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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 232
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of botham
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. pours a very hazy straw color with one finger of tight white head that dissipates slowly.

smells just like a wit should. very fruity in the nose, from the ale yeast. notes of apricot, apple, and raisen. the nose overall is sweet, with pale malts rising above the others. coriander becomes distinct as the brew warms a bit.

tastes very fruity up front, with mild carbonation and a distant alcohol presence. yeasty, apricot and apple are distinct on the palate as well. good concentration here.

aftertaste is of lingering apricot with a yeasty base. not dry at all.

mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a creamy texture, and a smooth finish. no harshness or bite here.

drinkability is good for a beer this bold and flavorful. the concentration doesn't deter from the drinkability, which is seldom accomplished. this is a wit with more than just yeast, oranges and coriander. it is a complex brew that is drinkable and enjoyable by all. cheers!

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a frothy head that retains and laces reasonably well

Smell: Peppery phenols with plenty of coriander and orange peel aromatics; banana esters, too

Taste: Starts out with a banana bread and coriander flavor that adds some clove, pepper and orange peel by mid-palate; after the swallow, the peppery spice flavor profile builds and blends through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and creamy with a prickly carbonation

Drinkability: About as good as it gets for a wit; very nice

Photo of garbercury
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from the St. Bernardus family so you know going in it will be excellent. Bought this beer for my girlfriend and she was nice enough to let me sample it for review. Not a huge Witbier fan in general but it is a refreshing style on hot days. With it being 95, thought it might foot the bill.

Poured into Church Brew Works belgian glass from 11.9 oz bottle.

A--Deep orange, almost has a tan hue to it. Nice two finger head. This is an attractive beer.

S--Typical, orange and lemon most prevalent with some spice added to the aroma.

T--Hints of spice and the aformentioned fruits. Very tasty and refreshing. Better than the Hoegaarten if you dont mind a little more touch of spice.

M--smooth but not special

D--If you are looking for a refreshing summer beer from one of the best Breweries in the world, this is a must try. The Trappists can pull it off.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy white brew with a peach tint. Small foamy head with dense smatterings of lacing.

S - Fragrant flowers, strawberries, pineapples and oranges.

T - A light malt, some floral flavor and a bitter finish.

M - High carbonation, astringent, a little refreshing.

D - Okay. Not terribly worth the effort. If you are a fan of St. Bernardus's other offerings (I am not), then this might be enjoyed more.

Photo of udubdawg
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy light orange, with a smallish off-white head. Exhibits pretty good retention though.

Smells quite nice - a floral spiciness complements the rest of the aroma, rather than dominating. But there is a lot here - I get orange and peach, with some nutmeg, pepper, and coriander most evident among spices. Fresh and inviting.

Very, very tasty. It is immediately evident that I've never had a better-tasting bottled wit. Excellent. Some really nice sweet and peppery notes and orange peel, but with an equally pleasant lightly bitter, drying finish. Body is on the full side of medium, carbonation is crisp but short of spritzy.

Wish this was a little more readily available, and the price is not in line with my tendency to do anything but sip this suberbly drinkable brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to crack open one of these gems tonight when I got home from Asheville(reviews on that trip forthcoming)

A - Poured a very hazy, whitish yellow, very pale and cloudy. Huge white head never fully faded and tons of clingy lace down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation.

S - very light, lots of yeast asnd some light fruit, little grain, and a touch of hops.

T - Lots of yeast and light fruits, some peach and pear. Very light taste, awesome hot summer day flavor.

M - rich and creamy, very nice consistency and feel. Great carbonation.

D - Could put down a ton, really easy drinker and a great belgian.

Overall I was really impressed by this, a totally classic beer and a great sumemr release. Will have to save one for the lawn mow tomorrow.

Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass, the witbeir is a hazy pale yellow with small foamy white head that leaves moderate lace.

The aroma is fairly mild, heavy on the coriander citrus, but also has a distinct tonic water oder to it that I find very attractive. The citrus stronger and dominates as it warms.

The taste is moderate in strength, and very similar to the nose, but less coriander and more lemon zest, with a slight sourness. Theres lot of dry tonic taste from presumably hard water that makes it very thirst quenching, and is my favorite attribute of this brew. Overall, this has all pleasant witbier attributes, but they're all understated and well balanced.

Mouthfeel wise, the first impression is of crispness, but it quicky fades to be pretty damn smooth and creamy through the finish. Very nice, the best of both worlds here.

This is supremely drinkable. While it satisfies the tastebuds, it's understated enough that you can really throw these back and not get sick of them. It's very light and thirst quenching, yet as still has enough ABV to do the trick. This is a very well done witbier, perhaps the best, at least regarding the quenchablity.

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

An extremely cloudy pale yellow colored ale with a monumental snow-white head, could be paler but a great looking witbier.

Intensely aromatic beer with a strong hard apple cider from the moment the cap is popped. Sweet and tart apple aroma with a lot of powdery yeast. The usual coriander is present and bits of pepper, vanilla and orange zest for spice too.

The flavor begins sweet very malty and thick with a spice cookie dough aftertaste. Very strong wheat malt flavor it is almost chewable in this respect. Good spice flavor without being overpowering like some beers of the type. I have the impression I am drinking an apple spice cookie. The aftertaste is all cookies and spice. Mostly I taste malt, coriander, orange, vanilla and a little apple.

The mouthfeel is a subjective thing it is VERY thick for the style and some may see this as a defect in this beer. I don't but it should be mentioned that this is no light wheat beer made for hot summer days. This is very thick and much like drinking cookie dough.

A super drinkable beer I wish I had a growler more of this rather than about two more swallows. Best and most refined Belgian Witbier I have had yet. An extremely desirable beer.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light yellow, with some slightly darker orange highlighting. Extremely reactive head pours up three or four fingers, is quite thick and attractive, with mammoth lacing left behind.

Aroma is as powerful as any wit I've had, less than subtle notes of coriander, white pepper, and a blast of orange zest with some lemongrass behind it.

Solid flavor from this wheat beer, one of the best around. Plenty of spicing, from traditionally German flavors like clove, slight banana fullness to a woody character to more Belgian characteristics like the coriander, a little bit of puckering tartness and citric zest.

Finish is a little bit thin, certainly not uncommon or undesirable for a wheat based brew. Very crisp, obviously high levels of carbonation, so everything is light and smooth, but a bit thicker body could still be accommodated.

So easy to drink, stunningly crisp on the palate with great depth of character. Stands heads and shoulders above most other Belgian wits, and stands up to the most venerable of German hefeweissbiers. Highly recommended for fans of wheat beers, light summery beers, Belgian beer fans interested in the lighter styles, or anyone in need of a quenching.

Photo of Voss
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a beautiful beer to see, too hazy and cloudy in its yellowish and milkysh appearance, with little quick wanishing head. But this is where the non good news end. Very shented, a mix fruit, banana, lemon, mango, and apricot, maybe some others, maybe some less. Yeast and malt come over in the taste, with persistent micro carbonation, very pleasant and refreshing, roundes out and leaves a very dry finish.
Another wonderful beer from the little town of Watou, a witbier with character, the right one when in the hot of summer you want something fresh to pair with a gouda sandwich.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a super thick head of snow white that last and last pushing up above the glass but still holding form. The butterscotch colored body is hazy with a strong carb of micro bubbles boiling away.

S- This beer has a soft soapy smell of yeast with a note of sour bread starter and a hint of lemon and banana.

T- This beer has a dry dough and white bread flavor with a light dry spice note with hints of coriander. There is a nice tiny hop bite in the finish that is green and herbal. As the beer warms there is a note of dried corn that comes through before the hops and a light cola hint in the begining of the taste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that is supported with that thick head but the finish has a tight little fizz.

D- This beer has a good crisp refreshing flavor and a nice little hop taste to balance it, but it is very filling and feels like a meal in a glass.

Photo of clabaugh
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky dark goldenrod topped with a wispy white head that quickly recedes into some haphazard suds around the top of the glass.

Smell: Very inviting of aroma of toasty wheat and sweet-smelling spices. Orange rind and cinnamon stick come to mind. Really a lot going on in the nose. Corriander, nutmeg, and some banana even. Quite nice.

Taste: Rich and wheaty, inflected with some background sweetness. Tastes of an intense maltiness garnished with some notes of citrus peel and perhaps banana. Maintains a slight nutmegish spice on the palate. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lots of zesty carbonation. Finishes rather clean, with a slight, malty slickness remaining.

Drinkability: Highly refreshing with a substantial, yet not overdone, flavor profile. Exceedingly pleasant in the nose; smell is really a strong attribute. Overall, another fine beer from St. Berny's.

Photo of guitarmage
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured the characteristic cloudy, pale, yellow, nice and vibrant though, thin white foam sits on top. Fairly bubbly.

Smell: Fruity, mango, apricot, wheaty, nice citrus notes cut through, very clean also, a little funky. Complex aroma and very inviting.

Taste: Again, sweet tropical fruits, then the citrus starts to cut through and a little puckering hops clean it up. Also some spice upfront, cloves, but mostly fruity.

Mouthfeel: Thin, rolling carbonation makes this beer go down easily, so refreshing.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but also complex and tasty. I just had some chili, and this was an odd choice afterwards, but it really cleaned up the palette and made the meal that much more enjoyable.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.1/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There is minimal head on this dirty-ditch-water beer. This is maybe the most unappealing color I've ever seen. The aroma is very hefe-like with huge bubblegum dominating over clove, lemon, and pepper.

The flavor is opressively heavy with some kind of mineral taste. once someone said Flintstones vitamins", it was very hard to think of anything else when drinking this beer. That is totally what it taste like. I get some spice and orange pith in the background. Aftertaste is awful...like I've been chewing notebook paper to make spitballs.

Mouthfeel is flat, save the mineral astringency. I found this beer almost undrinkable, and wit is one of my favorite styles. It was interesting, but not pleasant. I'm wondering if we got a bad bottle, but the freshness date said it was good for a few more months. Guess I'm just not into this.

Photo of meadhead
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a different take on a witbier
a little extra thrown in:
of peppery hop and
bit of yeast ester blend

there's a chewy consistency
wheat malt and very slight orange
its not perhaps as simple
as a less complex form

nonetheless it has nuance
and the "Bernardus" yeast
with its almost slight bannana
tart acidity

mouthfeel is good
carbonation seems right

doesn't gulp
but almost chews
still you could drink it all night

Photo of goochpunch
1.64/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Best before 9/28/07.

Pours out like a cloudy, melted creamsicle. Head is small and disappears quickly. Lots of protein chunks. The yeast stands out in the nose but there isn't much spicing, I find. I get some stone fruits and pale wheat. Flavor is of a Dino Flinstone Vitamin with a salty/mineraly finish. Coriander is around there somewhere, but the chewable vitamin overtakes everything. Mouthfeel is light to moderate and rather flat. Mouthfeel is kind of slick from the soft tasting and mineraly water. Drain pour.

Photo of blakesell
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a pint glass from 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- A light pale yellow with huge rocky white head and much lacing present.

Smell- Very little, some yeast comes thru but the scent is very light. a smidge of pepper.

Taste- Light and effervescent, slight apple tartness comes thru. Hops and spice on the lips but not sticky afterward. A great summer's day beer. Corriander and some lemon also present in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Plenty of light body and carbonation. Leaves a freshness on the tounge like I just drank a breath mint. But the mint is beer flavoured!

Drinkability-I could drink this all day and still have wine with dinner.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy white/light golden with just an okay head. The smell has light clove, banana, and bubblegum. The taste is similar to the smell, with the addition of some aapple on the finish. Mouthfeel is quite spritzy, but it works with the style to add refreshment. Quite drinkable, but this one didn't blow me way. It's obviously well constructed, but nothing made me stand up and take notice.

Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i wish i could remember where i bought this guy, in case i like it. thick foam builds on top and slowly recedes

it's quite pungent and fills the local atmosphere with coriander and spicy hops

sweet for a witbier; certainly not dry. it tastes like most witbiers i know, but feels much more robust. the flavors seem poorly defined and the whole experience a little murky. there's some spice in there and hop flavor, with a little bitterness to keep things coralled. some light fruit shows up along with some definite wheatiness, but i can't help but think "ho hum"

Photo of kelticblood
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out an interesting color I have not seen before. The color is a dark yellow with almost a greenish hue to it. The head was average leaving traces of lacing as it reduced. The aroma has an acidic spicey smell. Very slight bitterness on the finish. Light bodied with a refreshing and extremley drinkable quality.A sweet malt along with almost a sour feel. This is not like an other Witbier I've ever had. A very quick and passsing slight phenol taste. Hints of citrus with generous amounts of spice. A very crisp carbonated mouthfeel. I could drink these all day. I'd like to see the ABV higher,,maybe around like 7 or 8. Has a rich creamy rolling texture. I found this beer to be hard to review for some reason. Maybe it's overwhelming because there is so much going on. I found it hard to make out the spices used.

Photo of techdiver
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an unhazy pale gold with a modest head that dissipates quickly leaving a small cap of foam. Clearest wit yet.

Yeast and citrus aroma. Nothing notable to elevate it's status over other wits.

Malt, hops, and citrus flavors combine to make this another spectacular wit. Fresher and cleaner than any wit I've reviewed to date.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Refreshing and clean with modest carbonation.

Again a most drinkable wit. Just a notch above my previous favorite - Allagash.

Photo of phisig137
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep gold straw color, with a two finger head. Nice retention, but little lacing. A little dark for a wit....

Aroma is quite citrusy, but with more of a lemon grapfruit type of aroma that the typical orange. Spicy yeast and a touch of coriander make this a well balanced enjoyable nose.

flavor is great. Slightly tart up front, with nice lemongrass and tangerine flavors. Round wheat flavor and spiciness towards the back. Slight papery hop presence lingers behind. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Drinkability is excellent.

A fantastic witbier, and worth seeking out. Quite complex, yet still delicate. It is a little steep at $3.29 for that little bottle, but it's well worth it I feel. great beer, and highly recommended for hot nights outside.

Photo of klewis
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 9/21/09

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a giant frothy head and massive cloumns of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. No lacing, but a long sustain from the head.

S: Coriander and cloves with a strong lemon aroma.

T: Tart and acidic with a sour citrus taste. Nice and spicy. The flavor is fleet and finishes clean.

M: Light-bodied and watery with tons of fine carbonation.

D: A nice summer brew perhaps. More flavor would be a good thing.

Photo of Drew966
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Witbier pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head from an 11.2 ounce brown bottle. The aroma is quite good, citrus is most noticeable. The taste is a bit different than most wits that I've had in that it seems to me that I can taste candy sugar (which is fairly typical in Belgians, but not so much in wits although I could be mistaken about the flavor). The citrus is noticeable, but not nearly as strong in the flavor as in the aroma. Coriander is present, but not overwhelming. Finishes dry (for some reason when I'm sipping it I keep thinking its going to have a sweet finish, but it doesn't). Definitely a good beer and worth a try.

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.