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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
81
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741 Ratings
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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | 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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aaronh

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow, nice full white head. Lemon and coriander aroma with a touch of hops. Decent taste, but very light. Nice crisp wheat and lemon flavors. A distracting metallic lingering bitterness pervades the finish. The mouthfeel is average,as is the drinkability, as is the beer in general. This is a treat for the macro drinker. Beer Advocates would do better to buy Hoegaarden for a similar price. Or any host of better wits at any price.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 04:38:25 | More by aaronh
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: light-straw/lemonade-yellow, lots of big bubbles rising, a decent layer of white foam with some lacing

Aroma: wheat and yeast with a delicate scent of coriander and orange, slightly honied and a bit fruity, a few hops

Flavor: a very mellow sweetness cut by a tasty wheaty tartness, a nice hint of orange peel and chamomile, finish is dry with a clean aftertaste reminiscent of fresh wort

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, fluffy, zippy carbonation

Overall Impression: Even out of a can, this is a great wit. One of my favorite examples of the style and it seems largely unappreciated. The spice level is balanced, making it deliciously drinkable. I've been told that the brewing method for this beer is atypical: rather than add the spices to the boil, they are steeped like a tea and added to the wort at bottling.

Serving type: can

09-30-2003 14:34:30 | More by GreenCard
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy white gold. Pure white head with very little lace but head lasts all beer long. Smells are sweet with hints of nutmeg,

Tastes of sweet wheat malt (of course). Sweetly spicy with sour apple undertones. Light bodied sweet and refreshing.

Very drinkable brew. A decent, if not stellar wit beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 01:05:08 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Shaw

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wittekerke is a very pale witbier, clearer than others of the same style. A huge white head with the consistency of meringue forms when served on tap. The head reduces quite a bit while drinking but remains as the glass is emptied.

A slightly spicy aroma escapes from the glass, nothing heavy or harsh. I would give a similar description to the taste. Hints of coriander, orange peel and other spices don't overpower the beer, which has a nice clean taste. The spices do remain in the pleasant aftertaste.

This is a good beer for a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2003 21:42:40 | More by Shaw
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jcalabre

California

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 14 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: it's Cloudy yellow, ias you would expect.
Flavor: t's an OK white beer, but nothing compared to Celis, Hoegaarden or Allagash. It doesn't have the crispness I'd expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 20:06:24 | More by jcalabre
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beerguy101

California

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color, very cloudy, medium head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied white/wit beer. Mild tasting and flavorful. More flavor and body than a typical wit beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is sweet. Nice refreshing taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 06:19:41 | More by beerguy101
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Zraly

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale, straw-yellow with a decent white head. A small amount of lacing in the glass. A nice aroma of a fresh produce stand.

The flavor is clean and citrusy, namely lemon and orange peel. Has a slight tangy sourness that is enhanced by the yeasty and wheaty character of the ale. Has a slight nuance of apple juice in the finish. Light to medium bodied with a snappy crispness.

This would be a great beer to have after mowing the lawn instead of lemonade.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 00:13:16 | More by Zraly
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HighGravity

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in the can, but it's also available now in an 11.2 oz bottle. Light citrus notes blend nicely with the bitter orange peel on the palate. Slightly cloudy appearance when poured into a glass, but not too much floating around. Great carbonation (especially for a can) adds to the refreshing appeal of this wit. I think Wittekerke is a good represention of the style and very drinkable for such an inexpensive brew. The shrink-wrapped six pack cans just add to the fun.

Serving type: can

08-28-2003 18:23:17 | More by HighGravity
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another canned offering. Hazy yellow, white head as is typical of the Wits, nothing spectacular. Some spice and citrus smell, not particularly noticeable. Tastes clean with a medium body, I mostly taste orange and lemon peels. More bitter than other wit biers, but not hop bitter of course. Some mild spices. Refreshing and very drinkable, especially since it came in a can.

Serving type: can

08-27-2003 21:48:56 | More by chaduvel
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't bad at all, but not anything that I need to try again.

Very pale cloudy yellow when poured. Massive head meant I had to pour twice. The head died down, and I have just a little quarter inch still left in the glass with about a third to go.

Aroma is very grassy, with a slight yeasty note. Good mouthfeel, with a medium body. Flavor is citrus, primarily lemon, but a note of lime and orange.

Again, not a bad beer. The overwhelming citrus flavor is surprising. A bit tasty, but not mind-blowing at all. Could make an interesting beer choice for a micro-novice. pat

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 23:32:27 | More by PatandDavid
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a nice puffy white head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little wheaty and spicy with some hints of citrus. The flavor was very smooth and had a little spice with the expected wheaty-ness expected from a wit beer. This is a very enjoyable Belgian wheat and a good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2003 12:54:46 | More by clvand0
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. The color was golden, with some head. The smell was slight spice and yeast. The taste was slightly spiced, with slight hints of citrus. Mouthfeel was slightly heavy. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few more.

For a relatively cheap Belgian wit, not a terrible beer at all. Since it comes in cans (even though I didn't sample it that way), this shoots to the top of my can list.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2003 00:23:45 | More by beergeek279
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roguetester

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a large offwhite head that lasted several minutes, collapsing into rocky foam mounds in the glass. Color was a very light, hazy yellow, indicative of an unfiltered beer. Aroma consisted of lemon and banana notes. Not as much as some others but a definite presence.

This is a very easy drinking brew. It has a very smooth mouthfeed and clean taste. It starts a bit tart and finishes refreshing.

It would not be my first choice for a Begian Wit, but the can makes it convenient for location that do not allow bottles.

Serving type: can

08-13-2003 23:44:01 | More by roguetester
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer to bring to the beach where bottles are frowned upon. Pours an opaque, frosted straw color with a snowy white head that fades to a constant thin topping. Lots of trailing and clinging lace. The aroma is damp earthy and lime-aid-like. The wheaty malt body is thin and the bitterness is almost totally lemon-lime-like. Lightly sweet and mildly tangy. A slight back of the throat astringent sensation detracts a little from the overall drinkability, but all in all, fairly good canned beer.

Serving type: can

07-30-2003 02:18:22 | More by BeerResearcher
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jackndan

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wittekerke: A Belgian white beer, a hazy golden color, with tiny flecks, likely the yeast. Not much head, but what there is was rather thick, with nice staying power and lace. Aroma is slightly astringent, but rather weak. Hmm, very soda tasting for a beer, very much like a 7 Up, with just a hint of dryness/sourness toward the end. Very little aftertaste, but significant carbonation. I’m torn, this is very light, nice flavor, exceptionally easy to drink, but on the other hand, its more like a pop than a beer. When its hot, its worth reaching for.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 03:32:56 | More by jackndan
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TheDM

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a transparent yet cloudy wheat yellow colored body and a small head of fine white bubbles that was mostly lasting. It had a mild citrus like flavor. It is a drinkable brew but not great brew and one I would not go out of my way to get.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2003 22:25:43 | More by TheDM
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elmocoso

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a vague yellow with a gauzy white veil - little specks of darkness float among the body.

Slight head that recedes into a wispy blanket of bubbly islets. A little lacing.

Playful nose of spice and co2 with yeast.

I am reminded of orange juice when i drink it...or grapefruit?
It makes me recall a concoction i made in high-school, mixing Busch light and Orange Juice.

Decent mouthfeel and a decent summer brew.

Serving type: can

07-16-2003 04:14:36 | More by elmocoso
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve this baby ICE COLD!!! for maximum enjoyment. Here'e an understated (in a good way-sometimes understated can be rather charming, especially when it's 96 degrees and humid and your mouth is parched and begging to be refreshed) completly quenching summer beer. This one pours a pretty, hazy, pale yellow and offers up subtle aromas of citrus peel and grain. The snow white head provides a nice accent color, however this quickly fades. Still the taste is right on, with ample carbonation. This refreshes in the way a cool lemonade might but, it's an all grown-up drink that indeed tastes like beer. It won't win any awards for complexity so lighten up, and just enjoy it for what it is! Found it for 6.99 a sixer/ 11.2 oz bottles-sufficient bang for the buck I'd say. I'm pulling one out of the freezer now! Ahhhhhhhhhh-Deeelicious!!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 15:53:58 | More by moulefrite
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jlervine

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A wit in a can, huh? I'll try anything once.

Poured a very hazy, very cloudy pale gold color. The smell was citrus with a predominant yeastiness. The taste is malty, yeasty, and not too exciting. It has a somewhat crisp finish and is quite refreshing. Very fine carbonation. This is a fantastic beer to present to your fizzy yellow beer drinking friends as a nice alternative to standard fare.

A gateway beer, if you will.

Serving type: can

06-29-2003 11:11:05 | More by jlervine
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz can. Poured a cloudy pale yellow, with very little head. There is some fine lacing left on the glass. Aroma of wheat and citrus is present. Taste is lighly tart, good carbonation, with no odd flavors, no sign of hop bitterness. Nice and smooth. I could sit and drink this all night. Of all the Wits I've had this is the best.

Serving type: can

06-28-2003 17:49:33 | More by Indybeer
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oberon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yeklow color with big blooming head,smell was very lemony and almost to sour.Like others who have reviewed this I think this lacked spiciness that Iam accustomed to with this style,way to one-dimensional.Not overly impressed with this one,there are many better out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 18:20:30 | More by oberon
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goz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow, big, white head doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is lemony, sour, some spices sneak through. Taste starts a little sour, a little sweet - banana, lemon, and some spices. Body is on the lighter side of medium A decent white, but I prefer the Hoegaarden or Allagash versions.

Serving type: can

05-15-2003 06:30:02 | More by goz
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first introduction to witbiers occured this summer, and I was able to sample both Hoegaarden and Wittekerke on tap. I remember at the time really enjoying the Wittekerke even more so than the Hoegaarden. However, when I came back from California I really haven't seen this beer. So, I decided to sample it again this time in a bottle. Appears a light hazy golden hue, very pale int he pour with a gleaming foamy white head. The aroma is an amazing mixture of banana, spices, and honey sweetness this is one spiced up monster of a wheat beer. Wittekerke in my opinion does everything Hoegaarden attempts and does it better. Thank heavens I have found a real white beer. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with traces of the spiced up yeasty, wheat combo the flavor is well balanced and amazingly done. Very drinkable I am sold that this is the best Belgium wit style I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 10:00:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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BierReise

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normally I steer clear of anything that comes in a can but this one was highly recommended. Poured super cloudy honey colored with very little head and only mild lacing. Not much of an aroma but a very smooth ale and impressive to me only because of the can factor. I didn't really taste anything metallic at all. Subtle wheat taste and even less yeast flavor. I would definately drink it again but there are so many better than this. Great in a glass restricted enviroment i.e. boating, by the pool etc.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 16:28:23 | More by BierReise
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zerk

California

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy pale yellow... almost looks like lemonade. Has a thin white head, and leaves just a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is lemon, yeast, and a touch of cloves. Flavor is dominated by lemon, with some musty yeast notes coming through. Mouthfeel is thin and light... a very refreshing "lawnmower beer."

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2003 09:18:51 | More by zerk
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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