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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Ratings: 430 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of Overlord
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright gold, surprisingly small white foam head. Sparkly!

Smells like grass, herbs, and maybe some yeast. Taste is zesty, with that an expected grassy herbal flavor, a bit of pop in the form of spices (coriander?), and maybe just a tad of residual sweetness. Honey? Yeah, not getting that.

A surprisingly dry mouthfeel and finish, it's pretty champagn-ey. I'd say the mouthfeel is the best thing about it, as I'm not that excited about the taste.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured cloudy straw with thick white head. Good retention, and mild carbonation

Aroma: wheat and citrus

taste: sweet with lemony wheat character. Minimal hops.

mouthfeel: sticky with a bit of tingly

overall: pretty tasty, but sweet and bit thick (cloying). could stand to be dryer.

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Photo of JC271
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle tried 10 Sep 2008.

Small white head. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy dull straw color. Smells of lemon, yeast and grapes. Starts with some honey lemon flavor but not too sweet. Ethanol very light. Medium chewy body. Not much of the expected coriander and citrus flavor. Finishes somewhat bitter and pithy.

Overall not bad but definitely needs more coriander.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sparkly and bubbly in the New Belgium snifter. Like a Lager in color and spritziness. A nice head on the glass. Mild aroma of coriander, with more in the nose. slightly tart with a taste of something too much like chamomile.

The spice is quite prominent, and seems to be a little too much of a good thing. A touch of dried orange and lots of the spice with some Hefeweizen wheaty esters. LIght bodied yet plenty malty. No hint of hoppy taste or bitterness, either. The flavor wears a little on the palate. Not one I can drink much of.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido.

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Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby goblet, Witch's Wit is a chill hazed gold with a small white head that leaves lighter lace.

Smell is soft and floral, a slight, honey phenol, sulfur and other minerals, sweeter wheat as it warms, which was much better then the fridge serving temp.

Taste is spicy, bittersweet and grainy, very light, tropical fruit esters and a dry, biting bitterness on the abrupt finish and lingering astringency. Barley opens up as it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter, slick and dry.

Drinkability is ok, I didn't really care for it much at all at first, and while it grew on me, it's not my taste in Wit's at all, under attenuated and biting.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Really cool label (as per usual w/Lost Abbey)...glad they didn't change it, as much of a tree-huggin liberal as I am. Nice cork/cage job, though I really wish it had a date.

Appearance: Slightly hazy goldenrod beer, capped with a white crown with good retention. Lots of small C02...nice looking beer.

Smell: Dead on for a wit; lots of crisp, off-sweet orange and other citrus (esp. lemon), w/a nice, delicate spice note as well. Touch of sugar cookie-like sweetness?

Taste: My first thought is that (even though this is nearing a year old) this is significantly more bitter than a wit should be. Which is too bad, because that bitterness takes over from the first sip and hangs on, really fighting the orange and (peach?) fruitiness. There's a bit of spice in the background as well, which I'm assuming is coriander. Honey is not appreciated on the palate.

Mouthfeel: As a wit should be; fairly light, but yet somehow creamy and a bit substantial.

Overall: I'm not sure if the odd bitterness here is coming from the hops or from some kind of spice, but it's really quite distracting from the otherwise nice flavors. Overall, it's an ok wit in a really cool bottle; I might be tempted to pick it up once in awhile, if it wasn't for the $10.00 pricetag for the 750.

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Photo of mcallister
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very stale pour. Hard pour yielded hardly a head and what was there faded very quickly. A golden copper color and clearer than I would have thought.

Smells like a belgian white. Spicey with corriander, orange peel, yeast and hints of a carbonation aroma.

Lacking complexity which is suprising for a LA beer. Still good flavors yet a little thin and watery in mouthfeel. The same corriander and orange peel the nose suggests. Some belgian spice character and yeast. Could easily drink many of these although I'm not
sure I'd want to considereing the thiness.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Reappropriated
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Lucasperea
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jkane101
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of David121
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

This wit beer has great long lasting head, delightful smell, and very HEAVY citrus peel and coriander taste. It is by far the most flavor of all the wit beers I have ever had, its almost unbearable. Every time I think about it I dislike it more and more.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Dweedlebug
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of pwoods
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at South Bay, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden grainy color with a bit of clouding... too dark. A short head forms and dies fast. Little lacing.

S: Smells pretty sweet, a honey sweetness. Very grainy and wheaty. The yeast isn't as potent as I'd like it to be and contains little fruity esters.

T/M: More from the nose. Lacks the fruitiness and liveliness that the yeast needs to bring. Just kind of bland. More of the honey sweetness and strong wheat notes. Body is medium light and without enough carbonation. Mouth feels almost slick... I'm not sure why.

D: Really disappointed in this. Probably The Lost Abbey's weakest offering. Decently easy to drink.

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with an average sized head. Pours were subsequently hazier as I go to the bottom of the bottle. Aromas of honey, wheat, and spices. Tastes of honey, citrus, some wheat, and spices. Thinner body.

Notes from 9/1/08

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow colored brew with a fizzy white head on top. The smell is citrusy and floral, theres some spicy notes too in there. The taste of the beer is much like any other wit out there. There some grainy wheat and citrus with a little bit of spiciness in there. Not an overly exciting brew. Glad I had it but I won't need to have again.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cvm4
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very golden in color, almost see through and has a thin head to it.

S - Malty, wheaty & slightly floral.

T - The taste is very perfume/floral. Light malts along with spices & not much else.

M - Light body & high carbonation. Fits the style.

O - It's good but not great. Way too much floral & perfume going on in here for me.

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