Gruut Belgian Wit Bier | Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

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Gruut Belgian Wit BierGruut Belgian Wit Bier

Brewed by:
Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MaltyGoodness on 07-08-2008

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

h. Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a thick creamy white head. Spicy aroma of citrus peel, lemon zest and slight earthy hop presence. Spicy flavor with hints of lemon zest, citrus fruit peel, grapefruit and a slight dry, sour finish. Soft carbonation up front that leads to a sweet citrus middle and dry finish.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a hazy sunshine yellow like the last rays coming through the clouds on a summer afternoon. Three fingers of creamy white head sit atop the brew and slowly falls. Aromas of crisp sun dried wheat grains brings visions of fields ready for harvest. Lemon zest and light fruity tones merge with a coriander spiciness. Spicy, earthy yeast brings up the backbone. Nice and crispy.

First sip brings a crisp, tangy wheat grain maltiness upfront, like a sun drenched field on harvest day. Lemon zest and light citrus accents throughout along with coriander. Earthy yeast brings a kick in on the back of the palate with a dry finish. An easy drinking wit that is nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel is light and arid with plenty of tongue tingling bubbles. Quite refreshing with the crispness of a wit that I normally enjoy. Overall, a tasty example of the style that's incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Glad I was able to sample this one!

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Photo of SiriusAth
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken 2 days prior.

Pours into a Gruut glass a hazy, murky pale yellow with a light white one finger head, fairly decent lacing and average retention. The yeastiness of the beer does look enticing.

Coriander is the main olfactory component that hits me first with some slight wheat and pale malt presence as well. An orangey-tangerine like aroma begins to show more as the beer warms up; typical wit smells that somehow seem more refined and compelling than a standard wit.

Coriander again comes through in the mouth, light sweetness up front with that orange/tangerine peel flavor finding its way in during the ever so slightly bitter finish. There are some other more subtle spices at work that I can't quite nail down, but they are pleasant. Grains of paradise maybe?

Very light bodied, quenching, smooth and refreshing; right on stylistically. Carbonation seemed to fit this beer perfectly.

I'm not usually a wit-beer lover, but this is a damn fine beer. It goes down nicely and I had an empty glass before I knew it; great summertime porch or BBQ beer. Recommended wit.

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Photo of blakesell
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the 11.5oz bottle into a standard swilling mug.

Appearance- Beer pours a clouded yellow with a thick two finger head of foam that slowly dies to a murk across the top. Lacing is ample and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Smells to be very wheaty with a very minor hop content. Hops are slim to none with a whole lot of yeasty character coming up in the background.

Taste- Wheaty, lightly malted with pale malts, hopped adequately at best, lightly creamy, unimpressive by my tongue. Watery, a witbier to be sure, but not impressive by any means.

Mouthfeel- thin, watery with hard water, highly carbonated, low hopped, and medium light bodied.

Drinkability- I don't see myself coming back to this beer anytime soon, blue moon would be an adequate substitute to this beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of loose cannon over at ratebeer! Thanks Ron! From a tasting in Williamsburg. Thanks! Poured into a chalice.

A: A light, bright, almost white beer with a crisp white, short-lived head, crazy hazy.

A: Seafood - tons of malt complexities, light lemon, grainy, bready notes.

T: A wit in that it can't be classified as anything else - great, sweet pilesner malt, bare bitterness, faintest sweetness, tons of different malt complexities Wheat notes? Great throughout - wheat, no spice, barely any citrus.

M: Very even and smooth, so unusual. This one is really unusual and really unique.

D: SO highy recommended, right up there with the Allagash White as far as witbiers. Highly recommended - unique.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a 2 cm foamy white head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of lemon and wheat. Initial flavor is light, sweet, and citrusy. Flavor balances out in the end with the citrus still there but balanced with the wheat. Light body, mild carbonation, moderate lacing, light on alcohol. Overall ok for a witbier, not my favorite genre, maybe worth a try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy yellow with a thick white head. Nose is light lemon and mild funk (at first). Flavor is extremely smooth and extremely drinkable. Nice smooth citrus tones. A balanced sweetness that isn't really too strongly noticed but adds to the experience. Feel has a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is appropriately thinner. Overall very drinkable and very refreshing. Light and airy. This one didn't last long after I cracked it open.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a hazy, murky, straw-colored hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Attractive smell of fresh citrus, ripe fruits, cloves, coriander, and wheat...
Super-sweet, thick, flavorful taste rendolent of ripe bananas, lemons, coriander, wheat, fresh citrus, sweet sugars, and slight yeast...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel along with an excellent level of drinkability...

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a creamy white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Bready and yeasty wheat beer aroma. Nothing much in the way of spices or citrus.

Tastes like it smells. Bready and yeasty, but lacking any spice or citrus characteristics. clean, dry finish.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

I'd describe this as an American pale wheat brewed with wit yeast. Clean and rather bland, with a little more input from the yeast.

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