Struise Witte | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:6, IBU:15, OG:1044, FG:1008, ABV:5%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.16/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I ended up with this at the Delirium Cafe due to some confusion from a not-too-beer-savvy bartendress and something of a language barrier. I wish I would have had something else, as I was not impressed.

This beer is almost clear with a light yellow tinge. Head is a pretty thorough coating of universally-sized bubbles not different from a macro-lager. Aroma was very faintly wheat-y, but there was not much there...maybe a touch of sugar. Flavor is slightly bitter grainy-ness in the back of the mouth with some citrus notes. Flavor seemed awfully unbalanced - lots of malt but not much else. I was unimpressed.

I would not recommend this beer. I had this from a bottle at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

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Photo of Larrytown
2.23/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks like a great foamy wit right off the bat, but there's nothing especially noticeable about the nose.

The taste is WAY off for me. It's completely dominated by a flavor I can't quite place. Frankly, it's a little like rubber. Maybe vinegar. Mouthfeel is fine, I guess, but dominated by that taste that I absolutely cannot get rid of. I won't be seeing the bottom of this glass.

Perhaps the bottle has just gone bad; that's the only way I can match this up with the rest of the (generally positive) reviews here. If I sample again, I'll edit the review.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of bark
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of simoen
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle of standard brown glass with pressure cap served into a weissbier glass in a hostel in Amsterdam. Reviewed live.

A: 3.5 finger head is thin, devoid of cream, and retains well. Colour is a cloudy murky dark yellow. No visible yeast.

Sm: Lemon, biscuit, and bland citrus hops. A mild strength scent.

T: Lemon and citrus esters. Some heavy malted barley comprises the foundation. Some unwelcome cream is also present. Balanced but poorly built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavour. A bit too wet.

Dr: Easily drinkable, but highly priced and of limited quality. I'd have it again at a lower temperature, but as is, it's the first disappointment I've had from Struise.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok beer. Poured with a white head that quickly faded to a small amount on the surface and almost no lace. Color is hazy medium amber. Aroma is different: yeast, leather, earth, wood, and malt. Flavor is malt, tart, bread, yeast, and cookies. Interesting play between good carbonation and softness in the body. Decent finish. Could maybe be a session beer. Don't really pick up the spices touted on the label.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy straw-gold body with a thin white froth. Sweet aroma of hay, orange peals, coriander, and touches of grapefruit. Flavor is mildly funky with very light sourness and a spicy finish. Citrus flavors and a touch of apple. Somewhat muddled. Similar to many American Wheats I have had at average to mediocre brew pubs with just a touch more spiciness. Not very pleasing to me.

Bottle picked up at West Lakeview Liquors for about $5.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun-bleached goldenrod topped by a huge expanse of eggshell colored foam that almost overflowed the glass. Crackly heads rarely look very good, last very long, or leave much lace. This one is okay on all three fronts, but is certainly nothing to get excited about.

The nose is strangely subdued. Tart fruit is uppermost, with very little of the orange peel and coriander that define the style. I find it interesting that even when all 11.2 ounces of beer are poured, the liquid is still barely hazy. Did they filter out the good stuff?

Witte's flavor follows the nose in that it's mostly unripe fruity, with much more sour lemon peel than sweet orange peel. A major problem is that there isn't enough malt to provide any sort of balancing sweetness or to provide a halfway decent mouthfeel. Corinader is next to absent as well.

Even keeping style in mind, the beer is too thin and easily reaches watery on the finish. Not only that, but the carbonation, while not abundant, has a harshness that more malt sugars might have helped to soften.

I expected delicious things from Struise Witte since De Struise Brouwers are responsible for some of the most highly regarded beer on planet Earth. I've had plenty of wits from barely known American craft breweries that could run rings around this stuff. Another bottle may be in order, in case this one isn't representative.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Wanne
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy golden colour, with a white head that disappears relatively quickly. Smells a bit sour (oranges?). Taste is a combination between malt ans sour notes, whereby the sour holds the middle between orange zest and lemon. Overall, nothing exceptional.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing in its soft tartness and earthen with grain and hop- the overall character of this Belgian wheat beer is less reliant on perfumy notes or citrus notes- but allows for a minerally, earthen, and spicy yeast tone that's normally reserved for farmhouse ale.

Highly carbonated (perhaps obnoxiously so) the ale pours an eruptive bright straw color but with a modest soft hazy glow. As the foam settles into a mousse visual texture it looks rocky and stubborn. Very well defined- the foam laces remarkably while the beer recedes.

Its understated perfume and earthen tones align softly on the nose- sweet grains, light bread, orange and lemon peels, and the soft herbal presence of coriander, lemon pepper, and straw act in complement to the malt sweetness. But to taste, the flavors are sharper, crisper and drier. Its grainy-sweet taste is short lived as the beer turns more Saison-like with a dry peppery middle. A strong minerally finish iron and maybe even blood-like with a hint of cilantro-type vegetable and soap character.

Its body is mid-light with a quick finish of snappy and mineral crispness. Its a zestier and more abrasive ale than is typical. Lightly bitter and mildly astringent, the ale surpasses drinkability and goes to battery acid to close.

With a much more rustic and spicier tone, this Witbier carries an "old-world" character that's charming and inviting- but its strong iron properties seriously impede drinkability and enjoyment.

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Photo of Coren
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy and hazy. Dull bronze body. The white head is fluffy and airy....and it sticks around for a while. Aroma is nice and fresh. Belgian yeast, lemon zest, lavender and orange. The flavor is pretty dry and herbal like. Not a lot of sweet traits to be found. Spicing is moderate with a little corriander or something similar. Sour lemon is present. A definite tangy aftertaste. This is o.k. Nothing I'd need to seek again for the price.

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Photo of rodzm14
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another nice tasting throwdown tonight down by the lake. brought some nice ones i needed to try and this one was one of the first.

it poured a bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse. It was average at best but no worse then that,. I could have had another easily as they were like water. An average witbier for me

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Photo of marcpal
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a large tulip glass.

A: Dark blonde with a small white head.

S: A bit different- earthy and fruity. Grapefruit rind and lots of spiciness.

T: Spiciness didnt match the smell. A little too sweet and tart. The yeast was good but a little scattered in flavors. Some bitter hops.

M: Carbonated and tart taste left in the mouth.

D: A refreshing drink but not one of my favorites. Surely not worth the price tag on this one.

Wouldnt recommend searching this one out but worth a try.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertH50
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent, light gold with plentiful streams of carbonation quickly rising to the top of the creamy, 1 finger, white head. The foamy cap never falls out. Scattered speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of lemon zest, rummy sugar, spicy dough, and perhaps a tiny amounts of caramel drizzled on white bread.
Taste is of raisin (white)bread minus the abundance of brown sugar. There is also a honey & citrus flavor that is highlighted by the freshly squeezed lemon qualities found zinging along the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zesty, mildly spicy, with tartness leading to a somewhat dry finish.

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Struise Witte from De Struise Brouwers
3.66 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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