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Brewed by:
Microbrasserie Charlevoix
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Rastacouere on 02-12-2004

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152
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Now I have to admit I have always judged this beer by its label. And it's not a nice one (my own opinion here). It has always seemed cheap to me, like if someone printed it on a inkjet printer on some cheap Xerox paper in his basement. And I'm not the biggest witbier fan... so I wasn't exactly expecting much.

Poured in a Breughel oversized snifter. Now that beer has some major head. Not the kind that you have to wait 10 minutes before you can finaly pour the last of your 330ml in a giant 2l stein but a thick 2 and a half fingers that is there to stay with you for a while. And once it finaly goes down, one quick swirl brings it back immediatly to a nice inch or so. And talk about lacing! The wit presents itself in a light gold/straw color. Pale yellow when held up to a light. It really is fricking pale. Mostly clear with a bit of chill haziness. It has a solid stream of bubble coming from bottom of glass. Already forgetting about the crappy label.

Diving nose first, I get some straw/wheat, a fair amount of spiciness and slight sweet fruity yeast aromas. After reading the label I may be getting some chamomile and something that reminds me of apples.

To my suprise the taste is a lot more tame than the smell. Not simple by any mean but less in your face than the smell. I taste some nice subtle maltiness first mixed in with the spiciness. And the spiciness is not harsh like some whites. Orange bitter bark, bit of wheat and some citrusy notes. The hops are pretty much MIA and I may be getting ginger. Honestly, there is so much here that I am having a hard time making out the individual flavors. A real treat.

Now the only downside I can find is the amount of carbonation. Right on the sweet spot when the beer was just poured. But as the beer warmed up it seemed to fade off pretty quick. To the point where it was almost completely flat at the end of the 500ml. Could be the excessive effervescence coming out from the bottom of the glass. I should re-check the glass to see if it has some etching inside...

One of the greatest white beers I have had. As stated, I am not a huge fan of overly spicy wit biers but this one has a great balance of sweet and spicy. Buy it... Buy it now!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle brought over by Bobsy, thanks mate!

Pours a hazy wheat, apple juice color, finger of white head which recedes but leaves a nice sweater until the end. Light lacing.

Nose is really spicy! Lots of cinnamon and cloves, lavender, hints of apple, banana, all spice - really unique, smells like something I would want to drink on a cool evening, not a summer beer!

Lots of spice in the body too, cinnamon playing the role of dominatrix. Her subjects include banana and apple, cloves, a light graininess, light citrus. But then she is met by the sweet, pure - and oddly alluring - chamomile. A real tea quality in here, that dryness, slightly herbal. A faint hint of tartness in there as well, beautiful dry finish.

This is all aided by a sparkly carbonation and somehow this peculiar brew works together really well. It's quenching, tasty, and light. Can't say I would want to drink it all the time but a couple bottles of this in the fridge come summer time wouldn't hurt anyone.

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Photo of Viggo
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, thanks for sharing bobsy!

Pours a very hazy and cloudy golden yellow, big bubbled white head forms, settles to a pretty thick layer, drops a lot of lacing on the glass, good retention. Smell is insane, very spicy, coriander and cinnamon, jasmine, minty, honey, oranges, bergamot, toast, some wheat, lightly yeast, touch of vanilla, very spicy but very well done. Taste is similar, big spiciness, cinnamon and honey, nutmeg, some fruit, chamomile, lightly tart and lemony through the middle, jasmine, mint, nice spicy finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Maybe the most complex spicing I've ever encountered, and maybe the most unique witbier. Nice stuff! Thanks Rob.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a two finger fluffy white head into a wine glass - lots of carbonation - large bubbles with a little lacing - cloudy yellow

S - from the crack of the bottle -strong spicy belgian yeast - banana bread and cloves

T - wow this is one complex brew - where to start - chamomille tea, apple cider, cinamon, nutmeg,little bitterness, bananas, cloves, floral - so much to describe but so perfectly balanced that it pulls it off - bravo!

M - medium carbonation and body - slightly dry
with little bitterness

O - a tremendously complex brew that is well balanced and unbelievably drinkable - this is the best witbier I have had and I will not hesitate to pay another $4.60 for another bottle or two

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 7/21/11/. Bottled on 5/10/11. Poured in to Sierra Nevada pint glass.

A - Hazy/cloudy medium yellow with two fingers of thick, bubbly white head that left some good lacing on the glass.

S - Cloves, citrus, spice, Belgian yeast.

T - Cloves, banana, citrus, yeast esters, some spice, chamomile tea.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ssmack
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light lemon amber colour and quite cloudy. One inch of greyish white head made of large bubbles. Well carbonated with some lacing with low retention.

The aroma comes in layers. Lovely smell of Belgian yeast. A sweet citrus aroma. A hint of flour with a lingering smell of cinnamon.

Strong lemon taste laced with coriander. Light hops flavour integrated into the taste.

A refreshing carbonated feel.

A great witbier to be enjoyed on a warm summer day.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8 Sept 2010, at 10:26, according to the label. How is that for freshness info!

Nice tight head, but it doesn't last long or leave much lacing. It does rejuventate though to maintain a small head with the motion of the glass.

Lemon and chamomile on the nose. The taste features these, with coriander and bready yeast flavors. Tart and delicious, with plenty of complexity to hold interest.

The mouthfeel is a little harshly fizzy but overall this is a nice drinking beer. A great thirst quencher and good with food. It was a nice complement to chicken fajitas. I would definitely try this again and especially look for it next summer.

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Photo of
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy and plae orange-yellow with a large, billowing white head that recedes, but never disappears. Tons of fine but vigorous carbonation rising in almost violent torrents.

Smell - Soft wheat and complex fruity yeast; subdued banana and bubblegum, soft corainder and clove spiciness, lemon, the suggestion of vanilla, and a noticeable herbaceousness with hints of mint and chamomile.

Mouthfeel - light bodied and highly carbonated. Smooth and somewhat powdery.

Taste - Spicy upfront with more coriander, yeasty banana, pear and chamomile. Finishes yeasty and spicy.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very light, very hazy grayish wheat color with an out of control pristine white head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is bright citrus zest, yeast, this is almost dank, odd flower notes, pepper.

Taste is sweeter, opens with pear flavor and then some of that funky flowery yeast again, saison like wet straw, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy, very soft, very drinkable, less fizzy and more milky than a typical wit.

Excellent witbier if kindof an atypical one, probably close to other Canadian witbiers than to any other examples I've had. Wish this came to the US!

8.9/10

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominus Vobiscum Blanche is quite cheery and bright in contrast to its seemingly doomsday-inspired label. The ultra-hazy, daisy yellow beer is lively with effervescent bubbles that shoot up its side and actively gurgle and percolate atop its surface.

It's impossible to know what kind of yeast was used simply by looking at a beer, but it sure can be easy to tell by smelling it. This recipe surely employs yeast of the Belgian variety - the barnyard mustiness and spicy/savory fusion give it away. It's a wonderful fragrance containing garden variety floral qualities, dry hay-like graininess and a bit of tart fruit.

I have no idea how many batches the brewery must have run through before finding this one - it is perfect to the letter. The old saw has it that if you can tell what spices were used then you've used too many; I've no idea which ones the brewery went with but I could entertain the notion of a number of different ones (coriander, nutmeg, oregano). This beer is a Petri dish of flavours that includes everything from honeyed oats to green grapes to chamomile tea.

The bubbles really sparkle in the mouth, almost like an Italian-soda; fizziness work well in a beer that leaves dry hay-like graininess and herbaceous chamomile-like notes, scrubbing them off the palate so as to make room for an aftertaste that features sharp lemon acidity, tart citrus fruit and flower petals. There's menial resemblance to a Prosecco. It is immensely refreshing and agreeable surely to even those who don't have much of a palate for beer.

If ever in our bid to try to connect with extraterrestrial life we send another Voyager shuttle out into space, I think we should include some beer alongside any golden records - surely beer is part and parcel with the story of mankind. It has been called the "universal drink", after all. And if I witbier makes the cut, and there's no Pierre Celis offerings laying around, then I opt we send this - it's every bit the same as good.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a mixed four pack and after drinking them all, this brewery has a very delicious selection of beers.

Beer poured golden yet somewhat cloudy.

I really enjoy this kind of beer and this one definitely goes in the top 5. If you're a fan of witbier, you will not be disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow, cloudy and turbid with protein haze and carbonation. It's towering head of retentive white foam wouldn't look out of place on a pint of weissbier, and leaves a spotty lace on the glass. It's aroma is alive with the scent of orange zest and wildflowers. Lemon and orange lend a citric tang to its flavour, which also shows wheat cracker and chamomile tisane notes. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth, with ample amounts of soft carbonation. Fantastic, delicious, drinkable wit.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - starts a clear bubby light straw golden, very tall head retained forever, leaving some random lacing as it finally dissipated ... note that the last half of the bottle was very hazy as expected
S - strong aromas of yeast, spice, bread, and alight perfume hint
T - big flavours of fruity yeast, all spice, bready malt, tropical fruit, and perfumey hops, very complex mix of flavours
M - light with a pleasant carbonation, refreshing, finishing with a dry grainy feel
O - simply outstanding, one of the most tasty and complex witbiers i've had the pleasure of trying, if i had this on tap somewhere close i would never leave

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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled May 10, 2011.

A towering white head, both creamy yet dense appears in the glass, and took a few minutes to settle. A hazy yellow body arrives, carrying a slight orange tinge to it. Head leaves behind some fantastic retention and lace. Nose is great for a wit, lemon, mild phenolic character, slight herbal spiciness (not distinclty chamomile), slight peppery quality and some wheat. Taste is more distinct in terms of the chamomile, some lemon and orange zest, wheat and some mild banana character. Hints of vanillla. Fantastic mouthfeel, with a medium carbonation (maybe my aggressive pour brought it down to the perfect carbonation level - I thought the mouthfeel was sublime). Fairly light body, slightly creamy and a gentle spice in the finish. Absolutely crushable, one of the best wits I've ever had.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really really pale straw in color with small carbonation, somehow cloudy and a fast disappearing head. Smells good, but I cannot pin down what it smells. There's some coriander and fresh yeast for sure but other than that I cannot tell. Tastes. So. Good. Though! Lots of spices in the mouth, coriander, cinnamon, even pumpkin. Very carbonated too, definitely a good witbier. I thought it was gonna be an overrated one when I smelled it, but I was happily surprised.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a lush 2 finger head that seems to hang on to he glass and leaves a sticky lacing throughout the entire session.

S - Spices up front such as clove, mild peppercorns, ginger, and maybe some nutmeg. This is followed by sweet bready yeast and some mild fruits like banana and lemon zest.

T - Taste follows the smell almost to a T. It just flows nicly from the spices to the sweet yeast at the end. This really balances out well and is very complex.

M - Medium carbonation with a dry feel at the finish and a well balanced flavor profile.

O - My only regret is giving away a bottle to a friend from my trip to Canada. This beer is excellent and I will not hesitate to try to get my hands on more.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from a mixed 4 pack picked up in Drummondville, along with the Dubbel, Tripel and Blonde.

Poured into a weizen glass. Pale opaque light golden, lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass, a sturdy two inches of head that left behind some nice lace, and survived as a thin layer throughout the pint.

Nose is banana, bubblegum, citrus and fresh grain. A bit of yeast and spice as well.

A great witbier, full of flavor and ridiculously easy to drink. Lemon, spice, mild bubblegum and yeast towards the finish. Slightly sweet and spicy - a great blend of flavors. I also picked up a clear presence of cinnamon and lime as well.

Mild pinprick carbonation, almost creamy feel, medium bodied.

Another great brew from Charlevoix. Fun to drink, flavorful from start to finish, a few nice tweaks (cinnamon, lime, bubblegum) to distinguing this from other witbier. I'd certainly place this among my top Canadian wheat beers for sure.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass

A pours head too start with followed by a very cloudy peach color with the most carbonation I've ever seen in a beer. it took several tries getting this in the glass, but it had a massive head the whole time and the foam went nowhere

S fairly complex, I get lots of honey and clove among other things

T cinnamon, and vanilla come out to play with a little yeast and all the things I can smell. well done a great mix of flavors here

M its just too carbonated for its own good, nice otherwise

D I must say I loved this beer, very unique and every sip left me thinking

this is the first beer I've had from this brewer and I'm looking forward too the rest of their stash

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on June 29, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a cloudy golden yellow with a generous white cap that quicky faded into a surface film. The aroma was wheat malt, light fruit, and floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was wheat malt, coriander, citrus and had a slight bitter finish. An extremely well done witbier!

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Photo of decimator
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV 5%. 500ml bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A - Poured a cloudy yellow with a big frothy head. Head reduced to a 1cm bubbly cap with specks of sediments (looks like it might be spices). Also the carbonation is visibly effervescent and decent lacing.

S - Plenty of spice (such as coriander and nutmeg) on the nose. There's also some bread, lemon and banana. Well balanced and quite pleasant.

T - Starts off with spicy sweetness (nutmeg?), light lemon sourness, more spiciness (coriander?), and a mild tea like bitterness in the finish.

M - Good carbonation, creamy, some tang, smooth finish.

O - Amazingly drinkable. One of the best Witbiers I've had so far.

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Photo of Otterburn
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, stAW blond color with a 2 fingers white head, medium carbonation

Smell: fruity. sweet banana

Taste: sweet banana, with cinnamon, herbal tea
the taste is everything a witbier should be and its well balanced.

Mf: smooth.

Drinkability: excellent witbier, very nice when you are thirsty, refresh yourself with this one

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Photo of jrenihan
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on May 10, 2011.

Pours a lovely, cloudy, golden colour, with a mountain of frothy white head on top. Very nice.

Smell is also great. Lemon and some other fruit notes, spice, and the characteristic wheat smell, but a particularly nice version of it.

Taste has lots of the lemon, as well as some banana, clove, nutmeg and other spices. Finish is somewhat creamy. The taste of the wheat malt is clearly present as well, very smooth.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. I realize that witbiers are a fairly carbonated style, but this one was a little much for me. Somewhat irritating on the palate. Body of the beer is otherwise a very good example of a light bodied beer. Quite velvety.

Overall, a great witbier. Really enjoyable, one of my favourites.

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Photo of Converge
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 22oz goblet.

A - Explosion of foam immediately after I opened it (why does this keep happening lately?). Fluffy white head atop a murky body of pale-amber beer. The cap of foam sticks around for a while and leaves spots of lacing here and there.

S - Lots of fruit, spices, yeast, and wheat. Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and coriander are the most prominent spices. Light banana, with more pronounced notes of orange, apricot, green apples, and lots of citrusy zest. Light yeasty wheat character is very nice.

T - Really heavy on the spice, but it doesn't get really messy in the finish like one might expect with this much spice. Finishes with a light citrusy character coupled with clean wheat malt, light fruity goodness, and yeasty sediment. Tons of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, almost like a pumpkin ale, but with a yeasty wheat presence with a touch of citrus to pull it back towards the witbier style. It doesn't quite finish with as much citrus and zest as I like to see with this style, with more apricot and spice than citrus and coriander.

M - Nice and lively carbonation with a body on the lighter side. Spice character is kept in check and doesn't overwhelm the finish. Still feels quite clean and fresh.

D - Great wit, but it's just missing a little something. I'd give this wit a slight edge over Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly. The spices here are a huge part of the beer, but don't get too jumbled up in the finish, keeping this beer feeling clean and refreshing. Very good, but not superb.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily the best wit I've had out of the bottle. It's surprisingly orange (too dark for a wit), but the haze is still there. Great aromas of orange, yeast, and spices. The flavors get even more complex, with notes of lemon, coriander, ginger, and black pepper. It comes back to earth a bit on the palate, as it seems too carbonated and lacks the smoothness that I tend to associate with this style. Still, this is one hell of a beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent. Poure from the fat looking stubby brown glass bottle the liquid is a murky golden with yeast particulates floating about and a fluffy head of off-white bubbles. The aroma is wonderful. Coriander, lemon, orange peel/rind, wheat, yeast, candy sugar and other spices. The taste follows suit with lovely spicy hints and a refreshing citrus like finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, and oh-so smooth and the drinkability is perfect for a summer day!

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