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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 825
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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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.

Photo of horndecker
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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)

Photo of Kwak
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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!!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of Padron4KM
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of FormatKid
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of skybluewater
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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. ;-)

Photo of SeanChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is lemonade yellow, hazy, and effervescent with a dense white head (decent retention). Lacing is tight and fine ? clinging to the glass. Aroma is sweet and citrusy (lemon peel), with a light grassy hop presence. Flavor is sweet and lively with a mild tart finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent with a tart finish. An interesting synthesis of sweet/tart/bitter flavors. Refreshing.

Photo of shippos
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

hazy opaque yellow with a white fluffy head. mild aromas of corriander and lemon. definetly a thirst quencher. balanced light body an a decent mouthfeel good co2 and a thin watery aftertaste. a very drinkable and an excellent thirst quencher, on a hot day there good be nothing better.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle. No freshness dating, but I know I got a fresh one. I'm a creature of habit, and I have a plethora of glasses, plus, I'm a stickler for appropriate glassware when consuming beer. So it was poured it in an authentic Wittekerke glass, which is frosted. So when I say it pours a clouded lemon yellow, the frosting of the glass may have impaired this. I'd assume it's clouded, having this beer a handful of times beforehand. It has a pretty nice creamy white cap on it. Citrus and spicy aromas with a bit of dusty yeast notes to it. Tastes pretty good, clean and lightly wheaty, with coriander in the background. My friend described a flavor of "hot dog water" in it, like the water left behind after boiling hot dogs. I'm mildly amused. I notice more of a grainy, clovey, citric aspect to the whole thing. But then, hearing somebody describe a beer absurdly sometimes tickles the funny bone. Very refreshing and thirst-quenching; well-carbonated. From what I understand, this beer used to be called Bavik White and was renamed after a popular sitcom in Belgium which translates into "White Church". Hence the white church on the top of the taphandle when I've seen this on draught. Anyhow, this beer is very drinkable, especially this fresh; and on a hot, humid night such as this.

Photo of francisweizen
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wittekerke cans are available in the US, so I decided to buy a six pack to review. This is a pale straw coloured brew that is cloudy and has a nice off white head of foam, that lasts and actually leaves nice lacing as well. The aroma is very simple and consists of wheat, citrus fruits, and light spices. The taste follows suit, as this is a very uncomplex Belgian wit. The spices are subdued compared to other versions, and even the citrus flavors are not as pronounced. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is good as well. Wow, this beer really reminds me of Belgium, where I often drink canned beers outside in wonderful surroundings. Although this beer is not as good as other beers that are available in cans in Belgium (Hoegaarden, Rodenbach, etc) This is one of the best canned (import) beers that I have had in the states, and at $7 a sixer, who can complain!?

Photo of ken3c
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really in the mood for a Great Lakes "The Holy Moses" but this was on tap and fit the bill.

A layer of foam lasted all beer long. A little lacing was nice. Served with a lemon wedge. Yellow cloudy

Smelled a little fruity but it might have been from the lemon wedge.

Tasted a little thin but sweet and spicy.

Felt light and well carbonated. Maybe a bit too much carbonation.

Goes down smooth.

Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow-gold in hue, there isn’t any animation that is noticeable, so it looks a bit dull. A white head topped off the beer; it was a little less than a finger in height at the apex on a normal pour. Head retention was poor as it quickly faded to a skimpy cap and then a foamy collar. There was no subsequent lacing. It looks like a Wit, just typical. The nose is musty, yeasty, wheaty, and vaguely fruity (mostly lemons). I only get a suggestion of spice; this aspect is too soft for a Wit, IMO. The potency is small. Yes, the nose is inviting but I’m not really impressed. Really, what is this beer saying? Speak clearly please. Anyway. It is time to drink. The palate is the most favorable aspect of this beer. This is a very tasty Wit. I love the spiciness; it is perfect, not too strong but very wide and lingering. Once the lemon flavors and bright acidity kicks in, wow. There is a hint of orange zest too, plus suggestions of cloves, vanilla, musky wheat, soft bread, and earthy-sweetness. At the back are some vague fruitiness and more sweetness, sugary. Tasty. The aftertaste is musky, spicy, and wheaty. Refreshing. The mouthfeel is good; the carbonation is low and soft, medium in body. Silky smooth! This beer is amazingly drinkable but not straight out of the can. I experimented with drinking the beer without a glass. It was awful, very harsh and alcoholic. You see, always use a glass! Still, I wish the canned version were available locally as it would be a godsend during these hot Nebraska summers. I purchased a six-pack in Minneapolis, out of pure curiosity. It was a sound buy. It is very refreshing, low on complexities but tasty enough to care. Well worth trying and, yes, there are much better Wits on the market.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color and is topped by a thin pale head. My nose picks up a subtle spicy aroma with notes citrus, coriander, and grain. This beer is very light on the palate, lightly sweet, with a lemony spritzyness. This is simple and straight forward, a true Summer refresher. This is certainly one of the best can beers that I have ever had, though it is a distant 3rd to Old Chub, and Dale's Pale ale.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Typical hazy light yellow in color with a nice, frothing head that went down quick and clean.

Smell – The natural Witbier aroma is very light. I can pick up a zesty, lemon-orange citrus almost like a Sprite with hints of spices.

Taste – The zesty fruits took over at the pour. I like to see at least a little bit of yeast in my Wits.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation was there but a bit too fizzy for my tastes. Otherwise it was light-bodied and nice.

Drinkability – This one was OK but I wouldn’t buy again.

Photo of truthbrew
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 5/15 at The Staghead, in Red Wing MN. Served in Wittekerke glass on a Wittekerke glass mat, nice touch! Color was a hazy yellow with bright white head. Very little aroma, a bit of citrus spice. Body was very thin but smooth. Taste was unimpressive, very little standout characteristics. I let it warm and it really didn't improve it any. Overall unimpressive, but not a bad beer. Will try again some time to re-evaluate, as the average to above average reviews here conflict with my thoughts.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very golden-light color with a small but thick froth head. It smells of wheat, alcohol bitters and citrus flavors. The beer goes down nice and smooth when cold and tastes consistently wheaty and citrusy. This beer has uncanny smoothness and is highly recommended for a filtered wheat.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes equiped with a solid white head on it and a nice fresh aroma. A very cloudy brew with a watered-down juice look to it. This beer is very refreshing and doesn't have the strong wheat taste to it like some others. Citrus is definately present in this beer and it lasts from start to finish. A very nice wheat beer!

Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale yellow brew.

Smell is fruity a sweet with a candy smell to it.

Taste is sweet and spicy at the same time. The candy fruit taste is what this brew is all about.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable brew, I Consider it the MRE of Belgian Beer.

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