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 tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -16.4%
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 +5.8%
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 +1.9%
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 -7%
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%
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 -2.2%
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 -3.1%
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 +9.5%
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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Photo of kb94
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Amsterdam and was happy to find at local distributor in PA.

This beer is a very good example to me of a wit beer, and interestingly, I believe that it is not considered a 'premium' beer in Amsterdam, mainly as I was only able to find this on tap at one pub there, rest in bottles.

If you like wheat beers, give this a try. Like most Belgians i've had, its terrific.


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Photo of drperm
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ the Biergarden, Asheville NC

Appearance: What can I say? Yellow. Brightly so, like a Hoegaarden on steroids. Like perhaps the beer includes carotenoids.

Aroma: At first blush, coriander, with a sweet grain-maltiness. At second blush, more of the same, with a nice shallow depth.

Taste: OK. Classic wit, nothing spectacular, but nothing off either.

Palate/Mouthfeel: A bit on the sticky side but amply refreshing.

Overall: Not my favorite witbier, but it will definitely suit the bill if you're looking for a wit to drink and it happens to be what they have. All in all, somewhat plain. Interesting that the "kerke" in question on their label/tap handle is a plain white clapboard frame thing, because that's the overall effect of the beverage: plain, unassuming, mainline-protestant-style witbier. No stone towers or fancy stained glass with this one.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Cloudy yellow brew with chunks of something suspended throughout the body. Decent head which settled to a thin layer, lots of nice lacing.

S - Hints of burning paper and lemon juice. Odd but not really that bad.

T - Artificial lemon flavoring with a very distinct medicine quality to it, maybe even pine sol. Aftertaste is reminiscent of lemon drops and melted plastic.

M - Light bodied, mildly carbonated, odd aftertaste.

D - Yo no tengo, one was more than enough for me, I see people drinking this at bars all the time, but I can't really see why.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, with little to no head and rather still carbonation. On the nose, some rough, almost skunky hop notes (or a spice that smells like it -- this is from a can, after all) along with herbaceous and peppery elements. On the palate, quite bitter first off, then acidic, before a mellow biscuity malt quality comes through. The only thing that really does not work is the finish, which contains some unpleasant, vinyl-and-mint flavors. Overall, this isn't a bad witbier, and it's entirely likely that someone without the same sensitivity to whatever is coming out in the finish would enjoy it significantly more than I did. Even still, I thought it was decent.

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Photo of Portertime
1.87/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I do believe I have had my first skunk beer. Yikes! If you are reading this review, don't base your opinion by it! Got this beer from Total Wine and More in Fort Myers. Poured a decent straw color with some haziness and a small white head. Smell was of sweet citrus notes and some floral to it. The first sip made my lips pucker. It was so acrid I could hardly swallow it. The next sip was just and bad that even gave my throat a burning sensation. I belive this one may have turned to the darkside. I will have to try another fresh one sometime.

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

A. Very pale light ale. A bit of head that dissipates quickly.

S. Citrus with some yeasty notes in the background.

T. Semi sweet lemony citrus feel with some other light fruits there too. An aggressive spice mix is also evident.

M. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

D. A fairly drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of oneeye
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review: Taken from notes while sitting on the back porch bbqing.

A. Poured into a Weizen glass.Bright yellow with carbonation .Very pretty color yellow for a wit beer.

S. Smells of lemon and yeast.

T. At first I taste the lemon then it gives way to the flavor of yeast and white pepper.

M. Mouthfeel is creamy,crisp,and a bit of tingle at the end.

D.Easy to drink and very refreshing.Very good lawnmower beer or bbq beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice huge two-finger plus creamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty/yeasty, nice touch of spice, with some slight caramel tone. The taste is malty/yeasty, nice spice touch, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light gold into the tulip...

Lemon zest...

Tasted absolutely terrible when sipped from the can...Alcohol with citric acid...Once into the snifter there was an excellent transformation. Tasted of orange juice with a dash of lemon. Excellent and very, very satisfying!

Mouthfeel was near perfect. More body than expected. There is something to this beer that a lot of emulators miss. This was like drinkable lemon meringue pie!

Authentic Summertime Bier...

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Mr. Dunderbak's, in Tampa, FL.

A-Pours a very pale, cloudy yellow. The head wasn't extremely thick but was a a bright white and it contrasted well against the yellow. It had a lemon merengue pie vibe to it. Random towers of lacing were left behind.

S- Very peppery and lemony.

T- The taste matched the smell very well; immediately peppers and spices stung my tongue. Afterwards lemon and a bit of wheat took over.

M- Pretty crisp with a smooth finish. Very light body.

D- The spice was a bit overwhelming to drink more than one, but overall a very tasty treat.

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

Very very pale and cloudy yellow pour, with a frothy look to it.

Aromas were citrus, mainly lemons, and some peppery clove. The flavors are of zesty lemon peels, though the spiciness is held in check by a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

For such a creamy feel, it was actually fairly light and crisp as well. I haven't had many witbiers, but this is one of the best I've tried.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very pale yellow/blonde, quite murky. A low, but reasonaby lasting ring of lace.

S: Quite mild, some citrus notes, tropical fruit aromas.

T: Very noticable wheat flavours and some rather pleasant fruit taste. A lighter note of citrus + citrus peel, more towards a lemon spritzing.

M: A nice, little sharp expressiveness in the carbonation with a wet, refreshing finish. Quite nice.

D: Decent quaffer, a good summer time drink, and reasonable for the style. I tend to find myself moving away from the wit styles, but this is something I might consider trying again.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy yellow with a little bit of foam sticking around.

Mild aroma of lemon, possibly some corn, and a touch of pepper.

Flavor: A light, sweet lemonade-like flavor dominates the palate. Following behind are mild tones of wheat, pepper, pear, and a hint of bready yeast.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, would be a great beer for a hot day.

This is a highly drinkable brew, inoffensive and quenching yet just tasty enough to not feel watery.

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Photo of kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came home on the edge of spring absolutely CRAVING a witbeer, and this lonesome can in my fridge was the only one cold. It was into a tall glass in seconds.

A. Thick looking pale pee-cloudy yellow with a fine flufsome white head and some generous lacing. This stuff is pea-soup murky...

S. All around light, notes of lemon, bready yeast, slight grain and perhaps a touch of cooked corn (alas!). There's some mild spice and a little sugar-grain sweetness.

T. Wittekerke is a basic slightly sour and lemony wheat beer, nothing offensive. It's light and clean and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is zesty and lively, and the finish is wet and a little grainy. The lightness of flavor make it easy to drink in gulps, so I did.

D. Very high, and gets moreso the hotter the day. Wittekerke isn't a great beer, but it sure is hitting the spot right now.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, murky, very pale yellow color with plentiful large bubbled white head. On the nose, it has a very pungent orange and clove dominated aroma. A little bit of pepper is there, but overall, a very tart and citrusy aroma. Flavor starts out complex but finishes quickly. The orange and citrus come through along with a tart cider like flavor finishing quite dry. It's not as thoroughly complex as Ommegang or Blanche de Chambly, but enjoyable nonetheless. Carbonation is high but with smaller bubbles as to bring a smoothness rather than a stinging touch.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-visit of this wit but this time in a can.
While drinking it I went over my initial review in the bottle and honestly think it is exactly the same with the exception of the aroma.
The can might be a bit fresher, however, because what is impressing me the most here is how wonderfully intense all of the aromas are.

This was how my original review of the bottle went:
The pour is beautiful. Very light cloudy pale lemony yellow with a massive 3 finger snow white head that melts down to a sticky covering of white lacing.
Aroma is bready yeast with just a hint of lemon. Mostly dry, biscuit or bready yeast.
Taste is initially sweet and soft then the breadiness and dry peppery spice of the wheat takes over. Finish is definitely lemon.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy from the carbonation with a tingly bite of white pepper spice.
Now that I can find it in the can it is going to be a staple in my summer fridge.
Very nice Wit.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 920 ratings