Wittekerke | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 935
Reviews by Jgivens:
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the downtown Spec's a couple weeks ago and this is one of the last two of the six pack. Let make it official:

Appearance: Pours a mostly hazy yellow color with a solid 1/4" cap of creamy white foam that is solid and looks like it is going to be there for a while. There is already some lacing left on the glass as the beer is swirled for aroma.

Aroma: The beer is initially has a solid bread dough background with some wheat and lemon grass highlights. As the beer warms, the citrusy aromatics are starting to get stronger, but the aroma is staying consistent. If there is spicing in here, it is subtle and well done.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma entirely. There are some wheaty notes in here and a bit of citrus, but the bread dough notes are only in the aroma. The body is light with ample to high carbonation, so the carbonation actually makes the beer slow down across your palate in this case because it causes it to stay and be fizzy for a little while on the tongue. The finish is all about the malt/non-hop flavors.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer no doubt. For being so light, it has a deep flavor and aroma profile. It has a reserved, but well blended profile all the way around. I do have to comment that, while I am warming up to can beer in general, in this case the can makes it hard to get a good Belgian pour of your beer, so it ends coming out sloppy so that you break the tension in the beer and it will flow. The first two I poured, I tried to pour too slowly, so it ran back the side of the beer and spilled all over the place. I am thinking that the bottle or draft may be a different experience, so I will plan to try those too if presented the opportunity.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, hazy lemonade in color, with a big fluffy head of foam that quickly fades
Aroma-Wheat grain, faint lemon
Taste-Lemon zest, wheat grain, subtle spices-very refreshing and drinkable.
A nice session beer on a hot day, and/or a nice match for an Italian or Greek salad.

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Photo of EricClayton
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kaimcm
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wit bier in a can! hell yeah!

A: decent, needs more and fluffier head but otherwise, good color.

S: not much, a little citrus, a little grassy, and a slightly off metallic quality.

T/M: soft with a slight citric tang. yeasty and mild sourdough character. unfortunately the iron appears on the finish as well as the nose. creamy light body and refreshing.

D: goes down very easy, fix the metallic quality and a sure winner.

a one dimensional beer but I dig the can. better wit's for sure but nothing worth avoiding in this one.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque light yellow with almost no head. There is no lacing on this glass from the small head. It has a lemon-orange smell with some spices. There is also a hint of sour apple in the smell. It tastes a bit like apple juice with some hints of citrus in the background--it's very sweet. It is very drinkable for the style, but it is thin and a light carbonation.

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Photo of Snarf103
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from a 11.2 oz can into a mug. The color is a cloudy light tan color, look a little thin compared to what I have been exposed to from this style. It has very little head that is gone in a second. It has a very zesty citrus and light wheat scent. Nice zesty citrus and wheat flavors but a little thin in the mouthfeel. Not the best Belgium White that I've ever had but pretty good overall.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale straw body that is cloudy. Tall white head with slow dissipation.

S - Definitely some kind of citrusy wheat & yeast funk going on; some find it favorable, some don't. No hop presence. Lemon and orange esters are predominant. Very low phenol hint.

T - Medium wheat malt flavor, with lemon/orange esters creating a tartness. No unusual phenols to this Wit.

M - Medium to light body that is high in carbonation, creating a great fizz on the tongue.

D - A zangy citrus wheat.


Not the best from Bavik, hate it or love it, but it's a really cheap Wit.

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Photo of Juice-O
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of psweendogg
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in the clearance section of Binnys for $4.99 a six-pack. Couldn't pass that up.

Apperance: Light straw colored in appearance. Poured into a pint glass produced a nice, white one-inch head that laced nicely down the glass. Very nice streaming carbonation.

Smell: Had kind of a sour smell with some raw wheatiness to it. Some lemon smell, but mostly a sour nose.

Taste: Better than what I remember from the bottle. There is a general lemony characteristic that combines with a light acid taste to produce a very restrained witbier. The beer is nicely carbonated which seemed to really open up the lemony, wheaty flavors.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking beer. I could easily have killed the six pack watching a football game. Very light, reminds me of a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of Nutwood
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy pale straw color with about an inch or so white head with good lacing. It smells like lemon, coriander and wheat/grain. It tastes like lemon, spiced hops, wheat, and coriander. It's light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good. It goes down smooth, and it's nice and refreshing. This would probably be more of a summer beer for me, but overall I think it's a decent beer.

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Photo of EdFed
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of MikalMick
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of gdfan47
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

picked this one up when i want camping this summer

def like it , i mean i like Belgian whites and i was going to a place that didnt allow glass so i picked up a case of it at the beer yard in wayne

it was relativly cheap (just under $30 for a case)

just a good belgian white

def a great summer/hot day beer

better than alot of other belgian whites,just not as good as St Bernardous

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Photo of remllof
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my SA Summer Ale glass. Pours a nice white head that recedes into a alright lacing. The color is light yellow with a cloudy haze. The smell is of light somwhat fruity. Taste is has a bit of malty sweetness. Then finishes a bit too sharp and dry. But not too bad. Mouthfeel is pretty good fairly light with decent carbination. Overall not a bad beer, good to have one of these just relaxing in the afternoon or to take to the beach because of getting it in a can.

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Photo of kendellmarie
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Contra
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz can, poured into a pint glass.

I was always tempted to try this beer, as the plastic wrapping around the canned version was rather odd to me. Well, I finally bit the bullet after desiring a Belguim beer of some sort.

The aroma was rather pungent and acidic, and somewhat of a turn-off. Fortunately, the flavor was better. Unfortunately, it's fairly bland, and nothing interesting. A very light colinder taste, but stronger on the wheat.

I was fairly disappointed with the pallet, as it left my mouth rather dry, and lacked the desirable crispness. Appearance was nice, as it was a enticing cloudy white/yellow.

Overall, it was a fairly decent witbier, but nothing worth going out of the way for.

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Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brightly glowing yellow color in spite of the thick cloudiness, good froth on the pour which sticks around, hard to see the bubbles. Light and crisp nose of lemon, oats, barley and bitters, just smells like it's very dry. Full-bodied even as the flavors and general mouth feel are at first more linear and crisp. Lemon again most present, lots of carbonation in the mouth breaks up a good deal of the denser malt, barley and oat flavors. Starts off dry and gets sweeter as you swallow. Some mixed Asian spices. Lots of aftertaste, this helped by the big body. Slightly tiring, not sure I could pound a six-pack.

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Photo of nasastrums
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is light yellow with a creamy, fine-bubbled head.

Smell is yeasty with some fenolic and citric witbier notes. The smell has some slight tart charactaristics with some bready malt and a hint of spicy coriander.

Taste is yeasty with a typical fenolic witbier profile. I get some honey and fresh baked bread. Malt is quite strong and backs up these tastes, something I have not found in a witbier before. The tartness in the smell is not detectable in the taste. Too bad, because I would liked to have a bit of sour bite. Really adds to the beers complexity (and reduction of body).
There is very little carbonation in the beer which doesn't add to the beers drinkability. Body is medium and could be a little bit less.
Overall, not the tyical witbier and deserves it's place.

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a two finger head, then settles slightly. Tight, sticky lacing. Straw colored with some haze (hence, wheat beer) and visible carbonation.
S) Citrus orange and lemon. Wheaty.
T) Just a touch of malty sweetness in the front end then a transition to a citrus wheat mid section. Finishes with dry, yet fruity, wheat notes.
M) Just a bit gritty. Light bodied. Crisp. Refreshing.
D) True to form. Refreshing. Has a decent body feel, leaving one as though they did drink a beer and not some light colored concoction. I'd have another.

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Photo of RJ32S
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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