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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 193
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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 Rayek


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St Bernardus chalice.

A: Cloudy straw with active carbonation from small bubbles. The dirty white cap has tons of character. It sticks around the whole way down the glass and leaves a very heavy lace behind.

S: Cloves, coriander, lemon, orange zest and some nice raw grain. I can tell that this beer will be worth the price of admission.

T: Smooth and well balanced. A grainy raw wheat flavor starts things out. Spices kick in to provide balance with clove and coriander. There's a lemon and sourdough tartness toward the end.

M: Silky and creamy, yet also full of tingling carbonation. This beer has a very nice feel to it.

D: This Wit goes down easy. I was through my bottle in a flash. If I could afford it, this would make a great summer mainstay.

This was the first stop on my tour of St Bernardus beers. Up next are Pater 6, Prior 8 and Abt 12.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 15:59:33 | More by Rayek
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Hazy yellow brown color. Two fingers of frothy white head with average retention and moderate lacing.

4.0 S: Solid earthy wheat base. Some fruity esters reminiscent of lighter fruits. Slight vegetal tones as well.

4.5 T: Foremost, there is a tartness and funk going on that I didn't really expect. Earthy wheat and plenty of yeastiness. Slight spiciness with pepper and coriander.

4.5 M: Medium body. Perfect carbonation. Smooth finish with a pleasant earthy aftertaste.

4.5 D: No significant flaws and good complexity make this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 19:22:53 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Patrick999


3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You don't see too much St. Bernardus Wit in South Florida compared to St. B's other beers, so when I saw it on tap at Abraxas...

A - Poured into a dedicated glass an appropriate cloudy gold, decent head and retention.

S - Light banana-clove aroma.

T - Mostly a yeasty banana with a hint of sweetness. Seems "softer," less heavy on the coriander and/or citrus than other witbiers. Bananas and light rum.

F - Just a little too soft for my complete liking. Think I'd like this one a little more spiky.

D - A good, drinkable wit, but I think I prefer them sharper and more spicy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2009 17:33:01 | More by Patrick999
Photo of ThirstyBird


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful hazy tan/orange color with a two finger white fluffy head that falls to a fluffy blanket layer.
S - Nice nose, yeast, pepper, coriander, orange zest.
T - Wow! This is not my favorite style but this is a great Wit! Light and delicate flavors, yet a lot going on. Spicy, citrus, yeasty with a nice dry finish.
M/F - Active carbonation, light body. Nice and refreshing mouthfeel.
D - This is a very good wit beer. St. Bernardus does not drop the ball on this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 01:46:40 | More by ThirstyBird
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before 2/18/11.

A: Cloudy orange body which swirls around in the glass like a maelstrom. Head quickly fades.

S: Grapefuit, some lemon, slightly floral.

T: Again, reminiscent of grapfruit. A nice balance between sweetness and tartness. Some perfumey notes.

M: Light and effervescent.

D: An excellent summer beer. I'd drink it more often if it wasn't twice as expensive as other wits.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 05:26:47 | More by BarrelO
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


2.7/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Nona's in SLO. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out nearly white. Once settled, the body very cloudy, and a strong pale yellow in color (kinda like lemonade). Light carbonation can be seen around the sides of the glass. Head is initially large, white, and fizzy, but fades fast.

Smell: Lemon peel, clove, sweet cream, and sour Belgian yeast. Sweet and smooth.

Taste: Mouth-puckering sourness: all lemon and yeast. Neither Jorge nor myself enjoyed this too much. The sourness seemed to fade out as the session progress, but maybe it was just the taste-buds being numbed by the high carbonation and lemon-like sourness. Good amount of spice and some doughy malts as well. Tastes like a cheap lemonade mimosa. Medicine-like.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and actively carbonated. Kinda chalky, kinda creamy. Lots of tingling results from the carbonation. Flavor leaves the mouth pretty quickly, leaving only remnants of lemon.

Drinkability: This bottle may have been tainted. First off, I stored it on it's side but set it upright prior to the pour, allowing any yeast that may have been there to mix into the beer. Second, this bottle came from Sidewalk Market (a.k.a. Nona's) in SLO, which is a breeding ground for sunlight-damaged beers. All that said, I thought this tasted like a cheap lemonade mimosa. No, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 03:58:04 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $3.79. Kind of steep but it was a single bottle purchase. They sell a four pack of these for $11.99 I think so that is fair.

A Great looking meringue white head which is like 3.5 inches tall (I had to stop pouring into my Brewery Ommegang Witte glass while the head settled down) over a cloudy yellow body which glows in front of direct light. Agitation of the bottom of the bottle (and subsequently pouring it into the glass) produced significant floaties of yeast in my glass. very cool. Oh yeah, nice lacing on the glass as well.

S A nice solid smelling witbier with a welcome touch of malty sweetness, like distant sugar or a light syrup smell. Love the smell of Belgian yeast as well in this beer. Hard for me to detect but there may be some grains able to be smelled as well.

T Wow, a very nice Witbier that I am sitting here thinking about: This may be THE Witbeir. It has such a classic grainy wheat taste, a reasonably thin mouthfeel and also reasonably low ABV at 5.5%. This may be what other brewers taste and strive for. I do not get the sweetness that I thought that I was smelling but I got a whole lot of the grains and possibly herbs and spices but mostly the wheat grains.

M Light to moderate and style defining.

D Excellent and if it were not for the price tag (about $3 each if purchased in a four pack) this would be my standard go to Witbier.

Notes: My sister enjoyed other Witbiers (Allagash White, Hoegaarden) so maybe I will spring for one of these for her to try sometime soon. This is a style defining Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 04:07:19 | More by adamette
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty great beer. Poured from the tap into a wheat glass. Small head but it lasts with nice lacing on the glass. The color is a hazy and cloudy orangish yellow. The mouthfeel is great, good carbonation that lasts.

Taste is great as well, light and citrusy this is a beer I feel like I could drink all day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 21:05:55 | More by iuhoosier336
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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I gotta start by saying wow. This beer has now become my favorite wit beer. Poured into a Duvel glass. Nice cloudy orange color. Hints of orange and clove? in the aroma. Taste was just sublime with just the right amount of orange in the taste and light spiciness. Very smooth, creamy and easy to drink. I wish I had one more bottle. My wife doesn't like this style of beer but loved this one. Excellent

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 01:05:14 | More by atpben
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pizza-P's, one of the few well-known wits I haven't yet tried. Honestly, I wasn't impressed. Poured a light yellow color with fairly weak white head and no real lacing. Nose was light citrus fruitiness. Flavor was similar, fairly mild citrus and a touch of wheat. Body is nice, with busy fun carbonation. Overall, it's a good example of the style, but lacks the punch of some of my favorite wits. Given the price, I probably wouldn't get this again in the face of most other wits (give me a Hoegarden (sp?) any day).

Birreria Paradiso/$8.50/Goblet

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 18:45:41 | More by soupyman10
Photo of whitehouse50

New Jersey

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

Had this on tap at Andy's in a pint glass. Pours a lite hazy yellow color with a small white head.

Aromas of lemons, maybe bananas, hints of tartness with a little bite to it.

On the first sip I can taste a slight fruity sweetness with a little tartness in it similar to the aroma. Overall its not overpowering, it's a solid wheat beer nothing more nothing less. A perfect example.

M & D is very nice. This is medium bodied and goes down very smooth. I could sit and drink this all day during the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2009 13:14:28 | More by whitehouse50
Photo of unclejimbay


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Wit (Pierre Celis Signature)
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.50 %
big 750 ml bottle>pint glass
live review 3/25/09 @ home

A 4.5 - milky lemon yellow in color, beautiful pillowing fluffy head. noticebale carbonation, clean with no visible sediment. Excellent lacing through entire beer.
S 4.0 - lemon citrus spice notes. some mild yeasty clovey-ness.
T 4.5 taste follows smell with a sharp tart finish. A crisp bite in aftertaste from the high and tight carbonation.
MF 4.0 unique high carbonaion, almost like a champagne. Crisp sharp mouthfeel, otherwise light on body. Light but crisp.
D 4.5 - A very beautiful, fine well rounded witbier according to style.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 02:50:28 | More by unclejimbay
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 13 09 10:

Pours clouded (even as it pours/before bottom is swirled and poured) soft yellow - nearly white. A large fluffy head descends slowly and stays, leaving lacing.

The smell is of coriander, orange peel and some bubblegum, somewhat perfumy/medicinal.

The taste is of coriander (pretty aggressively, making it peppery) with orange peel. Medicinal/perfumy, but not overly so. Finishes with a spicy dryness.

It is appropriately light-bodied. Carbonation is almost too much, making a foamy texture on the palate. A tingly sensation sticks.

A better feel would make this even more refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 20:17:09 | More by jwc215
Photo of stumac


4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer hoping that it would stay true to Brouwerij St. Bernard's good name. It sure mutha fuckin did.

A - murky dulled yellow (almost looks like fitered vomit, but in a good way). Thin white head that lasted with it pretty much the whole way down.

S - definate fruit. lemon, orange. very nice aromatics. i wish they would turn it into a cologne.

T - initial taste was lemon, coriander. followed by orange, wheat.

MF - very smoothe. rolls back easy peasy. definately a great session beer (even though I hate the word "session" for some reason) so a great chug beer.

D - very drinkable hence it is a liquid. but seriously, it would go great with any light meal like fish, chicken, squirrel, whatever....

all in all, this is for sure a tastey burger. I would easily buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 04:02:05 | More by stumac
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3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/3/2008 (bottle BB270709):

Pours a golden colored body, very cloudy, yellow. Whitish head, diminishing. Very fruity fizzy aroma, banana, spicy. Lots of aromas. Fizzy fruity taste, some spice. Cooling aftertaste. Some dusty, might be the malts. Tasty with the spices.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 20:23:26 | More by jujubeast6000
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a massive head with lots of peaks and craters which last a long time. Hazy pale yellow in color, very murky. Aroma is that of banana and spice.

Taste is similar to aroma, sweet and creamy but slightly spicy at first, very smooth finish. Very good drinkability. Would definitely have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:01:25 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with a perfect two finger white head which remains forever and leaves nice lacing. A great looking beer who's appearance makes you want to drink it.

Smells of a nice mixture of honey, wheat, malt, banana and maybe even some mango.

Taste is very similar to the scent, and it is very refreshing. Everything together in an excellent balance.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation to make it very refreshing.

This is the best Wit beer I've ever had. Man I wish they carried this here in Vegas. Next time I take a trip to California I'm going to make sure to pick up a number of bottles of this. A truly superb brew from our Belgian brothers.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 21:15:22 | More by JBogan
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United Kingdom (England)

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

BB 28/06/10, served chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet. On the top of the front label bears "Pierre Celis Signature Selection".

A: serving it cloudy, it ends up in the glass a murky light chestnut brown hue, coming with a very creamy and tight off-white froth settling slowly and leaving tight lacing behind, while the carbonation comes semi-lively but never too much.
S: marvellous, like a Belgian pale ale mixed with a witbier, for the estery fig-jam, white dates and an exotic edge of Taiwanese aiyu-jelly (a hint usually coming with Belgian pale) comes in abundance, in addition to faint dustiness, sweet citrus notes of hops, thin wheat-malts and coriander seeds. Overall, complicated and well-integrated.
T: utterly delicious and refreshing - the light malty and wheat-ish entry is skirted by a lovely mixture of dried white dates, melted crystal sugar, zesty citrus, and complicated spicy undertones of coriander seeds and maybe white pepper. Rather aromatic-powdery (like mashed lentils or Chinese green beans actually) in the finish with a fine bitter edge of hops... simply lip-smacking and even more-ish in a sense.
M&D: the attenuated but incredibly refreshing carbonation underlines the delicious profile and a full body just perfectly, keeping the palate intact throughout the drink, never going thin. At 5.5%abv., the body is 110% full as evinced by a solid malty+sugary backbone, while the spicy-yeast and lightly bitter edge helps to ensure a perfect balance. All in all, one of the best witbiers I've luckily tasted!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 18:17:16 | More by wl0307
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4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 12-21-08

Done horizontally with Hitachino Nest White

Eye: This one pours great. Before the yeast is thrown into the mix (I swirled the bottle and poured it into the glass) the beer was a hazy golden, now it is an extremely light brown, or perhaps more correctly a hazy dark gold with some serious light brown notes. Head is a pure white and meringue creature. Excellent retention and formation. I'd like the color to be a bit lighter, but this works too. Lacing is composed of some nice thick rings connected by spotty lace inbetween, layers definitely layers.

Nose: Orange, plenty of curacao in here, and spicy coriander. There's kinda a warmth to the coriander in the aroma. Not as potent as the Hitachino but more pure. Hey, what else can you say, it smells like a wit should. Maybe some lemon aroma in there too.

Tongue: Really nice and light, perfect delicacy. Very refreshing and thirst quenching, but with lots of flavor, not only do the orange and other citrus come through but the coriander is balanced in there as well. Much better than the Hitachino where coriander seemed to take foreground. Here its a perfect soft blend of everything. Yeast character is found in this beer too, but it melds nicely with the rest of the beer. Really good wit beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Delicate and light on the palate, perfect. I don't think I've had anything that felt this delicate on the palate. Very light body, fleeting almost. This one may not be as robust or as forward as my two favorites, Southampton and Wittekerke, but the mouthfeel of this one surpasses them in all aspects. I am really quite amazed at the feel on this beer. Just a real nice soft round smoothness with a subtly dry finish. Easy to drink, I'll be picking this one up again, and I'm sure the impression it will have on me in the summer will be even greater. Really drinkable, extremely quenching and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:04:28 | More by becktone
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Standard pint glass. White (really?), one-finger head with a hazy white color to the beer.

Should have swirled harder to produce some yeast with my pour as I prefer the yeasty variety of this style.

Orange aroma with a hint of sourness. Good mouthfeel, dry, clean finish - well done for this style.

Halfway through really pick up the Belgian yeast aroma.

Right on for this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:15:03 | More by Yetiman420
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at slightly below cellar temperature, this beer was intensely carbonated, although not quite a 'gusher'. It's a brownish-tan color with lots of cloudiness and haze. Beautiful, self-sustaining head with a decent amount of lace. The aroma is where this beer starts to get good, though. Lot's of clove and spice. It's almost tea-like in the aroma, accompanied by plenty of lemon and grapefruit smells. Even better is the taste: refreshing and slightly sweet with coriander and a wonderful rising-dough flavor. The tartness keeps the beer drinkable. Smooth despite the carbonation. Perfect for a sunny afternoon!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 12:43:12 | More by Suds
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West Virginia

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

11.2 oz brown bottle served into a Chimay Goblet.
Pours a pale golden color with a silky white head that falls quickly to a steady coating,very lively looking as of champagne.Huge chunks of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Clean light spicyness bannana bread with a hint of lemon with some corriander.
Clean light taste with a citrusy zest,Yeasty with subtle spicyness.Light and tangy mouthfeel. A nice summer beer expected just a bit more taste,but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:56:18 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One inch white head with little tiny bubbles, minimal lacing and moderate head retention. The beer is a hazy golden color.

S- Lots of spicy piny aromas up front. Sweet and sour citrus notes, oranges and lemons. Some peppery notes along with some nice yeasty aromas.

T- The flavors are not what I expected from the aroma, much milder then the aroma suggested. Dry citrusy flavors, mostly lemon but some mild orange. It kind of tastes like lemon-aid, only not nearly as sweet. There is some sweetness but not too much. This beer drys out quick and leave almost no aftertaste.

M- This is a light bodied beer that has some good crispness. Not much more to talk about here.

Overall- I think this would be a nice beer to drink in the summer it is pretty light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 22:39:04 | More by br3wmeister
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up cloudy yellow, with a thick, foamy white head. It has great staying power, leaving lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Spicy coriander lemon notes dominate, and hint of orange.

T - Not a sweet as some other wits, with wheaty notes--an almost hefeweiss flavor. There is a lactic bite, and some lemon in the finish.

M - Medium to medium full body, and creamy.

D - Very nice, smooth and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 01:56:48 | More by hiikeeba
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a bottle on the bus to Sonoma breweries.

A - Light blonde pour, three fingered head, and dissipates slow.

S - Cloves, coriander, and orange.

T - Really good. Same as above, but with a more pronounced hoppy, citrus bitterness.

M - Very smooth and the citrusiness comes out on the end.

D - Very drinkable, would enjoy this on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 17:58:49 | More by MisterClean
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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