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 Yetiman420
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue tulip glass. Split the bottle with my wife.

Pours a hazy peach color with a 1/2 finger very light gray head.

Aroma is a very pronounced lemon and light malt.

Taste is incredibly clean and smooth - mouthfeel part of the equation.

Aroma after a couple of sips presents more of the wit yeast aroma and less lemon.

This one almost drinks too easy. More pronounced yeast flavor would help. If not for the aroma, I'm not sure I could easily pick this out as a wit. The taste is just so clean which is good but bad from a flavor standpoint. I'm lowering it from my original 4.5 to a 4 for flavor.

On a warm sunny day, this is the beer to turn someone on to the wonderful world of craft beer.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 tedsox31
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 baconfromwalmart
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nick35712
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9.2.15 Draft @ world of beer New Brunswick NJ

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: August 31, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse pokal... OCCASION: celebrating Penn State's first win of 2013...APPEARANCE: hazy, almost dirty sediment-laden pale straw yellow body; head is glacially stacked; its lacing is like well-patterned sea foam--a beguiling start... AROMA: banana, pepper, and clove--the holy trinity of wheat beer scents--is present and strong; honey is bottle-boasted but not as apparent...PALATE: medium-bodied, active on and under the tongue; spritzy, as a seltzer or a soda; refreshing...TASTE: lemony zest is first to stake its claim; pepper is also prominent sipping through its head adds to the experience... OVERALL: mellow and refreshing; little complexity, and little complaint there; the bottle is mid-ranged in price, and in a six-pack would be more than enjoyable....

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Photo of bashiba
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clean golden color with a thick and sticky white head.

Has a big cotten candy and bubblegum smell with a bit wheat.

The flavor is light and fruity with the bubblegum(bazooka joe) coming through strongly along with a bit of spices and a long wheat finish.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a good bit of carbonation.

Very drinkable, I like it. Excellent belgian white.

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Photo of Riff
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. Pours a straw color with a white head about two fingers thick of large bubbles. Head dissipated quickly. Smells of citrus and bread (side note that my nose is a little clogged due to allergies). Tastes of bread, citrus, pilsner, and a little honeydew. Feel is a medium light body, just a little heavier than a pils. Overall a pleasant beer, very nice wit that's just perfect for summer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellowish color with a thin white head.

S: Wheat, lemon and some clove.

T: Wheat upfront with some hay and lemon curd. Maybe a hint of clove as well. Some prickly carbonation works well with the flavors. A pretty solid wit. Glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It opens with a mediocre pop of the cork. It pours an amber-orange,, slightly hazy & a nice cream colored head that vanishes quickly. Smells very yeasty & some hops. Tastes like bread with a citrus kick. Very nice flavor.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2014 bottle, opened Sept 2015

A - Clear, bright light gold body. Fine white head pours two fingers high with nice retention and lace.

S - Really nice; soft and subtle. Banana, coriander, touch of black pepper and clove, honey, soft caramel, bread dough, and strawberries.

T - Soft, light and delicious. Honeydew melon, lemon, grapefruit, Pilsner malt, touch of coriander and black pepper, and white bread.

M - Soft medium light body.

O - An excellent take on the style. Perfect for summer.

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Photo of user785335
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CAcker
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! I've been curious to try this one. Love me a good wit. Into my Duvel tulip, it goes

A: The first pour is a clear yellow with a solid white head that slowly recedes to a disk. Steady carbonation, very pretty

S: Wheat is prominent up front with a definite honey-like sweetness. Spicy with a hint of cardamom and white pepper. Refreshing,

T: Excellent spicy flavors are prominent on the palate as I take a sip of this. Pepper and cardamom flavors tickle the palate and is followed by a solid wheat flavor with a mild sweetness. Light in body, this beer dries up on the finish
*edit* - The second pour with some of the sludge from the bottle adds some delicious yeasty flavors to this beer and also improves the mouthfeel a hair.

M: Maybe a little watery but the carbonation and the finish are great. The spices and the citrus qualities linger on on the finish.

D: I'd easily drink more but this is my only bottle. Plus, at 8$ a pop, it's a little pricey for what it is. Great label work, though!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with swingracex. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy pale golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pear, grape, apple, lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, pepper, clove, floral, wheat, honey, bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast esters with spices and a good amount of malt balance; and nice strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon zest, orange zest, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, honey, floral, bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus zest, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, honey, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast ester and spice flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors for 4.8%; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to GregMcQ for sending my way!

Pours a lightly cloudy dark amber orange, pretty interesting colour, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright. Smell is neat, some light toast, banana, sugary sweetness, wheat, orange peel, coriander, some frutiness, lightly yeasty, smells good. Taste is great for a witbier, very dry and toasty, oats, wheat, banana, spices, coriander and orange, pepper, tropical, quite malty too, nicely balanced, really nice for a witbier. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, insanely dry and toasty in the finish. Usually not a big fan of witbiers but this one is great! Thanks Greg!!

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Photo of Patrick999
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a very tall, large weizen glass, this shows typical whitish-gold witbier body, with a soapy-looking head that leaves some random thick gobs of foam on the side of the glass before settling to a thumbnail cap. Coarse-looking bubbles furiously rise from the heavy bottom of this tall glass. Clearer than I would expect, but then again this is the first pour of the 750ml bottle. Indeed, on the second pour, this really clouded up, and I noticed a couple large bricks of sediment falling out of suspension. Extremely cloudy, completely opaque witbier we have here. I like that, but your mileage may vary.

Aromatics are mostly fresh sourdough bread, citrus, freshly molded plastic and a little sweaty sock testifying to the yeastiness of this brew. True to style.

Hmm, here is where we deviate from the norm and realize that this is indeed a Lost Abbey beer. In most other witbiers I've tried, I don't get much hop presence, if at all. Here, there is a definite citrusy hop along for the ride throughout - not overbearing IPA-type citrusy hop, but just enough to let you know it's there. Otherwise, the flavor profile is dominated by the yeast, with sour mash notes riding on the back of the wheat, with a thick peppery coriander bite. I see that this is brewed with honey - I don't really notice, I think much of that residual sugar has been eaten.

Feel is a pillow-like feel that I normally associate with stronger beers, like a tripel. Given the coarse-looking carbonation, I would have expected something more spiky. For a witbier, it's a little too luxurious.

Given the low strength of this beer, and the breadth of flavor, I'd say this is very drinkable. I'm glad this isn't "just another witbier," which helps justify the high price. Would be a good one to pair with food. Not your starter Belgian White, I don't think I'd give this one to Shock Top or Blue Moon drinkers.

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Photo of EdrickCS
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemon yellow with sunshine colored trim. A controlled pour created a cotton white crown that is beginning to paint the glass with impressionistic lace. It would be great if subsequent pours added a little yeasty haziness to the proceedings. Note: they do.

The nose is classic witbier, which is odd since the ingredients aren't classic. Most brewers don't add honey, grapefruit peel and cardamom to their wits. WW smells wheaty, citrusy and modestly spiced. It also smells good.

Witch's Wit doesn't taste as exotic as its ingredients would suggest. It's still a very nice example of the style that is beautifully balanced and sneakily complex. I would expect nothing less from one of the best breweries in America.

Never mind the Brewer's Log on The Lost Abbey website because grapefruit does not come through loud and clear on my palate. Not compared to a C-hopped IPA anyway. There's mostly lemon and orange, along with a hint of back end sweetness that is probably the honey. And there's more coriander and clove than cardamom.

The body/mouthfeel seemed too light initially (even though it's a witbier meant for warm weather consumption). With time, it's becoming lightly silky smooth and supple. Don't make up your mind too early.

It's hard to get too jazzed about a 4.8% witbier, but then it's always exciting to pop the cork on a Lost Abbey ale. Witch's Wit is proof, as if any more was needed, that Tomme Arthur is a world-class brewer who is able to hit the bull's eye on any style he sets his sights on. Good stuff.

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Photo of jackplane
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, foggy yellow. Smells of yeast, sourdough bread, salt, and a hint of banana. The taste mostly follows the smell, but with the addition of a slight sour apple flavor. There's also biting spice at the end, hitting first with a hot clove taste and then with a bit more mellow and sweet flavor. Carbonation is medium. Overall, a beer that's a little disappointing at first sip, but is quite enjoyable as it heats up and it's flavors come out.

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Photo of katan
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mil into a goblet

A - Pours a light golden golden color - very effervescent looking. Not much for head formation, only a light film remains. Not at all hazed like I would expect a wit to be, but this may be a symptom of not dredging up the yeast sediment.

S - A light yeast-like bready scent leads the way, with only the most subtle honey backdrop. No hopping, or any other off-notes present.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness that is immediately accompanies by a dry honey flavor. Mid-stream shows only the lightest hint of bittering, no hops. Yeast notes, as well as coriander and orange peel are difficult to find. Finishes with a direct sour-acidic note, indicating some wild yeast introduction. Aftertaste is clean.

M - Moderate to light in body. Comes across dry. Carbonation bite is very light. Clean finish, no after taste or clinging sensations.

D - Very drinkable beer. ABV is easy drinking. Flavors are smooth and well integrated. Sourness is the only portion of this beer which may get just a little bit bothersome.

I always struggle with knowing for sure if the Port/Abbey beers live up to the reputation of their brewer. In this case, I'm very pleased with the results.

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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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