De Brabandere

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #454
Ranked #43,524
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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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Ah, sunshine in a bottle. When you think of Belgium and their beers this is what the locals are sipping back alongside a blond or brune. That aside this is one of the best and refreshing examples of this style. But it is very common and with it comes a bit of lower scores, but decide for yourself on this bottle of 'liquid sunshine'.

For me, I did the pour, swirl, and pour method leaving me with a beautiful nearly pale straw appearance and a creamy light head. This is ultra-light, mild-flavored, really easy to drink witbier. The wheat notes are mild, there is a lovely yeasty note mixed with a lemony fruit, but this could be the hops. The carbonation is well balanced and this beer goes down very easily. Only drawback was the smell, and I just got light notes of wheat.

Jun 29, 2020
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woemad from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley, Washington. Stamp on the bottom of the can indicates a "best by" date of May 4, 2020.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a cloudy and lemony shade of gold. Small, off-white head that dropped quickly. Not super promising looking.

Nose was kinda what I expected for the style, but there's also a sweet aroma that sure seems like corn.

Taste was a little more interesting than the nose, but this is a pretty by-the-numbers witbier. A little more sweet, and a little less bracing than any version of the style I would recommend. It's like a cross between a witbier and a Euro mass market lager.

Light bodied, but with a fairly dull mouthfeel for the style.

Pretty meh as witbiers go. Body too dull and lifeless, not enough of that sharp, herbal, grassy character the best of the style have.

Apr 03, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Top notch label in bottle or can. Predominantly a smooth drink. Small cans, but it’s slight bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the hops.

Con: Can be difficult to find in the US.

Dec 22, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

May 01, 2019
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janubio from Spain

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.

Jul 29, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

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.

Jun 08, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a foamy white head that lasts quite a while. No discernable aroma. Tastes of wheat, lemon and orange. A bit tart but a decent mouth feel.

Feb 26, 2018
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mikeinportc from New York

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.

Aug 07, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 13, 2017
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Try-em-all from Missouri

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.

Jun 06, 2017
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

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.

Mar 25, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

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.

Mar 22, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

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.

Mar 16, 2017
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utopiajane from New York

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.

May 02, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

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.

Feb 18, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

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.

Jan 28, 2016
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jtaylord from Texas

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.

Dec 31, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

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.

Dec 30, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

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.

Jun 11, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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.

May 14, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

May 08, 2015
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sokol_1993 from California

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.

Apr 17, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Mar 12, 2015
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SimplySinister from Florida

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.

Mar 03, 2015
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TastyAdventure from Kentucky

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.

Jan 04, 2015
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