Wittekerke | De Brabandere

913 Ratings

Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of Natural510
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -0.8%
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 +6.7%
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 -8.1%
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 -8.4%
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 -15.6%
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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Photo of Kevuas
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel as if this beer did not do it for me, but before I go any further I will add that I believe that the beer I had might have been old or stale. That is the only explanation for me, because otherwise I just did not like it compared to other beers of this style that I have had in the past.

The beer poured a pale yellowy light color. It did pour nice, as other reviewers have pointed out.

My real issue with this beer is the lackluster taste. Tasted almost metallic to me more than fruity with no stand-out qualities or flavors to speak of.

Sorry, not impressed with this beer at all.

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

11.2 oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clouded yellow color with a fluffy white head that stays as a layer and leaves spots of lacing.

S - yeast and spices is what I smell.

T - citrus/lemon taste kind of over powers subtle spiced wheat flavors.

F - light and crisp, it is refreshing.

D - not bad to drink but pretty much a one dimensional beer.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale yellow with a fluffy white head. For a witbier, it's not very cloudy.

The nose is wheat and yeast up front with spice and citrus present. Nothing striking, but everything smells to style.

The taste starts out with citrus and wheat, but it is overcome by a fruitiness I dislike. Apple and pear skin--not unpleasant, but not what I want in a witbier. Mouthfeel is accurate per style, a decent amount of body and some tingly carbonation.

This isn't one of the witbiers I'd run to, but it wouldn't be hard to drink.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wittekerke Belgian White beer. 5% alcohol content.

A- Hazy off yellow color that shows a very small head and good lace retention. The lacing is most impressive as it remains on the top of the glass with every sip I make. Note: Small wheat grains float in the light.

S- Fresh wheat and malt are light by apparent with hints of sweet grains and yeast.

T- Taste is a very refreshing wheat and mild malty nose with very simple yeast patterns on the finish.

M-D- Fresh on the palete with nothing offensive at all. Mild wheats and malts have a mild astringent feel on the mouth. Highly drinkable Belgian wheat beer. Not my first or last.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap at Monroe St. Bistro last night

A: Kind of a cloudy, straw yellow color. Nothing too impressive, was a bit more clear than I expected, the 1/4" or so of head didn't hang around long, no lacing.

S: Kind of the same as the appearance. About what I'd expect, some lemony-orange notes, a little bready aroma to it. It's pleasant enough, but not complex, doesn't really leave me looking forward to the taste.

T: Sweet, citrusy, and the malts aren't really there too much. Lighter than I would have expected. The yeast really isn't picking it up at all.

M: Thin, just not enough body. Low carbonation, but it is easy drinking, good for a hot day.

D: Drinkability is good, but I wasn't really wanting another by the time I was done.

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Photo of Naugled
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a growler that I got from a local beer store served in a pint glass

A: nice light straw yellow color, very cloudy, nice white head that disipates quickly.

S: sweet lemony nose,

T: citrusy flavor, slightly tart, wheat malt and low bitterness

M: medium for such a light beer, silky and smooth

D: very drinkable and refreshing. A great lawnmower summer beer.

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Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a quenching, dryish witbier, almost tart.

Faintly hazy pale yellow-straw, it has a medium, creamy white head steadily shrinking to a thin, creamy foam and leaving some fairly nice foamy lace.

The aroma is grain, hints of pear, banana, grass and mineral. It's pleasant and light and a bit like a cross between a good US macro/adjunct lager with a witbier.

The taste is dryish witbier again with a good pale lager element, grain but fruity with grass, hints of lemon juice and grapefruit (dry, light, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, not the usual grapefruit I note in many US micros), and pear juice without the sweetness. It has a lightly bitter-tart finish and is rather dy. It's a bit thin but tasty.

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Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chunky pour gives us a large pure whit head which quickly reduces to a moderate covering with little lacing to speak of. Color is a cloudy pale yellow. Aroma is filled with light fruits, coriander and sweet bread. Taste involves more coriander (though a bit more subtle than the smell) yeast, more light fruits (oranges, grapefruit) and a hint of sour grapes in the back. Very highly drinkable despite it's medium body and relative thickness.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy very pale straw color with a bit over a finger of moussy head that exhibits decent retention. Aroma is pleasant although a touch subdued. There is a fair amount of complexity here but it is in no way overwhelming. There is some spicy wheat, coriander, some light pepper, and a moderate zesty, orange fruitiness. Taste is pretty good. A grainy, at times spicy, wheat flavor is present throughout. The zesty orange citrus flavor is a bit more dominant here that in the aroma. The coriander is fairly subdued. Hop bitterness is very low. The finish is fairly dry and a bit tart. Mouthfeel is ok, medium-light in body with moderate-high carbonation, slightly creamy. Drinkaiblity is pretty good. I enjoyed this brew but I don't find myself immediately reaching for another.

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Photo of deanhead
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light and refreshing beer from Belgium. It's a light bodied wit that is slightly tangy tasting with a hint of peppery, flowery spice slight notes of coriander in this beverage. It's light bodied, mostly clean tasting, and somewhat summery.
It's a fine beer to drink out of a can on a hot day or after a great day of skiing or riding.

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Photo of webbcreative
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light yellow. with 1 finger white head. Smell is not to pronounced, not picking up too much of anything, maybe just a little bit of lemon or citrus of some kind. Taste yeasty, tad lemony. pretty smooth feel, but not a whole lot of great flavor, although it is pretty refreshing, good lawnmower brew for sure.

Overall this is a decent wit. Stil would rather pick up a hoegaarden over this, but the price is a cheaper, so it may when out when im in the mood.

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

A: Poured a cloudy, lemony color with a beautiful 2 finger billowy pure white head. The retention was very good while leaving a thick sheet lacing behind. A really nice sturdy head that left a very good lacing makes this good per style.

S: wheaty, backed by sour lemon peels. Moderately strong in strength I though it was ok overall but lacked spiciness (coriander, sour oranges).

T: The flavor had a good wheaty backbone with a moderate sour showing of lemon peels. Slightly acidic, crisp with some small traces of sour oranges and sour dough. The sourness was good and lingering, but just as the nose suggested lacked a complexity of spiciness ive come to expect per style.

M: very creamy and smooth, medium full bodied with a good carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue.

D: Good session beer, wont wow you, but conveniently packaged in cans for easy transport. Ok quencher on a hot summer day and light conversation.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very opaque pale yellow, with a pure white head on top. Great retention level with an even more impressive amount of lacing.

S: nice big wheaty aroma. Light citrus, with a very yeasty nose. Some coriander and some light clove.

T: very light citrus notes, solid wheat and yeast characteristics, bananas, clove, and light hints of bubble gum.

M: very clean and smooth. Light carbonation.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the anticipation. This fine Belgian (hard to go wrong with Belgian beers, though) pours white and very murky/cloudy, with a thick head and sweet nose. The taste is sweet and steady, with light citrus and floral notes. Quite pleasant and very much what you'd expect from a Belgian witte (wheat) beer. And it's far better than Blue Moon.

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Photo of 3leggeddub
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wittekerke from the first pour looks like a wit should: a sunny yellow, hazy with yeast, and topped with a pillowy white head. It's so inviting it almost glows -though that could just be the fluorescent lights. The only minus is the occasional chunk of sediment that floats by, but with wheat beers that comes with the territory.

The scent is light with some sour wheat and a bit of citrus peaking out. But generally there's not a whole lot to speak of in the nose. The taste sticks with the subtlety, but the citrus that was hinted at really comes out here. It's a sweet/sour tangerine that is far more prominent than you find in most other wits. While pronounced it's not artificial which keeps Wittekerke light tasting. Add in a some zippy carbonation and a dry easy finish and you've got a refreshing little beer.

Wittekerke is nice, nothing over the top, just a simple citrusy brew. I envision this as a sunny afternoon porch sipping beer or even -dare I say it- a brunch beer. If you are a wit fan, give it a try. If you've had Bruexelles Blanche, Wittekerke is very similar and a bit of a bargain with a 6-pack of Wittekerke cans running about the same as a 4-pack of Bruexelles bottles.

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Photo of EPseja
4.62/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 33cl bottle in my SABL glass at cellar temperature.

A - Very pale hazy lemon yellow with a nice 1-inch frothy snow-white head. Head retention is very good, never allowing the surface of the beer to become exposed, but lacing is only patchy.

S - Sweet, light malted graininess and lemon zest. Nuances of crisp European hops and evanescent spiciness. Fresh, slightly tart and unassuming.

T - Mild sweetness with a hint of clover honey and lemon-orange candy. A splash of yeasty tartness at the back of the tongue, and a quick, semi-drying bitter close after the swallow. Definitely one of the less-spiced Witbiers out there, but I believe that's the intent.

M - Smooth, micro-bubbled carbonation on the way in, growing to a seafoam wash over the tongue. Swallow is creamy and satisfying without being gassy.

D - This beer is supremely drinkable and absolutely refreshing. Sure, it's not going to win any extreme beer contests or even the coveted "Best Witbier in the World according to BA" spot, but given the two different goals that can amicably exist within this style -- easy refreshment and complex spiciness (e.g. Allagash White) -- this one excels at the former.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= pours an actual white color more than yellow. Almost no head and lacing but a very hazy color
S= orange corriander and lemon peel all the way!
T= not a whole lot in this department. The smell tricked me quite a bit. Just mild hints if lemon peel I guess. Actually tastes a lot like lemon water that's carbonated.
M= crisp and refreshing
D= tastes not too unique but its definitally refreshing enough to drink a lot in the summer. I actually enjoy this beer quite a bit despite the lack of taste.

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

Back to the CAN-CAN! For a good while, I was really seeking out and reviewing canned beers, but then new ones became harder and harder to come by. Here is one that I had not reviewed previously.

I got a finger of soapy, bone-white head with low retention off of my pour. The color was a hazy lemon-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. The nose was both musty and fruity, like bubble gum. The mouthfeel was medium with a candy-like fruitiness on the tongue. The finish was slightly dry and highly refreshing. This would be great on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of remllof
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my SA Summer Ale glass. Pours a nice white head that recedes into a alright lacing. The color is light yellow with a cloudy haze. The smell is of light somwhat fruity. Taste is has a bit of malty sweetness. Then finishes a bit too sharp and dry. But not too bad. Mouthfeel is pretty good fairly light with decent carbination. Overall not a bad beer, good to have one of these just relaxing in the afternoon or to take to the beach because of getting it in a can.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 913 ratings
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