I poured an 11.2oz can into a tumbler. It had a best before date of 9/29/13 and cost $3.29 ($0.29 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale, washed-out yellow. Forms a large, white, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: No skunkiness thankfully, but not much of anything else. Hints of wheat, but no spice or other appealing aromatics.
Taste: I thought this beer deserved another shot since the bottle I
reviewed a few months ago was obviously old. It reeked of skunkiness and
just tasted off. The can is definitely a step up, but not by leaps and
bounds. All the spoiled taste I had in the bottle is gone, but it’s not
replaced with anything particularly interesting. It’s lacking that
distinct coriander and orangepeel zest I look for in the style. Though
there is an almost minty character on the backend. Otherwise, it’s mild
all around, but there’s really nothing off-putting about it. I’ve had
this on tap and it was noticeably more robust, so I can honestly
recommend that serving if you can find it.
Drinkability: Though not all that flavorful, Wittekerke is at least easy
to drink. The mouthfeel is thin with gentle carbonation. It goes down
smooth and has a clean aftertaste. It would definitely be refreshing if
it were very cold on a hot day. It seems lighter than its 5% ABV weight,
though. It doesn’t seem to take full advantage of its body.