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 thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy pale straw yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, banana, grain, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, plantain, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one really left me desiring more from it. The flavor was really quite muted and didn’t have a lot going on in it. For the style it was average to say the least, but definitely nothing more than that. At least the aroma was a little nicer to bring it up above an average brew of the style. Worth trying for a craft brew n00b, but if you enjoy a good Wit, I would look elsewhere personally.

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Photo of Luigi
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow with a three finger head! The retention is decent as it settles down to a thin lace around the glass but there is some sticking to the glass. If you put hear up to the glass you can hear the sizzle of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is light with lemon zest, soft wheat, and some coriander. Refreshing aroma and clean.

The flavor is a nice refreshing mix of zesty citrus. I can detect fresh baked bread that is kind of soft. The yeast also adds to the bread flavor. Some nice coriander, lemon peel, and a touch of hop bitterness in the end.

The body is light, carbonated. and with a clean finish.

This is great Ale for summer time. Nothing is over the top and it is very refreshing to drink. I like it!!!

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium lasting white head with some lacing. Aroma of wheat, light malt, yeast with some light citrus notes. Taste is wheat, yeast, some grassy hay and sweet citrus notes. Palate is a light body with mild carbonation. Finish is wheat, some grassy citrus notes, light banana and malt flavor with some light bitterness on the end. Overall a good refreshing session wheat ale.

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Photo of wages
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - 4/5 - Pours with a two finger white head that disappears in a couple minutes but leaves a respectable level of Belgian lace behind. The color is a cloudy light yellow.

smell - 4/5 - Has a light banana sweet aroma.

taste - 4.5/5 - Very faint banana flavor amidst crisp wheat flavors.

mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - High level of carbonation makes this very refreshing and only faint banana notes are left behind.

overall - 4/5 - I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but the Belgian yeast takes it in a very nice direction. Nice for a warm sunny day.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. ours a hazy yellow with a half finger of head with moderate lacing. Aroma of wheat, yeast, and the toffee like bready witbier aroma. Taste follows, mild, pleasant wheat with a hint of citrus, and doughy finish. Nothing remarkable, but a pleasant, low key witbier. Light to medium bodied.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, pale yellow color with about 1 finger of foamy white head.

The scent is a bit malty and a some noticeable citrus.

The taste was a bit bready at first, then there was some citrus, wheat, and some notes of spice.

Light bodied, smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, the flavor was very balanced and had good flavor, overall though it was pretty average. I would drink this again but wouldn't be really looking for it.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a hazy muck colored yellow with a 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer and ring. Great lacing from start to finish.

S: Very wheaty smelling with faint hints of coriander, yeast and a little orange peel.

T: Just like the smell... but more bland than I was expecting.... Pretty Blue Moon like... sweet malt, wheat, little coriander and orange peel.

M: Light bodied with a strangely mild carbonation.

O: Not a bad Wit, but nothing really stands out with this one... Little more plain Jane than I was expecting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/14/12.

Pours a murky light whitish yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Lots of clumpy sediments settles at the bottom of the glass after the pour. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, spices, yeast, and some very fruity aromas. Taste is extremely fruity up front with some grain flavors on the finish. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it doesn't remind me too much of a traditional witbier. Much more fruity than others I have tried in the past.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Sometimes you can't fight the late-night cravings for some brews, amiright? This one pours a hazy lemonade topped by about a half-finger or so of short lived off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat (bordering on sourdough), coriander, lemon zest, and a pinch or so of cardamom. The taste leans more heavily on the spicy side, with the cardamom and coriander meshing with newcomer black pepper. The lemon zest is still there, but a tad more subdued and enveloped by a slightly more assertive bit of wheat. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a nice, easy-going, unpretentious wit. Good times, really.

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Photo of Valmor88
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, it is as a cloudy pale yellow. About 1 finger of white head that vanishes very quickly.

S: Grassy wheat comes in very strong, but not much else. Some citrusy hops and yeast are there.

T: Didn't expect the taste to be so balanced based on the smell. Grassy, bread-y, wheat-y flavors are predominant, but the fruity citrus I wasn't expecting. Definite orange flavor with some spices that I can't figure out.

M: Smooth mouthfeel. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was much more impressed with this beer the more I drank it. The appearance and smell are greatly lacking, though. Overall, I think it is a good beer, especially for one out of a can.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the New Rudy's into it's proper glass.

A: Cloudy straw-colored body beneath an inch of creamy white head. Nice retention, decent lace. Ok.

S: Huh. Smells more like a Pils than a Wit. Very crisp, biscuity malt is dominant, with just a bit of floral, herbal hops on the back end. Way, way off for the style.

T: Slightly spicy malt, faint herbal hops. Nothing like a Wit.

M: Lively to a fault. Super frothy, medium body. Crazy bubbly.

O: I really wonder whether the bartender didn't pour the wrong beer into the right glass; it sure looked like a Witbier, though, so I don't think so. I think this beer just kind of sucks.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: a can from a friend's cooler at a Rush concert

Seeing how I drank this from the can, I can't really give a proper appearance judgement, so I'll just go about middle of the road in the rating, going by the general consensus. Typical wheat profile in the nose, citrus zest, and slightly metallic (plus the can). Taste of wheat, a bit sharp, lemony zest, and hints of spice. Light body, refreshing, and quite drinkable, especially for a summertime tailgate.

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes reviewed at BBF.

A - Poured a pale yellow with a very slight haze. Atop was a white thick head that was well retained.

S - Somewhat light wheat and yeast aromas with light citrus too.

T - Similar to the nose in that this was very lightly flavoured. Light grains and yeast with super light lemon citrus.

M - Light mouthfeel, smooth, clean and easy to drink.

O - Overall, this was somewhat of a disappointment. Expecting much more but this was simply an average witbier.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.59/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottom of can stamped 14-08-2012. Poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance - Pale cloudy yellow. Line pineapple juice, but a bit more pale. Thin white head with beautiful lacing.

Smell - Corn? The heck? Not much else. Boring.

Taste - Musky. Corny. Very metallic finish and aftertaste. Ruins the beer. Must be a bad can, because I don't imagine anyone would ever approve mass producing this as it stands...

Mouthfeel - Super astringent to the point of being pretty gross. In fact, this may be the most astringent beer I've ever come across. Must be aluminum leeching into the beer or something. Gross.

Overall Drinkability - I'm going to have to review this again some other day just to make sure this wasn't a bad can. As it stands it's a horrible beer that I never want to have again, but feel obligated to just to make sure it wasn't skunked.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A slightly different aroma than what I expected: Coriander, malt and a kind of grainy aspect.

T: Tasted of light malt, coriander, lemon and that grainy quality. This last ingredient tends to dominate the flavor, which is not always a good thing. An uneven taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly slick and oily finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer does have some good qualities, but it's certainly an uneven brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian beer in a can. Gotta give it a shot...

A: The pours a very pale cloudy yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Doesn't have too much witbier aroma to it. Lots of straw and grass notes. Only a mild citrus and yeast note, minimal spice notes as well. The rest of the aroma is just a bit sweet with some wheat.

T: Sweet bread, wheat, and banana notes. A little bit of straw and grass with some orange flavor and perhaps a touch of lemon peel. Just a mild spice note to it.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I must say, my first canned Belgian beer was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of cooch69
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a semi hazy pale pastel yellow with a lovely two finger pure white head with super tight tiny bubbles.

Nose is cracked malt and maize at first with lots of lemon and some green apple hints. A little bit of must in there as well. Not sure if there is coriander in here, im getting more of a surprisingly fitting all spice taste.

This one is super light and smooth in the mouth. A bit of an acidic zing comes in the middle and rides thru. Pale bready malts and a nice creamy taste and texture. Bright and vibrant, this beer hit the spot.

Worth a shot for a Witbier.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Light gold color, slight haze, white cloudy hues, delicate white head, quick to dissipate.

Amazing smooth scent, wet-earthy musk, herbal spices, wheat...nice yeastie aroma.

A very light feel and flavor effect, green peppers, clean spring water, crispy, snappy, dry and spicey wheat, good yeast and the subtle complexity shines through.

A light and snappy feel, very refreshing, great summertime hot weather feel!

Love the wheat!

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

A fluffy white head just over a finger tall rests on a clouded pale white-gold brew. It eventually simmers down to a foam that sticks well on the glass, leaving patchy lacing in its wake.
The aroma offers wheat and lemon with some gentle spicing and a dusty, bready yeast note. A bit more strength would earn it more points.
The taste follows suit; this tastes quite authentic, but points are lost for the chalky aspect and the fact that the hops flavor goes a little tangy at the end. Otherwise a nice citrus presence under a wheat body with spices that aren't overstated but make themselves known.
Chalky isn't just in the flavor; it translates to the feel as well. Other than that, this beer goes down very nicely. A smooth, creamy aspect balances with a light crispness and carbonation is soft but certainly adequate. It semi-dry in a medium-light body.
This is a good wit and, in my mind, true to tradition.

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Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a can - best by August 14, 2012. Pale yellow in color with a thick haze. Poured with a frothy white head that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Wheat malt and lemon zest aromas with a hint of pepper in the background. Medium bodied with assertive, refreshing carbonation. Creamy smooth feel with a clean finish. Wheat and biscuit flavors up front with lemony citrus bitterness in the middle and a light peppery undertone throughout. Finishes pretty clean and is very refreshing. A great summertime wit,that's fairly simple and goes down really easy.

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Photo of output01x
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can (Best By 08/14/2012) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger snow white head that settles after a few minutes to a light dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy _PALE_ yellow like a dull lemonade. The body is so cloudy, carbonation bubbles cannot be seen. Very little lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

A strong wheat aroma wafts through the air as this beer is being poured. Further investigation reveals more grainy, bready wheat. A little yeast and orange citrus can also be found in the nose.

Light wheat with notes of banana and a little citrus slowly wash over the tongue. Oddly, it seems to have an almost can sugar sweetness at the end. While this does assist in the beer's drinkability, it also reinforces the dull lemonade hypothesis posed earlier.

Light bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is a real pleasure to drink. Like a wheat beer should be, Wittekerke does not coat your mouth, nor get sticky. Instead, it is easily sipped, gulped, and everything in between. The mouthfeel is perfect for when you are dying of thirst and don't want to have to taste much.

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Photo of aasher
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one pours a very, very light and bright almost somewhat hydrated urine yellow in color. It smells of light malts with a strange funk. It doesn't smell like someone would do this intentionally. It almost smells like BMC salty grains. No bueno. It is sooo light and there really isn't anything wit related present. It's the lightest wit I've seen, it's the lightest wit I'm smelled, it's the lightest wit I've tasted. It doesn't feature the normal flavors or aromas. This is far below average in my opinion. It's thin in body and the flavor is so off that this isn't even drinkable. I know this is fresh yet it falls sooo flat. Oh well. Avoid this one.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

A – Crazy very light straw yellow color. Cloudy. Produces very little bubbly white head that settles down quickly.

S – Has a funky yeasty smell that always reminds me of Belgians. Citrus in the form of lemons. Light all together.

T – Bit of a hop flavor up front. Again like the smell I get lemons. Not overpowering but like a weak lemonade flavor minus the sweetness. Crisp wheat flavor follows. Finishes with a touch of sweetness. Very light though.

M – Thin but pretty well carbonated. Glides across the palate with a bubbly fizziness.

O – Decent brew here that is great for a hot summer day. This is really solid ice cold but as it warmed it was not nearly an enjoyable. It’s a great brew for a hot summer day. Keep em cold and put em down.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2er can.

comes out a light yellow opaque with a thin white head that has some lacing and ok retention. wheat is the main thing on the nose here with coriander and clove floating in the background. nose could do with a bit more presence and complexity but what is there isnt bad. taste comes in with again wheat coriander and clove and adds banana as well it then slides into a overly grainy into hop finish that leaves this one really lacking. everything up to that grainy finish is great and it just seems to slide away at the end. good carbonation in this with a nice light body tiny bit of a hop puckering felt in there which is a nice touch. overall though this thing does everything well but the overly grainy taste leaves this falling short of the mark.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that stuck around in my glass for quite some time and left a bit of lacing. Lemon peel and coriander on the nose and a bit of grain. Flavor is lemon, orange and coriander with a touch of sweetness and a decently long finish. It's been a while since I have had this beer and I especially since I have thought about it critically while I drank it, it has long been a camping/ pool beer for me and I am usually not taking notes in the pool... When I look back on my initial review, I was definitely a little green at that point (reviewing a beer straight from the can:) but my overall feelings haven't changed much, this is a solid example of the style, if a bit one note. It is also a beer that I would happily take on any outdoor pursuit where beer is desired.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
3.57 out of 5 based on 899 ratings.
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