Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

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85
very good
430 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
430
Reviews:
168
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
53
For Trade:
2
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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food. Consumed on a mildly full stomach.

Yields a satisfying pop upon opening.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head without much cream, of okay thickness, and average retention. Colour is a nontransparent yellow-orange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Lemon, lemongrass, lemon peel (yes, these are all distinct notes...), clean malts, hints of funkiness (unexpected), and wheat. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Wheat, funkiness (maybe even brettanomyces?), lemongrass, lemon, clean malts, barley, and background citrus esters from the light subtle hopping. Balanced and built well. I like it. A bit simple, but pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some needed coarseness on the climax. Suits the flavour profile nicely. Thick enough. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: A drinkable little wit. I quite like it. An excellent summer brew. Refreshing and pleasant. I'd definitely have this again, though the price is a significant drawback. A good session beer. Fans of the style will definitely like this one. Another solid offering from Lost Abbey.

A bad candidate for aging.

Would pair well with a lightly dressed salad, buttered soft pretzels, and orange rind cheese.

B-

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Photo of sessycuban
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- The beer pours a dried straw color with two fingers of head. Good head retention and lacing.

S: The smell is a mélange of gala apples, white pepper, and coriander.

T: The beer tastes of lemon zest, white pepper, gala apples, and grapefruit. It tastes a bit bready when it warms.

M: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated.

D: The beer is very well balanced. The style is spot on. I would've preferred if this was a Port Brewing offering as it is very pricey for a witbier.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass, this brew pours a rather hazy carbonated lemon orange and offers some nice lacing.

Mostly dry wheat on the nose with hints of clove, lemon and grapefruit, a bit more subdued than expected with a touch of wet flowery spice, banana is nowhere to be found.

Taste offers a bit more of a malt body than many a witbier and fits with the orange color yet is nothing special. Feel and Drink are equally typical for the style. Nice easy drinking summer beer but not going out of my way for it again.

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Photo of impending
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

B

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear classic yellow gold, minor cream colored head, ok lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet and yeasty. The citrus shines a top the coriander note. All in all fairly subdued.

The flavor matches the aroma with the grapefruit now obvious. Again the citrus is dominant although it is clearly from rind, not hops. Medium bodied. Mild in every measure. The mouthfeel and medium carbonation keeps it from entering the realm of crisp and refreshing but pleasant none the less.
cheers
jd

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Photo of errantnight
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Let me just say that if I was reviewing this from a tap sample... the scores would be higher across the board. But enough is fucking enough... Lost Abbey has simply got to get their carbonation issues in order. It is completely and utterly ridiculous that this (deservedly) famed and highly regarded brewery could make batch after batch of exceptional beer and undercut with sloppy bottle fermentations. The list is virtually endless... from special releases like Cuvee de Tomme and Bourbon Barreled Angels Share to Port Brewing beers bottled at the same location like Shark Attack Double Red and Panzer Imperial Pilsner and their 2nd Anniversary Beer to one-off special blends like Veritas 003 to their more regular seasonal specialties like Inferno, or 10 Commandments (a delayed release dropped into stores a solid 2 or 3 months away from having reasonable carbonation, and with no fore-notice). And now... Witch's Wit can join that illustrious group is a severely undercarbonated beer that suffers tremendously for it. I'm through with making excuses for a brewery that seems willing to halt their love and care for their amazing beers a little short.

That said... as with many of these poorly carbonated beers (under or over) the carbonation merely stands out as an unfortunate flaw in what is otherwise quite clearly a deserving beer.

Pouring a virtually flat gorgeous hazy pale straw, the beer still manages to have a lovely citrus-tinged and lightly spiced aroma that is charming in its subtle complexities.

The body is medium-light and seems thin and watery, which consequently disguises some of the nuances dancing around in this beer. Doesn't have an overbearing spice or orange note, nor a pasty, chlorine presence, it feels like a subtle dance between a wit and a table saison. It's very, very good.

Despite my frustration, the beer in this form still delivers much of what I loved about the tap Witch's Wit, and while I'm sad to say I'm glad I only had the one bottle, if this is the only form you can find it in I suggest you do so... it stills has its merits, and hopefully it'll be instructive to compare next year if they can do something about the conspicuous lack of bubbles.

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

750ml corked & cages bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a super thin white head. Nose is bready, yeasty an fruity. Lemon zest and citrus notes.

Taste is bready and yeasty, not really and fruity at all. Mouthfel is thick and rich, overall a decent beer that's easy drinking.

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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 cuvtcuv
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mylesj
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mozim
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 Liquoric3
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jjf3792
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of danwho
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Geuzedad
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of beanoboy7
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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