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Wittekerke Winter Wit - De Brabandere

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BA SCORE
78
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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of MelissaC
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of ncketchum
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of kbell89
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of strongaf
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 roblowther
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of Kromes
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
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 szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of elNopalero
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
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 hotstuffbeerlover
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of gregspresso
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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 Immortale25
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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 rekel
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 bigeyedfish89
4.19/5  rDev +24%
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 RickS95
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 rmmm16
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of plfahey
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 salinasa
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of murraymj
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of aleckpa
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Wittekerke Winter Wit from De Brabandere
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.