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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,041 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1041
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%


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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impending

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed dull pale yellow, white head retains nicely, nice lacing.

Aroma is unmistakeably St Bernardus, rich sweet fruity yeasty, upbeat and clean. Shares much with the tripel.

Taste is particularly complex within a narrow range. No sharp edges. Finishes with a phenolic touch that punctures the sweet fruity initial flavor, a dry bite that fades away slowly. Coriander and orange peel are on full display but are far from parfumy. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 05:16:58 | More by impending
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ckollias

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-golden hue with a huge, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass, leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid lace that never ends.

S: Citrus and spicy aroma with coriander scent.

T: Orange and citrus flavor with a spicy sweet backbone. Belgian yeast subtle in the background and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent Wit - one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:41:27 | More by ckollias
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sureshot08

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours yellow-orange with a large, white head. Hazy with some yeast chunks at the bottom.

Smell: spices and citrus, lots of apricot.

Taste: refreshing, lemony, more apricot, subtle spicing

Mouthfeel: medium body and relatively high carbonation

Overall: A good and refreshing beer. While enjoyable, I wouldn't call it the top witbier in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:53:45 | More by sureshot08
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is hazy pale yellow with bubbly white head. The nose is zesty and spicy, peppery and lemony zest, well balanced. The taste is the same, well integrated and balanced spice an zesty lemon juice. Body is airy, clean and crisp with solid carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 17:53:27 | More by cpetrone84
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light gold, with a smallish white head, which lasts reasonably well but does not leave much lacing. The aroma is a delicately fragrant blend of sweet coriander, lemon zest and orange blossom, with some faint medicinal notes. Subtle lemon peel up front leads into some sweet and spicy coriander. A typically crisp witbier feel is balanced nicely against honeyed orange blossom notes in the mid-palate. The finish is redolent with sweet spice and lingers nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:52:00 | More by Serge
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was a bit disappointed in this one. Very cloudy golden color, with huge head that took a while to dissipate. Aroma seems to be lacking a bit, and smells almost stale with hay and grass, some faint yeast. Good carbonation, with decent mouthfeel. Flavor follows rather dry, yeasty, and very little sweetness or spice on this one. I was expecting something mind blowing and felt that this was rather run of the mill. Maybe it's right on style, but I prefer a little additional sweetness in this style. Decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 14:19:59 | More by BMMillsy
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blatantdream

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy golden straw-colored. Head retention pronounced and whitish in color.

Aroma is moderately sweet with perfumy coriander/spices with a bit of zesty citrus reminiscent of cut oranges.

Malts have a honey-like sweetness with a slight citrus finish in the taste. Hop bitterness is low with notes of coriander and dried orange peel.

Medium-light body. Smooth and light creaminess leaving a nice effervescent character from the high carbonation.

Overall pretty good representation of the style. Could have more varied/complex spices and acidity to balance out the sweetness but does carry forth the proper characteristics of the style represented.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 02:38:10 | More by blatantdream
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe im missing something here BA, but this just doesnt blow my mind. it looks the part of a world class beer, huge foaming white head resting forever on top of a just slightly hazy very pale summery yellow body with lots of little bubbles rising eagerly to the surface. it also leaves beautiful patchy thick white lacing on the sides of my tulip as i drink this. its really pretty. the nose though does not match the looks, it smells faintly like lemon peel, but all i can really ascertain from the smell is a pretty standard belgian yeast, light and a little fruity. its a little stinky, like maybe mine isnt the freshest bottle, but still, it just doesnt smell all that great. the flavor is nice, its very very light. a nice wheat malt profile with some grassy notes plays against just a touch of bitter lemon and the doughy yeast. its in fine balance, but its not a very bold flavor, well made yes, but almost boring. the feel is fine, light in body, made heavier by the suds on top and the yeast sediment, and the carbonation is quite active and fizzy. overall a nice beer, but im not sure id score it quite as high as the masses have here.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:57:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner. Very pale color with a 2 1/2 finger head.

A light fruit, clove, and lemon smell.

The mouth feel was very pleasant- tangy and tart.

The finish was lemon and fruity. Refreshing.

Overall, a refreshing, zesty lemon taste. It's a beer for certain moods- not
a contemplative beer. More for a relaxing evening drink or a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:37:06 | More by brureview
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bnes09

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with floating yeast flakes. Egg shell white head with ok retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma of orange and Belgium yeast, sweet and tart smelling at the same time.

Flavor is mildly sweet with refined cane sugar, fresh orange and baked bread. Hops are subtle and leafy. Descent balance with some coriander. Belgian yeast is present and adds a smoothness to the overall tone.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry finish.

Descent wit. Holds up against many other examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 01:59:35 | More by bnes09
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a weizen glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Hazy pale gold color with a 3-finger white bubbly, fizzy head. Pretty good retention, but not really any lacing. Doesn't have the huge creamy head that I was expecting.

S – Grainy and yeasty with aromas of coriander, pepper, lemon zest, and tangy yogurt with maybe a touch of banana.

T – Starts off sweet with grainy wheat, lemongrass, coriander, and a little bit of banana and finishes with an orange, lemon, and yogurt tartness.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly spicy, slightly tart, and dry finish. Citrus and yogurt sweetness and tartness linger along with yeast spiciness.

O – This is a nice witbier that is different than most witbiers that I’ve had. The usual banana, clove, and bubblegum flavors are dialed down a bit and the yogurt-like tanginess is dialed up. I should’ve known better – Belgian beers never fit the mold. The bottom line is that this is a really tasty, drinkable, and refreshing beer that is well-suited for the hot summer months.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:58:49 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Danny1217

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that quickly fizzles out. Smells of spice and citrus. Can smell a bit of the Belgian yeast.
Taste is spice up front. Some lemon zest, banana, clove, and all that good stuff. Medium body and high carbonation.
Can't say I've had a better Belgian witbier. This is really good.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 16:56:39 | More by Danny1217
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n2185

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Spices up front with some peppery notes followed by slightly musty and sweet bread aromas. The finish has a slight tartness to it as well.

T: Light spices notes at first followed by a surprisingly tart fruit flavor with some funky and barnyard aspects to it. The finish is dry and lightly bready.

M: Light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nice and dry, making it really drinkable.

O: A pretty witbier, overall, that's also very unique. It's almost more like a saison or some Belgian pale ales than a witbier. Still, it's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:06:12 | More by n2185
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic.
It looks just like it should. Pale yellow, cloudy and a pure white head.
The smell come across much sweeter than the taste. Lots of lemon, banana and orange in the smell.
The taste is a much more tart than the smell lets on to. The clove/banana taste is there in the finish.
There is a silky wheat feel to go along with lots of carbonation.
A great beer, I will surely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:21:38 | More by confer
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*Corked from a pint 9.6 fl oz bomber and poured into a standard pint glass*

A- Dark orange and hazy. Very carbonated. A nice head formed, but quickly died.

S- Overall spicy notes with an orange nose as well.

Taste-
*First taste was of orangey, spicy (not hot spice) notes. Carbonation was present on the tongue.
*Towards the bottom of the bottle (after it was swirled) had the same upfront flavors, but with a apple cider type taste. That apple tartness from the broken-up sediment was real present!

M- Light-Medium mouthfeel. Beer was extremely carbonated in the mouth. For the style, I actually thought it was a lot heavier on the drinkability than Hoegaarden.

*Overall, this was a A beer! I like that it is light enough on the ABV and thin enough on the mouthfeel to be an easy beer to drink. My only complaint is that for the style, the St. Bernardus was on the darker side of the witbiers. I think I remember liking Hoegaarden better since it is lighter and has a refreshing lemon character. The St. Bernardus Wit is a great beer with outstanding flavors that I would certainly warrant picking up if I ever saw it at the beer store again!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 22:53:45 | More by ThomasMetal75
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into wheat glass.

A - Cloudy yellow gold with a large dense white head.

S - Lemon zest, bready malt, Belgian yeast, spicy hops.

T - Lemon, orange peel, banana, pepper and clove - everything I expect from a Wit. Bready malts provide a solid backbone. Slightly tart finish.

M - Extremely smooth and creamy. Light-medium body with high carbonation. Refreshing.

O - Definitely an above average witbier. Great blend of citrus and spicy flavors. I expected a bit more richness and depth, but it's still a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:53:43 | More by mooseo
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beergoot

Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow, straw-colored body with a good, two-finger head; white and clinging to the glass.

Sweet cloves and spice; banana and orange notes in the aroma.

Taste is delightfully fruity with a soft bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel comes across soft and velvety; carbonation caressing the tongue. Clean and crisp finish with a bright sparkle of sweet and sour.

An exceptional little wit beer. Lots of character and a real delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 23:19:32 | More by beergoot
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a pale yellow cloudy color forming a huge white aired head. Medium retention and many nice lacings left

S: Great spicy smell. Coriander and orange zest giving the tone. Clove. Wheat and Belgian yeasts. Vanilla

T: Follows the nose. Such a damn good spicy, and at the same time, delicate and soft taste. Coriander is a must giving a nice refreshing mouth sensation. Despite the vanilla smell, it has a neutral to dry taste. A bit acid. Bitterness is also very mild

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Spicy aftertaste

O: Delicious Belgian Wit. Saint Bernardus quality. Mandatory

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 20:39:24 | More by eduardolinhalis
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange amber. Moderate white head, and lacing, lasted nicely. Wheat and light belgian spice aroma. Citrus and light wheat flavors up front with a bit of sour and astringent bitterness quickly followed by the spices and light fruit. I liked the start and finish, but the middle was a bit sharp and dry for me. Interesting for a change, but I'll more likely return to the double and triple.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:23:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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martja

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one out as part of a special 6-pack featuring multiple St. Bernardus beers. 11.2oz bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy, but bright orange with a thin head of clean white foam. Orange and coriander were apparent up front. Notes of pine came through the nose as well. The taste was quite clean with the expected citrus zest and wheat coming through. This beer is quite clean in the mouth with lots of flavor up front, but is also light and sharp with limited residual sweetness once you swollow. Overall, this is a very nice light wheat beer with great flavor that very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 19:19:16 | More by martja
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 23/08/13

Pours a very cloud light yellow. Almost the same hue as orange juice. A relatively small white head sits atop and begins to dissipate early quickly.

Orange and coriander are both immediately notable in the nose, along with wheat and yeast. Some clove as well. Typical witber scents but done very well. A great smell.

Like the nose, the taste is classic witbier and very well done. Coriander is stronger than orange, but both are strong. Actually, this beer makes the coriander aspect of wits more obvious than any other I have had. Cloves and yeast are there as well. A slight bitterness in the finish from the spice flavours. Refreshing and a superlative example of the style.

In keeping with the style, very highly carbonated. I know this is how they are brewed, but it is the aspect of wits that I like least, as I find the aggressive carbonation irritating. Otherwise a medium bodied and crisp beer.

Overall, truly an exemplar of the style. Probably the best classic witbier I have had. However, I slightly prefer Charlevoix's Dominus Vobiscum Blanche, as I find the addition of chamomile to that beer to really introduce an unusual element that works wonders. However, this is a fantastic beer and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:43:48 | More by jrenihan
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Aethien

Netherlands

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice pale yellow colour with a 1 finger white head that quickly disappears and leaves little lacing.
It smells like coriander, yeast and citrus, quite fruity and very refreshing. Already this beer is positively surprising me.
There's also plenty of wheat and citrus in the taste very little hops and the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It's very well balanced.
The mouthfeel is just perfect, starts off crisp and with lots of carbonation and ends very smooth. I can't think of anything better than this.

This beer is absolutely amazing, totally blew me out of the water.
Definitely going to be my beer of choice for warm weather whenever I can get my hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 20:35:47 | More by Aethien
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy gold color with a big fluffy bright white head. I'd like to mention that the cork for this was insanely hard to get off, not sure if thats a good sign or not. Smells like a ton of clove with bits of coriander and banana.

Good sweetness on this beer. Lots of banana with good amounts of clove. Fluffy mouthfeel with great balance. The earthy flavors really round out the fruity ones. Flavors blended incredibly well and the beer holds nicely in your mouth. It is extremely good with awesome flavors that round each other out really well.

Big in flavor yet subtle at the same time? it's good

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:49:04 | More by jtierney89
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djbow

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy golden straw with a two finger quickly forming head or tight bubbles. Head retention is moderate and not much lacing is left post dissipation.

S- Yeast, spices (coriander, clove), banana and fresh citrus.

T- Rich yeasty wheat flavor up front followed by grassy and citrus flavors and a delectable spicy finish. No alcohol flavor is detectable. with a glassy taste in between.

M- Crisp, Champagne like feel that cleanses the pallet with each swallow. This is accomplished by the medium-high carbonation combined with a silky soft wheat body.

O- Excellent witbier. Very good representation of the style. Try it you'll like it.

Glass = Tulip.

Temp. = 43F.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:16:52 | More by djbow
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Label says best before end 24 05 13. Translation: drink before May 24th, 2013.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a full inch of head coming from a steady pour. Not much retention as it drops down to an 1/8 inch of mostly solid head and has hardly any lacing.

S- Heavy yeast aroma combined with coriander, clove and lemon peel.

T- Full rush of wheat leads to a spicy finish with a glassy taste in between. The yeast plays a big role in the flavor profile providing a richness to compliment the zesty fruit character and wheat.

M- Sharp and tingly from the medium-high carbonation yet still has a soft body from the wheat.

O- Not world-class IMO but certainly excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 01:49:03 | More by Immortale25
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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