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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 467
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 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.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of styrene
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of neonbrown82
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of murphysbleachers
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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)!

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.