IJwit | Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJ

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full-bodied, Amsterdam wheat beer that is dangerously ‘moreish’. Slightly cloudy, it has a beautiful golden colour and a soft, foamy head. When we brew IJwit, we use wheat malt as well as barley malt, which is also how the beer gets its name. The wheat malt gives the beer a delightful, fresh flavour, and the addition of coriander and lemon during the brewing process produces a rich aroma of banana, citrus and spices. Topped off by a fine, slightly sweet aftertaste, IJwit is a delicious thirst-quencher.

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Absumaster
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this beer at the brewery where it was poured into nice looking glasses.

An orange, yellow fizzy beer with a creamy head.

Smell is sweet and aromatic with coriander and orange. The sweetness overrules the yeasty smell, which normally imparts a slight tartness and spiciness.

Taste is SWEET, like it hasn't been fermented properly. Sweetness is actually all there is for the first few sips. Then the yeast gives some spicy character and spices also comes through. Obviously no hop character. Mouthfeel is sweet and full. This is probably a mistake and can't be ment to be like this.

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Photo of benfons
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: clear yellow colour, dense 1cm thick head, doesn't look like a witbier

S: citrus, hints of coriander, slight peppery notes

T: orange, rather sweet, less spices

M: light to medium body, good carbonation

O: doesn't look like a witbier, does taste like one, and is better then a lot of others

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Photo of GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/07/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info. Strange how some of this breweries beers have a date strip and some don't. Poured into my Petrus chalice.

Appearance- Deep golden colored, lightly clouded pour. The bottom the the glass looks clear as day while it gets cloudier as it gets to the top. One small yeast chunk floats in suspended animation. Full 1 inch head on pour which settles at a 1/4 inch. Pretty nice lace patchwork is left behind after each sip.

Smell- Fairly musky scent in the nose. Grassy with corriander and white pepper. A tiny bit of fruit peel scent if really digging deep.

Taste- Has a pretty decent hop afterbite. Almost like a unripe orange pith flavor. Starts out nice and sweet and succulent and turns dry and kinda setzerlike. Light corriander and white pepper and some confectioneirs sugar at first. Just seems to get a bit lifeless as you get halfway in.

Mouthfeel- The slightest touch watery with a dry mouthfeel, but full. Effervescent carbonation level.

Drinkability- It started out very good and took a turn for the bland. Still worth a try. It's damn dry as a bone though and the carbonation seems champagne like. Kinda like a Bud Select with a decent flavor added at the end and a good wit at the begining. Jekel and Hybe beer here. Does have a good abv kick though at 7%.

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Photo of janubio
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow colour, small head that fades soon,. leaving some lace. Smell is very faint, some tones of spices, banana, coriander. Medium to full palate. Taste has a noticeable citric tone that is not present in the smell. Spices, banana, coriander, clove. Good.

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Photo of Guden
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy beige color with just a few white bubbles of head. Second beer I've had from this brewery and they both looked like this, I can excuse the haziness and color a little more for this style at least.

S- Kind of a muddled earthy mess. A bit of citrus and coriander but also earth, grain and a touch of piney, spicy hops. Not what I was expecting.

T- Much better than the smell. Spice (coriander and clove) shine through above notes of citrus, fruity bubblegum and banana. A pleasant mix if not entirely what I expect from a wit.

M- Medium light in body with medium carbonation, okay for the style but I think the high alcohol made this one a bit more dry than it should be.

D- Far from the best wit, it has decent spices but the coriander/orange flavor should dominate, not wrestle with clove, bubblegum and dank earth the way they do here. An okay beer but not one I will soon go for again.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A strong Wit style, but too clear for the style, even after swirling the bottle a little. Nice white fluffy head stands up and stays with you through the beer. A Belgian twang to the wit tartness is a nice balance. The bottle was a little oxydized, the beer was almost 2 years old. The label says that it is 100% organic except for the hops, if that tickles your funny bone.

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Photo of pleasewearpants
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The third and final of this quick IJ tasting. Common denominator seems to be somewhere in the yeast. Similar mango esters as the triple. This is a bit more tart and has a slight hint of bile in the nose (not a bad thing to me). Color is hazy straw, head is somewhat rocky but goes away quickly. Nice wheat and yeast flavors. I like the body of this much more. Very light. Finishes clean. Really just dig the birds on the label.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Color: light yellow, cloudy.
The head is white, made of fine bubbles.
The aroma perceptible soaked wheat, coriander, to this little wet basement.
Taste, like in flavor, moist wheat, lemon, coriander, banana minimum. All very cool more balanced, lemon countered a slight sweetness.
Gentian light, delicate and pleasant.
Saturation high, you get the impression that beer is sparkling. Gently "tweaks" in the palate and tongue.
Alcohol: not perceptible, but I am convinced that on a hot day, rather than invigorate can bedevil.
Very good wit, smooth, soft, very drinkable.

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Photo of Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't overly impressed by my this, my first choice at the eproeflokaal in NE Amsterdam.

I think this is the same Scharrel Wit, because the bottled version boasts a huge "IJ WIT" sign with only a tiny "Scharrel" inschrijving atop it. anyway.

The looks of it is just so...wit. not that that's ever been bad. golden but opaque with a medium retentive bright white head, pleasant to look at and more pleasant to try.

The smell is clearly citrusy and foremost lemony. this beer was meant to be a thirst quencher or a session beer- not necessarily a bad thing again. just a pleasant remark.

The taste, however, wasn't too good. a bit watery, with a taste judgeable more by the nose than by the mouth- nonetheless wheaty and- yes- lemony, with good carbonation to give it a further refreshing tone (see: pop). not bad anyway, but het IJ does better.

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Photo of rastaman
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice little wit. Spicy, citric and lemony. Fairly yeasty as other t'ij i've had tend to be. Not as smooth and soft as other witbiers, but nice anyway, bitter finish, with some light crispness in the finish also. Refreshing and tasty, which is all i ask for in my wits(Bottle- GBBF 03')

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Photo of RuudJH
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bio wheat beer, 33 cl. bottle. Unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Murky brown colour, thin head.
Smell and taste is bready, with citrus and spicy. Koriander.

This has quite a big bite in the aftertaste. Bitter and spicy, but also alcohol, making this one of the more robust wheatbeers... not for careless drinking on a terrace, when it's warm.
The 7% abv is just too demanding for that.

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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 33 cL bottle from vwcraig.

A: The wit is a slightly hazy (I stress slightly) yellow color. The head is nothing more than a thin white layer on top of the liquid that quickly recedes.

S: The nose is fairly light with a very strong orange aroma, not just orange peel mind you, but orange pulp and juice.

T: The ale has a surprisingly strong malt body, thick enough with grainy bread flavors that the citrus in the nose rarely breaks through. The big malty body does not overpower all of the spicy sweetness however, allowing some peppery coriander and orange peel sweetness to come through. This really reminds me of the St. Bernardus Wit with its bigger body.

M: The mouthfeel is difficult at times, the big body makes a normally easy drink a little too thick.

D: This is not a witbier for a hot summer day, the flavor is strong enough to hold up nicely on a brisk fall night as well.

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Photo of Crosling
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy toasted peach. Vibrant peach and melon aromas, with hints of coriander and orange peel, as well as a hint of mint, herbs and grass. Assertive nose, although I wish it showed less spice and hop, and more Belgian yeast attributes. Banana chip, peach, nectarine and tangerine notes on the initial palate, followed by hints of apple butter and caramel, which melds into subtle orange-like spice, toffee hints and a 5 second hay and spice finish, which slowly fades.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cafe Fonteyn, Amsterdam.

Slightly cloudy amber-tinged straw with lacey white head.
Big perfumed nose with some toffee and candle wax yeast.
Lemon 'Nilla Wafers with big candy sugar hit, a lemon hard candy center, some vanilla notes and coriander seed end.
Kiwi finish and drying spicy linger.
Medium side of light, some chew, not crisp enough.

Too sweet, but also complex with decent depth of spice (if not enough citrus). Cloys, but also cleans up after itself. A big fruity, sugary wit.

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Photo of Carlton1964
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour a wonderful slightly cloudy lemonade color. Not a lot of foam, and it doesn't last long either...but this didn't have a negative impact on the on enjoying this brew. Left some nice lacing,
fact is most of this is not relevant, this beer is one of them beers that just says "drink me fast".
Refreshing sums up this...looking for a beer on that summer day...this stuff cold, fits the bill.
Recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Aethien
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and a yellow that's close to orange. There is a lot of yeast in the bottle.
Smells like yeast, spices, citrus peels, fresh bread and some more fruitiness I can't really pin down.
It's a little more bitter and less sweet than most witbier I've had. It feels light and crisp, very nice and just right to make it easy to drink with a fairly strong yeast flavour and some tropical fruit next to the usual citrus flavours and a dry and slightly bitter finish that makes me want to drink more as soon as I put my glass down. The higher than normal alcohol isn't noticeable at all.

A lovely witbier that is a little different from the standard and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brouwerij 't IJ in Amsterdam.

Pours a honey gold with a very, very thick and full head. Nose of wheat, hay, and honey. Very smooth with a very light mouthfeel. A light wheat flavor and a little bready, this is a very subtle beer.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable: I was drinking it in the sun on a beautiful 75° day and it hit the spot magnificently.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral blossoms and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a faint amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thick (for the style) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a strong witbier but it is still very easy to drink. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of ATPete
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

A- Cloudy yellow, small white head.

S- Very wheaty, bready, yeast, some banana and citrus. Good aroma balance.

T- Very soft, some more citrus comes through, bisquits, wheat, very inviting.

M- Light like it should, very simple and refreshing

D- very good

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Photo of Onslow
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had fresh on tap at the tiny brewpub in Amsterdam: WOW! this is a heavy witbier! Darker,more alcohol, and fuller in the mouth than any other witbier i've ever seen. even the dutch guys with me said this wasn't a wit, but it is . and a damn fine wit..not as traditional but its fun and inspiring to see a brewery push the limits. this was flowery and delicious and hazy and pronounced. me likey!

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

Pale orange juice with lemonade trim. The polished ivory crown is the best part of the beer's appearance. Not only is it firmly creamy and incredibly persistent, it crackles like Rice Crispies in milk. Nothing like a little ear candy to go along with the eye candy. Unfortunately, lace looks to be no more than an afterthought.

While this is only my third Brouwerij 't IJ offering, I've found their beer to be a little off-center. Therefore, I'm not a bit surprised that Scharrel Wit doesn't really smell like a witbier. It smells golden fruity with a moderate musky spiciness. Repeated sniffs deliver what might be cordiander, but orange peel is still a no-show. Style aside, I like the nose.

This is one of the oddest witbiers that I've ever had. I can kinda, sorta taste the resemblance, even if I probably couldn't have come up with the style on my own. I would have said Belgian pale ale or weak tripel. The biggest reason for the style confusion is that the beer is sweeter and more full than the typical witbier.

Golden apples, white grapes and wheat swirl throughout the mouth, accompanied by the briefest blip of citrus peel and a musky spiciness that I would have been hard-pressed to identify as coriander. Of course, I'm assuming the brewery stuck to the style guidelines (highly doubtful) and didn't give it their usual 'original interpretation'.

As noted above, the mouthfeel is anything but light and airy. Actually, given the hard working carbonation, it is light, in a lightly viscous sort of way. It's pleasantly creamy too. I have no idea if 'Minstens Houdbaar' means 'brewed on' or 'best by', but my label is notched at 3/05. The beer certainly tastes fresh to me.

I never know what to expect from Holland's Brouwerij 't IJ. The slim brown bottles and the labels are rather unassuming, but the beer is always delicious. Although Scharrel Wit is far from typical, it's proving to be well worth the $4.49 that I paid for it.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first bier sampled at the 't IJ brewpub. Full name is Scharrel-IJwit. It was a medium to dark golden color, and cloudy within. Head was a creamy white one, which lasted well and left fine lace. Nose was most definitely wheaty, with hints of clove and banana a la Weißbier. Medium bodied, it also passed fairly well across the tongue, with little prickliness. Has a crisp flavor, with a light toasty malt sweetness at the start. Tastes of some citrus and additional fruit flavors like tropical fruit. Quite a pleasant brew! Goes down easily!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy pale Gold colour, with a decent white fluffy head that stays around.

S - Bits of yeast and zesty citrus.

T - Nice wheat flavours up front with a spicey booze finish

M - Light body and carbonation

D - A very good wit beer

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Photo of Zet
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange golden hazy colour with a decent head of foam and nice lacing. A tad on the dark side for a witbier, but no complaints here. Very spicy smell, with a lot of clove flavour. Malt, pilsener hops and lemon are also noticeable. Lots of flavour in the taste, with the aforementioned falvours, but also biscuit, (rotten) banana and coriander. Full-bodied and it goes down smoothly. An excellent witbier, with some Weizenbock characteristics.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

LOOK: Cloudy straw, nice lacing

SMELL: Citric peel, spice, yeast, fresh bread, pears, papaya

TASTE: Smooth, medium body, spice forward, clean grain, yeast, plums, coriander bitterness, grainy grassy finish

An excellent example of the style, the dry finish with the long lingering grain and spice after taste makes for and amazingly drinkable beer. A wit where I could have more than one or two.

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