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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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81
Ratings:
152
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
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Photo of jcsull
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy hazy yellow but not quite cloudy. A little more translucent than you'd expect a beer of this style. After five minutes of sitting carbonation looks almost champagne-like. Pillowy one inch head after a fairly easygoing pour, and the head sticks around for days with nice lacing.

S: Slight fruitiness with a hint of spice and a decent whiff of hops right at the end.

T: Nothing overpowering on the taste, but subtle and pleasant combinations of clove and banana. The smell leads you to think this will have a more aggressive taste profile. Super crisp, refreshing. A little lacking in the flavor department but an overall delicate and well executed taste. At 5% ABV there's only a little maltiness detected. Fruit/banana begins to stand out more as it warms.

M: Light and refreshing, goes down super easy, and has just the right amount of stickiness to leave a nice aftertaste, with mid to high levels of carbonation.

O: Even though this isn't my favorite style, had I had this beer on a spring/summer day when it was warm out instead of a 20 degree day in the middle of January in Canada I probably could have put down quite of few of these. Great balance in the taste, doesn't weigh you down but carries enough taste to satisfy. A very solid example of a drinkable spring/summer time session. Would recommend.

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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 seand
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fair amount of fizzy white head. Most of the head dissipates quickly, but a ring around the edge of the glass and some surface film retains in places.

S: Clove and other sweet spices; a nice mix, almost smells like a tea.

T: Lightly sweet, with the spices showing up mid palate and dominating the finish.

M: Fair amount of prickly carbonation, light body.

Overall, a pretty good offering of the style. I'm not a big fan of the style, so I probably wouldn't get it again, but I'm interested in trying the brewery's take on some other styles.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very hazy, whitish yellow, very pale and cloudy. Huge white head never fully faded and tons of clingy lace down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation.

light, lots of yeast and some light fruit, little grain, and a touch of hops.Lots of yeast and light fruits, some peach and pear. Very light taste, awesome hot summer day flavor,rich and creamy, very nice consistency and feel. Great carbonation.

Could put down a ton, really easy drinker and a great belgian.

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Photo of BBP
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a decent head and excellent retention. Lacing is nice as well.

The aroma is filled with spice and wheat as well as a hint of citrus.

The taste is a bit fuller than I'm used to for the style. It had a fullness which is almost more of a tripel characteristic. Spices are a tad strong at first, but as the drink sets up a bit, there's more of a foundation to round it out.

The mouthfeel is medium full and heavy. Carbonation seemed to be overly aggressive, but for the style it's not so heavy. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall, it's a pretty nice Witbier. It's not actually my favorite style, but this was one of the interpretations that I enjoyed most. The belgian character of it sort of saved it for me.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat malts with some citrus, lemon, spices and yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice wheat flavor with a blend of citrus and lemon, some spices and yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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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 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 tbeckett
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2011/05/10.

A - Pours cloudy golden/blonde. One finger of soapy white head. Good carbonation. A touch of lacing and a good three quarter finger of retention.

S - Lot's of sweet spice, yeast, light wheat, lemony citrus, and a bit of banana. Nice complex aroma.

T - Nice lemony wit on our hands. Wheat, sweet spice, a little yeast.

M - Really effervescent, light to medium creamy-ish body and a slightly sweet, crisp finish.

O/D - A pretty solid Belgian style wheat. Spice is balanced with a good yeast presence, the gentle wheat character, and a good citrusy aspect. I liked it.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good example of a Belgian-style white beer.

Hazy, thin golden with little head and few visible bubbles, but a definite effervescence in the mouthfeel. Aroma is typical of the style, wheaty with coriander notes. Flavours are also typical of the witbier style, but this is a sweet and well balanced example. There are fruit tones in the palate that I don't pick up in the aroma.

Not personally my favourite type of beer, but I believe this is very true to style and would compare well against anything in Belgium.

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Photo of Mit
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect cloudy golden colour with nice thick white head. Nice lacing on the glass....

Smells are the traditional citrus...coriander...bready notes...bit of banana.

A delightful slightly tart refreshing beer. The citrus notes shine through, slightly spicey. A fantastic wheat.

Very good for the abv.

Overall this is a fantastic wheat...I will def get this again. One of the best classic wheats I have had in a while.

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Photo of paxkey
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

really cool bottle and label.
careful pouring this one as the head can easily get out of control.

pale yellow and cloudy with a white head that sinks fast. looks like a witbier.

nose is mild subtle yet complex and inviting. citrus zest. spicy notes. smells like a well crafted beer of its denoted style.

despite the heavy carbonation this beer manages to have a silky feel. the taste is clean and refreshing. slightly zesty slightly spice, the spice lingers on in the aftertaste. easy to drink this beer slowly as the spiciness lingers.

a little hard on the stomach with all the carbonation. this beer has some nice flavors.

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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 andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy pale colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet cloves and lemon citrus, wheat and yeast notes complemented by a touch of vanilla.

T - The cloves dominate with some citrus notes that follow. The flavour is more sweet than bitter, which is nice, and the flavours are rather bold for a witbier.

M - Heavy carbonation and goes down a bit prickly, but finishes nice and wet.

O - A very flavourful wit, and well worth a try. Glad I was able to grab a bottle in Ontario. Perfect summer time ale that is easily drinkable.

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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 WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy, golden yellow with lots of head in the Samuel Smith pint glass. Tastes of slight spice up front, with a nice fruit finish with notes of banana in there. A very refreshing beer. Normally with witbiers, I get bored very quickly and the aftertaste makes me stop after one. Not with this one though, I kept wanting to drink more. Too bad it was my only bottle. Up there for one of the best witbiers I have had to date.

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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 Rijtjeshuis
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass.

Look (5/5) - pours a very pale gold or darker straw - so a little darker than the average witbier. Very cloudy, which sets of the color very well. The head is really outstanding, it is brilliant white, comes up huge, falls to a cap of a full finger, and does this slowly and with a lot of lacing.

Smell (4.5/5) - definitely the tart/sour flavor profile you expect from a wit. A good snoot of light wheat graininess comes first. Some citrus (lemon/lime) comes through and blends with orange peel well. Some roasted coriander. Milder hints of vanilla and non-citrus fruit.

Flavor (5/5) - great taste. The flavor of roasted coriander is really strong here this really is the dominant flavor. The light, grainy, tartness of the wheat kicks in of the top and this is well-met wit the citrus (lemons/limes as well as orange). Yeast flavor is usual, but a bit sharper, and this plays well with the roasted coriander.

Feel (4/5) - ideal for the style. Lighter body and very high carbonation. Good for a clean, crisp finish.

Drink (5/5) - Supremely drinkable and refreshing. A great example of the style, a bit on the spicier side (which I really like). I'd give this to the uninitiated to show them a near-perfect witbier!

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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 kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange colour with thick head. Nice head retention with some solid lacing around the glass. Smells quite yeasty with citrus and spices. Flavour is quite dry, very mild bitterness. Really nice carbonation level for the style. Certainly one of the better wheat beers I've tried.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw colour with a massive 4 finger frothy white head; good retention and leaves some lacing.

S: Smells a bit yeasty, vinous, faint citrus.

T: Dry and tart with a bit of banana flavour. Very thirst quenching!

M: Fairly light mouthfeel with prickly carbonation.

D: Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale blonde colour, 2 finger of white head, sticky with some lace. Smell is yeasty-citrus upfront, orange peel, spices, coriander and white pepper. Taste is initially spicy and yeasty, very fresh floral notes, light sweetness at times, orange and citrus with a fairly dry aftertaste. High carbonation, medium body, thin at points, med-full feel and pretty good for style. Very good stuff overall, nice refreshing witbier drinks very well.

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Photo of bryehn
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale orange-yellow colour similar to pineapple juice. The frothy white head was quite large at first, got retained as a thick film and left some minor lacing

Very fresh aroma: freshwater, bitter spice, grains, a mild banana astringency and sweet malts. Quite smooth and well-balanced. Small gum or lychee aroma comes through upon warming.

Crisp and mild taste. Multi-layered spicy bitterness with a tart lemon or orange peel citrus note.

Light-bodied with a medium carbonation that lasts. The bitter taste returns on the back of the tongue and throat. Takes on a fruity acidity like white wine.

Maybe I'm just burned out on witbiers since a glut of new release wheat beers appeared in my region earlier this year, but I find this one decidedly average. Very drinkable, quality brew but nothing really stands out. Complex and deep, sure, but a bit too much so for me.

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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 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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