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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

626 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 626
Hads: 1,392
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 278
Gots: 140 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
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 Segelstrom
3.02/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - nice clear golden pour w/ lite/little head

S - light, nothing noteworthy

T - wheat beers are just not my thing. the tartness is not becoming. not full body and rich

M - so so

O- I will grant you this my not be a fair review. I dislike wheat beers -- stouts and IPA's are my thing (287 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-08-19
Glass: Tulip

St. Bernardus' wit is an excellent example of the style, strongly expressive and well-spiced, exhibiting the full characters of what make this beer remarkably satisfying and easy-to-drink through multiple glasses. While the strong coriander, citrus zest, and wheat malt flavors may be more appropriate for summer drinking, I appreciated them equally well on this cold, wet winter day. My only complaint with this is the price: $4.29 for 11.2oz of a fairly resource-unintensive beer? While excellent, I certainly won't be getting this with any frequency.

Pours a tall, 3cm head of bright, white foam that is made up primarily of small bubbles. The way the bubbles collect and arrange themselves from the rising carbonation resembles a collection of ever-replenishing fish, frog, or insect eggs. Retention of the foam is excellent, lasting many minutes in its decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is substantial and ever-present, a thick ring around the entirety of the inner glass as the head descends or the beer is drunk. The body is a fairly heavy yellow color, opaque from suspended sediment, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible running up the sides of the glass, the opacity limiting visibility from the bottom of the glass, though.

Strong aroma of lemon rind, freshly ground coriander, and smooth and semi-sweet wheat malt.

The taste of the beer is sparkling and bright, with potent orange and lemon zest, freshly ground coriander, hints of grapefruit rind, and a perpetually present, grounding base of wheat malt. Front of palate picks up sweetness, as from wheat and barley malts, along with light coriander and citrus zest (mostly orange, a bit of lemon). Mid-palate finds expressive coriander and orange zest, with a background of sweet wheat malt and hints of lemon zest and yeast. Back of palate picks up some pleasant, crisp, modest bitterness along with grapefruit rind and tart orange zest, continued coriander, and a smooth wheat malt base. Aftertaste is of grounding wheat malts, still expressive coriander, yeast, and citrus rind.

The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity that foams this up nicely across the palate, without being overly fizzy or harsh. Closes out semi-dry, with little to no residual stickiness across the palate. (2,408 characters)

Photo of Luke4
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consistent,y one of my all time favorite beers. The look of it is picture perfect: hazy yellow with a lingering, sensual head. The smell is sort of spicy, with coriander coming through; but also a mix of orange/banana I smell. The taste is top notch. The spices are dominant, but banana, orange, and some grassy notes come through to really balance out this beer. Paired with chicken and dumplings, this is a near perfect meal! (427 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge three finger billowy white head. The fluffy head sticky around for a long time and leaves huge clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass. This is what a wit should look like. Picture perfect.

The aroma just jumps out of the glass with lemon and coriander dominating. There are more subtle hints of clove, banana, and orange. There is a real sharpness to the aroma that I love.

The flavor brings forth tons of coriander and more orange than was present in the aroma. Fresh baked bread along with lemon provide support along with a delicate tartness on the tip of the tongue. Perfect soft wheat character along with abundant carbonation that is perfect for the style.

Overall, this is what every witbier should strive to be like. To me, this is the absolute defining beer of the style and by far the best wit I have ever had. I only wish I could get this close to where I live because I would go through cases during the summer. (996 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color, with a thick, creamy, fluffy white head that sticks around for a while, and leaves beautiful lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, cloves, citrus

Taste: Banana, wheat, cloves, coriander, finishes with lemony tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels almost creamy, but with good carbonation

Overall: An excellent Witbier, just wish it was cheaper and easier to find. It is great. (408 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into tulip. Pours a golden hazy straw with a big white foamy head. Nice floral clove and yeasty aroma. Taste is full of clove and yeast with a bit of citrus mainly orange. Just an all around perfect wit...a bit peppery but delicious. (260 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Wit has a thick, foamy, off-white head, a large amount of heavy lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. Some brown sediment chunks are visible after the bottom of the bottle is swished. The aroma is of white wheat bread and citrus, and the taste is of coriander, white wheat bread, a shade of banana, spice (white pepper?), and yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and St. Bernardus Wit finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a great wheat beer, and I think fans of this style will enjoy it.

RJT (593 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a tall and creamy white head that has good retention. Some lace sticking to the side.

S- vibrant lemon peel and coriander, some earthy funky yeast, floral notes some must. Aromas are much more profound than a typical wit.

T-notes of coriander and lemon with faint floral hops, wheaty backbone, some tartness mid palate, perhaps from the yeast. Wheat and chalky finish is dry with a lemon-like linger.

M- light-med body with lively carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- this is on of those wits that sets the standards for all others. Bright in aroma and flavor where others wits are often muted. Refreshing beer. (675 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Pours an appropriately cloudy lemon yellow color. The rocky white head is doggedly persistent. Lacing is plentiful and very sticky and foamy. This is as good as a wit can look.

S: Yeasty and spicy with scents of white and black pepper, soft clove, faint lemon, and orange peel. Slightly musty. Wheaty base smells of dough. The nose really pops and is a little more complex than youtraverage wit.

T: Doughy, creamy wheat with a bit of that lemony zing. Strong pull of orange peel and a spike of coriander. Peppery. Yeasty with a slight clove impression and subtle, vague spices. Maybe even a ghostly hint of herbal hops. Wheaty and yeasty on the finish.

M: Light in body. Textbook frothy milkshake mouthfeel. Aggressive carbonation cuts through the body and scrubs the palate. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: I bought the St. Bernardus mix pack just for this beer, and it did not disappoint. This is a real witbier. They don't make 'em like this anymore. It's way too drinkable, and even I was surprised by how quickly I drained my glass. It really hit the spot, even in the dead of winter. They really need to get this beer over here in volume, especially toward the summer months. (1,234 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

typically hazy, yellow, and this one has a beautiful, rich billowy white head and wonderful carbonation.
aromas of richness, but nothing really distinctive.
taste is very rich. i used to like this style very much but became very opposed to it due to the richness, just as i have with the hefes....
i purchased this because i love the st bernardus line and i wanted to see how they did this one. while still avoiding the hefes and the wits, i can see this as being the standard. while hoegaarden was the commercially available 'standard', i really appreciate this one as having a cleaner and more refreshing taste. more subdued spiced. still too rich for me, but, in my opinion, a much better product than hoegaarden. i wish i lived in belgium. or at least traveled there. being in the air force during the clinton administration, i sat by as all movement was frozen to due budget cuts. i so badly wanted to experience a real oktoberfest...
i gave this very high marks due to the sublteness, yet still present, of the spices.... (1,028 characters)

Photo of fields336
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger white creamy head. light gold to yellow

S: sweet honey, bready malt, herb, clove, cardamom, slight vanilla

T: herbs and honey, sweet clove and bubble gum flavor, spiced cardamom and white pepper

M: medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, dry finish (265 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/29/13.

Pours a murky butter yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and a perfume-like citrus aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice finish that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is tasty and easy to drink. (498 characters)

Photo of impending
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (509 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of sureshot08
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Serge
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of blatantdream
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (649 characters)

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.