Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

BA SCORE
85
very good
179 Ratings
Sterkens White AleSterkens White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Belgium
sterkensbrew.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
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Photo of sacfly
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz
Extremely light color. Looks watery with a little cloudy yellow/white thrown in. Large, thick head of big white bubbles. Smell is a bit musty and not much else. The first thing that struck me upon tasting was that it has a surprisingly medium body. I expected a very watery brew but this is far from it. Crisp, citrus taste. The mustiness in the aroma is nearly nonexistent in the flavor. Aftertaste is first a tangy lemon, then a hint of malt sweetness, and then gone. Infinitely drinkable. Nice refreshing summer beer without being too boring.

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

This beer leaves a nice head-ring around the edge of the snifter I'm using. Good hearty scent. Doesnt smell all that light. Very clean tasting with no funky aftertaste, which seems to be a common mistake in whitbiers. The citrus is kept to a minimum, which is interesting and different. Could use a little more "oomph" in the flavor department, but overall this is a very fine beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy white body with a small amount of carbonation and a small head. Aroma is an absolutely delightful mix of honey and coriander. Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Ahh, it is good to be in the hot summer weather again! Overall a great representation of the Belgian wit bier style.

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

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a small white head, and considerable sediment. The lacing is scattered in very small patches, carbonation is slight.

Aroma: Light malt aroma with coriander and sweet orange peel, also slight honey notes.

Taste: Opens with a tart wheat malt note, later a faint spiciness from the coriander and a mild earthy note. Finishes with a slight sweetness and some ghostly hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, refreshing example, likely most appealing during warmer months.

Presentation: Packaged in an evleven point two ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy off white with tons of bits of sediment floating around, they way a witbier should. Citrus and coriander dominate the smell. Citrus flavors are up front and bready malts finish it off. Not breaking any boundries with the taste but who cares this is a damn fine ale that is a true example of what a witbier should be. I'll take it whenever I can get it.

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Photo of Morris729
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden color with noticeable chunks of sediment floating throughout the beer. Lots of fruity yeasts in the aroma along with a bit of coriander. Moderate in body with a slightly chalky texture. Taste begins with some tropical fruit and a touch of fresh honey followed by more coriander and some white pepper leading to a rather pronounced tangy doughy flavor. Refreshing but nothing special.

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Photo of horndecker
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, straw colored brew sporting a superfine latte-like bright white head. The suds stick around, lots of persitant lace.

A nose of citrus, mostly limes, yeasty and spicy, with a turkish taffy slant. Very inviting and three-dimensional.

A gentle bitterness starts with the first sip. Oranges and limes, smooth grain flavors follow. The promised spiciness appears, I suppose coriander, a jot peppery, finishing rather dry with an herbal tea aftertaste. As it warms it doesn't get apparently sweeter, which is nice.Too many wits get a bit cloying when they lose their chill.

Light-bodied but with a pleasing fuzzy mouthfeel. Not terribly exciting or complex, save for the nose, but tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely cluttered pale yellow with particles that range from fine to chunky and from white to beige. The cap is simple white, small, nearly featureless and leaves absolutely no lace. The appearance is unimpressive to say the least.

The nose is fairly decent as witbiers go. It's tangy, fruity and spicy; covering all the bases. Coriander is more prominent than orange peel, but the nose as a whole could stand to be more aromatic.

My initial impression is 'good, not great'. Like the nose, the flavor is on the subdued side. Also like the nose, coriander (both an herb and a spice, depending on which part of the plant is used) is the star of the show. Thankfully, the tangy wheat backbone is solid and doesn't get lost in the fruit and spice mix.

Orange and lemon come out to play on the finish. I like the flavor more as the ounces pass. The various components seem to meld more tightly with time and warming. The mouthfeel is light and is style appropriate. This would be a good session beer if the cost didn't become quickly prohibitive.

Sterkens White Ale is better than decent beer and is in the top half of all the wits I've had so far. I doubt that I'll drink it again, but I sure did enjoy the bottle while it lasted.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.1/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a typical cloudy wheat. A little darker than some other "white" ales. Almost no head, and what little there is dissipates almost immediately.

Whoa. Tons of large chunks of yeast suspended and swirling around. About the size of rock salt. I've never seen this in any beer, much less a commercial brew. Starts to make you wonder what the deal is.

Smell is mild and yeasty. None of the characteristic spiciness of a typical wit. Now i'm really wondering what the deal is.

First sip... bland. Completely not what i expect from a wit. Where are the spices? Where is the orange peel, the coriander, the clove? This is totally dull.

Obviously, this thing is ancient. This is my first experience ever with a stale beer. I've had beers that were intentionally cellared for an effect, but this one was never meant to be cellared and it's pretty much ruined. Every bit of flavor has fallen out of it. That also explains the massive clumps of yeast.

I opened this one day after buying it at Four Winds in Pensacola. I may have to amend my BeerFly review. Obviously they are not rotating stock, and this thing must be several years old. Phooey.

Perhaps i can one day find a fresh example and see what it's really like.

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Photo of kdog630
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice straw color with half inch head that stayed for many sips. Well carbonated with a decent mouthfeel. Aroma was pleasant, definately matched the style. Finish was smooth and slightly sweet. Couldn't vouch for the freshness of the bottle but the overall taste, etc, was very pleasant.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow/gold color with a thin fizzy white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with a yeast presense. Light-bodied with a grain character along with spice and yeast flavors. Very straightforward and refreshing. The finish is short and clean with some hops and spice aftertaste. Above average summer fare.

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Photo of dauss
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: slim belgian style 11.2oz. bottle. Plain silver label, no date or stamp.

Appearance: Very cloudy light orange yellow color with a lot of yeast chunks floating around. A very small white head rests on top.

Smell: Very sweet malt aroma, lots of coriander, light clove, alcohol, and a slight acidic twang.

Taste: Very light with a large amount of sweet wheat malt. More clove and coriander, with a yeasty spicyness, a clean and dry finish. Very light tartness.

Notes: A very tasty witbier. Not quite as pretty or sweet as Hoegaarden, but they're about the same. I like them both.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a sort lived pure white head that leaves little in the way of lacework. Lots of suspended yeast.

Smell is fresh cut hay and summer fields, sweet orange and hints of spice. Very much like Hogaarden.

Taste is soft doughy wheat, hints of hops, some faint dry citrus notes. Sour citrus finish lingers on the tougue then fades to extinction.

Mouthfeel is clingy, sticks to the tongue and sides of mouth.

Drinkable, yes though I don't know if it is that much better than the Hogaarden that it is worth paying extra for.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours as white of a color as I have seen from any beer, ever. Gloudy with a slight golden tone and a big white head. I haven't had a Wit in a while, but this makes me remember why I like them. Smell is corriander and orange, slightly yeasty and clean. Taste is smooth and has a creamy mouthfeel to it. Flavors are mostly yeasty with only slight orange and spiciness to it. I liked this one a lot, although could be a little bit sharper and spicier, but still very good.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light-gold color, hazy body, small bubbly white head on the top. Citrus tones on the scent as well as a light flower scent. Light and refreshing on the tounge, grainy malts, touch of hops, lemon zestyness as well as a touch of spices. Med bodied, dry finish. Quite a nice refreshing drink.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy whitish-yellow with globs of yeast suspended within. Very little head, and that was made of pencil eraser-sized bubbles. Smell is malt, spice, fruit, yeast and some woodiness (I think, it was hard to put my nose on it). Taste is malt, fruit, some spice with hops in the aftertaste. Not as complex as it sound, sadly. Medium bodied with effervescence on the tip of the tongue, also warms the throat to some degree. Overall, the balance is good but the complexity I found lacking somewhat. A good beer, but they've done better.

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, whitish-orange color with plenty of floaties and a generous white head. The aroma is intriguing: coriander, fruit (citrus and melons), flowers, orange peels, and yeast. It’s a delicate, flowery smell. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a distinct citrus-like wheat-ness. Soft and full body, with a crisp and dry finish. This is a very good witbier.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, without freshness dating, Pours very light orangy/yellow, cloudy, alot of yeast particles floating around. Tiny bubble white film for a head. nice stringy lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity. This is afairly light bodied and tasting wit. Mid section is a tad watery. Lightly spiced, finish is sort of starchy, not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color and some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is a yeasty wheat. Starts with a distinct wheat flavor, finishes crisp and light. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy. There are things floating in it. This is a wheat ale, let me tell you. This is what "unfiltered" means, I think. I've never seen anything quite like it. It is beautiful.

Smells like wheat malt and bananas. Allspice, too. Cloves. Complicated, but not very intense.

Tastes like WHEAT MALT. Cloves upfront. Very spicy. Mealy in the back, wet in the back. Tartness. Citrus not of nature. Synthetic splash of sweetness like freebasing orange juice. Right into your fucking veins.

Fizzy so great. Excellent mouthfeel like fireworks.

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Photo of GDMFSOB
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite witbiers. It's got a dirty kind of characteristic to it. It pours out a murky, yellow color with some sediment floating around. It looks a lot like grapefruit juice.The nose is spicey and citric with some sweet graininess. This has some great flavor. Peaches, oranges, pears, coriander, pepper are just some of the flavors I'm tasting. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth with some crisp carbonation. The aftertaste is sweet and bready with some tangerine-like citrus. Five minutes after I finished the beer my tastebuds were still being satisfied. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 fluid oz. brown bottle with an obvious layer of yeast clumps.
Aroma: Nice wit smell. Sweet blond malt, note of coriander, and a twist of orange peel; It’s dead on for style.
Appearance: A soft pour to keep the yeast in the bottle left very little head. A hazy golden glass with some clumps of lace developed from the ring of white foam.
Flavor: Taste is subdued compared to the aroma. The main flavor is wheat malt with a nice sour note. The spice and fruit are minimal in the taste. There is also a hint of horse blanket or farmyard funk about it that is appealing.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, lively carbonation and a bit of a sour pucker.
Overall Impression: A mild intensity, moderately complex, massively drinkable wit.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just became available here in Dallas, this week, so probably very fresh. 11.2-ounce bottle in a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Pale straw color, with a lot of haze and cloudiness.

Aroma: Spicy coriander aroma.

Flavor/Body: Citrusy flavor, only slightly spicy (ground pepper flavor). Dry, slightly acidic finish. A little watery in body.

A somewhat disappointing witbier. With so few examples available here, I was hoping for better.

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Photo of clvand0
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow color with a small head that quickly dies off to nothing. The aroma has a hint of sweetness with some lemon and a grassy character. The flavor is citrus and grassy, but very interesting - unusual, but good. Great drinkabilty and a good witbier.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an insane pale color with little head that fades to nothing. White beer is right. White is the only way to describe the color. The nose is a nice balnce between sweet and spicy and ornage-peel. What a nice flavor onthis one. Its really well balanced, mellow, nice subdued mellow malts. This beer is very smooth, a little creamy with a slight tart orange on the finish. The mouthfeel is moderate to thick. This was a nice easy drinking beer. I would try it again if I found it.

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Sterkens White Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
3.77 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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