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Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 09-15-2002

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175
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422
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
20%
 
 
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Photo of RandomExile
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy pale straw, 3 SRM / 6 EBC; creamy/light meringue persistent head; scattered patchy lacing
S: lemon, yeast, almost imagined coriander; a tea-like quality
T: thin taste, wheat and yeast, a bitter end; spices, coriander, a hint of orange
M: thin, moderately carbonated
O: I thought a bit too thin, with not enough supporting taste

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Photo of doktorhops
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Christmas brings about something exciting for a beer drinker - weird Christmas brews from Europe, and Blanche De Namur is one of those beers. There's an interesting origin story for the brew name as well: "Named after Princess Blanche of Namur - daughter of John, Count of Namur - who was born in the region near the brewery in 1320. Blanche captivated King Magnus IV of Sweden when he visited around 1335: she married him and was crowned the following year, becoming Queen of Sweden and Norway. In memory of her "sweetness, beauty, and delicacy," the brewery dedicated their witbier to her." how sweet.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Possibly the Witest Witbier ever seen - the body is a cloudy pale straw colour, with an excitable titanium dioxide white head that settles from 3cm on the pour to a thick half centimetre head.

S: There's some funky yeast going on here - has an almost meaty aroma, like a honey-glazed ham, there are also notes of wheat husk, orange-peel, coriander and clove but the yeast is what really stands out with this brew.

T: Without the bitterness generally associated with beer this is possibly the easiest beer you could ever drink - it goes down like tap water. But what it belies with its simplicity it makes up for in its character - spicy, clove/coriander flavours with that citric twist and a smooth easy wheat flavour throughout.

M: Lightish body with medium excitable (almost sharp) carbonation.

D: Once again a Belgian brewer has made a brew that is both simple yet interesting, it's difficult to top this a Witbier doing what a Witbier should do - give the drinker a light, refreshing and spicy beer - this has it in spades. Even the price is good ($9 for a 750ml). The only criticism you could level at this brew is the same criticism you can level at all Witbiers: it needs more heft. And if you're thinking that - you need to buy a Belgian Strong Pale Ale instead. I will definitely buy this again.

Food match: Seafood springs to mind immediately - parmesan-crumbed baked fish or lobster with melted butter, think delicate, sophisticated flavours with this brew.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light yellow, rich head.
Smell of lemon dominates, banana and vanilla in the back.
Taste same as smell, high carbonization.
I like my witbiers (and wheat beers) less carbonated and with fuller smell and flavour (John Lemon, Viva la wita!, Emelisse Witbier), but wouldn't mind this one on a hot summer afternoon. Better than Hoegaarden, as goodn as Blue Moon, but not as good as St. Bernardus witbier.

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Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very light, sessionable wit bier. Pours just about the lightest hazy gold color I have seen. Huge foamy, sticky head. After sipping some beer, the head remained stuck to the bottom of the flute when turned upside down. Head retention is excellent and there are thick patches of lacing.

Smell is fairly mild, the coriander and orange peel are prominent along with a bit of wheat bitterness.

Taste is fairly similar to the aroma. Mild but still with some noticible flavors and spiciness

Mouthfeel is very light...not watery, just light. Would make a good summertime session beer, but not a memorable witbier.

O(verall not bad. Tasty but very light.

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Photo of screamking
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours a deep straw color with a huge foamy white head. Very crisp aroma, with lots of orange peel and lemon zest up front. Sweet sugar mix, coriander, and some bubblegum round out the nose. This tastes just as sweet has it smells, tons of sweet sugary orange. Middle of the palate I'm getting more of that bubblegum that I smelled. Back of the mouth it turns to more of wheat finish. The mouth feel is a bit thin compared to
the other beers I've had in this category. Low ABV makes this a beer to drink anytime, especially good summer beer. Not bad for a beer I got on sale for a buck, I'd drink this again if the mood was right.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white-ish yellow with a dense, creamy foam topping. Aroma of wheat, lemon, coriander and orange peel. In the taste, wheat malt and lots of orange flavor. Herbal, tea like hops are well in the background. Faint notes of anise due to incorporation of licorice in the brewing process. Small peppery flavor and a mild bitterness. Light bodied feel, well carbonated and semi dry. Overall, a nice little wit, better than par for the course.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy pale light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lemon citrus are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of lemon citrus as well as some orange peels followed by notes of wheat and hints of coriander towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching. I could picture myself having several of these beers to cool off on a hot summer day.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy dirty straw color with some white particle precipitate. Meringue-like head and ok lacing.

Heavy-duty orange peel with big spice notes. Coriander, licorice, lemon, wheat, and a hint of cilantro. A loud witbier with lots of estery yeast aromas and spices.

Incredibly balanced between charming citrusy orange and lemon notes and soft coriander, juicy pale wheat, soft licorice, some pith, some nuttiness, some apricot-like tang, and hints of pear and pepper. Light touch of chamomile tea and floral etches. Sweeter, but restrained by a powdery yeast. Absolutely delicious.

Awesomely soft and juicy. Amply wet, and with a long finish.

One of the best witbiers I've ever had. A high ranking for the style. Nailed down.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow licorice, notes of orange and coriander. In the taste, mellow orange citrus notes overridden by licorice hints. A spice bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spicy bite with licorice in the aftertaste. Decent and refreshing, interesting with the licorice presence.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and unfiltered, egg white colour, slight yellow tinge, 2 fingers of white creamy head fade to a foam, no visible carbonation.

S: Peaches, Belgian yeasts, the lightness of a witbier.

T: Not the sweetness I expected, but the Belgian yeasts come through, then the peaches, then a sourness, and the weighty body for a witbier stands out to me. Much like a dry white unripe peach. Lemon, a little lemon peel.

M: Medium body, quite weighty for a witbier, low fine bubbed carbonation is much like the bite of an alcohilizing fruit.

O: Unique, unlike any witbier I’ve had, but remenicent of 1664 Blanche. Good for hot weather, would pair well with lemon dressings and salads.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, yellow, cloudy, huge head

Aroma: Coriander, orange, continental hops

Taste: Light malt, with taste of orange and peppery spices; finishes spicy and malty; excellent

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Carpathia
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, I'm not sure I have had a better tasting witbeir, and I look forward to the day where this one is topped. It has a good, orbust flavor; the orange peel and coriander noted on the bottle certainly make an appearance. It tastes like what blue moon is trying to go for, while maintaining a better body and stronger taste than the Allagash wit and the Unibroue Blanche de Chambly. It pours a wonderful, hazy white with more than a little bit of cotton-candy like foam that eventually dissolved into a glass-clinging 1/8th inch cap. Perfect on a hot day. I really don't know how anything in this style could be much better. Perhaps a bit less spice, but then it would lose the character that makes it so delightful.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another startling rate for a startling beer. 86? Really? My palate is a strange one...

I really enjoy this, excellent summer beer! Well accomplished and interesting.

Pours a very beautiful cream white, to cream of wheat, to slightly hazy gold color. A beauty to look at in the glass. Lives up to the 'Blanche' in the name. It has a great white shade that I have rarely seen. Even in other witbiers I've not seen often! Has a lively white head and puts off wonderful smells.

Man... the smell of this beer is great! There is cream and dry wheat in the nose, a little earthy, dustiness with the wheat. It is intriguingly floral, I smell some sweet honey, sugar and vanilla as well. This smell really rises and is pronounced. You get a bit of the coriander and licorice as well... but just a bit. I think the licorice makes it smell a bit soapy, but there is something about that and the flower garden scent that gives it a huge shining depth.

This tastes great too, certainly VERY delicate through and through. Begins with a hint of lemon and then launches into the cream. There is a very interesting combination of cream and orange peel and wheat that occurs. Kind of dry when it reaches the middle. And then it cuts back with the coriander and finally just a pinch of licorice that calls from the back of the mouth. Really interesting and, as mentioned, really delicate.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for me. After a long hot spring/summer day. It is a bit dry but at the same time refreshing and interesting enough I am glad the whether is warming up and with this I am not missing the heavy hitters that I love so well on cold winter nights. It's pillowy and effervescent and just really clean. It is a bit tacky on the edges, but I kind of feel like that bit of coating is okay and right as it should be with the dryness in the beer.

This was a good decision... after almost two years since having it last, I'm glad I found another and did it again. The only thing is, now I am kicking myself for not buying at least one more bottle while I had the chance. Overall, a really great witbier.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Hazy meringue color with an ultra-creamy three finger white head. Great retention. Lacing is foamy and clumpy. This is textbook for the style.

S: Highly aromatic and purfumey nose. Incense. Lemon zest, coriander, orange peel, black pepper, hints of black licorice, wheat. Slight chalky and spicy yeast.

T: Zesty citrus up front. Lemony, big rush of orange peel and coriander. Slight peppery bite. Wheaty tastes and chalky yeast provide a nice baseline. Spike of black licorice at the back end rides it out into a spicy finish.

M: Frothy, creamy mouthfeel. Light body. Ample prickling carbonation adds a refreshing bite and accentuates the spicy notes. Excellent feel.

O: This really hits the spot as a great summer quaff. There's more at play here than you'll find in the average witbier, and that extra spicy zing makes it that much more refreshing.

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Photo of tonton
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is nice, noble wheat beer that can really make one appreciate the category to its fullest.

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a large burgundy wine glass - excellent for this brew.

Beautiful white head, hazy yellow brew with plenty of suspension.

The taste is clear and crisp for a wheat, not a lot of citrus, but what hits you is the beautiful effervescence, like a fine champagne. It doesn't seem like forced carbonation, and it fits the flavor perfectly, to provide a sharp mouth and a fine finish.

My favorite wheat beer so far.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy, almost milky, pale golden amber. Massive fine white head taking up half the glass with an easy pour. Amazing aromtatic aroma of light fruit, coriander, clove, wheat; floral. Flavor is more subdued, with floral light fruit, orange, Belgian yeast, wheat and Belgian spicing. Flavor is light, but leaves a pleasant aftertaste of spicy wheat and fruit juice. Light bodied, as expected, but nice peppery active carbonation. I kind of wanted as intense a flavor experience as the aroma, but very nice for a low ABV beer. Nicely made witbier I will try again.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/28/2014. Pours extremely hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a plenty of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, pepper, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, floral, light licorice, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of spice and yeast notes. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, orange zest, coriander, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, pear, pepper, clove, wheat, coriander, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of yeast fruitiness and spice; with a nice amount of flavor for 4.5%; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic witbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity esters with spiciness; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at a SPAR in Nantes.

Pours a hazy yellow with a thick persistent white foam.

Started sweeter but dissipated with a more coriander, wheat, citrus, funky hay and floral aromas. Very interesting and evolving.

The flavor is a little dull. Wheat, spice, citrus, but a big floral component. It seems like flower petals are in my mouth.

Based on the initial look I was expecting more carbonation. It's middle of the road with a light easy drinking body.

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Photo of Huffs
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, nice white creamy head developed which dissipated quickly. Appearance was very hazy with a lemon / orange color. Aroma was strong of citrus, mostly lemon, with a slight sour note. Taste was light with hints of citrus and bread. Mouthfeel was more watery than creamy and had a mild aftertaste, also with hints of citrus.

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Photo of Liquoric3
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A yellow golden colour with a big white head with small thin bubbles, which disappeard quite fast.

Smell is mostly lemon and citrus. I don`t get much spiciness or wheat compared to the Hoegaarden.

You get a little bit of the spiciness in the taste but again mostly lemon and citrus and some wheat. Mouthfeel is thin but not watery, light body. Really suited for a light summer beer. Somehow I prefer this one over the Hoegaarden, because it is less spicey and dry and has more citrus and lemon flavours.

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Photo of bark
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is cool orange-yellow (10 EBC), the liquid is hazy. The high head is white and very airy. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and fruity with quite a lot of lemons. Almost like a lemonade. Some phelonic yeas flavours. Distinct notes of orange syrup.

The taste is not as sweet as the bouquet. Some wheat flour flavours, mild spicy-fruity notes of coriander, oranges and lemons. Low levels of wheat sourness. Medium body. The aftertaste is mild and sweet with wheat flavours, some fruity esters and a touch of yeast. Oranges and salt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many small bubbles very fresh. The liquid is somewhat sticky with some flourness.

An OK summer beer. A bit too much orange flavours, though.

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Photo of rarbring
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clouded pale straw colored brew, a white high head that settles leaving good lacing but small curtains.

Smelling of yeast, spices, boiled asparagus and some lemon curd.

Starting with sweet dough, lemon marmalade, some spices, and boiled pork.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, soft and slightly oily, a medium body.

A bit thin, but rather clean, sweet overtones.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a very yellow, very hazy color, sort of like a yellow starburst candy like color. Has almost a faint glow to it also. Huge 3 finger head that came out of nowhere but dwindled down very very fast. This is a bit more hazy than your typical wittier. The aroma is very lemony, lemon pith and zest, mixed with fresh cut grass and coriander seeds. Also has a very prominent yeasty bready quality to it that reminds me of german hefeweizens. Taste is very clean, crisp and finishes dry. Flavors of lemon peel, wheat malt, and some green grassy flavors come through. Super refreshing, a little simple and forgettable for me, but refreshing for sure. Overcarbonated for the style IMO but to each their own. Once this flattens out after its been in the glass for a while the flavors get lost and thin. I think the carbonation helps this beer out a lot, but for me there is too much carbonation. overall this is a solid choice especially on a hot sunny day. Great size to in the 25cl bottles. Really like this beer for a picnic or outdoor activity.

Cheers!

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Photo of dansmcd
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Massive foamy head and spotty lacing. Typical cloudy wit colour.

S - Yeast, wheat and a fairly heavy hit of coriander.

T - Sweet banana, yeast, herbal notes and coriander.

M - Creamy medium body, low carbonation.

O - Pretty solid wit, reasonably affordable and widely available.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw hazed body gets topped by enormous dense meringue-white head that lasts.
Intense aroma is pleasantly sweet with powerful zesty orange-like fruitiness, coriander, mild wheat and faint spiciness in the background.
Slightly tart flavor is dominated by coriander - perhaps overly so - and has an unpleasant soapy touch. Mouthfeel is crispy yet still retains creaminess of an unmalted wheat, finish is dry and lightly bitter in addition to the tartness.

Overall, a decent zesty Witbier with a bit overpowering coriander.
(330 ml, BB date 04-23-2013, into tulip.)

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