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 TheBierBand
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz can into a pint glass to produce a 1/2" frothy white head over a cloudy light hazy yellow liquid.

The smell was of citrus.

The taste.... woah!.... like lime peels.... bitter and sour.

Mouthfeel: way too fizzy for my taste

Drinkability:... If you can get by the taste... it's refreshing... thirst quenching... not my can o' beer though.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white foamy head, small bubbles with good clinginess. Very thin yellow color, slightly hazy.

A little citric twist in the aroma, which is subtle. Some sweetness and slight spicing.

Overall thin flavor and body. Fruity flavor with a lot of citric rind. There is some sweetness from the malt sugars along with light wheat grain as well. Very little hop flavor, slightly grassy and earthy yeast as well.

Average Belgian wit, nothing to speak of other than a decently drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy and cloudy yellow into a Witekereke glass(which looks like a small vase). Lots of thick head, that seemed like half of the beer. Kind of a standard Belgian wit, although a bit drier. A good summer beer, but nothing more than average.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice cloudiness and a pure white head. smells like corn more than anything, with some slight hops. Tastes average, me not being a huge hefe fan probably has something to do with its mediocrity. also has a little bit of bitterness to it, but nothing major. mouthfeel is great, and yummy. not bad, not great.

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Photo of mpyle
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Exceptionally pale color. A bit cloudy as expected with the style. Moussy white head with lengthy retention.

smell - A gentle orange and vanilla scent, some wheat bread/grain character, and a bit of pepper. Aroma is complex and no single element dominates.

flavor - Citrus sweetness and minimal hop bitterness up front. Spicy notes from aroma very subdued in flavor. A subtle sour tart taste at the finish. Could be a bit spicier and more characterful in flavor.

MF - Fairly light in body, with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly creamy and smooth. No astringency. Overall a light, gentle mouthfeel. Carbonation a bit low for the style.

D'ability - A clean but somewhat subdued interpretation of the style. Would be very easy to drink these one after another, but the same could be said for a light American lager.

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Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Wit. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice size pillowy white head. Light lacing, average head retention. Aroma fairly good, cloves / banana primarily. Nice Wit taste, not as crisp as St Barnadus but not bad either. Fairly good astringency and citrus / cloves / banana taste. Mouthfeel is rich, a bit more sweetness in the finish than I would like, but overall a good beer. Drinkability is fine. At 5% with a very pleasant, refreshing taste, this would be a fine summertime session beer. I wish every place that serves up Widmer's Hefe could switch to something like this instead.

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Photo of AltBock
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My Wittekerke came in a 11.2 oz. can. You read that right. I had no idea that a Belgian Brewery put a Witbier into a can. The stuff you learn everyday. It's a sky blue can with "Wittekerke" in a tan/yellow oval with a some Flemish below it. On the far right of the can is where they put who brewed this beer, who the importer is, and a sentence written in a couple of language. On the far left of the can is where they put the barcode and the US Government warning. On top of the can is a silver lining with the word white beer written in English, Flemish, and Spanish. Make sure you look at the bottom of the can because that's where they keep the best before date. Served in a Pilsner glass.

Poured a light and hazy lemon yellow with a massive head of white pillowy foam. It had one of those head of foams that made me stop pouring half way because it would have overflowed the glass if I didn't. The head of foam had really good retention that left behind a white pillowy film, white foamy rings along the edge of the beer, and a few streaks of white sticky lace around the glass. The aroma started off heavy with dry pepper and with some juicy fruits and a slice of lemon behind it. After it really warms up, the dry pepper aroma dissipates and then is replaced by citrus fruits and a small drop of honey in the background. I'm not too sure what happened to the juicy fruits or the slice of lemon after the dry pepper dissipated. They must have left with the dry pepper. The taste was on the thin side with just a few small tastes of pepper, dry citrus fruits, a slice lemon, a few hops, and with a little dab of yeast to finish it off. There wasn't much going on in the taste. It was average at best. The mouthfeel was really light, not too watery, and with a minuscule aftertaste of grains, citrus fruits, and a little yeast. So this is where a few malted grains emerge. They weren't in the initial taste, so I guess the aftertaste called them up and told them to stop their hiding. I thought it was pretty much a slightly above average Belgian Witbier. I thought the can was a nice touch. This beer in a can would make a nice choice if you're going out on a hot summer day picnic.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.36/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a whitish golden color and has a decent thin head that only dissipates a little. The smell is sweet with some fruity aromas. The taste is quite smooth and moderately carbonated. It's bitterness is light but has a nice orange flavor to it. I'm not a big fan of wheat beer, but I particularly like this one. This beer is true to the witbier style and can't really improve much. The smell was a little mild, but other than that, I recommend this one.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up to help celebrate the new season - even though it still feels like winter outside. I hadn't had a Witbier in quite some time, and after sampling this, it's pretty damn obvious why I miss this style so much! This was quite a sight to behold, and even more enjoyable to drink. Quite a shame the bottles aren't 12 oz, but I'm sure that's because it's a metric measurement...

This had a lovely pour to it - beautifully cloudy, a nice head, and the perfect hue of light straw. The taste was simple, in that it wasn't overwhelming...but the flavors were near-perfect proportion. Obviously, there's a straw-like malt backbone here, but there's hints of bubblegum, banana, citrus, lemon, and surprsingly, champagne. It sounds like a lot but as I said, they work well together and make this exceptionally easy to drink and perfect for session drinking, hot summer days, or for times when ya want a lighter beer that's as complex as a stout or high-hopped brew.

The only thing I'd change about this is the lacing, since it's average and not up to the level of this brew's other attributes. The aftertaste lightly lingers like that of a banana, and there's no bitterness or sharpness in the back here. Additionally, the 5.00% ABV can't be felt at all here, making this a great choice as I transition from winter's dark ale to the lighter fares of spring. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is light yellow with a creamy, fine-bubbled head.

Smell is yeasty with some fenolic and citric witbier notes. The smell has some slight tart charactaristics with some bready malt and a hint of spicy coriander.

Taste is yeasty with a typical fenolic witbier profile. I get some honey and fresh baked bread. Malt is quite strong and backs up these tastes, something I have not found in a witbier before. The tartness in the smell is not detectable in the taste. Too bad, because I would liked to have a bit of sour bite. Really adds to the beers complexity (and reduction of body).
There is very little carbonation in the beer which doesn't add to the beers drinkability. Body is medium and could be a little bit less.
Overall, not the tyical witbier and deserves it's place.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a goblet. This beer is cloudy with light golden straw color. It has a decent head that settles and is retained well enough. The aroma is wheaty malt with a faint trace of hops and faint fruity notes. The flavor is slightly sour wheaty malt with a slight hop finish. As it warms a bit fruity indications of pineapple like yeast byproducts are noted. It has a medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

This is a very good witbier. It's very straightforward. There's nothing fancy here, but it's very authentic. It doesn't pull any punches.

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Photo of ccrida
1.85/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured from draft in the breweries tall, thin frosted glass, the Witterkerke was a nice and cloudy, pale straw colored brew with a very thin white head, that dissipated fairly quickly to nothing.
Took a wiff, and whoa, not good! Totally sulfury like rotten eggs, yuk.
The initial taste is sour and tart and definately dominated by that sulfer oder. It then gains a bit of sweetness and finishes grassy, but without an aftertaste.
The body was light and pleasantly carbonated, but there was zero drinkability to this in my mind. Wild beers are one thing, but that sulfur bit was too much.
I'm not sure if this keg was bad, as I see my experience was different then all the reviewers of the bottled version. The Sharp Edge didn't think so, although they agreed it sucked and gave me another beer on the house. If I ever get around to trying this out of a bottle or on draft somewhere else, I'll revisit my review, but for now I'm basing it on that very unpleasant experience.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light foamy cloudy color. Thick foamy white head. Lots of lace.

Smell - Citrus, lemon, clean smell.

Taste - Crsip, lemon, sweet, fruity.

Mouthfeel - Not heavy, pretty light. Lots of bubbles.

Drinkability - I learned I like Witbier beers. Nice clean taste, I could see myself drinking alot of these. This brand does come in cans, but I purchased it in a bottle.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy, lemony yellow. There was a mild head, but it subsided rather quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The beer didn't have much of an aroma, but what I could smell smelled decent enough. There was a strong lemon-citrus flavor. The mouthfeel was mild and creamy. Overall, this was a decent quality beer, but inferior to Hoegaarden.

Wittekerke's strong suit is its drinkability. Its pleasant taste and creamy mouthfeel make this one heck of a drinkable beer. I could see drinking dozens of these at a party on a hot summer night.

If you're looking for a one bottle masterpiece, then look elsewhere. If you're looking for a strong beer, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a quality beer for session drinking, then give this a try.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looks like a lager diluted by dishwater. I don't mean that in a bad way although honestly it isn't overwhelmingly appetizing. I know that description doesn't bring to mind something tasty but I have had listless looking wit biers that were actually good. Not much head but definitely lots of nice looking lacing. Nose just seems washed out ... like it's old or something.

Taste is ok ... I get some timid lemon but it too seems washed out ... it's really sad if I may steal a line from Burke Carter J.

Nothing spectacular here.

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Photo of witster18
2.82/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

wittekerke is a light bodied witbier that is distinctive but underwhelming. The taste is prodominately soap and lemon....it's hue is lighter and clearer than most in this style....the sourness of this brew makes it distinctive in this cluttered style. Must be ice cold as the sourness and soapiness only get worse as it warms. Less spiciness and floralness than you would hope for this style. Good on a cold day....but save the money and buy blue moon...which I dare say is better! Dissapointed and confused on how this is so close to the source of the style...maybe this is just the Bud light of witbiers...sorry! The fact that this beer still sells well(inside source) and is about 8$ a six REALLY makes the dissapearance of such a fine domestic version like CELIS WHT that much more painful!

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

A: Straw colored, pale yellow with rising carbonation and a slightly fizzy, slightly sticky white head that retains well at a nice size. Good lacing also.
S: Straw, yeast, and some herb scents up front with some spice, coriander, and banana/citrus scents following.
T: Follows the nose a bit. Crisp banana-citrus dominates up front along with some yeast followed by a lot of coriander in the middle and through to the end. A slight spicy bite and also crisp citrus cooling at the end. The flavor profile flows nicely and isn't dominated by one flavor or another.
MF: light, but creamy at times.
Overall: A quality wit that deviates from the normal Hoegaarden or other more popular wits. Pick one up and enjoy ist's high drinkability and beer thirst-quenching ability.

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Photo of theformula
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian White...should be great.

Pours a very white, cloudy body w/ small head and minimal retention. Looks quite nice.

It's got a barn/hay scent from the yeast strain used, along with a little orange/citrus and slight hop background. Some clove spice thrown in as well. Problem is, the nose is weak and lacking. I expect a more pronounced aroma and more complexity.

Tastes very similar, again with a hay/barn-yard-like yeast that could be described (although pleasantly) as a detergent perfume (think laundry). A hint of spice/clove can be found. A little astringent/sour with a very crisp, bright body that's very refreshing. Just enough hops to be noticed w/ a slightly bitter aftertaste.

This was lacking, methinks. I'd take a Hoegarrden or even maybe a Blue Moon over this one, as Blue Moon is cheaper. It just lacks body and complexity, and this wit is just a little weak IMO. Not bad and very refreshing, but there's better. Wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

Barkeep, pour me a Hoegarrden please.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favourite session brews, and quite honestly, I am unsure why. I am simply inexplicably drawn to this beer. Even though I *know* Hoegaarden is a better representation of this style, I'll buy this almost everytime. Bizarre, eh? Anyway, This pours a cloudy, pale white/yellow with a beautiful snow-white head about an inch and a half thick. CO2 streams upward while moderate bits of debris float about. This looks like a really nice Belgian Wit. Smell is dry, cracked wheat and coriander. Plenty of coriander. The taste is fairly strong of coriander, as well, mostly on the finish, which is a bit bitter. Everything about this Wit seems to meld together nicely. Mouthfeel is very light, as is typicall for the style, and drinkability is very high IMO. As I stated earlier on, this is one of my favourite session brews, and I am particularly fond of this in the plastic wrapped 6pk can package.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. can poured into Nonic pint glass. Best before 4-10-2007 stamped on can bottom.

Appearance: straw yellow, blonde and hazy with voluminous head which withers into sticky lacing. Bits of yeast, suspended in the pour come to rest on the glass bottom.

Smell: citrus, maybe lemon or grapefruit, banana and mild cloves.

Taste: light and refreshing. Flavors are very timid, almost too mild, of banana and citrus. Mild hop bite, sourness at finish.

Mouthfeel: small bubble carbonation makes for easy drinking. Thin watery mouthfeel lacks substance.

Drinkability: nice refreshing summertime brew. Light tasting beer would compliment many outdoor hot day activities.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow cloudy color similar to grapefruit juice. Head fades to a film. Nice lacing.

S - Grassy, wheaty straw smell but also very sweet. Hints of grapes.

T - Very sweet wheat flavor, slightly bitter aftertaste. Very faint spicyness.

M - Very light and refreshing on the tongue, good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a very nice beer. A good refreshing summer beer. I like it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy whiteish yellow color with a creamy white head that leaves lacing all over the glass. The aroma is loaded with a zesty citrus smell, freshly squeezed lemon juice and some spice. The taste is a little more subdued than I expected but is pleasant nonetheless. There is more fresh lemon in the taste along with some spice. Overall, this is a highly enjoyable wit that is especially enticing in those situations in which bottles are not an option. This would be perfect to take on a trip to the beach where cans are the only option. Highly drinkable and recommended!

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wittekerke pours a hazy yellow with a white head that fades quickly from a 33 cl can. Citrus/ lemon peel is the dominant aroma. Citrus flavors are nicely balanced with wheat in the taste. Coriander is not particularly strong in this wit, a quality that I like, not being a big fan of coriander. An enjoyable wit, worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy pale straw color with about an inch or so white head with good lacing. It smells like lemon, coriander and wheat/grain. It tastes like lemon, spiced hops, wheat, and coriander. It's light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good. It goes down smooth, and it's nice and refreshing. This would probably be more of a summer beer for me, but overall I think it's a decent beer.

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

Well i can't jump on the bandwagon and bash this beer.
Appearance is quite good, a whole lot of head that stays around for a little while and some good lacing.
Smell and taste are very similar, a bit bland for the style, no overpowering fruit or candy malt but pretty balanced.
Mouthfeel and drinkablility are very good, a bit creamy and goes down easy.

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