Wittekerke | De Brabandere

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Brewed by:
De Brabandere

Style: Belgian 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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Ratings: 931 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a nice puffy white head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little wheaty and spicy with some hints of citrus. The flavor was very smooth and had a little spice with the expected wheaty-ness expected from a wit beer. This is a very enjoyable Belgian wheat and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. The color was golden, with some head. The smell was slight spice and yeast. The taste was slightly spiced, with slight hints of citrus. Mouthfeel was slightly heavy. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few more.

For a relatively cheap Belgian wit, not a terrible beer at all. Since it comes in cans (even though I didn't sample it that way), this shoots to the top of my can list.

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Photo of roguetester
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a large offwhite head that lasted several minutes, collapsing into rocky foam mounds in the glass. Color was a very light, hazy yellow, indicative of an unfiltered beer. Aroma consisted of lemon and banana notes. Not as much as some others but a definite presence.

This is a very easy drinking brew. It has a very smooth mouthfeed and clean taste. It starts a bit tart and finishes refreshing.

It would not be my first choice for a Begian Wit, but the can makes it convenient for location that do not allow bottles.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer to bring to the beach where bottles are frowned upon. Pours an opaque, frosted straw color with a snowy white head that fades to a constant thin topping. Lots of trailing and clinging lace. The aroma is damp earthy and lime-aid-like. The wheaty malt body is thin and the bitterness is almost totally lemon-lime-like. Lightly sweet and mildly tangy. A slight back of the throat astringent sensation detracts a little from the overall drinkability, but all in all, fairly good canned beer.

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Photo of jackndan
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wittekerke: A Belgian white beer, a hazy golden color, with tiny flecks, likely the yeast. Not much head, but what there is was rather thick, with nice staying power and lace. Aroma is slightly astringent, but rather weak. Hmm, very soda tasting for a beer, very much like a 7 Up, with just a hint of dryness/sourness toward the end. Very little aftertaste, but significant carbonation. I’m torn, this is very light, nice flavor, exceptionally easy to drink, but on the other hand, its more like a pop than a beer. When its hot, its worth reaching for.

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Photo of TheDM
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a transparent yet cloudy wheat yellow colored body and a small head of fine white bubbles that was mostly lasting. It had a mild citrus like flavor. It is a drinkable brew but not great brew and one I would not go out of my way to get.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a vague yellow with a gauzy white veil - little specks of darkness float among the body.

Slight head that recedes into a wispy blanket of bubbly islets. A little lacing.

Playful nose of spice and co2 with yeast.

I am reminded of orange juice when i drink it...or grapefruit?
It makes me recall a concoction i made in high-school, mixing Busch light and Orange Juice.

Decent mouthfeel and a decent summer brew.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve this baby ICE COLD!!! for maximum enjoyment. Here'e an understated (in a good way-sometimes understated can be rather charming, especially when it's 96 degrees and humid and your mouth is parched and begging to be refreshed) completly quenching summer beer. This one pours a pretty, hazy, pale yellow and offers up subtle aromas of citrus peel and grain. The snow white head provides a nice accent color, however this quickly fades. Still the taste is right on, with ample carbonation. This refreshes in the way a cool lemonade might but, it's an all grown-up drink that indeed tastes like beer. It won't win any awards for complexity so lighten up, and just enjoy it for what it is! Found it for 6.99 a sixer/ 11.2 oz bottles-sufficient bang for the buck I'd say. I'm pulling one out of the freezer now! Ahhhhhhhhhh-Deeelicious!!

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Photo of jlervine
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A wit in a can, huh? I'll try anything once.

Poured a very hazy, very cloudy pale gold color. The smell was citrus with a predominant yeastiness. The taste is malty, yeasty, and not too exciting. It has a somewhat crisp finish and is quite refreshing. Very fine carbonation. This is a fantastic beer to present to your fizzy yellow beer drinking friends as a nice alternative to standard fare.

A gateway beer, if you will.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz can. Poured a cloudy pale yellow, with very little head. There is some fine lacing left on the glass. Aroma of wheat and citrus is present. Taste is lighly tart, good carbonation, with no odd flavors, no sign of hop bitterness. Nice and smooth. I could sit and drink this all night. Of all the Wits I've had this is the best.

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy yeklow color with big blooming head,smell was very lemony and almost to sour.Like others who have reviewed this I think this lacked spiciness that Iam accustomed to with this style,way to one-dimensional.Not overly impressed with this one,there are many better out there.

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Photo of goz
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow, big, white head doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is lemony, sour, some spices sneak through. Taste starts a little sour, a little sweet - banana, lemon, and some spices. Body is on the lighter side of medium A decent white, but I prefer the Hoegaarden or Allagash versions.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first introduction to witbiers occured this summer, and I was able to sample both Hoegaarden and Wittekerke on tap. I remember at the time really enjoying the Wittekerke even more so than the Hoegaarden. However, when I came back from California I really haven't seen this beer. So, I decided to sample it again this time in a bottle. Appears a light hazy golden hue, very pale int he pour with a gleaming foamy white head. The aroma is an amazing mixture of banana, spices, and honey sweetness this is one spiced up monster of a wheat beer. Wittekerke in my opinion does everything Hoegaarden attempts and does it better. Thank heavens I have found a real white beer. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with traces of the spiced up yeasty, wheat combo the flavor is well balanced and amazingly done. Very drinkable I am sold that this is the best Belgium wit style I have had to date.

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Photo of BierReise
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normally I steer clear of anything that comes in a can but this one was highly recommended. Poured super cloudy honey colored with very little head and only mild lacing. Not much of an aroma but a very smooth ale and impressive to me only because of the can factor. I didn't really taste anything metallic at all. Subtle wheat taste and even less yeast flavor. I would definately drink it again but there are so many better than this. Great in a glass restricted enviroment i.e. boating, by the pool etc.

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Photo of zerk
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy pale yellow... almost looks like lemonade. Has a thin white head, and leaves just a bit of lace on the glass. Aroma is lemon, yeast, and a touch of cloves. Flavor is dominated by lemon, with some musty yeast notes coming through. Mouthfeel is thin and light... a very refreshing "lawnmower beer."

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

That better be yeast floating in there...though I've never seen long stringy...well, strings, of yeast in my beer. The color is probably the closest to white I've ever seen in a beer. Very lemony aroma, with some clove in there as well.

Not much flavor to this one, but it still pretty good. Very smooth and quite easy to drink. Some flavors of citrus and yeast, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. The yeast strings are pretty unappetizing though...I feel like I'm watching Undersea Adventure.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this interesting brew!

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Photo of Brent
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian white in a can? A first for me. Pours a hazy pale yellow, like diluted grapefruit juice. Aroma is fresh and clean, lightly yeasty. Mouthfeel is likewise quite light, but not thin. Flavors of soft white-bread with a touch of lemon and tropical fruit in the far background. Nothing noteworthy, but quite pleasant and drinkable - sort of a Hoegaarden light. A lawnmower beer of the Belgian variety.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy, straw color; looks a bit like grapefruit juice. It forms a white heat the quickly dissipates. The aroma is a citric zest fruitiness, but I also detected a grainy smell as well. The flavor again has fruitiness to it, somewhat lemony. It has a slightly tart finish to it. It is a definite refresher. It would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel that this was much to sweet to be a wit beer. It has some good lemon characteristics and a nice wheat taste but knid of a dull sweetness that I don't like to much. I think this pales in comparison to Hoeggarden in bottle and especialy on tap. I didn't have it with a lemon so maybee that would even out the sweetness, next time we'll give it a go.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow colour topped by a thick white head that settles down rather easily. The aroma was dominated by wheat. Taste is quite satisfying and it tastes fine at any time of the day. Look out for this beer. Worth tasting it

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big,white head, pale yellow,hazy color.
Deep wheat aroma. Super fresh!
I'm wishing I had more food/spice experience to conjure more descriptors. The regular gang are in attendance:coriander, curacao,anything else? Very bright, floral, honeyish, lemony (but don't put a lemon in it, please! Let beer be beer!)
Soft texture, wonderful drinkability, some graininess, but still creamy, luxurious. I could drink this by the pitcher on a hot summer day! Tastes great anytime, though.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz can, freshness date on the bottom.

Appearance: Thin stark white lacing with minimal stickage. Very pale yellowish beige with a cloudiness showing some flaky particles of sediment.

Smell: Fresh squeezed lemon juice, bit of citric zest and a mélange of spicing where it is difficult to pick anything out other than some liquorice and citric peel.

Taste: Peculiar mouth feel as it feigns a medium body, semi crisp with a slick backend. Lots of lemon flavour with a plum fruitiness on the side, grainy with some malt sweetness and a wheat twang. Chalky yeast, citric peel and other obscure spicing abound. Finsihes with trace hop flavour and more earthy yeast.

Notes: I’d prefer this brew bottle-conditioned though the canned version is not bad at all and is a perfect switch if in a situation that restricts you to canned beverages only. All in all a decent white ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The cloudy yellow body is topped by a firm and bright white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma offers a somewhat sweet and fruity, lightly earthy and floral malt with a gentle clove note. The body is light, but with an extremely fine, natural carbonation that makes it oh-so-supple in the mouth. Like velvet! The flavor offers very lightly tangy notes of sugary lemon and orange peel along with a bright & fresh but restrained clove spiciness . Wonderfull. The finish is short, and lightly sweet, with a very gentle reminder of the flavor that was just had, beckoning you to have another sip. A very delicate beer. What I like about this beer is that the spice is so clear - although it comes at the expense of a limited yeast, and to some extent, malt character. One of my thoughts at first tasting this was "Budweiser with spices" but it's far more complicated than that. Still, this is very refreshing and quite enjoyable with some interesting flavors.

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Photo of putnam
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off-white/yellow color and simple, fine beaded head. Clear, bright aromas of honey and late-summer flowers: goldenrod, grasses etc. Supple, light texture carries subtle notes of fresh lemon juice, orange peel and acorn. Wonderfully uncomplicated. Creamy. Drink with ceviche, grilled bass or tuna salad. A great crossover opportunity for future True Beer drinkers as well as a great cleansing salve for tired Beer Advocate palates.

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Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I only ever see this beer in cans...

Hazy banana color, close to the pineapple Lifesaver candy in color. Decent bright white sugary head of 1/2 an inch. Slight lemon aroma, not particularly yeasty. Very understated flavor, just a very smooth ester sense with a trace of vanilla and a very, very sweetened lemon finish (like a lemon bar cookie)...Wits are tough for me, some leave me unsettled in the swallow and some are excellent. There's nothing offensive in this beer but little else to challenge the tongue, either. So, to me, mediocre flavor but as drinkable as a frosty root beer at a carnival.

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Wittekerke from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 931 ratings