Steenbrugge Wit | Brouwerij Palm NV

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Steenbrugge WitSteenbrugge Wit

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Brouwerij Palm NV

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy straw color, with a one finger head and banana and spice (clove and citrus) aromas. The spices are subtle here and there is a little wheat malt taste as well. Its medium light with above average carbonation. Some people might find the subtlety of spice and malt refreshing and drinkable while others might find it a little boring.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the big bottle in a snifter, this wit pours a light hazy yellow with a quickly dissipating white head and no lacing. Nose of light Belgian yeast, some lemon and orange zest, and saltine crackers. Flavors are light with some light coriander flavors mingle with lemon zest and light wheat flavors with an herbal aftertaste. Very light and dry finish with a nice carbonated mouth feel. Improves vastly with warmth.

Not my favorite from this fine brewery, but still good for the style.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy honey-like yellow, thin white lacing.
Smell of lemon peel, lots of herbs, a floral note too, clove, some banana and yellow apple, touch of wheat.
Taste follows the nose, some extra crisp lemon, clearer wheaty bread, otherwise a nice mix of herbs and spices (coriander, clove, faint lemongrass, faint juniper berries), floral notes and a tiny bit of grassy hops. Finishes with dry wheat, low bitterness, but retains most of the spices.
Light body and medium carbonation.
Run-of-the-mill wit, nice, but doesn't really impress with anything.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped best by 11/09/12. Oops. I just stumbled across this one, forlorn and forgotten, mixed up with some random wines in my cellar...

A: Hazy, pale golden yellow. 1 finger of white head with ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Belgian yeast. Biscuit. Coriander. Floral/herbal notes that are unique for the style. Peach.

T: Tart with light spice initially. A herbal/floral quality emerges and leads into a dry finish. A bit astringent on the end with some lingering citric/lemon tang. Interesting flavor profile for a wit.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Borders dangerously close to watery, but does go down easily.

O: This is probably past its prime - my bad. Probably not a totally fair assessment, so I'll focus on the positives. This is an interesting wit - reminds me of a Berliner weisse combined with a gruit. The herbal element is cool and I am enjoying the tartness. I'll have to try it a bit fresher.


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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of Palm beers on tap at this place in Gent. This witbier has a typical spiced lemony coriander aroma. Similar to Hoegaarden in regards to the flavor profile. The mouthfeel however is different. The good-a quick crisp finish. The not so good-a thin mouthfeel and a bit too drying. Good drinkability but just average for a wit.

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Photo of brewtus
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden/ white with a foamy white two finger head. Smell is very grainy and not much more. Taste is a lot like the smell . Very clean and crisp, bubbly. Finishes a little dry as expected. Not much goin on here, grainy white and light, good for an entry level Belgian drinker but a bit. One dimensional for me.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cervoiserie and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : yellow color with white foamy head.
Smell : wheaty and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : coriander and citrus flavors with light bitterness.
Drinkability : an average beer in the Belgian style Witbier.

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Photo of Douberd
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 250 ml, ABV 5.0%, at home, poured into a tumbler glass.
Light honey color, hazy, with a one finger white head. Head has good retention, going down slowly, no lacing left behind.
Fruity smell of bananas and oranges.
Taste follows the smell, fruits, mostly banana with some citrus notes.
Medium thickness on the body,average carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A rather unimpressive pour, with none of the Belgian froth one would expect; just a finger or so of head sits atop the hazy straw-colored liquid and it quickly fritters away to a film, leaving just a few dots behind

Smell: Very bready, with a vague hint of lemon; the spicing is barely discernable

Taste: Bready, up front, with a touch of banana and a hint of lemon; the spicing is so subtle that the beer tastes more like a hefe than a wit; in the finish, the banana and lemon tones are just a tad more discernable, though the breadiness remains the dominant flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with low carbonation

Overall: Very easy to drink and I can see where this might be enjoyable on a hot day, but it is nowhere near the top echelon of wits

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent Wit, maybe not in the top tier but good and highly drinkable nonetheless.

Hazy yellow colored beer, nice big fluffy head, settles down slowly, moderate lacing.

Typical Wit aromas, very lemony, coriander and other spices, yeast. Clove and banana in there too. The taste is pretty much right there as well. Not the most flavorful or biggest character for the style but more than passable. Some malty notes along with the citrus and spices.

Crisp and refreshing, fairly dry and short finish. Fizzy carbonation. I am a fan of the style and enjoy most of them if they’re not, you know, terrible. Maybe prefer something a little more interesting but this one works in a pinch. Decent price too.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger white head. Head disappated quickly. No lacing.

S- Slightly sweet. Lemon. Touch of clove spice.

T- Little bit of lemon and clove.

M- Light, dry, and somewhat watery. Medium carbonation.

O- Nothing special. Not that bad. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of fizzy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A somewhat subdued aroma of malt, citrus and some spices.

T: Like the smell, the taste was very mild, with some malt, coriander and a little lemon in it. Not wholly unlikable, but not sharp enough to be entirely successful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: This isn't a terrible beer by any means, but it wouldn't be my first choice if I was buying a Witbier.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: nite light golden yellow with haze and a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, clove, banana, malts,

taste: citrus, clove, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad witbier for a summer day. but there's others that I would rather drink.


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Photo of Bartas
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice color, a little bit dim, but still nice - 4,5

Smell: Really appealing and very promising - 4,5

Taste: I though that Belgian with beer from abbey will be more impressive, but I found it very average

Mouthfeel: again - very average, nothing special

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat beer from Belgium, often a good choice.
25 cl, small , bottle.
Colour of lemonjuice, cloudy, with white head, nice lacing.
Smell of fresh baked bread, citric and floral hops.
Taste is mild bittersweetness from malts and hops, but also a pleasant yeastyness.

Smooth and refreshing
Overall, a good alternative to f.i. Hoegaarden, I would say.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass in low altitude Galway Ireland. The cork didn't explode, thankfully.

A: Pours a two finger, thin head of poor retention. Hazy dark yellow colour.

Sm: Light. Clean. Barley. Nothing extraordinary. A bit disappointing.

T: Crystal hops. A slight hint of orange. Barley. The body really needs more complexity. This beer doesn't try to do enough. Disappointing for a witbier.

Mf: Very fizzy and extremely light on the palate. The finish is lovely and tantalizing.

Dr: You could down it all night because it's so light, but the taste doesn't justify that. Disappointing for a Belgian beer.

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Photo of sfprint
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1 inch fluffy head, fast rising carbonation and lots of it. Flakes of yeast floating around. Light hazy yellow.

S: Sweet yeast, banana, thick, lemon peel.

T: Very mild flavor. Watery, sour, a bit like tonic water. Bland.

M: Sharp, crisp carbonation. Medium body, barely astringent.

D: Uninteresting taste, but it feels nice.

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Photo of Skagbaron
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this Belgian witbier in a 750ml in the lush beer section of Whole Foods Market in Manhattan. I was intrigued after reading of Steenbrugge in "Brewing with Wheat."
A Light-yellow straw color. Moderate carbonation. Thick foamy white head of 1.5 cm disappearing almost entirely over several minutes. Mild permanent haze, but clearer than other witbiers epitomizing the style.
S Overall, mostly clean, but slight hoppy aroma, however. No appreciable yeast in the aroma. No major represenation of the Steenbrugge gruut (herbs) in the aroma.
T Smooth and balanced. Some nasal, hoppy bitterness but also some "creaminess. " Again, the guut is downplayed in the taste. Not tart or sour like some wheats, but overall typical of the style.
M Not very full bodied, on the thin and watery side.
D Extremely inviting and light and refreshing. An excellent representative of the witbier style, and probably dynamite outdoors in the summer. Compares well with San Bernardus wit and Hoegaarden.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Nice healthy-looking decanting into the glass, a swirl of the yeast produces a turbid golden-beige color with a big frothy head. Subtle spicing in the nose, orangey/tropical fruitiness and yeasty with doughy malt in the back. Super smooth with a fluffy light body. Yeast and malt make for a good base on this dry palate. Fruitiness comes in waves, some spicy and some from the yeast. Minimal hopping goes unnoticed for the most part. Faint alcoholic esters in the middle. A little cracker-like in the dry finish, with more yeast and fruit to play with.

A subtle Witbier, very drinkable with each attribute carrying its own weight. Very bal- anced. Lunchtime beer? Sure, a ploughman's lunch would certainly make it complete.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy, cloudy, silvery body with about two fingers of creamy white foam and lots of apparent effervescence. I rather like it.

Smell: bitey, acidic aroma with some wheat character and a hint of orange peel. Not my favorite witbier aroma, but it's acceptable.

Taste: slightly fruity wheat beer flavor, along the lines of a German hefeweizen. There is also a bit of a floral/spicy flavor which is probably the "gruut" indicated on the bottle. There might be some coriander in here as well, although with the yeasty fruitiness it's hard to tell. Frankly, I really like the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel: light body with a very well-integrated carbonation which yields a great creaminess. I might have liked a little more body, but for a witbier it's not too bad.

Drinkability: tasty and drinkable. But for the aroma, I quite like this beer indeed.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

Not exactly a white beer, but pale gold with medium haze. The head has trouble sustaining itself and leaves a thin ring. Lemon zest with a touch of herbal character in the nose, nothing too intense here.

The taste seems a bit off at first. It's semi-dry with virtually no sweetness. Some lemon and melon-like character present but the overall taste is bland, making it seem almost bittering to the tongue. I remember detecting more spicy/herbal flavors from this beer in the past, but not so much on this occasion. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for style, instead of a foamier texture the carbonation seems very finely sharp.

Not a very exciting Witbier but it can do the trick on a hot day. Certainly not worth $8 to $9 for a 750ml but I got this one discounted at $2.99, and for that price I can enjoy it...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - $8.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light yellow body with a large, airy, white head that's fairly persistent.

Smell: Gentle, delicate aroma-- oh, who am I kidding, it's slim pickings, with only mild, minute notes of white wheat, citrus peel, and coriander.

Taste: Soft, lightly sweet mingling of barley and wheat with a slight dough quality to it. Very, very light hint of orange peel. Thin dusting of ground coriander provides a very, very light hint of spice. Very, very light hint of hops. Carryover of spice on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, it does well at being a quaffable and refreshing wit, but there is a dearth of character, leaving this one a tad bland and not particularly the best example of a witbier.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Uncorking this large bottle made a loud popping noise. It poured light yellow in color (almost straw-like) with a lot of cloudiness and a big white head. There's a moderate level of carbonation and very good head retention.
S: It has a gentle aroma of wheat with hints of citrus.
T: There's bit of sweetness from the wheat and malts; these flavors are also evident in the finish. There are also some notes of citrus flavors.
M: It feels light bodied on the palate and the level of carbonation lends smoothness.
D: It's very light and refreshing and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale & luminous straw color, with a lot of haze and plenty of head. Nose has abundant yeasty/bready aromas with light tropical fruity notes. On the palate the witbier sweet/sour element is there with soft wheat malt sweetness, and again some of the light fruits. Light bodied and easy drinking.

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Photo of JBogan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather anemic looking hazy pale gold with a small fizzy white head which immediately turns into a thin film and leaves no lacing.

Smells of wheat and a hint of orange.

Tastes of wheat, with the citric qualities less prevalent than in the nose. Not a very strong tasting beer.

Mouthfeel was thin and bubbly. One of the higher carbonated wit beers I can recall.

Overall this is a rather lackluster wit beer.

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