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Wittekerke - De Brabandere

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811 Ratings

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | 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 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.

Photo of silenius
1.6/5  rDev -55.3%
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
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Wittekerke from De Brabandere
81 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.