Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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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 Mcculler
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at Ludlow Wines in Cincinnati for 2.25 as a 12 oz single.

Pours a beautiful towering egg white head over very cloudy pale yellowish brown - like pear juice. Head refuses to go away, receding to a thick 1/4 inch that yet leaves minimal lacing.

Smell - beautiful, complex, delicious: black tea, coriander, chamomille, lemon, starfruit, pears, bananas. This is where the party stops, though.

Taste - after the smell, underwhelming. Perhaps excessively dry, minerally, watery lemon juice dominates, with very little fruitiness or sweetness - though as it warms, the bananas come back. Some tea-like hops are there. Coriander comes through faintly.

Mouthfeel - very watery with very high carbonation that dominates the taste - very little sweetness or flavor to balance this out and so the carbonation just quickens the finish.

Good drinkability of course - but, though Id rather smell this, I think Id rather drink a Hoegaarden ... Ouch... Wonder if its been sitting around for too long ...

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of wheat and fruity yeast.

Tastes of big wheat notes with some spice on top. Wheat is tangy and citrusy. Fruity yeast creates notes of orange. Spice is light and peppery, but offers a good counter to the fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

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

pours a slightly hazy light pale yellow color with a brilliant white fast receding head..smell is lemon rind, citrus ,coriander, and spice..the taste is the same with lemon peel, some wheat and oat tastes, ending with a citrus zing...the mouth feel is light but crisp and carbonated..this is going down fast its very easy to drink on a nice warm day..not one of my favorites from the style but still good..i liked it and recommend trying it

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C. Slightly Cloudy
H. Golden Yellow like pee
N. Honey, camomille, very floral

Clean and crisp this beer doesn't hang around long; in taste or in my cup. A little too easy to drink. Very clean crisp and smooth. A sexy blonde. If you like commercial White Ales (Blue Moon, Shock Top, or any others) this would be a good one for you to pick up. It isn't too heave in alcohol so you can have a few of these bad boys...ehh or girls. Good Beer for being outdoors. A Solid White.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of bone white head on top of a hazy, yellow body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Light aroma of tangy wheat with some earthy yeast character. A little bit of coriander and lemon with a malt vanilla note.

T - Tart wheat and spicy yeast up front. Notes of pepper, lemon, and creamy vanilla. Some coriander and cardamom spice notes in the middle reinforce the wheat character. Finishes with more acidic wheat and vanilla yeast character as well as a bit of lemon.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish

D - Very drinkable this beer is light and refreshing but also quite flavorful. The wheat character works well with both the yeast and the spices, which provide a complex array of pepper and lemon notes as well as a rounded vanilla character. This is one of the best Belgian white ales that I have had, it is well balanced with level of complexity and fullness that few examples of this style exhibit.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, fresh 11.2oz bottle with the best by date of 25/04/12 lasered on the neck. Served at about fridge temperature in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Appearance- After the yeast addition, this beer pours a hazy gold with a finger-thick white head. It settles to a translucent mat within about two minutes, not leaving any lacing behind.

Smell- An exquisite aroma of sour apple, coriander, orange peel, and yellow cake mix... one of the most complex, interesting, and enjoyable noses on a Belgian witbier.

Taste- The flavors here go far beyond those of Hoegaarden and even Allagash's flagship beer... the character is deep and bold, while remaining soft in its execution.

Notes of coriander and spices flow over the tongue, complementing a soft breadiness that underlies the flavors. It's delicate yet assertive, a unique paradox. The structure and balance is definitely noteworthy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial entry into the mouth is explosive, wildly carbonated but somehow not gassy. It softens within a few seconds and becomes totally elegant and silky, finishing with an easy swallow. While I wouldn't drink more than one or two of these at a time, the sheer excellence of the flavors alone would warrant my recommendation to try this lesser-known example of a true Belgian style wit.

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Photo of adamette
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $2.25 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor a few weeks ago into my Trappist Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet.

A Cloudy light yellow body under a brief, thin white meringue like head that dissipated within 30 seconds to a thin layer on top of the beer. Visible sediment in the bottom of the bottle but less so floating about the goblet after pouring (I kept the sediment in the bottle for the most part) 3.0

S I really like the smell of this beer. There is a wheat, lemony smell that is really inviting. Already I can imagine a hot day in the summer where the smell of this beer would be welcomed. 4.0

T A very pleasant Witbier with a high lemony profile that reminds me of some of the Hoegaarden variations that I had while I was in Brussels this past summer. I really like the taste of this beer. I know that that Hoegaarden Citrus (or whatever it is called) was heavily dogged here on BA but I found both that beer and this one quite pleasant indeed. 4.0

M This beer dances across the tongue, Alka Seltzer like, but the rest of the feel is indeed thin. 3.0

D I found this beer to be quite drinkable. It really was easy for me to drink. 4.0

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luminous cloudy golden color with luxurious white head. Nose has elements of orange fruit and a subtle cleaning component (no, it's not the glass). Orange comes through on the palate with a very wheaty-cracker taste that carries nicely through to the finish. It ends with a light sweet 'n sour flavor that is good.

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Photo of SLeffler27
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A tall, loose, white meringue head quickly drops after the initial pour of this very pale yellow, almost white beer. The final half ounce carries a cloud of yeast into the pilsner glass.

Smells of a dusty, dirty sock with a pinch of ginger and lime. While subtle, these aromas leave much to be desired.

Subtle flavors of grain and dry white wine permeate prior to a quick, slightly bitter finish.

A dry, light-bodied beer, Sterkins has no presence of alcohol. The watery texture has lively carbonation.
Sterkins White could easily be a session beer as it closely resembles a light macro lager. This one doesn't do much for me.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale ornage-yellow color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes quickly into a quarter inch of fluffy white foam. The aroma is of vibrant lemon, orange, and coriander. The taste has a little more coriander than the aroma, but there is still enough orange and lemon peel to make things interesting. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and is perhaps a little less chewy than a witbier should be. Overall, this is a very nice witbier that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of BaerBeer
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great fuckin' beer. Haven't had this one in a while, bought some more today. Forgot how much I loved this beer.
What a beautiful yellowish, damn near white color, with a gorgeous white head with decent lacing. I really enjoy the drinkability of this beer. I had two, and forgot to savor the first one today because of how smooth it goes down. Nice aroma of grass, lemons, small hop, and heaven. Excellent mouthfeel, and superb taste. One of this best white ales in its class. Not bad for about 2 bucks a bottle! I remember the first time, I got this in a six pack and I fell in love. Sorry for busting a nut about this beer, but good God.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, hazy blond with an even, creamy half-inch white head.

Smells yeasty, citric, and spicy. Wheat is present, along with a barnyard note.

Very fruity. On the palate, spice, wheat, and yeast play a supporting role to the predominant taste of orange flesh. It's a little thin, and there's a slightly astringent aftertaste, but the carbonation is spot-on.

My note on drinkability is one word: "Yes." So I guess I'm a fan.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a half finger head that dissipated very quickly. Has a hazy blond color.

Prominent orange and citrus smells.

Tastes a lot like the smell, orangey and citrusy.

Has a smooth, light mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

Easy to drink, feels like a domestic light beer, but tastes better.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy, vibrant blond with a big, foamy white head that quickly dissipates but leaves a white film.

S - Sweet, citrusy, strong wheat odor.

T - Wheat, of course, and citrus, white pepper, yeasty when swished around the mouth.

M - Medium to thin bodied, mild carbonation.

Notes - I think this is a solid witbier, but nothing intensely memorable.

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

A: This beer poured pale as its name suggest with a cloudy turbid nature. It also poured clumpy as masses of yeast burped and gargled from the bottle into our glasses. Tons of floaties that never settled and danced in the glasses against a hazy lemony cloudy background.

S: It offered a sweet and sour tang somewhat similar in nature to that of hoegaarden but not as spicy. lemon peels, wheat, musky oranges and light banana notes.

T: Hints of slight banana and cloves were present, most likely from the huge amounts of yeast particulates. Mmm vitamin B. Wheaty, with fresh lemons and wheat. A light muskiness of hay was also noted. decent flavor but really doesnt do enough to stand out.

M: creamy, smooth with a slight tartness.

D: Drinkability was fair but not enjoyable. Much better examples per style. Came off rather bland per style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a light pale gold color with a small white head. The aroma is on the light side, but nice. It smells like lemon, wheat, and coriander. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes similar to the aroma, but there's also some yeast and orange peel noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has a lot of carbonation (too much in my opinion) and it's also crisp. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. But it is nice and refreshing and not hard to drink at all. It's not a bad witbier, I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a luminous hazy lemon yellow with a very fizzy pure white head and practically no lace. good retention on the foam though, it lasts throughout the whole drink as lots of rising bubbles do their thug dizzle.

S- coriander fumes emanate thickly from this one, with some exotic orange peel aroma added to the mix. citrusy and spicy with a good deal of wheat as it nears the proper temp.

T- very flowery and perfume like from start to finish, nectar sweetness giving way only at the end to a fresh pale wheat taste and a light noble hop grassiness with no bitterness to speak of. this beer isn't overly spiced and it isn't to bland, it's goldilocks all the way. coriander sits on the tongue for just a second at first sip then it gets the hell out, and that's how i like it. overall a fresh wheaty and mildly citric brew.

MF- velvety and fuller than expected, the constant top of foam makes for a nice creamy segue into this medium high carbonated palate cleansing beauty. pretty damn refreshing too.

D- not my favorite style, but this is a great example of a real belgian wit and i always hold undisputed authenticity in high esteem. i like it so much more than others because it isn't so heavily spiced, its 'just right' and it still has that grain beer flavor as opposed to a cold fizzy glass of coriander juice.

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Photo of elniko
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Typical witbier hazy coloring, finger of head that dissipated immediately. Average looking brew.

S: Definite spice on the nose but not terribly strong compared with other witbiers.

T & M: This beer has a strong citrus taste to it, almost tart in its quality. The spice apparent in the nose does not come through in the taste. Mouthfeel is quite refreshing.

D: Drinkable, but not among my favorite witbiers.

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Photo of xare
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

No head whatsoever. Poured as cloudy yellow beer with no yeast blobs floating around (always a good thing to me).

Smells like light wheat and a touch of coriander. Not appetizing but not off-putting either. Rather average.

Tastes a bit like orange peel and coriander. Just a hint of wheat but you have to try really hard to discern that flavor. Might be a couple of other spices in the background but overall, a rather plain blend of spices but masterfully done. Rather pleased with it.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and clear. No surprises there. A bit of a soapy kick (very light) at the end. Nicely done.

I wouldn't finish this beer personally, but if you like witbiers, it seems to be a solid entry and something that appears to be very solid overall. I probably would give mine away if I happen to get them in a mixed pack though.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
A hefty pour resulted in a hazy, cloudy, and murky straw-colored appearance with a gigantic foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly receding and leaving a fine amount of lacing...
Strong aroma rendolent of bananas, ripe fruits, pears, and apples...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a hammering home of bananas, ripe, fresh fruits, citrus, and florals...
Great mouthfeel - very creamy and rich with an equally good level of drinkability to match...
Good stuff...
Great depiction of the style...

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

I am drinking this as we speak. It does remind me of Hoegaarden, but without the spice. It has a good flavor, and it may be something I will drink in the futrure. I tend to enjoy it more the more I drink it. This beer tends to grow on you, the more you drink it. A fine selection.

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Photo of armock
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazey yellow color with a big white head

S - Is of citrus wheaty malt

T - Theres a strong citrus taste to this one but not overwhelming still very good

M - This one has a medium body with high carbonation

D - This is a very easy to drink beer this is a great summertime beer very refreshing worth trying

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very slightly hazed and very bubbly with a head that dissipates rapidly. The smell is very basic and exhibits very light spicing. The taste improves a slight amount over the smell with a hints of slight yeasty funkiness that I like with these. It is very thin bodied with a finish that is ultra-light. I will say drinkability is high on this one due to the light mouthfeel and finish. It's solid enough that you'll keep coming back as long as you already have some, but perhaps you might not buy it again.

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

Pours out absolutley pale golden color, nice active carbonation. This delicate-looking brew supports a pillowy snow whit head, good moderate retention. As the yeast is added the beer takes on a slightly hazy hue, with strands of yeast swirling in the glass.Sour orange,meyer lemons, coriander,yeasty citrusy nose. Flavor is light, delicate, citrus, oranges, lemony mouthfeel. This beer is a very citric, biting, light example of a Belgian Wit. No overwhelming yeastiness, mouthfeel is contributes some creaminess, but lands more on the citric/acitic spectrum rather than creamy and sweet. I really like this beer, for the price of a 4-pack I will buy over Blanche de Bruxelles whenever I have a Wit ale splurge

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

it poured nice with a yellow almost amber color, a little more sediment in the bottle tan I am used to. good thick head that clings to the glass all the way.

good smell of yeast an smooth citrus

nice taste very refreshing smooth and a little tangy lemon

I bought a case of this and was not disappointed the 8th was as refreshing as the first.

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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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