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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Photo of unklesyd
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the wit style, but this was a real disappointment.

Didn't have any expectations: the letdown was quick in the build when I poured this one into the glass and saw a terrific 4" head atop a pale but slightly opaque straw liquid.

Not much aroma, very dry, some floral and slight citrus.

Taste: Bland! As if it were a Bud with a wheat profile and better hops.

Appropriately conditioned body. Drinkability OK, but why?

unklesyd, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a light hazy yellow. A thin but persistent white head stays on top of this beer through 95% of the ride down the glass. Aroma is of lemon and a mild hint of spice/grass feel and must from the yeast. Flavor is a tart lemon zing with a crisp bitter finish. A light smooth mouthfeel and extremely easy to drink and enjoy. There has been a few post of the perfect lawnmower beer….this is it. A must try brew.

Stubbie1, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought for what it was trying to be it was succesful. A nice tangy light daytime type beer. Wheat/grainy smell was a bit dominating. The taste is citrus more than wheat not particularly my style but for a wheatbeer I liked it. Great appearance, cloudy, frothy, fine carbonation. I would like to try this on tap.

Notes: Re-Reviewed a little over a year from first sampling 08-29-06
I wasn't as impressed the second time around. Still a fine daytime brew but I'd like it to clean up a bit better. Very citrusy lemon towards the finish and a light hoppy presence.

DogFood11, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of TPSReports
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy bright straw-colored brew. Pours with a nice white head.

This a nice citrusy tagny brew -- a great thirst quencher.

This beer has a nice flavor without a hint of alcohol.

This is my first experience with a Belgain wheat beer, a delighful one at that. I will keep a few of these on hand in the cellar.


TPSReports, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks the part....sunflower yellow...hazy...nice spicy nose....orange peel, corriander....body is medium...taste is sweet and spicy...a nice wheat backing and the perfect amount of spicing...comes from a can and you'd never guess it...

Reminds me some of Blue Moon but probably a little better...kind of a basic workman like White Beer....I'm sure there are many others out there better but this is easy drinking and very enjoyable..great for the golf course or the boat.

ZAP, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/white appearance. More white than yellow though. Nice looking cotton white head with good cling ability and retention. Fresh smell of ocean breeze, sweet doughy yeast and lemon zest. Nice bit of carbonation. Body is pushing medium. Taste is decent. Some orange and spicey corriander tones that I usually find in quality wits, but not quite as pronounced. Tangy wheat mingles as well. Very solid can offering.

Bighuge, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce blue can, with some sort of dating/info on the bottom. Pours the expected, cloudy light yellow shade. Soft white head, with good retention. leaves scattered, sticky lacing. Nose is oddly metalic, with some spice and fruit. Medium bodied, notes of cloves, flowers. Fair wit, not the best, but worth a try. Refreshing stuff. Fine for a summer picnic. One of the more interesting canned beers out there.

Billolick, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazey straw yellow colored beer. Has a big fluffy white head and great lace. The aroma is light with hints of yeast and a lemony tartness. The flavor has a light herbal character with a nice lemony note and a little corriander and spice in the background. Definitely a good hot weather drink. Quite refreshing.

ybnorml, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, pale yellow (almost white) color with a whispy white head. Smell is a typical wit, soft grain with hints of spices, corriander, lemon rind. Taste is soft graininess, with a fruity and spicy background with hints of corriander, lemon and orange. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing with high carbonation, just what you want from a wit. Drinkability is high since this is after all, a wit. A pretty good belgian wit, if nothing special it's refreshing and drinkable.

silver0rlead, May 28, 2005
Photo of doerickson
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw-yellow with a pearl-white sticky head. Smells almost exactly like the Crystal Light lemonade that my wife sometimes drinks.

Spritzy mouthfeel. Flavors are shallow--a bit of citrus zest, a slight peppery taste. Dry, quick finish.

No complexity, but drinkable and refreshing. Would make a good lawnmower beer, if I wanted to pay $10.49 a six-pack for that kind of brew. But since I can find comparable domestic beers for probably four bucks less, I'm not likely to pick this up again.

doerickson, May 19, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In that witbiers are among my favorites I was psyched to actually get a real Belgian offering. Poured a very typical dirty, cloudy pale lemon yellow with noticable sediment. The head was thick, over 1", of mixed clinging foam that disappeared way too quickly. Nose was light, sweet, with what I perceived as springtime florals dancing on mild citrus that deeped as it warmed. So far, so good..now the taste...

Very mild citrus, almost creamy, with some hints of wheat, clean on the pallete, then swallowed to the biggest surprise - where is the wonderful citrus aftertaste? Nada...zip...

Either the US crafters are really good at witbiers (Holy Moses comes to mind) or the true European versions are far more understated than their American counterparts, but this was disappointing, to say the least. It was very, very mild, almost weak. I'll look elsewhere for European witbiers.

BuckSpin, May 12, 2005
Photo of ffboooboo
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Looks pale yellow like watered down lemonade has a thin white head with bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smell- At first I bread than a bit of citrus.

Taste- I taste a lot of yeast and then some spice I can’t describe. At the end I got a bit of hops.

Mouth feel- Thin and creamy at the same time

Drinkability- Good easy to drink beer, wish I had more

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Very unique in just about every aspect, New to witbier would like to try more.

ffboooboo, May 02, 2005
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale hazy yellow with a monstrous fluffy white head that takes a while to settle to a drinkable size. The color of yellow this beer displays is not the most attractive in the world, but it's ok.

However, this head has the pleasure of giving off a pretty nice wheaty, lemony, grassy, herbal, slightly sharp pungent aroma

Flavor is pretty decent for a Belgian Wit. Mostly about the sour citrus flavor, grain, and nothing like hops jumps out at me.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but refreshing. Drinkability would be high on a warm day. Pretty good, but not one to overwhelm.

Dukeofearl, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of horndecker
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this in the 11.2 oz bottle.
The pour yields a huge fluffy sudsy white head, leaving great lacing and very fine bubbles. The color is cloudy straw.
The aromas are of lemons, clove and a very slight piney hop character. As it warms it smells like nothing else but ginger ale. Schwepps. Interesting but a little distracting.
The taste is of lemons, sweet subtle malts and grain. As in the smell, there is a very mild piney hops note in the finish.
Medium boddied, pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Refreshing and drinkable. Not remarkable, but solid.

horndecker, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of KroMagnon
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fluffy white head atop a cloudy pale yellow beer. The aroma is a nice blend of hops and Belgian spiciness along with a funky banana-and-orange blend. The flavor is maybe not as tart as I'd expect, but it IS nice and flavorful, with a slightly malty flavor and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Some fruitiness is apparent as well. The mouthfeel is good too, with a fluffiness like the head. Overall this is a very drinkable beer but its a little more mundane than what I expect from a witbier - seems more like a German wheat beer than a Belgian witbeer. But that's a good beer too! Also, although I was skeptical of the cans, I think it improves the overall flavor and freshness (especially since there is no way light can spoil the beer in the can)

KroMagnon, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of Kwak
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours nice with a thick towering head that hung on to the side of the the glass till it was all gone.
Their was a nice dull yellow color with good carbonation the smell was faint lemon peel. Their was no over powering flavor in the first taste butt as you go on you can taste creamy lemon and faint spices. no aftertaste at all.
Not the best butt a nice thirst quencher!!

Kwak, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce [33cl] squat Can. Light blue body with a pale pastel yellow oval that introduces the beer as “Wit Bier - Bière Blanche - Wittekerke’, the reduced throat neck also has a grey band that lists this as “Cerveza Blanca - Birra Bianca - Belgian Wheat Beer”, I think we got most beer-drinking languages covered with this one. Listed at Alc. 5% by Vol. On the concave underside of the Can the Best Before Date is 13-06-2006, hmm……seems like this one keeps rather well.

Appearance: Two cans poured into my 22 fl.oz. Handled Mug look fantastic. Hazed lemon meringue body that resolves to remind me of an unfiltered pineapple juice for some reason. Striking pale yellow body sits well underneath what becomes a massive head on the pour. Thick white honeycombed head stretches in all three linear dimensions and extends well through the 4th. Smattered fine lacing layers the sides. Looks like the archetypal Belgian Wit, in fact, it probably sets the Benchmark.

Smell: Lots of fresh citric qualities but predominantly this has a nose of squeezed lemons. A Jif like acidic freshness with some freshly ground lemon rind to add strength. Lemony at first but as it warms and the head relaxes, it reveals a pithy aroma with some customer friendly yeast and a mildly aromatic spice character, coriander maybe but its light in character. A Datum Belgian Wit nose.

Taste: Again, lots of fresh lemons, but the spiced character comes through wit more strength. Coriander, lemon peel, a sharp biting lemony-grapefruit raps the middle. Finishes with a soft yeasty dimension. Citric feel on the tongue in the finish, crisp and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Zesty, crisp, acidic, fruity, soft and yeasty. It presents a medium body on the Broadside but head on it can suffer from a thin feel that is nevertheless more than adequately supported from excellent carbonation from the Can, often a complaint of mine for tinned beer, but the conditioning here is pretty good. Solid performer, it does what it has to do.

Drinkability: Super Quaffable. A Six-Pack of these dinky Cans would present little to no problems for me, especially on a hot day.

Overall: I have supped this one many a time on Belgium Railway Stations and even whilst walking around the streets of Belgium on warm afternoons. I am certainly no fan of Canned Beer but this one is most certainly one of the better Canned Belgium brews when the situation forces sucking a libation from a tinned receptacle…..and it makes a perfect thirst quencher when you can’t, or don’t want to, lug heavier bottles around.

A tremendously refreshing beverage from the Can, surprisingly good given the limitations of the dispense method. Good value to boot as well, I picked up a plastic shrunk wrap 6-Pack of these in my local Trader Joes in Long Beach for less than a $1 a can, in Belgium its even cheaper. Given the value, I’ll definitely return to this one for the West Coast CA Summers for sure!

One other thing…..I love to swirl this one on the tongue and in the mouth before the swallow especially during a long drinking Session in Belgium on the stronger Belgian offerings, it simply never fails to clear the passages and reinvigorate the palate and erase a flagging heavy or soggy feel after a plethora of hefty 8%+ brews. It’s a great mid-session “pick-me-up” beer for whenever you feel a Sumerian Beer Trance on the horizon!

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Pour is cloudy yellow with a large frothy white head. patchy lace.
Aroma is lemony and banana with just a hint of spice.
Flavor is crunchy wheat, lemon, light marsmallow.
Finish is slightly dry.
average witbier, and at $9 a 6 pack, qpr is very low.

Padron4KM, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Vanilla milk shake. Creamy and "I like Vanilla" aroma on the wheat. Love the shake appearance. However, a barnyard onion like aroma and taste comes out in the actual drink, and subtracts from the rest of the surface. Was better warmer, and at end with sediment. Laces. Freshly in at Smokeless Joe's.

Sammy, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pastel amber with swirls of spectral fog. A few small chunks quickly find their way to the bottom. The large, frothy head of cumulus cloud white deposits small sputterings of lace as it descends and drags a short collar of lace along with it.

I like the nose quite a bit. My initial impression was of fresh citrus zest. Further sniffs bring out an untoasted wheaty background, orange peel (more so than lemon) and a smattering of coriander. Sweetened orange is especially prominent, which is why I think the aroma appeals to me so much.

There are a lot of facets to the flavor profile, all of them suggested by the nose. Sun-baked wheat, sugared orange rind and spicy coriander, all working together in perfect harmony. The mouthfeel is pleasurable despite being (or is that 'because it's') on the light side of medium.

I didn't think it was possible to combine such a plush mouthfeel with such a relatively light body, but the evidence is right there with every sip. Too bad the mouthfeel degrades to some extent with warming. Thankfully, the usual Belgian enthusiasm for carbonation is nowhere to be found. It's subdued here and the beer is the better for it.

Wittekerke Wit is damn fine beer. I had never heard of it before picking it off the shelf last month, but it's now one of my favorites of the style. Although I'm drinking this bottle in early January, it strikes me as the perfect summer brew. I'll be sure to load up when the warm weather arrives. Now if I could just remember where I bought it.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/02/04- Purchased at Belltramo's Wines in Menlo Park, CA

Appearance- Pours a cloudy white-yellowish color with a humongous frothy head and decent lacing abounds.

Smell- Some kind of funky smell that I can't describe. Not too appealing. There is some lemon or some citrus scent besides that though. Maybe it's a normal witbeir scent. This is only my second one besides Hoegarden.

Taste- Very sweet lemony taste. Maybe a bit artificial tasting to me. Like a crystal light lemonade. Maybe to cloves or anise in the background. Not bad, just a bit different for me.

Mouthfeel- Too much carbonation for me made it feel like a cabonated soda more than a beer.

Drinkability- Not a bad beer, but tastes more like a soda than a beer. Decent at best IMO. May try again down the line.

GClarkage, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

White-ish yellow with a decent white head and good carbonation. Primarily wheat aroma with fruitiness present (lemony) and hints of spice. Tart lemon-ish fruit flavor with light coriander and clove. Light-medium bodied and fairly smooth with a fairly noticeable hop finish.

Subdued version of a Wit.

(11.2 oz / .33L)

RBorsato, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in an 11.2oz can. This witbier had a turbid hue like that of pineapple juice, topped with a brilliantly white head that looked like shaving cream. The head dissipated down to a thin skim, leaving behind scant lace.
Smell: pretty typical for a wit - lots of lemon zest, some bread-like yeasty malt and tropical fruit all doused with coriander and white pepper. Pleasing and not too perfumy. Not overbearing.
Taste: snappy lemony zip right out of the gate. Some wheat and yeast flavors before a slight dull spot mid-palate where it suddenly takes on a bit of a macro flavor. Then the spiciness of coriander, pepper and herbs finished things up.
Feel: light bodied with a lush creamy texture.
Overall: pretty refreshing and good for a lighter brew to end the day with. A decent, if not spectacular, example of a wit.

Boilermaker88, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle picked up from the singles section at Riverside.

A vigorous pour produces a huge bubbly head that quickly recedes into a clumpy finger’s width of snow white head. The body is the color of banana juice and lively with fat bubbles of carbonation. The aroma is thickly doughy with yeast, and pleasantly snappy with esters (banana, apple), a healthy dash of white pepper is present as well. The flavor is a lot more vibrantly fruity than some of the muted fruit flavors I’ve tasted in other wits. Big zingy flavors of pineapple, apple, banana. A bit of rye bread peeps in along side a dense chewy dough. The finish has a tiny, tiny spicy hint. The fruit flavors are definitely the star here. Mouthfeel is slick and refreshing but has substance. The carbonation level is perfect, adds texture, but is not distracting. A very nice wit!

FormatKid, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of skybluewater
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky lemon color. Smells like lemon, pith especially. Taste is quite refreshing, but also different: Seriously, this is like drinking a lemon meringue pie. Nevertheless, it's quite refreshing, probably better for a warm summer day than a cold fall night. That, or dessert. ;-)

skybluewater, Sep 30, 2004
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.