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Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

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Witch's WitWitch's Wit

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 418
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 magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C&C Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Pint Glass. Bottled 6/11

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Crisp aromas of wheat, honey, lemongrass, coriander, and orange peel.
T - More wheat, honey, coriander, and a ton of orange peel/curacao. Very citrus-forward.
M - Quite refreshing, with a medium-light mouthfeel and sharp, "spritzy" carbonation.
O - Excellent Wit, I look forward to picking up more of this next Summer!

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-colored, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Slightly grainy, unrefined wheat aroma with notes of lemon zest, triple sec, wildflower honey, and lastly, a meager pinch of spice.

Taste: Sweetish wheat grains with a touch of honey. Cantaloupe juice mixed with a dash of Cointreau and garnished with a lemon twist. Lightly earthy, citrus hop character with a medium-low bitterness. Minimal yeast spice qualities, quite subtle really. Rebound of orange and lemon citrus flavors on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it could benefit from a bit more crisp carbonation, it was still an enjoyable, immensely refreshing Belgian wit.

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Photo of Auraan
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Blackwolf
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend via the Rare Beer Club

A-Airy whimsy head and hazy golden body. Slight starchy yellowness in the appearance.

S-Lemon peel and coriander are dominant in the aroma. Nothing too overpowering.

T-Sweet and and slightly tart flavor up front. Spices and clove are strong but very welcomed. The hops are there and noticed, but not to intense.

M-Dry throughout with an unexpected level of hop bitterness. The hops dry out the finish and add an earthy touch.

D-This is a very nice beer, but maybe a tad too dry for a refreshing wit. Definitely well done for a tough style, but not my favorite wit.

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

Bottle shared by ajsdad06.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate citrus, herbs and yeast aroma.

T - Medium sweet flavor with a medium fruity citrus sweet finish of moderate duration.

M - Light to medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation.

D - Refreshing soft brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750ml, corked bottle into my DFH signature glass a pale, cloudy, straw yellow. Head fizzled away like soda but left a ring of lace around the glass.

Nose is mostly of pale wheat malt. Not a lot going on with the smell.

Such a crisp and refreshing beer; lacks your traditional coriander spice and orange zest, but makes up with an original burst of wheat malt and a strong suggestions of honey with hints of what I can only describe as dark berry fruit.

Carbonation is vigorous and makes the beer a thirst quenching experience.

Drinkability is average for a beer under 5%, but still feel like I should give it props for being so darn refreshing!

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

750ml C&C. Date is scratched, but it's definitely 2011. Served in a pilsner glass.

Seems like an appropriate beer for today's date.

Pours a clear pale straw with lots of cascading bubbles and a small white head. Fizzes away pretty quickly. Bits of lacing. Gets a lot hazier as I pour the rest of the bottle and get more yeast.

Aroma is mostly wheat malt with a bit of spice. Slight amount of funk. Lemon citrus.

Flavor reveals the same with some additional sweetness. Must be from the honey claimed on the label. Lemony citrus emerges in the finish.

Body is medium light with active but soft carbonation. Feels very good on the palate.

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

Lemon color with plenty of haze. Head is perfectly white, with tightly packed microbubbles. Great lacing too, as the tiny bubbles stick nicely to the glass.

Honey and spices it says on the label and honey and spices I get on the nose. Tart, a bit gingery, with a good wallop of cardamom and a meta-smell of honey. Sounds like a nose-ful, but it's pretty de rigeur for a wit these days.

Great balance and complexity for this style, definitely not watery at all, which is my main complaint with witbiers. Definitely a lemon zest flavor that's featured prominently here, alongside classic phenolic notes of clove and coriander.

Hops add an herbal, earthy flavor that complements the honey sweetness.

Two tons of smooth in the mouthfeel department; not too insubstantial so as to be 'simple'. My first thought was that this was a spice-forward take on the wit, but the honey sweetness really opens up and takes control. Not a bad take...not bad at all.

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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 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 AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled 26 July 2012.

A: Fizzy white head and a pale, white-gold body. Hazy.

S: Dull yeast and grain. Faint spice and light citrus.

T/M: An excellent witbier! I am not disappointed by the Lost Abbey. Light, spicy, and zesty, with fresh citrus and grassy hops. The light-bodied wheat smooths and sweetens. The aftertaste is lingering coriander, with a twist of citrus peel.

O: Great example of the style. Highly recommended and immensely drinkable. Would have again.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this today out a bottle today that I got on sale from Freddy out at Beverages 4 Less. $6.99's a pretty good deal on any Lost Abbey, and I drank it with good friend and fellow BA @tahlstro. Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Beautiful, just like I'd want a Witbier to look. Unfiltered, opaque, and golden-yellow, with a nice little bit of head and beautiful lacing. Wished for just a little more head as it was relatively minimal, but other than that it was spot-on.

Smell: Light with some spiciness, with sweet honey and clove and a bit of lemon to it. Refreshing and light, but a little less than I was expecting.

Taste: Clean, sweet, and a little clove to the front-end, with a slight bit of sourness on the finish. The honey and wheat are definitely the two main ones here, and I traced a bit of raisin to it as well. Definitely not super-complex or multi-layered, but tasty and super refreshing on this hot San Diego night.

Mouthfeel: Crisp but not too dry, with a nice coating and simple aftertaste of slight sourness.

Drinkability: For the ABV it's actually a bit slower than I'd imagine, but still very quaffable in this summer heat. Served this relatively cool too and was very refreshed. 10 bucks would be steep for this, but on sale it was a great bottle to add to the collection and a very refreshing summer Wit.

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Photo of Biggness
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy amber with a 1 fingered white head with some lacing. The smell is of mild citrus and some banana. The taste has a decent malt base to it and some nice flavors from the yeast, I would just hope for a little more. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth the carbonation level seems good. A highly drinkable brew.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the brewery. Hazy blonde with a big white head. Floral yeasty spice and orange/grapefruit aroma. Dry flavor with light wheat and a slightly tart, herbal finish. Light bodied and spritzy. Nor really a traditional wit, but pretty tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium cloudy yellow with a foam white head. Head is a bit disappointing in volume, but it does last. No lace.

Yeast and sweet wheat in the nose. Sweet nutty grain notes.

Wheat and grain dominate in the flavor. The honey comes out and gives this a soft feel. Mild bitterness at the end. Malt forward, incredibly easy to drink, but a very standard wit.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

So they made a beer to quaff in the summer. You could drink gallons of this stuff on a hot summer day. No competition at all for the good imported stuff, but a nice version just the same. Easy to like and recommend.

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

Hazy light yellow color with a small head.
Mostly citrus, lemon and a little orange with some spice.
Citrusy flavor, spices and a hint of honey.
Bigger mouthfeel than most Witbiers I have had,almost fluffy.
A good interpretation of a witbier, only down side is its very expensive and IMO not worth the money.

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

A - Pours murky light honey, stark white head. Leaves fast to ring.

S - Not much there. A little barn fun, but light. A little straw.

T - Definite straw, light malt, nice clean taste.

M - Light bodied, very lager type mouthfeel, good balance and fair coating.

D - Super easy to drink.

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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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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
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