Wittekerke | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy pale straw yellow body with a luxuriously creamy white head that seems to multiple impossibly quickly. The nose and taste are one and the same: light wheat, a bit of yeast, light peppery notes. The flavor does add an extra touch of sourdough, but that's the only variation. All in all it could be called light and refreshing, or weak and faint; depends on your mood. It is not, however, watered down; everything seems to hit with its intended intensity, which is to say, like a girl's punch. The body is light and extremely delicately carbonated, if a bit overly so.
I think I drank this beer under exactly the right conditions for it to be judged most favorably: after a long run in the heat and sun (in March in northern Illinois, oddly enough). So it came across in the best possible light, and still I thought it was too light. it shied away from the spiced notes I would have expected, and on the whole was less assertive than its style would assume. But it was still a tasty treat that refreshed and satisfied me, and its modesty was very much appreciated.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light lemon yellow color with nice white cap and good lace.

Nose is slightly spicy, with a bit of yeasty french bread. Hint of clove, or that might be in my imagination because I look for that sort of thing in a Belgian.

On entry I get pastry flavored with a mild lemon in the way of a lemon tart without the tart. Mid palate I get muted spice blended with the tart and this lasts to the finish. Aftertaste brings a surprising sweetness to cap off the tartness. I suspect there are hops in there but they're darned well hidden.

Medium creamy texture balanced with carbonation.

Overall it's a light, bright, tasty little trifle worthy of a smile. Sprightly in an almost airy way wafting on an early Summer breeze. I really wouldn't want to pair this food because it's delightful on it's own.

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Photo of mynie
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured immediately after a Bernardus wit, I'm struck by how light this is in comparison. Much hazier, too.

The aroma is bright and fruity, with a grainbill that's not nearly as wheat-heavy as most other iterations of the style. Nothing bad, but pretty tame.

Tastes... different, but enjoyable. Like a low-hopped european pils with some small hints of wheatmalt. Lightly bitter, very little peppery malt up front, straight up pils malt in the middle, and then a lemony finish. Thick body throughout really keeps the beer afloat.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and very light color straw.The palest with a crown of good white foam that lasts well. Nose is spicy and breaddy. Lots of earth and only faint clove. Not too much banana in fact hardly any. Some hop peeks out as it warms to show a bit of pepper. Flavors follow the nose. This is the perfect witbier. Some complexity on the palate but only lightly. A crisp finish with a very light tartness to keep the mouth watering. Mouthfeel is medium light and lightly creamy. Hops give a slight bitterness to finish it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Possibly above average looks. Delicate coriander aromatics, but not complex.
Taste is about the same, but also not distinguished.
Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall, there are better ones out there.
If I try this again, it would be in a bottle in the hope the yeast adds some of the better Belgian funk.

MJ gave this 2 stars of 4 in his 1999 edition.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Straw yellow in color, lots of bubbles from carbonation. Pours a very fluffy white head that leaves nice lace.
S: Pretty mild, some hint of spice, maybe a little biscuity.
T: Really mild flavor, touches of what a normal wit taste like but with much less oomph.
F: Smooth as hell, velvety, high carbonation yet goes back so easy and is quite pillowy in texture.
O: Really just kind of standard. Not bad, not good. Goes back easy as hell though.

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Photo of jtaylord
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow out of a can. Not sure if normal, but a lot of sediment at bottom of glass. Taste is mild compared to many other wits. It is easy drinking. Would be easy to drink several of these during the course of the night.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky light yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is full of citrus and spice. The taste was citrus and was pretty heavily carbonated. A good witbier.

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Photo of Moose90
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy banana colored yellow in the glass, with a tall and fluffy bright white head on it. Moderate lacing left behind.

S — Smells of wheaty, biscuity malts, as well as a little banana and yeast freshness.

T — Tastes of light wheat and pale malts, there is a little bit of clove and banana, but it's fairly one dimensional.

M — Light-Medium bodied and there is a fairly short finish.

O — Nice overall, though it's a bit thin and lacking any real depth of flavor.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served part of a Belgian flight. Ale the color of cloudy pineapple juice. Little head, spotty lacing. Not my pour. Aroma of Belgian wheat (surprise), spices, banana, lemon zest. Taste follows the aroma pretty well, although taste was much stronger than the smell. Refreshing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and a hint of straw + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat malts, citrus lemon, and hints of spices/coriander.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat malts. That is followed by light flavors of citrus lemon and spices/coriander. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades away almost instantly.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a nice beer for a very warm spring evening here in NC. Definitely a good summer brew.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- Look: cloudy, somewhat really light yellow, not really that attractive.
- Smell: Lots of wheat and barley, very interesting!
- Taste: some coriander, herb-ish. Fruitiness.
- Light body, quite little aftertaste. I can see using this as somewhat of a thirst quencher.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a refreshing, easy to drink Wit. Back when Pierre Cellis ran Hoegaarden that was the go to wit but after Interbrew gobbled it up and instituted high gravity maching to reduce costs, Wittekerke was the best Belgian wit left standing. It has the light straw color and a thin, white, fairly quickly dissipating head. Orange peel and spice aromas greet the nose. It has a refreshing, citrusy, spicy taste perfect for drinking with a pot of mussels and pomme frites. It is light yet full flavored.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.39/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Typical white beer. Very light yellow, minimal head, lightly carbonated. Little lacing.

S - Citrus and spice. Mild and refined.

T - Amazing. Mild, easy drinking, and a perfect compliment with a meal- especially one containing fish. Pair it with a Tilapia, maybe a little wild rice, and you'll see what I mean.

M – Clean and dry.

D - Unbelievable. This beer is so full of flavor yet remarkably refreshing. It's not too heavy, not too light, and nearly perfectly balanced. In truth, it's probably the best white beer you can grab. Top notch.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delightful! Like Hoegarden, but better. The most lemony beer I have ever had, framed well, with yeasty notes, and a crisp refreshing finish. Looks great too.

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Photo of JoLight
4.71/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: large flakes and particulate matter, slightly foggy, yellow, and a stark white head.

Smell: sweetness, grains, very beery

Taste: Very smooth; almost no hops to speak of; malty and creamy; a backbone of wheat; slightly citrusy, yet no sourness or punch.

Mouthfeel: medium

Finish: Semi-dry

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Photo of Duhast500
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Shocktop Wittbier glass.

The color is a clear golden/yellow with a finger of foamy white head and some very thin lacing.

The smell is mixed with a bit of funk and slight citrus aroma.

The taste is sweet with a lemon citrus flavor that has a good bready edge to it. There is a earthy flavor that holds back the citrus flavor from really getting a hold and stealing the show. The flavor seems force in on itself and before it really a chance to shine it hits a bitterness at the end and I'd gone.

The feel of this beer is light with a nice drinkable feel that goes down easy and leaves no aftertaste.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +12%

Pours a light straw with a thin white head. Good retention, and nice lace. Aroma is of fruity spices, and candy. Body is light and creamy. Taste is of orange, and sweet tart fruit. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of stevoj
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow golden with almost no head. Faint taste of orange peel. Light and smooth, but too light. Besides the orange peel, taste is almost an afterthought. A nice summer drink...

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Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

I liked this beer from the very first sip. There's is a noticable level of citrus that iwill subdue your taste buds with pleasure. That is if you like citrus. This is a great beer to charish after a long hot day. It has a cool and crisp finish that will make you say ahh, relaxation time.

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Photo of illpass78
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow gold with some yeasty chunkiness floating below the head, which is considerable. The head is a big, frothy white that is about two fingers in depth. Carbonation seems more moderate than I expected. Lacing less than I expected.

Smell: This beer has some fairly forward aromas, including orange, citrus, lemon, clove, ginger and spices. Appealing.

Taste: Nice, fairly complex flavor profile that follows the nose. I'm also getting a slight sense of banana that might just be in my head. Citrus and clove are the most dominant flavors. There are also some breadiness and grassy notes in there.

Mouthfeel: It's refreshing and sessionable, as a witbier should be.

Overall: This is a very nice wheat beer that I'm glad I picked up. It has a nice mix of flavors that are all traditional for the style. Would drink again.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was an okay beer. It has an hazy and golden yellow color to it. The aroma was a good smell, at least I liked it. The taste was pretty good as well. I liked the green apple taste that it has. I could smell some vanilla in the aroma as well. I

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of bready wheat, vanilla, yeasty, and green apple.

Taste: Same as above. Nothing spectacular and pretty simple.

Mouthfeel: Tart wheat, chewy, light bodied, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice witbier. Not fantastic, but nice. Out of a can too.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a half a finger of head. Straw yellow with some light accents of orange. Sticky random lacing left behind. Active carbonation is present but is on the lighter side for the style.

Smell: Lemon and prairie grass greet the drinker. Creamy malt mixes well with light accents of pepper and salt. Grainy undertone rounds out the aroma. Simple but distinguished tones are very pleasant.

Taste: Creamy oats and wheat with a slight touch of salt provides an easy going front. A squeeze of lemon and lime brighten up the body. Some very light spice and pepper sits on the palate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is extremely low which contributes to the creaminess. Crushable not doubt (because this is certainly the most important aspect of any beer)

Overall: Very surprised here. Listed as a Wit but has the saltiness and light funk of a Gose. Either way I would not hesitate to reach for one of these.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.85/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sticky white lacing that persists. Very pale yellowish beige with a cloudiness and some sediment. A flashlight revealed more sediment in bottom of can trough so I poured some beer back into can and vigorously swirled.

Aroma of bread and oranges with a predominant yeast overtone. Actually smells like orange flavored dough rising.

Taste is fresh baked bread with malty sweet orange zest. The finish has a slight metallic twang, presumably from the can. Perhaps the most yeasty, bready witbier to date. The yeast aroma persists throughout the session while the metallic note fades into non-existence. There is a pleasant, lingering orange oil finish after several minutes.

For yeast lovers this is a superb witbier that achieves near perfection, at least for my palate.

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