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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pale and amber), unmalted wheat, flaked oats, hops (goldings, amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (orange peel and coriander seeds) and yeast.

Added by Kraken on 11-07-2008

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67
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153
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a white soapy head and plenty of lacing. Good clarity and a pristine looking beer. The aroma is fruity and hoppy with some herbal notes and well as a bit tropical. Dusty wheat also factors in.

The flavor is piney and resinous, grapefruit zest both from hops and dried peel additions. Wheat malt adds a damp hay and faint cotton candy note. Mild acidity from hops and citrus. Even balance but definitely citrusy.

Medium to full body with a high carbonation. Overall, this is a sophisticated Belgian wit worthy of imbibing anytime.

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Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with tons of bubbles coming to the top and feeding a big fluffy white head. The head stays as a cap for quite a while and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma was heavier on the citrus than most wits I've had. There was some wheat sweetness but more subdued and maybe hints of spice. Overall, very lemony.

Lemony hops dominate the first portion of the taste as well. There is a definite wheat presence in the middle with faint banana sweetness. The alcohol makes its presence felt in the finish with less spices than the nose suggests. Overall, lots of citrus from start to finish.

This mouthfeel is massively carbonated and prickly though still smooth overall. A very original and enjoyable wit.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-1-10
Bottled in 2008

Pours a hazy golden color, with lines of bubbles rising to the surface. A thick white head sits on top, and lasts forever.

Smell is all sweet malt, aromas of banana and Belgian yeast. The hops come in second, adding a tart citrus edge. Very nicely aged, with just a hint of mellowing hops.

Taste is all hops, sharp and tart. Flavors of citrus and a light maltiness are there too, giving way to a pleasant bitterness and a slightly bready aftertaste. Good, but not as deep as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, with good carbonation to add to the hoppy kick.

Drinkability is very good, the bitterness balances the sweetness nicely, and the abv is just right.

Overall, not an extreme beer, but still well made and worth trying.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a little on the dark side...more along the lines of Weissebier, but good none the less. The head was massive, white and retention was stellar. Naturally, lacing was triumphant. What sets this Wit apart from the rest (from my experience), is the wondrously floral hop nose. There's also some light spiciness and herbal notes, along with some bready malt characters. The taste consists of more bready malts, equal parts spicy, earth notes, and less on the hoppy side...still nice either way. With a slightly more slick and heavy feeling for a Wit, it definitely leaves a hair more to be desired in the mouthfeel, but nothing off-putting at all, though a lighter, crisper feel would be king. In the end, a great interpretation of the style and a great beer. Mikkeller (recently at least), has been impressing me.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden in color with a big 2 finger fluffy white head. Head has great retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing around the glass

Smell has some lemon rind like fruity esters forward wild some mild hints of Vinegar. There is a nice mild sweet grainy malt aromas before a few spices come in on the back end.

Taste has some Belgian spicy phenols forward, mainly coriander and peppercorn. Some light lemon esters are also present however Not a whole lot of vinegar or sour shows up relative to the aroma. This keeps it mild and drinkable. Some nice grainy and straw like malt come through midway through the sip before a mild hop bitterness and more lemon rind on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation with a sticky feel keeps this nice and fizzy but soft due to the sticky body. Not a whole lot of hop bitterness but there is a good spicy dry Belgian finish.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - burnt orange in color with a nice white one fingered head with good retention.

S - smells of light citrus and spices faintly earthy.

T - taste is mellow. Lots of spice and light fruit.

M - light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - decent wit. Nice mellow, fruity and spicy!

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a puffy, creamy whitish head that takes some time to settle. Head retention is great. A moderate amount of whitish lace is present on the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of fresh herbs, grass, lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, vanilla, wheat bread, spices, and cream are present on the nose.

T: Floral, fruity notes of herbs, grass, coriander, lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquat, tangerine, and wildflower honey are balanced by notes of cream, vanilla, wheat bread, caramel, and biscuit. The finish is spicy and hoppy with pronounced notes of coriander, lemon, lime, tangerine, kumquat, and herbs.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body, this ale is a bit sappy and sticky in the mouth. Carbonation is delicate, but just firm enough to support the body. Alcohol warmth briefly manifests on the finish, but is decidedly mellow and unobtrusive. Easy to drink for a beer of 8% abv.

O: This is a nicely executed double wit. The heavy hopping gives it a spunky, prickly character. If you are a fan of strong ales at all, then this a beer that is very much worth trying. It definitely is not just another run of the mill witbier and it isn't some half-baked attempt at a double wit either. Very unique.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is pretty basic with a mix of coriander, orange peel and lemons. The flavor is pithy oranges with coriander and pepper. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is very soft on the palate. Another good beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with off-white, creamy head. Aroma is really fresh with coriander, cloves, lemongrass ans some sweet orange peel. Taste starts slightly sweet and spicy with fruity notes like tangerine and peach. Finishes more bitter but still spicy. Body is medium and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Really nice overall, spicy but also hoppy, smooth body but also well carbonated, tasty yet easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller reconstructs the essence of classy Belgian witbiers but pushes the power and dryness to heightened strength of 7.4%. Curious to see how the elevated alcohol plays on the palate and whether it interferes with the subtle perfume and soft wheat character.

This "Not Just Another" witbier pours with the most delicate and fragile coloration and foam- very light, canary yellow in color and with a glaze of protein and yeast allow for a diffused glow to permit. Foamy with a cottony-white head that persists and retains very well and in somewhat liquidy fashion- Easily mistaken for Hoegaarden.

Muted and delicate aromas of soft wheat, mild honey, and light starch provide the basic underpinning while spicy aromas run the gamut of coriander, orange peel, perfume, white pepper, light clove, chi tea, lemongrass, and a sparse sprinkle of cumin. Somewhat estery as lemon and apple penetrate the mix for a very inviting and mouthwatering scent.

All those soft malts and decorated spices play delightfully on the palate in most refreshing and soothing flavor combinations. Soft wheat, honeyish caramel, floral flavors, and soft baking breads provide a creamy flavor of starch and powdered sugar that's soon rivaled by the spice and hop additions, led by coriander and curacao. Counterparts of citrusy hops with slight leafy action, lemongrass, and peppery bitterness rise in finish for a balanced and varying taste.

Light bodied throughout, but the early creaminess gives a slight impression of fuller-than-actual feel. The unique Belgianesque carbonation allows for a light prickle on the tongue and expansive airiness to emit. But the carbonation retracts at mid palate and ushers in the refreshing soft wheat and peppery bitterness to dry the beer and offer a semi-powdery finish with a linger of lemon pepper and minty alcohols.

The higher rate of strength exceeds the usual 5% that's exhibited by usual witbiers, but nothing is lost here: Not only does Mikkeller retain the soft supple character that makes standard witbiers so refreshing, but does so with higher hopping rates of American varieties and more experimentation with spice to accompany the assertive alcohol, and without compromising its balance- no easy feat.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Errr... Probably the darkest witbier I've ever had, a very deep amber hue, almost opaque with sediment and full of plenty of agitated floaties. Head is crackling and full, leaving some stonework lacing down the inside of the glass. Body is very heav, and this together with the opacity means it's an intense looking beer. And a *very* intense looking witbier.

Nose is crisp with a lemony citrus character that you could almost mistake for hops. It has an edge of Belgian acidity to it, almost like a lambic, or the rusticness of brett on the nose. Bright and light, and really rather pleasant.

Taste is again very weird, and really unsuitable for a place in the witbier genre. Here, there's a pleasant light hop bite, and a touch of zingy true lemon or orange rind, that just makes you question whether what you taste really is hops. Nice nutty character from the yeast, and a touch of Belgian esters to round it out. It still has that classic Mikkeller character to my mind (perhaps it's a De Proef character, in reality), which anchors it to something else.

It's not just another wit: in fact, I'd hazard a comment that it's not a wit at all. This is an odd little beer with plenty of citrus and spice, but from all the wrong directions. But Mikkeller, as always, make the weird work for them, and this is a very tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy golden orange with pale yellow highlights and had a finger of fronthy head leaving lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of citrus and spice come out on the aroma with some wheaty, coriander, light hop notes but had lots of malty sweetness for sure.

T: the citrus flavors also dominate the taste alongside, coriander with various other spices, wheat, mild grassy hops accents and a good sweet malty sweetness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, wheaty, spice, and citrusy finish.

D: definitely a very nice wit beer and probably one of my favorites now which was drinking nice as well.

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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Poured a crisp golden colour, retains quite a haze, with some very nice white head retention and lacing.

Smell has lemon, dry orange, and firm yeast, some definite earthiness, nuts come through and dusty barn floor.

Taste is very fresh, fragrant florals and firm lemon orange citrus bitterness, a solid yeast presence, all very nicely balanced with some of the coriander bringing some solid earthy body. Lemongrass and firm apple. Very tasty.

The higher abv works excellently, not perceptible but lends a fuller feel to this beer with the yeasty creaminess, carbonation is moderate and the beer works very nicely on the palate.

A very nice and interesting wit style. I would definitely have it again. The spices are nicely incorporated and not hidden but add significant depth and complexity to this beer. Not the best beer from Mikkeller but a very nice expression of the wit style and the potential there. Try it.

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Photo of MM3
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearence: A light amber color, that is almost clear.

Smell: The smell is citrussy from the American hops and the orange peel used.

Taste: The taste is hoppy, citrussy and a bitter aftertaste from the hops used. I could not taste the coriander seeds, Mikeller claims to use in this beer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a fresh feeling in the mouth, because of the carbonation and the hops used.

Drinkability: I think this beer is fairly easy to drink even on a summers day, because the hops and the carbonation give it a nice fresh taste.

Overal: The beer is a tasty beer, but it did not met my expectations. I expected a strong witbeer, but instead it taste more like a Pale Ale.

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Photo of HopSteppa
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first time i had this wit style. the foam definitely stayed and poured an amber brown, smell came out slightly fruity and tasted in the foam as well...but once i got to the beer it was a build up of hops that kick in. not as strong and evident as an ipa but packs a punch with some herb notes and fizzles out on a great honey and sweet taste. i enjoyed it, definitely need one more tasting to do it justice.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Picked up at my old downtown wine store haunt, after way too long of an absence. Damned be these lifestyle and career changes!

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, slickly foamy off-white head, which leaves some bicycle chain lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet wheat grain, sassy floral, grassy, citrusy hops, lemon pepper, a bit of earthy, spicy coriander, uppity yeast, and a touch of warming alcohol. The taste is more soft, neutered wheat grain, lemon oil, white pepper, confused coriander, smirking settled yeast, muted citrus and grassy hops, and a subtly rising alcohol edge.

The carbonation is lo-fi frothy in nature, the body a lulling medium-light weight, and mostly smooth, as the alcohol just can't seem to help itself in this instance. It finishes with a moderately strong drying trend - the grain gaining a sharp tint, and the spice, hops, and booze colluding as such.

The imperialization of a witbier can go so, so bad, given the inherent delicate aspects of the base style. Here, we get a generally full-flavoured wit, with some extra, somewhat prickly alcohol, though nothing that really detracts from the overall drinkability of this jazzed up offering.

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Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 750ml corked, caged and foiled bottle into a tulip glass a slightly hazy pale golden colour with a few centimetres of dense white head that sits for a while and leaves a bit if lacing down the glass.
S - A nice light citrus fruitiness with a floral touch and some light spice/pepper notes.
T - Very much like the smell; citrus fruity, floral, light peppery notes an an obvious wheat maltiness.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied, dry, slightly toasted feel, fairly high carbonation.
D - Not the most amazing Mikkeller beer so far but still decent. The fairly high ABV% holds back the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fluffy, off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing throughout. body was bright golden.
s - light lemon, grainy, with a slightly spicy aroma.
t - belgian flavors, grainy, light lemon flavor.
m - smooth, creamy with a dry finish.
o - enjoyable and interesting profile.

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Photo of jamescain
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two inches thick with sediment floating in the beer.

Aroma: Spicy, coriander, orange dominate and a hint of currant.

Taste: Still spicy, not spicy like a pepper, but the kind of spicy that a Belgian yeast strain will provide. One of the better wits I’ve had, but nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but in a refreshing way.

Overall: Despite what the name of the beer implies, it tasted like just another wit. Was it better than other wits? Sure. But I wouldn’t say it was not just another wit.

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Photo of CMW
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden cloudy yellow in color. Medium white head formation that receeds quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Floral notes mixed with some pepper spice. I can also pick up some subtle hop notes.

T - Slightly sweet upfront and that gives way to a more floral taste. It is even a little soapy. There is a small hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - Light and crisp. Medium carbonation.

D - Although I am not a huge fan of the style, this is very drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a darn good witbier. the best of al the wit types mikkeller makes I think. totally orange, like biting into a fresh orange through the rind, its citrus max out, and its awesome. the coriander seeds and other weird ingredients are far less influential, its the orange that jumps out at me, although this also has two other really unique features. one is that it is super strong for the style, far from sessionable this thing packs a punch, and its pretty well hidden, unknown even, sneaky strong. the other thing is that its mighty hoppy. good mix of northwestern and European hops, grassy and piney and bitter and oily too. it brings the most out of the orange, or rather the orange brings the most out of the hops. its an impressive brew overall, with lots of body from the wheat and oats, and a ton of carbonation, lively and jazzy. its the kind of wit I would brew myself to break out of the conventional wit stagnation that has plagued the style for a decade in America. this is much needed, and wonderfully executed. one of the top beers in the mikkeller advent calendar so far!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into 20cl stemware at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reviewed from notes taken in July 2011. The board there listed this as 7.4% ABV, which I trust more than beeradvocate.

A: Pours a one finger head of soft slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow-gold.

Sm: Orange peel, assorted citrus esters - especially lemon, and light barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel esters, lemon, and heavy unexpected bittering hops. Complex and boundary pushing for the style. Built and balanced well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the style and flavour.

Dr: High ABV (especially for a witbier), very easy to drink, and at a high price point. Worth a go especially if you like the style and want to see it done differently.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a translucent golden orange color with two fingers of white head. Solid retention with ok lacing.

S- base aroma of wheat and raw cereal grain. Substantial orange peel and herbal coriander blend with assertive orange hops. Finishes with a dusty yeast character and leafy hop notes.

T- touch of dry malt flavor with wheat and rustic grains. Orange peel and herbal coriander spice come out in the middle. Hop bitterness with notes of orange and tangerine and a powdery like yeast flavor hit the palate on the finish.

MF- fluffy soft mouthfeel. Medium body and small bubbled awesome carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall a solid wit beer with great over the top hops for the style.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy pale amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows piny and grassy hops as well as orange and lemon-like notes. Also some coriander. Quite light.
Flavours include the same orange peel and lemon alongside spicy hops, alcohol and grapefruit.
Nice high carbonation.
The hops and booze definitely dominate this one.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought At Tamura's in Kailua, HI for $10.99.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy golden pear color with a massive two inch foamy head that settled down to a 1/2 inch head, but the foam still clung to the sides like a champ!

Smell: Sweet citrus notes and what seems to be vanilla with some spice on the side for good measure.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Slight alcohol taste at first then mellows down a bit, but then spikes back up with the 8% abv. Has a sour/bitter aftertaste. This one certainly warms you up. Honey and clove come through with a slightly sweet rum flavor.

Drinkability: I'll admit it; I love everything that is put out by Mikkeller and this witbier is no exception! I mean, come on, you really can't go wrong when the label has "Belgian Ale" and "Mikkeller" on it! Ontzagwekkend!

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