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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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93
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1,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 240
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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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 BlindPig
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Thick pure white head on a cloudy white yellow body.
S- Big banana and cloves, wheat, grass, flour, and a light bubble gum all come through.
T- Follows the aroma just comes off the banana a bit and focuses more on the wheat. Nice light dry aftertaste with light banana, some pepper, grass, and wheat with just a light bitterness on pretty much all of the tongue.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I think this is probably one of the best wits I have had. St. Bernys has yet to let me down.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with some brown from the yeast, nice carbonation, nice small creamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly spicy, floral. The taste is slightly sweet at the beginning then the yeast kicks in, slight spice, with some floral tones. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome Witbier, one of the best I've had to date.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the expected cloudy golden yellow, with medium thin white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Nose immediately jumps out of the bottle as a spicy combination of corriander, clove, cookie dough and a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel reflects the nose by being somewhat tingly and chewy, and the flavor accentuates the spicy doughy character, with a hint of what seemed to be banana or fig.

This is all topped off by a finish that is long, thirst quenching and quite enjoyable. A fine offering!!

Photo of marinermc
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As an avid follower (at least I thought I was) of the St. Bernardus brewery line, I was rather surprised to find this beer on the shelf at a local (Jacksonville) wine store (Total Wine). ABT 12 is one of my favorite beers and often finds its way into my regular drinking schedule. However, when I realized St. B purveyed a witbier, my love of a good brewery and the most drinkable beer class I've come across were combined in a truly fulfilling brew. The head is soft and flat, the color is bright blond with a tinge of orange, and the feel is perfectly effervescent. The taste is refreshing and has the characteristic coriander and orange peel flavor of many witbiers, but with a stronger, more mature aftertaste than Hoegaarden.

Photo of skeetermoses
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall I am a sucker for a good Belgium beer this was a very pleasant beer. Considering I only had 5 sips out of it, I would definetly purchase more. This is a great beer to enjoy on a sailboat, on a sunday afternoon, while munching on white chedder and crackers. but that was how I enjoyed it anyway.

Photo of TheLastEngineer
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled this one from our good friends at Shangy's. I've enjoyed every St. Bernardus that has crossed my lips and this one is no different.

A: Poured into an ergonomic pint glass. Pale yellow. I managed to extract a considerable amount of sediment from the bottom which quickly dispersed evenly throughout the glass. Great hazy look, but not murky. Not much of a head, but took that chance in order to get out as much of the bottoms as I could.

S: Mild... very mild. Yeast, some banana, a bit of lemon, but not nearly as powerful as others of the style.

T: Again, mild. There is a sophistication to this beer that could easily be masked with too much citrus or spice. Very nice balance of sour and malt.

M: Lively, active carbonation. I'd prefer a little more body, but that would probably just ruin the whole thing.

D: Dangerous given how light the beer hits the palate. Not a lot of session-able Belgians out there... this is one.

Overall a very enjoyable drink. I still prefer the greater heft of a weisen, but this is a nice change of pace which would be great for hot weather applications. Probably not a bad way to introduce someone to the wheat end of the beer spectrum wither.

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

Bottle Inspection: Silver label with the same happy monk. Pierre Celis Signature Series along the top gives serious beer cred (like St. B needed it). 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle, 5.5% abv. Best before end 27 07 09 (sampled 15 10 07), glassware (pint glass approx.) and temp (36 – 42 F) suggestions followed.

Aroma: Mild vegetal celery which I’m taking as coriander. Really pretty light aroma all told. Light orange and peppery note with some yeast as well.

Appearance: Extremely hazy gold with a two finger white head that gives up spotty clumps of lace as it slowly settles.

Flavor: Mild orange peel, Belgian yeast, perfect balance allows the subtleness to rule. No hop or any real malt flavors to note. No real coriander flavor. Flavor intensifies after swirling and adding the dregs.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, low carbonation, dry finish, all encourage deep pulls.

Overall Impression: I was really hoping for the lactic twang that Celis White used to have. Unfair, as this is a completely different beer, but still. I was hoping for some coriander too. I guess my expectations let me down much more than this beer did. It’s soft, subtle, thirst quenching, and good. I practically inhaled the whole glass. Definite “Belgian” quality to it, I guess it’s the yeast profile. Solid summer beer. Definite session potential. I’m seeing a couple bottles in a picnic basket in my future.

Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow colored body. Huge white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S: Lemon and wheaty yeast tones.

T: Lemon comes through nicely, it's not overpowering but it's everpresent. Grainy malt and some spicing rounds out the flavor profile.

M: Strong carbonation + light body = nice balance

O: Easy and enjoyable to drink

Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle labeled 020209.

A - Pours a hazy dark gold color. Very thick looking from the outside. Pours a centimeter size head that is retained.

S- Not very strong smell. Very subdued. I would say the coriander and a light orange peel are the primary things I smell.

T- Very interesting flavor. Finishes with a stronger hit of orange peel than I expected. Is intermixed with a yeast sour background. The first flavor is similar to the taste - very light. Might be at most some of the wheat malts.

M- Has a been of carbonation to it that I can feel. Drinks generally smooth - although it seems like alot for the style.

D- I could drink a few more of these, although the complex orange peel aftertaste wears on me as I drink this.

All and all, not a bad beer. But, for the price, and my inflated expectation that this is the best witbier ever left me wanting.

Photo of errantnight
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to admit to enjoying this more in my little sampler at Stone 11th than I did at Lucky Baldwin's.... but daaamn is it a delicious easy drinker.

Pours hazy and gold, slightly cloudy, with a rich, if thin, head, with lil clumps o' bubbles sticking around the whole way. Nice lacing.

Tastes vaguely lemony, bready, perfect balance of wheat malt... pleasantly dry.

Smooth, creamy, and light on the tongue with enough crispness on the back end to keep you reaching back for more. Perfect.

I know we should be scoring to style, so perhaps my tasting scores should be higher, and maybe someday I'll rethink/revisit this rating, but to me what really excels here is the way this drinks... even if its flavor profile is nothing more than "good."

Wish this was available in 6 packs instead of Hoegaarden.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy straw yellow color with a big 2 to 3 finger head to start. Drops slowly to a fine bubbled 1/4 inch white cap that leaves behind fingers of lacing. Smell of lemon, bananna and and bready yeast tones. I don't pick up much spice in the smell, very nice and clean smelling. Taste follows suit. Somehow it is mild but bold. All the taste you would want in a wit but not overpowering in any way. Very flavorful. Some mild spicing shows up in the taste. Light bodied and full of carbonation but just the right amount to give it life without becoming obtrusive. What else would you expect, a great beer that has to one of the best examples of this style.

Photo of JayQue
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this one on tap a few times at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth VA and never wanted to take enough time from my pure enjoyment to make notes for a review. Had the bottled version tonight and here's the review. Great Wit..This is the standard that I would measure other Witbiers against. Pours a cloudy dull color..very dense with a huge carbonated white head (on a hard pour) that very slowly melts down to a small head. The wheat flavor predominates with some citrus (lemon) and spiciness (mostly pepper). The mouthfeel is crisp and rich and drinkability is great. This is one to savor, or to have with food or for mass consumption (I would still have to drink it slow to enjoy every bit of the flavor. A definite winner!!!

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up during one of my recent travels out of the state of Texas. It really is a shame that you can’t buy this one here. I am not a fan of witbiers, but this one is phenomenal.

Poured an 11.2oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance – It is a hazy creamy translucent straw color. It produced a one finger, but quickly dissipating head. It has a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell – It definitely has quite a bit of that Belgian yeast smell. It is also very bready smelling, with a ton of lemon citrus. It also has a spicy smell to it – cloves perhaps.

Taste – It has a spicy front with the flavor of cloves and then gives way to a lemon tart middle. The yeast is very pronounced in the ending and aftertaste. It is a very complex taste – the flavors meld together very well.

Mouthfeel – Incredible. It is very crisp. It has a near perfect level of carbonation for its light/medium body. It is not as thin as it would first appear.

Drinkability – Excellent. I could finish a six-pack very easily during a hot summer day.

This is definitely one of the best witbiers that I have ever had. This could have been a regular part of my regular beer rotation if I were able to purchase it in the state. Rumor has it that it may be sold here by the end of the year. I can only hope that this is true.

Photo of david131
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The liquid that sits in the glass is uniformly hazy and a nice pale straw color. A beautiful creamy but thin head sits atop the liquid and decides to stay there for the entirety of the drinking experience.

S- Some Belgian yeast, a little bready, a little citrus. I am picking up some fruit here as well- especially apple. There is a slight "Bernardusness" to it.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the citrus and apple. Very tasty and a great example of the style.

M- Absolutely stunning. This thing is creamy and hits on all the right cylinders. The carbonation is perfect. I love this.

D- A wonderful witbier. This is normally not my style by any means, but this is really worth a try. It has made other witbiers I have had seem almost amateurish.

Photo of Damian
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a pale, murky, straw yellow with a white, bubbly, three-finger head. The head slowly faded to a thin cap of froth, which lasted the entire beverage.

The aroma was yeasty and citrusy, yet fairly mild. Some floral notes, lemon and a touch of spice were also noticeable.

The taste was similar to the nose but a bit more pronounced. Slightly sour notes of citrus (lemon and orange peel) and Belgian yeast came through strong up front with creamy malts appearing mid-palate. The finish was moderately spicy and contained a slight hop presence that carried into the yeasty, semi-sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was creamy, lush and smooth with a pleasant, prickly effervescence.

Drinkability was quite good. While the overall taste was rather subdued, the individual flavors melded seamlessly.

Light and refreshing, this is a perfect warm weather beer to pair with grilled scallops, shrimp and other types of lighter sea fare.

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

On draft at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours very pale and cloudy with no head. Rich wheaty aroma. Nice wheat flavour that gets more interesting as it developes. This one started off not very strong, but seems to grow in stature as it goes down. Nice.

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.

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.