St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

624 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 624
Hads: 1,384
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 271
Gots: 133 | 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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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
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3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brewing company is known for their Abt 12, a beer that is apparently the same (or based on the same) recipe as the Westvleteren 12, the "best" beer in the world. I have had the Westvleteren 12, and it's just OK. Cool story, but requires too much work to obtain a bottle. It has only been available in the United States once… and it was way out of my price range. We have one bottle of the Westvleteren 12 in the cellar, and one day, when we drink it, we will grab a bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 and a bottle of Trappistes Rochefort 10 and do a blind taste test. They are all Belgian quads, a style that I have yet to fall in love with. They are good, don't get me wrong… but they sometimes bore me. Anyway, I have not tried the Wit from St. Bernardus, but the BeerAdvocate bros gave it a 99… so it better be good! As much as I don't like quads, I really dislike wheat beers. They just tend to bore me. I blame Blue Moon! Let's see what Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV has to offer in this bottle. Cheers!

In the Glass: The beer actually looks good in the glass. Not as much orange, more a nice hazy yellow. The head was thick, too. A VERY impressive pour for a beer that I don't generally care for. Oh, and last night I helped teach a beer class at Total Wine & More in Scottsdale. It was fun, and we featured ALL canned beers. The AmeriCAN beer festival is coming up in a few weeks. We will be there with the full report! This beer also produces a really nice sticky lace. I hope it smells good!

Nose: Holy coriander. Wow, that is harsh. I expected this to be more fruity… again, thanks to Blue Moon. I know Blue Moon is not a good example of the style, but still. Just to be clear, I did not fruit my beer! Blue Moon, when ordered in a bar, is typically served with an orange wedge. In Europe they use a lemon wedge, but still… fruit!

A second whiff and all I get is coriander. It's OK… but nothing to write home about. I would love to meet those BeerAdvocate bros just to chat about what they like in a beer.

Flavor: Not as much coriander as I expected. It is a bit too carbonated, but finished smooth. Again, not sure why this impresses so many people… because it's just OK. Nothing against the brewery, as they are a great example of Belgian beers… but man, this is just not my style. I am sure this is a good example of a traditional witbier… but again, for $3.49 I could buy a much better (maybe even bigger) beer. The burp didn't really impress me, either.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel here is nice, thick, and creamy. But there are a few too many bubbles for me. I did, on that sip, switch the beer around a little bit in my mouth. I got a blast of lemon zest there, but it quickly turns back to the spicy coriander that I just can't get away from. I wonder if a few ice cubes, yes ice cubes, would bring this beer down a notch on the spice. A lot of beers are served over ice in Europe. Not this one, in particular… but I feel this would be a good one to ice down.

Aftertaste: There isn't a big aftertaste here. The spices stick around, but leave me with a subtle drying finish requiring me to take another sip. I will say, about this style, if you are new to craft beer, this isa good/safe way to start. Nearly every brewing company makes a wheat/white beer. So if you are new to craft beer, start here. Funny story… last night in the beer class, a guy likes the Maui Bikini Blonde Ale more than anything we tried. He would LOVE this beer! Oh well, glad I got to try this. I wouldn't buy this again, but it was fun learning about the Pierre Celis connection to this brewery/beer. Cheers, people! (3,637 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerStyx
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

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. (294 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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). (872 characters)

Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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... (273 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.1/5  rDev -49.3%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of -DF-
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  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...). (514 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  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. (744 characters)

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of QUIKAZHELL
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of SmellTheGluv
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Satyr179
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.1/5  rDev -1%

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.