Brouwerij Alken-Maes

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #648
Ranked #44,312
3.39 | pDev: 15.34%
Brouwerij Alken-Maes
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 58
Photo of Wegomlegging
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow into its flat custom glass, with ample head. Citrusy smell with whiff of wheat, almost floral yeast. Outstanding flavor that trademarks the witbier style the way it was meant to be, light spice and grain that finishes clean and lingers on the palate. Standard carbonation gives it a familiar feel, but the satisfaction in the understated flavors makes it incredibly drinkable. My favorite style for a summer BBQ, this beer was very tasty.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kind of confusing because several other breweries have beers with the name similar to "Brugs" such as "Blanche de Bruges" made by Brouwerij De Gouden Boom. The image of the oversized tree on the shield is alos on the Blanche de Bruges. Somebody has to take the head out of their ass at these breweries and think about how not to confuse the consumer. I am sure that several of the reviews on Blanche de Bruges are for this beer, as other websites have them listed as the same beer.

Pure white head and beautiful opaque yellow body.
Plain wheat aroma that has barely noticeble pepper.
Lovely cloves, some banana, bit of pepper, full flavored wheat beer.
Light in body, very refreshing.
A true joy to drink.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, poured into my brugs chalice

Pours with a cloudy hazy yellow body, eggy white head with good retention

Smell, a fair bit of clove initially, some fresh malt, little bit of yeast

Taste, very fresh tasting, some subtle spice and fruit, slightly estery

Very drinkable, great little session wit

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Gapwines, Belfast..

Poured a cloudy pale golden straw colour. White head poured big thick and foamy and faded slowly to thick frothy layer.. lots of sticky lacing... carbonation bubbles rush to the surface...

Aroma - Spicy, citrus pith, light coriander notes, some biscuity malts, apple traces, salty hints, floral / grassy, some very light honey sweetness, some cinnamon, perfumed, hint of Lemsip...

Taste - Strong clove and coriander spiciness, grassy, floral hops, no real maltiness, good lemon fruitiness, herbal notes, some vanilla creaminess, lots of wheatiness, quite yeasty...

M&D - Sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and drinkable - would be nice on a hot summers day...

Overall - An excellent wheat beer... recommended...

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Photo of xylophonica
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at a small bar in Brussels.

A - Lightly clouded, fairly pale golden colour. I'm not going to give a rating for the piece of lemon which was stuck on the rim...

S - Sweet, light orange and lemon. Very citrus-y. Mild whiff of some cloves and herbs as well.

T - Quite mild and soothing. The lemon on the glass interferes slightly with the taste but it's not overpowering. Citrus flavours at first with a mild ale taste behind them all. Some of the herbal elements coming through as well.

M - Fairly smooth, some of the herbs help to give this a nice soothing feel with just a tang of orange & lemon.

D - Calm and soothing, very easy to knock back in rapid succession.

For those who get to drink this in its native Belgium, it's important to also point out that this is dirt cheap! I think this was something like 1.50€! Perfect with moules et frites!

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Photo of biegaman
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on a few occasions while studying in Italy. Always on draft, could never find the bottled version. Not the most impressive witbier, but still good, and certainly welcome to the (otherwise, often pityfull) Italian beer selection. Clouded, lighter orange. Good head, often lacing. Zesty nose, with notes of coriander and lemon. Nothing robust about this beer - flavours are light. But again, flavoured all the same at least. In other words, some character, though not much. Mouthfeel is more than fine, good finish and clean profile. A beer in good shape but that does little to impress. I have no complaints. A good, average witbier.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, coriander and hints of lemon citrus. In the taste, coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel starting with a small sweetness and ending dry. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry lemon zest in the aftertaste. Nice big citrus and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky yellow beer with an initial big head, which collapses almost instantly.

Smell is spicy and grainy with aromatic coriander and some slightly musty or husky smells. I am not sure what it is, but it makes the beer not standard. I also get a little soapy smell.

Taste is aromatic and perfumy of the spices, I get coriander and cumin. There is a light wheat taste, which is a little grainy and ackward, musty and oriental. The beer tastes fresh and drinkability is good.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a really cloudy yellow colour with a lot of carbonation. The head is small and has a decent retention.

The smell is really wheaty with some hints of fruits. The beer is slightly fruit and slightly wheaty. The beer has yeast in it, and it's sweet and refreshing. The beer is slightly what you'd expect with the mouthfeel, but it's too watery.

This beer is a good beer to drink a bunch of them.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light pale yellow. Not particularly cloudy, surprising for a wit, good thick head.
It looks enticing, but not as much as I'm used to.

Refreshing, herby witbier nose, not as strong, or fragrant as I like. This is starting to strike me as a pale imitation of the witbier greats.

Hmm. Very nice. It seems to have gained its character back here. The refreshing, light herby and aromatic flavours are more pronounced in the taste. It still doesn't quite match the heights of, say, a Hoegaarden White, but its taste is belied by the rather listless appearance and nose.

Light, enjoyable, drinkable. Doesn't stand up to the witbier greats, but still a reasonable example of the style.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 Brown bottles, both 25cl and best before 11th Feb 2008, drank on 17th June 2007.

Both bottles were poured into my old Hougaerdse Das tumbler. The beer is cloudy and looks like dirty washing up water, with a white scum on top, however, that is supposed to be how it looks, so full marks for looks (well nearly).

Aroma is of citrus fruits, more a sweet grapefruit than a sour lemon smell though.

This is a summers day drink, thirst quenching with weak citrus flavours joining the hops to give a very pleasant beer.

The mouth drys and the citrus (grapefruity) flavours stay, a slight metallic taste also arrives, which isn't too nice, but overal, this is one of the better wit beers I have tried.

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Photo of Voss
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little 25cl bottle, pours in a beautyful hazy yellow with an orange shade and white foam with little retention. Smell of fresh grapefruit, a little acid. Low carbonation, character of lemon, sour fruits and grapefruit over all, with a strong acid end. This influences it's drinkability, good, but not as other witbiers.

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Photo of sfprint
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy lemonade color that's been sweetened with brown sugar. In the light there it's also a bit pink. Not so carbonated.

S: Smells more like a German Hefeweißen than a Witbier. Yeasty!

T: The flavor is quite hollow. Slightly sour and lemony. Grassy too.

M: Other than the sourness, it's fine.

D: I wouldn't jump to drinking another, but another will do.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little 25cl bottle from Brussels.

A: Pours an odd yellow color with a greenish cast; very little head, which dissipates rapidly into nothing. Looks like a standard wit except for the weird greenish color.

S: Grainy and yeasty, with a lot of underlying fruit flavors (banana, apricot), and a touch of coriander.

T: Kind of disappointing after an initial good impression from the nose. Kind of musty grass meets yeast, with a few fruity undertones. Ultimately kind of underwhelming, though not horrible.

M: Moderately carbonated, which helps give this beer a bit more body. Kind of flat - the carbonation seems to almost be trying to overcompensate. Watery.

D: Light enough to drink more than one, but I'm not particularly inclined to.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a branded chalice at the Midi Station in Brussels.

A: The beer is a bright hazy gold color with a 1 finger pure white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lemon zest and a touch of malt. Not much else.

T: Citrus and pineapple. Finishing slightly spicy. Similar to a Hoegaarden. OK

Nothing exciting or particularly outstanding - just had this one while waiting for the rain to stop.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: poured a hazy pale yellow color and with a white head
Smell: Wheat all over the place, yeast, coriander and orange.
Taste: Wheat, sweet, orange and some hints of clove.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, thin bodied.
Overall: Too single dimensional and much wheat for me, adding some lemon helps. There are many better witbeers out there though.

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Photo of deebo
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Typical Belgian Wit appearance, reminds me of Hoegaarden. Lots of fluffy white head. Pale straw colored and cloudy.

S-Clove aroma is strongest note picked up, quite weak in aroma compared to many other of the style

T-Wheat and clove. Just a hint of skunk in this beer. Some orange and lemon notes.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated.

O-Pretty average. Tastes better as it warms a bit.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From Belgium in a Box. In Adnams glass. Watching Los Soprano 5x01. Initally pleasant,but with so strong wit notes (coriander,lemon, etc) that makes it feel artificial, like a refreshment. Its only 25cl, but seems that in the long run it will become tiresome

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl) and on-tap, tasted in 1999.
Appearance: white beer with coriander and orange peel, pale yellow colour, veiled
Smell: spicy aromas
Taste and mouthfeel mouth fresh, light, citrus final
Drinkability: white beer correct, but without further

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose still very light with a scent of wheat (only 30% of wheat is used in this mix) and a touch of lemon. A distinct lack of spice in the body of the beverage is to be noted and you do not feel that a return to the lemony taste. The aftertaste is also low. This is certainly a refreshing beer but a little too devoid of flavor to be interesting.

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Photo of 77ships
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: It has a light straw colour, the head is not big and didn't last long. No real carbonation.

S: Very light smell which is mostly wheat and nearly absent lemon.

T: Surprisingly little spices and lemon. Monotone test wheat taste and not much else, there is some minor yeast to be found. If I had to imagine how wheat juice tastes like, I would think of this.

M: Rather light and watery.

D: Too monotone and causes me too think of wheat juice. It is easy to drink but comes across as a generic Belgian witbier. Goes down easy and can be refreshing but there is too little substance to it.

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Photo of stevoj
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very light, yet refreshing. Slight citrus (lemon) aroma, hazy light golden body with minimal head. Taste is flat, bread, and some lemon. Finish is short, but overall this beer has a thirst quenching property, so it’s good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best before 13-02-06 so must be quiet fresh and ok for rating. Pours in fine with a "not" overwelming foam and gone fast. Collor is dark yellow with a white haze.
Smell is unfresh, oxidated fats, litle yeastfruit and not much orange and koreander. Sourness from wheat also getting in my nose but overal not fresh.
Taste is litle better being quiet dry, wheat, litle sour, creamy and then getting a light bitter aftertaste. Nothing special about this one to say but drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

"Brugs Biere Blanche Witbier" served on-draught into a Brugs goblet in a bar in Brussels, Belgium. Reviewed from notes taken June 2010.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and average retention. Body colour is a cloudy lemon-yellow.

Sm: Very light aroma of lemon citrus esters.

T: Lemon ester body is more subtle than expected, but lacks a citrusy character. There's a light wheat foundation which threatens to come off weak but manages to simply stay light and refreshing. Very pleasant. Complex enough for a witbier. Subtle and simple, but effective.

Mf: Light, moderately thick, smooth, and wet. Just as it should be. Carbonation is good.

Dr: A fairly priced and refreshing beer that is low in ABV, slides down extremely easily, and is worth a go for fans of the style. A good summer witbier, but held back by its simplicity. Not a great beer for the style, but passable.


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Photo of chunkylover53
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got this as a free bonus gift when I ordered some Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10 online.

I can see why they're giving it away. I mean, it's not bad, but it's not great either.

It poured a very pale cloudy yellow with a big, foamy, quicly-dissipating head.

Smell was a little bit floral and not much else.

It was quite watery and had very little flavour at all. Like a watered-down Hoegaarden.

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