Wittekerke Winter Wit - De Brabandere
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3.45/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
12-13-2011 17:12:31 | More by BEERchitect
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.
12-02-2011 15:46:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
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.
12-02-2011 02:59:18 | More by TMoney2591
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
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
01-17-2012 02:48:31 | More by Mora2000
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.
12-24-2012 20:44:48 | More by Gavage
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
3.2/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
12-11-2011 00:20:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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
3.03/5 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.
02-14-2012 23:44:36 | More by Immortale25
Wittekerke Winter Wit from De Brabandere
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.