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IJwit | Brouwerij 't IJ

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33 Reviews

Brewed by:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2003

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 86
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 01/07, served lightly-chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark golden hue, slightly murky, coming with abundant fizziness to feed a pillowy beer head which settles slowly to a 0.5cm cap sustaining throughout the drink, while the lively carbonation softens to constant streams of tiny fizz. Looking very nice indeed.
S: smelling of a heavier body than usual witbier, bearing hints of Belgian pale ale's exotic yeastiness; wheat-ish malts, sweet lime and orange peels, grapefruity bitterness, green apples, along with a wave of coarse, spicy (white-pepper+coriander+ginger) yeastiness at the back. Quite colourful.
T: exotic+soapy yeastiness and fruitiness abound... on top of semi-sweet bready malts and lighter wheat-malts... tangy and dryish lemon-zests develop along with coriander seeds, clove, and white pepper, followed by a tinge of bitterness of hops and rough yeasts, turning drier and drier towards a rather tangy finish with a quiet stream of alc. felt down the throat.
M&D: softly carbonated, very light on the mouthfeel and utterly quaffable; the body is very light for 7%abv., leaving just a bit of alc. in the very end to remind one of the strength. This witbier shows a fuller flavour profile as well as a fuller body than all other witbiers I've tried, and should I admit how impressed I am by this beer! Not as complexly spicy as some of its counterparts, but the beer is solid and delicious, even like a cross b/w Witbier and a Belgian Pale Ale. A very successful and lovely beer IMO--perhaps my favourite Belgian Wit from now on~~

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Photo of thepeter
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy yellow with a frothy head that doesn't last very long and leaves little lacing.

S- Smelled really nice, lot's of Banana, fresh baked bread, and some vanilla. Very sweet smelling with some spice added

T- Not as clean tasting as most Wit's, but still very tasty and I am not complaining. Again, banana along with some other fruity flavors, apple maybe, cloves, spice, and some pepper on the back end. Very different but really tasty and went SO nicely with brunch. Weird because it was not what I was looking for but still I really liked it.

M- Pretty smooth, but normally that is not what I am looking for in a Wit. Hmm usually the big bubbles and light zing is a great palate cleanser with food. This one is smooth and creamy. . . good but not what I prefer in a Wit.

D- Very easy to drink, but again when compared to most Wit's it does not have those same clean, refreshing qualities. I could still drink this quite a bit but it's just not the same.

Very good beer, but not in the traditional sense. Most of the Beers from 't IJ that I have tried have been a bit "different" so I guess this is no surprise. In the end I rated this as the beer itself and NOT as or compared to other Witbiers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brouwerij 't IJ's organic IJ Wit delivers a standard witbier appearance with a cloudy yellow-orange body beneatha white head that holds welll and leaves limited lace about the glass.

The nose is distinctly sweet with clear notes of wheat malt and soft coriander, as well as a light touch of citrus fruit.

It's zesty, effervescent carbonation leads it to become airy in the mouth as it warms; and then its dextrinous light-medium body simply slips away.

The flavor is yeasty with a sweet (and even a touch candyish) wheat malt; some sweet spice; and mild orange notes. It finishes drying with some stick malt about the mouth and lingering coriander.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub

Pours with a cloudy golden orangy body, thick creamy white head with amazing retention

Smell, bejebus...very floral, sweet perfumy aroma, smells like fields of flowers soaked in perfume. Some clove kicking in also

Taste, smooth, some yeast kicking in. Perfumy once again

Probably my favourite wit, amazingly fresh on tap from the brewery

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Photo of patto1ro
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow colour with a fine white head. Coriander, ginger, clove, grass and elderflower aroma; sweetish/bitterish taste with coriander, orange, herbal and wheat aromas; bitterish finish with hop, ginger, butter and herbal aromas.

An unusual combination of wheat, spice and hop that works quite well. Too strong and hoppy for a normal witbier, but so what? It still tastes good.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a fizzy white head. Wait a second, clear? Well after careful inspection I realized that the fact that my beer isn't reflecting the other reviewers must be due to a thick layer of yeast stuck to the bottom (inside) of the bottle. I'm guessing this has aged at least two years.

Anyways, despite the clarity, the beer was fresh tasting, and quite carbonated.

Taste, I'm getting a bit of alcohol in the taste, some honey, malts, wheat, spices and etc.

Overall, a highly drinkable beer, but due to the outrageous cost to purchase ($4.50 a 12oz bottle) I might wind up sticking with Unibroue for now.

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Photo of sfprint
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

exp 5/2012
A: quickly disappating head. like a slightly cloudy natural soda. lively carbonation both seemingly random and with a few mini columns. looks like a ginger beer. darkish yellow with a hint of orange.
S: kumquat, mango, yeast isn't so bright but sits in the middle. yes smells like a witbier but with fruitiness. fermented fruit.
T: alcohol isn't very present for 7%, not really any sweetness, neutral, not really bitter, but leans on that side. perhaps hay and lemongrass, but the mango/kumquat is still there but subtle. lemon also. Nice, but very different. I've always thought of witbiers on a scale, an everyone on a point toward or away from perfection, but this one doesn't fit on that scale. Unique. Relatively heavy.
M: the yeast sort of elevates the heaviness of this, lightening it, but you can still feel heaviness underneath. Another thing that makes this one special.
O: special and good.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the brewery in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in small taster snifters.

A-light gold, murky body and a white head.

S-light grain and yeast.

T-grain husk front and a well balanced hop finish.


D-Very nice. Great with Gouda cheese and salami. Good to see something like this in Amsterdam given what is commonly found. I would drink this again.

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IJwit from Brouwerij 't IJ
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