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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 mwilbur
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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?

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a wit with grapefruit, why hasn't someone done this before? if they have, I have regrettably missed it. this one pours into a pint glass (probably wrong?), a hazy hazy hazy hazy hazy straw color, yellow and thick, brutally unfiltered, yet appetizing as anything. notes of dried citrus, maybe the lemon peel you put in fish dishes or indian grub. the grapefruit doesn't give as much flavor as it does character. its acidic and bitter, not ripe and juicy. I live the fuller body on a light style, and I love the citric finish, its summery and winter at the same time, maybe the most versatile version I have had of a Belgian wit. well carbonated yet a ton of body, zesty and pulpy almost, I like this a lot, but I am glad I paid 6 and change for a glass than 12 and change for a 750ml bottle. overpriced but tasty, another fun and challenging beer from the lost abbey. something to stock in your fridge regularly if you make six figures.

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Photo of froghop
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow with a thin white head, and some lacing.

smell is sweet, spice, some floral notes, some fruits, and some yeast.

taste is somewhat tart and sweet, apricot, peach, honey, spices, white pepper, some wheat, dry mouthfeel, with a spicy ending.

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Photo of billab914
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes, opened as part of a haul from a great group of Texas BA's. Golden in color with a thin spotty head clinging to the edges of the glass. It's a surprisingly clear beer.

The aroma shows a nice mix of zesty citrus and sweet wheat malts. Coriander and orange peel flavors are apparent in it. Pretty refreshing and flavorful aroma.

The taste has more of the coriander and orange peel citrus flavors throughout. I get a little lemon to it as well at times. Sweet, bready wheat malts play a big role as well. It's pretty crisp and refreshing, which I like.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation feeling a little low. Overall, it was a pretty good version of the style. The look and feel felt a little off, but flavors were pretty good.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with CrellMoset and dkachur.

A: Quite a bright and slightly hazy yellow. As it rests a few, the haze rests a little and becomes cleaner and crisper. Decent white head, with a good retention

S: Not as sweet as many witbiers I've had... in this case, it's a good point. A straight up lemon peel citrus rather than smelling like breakfast cereal.

T: Citrus peel, pale malts, a bitterness unlike other witbiers I've had in the past. It seems like something is a little lost here, perhaps? It's a reasonably good beer in its own world.

M + D: Pretty minimal carbonation, and the body was slightly flat. The carbonation there tingles over the tip of the tongue and I can deal that.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, soft golden color with a fairly thin, white head that disappears rather quickly. Practically no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - The smell is reminiscent of hay bells and cereal grains with spicy/peppery notes from the yeast (which I assume to be a Belgian yeast).

T - At first, a very bright hefeweizen taste somewhere between a Bavarian Hefe and a Belgian Wit. As it warms ever-so slightly, more banana, clove and lemon come out.

M - Very thin, bright and crisp with a slight meandering resinous quality.

D - Very delicious and easy to drink.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden clear color but it had no head at all. No real lacing down the glass either.

Smells nice and yeastie. Little malt. Wish there was a little more aroma to this one.

Taste is pretty good. I have had better withbeers before but it is still pretty good. A little plain if you ask me. Not enough yeast esters and the malt background isn't that strong

Mouthfeel is good for the style although I wish it had a little more viscosity.

Overall a decent beer but if I have the choice I would buy a different wit beer or try something else.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light gold in color. No head forms on the pour. Just a bit of frothy ring around the edges. Smell is very yeasty and has a bit of smoky notes. Taste is highly carbonated, again with the notes of smoke. Very creamy and full on the mouthfeel. Decent and well done.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold yellow with an orange tint. Poured a two finger white head that dissipated. Laced evenly.

S: Citrus zest, prickly spices and yeast.

T: Very consistent with smell; spices (clove) and along with some citrus and banana flavors. Pleasantly dry finish.

M: Medium to light bodied; frankly, maybe a little thin. More carbonation would have helped.

D: Very drinkable; fairly light and definitely refreshing. Very nice choice if conscience of ABV.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn and Mcmenemins in da city. I passed buying a C&C bottle of this because there is no way im spending 12+ on a simple wit. I got a pint for $3.50, that's better.

Witches Wit has a nice bold yellow golden hazy tannish look to it with a bright white head that becomes a cap and then stay's, no clingy's though. The smell is quite large with lemon, wheat, some hay/grass and some clove. The taste is quite citrusy with the wheat coming in second. Clove is a afterthought. Somewhat of a small bubblegum presence when warmed. Pale malt off to the side as well. A bit above light bodied and a bit fuller than your average wit. The carb is nice and amped up and a sharp and short prick on the tounge. I really enjoyed this wit for what it was, just another witbier in a sea of em in the style. Drank my pint with ease. Enjoyable and forgettable at the same time, I've had this beer many times before, but from different breweries over the years, pretty cut and dry.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these from Friar Tuck in Springfield, IL - not sure why we don't get this one in Chicago. Served in a pint glass.

A - Looks pretty nice - two fingers of eggshell white foam with good retention and lots of nice sticky lacing. Really hazy straw color - looks like a witbier should!

S - Belgian yeast, wheat, bubblegum, bananas, cloves, pepper & spice. Pretty potent and nice-smelling, but nothing really unique.

T - A lot milder than the smell suggested. Nice, but nothing special. Sweet with a tiny spicy bite from the yeast. Minimal aftertaste.

M - Thin with good carbonation (enough, but not over the top). Refreshing with a little tingle at the back of the throat. Not much residual mouthfeel either.

D - Low ABVm not too bloaty. This could make a really nice session brew, but it's not something I'd actively seek out again.

I liked it better than Gift of the Magi.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Capone’s. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a somewhat-hazy straw color. Light and fairly crisp. Slight bit of grain with nice wheat. Touch of citrus and spice. Good carbonation. Dry. Well done wit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: After the cork withdrew without a pop, I was worried about another undercarbonated beer from Lost Abbey (see 10 Commandments); this pours a cloudy lemon color with a very modest head (phew) that does manage to scatter some lace; still, nowhere near what I would expect for a Wit (I cracked open another bottle five months later, with much the same result - so much for bottle conditioning.)

Smell: The aroma hits home, with piercing grapefruit tones, some horseblanket and cardomam as well

Taste: Opens with a wheat bread, white pepper and clove aspect, that moves into the realm of sweet honey and bitter lemon peel and grapefruit pith by mid-palate; after the swallow, the breadiness returns and provides a nicely balanced profile with the fruit and spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some carbonation, but lacks the prickly aspect I would expect from a top tier Wit

Drinkability: All in all, a decent beer; I appreciate the unique elements (honey, grapefruit and cardamom), but the carbonation issue needs some work

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Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
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