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Wittekerke Winter Wit - De Brabandere

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Wittekerke Winter WitWittekerke Winter Wit

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BA SCORE
78
okay

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011)
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Photo of badun
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%

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!

badun, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of psdonnelly
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

psdonnelly, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%

Corked/caged bottle, served slightly chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a murky, bubbly light orange, aggressively poured yields a large head, fades to leave a slight lacing

S - smell is bananas, a bit of spice, little bit of yeast

T - some of the elements of the nose come through, but I get a large amount of almost soapiness - I even switched glassess in case the wife "mistakenly" put my glass in the dishwasher and some residue remained. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

M - Not bad, but I still can't get over the feeling that I was talking back to mom and dad and had my mouth washed out with soap

O - Maybe this was a bad bottle, but for what it was, I can't say that I would recommend this one. I'd be willing to try it again if someone could convince me that this isn't typical.

ncketchum, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of aleckpa
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

aleckpa, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of gtermi
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

gtermi, May 07, 2013
Photo of rmmm16
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

rmmm16, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

TMoney2591, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of roblowther
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

roblowther, May 01, 2012
Photo of Kromes
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%

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?

Kromes, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

mendvicdog, Dec 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Hellpop65, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of leroybrown10
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

nrbw23, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.5%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Buggies, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

murraymj, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Thedrizzle, Nov 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

RazorX67, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Pecan
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Pecan, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of cgarcer
3/5  rDev -11.5%

cgarcer, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -11.5%

s4s, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

Immortale25, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

KansasBeerLover, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Gavage, Dec 24, 2012
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Wittekerke Winter Wit from De Brabandere
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.