Brussels White | Brouwerij Cornelissen

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Brussels WhiteBrussels White

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Cornelissen

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2004

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Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi hazed light gold Witbier in the glass with a decent enough frothy cap that leaves excellent soapy lace on the glass.

Aroma may turn some off as the orange peel is strong but it is balanced by a crisp biscuity tone and some light spice.

Tastes almost like it smells, dry, a tad thin, good corriander-hop bite.

Commercial effort but decent enough for quaffing.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a turbid pale yellow with almost a hint of chartreuse to it, a moderate amount of white head that fades quickly into the ether, never to be seen again.

The aroma is funky Belgian yeast with sweet orange and a very mild soft honey and vanilla to it.

Taste is almost a yeasty marmalade or candied oranges with a hint of vanilla. It's oddly sweet. I'd guess they added some Belgian sugar if it wasn't for the fact that it's not listed on the ingredients. It's not like any wit I have had before. It lacks the crisp tartness and doesn't have much of a finish to it. The labels says coriander but I don't really pick any up until the last few lukewarm sips.

It has a medium, creamy mouthfeel but it's hugely lacking in carbonation and finishes very weak.

Overall not a great beer, it's too sweet, and it all but completely lacks the crisp refreshing edge I like in a witbier.

I bought this from an LCBO and there was a blockout sticker over the 4.7% abv which puts it at 5.5%. Not sure what that's about.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an interesting one, it poured a cloudy yellow with little head and no lacing. Strong smell of oranges dominates the smell of this brew, not horrible. Taste is not terrible, but doesn't really taste much like a wit, way too much orange here. The sweetness of this makes it somewhat of a dessert beer, not quite what I was looking for here though.

If you're looking for something sweet, it's not bad, if you want a wit, get something else.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Barely hazy straw with a loose white head.

S - Wheat, some citrus and spiciness - a touch of cloves I guess.

T/M - Light, dry wheatiness, cloves and very light orange. Spritzy carbonation and light body are refreshing, but there isn't a whole lot of flavour here.

D - Drinkable but not very interesting.

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Photo of Derek
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow with a slight haze, white head, very little retention, no lacing (where's the protein?).

S: Cloves, lemon zest and some other spiciness.

T: Lemon zest, cloves & light non-descript spicing. Slightly bready, light bitterness.

M: Light body has a crisp, refreshing finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very Berliner Weiss-type appearance: anemic yellow with cadaverous tone, heavy-set haze, and barren flat surface. Little salt flakes of bubbles patter about, a small number of which accumulate along the perimeter. It's a hard appearance to sell but I think I'm buying it.

The bouquet reveals a Belgian beer that cradles a number of German weiss styles. It has a strong must of damp wheat and wet grains, like a hefe. It has a grassy, somewhat floral, zest of clove, herbs, and strong esters, like those of a weizenbock. It also smells of citrus and lemon, sensing that it may be both lightly acidic and tart.

The taste certainly resembles that of a Berliner Weiss. Although it surely lacks the lactobacillus culture, something evokes notes both sour and acidic with tart lemony-citric fruit taste. The flavour of damp grasses and wet grains hamper the 'refreshing' aspect a little but its light body ensures the needle on the drinkability scale stays far to the 'easy' end.

I found a lot of flavour in this, but no coriander or orange peel. I don't mean to nitpick too much about style guidelines and I won't be holding it against the beer. For one, it fulfilled its calling as a witbier: it was highly drinkable, pretty refreshing and had a solid dimension of spice and citrus. Second of all, I liked it. You just might as well...

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Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy yellow gold, thin white forms, instantly settles down to a thin ring around the glass and some big bubbles, no lacing. Smell is wheat, some coriander spiciness, oranges, yeast, bit of bready malt, light sourness, aroma is nice. Taste is nice, sweet malts, some honey, sourdough, sweet oranges, coriander spiciness, some yeast, nice malty finish, light but decent flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, goes down pretty easy. Little light on flavour but drinkable.

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Photo of bobsy
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow body with a compact fluffy white head and some lacing. Clean, grainy aroma betrays some lemon. Crisp flavours of grain, lemon and coriander refresh the palate. Light body and moderate carbonation. Not an especially outstanding wheat beer, but refreshing nonetheless.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First person in four years to review this... what up with that?

This was really pale, which is to be expected, but it was lacking in any colour at all. Finger thick white head that lasted to the last drop, sticky lacings.

Fresh, lemon-citrus nose with noticeable wheat.

Lemon is the defining characteristic for me. Not tart or anything, it's just very soft around the edges with a vague citrus flavour. Wheat is certainly prominent, which is nice. It just lacks the stand out coriander and orange that lift the great witbiers above the rest.

A quaffable summer wheat.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This product is a very cloudy yet brilliant pale with a very short crown of one finger leading to a minor glass ring and island lace.
Body is just short of full.
The nose has a yeasty, hay like quality to it.
The taste has a bitter/sweet start and ends in a prominent linger edging towards a mouth clinging sweetness.
Also, fleeting bread and citrus qualities are evident throughout.

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Photo of putnam
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a straightforward, unexceptional wit the design of which is motivated entirely by commercial considerations.

On the nose it offers one-half bracing wheat, coriander and cured citrus aromas and one-half sour, sulfery malt liquor-like adjunct odors.
On the palate it is creamy and clean, with a generous sweetness to offset the edgy, hurried, industrial base of syrup ferment. Cloying at different points - on the nose, in the mouthfeel - and yet adequately dry in a crudely balanced way with dusty spices and herbs on the mid-palate and finish.
Entirely average.

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Photo of baiser
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a pale yellow straw colour. Expected it to be a bit more cloudy than it was, a bit too clear. The head was nothing special, although it did leave a thin layer of film that lasted throughout. There was just something off about the appearance, that didn't make it look too appetizing.

Smelled of citrus peel and spices.

Tasted a bit tart, some hoppiness, astringent towards the end. But there's a nice citrus and coriander flavour. Certainly is quite tasty. In the somewhat reminded me of club soda, but a good tasting one.

Mouthfeel was OK, nothing special though. Like any wheat beer, plenty of carbonation, tingles in the mouth. This one was smooth.

This was of course quite drinkable. A good alternative to say a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, light straw colour with a thin white head. Bready yeast aroma is dominant with some citrus zest that gives it a little tang. Very mild flavour, with spicy hops, biscuit malt, and citrus acidity balancing nicely. Slightly spicy sweet, clean finish. Light body with moderate carbonation. Nice summer beer with a nice flavour, but the aroma is a little much for a session beer.

330mL green bottle, best before date clearly marked on label.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy yellowish-white pour with a creamy white head. The nose is refreshing with hints of citrus and orange peel...even a touch of lemon in there. Light on the spice.

The taste seems more towards the rich side than the thirst quenching. The fruitiness is very toned down in the body and only some of the spice is peeking through. Definite banana notes. A medium bodied beer that is quite creamy for a Belgian style wheat. A very creamy-milky finish.

I didn't find this to be a bad beer however not the best example of the style. Drinkability wise, it's not my first choice. Is it me or does this particular Belgian remind you more of a German style Hefe?

I believe this is the 2nd time around in Ontario for this brew. Had it several years back at Smokeless Joe & the LCBO.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is way clearer and paler that most wits. Theres hardly any sediment. Modest head, with minimal lace. the aroma is harsher that hoegaarden, maybe more hop bitternes present? The flavor is rather bitter, Its unusual. Im at a loss to describe it but its harsh and almost musty. Maybe that has something to do with the stupid green bottle its in. A passable witbier but not great.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy bottle not impressive but a very corriander wheat ale, with orange to give it flavour. OK Wheat beer with creamy mouthfeel and medium texture. Some smoke and astringency. Needed 3 other mates to finish. Need a strong dark after to remove spice jar aftertaste. Being marketed across Canada.

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Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a short white head that quickly dissapates, over a hazy, soft looking yellow beer. Minimal amount of lace.

Lemon and wheat nose typical to the style. Gentle bit of cloves in there, too, but most noticeably lemony.

Slightly sharp and biting mouthfeel, almost spritzy. Taste is light and lemony, slightly plastic finish. Same gentle bit of cloves as in the nose.

Quite palatable, but not particularly exciting. Decent summer patio beer, I'd say.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow hazy beer with a nice head that dissipated a bit too soon. Aroma is a mix of wheat and citrus. Taste is quite refreshing with again notes of citrus and wheat being the most obvious. Very good example of the style and very refreshing after this hot weekend.

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Brussels White from Brouwerij Cornelissen
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 18 ratings