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MaDonna | S. C. Martens S. A.

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Brewed by:
S. C. Martens S. A.

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by putnam on 10-28-2002

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Jordan1985rec:
Photo of Jordan1985rec
1.43/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this at Brickskeller in D.C after my girlfriend ordered it and snubbed it. I too found it disgusting. Perhaps I am just not accustomed to this style (witbier) but this tasted like flat Mountain Dew. The colour was neon yellow and the head was ultra white, honestly it looked like a lemon meringue pie from a middle of nowhere greasy spoon. The mouthful was light and watery. Personally I would not recommend this beer to my worst enemies.

Edit: 30 April 2013, I have since had many, many Wit beers, traveled to Belgium and have vastly expanded my palate. I still find this beer gross. That is all.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.47/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light colored slightly hazed golden straw color with a nice sized spritzy white head not much lacing to be seen here, first beer from Romania this ones for my Romanian aunt, Roxanna. Aroma: Very citrusy lemony with some mild spiciness and sweet wheat malts. Taste: Some tones of lemon zest finishes a bit tart but overall a nice take at a belgian style wit not bad at all clove and soft vanilla tones add to the sweetness. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body very spritzy carbonation tickles the palate. Drinkability: Decent I'm sure this one's a hit in Romania, but I wouldn't go through the extra trouble of hunting this one down I would settle for Hoegaarden.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

MaDonna pours a hazy golden body beneath a short lid of creamy bright white foam that fades shortly and leaves little lace about the glass. The nose, however, is much more exciting with juicy, subtly-tart fruit and lightly sweet, wheatish malt backed by flowers and delicate spice. It's light, and gently crisp on the palate before smoothly sliding away. The flavor delivers everything the nose promises, with its sweet, lightly-wheatish malt and mildly tart fruit (citrus, apple, grape) working perfectly together. It's balanced by a mild bitterness, and it finishes dry with a quick flash of delicate tartness followed by some lingering, sublime spice. Quite refreshing!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mishi_d
3.04/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Sporkus
3.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden and cloudy. The head is puffy, white and dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Smells like lemon and dull yeast. A bit discouraging.

T - The taste is certainly different. Very lemony, with a wheat malt foundation. Has a sour kick. The aftertaste takes a while to kick in, but it's pleasant and almost candylike. Has more of a lemonade feel than other witbiers.

M - Light- to medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D - It's refreshing and I'd have another one, but some might be turned away by the prominent lemon.

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Photo of Eir
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of vld_alexandru
1.78/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

very bad after taste and very very fruity. also not very good smell ... strong lemongrass.

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Photo of battlekow
2.34/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've had this beer sitting in my fridge for awhile and thought I'd give it a whirl. It's, uh, pretty weird. Tastes kind of like that cheese powder my brother puts on his popcorn. There's some spice in there, but I can't really tell what it is. Combine the taste with a dusky pondwater appearance and you have a rather unappetizing beer. I won't go so far as to say MaDonna is BAD, but it's certainly not to style and will probably scare your Hoegaarden-loving girlfriend.

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Photo of granger10
3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't really know what to say about this beer. Is this a beer? It seemed like it was an overly tarty lemonade. No joke, straight lemonade. I followed the directions and shook the bottle gently. The pour was a lemony color with a good amount of yeast suspended in the middle of my drink. The taste had an initial sweetness but it soon turned into a strong lemony tartness. There was a mild yeast backbone to it as well. This beer had no spices which is odd for the style. It was quite refreshing as I drank it in the humidity and heat but I don't think I would like in under any other circumstances.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure white three finger head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose yeasty and hoppy. Starts sweet and citrusy, the yeast is there, smooth, clean finish. 330ml bottle gift, available from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va.

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Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of leitmotif
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1/02/05- Purchased at Girardelli Square in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2 oz stubby bottle with no date. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Big poofy white head that rapidy disintegrates. Decent lacing and a yellow-white pour.

Smell- Whoa! Lots of citrus fruit here. Maily lemon, lemon and maybe a bit of lemon?

Taste- Like a Hoegaarden on lemonade crack. Way to sweet. Maybe if it was 90 degrees outside and I had a pool, I would enjoy this. Not in 45 degree rainy weather. A bit metallic and medicinal at the same time

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated, but creamy and smooth at the same time. Still like drinking carbonated lemonade with extra sugar.

Drinkability- Why don't you just call this hard lemonade and sell the recipe to AB or something. There is something, though I don't know what, that I like about it.

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Photo of arkanu
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of putnam
3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer sports a hazy yellow color with gold/orange highlights. There are aromas of staled, ground coriander, lilac…Robust. Pretty. The flavors fit into a scheme of tangy orange candy and metal. Sweet, slippery texture. A little too sweet for me. Not quite sweet enough to cover the metallic edges.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.51/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a xcloudy apricot color with massive white puffy head. Smell is very light with a touch of tropical fruit present. Taste is fruity sweet, almost like a Seagram's cooler. Refreshing, yet very unrewarding. Very easy to drink, like a glass of lemonade. Is this beer?

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazed pale golden color. Massive three finger head slowly sinks to a dense, creamy white cap and leaves spotty lacing. A citrus spice scent is prodominant here, more like fresh oranges than the rind, and some wheat and yeast aromas just pull through. Pale wheat malt and sweet citrus turns to an acidic grapefruit flavor in the aftertaste. Snappy and crisp taste, with a delicate balance, but becomes sour and astringent near the finish. This reminds me of a soda called 50/50, light bodied and moderatly carbonated, this could be smooth and refeshing if not for the nagging off-flavor.

11.2 fl. oz. Lot no. 405042

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Photo of hungryghost
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color, expected cloudiness and a small lingering head. Decent lable art.
Spicy citrus aroma, hint of yeast.
Taste is high on citrus, no need to add a slice of lemon to this one. Light malt flavor and perhaps a bit of hops, but citrus dominates the pallette.
Drinkability a little higher due to the fact that there is nothing offensive about my bottle. I'd have it again.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of shivtim
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a tasting in DC. It's slightly hazy and bright yellow- too yellow. The nose is yeasty and lemony. Taste is way over the top on lemon. Not tart lemon, but sugary lemon. Maybe some apple and wheat in there too, but overwhelmed by lemon. It's not awful, just weird. Mouthfeel is actually pretty decent, but drinkability is limited.

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Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nandika
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says to shake gently before opening on back label. That advice was followed.

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy with a low and very quickly retreating white head that lingered slightly at the edges of the surface of the beer.

The aroma was floral with coriander and chamomile coupled with a light orange and tangerine aroma that seemed almost soapy. Very similar to the artificial citrus aromas in household cleaners.

The flavor was intially sweet on the palate with a bit of orange and a low amount of coriander. There was some wheat present but it was low and in the background.

The finish was dry with a lasting pleasant orange citrus and very light spice. The body was just below medium. The finish and mouthfeel were definitely the best parts of this brew. The light citrus and spice that last long into the aftertaste were well done and something every wit should aspire to. The aroma was forced and the flavor lacking.

11.2 ounce bottle. Dating is code 405042.

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Photo of jschitt
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

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