Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

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Witch's WitWitch's Wit

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap, which quickly fades into a mild head of silk. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Plenty of CO2 quickly rises to the top of the glass.
Smell is of citrus, caramel, spices, and lemon zest.
Taste is mainly of citrus notes with hints of cracked pepper, lemon zest, and pumelo...tasty!
Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and easy drinking.
Very nice brew. It went from good to better with this one.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley. Bought this for my wife, by request, but she let me have a glass. Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a short hint of a white head. Weak lacing. Smells of fruity citrus yeast and tangy wheat. Taste is fresh and tangy, lots of zip. Yes, definitely a zippy beer. Nice orange and coriander notes on a good wheat malt base. Dry alcohol on the finish. Thin to medium bodied, right for the style. A good drinker, tasty and interesting.

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Photo of erikm25
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a a crisp fluorescent gold with yellowing highlights. Sits in the glass glowing like freshly juiced pineapples splattered with morning sun rays. Head is minimal. Lacing and retention are slight. Becomes more hazed as time passes.

S: Strong aromas of grain, grass, and wheat. Hints of spiced bananas and cayenne citrus. There is lemony and clove tinge toward the back of the nose. Lively and aromatic.

T: Flavors are sharp, fresh, and zesty. Breaded and spiced lemon backdrop with a gingered balance. Some clove, coriander, and peppered honey. Spicy wheat and relished grain with a subtle crisp bitterness. As this warms up the spices hit the tongue with more punch and a substantial sweet and seasoned flavor abuses the tongue.

M: Light body with low carbonation. Very quenching, clean, and crisp.

D: I'm not really that up to pace with this type of beer but I did find it refreshing and complex. Life is filled with too much good music and drink. Krallice, Destroyer 666, and Antonio Lucio Vivaldi came on while I was drinking this and it made for a nice varied experience.

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with an average sized head. Pours were subsequently hazier as I go to the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of honey, wheat, and spices. Tastes of honey, citrus, some wheat, and spices. Thinner body.

Notes from 9/1/08

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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 paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. opaque yellow with an orange hue. nice white head. low retention and light lacing.

S: a ton of coriander with some light honey notes. good citrus from the wheat.

T: nice mellow citrus flavors, some honey is present. some coriander spice, light hint of clove.

M: very smooth and mellow. low carbonation level.

D: good rep of style. not outstanding but good, a little too light on the body.

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Photo of mnapier
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Temperature, 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Serving Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Pours a light straw yellow and with a definite clarity, that releases a strong white head that recedes quickly leaving little or no lace behind.
The nose is combination of grass, earthiness, and a dash of honey. There is a wonderful lemon zest, slight mustiness, alongside some coriander spice. The mouthfeel as expected is mild. A drinkable and wonderfully mellow Wit.


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Photo of Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for $8.69, split with my buddy Drake on 11/01/08, reviewed from notes, poured into a pint glass

A-Very light pale yellow color that is more clear than other brews of this style, 3/4 inch foamy bright white head that lasts a few minutes, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Honey and lots of it, grapefruit, red apples, white pepper, orange peel, wheat, banana, coriander, faint bready malt, and cloves
T-Taste starts off light with more honey than anything, the middle was a bit chewy , some citrus in the finish, spices did not come out until later on and even then they were pretty weak with them being stronger in the aroma than the flavor, taste was light and not much to it, went down way too easy with very little complexity, by the end only a small amount of fruit and spice could be detected, still tasted good just very light
M-Overly carbonated in my opinion, seemed a bit watered down at times, pretty thin body too, chewy, slightly sweet, and light mouthfeel, taste did not linger long at all
D-Could drink a lot of this stuff, easily finished the bottle on my own, smooth and very light on the stomach, below five percent, could me a nice session beer if it was in six packs or something

Probably my least favorite Lost Abbey brew to date along with Judgment Day, was not nearly worth the money for me, I mean nearly ten dollars after tax for a witbier is a little crazy to me to buy more than once, would not drink again, still is probably worth trying regardless

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Photo of donaldchapman
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden yellow, with huge frothy white head.
S - Wheat, complex spice, phenolics, and slight hops.
T - Dry and complex, wheat complexity, spices mingle well with malt and hops.
M - Medium mouth feel, dry with a perfect level of carbonation.

This is a great, beer, the spices and malt flavors mingle very nicely. Finishes dry and crisp with a good mouth feel. Aftertaste is very nice.

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Photo of Reino
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of sessycuban
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- The beer pours a dried straw color with two fingers of head. Good head retention and lacing.

S: The smell is a mélange of gala apples, white pepper, and coriander.

T: The beer tastes of lemon zest, white pepper, gala apples, and grapefruit. It tastes a bit bready when it warms.

M: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated.

D: The beer is very well balanced. The style is spot on. I would've preferred if this was a Port Brewing offering as it is very pricey for a witbier.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny last Saturday.

The beer pours a light gold color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The beer smells OK, but really strikes me as a bit simple. There is a definite "wheaty" aroma, but I don't get much in the way of orange peel or coriander. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though there is some nice honey with a touch of spice. The beer is pretty light on the palate (as one would expect), and it's obvious that the abv. is not very high.

While I thought this a very nice Belgian style wit beer, given that it was from Port Brewing, I really expected a bit more flavor. Oh well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Murks up a bit a t the bottom of the bottle, Good head retention & lacing

S: White pepper, coriander & apples

T: White pepper, apples, lemony hops & estery alcohol up front. White grapeskins, band-aids & dryness as this warms. Finishes with white pepper, coriander, some breadyness & a touch of grapefruit

MF: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks alright, just run of the mill as Wits go. I was expecting more from Lost Abbey

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold with a short-lived bubbly white head that fades to a collar quickly leaving no lacing.

The aroma has a healthy Belgian yeast sweetness up front with hints of banana and honey. There is also a bit of spices, especially clove and coriander, though very subtle.

The taste is a bigger version of the nose with the initial sweetness giving way to a much healthier spice kick than the nose indicates. There is a bit of hop kick in the finish leaving some bitterness, but not much.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

This a decent witbier that is very drinikable. Another good effort from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of vurt
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased from Red Carpet in Glendale, CA. Poured into a Wieckse Witte glass (a chunky, fluted tumbler kind of thing).

Straw-colored with a little bit of peachy orange added. Very cloudy, as I stirred up a lot of the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The head is a rocky mound of meringue-like foam, creamy and fluffy. After a few minutes it falls to an enduring skin and collar.

Honey and wheat bread up front, sweet and substantial and yeasty. Plenty of spicy phenolics ride on top: warm banana, cloves, and something medicinal and sharply herbal (could be the cardamom this beer is supposedly brewed with, but it's hard to pick out of the mix). There's also a sulfurous component which is strongest right after pouring, and subsides to a mild underlying funk as the beer stands and warms. The orange peel comes across as a slightly oily acidity. There's plenty to enjoy here.

It's almost a shame: All summer I've been drinking this beer blissfully cold, and I've been missing out on a lot of the orange peel, grapefruit notes, and cardamom. These really come out after the beer has had a chance to sit and warm a little. The beer starts out bready and spicy, with a little honey sweetness. The citrus is there at the beginning to provide a tart bite which turns into a lightly numbing astringency, like biting into fresh grapefruit zest or a twist of orange peel. But the honey notes soften the citric bite and lessen the beer's crispness. The finish is grainy, dry, and refreshing.

Body is light, tending towards medium. Texture is soft and fluffy, while the citrus and carbonation deliver a good tingle. Very quenching and refreshing.

The light body, cleansing carbonation, and citrus bite make this refreshing and superbly drinkable when it's cold. But the full range of flavors really come out if you can withstand the summer heat and let this tempting beer warm up just a touch. This beer is very enjoyable when served on tap, but I really prefer the bottled version, especially when the sediment is stirred up and added to the pour. Though autumn is still my favorite season, I'm a new fan of summer if it means this beer will be around.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, purchased at Lone Hill,

A: Pours a hazy cloudy yellow with a small white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: Coriander, bubblegum, wheat, rose petals.

T: Definite Grains of Paradise right out with a lot of fruity spice character. Honey is clearly evident which I really liked and it complemented the various spices very well. Flowery and sweet finish, cantaloupe, banana chips and light lemon zest.

M: Well structured, a lot like Avery's White Rascal, the flavour holds and has a strong finish. Easy to drink, spritzy, smooth brew, a tad too much carbonation for my liking, but a minor quibble.

D: A very good wit here, a well made brew which I always find from Port/Lost Abbey, if you find a bottle, definitely pick it up, great drinker, the bottle lasted 40 minutes, but easily could have been gone in 20.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice golden yellow with a slight haze to it. The head is non existent. In fact when I popped the 750ml bottle there was very little pop. Kind of sad in a way. The beer looks great though.

S- The smells are subtle, but the clove is there, as well as banana. Honey and a nice spice profile. Smells very light and easy.

T- Very wonderful taste, light, crisp, a hint of lemon, which goes very well with the clove and banana. Despite the lack of a pop and head this beer has a good bit of carbination that helps the flavors come through.

M- Feels good in the mouth, the carbination goes very well with the light feel of the beer. Very tasty.

D- Easy to drink, would go very very well on a hot day. I do think there are better wits for a lower bottle price. This one was 7.99 if I can remember correctly.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at Liquor Max in Loveland Colorado.

This pours a bright clear yellow gold with a small head of foam. It becomes hazy after the initial pour and the head retention is good with ample lacing.

The smell has a good nose of wheat with some spice and a sweetness that is the backbone of its smell.

The taste is of honey sweetness, wheat, clove, and grain. More sips in and I get slight notes of pepper and very slight banana. Nice taster.

The mouthfeel is light, the carbonation is light, and it finishes grainy with a slight citrus bitterness. Also, at the very end it becomes a bit watery. Easy drinker though so it'll be no problem to finish the 750. Lost Abbey did a good job here.

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Photo of pwoods
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of waltonc
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at CBS.

Hazy golden honey color. Some white head that disappears to virtually nothing after a while. Smells and tastes like cloves, citrus, wheat, and faint honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation that complements the taste. Low ABV and non-extreme flavors lend this to prodigious consumption.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light gold in color. No head forms on the pour. Just a bit of frothy ring around the edges. Smell is very yeasty and has a bit of smoky notes. Taste is highly carbonated, again with the notes of smoke. Very creamy and full on the mouthfeel. Decent and well done.

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Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby goblet, Witch's Wit is a chill hazed gold with a small white head that leaves lighter lace.

Smell is soft and floral, a slight, honey phenol, sulfur and other minerals, sweeter wheat as it warms, which was much better then the fridge serving temp.

Taste is spicy, bittersweet and grainy, very light, tropical fruit esters and a dry, biting bitterness on the abrupt finish and lingering astringency. Barley opens up as it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter, slick and dry.

Drinkability is ok, I didn't really care for it much at all at first, and while it grew on me, it's not my taste in Wit's at all, under attenuated and biting.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw into a Lost Abbey long-stemmed tulip. Frothy one finger head dissipates into a thin collar. Very little lacing. Banana and spice on the nose. The honey is in there, and it makes a nice addition to the profile. Flavor is quite fruity, with some yeasty spice to balance things out, and the honey making itself known again. Light bodied and crisp.

Probably Lost Abbey's most drinkable brew, I could sip on this stuff all night. Seek it out if you're a fan of witbiers.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first glass poured out of this 750 was very bright and clear, a yellow/gold colour with a dense white cap. Good head retention with a thick layer of bubbles clinging to the glass. Things were a bit cloudier in subsequent glasses, much more in line with what I expected. Nice aroma. Crackery and yeasty with a lemony twang and citrus zest smell. Spice was coriander for the most part, maybe a hint of clove character, a little sour too. Flavour was great. Crackery wheat with just a bit of sweetness, citrusy and zesty with spices filling things out nicely. A little grassy mid-palate with a balanced finish. The body was a little fuller than you normally get in a wit, but still retained a pleasant crispness with the slightly higher carbonation. Dry, but not overly so. Quite refreshing and very tasty.

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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
3.79 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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