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: 432 |  Reviews: 169
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

June 2014 bottle, opened Sept 2015

A - Clear, bright light gold body. Fine white head pours two fingers high with nice retention and lace.

S - Really nice; soft and subtle. Banana, coriander, touch of black pepper and clove, honey, soft caramel, bread dough, and strawberries.

T - Soft, light and delicious. Honeydew melon, lemon, grapefruit, Pilsner malt, touch of coriander and black pepper, and white bread.

M - Soft medium light body.

O - An excellent take on the style. Perfect for summer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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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3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, straw-colored, yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Slightly grainy, unrefined wheat aroma with notes of lemon zest, triple sec, wildflower honey, and lastly, a meager pinch of spice.

Taste: Sweetish wheat grains with a touch of honey. Cantaloupe juice mixed with a dash of Cointreau and garnished with a lemon twist. Lightly earthy, citrus hop character with a medium-low bitterness. Minimal yeast spice qualities, quite subtle really. Rebound of orange and lemon citrus flavors on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it could benefit from a bit more crisp carbonation, it was still an enjoyable, immensely refreshing Belgian wit.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this 750 w/ tenderbranson 69 @ shady mcgrady's in Hbg. Served chilled in two goblets

A - A golden straw color with appropriate haze and a thin white cap. The yeast cake was still packed to the bottom of the bottle from bottle conditioning, swirled a bit and added to the glass

S - Sulfury belgian yeastiness w/ a hint of citrus, coriander and the yeast is a dominant odor providing pleny of fruit notes

M - A crisp, fresh feel w/ pleasing carbonationand light, sweet honey tinged malt w/ light spiciness in the finish

T - A crisp wheat w/ pleasant citrus peel that has an orange flavor and the creamy taste is refreshing w/ hints of hops and the contrast of subtle pepper flavor is fantastic. The taste has a tangerine-like sweet note from the peel and the malt is soft and balancing in contrast from the yeast, not grainy in any way. The spice flavors do the trick and the wheat is tasty w/ light herbal hops rounding out the flavor

D - The refreshing quality of this ale is off the charts, I consider this one of the best American wits I have tasted- A great beer for quaffing, no matter what the season

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4.45/5  rDev +18%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow, straw hues with moderately low levels of head and lacing.

S: Wheat, citrus, spices.

T: Decent beer, though slightly odd. The unconventional ingredients Lost Abbey use in brewing this witbier give it a distinctive flavor. This is a very complex beer, especially considering the style and low alcohol.

M: A bit thin. Decent feel.

D: An unusual and cool beer unlike the other witbiers I have had. One small serving was plenty for me. Worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/23/10.

Appears a lightly hazed straw yellow color with constantly rising bubbles of carbonation. 2 fingers of creamy white head hold strong and long supported by the rising bubbles. A solid amount of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is lemon filled with other fruity suggestions and is lightly spicy. A bit earthy with a slight sulfur note. Overall the nose is dominated by lemon that seems too bold to be natural.

The taste is lemony and lightly fruity, spiced, yeasty and the grain comes through tasting like wheat. Some estery alcohol is evident. The lemon flavor seems exaggerated with an artifical taste.

This is a light bodied brew with a high level of carbonation. The lemon aspect is a bit oily and clingy inside the mouth that lasts. This would make for an excellent summertime brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Witch's Wit from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 432 ratings