Brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq
Style: Witbier
Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 1152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Blond, cloudy, milky (colloïdal by cold). The cloudy appearance is created at low temperature but disappears when the beer gets warmer or when it is kept too long in the cold. Fine fruity with a scent of the used spice, coriander and bitter orange. Smooth beer, thirst-quenching but mild, slightly acidulous, powdery consistency on the tongue, not bitter

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thellgren (1164) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2013
0.33 l bottle from local supermarket. Big head, cloudy appearance. Looks like grapefruit juice. Taste is nothing special, a bit on the light side. Quite refreshing though. Label says that it has got WBA 09 World Beer Award as the world’s best wheat beer. Well, that’s an overstatement.

BitchPls (821) - FINLAND - JUN 3, 2013
Bubbly, hazy golden yellow beer with a huge white head. A foam bath. Mild citrus and yest notes on the nose. Mild banana, wheat, a hint of yeast in the flavors. Quite thin body but not too watery. Quite a basic summer drink. Nothing especially interesting about this wheat beer except for it looks good at this moment.

andriesradu (690) - ROMANIA - MAY 31, 2013
Hazy pale yellow with a big white head. Nice fruity, spicy aroma. Good sweet, fruity, wheaty flavour. Very refreshing.

Jeroenhensen (239) - Dongen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2013
Hier wordt ik niet warm of koud van. Wat zurige nasmaak. Kan me niet voorstellen dat dit het beste wheat beer is.

Xstream (242) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2013
Appearance is picture perfect. Light yellow, hazy with a huge fluffy head. But other then that this is just a regular white bear. It lacks something special and is quite watery. Flavor is like you’d expect and the carbonation is slightly overkill for me. But tasty nonetheless.

RandomBeerDude (11) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2013
My favourite witbier just ahead of Weihenstephaner. It is the slightly less fruitiness and that hint of extra acidity that makes this so good.

Theydon_Bois (21410) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle labelled as ’Du Bocq - Wit Blanche’ at 4.5%, so have no reason to presume this is anything other than Blanche de Namur, from Carrefour @ Brussels Midi and consumed on train 9437 to Koln, 26/04/13. Hazed pale yellow with a medium sized white head. Nose is citrus, lemon squash, corriander, herbs and grass. Taste comprises lemon squash, grass, touch of soap, hint of sugar, herbal notes, light spice. Medium to light in body with a touch of spritzy carbonation, dry grassy finish. Ok but pretty average wit.

The_Osprey (9641) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2013
Cold bottle, sold as Tesco Finest Belgian Wheat Beer. Cloudy yellow, decent head and lacing. Mixed citrus, sweet, a bit watery. Pleasant and very easy drinking.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2013
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. It had a "best before" date of 28 February 2014. It cost $3.99 ($0.36 per ounce).

Appearance: One of the whitest witbiers I’ve ever seen. Body is opaque pale yellow with a white aura around the edge. Forms an average size, bright white, foamy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Lovely bouquet of orange peel, lemon and candy. Slight floral notes as well.

Taste: I recently realized that I haven’t had an actual Belgian White that’s really impressed me in a long time (if ever). Blanche de Namur fortunately has ended that drought. This is exactly what I look for in a witbier: plenty of delectable taste, something unique about it, and it’s still a light beer.

The beer begins with a noticeably fizzy, slightly lemony taste. Nothing tart, but a dry candy-like sweetness (think Smarties or Sprees). Orange begins to come through towards the second half with a strong burst of licorice on the finish. As it warms, I begin to notice the licorice at the beginning as well. It’s amazing how well it blends with the palette as it seems totally authentic and is not cloying. This is a really tasty, enjoyable beer. I’m surprised it’s not more popular around here.

Drinkability: While I would consider Blanche de Namur to be refreshing, I would not describe it as particularly smooth. It does have the classic Belgian bottle-conditioned body that’s on the thinner side, but extremely effervescent. It doesn’t get stuck in the throat, and it does tickle the tongue a bit. I’m surprised there’s so much flavor and complexity in this light body of only 4.5% ABV. Sessionable for sure, especially in hot weather.

McTapps (6984) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2013
Cloudy light yellow colour with airy head and thin body. Nose of sourness. Taste of sour fresh hops, coriander, lemons, spruce and sour thin yoghurt. Refreshing due to its lightness and sourness, but it was just too thin and watery in the end.

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