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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,038 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1038
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%


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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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a St. Bernardus Watou branded chalice

Pours a hazy straw golden with a pure white fluffy one and half finger head. Frantastic retention, plenty of lacing. Light citrus notes, coriander, and just an edge of earthiness on the nose. Smooth and velvety on the palate with just a touch of creaminess. Opens with gentle fruit notes, with some citrus zest joined by clove, and some earthiness. Yeast makes it presences well-known middle palate with most some grain and ample malt. Finishes with some light tart notes. One of the better witbiers available and wonderful beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:47:44 | More by chanokokoro
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

St.Bernardus
Wit

LOOK: Cloudy brew with a bright gold color. Bubbly, sparkling head formed and receded to just a fine covering. No real lace, a small amount of sediment. Looks the part and I included the yeast purposely.

SMELL: Yeasty and wheaty , but the yeast has so much character. Grape, raisin, musty basement and lemon are all very present in a strong aroma. This is perfect to style, and worthy of being Pierre Celis Signature Selection as the bottle proudly states.

TASTE: Juicy flavor of apple, tart grape, orange peel, bit of funk. Tart to the sour glands, but with a depth of dusty malt character. Funk, coriander, and malts adding a balancing sweetness. Very faint herbal and grassy hoppy bitterness. Has a vague, almost smoked flavor, closer to well done toast. Clove and peppercorn emerge later in the flavor profile.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, with a sour tang. The finish is appetizingly dry and crisp. Champagne like carbonation. A perfect feel on a Belgian classic. It just does not get better than this feel.

OVERALL: Worthy of being named "Best Witbier in the World". Easily the best example of the style I have encountered. The complexity from the yeast alone was great, but the rest of the flavors were also great. Exactly what a Belgian White should be. Seek this out if you enjoy Wheats, Sours, or Belgian Ales. Absolutely phenomenal wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 23:00:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a Saint Bernardus glass

A: Pours a light, hazy golden color with a finger of fluffy head that quickly falls to a thin film. Average lacing.

S: A strong wheat aroma dominates with cardamom and a bit of lemon zest. A touch of clove.

T: Wheat is still quite strong, but I get quite a bit of orange zest, almost as if there is a slice of orange in the beer. The beer stays dry with a nice spiciness.

M: Medium thickness with strong, creamy carbonation.

O: A nice Witbier, but I'm honestly not sure I could tell this from the BMC versions. It is a bit spicier and drier I believe, but it's similar for sure. Maybe my palate just isn't quite there for Witbier. Either way, I'd take an Allagash White over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:57:21 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

3.09/5  rDev -25.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:23:19 | More by rickyleepotts
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rcmooney

Arkansas

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- pale hazy yellow. Big white head
A- coriandee, spice, Lemmon zest
T- Lovely smooth citrus/spiced wheat beer
M- High Carbonarion ended with a really nice smooth and creamy texture
O- Not much bad to say about this one. Strait forward in a good way. very sessionable. Bravo

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:40:21 | More by rcmooney
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Zbyler

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pale golden yellow but hazy orange at the same time. Unfiltered.

S- fresh citrus fruits along with freshly baked bread and a hint of spice on the nose. Banana and bubblegum present as well.

T- great belgian yeast flavor, banana, bubblegum, grapefruit rind, bready notes, cloves.

M- moderately carbonated, on the heavy side, crisp, refreshing.

O- My first offering from St Bernardus and I am very pleased with my choice. Great summer beer or even for year round. Extremely refreshing and crisp. Smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:22:34 | More by Zbyler
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice rocky head of white foam, shows pretty good retention and really nice lacing. Colour is a hazy pale orange, unfiltered wheat. 4.25

S - very full fresh fruitiness. Sweet banana, slight bubblegum, some light yeast in the back. Green apple, and dark malty bread. Some fruity sweetness, and a light lime citrus overtone. Very well intigrated and satisfying. 4.5

T- a light spice prickle before leading to a full sweet malty body, very creamy. Banana milkshake smoothie. Subtle spice and lime notes, a bit sweet and creamy with the wheat influence. Lots of apple and pear fruitiness, some dry coriander in the back. Finish is clean and light, finally a bit of bitterness on the end, slightly earthy with some dry yeast lingering on. 4.25

M - again very smooth. Overall a light and very refreshing wit beer, just some pleasing soft carbonation. With a creamy wheat sweetness leading to a shorter dry finish. 4.5

Such an easy and tasty beer to drink. A very excellent witbier in all respects. Very nicely balanced with some interesting things going on. Great complexity and yet so easy and tasty to drink. I would maybe prefer a bit less sweetness and more hops, the wheat here adds a delicious smooth creamy character. Great beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 14:51:12 | More by mick303
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Best before 20 June 2014.

A: Light light head with good lacing tops a milky-yellow paleish, hazy beer.

S: Pleasant, spicy yeast. Typical wit spices (including prominent coriander).

T: A bit tart, which I like, thinnish, lemony, and pleasant. A very refreshing beer, but, again, a typical wit. One of the least flavourful Bernardus.

M: Slightly dry, spicy, puckery, interesting.

O: A solid wit, but unexceptional for the style. Recommended, but not particularly compelling.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 04:33:24 | More by AgentMunky
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spoony

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (dated May 13, 2014) into a pokal.

A-A timid pour produces a monster three-plus finger head. The foam is eggshell in color and sticks around for a bit. The brew is murky and looks like wet hay.

S-Smell is lemon, spices (pepper and coriander), orange zest with a light sweetness. There is a touch of bready, doughy yeast, too.

T-The taste is citrus zest and spice up front with a little wheat tang in the middle, followed by a slightly drying, chalky finish. Nicely balanced, subtle, and drinkable.

M-The feel is lighter bodied and slick up front, with fine, moderate carbonation that dries out on the finish. This brew certainly has the feel figured out.

O-This wit is a great example of the style. As you would expect from a true Belgian, things are balanced while erring slightly on the sweet side. There is no gimmickry or funny business, and none is necessary here to create solid flavors. I would've liked to compare this to the Toyko Wit in a heads-up comparison, because my recollection is that that beer is also quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 23:19:07 | More by spoony
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NODAK

Tennessee

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

Has a brilliantly lively aroma of coriander, orange and a touch of citrus. Quite sweet and spicy. Very nice.

Pours a predictably cloudy golden color with a pretty nice head with good retention in my glass.

Brightly sweet with notes of orange and citrus... It's quite fruity. The coriander is there as well but is restrained when compared to what the aroma was. Also clear it's a wheat beer towards the finish. The sweet seems to carry the day here though with coriander in the back.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 01:12:56 | More by NODAK
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 12:59:05 | More by Pegasus
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice at one of the (terrible) Belgo restaurants in London.

A: Hazy pale orange body with a finger of ultra-fine white head. Ok retention, rather weak lace. Pretty average.

S: Delicate, complex array of orange peel, coriander, wheat, and lemongrass. Pretty much exactly what I want from the style, with its only fault being a slight lack of depth and intensity.

T: Spicy up front, with citrus and grassy notes filling in behing. Clean minerality on the finish. Excellent.

M: Hugely lively, creamy, and fairly light-bodied. Fun.

O: I've been meaning to try this for the longest time, and it was just as great as I expected. Definitely one of the best Witbiers I've ever had.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 23:27:36 | More by woosterbill
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Texels Weizenglass

Murky pale yellow body. plenty of carbonation. gigantic medium bubbled head that is pretty stable. leaves a lacing.

koriander is dominating the nose. some citric notes

typical witbier taste but lacks sweetness. furthermore herbs. some sourness even tartness that sticks to the tongue and almost reminds me of a geuze. little bitterness.

thin to medium body. tickling carbonation. refreshing.

Witbier that does not exaggerate on the spices. That is good. what I miss is the typical sweetness for balance. Not my favorite witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:34:11 | More by safaricook
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - nice clear golden pour w/ lite/little head

S - light, nothing noteworthy

T - wheat beers are just not my thing. the tartness is not becoming. not full body and rich

M - so so

O- I will grant you this my not be a fair review. I dislike wheat beers -- stouts and IPA's are my thing

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:20:03 | More by Segelstrom
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-08-19
Glass: Tulip

St. Bernardus' wit is an excellent example of the style, strongly expressive and well-spiced, exhibiting the full characters of what make this beer remarkably satisfying and easy-to-drink through multiple glasses. While the strong coriander, citrus zest, and wheat malt flavors may be more appropriate for summer drinking, I appreciated them equally well on this cold, wet winter day. My only complaint with this is the price: $4.29 for 11.2oz of a fairly resource-unintensive beer? While excellent, I certainly won't be getting this with any frequency.

Pours a tall, 3cm head of bright, white foam that is made up primarily of small bubbles. The way the bubbles collect and arrange themselves from the rising carbonation resembles a collection of ever-replenishing fish, frog, or insect eggs. Retention of the foam is excellent, lasting many minutes in its decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is substantial and ever-present, a thick ring around the entirety of the inner glass as the head descends or the beer is drunk. The body is a fairly heavy yellow color, opaque from suspended sediment, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible running up the sides of the glass, the opacity limiting visibility from the bottom of the glass, though.

Strong aroma of lemon rind, freshly ground coriander, and smooth and semi-sweet wheat malt.

The taste of the beer is sparkling and bright, with potent orange and lemon zest, freshly ground coriander, hints of grapefruit rind, and a perpetually present, grounding base of wheat malt. Front of palate picks up sweetness, as from wheat and barley malts, along with light coriander and citrus zest (mostly orange, a bit of lemon). Mid-palate finds expressive coriander and orange zest, with a background of sweet wheat malt and hints of lemon zest and yeast. Back of palate picks up some pleasant, crisp, modest bitterness along with grapefruit rind and tart orange zest, continued coriander, and a smooth wheat malt base. Aftertaste is of grounding wheat malts, still expressive coriander, yeast, and citrus rind.

The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity that foams this up nicely across the palate, without being overly fizzy or harsh. Closes out semi-dry, with little to no residual stickiness across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 17:25:48 | More by falloutsnow
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Luke4


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consistent,y one of my all time favorite beers. The look of it is picture perfect: hazy yellow with a lingering, sensual head. The smell is sort of spicy, with coriander coming through; but also a mix of orange/banana I smell. The taste is top notch. The spices are dominant, but banana, orange, and some grassy notes come through to really balance out this beer. Paired with chicken and dumplings, this is a near perfect meal!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 03:32:16 | More by Luke4
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge three finger billowy white head. The fluffy head sticky around for a long time and leaves huge clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass. This is what a wit should look like. Picture perfect.

The aroma just jumps out of the glass with lemon and coriander dominating. There are more subtle hints of clove, banana, and orange. There is a real sharpness to the aroma that I love.

The flavor brings forth tons of coriander and more orange than was present in the aroma. Fresh baked bread along with lemon provide support along with a delicate tartness on the tip of the tongue. Perfect soft wheat character along with abundant carbonation that is perfect for the style.

Overall, this is what every witbier should strive to be like. To me, this is the absolute defining beer of the style and by far the best wit I have ever had. I only wish I could get this close to where I live because I would go through cases during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:04:11 | More by rangerred
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color, with a thick, creamy, fluffy white head that sticks around for a while, and leaves beautiful lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, cloves, citrus

Taste: Banana, wheat, cloves, coriander, finishes with lemony tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels almost creamy, but with good carbonation

Overall: An excellent Witbier, just wish it was cheaper and easier to find. It is great.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 01:19:30 | More by MadCat
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into tulip. Pours a golden hazy straw with a big white foamy head. Nice floral clove and yeasty aroma. Taste is full of clove and yeast with a bit of citrus mainly orange. Just an all around perfect wit...a bit peppery but delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:28:47 | More by DrinkSlurm
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Wit has a thick, foamy, off-white head, a large amount of heavy lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. Some brown sediment chunks are visible after the bottom of the bottle is swished. The aroma is of white wheat bread and citrus, and the taste is of coriander, white wheat bread, a shade of banana, spice (white pepper?), and yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and St. Bernardus Wit finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a great wheat beer, and I think fans of this style will enjoy it.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 13:22:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Treyliff

West Virginia

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

A- pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a tall and creamy white head that has good retention. Some lace sticking to the side.

S- vibrant lemon peel and coriander, some earthy funky yeast, floral notes some must. Aromas are much more profound than a typical wit.

T-notes of coriander and lemon with faint floral hops, wheaty backbone, some tartness mid palate, perhaps from the yeast. Wheat and chalky finish is dry with a lemon-like linger.

M- light-med body with lively carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- this is on of those wits that sets the standards for all others. Bright in aroma and flavor where others wits are often muted. Refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:55:12 | More by Treyliff
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Pours an appropriately cloudy lemon yellow color. The rocky white head is doggedly persistent. Lacing is plentiful and very sticky and foamy. This is as good as a wit can look.

S: Yeasty and spicy with scents of white and black pepper, soft clove, faint lemon, and orange peel. Slightly musty. Wheaty base smells of dough. The nose really pops and is a little more complex than youtraverage wit.

T: Doughy, creamy wheat with a bit of that lemony zing. Strong pull of orange peel and a spike of coriander. Peppery. Yeasty with a slight clove impression and subtle, vague spices. Maybe even a ghostly hint of herbal hops. Wheaty and yeasty on the finish.

M: Light in body. Textbook frothy milkshake mouthfeel. Aggressive carbonation cuts through the body and scrubs the palate. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: I bought the St. Bernardus mix pack just for this beer, and it did not disappoint. This is a real witbier. They don't make 'em like this anymore. It's way too drinkable, and even I was surprised by how quickly I drained my glass. It really hit the spot, even in the dead of winter. They really need to get this beer over here in volume, especially toward the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 16:38:03 | More by ryan1788a5
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pkalix

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

typically hazy, yellow, and this one has a beautiful, rich billowy white head and wonderful carbonation.
aromas of richness, but nothing really distinctive.
taste is very rich. i used to like this style very much but became very opposed to it due to the richness, just as i have with the hefes....
i purchased this because i love the st bernardus line and i wanted to see how they did this one. while still avoiding the hefes and the wits, i can see this as being the standard. while hoegaarden was the commercially available 'standard', i really appreciate this one as having a cleaner and more refreshing taste. more subdued spiced. still too rich for me, but, in my opinion, a much better product than hoegaarden. i wish i lived in belgium. or at least traveled there. being in the air force during the clinton administration, i sat by as all movement was frozen to due budget cuts. i so badly wanted to experience a real oktoberfest...
i gave this very high marks due to the sublteness, yet still present, of the spices....

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:27:09 | More by pkalix
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fields336

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger white creamy head. light gold to yellow

S: sweet honey, bready malt, herb, clove, cardamom, slight vanilla

T: herbs and honey, sweet clove and bubble gum flavor, spiced cardamom and white pepper

M: medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, dry finish

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:55:14 | More by fields336
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/29/13.

Pours a murky butter yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and a perfume-like citrus aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice finish that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 03:52:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.