I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no decipherable freshness date. It cost $2.90 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Extremely pale, lemon-skin yellow. Opaque from haziness.
Forms a large, bright white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but does
lace the glass well.
Smell: Light skunky aroma and a hint of lemon juice. Not as bad as a
Heineken, but no reason it should be this bad considering the bottle is
Taste: If there ever were an example of the Belgians not making their
own beer well, Wittekerke would be it. This isn’t just a poor example
for the style, it’s just a poor beer overall. I’m inclined to believe
the bottle was old and/or subjected to a lot of distress. Though
glancing over other reviews online, what I have isn’t all that unusual.
Take a pretty typical Belgian Witbier, water it down and skunk it up and
you have Wittekerke. It’s not nearly as flavorful as Hoegaarden or any
American versions for that matter. Light pale malt character up front
coupled with a light lemonpeel flavor throughout. A slight candy taste
on the finish followed by a strong sourness (and not in that
Brettanomyces way). Not a terrible beer, and I’m inclined to believe a
fresh version would be decent. As it stands, it’s tolerable but not all
Drinkability: Though the taste to Wittekerke wasn’t all that pleasant,
it wasn’t difficult to drink. The body is light and thin with noticeable
carbonation, but nothing that gets stuck in the throat or feels too
intense. Though quite light at 5% ABV, this beer drinks like something
even lighter and more sessionable. I could see a non-spoiled version
being quite refreshing.