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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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799 Ratings

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website

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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Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Beastdog75, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of styrene
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

styrene, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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

UncleFlip, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

neonbrown82, Jan 27, 2006
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)!

murphysbleachers, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 20, 2006
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.

canucklehead, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of jvonkluck
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer on tap, but not in quite an objective state of mind

So, I bought a few bottles to re-sample it.

Nice appearance - a very pale and slightly hazy yellow with a thick head that dissapates nicely throughout the course of the glass.

Aroma is malty with hints of citrus or citrus with hints of malt. Can't quite pin it down.

The taste is evenly balanced between citrus and malt with overtones of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than I expected, but not in a bad way. It feels substantial.

All in all, a very drinkable beer. It's very evenly balanced and light enough to drink a few of.

jvonkluck, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of sopor
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale slightly foggy straw-yellow with a mist of sediment that very quickly and actively mixes evenly into the beer. A snow-white creamy cap of froth dissipates pretty evenly. Smells very lightly of wheat and toasty biscuit malt. Light, slightly spiced and slightly sweet wheat malts, fairly typical and predictable, with hints of lemon and biscuity malt. Typically light body for a typical Belgian wheat ale. Totally typical and average, this beer pulls a straight 3.

sopor, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fluffy white head over a golden straw colored body that has a mysterious almost misty character to it. Decent head retention, but little lace. Smells of light citrus, banana, clove and a touch of coriander. Slightly sweet upfront but reveals a lemony citrus flavor. Nicely balanced and smooth. Medium body. Just the right amount of light crispness in the mouth, slightly creamy with a clean refreshing finish.

One of the most drinakble Belgian wits I’ve come across. It has a great mouthfeel and strikes a perfect balance between complex yet subtle flavors. A great session beer or revitalizing tonic.

Shovelbum, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 05-04-06. Quiet good presentation with white head and foggy pale golden beer. Nose is koreander, orangepeals, light sourish, wheaty and overal quiet fresh. Taste is also quiet good having good maltyness with light wheaty sourness. Further litle alcohol, fruity and koreander that's IMO litle high and giving it a soapy taste.
Good carbonisation makes moutfeel together with good taste als OK. And yes this is well drinkable on a warm day or even in fall now.

paterlodie, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl. bottle poured into a pint glass. Purchased one bottle to try, and it was about $1.75

Appearance: Insane lacing, as it's actually leaving pretty thick rings on the glass, which looks gorgeous. Head stays above the beer, thick, foamy, and white. Tons of bubbles coming to the top, and the haze of an unfiltered wheat beer. Very nice.

Smell: Is that a burst of alcohol I smell that's taking away from the citrus nature of the beer? I don't really get much spice, zest, or malt at all. Quite odd for how great it tastes, really.

Taste: A crisp burst of lemon and slight bubblegum hit the palate first. Then it settles back into a sweeter, more fruity and malty flavor, until the oh-so-slight hop bitterness at the end. A great amalgam of flavors are going on here. Not insanely complex, but very balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, as the bubbles are [NOTE: At the very moment of writing this in mid-sentence, a small bug just flew into my goddamn glass. But alas, I'm finishing it of course, and hopefully he went out with a good taste in his mouth] still floating to the top. Doesn't finish dry, exactly, but it's somewhere along the middle between dry and malty, as the sugars and malt mingle well together with the carbonation and citrus to give it a pretty good ride.

Drinkability: Aside from the aroma, I think this is a pretty solid choice. I'm sure there are others out there (and viewing the list there are many more Belgians I want to try, as I've had more American Wits than Belgians), but it's worth a shot for sure, especially for summer and this Virginia heat, which won't quit for some reason.

asabreed, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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 +26.5%
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%
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 +14.5%
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 +11.7%
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 +11.7%
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 +2.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +5.6%
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 -9.2%
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 -9.2%
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 -0.8%
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 +0.6%
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
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
82 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.