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Wittekerke Winter Wit - De Brabandere

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked & caged. Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head and lots of tiny bubbles, Don Ho-style. Smells of oranges, sugar, and a bit of molases. Taste is grainy and surprisingly sharp given the smell. It is a bit metallic in the finish and really not very interesting. Mouthfeel is decent, with good carbonation. Overall, not really anything to interest me. Not terrible but naggingly not good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wittekerke Winter Wit
750 ml bottle, corked and caged
$8.24 @ State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD

Double wit... should be interesting as so many U.S. brewers are doing it now. Surprisingly cloudy, but I guess that makes sense. Amber-orange beneath a full head of creamy off-white froth. Excellent head retention and lacing. I can't find much in the nose with the massive head present, just some wheat and light spiciness. The flavor is more revealing. It's appropriately sweet without being overdone; honey-like. It takes the maltiness right to the edge of the slippery slope that leads into sticky sugars. Nicely restrained. The spice is present as well, clearly coriander driven with just a hint of orange peel. I also get a slight touch of chalky yeast; a suggestion of pepper; and some nutmeg, although I'm not suggesting there's nutmeg added, just that I'm finding the flavor. The alcohol never shows, but I do think it helps to clean up the otherwise possibly sticky-sweet finish. It's richly flavored without being overly full. Easy to drink. And although I don't normally mention the packaging because, really, it has nothing to do with the beer inside, it's attractive and people are drawn to it, making it a great holiday party beer. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a deeply hazed and milky orange/blonde with a nice looking two finger bone white head that left no lacing as it settled.Citrus fruits,yeasty phenols,and sweet alcohol in the nose,I liked the fruity tones and the alcohol was actually appetizing more than in your face.Starts out with a decent shot of citrus fruit but the spiced phenols play a big role along with fusel alcohol as it wars,thru it all the citric flavors are there wich I liked.Lightly tart and quite alcoholic I have to say I liked this beer,obviously nothing like the "smaller" version I gotta say i liked it more than most of the others.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. This is review No. 2,600.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is has quite a bit of wheat in it, as well as some coriander and citrus notes. The flavor is more of the same. The wheat and coriander notes really stand out, although there is a little bit of lemon and orange as well. The yeast notes add some nice spice notes to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love the look. Initially looks white coming out of the bottle before settling on a light milky orange. Looks rich and inviting. The head is white, but is fleeting. While the head is not that impressive, the lacing is.

Scents of Belgian yeast, coriander, orange peel, and a little bit of pepper fill the nose.

Could use a bit more spice and citrus in the flavor. Everything in the smell is there, it's just all very understated.

All the flavors are a bit disjointed, giving it a bit of a loose, watered down feel. It's barely sweet, then barely bitter, and then feels almost like a pilsner in the swallow.

I have no idea why this is a winter beer. It doesn't taste any different than any other wit. It's got good spices, but none of the smells or flavors are sharp and it gets knocked down in the score for it.

Photo of plfahey
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Copper-Orange color with a fair cast of haze. Moderate off-white head with fair retention.

Aroma-Strong orange and coriander aroma with a slight vegetal celery character. Slight booze note blends with the orange to give an overall grand marnier impression. Also has light notes of peach esters and a touch of spritzy wheat.

Flavor-Sweet candied oranges and orangeblossom honey blend with a touch of soapy, perfumy coriander in the flavor. Finishes with orange and slight alcohol which once again reminds me of grand marnier. Finish carries low hop bitterness, a light acidic twang, and a touch of spicy hop character. Finishes rather dry and is quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body with moderate to moderately high, smooth carbonations. I wish it were a bit more highly carbonated, but it still is quite refreshing.

Not bad on the whole-a beefed up Belgian wit for the holiday season. The coriander has a slight whiff of vegetal celery in the nose but otherwise it's pretty good.

Photo of Immortale25
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy, almost florescent, orange color with a ½ inch head that soon is just a thin ring around the edge of the glass plus moderate surface foam. Slippery lacing.

S- Seems a bit boozy and has that wheat/wet cardboard thing going on underneath.

T- Yeah, there’s no mistaking that “give” in flavor. Alcohol is the primary focus followed by the spices and wet paper taste against the diminished wheat body.

M- Feels like I’m drinking a Blue Moon with a jacked-up ABV. Medium carbonation.

O- I’ve pretty much given up on Witttekerke since having their sad excuse for a framboise and now this.

Photo of gregspresso
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance : totally opaque; golden orange color; pours a decent fluffy white foam which dissipates to residue quickly.

smell : some citrus notes.

taste : citrus; spices have a certain taste of 'overextraction' to them, kinda acid-y; sweet but not too sweet thanks to the abv.

mouthfeel : my favorite part; has a cream soda-like roundness to the tongue; almost a little silty, just a bit thick.

Photo of Kromes
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy orange color with a thin white head.

S: A sweet, citrus, floral, buttery, grain aroma.

T: Flavor a little bit worse than the smell, super sweet with an alcohol and citrus/floral flavor and lots of grain throughout. Seems like this started out as a nice wit and then corn was added to get the ABV up. I hate that grainy stale beer frat house floor aroma/taste.

M: Somewhat smooth with a lighter feel.

O: The flavor and aroma just isn't there for me. Was only $2 for a 750ml. Funny how my beer tasted and smelled like creamed corn and everybody elses was ok. Maybe it had just sat on the shelf too long?

Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Large, dense off-white head crowns a hazy, yellow-brown body. Thin, unbroken, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls. The head retains quite well.

Aroma: Deeply spicy aroma of bananas, apples, white bread, orange rind, coriander, and especially sweet alcohol.

Taste: Begins with sweet and spicy warming alcohol, soon followed by bitter apple rind, bananas, sweet orange rind and coriander. In the middle of the taste, sweet cookie dough flavors manifest. The relatively high ABV (7.5%) presents very well, being pleasantly warming, but without hot solvent notes. Late in the taste, there are some mildly bitter herbal hops, which linger on past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, velvety, and full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, and a rather different take on a winter seasonal beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-five point four ounce Belgian-style bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Texas for $6.99.

Photo of chrismattlin
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure sure why this is rated so low. If you've ever had a Wittekerke, which is great IMO, this is more or less, an Imperial Wittekerke.

My first time coming across a Double Witbier, and I'd be happy to drink it again.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a stein. Head was thin, but frothy. Little lacing.

Color was golden orange. Body was hazy.

Aroma was weak. Light wheat, fruit and a touch of sweetness.

Flavor was also weak. Wheat with apples, I think. Definite alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but short-lived.

Overall, I was disappointed. The brewer has done far better with other varieties. I will not buy another, there are too many other beers on the market.

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Large head, cloudy orange color with a bit of lacing down the side of the glass. Looks like a Blue Moon or Shock Top.

Smell: Bananas, alcohol, yeast, grain, very pleasant

Taste: Very tasty. You can definitely taste the alcohol, almost Imperial tasting. Sweet citrus flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a Blue Moon on steroids, taste better too! Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: I really like this wit beer, one of my favorites for the winter season. Great blend of a little spice, alcohol, and citrus makes this beer very easy to drink with a great aftertaste.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon and other spices for the holiday. In the taste, quite musky and a huge presence of cinnamon and notes of orange peel and coriander. A spice like bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. A nice big wit, quite spicy, especially with cinnamon.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

I was curious about this one after being told it was a "double wit", so decided to dive right in. It pours a cloudy somewhat-golden straw topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises white bread, clove, light black pepper, and a touch of mild honey. The taste is an explosion of bready yeast, with some decidedly green grass, black pepper, green pepper, and sourdough punctuating things at various points. Man, this melange of yeast and spice really doesn't work at all, but rather causes a bit of a wince with every sip. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that borders on almost chewy. Overall, a mess of a beer that seems to be vainly trying too hard to be big and powerful for no reason.

Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a murky orange color with a 1/2 " head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: yeast and a slight musky tones rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, some hint of banana, a bit of pepper, and a big yeast flavor are most notable. Alcohol provides some warmth.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lint crispness from start to finish. Long lasting musky aftertaste.

Overall: this was an average wit beer IMHO. I assume the higher alcohol and spiciness makes it more of a winter wit. Slow drinking but not overly exciting.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wittekerke Winter Wit

Pours a cloudy orange color, large slightly off white head and lace. Aroma of wheat, lemon, berry and spice. In the taste, wheat, lightly tangy. Citrus, elderberries, and coriander like spices round out the flavor. There is a small but complimentary hop bitterness. Smooth and easily drinkable. Decent wit, fruity, hides its strength.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Where the subtle and light fare of the original Wittekerke shows much elegance and grace, this scaled-up imperial Winter version do no such things. Assertive, sharp, and bold in flavor and alcohol- the beer has full bite, flavor, and character.

Pouring a hazy golden color, the beer carries much more visual weight for a standard Witbier, but seems onl par with most other Imerpial Witbiers. Only moderate carbonation and lack of full head character or lace only further reinforce the dense appearance.

The character of banana, apple, lemon, and orange fill the olfactory sense and slay the taste buds. Very bready, doughy and sweet with confectioner's sugar, suspended yeast, and heighten pilsner malt character. Spicy white pepper and acetone-like alcohol flavor offer slight dryness to balance the malty sweetness but creates a lot of bite and harshness. Fruity with hefeweizen-like banana and clove counterparts, but also with the additions of orange peel give a bright and zesty taste of citrus that develops into a minty-hot finish.

Very firm, maybe even heavy to texture because of how the dense beer lays on the tongue. Creamy, rich, and full bodied- it's odd to find this mouthfeel in any Witbier. A weak attempt of citric balance and only mild dryness but sharp heat, all have difficulty with the flavor and body in finish.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/4/2014. Pours extremely hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, lemon, orange rind, apple skin, coriander, light banana, floral, wheat, bread, pepper, clove, and earthy yeast esters. Nice and pleasant aromas; with good balance and complexity of malt, spices, and yeast esters. Taste of pear, apple, orange zest, lemon, light banana, wheat, coriander, bread, honey, floral, light clove, and earthy yeast esters. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, wheat, coriander, light clove, bread, honey, and earthy yeast esters on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a good malt/spice balance, but feels a bit toned down in flavor for 7.5%; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good high gravity witbier. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orange color with a 1 finger cream colored head. Decent retention.

S: A touch of wheat with some coriander, grain, grass and hay. As it warms, I get more graininess and alcohol.

T: A little heavy for me for the style. Heavy wheat and grain flavors with some orange peel and overripe orange flesh. Doesn't really change a whole lot throughout. A bit of a sticky mouthfeel doesn't really make it a joy to drink.

Photo of elNopalero
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This had a light yellow-gold color. There was a pleasing estery aroma with obvious coriander spices. Flavor was light and estery, a little thing, with a spicy finish at the end. First time trying this and I found it a passable but ultimately forgettable brew.

Photo of nrbw23
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a very murky orange color with a very thin white head. Head has pretty much no retention and leaves no lacing behind.

S- Fairly light in smell and pretty much the normal for the style. Quite a bit of spice going on here, touch of bread, yeast and clove.

T- Quite a bit of citrus and spice. Mainly orange and coriander. Yeast is also very present and clove.

M- Fairly light in body and carbonation.

O- A bit higher abv for the style. I guess I'll go with this ones okay.

Photo of badun
2.32/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Love the look of the bottle and picked it up with a batch of other special holiday beers. Nice aroma when poured into a standard pint glass. Color a bit dark and yellow for a wit, but not unappealing. Then came the taste...yuck! Strongly floral, almost as bad as rosewater. I've had dried squid, killer peppers, raw and cooked bugs, and all manner of exotic/gross things and the only thing that makes me gag is rosewater. This beer had both the taste of roses (smells great, taste like shite) and an off, musty taste.

Proof that you can't judge a beer by its bottle or style!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11 ounce goblet - $8.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clouded to the point of opaque murkiness with a dull, dark orange hue. 3/4 inch of pillow, white foam.

Smell: An aroma of fruity jelly supporting an odd herbal, flowery note mix, some underlying barley, and a drop of booze. It's not exactly alluring, but, then again, neither is the soiled appearance.

Taste: Sugary breadiness with a bit of menthol herbaceousness. A bit of basic lemon and some noted florals, though the latter could be a lingering effect of the menthol quality upfront. A hint of stale orange peel slowly peeks out. Sweetish, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: I didn't like the standard Wittekerke, I didn't enjoy the Rosé variation, and now the Winter rendition.

Photo of ncusatis
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Very underwhelmed with this beer. Not much to say about it.

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Wittekerke Winter Wit from De Brabandere
78 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.