St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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93
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1,353 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,353
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 261
Gots: 124 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003

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Ratings: 1,353 | Reviews: 626
Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this one on tap a few times at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth VA and never wanted to take enough time from my pure enjoyment to make notes for a review. Had the bottled version tonight and here's the review. Great Wit..This is the standard that I would measure other Witbiers against. Pours a cloudy dull color..very dense with a huge carbonated white head (on a hard pour) that very slowly melts down to a small head. The wheat flavor predominates with some citrus (lemon) and spiciness (mostly pepper). The mouthfeel is crisp and rich and drinkability is great. This is one to savor, or to have with food or for mass consumption (I would still have to drink it slow to enjoy every bit of the flavor. A definite winner!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerStyx
2.25/5  rDev -46%

Did not enjoy too much. The first thing I noticed was a strong iron smell (like a strong mineral smell). Supposed yeast bear, but does not taste like bread. Initial taste is like mineral water (almost no flavour) then it has a "yeast" taste that becomes kinda strong, which was slightly bitter.

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy yeallow with a nice two fingeredhead that settles nicely,aroma is on the spicey side of coriander even a touch of vanilla in there and some toned down citruisy notes.If its possible for a wit to have a creamy mouthfeel this one has it very smooth and easy to drink.Taste is a nice combination of citrius and coriander spice not tart but enough citruis flavor to make it refreshing.A top notch wit I would think world class my first ST Bernardus beer what have I been waiting for if the whole line is as good as this.

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, light, hazy orange with a beautiful pure white head that went down slowly.

Smell – Terrific! The yeast is there, but not overpowering. The fruits lead off strongly with orange followed by melons, very light banana, light cherries, and a red apple. The spices are significant; mostly coriander and white pepper.

Taste – This is a heavy-hitting Witbier (if there’s such a thing). The orange, yeast, and spices from the nose combine for an extraordinary experience. This is my idea of an incredible Witbier flavor.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and medium-bodied, this one will fill your cheeks. It is the perfect example of big malt, primo carbonation, and smooth, fluffy character.

Drinkability – An amazing offering by this fabulous brewery. I think they hit the nail on the head. This is Witbier on steroids (or maybe nowadays, Viagra).

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Four 33 cl bottles purchased from C’est le Vin in Madison for only a buck fifty a piece. What a steal! Body is the color of a Williams Pear from Argentina, Cloudy and white with only the illusion of being tinted yellow-green. Carbonation is steady and pretty. Head is eggshell thin and eggshell white. Nose is coriander, Curacao orange, and cheddar cheese. Taste is orange pulp, cereal, wheat and pepper. Body is full for the style. Drinkable as all the good wits are. Top notch.

Photo of brownbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very cloudy yellow with a white head.

Clean aroma of lemon, coriander, wheat, and clovey spice.

Very light bodied, which is a good thing for this beer, with bright lemon and clove notes.

A perfect thirst quencher, as drinkable as they come. If only it were July...

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.1/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There is minimal head on this dirty-ditch-water beer. This is maybe the most unappealing color I've ever seen. The aroma is very hefe-like with huge bubblegum dominating over clove, lemon, and pepper.

The flavor is opressively heavy with some kind of mineral taste. once someone said Flintstones vitamins", it was very hard to think of anything else when drinking this beer. That is totally what it taste like. I get some spice and orange pith in the background. Aftertaste is awful...like I've been chewing notebook paper to make spitballs.

Mouthfeel is flat, save the mineral astringency. I found this beer almost undrinkable, and wit is one of my favorite styles. It was interesting, but not pleasant. I'm wondering if we got a bad bottle, but the freshness date said it was good for a few more months. Guess I'm just not into this.

Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Smells like a lemon cake with a bit of banana. Taste is of lemon as well, with a rather medicinal quality (I could be imagining that though...). Mouthfeel's rather thin.

Overall, this is an okay beer (quite a refreshing one in fact), but not up to the standards of the other St. B brews. And, at $3 a bottle, it's not worth the cost. I'm glad I tried it, but that money's going towards Duvel, La Fin Du Monde, or a Tripel next time (and yes, I realize those are different styles...).

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a cloudy dirty peach color with a light frothy half inch head of bubbles. Aromas of sweet light grains touched with citrus. A big coriander spiciness melds with hints of cracked pepper. Slight cooked veggies and medicinal notes along with yeast.

The first sip brings effervescent light grainy malts along with coriander spiciness and hints of white pepper and clove. Wheat husks seem to lend a bit of astringent dryness to the brew. Lemon and citrus...apple skins. A refreshing, tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with a good amount of carbonation and a bit of dryness overall. I could drink a good deal of this one without a problem. Clean, tasty and satisfying! Thanks to blitheringidiot for the sample.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not truly "white" like Hoegaarden, but more like the usual witbier color you are used to. Light, cloudy, small head, very minimal lacing.

Pretty normal witbier scent - citrus & yeast & grain.

Pleasant, refreshing taste. It is kind of light in the flavor department, though. So is the mouthfeel (light).

This is good and all, and very drinkable, I just think I would choose a different witbier before this one (like Hoegaarden), especially considering the price of St. Bernardus.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an over-size wine glass, it was a cloudy yellow color with a small head. Aroma seemed a little lacking: a little bread, a little malt. It had a lemony taste, but also was a little lacking. An OK beer, but not as impressive as I had hoped. My wife, who loves witbiers, thought it was great.

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into a hexagonal Witbier glass.

Appearance: The body has a yellow tan color and lots of cloudy yeast making it darker than other Witbiers that I have seen. There are lots of little bits of yeast particles floating around inside as well. On top the head is thick and foamy with a creamy off white color. There is also a dusting of light brownish tan yeast on top of the head. This head has good retention and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a full nose filled with wheat, yeast, light grain and some mild hops.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor has a good wheat malt base with clove and spice notes mixed with some citrus light, fruity/funky yeast (apple and pear notes) and mildly bitter hops. It finishes fairly dry with a touch of spicy hops over yeast notes. The palate is medium bodied with a solid texture and nice soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: This is a very tasty Witbier with a solid texture and deeply hazy appearance.

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: A godly white lace with the usual cloudy beige colour.

Smell: Runnings of coriander and citric zest with a softness of malt and yeast.

Taste: Spicy clove right up front, ghost like pine or spruce … could be anise and an earthy mix from the yeast. Hopping is hidden for the most part. Dry malt and grain, tartness grows middle to end with a lemon meringue flavour. Chalky yeast and a stalled tartness give the finish.

Mouthfeel: Relentless crisp carbonation that has ending wakes of smoothness in the light to moderate body.

Drinkability & Notes: Overly quenching. Quite an exciting brew, top of the list for me … just what I have always wanted in a witbier.

Thanks to D & V International for the sample. http://www.specialtybeer.com/

Photo of tjthresh
2.9/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very delicate aroma. No real spice to speak of, but there is some orange peal. Appearance is that of you typical wit. Very murky yellow/orange, color of peach nectar. Frothy white head. The flavor is subtle all around. Some phenolics. Nothing stands out. Doughy over the tounge. CO2 is light for style. Very quenching.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy, lemonade like, pale yellow body. No head and no lacing.

Aroma is restrained, with wheat, clove, and lemon.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and light bodied.

The taste begins with a biting, bitter, lemony citrus that quickly smoothes out. Coriander and orangepeel provide a prominent spicy character. Somewhat grainy wheat, and only a mild, yeast mustiness, and no hops to speak of. This one tastes the same whether it's chilled, or at room temperature.

Very refreshing, and crisp on the finish, with a clean aftertaste. I was expecting more out of this one, but it's still highly drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to find this one on tap at the new lower NYC spot, Villedge Public House. Poured cloudy light staw. Leaves classy looking Belgian lacing, left behind from the light fluffy white head. Nose is of powdered sugar and wheat. This a fruity, slightly sweet beer,"creamcicle" notes, light spice, more fresh fruit. Tasty and refreshing, nice to enjoy fresh on tap.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, orange-brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: candied pear and citrus

Taste: citrus, cardamom, coriander, orange, wheat, a touch of apple and pear. Way better than the smell

Mouthfeel: light body, semi-sweet, and high carbonation

Drinkability: I found this to be a different witbier than what I have tasted. This one is very fruity, almost like a tropical drink. I do want it again and it was enjoyable, however for the high price, I think there are better alternatives.

Photo of Mora2000
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some coriander and lemon notes mixed in. The aroma is a little muddy smelling overall, with nothing really standing out. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat with some orange peel, coriander and pepper notes. Light, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle served into a Chimay Goblet.
Pours a pale golden color with a silky white head that falls quickly to a steady coating,very lively looking as of champagne.Huge chunks of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Clean light spicyness bannana bread with a hint of lemon with some corriander.
Clean light taste with a citrusy zest,Yeasty with subtle spicyness.Light and tangy mouthfeel. A nice summer beer expected just a bit more taste,but not bad at all.

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +19.9%

This is the gold standard of witbiers. The taste is smooth and intense, balanced and pure perfection. Is it worth 3X the price of Blue Moon? Yes. WillI keep a stash for regular consumption? No, but then I am a dark beer fanatic and only drink witbier for refreshment. A must try to experience the potential of the style.

Photo of Underrower
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that came in St. Bernardus 6 mixed pack. Severed in goblet.

I could see the cloudiness in the bottle when I held it up to the light. Looks golden and cloudy like you would expect from an unfiltered Wit.

Smells of wheat with a hint of salt and small hint of must.

Tastes...funky but not bad funky if you know what I mean. I did not expect that. Hits me at first that this is sort of like a weak sour. Has notes similar to Westbrook Gose does in middle of it's flavor ride. Taking more of a taste, I taste wheat and feel the nice carbonation and then taste slight bit of cherries all in the first second and then it switches to the weak alka seltzer/musty cellar like water taste that slowly just passes away with an elegance till only the mouth feel persists. Interesting beer. Sours are growing on me just because the flavors are so interesting but they are not flavors I can say I totally like yet but like the experience and this reminds me of a sour.

Mouth feel is very nice as it is somewhat glossy or viscous. Does not finish dry but lingers nicely.

Over all I gave it a little higher because it is well constructed, the flavors move along nicely and I know there are lots of fans that love these flavors. If someone offered me one I would be delighted and enjoy it but I would not spend my hard earned cash for what it sells for again when I could buy something else I enjoy more. Good flavorful experience but not exactly my flavors or favorite style. (For reference my favorite styles are big sweet, Belgian Strong Dark Ales, Bruins and Dubbels)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 19-08-14.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian wheat aroma with good hints of orange and coriander. Belgian yeast with upfront hints of coriander, white pepper, and clove. Lots of wheat along with hints of straw, grains, and cracker. Fruit hints of orange, lemon, and green apple. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar and honey. Subtle earthy hops. A very good wheaty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, yeasty, and spicy Belgian wheat driven taste with good notes of coriander and citrus. Upfront Belgian yeast with lots of coriander along with some white pepper and clove. Wheat along with some hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Fruit notes of orange, lemon, and green apples. Sweet notes of candied sugar and some honey. Slight background presence of herbal hops. A very solid wheat forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, fruity, and slightly tart. Very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A great Belgian Witbier. Very good mix of yeast, coriander, and fruit flavors. One of the best for the style.

Photo of BGDrock
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Appearance: muddy, lemon juice yellow body, with fine white head that trails thick lace; looks like real-deal lemonade

Aroma: coriander, clover, cinnamon, bitter citrus, lemon

Taste & Mouthfeel: herbal, lightly spice and a blend of orange/lemon juice that isn't tart or too sweet; flavour is subdued in general, but strongly satisfying somehow; medium body and proper carbonation with a pleasant, dry finish of lingering citrus and herbal notes; none of the vegetal/tinny aftertaste I sometimes find with a wit; the finish is incredibly clean and clear, fresh - everything is just getting better as I drink

Overall: at first thought it was too light all around, but after several sips flavour builds and it all comes together as a subtle brew not trying too hard - simple and highly drinkable, pure and clean

Photo of ADR
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, ghostly pale yellow appearance, nicely textured small-bubbled white head floats and stays essentially flat. Laces in small but numerous patches. Muted aroma, pale yeast and sweetened orange, but not excessive. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is not over-done, but fine and well-distributed across the tongue. For me, this is a nicely done Wit -- not showing its characteristics too obviously. Spices, Christmas cactus, and citrus rind flavors meld well and give a subtle husky nutiness to the flavor profile. Finishes with an uptick of sweetened lemon bar cookies. Wits are never going to be a favorite of mine, but I like the way that this one hits the style and expresses itself.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden orange cloudy hue with a pleasant off white creamy textured foamy head leaves behind thick evenly strung patches of lacing. Aroma: Sweet spicy notes flow through the air, swirling sharp malted wheat sweetness with peppery spice, coriander, cloves, and some juicy fruit tones not overly citrus but nice tones. Taste: Creamy uniform flavor with a bready sweentess, clove and spice finish with a touch of citrus and pear juice like tones, awesome. Mouthfeel: Light bodied very creamy texture, perfect carbonation levels. Drinkability: Amazingly good the best witbier I have tasted hands down, I fell in love could buy a case if the price was right.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.