Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Witbier
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Formerly called ’t IJ Scharrel IJwit A full-bodied, Amsterdam wheat beer that is dangerously ‘moreish’. 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6950) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle, kindly shared by abemorsten. ABV is 7%. Golden colour, not as pale and milky as other witbiers, big to moderate white head. Nice aroma and flavour of coriander, cloves and orange peel. Very drinkable, despite its higher ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2011
Tasting from Feb’ 2008.
Into a chalice, chilled. Presents a hazy, pastelly orange with a few globules of protein in suspension. Firm, inch thick pad of white dons it and leaves behind some messy lacework. Caramel, rough woody notes, nail polish remover, spicy navel oranges and lychee make for an interesting aroma profile with a showing of what must be the house yeast found evident in most of their beers I’ve tasted. In the mouth it is slightly rough, a big yeasty bite, hairy and piney, mildly acidic. Good level of citrus fruit with navels again apparent. Unsalted peanuts in the aftertaste along with more yeasty notes and drowned citrus. Medium bodied, firm mouthfeel, quite smooth in the back. Overall a strange beer that pulls it off for all the wrong reasons. Keeps the interest at least. (33cL, BBE 09/08, The International Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9356) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2010
bottle. Hazy brown-golden colour, large white head. Spicy-fruity nose. Rather full-bodied for a witbier, very solid malty base with lots of spices and hops. Dry palate. Very nice, unusually "heavy" for the style, but in a very pleasant way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6286) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle: White foamy head on top of a light hazy yellow colored beer. Smell fruit, wheat, spices, hops, light flowery and yeasty. Taste is a delicious white beer: wheat, fruit, lemon, hops, citrus, flowery, bitter, spices, some yeast and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle @ home. Aroma is hops, lemon, some spices and herbs, weird sidenote. Flavour is medium bitter, nice lemon note, faint spices and herbs. Nice one, even on a dark winter night, must try it again in the summer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle 33 cl. From Mitra. Taste on 28.09.2010. Goldblond color, with a white head. Aroma fruits, coriander, citrus. Medium body. Taste very little sweet, fruits, coriander, bitterness touch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (12532) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 [9/25/10] Draught at the brewpub in Amsterdam. Cloudy yellow with a white head. Aroma of yeast, spices and some fruitiness and graininess. Sweetish wheaty flavor, spicy and yeasty, with some fruitiness and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Plovmand (7977) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. The aroma is caramel, coriander, citrus and light flowers. Mostly coriander, spices and citrus in the flavour. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9634) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 19, 2010
Draught at the brewery. Pretty deep gold, cloudy and glowing. Clean wheat malt with spice, honey, citrus. Sweet, with bananas. Rich and luscious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
A- Pours a hazy yellow with a frothy head that doesn’t last very long and leaves little lacing. S- Smelled really nice, lot’s of Banana, fresh baked bread, and some vanilla. Very sweet smelling with some spice added T- Not as clean tasting as most Wit’s, but still very tasty and I am not complaining. Again, banana along with some other fruity flavors, apple maybe, cloves, spice, and some pepper on the back end. Very different but really tasty and went SO nicely with brunch. Weird because it was not what I was looking for but still I really liked it. M- Pretty smooth, but normally that is not what I am looking for in a Wit. Hmm usually the big bubbles and light zing is a great palate cleanser with food. This one is smooth and creamy. . . good but not what I prefer in a Wit. D- Very easy to drink, but again when compared to most Wit’s it does not have those same clean, refreshing qualities. I could still drink this quite a bit but it’s just not the same. Very good beer, but not in the traditional sense. Most of the Beers from ’t IJ that I have tried have been a bit "different" so I guess this is no surprise. In the end I rated this as the beer itself and NOT as or compared to other Witbiers.

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