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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,118 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 195
Gots: 42 | 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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HefeRules


3/5  rDev -28.1%

04-08-2012 17:37:23 | More by HefeRules
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McTavern

Maryland

3/5  rDev -28.1%

07-07-2012 11:15:00 | More by McTavern
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huricrane47

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a little different than most white beers that i have had because its lacks sweetness. Instead it gives us a tart lemon and orange taste that leaves a tangy finish. It also has a smell that is similar to a fresh cut orange. The color is a cloudy gold and white with a white head. This beer is pretty pricey and i would probably spend my money on blanche de chambly, hoegaarden, white rascal, ect.. because they have more flavor and are cheaper. Although, it is good to try if you want a dryer white beer that is made from the brewer of hoegaarden. This beer is okay.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 01:45:56 | More by huricrane47
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a well-hazed straw hue with a slim sudsy head that soon fizzles into a white ring. Great hue, woeful head

Smell -- Hmm… Cracked wheat, mild acetic tartness, sea salt, gentle spicing and citrus zest. If it weren't for the spice aroma I would swear this was a Berliner Weisse. I'm intrigued.

Taste -- Okay, back to the usual. Gentle malt, cracked wheat, lemon zest and coriander, mineral-rich waters, mild yeasty tartness. A bit ho-hum, really. Not very dynamic.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with mild prickly carbonation. It's a tad under-carbonated.

Drinkability -- I'm not sure if this bottle was long in the tooth or what, but this did not live up to the reviews I read beforehand nor the pedigree of St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 21:59:58 | More by yeahnatenelson
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Murky gold with a short, and short-lived, white head. The aroma is pleasant enough - citrusy, a little grainy, a little spicy and with a Belgian yeastiness - but there just isn't enough of it.

The flavor is similar to the aroma but more potent, but there's also a soapiness that detracts from the overal. It's a pity because otherwise it's a fine witbier, a little more citrusy than I prefer but well within the style.

The mouthfeel shines - smooth with just a little zing from the carbonation. Very nice.

Overall I'm disappointed - the soapy taste is just too strong for me to get past.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:22:19 | More by mariposafan
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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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clvand0

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the other Bernardus brews, so I figured this one was a necessity to try. Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a very small head (odd) that falls quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind. I expected more head and lots of lacing. Oh well. The aroma has slight hints of lemon and spice, but there is not much of any of it and the malts take a presence here. Very thick mouthfeel. Seems that there is a lot of biscuit malt in this one. Perhaps I grabbed a bad bottle, but this just didn't do it for me. Not enough wit character in here.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 19:53:34 | More by clvand0
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Chaucer's. Pours cloudy hazy yellow with a good frothed bleach white cap. The aroma is full of yeast and lactic components, which surprising. Lots of funk, some fruity esters, very yeasty, a touch of clove. The flavour profile is very tart citrus, some hints of banana, spices, but lots of funky sour yeast. Finishes creamy, in fact almost too creamy, with lots of funky yeast in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 14:23:44 | More by mrmanning
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice

A: Cloudy yellow/orange. Strong carbonation. Nice, fluffy white head, dies fast.

S: Some tart, some sweet. A hint of spice and grass. Some haylike character. All of it really subtle though.

T: Tart and slightly sweet. Spicess are there, but very faint. Corriander and pepper is what I get. Some fruitiness as well. The sweetness is honeylike and faint. I do get a lot of grainy flavors and tartness mostly. Really unexciting overall as everything is very faint.

M: Light bodied. Crisp, clean and finishes w/ a hint of acid on the tongue.

D: An average to slightly above average witbier. Better than Blue Moon, but doesn't stand up to some of the others (Allagash White is my litmus). I may try it again if I can get it fresh, but otherwise I will pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 23:09:59 | More by brewdoc75
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours effervescent, hazed pale-straw body topped by thin, airy, semi-stable white head forming sheets of firm lace eventually broken into bands and patches sliding down the walls. Aroma is pleasant pale-malt sweetness with bananaish notes, grainy wheat, zesty citrusy orngeish fruitiness, evident coriander and mild spiciness in the background that could originate from either spices other than coriander, or hops. The beer is gently effervescent yet smooth and creamy thanks to the wheat-ingredient.
The flavor is very soft with tartness resembling mild lactic sourness, unmalted wheat, coriander, tinge of orangeish fruitiness and refreshingly tart, dry finish.Hoppiness is nearly non-existant. (330 ml, freshness date 29. September 2011, into the St. Bernardus goblet).

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:20:17 | More by crnipeter
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BMoney575

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-9-08
Best before 02-02-09

Pours a clear pale gold, with lots of little bubbles that rise to the top to maintain a very pleasant white head.

Smell is light and fruity, with a little bit of Belgian sourness. An outstanding combination.

Taste is quite disappointing. Very Belgian at first, but then thin and slightly metallic, and bready on the finish.

Mouthfeel is poor, way too thin and flat.

Drinkability isn't very good, the flavors aren't that enjoyable.

Overall, not nearly as good as I was hoping or expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 22:33:58 | More by BMoney575
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a creamy white head. Smells of old bakers yeast. Taste is light citrus up front, followed by a light grainy bread middle, a hint of bubblegum, and a yeasty phenolic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, average carbonation. Drinkability is meh, by far the least impressive St. Bernardus beer i've had. For the price this is totally not worth it IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 04:11:39 | More by tronester
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matjack85

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

02-02-2013 12:45:06 | More by matjack85
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

04-09-2014 21:04:00 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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RoyFokker

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

06-12-2014 23:46:52 | More by RoyFokker
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CoyoteQ

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

07-13-2012 03:41:57 | More by CoyoteQ
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smonice

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

09-20-2012 21:50:26 | More by smonice
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Mlawrence

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

06-28-2012 02:00:56 | More by Mlawrence
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cannunzi

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

05-29-2013 19:26:03 | More by cannunzi
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

06-04-2014 02:43:16 | More by Lehighace06
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Underrower

Georgia

3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:21:21 | More by Underrower
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A pale yellow hazy fluid with decent white head that quickly retracts, no carbonation visible.

S - Citrus (lemon) and yeast, inviting beer with some sweetness and sourness in the smell.

T - Good fresh dry pint, some lemon sour, yeast and saltness.

M - Good medium carbonation with some bitterness in the finish.

O - A good white, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 11:31:26 | More by Mar02x
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 13 03 15 at 45 degrees into flute
Aroma of spice
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring with 1 mm layer
Lacing- none
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor begins with yeast and spice; no alcohol, no malt, no hops, no diacetyl. Flavor dies with yeast, leaving a sour aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Nothing special; I would have guessed a Belgium IPA, not a wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 19:42:24 | More by Ozzylizard
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Boilermaker88

California

3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presnted in an 11.5oz bottle and poured into a witbier glass.
Appearance is dark golden in color, unlike any other wit I've encountered to date, and topped with a scrawny white head that imploeded and left no trace.
Smell: very potent; lots of orange peel and wheat but with an odd almost salty aroma.
Taste: very bold flavor that lasts a long time. Has a very strong orange taste that I finally pegged as a vitamin C tablet or Tang-like. The orange simply buried all the other potential flavors as it struck my palate. I simply couldn't get past it.
Feel: light and refreshing.
Overall: not really too sure where I stand on this one. The heavy orange flavor is almost a distraction and, in my opinion, compromises the other flavors. Not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 01:16:08 | More by Boilermaker88
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Poured into my Lindeman's flute, it's a wonderfully creamy hazy light orange with a white head.

Smell: The smell is an odd orange and oak mix, with a strong spicy hint.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste kinda has that smooth creamy good witbier start, followed by a poor sunscreen taste. The initial taste is brilliant - the end, rough as hell. So I guess it's middle of the road at 3. THe mouthfeel is nice though, being rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: I love St. Bernardus's other brews, but this one isn't that great. It looks, smells, and feels good, but the taste is not that great. Dissapointing. Oh well I got plenty of others to try today. Blanche De Chambly is much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 20:17:29 | More by santoslhalper
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.