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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
81
good

787 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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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
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's just about summer and I've been looking for a good run of witbiers to find the summer's top entrant. Got this at Big Z in Huntington, they have an improved selection of singles since last I visited. I like the bright blue label for this beer as well.

Pours a cloudy light blonde with requisite head and lacing. The head disappears after a short time but this still has the proper look of a summer wheat beer. Nose is mainly citrus and wheat.

Taste is broad in texture and has a brief bitter splash before the refreshing finish. Smooth and easy to drink with a hoppy aftertaste. This is any easy beer to like and will be handy over the next few months

daliandragon, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemony yellow color with a bubbly white head that leaves some strands of lacing behind

Smell: Faint tangy aroma - lemons, maybe

Taste: Starts out with a slight wheat flavor that provides a bit of coriander spice in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Compared to some other wits, this is a bit bland in both the aroma and the taste, although there is a nice coriander flavor; just lacks the banana and wheat flavors that are to be expected

brentk56, May 14, 2006
Photo of kennyo
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yelolw with a white head that disapates fairly quickly. This beer has a yeasty, wheat aroma. Lightly carbnonated, bubbles sitting at the bottom of the glass, St Bernardus goblet/glass. Some sweetness to the taste, wheat, touch of lemon.
This is not a bad lawnmower beer. A lot beter than the macros.

kennyo, May 06, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light straw. Odd nose. Grassy and herbal, hay and wheat. Somewhat fruity, but not coriander, more of a green melon and cooked onion. Taste is more of the same. Dry, vegetable-like, with turnups and cucumbers, along with green melon and lemon. Interesting but dull as hell.

Crosling, May 05, 2006
Photo of Contra
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz can, poured into a pint glass.

I was always tempted to try this beer, as the plastic wrapping around the canned version was rather odd to me. Well, I finally bit the bullet after desiring a Belguim beer of some sort.

The aroma was rather pungent and acidic, and somewhat of a turn-off. Fortunately, the flavor was better. Unfortunately, it's fairly bland, and nothing interesting. A very light colinder taste, but stronger on the wheat.

I was fairly disappointed with the pallet, as it left my mouth rather dry, and lacked the desirable crispness. Appearance was nice, as it was a enticing cloudy white/yellow.

Overall, it was a fairly decent witbier, but nothing worth going out of the way for.

Contra, May 02, 2006
Photo of BadBadger
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an absolutely refreshing treat. This well brewed beverage pours from the growler a cloudy light-gold color, with a descent but not huge foamy head. The smell is pleasant, with a nice spiced grassy aroma of herbs and fruit. The taste is wheaty and wonderful. This is brew of exceptional drinkability. I regret not buying more, after the very first taste. Definitely pickup growler of this witbier, or give it a try if you see it!

BadBadger, May 01, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a light hazed yellow color with a medium head of white foam, some notes of lace, and champagne like carbonation. Aromas of sweet malt and yeast, over fresh grain. Exceptional. Taste is light and refreshing; flavors of light malt, grain, mild hops, biscuits, yeast and corn go lightly on the palate. Mouthfeel was bubbly and refreshing. Quite nice. Good drinkability. This would make a superb summer quaffer. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very grapefuit juicy, cloudy yellow appearance, with a nice big frothy head.

Smells of yeast and citrus fruits. Orange, and tangerine.

A satisfying, refreshing, drinkable belgian that works very well as a palate cleanser. Hints of pear, peach, orange, tangerine, yeast and a little malt. I like the mouthfeel and this one goes down smooth. Not a bad wit at all.

mcallister, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of budsboy
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale, slightly cloudy straw color with a bone white head that has some staying power and leaves a nice web of lacing.

Aroma is typical wheat, though not as strong as many. Grassy notes mix with sweet malt and corriander-like spices.

Pleasant, light flavor, with a pinch of pepper and a hint of lemon, esp. at the end. The combination is more of a floral flavor than spicy.

Creamier than I expected, but still light on the tongue.

Generally refreshing, though not huge on flavor. It brings to mind a light wheat beer. An expensive lawnmower beer, or a notch above that.

budsboy, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of ahking
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice affordable and refreshing wheat beer from Belgium of all places. It's 6.99 a six pack around here and only comes in cans. Nice alternative to take on a fishing trip or anywhere cans are preferred. Pours a nice hazy yellow color. Aroma is loaded with banana and spices. Flavor is a bit soda-popish as it is quite sweet, but balanced with a sour cherry finish. Nice banana and spice flavor. I certainly prefer this over most "white" beers including Blue Moon, etc. Hops are perceived first when it hits your tongue and then again in the finish -- however, this is a mildly hopped beer as you might expect. I recommend.

ahking, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of stouty1
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a faint yelllow with a nice head which quickly reduces to a fine foamy lace around the glass. Pale yellow with expended yeast floating around. Smells of bannana and corriander witha hint of cinnamon. First taste was smooth with some carbonation and slight bitterness. Not a very dry Wit and does not have the mouthfeel or taste of Hoegaarden or Weisenstephen, but would be an easy introduction to this awesome style.

stouty1, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of marinobrew
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This witbier has a transluscent pale yellow straw color. The head is white and tite laced. The nose has hints of banana, corriander, and just a hint of clove. The mouth is hit first with the fruit and then a soft esthery spice wraped in a biscuit softly coated with honey that is carried over the tongue with a medium carbonation structure. There is a slight citrus linger. If you are not into the heavy cloved versions of witbiers this is a great place to start.

marinobrew, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very pale gold, quite turgid and cloudy, with a moderate head (though it proves a little limpid, disappearing quickly). Interesting aroma: perfumy coriander is expected, followed by an oddly cracker-like malt which is pleasant but unusual. Quite strong coriander to taste as well, with a citrusy, candied-lemon flavor. Moderate bitterness. Dry, powdery finish. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

I don't see why this has scored low with other BA'ers. It's a solid wit bier, drinkable and refreshing. An excellent example of one of my favorite styles.

allengarvin, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wittekerke Bier is a beer that is actually named for a fictional town in Belgium that is featured in a soap opera of the same name. The town's residents are known to drink this beer on the show. What does that have to do with my review? Absolutely nothing, but I though I should point out some the backstory to this beer. Even though this brew was meant to be a gimmick (by my understanding, at least) it still holds up as a solid beer in the wit style.

The most popular form of distribution for this brew seems to be cans, which is an interesting concept for a "craft" beer, but I managed to secure a sixer of bottles. Perhaps I will break down someday and try a couple of cold cans of this on a hot day, but my bottle at (slightly below) cellar temperature review is as follows:

Wittekerke pours a very light, "white" hazy yellow color, and a nice foamy head forms and lasts for about 3 minutes before thinning out. Somewhat of a typical wit smell present, being a bit fruity and yeasty. The fruitiness was more of a "fleshy" fruit aroma, like apples and pears rather than the usual wit smells of banana and spice. The mouthfeel was light and crisp. A light fruity flavor and some light yeastiness were tasted. Again, not much banana or spice, but rather a somewhat lemony/citrus flavor. Low but detectable amount of dryness in the finish. The aftertaste has more "fleshy" fruit flavors, such as apple, and orange peel. Some generic citrus and light dryness carry over as well (although the dryness is quite light).

This is quite a refreshing brew. It probably will never challenge Hoegaarden for one of the top Belgian wits, but this is quite an exceptable brew and is worth a try if you enjoy the style or other wheat brews.

Beastdog75, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of styrene
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, golden yellow, but fairly transparent. Poured to a solid one-inch head that left lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: "Smelled like cheap beer", says my fiancee. I'd qualify that statement by describing the smell as that of cheap, overly sweet belgian beer. (think the Navigator 8.6 that all the bums in Paris drink.)

Taste: Clean and dry with a hint of citrus. Rather refreshing, or maybe thirst-quenching is a better way to describe it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light but managed to avoid being 'watery'.

Drinkability: An excellent session beer if you're unwilling to shell out the big bucks for a Hoegaarden or Blanche de Chambly.

styrene, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very pale yellow, hazy, with a dead white head- smooth around edges, with some bigger bubbles in center.

I swear I smell cinnamon. Oh, wait...that's the scented candle someone has burning nearby. Try again...Airy, light, just a tad bit clovy. Mainly malty and lighter hops.

Flavour is light malt, with a healthy spiciness. Some hop character builds near the end- but oddly, it gets sweeter at the same time. Solid, but not exciting. Good and refreshing on a hot day, I'd bet.

A bit too carbonated for me- very tight carbonation at that...but I suppose it's in the style. Liquid is average viscosity.

I usually give higher drinkability marks to beer that have a more interesting profile (and keep me more interested)- but this one just goes down so easily I can't help but give it the top ranking.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a decent witbier and a great session beer. Pours to a very light yellow color with enough haze to give it that white appearance. A towering white, effervescent head sits atop the beer. No visible carbonation and subsequently a weak head retention. Lacing is good, however.

The smell is not the best. The grain almost has a very barnyardish aroma to it, and I'm not talking about that horseblanket shit that people actually seem to like. Eventually the coriander and orange peel neutralize the foul odor as it warms, but it is still in the back of my mind with every whiff. Almost smells like corn and/or rice.

The taste is good, however. A bit sweet with some tangy spices. Definitely coriander and orange peel, possibly even a bit of lemon zest and other esoteric crap. The citric flavors linger on the palate for long into the finish with a pleasant sweetness.

The body is very light and fluffy with a bit of a prickly sting on the tongue from the carbonation. Very refreshing, and very drinkable. Just don't give the beer a good long sniff before every drink like I've been accustomed to doing. Extra points for drinkability considering this is available in cans, for my fellow outdoor adventurist type BA's.

neonbrown82, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of murphysbleachers
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz can into a 16oz clear plastic cup:
Appearance: Cloudy, much darker yellow than a Hoegaarden. Leaves lacing down the side of the plastic cup.
Smell: Citrus and floral. Like lemon trees in bloom.
Taste: Lemony in the front, then a second or two before a little bit of bitterness and coriander in the aftertaste. I should review it in a bottle. I bet it tastes better.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy like a witbier should be.
Drinkability: I can drink a lot of these and love that it is a Belgian beer that comes in little cans. Very refreshing. This might be my new summer beer for out on the boat (or any other activity that calls for cans for that matter)!

murphysbleachers, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from a 11.2 oz can into a mug. The color is a cloudy light tan color, look a little thin compared to what I have been exposed to from this style. It has very little head that is gone in a second. It has a very zesty citrus and light wheat scent. Nice zesty citrus and wheat flavors but a little thin in the mouthfeel. Not the best Belgium White that I've ever had but pretty good overall.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very straw like in colour with a definite haze. The nose is lemons and oranges with a little spice. The taste is quite light with citrus in the background and less spice than some wits. A little weak in body and flavour I find this beer to be strictly a summer patio quencher.

canucklehead, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of jvonkluck
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer on tap, but not in quite an objective state of mind

So, I bought a few bottles to re-sample it.

Nice appearance - a very pale and slightly hazy yellow with a thick head that dissapates nicely throughout the course of the glass.

Aroma is malty with hints of citrus or citrus with hints of malt. Can't quite pin it down.

The taste is evenly balanced between citrus and malt with overtones of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than I expected, but not in a bad way. It feels substantial.

All in all, a very drinkable beer. It's very evenly balanced and light enough to drink a few of.

jvonkluck, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of sopor
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale slightly foggy straw-yellow with a mist of sediment that very quickly and actively mixes evenly into the beer. A snow-white creamy cap of froth dissipates pretty evenly. Smells very lightly of wheat and toasty biscuit malt. Light, slightly spiced and slightly sweet wheat malts, fairly typical and predictable, with hints of lemon and biscuity malt. Typically light body for a typical Belgian wheat ale. Totally typical and average, this beer pulls a straight 3.

sopor, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fluffy white head over a golden straw colored body that has a mysterious almost misty character to it. Decent head retention, but little lace. Smells of light citrus, banana, clove and a touch of coriander. Slightly sweet upfront but reveals a lemony citrus flavor. Nicely balanced and smooth. Medium body. Just the right amount of light crispness in the mouth, slightly creamy with a clean refreshing finish.

One of the most drinakble Belgian wits I’ve come across. It has a great mouthfeel and strikes a perfect balance between complex yet subtle flavors. A great session beer or revitalizing tonic.

Shovelbum, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 05-04-06. Quiet good presentation with white head and foggy pale golden beer. Nose is koreander, orangepeals, light sourish, wheaty and overal quiet fresh. Taste is also quiet good having good maltyness with light wheaty sourness. Further litle alcohol, fruity and koreander that's IMO litle high and giving it a soapy taste.
Good carbonisation makes moutfeel together with good taste als OK. And yes this is well drinkable on a warm day or even in fall now.

paterlodie, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle poured into a pint glass. Purchased one bottle to try, and it was about $1.75

Appearance: Insane lacing, as it's actually leaving pretty thick rings on the glass, which looks gorgeous. Head stays above the beer, thick, foamy, and white. Tons of bubbles coming to the top, and the haze of an unfiltered wheat beer. Very nice.

Smell: Is that a burst of alcohol I smell that's taking away from the citrus nature of the beer? I don't really get much spice, zest, or malt at all. Quite odd for how great it tastes, really.

Taste: A crisp burst of lemon and slight bubblegum hit the palate first. Then it settles back into a sweeter, more fruity and malty flavor, until the oh-so-slight hop bitterness at the end. A great amalgam of flavors are going on here. Not insanely complex, but very balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, as the bubbles are [NOTE: At the very moment of writing this in mid-sentence, a small bug just flew into my goddamn glass. But alas, I'm finishing it of course, and hopefully he went out with a good taste in his mouth] still floating to the top. Doesn't finish dry, exactly, but it's somewhere along the middle between dry and malty, as the sugars and malt mingle well together with the carbonation and citrus to give it a pretty good ride.

Drinkability: Aside from the aroma, I think this is a pretty solid choice. I'm sure there are others out there (and viewing the list there are many more Belgians I want to try, as I've had more American Wits than Belgians), but it's worth a shot for sure, especially for summer and this Virginia heat, which won't quit for some reason.

asabreed, Sep 22, 2005
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.