Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

very good
129 Reviews
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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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 179
Photo of ROMER79
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer was last night. It reminded me alot of Kasteel Golden Tripple.

A: Light golden, almost transparent color with a sugaresque head and carbonation bubbles running wild.

S: A combo of sugar and citrus

T: A delicious tripple threat of citrus, sugar, and a slight bitter bite at the beginning.

M: Very carbonated and very crisp. It pops in your mouth. Very refreshing!

D: A very delicious beer. You have to sip this one on behalf of the carbonation, but a very easy sipping wit good for any occasion!

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

A - A massive four finger crisp white snow-beast of a head looks like a pile of powdered sugar. The head eventually settles a bit (down to about a finger and a half), and shows good retention. The brew is lemon-juice in color and quite cloudy. Lots of lace sticks to the glass in big sweeping arcs. This looks like a prototypical wit.

S - Whole, seeds, fruit and all. Along with some powdered sugar and a touch of other spices. Summery and vibrant. Just the perfect beer to sniff during this beautiful 60 degree January heat wave that we're having here in central Illinois.

T - Lemon juice again, with some sweetness added. This is really nice, but it's sort of one dimensional. Lemon juice with sugar and a few other undetermined spices...that's about it.

M - Light bodied, but waxy on the mid-palate giving it a heavier feel. There is abundant fine carbonation, and the finish is dusty, yeasty, off-dry, and very Belgian.

D - This is a great straightforward wtibier that quenches the thirst with alacrity. The mouthfeel is particularly nice. I like it!

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

Pours a foggy straw. Nose is almost like key limes on the first hit of fragrance. Flavor is a biting crisp. A bit more masculine than others I'd say. Smooth and even, but a bit of a dirtier, earthy edge shall we say? I suppose earthy is a better way to put it. It isn't dirty in a negative way. Feel is a bit doughy, but not much. A bit of a thicker, almost aggressive carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Easily an everyday beer. Can imagine this would be great on a hot day.

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

One finger,very bright white head.Cloudy yellow body.

Very yeasty smell and citrusy.

Lemon and some pepper and zesty tangyness.

Effervesent,creamy,delicate mouthfeel.

I like this and look forward to trying more of the style later.This my 2nd or 3rd of the style I tried and it stood out the most.

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Photo of ccrida
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my large gulden drak tulip, the wit is the requisit cloudy pale yellow, with a decent sized white head, which is fairly long lasting, leaving light lace.

The aroma is really fantastic. I love the floral sweetness, the citrus, all so bright and fresh, with out being heavy-handed.

Unfortunately, the taste is much more restrained, with only a trace of the sweetness on the nose. Grainy with a little tartness, light and dry.

The mouthfeel is tight and crisp, with too much carbonation for my taste.

This is a pretty drinkable wit in an inoffensive, thirst quencher way, like a lemon seltzer. I'm guessing the ABV is low, 4.5 - 5%.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was thrown in on a trade awhile back, who sent it escapes me. It was hanging around in the back of the fridge and I was looking for something light so I dug it out.

A: Pours the nicest light pale yellow color you can imagine. It poured very clear until I accidentally went too far and poured in the yeast, oh well I like to do that, but not usually until the end. Very lively with a huge head at the pour. Steady streams of bubbles constantly rise to the top. This is a Lively Brew.

S: Nice light yeasty wheaty aroma. Hints of citrus, coriander, and nutmeg. Nice little Wit.

T: Very light taste. The yeast is present; of course it is I dumped it all into the bottle. The citrus stands forward and matched nicely with earthy baking spices. Nice beer for a hot summer day like today.

M: I called it from the initial pourÂ….Lively. The beer dances in the glass and in your mouth.

D: Very light and tasty. I could drink several.

Overall: I did not expect to give it this high of rating upon initial pour and taste, but when you break it down category by category it deserves a good rating from top to bottom. Good brew, thank you to whoever sent it was enjoyable.

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Photo of inbeertruth
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle-type, poured into my favorite pub glass.

Appearance: Pours blond/pale yellow, cloudy. Ample, fizzy, bubbly head which dissolves slowly, leaving little residuals.

Smell: Citrus wheat. Grass. Subtle. I really wish I could smell more of the coriander, though.

Taste: Wheat, Citrus, with spices - coriander specifically, with a cinnamon-nutmeg aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and fizzy. Refreshing with a bite.

Drinkability: Drank this after a trip to the mall with the wife and being in the intense Houston summer heat. Very refreshing and nice. A great, all-round witbier.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty clear pale straw color with bubbly head.

Wheat and yeast smells with slight coriander spice and candied citrus peel.

Lots of flavors here: all of the yeast and fruity esters of a Hefe with more delicate notes of green apple and white grapes on the fairly dry finish.

The aggressive carbonation balances this light ale very well in my opinion.

Honestly, most witbiers I try I have to pour out, but this one is highly drinkable- the fizzy carbonation really makes the soft and earthy/spicy brew more palatable.

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

Apperance: Cloudy pale faded yellow. Big white head which leaves a swiss cheese like lacing.
Smell: Corrander, hints of lemon, nice sweet mellow malt, and light hops.
Taste: Big corrander flavor, with smooth malt, very little hop flavors.
Drinkability: I could down a million of these.
Overall: A very good brew.

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

A - Pale gold and hazy. A few particles floating. 1/4" white head falls to a cap and rides the whole way down.

S - Orange peel. Banana. Clove. Pineapple. Ripe fruit.

T - Wheat. Powder. Hint of sourness. Aroma is fuller than the flavor.

M - Between medium and thin bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

D - Decent drinkability. I expected much more flavor.

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Photo of budgood1
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the 11.2 oz. bottle a hazy, dirty yellow colour, with an inch high rocky white head. spicy, lemony aroma...smells yummy. zesty flavours of coriander and wheat...citrusy, peppery, and a bit yeasty. lots of character and belgian flair. mouthfeel is lively with loads of carbonation, letting my tastebuds get all the nuances of this white ale. the overall body is about perfect. light enough to make it quite drinkable and thirst quenching but yet ample enough to hold up the dignity of the beer. finishes nice...lots of residual spiciness and a hint of hops.

nice white ale. recommended.

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

Pours a very hazy color somewhere between white and gold, topped by a robust, creamy, stark white head. Crisp, spicy aroma of wheat and light citrus, with peppery notes and a hint of clove. Palate is again clean, with a solid body of light wheat supporting notes of clove, pepper, and very light citrus. Body is light and ephemeral, but just a tad foamy. Very drinkable on a warm spring night; I'm a fan of this one.

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Photo of number1bum
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours a very light yellow, hazy and fizzy looking, with a nice white 1 finger head. Retains a thin film of lacing all the way down. Although it looks a little thin, almost like watered down lemon juice, the appearance is nice and is the highlight of this brew. It goes downhill from there.

Smell is nice...lemon zest and coriander. Taste is thin but the same as the smell - lemony with coriander and some other zesty spice(s). A little tart, almost sour. A bit watery overall, but it's the carbonation that's really bothersome. It's fizzy to the point of almost being soda-like. Not what I'm looking for in a brew. Drinkability-wise it's just too fizzy and thin to make me want another. Look elsewhere for your wits.

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Photo of cro250klr
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pineapple juice yellow with a pure white head. Looks good from the start. Real nice citrus aroma. Taste is about the same as the nose depicts.
Mouthfeel is really nice but, a bit on the high side as far as carbonation goes. A clean lemony aftertaste lingers and I go for another sip. I'm starting to like this a lot.
Alas, halfway through the glass, I have a hell of a bloated feeling. The carbonation really takes its toll on my insides. Because of that, I can only down one of these. The mouthfeel and taste make me want to have another, but I now feel as if I drank a case. Too bad, because this is a very clean witbeer. I'm going to knock down some of the carbonation on the next one that I try. I'll see if that makes a difference.
Overall, a very clean, crisp tasting wit. Definitely worth a shot, especially if you're a carbonation nut.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours into a pilsner glass and shoots to about 5 or 6 fingers of head right away. As it recedes, what forms up is perhaps the palest beer I've ever seen. If it weren't for some light haze, it might not have any color at all! That's not true, but it really is nearly transparent. The head pulls back and holds at less than a finger, leaving a thick but ragged cover. 4.0

Aroma - very light yeast poking through a lemony grain. Some nice depth to the yeast despite its restrained intensity, perhaps even a light funkiness. 4.0

Taste - mild tart/citric up front, and an unmistakeable 'funky' element. It's not overbearing but it takes me in a different direction. The swallow is prickly with carbonation, dry and a bit lemony. Some positive elements but I don't really like it much. 2.5

Mouthfeel - very zippy, clean, and refreshing. 3.5

Drinkability - no, I can't see myself having this one again; *maybe* I'd try it again on tap. 2.5

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

11.2 oz bottle -> pilsner
no date

Pours pale yellow, almost identical to white grape juice in color, with a very slight haze. Massive pitch white head, heck mostly head. Some clumpy lace, most of it resembles Italy (boot like shape.) Carbonation is large and in charge.

Nose: Coriander, a little yeast,

Light flavor but refreshingly so. Slightly grainy with a good coriander presense. Lemon/citrus on the finish but more tart than bitter.

Nice crisp mouthfeel.

Extremely easy to drink, a fine witbier. Recommended.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system. It was a hazy pale yellow color. It had a very small head that quickly went away. However, there was tons of carb that kept bubbling up throughout the session. It had a fairly typical wit aroma but was more heavy on the coriander than orange peel that most. It was fruity, spicy and dry smell. The taste was good but had a much drier finish than I like in my wits. I found it distracting from the flavor so pts off for that. It really didn't have a strong taste to it but middle of the road. The mouthfeel as stated was very dry and a tad bit too much carb. Overall not a bad beer but there are too many other good wits out there for this to find a home in my rotation. (3.5, RB, T, O)

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

A standard witbier in all respects. Pours cloudy, extremely pale golden-- this is what yellow beer is supposed to look like. Nose is belgian yeast, esters, coriander, and bitter orange peel. The flavor is predominantly malted wheat and belgian yeast, with a thin but creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability, as expected, is somewhere in the ionosphere. Refreshing as hell. A good beer, but nothing to recommend it over any other Belgian wit.

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Photo of cabsandking
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy pale straw color and a dense creamy white head with good retention. Aromas of clove, sour wheat, banana, vanilla yogurt, and grass. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with carbonation perceivable at the very end of the swill. Citric fruit notes lemons and oranges are well blended. Delicate wheat and yeast balance displays abundant yet mellow characters that are tart, musky bitterness, biscuity, and banana notes and complimented by a prominent coriander spice. The finish starts with that vanilla yogurt from the nose with some sweet wheat bread character and soon fades clean.

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Photo of beeragent
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear straw, ending in a hazy yellow, forming a massive 3 inch head, with lots of carbonation. Small amounts of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet, consisting of fruit and hop aromas. The taste is light wheat, a decent amount of sweet fruit, and a little hops. Light moughtfeel. Definitely a summer beer. I could see enjoying one of these on a trip through Europe. Worth a try.

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Photo of JasonA
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little cloudy golden ale with virtually no head. Lacing throughout.

Smells light belgian, maybe some citrus sweet. Hard to get anything.

Sweet Belgian. Virtually no hops. Citrus finish. Can taste the unfiltered apsect. However, not prevelent.

Smooth, not lots of carbonation. Little biting, but not much.

Not a very interesting beer. Not bad for the style, but I would like for there to be something more. Not a beer I would head back to.

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Photo of dand
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy pour from a 11.2 oz bottle

Normal in appearence for the style, hazy yellowish.

The smell is kind of interesting, the usual citrus notes, kind of like an orange creamsicle which i found interesting.

Very fizzy in the mouth, light and almost watery.

Tastes of faint citrus, nothing overpowering, but nothing really stands out either.

All in all, not a bad session, and a good beer to satisfy thirst, but nothing above average

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From a 11.2oz bottle. It pours pale, the color of white grape juice. A large amount of pulpy sediment floats in suspension from the bottom on up of my pils glass. A two- finger white head dissipates in the blink of an eye, leaving behind not lacing, just some slight bubbling on the surface of what now looks to be a flat beer--except for the slight bursting of bubbles.

The smell is light and lemony, full of citrus, yeast, some wheat and other grainy characteristics. The flavor bursts with citrus, followed by a touch of honey, a strong presence of adjuncts, and only a whisper of spice.

The mouthfeel is light, bordering on watery. For all the citrus elements in the taste and aroma, it seems quite sluggish and dull on the palate. The most pleasant part is the finish, where you can sense what little spice there is, and a bright burst of berry.

Drinkablity is good I suppoose, but the flavor and mouth is so dissapointing I won't be drinking another. However, I could see why some might go to this on a summer day, or to accompany a spicy or seafood meal. I could also see some uninitiated folks at a reasturant squeezing in some lemon and and enjoying it.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I would definitely go with a Wittekerke or even a Paulaner Hefe-Weissen over this.

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Photo of weeare138
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger white head that slowly fades. Tons of yeasty fallout is just hanging in suspension making the brew look less than appealing. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, toasted wheat, mild citrus, and a touch of spice.
Taste is of the same aromas with a lgentle lemony squeezed tartness that is fitting for the style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, lightly spiced, lemon zest infused, with the tiny bits of yeast running along the tongue. Mixed feelings on this with hints of it being really good but the funky yeast chunks are a real drag and get in the way of me trying to enjoy it.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the look of pulp-free, fresh-made lemonade with a head of tiny, clinging bubbles. Very pretty for a cloudy beer!

The smell reminded me of a milder Vernor's ginger ale, complete with the nose burn. A slight mustiness, spices and a hint of citrus finished it's aroma.

The taste was mild and gentle and very true to its style. The effervescence carries the flavor from the sweet taste on the front of your tongue to a slight tartness on back of your tongue.

Easy to drink, I'd sit on a beach watching the sunset with this brew anyday.

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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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