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Brewed by Brouwerij ít IJ
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Formerly called ít IJ Scharrel IJwit A full-bodied, Amsterdam wheat beer that is dangerously Ďmoreishí. Slightly cloudy, it has a beautiful golden colour and a soft, foamy head. When we brew IJwit, we use wheat malt as well as barley malt, which is also how the beer gets its name. The wheat malt gives the beer a delightful, fresh flavour, and the addition of coriander and lemon during the brewing process produces a rich aroma of banana, citrus and spices. Topped off by a fine, slightly sweet aftertaste, IJwit is a delicious thirst-quencher.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
Bottled. hazy golden with bif firm foam. Sweet perfumy aroma of oranges, peaches, lavendel and sweat. Sweet and quite heavy flavour of over-riped red apples with some dryish undertones of cinnamon and biscuit. Finishes quite sweet of bisvuit and oranges with touches of dryish grassy hops. Not a witbier in my book.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
A strong Wit style, but too clear for the style, even after swirling the bottle a little. Nice white fluffy head stands up and stays with you through the beer. A Belgian twang to the wit tartness is a nice balance. The bottle was a little oxydized, the beer was almost 2 years old. The label says that it is 100% organic except for the hops, if that tickles your funny bone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20946) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2007
Bottled. Hazy nutbrownish orange colour with a huge white creamy head, leaves good lace. Strong citrusfruit and wheat in nose. Slight alcoholic sweetness as well as sugary notes there too. Flavour is wheat, yeast, barley, malts and fruit. Sweet perfumic flavour in finish. Aftertaste is caramel, yeast, and some bittering hops. Totally crazy witbier, in a good way! Palate would be excellent, but gets slightly ruined by a quite sharp carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5941) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Had fresh on tap at the tiny brewpub in Amsterdam: WOW! this is a heavy witbier! Darker,more alco, and fuller in the mouth than any other witbier iíve ever seen. even the dutch guys with me said this wasnít a wit, but it is . and a damn fine wit..not as traditional but its fun and inspiring to see a brewery push the limits. this was flowery and delicous and hazy and pronouced. me likey!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1757) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2007
Another impressive brew from the Amsterdam local. Very, very similar to the Vílo in terms of bouque although less so to taste. Lots of herbs and nettles characterise this beer although the hop drive from the Vílo is lacking. Very clean, well made and full of interest. (e3.70 @ Cafe Belique)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle from De Man van Drank, Leiden, hauled home to California on BA. poured a deep golden with a nice white head. Citrus aroma with hints of vanilla and cider. flavor strated slightly sweet, but trended towards the bitter side. a little heavy than your standard wit. a veryinteresting white.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Quite a pleasant wit. poured out of the bottle a hazy yellow with a nice active white head. Very nice lemony spicy flavor, with nice active palate. One of the better wits

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow with a tall strong white head. Nose is so floral, juicy orange citrus nose with a strong corriander note. Flavor is light and refreshing, crisp in the finish with a wonderful citrus and corriander flavor. Nice little hop bit keeps it slightly bitter and refreshing. Has a slight sourness and a bit of brett taste to it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nugget (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2006
This is the best witbier Iíve ever had. The alcohol adds a lot of body which most witbiers lack. The aroma and flavor are phenomenal, very candy-like (reminds me of grape Jolly Ranchers). Iím usually afraid of the massive amounts of sediment in ít IJ beers but I dumped everything in my glass this time and it was a very rewarding experience. Definitely worth seeking this one out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Medium honey body with a medium ring of bubbles. Nose-kind of sour, malty. Taste-malt powder, tootsie roll powderness, the unsweet portion of honey, lemon zest, light sour, malty sourness. Very odd yet delicious beer. Tastes like an under spiced wit that was aged on wood to impart tannins. Unlike any wit I have ever had, and damn nice.


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