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Beer – #357 – ’t IJ – IJwit

They ran out of consonants and this is then another one of those unpronounceable beers  – ’t IJ – IJwit

Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ in the style of  Belgian White (Witbier) and they are in the progressive city of Amsterdam, Netherlands

A 330ml bottle of a 6.5% ABV beer, with about 195 calories, only 18 IBU things, this would be 1.69 standard drinks in NZ

Ears like Rocket Fins

Ears like Rocket Fins

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.

Same old familiar aroma from this style of beer.

’t IJ-IJwitWell nice poor of golden yellow with a dense head of  white foam, bubbles dancing in the glass it looks great.

Lemon citrus wheat beer familiar on the nose, musty aroma under,, really dencet flavours and profile in drinking this, it’s much more than I thought I would be.

Here then is a beer that is what it says on the label, it’s clean,. refreshing, has some nice flavours and is pretty decent, not dressed up or challenge you to taste what the marketing people say it is. I like that.

However there isn’t anything else in this except easy drinking, which is a pretty crowed field.  Eventually the sweetness of this would catch up ab become perhaps cloying and you’d need a change of beers to refresh your tongue.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. It’s a really clean drinking beer that refreshes but does not challenge you to more than that.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I am
  2. Would I have another? just the one, after that I’d be looking to change
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? As a lead in to something but not for a long story of unrequited love and lost fortunes.


Belgian style wheat beers are very pale, opaque, with the crisp character of wheat, plus the citric refreshment of orange peel and coriander. Ingredients sometimes also include oats for smoothness, and other spices such as grains of paradise. Serve with light cheeses or mussels.


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3 comments on “Beer – #357 – ’t IJ – IJwit

  1. kingmidget
    April 27, 2014

    Your expression suggested a less favorable review. Love your double dip review on this one though.

    Personally, I’m not a fan of wheat beers or belgian style wheat beers. There’s just something about the taste that is wrong.


    • Pdubyah
      April 27, 2014

      … and that’s where the comedy failed…..

      I really do hope one day that we’d tip a beer together, I’m sure that there would be a lot of words about!


      • kingmidget
        April 28, 2014

        Yes indeed. We have friends in Australia who came for a visit a few months ago and we’re hoping to head in that direction some time in the near future. Will add you to the itinerary if we ever do. Which will, of course, make for an interesting conversation.

        Me: “So, we need to make this stop.”
        Wife: “Why?”
        “So, I can have a beer … or two … or three with Pdubyah.”
        “P who?”
        “He’s a guy.”
        “He blogs about beer. We need to sit down for a beer and talk.”
        “Uh-huh … and what am I gonna do while you’re having a beer and talking?”
        “I don’t know. But sometimes a guy just has to have a beer and talk.”

        We’ll see.


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