Wittekerke Rosé | De Brabandere

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Wittekerke RoséWittekerke Rosé

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GreenCard on 06-30-2004

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Photo of scottoale
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one came in a 25cl. pink anodized aluminum can with a best before date of 07-11-2006 on can bottom. A moderately aggressive pour yields a hazy peach-apricot colored beer with a light pink body and a bright white foam head of 3/8" that dwindles to just a ring on the surface. Interesting looking stuff.

Very sweet and artificial scent to the nose...it has a background smell much like standard blonde Wittekerke in the can with a sickly sweet fake raspberry override to it. Kind of a sour flemishness to it when first poured as well.

The taste starts off ultra-sweet of raspberry and saccharin which turns sharp and quickly to a tart, sour mess. Very puckering synthetic kind of cloying flavor.

Light body, low in alcohol...not a good example of a quality Belgian beer.

Drinkable but not enjoyable...no future encounters with this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pinkish orange body. Pinkish head. Average retention; minor lacing. Sweet and tart raspberry nose and flavor. Next to no bitterness as appropriate. Finishes short and fruity. The aspartame is oddly noticeable, and I think that detracts from the flavor (I even drink diet soda). Refreshing. Clearly a beer produced and marketed to the younger dance-club crowd. Kudos to Bavik for trying to hold their share of the market, but I'll pass on this one myself.

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Photo of Suds
2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up out of curiosity. From the look of the can, I wasn’t certain that I didn’t have a fancy new malt-alternative. The beverage pours a bright reddish-pink color with a light-pink, not quite pepto-colored head. The aroma is sweet, sugary, and full of a raspberry-syrup smell. There’s a little wheat grain and yeast behind it, which indicated that this certainly is a beer. On the taste, the beer qualities actually come out a little bit more, with a slight tartness and a yeast flavor in the backseat. The central theme of the brew, however, is certainly a sugary-sweet raspberry syrup flavor. It’s not my glass of beer, so to speak. If the sweetness were toned down a little and the raspberries took a few steps back, this woudn’t be half bad. Redeemable on it’s own merits, I couldn’t find tthat much wrong with it….I guess that I’m just not the target audience.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Just like soda. With alcohol. If you like that "Sparks" malt beverage that comes in a can and has a guy eating a lightning bolt on the label, you'll like this beer. The artifical raspberry flavor is reminiscent of Lindeman's framboise, but on the whole this drink is lighter, fizzier, spritzier. With the new packaging in a Red Bull sized 8oz can, and the pink colors, its very obvious what crowd this beer is marketed to. The best thing about this is you can seriously POUND it. Wittekerke Rosé goes down so easily and is so light I'm sure I could handle a pitcher of it. But I like sweet drinks so that would be easy for me. This is what it is, (an artifically flavored malt beverage) so dont have super high expectations of an authentic Belgian whit, and dont compare it to such, and then you will enjoy Rosé just fine.

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Photo of afinepilsner
1.82/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

8.4oz can

Wittekertke Rose was a cloudy light brown pink color with a large white head. The head was quicky reduced to a thin layer, but it did remain until the beer was gone, leaving a little lace behind. It had a sweet fruity smell, mostly raspberry and cherry. It tasted like a carbonated very cheap, flavored white zinfandel wine. The raspberry is definitely there, bit so is the sugar. The mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated. The only reason the drinkability is not a 1 is that I somehow actually managed to choke it down. Avoid this beer (if you can actually call it a beer).

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

250ml bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Opens with a big pop and pours with an obscene amout of carbonation. 1 1/2 inch pillowy head that takes a long time to subside. Opaque unfiltered pink colour with lots of sediment. Smell is obscenely sweet, more like punch than beer. Underneath all the sugary fruitiness is a bit of soapy, lavender like smells, not much else.

Taste is SUPER sweet. Fake raspberry syrup, artificial sweetener, chemicals, a bit of tartness to pucker the palate, and that same soapy flavour that was in evidence in the nose. Nothing much here to suggest that there's beer in this, it's all so very sweet. Toothache inducing to be sure! Mouthfeel is overcarbonated, dry, and sticky. No way could I handle more than one of these at a time, and hopefully I never have to.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy peach color, with a two finger head. Pretty good retention actually.

Smells like grapefruit candy with some hints of raspberry. Like a Jolly Rancher.

Taste is really sweet. Like Lindeman's lambic. Definite strong artificial raspberry flavor above all. Buried underneath is just the slightest taste of Wittekerke, but it is almost non-existant.

Mouthfeel is similar to Wittekerke but maybe slightly grainier.

Not very drinkable for me at all, in fact I may struggle to finish this 8 ounce can. Actually it is suprisingly thirst quenching, but I cant get over the artificial flavor enough to drink another. However if you like flavored malt beverages this may be for you.

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Photo of ccs
2.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Can from Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Under $2.00. Someone else described this is looking like grapefruit juice. I agree. A nice grapefruit color with a thin head. I think it's quite attractive. Aroma is all malt liquor with only a slight hint of raspberry. As for taste...well, I think it's really similar to a thin carbonated children's cough syrup. For some reason I'm picking up a faint chalkiness. Like children's chewable aspirin.

Besides the mediciny taste, the mouthfeel is nice. Not too thick, coats the tongue slighly but not unpleasantly. I probably won't get one of these again. I'm done after one.

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Photo of granger10
1.21/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Flourescent pink color with a fizzy white head which maintains decently. A bit of lacing. Smells like fruit syrup but stronger on the fruits than the syrup. Like really sweet fruit. Taste is ridiculously sweet. There's fruit in there but its really, really fake tasting. So much sugar my teeth are rotting with each sip. Thinner body. Like eating sugar with a bit of fake fruit syrup. This would be too sweet for girls. Unbelievably bad.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz can purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. in ealry April, 2006 for $1.49.

I just had to get this- how could one not try the latest beerpop. My last try was Florisgaarden Cactus, and it was downright awful. this would have to sink to get that low.

Pours a slightly murky pink, with a fizzy off-white head that disappears quickly. Nose of raspberry syrup, slightly sour. Flavor is very soda pop like, much as a Lindemann's Framboise that's thinned down dramatically and carbonated. Lord it's not good. But my fiancee points out that it is OK for when you really don't want a beer. I personally don't know when that might be, but I'll take her word for it.

I won't be back to Club Rose.

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Photo of Crosling
3.6/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can. Grapefruit juice in color. Vibrant raspberry aroma, which was quite nice smelling. Light body with a slick texture. Light herbs, airy raw wheat and tart raspberry flavors. Somewhat grainy and medicinal, but I thought the tartness from the aged pale was well perceived in this. Could be really nice if the Petrus Aged Pale addition was much more substancial, but I still like this. Call me crazy. Go ahead.

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Photo of fisherman34
1.81/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark pink in colour with strong carbonation. It also got a little cloudy one I added the yeast (obviously). Raspberry and cooked sugar aromas are overpowering to say the least. Very sweet raspberry flavor and thick body. It tasted like melted down wine gum candies. Very cloying indeed. Perhaps a good after dinner beer for someone with a massive sweet tooth, but not appealing for me. There are lots of better fruit beers out there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As my friend ordered this one on draft at Mad Mex Robinson the other night, the bar gave him a Brokeback cheer as he was eating his San Francisco wings. Anyway it was late and the combonation of food and beer pairings was definitely a bit Brokeback. Appears pink ruby red with an light pink thin head leaves thin lacing down the 12oz. chalice. Aroma is sugary raspberry not touch of citrus not really any spicing going on maybe some yeast tones there that's about it sugary sweet raspberry. Taste is sickeningly sweet not something to have in number a novelty beer by all means, it was syrupy coated raspberry no sweetness tasted like juice with added high fructose corn syrup. Not very spicy or coriander just sweetness, dessert candy like. Mouthfeel is spritzy lighter bodied not very entertaining to the palate. Drinkability is heart greatly by the amount of sweetness try once and move on and if you have a sweet tooth you may come back to it. You honestly give up a fraction of your manhood when sampling the Rose'.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Blurry coral with a pale pink cap the color of homemade strawberry ice cream. If the beer is allowed to come vigorously chugging out of the little can, the head that forms is actually of decent size and persistence. A few strands of lace manage to stick to the glass. This is an odd looking beer (dare I say that it's pretty?), but I'm bound and determined to keep an open mind.

Wittekerke Rose smells like sweetened raspberries. The nose is actually pretty appealing if one likes raspberry-infused fruit beer. Believe it or not, there's the slightest bit of yeasty, musty funk underlying the sticky fruitiness. I'm still onboard with testicles intact.

Whoa now! Who dumped an entire canister of sugar into my beer? This is, without a doubt, the sweetest, most cloying, most tooth rotting so-called beer that I've ever had. I don't hate sweet beer (even the Melbourn Bros. offerings are okay in small doses), but this one goes way, way too far. This stuff is sweeter than orange juice... orange juice to which 4-5 heaping tablespoons of sugar have been added.

At some point, when the boundaries of beer have been stretched to the breaking point, the beverage in question ceases to be beer. This is one of those cases. It'll be all I can do to finish this review. Here goes... raspberry puree choked with sugar, nothing more. Oh yeah, there's no hint of funky yeastiness or any other subtle flavors on the palate. Despite the tiny 8.4 ounce can, I can't force myself to finish it.

The mouthfeel is... wait a second...<gag, choke>... thick and syrupy and sticky and spritzy and disgusting. It's a wonder the brewers were able to get all that excess granulated sugar into solution. I half expect to feel graininess with each sip.

Despite starting off on a somewhat promising note, Wittekerke Rose falls, and falls hard, as soon as it comes into contact with the taste buds. I can't imagine any self-respecting wine cooler loving woman liking this stuff, much less a beer drinker. This 'beer' isn't fit for human consumption. And giving it to a dog would be grounds for calling the SPCA.

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with artificial flavors and (non-fermentable?) aspartame, I can only imagine that the brewer’s daughter, in an act of teenage rebellion, sabotaged a humble batch of daddy’s witbier with a stolen cache of raspberry chewing gum. The dainty 8.4 oz. can is pink and red with a lime silhouette of a naked Barbie doll, her lips pursed in the act of blowing a kiss. It says, “The Fruity Pink” on it. Yeah, this is just what you want on hand when the guys come over for Monday night football.

Macho pretensions aside, this is ultimately a very silly beer. The brew is pink cranapple with an explosive raspberry aroma, while the taste is brutally sweet Belgian alcopop. It’s not horrible tasting per se, it’s just infinitely stupid in its conception and execution. Like a beer that wears lipstick.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.32/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Well, it’s pink all right. It’s actually a thick, kind of rad looking pink with a decent white head.

Smell – The strawberry smell is there, but it’s kind of like that stale aroma that you get when you find a strawberry lollipop that’s been sitting out in the garage on the floor for six months.

Taste – Hey, tastes like the strawberry garage lollipop, too.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with some decent carbonation.

Sinkability – Is Bavik really in Belgium?

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Photo of Zorro
1.6/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

OK what can you say about a beer that you fear could turn you gay just from the looks of the can? The only reason I am giving this a try is that it is a Wittekerke beer.

Pours a cloudy off pink colored beer with a slightly pink white head.

Smell is sharply sour with jolly rancher raspberry candy like scent. The sharp sour scent does remind me a bit of a Framboise lambic so I can't completely trash the scent.

Taste is sharply sweet and sour like an over sweetened lambic. Fairly pronounced raspberry flavor that again reminds me of a Lindemans raspberry lambic only not nearly as pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light.

Not a real drinkable brew. After drinking half the glass and I feel like I should get a medal of Valor or something for getting that far. Drain pour don't waste your money on this.

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Photo of Billolick
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Girlie beer in a girlie can, with a girlie, perfume smell and a sweet sweet jolt of flavor. Pours orangy melon, cloudy, with a thick and perfumed off white head. Leaves decent lacing. The real story here is the super sweet and candied nature of this "beer". The nastiest part is the artificial color and sweeteners, whats up wid dat?? Might be ok with a fruity dessert, otherwise pass it by or serve it to girlie newbies.

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Photo of TerryW
2.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is what my wife derisively calls a "girlie beer".

What's to say? It's a lightweight beer dolled up with a substantial dose of fruit syrup so it can be sold as some sort of cooler thing. A common occurrence through the world be it beer, wine or hard spirits.

It's something thjat can be reasonably well pulled off with some proper effort - Fruli comes to mind. Doesn't quite work here though. Too sweet, too artificial. Oh well.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy rose with a light white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was raspberries, similar to the aroma found of many framboise beers from Belgium. A slight acidity was present in the aroma but no real witbier character.

The flavor was very, very sweet with a raspberry flavor and a beer that was definitely oversweetened after fermentation. There was little to no witbier character and the flavor was more of an alcopop than that of a beer.

The finish was sweet working it's way toward dry with raspberries a bit too sweet, too long into the afteraste. The body was medium light. Skip this monstronsity. Too sweet and cloying!

8.4 ounce can, $1.50 at Bon Vivant in Smithfield,VA. Best before 07-11-2006.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a reddish pink color that is fairly hazy. It is topped by a frothy pale rose colored head. The aroma is dominated by strong notes of sweet fruity raspberries with perhaps a hint of tannin and nothing else. Oh god, this thing is sickeningly sweet, and artificially so. It is like drinking a Red Bull. This is actually somewhat dry and spritzy when it first hits my tongue but the sweetness quickly dominates the palate. This is really not that drinkable, it is just too sweet and has a disagreeable artificial sweetener aftertaste. It's a drain pour.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.15/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Red-Bull type can, looks kind of fruity.

Pours out of the can a ruby red grapefruit color with a fluffy pinkish head that dies quickly.

Soda pop type lacing.

Aroma is fruity, and dirty. a little sour.

Flavor is sour fruit backed up by a sweet diet soda flavor, raspberry bite is noted on the sides of the tounge in the finish. Could not finish the beer. Awful.

I don’t know what kind of market they are shooting for, but if it’s the diet soda drinker that’s looking for that crappy taste in the mouth, but still gives me a very slight buzz, they might have found it. Otherwise stay away

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Photo of Bierschenker
1.51/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

In one word: NO! I will not buy this again.
It smells like the stuff I used to drink when I was a wee boy. Those fruity vitamin tablets that dissolve in water.
They where ok for children, BUT you don't give a taste like that to a beer. Artificial citrus and berries.
Poured into a chalice, gave a pink head for a few seconds. It has a lot of carbonation, the only thing that makes this beer come alive. Not the taste that's for sure.
The colour is foggy pink.
The aftertaste cries added artificial sugars and flavourings. Maybe it used to taste like dead pigeon and they covered it up.
It pours down quite easy, but it doesn’t give me any satisfaction. It’s just lemonade with alcohol. (I’m going to start calling them womanisers).
Try better next time, I would say. A tip would be not to call your beer after a television soap.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of putnam
1.42/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another not-beer. This one has artificial flavor AND artifical sweetener. This "beer" contains aspartame ... Nutrisweet! It is raspberry soda that steals honest-to-goodness wholesome alcohol from beer. Shame! The beer wants its alcohol back. Awful, slippery, chemical sweetness pervades this pastel, pink rose-colored drink. Artificial raspberry flavor and pure, hard candy sugar sweetness define the flavors. There is little else. A faint bready yeastiness is trivialized by the confection.

This is not beer.

I have a headache now.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Tulune's. The beer poured a murky pink with a decent head. It smelled completely average, just like any other fruit beer out there. Fake malts, bland hops, and a bit of raspberry. It tasted pretty much like garbage, honestly. The raspberry flavor was very fake, and it's only (and I do mean only) saving grace with the sour/sharp bite at the end. This could've been so good, but wound up letting me down.

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Wittekerke Rosé from De Brabandere
2.64 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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