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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

1,160 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 209
Gots: 53 | 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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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

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.

06-22-2013 17:07:39 | More by wattoclone
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +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.

09-02-2004 22:02:27 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

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).

11-12-2003 03:12:58 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

04-11-2006 19:44:38 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-02-2012 23:24:13 | More by Zakk
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

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...

01-15-2010 01:39:46 | More by brownbeer
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

2.05/5  rDev -50.8%

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.

05-28-2007 15:39:13 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-06-2013 02:48:33 | More by tbryan5
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-05-2014 17:39:34 | More by SkiBum22
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-10-2012 23:41:29 | More by JacobMutberg
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

12-17-2013 08:26:02 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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skybluewater

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%

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...).

01-29-2005 06:44:46 | More by skybluewater
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

08-14-2005 19:58:29 | More by orbitalr0x
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-01-2013 20:42:23 | More by sabitu
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

01-27-2006 22:32:11 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Satyr179

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-09-2013 09:59:07 | More by Satyr179
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

08-08-2006 11:58:59 | More by lordofthewiens
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generallee

New York

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

07-27-2009 23:49:17 | More by generallee
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-01-2012 03:21:23 | More by TimoP
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-24-2014 02:20:26 | More by Fcip78
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-01-2014 14:03:35 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

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/

01-06-2003 19:39:31 | More by Jason
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tjthresh

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -30.9%

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.

08-26-2005 13:02:45 | More by tjthresh
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

08-09-2004 00:37:57 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

10-01-2006 16:33:01 | More by Billolick
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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.