Wittekerke Winter Wit - De Brabandere
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4.2/5 rDev +23.9%
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
01-05-2012 06:51:10 | More by bigeyedfish89
4/5 rDev +18%
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.
01-07-2012 00:10:26 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +18%
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.
09-30-2011 14:22:14 | More by OWSLEY069
3.94/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
03-08-2013 23:42:26 | More by oberon
3.86/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
01-24-2014 17:56:05 | More by Pegasus
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
01-31-2013 04:08:51 | More by superspak
Wittekerke Winter Wit from De Brabandere
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.