De Brabandere

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #434
Ranked #42,029
3.6 | pDev: 13.89%
De Brabandere
Notes: Wittekerke Wit is easy to recognize by the elegant glass it is served in, its sunny colour and creamy foam head. The taste is nicely rounded with a well-defined herbal bitterness. The late famous beer expert Michael Jackson described Wittekerke Wit as creamy, aromatic, with a clean, teasing, perfumed fruitiness and a faintly herbal tartness.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml can. Best by date stamped on can bottom is '10/05/19. Can slogan of "Sunshine in a can".
Cloudy, straw colored body. One finger of white head upon pouring, settles back to interrupted cap and ring. Leaves behind a string pattern of lacing.
Aroma of bready doughy malt, with coriander and hint of citrus.
Taste of wheat with a slight tang, bread, the spice of coriander, and a touch of citrus.
Medium mouth feel. Slight tingle on the tongue. Very good carbonation.
Agreeable and easy drinking wheat ale. Certainly could be a session choice.

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Photo of janubio
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pale yellow colour, medium head that fades soon, good lace. Aroma has the usual sospechaba, but weak: coriander, cloves, some citrics. Biscuit, malt. Medium body, oily palate, normal carbonation. Taste follows the aroma. Not really the Best witt, just drinkable.

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Photo of EMH73
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light yellow with a thick white head that left nice lacing. Smells and tastes of bread,, wheat, yeast, pepper, lemon and a bit of clove. Light bodied, well carbonated, no discernible hop presence or bitterness. Decent example of the style.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow, similar to pineapple juice. Moderate, semi-creamy, white head, that leaves a bit of lacing.

Aroma is light bready wheat (as expected ; ) ) , a little citrus, a touch of coriander, black pepper, and to a lesser extent, clove, with a bit of Belgian yeast funk.

Flavor is close to aroma, with the spice elements less noticeable than in the aroma.

Feel is smooth, with fine carbonation, and not as light as would be expected for 5%abv.
Overall very enjoyable, well-balanced , and would like to have it again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a semi-pale yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at an adequate pace. Light messy lace.
The aroma had nice level sort of sweet grassy to lemon to Belgian yeasty sort of blend up front and then some notes of sourdough, varied stiff earthiness, and a touch of orange peel. Clove was there but super faint.
The flavor was varied between the earthiness and the yeastiness playing with the sourdough. Gentle semi-smooth earthy to lemon and sourdough aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied and had a great sessionability about it as the carbonation wasn't distracting nor the clove spice. Some creamy smoothness rides along my tongue. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, pretty nice witbier well worthy of having again.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just intense enough of a smell to entice, light gold color, smooth on the way down and the taste will keep you coming back for more. Light body and subtle flavors are magnificent together, a real winner.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Squire
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +8.3%
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 +11.1%
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 -7.5%
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 -3.3%
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 -2.2%
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 +11.1%
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 -15.6%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.6%
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 -0.8%
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 +20.8%
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
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 +23.6%
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 +30.8%
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 -23.6%

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 +11.1%

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 -14.2%
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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