Witch's Wit | The Lost Abbey

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Witch's WitWitch's Wit

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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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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 428
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright lemon yellow with sunshine colored trim. A controlled pour created a cotton white crown that is beginning to paint the glass with impressionistic lace. It would be great if subsequent pours added a little yeasty haziness to the proceedings. Note: they do.

The nose is classic witbier, which is odd since the ingredients aren't classic. Most brewers don't add honey, grapefruit peel and cardamom to their wits. WW smells wheaty, citrusy and modestly spiced. It also smells good.

Witch's Wit doesn't taste as exotic as its ingredients would suggest. It's still a very nice example of the style that is beautifully balanced and sneakily complex. I would expect nothing less from one of the best breweries in America.

Never mind the Brewer's Log on The Lost Abbey website because grapefruit does not come through loud and clear on my palate. Not compared to a C-hopped IPA anyway. There's mostly lemon and orange, along with a hint of back end sweetness that is probably the honey. And there's more coriander and clove than cardamom.

The body/mouthfeel seemed too light initially (even though it's a witbier meant for warm weather consumption). With time, it's becoming lightly silky smooth and supple. Don't make up your mind too early.

It's hard to get too jazzed about a 4.8% witbier, but then it's always exciting to pop the cork on a Lost Abbey ale. Witch's Wit is proof, as if any more was needed, that Tomme Arthur is a world-class brewer who is able to hit the bull's eye on any style he sets his sights on. Good stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! I've been curious to try this one. Love me a good wit. Into my Duvel tulip, it goes

A: The first pour is a clear yellow with a solid white head that slowly recedes to a disk. Steady carbonation, very pretty

S: Wheat is prominent up front with a definite honey-like sweetness. Spicy with a hint of cardamom and white pepper. Refreshing,

T: Excellent spicy flavors are prominent on the palate as I take a sip of this. Pepper and cardamom flavors tickle the palate and is followed by a solid wheat flavor with a mild sweetness. Light in body, this beer dries up on the finish
*edit* - The second pour with some of the sludge from the bottle adds some delicious yeasty flavors to this beer and also improves the mouthfeel a hair.

M: Maybe a little watery but the carbonation and the finish are great. The spices and the citrus qualities linger on on the finish.

D: I'd easily drink more but this is my only bottle. Plus, at 8$ a pop, it's a little pricey for what it is. Great label work, though!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was able to procure this bottle from Joey last week and was very anxious to try it. One of my favorite styles an a nice session able wit beer for a hot weekend. I served this one cold, right out of the fridge in a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 09/14/2008.

This one poured out a very nice, and very bright golden yellow. Lots of cloudiness and haze in here, as there should be for the style. Some nice sediment pooling on the bottom as well. Nice one inch high head of white that fizzled out quickly but left behind a copious amount of side glass lacing.

The aroma was on the lighter side of things, lots of spices, wheat and grass like smells coming together nicely. A hint of lemon zest or orange peels in there as well, brightening it up very nicely. The flavor was superb for the style. Lots of coriander and spices running through it, a touch of clove and an almost banana like flavor in the middle. Lots of fresh grass as well in the finish. Wonderful body on this one was chewy most of the time and really just came across very well. Great carbonation kept it lively throughout. I drank this one outside on the deck in 96 degrees and it was wonderful.

Overall I really think it is interesting seeing this one get slammed soo much, as it really is a very good beer and should not be discounted. Great Mouthfeel with a really nice profile just added to the mix. I would not mind at all having a case of this one every summer, it was a perfect hot day session beer for me, with a little extra kick. Very well done.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsener glass. Poured a translucent gold with copious tiny bubbles effervescing to the underside of the cap. One inch bright white, fluffy head eventually settled into a thin, consistent head. Dense lacing with good legs. Mild nose - wheat, lemon zest and orange peel. Taste follows nose with a slight citrus astringency at the finish. Light-bodied; carbonation is balanced with the body, but a little too soft. Very easy drinking witbier. Lacks some of the spiciness characteristic of the style, but very pleasant.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting how the reviews for this beer are all over the place. I put it down to on tap versus in bottle to start with, but looking through all of the reviews that doesn't seem to hold true either. I liked this beer a great deal. I like its low abv, and it certainly tastes nothing like Hoegarden mixed with Budweiser. I had this on tap at Toronado San Francisco and it was served in great condition. Poured a nice hazy golden with a light head that fades to a ring. Smells very spicy and herbal with loads of coriander. Tastes quite herbal and spicy as well with anise, coriander, some pepper, a long herbal finish and some minerality right at the end. No appreciable sweetness from the honey, but I'll bet some of that herbaceous taste is coming from there. The mouthfeel is fairly clean with some more of that herbal tang. Nice drinkability. I haven't had the bottle yet, but I'm interested to see if it holds up as well as the tap version.

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Photo of Talisker
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased at City Beer Store, San Francisco, for $8.99.

Close to an outright miss for The Lost Abbey. This is a limp, watery wit without an ounce of pizazz.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bland yellow, macro lager color, albeit not entirely transparent. Warning sign - very little head, and lacing dissipates almost immediately. No active bubbles visible.

Smells like a wit, with the combination of fruit and spice. This one maybe more grapefruit-y than orange-y. Unfortunately it tastes like a bit of a cross between Hoegaarden and Budweiser. Not *interesting*, but also not very *good*. No carbonation or other qualities to excite the texture. Even a little sticky on the end, which doesn't go well with the thin watery texture.

I don't think this bottle was mistreated. Just seems like a beer that sort of missed its target, especially for the price.

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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 GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09/03/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. 2008 release, poured into my Russian River tulip.

Appearance- Off light yellow in color (a healthy pee color). 3/4 inches of head upon pour. Leaves light lace patchwork behind.

Smell- Light musk nose. Some clove, corriander, lots of white pepper and grassy yeast.

Taste- Very traditional in flavor. Spices meld about as perfect as you can get. Maybe a bit more grass-hay-earth flavor would have put it over the top. Still wondeful clove and white pepper and confectioniers sugar meld.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation, very crisp though with a fuller mouthfeel for a wit.

Drinkability- One of the better wit's I have had hands down. Right up there with St. Bernardus and Little White Lie IMO. Good stuff worth trying.

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Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml cork & caged bottle. Shared with friends on 8/31/2008.

Pours a pale golden straw yellow with a hazy hue. Bright white fluffy head. Plenty of lace as glass is comsumed.

Light sweet aroma with lemon zest, spicy, wheaty, yeasty. Nice.

Mellowed flavor. Lemon, wheat, honey, yeast, peppery, sharp. All flavors are subdued & easy palitable.

Smooth and incredibly refreshing. Need a backyard summer beer. This is it.

Highly drinkable.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard Lost Abbey brown 750ml. cork/caged bottle a cloudy pineapple gold with a finger of solid white clingy foam. Good retention here, carbonation is spot-on for this style.

Lightly sweet and spicy nose is very Belgian-esque. Wheatgrass, lemon, spice and yeast come through in a very pleasant manner.

The flavor, as it smells, is very mellow, tasty and smooth...ever-so quaffable. The perfect hot weather thirst quencher with it's mild ABV and super easy drinking taste.

I think I prefer the bottled version here a notch above what I've tried on tap, none the less a nice Wit from one of my favorite breweries...cheers!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle

A- Pours a nice golden yellow color with orange hues along with a white head that provides adequate lace.

S- The aroma is pretty dry and slightly tart with citrus zest, spices and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma features some spices along with some citrus flavors with the finish on the dry side.

M- Light bodied but a little too watery, could use a little more carbonation for the mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, a nice light and refreshing wit perfect for the warm summer months when you don't particularly want a high ABV sipper.

Overall, Witches Wit is a very nice wit that is recommended.

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Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a couple inches of white foam; nice retention and lace.

Smell: Zesty citrus and whole wheat bread. Faint sweetness, but more on the dry side. Smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Wheaty, bready, yeasty and spicy. Dry, light-bodied and incredibly refreshing. The finish brings out a touch of honey and grapefruit. Ridiculously drinkable stuff; this one was gone in no time.

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Photo of opwog
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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A-golden yellow cloudiness with a white clingy head.
S-more malt and less fruit that similar witbiers
T-better than average witbier, where you can differentiate the spices instead of being overwhelmed by them
M-smooth, but nothing special
D-I personally wouldn't be drinking much of this when other beers are available. But I can't deny what I watched, which was an evening where this was the most poured beer in the bar. That in itself deserves a higher rating for drinkability than I might have given it for myself.

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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 jbmorch
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 5-oz in a chardonnay glass with my watermelon salad at The Linkery in San Diego.

First thing I noticed was the legs on this beer as I swirled it - intricately deep threads that hung onto the glass forever. The beer was a pleasing yellow color and the smell of spices (citrus and Indian kitchen spices) was prominent.

It was smooth tasting for such a sharp smelling beer. And the flavors kept coming... sharp Christmas spices followed by a easy wheat blanket on the tongue and then an aftertaste that lingered without getting in the way of the next morsel of dinner.

It was like Tomme aged this beer - has he been sitting on these bottles for a year? I'll be getting some more.

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Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at RBSG at Lost Abbey. Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a dense white head that leaves wispy lacing. Nose is spicy with some nice wheaty ester notes. Flavor is full and complex, with coriander, orange peel, banana, and melon rind. A very fulfilling and drinkable wit.

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