Martens Witte | Brouwerij Martens NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV
Belgium
martens.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by LiquidAmber on 09-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,904
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
73
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Wibier. Poured from a 16.9 oz can into a Busch Gardens Bud Select flute. Hazy pale yellow/ straw colored beer. Big delicately bubbly white head with pretty good retention. Flecks of lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mild mostly lemon. Taste is better than the aroma. Still mostly citrus (lemon) but there is some spicing, the orange peel, a little black pepper and cardamon are there. Some mild wheat bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is just about right for a Wit. Light, crisp and refreshing

Overall a pretty good summer ber, but there are a lot of better Witbiers out there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very hazy with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles. Color is a nice yellow.
S - Smells of spicy coriander, orange and lemon peel, with classic wheat.
T - Not as strong yet as spicy as I expected the wheat takes a back seat while the coriander is mild. I like the orange peel aspect its bitter but strong. Tasty.
M - Light as crisp as expected.

Overall after being disappointed by the pilser this beer is quite tasty but still far from the best in style. I would drink it again since it was around 2 bucks for the pounder.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spice, citrus (orange & lemon), light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong orange and lemon flavors along with some spice. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a light malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Here was another CAN, courtesy of local, in-person trader, tone77. Another of his drop-offs is upcoming tonight and so I am trying to catch up prior to his arrival.

From the CAN: "Martens Beer Anno 1758"; "Traditionally Brewed"; "Belgian Wheat Beer"; "Malt beverage brewed with coriander and orange peels".

This was a beer that seemed to beg for a Crack & inverted Glug and who would I be to deny such a request? I got a fluffy finger-and-a-half of cottony, bone-white head that sat there like a petulant child. Color was a cloudy, light lemon-yellow. Nose smelled as though someone were atomizing lemon juice in my kitchen and I have to admit, the kitchen has never smelled better. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing, but way too sweet for my taste. I was reminded of when Country Time Lemonade was first released and I immediately eschewed it in favor of iced tea, indicative of my caffeine addiction. Finish had a definite white (not black) pepperiness, rendering it semi-sweet, rather than outright sweet, but still not to my liking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

You can do it! 500 ml can ready to go, and on to the beer:

About the color of pale straw. Its body is quite clean for a witbier; there's a touch of haze, but there's enough clarity to see bubbles rise. The head sitting on top forms an inch thick initially, dropping to half that and staying put. The spcie hits the nose first, though it does have an astringent accent to it. A little spearmint gum note finishes it.

Tastes like spearmint bubblegum. Add a little bit of lemon, and you have the taste of Martens Witte. That's acceptable enough, if not a little strange. It is light bodied (and almost watery) with a gentle crispness.

Decent overall witbier. The price is reasonable is the states, so it won't set you back much if you're willing to try.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Martens is a Belgian wheat beer that takes a different path than a beer like Hoegaarden (which I love). Hoegaarden to me has a really tasty coriander taste to it with a hint of orange. This beer gives me more of an orange/lemon taste to it with a hint of spice to it. Hoegaarden to me is more spice and then citrus and this is the opposite of that. This beer is ok, it isn't my favorite wheat beer but it is enjoyable to drink. It has a wet sort of mouth feel and it is pleasant. I'd drink it again but Hoegaarden costs less and I like it more. I was able to get a 16ounce can for $2 while a 12ounce bottle of hoegaarden is under $1.50. I love trying new things out. Add another one to my list of tried beers. :)

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Photo of wattoclone
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compared to the other dozen witbiers I've tried this one is my favorite. The price is good, it is unfiltered and has more flavor out of the can than any other of this style. I was compelled to review this one because it was obvious that many of the reviewers obviously did not like this style so they gave it a low rating. Witbiers are not supposed to blow your socks off, they are supposed to be refreshing with a light citrusy, spicy flavor that is easy drinking. This one has a pleasant aromatic aroma of coriander and lemons and tastes perfect with a pronounced coriander and lemon zest aftertaste that makes you want to take another drink. Perfect for the style. and comes in a 16 ounce can.

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Photo of pat61
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw (SRM 2) with masses of very fine rapidly rising bubbles. The 2" head is white, clingy and moderately persistent. The aromas are white bread, orange, citrus and spice. Martens Witte starts mildly sweet and creamy with wheat, citrus, orange and spice plus a hint of banana but it dries on the finish with a touch of spicy astringency. The beer is light and refreshing, flavorful with moderately high carbonation. This is a pleasant, light, full flavored beer.

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Photo of mrmagoo157
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If Hoegaarden is the "standard" by which other commercial witbiers are judged, then this is quite different. I'm not big on canned beers but found this one to be OK from the can. It has a nice yeasty, wheat beer smell but very mild. I was somewhat surprised at the above average amount of head it produces. Appearance is pale yellow with cloudiness. The taste is mild without the over spicing of others, with a hint of citrus and coriander. The surprising sweetness in the finish I like, not dry as expected. Overall, a nice beer for a hot day but a little expensive for a canned beer in my opinion. I would certainly recommend trying it.

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

Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ghowehattrick
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a whiteish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of citrus. Taste is good, citrus, spice, some wheat, lots of flavor and very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overallis a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluegrass49
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vandemonian
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Martens Witte is a spicy, citrussy wheat beer. Usually I like beer with big flavour, but I didn't love this one.

A: Cloudy straw colour and a 5 mm head that lasts pretty well. 4

S: Weak aroma of yeast and some spices. 3.5

T: Nice wheaty base and a very strong flavour of spices. Some citrus tang too that I didn't particularly like. This would be a nice summer beer, though. 3.75

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 3.5

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Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy light yellow amber with a thin, fine white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Pleasant aroma of wheat and cloves, almost floral. Flavor is sweet, light wheat and cloves with a light bitter clove finish. Flavor is very light and attenuated. A bit too sweet, but the dominant wheat and clove flavor has a floral element that is rather unusual. The finish is a weird combination of dry wheat and an underlying light, but cloying sweetness. Body is light, appropriate to the style, nice carbonation. It tastes as if cane syrup was added to a pleasant understated light wheat beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Martens Witte from Brouwerij Martens NV
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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