Steenbrugge Wit - Brouwerij Palm NV

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82
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Palm NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: plaid75 on 08-07-2008

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Nice healthy-looking decanting into the glass, a swirl of the yeast produces a turbid golden-beige color with a big frothy head. Subtle spicing in the nose, orangey/tropical fruitiness and yeasty with doughy malt in the back. Super smooth with a fluffy light body. Yeast and malt make for a good base on this dry palate. Fruitiness comes in waves, some spicy and some from the yeast. Minimal hopping goes unnoticed for the most part. Faint alcoholic esters in the middle. A little cracker-like in the dry finish, with more yeast and fruit to play with.

A subtle Witbier, very drinkable with each attribute carrying its own weight. Very bal- anced. Lunchtime beer? Sure, a ploughman's lunch would certainly make it complete.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a Steenbrugge challis at the Gingerman in Norwalk, Ct. This light and refreshing wit poured cloudy, light, and creamy. Under a near white silky head. Typical Belgian wit spicing, with elements of lemony citrus, light floral characteristics and gently spice. Nicely done, warm weather sessioner. Bring on the summer lunches, salads, cheese, fruit etc. and wash it down with a few of these.

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of Palm beers on tap at this place in Gent. This witbier has a typical spiced lemony coriander aroma. Similar to Hoegaarden in regards to the flavor profile. The mouthfeel however is different. The good-a quick crisp finish. The not so good-a thin mouthfeel and a bit too drying. Good drinkability but just average for a wit.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Steenbruge Wit pours the typical hazy yellow & straw-gold body beneath a head of bright white that settles quickly to a thin cap. Average retention and lacing.

In the nose it's delicately spicy (coriander) amidst gently fruit and a hint of malt. It's a touch lemonish, along with notes of apple, and perhaps light pear.

The flavor follows suit, and the delicate citrus fruitiness dominates, followed by a bump of gentle malt, and then soft spice as it prances off into a delicate, semi-sweet finish.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently zesty.

There are more flavorful witbiers out there, and there are more full-bodied witbiers available, but there aren't many that are so delicate and refined - yet still have character. Nicely done. Remarkably easy to drink!

Photo of sfprint
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1 inch fluffy head, fast rising carbonation and lots of it. Flakes of yeast floating around. Light hazy yellow.

S: Sweet yeast, banana, thick, lemon peel.

T: Very mild flavor. Watery, sour, a bit like tonic water. Bland.

M: Sharp, crisp carbonation. Medium body, barely astringent.

D: Uninteresting taste, but it feels nice.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the big bottle in a snifter, this wit pours a light hazy yellow with a quickly dissipating white head and no lacing. Nose of light Belgian yeast, some lemon and orange zest, and saltine crackers. Flavors are light with some light coriander flavors mingle with lemon zest and light wheat flavors with an herbal aftertaste. Very light and dry finish with a nice carbonated mouth feel. Improves vastly with warmth.

Not my favorite from this fine brewery, but still good for the style.

Photo of fourstringer
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped best by 11/09/12. Oops. I just stumbled across this one, forlorn and forgotten, mixed up with some random wines in my cellar...

A: Hazy, pale golden yellow. 1 finger of white head with ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeast. Biscuit. Coriander. Floral/herbal notes that are unique for the style. Peach.

T: Tart with light spice initially. A herbal/floral quality emerges and leads into a dry finish. A bit astringent on the end with some lingering citric/lemon tang. Interesting flavor profile for a wit.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Borders dangerously close to watery, but does go down easily.

O: This is probably past its prime - my bad. Probably not a totally fair assessment, so I'll focus on the positives. This is an interesting wit - reminds me of a Berliner weisse combined with a gruit. The herbal element is cool and I am enjoying the tartness. I'll have to try it a bit fresher.

Prost!

Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat beer from Belgium, often a good choice.
25 cl, small , bottle.
Colour of lemonjuice, cloudy, with white head, nice lacing.
Smell of fresh baked bread, citric and floral hops.
Taste is mild bittersweetness from malts and hops, but also a pleasant yeastyness.

Smooth and refreshing
Overall, a good alternative to f.i. Hoegaarden, I would say.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Uncorking this large bottle made a loud popping noise. It poured light yellow in color (almost straw-like) with a lot of cloudiness and a big white head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and very good head retention.
S: It has a gentle aroma of wheat with hints of citrus.
T: There's bit of sweetness from the wheat and malts; these flavors are also evident in the finish. There are also some notes of citrus flavors.
M: It feels light bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends smoothness.
D: It's very light and refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, some wheat spice, coriander and lemon zest.

The taste featured a spicy wheat malt, white pepper, coriander and yeast esters.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a very easy to drink and relatively spicy wit.

Photo of brewtus
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden/ white with a foamy white two finger head. Smell is very grainy and not much more. Taste is a lot like the smell . Very clean and crisp, bubbly. Finishes a little dry as expected. Not much goin on here, grainy white and light, good for an entry level Belgian drinker but a bit. One dimensional for me.

Photo of Douberd
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 250 ml, ABV 5.0%, at home, poured into a tumbler glass.
Light honey color, hazy, with a one finger white head. Head has good retention, going down slowly, no lacing left behind.
Fruity smell of bananas and oranges.
Taste follows the smell, fruits, mostly banana with some citrus notes.
Medium thickness on the body,average carbonation.

Photo of Absumaster
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A yellow, murky beer with a thin head. Some visible carbonation.

Smell is grainy and fresh, with citric notes. A light coriander and pretty strong on the orange peel. A great witbier phenolic yeast character.

Taste is grainy and malty with a fresh citric kick, that tastes most like lemon and citric acid. Fresh, but not lactic. This adds a really nice summer beer character. The spices are subtle but present. It's body is above average for a witbier, although it is not a big body.

Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy straw yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer....quite a lot of big carbonation bubbles punch the surface... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice spicy fruitiness (lemons, pears, some grapefruits), salty notes, some yeastiness, some light hops just coming through, grassy, light honey notes...

Taste - Nice lemon fruitiness, also some spicy apples, grassy, floral, barely any malts, some light spicy hops, very light sugary sweetness, some coriander notes...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Extremely drinkable and refreshing - would be nice on a hot summer day...

Overall - A pretty good witbier.... Nothing groundbreaking but well worth a try...

Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Delaneys in New Haven.

A: Hazy pale orange yellow golden flemish color with light head

N: Lots of wheat, some citrus, a touch of spice and yeast, pretty typical for a wit

T: Again typical Belgian wit, wheat and yeast hit at first, followed with very subtle fruits, it has a strange biscuity taste on the back of the tongue that I can't really pick out, its pretty light and almost watery, no real spice on the taste, but still pretty creamy

M: Very light and watery, a little creamy and pretty frothy carbonation

F: Very light and dry but has a semi sweet taste, here is where it gets the most watery I think, little earthy, wheaty finish, not much there

Final thoughts: Meh, its a pretty basic Belgian wit but almost watered down. Very light, some wheat and creamy biscuit, pretty bland overall

Photo of Bartas
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice color, a little bit dim, but still nice - 4,5

Smell: Really appealing and very promising - 4,5

Taste: I though that Belgian with beer from abbey will be more impressive, but I found it very average

Mouthfeel: again - very average, nothing special

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fizzy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A somewhat subdued aroma of malt, citrus and some spices.

T: Like the smell, the taste was very mild, with some malt, coriander and a little lemon in it. Not wholly unlikable, but not sharp enough to be entirely successful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: This isn't a terrible beer by any means, but it wouldn't be my first choice if I was buying a Witbier.

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent Wit, maybe not in the top tier but good and highly drinkable nonetheless.

Hazy yellow colored beer, nice big fluffy head, settles down slowly, moderate lacing.

Typical Wit aromas, very lemony, coriander and other spices, yeast. Clove and banana in there too. The taste is pretty much right there as well. Not the most flavorful or biggest character for the style but more than passable. Some malty notes along with the citrus and spices.

Crisp and refreshing, fairly dry and short finish. Fizzy carbonation. I am a fan of the style and enjoy most of them if they’re not, you know, terrible. Maybe prefer something a little more interesting but this one works in a pinch. Decent price too.

Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass in low altitude Galway Ireland. The cork didn't explode, thankfully.

A: Pours a two finger, thin head of poor retention. Hazy dark yellow colour.

Sm: Light. Clean. Barley. Nothing extraordinary. A bit disappointing.

T: Crystal hops. A slight hint of orange. Barley. The body really needs more complexity. This beer doesn't try to do enough. Disappointing for a witbier.

Mf: Very fizzy and extremely light on the palate. The finish is lovely and tantalizing.

Dr: You could down it all night because it's so light, but the taste doesn't justify that. Disappointing for a Belgian beer.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a bottle I tasted on 22.02.09 (Best by date 07.05.11). ABV 5%.

Poured into a small Hoegaarden glass, a fairly cloudy straw coloured brew with a foamy head. There were plenty of bubbles rising, and it seemed high in carbonation.

The smell was pleasent; some bananas and with some citrus in the background.
Taste was a little "watery" - thin flavours of citrus and a little spiciness. Mouthfeel was a bit fizzy for me.
This was definitely drinkable, but lacking complexity in flavours. I am hoping this beer will improve in the years to come (not talking cellaring, but talking brewing).

Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy, cloudy, silvery body with about two fingers of creamy white foam and lots of apparent effervescence. I rather like it.

Smell: bitey, acidic aroma with some wheat character and a hint of orange peel. Not my favorite witbier aroma, but it's acceptable.

Taste: slightly fruity wheat beer flavor, along the lines of a German hefeweizen. There is also a bit of a floral/spicy flavor which is probably the "gruut" indicated on the bottle. There might be some coriander in here as well, although with the yeasty fruitiness it's hard to tell. Frankly, I really like the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a very well-integrated carbonation which yields a great creaminess. I might have liked a little more body, but for a witbier it's not too bad.

Drinkability: tasty and drinkable. But for the aroma, I quite like this beer indeed.

Photo of ATPete
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at BXL 43rd St NY,NY

A- Very hazy with an extremely pale yellow color and a small white head that leaves some sticking on the proper glassware.

S- Soft bready yeast and toasted wheat in the nose, bright notes of lemon peel and citrus fruits, subtle spices. Nothing above and beyond but pleasant overall.

T/M- lots of lively bubble of carbonation attack the tongue, like seltzer water, notes of bready bakers yeast, soft pale wheat texture, a bit winey almost, baked apple spice and a very bright and tangy/peppery hop blast on the finish. The aftertaste is short with a small hint of booze, slightly coating in body. Overall a decent attempt at a traditional style, but i wont recommend it.

Photo of brentk56
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A rather unimpressive pour, with none of the Belgian froth one would expect; just a finger or so of head sits atop the hazy straw-colored liquid and it quickly fritters away to a film, leaving just a few dots behind

Smell: Very bready, with a vague hint of lemon; the spicing is barely discernable

Taste: Bready, up front, with a touch of banana and a hint of lemon; the spicing is so subtle that the beer tastes more like a hefe than a wit; in the finish, the banana and lemon tones are just a tad more discernable, though the breadiness remains the dominant flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with low carbonation

Overall: Very easy to drink and I can see where this might be enjoyable on a hot day, but it is nowhere near the top echelon of wits

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded yellow with a thin white head. Nose is a lot of lemon-like citrus, lemongrass. Quite full. Flavor is pretty easy drinkin'. Nice smooth bright fruit tones. Nice level of earthy tones. Seems spiked with lemon. Feel is a bit thin on liquid. Carbonation is decent enough. An easy drinker that would be great on a hot day. If you see it, might as well try it.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle comsumed with dinner, on to the beer:

Bona-fide witbier color: the color is a faded yellow and hazy. Head retention is around average for the style. The aroma is on the mark. Light in firepower, but very nice. Some paler fruits, pears, canded fruits, and a little touch of sugary syrup.

Like the aroma, its flavor is on the lighter side as well. But like the aroma, is is pleasant and put together well. It tastes like the aroma....pears, light colored fruits, a little pinch of coriander, and grassy notes. The carbonation bubbles in your mouth like a strong Belgian, but tones down to help create a very drinkable brew.

Yep, I like it. I like it more than Hoegaarden, though this is much more expensive. $9.19 for the magnum, yikes!

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Steenbrugge Wit from Brouwerij Palm NV
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