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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,271 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 225
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003)
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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A hazy golden-orange body is surmounted by a thick, dense white head, which retains well. Thick lacing adorns the glass wall in an unbroken sheet. Slight sediment is noted. The carbonation is modest and slow-rising.

Aroma: The aroma presents a dense bouquet of coriander, citrus, and wheat. The citrus notes are reminiscent of unsweetened orange juice, the coriander certainly the most prominent I have ever encountered in any beer I can recall. The wheat offers a sturdy presence, like a rustic farmhouse bread.

Taste: The taste opens with strong notes of coriander and cloves, as well as a very prominent, sweet orange flavor. A distinct wheat bread flavor as present as well, although it is secondary to the other flavors, all of which are far more pronounced than in other examples of the style that I have tried. Finally, the yeast contributes a slight earthy note near the close. Any hop flavors are either quite subtle, or entirely absent.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, velvety.

Drinkability/notes: A magnificent, over-the-top example of the style. Many other examples of the witbier style seem but pale shadows of St. Bernardus Witbier.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven point two ounce brown glass longneck bottle sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of brownbeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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
2.05/5  rDev -50.8%
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 tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of skybluewater
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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 sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of QUIKAZHELL
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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 SmellTheGluv
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
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 DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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 ricardo9
1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.