Wittekerke | De Brabandere

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De Brabandere

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Wittekerke glass.

A: Hazy orange. Decent head.

S: Typical citrus aromas, but also surprisingly prominent hops. Almost pilsner-esque.

T: Again, typical wit flavors of citrus tartness are countered by pils-like hoppy bitterness. Kind of like Oberon, but not quite as good.

M: Light and spritzy.

D: It's certainly unique. I'd never make it my go-to wit, but it is good and refreshing.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle, same as pictured, with no freshness date. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Very cloudy pale yellow with thin white head and moderate lacing.

S: Lemony citric zest and mild spicing.

T&M: Medium bodied with a crisp dry finish. Lots of lemon flavor with a mild malt sweetness and a wheat twang. Chalky yeast, citric peel and other obscure spicing. Finsihes with very mild hop bitterness.

Very good beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a rocks glass.

Cloudy pear body with chartreuse highlights and a frosting of magnolia forming the head. Very thin head, but retention is good (the same beer poured into a tulip glass on a previous occasion produced a much more satisfactory head, so I won't dock points here). Decent lacing.

Delicate, fairly one-dimensional aroma, with a lager-ish note (pilsner malt?), rice, and lactic sourness masquerading as citrus (sort of a natural air freshener scent).

Sweet and very mild spice on the palate, with a pleasant crisp tartness. Winter fruit (apples, pears) and light wheat notes round things out. Not much yeast flavor. Hints of adjunct, but a nice slightly dry finish.

Fairly thin bodied, not as creamy as I would like for this style, but good carbonation.

Overall, similar but slightly more flavorful and refreshing than macro interpretations of the style. For instance, this compares well to Blue Moon - and makes a great picnic beer if you pick up the canned version.

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Photo of adamette
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Purchased as a 6 pack of 220 ml cans from Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio last week. The six pack was $9.89. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Witte glass.

A Opaque yellow meringue-like body under a nice, creamy, thick white head. Head stayed around a bit too. Nice.

S Well, like a witbier and a kind of mass produced one as well without much spice to the nose. Really it kind of reminded me of a lager behind the wheat.

T Really nice, light wheat without a lot of fuss. The spice profile is not high but I really appreciate its simplistic "Here is a Witbier" approach.

M Nice smoothness really helped the whole taste profile as well.

D Very good indeed with manageable ABV and nice, light taste.

Notes: Nice to find in a can.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, rather typical wan sunny yellow, but the thick, fluffy, white head adds appeal. Aroma is strong, malty, wheaty and yeasty with just a touch of fruit - mainly banana - and inviting a taste. Flavor is mainly malty with yeasty undertone and a fruity hint. Texture is tingly and lively, what I like in a beer.

This one is worth finding. I had it at the Cafe Intermezzo in Dunwoody, GA.

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

Appearance: cloudy pale lemonade.
Smell: is very subtle citrus juice
Taste: A very smooth and refreshing summer ale. Classic wheat style. Not spicy or partularly citrusy.
Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation, very slight lacy white head. emphasis on smooth
Drinkability: Yes, it is

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Photo of atigerlife
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lemonade color with a 2-finger fluffy white head that has good lasting power. Good lacing. Lots of floaters.

Aroma is of citrus, light spices and rather musty.

Taste is of lemon, wheat, spices. Really seems to be lacking any defining character. Rather light in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light, lightly cleansing.

Overall, this brew is drinkable but not one I will try again.

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

I did a side-by-side tasting of the bottled and canned version. I'm pretty sure I've had the bottle before, and know I haven't had it in a can. Scoring is based on the canned version. Both were poured into pilsener glasses.

A- It poured a clean, yellow-gold initially. I was happily surprised when a shake of the can released some yeast sediment that clouded the body nicely. The head was 2-fingers, nice and white and it eventually fell to a full lace. There were great sticky spots all over the glass. (The major difference between the bottle and can was a thicker head with more staying power and stick, and a slightly darker body from the bottled version).

S- My first impression was of wheaty/yeasty qualities with a hint of green apple aroma. Maybe just a bit muted. (The bottled version was a little mustier).

T- Pretty standard for the style. Wheat flavor mixed with some light spice. It's hard to pinpoint, but I'd guess coriander and some possible citrus additions. (The bottled version was a bit more muddled and did not come off as quite so crisp).

M- Good, unfiltered feel. Overall, it was pretty light with moderate-heavy carbonation that leant a little kick. There was a pleasant grainy quality. (The bottle wasn't as carbonated, and came off as a little more viscus).

D- Like many in the style, it's an easy drinker. Light enough to drink a few in a sitting. Also light enough on the spice to be very enjoyable. I could see drinking a bunch in the warm weather. The only knock on the lightness, is that it doesn't "wow" the drinker. I'd enjoy this during the summer months in the future. (Bottle was still good, maybe more substantial/filling).

Overall- Both the bottle and can were good examples of the style. The can seemed a little lighter than the bottle. I can see taking cans to the beach/golf course/tailgate when bottles aren't allowed.

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

11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one inch white head that falls to a skim rather quickly. Doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is strangely similar to a Czech Pils with a lot of Saaz hop aroma and some breadiness. A slight spiciness as well and some lemony orange citrus.

Taste is really not very good compared to most witbiers. It's got a bit of citrus, and bready malt. The strange Czech pils character is not really fitting for the style. A very light phenolic bite towards the finish, that I usually prefer to be a bit stronger in a wit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty good soft texture to it makes it seem nice and creamy, but really, it is slightly low in carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but a pretty poor witbier overall. Wouldn't recommend it when there are much better options.

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

I poured this one from an 11.2 skinny brown bottle into my Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a 3/4" white head and a fair amount of sediment in the glass. The head settled slowly to a thin skim and left very minimal lacing behind.

S= I found a nice aroma profile of lemon-citrus, fresh cut grass, coriander, and a dry funky yeast note. Very pleasant!

T= This was a very fruity and yeasty ale. The sweet malts played well against the fruity notes of lemon, orange, and apple. The wheat gave a nice twang to the front end as well. The coriander and whatever other spices may have gone into this brew were very muted. The yeast was extremely chalky and musty. Finsihed with a slight tartness and more earthy, funky yeast.

MF= Medium bodied with a carbonation level that was too low in my opinion and a mouthfeel that wasn't nearly as crisp as I would have liked it.

D= Not a perfect witbier, but a pretty good one all things considered. I really liked the yeasty character and only wish the carbonation level was more to my liking for this style. All in all a very sessionable beer though.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beer Run in Cville.

Appearance - A vibrant Yellow beer shines in my 10oz glass. A very attractive color, and small bubbly carbonation collecting at the surface. A very attractive color...

Smell - Citrus flavors are bouncing everywhere in my nostrils. Orange, Lemon, Lime, etc. Pine Saw comes to mind, in a good way...haha. it's like breathing in a fresh breeze.

Taste - The Lemon, Orange, and Citrus flavors all return in quite an exhilarating fashion. Pineapple shows up with it's good buddy the pear. as the beer warms, yeast is present in a good way. very tantalizing and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - This witbier sports a handsome mod-heavy mouthfeel, which is different, in a great way. it has a lot of carbonation going on for a wit, which i like the change-up on this note. very crisp, very refreshing.

Drinkability - A very Balanced beer was in my glass, and is now in my tummy. It was refreshing, bold for it's style, and full of wonderful flavor. Although it was a tiny bit watery, it was complex and refreshing enough to keep my full attention. great brew. i'll have another...

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Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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 NODAK
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is pretty bright and citrusy. Definitely good notes of lemon here.

And the taste?? I'm disappointed. This may be my favorite style of beer and I generally like any beer of this style but something wrong happened here. There's just nothing interesting about it. From the beginning of the sip until the end of the swallow, it's just lemony. The familiar spiciness of this style is very minimal and I had to struggle to even notice it. It's just basically citric. At the very tail end some very faint wheat can be percepted but it isn't near enough to properly balance this beer. I don't mind citrus in beer and I in fact do like that, but something more interesting would be nice.

Drinkability is fairly high because it isn't hard to choke down. That's as far as I'll recommend it though, because there are far better for style.

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

Appearance: Tremendously clear, damn near colorless body exhibiting only a faint pale yellow hue. Thin, white head.

Smell: Thin, puny aroma with just the mildest notes of barley, wheat, flowers, and lemons.

Taste: Slight touches of listless barley and wheat with a sweet, floral taste of honeysuckle. Small hint of grain. Lemony qualities and a minimal amount of spice character. Light bitterness. Sweetish back-and-forth of barren malts and tired lemon until the drying, weak finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A real snoozer. So filtered and meek, it's downright wimpy. I'm all for light and refreshing, but, come on, let's have some (any) flavor too!

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the pool from the 4th of July.

Pale frothy yellow color. Smell is slightly earthy, wheaty, and a hint of banana. Taste is your typical wit, except slightly more watered down than usual - wheat, grassy, hint of banana, as indicated by the nose. Watery mouthfeel. These things are pretty easy to drink however, and make good pool beer.

Overall, a decent beer.

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

Smell is of light crisp malt, bread, yeasty, banana, and mysterious hops. it's a little thin smelling and just feels like something is missing. Taste is light and thin although there is a crisp breadiness. mouthfeel is light and drinkability is alright.

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Photo of Risser09
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a nonic - fridge - best by 12/3/2010

Appearance: A hazy light yellow color with a 2" white, soapy head. Great retention and spotty lace remains. A unique foam for the head is similar to a root beer style head. No visible carbonation activity.

Smell: Pale, wheat malts envelope some lemon and sour yeast aromas. Dandelion blossoms also.

Taste: A very pale flavor gives away some wheat , lemon and white pepper. Slight mineral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light body, very little carbonation, no apparent alcohol, and not much flavor.

Drinkability: This beer goes down extremely effortlessly because of its lack of body, flavor and any other harsh impediment. I wouldn't revisit.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy pale straw yellow color. Very pale color with a creamy, fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while and retains very well atop the beer. Negligible amounts of lacing.

S: A very unrestrained, raw wheat aroma, some lemony notes, a bit of beligan funkiness that borders on skunkiness. Interesting, but kind of odd and off.

T&M: Clean, complex, and flavorful. A good bit of orange rind and lemon, a light spice note, and a clean finish. The epitome of drinkability. Light bodied with a fine, Belgian-esque carbonation. Fine bubbles that work well. On par for the style.

D: Epitome of drinkability. Light and decently flavorful, but good.

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Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale straw color with that whitish tinge that wit biers have. Small but tight pure white head that dissipated into a ring, some minimal lacing. The aroma is grainy with lemon and hints of coriander. Grainy on the taste with a wheat malt crisp edge, some lemon and coriander. Pretty bland for a wit. The feel is light with fizzy carbonation; finishes with a grainy sweetness. Drinks real easy, good for drinking in the sun. The bier is just about average in all aspects. No real bold wit flavors, they seem to sit in the background. The grainy flavor seems to be forefront, while making the beer easy to drink, it seems to stray from the style. Perhaps a can is not the best vessel for this beer.

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Photo of Natural510
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to me in a pint glass with no head or lacing. The color is a murky off-gold; resembling something between lemonade & urine.
Smells of lemon & spice, fairly bright.
Familiar blend of wheat & lemon, with an added spiciness of perhaps coriander or nutmeg. Nice hop kick at the end.
Not the most crisp or carbonated, but it did quench my thirst on a hot summer day.

I'd never heard of this brew before ordering it, and by the flavor could've sworn it was an American Pale Wheat Ale. In such a case, it would've been one of the best APWA's I've tasted. Nonetheless, it's a good option for thirst-quencher on a hot day, and complexity is enough to not be too boring (compliment? you decide).

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

Poured into a tumbler

A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of white head with good retention. Liquid is hazy lemonade yellow color. Very pale.

S: Citrus forward, slight coriander, Some malt. Too one dimensional

T: Some metallic notes along with a bready malt flavor. Some citrus twinge, but not much.

M: Thin and smooth, some brightness.

D: Satisfying and easy drinking. I do want another despite not being blown away or impressed even. I'm not planning on buying another sixer again readily in the near future.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a whitish-blond color witha two-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is full of wheat and clove/spice. Perhaps a bit of coriander but otherwise, standard aroma.

Taste is full of wheat, coriander and clove flavors upfront. Pleasant. Light on the tongue. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and airy and full of lingering wheat mostly. Inoffensive.

Not bad. A standard witbier that feels solid, but a bit bland. Otherwise, you could enjoy this on a hot day.

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

Appearance is a cloudy yellow..head forms nicely, thick foam. Good retention

Aroma is typical wit..citrus, spices, yeast

Taste...eh. Its not bad, really. The citrus is there, the spices are barely noticeable and I don't get much yeast at all. Its fairly bland in comparison to the better wits out there, like Allagash or Hoegaarden

Mouthfeel: Light and goes down well

Drinkability: Mouthfeel is like a regular wit..refreshing. But the taste is bland...so I can't highly recommend this one. Its not bad, but its unmemorable

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Photo of largadeer
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from alfrantzell. Thanks I guess :(

Appearance: Hazy blond with a finger and a half of foam that sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Retention is solid. All-around a spot-on looking wit.

Smell: Peppery, grainy. Not much going on here. Very faint esters. Meh.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tastes like a lemon butter cookie. With white pepper on it. Even for the style this is rather bland, oddly buttery, and lacking the dry, crisp finish I look for in a good wit. Not awful by any means; this would be a solid picnic beer, it's just decidedly average.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
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