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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Photo of biegaman
1.85/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pink lemonade with an almost bronze filament. Its head is stable and fuzzy with a soft pastel pinkish hue. Lacing remains spattered, at least temporarily. Pleasantly animate bubbles tirelessly mount the upright slope of the flute glass. The light extracts unusual shades, soft pastel tones of peaches, pinks and beiges that - artificially created or not - make a stunning looking beer.

Ah man, you can taste the corn. Yuck. Each sip the palate is stormed with a short-lived but intense, dizzying barrage of sweetness that quickly evaporates and left over is nothing more than the naked, unmistakable taste of fructose (corn syrup sweetener). I had intended to mention the (pitifully artificial) taste of fruit (raspberry juice is added although it tastes a lot like fake strawberries, too) but this fructose is just too superabundant.

I'd consider it almost hypocritical for any self-respecting liquor store to sell this if they also make claims about "social responsibility" regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. Adult palates should have already outgrown this. It is supernaturally, redundantly, over-gratifyingly sweet. The taste of fruit is unmistakably synthetic. It's doubtful a drink like this would appeal to anyone other than children!

The brewery uses aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener that is something like 200 times sweeter than sugar. The motivation for its use is that, because of its supernatural sweetness, only small amounts are needed and thus its caloric contribution is basically negligible. Its use is logical if your aim is to promote a sweet tasting beer to a weight conscious demographic that is likely to avoid sugar for its excess calories...

I may fear the dreaded beer-belly but I think it would be more mindful of my health to avoid aspartame than the minimal extra calories. Not that it matters. It's obvious this beer was not marketed to someone like me. For one, it lists "beer" as the first ingredient. If "beer" is just one ingredient in a list of ingredients (rather than the only* ingredient) in your drink, then what you're drinking should not really be considered beer.

*Beer should generally have only four ingredients: water, malt, hops, yeast. I'm also excluding fruits and spices, which are often used by both innovative and reputable breweries.

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Photo of Viggo
2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

250 ml bottle from LCBO, with Aspartame!

Pours a cloudy pinkish orange, pretty interesting colour, fizzy light pink head forms, quickly drops down to a thin layer, few lace spots stick to the glass, fruit juicy looking. Smell is very sweet, grapefruit juice, strawberries, very sugary, slightly musty, straw/barnyardy, wheat, oranges, very citrusy, funny smell I can't place, kind of acidic. Taste is similar, very very sweet and sugary, very fruity and citrusy, grapefruit and oranges, not much else, just incredibly juicy and sweet. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, pretty tough on the palate. Not very drinkable, much too sweet and fake tasting.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.44/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured like pink lemonade into a Warsteiner flute, two finger white head with plentiful small bubble champagne-like carbonation. A bit murkey with sediment on the bottom but it's hard to know if it's yeast or not as "beer" is listed as one of the ingedients as well as aspartame. The nose is weaker than the appearance with only a slight smell of the raspberry juice that is listed as another of the ingredients. Taste is very much like a flavoured berrie drink, sweet enough with a tart edge to it on the swallow but hardly a hint of bitterness or malt. Mouthfeel is effervescent and spritzy.

With air, the head shrank to a wispy cloud, a ring and some lace and the carbonation slowed. There was also a more pronounced aspartame taste as one finds in a diet soda and that was a bit of a turn-off. The question arises as to whether this is truly a beer or not? In my book, hardly. However, it might serve as a pleasant apertif in hot weather or as an amusemet in mixed company; likely to go over well with the generation of cooler-driven youth in these parts. I do credit the brewer with one thing: honesty ... the label is very upfront about the use of sugar and aspartame and boasts of a "fruity pink beer" - a statement that is at least two-thirds correct and much less offensive than many claims made by the macro breweries that push their products on the masses. Try it for the fun of it, and heck, it might even serve your purposes if you're planning a patio party during the warmer weather and you want to throw the folks the beer equivalent of a knuckleball.

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Photo of Brad007
3.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a whitish-red color with a thin-head and ample carbonation. Interesting package and looks more like a wine cooler.

Aroma is full of raspberries in the nose followed by a touch of wheat. Definitely smells the part.

Taste is a bit too sweet and tart for my liking. Lots of raspberry goodness though if you like that thing. Definitely puts the "fruit flavoring" in fruit beers.

Not much of the beer in this. Feels like a witbier underneath but hard to tell with the sweetness.

Too sweet to even be beer. Worth a shot though because if anyone dares to question your manhood (or womanhood) for drinking this, they're probably full of shit.

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Photo of Regenpak
1.76/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is not a beer I'd pick up myself, but having fixed a CB radio (trucker hottie! OK, it's used in an RV...) the owner gave me some fine brews along with this one. It pours cloudy reddish pink in my kriek Belle-Vue bolleke, with a white head of a centimeter that slowly disappears. The smell is nicely raspberryish, which considering the amount of raspberry juice (10%) is hardly surprising. But then the taste! Overly, almost sickly sweet with a pronounced aspartame aftertaste. This is criminal! I'd never thought I'd give this low a rating for the taste. Even my own raspberry lemonade is less sweet than this. And doesn't have that bitter yucky artificial sweetener taste lingering in my mouth. I won't have this beer anymore, not even for a substantial bribe. Definitely not in the target audience...

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

With a trucker mud-flap hottie silhouetted on the 8.4 ounce can - Thanks kkipple for bringing this to a stout tasting.

Pours a merky dull yellow/orange that considerably looks more like apricot juice than beer. It is simply ugly. It smells more like juice than beer. First sip is very sweet (apricots and pears) but in a negative diet soda kind of way. This beer has aspartame...uck! More like a wine cooler...this is one strange brew

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.4 ounce can, energy drink-style can featuring the truck mudflap girl and packed with aspartame. Thanks (I think) to kkipple for this one.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, pinkish-peach body with a very thin white head.

Smell: Tart-scented, faux raspberry nose with some indistinct hints of wheat.

Taste: Sharp, tart raspberry flavoring and a touch of tangy wheat sweetened with a couple packets of Equal. Lovely. No real hop character or bitterness. Flavor of ground up Sweet Tarts candy on the finish. Bleh!

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. The production of this beer was a very bad decision.

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Photo of becktone
2.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 2-11-09

Eye: Well I see where the "wit" classification comes from. It looks just like a wit but with a pink hue. The lame looking can states "The Fruity Pink." The packaging for this beer is really lame. I am never embarassed to by a fruit beer, yet when it comes in a tiny pink can with a flourescent greenish/yellow sillhouete of a chick, hair blowing in the wind whilst blowing a kiss to some unseen person, I am embarassed. It makes me feel girly. It makes me feel like I've bought something girlier than smirnoff ice strawberry-acai. I can see why this product failed here, the packaging is absoutely terrible. Whatever genius though this up is probably out of a job. Head is pretty weak, there should be something more from a wit, just a thin blanket covering the beer.

Nose: Tart raspberries make their way to the foreground in this one. Thats pretty much it. I don't get anything "wit" from this...Am I supposed to? It says "wit bier met frambozen"...white beer with raspberries....To be sure though I guess any other subtle flavor would be hidden by the intense raspberry character. It basically smells like a wheat beer with fruit added, however, there is tartness in here that most fruit beers don't have, lambics excluded.

Tongue: Well what do you expect? Raspberry is right upfront with that light tartness that gives this one some refreshing qualities. This is the kind of beer that you can drink after a heavy night of binge drinking and feel like you're not actually drinking beer. Really not much more to it than that. I will say this for this beer, at least it has enough testicular fortitude to use real fruit in the beer and not some shitty extract. That being said, this is one of the better raspberry fruit beers I've drank. I think that this one would be more interesting if the wit character and raspberry character were more balanced. As of now its just raspberry with something to support it, well not even that...its raspberry with well, how shall we say....raspberry needs a means to be put in said drink....okay how about a wit beer to convey the raspberry? There's no trace of the wit aside from the clarity and obvious appearance of the brew's body.

Feel and Drinkability: Light bodied and spritzy as expected. Still as with the flavor, its feel is better than a good majority of American Micro Raspberry ales or wheats. This is one that I can see being extremely refreshing in the hot summer months. I'm glad to have tried this, but if you're not a fan of fruit beers than this isn't for you. This caught my eye because I like Wittekerke and believed that a raspberry wit would be interesting. Well, not enough wit and too much raspberry, but not bad, just not as interesting as I had hoped for. Still this one is very easy to drink and it makes for a good beer when you're in the mood for something light, tart and less beerish.

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Photo of beertunes
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in two-tone pink can with lime-green female silhouette. Totally euro-disco looking. Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with a white head of big, loose bubbles. Head dissipated very quickly, with no lacing. A very sweet, candyish aroma. Tastes more like a berry flavored 7-UP than a beer. Soda-pop body and drinkability. I would maybe drink this on a hot day out by the river, but would rather have a better Wit. Try it once just to add it to your list, but don't search it out.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a hazy orange color with some pink(just a little). Looks like a wit mixed with a kriek. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is overpowered by the sweet cherry with a little maltiness poking through. Nothing else.

Flavor is of red koolaid and sweet cherries. Some tartness is present but no bitterness. Too much, over the top.

Body is of medium thickness. Enjoyable but tastes too much like candy. Would make for a great beer for people who like mixed drinks.

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Photo of elricorico
2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy orange pink colour with a big pink-hued head. Fairly good retention and lacing.

Smells of raspberries with a hint of tartness. And that is really all I can say about the smell. Smells alright, just one dimensional.

Like raspberry pop. Oversweetened and without much notable beer character. Doesn't taste bad but I wanted a fruit beer not a fruit soda.

Mouthfeel is fairly fizzy and light, not bad but doesn't help with the soda impression.

Easy enough to drink, but not what I want in a fruit beer. For sweet drink fans only.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.31/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this because I got a laugh out of the pink can. Kind of surprised at the highly negative reviews on here, but I also love raspberry.

A neat looking beer actually. A rosy pink body with two and a half fingers of light pink head. Some retention, settles to a solid looking ring. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Has some sediment floating around that looks like some remnants of raspberry puree.

Smell is all raspberry, sweet and tart.

Taste is almost all raspberry too. I see some reviews that suggest that it is a fake or artificial flavor, but having grown up eating wild raspberries it tastes like legitimate, natural berries to me. Albeit, the raspberry is a little overdone here. Mostly tart with some sweet notes. Very, very faint peppery yeast and malt in the background. Interesting beer. Or maybe beer-like drink. Reminds me a lot of a lambic.

Light bodied without a ton of carbonation. The tartness from the raspberries makes this one a little bit puckering.

This beer is light and not at all filling which is nice, but the fact that it is completely unbalanced hurts it a little bit.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this stuff at Whole Foods and picked some up for my wife.

A - This came packaged in a plastic wrapped six pack of tiny 8.4 ounce cans that look like women's hairspray or deodorant. I must say, the girly package is one reason I grabbed this for my boo. It looks like they are trying to appeal to young women for sure. The beer itself is a really turbid and cloudy pink-orange... like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. The head stands at about a finger of white foam, but looks a little flimsy and doesn't stick around long. Some spotty lace is left on the glass. Lots of pink chunks are floating around in the pinky murk. This is a cool looking beer!

S - Fresh strawberries, strawberry pound cake, and strawberry candy stand out amongst tangy wheat notes and Strawberry and Cherry flavored Fun Dip or Pixie Sticks. Obviously fruity, this retains some good beer notes unlike some other fruit beers.

T - Sour-pucker strawberry and tangy lemon wheat flavors. This is as sour as some lambics, and without knowing I probably would have guessed that this was a lambic in a blind taste test. Oohh weee. I mean this is SOUR. I like it!

M - Light bodied, extremely acidic, and extremely sour! Carbonation is less that I expected, making this a beer feeling beer than some "alcopop" style girly beers. This is neutral on the finish, and leaves tart fruit acidic flavors on the tongue ater swallowing.

D - Probably one of the best non-lambic fruit beers around. This has big and bold sour and tart fruit flavors, and is minimally sweet. Damn good stuff for something that comes in a tiny 8 oz bottle that looks like it belongs in a hair salon product shelf.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- This beer is light pink. I know, it is really light pink.

Smell- It smells more like a juice drink than a beer.

Taste- It taste like a raspberry soda with a beer aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thin and light.

Drinkability- I could see this beer being popular maybe in clubs but it just doesn't feel like beer to me.

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Photo of stumac
2.86/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours up an attractive pinkish-orange color with a bubbly pink head. aroma is of candy raspberries, sort of medicinal, cotton candy. not much depth. taste is tart! woo! i do love me some sour stuff! taste of sour raspberry candy. medium to light bodied. medium faded to low carbo. it probably would be a better brew if it wasn't so sticky tasting. kinda tastes like an energy drink.

cool looking can though.

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Photo of dalion037
4.57/5  rDev +72.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had this at Lucky Baldwin's Belgian Beer Festival and was pleasently surprised. It's not the typical everyday beer but I feel it's definately worth a drink. If you are a fan of Lambics (and I am not), this shouldn't be too far from your taste. It is very sweet and the raspberry flavor is high. It drinks like a wine cooler.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.02/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ummmm, yeah... I stole a sip of this "beer" from my wife. I would never in my life, buy a beer that says, "The Fruity Pink" on the can. Anyways, this was pretty nasty stuff. Too fake of a raspberry taste, not much of a malt or hops taste. Smell was pretty chemically raspberry too. Overall not very good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.7/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from an 8.4oz can into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a pale pink color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of sweet and sour raspberries but not much of anything else.

T: The taste is very tart with a strong raspberry flavor and some spices. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way beer qualities in the taste, however. There’s a very light malt character, no hops, can’t taste much Belgian yeast either.

M: Crisp but not too smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not tasty at all unless you’re really into the raspberry flavor, not filling at all which I believe is it’s only good quality, mild kick, yet another novelty fruit beer that just doesn’t have anything going for it.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange, pinkish beer with an initial big head that collapses almost instantly. There is some haze in the beer. The foam sticks to the glass and leaves some nice rings.

Smell of rosebutts and raspberry. Overall a very fruity, sweet smell. Actually not much else going on here, no bitterness, no yeast flavors and no beer smell at all.

Taste is SWEET!! with some raspeberries and exotic fruits. This tastes more like a fruitdrink than like beer. I can imagine that this beer tries to appeal to the female drinker, but they could at least try to make it a little more like beer?
The bright side: The raspberry is not as artificial as I expected, it really tastes like the real thing, but without the slight tartness.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.02/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First of all this was bought as a joke for a friend of ours. I had no idea that it would be as bad as I expected it to be.

This has got to be a joke. A hazy strawberry color with quickly disappated head. The smell is totally artifical with a raspberry and sugar aroma. Taste...Ding Ding, Bartels and James in the house. This is nothing more than a super sweetened wine cooler with no resemblence of beer anywhere. The finish is very dry with a synthetic sweetness that lingers. The raspberries are actually nicely enjoyed behind the mess that makes up the whole of this thing.

I feel like I am at a frat party in 1987 sucking down seagrams fuzzy navels. This has Euro Dance Club written all over it!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At long last, a can of "the fruity pink" is mine, all mine! Lucky, lucky me...

Contents of 8.4 ounce can (why?) fill slightly 1/2 of my glass with a cloudy, pinkish red liquid, smallish pinky-white head.

Tart raspberry nose wafts out...candyish...

Bracingly sour at the fore, puckering, then...poof! nothing, gone in a flash. The palate is drained dry before we could feel any flavor from the brew, such as it is...This raspberry flavor overtakes any of the charm of the witbier style, which Wittekerke does so very well, and delivers something forgettable, and, ultimately, regrettable.

What is this supposed to be? A mix of framboise sweetened lambic with a wit? It's the worst of both worlds!
Is it a cheap attempt to cash in on the "chick market" with an artificially sweetened, artificially flavored brew? didn't work!

Tastes like Sweetarts mixed with Kool-Aid, watered down!
Deserves to die...bad Bavik, bad!

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Photo of Drew966
2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wittekerke Rose pours kind of an orange color with a definite pinkish tinge. Smells like raspberry puree and maybe a hint of wheat. Taste is nasty, raspberry puree all the way and quite sweet. Barely reconginzable as beer. Perhaps this might be a decent mixer for a beer cocktail. Otherwise, pass.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.94/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a cloudy light yellow with a bright pink suspension toward the top of the glass

The smell is fruity-raspberry overtones dominate the smell while a yeast and barley smell hides in the background

A clean raspberry taste is dominant but it does not hide the wheat taste in the background

I found this beer to be very drinkable. It is a nice pale beer that does not have an overpowering taste and is easy to drink

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Photo of scottoale
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +20.8%
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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Wittekerke Rosé from De Brabandere
2.65 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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