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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wittekerke has a thick, white head, and a very cloudy, lemon-yellow appearance, with bubbles streams and lots of tan chunks floating about. A bit of lacing is left behind. The aroma is of pungent, bread and yeast, with a faint citrus and sweet back note. Taste is of the strong yeast, some mint or other odd herb, wheat bread, and lots of tap water. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Wittekerke finishes semi-dry, easy-drinking, and rather bland. It’s not too good, really.


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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, 41010 bottle code. Pours very hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, coriander, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, clove, pepper, coriander, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, coriander, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a very short bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with decent robustness and a very dry finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good witbier. Good balance of yeast, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

App: Light yellow green pour with lots of yeasty sediment spiraling around the glass. Stark white one and a half finger head that dissipates very quickly leaving a thin even ring of foam and a lot of lacing.
Smell: Champagne like tartness in the nose, yeast predominant with very faint floral notes, of orange blossom or jasmine. Very delicate. Definite wheat beer, true to the Witbier style, not nearly as pungent as some american Wheats. As beer warms there's a tremendous clover flower aroma almost like white honey. Some apple.
Taste: Belgian yeast really kicks this wheat up a notch. Flavors of coriander, ginger, hint of citrus like bitterness. Flower like delicateness with a very nice honey quality. Certain cereal taste lingering with a barely perceptible hops bitterness.
Mouth: Insanely smooth and evenly carbonated. No stinging bubbles, and the ample amount of yeast sediment gives it a robust creaminess.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wittekerke pours a bright straw color with a small lacing head. There is a sweet fruity banana like aroma, with strong ester notes. The taste is light and mellow, crisp malt undertones, with fruity esters finishing it out. Good body, weak flavor. Overall a decent beer, light and crisp.

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Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light ester with an adjunct sweetness and green apple.

The taste was likewise synthetic with apparent adjuncts, a slick sweetness and mechanical ester.

The mouthfeel was light for the style.

Overall a sub par wit.

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

11.2 fl oz. can, with date 11-11-2012 printed on the bottom of the can. Not sure if that is a canned on or a best by date, but whatever. I got this can as part of a mixed sick pack at the local Binny's. My first beer from this brewery, expectations are average given the style.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a pale murky watery yellow colored body with one finger of white head that disappears quickly. Looks pretty blah, to me.

S - Smell is also kind of bland. Some wheat, grains, corn, wet cardboard, lemon pith, fresh oranges, dusty bubblegum malts, lemongrass.

T - Taste follows the nose: authentic citrus, natural orange peel, lemon, pineapple, clean grains, wheat, lemongrass. I'm actually really enjoying the flavors here. Some earthiness, lager yeast, and a hint of wet cardboard presence also.

M - Feel is crisp, carbonated, & medium bodied. Some juicy citrus lingering on the palate.

Overall, I rather enjoyed it, especially considering I'm not usually a fan of the style. It tastes more like what I wished the Firestone Walker Solace I just drank had tasted like. It's a beer I would drink again if it was offered to me, but not something I am likely to see out.

Wittekerke ---3.5/5

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow brown with a little suspended sediment. The head is off-white, moderate in size, and soon fades to a scattering of foam on the surface. The lacing is fine-beaded and glass-coating. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Lots of orange rind and bread-like wheat malt dominate the aroma. There is an understated presence of coriander as well.

Taste: Opens with a strong wheat malt presence, allied with orange rind and coriander. These flavors play out harmoniously throughout the taste, with none dominating the others. The wheat malt flavors gently rise towards the close, finishing with a slight bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example of a witbier, in which all of the traditional facets shine.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two ounce Euro-style long neck bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of billybob
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a light straw yellow color about a one finger head and a light lace covering. nose is light with a lemon grassy smell. taste of mild citrus and light wheat malt. mouthfeel is smooth light clean. wheat beer is a style i like and i think a little more body to the taste would have made it that much better. i would buy again.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with medium-sized bubbles. Active and noisy with modest, minute-long retention. Fluffy and creamy looking head. Strange cloudy yellow color. The color of lemon juice. I've never seen a witbier like this one before.

S- Spicy yeasts is the first aroma that strikes, followed by the usual citrus and coriander. I wonder what sort of hops they used because that could easily contribute to the hoppiness. Definitely has a Belgian air about it.

T- Decidedly refreshing. Lemons and oranges form a citrusy power-play, with the spicy yeast and coriander bringing up the rear. Interesting body of flavor, balanced nicely, but certainly not exceptional.

M- Smooth, medium bodied with semi-active carbonation. Finishes sticky and wet. Nice feel.

O- Perhaps I'm being too generous with this brew, but I feel it surpassed the 81 BA score it has accrued. Tasty and refreshing, this was a pleasure to drink. The color is strange, but appealing.

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Photo of beertunes
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of 11-11-12, Uh-oh! Poured into tulip. Poured a very pale yellow, almost white, with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention but moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain, with a bit of tangy yeast, and very faint traces of the expected coriander and orange. The flavors were pretty similar, typical for the style, but very subdued.

The was OK, but a bit thin, even for a style not noted for fullness. Drinkability was good, I could see throwing a sixer in a cooler for a day of tubing or whatever. Overall, an OK brew, certainly not among the best of the style, but perhaps a good introductory example.

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Photo of TWHartman
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- very pale, cloudy with thick white head that dissipates quickly to thin lace. White flakes at the bottom of the glass.

S- Slight citrus and bready

T- slightly sweet, tangy, little bitterness. Slight citrus spritzy finish. Well balanced for a refreshing beer.

M- At first I thought that there is not enough carbonation for the style, but there is still a nice bite at the end from small bubbles

O- Not fantastic, but a nice beer for putting a bunch away on a nice hot day. That's what I'll buy it for.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Witbier in a can, let's go.

It was a rainy day, but still kinda warm. The chili was taking their marks and the cook-off was about to begin. With a slight delay I opted to have my first beer at 11am, something light to not wreck my chili palate.
This beer was given the chance. Pours a light yellow/orange, a bit hazy. Fluffy light head, small bubbles.

Light citrus aroma with hints of spice and white pepper. Not much power behind the nose. Light sweet malt. I don't get that coriander and zest I expected.

Same with the flavor. Not all that zesty or spicy. Light citrus and a bit sweet. Not dry for sure.

And the light carbonation does not help. Lacing zest, I would have been satisfied with a good bubble and dryness. Instead it seems a bit filmy and sweet. Surprising with the huge head, but this one seemed a bit flat.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz can picked up at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, into my 2013 NERAX pint.
A- big foamy white head. very pale yellow.
S - not much there, smells a little skunked perhaps., hints of milk.
T - sweet, drinkable, a little citrus
M - very light, thirst quenching, tasty.
O - five more in the fridge should go down easy on a hot day. Nothing amazing, but a nice lighter brew. Glad I bought it - man does not live by hops alone.

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Photo of Steamer
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy, lemonade yellow with a pure white head. Rather large bits of residue that settled at the bottom of the glass.
Smell: a simple lager aroma.
Taste: Light, crisp, and lemony. Refreshing: I enjoyed it after a long walk; it hit the spot.
Mouthfell: Very light, like carbonated soda.
Overall: If you are looking for a beer to help ween some friends of their bud and miller lights, this would be a good one to break out on a hot summer day.

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Photo of XxNitExX
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 11.2 oz can into pilsner glass

A- Very pale cloudy yellow, small white head that disappears quickly. Average, but nothing special.

S- Smells of wheat and bananas with some citrus hops mixed in.

T- Very strong wheat taste up front followed by lemon, not bitter orange like most but just straight lemon. Very little spice character but the citrusy hops are very nice.

M- Thicker bodied because of all the wheat. Almost sticks to your mouth. Not at all unpleasant but unexpected.

Overall a pretty decent wit. Light on the spice character and kind of overkill with the lemon but for a can I can drink it and enjoy it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small white head settles into a thin lacing above a cloudy light yellowish gold colored beer.

Light grains, mostly wheat with some yeast and citrus hops (bananas and lemons) aroma. The citrus hops in the aroma is quite different from the way US pale ales and IPA's have a citrus hops aroma and taste.

Very light banana, light spices, wheat grains, lemon extract, and some light yeast in the taste of this easy drinking Belgian Wheat Beer.

A light dry aftertaste without much lingering tastes on this light bodied beer.

Not really my favorite style of beer, really quite far down the list of styles I like, but putting that aside this beer was quite tasty and easy to drink. A wheat beer that I can actually drink, I don't know if that's good or bad for me to like a wheat beer.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Bottle poured into narrow tulip, I don't know if this restaruant's choice in barware was the greatest?

Two finger head, I think the choice in glass hindered head appearance

Aroma: Wheat, coriander, and possibly orange peel

Taste: Pleasant sweet beginning followed by a lemony sourness that is ok.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy in the start, rough and carbonated at the end.

Overall, I don't think I'll have this beer again; it really isn't my style. If I want a Belgian White, I'll stick to Rickyard's White.

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Photo of freditoj
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Clear yellow color, good head that remains for a while.

Smell - no fruits or special aromas come out of the beer.

Taste - The beer had almost no taste, no fruits, maltiness or aromas felt. There was no balance in the flavors as it had none at all.

Mouthfeel - Feels like a light beer, thin watery feel. The beer was flat.

Overall - Not a very good beer, I would not drink it again.

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a pale straw yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that was mostly diminishing, leaving behind a thin film with a small collar thus producing fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a moldy Belgian yeast with notes of banana, citrus (lemon), wheat and coriander.

The taste was very lightly sweet with a strong wheat presence and a touch of banana from the start and possessed a slight citrus note and a bit of spice towards the end. The flavor was short lived with a mild citrusy wheat finish.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a mellow carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty basic Witbier. Tasty, refreshing and very drinkable, which along with the somewhat low ABV makes it the perfect brew for a hot summer’s day...


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Photo of bump8628
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Witbier in a can, ahhh. Cloudy light straw with a thin head of white that doesn't last long. Faintly musty, tart lemon juice and orange zest upfront. Rustic wheatiness in the middle with more citrus at the finish. Super dry. It starts off really but finishes a bit insipid.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 07/17/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Two inches of white carbonated head that lasts for a minute or two; Very pale yellow in color with a mostly cloudy appearance; No real lacing left behind

S - Yeasty with a bit of sweetness and spice; Three noticeable components - lemon juice, chalky, and floral notes; Light aroma overall

T - Yeast, lemon juice, clove, banana, wheat, chalk, and very mild spices are present in the taste; Overall taste is a bit on the sweet side; Like the nose, the flavor seems to be muted somewhat

M - Light to moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Certain chalky sensation in the mouthfeel - not bad, but not really expected either

O - There's no denying the refreshing and overall light, uplifting qualities of this beer. It may not really impress in any single area, and the chalky character was certainly a bit different, but it's extremely easy to drink. On a hot day such as today, I finished this glass off in no time and could have consumed another.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

3/4 of a sampler at Tyler's in Carrboro.

Pour is super light and cloudy. The smell is just, light. I want some kind of coriander or something. Smells watery, with a lack of spices.

I want a good Wit to either taste like Hoegaarden, Allagash White, or Triangle White, but this just doesnt. Its light and drinkable, which it has going for it. But thats it. Lack of spices really kills this thing.

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

A- pours cloudy hazy yellow color with an orange hue, flaky sediments drop to the bottom. Fizzy head quickly reduces to nothing. No lacing.

S- lots of spices, specifically coriander, sharp lemon zest, wheat and a. It of liquorice.

T- Lemony citrus bite with a wheaty undertone. Finishes a bit chalky and yeasty. Slight notes of clove and citrus rind.

M- lively carbonation with a medium body but goes down very slick.

O- A light and refreshing beer, but seems a bit undertoned. Solid, but there are better options for this style.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap into a 1/2 liter glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Poured a super light pale yellow color with a soapy head that left some splashy lace

S- Some lemon, lots of wheat, light spice, fairly faint aroma

T- Mostly lemon and wheat, a little watery in flavor

M- Some prickly carbonation, fairly refreshing, finishes a litttle watery

O- An average to below average witbier, not something I would want to try again

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.54/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass of the month at Winking Lizard Tavern. Served in a huge 1/2 liter pilsner glass. Shorter review since I was eating dinner.

Appearance - A very cloudy/murky off-yellow color. Rich soapy head that keeps its retention high throughout drinking. A very lemon-like appearance.

Smell - Light wheat and yeast. A bit of spice, but not really much else. Overall, pretty bland in the aroma department.

Taste - Definitely not as strong as other witbiers I've had. A nicely balanced blend of light wheat grain and banana. A bit musky with some faint spice and lemon taste. The flavors are very weak and overcome by the taste of corn.

Mouthfeel and Overall - This was the perfect beer to get with spicy wings. I could have easily drank this all night. Light bodied and extremely refreshing.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
3.57 out of 5 based on 907 ratings.
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