Brewed by Kronenbourg (Carlsberg)
Style: Witbier
Obernai, France
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed in Strasbourg for Alken-Maes, distribution unclear. Spiced.

Grimbergen Blanche is a true wheat beer in the most traditional sense. The pale yellow Blanche is cloudy, just as you would expect from a wheat beer. Notes of citrus and light carbonation add character to the creamy palate and make Blanche an excellent thirst quencher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kermis (11210) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Bottle shared at Kings night avoidance tasting. Hazy golden with a ring white head. Aroma of wheat, grain, yeast and light citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2016
UPDATED: APR 23, 2016 As Grimbergen Blanche, bottle from an Albert Heijn supermarket. I still feel a bit uncomfortable with this brand, claiming to be genuine Belgian abbey beers, but being brewed in France due to a string of take-overs in the mass-marketed beer industry - but then, it’s only Grimbergen, I shouldn’t mind that this is technically not really Belgian anymore. Medium thick, creamy, lacing, eggshell-coloured head over a misty yellowish straw blonde beer with greenish hue - could not look more like a classic witbier. Aroma is very soapy, bath foam even, along with hints of banana bubblegum, coriander seed, mandarin, sweet apple juice, pear, honey, some vague straw, gypsum, rose water and ladies’ perfume. Fruity onset, lots of sweet isoamylacetate (banana-flavored bubblegum) with notes of sourish gooseberry and candied lemon, citrus freshness but in an artificial, essential oil kind of way, spritzy carbo but fit for the style, very soapy middle phase (wheat) with some bready malt sweetness while the perfumey citrus effect and the banana effect persist, coriander soapiness added in the finish but fortunately not exaggeratedly so, sweetish and sourish citrus effect keeps dominating and get the last word, with a vague lemonade-like connotation; hops are only present for structure but provide not a trace of even the slightest earthy bitterness which could have made this a lot better. In this form: clearly another ’generic’ Hoegaarden epigone, aimed at a large audience; admittedly it has a kind of refreshing citrus effect, but in a somewhat artificial manner, and the banana sweetness keeps accompanying the whole flavor trail even till after swallowing the last drop. Too sweet, soapy to the point where it becomes ridiculous, not spicy enough and superficial: I guess this could appeal to the ardent Hoegaarden fan, but even within its narrow style, this is too one-sided and too sweet for my tooth. For one time only, I kind of miss the coriander overload, this one emphasizes bland sweetness with lemonade-like citric acidity, and - even for the style - lacks a hoppy presence at the back. Witbier as a whole is not my preferred style to begin with but even in comparison with the countless epigones Hoegaarden’s success has spawned in the eighties and nineties, this is not its best representative.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjik83 (1350) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
33cl via Plus, Margraten Alcoholpercentage van 6% Uitgeschonken in Orval glas Uiterlijk: goudkleurig met dikke volle schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: fruitig als citrus, kruidig als koriander, gistig, zoetig, zuurtje Conclusie: typisch witbier, nog niet gehad blijkbaar van Grimbergen ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (823) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - APR 21, 2016
Közepes, nem túl tartós hab, homályos, szalmasárga szín. Illata nem túl intenzív, búzás, banános, citrusos. Íze szokásos búzás, banán, citrus, pici fűszer, közepesen szénsavas, viszont hiányzik belőle egy kis selymesség, karcos, durva, közepesen testes sör.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton_w (249) - - APR 20, 2016
Very little head, cloudy pale color. Strong fruity aroma with citrus notes. Orange sweet and malt taste. Nice beer when thirsty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thanatosti (1500) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Coop, Culemborg. Hazy light yellow with a white head. Orange aroma with wheat and Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet with that familiair wheat creaminess. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mariuszek (1156) - Gdynia, POLAND - APR 2, 2016
On tap. Hazy yellow, medium head. Faint aroma of coriander, which is dominating the taste. Lemon notes are also present. Bit too low carbonation. Average wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iznogud (2611) - CROATIA - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml somewhere in Zagreb. Cloudy yellow, medium white head. Bananas (?), wheat, bit spicy. Sweetish with some bitterness in the end. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beertobealive (505) - Courbevoie, FRANCE - MAR 15, 2016
pours a light white head with citrus and lemongrass aromas. Typical "blanche" Hazy yellow body. light in mouth but OK balance. can benefit from an addition of some lemon zest. pleasant in warm summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Tap; cloudy yellow with a white head; aroma of citrus, bread, and a little spice; taste is slightly sweet with wheat, citrus, and spices; finish is dry with some spice; okay for what it is.

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