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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:
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 jcalabre
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

jcalabre, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

beerguy101, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of Zraly
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Zraly, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of HighGravity
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

HighGravity, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

chaduvel, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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

PatandDavid, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

clvand0, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

beergeek279, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of roguetester
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

roguetester, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

BeerResearcher, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of jackndan
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

jackndan, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a transparent yet cloudy wheat yellow colored body and a small head of fine white bubbles that was mostly lasting. It had a mild citrus like flavor. It is a drinkable brew but not great brew and one I would not go out of my way to get.

TheDM, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a vague yellow with a gauzy white veil - little specks of darkness float among the body.

Slight head that recedes into a wispy blanket of bubbly islets. A little lacing.

Playful nose of spice and co2 with yeast.

I am reminded of orange juice when i drink it...or grapefruit?
It makes me recall a concoction i made in high-school, mixing Busch light and Orange Juice.

Decent mouthfeel and a decent summer brew.

elmocoso, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve this baby ICE COLD!!! for maximum enjoyment. Here'e an understated (in a good way-sometimes understated can be rather charming, especially when it's 96 degrees and humid and your mouth is parched and begging to be refreshed) completly quenching summer beer. This one pours a pretty, hazy, pale yellow and offers up subtle aromas of citrus peel and grain. The snow white head provides a nice accent color, however this quickly fades. Still the taste is right on, with ample carbonation. This refreshes in the way a cool lemonade might but, it's an all grown-up drink that indeed tastes like beer. It won't win any awards for complexity so lighten up, and just enjoy it for what it is! Found it for 6.99 a sixer/ 11.2 oz bottles-sufficient bang for the buck I'd say. I'm pulling one out of the freezer now! Ahhhhhhhhhh-Deeelicious!!

moulefrite, Jul 05, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A wit in a can, huh? I'll try anything once.

Poured a very hazy, very cloudy pale gold color. The smell was citrus with a predominant yeastiness. The taste is malty, yeasty, and not too exciting. It has a somewhat crisp finish and is quite refreshing. Very fine carbonation. This is a fantastic beer to present to your fizzy yellow beer drinking friends as a nice alternative to standard fare.

A gateway beer, if you will.

jlervine, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz can. Poured a cloudy pale yellow, with very little head. There is some fine lacing left on the glass. Aroma of wheat and citrus is present. Taste is lighly tart, good carbonation, with no odd flavors, no sign of hop bitterness. Nice and smooth. I could sit and drink this all night. Of all the Wits I've had this is the best.

Indybeer, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yeklow color with big blooming head,smell was very lemony and almost to sour.Like others who have reviewed this I think this lacked spiciness that Iam accustomed to with this style,way to one-dimensional.Not overly impressed with this one,there are many better out there.

oberon, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of goz
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow, big, white head doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is lemony, sour, some spices sneak through. Taste starts a little sour, a little sweet - banana, lemon, and some spices. Body is on the lighter side of medium A decent white, but I prefer the Hoegaarden or Allagash versions.

goz, May 15, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first introduction to witbiers occured this summer, and I was able to sample both Hoegaarden and Wittekerke on tap. I remember at the time really enjoying the Wittekerke even more so than the Hoegaarden. However, when I came back from California I really haven't seen this beer. So, I decided to sample it again this time in a bottle. Appears a light hazy golden hue, very pale int he pour with a gleaming foamy white head. The aroma is an amazing mixture of banana, spices, and honey sweetness this is one spiced up monster of a wheat beer. Wittekerke in my opinion does everything Hoegaarden attempts and does it better. Thank heavens I have found a real white beer. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with traces of the spiced up yeasty, wheat combo the flavor is well balanced and amazingly done. Very drinkable I am sold that this is the best Belgium wit style I have had to date.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normally I steer clear of anything that comes in a can but this one was highly recommended. Poured super cloudy honey colored with very little head and only mild lacing. Not much of an aroma but a very smooth ale and impressive to me only because of the can factor. I didn't really taste anything metallic at all. Subtle wheat taste and even less yeast flavor. I would definately drink it again but there are so many better than this. Great in a glass restricted enviroment i.e. boating, by the pool etc.

BierReise, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of zerk
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy pale yellow... almost looks like lemonade. Has a thin white head, and leaves just a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is lemon, yeast, and a touch of cloves. Flavor is dominated by lemon, with some musty yeast notes coming through. Mouthfeel is thin and light... a very refreshing "lawnmower beer."

zerk, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That better be yeast floating in there...though I've never seen long stringy...well, strings, of yeast in my beer. The color is probably the closest to white I've ever seen in a beer. Very lemony aroma, with some clove in there as well.

Not much flavor to this one, but it still pretty good. Very smooth and quite easy to drink. Some flavors of citrus and yeast, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. The yeast strings are pretty unappetizing though...I feel like I'm watching Undersea Adventure.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this interesting brew!

IrishRedRock, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian white in a can? A first for me. Pours a hazy pale yellow, like diluted grapefruit juice. Aroma is fresh and clean, lightly yeasty. Mouthfeel is likewise quite light, but not thin. Flavors of soft white-bread with a touch of lemon and tropical fruit in the far background. Nothing noteworthy, but quite pleasant and drinkable - sort of a Hoegaarden light. A lawnmower beer of the Belgian variety.

Brent, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy, straw color; looks a bit like grapefruit juice. It forms a white heat the quickly dissipates. The aroma is a citric zest fruitiness, but I also detected a grainy smell as well. The flavor again has fruitiness to it, somewhat lemony. It has a slightly tart finish to it. It is a definite refresher. It would be great on a hot summer day.

BeerBuilder, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel that this was much to sweet to be a wit beer. It has some good lemon characteristics and a nice wheat taste but knid of a dull sweetness that I don't like to much. I think this pales in comparison to Hoeggarden in bottle and especialy on tap. I didn't have it with a lemon so maybee that would even out the sweetness, next time we'll give it a go.

OatmattStout, Jan 15, 2003
Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.