Wittekerke is an example of what is called a witbier, or Belgian-style white beer. This is a type of wheat beer, which means a significant portion of the fermentables come from wheat instead of the barley in most beers. There are some technical differences between the wheat used in a witbier and that used in a German hefeweizen, but this crowd isn't a beer geek crowd, so I'll stay out of it. What is important for a regular beer drinker to know is that witbiers are almost always brewed with coriander and bitter orange peel. The final beer is light in body, slightly tangy from the wheat and yeast variety and has a wonderful citrus and floral aroma from the coriander and orange.
There was a time when I didn't like lighter beers like this. I've never liked the lighter lagers like Budweiser and I wasn't a hop head to start with. I came in to beer drinking through the Hershey highway of stouts and porters, big, bold, malty beers that may be bitter, but balance that bitterness with sweetness. It wasn't until I was regularly downing big stouts and porters that I came across my first witbier. I can't remember if the classic Hoegaarden was my first, but Wittekerke was one I had early on and was always my favorite of the style. Even when I couldn't appreciate a good pilsner or marzen, I loved witbiers.
Of course now I can even appreciate most of the pale lager varieties. I actually really dig good pilsners now (of which Miller is most definitely NOT an example) and I can even finish a Budweiser if I have to. I won't pay for one because it's still about as bad as beer gets, but I can drink it.
Still, there's something to be said for first loves.