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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,249 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 606
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 220
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003)
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Photo of Enola
2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really am trying hard to like this style. But it just ain't working. Code on bottle says 03 03 08 whatever that means. I do not compare wheats to others styles when I reveiw, rather I compare them to other wheats to be fair.

This beer is a lighter orangish yellow color that kindly resembles a cider. There is a few floaters. Minimal head and no lacing. The smell is somewhat sweet but it still smells like bailed hay. The taste is grassy and a little citrusy. The mouthfeel is very grassy and there is a lasting wheaty aftertaste. Not a beer that I would try again. When compared to other wheats I have had, this is average.

Enola, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into hexagonal Hoegaarden glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange-yellow. Unfilitered beer, so there's swirling yeast (I poured the dregs in). Head has fantastic retention. Stayed with me the whole way, though that may speak more to how quickly I drank it than anything else.

S: More orange in the nose than other wits, but the usual witbier aroma components are all present and accounted for: orange, wheat, coriander, black pepper, hint of clove.

T: Citrus up front, with spice toward the middle. Finish is wheaty and black peppery.

M: Light-bodied, crisp. Less tingly than you'd expect given the carbonation.

D: Hell yes. This is my favorite wit, I think, though I do like Hoegaarden. This is a really well-balanced wit, nothing out of whack. Nicely spiced, nicely tart. A terrific beer.

rarevos, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very comlex nose. Wheaty and a hint of hops. Some corriander and definitely orange. Light sweet malt aroma underneath.

Pale yellow, coludy (good for style) with a thin but persistant head. Leaves lacing.

Very tart wheat start. Lots of fruity fermentation esters. Good light orange peel flavor. Some peppery spice that could be hops but its so light that it's hard to tell. Finishes lightly sweet.

Light bodied with high carbonation level. A little rough.

Good example of the style. I've had it before on draft and liked it better probably due to the lower carbonation.

czechsaaz, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dull peachy color with a pretty nice head that stays for a while and laces. The aroma makes me giggle. The combo of grassy hops and beautiful peppery cotton candy from the yeast is just a wonderful thing. Fluffy and bubbly, with vegetal coriander flavor. The end sizzles a bit and leaves a sweettartness in the mouth. Lightly lemony with peaches and strawberry juice, this is refreshing and flavorful and pretty amazing. It is of a different ilk than most American Wits - this is more carbonated and well-rounded in its flavor. Nothing sticks out too far, but there is a ton of complexity. All praise!

waughbrew, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Peachy colored yellow with the characteristic haze, with little more than a scum ring head. Aroma is all wheat, hopless to my nose, rather mild and subdued. Not ultra sweet smelling, which is good thing here. The taste is rather yeasty up front, but overall my first sip is better than expected. It is dry, not cloyingly sweet, with a light hop zing in the finish. I detect little to no outstanding spices here. It's really yeasty, too much so for me, but it is refreshing. As I sip on, a slight epoxy(?) flavor is emerging, a little like MH Circus Boy, and again this could be the yeast characteristic flavor. Mouthfeel is not overly heavy for a wheat beer, and there is a tangy zip on the tongue. A fair but bland and somewhat off tasting drinker.

Liquids, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of brushpig
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 12oz. bottle at Sams wines in Chicago.

light yellow hue, with a creamy whit head that lasted for a while.

Sweet spicy, lightly friuty citrus with some floral hoppy goodness.

Coriander, hops, light citrus flavors, lively mouth feel, refreshing beer.

Very good beer. One of the better white beers

brushpig, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Mdog
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, white head.

Smell: Yeasty, spicy, sweet.

Taste: Sweet underneath strong spicy flavors with a citrus tang at the end. Probably the spiciest wit I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: Sessionable, but probably too expensive for that.

I was a little disappointed in this wit considering its high rating by others. It almost seemed a little too complex for a wit, maybe my pallette can't pick out the flavors so it just is an overwhelming "spicy" taste. It's an interesting beer, though.

Mdog, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an over-size wine glass, it was a cloudy yellow color with a small head. Aroma seemed a little lacking: a little bread, a little malt. It had a lemony taste, but also was a little lacking. An OK beer, but not as impressive as I had hoped. My wife, who loves witbiers, thought it was great.

lordofthewiens, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very small, fizzy, off-white, head. Fully dimished with a hazy, kind of funky yellow color. Aroma was light malt and bread, light hops and light yeast. A tiny bit of banana and pineapple. Small aroma compared to many witbiers.Light to medium body that was kind of watery. Not nearly as good as I had expected and hoped. Needed bigger aroma and more carbonation.

doubleipa, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of janubio
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color, very cloudy. White head, not lasting much. Aroma of bread, wheat, yesast, with some citrus notes, not as much as expected. Flavor is not as much acidiand spicy as usual in the style. Some citrus, a hint of clove. very refreshing in summer.

janubio, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good one here, very overpriced. As good as this one is, Hoegaarden is just as good and less expensive. But still, a nice one. Not much head, nice spices. Corriander some orange and maybe some lemon. Highly drinkable, as a 12 can be absorbed in no time, if you have the cash. I will not seek this one out because of the price, but it is a quality brew.

bigdeuce, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a semi hazy pale straw with a fluffy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly bready and yeasty with just a slight hint of spice.

Taste is bready and yeasty upfront followed by just a hint of spices. Finishes with a nice wheat taste.

Light body, plenty of carbonation.

I like a wit that is light on the spices, and this is certainy refreshing in the summer heat. Quite drinkable.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. The beer poured a very cloudy and dense muted gold color with a thick, crisp white head that produced solid lacing on the glass. The nose of this beer was refreshing and crisp with some definite yeast notes and hints of lemon, orange and spices. What a summer beer. The taste was equally refreshing and had the same good yeast taste and orange, wheat and spice notes from the nose. The body of this beer has a very active carbonated character and a light body that lead to a full flavored summer treat.

ggaughan, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Iguana
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence - Poured a hazy whiteish yellow with a 1 inch head.

Smell - Coriander, wheat, citrus notes all make this beer a pleasure to smell. Took 1 smell and I knew I was in for a treat.

Taste - WOW, this is 1 tasty beer, spice and citrus, a little wheat taste. Simply great for the style.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth and easy to drink, not too much else to say, its pretty average in this category.

Drinkability - If not for the price on this I would buy 1 for every mixed 6-pack that I buy. Amazingly refreshing, great taste, a real world class beer.

Iguana, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of k75
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap

pours a hazy white, fluffy tall head

smells of the classic spice, ester combinations but doesn't overdo it.

medium big flavors and just a little crispness.

great balance leads to great drinkability

one of the best (and another winner from Bernardus)

k75, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good to see this on tap at Teller's in Cincy. Served in the St. Bernardus goblet is an added bonus! Pours a pale golden color, slightly hazy. There is a thin white head, however it disappeared almost immediately. Slight citrusy aroma, corriander, and yeasty spices. Slightly tart, very carbonated, which made this quite refreshing. Good use of spices, as they compliment the beer, not dominate it as others do. Very nicely done.

Bierguy5, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer last night at Downtown Wine and Spirits. I let it warm slightly and served it in my San Francisco Brewing Company pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy beige with an almost pink tink in the light. A fluffy white head thins down to an incredibly persistent half-inch layer that leaves lace on the glass.

Smell: Spicy and fruity. Notes of bananas, coriander, pepper, grain, citrus and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet fruitiness upfront that moves into a spicy finish with pepper, coriander, citrus and graininess.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation, smooth, light-bodied with a crisp grainy finish.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, great for a hot day.

Overall: A very nice wit.

EPICAC, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Incredibly cloudy, dense grapefruit juice yellow with a nice frothy head that dissipates after a few sips.

S: Wheat dominates, but is backed with strong fruit aromas (grapefruit, lemon)

T: This is one intense witbier! A denser brew than most, this one starts off with a smooth wheat overture that is quickly followed by big citrus flavors with some spicy notes in the background, very peppery with a clove presence as well.

M&D: Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style and carbonation is a little aggressive, but this is one heck of a refreshing beer! The delicious flavors more than make up for the "shortcomings" in these areas.

While Hoegaarden sets the tone for this style, this St. Bernardus offering is definitely worth your time. It is not as drinkable as most wits, but the flavor and complexity are noteworthy.

jamesdergen, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com...

Poured a hazy straw yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer....quite a lot of big carbonation bubbles punch the surface... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice spicy fruitiness (lemons, pears, some grapefruits), salty notes, light biscuity malts, some yeastiness, some light hops just coming through, grassy, light honey notes...

Taste – Nice lemon fruitiness, also some spicy apples, grassy, floral, barely any malts, some light spicy hops, very light sugary sweetness, some coriander notes... flavours maybe all a little washed out...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Extremely drinkable and refreshing - would be nice on a hot summer day...

Overall - A pretty good witbier.... maybe lacking a little something - still recommended though...

mdagnew, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered pale yellow color with a nice head that has good retention and lacing. Pleasant sweet lemon zest aroma with a touch of coriander in the nose. Taste is nice and crisp like a witbier should be. Refreshing! Add this to one of my summer favorites and another great brew from St. Bernardus.

cjgator3, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of ADR
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, ghostly pale yellow appearance, nicely textured small-bubbled white head floats and stays essentially flat. Laces in small but numerous patches. Muted aroma, pale yeast and sweetened orange, but not excessive. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is not over-done, but fine and well-distributed across the tongue. For me, this is a nicely done Wit -- not showing its characteristics too obviously. Spices, Christmas cactus, and citrus rind flavors meld well and give a subtle husky nutiness to the flavor profile. Finishes with an uptick of sweetened lemon bar cookies. Wits are never going to be a favorite of mine, but I like the way that this one hits the style and expresses itself.

ADR, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated best-before 3/03/2008.

Pours clouded pale yellow with smallish white head but good lace. Clean and fresh smelling; orange, lemon, and pepper over rough wheat and hops. Mellow and unexpectedly round flavors. Creamy wheat blends with orange, clove, and pepper notes up front, leaving a quenching hopped medium-dryness at the back. Creamy and gently carbonated body.

dgallina, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Holy crap, I was in heaven with this beer. St. B. has done it again to me. OK so the pour and the nose were a little understated compared to what can probably come out of the bottle? But damn if this stuff ain't awesome for a Wit!

Nice golden haze with a small orangey tint at the center. Small but thick capping of solid white froth that keeps for a bit before fading to its collar, where it lays for most of the session. Lacing in some small strings and spots.

Aroma is dull and mild of candish lemon, tangerine, and orange. A small smidgeon of pepper spice and floral yeasty esters gradually appear as it sits.

Taste is wonderfully full of candy played malts that bring one solid stance of pale lemon, orange, and pineapple. Totally like the Tripel, just a tad lessened in girth and activity. But super f*ckin' solid for a Wit. Perhaps more malty then most Wits. But man I love it. Thick, chewy, sinking malt tones of favorable candied fruityness of lemon and orange. Yum, yum, candy stuff. Its so well-rounded in a superbly mild dullness of cooked fruity sugars its amazing. Super long lasting and reaching effect in flavors on the palate. Fine touches of peppery dry spice and flints of flowers skip there and fro from about midway all through to the finish. Lovely play of malts with one of the nicest little dispalys of drying spice. Awesome!

Feel is immaculately centered around a malted candyish smoothness and chewyness. Thick, full, lush, and devine. So smooth, yet surging onto the palate with immense wanting. It wants to be drank. It just screams, drink me, drink me, drink me, I'm so damn good! And you will oblige to its Kingdom of drinkability with the ease of opening your eyes. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!
St. Bernardus is the sh*t!

tavernjef, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours cloudy orange/gold with an inch and a half of tight white head that falls to a finger thick. Looks to have medium carbonation.

S – Lemon, orange zest, some clove, coriander, yeast.

T – Sweet malts at first, then some yeast. Pepper and citrus fruits come out towards the end. Dryness and tartness in the finish (although not overly so).

M – Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing.

D – Very drinkable. Thirst-quenching and an all-round nice beer.

haz77, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I personally always think the color of witbiers are gross, and this one was no exception, but i guess it was nice for what it was. Huge head with amazing lacing. Cloves hit hard up front, with recess into lemon and tartness. Quite a bit of complexity for the style. Overly easy to drink, an absolute must on a hot Virginia summer afternoon...

N.B. I find it to be quite pricey - i don't think there is enough difference here to warrant spending $2 more per bottle than others of the style (and not to mention it is the same price as the 12).

Lnedrive14, May 31, 2006
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.