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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LiquidAmber on 09-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy, golden hue with a small, short-lived head of foam. It smelled of clove, orange and lemon. It tasted of citrus, yeastiness and cracked wheat.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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 InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
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 tone77
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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 DoubleJ
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Halcyondays
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
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 Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of FLima
3.34/5  rDev -7%
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 hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JoeMans
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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Martens Witte from Brouwerij Martens NV
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