Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

Witch's WitWitch's Wit
BA SCORE
64.4%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 430 ratings
Witch's WitWitch's Wit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,279
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
430
Liked:
277
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
10.08%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
53
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank's for picking up, Dr. Jay. Spot on the style, and nice grapefruit notes. Honey and understated spices. Very light b ody, no real head to speak of. Bit of wheatand spice aroma.Drinkability is great and unique, I can have this as my staple. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and some slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

a wit with grapefruit, why hasn't someone done this before? if they have, I have regrettably missed it. this one pours into a pint glass (probably wrong?), a hazy hazy hazy hazy hazy straw color, yellow and thick, brutally unfiltered, yet appetizing as anything. notes of dried citrus, maybe the lemon peel you put in fish dishes or indian grub. the grapefruit doesn't give as much flavor as it does character. its acidic and bitter, not ripe and juicy. I live the fuller body on a light style, and I love the citric finish, its summery and winter at the same time, maybe the most versatile version I have had of a Belgian wit. well carbonated yet a ton of body, zesty and pulpy almost, I like this a lot, but I am glad I paid 6 and change for a glass than 12 and change for a 750ml bottle. overpriced but tasty, another fun and challenging beer from the lost abbey. something to stock in your fridge regularly if you make six figures.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow colored brew with a fizzy white head on top. The smell is citrusy and floral, theres some spicy notes too in there. The taste of the beer is much like any other wit out there. There some grainy wheat and citrus with a little bit of spiciness in there. Not an overly exciting brew. Glad I had it but I won't need to have again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface as well as a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of lemons and hints of peppery spices. Some honey also becomes apparent as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but there are also some notes of honey.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While the honey flavor makes this beer a little unique compared to other beers in the style, it makes the overall taste slightly sweet and not as refreshing compared to other witbiers. It is still very easy to drink.

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

Any Lost Abbey beer is a special treat for me since they are not available anywhere near me. I've had this beer a few times- first, on tap at Denver's Falling Rock and most recently from a friend who dragged the beer back from Cali.

The darker golden than usual beer pours with a volumptuous head formation that endures the session while leaving a inordinant amount of lacing on the glass. Impressive despite the dark color.

Aromas fall somewhere between Witbier-meet-American Pale Ale. The initial softer malt aromas are quickly swamped by a moderate dose of piney and citrus American hops. Decorated with spices that easily match the hoppy,fruity notes.

Flavors again begin with a softer malt taste, but the hops, esters, and spices provide an on-slaught of acidic, citric, sharp tastes that I find very nice but clearly out of bounds for classic Witbiers. Spices seem forced; not a complete yeast derivitive, but added later. Fruity flavors of oranges, lemons, and pineapple meet the spices of white pepper, corriander, and clove for a lot of variety, but at time distracting.

Full, rich, and creamy mouthfeel is cut with the sharp hop bitterness and acidity. Again, a very refreshing, crisp, clean beer. But the spices, hops, and overly fruity flavors keep the beer from conveying the silky smooth flavors and textures found, in say... Hoegaarden.

I like this beer in much the same way as I do the Schneider-Brookly experiment Hopfenweiss. Using a base style, but giving a defiant American twist that challenges the palate and bastardized our notions of classic styles.

Thanks Clvand0

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3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food. Consumed on a mildly full stomach.

Yields a satisfying pop upon opening.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head without much cream, of okay thickness, and average retention. Colour is a nontransparent yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon, lemongrass, lemon peel (yes, these are all distinct notes...), clean malts, hints of funkiness (unexpected), and wheat. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Wheat, funkiness (maybe even brettanomyces?), lemongrass, lemon, clean malts, barley, and background citrus esters from the light subtle hopping. Balanced and built well. I like it. A bit simple, but pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some needed coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavour profile nicely. Thick enough. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: A drinkable little wit. I quite like it. An excellent summer brew. Refreshing and pleasant. I'd definitely have this again, though the price is a significant drawback. A good session beer. Fans of the style will definitely like this one. Another solid offering from Lost Abbey.

A bad candidate for aging.

Would pair well with a lightly dressed salad, buttered soft pretzels, and orange rind cheese.

B-

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Clark St. Ale House.

Golden yellow pint, slight haze, with a compact head of foam. It wasn't especially lively, but it looked like a Witbier all the same. Vague spice in the nose, bubblegum with a bare hint of coriander or clove. Body was a little thin, mellow and wheaty with more bubblegum yeast ester flavors. It didn't have the zippy carbonation to uplift it's body, but it was still really drinkable. Overall I have mixed feelings about it, pretty much "just ok", i've had better domestic Wits.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After the cork withdrew without a pop, I was worried about another undercarbonated beer from Lost Abbey (see 10 Commandments); this pours a cloudy lemon color with a very modest head (phew) that does manage to scatter some lace; still, nowhere near what I would expect for a Wit (I cracked open another bottle five months later, with much the same result - so much for bottle conditioning.)

Smell: The aroma hits home, with piercing grapefruit tones, some horseblanket and cardomam as well

Taste: Opens with a wheat bread, white pepper and clove aspect, that moves into the realm of sweet honey and bitter lemon peel and grapefruit pith by mid-palate; after the swallow, the breadiness returns and provides a nicely balanced profile with the fruit and spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some carbonation, but lacks the prickly aspect I would expect from a top tier Wit

Drinkability: All in all, a decent beer; I appreciate the unique elements (honey, grapefruit and cardamom), but the carbonation issue needs some work

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a small pure white foamy head with minimal retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma is sweet and somewhat cloying. Taste is also way too sweet for the style with honey taking too much place in the flavor profile.Wheat malt and spices are very subtle. Body is quite full with average carbonation. I would say this is one of the most disapointing offering from this usually fine brewery.

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

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a couple inches of white foam; nice retention and lace.

Smell: Zesty citrus and whole wheat bread. Faint sweetness, but more on the dry side. Smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wheaty, bready, yeasty and spicy. Dry, light-bodied and incredibly refreshing. The finish brings out a touch of honey and grapefruit. Ridiculously drinkable stuff; this one was gone in no time.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 64.4% out of 100 with 430 ratings
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