Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

very good
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Sterkens White AleSterkens White Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Pontzie
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good white ale.
L: Hazy / cloudy orange color with a light head. Head settled fairly rapidly. Similar to many witbiers.
S: Coriander and orange and lemom - pretty light scent but pleasing
T: Pretty light beer. A lot of carbonation makes the overall taste a little boring
F: Carbonation dominates but keeps it a pretty light feel
O: Acceptable but a little bland. Would drink on a warm summer day and enjoy.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a hazy orange brown, dense white two finger foam cap, sediments and floaters

Aroma of faint banana and clove,

Taste has a whisp of tart Apple, citrus, yeah, muddled tea is a good description

Thin, light, watery

Eh, tried it, moving on

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sterkens Blonde

Pours a light golden color with little to no head. Aroma has grape and a bit of orange blossom honey. The taste is well balanced a bit of wheat and Belgian yeast fruitiness. Light bitterness. Tasty.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy orange, barely passes light; persistent, deep eggshell meringue head
S: coriander, yeast, orange zest, lemon
T: muddled tea, lemon/orange zest
M: dry finish, medium-bodied, dishwater
O: Not bad, but not terribly complementary, either. Too dry, not orangy enough, disappointing flavor, could be more crisp or more rich.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sterkens White Ale has a very thick, spongy, white head, a cloudy (which becomes even cloudier when the bottom 3rd is swished and poured in), fiercely bubbly appearance, and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is mildly spicy, with faint coriander, banana, and citrus, and a bit of sweet, white bread. Taste is of those elements, with an overarching tap water note. Mouthfeel is mostly watery, and Sterkens White Ale finishes semi-wet and easy drinking.


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Photo of bmwats
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Hazy, light golden hue. Pours a large, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Peak and valley lacing.

S: Yeast and sugar.

T: Yeasty, with hints of coriander, lemon pith, and sugar.

M: Light in body. Slightly bitter finish but well balanced with a hint of sweetness.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some persistent albeit lite lacing. Nose is basic yeast and sugary sweetness. Yeasty flavor accentuated with spice, citrus, and sugar. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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

Recently I had a beer tasting event at my house and I served this. I also went with M to Handlebars in Tempe and they served it. She really knew how to drink it: she asked for a lemon with it.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no date code into a pint glass and got 2 fingers of white head that settled to be a covering of white bubbly foam on the top of my glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow, straw color with 2 fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate rate to leave an interesting, bubbly covering on the top of my glass.

S: Smell of wheat, yeast and some spice.

T: Taste of coriander, citrus and then coriander.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated with a slightly smaller carbonation. Light, refreshing feel.

O: I like this beer and I like it better without the lemon. I would have it again and might try it on tap next time I'm in Tempe.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale yellow gold body with fizzy well-carb'd two finger head that didn't last long. Spicy, clove-like aroma with a mix of sharp citric, mostly orange zest and just a touch of yeast. Overall, a good but not spectacular wit that I enjoyed but was just underwhelmed with at times. Light bodied, smooth, has a good citric orange like flavor with spicy clove to balance and never gets watery, muddled, or just a disgusting sour texture and taste, but the complementary spices aren't really shining and I don't get much more than orange (no banana, hints of tropical). A good wit nonetheless but not one of the best.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sterkens White Ale is a well made beer with a pretty boring flavour. I bet it's great for a session beer but it's a little dull for just tasting.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Yeasty, wheaty goodness. 4

T: Thick and wheaty with some mineral flavours. Not much else going on. 3

M: Really thick and foamy. I kinda like that. 4.5

O: 3.5

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

Bottle from Big Bear Cafe in D.C. Consumed during a jazz trio gig I had there.

Typical witbier appearance. Cloudy body with a thick white cap. The aroma brings coriander, light spice, orange peel. Pretty easy drinking. Citrusy flavor with a hint of pepper. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice golden hazy color typical of the style. Thin head that quickly disappeared with no lacing. Could be due to the fact that i served it a bit too cold.

Good fruity aroma with coriander, wheat and orange.

Taste was really good and refreshing. Would be great on a warm day. Paired it with bratwurst, which was probably not ideal, but it workers.

Mouth feel was amazing. Very creamy and full unlike many of the mass produced wheat beers. This was definitely the beer's strong point.

Overall enjoyable and refreshing. I'll remember this one, come late Spring.

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Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy chunky yeast in a straw gold fluid. Appreciable head that gently fades. Not much if any lace. The nose if full of apples a touch of grape and wheat malt. Taste is very traditional with a good mild lemony sourness and spices. Low bitterness and a dry clean finish that leaves notes of malt and lemon lingering. Feel is just heavy enough to be above water but light enough to be crisp and refreshing with a lively carbonation. Silky on the tongue. Drinkability is off the charts and so perfect at this time of year that it is all I can do t keep from scoring it higher. Just a perfect and classic Wit.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly pale golden color, massive fluffy and craggy bright white head. Lots of coriander, orange peel, and bright citrus fruit on the nose. Smells incredible.

Sweet coriander upfront followed by rich wheaty and graininess. Coarse full mouth mouthfeel. For how dirty and unarranged these beautiful flavors are the slightly peppery finish cleans the palate making for a super clean finish. Bright citric acidity and excellent balance. My only complaint is that at certain moments it thins out in the mouth. Overall awesome though.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Green Flash snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a full inch of head that retains decently before dissolving to an 1/8 inch. Above-average lacing.

S- Sweet with lots of orange and spice. A bit perfumey in a wheat context.

T- Refreshing flavors of citrus and coriander. Very sweet, but not cloying. The yeast works its way into the profile but in more subtle of a way than the rest of the ingredients.

M- Lively and crisp with medium-high carbonation leading the way. A bit of a spice bite and a light body.

O- Very tasty and exemplary of the style.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours cloudy straw with a very large bubbly white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells of citrus primarily, not much else but a little bit of wheat. Tastes of wheat, the active yeast gives it the normal taste of a white ale. This light bodied beer has good carbonation, and a clean smooth finish. Overall, a decent beer.

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

The first couple of bottles were consumed too warm. Once the beer was properly chilled it was pretty tasty. A very good unfiltered beer and very well balanced.

Consumed on several occassions and with different food accompanyments. Goes well with white meats.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a cloudy, murky brown-orange color with about an inch head that shrinks to a small layer on top, little to no lacing.

S- floral, citrus, bubblegum, coriander, spices. Yeast and doughy bread more noticeable about half way through. Nice!

T- Spicy up front, with notes of coriander and citrus, well water. Wheat and malt has a presence, with just a small trace of hops. Mouthfeel over is very light with high carbonation, quite drinkable.

Overall- on par with the specifications of a witbier but the balance just seems a bit off. The taste didn't come through like I was hoping after the amount of smells that was coming through. However if you are into this style I would still give it a try.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very light golden/straw color, a little murky, with very good carbonation and about four fingers’ worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fruity/citrusy in aroma, much like a hefeweisen. Hops seem fairly present, but not as much as the smell of rye.

Taste – a little bit of a musky taste it from the start. The rye taste is less than I would have thought, but it’s there. There’s also a fizzy, champagne-like quality to the taste as well. The finish and aftertaste are both pretty mild.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but as stated above, a bit on the fizzy side.

Overall – not a bad brew, but a little plain-tasting and uninteresting.

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Photo of portia99
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours the expected hazy, pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of dense and fluffy white head. Foam slowly fizzes its way down to the surface without much success in leaving any lacing on the glass.

S - Oranges and lemons, coriander, spicy wheatiness, a bit yeasty, light breadiness. Lemons really dominate the aroma...nice.

T - Overall flavoring here is on the light side. Dry, wheaty, not much for citrusy fruit, spice or yeast. Pretty bland actually...disappointing.

M - Highly carbonated, foamy in the mouth. Body is light. Its almost like the carbonation is so potent that it overwhelms any flavors that might be in this beer...its surprisingly close to drinking soda water...maybe soda water that was in the bottle that used to contain Sprite...just a hint of residual flavor carried over.

O - Rather disappointing overall. Started off with promise with a on target appearance and aroma, but lost it where it counts in the flavor (or total lack of)...

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a hazy yellow with a three finger rocky head that left no lacing. A ring of head did remain for most of the beer.

S- Lots of Coriander and spice, bubblegum, yeast, and some citrus, but not quite as much as I would expect for the style

T- Coriander, hints of orange peel, lemon,mineral like flavor, overall pretty mild flavor. It sounds strange but there is almost a peanut shell salty flavor on the finish.

M- Nice prickly carbonation, refreshing, and smooth

O- A little bit underwhelming in the flavor department for a witbier, but very refreshing and a nice beer on a hot day like today.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have seen this beer around Houston for a while and I have never reviewed it, so there you go. I have one now. Let's give it a go as my first beer of the evening.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with a thick head of white creamy bubbles that was obviously maintained by quite a few bubbles rising as it was moving around quite a bit, but it took it almost a minute before it started to fade. It was already leaving some lacing on the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: I initially got lots of clean citrus along with what I am sure is coriander. As the beer sits, you can definitely pick up the grainy wheat. There is a bit of bread dough noticeable as you get farther into the beer.

Taste: The flavor is mixed. It has some defined malty notes mixed with the bread dough and spices to come across a bit like a dessert bread of some sort. The overall mouthfeel is light with the carbonation being pretty high and the residual sugars a bit low, so it goes down really quick. There is no alcohol noticeable as you expect. There is a little bit of oxidation that is coming out as the beer warms.

Opinion: Overall this is a good example of the style. I like that the spice is not overdone as it frequently is with this style. The beer is pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one, myself. If you dig this style a whole lot, by all means give this one a shot as it hits the style pretty well.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with very lively carbonation. Not much head- more carbonation.
Smell: Quite sharp citrus/fruity aroma instantly upon the pour. Bready presence just beyond this.
Taste: Again citrus builds upon a light but bready base. More citrus and fruit in this than others in its class, lending a slight sour quality. Can also detect pepper and other spice, though not as pronounced. Finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel: On the light side, clean.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Light in ABV.

Overall- For such a light-looking beer, packs some flavor. A nicely-crafted wit. Would return for a second try anytime.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow with thin creamy white head. Descent retention and creamy lace.

S- Yeasty. Clove and banana, bubblegum, wheat, and fruity notes. Spice.

T- Wheat, clean malts, bubble gum and clove. Nice balance.

M- Grainy with a creamy edge. Smooth and crisp.

D- Very well balanced and easy to drink for this style.

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

I picked up a 11.2 ounce bottle of this in Western Mass.

Appearance is a a light golden color with a thin white head.
Smell contains lemons, belgian yeast, light overall. Its taste has wheat grain, some orange and other citrus flavors. It is lighter bodied with good carbonation. This witbier goes down easily and is very pleasant. I am glad that I came across it and if I had in my home state, would certainly buy it more often.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very simple but solid beer... something that taste like the field you're working in. wheat. orange... coriander and grass. the nose has a bit of cereal. the palate is more subdued and simple. the sweet is not grain based but mild wheat. and nice grass citrus bitter. great quality for summer.

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