Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wittekerke (bottle)

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (881) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2013
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 brown.

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 that enjoyable.

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. 
Grade: 3/10
NOTE: read my re-review of a can of this beer at: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/08/bavik-wittekerke-re-review-of-can.html