St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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93
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1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 227
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003)
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Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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

Pour a very hazy light brown with a distinctly whitish tinge, along with a frothy white head that (eventually) leaves behind a sticky, sprawling lace. An earthy but not overly pungent yeasty aroma with comparatively mellow orange citrus notes. Tangy citrus palate with yeasty notes, nicely refined unmalted wheat flavor, some slightly sweet cider hints and a delicious but subdued graininess.

It’s interesting, I just had (and reviewed) a Bell’s Winter White Ale right before this and the comparison was intriguing: while that one was certainly tasty and drinkable, it wasn’t nearly as refined and, well, elegant as this one. This is probably one of the most expertly crafted wits I’ve come across in a long time, but than again what do you expect from a brewery that is known for making exceptional and authentic Belgian ales. Highly recommended.

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

Hazy gold pour with a very small and quickly dissipating head. Not picking up much in the aroma - standard wit. Taste - This sounds ridiculous when there is such a variety of styles, but this is what beer should taste like. I cannot find anything about the taste of this beer that would be offensive to anyone. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Nothing exotic, cloying, hoppy, malty, or vinous. A simple and satisfying taste that is thirst quenching and highly sessionable. This is exactly what you would want to drink after a hard day's work. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fantastic.

At nearly 3 dollars a bottle, this is a bit pricey for "everyday" beer, but that is exactly what this should be - An everyday beer and a staple in every fridge.

Photo of SaucyA
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic, fantastic representation of what witbier should be.

Pours a very cloudy, yellow-gold... much murkier than most witbiers I've had. Lacing and head are thin, but present.

Smells good... citrus overtones, yeasty undertones. A pleasure smelling before every sip.

Taste is out of this world, and quite a bit more complex than your "usual" wit. Lots of orange and lemon, with a hint of apple. Also major abundance of wheat and yeast, as to be expected. Not overdone tho, and a slight tangy bitterness at the finish.

Creamy but still light, carbonation wasn't a major issue at all. I could totally put down a 4 pack... if only it weren't so damn pricey!

Photo of jettjon
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 45 degrees, from the 500 ml bottle into the hefe glass, pour-swirl-pour yields an attractive, hazy grapefruit juice color with moderate carbonation and some suspended particles. Very small whitish head vanishes quickly leaving spotty lacing and a thin ring. Looks pretty much like a wit. Nose is bready and evinces solid coriander presence. A bit sweet and perfumy. Taste is subtle sweet malt followed by mild coriander spice. Very pleasant and mild, similar to a light fruit juice. Bready. Good flavor complexity. Mouth is watery yet not thin, very smooth and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent; this is a pleasing beer to the nose, palate, and tongue.

Overall: I stated some time ago that I didn’t see the point in witbiers. Beers like Hoegaarden and now St. Bernardus have helped me to see the light. This is a great example of an extremely flavorful and drinkable wit, but 13.99/4 pack, yow, sticker shock! I guess I shall continue to quest for an affordable, good wit.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan color into a chalice. Not a great head. A bit of lace sticks.

Very mild aroma. Slight Juicy Fruit, very faint orange, perhaps some coriander.

Decent depth of flavor; probably stronger than other witbiers I've had. Typical witbier flavors.

Somewhat fizzy mouthfeel, slightly dry finish.

Overall, a good beer but not my favorite witbier.

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

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale golden color with a small but persistent active white head. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head. After drinking, there is a thick ring of foam that is left on the glass. This is a nice looking beer.

Aroma: Dry bread like graininess with a strong light fruit aroma as well as a pretty bold spiciness that I am guessing is Coriander. Sweet and soft floral notes from hops, but the malt and other aromatics are the dominant force.

Taste: The flavor is really clean and refreshing with a crisp and well attenuated flavor. It has a dry and almost fizzy mouthfeel that when mixed with the citrusy flavors, leaves you thinking that you just had a swig of lemonade from he kid on the corner on a hot summer day. All this, and it is January. It has a soft creamy impression that paints your throat with on the way down. The finish leaves you no alcohol or bitterness. The creamy malt gives you the feeling that you have a blanket on your throat...and that's about it.

Opinion: I am not a big fan of Wit beers, but this is no doubt the best one that I have tried to date. I think that this beer is probably as good as you can get for this style. I wouldn't suggest any improvements or say that it had any flaws. If I am in the mood for a Wit, and this beer is available, this would be my choice.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale, cloudy brownish-orange unlike US versions. Very minimal head and leaves no whispies behind. Lacing is also minimal.

S - Lemon zest and coriander with orange subdued. Spice is very intense.

T - Spicy zest with lemon and orange combo. Taste stays constant throughout with a sweet finish.

M - Good carbonation at beginning and end with a spicy finish. Sweet in the middle and never drying.

D - Tasty and great on a hot summer day. Another treat from St. Bernardus.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden color with a small head, but decent lacing. The smell is sweet and sour – also grainy. The taste is sweet and a bit malty. The sourness is noticeable. The mouthfeel is bright and medium bodied. This is a delicious beer that is quite drinkable.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Murky yellow body with a half an inch of off-white head. Probably the most opaque witbier I've had. Smells citrusy and earthy. Tastes citrusy and earthy too, but these flavors are somewhat muted by the yeastiness of the beer. Light, closer to medium bodied because of the yeast. Carbonation, while present, is also muted due to the yeastiness. Not sure what to make of this one. I think it'd be better if it had less yeast.

Photo of tatterdash
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with a creamy white head that laces very well, and exceptional looking Witbier. Aroma of coriander, honey, lemon, hint of orange zest. Taste was lots of coriander, yeasty wheat, cirtusy tang, with a lot of bitter orange in the finish. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy smooth. This is a wonderfully refreshing Witbier, and I hope to try some in the summer.

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a cloudy, orange color with a small head that leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty. It really smelled like apple.

T - It was quite sweet and the fruit flavor reminded me of apples and pears. It was also very yeasty and wheat-tasting.

M - It was cirsp and light-bodied.

D - I really love this beer. The different fruit flavors are really amazing.

Photo of Budlum
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer produces a thin, off-white head that quickly drops to only a few blobs on top. The body is a hazy brown and strange off-white shade with a very murky appearance.

The nose starts with a strong, yeasty smell with strong coconut. Floral notes soon arise with fruit smells including bananas and faint strawberries. Spice aromas are presented in a wonderfully balanced mix of coriander and pepper.

A shot of peppery spice precedes a smooth fruit flavor presentation of lime, blood oranges and nectarines. Yeast flavors are notable throughout but remain nicely balanced. The finish is quite smooth with a shot of vanilla and more spice flavors. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is well balanced in carbonation and viscosity. This is very enjoyable to sip.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a very nice example of a wit that does not disappoint. Cost and availability would be the only limiting factor to have this as a regular summer beer.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours like a pils diluted with some dirty dishwater. Not 100% appetizing but the nice inch thick billowy head makes up for it. Lacing for days.

Nose is lemony cotton candy. Like a cotton candy vendor at the fair right next to a lemonade stand. The smell of the wheat is making me think of frosted blueberries for some reason.

The wheat is sweet tasting, with lemon backing it up. Finish is a bit dry. Mouth is full. This is good stuff.

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

Very interesting color for a ale, pours a cloudy creamy/pale orange with a little white head. Smells very light, of spice and other herbs. The taste is smooth, crisp, and slightly spicy. Has a unique feel to it, high in carbonation and flavor, yet feels very light. Low ABV and good taste make this a very drinkable brew. The Belgians skill and quality never disappoint!

Photo of ghostmech007
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale yellow in color and a beautiful pure white head forms. One of the best looking beers ever.

You can smell the citrus and malts in there. Coriander as well.

Cloves right at first. You get an earthy hint as well. Hops are not very present. Malts and grains transistion you to the finish which is a slight tartness. Carbonation was active and gave it a real smooth ride. This is a good Witbier but very hard to come by in my area.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to find this one on tap at the new lower NYC spot, Villedge Public House. Poured cloudy light staw. Leaves classy looking Belgian lacing, left behind from the light fluffy white head. Nose is of powdered sugar and wheat. This a fruity, slightly sweet beer,"creamcicle" notes, light spice, more fresh fruit. Tasty and refreshing, nice to enjoy fresh on tap.

Photo of EvilKeith
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This witbier poured in to the glass a hazed, cloudy straw color with a firm frothy white cap. The lace is Belgian in appearance, thick and it thoroughly coats the glass.
The smell was dominated by bready Belgian yeast. Sharp wheaty grains, mild citrus and a sweet maltiness round out the scent. The more pronounced malts was a very nice touch.
The taste was tart, sharp wheat graininess, light lemony citrus, Belgian yeasts with the alcohol being faintly detectable.
The carbonation was moderately active on a light to medium body which gave this a crisp mouthfeel.
Without a doubt this is one of the world’s finest examples of the style.

Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is a hazy orange color with a moderate head.

S: The ale has a strong peppery coriander nose.

T: The taste is a letdown. There is a strong metallic (not oxidized, mind you) flavor that dominates the ale. Hints of spice pop up from time to time, but not in enough concentration or frequency to make a difference.

M: The spices help out, but can't salvage the flavor. The taste drops off significantly from the nose.

D: St. Bernardus shines when making abbey ales. It seems as though they struggle when it comes to other belgian styles.

Photo of hanco005
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, dated 270409, poured into a weissen glass

A—light golden yellow, very cloudy, 2 inch fluffy bright white head that slowly fades down, lacing is in thick rows

S—sweet and spicy, some mild perfume aroma, coriander, light banana, fruity, very strong in the nose

T—mildy sweet, some orange and banana flavors, a bit spicy, very tasty

M—creamy and smooth, medium/light bodied, good carbonation

D—an outstanding Wit. I’d have this again for sure. I’m sure its all the better once it ages, too.

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.