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Average: 3.83 | pDev: 12.79%

Reviews: 199 | Ratings: 476

#43 ranked Belgian Witbier | 4.50% ABV

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Photo of eberesford
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Misty gold colour with a modest white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma and flavour have typical fruit and spice notes although the flavour has slightly moreacidity than usual making it more refreshing and less cloying.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Market of Choice.

A hazy yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is bright and fruity with a wonderful orange peel brightness, a nice, bright and fragrant coriander seed note, and a doughy, bready note. A nice yeast note is present as well. The palate opens bright and vibrant with citrus and coriander and a nice raw, grainy wheat note. While the flavor is excellent, the mouthfeel is just too thin, too watery. The high carbonation pairs well with the grainy acidity too. Drinkable, enjoyable, but not the best expression of the style.

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Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very pale yellow with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a light wheat base supporting the expected yeast and spice scents.

Very similar on the tongue, just expanded to a larger degree.

The body may have been a bit fuller than is usual for the style, was nicely smooth, had good carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, enough flavor to keep your interest, but not so much going on that the palate gets overwhelmed.

Overall, a very nice brew. Perfect for warm weather outdoor drinking. A must try if you like the style, and a great introduction to the style for those unfamiliar with it.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cerveza con una gran cabeza espumosa, de cuerpo medio y carbonatación media. Aroma fuerte destacando el cítrico, el cilantro y un poco de caramelo. En boca es destaca la malta, la naranja y el cilantro. Rica aunque el cilantro tiene demasiada predominancia en el final.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a beer i have seen around quite a bit over the years, but somehow never dipped into until now, i found a bottle for an unbelievable price, and it felt right to open it up on christmas. this is like a better version of a hoegaarden, delicate like that, with a very similar yeast profile, but quite a bit more complexity to it, really an incredible beer, especially for something like seven bucks for a cork and cage large format. its hazy but uniform on the pour, high headed, wispy and white, but a little matte in color, fizzy as can be as i go to smell it. done with orange and coriander, as is traditional, but the label also says brewed with licorice, which must mean the root not the candy, and maybe its a little tricky to pick this element out in nose and taste, but suffice it to say it is certainly part of what makes this so interesting. i love the light banana and cooking wine profile up front, and the earthy peppery spice on the back end, with soft citrus and fresh cracked wheat to it. its effervescent, delicate, like drinking a cloud, but its also full flavored and very distinct, one of a kind, really is like a jazzed up hoegaarden, that light and similar on the ferment, but a lot more going on. i could drink a dozen of these, even the big bottles, this is a quintessential example of the style in my opinion, and shockingly underrated here. if its been awhile since youve had one of these, give it another try, i think it stands out more in the context of all the samey and inferior american made takes on a wit. world class all the way.

edit: so awesome this is being canned now! it remains one of the best examples of the style in the game, and its cool to have it in this most accessible format. good call!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy yellow-orange color with a tiny white head that fades almost instantaneously. After fading the head leaves light traces of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is huge of spice and yeast with the spice being predominate of coriander and clove. Along with these smells comes some lighter candied sugar smells and a bit of yeast and hay, which produce a rather nice and inviting smell overall.
Taste- The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with some yeasty and spiced flavors of coriander and clove. These spice flavors grow stronger as the taste advances with them at the end dwindling a little bit. As the spice fluctuates, so too does the sweetness and breadiness, with it growing slightly stronger toward the end, as some orange and sugary sweetness coming to the tongue joined by more wheat bread flavors. At the finish of the taste comes a bit of hay and grass as well as a good hit of a yeast cake flavor, which end up leaving one with a rich Belgian blond taste to linger on the tongue all while the beer only clocks in at 4.5% abv.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side for a brew of only 4.5 % abv, with a carbonation level that is average. For the style, the wheat tastes, spiced flavor, and lower abv the feel is fantastic and makes for one easy sipping brew.
Overall – This is a rather tasty, authentic and easy drinking Belgium blond. Overall a good choice if looking for something with yeast, fruit, and spice, all while being super easy drinking and flavorful!!

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Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Found this to be a sneaky good witbier. Good orange and lemon zest with coriander and belgian spices upfront on taste and smell. Taste ended with smooth pale malt, belgian yeasts, of course wheat, and some sharp hops. The smell let the spices linger longer with these ending elements.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Extremely cloudy lemon yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Sharp hops, spices, and citrus.

Taste: Mild spice and citrus on a malt backbone. Very little hop flavor compared to the smell.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, average carbonation.

Overall: A decent canned sipper.

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Photo of OlaB
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a huge top of white creamy head. The head takes long time do dissolve and leaves some sticky lacings. The aroma is mainly orange peel , corriander and lemon, but I also sense a aroma of light wheat there as well. The corriander is especially strong in the aroma. The flavour follow the nose for the most. Fruity citrus flavour with strong corriander and wheat malts in the back. The flavour is fruity sour with a lot of spices and it has a dry finish. The aftertaste has a decent and good lenght and the flavours are balanced very good. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and is refreshing. Light bodied with a high carbonation. This witbier surprised me a lot. A really great tasting and refreshing beer. I could sure pick this one for a hot summerday.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a tulip yielding a hazy golden color with a generous head and lacing. Aroma had fruity hints. The taste was somewhat dry but very smooth with hints of fruit. Very with a decent amount of carbonation. A well made beer nicely done.

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Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale colour, big head with medium retention, good lace. Aroma of oranges, cloves coriander, tropical belgian while. Medium to light body, creamy palate, lively carbonation. Taste of citrics, coriander, cloves. Great and refreshing beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017. Purchased a little while back from Home Bargains. Named after a former queen of Norway and Sweden; the ingredients include coriander, orange peel and liquorice.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy pale gold hue with plenty of fine suspended sediment and intense carbonation visible in columns up the side of the glass. Yields an enormous head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a while before slowly settling as a thick surface layer.

S: Aroma of clean earthy yeast with hints of grain, mild wheat, subtle spice, a touch of orange peel and just a twinge of leafiness. Excellent - balanced and understated.

T: Tastes of dry, earthy yeast with notes of light grain, mild wheat, a hint of spice, faint orange peel and a touch of leafiness. Well attenuated, with virtually no bitterness to speak of upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Aftertaste of earthy yeast, grain and faint spice notes.

O: Very nice - a light, refreshing beer. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are clean and understated with a hint of orange peel. Good body. Easy drinking brew that goes down a treat; well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle from Home Bargains shop:
This one was a beer that got off to quite a bad start with far too much foam when I slowly started to pour it, there was a lot of visible carbonation in the body of the beer as it sat there too. Once I started getting into the beer there wasn't a whole lot going on really, the nose in particular was quite light & the taste wasn't much better with only some faint citrus coming through with the usual wheat & coriander; a poor effort & a witbier to avoid.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blanche de Namur pours a very hazy straw color with a moderately large bubbly white head. Once it recedes, a consistent film retains throughout the rest of the drink. The carbonation is visible.
As expected the aroma is of citrus peel-orange, but also lemon-and coriander. Wheat aromas are also present. What I like about it is that it doesn't seem to have that sugary orange cola smell some inferior quality Witbiers have.
In the mouth it is light, crisp and refreshing, especially for a hot summer day like today. The carbonation has a gentle sting. Flavors of wheat, orange, lemon and coriander, all nicely balanced. The palate is dry overall.
What I like about this one is that the orange flavor is understated and doesn't dominate. I admit that Witbier is a style that tends to get overlooked by me, however, I can see this one getting me into them.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance has a hazy yellow colored body with a thin/half fingered white foamy head that dies to a film coating the top of the glass. Carbonation is actually seen rising. The smell has a nice combination of citrus to coriander (quite possibly the strongest smelling coriander-witbier I’ve ever smelled - wow holy moley that coriander is strong). The taste has a citrusy sweetness with a nice spice added to compliment a different aspect witbiers tend to take on. There is a nice citrusy sweet and somewhat spicy aftertaste with a dry sweet spicy finish. On the palate, she sits light, maybe somewhat sessionable for a Witbier at 4.5% but the spices that come in and they come in strong tend to pound the mouth and tongue a bit harshly (ha, its a witbier and to be somewhat expected, no worries). Overall, wow, what a nice witbier I’m certainly more than glad to have, though I’m not a true fan of the style if anyone could try this style they should start with this and hopefully be amazed as much as I was with this one. Hopefully, I’ll get to see this one again.

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Photo of emincems
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy yellow color with strong head retention. lacing is perfect. smells beautifully coriander and citrus. taste is slightly lemony sour. soft and clean aftertaste. very high carbonation with very thin body, watery palate. perfect refresher for hot days, summer style.

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Photo of teromous
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is not a clear date on the 750 ml bottle but the back is stamped with "L18F17F1407"

Appearance: It has a very pale straw colored body with tons of visible carbonation leading to a very large pure white head. The body is very hazy and nearly opaque. The head has great retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma: I get a nice coriander aroma from the beer.

Taste: Up front I notice a peppery flavor along with the strong taste of coriander and a light bit of citrus flavor that is nondescript.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: Although the bottle does say it is "brewed with coriander, orange peel, & licorice" it really showcases the coriander. The licorice doesn't make an appearance but the overall flavor from the beer is great so I wouldn't call that a fault unless you are expecting licorice. It is a nice classic Witbier. I would drink it again and I would recommend it if you are a fan of coriander in Witbier.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, pretty long-lasting head. Not a lot of lacing, though.

S: A solid aroma of coriander, wheat, and light fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of wheat, some coriander notes, light malt, a little bit of licorice, banana, a some citrus notes (orange, in particular), and a hint of clove. Basically, this is your standard witbier flavor, but is still pretty tasty. Sweet, light, and vibrant.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a solid finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer has some minor flaws, but is still likable. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of Witbier, but thought I'd give this one a whirl given it won the worlds best beer award back in 2009 and I'd forgotten if I'd had it before.

Anyhow, a very consistent looking brew, almost like a perfect cloudy lemonade, with a token foamy head. It does smell florally as you'd expect, and taste is fairly mild. There is some unwelcome carbonation on the tongue, like a strange sherbet, and the feel is just a touch too watery. Mixed with the low alcohol content, I put it firmly as average.
If you see it, try it, but don't go out of your way to pick it up, unless you're a witbier fan!

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy pale yellow color with some yeast sediments, the pour quickly builds up very thick silky white head that retains itself very well with great retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy layer covering atop and leaving lots of sticky lacing patch along the way, high visible carbonation.

In a nose, it is very fruity that reminds me of citrus, lime juice, orange peel, and hint of banana. Also, spiciness at time with notes of clove and coriander together with floral bouquet as well as sweet bready malt.

The taste is led by wheat, grain, slight sweet, and bread from malt, thereafter, fruity tang takes over the palate providing notes of citrus, orange peel, lime, and subtle banana. Powdery yeast is somewhere in the middle together with clove spice and coriander. Hop bitterness is attenuated by fruity and yeasty character with only ghost-like suggestion of bitter bite.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel by its good crispness and lively carbonation through the palate, the feeling is refreshing with a pleasantly dry finish.

Straightforward and traditional Wit with all the essential characters of good Wit, it is as good as it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Homer_Holland
2.37/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brasserie du Bosq, Blanche de Namur, Biere Blance, Witbier, Wheatbeer
4,5 % Abv
tarwe en gerstemout
75 cl
tht 02-12-2017
WBA 2009, World's best wheat beer !
met depot drinken !

ca. 2016-10-15
nee, dun, waterig, World's best wheat beer ?!, neen; but I will give it a retry;

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Never had this beer before so to see it for 4 dollars a bomber secured my purchase.

A - Head isn't as exceptional as I expected but this is from a light pour so it fades to nothing. Color is a bright hazy yellow similar to pineapple juice.
S - Peppery coriander, with tangy yeasts and orange peels and just a hint of anise.
T - Kind of flat really orange peel is there but provides no zest. Coriander is spicy but really mild and anise is there which is thankfully minimal. Overall boring
M - Bubbly making this 4.5% beer a chore to finish.

Overall nothing I will run out and get again at least it was cheap. Taste like the Belgium version of Blue moon with less orange flavor...

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer with my cousin Tim in Eugene, he bought it for $1 per bottle wholesale, I got to split the final bottle of 2 cases that he bought. It was a lovely session-y Belgian, perfect for a hot sunny day!

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A creamy yellow coloring, decent lacing, a cool looking beer
S: A wheaty, bready, fruity, delicate smell, a tad of lemon, a full body smell.
T: A raspberry, lemony, wheaty cake batter mix, its delicious. A very creamy fruity taste
F: Smooth, soft, nice feel
O: A great Witbier that will have me coming back for more

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Photo of Beginner2
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks true to style. Smells of a yeast that knows how to work the wheat and give fruit aromas. Tastes about the same, possibly with the coriander getting stronger in the finish. A delight on a hot summer evening with fresh foods and lots of herbs and fruits to complement the beer.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Reviewed also in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium" and MJ judged it "Appetizingly herbal, spicy (coriander dominant) and dry, especially in the finish."
I couldn't have said it better myself.

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