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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

638 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 638
Hads: 1,442
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 300
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Decent lacing. Creamy appearance.

Smells of coriander, chamomile, with somewhat citrusy fruits, bubblegum, and some clove. Excellent spicing balanced with yeast character. Hop aroma is low, possibly spicy/fruity noble hops. More likely Styrian Goldings than Saaz. Sweet graham cracker malt.

Taste follows the nose. Very fruity with honey and spices. Apples, but not cider. Grassy hop character. Bubblegum and clove, but balanced. Complex but not heavy.

Thick and full mouthfeel without being cloying. Silky with medium low carbonation. Very nice.

Excellent example of a wit. Bigger and more complex than Hoegaarden, but just as refreshing.

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Photo of interzen
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Typical witbier - cloudy, golden yellow with a puffy, off-white head which diminishes to a foamy cap with little lacing in evidence.

Smell: Again, pretty much a typical witbier smell - oranges, lemons and coriander with a fainty wheaty, yeastiness in the background. The lemon aromas are more pronounced on the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: POW! Fruit and wheat - there's a massive hit of citrus and coriander with some lingering wheat and spice notes. Quite a dry wheat and malt finish with hints of lemon. Definitely a cut above your average wit.

Feel: Manages to be full and light at the same time - difficult to explain but despite the cloudy appearance it's not at all heavy going. Carbonation isn't quite as aggressive as some suggest but it's still there and adds to the refreshing feel, IMO.

Overall: I like witbiers in general, and the products of St. Bernardus in particular so this was bound to be a winner for me, and it doesn't disappoint - if your idea of a good witbier stops at Hoegaarden or Blue Moon then you owe it to yourself and your palate to check this out; it's in a completely different league.

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Photo of Grayson
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Novice tongue weighing in.

A: A pale golden pour with two fingers of very sticky head that hung around for a while sticking to the edge. Pretty white.
S: Picking up very strong citrus in orange and lemon.
T: It's fruity without being overpowering. Strong banana-ish flavors in the beginning with almost a coffee finish.
MF: Very light to the palate. Very carbonated. Not too offensive.
O: A pretty great beer! A fantastic blend of flavor for a Witbier.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fizzy head that trails the glass. Smells of Belgian wheat with sweet fruits like banana and fresh bread. The taste was very refreshing with light sweet notes finishing with a crisp mint flavor that I enjoyed. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of FRANKIE65
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first venture into the world of St Bernardus, and, I was definitely impressed.
Not going into great detail, suffice to say, a glass of cloudy brilliance.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into goblet. from the st. bernardus mix pack. best before "A 24 06 16", consumed on december 9, 2014

a: super opaque pineapple juice with two fingers of fluffy white head

s: potent wheat and orange, with a huge spice presence (coriander & clove). some banana notes

t: the fruit flavours are so strong that this comes off as a kind of carbonated lemon-orange-banana-pineapple juice. it's delicious. the front end consists of a big pop of the aforementioned fruits, and massive coriander and clove notes. mid-palate exhibits a mildly drying bitterness, touches of bubblegum, and strong wheat & fresh bread flavours. finishes slightly malty and somewhat lemony

m: lively, bubbly carbonation. light-bodied but not watery

o: a killer witbier. huge aroma. loaded with flavour but finishes clean and dry. excellent mouthfeel

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Photo of BeerStyx
2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

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.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: muddy, lemon juice yellow body, with fine white head that trails thick lace; looks like real-deal lemonade

Aroma: coriander, clover, cinnamon, bitter citrus, lemon

Taste & Mouthfeel: herbal, lightly spice and a blend of orange/lemon juice that isn't tart or too sweet; flavour is subdued in general, but strongly satisfying somehow; medium body and proper carbonation with a pleasant, dry finish of lingering citrus and herbal notes; none of the vegetal/tinny aftertaste I sometimes find with a wit; the finish is incredibly clean and clear, fresh - everything is just getting better as I drink

Overall: at first thought it was too light all around, but after several sips flavour builds and it all comes together as a subtle brew not trying too hard - simple and highly drinkable, pure and clean

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Photo of ssmack
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with best before date 06 05 16

A light straw colour and so hazy that it is opaque. Huge 3 inches of fine white head that never went away. Lots of carbonation. Thick globs of lacing with great retention.

An aroma that is tangy at first. Nice Belgian yeast smell. Wheaty. Cloves come out as it warms.

A great smooth taste. Again it's tangy - cloves, orangy, lemony. Lots of subtle spiciness.

A chewy creamy feel with nice carbonation.

Excellent overall.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Best by date of 07.08.15.
Poured into a tulip on 05.23.14.

A: 2 1/2 finger head. Very cloudy yellow/orange with yeast.

S: Wheat. Also citrus (orange) and cloves.

T: Egg, wheat, orange are dominant. Cloves are subtle.

M: Very creamy with some carbonation at the end. Chewy.

O: This was interesting to try after trying American wits. It was not crisp and had a much heavier mouthfeel in general. It was good, but not a favorite.

Rating: B

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy dark gold with a thick white head. the head stays for a very long time.

smells sweet like typical belgian yeast. some citrus to it as well.

taste is full of mild citrus, like orange rinds. sweet yet not overly sweet. goes down very smooth. easy drinker for sure.

overall this is one of my favorite beers. it's great because there is nothing wrong with it. it's not perfect all around but it has no blemishes. great crossover beer because it's light and very similar to Blue Moon.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz. Howler.
It's late, so I'm doing an Overall portion on this review. The appearance is world class. Hazy as hell and unfiltered, just how I like it! The aroma has that straw and wheat sweetness with bold spices and subtle fruity yeast notes. The taste is of unfiltered wheat grains and spices (coriander/peppercorns). Faint metallic with a great nobel hop finish. Dry and semi-sweet with lingering peppercorns in the aftertaste.the body is light and refreshing. I can crush this all day long. This brew is recommended.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into glassware. Purchased for about $3.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - hazy bright golden color with yellow hues. Capped by a finger and a half of head, that leaves behind a nice residual lacing.

Smell - clove, banana, lemon, orange, coriander. Complex with some yeasty aromas shining through too. Very inviting, especially in summer.

Taste - big bold banana flavor, but melded perfectly with the spices and the orange and coriander. Very complex as some bready flavours come through on the back half and there's almost a mocha-ish conclusion. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, lively yet light, alcohol is not perceptible at all, which is pleasant given that this is a heavy hitter as far as wits go.

Overall- quite simply the best wit I've ever had, that's complicated, yet refreshing, flavourful yet eminently drinkable. Recommended for beer lovers of all ages and expertise.

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Photo of WeizenMike
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Purchased from the LCBO in a 4 pack of 330 mL bottles. Served in a Hoegaarden glass.

A- A murky, non-translucent golden yellow. A very yeasty looking beer. Good strong wheaty head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Like the appearance, very yeasty. Coriander and maybe a light hint of banana present.

T- Beautiful taste, one of the most smooth, yet complex of it's style. Coriander and yeast dominate the flavour, however, there is a light banana, floral and citrus taste present throughout the brew.

M- Very smooth. It starts off quite carbonated, however, the carbonation dissipated roughly halfway through the glass.

O- Incredible beer! Definitely my favourite of the style I have tried thus far (and this is probably my second favourite style next to, you guessed it, hefeweizen). Prior to drinking this beer, Blanche de Chambly was my favourite in this style, but this completely blew it out of the water. At its price, its more of a luxury beer rather than an everyday drink, but as a change of pace treat, you can't do much better. An amazing beer that is complex, but at the same time incredibly drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Purchased at the LCBO as a 4pk 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- Opens well and pours an unfiltered high white head. Nice and golden white beer

S- Lots of yeast.

T- Coriander and wheat. Quality brew

M- Very much a white beer.

O- Pretty good but not in the same league as Hoegaarden. Very expensive comparatively speaking as well

Food Pairing

This nice white when well with....... homemade bread that had Feta, black olives and spinach.

Enjoy

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before March 6 2016 and served slightly chilled.

This beer pours a cloudy straw-yellow colour, the liquid rife with streams of effervescent bubbles. It is topped with just over one finger of fluffy, eggshell white froth that very gradually seeps away, eventually resulting in a dense, creamy cap and collar. Interesting aroma, which includes some wheaty malt sweetness, orange peel, lemon zest and a nice array of yeasty, spicy notes - ranging from coriander, to clove, to peppercorn. It's a pleasant, somewhat floral bouquet, and it strongly suggests that there is a good reason for this beer's high aggregate score...

I am really digging this one - the flavours are a little subtle, but remain complex for the style. Wheat malt sweetness, red apples and banana are detectable at first, with citrusy notes of lemon and orangepeel coming through mid-sip. Mild sugary tartness toward the finish, with the spice notes from the aroma being considerably toned back on the palate - coriander, clove and peppercorn are all noticeable toward the finish, but it is a mixture of citrus, wheat malt and yeast that finishes the profile off. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation that weakens noticeably over the course of the glass, offering an increasingly smooth mouthfeel. I can't find anything to complain about, as far as this beer goes, although I prefer my wits to be a little more crisp than this.

Final Grade: 4.55, an outstanding A grade. It took me a few sips to get the hang of what they were going for here, but in the end it's not hard to see why St. Bernardus Witbier is widely considered to be the best commonly-seen example of the style. This beer doesn't seek to overwhelm your senses with a variety of exotic adjuncts or spicy features - it's beautifully balanced, plain delicious and simply a pleasure to drink. A must-try, unless you just aren't a fan of the style to begin with.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazy golden body with a thick white meringue that lasts and laces.

Floral, spicy, citrus, and wheat.

Lots of the wheat and spice on the flavor which lingers nicely. Has the same floral quality as the aroma. Citrus is light.

Slightly bubbly on the tongue and fairly light bodied.

I think it's rated as the highest witbier and I can see why. Definitely one of the best.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy lemon with a modest ivory head. Orange zest, clove, wheat, lemon, coriander, and floral hops form the very strong aroma. Banana emerges late. Flavor is slightly more subdued, with citrus leading, and becoming bready and toasted mid palate. Citrus notes strengthen in subsequent sips, dominating the profile.

Delicious take on the style. I love the bready malt presence, and the fact that it's not bubblegum or banana laden until the finish.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of kisthekids
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a hazy straw yellow into a tulip glass. Head was about 1 finger but dissipated quickly.

S - Smells like your average witbier.... citrusy and wheaty. Very enticing, while at the same time reminding of lesser beers of its type.

T - Wow! Tart, lemon citrus, wheat, clove, and other spices come to mind. This is exactly what I want out of a beer. Simple, light, easy to drink, yet full of great flavor. This does not taste watered-down by any means. It's just a perfect balance. I imagine it goes well with most food.

M - Light, and refreshing, pleasant carbonation. Finishes smooth with nice carbonation, and just the subtlest hint of bitterness.

O - This is the best witbier I've had (I've had Hoegaarden, Alagash, Blance De Chamby, Hitachino.. etc), and this style is really one of the best, in my opinion. I think this beer is a bit underrated and deserves more attention on BA.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Great wit beer of an opaque and pale ocher color. Nice, big and dense foam.
Smell is made basically of wheat malt, it's also a bit saucy and herbal. A bit of banana too.
Taste is similar. The highlights are the herbal notes, could feel even some basil. It's is possible to feel other fruit notes too, like papaya.
Mouthfeel is the best thing here. Great body and big carbonation.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle (07 08 15) into a tumbler. Hazy straw color, big foamy head, good retention, effervescent carbonation. Held a one finger head. Smell has tart wheat and belgian yeast, citrusy notes. Taste is light, slightly tart wheat with yeasty aftertaste.
Medium-light body, stingy medium carbonation, slightly watery mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing, a really nice brew for hot summer days. Would have again.

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Photo of benfons
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy golden colour, nice big head

S: citrus (lemon, orange), hints of coriander

T: rather sweet, citrus, peppery notes, some hops in the finish

M: medium body, little carbonation,

O: good witbier, although for me not as great as the majority think

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 19-08-14.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and fairly spicy Belgian wheat aroma with good hints of orange and coriander. Belgian yeast with upfront hints of coriander, white pepper, and clove. Lots of wheat along with hints of straw, grains, and cracker. Fruit hints of orange, lemon, and green apple. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar and honey. Subtle earthy hops. A very good wheaty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a fruity, yeasty, and spicy Belgian wheat driven taste with good notes of coriander and citrus. Upfront Belgian yeast with lots of coriander along with some white pepper and clove. Wheat along with some hints of grains, straw, and cracker. Fruit notes of orange, lemon, and green apples. Sweet notes of candied sugar and some honey. Slight background presence of herbal hops. A very solid wheat forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp, fruity, and slightly tart. Very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A great Belgian Witbier. Very good mix of yeast, coriander, and fruit flavors. One of the best for the style.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a fresh corked and caged 750 at cellar temp poured into a tulip snifter.
This was a gift from my friend Robbie who is helping get our house ready for sale. thanks!

the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with fluffy bleached white head foaming up 4 cm even with a gentle pour. The head recedes slowly leaving windowpane lattice on my glass. there is a sturdy surface layer of foam throughout my sampling.

Aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of citrus. A little bit of bready yeast and maybe slightly tart lemon. Appealing and just a little funky nose.

First sip reveals an average to light body with fine tingly carbonation that tickles my palate on each sip.
Flavor is some sweet tangy wheat malt and abit of lemon citrus that is stronger on the finish. I also get some bready yeast and a bit of a funky tart character. At the end of the bottle the yeast dregs make the beer sweeter and almost fruity like white grapes or pears.

This is a crisp enjoyable beer and I dont taste the 5.5% anywhere. A very nice beer that I am glad I had a chance to try. Worthy if you like Wit beers.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.