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 julian
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can say that right now before even starting the review, but after having a glass already this is going to get a higher rating than the average. This is a damn good Wit.

A: typical cloudy color, very pale yellow in color with no real noticeable carbonation. The frothy white head reproduces with ease but quickly disappears leaving a nice bubbly ring around the edges. The lacing is quite intricate and unique.

S: smell is a balanced bouquet of citrus and spices mainly orange and coriander but with an underlying light bready wheat profile.

T&M: Carbonation is perfect for the style, IMO. Slightly weak, but that's how I like my Wit's...too carbonated and it ends up bloating me more and masking the taste. This a rather sweet, fruity wheat beer that's light, crisp and very refreshing. It's about 80F here in Seattle and I could hammer these down all day.

D: As stated above this has a great fruity and well spiced flavor with an amount of carbonation that's low-medium but is perfect for the style. This could be a session Wit.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees

Lightly golden yellow and light cloudiness. Doesn't look that far removed from macro swill. Nice two finger head of creamy mid-density white foam. Dissipation is quick. Very good lacing, though.

Smell is only slightly better than appearance. Yeasty, musty wheat smells are intermingled with more pleasant citrus and coriander notes. Citrus is primarily orange.

Taste is not much more than average. Slight citrus flavor, but not much spice, just a little bit in the back of your throat, that fades quickly. Tastes dirty, almost.

I don't like the carbonation in this. Reminds me too much of drinking macros.

While you could drink many of these, easily, I wouldn't ever find the reason to do so.
It just makes me think that this is a witbier that jocks and meatheads could love.

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Photo of becktone
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8-10-08

Eye: Looks great in the glass. After drinking a hefe it is clear to see how these wheat beers got their name. Very cloudy in appearance and when light is not behind it the beers is closer to a muddy white than a yellow. Head is creamy in appearance, has great retention and the lacing also looks real nice.

Nose: Very strong orange and coriander aroma. Nice overall citrus fruit tones, nothing more than expected, nothing less.

Tongue: Nice fruity citrus, mainly orange, flavor. Some spicy-perhaps from the coriander-tones as well. Hops can be tasted, but only just for a second in the background, in my opinion lending more of a citrus character to the beer. Curacao (I know its pretty much the same as oranges) is also present. Really quite a nice beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light on the palate, and easy to drink. Carbonation is low so not as to overwhelm the delicate flavor of this beer. Semi-dry in the finish with hop flavor quite prevalent. This is one that is very easy to drink, very refreshing on a hot day. In my opinion, this is better than both Hoegaarden, and Blue moon. In fact, it is better than many of the others of the same style I've drank.

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

Shipped back from my trip to Indiana. Poured from a 330ml bottle with no dating info into a weizen glass. It was a hazy straw color with tons of carbonation. It had a huge white head that stuck around for a long time. Some lacing. The aroma was pretty good. It had the usual wit players plus a musty smell to it. Saw some describe as barnyard - I can see that. The taste was pretty good as well but lacked a bite to it. Also didn't finish as dry as most wits. I had this in Vegas a couple years ago and remember it smelling and tasting better so concerned about how it fared in the hot truck during shipment. Will need to re-review later.

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Photo of Shadman
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single last time I was @ the wine Cavern in Lethbridge.

Certainly looks like a Witbier...Very pale straw yellow with a bone white head. I liked the opaqueness of this beer. Very creamy looking.

Most citrus aroma with a touch of onion as mentioned by another reviewer. All in all most of the aroma here was quite muted.

Sharp lemon-like citrus with a nice chalky dryness. Somewhat 1 dimensional though.
I loved the mouthfeel on this beer. Very smooth and velvety.

Am wishing now I bought more than 1 because Lethbridge is almost 2 hrs away. Must get favored beer vendor to get some of these in.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seattle like cloudiness with two tone yellow color. I assume it was the separation of the yeast. Nice head and decent lace.
The aroma was of wheat,oranges and lemon with banana hints.
The taste was spices,coriander,cloves,lemon and wheat. Some malts in the background.
The feel was spice,smooth and the medium carbonation went well with the balance. Slightly creamy finish.

Notes: A different type of of beer for it's style. I liked it and all,but I don't think I will go crazy if I don't see it again. Overall a fine brew with good balance.

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Photo of Voonder
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudly pale yellow with huge white head which stayed there for a while. Great looking stuff!
Light wheat nose with touches of lemon and spices.
Very nice refreshing taste with smooth finish and just right carbonation. I just can't get enough of it. And of course it's drinkable. I can drink a lot of this stuff:)

Very good beer, I truly enjoyed it and will be definately getting more!

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Photo of yelterdow
4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was first introduced to this beer through the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club more than eight years ago, when it was featured early on. Served at just over fridge temperature in a traditional witbier glass. 39478 is lasered on the lower left side of the label on the back.

Appearance- Cloudy and milky banana-gold, this beer supports a terrific bone white, almost three finger head. The final 2 oz. is vigorously swirled and added, and we've got some solid lacing that completely adorns the top of the glass.

Smell- A soft, delicately spiced balance of wheat, orange zest, and coriander. Rarely does a Belgian wit whet the appetite as much as this, where everything incorporates so well and no one ingredient is overemphasized.

Taste- Wheaty and softly spiced, this is so balanced with regard to the coriander, orange peel, and wheat malt... a mild, barely-tart finish is welcome, and each long, wonderful sip is delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The soft, silky texture in the mouth seems impossible to improve upon. It's liquid velvet, and the body is so easy and creamy. At only 5% and so balanced in terms of flavors and spices, this rivals Allagash White as my go-to beers for this style. This is more reserved and more sessionable then our friend from Maine's IMO... don't miss the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of Atron67
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Brasserie V tonight with a sweet bartender.

A- came a super cloudy almost white with a light caramel character and pretty delicious looking. pretty solid head with good retention.

S- light clove. almost bavarian character but lighter on the phenol and ester but still pretty solidly estery

T- the clove and ester character are still pretty solid but yeast still gives a solid presence being pretty pleasent all around. nothing outstanding but very enjoyable all around

M - medium body, maybe slightly thick because of all the wheat but pretty much a refresher, with a little more body because of the high wheat concentration

D- solid session beer. not the greatest wheat beer, but a drinker i could do over and over

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Photo of KaiMiller
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned beer can actually be good these days, but you might not know it from trying this.

Hazy golden, copious white moussey head. Coriander/citrus plus mystery spice (fennel?) in the (slightly soapy?) aroma, a tad vegetal. Plenty of wheat twang with background pils sweetness. Fruity/citrus, floral, very mild phenolics, and a hit of aluminum from the can I poured it out of. Were it fresher, spicier, and packaged better, it could be a solid solid wit.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a somewhat thin fizzy head that falls quickly to a whispy cap. Some lacing that sticks near the beer.
Light aromas. Got some grainy wheat first with bits of fresh lemon and very light honey aroma.
Lemon flavor comes through more in the taste. Again, grainy wheat and hints of honey.
Pretty light mouthfeel. Fairly fizzy, almost drinks like a soft drink.
Pretty drinkable. Light flavors and low ABV make this a good hot summer day beer.
This review was done without adding a lemon slice to the beer, while not necessarily traditional, it does help some of the flavors quite well. I would recommend adding an unsqueezed piece of lemon to this beer. Also, as my wife stated in her review below, store this upside down or give a VERY gentle shake before pouring to allow the yeast to rejoine the rest of the beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Can from Whole Foods in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a waterford crystal pilsener glass.

Appearance: A hazy, pale white grape juice sort of color (haze obviously from the yeast). A two finger, spritzy head rises up jubilantly ... and then fades nearly as quickly Lacing is nice and attractive.

Aroma: Citrus zest is prominent, as are a few faint spicy notes. A pale, wheaty sweetness is present throughout.

Taste: Fairly sweet - metallic wheaty - but all the other good "wit" notes are sort of muted. There's a faint, non-tart lemon note and a mild spice presence (like pepper that's been sitting in the shaker for a few years and has lost all its aromatics), but it's all just a little too weak compared to the sweetness, which in and of itself isn't that pungent or in your face, to be fair. I'm not sure whether to call it "delicate" or "weak," though.

Mouthfeel: Uneven and flat in places, not what you'd like from a spritzy, refreshing beer. Thin and watery.

Drinkability: Largely refreshing, but very mild and meek - seems like it could use a little more character. Dunno if the can had anything to do with this. Not an outstanding wit, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice pour on this one, shock white frothy head crowning a bright cloudy straw coloured body. Retention doesn't last very long however.

The aroma is mild yet active, light wheat, citrus and coriander, a very pleasant blend.

The flavour somehow seems greater than the sum of its parts. Mellow yet flavourful and well balanced, the wheat and yeast are rounded out and softened, while the citrus and spice lack any tart sharp edges as well.

The mouthfeel is light but the carbonation provides enough pep to keep it from slipping into a watery wasteland.

An enjoyable witbier, mellow and polite, but also a fantastic host to the palate. A perfect hot weather refresher as well.

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

11.2 oz can

Note: I tried a few of these before reviewing the beer. The first one I simply popped the top and started drinking out of the can b/c I was at the beach. Didn't taste much like a witbier at all. Then I turned the cans upside down and stored them in the fridge that way....Ahhh big difference!!

A: very cloudy and pale straw color; large head that recedes to a lot of lacing.

S: a bit of wheat but very light and citrus; soft lemon scent-not strong.

T: Some wheat flavor; some honey and lemon.

M: Light but creamy

D: very drinkable. very refreshing and one of the few quality beers we can get here in ATL in a can.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wittekerke Wit Bier pours a couple fingers of loose creamy foam over a
cloudy lemon yellow brew, Carbonation is very active, and the nose is
clean wheat ale and maybe a hint of coriander. The flavor is wheat, citrus
notes, and a bit of sharpness off the back end. Mouthfeel is standard wheat
beer, light and crisp. There's a bit of a sherbet-like aftertaste as well. I had been
hoping for a bit more with this one- it's certainly drinkable enough- but I guess
they can't all blow you away.

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

Recommended by my man George at Stadium Liquor. I am a fan a Hoegaarden, whatever, it's a good beer. Witbiers are a genre that that has few winners and far more losers. Wittekerke does look pretty damn good with it's murky lemon/lime appearance. The beer posses a minimal head that disapates within a few minutes. The lace is bubbly and beautiful. I really did enjoy this beer. It has a perky lemon smell, I swear I can smell a bit of cotton candy. It has a mild bite, subdued lemon taste complemented with flavors of wheat, grapefruit and manderin orange. The mouthfeel is so subdued, calm, inviting, crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is clean and fresh. The aftertase flows through the nasal cavity and stimulates your face, skin and eyes to make your nerves feel somewhat alive. This Belgian Wit was a treat, the ABV is very tolerable. I can take my time with this 6 pack and enjoy every moment.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super couldy lemony yellow body with a bright white fizzy foamy head that sits briefly before getting its skin and collar. Long stretchy globs of lace stick across my Delirium Tremens goblet.

Nose is sharply yeasty with a high ended bread crusty sweetness topped with a touch of candied lemon drops and melon gummies. Lots of tin/metalic notes spice it up over and next to the sweet lemony zest.

Flavors take what the smell gives with a zesty, peppy, zippy, sharp tang of bright bready sweet wheatified malts and a snappy quick bite and tone of carbonation that rests a bunch of lemony candied zest and yeasty tin flavors on the palate. Quick, simple, and refreshingly easy to the taste buds.

Body is about medium and pretty active with a fairly quick snap to its carbonation that rests alot of flavors once it subsides and warms. Crisp, tangy, sweet, and quenchable easy to down a whole bunch of. A summer favorite of mine to keep around and pretty cheaply priced as well. However, it still seems better on-tap by a bit more lemony length I think.

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

L: Poured a light yellow color with a medium bodied and medium white head that stuck around for a while before fading. It laced a bit down the glass.
S: The smell is of very lightly toasted malts, and faint hints of coriander and some citris flavors.
T: The taste is pretty good. It tastes of very lightly toasted malts, some faint coriander, and some very faint citris flavors.
M: Kind of smooth and the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty good. Not very alcoholic and some very faint flavors make it pretty drinkable as nothing is overwhelming.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light orange with some cloudiness and a one-finger head that stuck around for a little and left some decent lacings. Citric notes real noticeable in the smell, especially lemon and some orange peel, combined with some spices and faint clove. A little sharp but the citric notes and spices blend together for a good taste with a medium body that flows smoothly over the tongue and with a little sweetness from some malts and the wheat. Has a semi-sweet finish that mixes dark fruit with some yeast. Since this was in a can and cheap I will definitely have it again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six-pack from the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

The beer was poured into a shaker pint glass, where it shines white-straw color with a cloudy body and a whipped head on top that retains very well. The aroma is mild fruit and a bit of rought grain. The taste is mostly a blend of sweet lemon and orange. There's some malted wheat and medicinal notes to be found in the brew, not much in the way of spices. A good beer for a warm summer day, especially while barbecuing.

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Photo of Conrad
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this in a Belgian Beer Bar in Peterborough Ontario, of all places. Price was $6.95
It was served in it's own labled Kolsch style glass. Nice touch. The glass was chilled, but not frosted. Appearance: pale gold cloudy, with a thin head.
Smell: flour, citrus, light hops
Taste: very mild wit. Lemon citrus otes. Some other flavours are hinted at, but it's not complex. I didn't try to sort them out. Just drink the beer and get on with it.
Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, light effervesence.
Drinkability: very refreshing. for fans of the Wit stlye, this is a must try.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener glass. Poured a pale straw gold. Poor clarity, but not opaque. Lots of effervescence and a few floaties in solution. Dense, fluffy two-inch bright white head with some large craters across the cap. Residual lattice of sticky clumps of lacing adhered during the tasting. Clean scent; wheat, citrus and yeast. Taste consistent with nose. Not much complexity and somewhat lacking in terms of the characteristic spicy character of a wit, but so refreshing and smooth. Mouthfeel is lively and light, leaving a pleasant residual tingle across the tongue. Extremely drinkable; went down easy and definitely makes a great lawnmower beer.

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

Hazy yellow body with a decent white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell isn't very strong, hints of lemon zest.

Taste is pretty basic. Lemon zest throughtout with a wheat bite. Fairly well carbonated, almost creamy.

Good drinkability, it's never hard for me to drink witbiers.

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Photo of apratsunrthd
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a pale yellow with two fingers of head. Nice lacing that holds until the end of the pint.

S - not bad but nothing really stands out. Standard lemony, slightly grainy smell as to be expected from a hefeweizen.

T - light, zesty, and crisp. Just a hint of lemon. Refreshing.

M - again, light and crisp with a nice carbonation.

D - quite drinkable but no more than any other hefeweizen.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a sanded maple, I could hardly distinguish the color relative to my cabinets when compared in the light. Light airy head with short retention but decent lacing through the glass. Some sediment reminiscent of freshly grated lemon rind. Indeed appears almost a hazy white when viewed from above.

Smells of lemon rind muddled by yeasts, and another depth of spice I can't quite gather.

Taste is of light lemony wheat and is slightly yeasty without any sour notes. Well balanced carbonation yields a smooth drinking brew. A touch thin in the spice department perhaps, yet nothing over the top yields a reasonable balance.

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