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 BedetheVenerable
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Really cool label (as per usual w/Lost Abbey)...glad they didn't change it, as much of a tree-huggin liberal as I am. Nice cork/cage job, though I really wish it had a date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy goldenrod beer, capped with a white crown with good retention. Lots of small C02...nice looking beer.

Smell: Dead on for a wit; lots of crisp, off-sweet orange and other citrus (esp. lemon), w/a nice, delicate spice note as well. Touch of sugar cookie-like sweetness?

Taste: My first thought is that (even though this is nearing a year old) this is significantly more bitter than a wit should be. Which is too bad, because that bitterness takes over from the first sip and hangs on, really fighting the orange and (peach?) fruitiness. There's a bit of spice in the background as well, which I'm assuming is coriander. Honey is not appreciated on the palate.

Mouthfeel: As a wit should be; fairly light, but yet somehow creamy and a bit substantial.

Overall: I'm not sure if the odd bitterness here is coming from the hops or from some kind of spice, but it's really quite distracting from the otherwise nice flavors. Overall, it's an ok wit in a really cool bottle; I might be tempted to pick it up once in awhile, if it wasn't for the $10.00 pricetag for the 750.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice, the brew is a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color. Not much in the head department, maybe a scant centimeter of soapy white head. It fades quickly, though, down to a thin ring around the beer.

Smell: Slightly sweet, with a slight citrusy sort of spice to it. It's relatively mild, which isn't surprising given the style.

Taste: Sweet with some citrusy, slightly peppery spice. Very crisp and refreshing, it's a good beer to end the night with.

Mouthfeel: Light body, but a bit lacking in carbonation. Still, not too bad here.

Overall (Drinkability): Not a bad beer overall. The flavors are mild, but they are good and the beer is refreshing. I'd have it again if it were available, but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured into a wine glass

A- Pours a nice bright golden hue. A little head develops but fades quickly.

S- A sweet hay, some citrus, very light pepper/ spice. kinda light.

T- Quite light. Similar to smell but notes are fainter. The hay and citrus most prominent. Simple.

M- Very light, almost no body. Kinda watery, nothing lingers. Kinda poor after taste.

O- A decent brew. Nothing special. I would have expected more from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to resi for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a very cloudty golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, some spices. Taste is good, citrus, spice, a touch sour at the finish, clean and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of beerlove82
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours bright hazy golden with a nice 2 finger thin bright white head. Some lacing.
S: Honey, spices, a hint of citrus. Smells refreshing!
T: Spice, Little honey, tart
M:very light bodied, wet.
D: I like it but at 8.50 a corked 750ml not wort its weight in beer.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle. My first from Lost Abbey. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold with a thick inch and a half white head resting on top. Good retention; fair lace left behind. The nose is sharp with grass, lemon, yeast, mild funk. Pretty pungent.

The mouth is a little on the spritzy side to start out, but mellows as I continue to sip. Mild citrus flavors meld with a green earthy flavor. Light yeast on the back end. This was good, but far short of great. Something about it made me wish I would have split this with some friends rather than try to tackle the big bottle myself. Cool label though.

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Photo of champ103
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours an incredibly murky, yeasty, golden orange color. A one finger bubbly white head forms with pour retention. No lace. Dead and lifeless.
S: Dry, slightly tart apple cider in the nose. Sweet malt as well. The least offensive part of the beer.
T: Cloying sweetness, honey, light apple flavors. Buttery malt. The sweetness is really a problem for me here, with nothing else for any resemblance of balance.
M/D: No body, and no carbonation. Really dead. The lifeless feel and cloying sweetness makes this really hard to drink.

Another let down from Lost Abbey. I have said that a lot lately. Though, IMO this is one of the most over rated breweries I can think of.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, wheat, hops, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, wheat, slight yeast, slight hop, hint of citrus (lemon?), and hint of spice (clove?). Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into Mc Chouffe goblet.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thin fuzzy white head that slowly faded into a thin bubbly film that left a ton of wispy lace down the glass.
S: Strong notes of coriander, clove and dried orange peel. A touch of fruit as well, maybe apple.
T: Tastes like spiced apple cider. Starts off full of lemon and orange, then the spices and apple take over. The finish is sweet and sticky but doesn't necessarily taste like the honey this is brewed with. Wheat notes are not huge in this one. Aftertaste has a touch of bitterness to it.
M: Carbonation really froths up on the palate, but surprisingly the body is fairly thin. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough though.
D: Very good for the style, and not a bad beer all around. There's something about it that doesn't make me love it though. Hard to pinpoint. Maybe the aftertaste. Darn good though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Lost Abbey Witches Wit, Malt Beverage brewed with honey and spices.

The label art depicts a medieval village, wherein an act of fatal violence is perpetrated against a purported black arts dealer. Florid, over-wrought, heavy-handed label copy goes on and on describing the scene, and only bothers to describe the ale as "a light and refreshing wheat beer", and as "exactly the sort of thing you'd expect to find being passed around the center of town on witch burning day." Whatever the hell that means.

Lightly hazed, pale yellow aroma, very small head, slims to nil in a minute. Bit disappointing.

Aromatics, light spices, minor fruit. Not smelling much like a wit, not feeling the orange or coriander, or the wheat.

Taste: Light bodied and flavorless. Watery. Little mouthfeel or texture.
Extremely minor spice, and fleeting wheat character. A bit of celery, with a drizzle of lemon. No reason to call it a wit, if it ain't. Or is this a joke? Did I get a bad bottle, or was this their intention?

This is what they'd be drinking when they murder on witch suspicion? Does that imply that witch burners have terrible taste? I've got half a mind about witch burning image was a desperate ditch at drumming up sales on this loser.


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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/23/10.

Appears a lightly hazed straw yellow color with constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. 2 fingers of creamy white head hold strong and long supported by the rising bubbles. A solid amount of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is lemon filled with other fruity suggestions and is lightly spicy. A bit earthy with a slight sulfur note. Overall the nose is dominated by lemon that seems too bold to be natural.

The taste is lemony and lightly fruity, spiced, yeasty and the grain comes through tasting like wheat. Some estery alcohol is evident. The lemon flavor seems exaggerated with an artifical taste.

This is a light bodied brew with a high level of carbonation. The lemon aspect is a bit oily and clingy inside the mouth that lasts. This would make for an excellent summertime brew.

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

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a finger worth of head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty big on citrus and yeast character but also had bready spice honey notes to add to the nose. The taste was also pretty citrusy but the spice was a little bit more mellow on the palate alongside. Some yeasty, bready, and honey like accents. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, wheaty, and slight crisp finish. It drank very good and was really refreashing while grubbing down on some pizza. Witches wit is a pretty solid wit beer and has been tasty the few times I've tried it.

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

My buddy Blake brought this one back for me from Philly (along with the entire LA lineup) last week. Blake, as soon as you join BA (or at let me know your BA name), I'll let the whole community know what an awesome dude you are!

A: Poured, a VERY cloudy apricot orange color, with a one finger head, and moderate carbonation. Yep, I could have pegged it as a Witbier in a lineup!

S: Overripe citrus fruit (actually in a good way), honey, with funky yeastiness, and a little more than a twist of lemon.

T: Ahhh.... very refreshing.... which I feel is the #1 goal of this type of brew. It has a nice full and fruity body. This brew narrowly escapes what I feel is the trap many Witbiers fall into: they have kind of a vomit, or stomach acid kind of taste. Thankfully, this brew is definitely more on the thirst-quenching, alkaline side.

M: The carbonation is bubbly and refreshing, and since the ABV is extremely low, this allowed the fruit, honey, and spices to fill out the palate. They do that very nicely!

D: This was sessionable for sure at 4.8% ABV. The Lost Abbey continues to impress me.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of beagle75
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very hazy, medium golden color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass. Specks of rusty brown sediment are visible at the bottom of the glass.

S: Prominently featured in the smell are wheat and yeast, also joined by bright lemon citrus and faint banana.

T: Begins with bright, acidic grain, followed by lemon and lime citrus and cloves emerging in the middle. Wheat begins to blanket the palate late. Dryness prevails throughout this beer's flavor profile, becoming particularly evident in the crisp, but slightly astringent, finish.

M: Medium viscosity, soft and creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: This beer represents a very strong effort to capture an idealized Belgian-style wit--hardly unique nor extreme, but classic. In fact, it reminds of one of the greats of the style--St. Bernardus wit--as much as any other bottled American wit (and blows away those few other west coast renditions that actually make it into the bottle). Such a comparison is not given here lightly; while it is remarkable that this beer is a San Diego rendition of the style, no handicap is necessary to compare it to the best around.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn and Mcmenemins in da city. I passed buying a C&C bottle of this because there is no way im spending 12+ on a simple wit. I got a pint for $3.50, that's better.

Witches Wit has a nice bold yellow golden hazy tannish look to it with a bright white head that becomes a cap and then stay's, no clingy's though. The smell is quite large with lemon, wheat, some hay/grass and some clove. The taste is quite citrusy with the wheat coming in second. Clove is a afterthought. Somewhat of a small bubblegum presence when warmed. Pale malt off to the side as well. A bit above light bodied and a bit fuller than your average wit. The carb is nice and amped up and a sharp and short prick on the tounge. I really enjoyed this wit for what it was, just another witbier in a sea of em in the style. Drank my pint with ease. Enjoyable and forgettable at the same time, I've had this beer many times before, but from different breweries over the years, pretty cut and dry.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is spicy with a strong coriander scent. Little bit of bread and vanilla in the scent. Little bit of ginger and wild flowers in the scent.

Starts out neutral with a bit of bitter in the finish. Mildly flavored. Not a lot of complexity here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is just OK. This would be an OK beer at $7 a six pack but at $9 for a 750 ML bottle I'm feeling cheated.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a De Stuise glass...A darker than average with, hazy, not the nice neon color I like, decent white head, a little light and whispy, ok retention but not great lacing...Super strong aroma, too strong burns the nose hairs, coriander, wheat, lots of alcohol...The taste is thankfully much lighter, loses the bite and the alcohol, leaves what you should get from a wit, a light refreshing yet flavoful beer. Sweet to start, wheat, a little honey, coriander, oranges, a little ginger....Feel is nice to start but a very light and watery finish...Easy to drink.

A wit that's all over the place, but after a rough start enjoyable enough to barely recommend.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a tulip glass. The color is pale golden/orange and a small white head that quickly dissipates. Some lacing.

The smell is very nice. There is a strong presence of citrus, both from fruit and hop additions. Some coriander is also evident.

The taste follows the aroma, with citrus very strongly up front and coriander in the middle-back. The end is somewhat wheaty in character.

The mouthfeel is carbonated and dry. Very refreshing.

A very drinkable beer with more depth than your typical wit. I would go back to this beer again and again.

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Photo of drummstikk
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding spices meld with tangy wheat and Belgian funk in a delicious and refreshing beer. Color is a hazy straw and carbonation is nice and brisk, perhaps 3V. Smell is of citrus, and orange and citrus flavors are balanced by a noticeable hop bitterness and not quite enough Belgian yeast character. The sweet spices accentuate the residual sugar to make the beer slightly too sweet. But these are quibbles one only notices in beers that are close to glory as Witch's Wit.

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Photo of stimulus
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, corked and caged.

A: Pours a pale gold with a light white head, but no yeast appears to be present.
S: Some light spices, but not your typical wit.
T: Very sweet, sugar and honey appear before the light spice, but the honey/sugar dominate the palate.
M: Light bodied and well carbonated.
D: Just a bit too sweet to drink more than one glass. Honey instead of orange peel and coriander doesn't appeal to me that much.

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

On-tap in a shaker pint glass at Verdugo Bar, on to the beer:

Urine yellow in color, but it has that "glowing" effect, probably from the cloudy body. Head retention is okay, but i was most impressed with the rings of lacing I was getting. This is a witbier the has some lemon sweetness to it, and ground corinador, which while still brings some spice, isn't too much, but rather "rounded". In the mouthfeel, a light bite of carbonation from the beer comes along with a semi-creamy feel. To summarize this beer, a very respectable witbier.

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Photo of CraftLoverSD
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the first time having just found out about Lost Abbey a few weeks ago. This is their new relesae for 2010 that just came out about two weeks ago. I had it in a sampler 4 oz glass. So onward to review:

A - there was a medium - low head of foam on this that went down fairly quickly with little lacing. The color was a typical wheat beer color.

S - I didn't notice anything really sticking out regarding the smell besides the usual wheat.

T - tasted less sweet and had more depth than a typical wheat beer.
D- Very drinkable. I had the 4 oz and was ready for some more. Can't say that for all beers I've tried at breweries.
Overall, great refreshing beer that will plan on coming back for a growler fill for. Great for summer.

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

A: Hazy yellow, straw hues with moderately low levels of head and lacing.

S: Wheat, citrus, spices.

T: Decent beer, though slightly odd. The unconventional ingredients Lost Abbey use in brewing this witbier give it a distinctive flavor. This is a very complex beer, especially considering the style and low alcohol.

M: A bit thin. Decent feel.

D: An unusual and cool beer unlike the other witbiers I have had. One small serving was plenty for me. Worth a try.

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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
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