Vedett Extra White
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #458
Ranked #42,409
3.59 | pDev: 13.37%
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
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Photo of TerryW
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good. Pale lemony yellow, big white head, lots of handsome lace. Quiet nose, quiet taste. Gently spicy, subdued wheat. Just a common wit. Thin bodied. Drinkable, unremarkable.

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

Cerveza de cuerpo medio y carbonatación ligera con una pequeña cabeza blanca espumosa. Aroma cítrico (cáscara de naranja y limón) además de cilantro. En boca destaca el cilantro y un poco de malta.

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Photo of Martin194
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pale, somewhat cloudy light gold, fluffy white head.

Smell: Some hops and citrus, bread, hints of sweetness.

Taste: Sort of a bready, grassy taste in the mouth, followed by a bittersweet aftertaste, sort of like sourdough. Just a little acidic. Tastes kind of spicy, like basil maybe?

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation.

Overall: Nothing too crazy, but a solid beer.

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Photo of drmeto
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-pours a slightly hazy straw golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-light to medium carbonation visible
-follows the nose + cereals
-medium carbonation
-light body
A decent, refreshing Witbier.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice witbier that lacks the complexity and character that one may expect but offers a nice and easy-drinking option when craving a wheat beer with some acidity.

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Photo of marcbosch
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: nothing out of the ordinary. Cloudy ale banana yellow. Head was rather decent.
Smell: Rather faint. Bready and citrusy. Faintly floral.
Taste: plenty of things going on! Yeast and bread with citrusy and floral (Orange blossom perhaps?) notes. The end is on the sweet side.
Feel: as corresponding, on the light side. Good.
Overall: nice wit, with a bit more complexity than usual. Will repeat!

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 330 mL shorty into a wine glass in Sao Paulo, BR. It says 4.7% ABV, not 5%. Pours light golden, pretty clear but with a slight haze, foamy head. Very strong aromas of banana and coriander, other spices, wheat, typical witbier. Its light body somehow allows the fermented cereal malts and milled corn to feature prominently in the taste, which is not a plus. I could pass on this one.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color with a delicate shade of lemonade, beer is only slightly cloudy. Foam white, high and lasting. It is stiff, creamy in consistency, very nicely adorned with glass.
The aroma of fruit, oranges and lemons, the coriander, wheat, earthiness and damp basement.
Taste again, fruit, oranges and lemons, plus coriander, light hint of banana. Rounding out the taste is "cellar" wheat.
Saturation high, perfectly matching.

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Photo of Zet
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very pale colour, interesting, and a archetypical witbier smell of corainder, orange and lemon. The taste and feel explain the extremely pale appearance though: they are both way too watery for my liking. There is also a quite dominating lemon flavour in the taste. There are far better (more balanced and complex) witbiers out there.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown bottle; says ABV is 4.7%, rather than the 5.0% listed--but this could simply be a product of import/export laws and such nonsense.

Anyway. This stout lil' bottle pours into my plastic cup (in a cheap hotel--my bad) a hazy yellow, maybe with a hint of orange. Think dehydration. Not much head, not much lacing.

Smell is typical--but mild--wit. Clove, coriander, wheaty, some citrus peel. Peppercorns. But all quite muted. Comparing this to the Unibroue Blanche de Chambly I consumed earlier tonight, it's almost weak. Also some decent pale malt, maybe a bit of biscuit or cracker, and a touch of herbal. It's light, but there's something likeable here, almost combining a wit with a pilsner or pale lager. That state of affairs comes through on the taste, too, good body, fairly effervescent--but an interesting pale lager-meets-witbier flavour of biscuit/cracker/herbal with coriander/clove citrus.

A nice beer. Nothing earthshaking, but certainly I'm happy to have tried it, and would drink it again.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow with almost a clear or pale colour to it.

S: Crazy amount of citrus on the nose with a little bit of a spicy coriander smell to it as well.

T: Lime Lemon Orange And other citrus flavors I can't put my finger on has a very very mild coriander taste to it which makes it a little spicy.

F: Nicly carbinated which keeps the flavors on your young for a while.

O: A pretty good beer, probably wouldn't pick up another one just because of how simple it is.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice witbier, but kind of traditional. Not special at all.
Good for those who like spicy beers of course, taste and smell are made basically of coriander, citrus, wheat and soursop notes.

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Photo of Wasu
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L cloudy, thin head, quickly disappear lacing Smell of citrusy, sweet, light, not much of alcohol T very refreshing, good for summer, remind me of lime, sweet after taste but not last for long
M less carbonation, crisp, very light
Overall: quite like it. Good for hot weather and drink during day time. Very refreshing

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Photo of josanguapo
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From Hipercor, last units. In Weiss Damm glass. Watching Breaking Bad 1x07. Average wit. A bit more citric than I would like. Avg 3.59.

24 Jun 2017. In Teku glass. At lunch, with rice soup + turkey steaks. Carbonation hides its wateryness except at the end of the sip. The usual spicyness of the style is a bit high than desiderable.

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Photo of J30wang
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very light beer, but not boring like your typical adjunct lager.

This beer is very good for the summer, though it is disappointing when depth is sought out. I had this beer in some underground bar in Shanghai, where the beer culture is nowhere as vibrant as in the United States, so in the given situation, I was satisfied.

For a white beer, I prefer something with more clove/banana such as in the UFO White (to go basic). Allagash has a fantastic White beer. This one is drinkable. Very crisp to taste, but aroma was not memorable.

Fizzy & spicy. Color pours a pale yellow with a disappointing head.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at a Calgary pub (World Bier Haus 1600). Very pale straw color with a decent amount of fizzy white head, two fingers or so. Extra white indeed. Aroma is understated yet rather unique; I am getting citrus rind (lemon, orange), peppery spice, pineapple, and a faint but distinct funk (cheese? Burlap?). Palate belies the pallid appearance, flavorsome with lemon-lime citrus front and center and a backdrop that recalls orange spice tea. The tropical pineapple note from the nose translates onto the tongue as well, along with some bubble gum and clove yeast effects (but do not think hefeweizen ... This is Belgian through and through). Extremely smooth and drinkable, light bodied and fizzy but still classy and subtle. Finishes crisp and dry. For some reason I am inclined to compare this to Shock Top (?!), like the latter in terms of flavor profile but stripped of any macro-brewed banality. I appreciate the lurking Belgian funk note.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Extra light yellow straw and wheat color. Thin white foam ring. Thin mellow yeast and wheat smell with a touch of Brie. Has a candy like sweetness at the beginning of the taste. Limoncello notes. Mild yeasty esters finish. Really refreshing wheat beer after a hot summer day outside.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden bodied with decent enough white head that retreats but pretty much covers the surface
Some cereal aroma
Some Wheaty flavour
Okay bodied

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Photo of eskilgh
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Bought at 'Meny' in Trondheim, Norway. 330 ml bottle, and has a lower abv of 4,7% than the original at 5%.

For a beer it's very white, nice head with small bubbles. Hazy. Smells of banana and clove, some sitrus fruits, bready yeast. Taste profile is the same, starts off with a soft interplay between the fruity and spicy (primarily cloves) before the cloves takes over. Finish seems a bit sweet at first, but transitions into dryness. Where this beer goes wrong is mouthfeel - it's a little bit undercarbonated and the body is too light for my taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass, a surprise find at MKT.

This beer appears a cloudy, pink-tinged pale straw colour, with the thinnest of thin caps of wispy lace, which leaves some attractive rocky promontory lace around the glass as things slowly bleed away.

It smells of semi-sweet wheat malt, orange citrus cream, savoury coriander, earthy yeast, and a bit of green vegetable astringency. The taste is still more or less sweet - not so crisp wheaty malt, muted white pepper and coriander spice, a hint of Certs menthol, and a fading acerbic yeastiness.

The bubbles are fairly underwhelming for the most part, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat smooth, the yeast and edgy fruit mucking about a bit too much. It finishes off-dry, the sugary wheat carrying on, amongst a fading spice and yeast offset.

A simple witbier, to be sure - all the marks are hit, sure, but in a newbie-friendly, less than challenging manner. Easy enough to put back, but not something I could justify repeating over the course, of well, anything, especially today.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vedett is about as close to milky white as beer gets. This thing looks like used oatmeal water (which, technically, it kinds of is). And it has the complexion of a mushy bowl of oats too; the protein from all that grain makes for a haze so dense not even the world's most powerful telescope could penetrate. And yet, curiously, it struggles to sustain its head.

Though brewed with dried orange peel and coriander seeds, Vedett's potpourri-like bouquet has a few other notes to it too: notably lemongrass and dried oregano. It's not unusual for Witbiers to have such herbal or savory notes in addition to the spicy fragrance and citrus zest - and the best ones usually do contain elements of all four.

Vedett, as a few quick sips confirm, does indeed fall into the category of a well-rounded witbier. There is a firm grainy texture courtesy of the wheat, hints of an herbes de Provence profile that includes flavours of dried thyme and rosemary, zestful citrusy acidity, and a peppery quality that, while not spicy per se, enlivens the mouthfeel.

There's also a strong lemongrass-like taste that, in addition to the beer's inherently refreshing disposition, makes this an excellent candidate for many Asian dishes. It can handle and even smother the spice, it mimics the cuisine's use of citrus and fragrant herbs, and, as the Belgians discovered long ago with their mulles, it holds up exceptionally well to brininess.

Every Thai restaurant worth its springrolls aught to stock and showcase Vedett, or at least a witbier of comparable quality. Naturally, food is not necessary to enjoy a beer this zestful and quenching - the best pairing for this is thirst (which it quickly extinguishes). I enjoy the style year-round but found it especially gratifying today, under a blue July sky.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO 4pk of 330ml bottles for $12.00. Served at 4deg C in a challis.

A- Opens really well. Pours a high white head. Unfiltered but really light colored. Unusual

S- Very nice yeast as expected from a white beer. Coriander

T- Light that is for sure. Not a Hoegaarden but good in it's own way. Yeast is there. It's Hoegaarden missing some ingredients.

M- Light on the tongue and dry.

O- Nice to have tried this. Will sip the other 3 as time passes but will not buy again

Food Pairing

This ok white beer went well with... eggs with ham and toast


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with white hue and a large enough white head with OK retention. Aroma of light wheat malt and citrus notes is OK. Taste of weak wheat malt and light zesty undertone sis a bit weak. Body is light with good carbonation. Short on complexity and drinkability is just not high enough to compensate.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before March 2015. Generally speaking, I'm not a big witbier guy, but every year something about the early summer weather gives me cravings for them, without fail. Served well-chilled.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw-yellow colour, topped with one finger of sparkling, fizzy white head that disappears relatively rapidly over the next minute or two. A thin, soapy collar and a modest ring of lacing are the only remnants. The aroma consists of pretty standard fare for a witbier - grainy malts, wheaty sweetness, lemon zest, orange and coriander come through, with a light touch of grassy skunk.

This is a light, enjoyably thirst-quenching white. Lemon drop tartness provides a nice accent to the initial wheat and pale grain malt sweetness. A mild brushing of grassy hop notes is overshadowed by yeasty coriander and clove notes, which provide a spicy, drying finish that beautifully counters the tart/sweet notes of the first half of the profile. Light-bodied, with zippy carbonation that spritzes the palate with every sip. A little watery, but otherwise this is an excellent, highly quaffable wit perfectly suited for an afternoon on the patio with a barbecue.

Final Grade: 3.9, a solid B+. Vedett Extra White is a well-crafted Belgian white beer that I have no serious complaints about. Spicy and light on the palate - this is not a complex affair at all, but I feel that this style is more about refreshment than piquing the interest of your tongue. Worth a try for anyone who appreciates this style, and something I'll likely return to at some point in the future. And seriously guys, knock it off with the green bottles.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml green bottle purchased from LCBO as part of a 4 pack. Cost is $3 CDN per bottle. Served cold as recommended into glassware. Advertised as 4.7% ABV.

Appearance - pale hazy straw coloured beer. Small finger or so of white head with ok retention time. Minimal lacing and the beer is too hazy to give details of the bubbles situation.

Smell - slightly skunked, almost certainly from the green bottles. Otherwise some wheat and lemon zest are the biggest aromas. A sweet floral aspect is also present as is with the case with many wits.

Taste - pretty mild and subdued, but some sweet breads flavours are present as well as a lemon zest soda like mixture. A bit of a creamy taste as well. Works well together.

Mouthfeel - fairly highly carbonated, light body to the point of being extremely light, and moderately dry finish. Pretty good here.

Overall - while it doesn't live up to the some of the namesake created by this brewery (read Duvel) this is a pretty decent witbier, that is very light and refreshing. For those looking for a more significant witbier, look elsewhere, but this comes recommended and certainly wouldn't turn it down this time of year.

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Vedett Extra White from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 196 ratings