Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

very good
430 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Witches Wit pours a hazy pale straw with some orange tints near the edges. A thick white head settles down into a tight ring, leaving a decent lace throughout. A BIG bouquet of aromas are present, most noticeably grass, spice, citrus, wheat, and a little funk. Clove, banana, spice, wheat, honey, coriander, and orange zest all intermingle to build a good Belgian Wit. A spritziness from a lot of carbonation is welcomed by a medium-light body. Another GREAT Belgian inspired brew from the crew at Lost Abbey.

 509 characters

Photo of drummermattie02
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter with a big head that stuck around for a while; hazy and golden in color.

The honey was very apparent in the smell, but a bit too sweet for my tastes

Sweet notes, presumably from the honey, with a bit of citrus. A hint of spice up front as well, but not pronounced.

Highly carbonated and light on the tongue, not a great finish though.

Low ABV and good carbonation make this an easy beer to drink, it's quite refreshing. However, the honey was a bit much so I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed much more than a taste.

 545 characters

Photo of anon
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Brewery. Poured a very hazy straw/cream yellow with very little foam, leaving absolutely no head or lace to speak of. Not sure what happened here. Lots of carbonation up front that dissipates makes this appear like some kind of flat soda. Unnapealing.

Smell is very subtle notes of honey, coriander and citrus zest. Taste is pretty straightforward for the style with honey, coriander and citrus zest again being the forerunners, along with hints of peppercorn, wheatgrass , lemon candy and baked bread. Slightly dry finish with a lingering note of sweetness. Nothing flashy but pretty tasty and clean.

Maybe I'll pick up another bottle and the appearance will get a facelift.

 690 characters

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.

 963 characters

Photo of match1112
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: looks thick and cloudy yellowish color. very little head and lacing.

S: honey and spice.

T: slightly sweet from the honey. with spice all the way thru.

M: slightly thick and creamy, little carbonation, goes down easy with a dry spicy finish.

O: not real impressed. i think it's an over priced, over hyped version of hoegaarden. i dont think i will purchase this again.

 376 characters

Photo of mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a pale lemon color with moderate carbonation producing a 1/4 inch white head. Decent, but nothing special.
S: Citrus and mild hops. Hint of spice, but difficult for me to flesh out which ones.
T: Citrus, honey, orange, and coriander with a faint hint of spicy hops. A floral and grassy note comes through further into the beer.
M: Light bodied, typical wit. Mildly effervescent.
D: An above average wit, but nothing special. A good spring and summer quencher. Good drinkability and sessionability.

 556 characters

Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: My bottle didn't have much of a pop to it when it opened. As such, a strong pour only netted a small foamy head that quickly retreated to a thin ring. The bright peach color had a nice swirling cloud of yeast. A nice amount of lace was left in the beer's wake.

S: Pretty mild. There's a lot of orange at work, plus some lemon and a light sourdough twang.

T: Tart orange rind and lemon zest do most of the work here. A sourdough biscuit flavor has nice toasted quality to it. Bitterness is extremely mild and has just enough of a spicy bite to counterbalance the other flavors. Finishes very tart, with a pronounced yeastiness.

M: The light body is slightly doughy. The carbonation feels low for the style.

D: The low ABV helps this beer go down quick. Very easy to session with. The flavor lacks the traditional Wit spiciness, but is still quite pleasant. A nice pickup.

 899 characters

Photo of chinabeergeek
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, no date. tasted in early april, 2009

cloudy, somewhat dull straw color. foamy white 1-finger head, fades to a fine-foam, wispy layer, and eventually just a ring. decent lacing, especially later on.

aroma: light orange peel and coriander. yeasty and bready, with a touch of brett-like character.

similar flavors, with the brett-like character again, plus a light citrusy acidity. mild bitterness.

medium body, smooth with acidity in the finish. light to moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

a few weeks before, i had a bottle that was almost skunky in addition to a much stronger brett character. this one is much less, and is closer to a regular witbier. but it's still unusual, especially if the brett was not originally intended to be part of the profile.

the fact that the bottles aren't dated doesn't help. maybe this bottle wasn't fresh enough?

 869 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a weak coriander and orange peel spicing. It has a thin citrus feel with a light to mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent. It has a rather bland pale and wheat malt flavor. The spicing is weak as is the yeast character. It's watery and not very complex. The mouthfeel is above average. It's a low bodied beer with with adequate carbonation. This is probably the weakest offering from Lost Abbey. It's an easy drinker, but a forgettable wit.

 609 characters

Photo of MrDell
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.64/5  rDev -4%

Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

750 ml bottle:

Pours golden (not cloudy until the last part). Not too great of a head retention. Minimal lacing.

The smell is of orange peel, light coriander, bread, light malt, wheat tang.

The taste of coriander/pepper picks up much more on the taste. Spicy with orange peel, lemon tartness and a wheat tang coming through. There's a bit of a metallic tinge in the spicy finish.

It is light-bodied, but not thin. A firm effervescence and creaminess make it gentle and refreshing on the palate.

A bit too heavy on the coriander for me, but still a solidly refreshing wit.

Personally, I don't understand why a wit would be in any bottle too large to pour it all into the glass at once, since the real "treasure" of the style lies on the bottom of the glass, that needs to be swirled. In large bottles (like this) you have to wait to get through too much of it in order to be able to swirl and pour it if you want to enjoy the sediment on the bottom.

 983 characters

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.

 886 characters

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

Chilled bottle into a glass, shared a recent tasting. An extra from Tomme Arthur after he replaced a few flat bottles of mine. Thanks Tomme.

A: Pours a clear straw-colored/gold body with a generous off-white head (there were more than a few jokes about the ample carbonation). Retention is poor, but it leave spots of lace down the glass as it recedes.

S: This isn't super pungent, but it has a nice lemon peel aroma, clove, coriander, caramel, banana, and light honey.

T: Slightly white-bread-ish on the tongue at first, but it goes into a lemon-honey cracker flavor. Some oats, wheat, banana in the mid-taste. Gives way to citrus, clove, and coriander in the end taste, with a slightly dry finish. General yeastiness and a slight funk throughout (but I seem to have been the only one that got that).

M: Light-bodied, good carbonation that peppers the tongue and gives it a clean, crisp flavor.

D: Quite a good witbier. Not sure it's worth Lost Abbey's usual premium prices, but I'd get more of this if it were a reasonable price.

 1,041 characters

Photo of peraltaspade72
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice, affordable Wit, easy to drink, has a nice finish.

55 characters

Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it. The head doesn’t linger long nor leave any lacing. It has a decent nose: Wheat, some spice, floral and earthy notes. The taste is crisp and it feels a hair light. Wheat, some spice, citrus. A nice wit.

 309 characters

Photo of dmorgan310
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

 669 characters

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.

 438 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, cloudy, yellow body with some sediment floating around. About two fingers of fluffy head that has decent retention and lacing.

Very pronounced smell. Wheat twang with a bit of cracker in there. Lots of spices that are peppery and a little medicinal.

Tastes follows the smell, as usual. A good wheat backbone with lots of spices. Definitely peppery, but other herbs are in there also. Maybe a little chamomoile.

Mouthfeel is on par for the style.

Fairly drinkable, not a bad brew.

 489 characters

Photo of epyon396
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

 511 characters

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface as well as a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of lemons and hints of peppery spices. Some honey also becomes apparent as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but there are also some notes of honey.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While the honey flavor makes this beer a little unique compared to other beers in the style, it makes the overall taste slightly sweet and not as refreshing compared to other witbiers. It is still very easy to drink.

 808 characters

Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
3.79 out of 5 based on 430 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.