Dentergems Witbier | Brouwerij Riva S.A.

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Dentergems WitbierDentergems Witbier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Riva S.A.

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 09-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 52
Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly good Wit. Pours a hazy stray gold color with a decent sized delicately bubbling head. Head retention is good. Some lacing on my Bud Select flute.

Smell is weak, a little malty and some lemon zest.

Taste is fairly mild as well, no Belgian yeast, mainly lemon zest and herbs / spices. Tastes a bit floral. Overall pleasant enough, just not a really memorable Wit.

Mouthfeel is rich for the style and crisp, the taste could be more robust, but this is not a weak beer.

Overall fairly good. A nice refreshing summertime drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: two finger white head on a hazy straw colored body. Nice lacing. 4

S: pale malts and grain form a musty and almost soapy aroma. 3

T: A nicely malty wit. Sweet lemon custard and orange peel fruitiness. A slightly zesty herbal note as well. 4

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. 4.5

Overall: the mouthfeel and full flavor sets this apart from the typically weak beers in this genre.

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Photo of tone77
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy white/golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is alive with citrus and spices. Taste is very flavorful, citrus, spices, yeast, a touch of tartness. Refreshing and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is worth seeking out.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA - Oct 14, 2007. Contrived aroma wisping of sacarrhin plum sauce and peach juice. Pours a grayish straw, totally clouded, with fast-fading rocky white head. Flavor is a washed out, thin and brightly sugared mess. Clean, but fakey and constructed of blandness. Bits of apple candy and almond powder. Backs out with a lightly metallic finish. Meh.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear straw yellow body with a 2-finger white head. The head doesn't last too long and there's very little lacing.

S- Bready yeast, coriander, lemon grass, slight orange peel, and lemon zest.

T- Lemony flavor up front, nice yeastiness, and a little tartness at the end of each sip.

MF- Light bodied but well carbonated, which helps out the palate.

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Photo of david18
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of witbier and this one was no different. If you like the style, you may like this but it didn't really do anything for me.

Color, smell, taste and mouthfeel were all pretty much within the style.

I'll try it again but there's not much else that I can say about it at this point.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a faint and cloudy yellow, huge bright white head, carbonation is consistent with a belgian wit.

Aroma came off a little odd at first, kinda like rotting vegetables, then came a soft aorma of wheat malt, banana esters, citrus and soft black peper. Flavor is well rounded and there is a balanced presence of faint citrusy orange, wheat and fresh spring grass.

Not bad but I think mine was a little old, try to get it the fresh off the delivery truck

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can someone put a leash on this thing please? I pour it in ever so gently and the head is growing in the glass!! It's almost out of the glass as I watch it.

Color is basically a clear gold. And the ever growing head is white. Flavor is about standard. Sweet tones. Very minor bitter edge on the abckside. Citrus. Decent. But a little bit bright really. Feel is standard. This is drinkable, yes. But there are many other balanced witbiers out there I would rather go to than this.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl) and on-tap, tasted in 2001.
Appearance: trouble, beautifull head foam
Smell: spicy aromas
Taste and mouthfeel: dry beer, with fruity notes, lemon final
Drinkability: good beer in the style white beer

Review added 12-6-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice yellowish colour with enough sediment to thicken it up a bit, but not too much. Has a big, foamy, but short-lived head.

Smells like a Witbier. Some spice and a fair bit of citrus, but not as much banana as others I've tried.

As for the taste, it starts out sweet and fruity, but has a bit of a sour note later. Not a lot, but enough that it stopped me from loving it.

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Photo of crwills
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a witbier glass, although it didn't get the desired effect (not much head). Pale, semi-hazy yellowy colour with a little bit of froth that dies down quickly. Not much lacing.

Aroma is slightly sour, with a little bit of spice, ripe banana, and pineapple. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. Flavour is surprisingly "beery," with overcarbonation drowning out the standard witbier flavours (light citrus, coriander). Surprising amount of hops. Bitter, slightly skunky finish and aftertaste. I didn't write down the expiry date, and didn't check since I'd just bought the bottle, but I wonder if it was old and had turned?

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Photo of JOaikido
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Best before Mar. 2007 stamped on cap. Got it at my local grocery store.

A- Looks like a witbier should. Good white head, nice yellow colour with hints of orange.

S- Nice initial whiff, belgian yeast and a bit acid. But then the odour seemed to dissappear, leaving a very faint dusty smell if I stick my nose in the glass.

T- Nice but subtle. Could be stronger flavoured. Tastes of yeast and something acid. The yeast taste is nice, not overpowering like some beers on lees, but the overall flavour is a little bland.

MF- Soft initially, not too much carbonation. However it left my mouth a bit dry and a touch pasty (astringent).

D- Mild flavour and little aftertaste make it easy to go down. But it loses marks for slightly off mouthfeel.

Overall an acceptable wibier but nothing great. I was suprised how much my wife disliked it as witbiers are usually a safe bet for her.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised to see such a low score on this brew. I thought it was fantastic. Perhaps because I had it on tap vs. in the bottle. Anyways, I had this at Cafe de Wildeman in Amsterdam. (great bar, by the way).

The beer pours a cloudy, light yellow with a sticky, lacy white head. The smell is light and fruity. Orangepeel and coriander.
The taste is incredibly smooth. Yummy, yummy stuff. Creamy mouthfeel with nice mellow carbonation that goes down easily.

This is one underrated beer. If you've had it in the bottle and were unimpressed, and see it on tap, try it again!

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

Appearance: lemon yellow, cloudy, narrow layer of sudsy off-white foam, OK head retention

Aroma: starchy wheat, hint of chamomile, coriander, faint whiff of plain bar soap (yes... it was a clean class)

Flavor: very light wheatiness, slight lemony tartness, hint of coriander, herbally hop flavor, finishes dry and fairly clean

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, crisp, soft texture

Other comments: Definitely a good witbier. I still really like canned Wittekerke. I know that might be sacrilege, but there you have it.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a cloudy light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite thick and foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Lemony, peppery, grassy, floral notes, light pineapple hints, light hop notes, some sugary sweetness in the background...

Taste – Zesty, citrusy, some sweetness, honey notes, light hop notes, some maltiness..

Feel - Smooth and quite dry. Light body. Very drinkable...

Overall - A very good beer. Very refreshing and very drinkable - recommended !!!

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at the supermarket. I chose it because I had never drunk it before. The bottle is nothing special, nor is the label. It is even glued crooked. When I poured it in, the head grew very easily. It did have a lot of brown spots. The yeast so it seams. I, unaware as it was my first, poured it in quite rough. And the result was that thick pieces of yeast where floating around my beer. When I was filling the glass I was surprised to see a Pilsner colour. But with the yeast in it quickly turned it dirty.
The smell was very rich. Raw meat, citrus fruits, dark bread, garden spices and yeast.
The taste was complex. Thick and constantly evolving. At first I thought of an ordinary Witte taste, but then the aftertaste kicks in and opens op part by part. It is very full first sweet meat, then hops and grains . And finally dark bread. The bread and hops keep lingering on. They have fresh and full body. Very dry. Eventually a slight sourness joins in.

Beautiful, for me this is a peace of art. The first that came in my head was anger that it had been lying in my refrigerator for so long.

Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of wl0307
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BB OCT 2006. Served chilled in a slim-goblet.
A: cloudy, dark straw hue with strong orangey hints. A hissing white beer head dissipates fast.
S: sweetish honey dominated nose, with plenty of fruity esters to play with: preserved pineapple, sweet fig-cake, green-bean paste, and yeasty wheatish aroma. Overall a touch too sweet and thick-candyish to my liking.
T: slightly like peach-flavoured fruit-punch mixed with Yakult-like healthy yeasty drink; interestingly the Belgian pale ale's yeasty and exotic fruity touch is quite pronounced in this witbier, on top of a more profound wheatish flavour and a slightly dryish yet grainy, even corn-ish flavour at the back with a touch of lemon-flavouring and a touch of soap. Finished slightly thick, albeit not sugary (thank Lord~~).
M&D: very light and lively on the mouthfeel, but slightly like a fizzy soft-drink with lots of big bubbles attacking the tongue. Maybe it's due to my lack of experience of this style of beer, but this bottle truly is not my type, and the huge chunks of yeasty sediments falling freely into my glass certainly do not help at all. Thin-bodied witbier making even Hoeggarden a tasty drink~~ I admit I don't like it but it's not terrible, either.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow, well carbonated, and very hazy. The dominant aromas are of bubble gum and yeast, with some minor notes of citrus and spices. The flavors are somewhat restrained, but the citrus and coriander comes through a little more. The thicker "wheaty" body makes for an easy drinking yet satisfying beverage. Overall, a good but unremarkable wit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

An ice-cream like wheat beer. Sediment throughout, however emminently drinkable. Whitish colour, head wheat aroma. Bit of lemon, corriander, apple, banana, vanilla, not too sweet, yeast, refreshing. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Plucked in Montreal Depanneur.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale yellow gold. No yeasty haze but big chunks of yeasties floating around. Full snow white head.

Smells of coriander and citrus and crisp whaet malt.

Taste is te same as the smell. Refreshing if not overly complex. Crisp and lightly dry. You could drink this all day long. Not sure if I'd want to though. Pales in comparison to other Belgian wits.

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Photo of horndecker
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Small bottle, best before 11/05.

Even with an aggressive pour the beer yielded little or no head, just a flash and then gone, leaving no lace.
A hazy golden, slick look to it. Looks watery and flat, though it seems to have a medium body when you taste it.
The nose has a slight vinegary thing. Dead flowers, lemons. Not very inviting.
The taste is slick and flat. Some malt, some fruit, no orange, no coriander, undistinguished, unremarkable.
I would try this again to find out if I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of Gavage
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived looking a hazy and cloudy yellowish color with a short 1/4" head. No lacing developed. The aroma was of spice and malt. The flavor was a little different from other witbiers I have had, as there was a heavier malt / grain and yeast flavor over the citrus, coriander and other spices. Not as light and refreshing as others in the style.

The mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start with a dry finish. The drinkability is slightly above average as the flavor is decent, but this is not as refreshing as the comments in the beer menu stated.

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Photo of frank4sail
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aug 2003 on the bottle cap. Sweetish slight lemon nose. Very clear translucent bright yellow look in the Blanche de Bruges goblet. Very slight white outer ring of a head. Mellow sweet wheaty flatish malt flavor. Plain malt on the tongue. Lively mouth but on the light side. Overall quite average.. the brew is very uncomplex.

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Photo of stcules
1.88/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Typical yellow colour, not turbid, almost clear. Poor foam, quickly falling.
Light smell, white flowers, lemon, and nothing else.
Even at the taste is light and volatile. Maybe apple notes and lemony. Some notes of hops in the aftertaste, if you take attention.
Light, drinkable, and useless. No character.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Tasted on tap at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent

Appearance: a cloudy yellow pour with a small white head.

Smell: a light and spicey nose...obviously corriander is present here. very organic and farmlike....grassy & earthy i guess.

Taste: i found this to be very earthy for a witbier. grassy and woody notes....reminds me of hay on a farm. natural and light tasting. very mild body but yet very thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel: again, very very light and smooth. an almost woody and musty finish.

Drinkability: an original witbier for sure, not what i would say was a typical flavour. worth a shot, probably wouldn't have another one though.

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Dentergems Witbier from Brouwerij Riva S.A.
3.47 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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