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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | 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 goschool
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I needed something for my friend and her friends who were coming over. I know that she orders "hefeweizen" (Which is either Widmer or Pyramid) whenever we go out. I was in Trader Joe's and I figured witbier would be the best choice. She started drinking it out of the can and she said, "This tastes like Bud Light." Oh well.

Appearance: The pour is cloudy extremely pale straw with an almost electric radiance.

Smell: The nose has lemon zest, orange peel, herbs, spices, and a light wheat aroma.

Taste: The flavor profile is a soft and sweet blend of orange peel, lemon zest, a hint of grapefruit piths, coriander, wheat, and mildly spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: The texture is soft, yet creamy, like froth. There's plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: I liked this beer a lot even if nobody else could appreciate the delicate flavors.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy lemon yellow brew with a one finger bone-white head that leaves lots of powdery lace.

Nice clean lemon zest, like lemon merengue pie and a warm lemon cookie malt. Somewhat grassy and dank...very fitting for the style.

Warm but refreshing lemon bar cookie flavor. Fruity and clean on the palate, with a grassy bite and hints of unique spices. Good depth of character.

Light, carbonated, and dry. This is a pleasure to sip!

I could drink a few of these, especially in the warmer months. This beer has convinced me that I need to try more Belgian wheats. This has surpased Hoegaarden as my favorite whit.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on draft, and I'm fearful that the canned 6-packs at my local liquor store (which I haven't had) just don't offer up the same experience.

I thought this beer was extremely solid, and the fact that it is named for a Flemish soap opera (translates to "White Church") just makes it that much cooler.

Beer appearance is cloudy and moderately dark yellow. Carbonation was tight (small bubbles), and offered up some nice lacing. Odor was sort of spicy...and I think was picking up the coriander. Flavor was great! Spicy and light at the same time. I really enjoyed this beer, but would be reluctant to go to the canned stuff at the liquor store...just doesn't seem the same.

Photo of Fugazme
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from BelgianShop.com... less than a month later it was offered in my area... oh well!

From notes:

Extremely hazy... light and pale straw in color... bright white 1/2" head that is very thick, but it dissipates quickly into a nice cap. Decent lacing. Average looking beer.

Aroma is strong of wheat with a great bit of lemon and spice... tea and raspberry with coriander notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth... carbonation tickles the throat... dry finish.

Flavor is pretty good. Nice grain and a touch of citrus.

Overall this is an OK beer and I'm glad to have purchased it.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a hazy yellow color with a slight head. The smell is stronger than most whites, and it seems to be a terrific balance between the malts and spices. The taste is solid too, but as the bottle goes down it seems to become too monolithic and it loses the specialness to it. Its a good beer to get into belgian wittes, but nothing worth seeking out.

Photo of Byeast
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy/opaque , with a ring of small bubbles , pale-creamy yellow.

Smell: yeasty citrus , lemon juice/peel.

Taste: Very refreshing and light , citusy / slight lemon , dry yeasty twang , bit of maltiness in there to.

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly crisp.

Drinkability: A very drinkable Witbier , nice and refreshing. I prefer it over Hoegaarden , not much of any spice in this one.

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

This poured to a thick yellow and white with a medium head that quickly faded. It isn't leaving any lace.

The smell is fairly good, with plenty of wheat malt and a minor amount of spice. The taste starts with wheat malts and gives way to yeast flavors. Some honey and citrus can be found in the end. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing while drinkability is good.

Photo of klewis
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light cloudy straw with a thick frothy head.

S: Aromas of lemon and some funky-smelling phenols.

T: Grainy, citrusy, and a bit tart with a sort of lemon merengue flavor.

M: Light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. On par far the style.

D: It's no Hoegaarden, but not bad. Give it a shot.

Photo of taez555
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured an extremely opaque whitish/yellow body with thick, but small, white head.

Nose was in your face wheat, lemons, fruit, oranges, orange rind and a mix of spices. Not overly distinct but really in your face.

Light bodied with with a watered down wheat beer taste. Dulled lemon juice without the bite, fruit, mild chalk, yeast and phenols. A surprisingly bright bitterness but it never really comes forward and sits nicely against the wheat backdrop. Very much like a berlinerweis almost considering how mellow and watery it is. Ends very clear with little aftertaste.

I know it's light and simple and even watery, but you know what, it's still pretty damn good. Very drinkable and light but with you huge flavors. It's sort of the best of a little beer.

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

Hazy light gold...very little head.
Smells lemony and a little touch of funk...?? Saaz ?
Taste is very light. Sweet , for sure , pretty citrusy...lemon mostly.
Some spice...coriander, maybe...hard to tell. Some very slight funk to it ; which makes it kind of interesting...stays sweet all the way through.
The mouthfeel is a little heavier than most wittes...a medium feel.
Pretty drinkable..would go very well with fish or pretty much any light meal.

Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky clouded pale straw color...large frothy cap that laces wonderfully. Moderate carbonation.

Aromas of citrus peel and spices in the nose light mustiness

Good wheat backbone, medium-light bodied, chalky dry mouthfeel with a spritzy-citrusy character.

Chewy wheat biscuit malt upfront with all the requisite Belgian wit spices and citus peel flavors...but not sharp...rather well rounded and mellow and a touch of sweetness but still dry and spicey enough to be interesting and carry a dry crisp finish.

A good solid witbier in a convenient package 2 thumbs up

Photo of czechsaaz
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good spicey aroma. I get honey notes and citrus and wheat malt. Hints of candi sugar green apple.

Very pale yellow and very cloudy which is appropriate for this style. Thick and lasting white head that leaves really nice lacing. Basically there's a solid half inch of white foam for most of the glass.

Initially sweet but theres biting wheat tartness in the middle. Hop bitterness is just barely perceptable and there's no hop flavor (also very appropriate for the style.) I'm not getting much of the spicy notes in the flavor. There's amybe a little bit of bitter orange but it seems light in comparison to some of my favorite Witbiers. Finishes pretty sweet.

Very lively carbonation level with light body so it's very effervescent and refreshing.

Solid thirst quenching summer beer. Probably a good one for anyone who claims to not like beer becuase of the bitter hops. I can't think of a good reason anyone other than a dedicated hop-head wouldn't drink this beer.

Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light yellow with a two finger, fluffy white head that slowly fades out into a creamy cap of foam. Little spots and streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon zest, clove, coriander, white pepper, and honey cracked wheat.
Taste is of the same aromas, although a bit more tame than inticipated. Vanilla notes highlighted in the citrusy lemon and orange flavors mixed with gentle spicing.
Mouthfeel is creamy, mildly spicey, with a touch of spritzy carbonation upon entry.
Pretty good for a canned beer. Acceptable taste and palate for a Belgian Wit.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found on-tap at Ludwig’s Garten.

This beer came a foggy lemon straw with a small collar of white that left spots of lace.

Smells of a nice coriander, ginger and a slight wheat and honey. This was pleasantly dry for the style.

Tastes of smooth wheat and rye that instantly picks up ginger and coriander but then fades to a slightly dry milky bread dough while keeping the ginger sting.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with an invigoration small bubbled carbonation.

This one’s really crisp and refreshing. Way better on tap than in the can.

Photo of stcules
2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hazy greenish appearance. White foam, average in compactness.
Classic witbier notes: wheat, spices, and it is also unusually hopped.
The taste: nothing to talk about, clean, again spices, ma without any peaks (or defects). The hop is noticeable in the taste too. All light: coriander, orange peel.
In the aftertaste the spices are slighter more present.
Surely drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wildly impressed with this beer. Perhaps my best sampling of the summer. Nothing like this citrus, soft tap brew on a 95 degree day. Looks a cloudy canary yellow with a soft whipped-cream head retention. Very soft carbonation is pleasing to the eyes and mouthfeel. Mildly sweet and big on bready, yeasty character. Decorated with soft curraco and corriander. Simple and pure, it's a great beer. I would prefer a touch more boldness in the sweetness and hops, to stand up to the rich, creamy body but I'll take it anyway.

08-26-05 Bottle (3.5, 4,4,3.5,4.5)
It's basically a lighter, smoother, softer version of a good Heffe. Lighter in color ( pale yellow) with the same cloudyness as a Heff. Aromas are softer and lighter. Nice sweetness from wheat malt, sweet citrus, honey, and sweet spices. Flavors are similar: a mild wheat and honey sweetness with corriander, curraco orange peel, and lightly peppery or cinemon-like. Good doses of citrus sweetness and smoothness: no bittering or tartness. Mouthfeel is light, creamy, powdery, silky, and smooth. Crisp finish with no drying. Low aftertaste. It's a lot like drinking a sweetheart. A very plesant beer for summer consumption or for the ladies.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours like any other quality witbier... nice straw gold yellow, cloudy, with a rocky white head.

Nose is estery, citrusy, bready and very light.

On the palate a pleasant wheaty cracker malt flavor comes through but quickly balanced with some of the interesting (almost) bananna and orangey sweet flavors. Light bodied and thirst quenching. Not a beer to slowly savor.

Would be a good substitute for orange juice in the morning, perhaps with French Toast that has been prepared with a little Grand Marnier. This beer would be perfect... ahem, bier!

Photo of IceAce
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle coded: 38658

Pours translucent straw yellow with a short-lived collar of white foam. Yeast dregs accumulate at the base of the tulip glass. Nose is uninspired yeast, tropical fruit, and decaying laundry.

Entry shows promise and a middle-of-the-road witty mouthfeel. Midtaste is light and airy with wisps of sweet mango. The finish is very one-dimensional with merely a peep from the yeast.

All in all an acceptable bottle of beer...I just couldn't get past the bottom of the clothes hamper aroma.

Photo of scottoale
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this little 330ml. can for a buck...what a pleasant suprise. It pours a cloudy lemony-gold, with a fat finger of snow white head. Some chunky yeast particles floating around with some nice lace initially.

The smell is light and lemony with a strange little spice in the end. The flavor is much the same, with that spice tasting somewhat of peppermint. Kind of strange, but rather tasty and refreshing.

Nice light wheat body, crisp and watery with an ABV that would make this a hot weather, "drink all day in the sun" kind of beer. It's about the best Witbier I think I've tasted, cheers!

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($1.89 for a 12 oz.)

pours a straw yellow with a rockie white head that will not quite.
the aroma is subitle, wheaty, citrus, bit of unidentifed spice.
the flavor a wheatie, citrus, spice (maybe paradice seed?), and nice and watery.
what a great beer, great on ahot day, goes down easy and not heavy.

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

Pours a pale cloudy yellow in appearance with a nice rising white head. Very spicy nose, with hints of lemon and wheat malt. Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel with a pleasant crispness to it. Classic wit taste. Lemon and orange citrus emerges in combination with a smooth wheat malt flavor. It refreshes and hits the spot immediately. Glad I found this, as Wittekerke has become one of my favorites of the style.

This was out of the bottle, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this on the cooler shelves in cans also. I'm heading back to pick some up for tailgating.

Photo of Phocion
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into Hoegaarden glass. Pale cloudy yellow with a fizzy white head which quickly fades, but leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Weak smell, wheat and a little bit of spice.

Mostly wheat. Citrus and spice. Lemon, orange peel...

Light-bodied. Definitely clears the palate.

Clean and refreshing, pretty cheap ($6.99 for a 6-pack of cans), light-bodied, and decent flavor with a moderate ABV. This beer goes down way too easy, especially on a hot day. I'd never take one of these over a Hoegaarden, but I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.

Photo of kgotcher
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wit in a can. Had to give it a shot.

Pours hazy straw color, nothing out of ordinary but with a fairly thick pillowy head. Nice look.

Aroma is definatly wit, vanilla, clove and spice hit my nose as expected. Seems a bit sweeter than usual but not really the banana sweetness I was expecting.

Medium body, very smooth with a nice creamyness.

Taste is very refreshing and balanced, clove and banana flavors don't really jump out, I would say very mild in general. There is an interesting play of a citrus tartness and sweetness with a nice hint of orange.

Very enjoyable, refreshing but with great flavor. As far as canned beers this is up there with Dales Pale Ale in terms of quality. Frankly I wish more beers would come in cans.

Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of brentk56
3.09/5  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

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.