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 kaimcm
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -2.5%
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 Beer-Zombie
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +9.2%
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%
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 +1.1%
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 +22.6%
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%
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 +13.4%
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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Photo of julian
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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 -1.9%
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 +13.1%
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 +3.9%
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 +11.4%
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 +13.1%
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 +29.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -17.5%
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 -10.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +5.8%
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 +1.1%
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 -4.7%
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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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 921 ratings