La Grande Blanche
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #65
Ranked #19,085
3.87 | pDev: 9.3%
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 73
Reviews by cjgator3:
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3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a large off-white head that has excellent retention and a good amount of lacing around the glass as well.

S- The aroma is citrus with some peppery spices, wheat, grass, coriander and yeast.

T- The taste starts out with some wheat and citrus flavors along with spices and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The taste can be a little too cloyingly sweet at times, but the alcohol is very well hidden.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The sweetness detracts from the drinkability for me. Not bad, but there are definitely better witbiers out there.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a pale hazy yellow body with a slow motion carbonation of microbubbles and a cobweb white head that sticks to the glass even after it fades to a thick ring of big bubbles.

S- The clean aroma has a soft lemon yeasty ester to it with a fresh wintergreen quality in the finish that is also very light.

T- The dry woody quality is not really barrel wood with some wheat dough hints to follow and a lemon note to finish. There is a soft spice character that comes through in the finish as the beer opens up. There are also some pear and unripe banana flavors along with a lemon note that come through aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is very light and crisp but only hings of pear and lemon come through making it a bit bland in taste and smell.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bernardus chalice, this is a limpid-golden beer, clear, with no head on top. The nose is pleasantly spicy, with a light citrus scent underneath. To taste, coriander has a light presence, but there's a nice yeasty spiciness that makes up for it. Moderately fruity, with a hint of alcohol. Could use some more carbonation, as well.

Disappointing beer, from a brewery whose quality seems to range from blandly ordinary to stunningly good. This one is on the low end.

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Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

American brewers simply cannot help themselves- the yearning to "imperialize" beer styles is apparently too strong to be ignored. And when they turn to imperialize the witbier style, it always- always- always ends up in a sticky, spicy soupy beer... except for when this Belgian brewery does it.

With a moderate uptick in strength, the finesse ale shows slightly darker hues than its original counterpart. A thick lather builds on the beer and endures the session- revealing the softness of powdered sugar and citrusy spice. Wafts of white pepper, light cumin and balsa balance the wheat sweetness in both aroma and initial taste.

As its richer body layers on the middle palate, its pillow texture keeps the soft malts of light bread, confectioner's sweetness and light grain supported as well as smoothens out the tang of citrus peel, coriander, pepper and slight smoke. Its citrus tilt invites a light vinous note of white wine to permeate its creamy structure.

Yet like the lighter bodied farmhouse wheat ale, this heftier version lifts its creaminess just in time to let its gentle dryness and warmth to finish with refreshment and effortless taste. De Proef pulls off what I had previously thought was impossible- make a good imperial witbier.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. sample, shared with others at the Maproom.

Poured the typical golden, almost pastel yellow. High clarity, good head retention. Some lacing in the glass, typical Belgian looks.

Aroma was sweet, mild fruit candy...lemon, orange, or peach.

Tasted fairly sweet with a very subdued spicy element. Coriander would be my guess, but that would just be following the formula. Round, sweet mouthfeel, I was hoping for a thicker wheatiness. Nice dry finish. Alcohol is there, but fairly well hidden.

My glass disappeared quickly, and was supplemented by a friend's unattended glass...

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two-finger thick head, super creamy, cratered, and firm like meringue. Color is a cloudy pear-skin gold. Tons of lace.

Lots of pear and peach in the nose. A little bit of mineral from, I'd guess, the yeast...light herbal/spice character, but it's the fruitiness the defines this beer's aroma. Clean, breezy, fruity and unmistakably Belgian in origin.

Lots of pear and peach in the flavor, along with a healthy and completely refreshing apple element. But this is no wimpy macro-style fruit novelty, there's a subtle and earthy herbal element as well as a good dose of yeasty earthiness. Fresh white bread; a flowery essence; hops are crisp and bright. Simple, uncomplicated and incredibly likable.

Mouthfeel is airy, finely carbonated, gentle, kind of creamy...utterly smooth.

Man, does anything that comes out of De Proef suck? This is a delicious and uber-refreshing beer...and though its 7.5% ABV may qualify it as an imperialized witbier, it basically drinks like your lower-ABV wit...superb.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle that looks identical to the one pictured. Cork came out with a little work and a short pop indicated this held its seal.
Poured into a stemmed pils glass it is very much transparent and as pale yellow as any macro lager I've seen. waves of medium carbonation roll to the surface and support an Ivory white creamy head.

Smell has a musky backdrop but it eventially cleans up into a fruity brew. Very similar to a triple in a lot of respects. Mainly the lighter colored fruits, pineapple, apple and a bit of bubble gum. Secondary is the abv being a nice zip and it warms ya up good. This is full. I usually would expect a wit to be refreshing and to me this is far from refreshing. Style be damned this is a fine brew.

Notes: A big winner in my book. Its been a few months since I've dabbled back into Belgian brews and this may have revived my interest.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Witbier. Poured into an Aventinus glass from a corked and caged bottle. A little higher abv than I would have expected but nice and smooth.

Pours the typical witbier.hefe dull straw color with a big fluffy white head and good retention. Leaves thich, spotty lace on the glass.

Typical witbier aroma with a bit more pepper than some.

Tastes is good. Coriander, citrus, a little wheat bitterness and bubble gum sweetness.

Mouthfeel is rich with no hint of the 7.5 abv.

Drinkability is good. Have to respect the strength. This is no session beer, just tastes like one. Very nice

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: cloudy gold color, thick foamy head settles to still-thick level, moderate lacing
s: belgian yeast, tart fruits, wheat come through
t: tart fruits are consistent along with wheat flavors, but little else as it finishes with little flourish
m: medium body with good carbonation
d: i was expecting more from this brew, especially in terms of body and flavor, but still fairly drinkable

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Map Room 9/22/07.

A: Served a pale, cloudy yellow color. Capping it is a bright white, two finger head of cream.

S: Faint aroma of tart apples, yeast, wheat, with a dash of funky Chicago basement.

T: Light tart fruit and funkyness. Complimenting this is a wheaty dryness that completes the picture.

M: Creamy, with some sharpness towards the middle and dryness at the finish.

D: Very, very refreshing. Perfect for the summer!

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with some bits of sediment with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with some strong wheat notes.

T - It tasted yeasty and spicy with a good wheat backbone. There was a subtle orange zestiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was medium bodied with a dry finish and an alcohol warmth.

O - This is a pretty good witbier. Good flavors and aromas throughout.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought for two dollars at Bevmo.

Pours a big old fluffy head, kinda cloudy sloppy straw yellow.

Spicy smell with sweet fruity follow up.

Tastes better than a two dollar beer. Everything you'd expect from a good wit.

Very sweet and tangy aftertaste.

Excellent beer even if it cost more than two bucks...

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Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An optimal example of the style, if you can find a bottle that holds up, beautiful hazy golden color, bright white foam. Floral and tropical fruit aromas, with the wheat backbone. Orange and coriander spice notes. Quite heavy in the mouth, finishes nicely balanced and hops are soft but this is not a sweet witbier, this is a good example of the style as I said before.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 12-27-08

Pours a very light and slightly hazy yellow, with little bubbles rising to the surface to a filmy head that lasts forever.

Smell is very sweet, all the standard aromas of a wit, with a deep, dark fruit/cranberry aroma hidden in the back. Staggeringly complex and enjoyable.

Taste is not as complex as the smell, sweet light malt at first with a balancing hop flavor and slight bitterness. The alcohol keeps things lively, but there just isn't alot else there.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, it's a very sweet beer and I don't think I'd want two in a row.

Overall, a good beer, but not as complex or flavorful as I had hoped.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden straw color with a dense foamy white head. Aromas of coriander and pilsener malts, flavors of coriander, cardamom, and a dash of citrus. Medium body and a slightly bitter coriander finish. So it seems that when you make a witbier an IMPERIAL witbier, it kinda tastes like a tripel or saison. Walk, don't run to the nearest retailer for a 750ml bottle of this plausible spring morning brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap yesterday at the Brickstore Pub, but didn't review it. I'm enjoying it again today on my covered back porch on a warm day and it is just delicious. It seems a good deal less tart and perhaps a tad sweeter in the bottle compared to on tap, but either way this is one fine beer. Pours a bit hazy, but a nice light golden and with a respectable head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some okay lacing. Slightly sweet, very creamy, with pears, cardamom, lemon, and some minerality. Very nice, and the flavor is equally appealing with more cream, lemon, pear, and cardamom, as well as a nice herbal grassiness in the finish and atad of sweetness running through it all as well as some coriander. Very nice. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth, but with a nice tart herbalness at the end. A delightful surprise.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Middle murky honey, near white head, leaves fast to disk. Lots of spotty lace.

S - Coriander and flowers. Some malt in there for good measure.

T - Butterscotch. Maybe in a bad way. Tasty enough, but often that is not a good sign.

M - Light body, medium carb, fair coating, ok balance.

D - Butterscotch too much to session.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy yellow body, pillowy white head with a sheet of lacing.

s: light malt is dominated by coriander and lemon.

t: Honey upfront, then coriander, then lemon peel. Not too spiced. I am usually bored by wits, but this one I really like.

m: smooth with above average carbonation.

d: very easy drinking, hard to believe the abv. an excellent introduction to belgian beer for those that may be intimidated by a more full flavored or assertive offering. I often describe it to customers as hoegarden on steroids.

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Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Body is a very cloudy translucent straw yellow. Pours with a foamy 1-2 finger white head. Head eventually fades to a thin collar and leaves some traces of lacing behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and somewhat dynamic with a hint of brown yeast sediment lurking in the bottom of the glass.

S- Smell is light and fruity. Lemon and orange citrus scents are the highlight with a hint of coriander and a bready yeast in the background.

T- The flavor is like the smell but much more subdued. The overall impression is sweet with sweet citrus upfront and a low but noticeable yeasty backbone. A hint of coriander comes through for the finish along with an even more subtle hint of floral hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is otherwise pretty clean with nothing lingering on the palate.

M- Low to medium tingly carbonation. Mouthfeel is very light and has a bit of a yeast presence but is thinner than I like for the style.

D- This is a pretty good witbier. The 7.5% is very well hidden especially considering the thin mouthfeel. There is no noticeable presence of alcohol presence whatsoever and this drinks like a 3-4% session beer. Not my favorite of the style but still one I would have again.

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Photo of jascox2
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good clean, citrus, very low on spice or corriander. not too stong on the belgium yeast flavour. Cork did not pop, but the carbonation was just right, with a sticky lace head. The color was a straw yellow, and the alcohol whilst 7.5% was not really noticable. This is a great beer. Not the weirdest or funkiest but just a really good beer.

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Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of thequeen711
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This rates as an Imperial Witbier...very light yellow pour, left light lacing. A nose of wheat, and a slight hint of lemon. Mouthfeel light and quenching, very easy drinking for this beer. I was amazed at the extreme lightness of the pour, almost clear, see-thru. This can be another drinkable beer this summer!

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La Grande Blanche from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 73 ratings