Struise Witte | De Struise Brouwers

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Struise WitteStruise Witte

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

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

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 84
Photo of magine
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at teresas gold brew no head little lace. Brew smells of sweet fruits and yeast. Good sweet flavors; fruits an spices along with a spicy carbonated feel. Drying finish. Drinks like a champ. Very session able. A light drinking summer brew that wouldnt offend. Good stuff here.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes: had this bottle at the struise brewery. Pours a bit hazy yellowish colour with a white head that disappears almost immediately. Smell is spicy, yeast, bit metallic, hops and some very well hidden citrus. Taste is much more hoppy than most of the beers in this style. Very dry finish as well. Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation. Overall nice beer, much less citrus and more hops than others in the style.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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 glid02
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Hullabaloo2
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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 tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one as well as the Dutch version of Pannepot arrived at the beer store last week.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a towering head. The head dies down nicely to half a finger and hangs around until the end.

S: Very natural smelling. Citrus, yeast rolls, and wet hay. There is a hint of spice in there as well. Coriander I believe.

T: A little different than the other wheatÂ’s I have had there is defiantly a Belgian twist. The citrus is there front and center. It gives way to a mild spiciness before you are treated to a citrus finish. There is a mild underlying biscuity sweetness that you tend to find in Belgian brews. Makes it a little different than your average wheat brew.

M: Light and sparkling. Refreshing.

D: I enjoyed the bottle, but one was enough. I have had better Wit's before.

Overall: A nice mild and refreshing brew. The citrus taste is wonderful and the spices used and malty sweetness makes this beer a bit different. I enjoyed it. Since there are only 6 reviews, I guess this one is pretty rare. It was nice to give it a try.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +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 yapi
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very nice Witbier. I'm used to more watery witbiers, and this one is much fuller in the mouth and in taste.

L: has a very well balanced, soft yellow color. Nice head.

A: not that present, but you can smell the wheat is in there

T: fresh, wheat is also very pronounced, reminds me a bit of a triple Karmeliet in terms of the wheat taste. I love it that it's a full flavour. Not watery at all, very firm. Pretty bitter too. A bit of citrus going on.

O: nice Witbier by the struise brouwers! Couldn't ask more of this

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Photo of Brabander
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The weather is warm in Holland so this morning i put this Struise witte in my fridge.

Poured it in my Struise glass this evening and the beer is very nice in the glass; a huge white head with an unclear (?) fluid.

Fresh smell and an even fresher taste. This is a nice witbeer from the guys from Oostvleteren

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Photo of ccrida
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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 dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a pale gold color with a creamy white head that quickly settles into a nice, solid one finger. Quite effervescent at first, but fades with time and temperature.

S: Right off the bat, I'm greeted with some citrus. Lemon and orange peel. That leads right into green apple, bread, and some subtle spices.

T: Again, tart citrus blended with slightly sour/tangy apples. Spices, dry toasted malt, and an excellent bready yeastiness.

M: Feels thicker than what I expected. Prickly and bubbly with a nice, long, fruity finish.

D: Loaded with compelling tangyness. Very refreshing!

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Photo of gyllstromk
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy (very slightly for a wheat) straw golden with mild carbonation. Nose has a bit of cheese funkiness, sourness, with notes of pear or apple, and a vinous quality not unlike a Pinot Grigio. Flavor is nice and vinous, finishing dry and slightly tart with more funk on the exhale. A relatively thick feel.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HOTD De Struise Night 6.28.12.

Thin layer of pure white head over clear orange tinged clear gold body, multiple streams of rising carbonation. Citrusy nose, good dose of orange peel backed by some meyer lemon notes, spicy, coriander quite prominent. Taste mirrors nose, not overly sweet. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, very good effervescence. Not the most memorable of beers from an epic night of beer tasting, but certainly a well crafted brew worth trying for fans of this easy drinking style.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the brewery; Sampled July 2010
A big pour into my Cantillon Tulip glass produces a big, frothy, pale tan colored head. The beer is quite hazy, even opaque and is gold colored with the white sheen required of a Wit beer. The aroma has a nice yeasty, earthy character to it and there is a nice pear-like fruitiness that is backed by hints of coriander and perhaps a touch of baby vomit (that wild Struise character). As the beer warms up the coriander becomes more noticeable.

As the beer first hits my palate it tastes earthy and feel cools and crisp. There are some nice orange zest notes as well as coriander flavors that intermingle with a soft sweetness and a very, very firm bitterness (especially for a Wit). There also seems to be a pronounced (again for a Wit), herbal hop character to this brew. Hay like grain notes as well as some cracker like malt start to come out as the beer warms up.

This is quite an interesting interpretation of a Wit; the hop character in this beer has really piqued my interest and really sets the beer apart from other Wits. Quite nice and I am definitely enjoying this.

Sampled October 2007
4/3.5/3.5/4/3.5 = 3.65
Very well carbonated, the beer pours with a frothy, easily four-finger thick, light tan colored head (the head is actually darker than one would expect in a typical Wit). Without the sediment the beer is an almost clear, full gold color. The aroma is lemon like up front, but has a grain-derived grassiness, a touch of bright coriander and a touch of crushed malt aromatics mixed in. Mostly the lemon-like citrus character is noticeable.

The beer is quite dry up front and it immediately foams up as it hits my tongue. The combination of the light body and ample carbonation almost make this beer seem airy. Tart, with notes of lemon zest being prominent throughout the flavor profile. A very soft spiciness (other than the citrus) is just barely perceptible; perhaps contributing notes of white pepper, Japanese pickled ginger, and a hint of earthy / grassy coriander, and something like stinging nettle that adds a touch of green / vegetal character around the edges. The light malt character also contributes a touch of hay or grass.

This is really the consummate summer refresher, it is so light and refreshing that I could almost see drinking this instead of water, which is a rare comment from me when talking about beer. This has very little palate impact, and I would guess that trying to pair this with any type of food would completely swamp the subtle flavors of this beer.

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Photo of treyrab
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one comes straight from the hands of Urbain over in Belgium. Flew across the pond last week and I wasted little time before cracking it open. Chilled fast tonight in the freezer and poured into my non-branded Belgian tulip glass.

The beer opens with a slight hiss as the white cap pops off. Slight smoke peeks out as I pour it into the glass.

A: Pours a hazy wicker basket yellow with a nice snowblind white head. A little darker in color for a wit, similar to a light gold (a few hues lighter than the New Orleans Saints uniform gold). The head is very white, thick, and creamy. As I drink the glass, it leaves nice spotty lacing down the sides.

S: The smell starts with a nice pepper and cracker. A slight metallic scent blends its way into the scent, but not in a bad way. As I swirl the glass around a bouquet of scents including bananas that have sat out on the counter for four days, cracked black pepper, and saltine crackers. Slight German skunk as well.

T: One of the more full bodied wits I have had. It is not watery or airy like many wits. It is nice and thick, yet refreshing and quenching simultaneously. The flavors of overripe bananas, pepper, coriander, slight skunky German yeast, and spicy Belgian yeast.

Overall, this is a great wit. Very flavorful for the style and one of the better representations

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having the excellent Pannepot beers, I had to give this a try from Struise as well. The beer poured a hazy light yellow color into my tulip glass. There were definite notes of citrus and a funky earthness in the nose. The taste has really nice wheat tones to it and is smooth, even with a citrusy background. There are good spice notes running around in the taste as well: corriander, orange peel. Very refreshing witte.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally available locally, this is a good sign of things to come.

Pours a medium yellow-orange that more resembles opaque orange juice once the yeast is poured in. Initial burst of sudsy foam, 3-4 fingers high. This settles to centimeters of skim, but sticks around.

Airy, spritzy on the surface, carrying aromas of grassy wheat and white grapes.

Prickly mouthfeel at first, lessened with a few swirls of the glass. Juicy, tart grape, light bitter orange peel, and fairly light on the spice. A papery malt and light wheatiness comes out in the aftertaste. It has character, and has a touch heavier body than many other Wits. Approachable, with a mild tartness that's very refreshing.

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Photo of albern
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 RuudJH
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Witbeer unfiltered unpasteurized, 33 cl bottle.

Clear golden beer, 1/2 inch head, modest carbonation.

Smell is very floral and herbal. Quite unique in this way.
Taste is similar, with a rounded full bitterness.
Nice medium body.

Overall this is a very well balanced beer. the perfume of this brew is quite different from other witbeers, making it a nice try for sampling.

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Photo of genog
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After really enjoying the Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers, I also decided to give this one a try. Pours a gorgeous murky orange color with a fluffy, cloud like white bubbly 4+ inch head in my Weizen glass. I had to wait a moment and let the head die down before I could finish pouring the rest of the bottle. Smell is heavy with orange peel, spices, coriander,and yes. And man do they punch your nostrils hard. Taste is not as strong as the nose and mostly I taste citrus. Moutfeel is medium bodied making this a hearty witbier and I like that.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear body of pale warm yellow on the first pour. The super thick snow white head last and last turning rocky after a bit. With the last half of the bottle poured in this beer turns very hazy. There are still strands of tiny bubbles seen trailing up the sides of the glass.

S- The soft light smell of yeasty bread dough has a nice soft spice hint and a green herbal finish.

T- This beer has a soft wheat dough flavor with a slight tartness that is like faint white wine vinegar. There is a soft hint of brie cheese blended with a green hop note at the finish. As this beer warms there is a nice faint sweetness and citrus zest flavor with a note of butterscotch coming though aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight fizz that really crisps up the finish nicely.

D- In a world of bland wit beer after wit beer this one shines through. It has some nice subtle twist to it and has some wild hints to it aswell.

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Photo of jakon
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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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