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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,118 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 196
Gots: 43 | 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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sd123

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-15-2012 11:53:09 | More by sd123
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-15-2012 04:10:53 | More by whartontallboy
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paperbackfoster

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-14-2012 05:24:15 | More by paperbackfoster
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-06-2012 22:56:17 | More by Dope
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-04-2012 03:19:34 | More by tclapper
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-02-2012 13:59:18 | More by Stoffel
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VEGAVEGA

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-02-2012 06:30:19 | More by VEGAVEGA
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Sinewave

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-01-2012 23:35:48 | More by Sinewave
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johnnybelgians

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-01-2012 17:11:53 | More by johnnybelgians
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mkppisdead

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-01-2012 06:26:07 | More by mkppisdead
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

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

In search of the perfect witbier. See the head to head taste comparisons to other white beers below. But first:

Smoke billowed out of the top upon popping the cork on this bad boy. That raised the score .5 alone. A wee bit darker, cloudier, and foamier than most white wheat beers. Nice lacing. I think this is what more paler beers should or are supposed to look like.

S: The o-dooouur was about like any white beer, but maybe more mellow on some spices or fruitiness when compared to the witbiers.

T: Ahh the taste. Yes the taste is wonderful. St. Bernardus Witbier is a a little drier and a little more creamy.

In comparison to some other white beers, this has little less tang on the aftertaste than Ommegang Witte Beer. Ommegang finishes with a lemon citus flavor while St B is more like a lemon peel bitter. Both are goood. Draw.

Compared to my good best friend from France, Amadeus, St. B is a little less spicey. Both have a little lower carbonation. I prefer Amadeus.

Hoegaarden is bigger bubblier type of white beer. Hoe is lighter and has a bit more spice. Hoegaarden is a lighter colored and lighter flavored smoother beer from which I catch a sweetness. I find more refreshing and drinkable. But there is a certain prevalent bitter spice that really makes St. Bernardus rocks with a clean thirst quenching lemon peel aftertaste. The sourness is more prevalent on St. Bernardus Witbier than Hoegaarden. A clear win though for Hoegaarden for me.

M: Drinkability is high for due to the lighter carbonation. That's a huge plus for me.

Overall this is a great beer. High marks. Goes down well with some live Santana or Miles Davis electric period type from an outdoor fest.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:14:46 | More by frankiepop
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babybew

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-29-2011 20:25:56 | More by babybew
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jcone17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-29-2011 19:31:04 | More by jcone17
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RickS95

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite, but great for the style. A milky yellow that resembles grapefruit juice in color. A bright white head of small bubbles.

Smells Belgian. Funky yeast scent mixed with coriander, a touch of orange zest, and some cloves. While the head dissipated relatively quicky, you can almost smell the carbonation.

The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are less pronounced. A bit of the tangy yeast provides the slightest touch of sweetness, whilc cracked pepper shines. Notes of pear or Granny Smith apples give further pucker.

Whereas I normally find Belgian beers to be tight feeling, this seemed a bit loose. Light bodied and highly carbonated, my palate picked up sweet and spicy, with bitter and tangy in the finish.

Overall, it's a really good beer. There were lots of things I liked, but a few things that I didn't. It's something I'd happily drink again in the future, but there are other beers I'd like to try first.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:11:55 | More by RickS95
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TranceTF

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-25-2011 01:21:43 | More by TranceTF
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-24-2011 16:42:07 | More by MsRif
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BillDon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-23-2011 21:36:51 | More by BillDon
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Etan

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2011 06:06:59 | More by Etan
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Sam2000001

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-20-2011 19:02:38 | More by Sam2000001
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draheim

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (best before 8/12/2012) poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a fluffy white head, leaves some lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, pale malt, some faint spice & citrus notes.

Taste is pale malt, Belgian yeast, some subtle spice, lemon & pepper. Really light and airy.

Mouthfeel is velvety but w/ a crisp finish. Refreshing.

Overall, except for the big-bottle format this is a really good sessionable Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:16:25 | More by draheim
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-18-2011 18:48:17 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Leftofthedial

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-17-2011 23:11:40 | More by Leftofthedial
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Just over a finger of effervescent, white head. Almost totally opaque orange-yellow color. Incredibly cloudy. No head retention and no lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast, citrus and peach upfront on the nose. Notes of banana and clove are also detectable, but faint. Coriander and a touch a Belgian candi sugar. A decent spiciness to it as well.

T - Distinctly St. Bernardus. Strong french bread, yeast, and a darker flavor that I think is coming from the candi sugar that gives the beer a heavier taste. I think this feel works really good with the darker and stronger beers that St. Bernardus brew, but here it sort of gets in the way of the things I like most in a witbier. Lots of fruitiness can be picked out here and there. Grapefruit, unripe oranges and banana. Finishes both sweet and spicy, with the Belgian spices and yeast coming through nicely.

M - Bubbly and fairly smooth; there's a bit of bite to it though. Carbonation is pretty strong, but it helps balance out the flavor a bit. Medium bodied feel, but not quite too heavy for a wit; again, the carbonation helps balance this.

D - After initially reviewing what I though was a bad bottle of this beer, I can now see that's just the way this beer is. I enjoyed it more now than then, but this just doesn't quite do it for me. Although this is certainly a departure from what I know as a witbier, it's still a great beer, and one I know I'll be revisiting down the road. But overall this one just didn't deliver like I had hoped. A good beer, but I'll be reaching for a Hoegaarden before this in the future. That is until I try more witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 09:24:26 | More by Converge
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peteramullen

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-15-2011 00:30:55 | More by peteramullen
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Theitos

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-13-2011 00:15:59 | More by Theitos
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.