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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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801 Ratings

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of silenius
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a thin lemon yellowish with the whitest rocky head I have ever seen. Oddly white. That was cool. THe big yeasty chunks suspended in the beer turn me off a bit. The average of the two is, well, average. This beer does lace.

The smell is a hint of lemon and bread.

One sip and. . . oh god, awful. Like drinking a flour and water mixture. Nasty. This one gets dumped down the drain. glug glug glug.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, pale lemonade color – a wheat, but not a white. Faint, tart smell. Light on flavor and body though clean overall with a bright citrus taste. It’s also light on carbonation with no lace to speak of.

I respect this beer mostly for its authenticity. But my inclination is to demand more from it than it is apparently willing to deliver. A wedge of lemon might compliment the tartness, but I prefer a beer that doesn’t lean on condiments to enhance its innate properties.

Photo of Mitchster
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a milky pale golden with peach accents, with large chalky chunks of flocculent yeast swimming rambunctiously around. Forms a good-sized rocky white head with good retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is floral, at first with dusty notes, then clove, mandarin oranges, and then a dry dustiness towards the end. Mouthfeel is somewhat spritzy, and tingly upon the tongue with a clean, lightly watery finish and light body. Taste begins lightly spicy with a hint of phenols, followed by orange, lightly oxidized wheat malt, touches of peach flavored green tea, just a hint of bitterness, a very brief peppery whiff of alcohol, and then a tart, grainy, semi-sweet finish. The flavors throughout are quite subtle.

This is a good Belgian Wit, but certainly not as good as Vuuve, Allagash, or Celis. Still, it's light and easy to drink, but even the mildly noticeable alcohol isn't akin to the style. It kept me wishing for more orange flavor and phenols.

Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beers as it dispenses from the 11.2 ounce brown bottle a bemused lemon yellow color with a modest in size and bright white head, the texture creamy, the lace a thin sheet to drape the glass. The nose has a hint of floral, crisp citrus like, I’d say lemons, you’d say limes, somewhat sweet, pleasant as they go, maybe a touch of coriander and yeast, start is lightly sweet, thinly malted, top is light in its fell to the palate. Finish is acerbic, modest hop presence, extremely dry and lingering aftertaste, a great Arizona Summer beer me thinks.

Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow with a decent head...light smell, some citrus notes. Nothing spectacular, but ok. Taste was citrusy and light. Might be a very good alternative to light beer? Finished mildly. Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Drinkability was very good, definitely easy enough to drink more than one.

Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a spicey yet sweet wheat malt scent. The yeast enhances the aroma and gives it a banana like fruity smell. The taste is average. It has a fruity wheat taste, but it is overshadowed by the metal can flavor. It also has a mild grapefruit flavor that isn't very good. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average witbier. It just goes to show, you never trust Belgian beer in a can.

Photo of jsolack
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a "banana" color, similar to fresh lemonade. Head is very light.

Sweet wheat scent. I would like scent to be stronger... missing clove or banana scent.

Sweet citris flavor with a lot of grain in the finish. Tastes better than it smells.

Brite and carbonic but also coats mouth well. Feels good... a little more carbonation than a typical wheat.

Smooth flavor and great aftertaste. The beer is very tasty overall. A little different then a typical wheat.

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

pours a hazey orange tinted yellow, pure white head. smells fruity, floral and clean. a bit grainy in the mouth, but also somewhat creamy. big fruity flavors (lemon/orange), crisp and clean. very light spicing. fairly sweet. simple. easy drinking, refreshing, would take the place of a 7-up nicely on a hot day.

$4.99 for a sixer.

Photo of Mustard
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2oz. brown bottle; no "best by" or "bottled on" warning; purchased for $6.99/6 from the Santa Monice Whole Foods on/near Wilshire and 21st.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-tinged, straw color; fat, billowy, snow-white head; a healthy b-cup's worth of lace; good head retention.

Aroma: Primraily of orange peel, grain and floral hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with a sour, wheat "twang" quick to follow; sizable notes of yeast, orange peel and coriander throughout; mildly bitter finish; hints of lemon and a disquieting, metallic-like quality in there, too; fairly light bodied; something of a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel.

Notes: Zzzzz...

Photo of aaronh
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of GreenCard
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Zraly
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of HighGravity
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of chaduvel
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of clvand0
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of beergeek279
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of roguetester
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
82 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.