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Martens Witte | Brouwerij Martens NV

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Brouwerij Martens NV

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by LiquidAmber on 09-16-2012

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Halcyondays
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

50 cL can,

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a light white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Lemony soap, almost a Dial play, some wheat and Lemonheads candy.

T: Grainy wheat flavour with a light bit of citrus. Candied orange in the finish, fairly odd tasting. Lots of husky grain flavour.

M: Light-bodied, flabby, soft carbonation. Thin, watery feel to the beer.

O: A fairly poor wit, it's quite cheap, but there a ton of stuff out there that's better.

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Photo of Indymom
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not really a Belgian wheat. It's more like a cross of an American wheat with a pale ale. It's ok, but won't get again.

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Photo of trocketsauced
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of PorterHaus666
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Vancoubeer
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this in a can for basically, "how bad could it be?" Out of the can it pours very clear and in the glass it is quite filtered and the head disappeared quickly. Once I drank my class and poured out the rest, the sediment was poured out. The smell is quite nice. You really get the orange peel. The taste was watery at best and there is a sweetness but not the citrus I was hoping for. It was a sub 3 dollar can so I cannot be to picky. However it does taste the way it should but its below average. The mouthfeel is also average. Its not flat but not carbonated. Its flaw is its very wet...instead of that dry feeling you get with high end Wit beers. Meh...its an average beer but its not bad. I mean its better than literally every American Pale Lagers on the market today. So with that said, I will drink this over any of the macros we come across at the average social event and or sporting event.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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 TheQuietMan22
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving type: 500 ml can. “E: 31/08/13” is printed on the bottom of the can and I assume that is a best-by date.

Appearance: Poured into a becker glass. The color is hazy, pale gold. Two fingers of buttery, eggshell-colored head left an even skim and thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Very spicy for a wit, and I assume that is because of the coriander. It smells like a saison at first. However, the spice fades and the usual wit qualities emerge. Pale malts, wheat, yeast, a splash of Radler-like lemon, and orange peel.

Taste: Light mouthfeel. The spice is noticeable at first, but it fades and tames considerably. Pale malts, wheat, Radler-like lemon, yeast, and orange peel.

Drinkability: Decent enough. I am not much of a witbier fan, but this sets itself apart from others.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Kahlerbock
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of CoCambria
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JoeMans
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of quadhog
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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 beltz15
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

Light beer, with subtle tones of orange peels. Wasn't to refreshing, but was a good drink for when you want something a little lighter.

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Photo of FLima
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy yellow color with a thick head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of orange peel, wheat, chamomile and coriander. Just a bit tart.
Flavor with lots of coriander, orange peel, chamomile tea, yeast, bubblegum and mild soap. Dry aftertaste with no bitterness.
Medium creamy body with appropriate carbonation.
Flavorful Wit that focus on citrus and coriander but downplay spices.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a massive white colored head.

Smells spicy with a big pepper scent. Mint and clove aromas. Coriander but no banana scented.

Starts out mildly sweet and spicy. Flavors of pepper and coriander and a faint cookie dough flavor. tasty but mild.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall certainly worth a try.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of ScaryEd
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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