St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
330ml bottle. The best before markings on the label were just a tad confusing - "2006 11". I was concerned until I figured this actually means June 20, 2011. Oh, those wacky European date formats!
This beer pours a damned-near opaque, cloudy yellow straw, um, 'hue', with three fingers of puffy, ebullient, and tightly foamy off-white head, which settles none too quickly, eventually leaving a nice paint job of layered bleeding webbed lace around the glass.
It smells of dry grainy wheat malt, black pepper, nutmeg and clove spice, earthy yeast, and soft lemon zest. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - semi-sweet wheat grain, mild lemon citrus notes, a touch of acidic apple core, middling yeast, and soft spice - mostly just subtle clove/coriander and aerosol black pepper.
The carbonation is a bit on the strong side, providing a tight, slightly fizzy frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, weirdly smooth, and even a little chalky. It finishes clean, grainy, yeasty and mostly dry.
A complex, cheekily understated, and at the same time, solid example of the style. The old world leanings toward nuance over intensity practically leap out of the glass, but really don't, y'know? Easy to drink, and for the style, strangely compelling, in the sense of making me actually consider acquiring/opening/borrowing another.
08-19-2010 22:05:44 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
St. Bernardus delivers the typical witbier appearance with a hazy yellow-orange body topped by a bright-white head of creamy foam. The head retention is excellent and it leaves some nice lace throughout the goblet. It's lightly floral nose is more delicate than many examples, but it still delivers all of the appropriate components including a soft note of coriander and a mildly zesty citrus peel that's both a little bit lemony and a little bit orange-ish. Somewhere in there, there's also an uncommon note of spruce that's really intriguing (but not strong enough to really garner attention). Some gently sweet malt also creeps its way into the nose as it warms. The body is light and it's very fine and gently effervescent carbonation tingles the tongue before warming to become lightly creamy. In the flavor, soft coriander appears up-front wrapped in a thin and silky veil of lightly sweet malt. It makes a suggestion of tartness but never really delivers it; and in this way it seems to fall into a middleground between the commonly sweeter versions and the more acidic interperetations. It finishes dry with a note of dull (chalky?) lemon, some gentle clove, and a lingering sweet note that's very mild but almost candyish in nature. Very refreshing; and quite interesting in it's subtle complexities. This is a must try for fans of the witbier style. Worth seeking out!
06-02-2003 13:01:08 | More by NeroFiddled
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a cloudy gold with a white head that doesn't stay around long at all. Nose is a touch of orange with that hearty witbier fragrance and some yeast thrown in the mix. Flavor is great and thick with a heavy citrus/orange flavor that has a strong touch of spice there as well. Feel is nice with a decent level of carbonation. Way too drinkable. I want to be able to sip and savor this one, but it is so smooth and easy to drink that it's easy to just go through one extremely quickly.
12-30-2007 21:24:37 | More by RblWthACoz
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
On-tap 8/26/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.
A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, lemon and spices.
T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of lemon, coriander, light malts and strong Belgian yeast. There is a very mild hops presence but it is not necessarily missed. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style and one of the best Witbiers that I have had, it is a nice beer to drink a lot of in an evening.
08-27-2007 16:01:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.85/5 rDev -7.7%
A - One and a half fingers of frothy, white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. As the head settles, it leaves a thick ring of foam clinging to the walls of the glass.
S - A yeasty, spicy aroma of coriander, lavender, black pepper, and wheat.
T - Spicy wheat up front, along with pepper and coriander. The spices linger into the finish along with some musty yeast notes and a hint of earthy hops.
M - Very high carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.
D - Easily drinkable, this could be a great session beer if the carbonation was a bit lower. The flavors are well balanced and nice for the style, though not as bright and smooth as some other witbiers I have had.
11-08-2008 03:59:03 | More by nickfl
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
4.83/5 rDev +15.8%
Appearance: Golden orange cloudy hue with a pleasant off white creamy textured foamy head leaves behind thick evenly strung patches of lacing. Aroma: Sweet spicy notes flow through the air, swirling sharp malted wheat sweetness with peppery spice, coriander, cloves, and some juicy fruit tones not overly citrus but nice tones. Taste: Creamy uniform flavor with a bready sweentess, clove and spice finish with a touch of citrus and pear juice like tones, awesome. Mouthfeel: Light bodied very creamy texture, perfect carbonation levels. Drinkability: Amazingly good the best witbier I have tasted hands down, I fell in love could buy a case if the price was right.
03-21-2004 19:10:20 | More by WVbeergeek
3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
Enjoyed ina Hoegaarten wit tumbler.
Pours a hazed straw color with a finger of pearl colored head. average head retention & lacing
S: Cooked cereal, some grassyness
T: Lemons, tangerines & white grapes & coriander up front. White pepper & lemons & more grapes as this warms. Finishes a bit grainy, with some more cooked cereal, appleskins & white pepper
MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation
Drinks pretty easy, a nice summer time quencher, but give me the old Celis white from Texas any day! I took great care with this one so I don't think this suffered on my end, expected more
08-12-2008 03:20:36 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
Appearance: absolutely hazed, faint yellow, slim white head.
Aroma: spice hits first, then soft fruit, pear and citrus, orange, pineapple?, lemon...
Taste: exceptionally smooth, exquisitely soft, a definite joy in the mouth. Coriander taste is consistent throughout and dominates the more delicately played fruit component. Light and utterly downable, yet with significan yeast in the texture to secure it as medium bodied, and so flavorful, it causes one to pause and luxuriate in it's splendor.
A brilliant summertime brew, and would be a great dinner beer, as well...you could toss back a pitcher of it, washing down hot, hearty food!
An exceptional wit!
07-10-2005 09:07:47 | More by feloniousmonk
4.15/5 rDev -0.5%
Beer is served in a St. B goblet. Getting tipsy tonight. Beer is yellow and hazy. Head is white and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is minimal.
Aroma is sweet and has some nice spice to it. Very good. Awesome, kind of citrusy.
Beer is thin and slightly dry. Spiciness is minimal overall a good beer. Its mildly sweet and has a wheaty graininess at the back end. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice overall. Highly drinkable, I love Watou a lot.
07-23-2010 04:23:56 | More by drabmuh
3.93/5 rDev -5.8%
maybe im missing something here BA, but this just doesnt blow my mind. it looks the part of a world class beer, huge foaming white head resting forever on top of a just slightly hazy very pale summery yellow body with lots of little bubbles rising eagerly to the surface. it also leaves beautiful patchy thick white lacing on the sides of my tulip as i drink this. its really pretty. the nose though does not match the looks, it smells faintly like lemon peel, but all i can really ascertain from the smell is a pretty standard belgian yeast, light and a little fruity. its a little stinky, like maybe mine isnt the freshest bottle, but still, it just doesnt smell all that great. the flavor is nice, its very very light. a nice wheat malt profile with some grassy notes plays against just a touch of bitter lemon and the doughy yeast. its in fine balance, but its not a very bold flavor, well made yes, but almost boring. the feel is fine, light in body, made heavier by the suds on top and the yeast sediment, and the carbonation is quite active and fizzy. overall a nice beer, but im not sure id score it quite as high as the masses have here.
09-12-2012 01:57:53 | More by StonedTrippin
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry wheat malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters. It appears dry with some light earthy notes. The taste is great. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that's quite dry, yet fruity. It goes down easy and finishes with some citrus zest. This is a very earthy/yeasty brew. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine wit. Everything these guys brew up is world class. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
08-06-2008 22:41:14 | More by WesWes
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA
This is undoubtedly the smoothest and best witbier I've ever had. Poured into a chalice, a cloudy, pale, bronzed yellow-orange with a beautiful head of delicate white bubbles that retained pretty much throughout the session and left some nice lacing. Biscuity aroma, Belgian yeast, sugar and spice, and citrus zest. Very bready and earthy taste, and very complex and full-flavored for a witbier. Flavors of yeast, sugar, lemon, pear, banana, corriander, pepper, all wrapped in an incredibly smooth package that you just don't get from a typical wit. Probably the only wit that I've had that I'd call medium-bodied, with full flavor and rich texture, and definitely easily drinkable, but to be savored.
06-28-2011 11:29:53 | More by Rifugium
3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some coriander and lemon notes mixed in. The aroma is a little muddy smelling overall, with nothing really standing out. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat with some orange peel, coriander and pepper notes. Light, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-19-2011 03:05:27 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev -7%
11.2 oz bottle, best before 13 09 10:
Pours clouded (even as it pours/before bottom is swirled and poured) soft yellow - nearly white. A large fluffy head descends slowly and stays, leaving lacing.
The smell is of coriander, orange peel and some bubblegum, somewhat perfumy/medicinal.
The taste is of coriander (pretty aggressively, making it peppery) with orange peel. Medicinal/perfumy, but not overly so. Finishes with a spicy dryness.
It is appropriately light-bodied. Carbonation is almost too much, making a foamy texture on the palate. A tingly sensation sticks.
A better feel would make this even more refreshing.
03-19-2009 20:17:09 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev -6.5%
Pours a hazy straw color with a white head sitting atop the beer. An aroma of faint citrus, coriander, lemon, and an herbal spiciness are found in the nose. The beer itself is light bodied, and has a slightly acidic, refreshing character to it.. The taste has notes of lemon, grain, and a clean coriander note all mixed together. This is a fairly clean example with perhaps a hint of mustiness. This goes down as a simple, tasty, Summer refresher.
06-12-2004 22:05:31 | More by Gueuzedude
3.73/5 rDev -10.6%
Near white, big-bubbled head that leaves streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is appropriately cloudy and has an orange hue to an otherwise yellow color.
Clean and crisp smell that is strangely reminiscent of a very dry mead. Relatively light wheat aroma.
Very dry start. Quite tart without being lip-puckering. Smooth body that leaves a coating similar to milk after the swallow. The carbonation is similar to a cheap champagne. No typical wheat flavors here.
I'm struggling with this one. I love originality and this Wit is quite different from most. There's something that puts this beer over the line to "odd". I wouldn't be reaching for another, but I am glad I tried this one.
01-17-2009 19:12:35 | More by smcolw
3.63/5 rDev -12.9%
On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,
A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow, seems a shade darker than an average white beer. Small white head leaving extensive lacing.
S: Orange peel tends to dominate the sweet smell, rose petals, hint of pepper.
T: Contradictory to the smell, the taste is much more yeasty and bitter. Coriander and pepper is quite evident, similar to Allagash White. A solid flavour and true to style though I like my wits a bit sweeter with orange or sugar.
M: Soft mouthfeel with a strong bite of carbonation. Light-bodied, mild acidity.
D: A good wit from the St. Bernardus guys. Pricey for what it is, but a beer I could definitely have again. Quite easy to drink.
12-11-2008 00:24:54 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
Another beer reviewed while sitting at the huge round table in the guests lounge during our stay at the Brouwershuys (brewers house), the brewery owned B&B. The fridge is full of beer and is included in the cost of staying, so drink as much or little as you wish. My wife and I had five beers between us and were told off for not having more (I hadn't the cheek to ask if I could take some home.).
Anyway my bottle of Wit was fresh and lovely. Not my favourite style by a long way, but it was in the fridge and had to be reviewed because I hadn't had it before!
Cloudy, light orange/yellowish white witha bright white head on top.
The smells in gave off reminded me of grapefruits and citrus fruits in general, coriander and wheat added to the aroma.
Tingles the tongue and a drier aftertaste. The coriander in the smell takes over in the taste, with the citrus fruits battling to compete, nice mix.
This was drank on a cold windy day, the lounge was however warm and is very well appointed, beautiful paintings and ornaments. An ideal place to review beers from the brewery next door and highly recommended for a stay.
12-02-2009 09:55:10 | More by BlackHaddock
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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