Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

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Witch's WitWitch's Wit

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Convicted of a dark art, the crowd will gather to watch as they raze your earthen existence. An intolerable pain is the cross you’ll bear that day as you are removed from this righteous world. No one will summon the courage to save you in fear of their life. It sucks. But such is the life of a witch. In honor of your fleeting existence, we brewed Witch’s Wit. A light and refreshing wheat beer, it’s exactly the sort of thing you might expect to find being passed around the center of town on witch burning day. Say hello to the Prince of Darkness for us.

Added by illidurit on 08-04-2008

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork pops from the bottle with a mellow pop. Pours into my glass a clear, pale straw yellow with a small bubbly white head on top that quickly fades. Carbonation seems a bit lacking. Aromas start with crisp wheat grain malt along with a big blast of honey that swirls alongside light fruity tones, coriander and grapefruit zest. Yeasty, spicy phenols in the background.

First sip brings a crisp, dry wheat malt upfront that quickly moves into spice and honey. Coriander, white pepper and lemon and grapefruit zest float across the palate. Flows down with a kiss of hops and a yeast. Pretty dry overall. More mellow than I expected and not really my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth. More carbonation in the mouthfeel than the pour lead onto. Goes down really easily and is quite refreshing. Overall, I was expecting a bit more flavor wise here. I probably won't be grabbing this one again, but if you are a fan of wits this is worth seeking out.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, caution light yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: funk, hay, clove, and wheat

Taste: lemon, hay, wheat, and citrus

Mouthfeel: sweet with some funk, light bodied with high carbonation.

Drinkability: An above average witbier that at times takes on saison characteristics. I appreciate the multiple layers in this beer. That being said, I am not sure I would fork over the high price to get another.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing, hazy golden color with a small, white head. Smells like you expect a Belgian wit to smell, with spices and malt being the predominant flavor. Taste is corriander and orange, with a finish of lemon. I don't detect any honey in the aroma or flavor even though the bottle says it contains honey. A very drinkable beer and I could drink several of them, but not the best beer of this style I have ever had.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I doubted Lost Abbey could make a light beer without overloading it. I was wrong. Pours clear yellow with a bubbly white head. Fresh aroma of wheat, banana, coriander, grapefruit, and orange peel. Refreshingly crisp taste. The wheat, bubblegum, orange-lemon-grapefruit-citrus flavors are balanced nicely. Dry finish. Great beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & cages bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a super thin white head. Nose is bready, yeasty an fruity. Lemon zest and citrus notes.

Taste is bready and yeasty, not really and fruity at all. Mouthfel is thick and rich, overall a decent beer that's easy drinking.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy orange gold under a thin white film that does provide some lace.
S: Honey, light bread, yeast and spice, dried fruit.
T: Spicy orange and honey slathered on fresh white bread.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A light, very drinkable, refreshing wheat bear with a definite Belgian character.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Cloudy light yellow. Thin white head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Aromas consist of tangy yeast, wheat, citrus (grapefruit and orange), and some peppery spice.

Follows the nose almost entirely: Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, and some mild spice, though this beer seems sweeter than a classic witbier.

Somewhat heavy mouthfeel for the style, unfortunately.

A good enough witbier, but probably not an offering I'll find in my glass again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Blackwolf
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wineglass.

A- Hazy golden yellow body, very little head (almost a finger), that settled quickly into a saturn ring. No lacing. Some very uniformed carbonation that hugged the sides of the glass.

S- Toasted malt, wheat, some yeast and citrus notes. A little spice as the wit opens up more. Nothing too complex, but very solid and aromatic.

T- Palate and nose are almost hand in hand on this. Toasted malts, honey wheat, yeast spice, orange blossom. Again, solid, solid solid!

MF- Surprisingly light-medium crisp body. Medium carbonation. Semi-quick finish, but lots of funky flavor that hangs around the palate for a good minute or two.

O- Solid flavored witbier that opens up well! This is a seasonal worth trying, maybe not rushing to go out and find, because it will always be there the next year... But definitely worth grabbing if you want a crisp and refreshing wit. Lost Abbey never disappoints.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to route66pubs for sending this bottle over.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of orange peel, lemon zest, and sweet malts. All of the smells are spot on, but I would've liked them to be a bit stronger.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the flavor is fuller than the smell would've led me to believe. Sweet malt flavors hit first followed very shortly by refreshing citrus flavors. Mild spice flavors find their way into the flavor profile right before the ending.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass and could definitely drink a few of these on a summer day.

Overall this was a very solid wit. Nothing outstanding but a very nice session brew for the hotter months. Worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Auraan
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that slowly receded and left abundant lacing down the glass. A beautiful beer and very true to style. Scents of honey, yeasty, grainy wheat bread, a perfume-like aromatic quality, hints of orange zest and slight sweet spices and light notes of white pepper. A pleasant aroma that is fairly true to style with a bit more honey character than is usual and a bit less in the way of spice aromas. Good and true to style, but not the best example of a witbier aroma. Taste begins pleasantly sweet, with notes of honey, a slight sour tang and a nice orange zest and citrus presence. This moves into a more spicy middle with notes of coriander, white pepper and low levels of herbal/spicy hops joining a backbone of sweet malt, bready malt and a refreshing tang. Finish is semi-dry with notes of coriander, white pepper, hints of orange zest, bready wheat malt and a slight sourness, not intense at all. Aftertaste is coriander and white pepper with some wheat. A fairly good flavor profile that is nicely representative of the style. Refreshing, with a nice balance between malt, spice and orange peel flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a slight effervescence from moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink as a result and quite pleasant in feel. Very true to style. Overall this is a good example of a witbier. It hits the style quite well all categories and is a refreshing, pleasant beer.

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Photo of Reino
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in the Trick or LIF from scubarex. Thanks man.

Appearance- A gingerly pour into my pint glass produces a finger of white head that is creamy, but settles to a creamy film very quickly. The beer itself is a beautiful apricot gold, with blond highlights that shine bright when held to light. The lacing was phenomenal all the way down the glass.

Smell- The aroma of this beer changed directions on me quite a few times. Initially, I get a ton of sweet floral notes with clove and a bit of dull honey. The second wave of aroma brings about nutmeg, lavender and a banana creme sweetness that is very nice. As it warms up, I start to get plenty of coriander (was wondering where this was) and some orange with a tiny bit of earthiness/grass that changes to breadiness as the beer continues to warm. The aroma is very refreshing/cleansing, like a mint tea. At it's very warmest, I think I can settle on describing this beer's aroma as a very sweet floral smell combined with fresh out of the oven wheat bread.

Taste- Coriander makes its presence felt early and often along with some clove. Sweetness comes in second from a bit of that banana creme from the nose, but much more from golden apples. A dull sweetness from some honey comes in late and lingers along with some bitterness and orange peel. Actually, there's a nice underlying hoppy bitterness throughout that never overpowers, but accents the flavor and keeps this Wit from being a one trick pony.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, lively carbonation gives life to a fairly creamy, medium body upfront that gets a watery at the finish. The beer leaves a cooling, refreshing feel on my cheeks as the bitterness of the hops dry my tongue a bit, but not a whole lot. Obviously, there is no heat to be felt from this low abv brew.

Drinkability- It has sweetness, spice, and everything nice. It goes down extremely smooth, and has a low abv that would make it okay to have more than one 750ml to yourself. If this beer were available to me, I'd surely buy it again on a sunny day.

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3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at South Bay, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden grainy color with a bit of clouding... too dark. A short head forms and dies fast. Little lacing.

S: Smells pretty sweet, a honey sweetness. Very grainy and wheaty. The yeast isn't as potent as I'd like it to be and contains little fruity esters.

T/M: More from the nose. Lacks the fruitiness and liveliness that the yeast needs to bring. Just kind of bland. More of the honey sweetness and strong wheat notes. Body is medium light and without enough carbonation. Mouth feels almost slick... I'm not sure why.

D: Really disappointed in this. Probably The Lost Abbey's weakest offering. Decently easy to drink.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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