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St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a huge white head. Sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma: Spices, clove, lemon, yeastiness. Classic witbier.

Taste: Kind of a tart taste with lemon and sour-ish green apple up front. Spicy finish. Citrus, orange is there. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Super drinkable.

Overall: "Classic witbier" pretty well covers it.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a great brew, but best witbier in the world? I'm not so certain. I suppose it wins high marks when you rate it to style (it's surprisingly dry and zesty, in contrast to many American stabs at the style), but to my palate it is--really--a slightly more refined, drier, well-spiced Hoegaarden. Better, but not "better" enough to justify a pretty significant price differential ($22 for four bottles!).

And a controversial statement for good measure: I'd take Hitchatino White Ale over either.

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Photo of MrDell
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


St. Bernardus Wit
Witbier– 5.5% - 330ml bottle – Best Before 20.08.17

St. Bernardus’ Website:
St. Bernardus Wit is a traditional Belgian white beer developed and brewed in collaboration with the legendary Master Brewer Pierre Celis. This ale is very pale (whitish-yellow color) and quite hazy. The head is white and dense. In aroma, it has a wheaty, apple-like, tartness; herbal-spicy notes with coriander and orangey fruitness and honeyish sweetness. Very refreshing: perfect thirst quencher ! (5,5% ABV)

Appearance: Cloudy straw colour. One finger white head good head retention. Loads of very small bubbles make up the carbonation fast moving carbonation.

Aroma: The house yeast is present in the aroma, also getting spices, apples, oranges, and citrus fruits. Not dissimilar to St. Bernardus Tripel here, without the high alcohol obviously and with extra spices. Very nice.

Taste: Pepper, then spices then late in the dry finish I get the fruits, with bitter orange dominating. Can really taste the clean yeast.

Mouth feel: Dry and slightly bitter finish with a thin body.

Overall: . Has to be enjoyed fairly cold, on a hot day in the sun. Wonderfully refreshing. Could definitely session this one. 9/10.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a teku glass.

A: Apperance wise, the body of this beer is kinda cloudy and produced a two finger white head while pouring, resulting in a few moments in a thin but persistent head. Looking good.
S: The aroma is close to a wheat beer but the alcohol is much present, probably due to the yeast that is also much more present.
T: I can taste clove and breadiness of wheat beers and I can't quite recall what this has more.
M: The body of this beer is very smooth. Great stuff here.
O: Finally, my first St. Bernardus. I've been trying to get my hands on it, specially the quadrupel one, but this seems to be a very good beer to hype me up until I get there.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a very thin layer of bubbles in the middle of the glass

S: Belgian yeast imparts some nice fruity and lightly spicy notes, while the malt is very wheaty with a bit of a twang

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity yeast and gets into some light spiciness. Wheat then comes through and provides more fruitiness along with some chalky notes. Finishes with lingering fruitiness and wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little chalky

O: One of the standards for the style, without a doubt. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, this is a great beer for whenever the occasion calls for it. Definitely worth trying this benchmark

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Photo of Beginner2
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had the Celis Signature label. A classic.
We are looking at one of the highest quality wits that seems to have very good distribution... and deservedly so.
Looked great in a wine glass after a heavy pour and its looks never left until I poured in the yeast at the end.
Starting with the citrus and coriander smell, the quenching started and only tapered off as I finished the bottle.

Listed in the "1001 Beers", I will continue to have this one whenever a quench is needed.
MJ mentions this in his "Great Beers of Belgium."
And He knew what he was talking about and I quote "Yeasty, spicy and flowery, with fruity suggestions of ripe apple. Some cellar character in the finish."

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

A: frothy one finger head hazy yellow
S: tartness, citrus
T: immediate tartness, yeasty, citrus; specifically lemon
M: oily
O: a solid wit, admittedly this is not as style I much care for, this is as good as any I've had. If you are looking for a game changer it's not your beer, but a solid exemplar of the style. Best thing is the nose. Also, thank god Pierre Celis worked on this so that I would never have to suck on the teat of ABINBEV and buy Hoegaarden.

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Photo of lohyewcheong
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow, almost opaque. Light colored. Thick fluffy head on pouring that dissipated quite quickly. Very little lacing.

Nice funky yeasty spicy aroma! After warming, slight notes of citrus aroma when swirled.

Citrusy taste. Zero bitterness. Hint of tartness, especially after it warmed up a bit. Finishes spicy. Slight tart aftertaste.

Sharp carbonation gives it a very good crisp feel, without going down rough. There's a sense of body to the mouthfeel; doesn't feel lightweight (which some wheats suffer from).

Nice burps after drinking! I enjoyed it! Overall very impressive!

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Photo of mmonro3
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought one glass bottle from local grocery store. The price tag on all St. Bernardus beers are six dollars a pop at the store, but that does not keep me from buying them! This is a fairly light beer with a pleasant smell of wheat, lemons, and maybe some citrus mixed in. Goes down really smooth. Overall this is a beer I can drink everyday of the week.

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Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A purposely light and drinkable offering from the makers of the towering Abt 12. The taste is more bright and lemon-dominant than other witbiers. Very crisp, carbonated, and refreshing. Up there with Allagash as the top-dog wit, but, truth be told, neither is remarkably better than Hoegaarden. They're all very drinkable and clean, as witbiers should be. If spice is your thing, you'll likely prefer Allagash. St. Bernardus is a bit more lemony and sour. Despite being the best (or second best) witbier, it still pales in comparison to the best hefeweizens. For such similar styles, I get a decent amount more out of the best hefes (e.g. Weihenstephaner and Ayinger) than I do any wit. Hefes seem to bring more vanilla, bubblegum, and creaminess to the table to elevate the citrus and spice.

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a golden hazy yellow with little to no head. smells of fresh citrus fruits and spice. at the first taste you can taste the citrus from the beginning and it finished with a little spice. the spice taste is not overwhelming but the smell is intoxicating. top flight witbier. would drink this everyday.

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Photo of jsoneff
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly the best of the best, I love wheat beers and this is my all time no comparison favorite. Amazing gentle fruit flavors and rich full body characteristic of the best Belgian beers.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy straw color with a strong amount of activity. Extra frothy white 4 finger sparkling island head, lasting around 10 minutes, with a good amount of legs.

Aromas of fresh flowers, yeasty spices, and lemony citrus. Flavors of lemon, roasted sweet grains, with a hint of honey and floral spices. Pleasant salivating sweetness with a strong sharp end.

Slick medium body with a perfect amount of zesty carbonation. Light and short finish that lingers a little, ending with a coriander and citrus tongue feel, and faint banana yeast.

Overall great quality craft. Quite delicious flavors with good balance and well intensified. Nice complexity and interpretation. Strong sharpness, well bodied, and super fresh.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw with a nice thick white head.
S: Peppy zestinous and coriander.
T: Lighter in flavour than I was expecting. Quite bready with that fizzy Alca-Seltzer quality. Coriander seeds of course. Doesn't open up at all, it's certainly on the insipid side. German wheats can get away with this, but not Belgian wits. Beyond the in-your-face coriander and extreme effervescence, there's really not a lot of substance here. Like all Belgian wits I get that unpalatable ice cream soda quality. Not a fan of this style, but I've had much better.
O: Really not deserving of its world class status.

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Photo of geofort78
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with persistent white head. Aroma citric and slightly salty. Medium body with taste a little salty at first followed by spices. Dry aftertaste.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic wit color, haze, head. Smell is...what? Kind of herbal, maybe grassy? Where is the fruity yeasty aroma? Taste is fairly basic wit, not much in the banana/clove space...actually between the orange and the carbonation it reminds me a little of a weak Fanta soda. I feel bad, this is probably a world class wit but I'm thinking I actually enjoy Blue Moon more. Certainly I liked the Blanche De Bruxelles and Martens Witte much more.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy golden. Pours a white head that disappates quickly

Aroma - not the best wheat beer. Lemon zest but a little skunky

Taste - a lot better than the smell. Lemon, clove, citrus, yeast

Feel - low carbonation, very smooth

Overall - this is a good wheat beer. Worth a try. There are German ones that I have enjoyed a lot more

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color, very cloudy, a bit like a compote of apples and pears.
Head white, not very durable.
Unfortunately, a terrible aroma, a little wheat, and plenty of suds, some perfume or something.
The taste is better but not great. We have a wet wheat is damp barn, a little food acid lemon, a bit of metal that's all.
Gentian light at the finish, alcohol is not perceptible.
Saturation high.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- hazy pale straw color with white head

Smell - lime, lemon zest, coriander, ginger

Taste - characteristics of the nose, lime, lemon zest, coriander, ginger

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, heavier level of carbonation, citrus like upfront, refreshing and spritzy, crisp

Overall - no telling the age on this bottle, but this was a decent iteration of the style, even if it doesn't represent the best value. Worth a try

Price Point - $9.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of Electros
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It isn't bad, but I really don't find this a great example of a wheat beer. The look and feel are great, it is the smell and taste. I can taste the lemon more then the coriander. I don't really like anything that is sour and that is downfall of this beer with me. I like the dryness you normally get after the sweet, but the lemon is too overpowering for my taste.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting little ditty here, gorgeous in the glass, big old layer of glacial white foam atop a cloudy pale body. Nose, and perhaps I'm hung up on that glacial adjective, is really clean, the phenols giving an almost cooling effect, like frosty air on a winter morning. Sure, there's some high touches of orange too. On the palate, it's a touch citrusy, a touch sweet, a touch herbal, but most of all it's bubbly as heck, buoyant even. The carb does re-enter orbit after enough time in the glass, which in some ways lets you pick out the flavors a little more, but I kinda missed that riotous effervescence. Overall, this is a tasty wit, to be sure, leaning toward cool citrus note, lightly herbal, and less banana/clove than some other offerings. Props to the monks for churning this stuff out.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Bread, sweet, citrus, spice, orange. Appearance: Pours pale, hazy straw while producing a 2” fively bubbled, persistent white mountain of foam that lasts though the finish leaving thick lace. Flavor: Balances light honey like sweetness with Granny Smith tartness with wheat, spice and citrus sandwiched in between. The spice is subtle and shows up more in the finish. Very faint banana. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation. Overall Impression: One of the best wits out there.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Lovely, well-balanced beer with a bit of a floral quality to it. Or maybe those are the light lemony notes another reviewer detected. No knocks. If it weren't $6.99 a bottle, this could be my favorite in the Witbier/Hefe category. But right now that honor belongs to Allagash White.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Hazy light Yellow with a 2 1/2 finger white head that works down to a thin skim quickly.

S- Coriander paired nicely with a light Lemony note. Excellent aroma with a lemon zing that I've never experienced in a Witbier before. Nice...

T- Coriander and lemon again but with a mineral water tinge. Another thing that I haven't experienced in a Witbier that happens to work extremely well.

M- Medium Body and Light (but lively) carbonation. Refreshing.

O- Another world-class, unique Belgian Ale from St. Bernardus. I really love how this Ale features a certain lemony flavour and aroma that seems to be unique among Witbiers. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a hazy light yellow straw color. Has a nice head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell – Coriander, and a light lemon scent. This is a great witbier scent.

Taste – Wheat, coriander, and lemon. This is probably my favorite witbier.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and refreshing.

Drinkability – Very easy drinking. Probably the best witbeir I’ve had!

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.