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Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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3.78/5
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:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,116
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
179
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
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10
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 129
Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, hazy peach color. Lots of yeast floating around. A smaller head than I normally see in a white ale. Smell is of herbal tea and lemon zestyness and maybe some honey. Taste is very raw. The flavors aren't really refined at all but that seems to be ok. Lots of breadiness, the grains bring in a sweetness the more I drink this, lemony tartness hids in the background. The finish has citric orange qualities and is dry. Medium bodied and decently refreshing. Definitely a solid, raw white.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This baby had the appearance of pale straw and was loaded with heavy sediment. There were a few pieces that may take the cake as the biggest piece of anything found in a beer, just short of the chili pepper in Cave Creek Chili Beer. The light and fluffy white head left a pretty heavy lace and there was a very fresh and soft aroma reminiscent of other white beers. There is a heavy citrus taste and a soft finish. This is lacking anything that stands out to be great. Nothing but an average white brew.

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

Pours hazy, white and yellow color with small white head and a little bit of lace on the goblet.
Aromas of herbal tea, lemon, grass and some lighte yeast tones.
Flavor is heavily skewed to light citrus, grassy hits with a wheat and bread like undertone.
Mouthfeel is very light on the palate, not wuite enough citrus for style but refreshing.
Drinkability is fairly high, refreshing brew nothing outstanding but decent.

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

Pale even for a wheat. A nice soft almost lemony glow. The head is slight but with a creamy texture. The taste has the citrus notes with sparkles on the tongue. This is a very drinkable bier and would be a huge hit during the summer months. The finish is clean with a pleasant aftertaste but not coating the pallet.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

True to its name, it really poured almost white in color. I guess you'd call it more of a pale straw hue. The head was big and frothy, admirable. Also, has a nice spicy pepper character in the odor. The mouthfeel is great, its light and fluffy. I get mostly an impression of citrus, but also an complementary maize-like flavor. Extremely mellow. It finishes smooth with peppery spritzes on the tongue. This a tremendous session beer. Don't forget to serve with a lemon.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale scent highlighted with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It is light and spicey with a smooth fruity finish. It tastes a little watery, but it has decent mouthfeel. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent Belgian white. It has good flavor.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An off-yellow, pale, dull hue, tons of chunky sediment. Definite wheat-like aroma combined with some yeast, fresh bread offerings. Up front, quite thin, some yeast and spicy notes, very carbonated, exteremely clean palate. Lemony, citrus notes, creamier as it warms, buttery, near oily-slick; a well-defined 'yeast-like' presence, might be an ugly looking beer with it's swamp-like appearance, but a very clean and quaffable white ale.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm all for bottle conditioning and I'm not one to talk about the appearance of a beer, but Sterkens White Ale is downright chunky. I certainly recommend decanting, but the bottle's not really designed for it. Nice head and lacing.

For a wit, Sterkens errs on the side of spice over fruit. The nose is dominated by coriander and clovey yeast which are paired nicely on the palette with spritzy lemon and growing endnotes of orange.

Overall uninteresting, this beer lacks balance or class. It needs more fruit character to leap outside of a hefe. The dry finish is pleasant, but short.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big, white, foamy head sits on top of an opaque, dark yellow beer. Sweet candy, spicy, fruity, buttery, dusty nose. Buttery, corny spicy front. Thickish middle leads to a tangy, citrus, peppery finish. Buttered corn in the aftertaste. This is a nice, tangy, buttery, spicy white.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle at 55 deg. F, into a wine glass.

Beer poured cloudy and pale golden with a thin white head that formed clumps. Slight nose absent a lot of the usual ester notes one would associate with the Wit style. Minimal carbonation was observed.

Flavor was straight orange peel and coriander with a fruity citrus bitterness at the finish. All considered, a competent and moderately interesting beer. Good balance and fine workmanship, but not a lot of excitement.

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Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, ghostly pale yellow-white hue, the head was very modest in height, maybe a half of a finger, it was white in complexion, standard in appearance for the style. The tiny head held reasonably well, it turned soapy after awhile before completely leaving. No subsequent lace was produced. The nose displays a tart fruitiness with traces of wheat, a kiss of orange peel, lightly tart on the finish, not much complexity. The aroma says “Wit” but I’m not convinced I want to take a sip. But I do. Major disappointment. The palate is tart upfront, a kiss of orange peel in the middle with pear-like fruitiness, wheaty, largely empty of tasty goodness; the finish is quick and uneventful. Maybe my sample is tired or maybe this is just a below average White Ale. I’d like it tastier, especially in the coriander department. The carbonation is appropriate, modest but caressing, medium-light in body. The aftertaste is wheaty and dry. I’m not really impressed with this offering; I can’t image the need to drink it again. Purchased in Omaha.

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Photo of stirgy
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out a hazy and dull looking yellow color – Almost like the canned cheapo grapefruit juice. There is a lot of suspended yeast in the beer. The head was nice - a creamy and solid one finger layer of foam. Slight tang of sweet lemon in the aroma. The flavor is light and tasty, malty and candy sweet that finishes cleanly. Very easy going down and very enjoyable. Citrus tangy and slightly sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, cloudy golden body with a thin white head and decent lacing. The nose is citrus and coriander. Thin feel that is better than many of this ilk. The flavor is light and refreshing, mostly of a light fruit sense with some overlay of spices. Really a beer for light summer dining rather than a cold winter's night such as the one on which I sampled. Easily drinkable for a session in season.

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Photo of jackndan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sterkens White Ale: pours a bright golden color, very hazy. Not much head, despite a vigorous pour. Mild aroma, mainly yeasty bananas, and a bit of citrus fruits. Hmm, very nice taste, presents as very dry, but with a nice fruit/banana/mild floral tart taste, not unlike dry champagne. Fairly well carbonated, but not at all overwhelming, rather it seems to complement the beer nicely. Somewhat of a malty/biscuity aftertaste, with a long lasting sweetness, leaving a hint of a tart bite long after the beer is gone. Nice.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, this is how a witbier should look. The pour is effervescent and the beer is hazy - murky, even - and colored a slightly brownish yellow. The head is pretty good, I suppose; I could wish for a bit more. It leaves robust arches of lacing on the glass as I drink it.

The aroma is floral, slightly bready, and just citrusy enough to be very inviting but not overpowering.

I like what this does on my tongue. There is an instant of slight creaminess followed closely by a long, pleasantly wave of effervescence which smoothly hands off the baton to a wonderfully balanced, crisp citrus finish. A background of yeast presides over the whole affair.

I want another.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with the slightest hint of orange in the color. Globules of yeast and protein coagulation. Smells of your typical wit, corainder and orange zest with a mild hop aroma. Tastes clean and smooth with decent unmalted wheat notes. Not particulary the best Belgian witbier I've tried, but this one's pretty good.

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Photo of katan
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured like a very unfiltered wheat beer. Very cloudly and very yellow appearance. A light head formed during the pour. Does have a good citrus smell from the orange peels and coriander.

I thought the beer went down smooth, with not too heavy of carbonation. Additionally, I felt the beer was more bitter than most Wit's I've had.

I'd generally recommend it, but I think I'd choose other Wits first.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially I was very disappointed in this brew, but now that I am nearing the end of the 6 pack it has grown on me slightly. Comparing it to other Witbiers, it is sorely lacking, though it is very drinkable.

It pours a very very light color, nearly translucently clear from the yeast, with a nicely retaining white head. Aroma of clove and yeast. Flavor is very bready, with a bit of spice and citrus, and finishes dry with a floury taste. Mouthfeel is pleasantly smooth. This is not a bad brew, but even many American wits are superior in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw color, with a white head that quickly diminishes. It leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of coriander, with a light orange peel aroma as well. The flavor is light and fruity. It has the taste again of coriander, with an orange rind flavor in the finish. Overall, it is an easy drinking beer. Would be great on a summer day.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold appearance with small chunkies and a bright white head of 1/4 of an inch. Laces in fine webbed strings. Very bready aroma and sweet, leaning toward a carrot cake kind of experience. Kind of chalky in mouthfeel, doughy and spicy, with seasoning of sweetened citron candy and clove notes (a sense that, in some Wits, gets too much for me). Finishes mildly astringent and fairly dry. There is a bit of mid mouth warble to the flavor profile that is interesting but strange to my taste buds. OK in style, not a favorite for me...

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Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours from the glass a somewhat hazy golden amber color, the head impressive in size, bright white and the consistency creamy with fine sheets of lace to coat the glass. The aroma of orange peels, malt, citrus fresh and pleasing to the senses. Front is lightly sweet, the top skimpy in feel, the finish biting in its acidity, the hops personable and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. A nice change of pace, a real thirst quencher and a decent beer, not great, maybe “Average” is a better term.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange colour topped by a thin creamy head that settles after the first sip. The aroma consists of wheat and malt. Refreshing beer with average carbonation. An average Belgian wheat-style beer

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Photo of inebrius
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of lemon sugar cookie dough. Subdued in the spice flavor somewhat, which is good because the malt side is less cloying than many Wits that tend to taste like pound cake enhanced by the rear cupboard spice rack. Appropriately pale and hazy, perfectly hop bittered and goes down easier than water.

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Photo of putnam
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(smells like pancakes, hmm) Looks whitish/yellow. Burned butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and soda/baking powder cakes made from white flour are on the nose. Odd development of flavor. The attack is heavily metallic. In retrospect that pancake smell was more the smell of a hot iron skillet than burned butter, though there was some of that too. There is a really dry breadiness throughout the palate finishing relatively quickly with an abrupt, pottery dustiness.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a hazy light peach color. Small white head tops the brew and laces nicely. I like the wheat malt aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing, a little spicy (pepper and corriander) and a bit yeasty. There is a minor soapy aftertaste that is not pleasant. If not for that, this beer would rate fairly high.

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Sterkens White Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 179 ratings
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