mild and creamy. Overall, this was a decent quality beer, but inferior to Hoegaarden.

Wittekerke's strong suit is its drinkability. Its pleasant taste and creamy mouthfeel make this one heck of a drinkable beer. I could see drinking dozens of these at a party on a hot summer night.

If you're looking for a one bottle masterpiece, then look elsewhere. If you're looking for a strong beer, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a quality beer for session drinking, then give this a try.

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

This looks like a lager diluted by dishwater. I don't mean that in a bad way although honestly it isn't overwhelmingly appetizing. I know that description doesn't bring to mind something tasty but I have had listless looking wit biers that were actually good. Not much head but definitely lots of nice looking lacing. Nose just seems washed out ... like it's old or something.

Taste is ok ... I get some timid lemon but it too seems washed out ... it's really sad if I may steal a line from Burke Carter J.

Nothing spectacular here.

Photo of witster18
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

wittekerke is a light bodied witbier that is distinctive but underwhelming. The taste is prodominately soap and lemon....it's hue is lighter and clearer than most in this style....the sourness of this brew makes it distinctive in this cluttered style. Must be ice cold as the sourness and soapiness only get worse as it warms. Less spiciness and floralness than you would hope for this style. Good on a cold day....but save the money and buy blue moon...which I dare say is better! Dissapointed and confused on how this is so close to the source of the style...maybe this is just the Bud light of witbiers...sorry! The fact that this beer still sells well(inside source) and is about 8$ a six REALLY makes the dissapearance of such a fine domestic version like CELIS WHT that much more painful!

Photo of Illinick
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored, pale yellow with rising carbonation and a slightly fizzy, slightly sticky white head that retains well at a nice size. Good lacing also.
S: Straw, yeast, and some herb scents up front with some spice, coriander, and banana/citrus scents following.
T: Follows the nose a bit. Crisp banana-citrus dominates up front along with some yeast followed by a lot of coriander in the middle and through to the end. A slight spicy bite and also crisp citrus cooling at the end. The flavor profile flows nicely and isn't dominated by one flavor or another.
MF: light, but creamy at times.
Overall: A quality wit that deviates from the normal Hoegaarden or other more popular wits. Pick one up and enjoy ist's high drinkability and beer thirst-quenching ability.

Photo of theformula
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian White...should be great.

Pours a very white, cloudy body w/ small head and minimal retention. Looks quite nice.

It's got a barn/hay scent from the yeast strain used, along with a little orange/citrus and slight hop background. Some clove spice thrown in as well. Problem is, the nose is weak and lacking. I expect a more pronounced aroma and more complexity.

Tastes very similar, again with a hay/barn-yard-like yeast that could be described (although pleasantly) as a detergent perfume (think laundry). A hint of spice/clove can be found. A little astringent/sour with a very crisp, bright body that's very refreshing. Just enough hops to be noticed w/ a slightly bitter aftertaste.

This was lacking, methinks. I'd take a Hoegarrden or even maybe a Blue Moon over this one, as Blue Moon is cheaper. It just lacks body and complexity, and this wit is just a little weak IMO. Not bad and very refreshing, but there's better. Wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

Barkeep, pour me a Hoegarrden please.

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.