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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Murks up a bit a t the bottom of the bottle, Good head retention & lacing

S: White pepper, coriander & apples

T: White pepper, apples, lemony hops & estery alcohol up front. White grapeskins, band-aids & dryness as this warms. Finishes with white pepper, coriander, some breadyness & a touch of grapefruit

MF: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Drinks alright, just run of the mill as Wits go. I was expecting more from Lost Abbey

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Photo of hannibalsmith
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

This beer poured into a stemmed glass is bright and vibrant. Visibly effervescent. The smell as I poured the glass was quintessential Belgian yeast. Taste was light and bright. The font is a little grassy but finishes nice and dry. This beer is so easy drinking it is quite the session beer. Perfect for a hot day. As far as witbier are concerned this is a lot cleaner tasting that most imports... All in all another winner from The Lost Abbey!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is an amber-gold color that shows a light haze and a bright, straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid lemon-like coriander character, a grassy herbal note, a medicinal honey note in the finish as well as a grassy, pale grain character to it. The honey character gets more pronounced as the beer warms up. A second pour re-accentuates the earthy, herbal notes of the coriander, but the citrus picks up a touch of sweetness (perhaps accentuated by the honey) that smells a bit more like grapefruit.

Lightly sweet tasting up front with a distinct honey flavor to it through the middle and in the finish. Grassy grain notes meld with a light herbal note, a touch of astringency and a very light bitterness; each of these notes provides a balancing not to the light sweetness and honey character. Very light and quaffable, though the honey keeps this from having a crisp, dry finish. Light citrus notes, that are more lemon like than anything, seem to hide underneath the honey notes most of the time.

The honey is definitely an interesting addition to a Wit; it definitely works with the traditional Wit flavors but I don't necessarily like the sweetness that it adds. Actually some more yeast-derived spice notes would help balance this beer out a bit more.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml., 4.8% ABV. Slightly cloudy and golden in color. White head disappears rather quickly, leaving no lace. A few tiny bubbles rising from the bottom.

Some light spices, corriander in the nose. A bit of pale malt, and a yeasty note as well. Orange peel fades out at the end.

Pale malt, slightly tart. Not much spice. Seems to be very subdued.

Light body, not a great deal of carbonation. Not bad, but seems to lack character.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Lost Abbey.

A: Hazy yellow with a big foamy white head.

S: Lightly tart wheat aroma with orange zest, coriander, apple, and grapefruit. Peppery phenolics are pronounced.

T: Big phenolic presence with pepper, band aid, and leather. Lemon blends with coriander and a pervasive wheat presence with a light tartness. I get some apple and grapefruit. The finish is spicy and dry.

M: Light body with high carbonation.

Overall: A light Wit beer that's heavy on the phenolics.

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

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x for this brew.


Pours a nice golden yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, with some yeast/grass notes, with some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, with spices. Medium body. Drinkable, not what I was expecting at all.

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

Pours a clear orange gold with barely any white head. Nose is mild citrus and dough. Flavor is spiced, with some dough and yeasty funk. Feel is slightly vibrant on the carbonation and the liquid is a bit sticky and thick. This is easy to drink, but so-so for a wit and comes off more as a pale ale to me. Lost Abbey should just stick to putting out more wild ales IMO.

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

Shared a 750 ml bottle with some family

Pours a 2 finger white head, hazy orange body with sediment floating around. Head retention and lacing are slightly above average

Smells of coriander and wheat, not much else

Taste is coriander, orange peel, and some yeast. Also there is a slight aftertaste of honey.

Mouth feel is a little over carbonated. Light bodied and very similar to most other Wits.

Over all a good witbier. At 10 dollars a bottle its a bit overpriced for the actual quality. Would much rather buy a six pack of Southampton or White rascal. Label on the bottle is awesome though, prolly one of the coolest beer labels i've seen

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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 Natural510
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10oz pour, at Ron's in Exton PA.

Pours a pale, cloudy yellow with decent amount of head & lacing.

Faint scent of wheat and grapefruit rind; clean but nothing too pronounced.

Flavor is light and clean. Peppery notes of coriander and citric notes of grapefruit, all understated. Wheat rounds out the flavor well.

Medium mouthfeel, refreshing aftertaste. Light, astringent finish.

Nice, inoffensive witbier. Far from bold, but the grapefruit rind adds a nice touch.

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

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and proteus93, w/ my portion poured into a 10 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a filtered, clear, pale gold, capped with a fast fading, bubbly, half-finger of almost white head, which leaves a faint dusting of lace and a thin collar after it's gone. This one's full of diffuse bubbles of various sizes, surprisingly slow. Not sure why this one's filtered ...

Aroma: A little faint, mainly comprised of grassy, airy hop notes, bananas, pears, and a pale, honey sweetness.

Taste: A little bland. Lots of grassy bitterness, pale, dull, sort of muted sweetness, and a few stray fruits, a little less dynamic than the nose even.

Mouthfeel: Fairly even for a witbier, probably due to the low lack of carbonation. It's a little thicker than I would expect too. So while it's pleasant, it's not quite stylistically accurate.

Drinkability: Decent but not too impressive. Perhaps the bottle's a little old, but I think that even fresh this one would be lacking in a few places. It's extraordinarily low in abv% though, precisely where it should be for the style. However, where it's "enjoyable," it's stylistically inaccurate, and where it's stylistically accurate, it's just not that dynamic.

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Photo of younger35
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from the 0110x011 in a trade consisting of quite a few of LA's offerings. I'm pretty hit or miss on Wit brews so I'm eager to give this a try. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a super small bright white head that dissipates very quickly. Almost no cap and very thin collar somehow manage to leave a fair amount of lacing.
Smell- Yeasty and slightly funky from the start with a bit of dirt and blanket. Lightly spicy (cardamom and/or coriander I read? Wouldn't have guessed that) with some notes of honey and lemon peel. Lightly grainy and earthy with hints of grass and dandelion.
Taste- Starts out with a dry grainy malt that is lightly sweet and somewhat honey like. A very light citrus bite has bits of something resembling lemon and grapefruit peel. Not as yeasty as the nose implied but there is a sort of a light funk and banana hiding here somewhere. Slightly astringent at times with a peppery bite. A bit of lingering bread and a very slight sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium body with a fairly dry feel and light carbonation that could use a bit of a burst.
Drinkability- Sitting at 4.8% this is a very drinkable brew. It's a matter of whether or not you're a fan of the brew. I could have definitely done without the honey but I did like the lightly citric aspect. The spices were nice as were the fruit peels. Overall fairly tasty and this would be a pretty refreshing brew on a hot summers day. Too bad I'm an idiot and its 12° outside. Thanks Matt!!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow to light orange in color with a white head. In the aroma, wheat and light spices. In the taste, spicy, earthy, and a small tart citrus. A spice bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with and small dry spice in the aftertaste. Nice flavor, but just above average.

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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 Floydster
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for $8.69, split with my buddy Drake on 11/01/08, reviewed from notes, poured into a pint glass

A-Very light pale yellow color that is more clear than other brews of this style, 3/4 inch foamy bright white head that lasts a few minutes, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Honey and lots of it, grapefruit, red apples, white pepper, orange peel, wheat, banana, coriander, faint bready malt, and cloves
T-Taste starts off light with more honey than anything, the middle was a bit chewy , some citrus in the finish, spices did not come out until later on and even then they were pretty weak with them being stronger in the aroma than the flavor, taste was light and not much to it, went down way too easy with very little complexity, by the end only a small amount of fruit and spice could be detected, still tasted good just very light
M-Overly carbonated in my opinion, seemed a bit watered down at times, pretty thin body too, chewy, slightly sweet, and light mouthfeel, taste did not linger long at all
D-Could drink a lot of this stuff, easily finished the bottle on my own, smooth and very light on the stomach, below five percent, could me a nice session beer if it was in six packs or something

Probably my least favorite Lost Abbey brew to date along with Judgment Day, was not nearly worth the money for me, I mean nearly ten dollars after tax for a witbier is a little crazy to me to buy more than once, would not drink again, still is probably worth trying regardless

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Photo of tmzl
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Large fizzy, big bubbles white head, very fast retention, mostly diminishing. Leaves a very thin thick layer for the whole ride. Color is cloudy - darker straw yellow - wheat! what a surprise. Some carbonation visible.

Smell: Wheat, yeast, spicy - peppers, cloves. Hint of banana and some honey. All light, goes with the style I guess. Comes off as fresh and easy going.

Taste: A bit more honey to detect. There is some grapefruit, lemon zest. This goes to light sweet wheat middle, banana, yeast and ends in light bitterness and sour with spicy/earthy honey notes. Some hop to detect. Everything is very gentle.

Mouthfeel: No surprises here too, fresh, crisp carbonation, light-med body, very drinkable, goes down easy.

Overall: Typical witbier, does down like nothing and not too much taste to stop you from drinking it like a mad man. Easy, gentle, fresh, simple but enjoyable.

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

Poured from corked & caged 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a small hint of haze and a huge, active effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy white foam. Not bad, but I like my witbiers with a little more murky mystery.

Smell: light malt aroma with a little bit of wheaty character and a relatively strong perfumey, fruity, vinous quality, perhaps due to the honey. It's OK, but it doesn't exactly work for me in a beer of the style.

Taste: perfumey and floral, with a bit of a wheaty malt undertone. I understand that they are playing with the concept of witbier, here, but it's a bit *too* far outside the range of this relatively well-defined style. That, and the overabundance of perfume quality, make this a drinkable but non-wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body and a great big carbonation yield a nice, big, smooth creaminess. Best part of this brew.

Overall: this is simply not one of my favorite beers. It's not bad in any way, but it is not tasty enough to justify its position so far outside of style guidelines.

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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 elginirishpunk
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle and pours cloudy and smells like lemon and like clove. The layer of tastes are as follows: lemon, coriander, clove. There is a grainy wheat feeling in the finish of the beer. Very nice carbonation and very clean and light finish of the beer. decent for a wit but nothing amazing.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
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