Vedett Extra White | Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Belgium
duvel.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Billolick on 09-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Frenzi, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of wheat and citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has nice flavors of wheat intermixed with lemon citrus and orange peels.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, thirst quenching, and refreshing. I liked how it was packed with lots of citrusy aromas and flavors.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a half-pint non-tapered pint glass in the Oslo pub, in Salthill, Galway, Ireland (low altitude). Reviewed from notes.

A: Cloudy white lemon-yellow colour. Three finger head of fair thickness but no cream.

Sm: Citrus: lemon and grapefruit mainly. Wheat.

T: Cream open to lemon estery hop body with a lovely lemon finish. The wheat is present but scaled back to highlight the esters. Well built and balanced. Quite refreshing.

Mf: Delicately light on the palate. Delightfully coarse to the point of being tingly, but a bit too wet. The yeast chunks are a necessary evil - easy on the pour, lads.

Dr: It's a good beer at a high price, particularly here in Ireland. I assume it's very affordable in Belgium, so all of ye beer advocates would do well to give it a go.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl green bottles, enjoyed at and then from a saved bottle from the BCTC fest in August. Comes with best before dating of "06 2009". Pours cloudy, white peach, with a fine bubble white head, rising to about two inches and showing much better then moderate retention. The look develops with a tiny bubble film and nice sticky lace, surrounding a merainge cap. Nice looking stuff. Fruity nose, I believe I can pick up so light pepper as well. Quite refreshing and enjoyable wit. Zesty, citrus, general fruityness, plenty of lemon/lime. Clean and crisp late, fine summer quaffer, bring on the hot weather lunches of salads, cheese and bread and this will be a fine partner

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Photo of liamt07
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DoubleJ
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stubby bottle consumed in Antwerp, on to the beer:

Living up to the name, this beer is nearly colorless with a kiss of hay . The bone white head is sturdy and retains very well. The nose is soft and fruity, bringing lemon and orange first, and trailed by soft spices and coriander. Momentum keeps going...a soft taste with flavor is just what I was craving, and it's brought to the table in the form of a lemon-orange fruitiness, a kiss of spice, good balance, and the creaminess of oats. Somehow, the beer is light on its feet and refreshing with gentle crispness.

This is a very refreshing witbier which I wouldn't mind to see on the US market. Somewhat easy to find in Belgium too, which is convenient.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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 BlackHaddock
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Green stumpy 33cl bottle with loads of life left according to the best before date. Poured into an old Berliner Kindl 0.4 litre straight sided glass.

Pale, cloudy yellow body with a pure white head, just about clear enough to see bubbles rising through and up to the head.

Thought there would be more of a nose, some yeast and grapefruit, but nothing very strong.

Weak flavours of watered down fizzy lemon juice, not overly impressed.

Strange feel to the beer, I am no expert on the Witbier style but this is the 13th I've reviewed on BA and this is one of the worst to date.

Not even the sharp, refreshing tang you normally get from Witbiers, a poor effort from a well respected brewery. I'll not be seeking this out again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Banana, breads/grains, clove, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons, cloves, bananas, and some breads/grains. There is also a bit of a orange zest flavour.

Overall – Refreshing and easy to drink. Not something to go out of your way for, but I'll have no trouble working my way through a 4-pack.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bark
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sold as "Vedett Extra Witten".

The liquid is cloudy; the colour bright orange-yellow. The low white head leaves some lacing.

The smell is spicy and sour. I found notes of coriander and some citric notes. It is fresh, but a bit weak.

The taste is weaker compared to a Hoegaarden. Some dry-sour wheat-notes, some spicy flavours, an earthy touch. The body is weak. The mild aftertaste is a bit sourish with a touch of coriander.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is smooth for a wheat beer.

An witbier amongst the other... Nothing special.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy platinum with rocky clinging shaving cream foam that clings. Lemon furniture polish (but in a good way!) on the nose with bits of flowers and cantaloupe.
Melon, a wax hit and lemon balm to end.
Nectar finish and tingly linger. Soft, slight cling, light.

Great looker, but pretty basic in the glass. Saved by the creamy body, even if it's a bit thin. Doesn't aspire to be anything more than a good summer drinker, and hits that mark dead on.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of FLima
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale milky yellow color. Poured two fingers of bright white head with medium retention but leaving laces.
Citrusy aroma, with notes of yeast, vanilla and banana.
Flavor of pineapple, lemon, orange peel, coriander and wheat. Very light on the banana. Aftertaste is dry, a bit acid and mild bitter.
Light body with good carbonation.
Mouthfeel was great to me, not really sweet, condimented at the right level, very citric and refreshing. This should be sold in liters bottle, not thirds of a liter. Though a light beer it has its own character. If I drank too many wheat beers, I feel like not drinking it for a while. This shouldn’t be the case for Vedett.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of samEBC
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours straw with a small lasting head.
Nose shows loads of coriander and dried orange peel alongside the usual doughy wheat. Very refeshing!
Similar flavours, a bit too much coriander in there though, gives too much of a vegetal character.
Carbonation is too high.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled
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 leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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Vedett Extra White from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
3.56 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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