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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 824 | Reviews: 469
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

Photo of kennyo
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Crosling
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of Contra
2.97/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of BadBadger
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of mcallister
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of budsboy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ahking
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of stouty1
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of marinobrew
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.