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Wittekerke Winter Wit - De Brabandere

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78
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 roblowther
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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

Kromes, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

szmnnl99, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

elNopalero, Mar 24, 2012
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.

gregspresso, Feb 21, 2012
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.

Immortale25, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +18%

rekel, Jan 22, 2012
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.

Mora2000, Jan 17, 2012
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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

bigeyedfish89, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

RickS95, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of rmmm16
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

rmmm16, Dec 31, 2011
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.

plfahey, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

salinasa, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of murraymj
3/5  rDev -11.5%

murraymj, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of aleckpa
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

aleckpa, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.5%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of badun
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
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!

badun, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

nrbw23, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 02, 2011
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.

KansasBeerLover, Nov 28, 2011
Wittekerke Winter Wit from De Brabandere
78 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.