Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

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Witch's WitWitch's Wit

Brewed by:
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.

Added by illidurit on 08-04-2008

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Photo of Nick29
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of banger7
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mantissa
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of GeoChase90
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sbangs
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of SoCaliC8
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Docer
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to BeerMolly for the brew.. how could I ever repay.. it's a nice hot day here so i thought this would go great w/ a BBQ'ed steak after fishing!

- Slightly cloudy light yellow/orange with a thick froth of white head.. down to a ton of little bubbles and lace..

- A wheat 'n grain scent with a touch of sweet honey and bitterness.. and lemon zest.. a bit of a zing..

- Little bit of a Belgian yeast taste with a touch of wheat, barleygrain and honey... with a lovely bright citrus zing.. perfect for a hot day.

- Slightly dry, citrus lemon aftertaste.. but also very refreshing..

- Super drinkable... would be nice in a 12-pack! A great summer brew.. Highly recommend this one!

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard Lost Abbey brown 750ml. cork/caged bottle a cloudy pineapple gold with a finger of solid white clingy foam. Good retention here, carbonation is spot-on for this style.

Lightly sweet and spicy nose is very Belgian-esque. Wheatgrass, lemon, spice and yeast come through in a very pleasant manner.

The flavor, as it smells, is very mellow, tasty and smooth...ever-so quaffable. The perfect hot weather thirst quencher with it's mild ABV and super easy drinking taste.

I think I prefer the bottled version here a notch above what I've tried on tap, none the less a nice Wit from one of my favorite breweries...cheers!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this 750 w/ tenderbranson 69 @ shady mcgrady's in Hbg. Served chilled in two goblets

A - A golden straw color with appropriate haze and a thin white cap. The yeast cake was still packed to the bottom of the bottle from bottle conditioning, swirled a bit and added to the glass

S - Sulfury belgian yeastiness w/ a hint of citrus, coriander and the yeast is a dominant odor providing pleny of fruit notes

M - A crisp, fresh feel w/ pleasing carbonationand light, sweet honey tinged malt w/ light spiciness in the finish

T - A crisp wheat w/ pleasant citrus peel that has an orange flavor and the creamy taste is refreshing w/ hints of hops and the contrast of subtle pepper flavor is fantastic. The taste has a tangerine-like sweet note from the peel and the malt is soft and balancing in contrast from the yeast, not grainy in any way. The spice flavors do the trick and the wheat is tasty w/ light herbal hops rounding out the flavor

D - The refreshing quality of this ale is off the charts, I consider this one of the best American wits I have tasted- A great beer for quaffing, no matter what the season

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured into Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw color, pours 2 inches thick white head that fades very slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: brett, barnyard funk, earthy, citrus, grassy, orange zest, coriander, honey, spices, floral notes.

Taste: Orange zest, coriander, orange blossom honey, spices, subtle funk, white pepper, salty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, crisp, zesty.

Overall: Very drinkable. Well balanced. Fairly complex. I think this bottle definitely improved with age.

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Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lost Abbey Witch's Wit

Appearance: clear straw yellow, good lacing, and a medium head.

Smell: yeast, apples, and a slightly malty grain.

Taste: fresh fruit, light hop, some grain, and a touch of yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a pretty good brew. While it is somewhat lighter, the flavor is full and smooth without being watery. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey chunky tumbler

A: Pours a honey orange color with lots of carbonation coming off the bottom, head did not retain, what's left of the head is soapy, looks thin, really hazy, cloudy, no lacing, bubbles are dancing to the surface, spritzing off the top, never seen carbonation like this.

A: Honey, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus aromas like orange and grapefruit, slight breadiness, smells pretty good.

T: Spice upfront, slight citrus flavors, hint of honey, finishes with grapefruit and orange peel zest with a dry finish.

M: Less than medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, very easy drinking.

O: Lots going on here, I was not expecting much but the flavors are well balanced, spice, some honey, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, this is a great summer beer, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled june 7/09.

pours fairly clear pale yellow with a small cap of fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. lightly sweet caramel and honey. cracker and white bread. just a touch of alcohol. lots of nice belgian spice. orange peel, clove, corriander. other light citrus and floral character too.

taste is good. white bread with just the slightest toasting. cracker. hint of alcohol. orange peel. bit of bright floral character. nice belgian spice. low bitterness level. at moments this feels like a lighter tripel. after a few sips i'm noticing the alcohol a bit more and it starts to feel like more than the listed 4.8%. i'm not sure if it's my imagination, but i feel like there's just a touch of brett in here. it's more in the mouthfeel than anything, but there is just a touch of horse blanket and leather.

mouthfeel is great. nice light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nice balance. unlike many american interpretations of belgian styles, i really think lost abbey has nailed this one. often the malt profile won't be quite right, or the spice too obvious, or the sweetness too high. this one scores well in all regards. blindfolded i'd easily guess this was from the other side of the ocean. good stuff.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 4,8% Abv.
Served chilled in an oversized wine glass.
Bottled on: 26/07/2012

Appearance: The appearance is fairly standard for a wit beer - murky (I purposefully shook up the yeast) golden-yellow body, topped by a large white head. The head could have lasted a little better, but it does leave some nice rings of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Oh wow, the honey is immediately apparent, with a big raw honey note dominates the first few sniffs. After a few minutes the more traditional notes of malted wheat, banana, coriander and clove become apparent. Warming yields a light citrus character (sweeter than I'd expect from grapefruit peel), a little peach and a perfumed note that might just be the cardamom.

Taste: As with the nose, the initial flavour offers a fair amount of raw honey. This is soon joined by malted wheat, an unexpected light hoppy note (sweet citrus fruits), coriander and clover.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a medium-high level of relatively smooth carbonation.

Overall: I love wit beers and this is a very interesting (and delicious) example of the style. It was fantastically refreshing and I could happily see myself drinking a few of these during summer!

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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