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Wittekerke Winter Wit - De Brabandere

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of badun
2.32/5  rDev -31.4%
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!

Photo of nrbw23
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of p1lsen
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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