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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,159 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 209
Gots: 52 | 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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

750 ml bottle poured into a pint glass sent to my door compliments of kiltedtxn.

A- Body is a very hazy, nearly opaque golden yellow hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy, soapy, white head that has perfect retention at 1finger the whole way down. Small traces of lacing left behind here and there in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and uniform when held up to the light the brew is barely translucent.

S- Nose is heavy on coriander. Orange Zest can also be detected with a backbone of sweet bready yeast.

T- Flavor follows similar suit as the nose. Coriander and a hint of orange zest upfront with a healthy bready yeast backbone to balance it out. Coriander is the highlight of the finish as the other flavors fade. What lingers is a slight hint of coriander and mild bready flavors.

M- Carbonation is pretty high-which makes this otherwise perfectly sessionable beer a slow sipper. Body has a good consistency-medium weight and somewhat doughy, not in the least bit thin anywhere.

D- This is a really got witbier- one of the better examples of the style around. This one is full of flavor and a bit spicier than most of the other examples. Wonderful overall-the only thing that keeps this from being an A+ witbier in my book is the mouthfeel, which is good, but a bit over carbonated and the body could be smoother.

01-15-2010 18:16:37 | More by PittBeerGirl
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours very cloudy yellow with a white head.

Clean aroma of lemon, coriander, wheat, and clovey spice.

Very light bodied, which is a good thing for this beer, with bright lemon and clove notes.

A perfect thirst quencher, as drinkable as they come. If only it were July...

01-15-2010 01:39:46 | More by brownbeer
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aubuc1

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

330 ml bottle poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, hazy banana looking mess with a fluffy white head. Spot on.

Smell is very smooth. Light spice, orange. Very balanced.

Wow. Taste jumps out as a sharp slightly sour then fading to a smooth finish. Some salty taste reminds me of saltwater feel.

Very good full mouthfeel and a very smooth beer.

Spicier than other wits I have had, but a great beer from a great brewery.

12-31-2009 22:10:03 | More by aubuc1
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billshmeinke

California

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy golden color. One finger white head, resides to a half a finger head. A bit of lacing.

S: Smells like wheat grain, bread-y belgian yeast, coriander, slight lemon zest.

T: Wheat, coriander, belgian yeast, slight lemon/orange zest, a little bit of bitterness from hops.

M: Very carbonated, prickly on the tongue, dry finish.

D: Very easy to drink.

12-14-2009 03:56:28 | More by billshmeinke
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lemon gold color with a ½" fluffy white head that slowly but visibly recedes. Sipping leaves a nice sheet of foam on one side of the glass and a widely scattered pattern of leggy and speckled lacing on the other. Mid-way through the beer the layer of foam on the surface has thinned considerably, the ring has gotten smaller, but rings and sheets of foam still cling to parts of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft and slightly wheaty with traces of lemon zest and coriander all backed up by some faint but pleasant herbal notes.

Taste: Pretty much as predicted by the nose, the clean, crisp, slightly tart flavor has some orange and lemon mingled with coriander and a faint traces of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and silky smooth with foamy carbonation. The finish begins in the citric flavors that fade and allow the coriander to emerge and then fade away into a slightly herbal dryness.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer to drink again. It has a clean crisp flavor that is refreshing, smooth and enjoyable. This is a beer to drink again in the future whenever and where ever it is found.

12-12-2009 01:48:33 | More by drtth
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BeerMark

Alabama

3/5  rDev -28.1%

After paying $5.99 for my bottle of St. Bernardus Witbier at World Market in Montgomery, I was expecting something fantastic. What I got was an overpriced witbier that didn't taste any different than any other witbier out there. It tasted good with wheat accents but the sticker shock was more than I could stand. I think I'll stick with the Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat or the Sam Adams White Ale. This one's just another overpriced and overrated import.

12-09-2009 01:59:32 | More by BeerMark
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huricrane47

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%

This beer is a little different than most white beers that i have had because its lacks sweetness. Instead it gives us a tart lemon and orange taste that leaves a tangy finish. It also has a smell that is similar to a fresh cut orange. The color is a cloudy gold and white with a white head. This beer is pretty pricey and i would probably spend my money on blanche de chambly, hoegaarden, white rascal, ect.. because they have more flavor and are cheaper. Although, it is good to try if you want a dryer white beer that is made from the brewer of hoegaarden. This beer is okay.

12-06-2009 01:45:56 | More by huricrane47
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

Another beer reviewed while sitting at the huge round table in the guests lounge during our stay at the Brouwershuys (brewers house), the brewery owned B&B. The fridge is full of beer and is included in the cost of staying, so drink as much or little as you wish. My wife and I had five beers between us and were told off for not having more (I hadn't the cheek to ask if I could take some home.).

Anyway my bottle of Wit was fresh and lovely. Not my favourite style by a long way, but it was in the fridge and had to be reviewed because I hadn't had it before!

Cloudy, light orange/yellowish white witha bright white head on top.

The smells in gave off reminded me of grapefruits and citrus fruits in general, coriander and wheat added to the aroma.

Tingles the tongue and a drier aftertaste. The coriander in the smell takes over in the taste, with the citrus fruits battling to compete, nice mix.

This was drank on a cold windy day, the lounge was however warm and is very well appointed, beautiful paintings and ornaments. An ideal place to review beers from the brewery next door and highly recommended for a stay.

12-02-2009 09:55:10 | More by BlackHaddock
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Fluffy white head with interesting, soapy, sticky, sticky lacing. Aroma is of clove, banana and Belgian yeast. Taste follows suit and is smooth as a baby's bottom with absolutely no hint of alcohol. Brilliant, has to be one of the best wits in the world. Paired well with a gaggle of deviled eggs.

11-26-2009 23:28:42 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

750mL on 9/18 from notes. Thanks Chris for this extra in a recent trade.

Pours a hazy straw with a very strong white head. You could fall asleep on the pillow of foam sitting atop this beer.

Smells of tangy wheat, spices, citrus and lemon zest. Crackery malts. A bit more herbal or spice character might be nice but could overshadow some of the other things going on here. It's pretty balanced.

Initially, a lemon-square baked good kind of sweetness tempered by spicy wheat tang and lightly toasted bready malt. The rest of the flavors in the taste were foreshadowed by the aroma.

Properly carbonated and good mouthfeel for its style. The carbonation helps to wake up the taste buds. Excellent drinkability, I had no trouble taking down the bottle myself. Paired nicely with some simple cheese and crackers.

11-25-2009 03:25:45 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with silver label into my Corsendonk x-mas sniffer. Pours very light in color. I wouldn't even classify it to be yellow. More like a sandy color. Head is pretty thick at first but quickly subsides leaving light lacing. Also very cloudy.
Smells a lot like other witbiers. Crisp, pear...grapefuit...citrus.
Pretty carbonated...let warm up a little. At fridge temp, it has little flavor. As it warms up, a little fruity...sour...citrus. Very light and drinkable.

11-19-2009 19:47:42 | More by ShadesOfGray
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -24.9%

Bottle at Chaucer's. Pours cloudy hazy yellow with a good frothed bleach white cap. The aroma is full of yeast and lactic components, which surprising. Lots of funk, some fruity esters, very yeasty, a touch of clove. The flavour profile is very tart citrus, some hints of banana, spices, but lots of funky sour yeast. Finishes creamy, in fact almost too creamy, with lots of funky yeast in the finish.

11-03-2009 14:23:44 | More by mrmanning
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Cloudy banana peel yellow, small white head with very little retention, very light ring of bubbles around edge of glass.

S = Lemon juice and lemon peel, light cinnamon, some orange pulp, whole wheat unbaked bread dough.

T = Lemon and orange juice mixed with bananas, wheat germ, strong flavors and yet very refreshing on the tongue.

M = Maybe a little too much carbonation bubbling in the mouth, good medium body and decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a very refreshing beer but perhaps just a bit too biting to really qualify as highly drinkable.

11-01-2009 13:14:10 | More by Traquairlover
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1%

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$8.99 / ea.

S: Wonderful scent of oranges with just a little coriander. Great!

A: Cloudy straw body with a big loose head that quickly dissipates to a nice cover with little lacing.

T: Not perfect, but pretty damn good. Wheat, citrus, spice, and very little hop taste. Very good example of a witbier.

M: Medium carbonation but trickles down the back of the throat accompanied by soft bubbles. Soothing.

D: Very refreshing. Medium carbonation, grainy, and just the right amount of citrus and spice. I like it.

O: A great session beer to share with those who love great beer.

11-01-2009 04:39:51 | More by dpnelson1978
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -28.1%

Pale yellow with fluffy white head forming a plateau. Aroma of bananas and citrus, with a slightly bitter edge. Tastes of bitter grapefruit and bread with hints of black pepper. A fairly standard wheat beer. Refreshing enough, but not the brewer's strength.

10-31-2009 23:29:26 | More by Travlr
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

A cloudy light yellow color with a pure white head and retention that remand through the entirety of the drink.
Lemon zest as well as fresh lemon juice, hints of orange with a light spice. A pleasant musty character also makes an appearance.
Citrus character abound with a perfectly paired malt backbone. Finishes with very light coriander.
Silky smooth.
What a great beer. If this was more affordable it could possibly replace Weiheinstephaner as my wheat beer of choice.

10-22-2009 05:48:30 | More by alovesupreme
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours a hazy and murky cream-yellow with a frothy thick head that laces the glass very well

Very nice aroma of dried dark fruits pears and raisins, tart citrus orange peel and lemon, with a very distinct yeast character

The flavour is citrusy and spicy and finishes very dry. There is nothing too sweet about this beer and its extremely drinkable. Sweet and tart fruit characteristics give this beer depth in addition to the peppery spices from the yeast strain. Overall this beer is complex but refreshing and still somewhat light

Good full bodied beer with a soft but high carbonation. To me this is the benchmark mouthfeel for a belgian wit

10-22-2009 00:55:01 | More by EatsTacos
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BeerCoffeeWater

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Rather good witbier here. Not my style at all, got this from a friend but I'm impressed. Smells spicy, yeasty, clovey. This has an excellent mouthfeel. Might be the first time I've ever thought that from a beer. It's a creamy carbonation. Tastes nice and spicy. Light n' tasty. I love when a beer surprises you. Drinkability is high in this, I'd have lots more if I had anymore. Well done.

10-19-2009 06:07:54 | More by BeerCoffeeWater
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Poured a cloudy golden yellow. Lots of bubbles rising to a fluffy 2 finger white head that has amazing retention.

S- Yeast, corriander, clove, wheat. I'm also getting some traces of banana peel.

T- The spice isn't as prevelant in the taste. I get a nice yeasty wheat taste with some bread in there as well. Definitely some tartness in the end from the citrus.

M- Nice carbonation, silky smooth.

D- This is a fairly neutral beer for a wit, but I enjoyed it. The flavors weren't overpowering like some beers can be for this style. Very refreshing!

10-16-2009 23:34:19 | More by Dawkfan
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a dark hazy golden yellowish brown head with some ripe banana and honey mustard hues and a half finger foam head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Crisp citrus aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel with some spicy corriander and zesty pepper.

Soft carbonation up front making it crisp and smooth with a nice balance of citrus and spice notes. Slightly bready/yeasty with hints of orange and lemon peel, corriander, ripe banana and peppery lemon zest. Very drinkable with a sweet dry finish.

10-15-2009 06:45:46 | More by corby112
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

If there's a classic witbier appearance against which all other must be judged, this has to be a contender. A hazy pastel yellow body fills two thirds of the pilsener glass, while a large rocky white head takes care of the remainder. As the head dies it leaves nice streaks of lace behind as a reminder. Excellent retention.

The aroma is excellent, and continues along its classic template, but distinguishes itself by its intensity. Large coriander notes mix in with lemon and orange zest to produce a powerfully perfumed bouquet, which manages to be both fresh and zingy. This idea of freshness is continued on the palate, which is thirst-quenching, with its light body and steady stream of bubbles. For a beer this is probably the ideal summer weight.

Thankfully, the flavour delivers on all the promise of the nose. A strong wheat backbone sets the stage for candied orange and lemon peel, which is far more intense than the aroma suggested. Coriander helps to prevent the sweetness from dominating, and subtle spicy clove notes in the finish provide added depth. The intensity

I love St. Bernardus, and it was obvious that their world-class witbier was going to be a winner for me. I was a bit taken back by how insanely drinkable it is, though. Great stuff, and worthy of its rep!

10-14-2009 14:11:08 | More by bobsy
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a very pale, hazy pear yellow color with a a small white head that lasts for a little while before suddenly fading to a light ring and leaving a good amount of lacing.

Strong aroma of citrus and spices with a hint of wheat in the back.

Taste starts off fruity with notes of banana, lemon and orange peel. Some spices become evident in the middle and some light hints of honey, wheat and yeast can be detected in the finish.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, this was very refreshing and probably at the top of my list for wits. Great to drink anytime of year, but really hits the spot on a hot day.

10-11-2009 08:26:40 | More by Vengeance526
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

330ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct9 2009

A I should have used a 500ml glass because this was hard too fit into the 400ml. Once it settled I had a cloudy peach color with lots of bubbles and a massive fluffy white head. It took its time falling and left a nice amount of lace, not rings but large patches and lots of them.

S nice spice with some banana, yeast and some faint citrus, about what I expect from this style nothing overpowering nice balance

T as it smells really, very nice all around

M very light and refreshing a pleasure to drink

D it's amazing how easy this is too drink it just vanishes in no time

a world class beer here, I'm not happy about the price here in Calgary but what can I do

10-09-2009 23:58:32 | More by wordemupg
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weazal

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

S: Light, but noticeable. Yummy, albeit faint, fresh wood aroma with strong wild honey and mild herbs. It's pleasant, if a bit one-noted.

T: Bubbly upfront which transitions into a thick, smooth flavor of savory honey by the middle. It's a little tangy in the finish and overall sports a long, balanced flavor.

10-07-2009 22:04:32 | More by weazal
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5%

One of the beers from Medicine Hat's first beer fest

This is what a beer should look like. Has the classic Wit look, but what puts this in the top tier for looks is the angelic white head, superior head retention ( i could have took a 2 gig SD card full of pics before it receeded) and lacing that could be measured in several millimeters thick.

Quite yeaty, but the citrus and coriander are sweet and floral and certainly present.

Found the inital swig to be more on the citrus side of the spectrum vs. spicy. Coriander is there in the background. Wheat malts provide some snap and crispness initially as well. Smooth middle gives way to a slight chalkiness at the end.

Crisp start leads into a velvet-like smoothness.

Exceptionally balanced, would be an absolute killer on a hot day if it wasn't for the high price tag.

10-07-2009 01:11:14 | More by Shadman
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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