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 Birchgrove77
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in the clearance section of Binnys for $4.99 a six-pack. Couldn't pass that up.

Apperance: Light straw colored in appearance. Poured into a pint glass produced a nice, white one-inch head that laced nicely down the glass. Very nice streaming carbonation.

Smell: Had kind of a sour smell with some raw wheatiness to it. Some lemon smell, but mostly a sour nose.

Taste: Better than what I remember from the bottle. There is a general lemony characteristic that combines with a light acid taste to produce a very restrained witbier. The beer is nicely carbonated which seemed to really open up the lemony, wheaty flavors.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking beer. I could easily have killed the six pack watching a football game. Very light, reminds me of a nice summer afternoon.

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Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brightly glowing yellow color in spite of the thick cloudiness, good froth on the pour which sticks around, hard to see the bubbles. Light and crisp nose of lemon, oats, barley and bitters, just smells like it's very dry. Full-bodied even as the flavors and general mouth feel are at first more linear and crisp. Lemon again most present, lots of carbonation in the mouth breaks up a good deal of the denser malt, barley and oat flavors. Starts off dry and gets sweeter as you swallow. Some mixed Asian spices. Lots of aftertaste, this helped by the big body. Slightly tiring, not sure I could pound a six-pack.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A- Hazy bright yellow with a thick frothy white head. Small, but decent lacing.
S- Sweet sugary lemon with hints of plum and orange.
T- Slight tart lemon orange with scoops of sugar. Slight touch of plums and grapes.
M- Mild tart/ sourness with a dry slightlybland finish.

Overall- Starts off tangy but falls flat.
I'll pass.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks lighter than your average wit beer, but plenty cloudy. I am trying hard but don't get anything specific from the nose aside from a funky twang. Oh wow. Twang present in the taste - almost lagerish if you ask me. Not a wit that I will likely try again...

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

The beer pours a very hazy pale color with just a few yeasty bits floating about. The bottom of the bottle had nice gooey chucks of yeast that took a few rinses to remove. Needless to say, this beer is pretty yeasty. There is a thinnish pure white slightly foamy head to the beer, some retention. The nose is surprisingly malty, lemony, and not surprisingly yeasty, with a touch of mustiness, plenty of earthiness in the aroma. Right out of the bottle, it seemed a tad skunked up, but this disappeared quickly.

The taste is quite subdued and watery, a bit sharp in places. There is an undefined spiciness in the beer, which is slight and hard to pin down. It might be some watered down vague coriander. There is also a lemony zest to the beer, maybe a touch of orange as well. The beer is quite yeasty, with average carbonation. There is a cardboard flatness quality in the taste. This is a decent, but by no means stellar, witbier and maybe a tad disappointing given its origin. The consistency is light to medium bodied, a bit more substantial than other witbiers, but the taste is just too lacking in character to rate this beer much above average. Refreshing yes, tasty and interesting ... well, not really.

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Photo of selecter70
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While a bitout of season, I became the happy recipient of a 6-pack of Wittekerke, Belgian wheat. With proper Witte-pint at hand, the bottle poured a nice yeast-cloudy pale yellow, leaving a full fluffy white head that thinned a bit as some clarity moved from bottom up. The head maintained a nice lacey retention & the overall appearance lept its cloudy color. The aroma offered up a floral lemon zest with a hint of spice. The flavor was an upliftingly sweet, but not too syrupy, lemon wheat-malt with a bit of hops in a bubbly carbonation that stuck around. As with all wheats, no additional lemon wedge need apply (you don't add a potato wedge to a stout, do you?). This was a highly drinkable, great summertime refreshing replacement to the Blue Moons out there. Not my favorite Witte, but definitely delicious!

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

Poured this milky yellowish white beer into a pint glass. It gave a good amount of head which reduces down to a decent amount of lacing. The smell of citrus and a malty wit beer greet the nose. However the taste is lemon with a bit of malts. Overall a good beer to have with friends while chilling out after a warm day.

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Photo of whiteskittlz
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing the positive reviews, i decided to grab the six pack o' cans from Trader Joes for 6 bucks. chilled in ice water and poured into frosted glass. drank with enchilada and mexican rice. didn't really go. maybe with hawaiian food. mmm.

appearance: perfect cloudy lemonade look. 1.5 inch head, which dies down. nice lacing.

smell: cirtus and malt mix i look for in a wit bier

taste: strong carbonation in front, lemon flavours come through. a bit like a radler. not very malty, but that's acceptable for the style.

mouthfeel: this is where this beer wins. clean as a Roswell secret government laboratory

drinkability: not a chugging beer. i feel the carbonation in my stomach. not a beer to stay on all night. more like a hot summer relaxer. too bad it's almost december...oh wait! - i live in southern california...

verdict: for the price and cleanliness, i'll be buying this again. better and cheaper than blue moon, that's for sure.

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Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A Belgian Wit out of a can? Nice... Pours a hazy pineapple color with a big fluffy white head, average lacing. Nice spicy, coriander aroma, wheat twang, somewhat sweet. Flavor has some nice citrus flavor, a bit of orange, nice malted and unmalted wheat flavor, spicy coriander again, light sweetness. Creamy on the tongue, carbonation on the lighter side. Light to medium bodied. Is this beer really this good? It's half the price of Hoegaarden but twice as tasty. A very solid, low ABV wit, that's the very definition of sessionable. Good stuff.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a pale blonde cloudy and hazy body. It had a huge amount of head that would later form a very tight lace. It has a sweet, beany wheat aroma. It has very sweet and slight citric bitterness. There are little The mouthfeel is creamy is a very smooth beer. There is no really a whole lot of flavor but that is what makes this beer so good. What flavor it does have makes it very neutral and refreshing beer.

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Photo of peabody
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not much in the looks dept. Two fingers of white suds and a very cloudy yellow brew the looks like lemonade with suds.
Smell is very faint but it is cold. I get belgian yeast and some caramel but it smells like a cheap brew. Mabey a lemony dryness.
Taste is the better of the deal with lots of belgian spices and caramel sweetness.
Pretty smoothe feeling beer that doesn't dry the palate out but still calls you on to drink more.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

picked this one up when i want camping this summer

def like it , i mean i like Belgian whites and i was going to a place that didnt allow glass so i picked up a case of it at the beer yard in wayne

it was relativly cheap (just under $30 for a case)

just a good belgian white

def a great summer/hot day beer

better than alot of other belgian whites,just not as good as St Bernardous

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2-ounce can into a new SA pint glass.

A: Poured a very light, whitish yellow with a thin, one-finger head of soapy foam which left behind a bit of sticky lace. Looked like grapefruit juice or Crystal Light lemonade with some carbonation bubbles.

S: No lie, at first, I said it smelled like "a cat." Has a sort of acrid, lemon zest, but with a wet animal hair aroma to boot. Kinda turned me off.

T: Taste is not bad, surprisingly. A bit of a thin, citric blast up front, like a few drops of limoncello or a squeeze-lemon were added to it. Then, it follows through with a light, malty spiciness and herbal, citric hop flavor, but all very tame.

M: Mouthfeel is refreshing, yet sharp, thin and acidic on the back of my throat.

D: I don't know that I could have more than a couple of these on any given night, but it'd be suited pretty well to a hot day on the beach. Mainly because there aren't any bottles allowed and it tastes a bit like fermented lemonade.

Very interesting witbier from a can. This is a borderline good beer only because of portability and that it's interesting as an imported canned wit. I'd like to try it on draft somewhere and see if I get a different nose and flavor out of it. Could have been the can.

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

This is first time I can say that the can beer was by far better tasting than the bottle beer.
The color was the same, hazy light lemon yellow, with no foam or lace to speak of. The smell of sour lemon was very evident as was the taste. Sour lemon was very pleasant to the palate. If you like sour lemons you'll like this beer. Not, me. I scored it higher than I should of compare to the can version. Not a beer I will buy again!

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

Pale yellow, a little cloudy. Not much head or lace.

Sweet citrus smell, some spices that I can't pin down.

Tastes of lemon and honey. Also fruit and yeast. Sweet, wheat twang. Very drinkable, and also very delicate.

Decent and standard. Good summer brew.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wit bier in a can! hell yeah!

A: decent, needs more and fluffier head but otherwise, good color.

S: not much, a little citrus, a little grassy, and a slightly off metallic quality.

T/M: soft with a slight citric tang. yeasty and mild sourdough character. unfortunately the iron appears on the finish as well as the nose. creamy light body and refreshing.

D: goes down very easy, fix the metallic quality and a sure winner.

a one dimensional beer but I dig the can. better wit's for sure but nothing worth avoiding in this one.

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Photo of beerfairy
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will start off by saying I've had this before and it tasted better so I suspect something may have happened with this batch or case.

A: Cloudy, lots of carbination, nice foamy head.
S: Citrus fruity smell and a bit cheesy(which might explain the taste)
T: Citrus, heavy carbonation and more bitter than I expected.

Again, I think something may have happened to this bottle or batch, I've had it before and it's better than this.

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Photo of stumac
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this lil nugget right outta the can while swimmin in Lake Travis in Austin. A delightful time indeed.

it looks like a nice opaque pear juice with a nice frothy white head. got some lil white floaties in my glass too. decent lacing. the nose is coriander, sweet orange zest, very floral. the taste is the same as the nose but with some mellow lemons in the mix. its a very mellow brew. i dig it. medium body, low carbo. very enjoyable

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz can. Pours a hazy light yellow with a thin fine white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bright citrus fruits (lemon, orange), wheat and some light spices (corriander).

The flavor is sweet soapy wheaty malts and lemon peel with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a solid wit, a little too sweet. It's a nice change of pace for canned beer.

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Photo of 6470zzy
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one pours out nice and cloudy with some white flecks of sediment no doubt disturbed fro the bottom of the can as a result of my hard pour. A nice fluffy pure white head forms and then slowly subsides into pretty lacing down the sides of my glass.

S- The sweet smell of lemons is apparent with this one as well as a hint of grain.

T- Lovely tastes of lemons, coriander and wheat.

M- Wittekerke has a very slick and smooth feeling to me it definitely glides back on the tongue.

D- This is an ideal session beer and one that I truly enjoy having on a regular basis during the warmer weather of the spring and summer.

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Photo of RogerRabid
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured a bottle of this into my hexagonal hoegaarden glass.

A: What a nice color, perfect for what you expect a white ale to look like. Its a light colored beer with a pale golden yellow tint to it, with a cloudiness reminiscent of soapy dishwater. Present within the cloudiness was some sediment. The beer poured a nice 2 finger thick head, which remained for a bit and subsided into some lacing.

S: What a sweet beautiful smell, a whiff brings to mind a sweet complex floral scent mixed with orange and lemon, with a subtle mix of spice, mostly coriander, and light notes of wheat.

T: 1st thing that came to mind the moment this nectar from the gods made contact with my taste buds is the sheer amazement of the goodness and complexity of this beer.

Many things are gong on here and its utterly amazing how this orchestra of various flavors works together to bring fourth such a beautiful symphony. The fruity presence of orange and lemon is at the forefront, with subtle flavors of spice in the backdrop, all riding on top a mix white wheat and some oats.

Which together bring together a range of flavors that consist of sweet, fruity, subtle spice, creamy wheat and oats, and some sourness. The beer finishes off nice and smoothly and is extremely light and refreshing.

This is one of my personal favorites, a great brew and a prime example of the Belgian White Style beer. It is very light for the style and is not heavily or overly carbonated, which both help in making it such an easily drinkable beer. Its not overly spiced like some of the other whites out there. Give this brew a shot if you ever come across it, you won't be disappointed.

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

light yellow cloudiness. almost the tint of piss and dandelions. medium head. would like to see more but it hold somewhat in the palette. smell like wheat, grass and a hint of hop and metal. taste is right there with the smell but a nice volume. sort of creamy light. great grassy characteristics. wonderful summer thing.

have had in bottle, can, and on tap. this is a average of the three. i put the one that i've had the most in the serving type.

best in bottle... most leaved out.

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Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lately this beer is becoming the beer of choice for my friend and I. We stumbled across it locally at a store called Corrados in Paterson, NJ.

The beer has a pretty cloudy gold color and a nice citrusy aroma and a slightly lemony taste.

It goes down smooth and is very refreshing.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA.

A - Gorgeous off white cloudy gold with a super nice, craggy head and superb lacing.

S - Touch of lemon/citrus and some grain.

T/M - Very nice beer! The wheatiness real comes forward along with a touch of lemon, some herbs and even a bit of hops in support. I'm tasting a bit of banana, too. Quite creamy but altogether refreshing.

D - In spades. One can swirl this down all damn day.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wittekerke in cans, nice!

A - Poured into a wine glass, because I'm at my parents', and it's all I have. Still, plenty of head, active carbonation, pale yellow body. I'll just have to imagine it in a weizen glass.

S - Smells different than other wits. Has a fragrant smell rather than a yeasty smell with fruit and spice esters. It's like someone took fresh wheat and sprayed it with perfume.

T - Seems more wheat-centric, with less emphasis on the yeast character than other Belgian wits. Solid wheat backbone, lightly spiced with notes of banana split almost nudge it into German hefe territory, albeit with some coriander.

F - Feels softer than most other wits or hefes. Almost has a creamy feel to it, rather than the typical somewhat harsh witbier carbonation.

D - Drinkability, as you might imagine, is high. This is a staple at the Abbey on tap, but I'd never had it out of a can or bottle before.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
3.57 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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