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 oglmcdgl
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A can with onix1agr to get the day going.

A- small fizz of white head atop a pale hazy yellow colored brew.

S- slightly tart yeast and wheat with some lemon zest and a dry biscuit hit.

T- lemons and yeast with a mild sweetness for the wheat. A bit of grass and a hint of white pepper.

M- on the lighter side of medium in body and a light yet crisp carb.

D- nice and tasty not a real standout of for as far as the style goes but enjoyable all the same.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.39/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz attractive can; best-by date stamped on bottom

Appearance: Homemade lemonade yellow, hazy, w/lots of small particulate in suspension as well. Capped by a moderate (but tight and showing decent retention) white cap.

Smell: Hmmm. There is some lemon meringue pie action goin on here (the lemon custard, the creamy topping, the buttery crust, the whole deal) which is pretty nice. Maybe a light hint of some sorta spice I can't identify. This is all nice; what's not appreciate is a corny/adjuncty lager characteristic underneath it all, which comes across almost as strong as the nice stuff.

Taste: Damnit. Totally unsorted. Some lemon creme up front, lightly tart, then a big whop of adjuncty malt-liquor flavors...you know, how your favorite forty has that kinda grainy but somehow fuller/richer flavor than say, a Bud? Yah, that flavor. Acceptable when you buy a tall-boy of OE800 or the like, but not here. Odd metallic bitterness on the finish as well. Also there's kinda an odd, fruity/medicinal thing going on here, something like children's vitamins or asprin or something. Sorry.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: 1 can is more than enough thanks

Conclusion: I was looking through my reviews the other day, saw how low I'd rated this beer the one other time I had the canned version, and figured something MUST have been wrong w/that can. So I deleted the review and gave it another shot. Nope. It's just pretty bad. And this one is well within date too, so...My friend and I used to drink the Wittekerke bottles all the time and loved it; it was my first Belgian White that wasn't a Blue Moon. I dunno what's happened since then, or maybe my tastes have just changed THAT dramatically...at any rate, pass this one on by

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twee 330mL can into a tulip.

Appearance: impenetrably cloudy body with a silvery-white straw hue. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam. I like it.

Smell: aroma is mostly grainy with not a lot of character to it at all. It's not bad, but it's pretty uninspiring.

Taste: sourish flavor of grain and a little citrusy wheat. Not very smooth and definitely not my favorite wibiter; there's really nothing interesting here at all. That said, it's not disgusting.

OK, as I get toward the end of the glass it seems to have smoothed out a bit. Maybe it just needed to breathe or something, but some of the harder edge has been taken off. Weird.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. This guy is very creamy; definitely my favorite part about this beer.

Drinkability: this beer isn't spiced the way I'm used to witbiers being and it doesn't quite have the normal refreshment factor for me. Still, it's not too bad and is relatively drinkable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of wheat, and not much else. The taste of wheat with a hint of orange. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent witbier at best. I don't think I would drink it again.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz can into tall weizen glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a substantial 3F of powdery white head over the whitest body I've seen this year in a Wit. Somewhat cloudy, but not opaque. Great lacing.

Aromas of yeast, white pepper, and plastic/baby diaper.

Hits the palate smoothly. Lightly spiced bite, with fairly grassy and herbal flavors - light bitter hoppyness. Touch of dull orange citrus - fair amount of fruit sweetness. Lightly tart in the finish. Pretty juicy mouthfeel overall.

Nice drinkability - smooth on the palate, and a little touch of everything (bitter, sweet, tart). Not one of the best Wits around, but it's one I could see enjoying a six pack of.

Mouthfeel was the winner here.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang. Also present are mild amounts of lemon rind.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted light malt and wheat flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are mild amounts of lemon rind flavors and very light hints of indistinct spices. The spices fade out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this wasn't the most flavorful wit in the world but it's real easy to drink and is more refreshing than most. Worth a shot.

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Photo of association330
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours cloudy and straw-colored, with a finger and a half of creamy white head that drops to a cap with a thick ring of foam. Decent lacing.

S - Lemon, wheat, yeast. Nice bit of spicy coriander. A little sugary malt. About what I'd expect.

T - Follows the nose. Finishes slightly tart and lemony, with a lingering wheat note.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied, though I would like a touch more carbonation for the style.

D - Nice little summertime session beer.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pineapple juice color!!! Cloudy with a very white head that looks very soapy. Not much lacing being left on the glass. Head didn't stick around very long.

Smell - Fruity citrus. Orange and lemon. A little bit of the wheat underlying the citrus. Getting a bit of a spice in the nose also. A decently balanced smelling beer.

Taste - Getting a touch of the sweetness at first followed by a slightly stronger bitterness that seems to be more prominent than most "wheat" brews. Picking up on some of the pepper also.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, refreshing, smooth and only a tad bit watery. Rather thin, but not a bad thing.

Drinkabilitly - Summer brew, of course, that would go down very easy on those hot days.

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Photo of deapokid
2.27/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This odd little witbier caught my eye with its generic label and $.99 price tag.

Pours a thin, cloudy yellow. Head is initially huge, but fades quickly, as does the lacing. Carbonation seems a bit lifeless. Color is reminiscent of chicken broth.

Aroma is curt and to the point, since lemon juice seems to be the only thing on display. As the beer warms, a harsh skunkiness rears its ugly head. I hope this isn't due to improper storage.

Flavor is tart and lemony with a certain indiscernible artificial quality. It's rather watery and is completely lacking in spice, citrus and banana esthers. It doesn't really taste like a wit whatsoever and is strikingly unappealing.

Completely lacking the body and spicy flavor I expect from a witbier, this ends up resembling an American light lager in its bitter metallic aftertaste. Although it's thin enough for heavy consumption, I can't imagine anyone wanting to drink something that is so unappealing and uninspired.

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Photo of adkirkish
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured light straw yellow, hazy, light white foamy head, no lacing

A: LAL aroma, no hops, no malt, w/a slight citrus zest aroma.

F: Flavor matches in the aroma as being lal upfront, that finished with a light citrus zest. Balance is towards the malt.

M: Light medium body and mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

O: Ive heard alot of people say good things, but this was not my draft of beer. I couldn't pull any malt sweetness out of and quite frankly tasted like adjunct lager. I would have liked more malt character, fruity, and spicy notes out of this one. The appearance however was spot on, just not aroma or taste.

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Photo of brianjay
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had never come across this brewery before. The label seems pretty nondescript: it just mentions that it is a "Belgian wheat/wheat beer" in several different languages. Always a fan of Belgian whites, let's give this one a try.

Opened the can and poured it into a glass. A big, airy head, bright white and soft. As time goes on, this leaves a thin lace splattered around the glass. The body is a foggy pale yellow.

Notes have a faint lemon zest. Not much to smell here. The taste does not have much character either. A dry oatmeal and sour fruit taste stays on the tongue. There is a nice touch of sweet orange taste on the beginning of the sip, but it fades too quickly. Drinkability is good, but the dryness takes away.

If you are looking for a Belgian wit beer, I can think of several better versions, including some American brewed clones.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.09/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Looks like a lemon meringue at first, before the head dissipates.

S - Smells like BMC. Not getting any familiar wit.

T - Tastes like BMC. If this was marketed as an alternative to Bud Light Wheat, it would perhaps seem decent under that guise; as a Witbier, you've got to be kidding me. Swill. Not even in the same universe as (ubiquitous lowly example) Blue Moon.

M - Blehhh.

D - This beer is an outright embarrassment.

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Photo of Rmason104
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: hazy pale yellow with moderate white head. Looks very inviting.

S: couldn't pick up much smell. Maybe slight yeast & citrus

T: very mild taste, wheaty & yeasty. Some mild citrus notes.

M: different feel than most beers. Almost tingly on the tongue.

D: very drinkable! Goes down easy. Good for session drinking on a nice warm summer day.

This would make a great entry beer for those who are scared to stray from their mass produced watery American pilsners & lagers.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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 bonapartist1
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good beer, but no Hoegaarden. In fact, I even think I preferred the Flying Dog Woody Creek White.

Taste and aroma is classic and solid, with wheat and spice prevalent but not forceful.

Mouthfeel is typical for a witbier, IE, with great body covering for a lower calorie, less dense beer.

Drinkability is excellent, I could easily see having two or three in a night.

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

250ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on May 21, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy yellow gold with a thin white head. The aroma was a conconction of wheat malt, some banana, and some peppery spices. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation, and the flavour was grainy, wheat, and some spicy bitterness to finish off.

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Photo of sfprint
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes June 6th 2010. Tourcoing, FR

A: Strong yellow in color with a 3/4" head.

S: Weak witbier. Nothing stands out about this one.

T: Planty, Strange weed taste (not marijuana) which I find relatively unpleasant, but it does make this one different.

M: Dry on the top, making it sandpapery.

D: Different, but overall it's less than average. I can't get into it.

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Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swirl poured into a glass beaker. Hazy amber with a two finger fluffy white head which soon flattened to thin layer. Strong lacing. Smells lemony citrus up front with some complex spiciness going on. The taste is surprisingly mild. Citrus less apparent but there is a pleasant spicy blend. Very nice mouthfeel. The fine carbonation blends nicely with the spice flavours perking up a fairly light drink. Drinkability is high for a very drinkable style. Bring on summer!

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Very light golden/yellow and hazy. Pours with ~2 1/2 fingers of white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap.

S- Fair amount of wheat/yeast odors combine with a lemon zest, and some faint metallic notes.

T- Nice sweet lemon up front. Slightly bitter spicy hopiness / orange peel effect on the finish.

M- Crisp, with moderately high carbonation and a medium feel. Fairly creamy.

D- Good. Low ABV, pleasant flavor, and extremely easy to drink. A solid summer drink.

Future outlook: Very pleasant, if unspectacular beer. Who knows....I won't seek it out, but it could end up back in the fridge someday...

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Photo of tchenery
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Beer looks good - like a traditional white beer. It's very, very light yellow. It looks like hazy bud light. It has a nice big head on it when poured into a glass. It smells like it should, with citrus notes and yeasty smells.

It tastes a bit thin and tinny. It also smells a bit tinny, like tin, but I don't know if that's because i know that it came from a can or that it actually does. It is very refreshing though.

I took a 6 pack of these and a 6 pack of Watermelon Wheat from 21st Ammendment out on our sailboat and had a blast. They definitely did the trick without being in a bottle.

I feel like I could drink too many of these without knowing it, which may or may not be a good thing.

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Photo of konadrinker
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a lovely hazy, pale yellow with a thin foam head. Head retention was brief at best

S: Very subdued lemony citrus, and even fainter on the wheat. This doesn't smell like the witbiers I'm used to.

T: Pretty bland for a wittier. The citrus and wheat are in there, but they are very subdued. As another reviewer had mentioned, it's like a "witbier light." I expected a little more flavor.

M: Rather highly carbonated, even when poured, which gives it an air of cheapness. Fizzy on the tongue.

D: Overall, refreshing, but doesn't live up to what a witbier can be. Rather disappointed but at least it's easy to drink. If I had to do it over again, I think I would pass this one over and get something else.

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Photo of Stigs
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - standard for the style...very hazy bright yellow body hodling up a very thin layer of loose bubbly white foam. very minimal lacing throughout the drink.

S - some forced wheat sweetness, lemon rind, bready and clean.

T - mild wheat with a subtle yeastiness, artificial tasting citrus lemon and orange peel, lack of spice or anything else. very light.

M - very clean, thin body with nice crisp carbonation. finishes with almost no aftertaste save for a light lingering sweetness.

D - considered drinkable because its so light and airy, yet not too enjoyable. read a few reviews describing this as a "wheat light" and there really isnt much more to say beyond that.

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Photo of matjack85
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.29. I don't see too many Belgian ales make their way to the discount bin so I'm hoping there's nothing wrong with it. I don't know where Jason found the freshness date on his bottle but this one didn't have one.

The beer poured a cloudy pear yellow color with a huge four finger fluffy white head that stayed around awhile and left some nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma here is not strong at all. It had a wheat and yeast smell to it along with a lemony citrus presence, but it was all rather subdued.

Sweet wheat malt flavor with plenty of lemony tartness, but not much in the way of other soices usually found in wits outside of maybe a bit of coriander. It's a nice pleasant flavor but not as tasty as other wits I have tried.

Medium bodied mouthfeel that could have used a little more carbonation to make it crisper. The mouthfeel was kind of flat instead of crisp.

This stuff is really easy to drink. No offensive flavors and very well hidden alcohol. I only bought one but could have easily finished off a six pack of these.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Quite ordinary for a white, pale and opaque, but not much head or lacing and low carbonation activity. Looks lazy.

Smell - Lemony and some grassy notes, not really any wheat or spice or even other citrus.

Taste - Lightly sour lemon up front and fades away. Slight wheat aftertaste but nothing I'd call a 'finish'. I don't know, this is awfully basic for a style where the complexity several elements of citrus, wheat, and spice are standard and expected. If you love lemon peel you might want to try this but with respect to the witbeer style this is severely lacking compared to others I've tried.

Mouthfeel - Crisp with a slight carbonation bite. Slightly watery finish.

Drinkability - With this flavor I don't really want another one. For lemon lovers this could be worth a try but its not my thing.

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Photo of chickenflea
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright orange/gold with a small head that dissipates and leaves some traces of lacing. Brighter in color.

S: Mild citrus notes and really nothing else.

T: Strange. This doesn't really taste like a witbier. At least not similar to the majority of ones I've had. I've had several different Witbiers, and they all have very similar characteristics, but this one seems to stray away from that. A strange sourness that it off-puting. Fruity.

M: Highly carbonated and crisp.

D: Glad I tried it, but I would not drink another one. It seemed to fall between a Belgian white and a fruit beer.

Serving type: can

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