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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
Ranking:
#33,061
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
84
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
Trade:
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors recently Lot B-3-BB, whatever that means. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with three fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a splotches of lacing and a decent cap. Lightly hazed, but mostly transparent, golden straw body, with tons of bubbles racing upwards and sticking to the sides of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, candi sugar, lemony citrus, honey and spices. There's a bit of sourness and funkiness that I'm not 100% certain is intentional, but it's a nice touch. Maybe a touch medicinal as well. It's a little more complex than a typical witbier.

T - The taste is much more conventional, with some light lemon zest and spices, and a malted wheat backbone. The aftertaste has a little bit of graininess to it. Urbain calls this a lawnmower beer, and I'd have to agree. Simple, yet satisfying.

M - Lively, active carbonation. Extremely dry finish, with maybe a touch of stickiness in the finish.

D - I could drink a ton of this, if not for price and availability. The carbonation, while tingly, isn't overboard, the ABV is low, and the finish is very dry and clean.

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Photo of adamette
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the same 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at De Bier Tempel in Brugge, Belgium on or about 6 9 09 for 2.50 Euros. I took it with me all over Italy, finally returning at the end of June.

A Kind of basic moderate yellow translucent body with visible carbonation rising up but no sediment viewed by me. Nice, white, creamy head that stuck around for at least 10 minutes. 4.0

S Nice belgian yeast, malt smell and, thankfully, no hops smelled by me. Some light citrus but really this beer does not have a strong smell. 3.5

T Nice sweet, light syrupy malt taste and some grains but not as much of the wheat taste and no significant spices which I tend to like. Really this beer tastes more like I would call a Belgian Blonde but what do I know? What this beer does have, however, is the by now unmistakable Belgian taste as described above. 3.5

M Moderately smooth but most significant feel is a light syrupy stickiness. 3.5

D Good and if it was any easier to get I could test that theory. 4.0

Notes: I would like to taste a Witte from this brewery (a world class one at that) as an unfiltered version. As it is this is a solid beer, but probably a Blonde Belgian Ale. I have to admit that I was a bit let down after having some absolutely stellar beers from DSB in the past. Coming up are two Pannepot beers though....

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average tasting beer again from Struisse. Pours light translucent orange with some white head, that later leaves lace teasting in the glass. Soft mouthfeel, with after tongue tingling. Orangey citrus flavour. Slightly below average smell of the spice. Nicely drinkable blend.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving hardly any lacing.

Smells of lemon zest with hints of spices. As the beer warms a bit of barnyard funk comes out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the flavors aren't as strong as I was led to believe from the smell. The lemon flavors hit first, both sweet and tart, then very light spices, then a dry finish. As with the smell, a slight funk comes out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could have a lot of these on a summer day - not too much going on but very refreshing.

Overall this was a good wit - not great, but certainly good. Worth a shot.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy honey amber, has good initial head that soon disappears.

S: Lots of sour fruits and bananas, brown sugar and a little horse blanket.

T: Ginger, sour fruit, coriander, honey.

M: High carbonation (almost like seltzer) gives this a light mouthfeel and makes it a real palate cleanser.

D: Its light mouthfeel and sourness makes this a good thirst quencher for a hot day. Although I can sometimes only stomach one wittbier, I could envision having two of these on a hot day.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A- Straw, pale yellow with lots of carbonation. Nice three fingers worth of off-white head gathered.

S- Combination of wheat and spiced herbs. There was also a strong scent of acidic, sour citrus tones.

T- Follows the smell. I was afraid the sourness was going to play into the taste, but surprisingly it did not. Carried a nice wheat flavor and finished off with a crisp spice finish.

M- Like the taste, crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. At 5% ABV this is definitely a session beer, not too mention its refined taste.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I still prefer there quad.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/16/08. Bottle. Poured a light yellow with a small white head, pretty carbonated. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear, citrus). Taste of the same light fruits also some darker fruits like plum. The taste also had lots of spice that really complemented the beer and didn't overpower it. A nice blend of flavors. Very refreshing and very drinkable. I loved this! 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.16/5  rDev -40.7%
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 requiem960
4.64/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every now and again I find those beers that to me are unbelievable. Struise Witte, simply put, is a near perfect example of what a Witbier should taste like.

This beer pours slightly hazy with a golden/orage tone with a foamy head. The smell was different for a Witbier, but had a sweet, yeasty fragrance. Not what I was expecting, nor was it one of those beers that smells of perfection. The scent was a little on the boring side, but the taste definitely made up for the smell!

Struise Witte has a very floral taste, but is not overly complex. Yeast was definitely present, so was orange and citrus. I found the beer to be more on the sweet side, than tart. Overall, this beer was crisp, clean and refreshing; a perfect beer to drink at the end of a hot day in Florida!

I was pleasantly surprised with the Struise Witte. After hearing my beer advisor recommend this beer, I was excited to try it. But to my surprise, it exceeded my expectations and renewed my faith in Belgium Wits!

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a very finely beaded pure white head that sticks around as a thin cap. Smells of orange cream, a spritz of lemon, and a touch of coriander. Definitely a bit unusual for the style, both in aroma and taste, but really quite nice. The taste is a bit sour for a Wit, and really tastes nothing light the smell. You'd really expect a lot more sweetness in the flavor based on the aroma. There is still some of the lemon spritz, but the sourness is almost acetic. A touch of cream and coriander remains as well, but the orange is gone. The taste is a bit floral as well. Fairly light in the mouth and a bit sour. Pleasant porch drinking brew.

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Photo of changeup45
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored and pours a huge white fluffy head with good retention. The aroma is malty, with some grass and herbal notes with just a touch of citrus. The flavor is a citrus tang; I get orange, coriander and lemons along with wheaty malts. Acidic with quite a bit of carbonation. Seemed a bit thin and over-carbonated. Interesting, refreshing beer, and overall pretty good but nothing special.

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Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dull gold/straw color with a very light, aerated head that stands tall before receding slowly.

Wow. Huge blast of circus peanuts, baskin robbins, coldstone creamery, waffle cones, and a touch of ACV. Very interesting aroma. Unexpectedly powerful.

The taste reveals a more pronounced tartness than the aroma hinted at. Very nice. There's a unique sweetness/maltiness that I've never tasted in a beer before. Coriander and spicy hops mingle with watered down ACV.

Mouthfeel is a bit spritzy on first sip, and the carbonation mellows from there. Light body. The head is very fluffy and soft looking as I swirl the beer around the bowl of the snifter. Beautiful beer.

Overall, this was unexpectedly great. I will be looking to purchase many more of these.

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Photo of ccrida
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Struise Witte is a hazy straw yellow with a very large, fluffy white head, that is almost painfully flow to recede, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is phenomenal, sweeter, spicy, floral hops, fruity esters, just very appealing to me, lots of aroma without overpowering.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the aroma, a little to grassy hops, not as much floral and fruitiness, sour wheat tang. While I'm happy to not be overwhelmed by the spices and orange peel, I could use a little something more. Perhaps if the aroma was so appealing to me, the taste would seem better, as there's really nothing wrong with it, pretty standard witte.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and drier, although not particularly crisp, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is pretty good, if only for the aroma.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Hints of orange, spice, and wheat are prevalent. Moderate level of sweetness. Vanilla. Tart. Floral noted later in the session. I'm having a hard time noting the coriander character I'd expect in the style. It may be there but I'm not detecting it.

Cloudy, straw-like color. Formed a dense white head that thinned itself in and retained well. Some lacing takes place when swirled though this is not required of the style.

Upfront tartness with a bitter orange peel type flavor. Wheat-like graininess. Low level of bitterness. Missing out on some of the spicy notes I expect. Lacking a pleasant sweetness, as required in this style. Too focused on the tart/acidic flavors.

Medium-light bodied, moderately high level carbonation. Finished dry with some lingering tartness and a small bit of astringency. Effervescent.

Overall a drinkable, refreshing, crisp belgian wheat beer that is missing a few key flavors. Tart, bitter orange peel flavors too prominent. With some more sweetness and an increase in spiciness, decrease of tartness, this would be a more appropriate witbier.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - A tart and spicy aroma; mildly sweet. A little cidery.

Appearance - Head was not to style. Did not pour a dense head, and it dissipated quickly to 1/4 finger width. Almost no head retention and no lacing. Color was a crystal clear yellow to gold. Darker than style and much clearer than style. This was the biggest flaw I found.

Flavor - Crisp and dry. Mild tartness on the front. Pils malt comes through prominently in the middle. Spice on the back end, and then the tartness comes back through and lingers. There is a lactic acid flavor consistently through.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with high carbonation. Acidic, and dry.

Overall Impression - While the appearance is out of style it is a good looking and tasting beer. It is probably not the best representation of the Belgian Wit style, but it is a good and drinkable beer. I give them the benefit of the doubt as well, because wits are fragile, and it was probably abused in the import process.

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Photo of albern
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this witbier because of its complexity and very characteristic Belgian qualities. The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a foamy smallish white head that dissipated quickly. The smell is sweet yeasty malts, Belgian sugars, some florals as well. The taste was very light, easy to drink, refreshing, with a hearty yeasty effervesence, orange rind, coriander, maybe some pineapple. The taste is quite nice, a little on the dry side, and there is sufficient complexity which you will notice as the beer warms and more fruity and citrus flavors develop. The beer is a real treat and well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Larrytown
2.23/5  rDev -38.7%
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 dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded but left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Astringent-like aroma bubbling with yeast, wheat, coriander, spices, and lemons...
"Ale brewed with spices" on the front logo sticker, and those very spices were certainly noticeable in the taste, with a punch of coriander, lemons, citrus, grapefruit, and ripe pears... Spicy taste, which was a little more than what I was expecting from a Witbier...
Good, crisp, clean, rich mouthfeel and a very good level of drinkability due to the relatively low ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Definitely an interesting take on the style...

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Photo of marcpal
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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 brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notched 4 BB which I beleive indicates it was bottled in 2006.

A - Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow with a thin layer of white head that settles to a skim of foam.

S - Tart green apples, white grapes, lemon, hay, coriander and a slightly bready yeast.

T - Sour green apple and white grape mixed with a grassy, lemony citrus and a wheat bready, yeasty flavor. Some wine notes and light spicing are also present.

M - Very carbonated and spritzy feeling in the mouth. Dry finish.

D - I believe I heard in an interview that there is some wild yeast in this one. I assume that is what creates the tart, grape, apple flavors that are a nice change compared to many wits.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at 40 degrees in a small juice glass(split the beer with another person). The pours were equally distributed and the yeast was swirled and added to each beer.

The beer poured with a golden brown color with a clean white head. The aroma was one of dominating sourness - not what I expected from a Belgian wit. The first couple of sips were surprising from the standpoint that the flavor was much less sour than what you would expect from the aroma. The beer seemed a bit high on the carbonation side. I really struggled with this beer to find descriptive characteristics. It was the second beer of the night for me so my palate was still capable. I swirled it to release some carbonation. Upon doing that I was able to detect the mild citrus notes and a bit of the sourness I originally smelled.

I could call this a very complex wit or a wit with no identity. I'll make sure to revisit this beer in the future.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Struise Witte from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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