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Wittekerke | De Brabandere

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De Brabandere

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of bubseymour
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 2 finger sudsy head. Yellow straw color, murky, that has a sort of glow to it.

Smell - nice straw smell with hints of bannana

Taste - Really nice flavoring, light with straw and grassy tastes.

Mouthfeel - slight watery but ok

Overall - I really like the flavorings of this beer. I'm a big fan of Belgian beers, not so much on wheats, but this one is very good. Light easy drinker and great for a spring, summer patio, evening beer. Highly recommend!!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a clouded neon-yellow color with a finger of snow-white head that holds okay and laces well.

S: Light and sweet citrus, grassy notes, and some cupcake-like aromas.

T: Yeasty spice, delicious citrus, some candi sugar, and coriander.

M: The body is medium-light with above-average carbonation.

O: This was much better than I expected and it holds up with the best in the style.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brick Store Pub (Decatur, GA) served in a Stange glass:

The beer appeared a pale yellow with a lighter haze than expected. The beer did produce a nice, white, thick head that was well retained.

The beer had a lighter aroma than expected, but a nice wheat/yeast aroma with a light hint of some citrus.

The taste of the beer was good and followed the nose well. Not much else to report. I expect this beer is probably better out of the bottle than on tap.

The beer had a lighter feel to it, as expected, but smooth, clean and easy to drink.

Overall, I guess that I expected more, but I still enjoyed the beer and if given the chance to pick up some bottles I would.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have this funny feeling that this tastes beter from the can than from the bottle half the time. This one is a delicate wheat beer. The taste could easily be destroyed if it were exposed to too much light or something.

The color is weird. Almost green in the glass. Cloudy as all hell. But I'll drink anything. The second one I drank much warmer and it had more flavor, but still well balanced and light.

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Photo of plfahey
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Very pale straw yellow with a nice haze. Full white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Interesting barnyard funk sort of aroma, wet hay, lemon peel, and coriander. Moderate wheat malt smell. Funk comes through a little bit strong, but is not entirely unpleasant.

Flavor-Lightly lemony with a strong coriander presence. Nice firm wheat flavor. Finish is very dry, somewhat flinty and mineraly. Some of the funk from the aroma is present as well.

Mouthfeel-Moderately light body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Not quite effervescent, but spritzy on the palate.

Good, and interesting, though certainly not my favorite witbier. I would like some more citrus (especially orange) character, and the funk throws me off a little bit.

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Photo of DCon
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 11.2 can into a pint glass at the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. (B.O.D.= 24-12-2011)

Appearance- A cool white pour, almost as if a Cider was being poured. Light head (half a finger), no retention, bubbly, and very cloudy. Dull yellow color with a white haze.

Smell- Lemon and Orange Citrus smell with yeast and wheat.

Taste- A very mild beer with extreme amount of wheat. Would like to enjoy on a nice summer day or at a Biergarten somewhere close.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, carbonated well, crisp, and a low viscosity.

Drinkability- Enjoyed two back to back. Had a buffalo chicken wrap and chips w/ guacamole with my second can. Reminds of of days when I used to live in Wien, Austria. A great memory bier!

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Photo of beeragent
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 11.2oz can.

A - Pours a light, slightly hazy, straw, forming a very thin white head. Minimal spots of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is mostly grainy with a hint of lemon and skunkiness.

T - Water thin taste of light grain, wheat, and lemon. This tastes more like a canned lager than a witbier.

M - Low carboantion with a light body. Very smooth and clean.

D - I have to say I expected a little more flavor and body from this one. Not what I expect from witbiers. Having said that, I still enjoyed this beer quite alot. Its an easy sessionable beer and one I would love for the river in summertime. Like I said, not my idea of witbier, but an easy drinker nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel green tulip. 5% ABV, 40280 printed on the back of the label.

A - Wittekerke pours a hazed-over, very pale yellow straw with a lumpy stark white head. Moderate retention with very little left in the way of lace until about half of it is consumed.

S - Slight skunk notes distract from the otherwise pleasant aroma of dry wheat, straw, pale malt, lemon citrus, and Belgian yeast. Inviting and crisp, mineral hints remind me of a Berliner weisse.

T - More lemon citrus than I remember, this has an almost lemonade characteristic to it. Mild coriander spice and Belgian yeast are nice while the wheat is soft with a pale malt backing.

M - Soft and smooth entry leads into a well-carbonated, sharper, crisp, light-bodied finish. Refreshing and inviting.

D - Definitely a sessionable brew, this beer would be a great refresher on a hot summer day. Both drinkable and flavorful!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dull whitish-yellow color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Light aroma of bananas, light clove, and lemon soda; very light nose; like seltzer water and hefeweizen. Medium mouthfeel: lively, fluffy carbonation; solid amounts of lemon seltzer water, bananas, and lightly toasted malts upfront; basic biscuity malts; light character overall, but, in all honesty, I could drink a fair amount of this; an effervescent, light witbier. Medium finish: toasty malts, light banana, a touch of light spiciness.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color and poured with a bright white head that quickly dissipated into lacing and then faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of lemons in the nose.
T: The taste isn't that strong and has flavors of lemon and wheat. No spices are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and has some refreshing qualities.

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

I decided to give this witbier a try as an alternative to leffe blanche and hoegaarden during the superbowl this past year. It is better than average when compared to the mass market American beers (Bud, Coors, etc.) but not by much.

A: Pours lemon blond with slight opacity. 1/2 inch head with only minor lacing dissipates quickly after pour.

S: Subtle citrus and lemon zest on the nose. Nothing from the hops. Clean.

T: Crisp and clean malt flavors. Orange zest tasting. Balanced with very little hops bitterness.

M: Thin and watery. Not a rich beer. Designed for hot summer day refreshment or for mixology (Shandy, etc.).

D: Drinkable, not overly carbonated. Goes down easy although tastes a little thin. Would benefit from a twist of orange.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours, even with a hard pour, a modestly tall off-white head of thick, tiny bubbles, kind of like I imagine a "microfoam" to be. Body is pale yellow in color, like a drink mix lemonade. Opaque from the yeast, I presume, and no visible carbonation (but it's there in the mouthfeel). Leaves good lacing, heavy foam-sheeting action that eventually leaves clumps of doily-like patterns on the glass.

Smells fairly bland, some candy sweetness, some mild citrus scents, not much presence or subtlety. Not impressed.

Tastes about as bland as it smells. A bit of hop(?) or bacterial(?) sourness, watered-down lemon rind esters, sweetness from grain (wheat? barley? I can't tell and am pushing it here) and that's about it. Aftertaste is of slightly sweetened lemon citrus.

While drinking, the modest carbonation allows the beer to feel rather smooth and unaggressive, which is pleasant. Finish is dry, but I don't really look forward to another sip.

Hey! It's a beer. That's about the extent of my enthusiasm for this beer (and what it gives to you, too). I wish I had checked with BA ratings before trying this, I would have passed on the chance (wouldn't mind my $2 back). Misses some of the key aspects of the wit style. Probably the blandest Belgian beer from Belgium that I've tasted, and that's not a compliment.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opens with a compact vzzt of carbonation, and pours a hazed yellow with a thick styrofoam white head and lots of crisp and vibrant carbonation, seeded from many points on the glass. Sediment is tight and compact, so resists being swirled into the beer. Pretty good look for a wit despite this, however.

Nose is rife with acidity, mostly from the carbonation though, giving that sprightly seltzer character. Some mild citrus leaf comes through as well, but very little spice or uplift. Pretty mild, and missing some key characters.

Taste is very light, almost stylistically apathetic. Very light entry followed by a medicinal astringency, with some phenolic and metallic notes. No lift, no roundness, no true witbier spice characters. All up, it's very disappointing on the palate. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and rounded, which is pleasant, but it doesn't have much to work with.

A disappointment. This is really missing some of the pleasant lilting spice and the round mellow characters you can get with a witbier. It's light and drinkable enough, but it also feels very flat. Not a good example of the style.

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Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy yellow beer with that poured with a finger of white head that left a little bit of lacing.

S - Orange, little bit of clove, yeast, spice, fairly typical of a witbier. A little bit weak.

T - Sweet, citrusy, yeast, little bit of clover and spice. Slightly watery. Taste is not offensive, but it is not great.

M - Watery, strong carbonation, lighter bodied.

D - Can drink this easy enough without noticing it. It's nto good, but it's not like I hate it.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz (330ml) bottle into a pint glass.

Let me first say that I have had this beer on tap many times and it was way better than this experience. I will have to seek it out and try it again.

A: Decent head (loose bubbles) falls somewhat quickly into a small but fun presence. Very cloudy with apparent chill haze in whispy layers that fades as it warms. Yellow with very slight golden tones.

S: Sweet wheat, orange essence. Light.

T: Somewhat skunky with a medicinal quality. Antiseptic flavored wheat and orange peel.

M: High carbonation but any viscosity is ruined by Band Aid type flavors.

D: As stated above, I've had this before and don't remember it like this. Maybe it is because it is in a bottle (couldn't locate a freshness date) but I can't put my finger on it.

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Photo of cudmud
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely pale in color with one finger of head and OK lacing. Very cloudy due to the yeast.

Smell: Nice yeast and citrus (orange)aroma. There are also other spice-like scents in the background.

Taste: Delicate wheat and yeast are followed by a nice yeast component. A very sweet tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a pleasing level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A very pleasing brew.

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Photo of richkrull
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer last week at Burger Bar in Las Vegas. Great place if you're in town.

This is a very solid wheat beer with a nice easy flavor. Very smooth and light in your mouth. I could have had a few more of these and would have if they weren't $6.50. Definitely a good beer though and worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out of the 33 cl can a cloudy and hazy bright lemon yellow sun colour with a respectable semi-frothy head. lots of lace adorns the glass. aroma of wheat and yeast...lemon and spice...and that's about it. taste profile is some more of the same...a bit of sour lemon and spice with some cracker and biscuit maltiness. floral hopping is present with a touch of back end bitterness. a bit uninspired. light bodied with a smooth and easy going mouthfeel. very drinkable. this would be a much better wit to quaff during the peak of summer, rather than than in december during a snowstorm.

definitely a summer quencher or thirst slaker. easy going and approachable. but quite average in all respects.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

lQuaffable light witbier. Nothing memorable but not offensive in any manner.

Presentation: 33 cl can. Blue background with an oval highlighting the name of the brew, notes its "authenticity". Shows best by date (09-01-2012) Served in a weisse bier glass.

A - Pale straw body with a fair head, medium retention, little lacing.

S - Lazy nose, with a dash of wheat and lemon.

T - Light flavor profile, dash of a wheaty sense, lemony, faint spice.

M - Light body, watery feel, medium carbonation.

D - Quaffable in a very condescending manner I´m afraid. It is not bad but there is little flavor or range, or personality? to really take it beyond a thirst quencher, which does not need to be a bad thing.

Notes: I sure can see how this could fit in certain settings and surely I would take it ahead of a macro, glad to have had the chance to try it in any case.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out of the can a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Slight smell of citrusy wheat maybe lemon grass. Crisp beer, with a tastey citrus wheat and some yeast. This is a light beer and very drinkable but its light on flavor and eveything else.

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Photo of KidsDoc
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can from my local "BrewHaus" poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: clean translucent light gold with visible carbonationa and minimal white lacing across the top, no real head

Smell: pleasant but mild with hints of spice and faint lemon

Taste: though most cans brews don't give this taste - this one had a defiinite metallic taste that did not go away. The remainder was that of a mediocre witbier with mild spice/citrus flavors subtle just as the nose was less than impressive

Mouthfeel: thin and somewhat watery.

Drinkability: I would not be suffering to sit and drink these but it would not be by my choosing in the future

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, very bright despite the haze. Provides a small white foam head and no lacing.

S: Not much on the nose, some wheat and citrus, but it is hard to make out a lot of the aroma's as none are predominant.

T: Tastes better than the nose. A decent amount of wheat and lemon zest. Some vague spicyness.

M: This is a very light beer on the palate.

D: These are easy to drink on hot summer days. I could see this as being a lawnmower beer. I would have this again.

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Photo of jsh420
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours cloudy yellowish white with a small white head that fades into a film that left no lacing

smell was the best thing about this beer and that is not saying much - lemon grassy earthy notes - no spice no wheat???

taste - i taste more can than wit - a lemon thin watery mess

mouthfeel is flat and watery

drinkability - yes you could pound these all day but what the point

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Photo of alkemy
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a can to a very hazy pale yellow. Not much head to speak of, but what was there was white. Lots of lemon in the scent along with a bit of yeasty clove. Not a whole heck of a lot of taste here. Lemon is very faint. The spiciness shows itself here more than in the scent. There's definitely clove and coriander. There's a hint of pepper on the back end as well. Refreshing feel as it makes its way down your throat. I'd have it again, but there are certainly other beers I more enjoy in the style.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a half inch of white head that settled to a thin cap. This beer is a hazy, pale yellow. There are plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is spicy yeast. The taste is some more of that spicy yeast but not much else. It's pretty bland tasting. I'm not getting the typical orange and coriander. It has a bite from the carbonation. It goes down easy but it is nothing special.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 914 ratings
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