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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 216
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003)
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Photo of kwakwhore
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not my usual IPA,DIPA, but thought I should get this in while summer is still hanging on.
Cloudy yellow pour with a big white head which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Coriander scents along with a little bit of hops.
Lightly sweet taste with just a hint of citric character(no I didn't use an orange slice) a hint of hops and of course coriander. Very understated.
Refreshing mouthfeel, carbonation is just right.
Very easy to drink, I could spend a summer afternoon with a few of these.
Not my favorite style, but this is a good beer from a great brewery.

kwakwhore, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Cloudy pale peach in color. Half finger sudsy white head, leaves ring of froth around the top.

S) Mildly sweet. Yeast, lemon, orange, mild spice/coriander.

T) Yeasty bread, mild citrus, bitter aftertaste. More bitter than other Wits I've had, not unpleasantly so.

MF) Crisp, well carbonated.

D) High if you like this style. Relatively mild taste makes this a solid Wit. Potentially a great session beer with 5.5% ABV.

Nice and refreshing. A classic wit.

sophisticated, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light gold in colour, very tight white spongy head that slowly settles.

Smooth, creamy, slightly sweet nose with light citrus and corainder, even some faint peach. Not complex but the quality shines through.

The mouthfeel is light, creamy yet effervescent, with a burst of pinpricks of carbonation on the finish.

Flavour is refreshing and mild, nothing complex either, just smooth and creamy sweet light peach and faint spicy coriander, mild spicy finish, clean aftertaste although a hint of spice pops up after a while. Nothing bombastic here, but it's all in the right place and of quality.

Probably the most enjoyable wit I've ever had, or at least can recall sampling, these four bottles went quickly, and I have a hankering for more. Like I said above, this is not a complex wit, but a well crafted, well put together wit all the same, very high quality, and very satisfying.

IronDjinn, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle purchased at McKean & Charles in Waldoro, Maine.

As is standard for St. Bernardus, there is a monk character featured on the label hoisting a chalice filled with beer, a wit in this case. This specific offering from them, I had been putting off.
Appearance is a deep golden color with a 2 finger head that sits for a bit and then with some time turns into a 1 finger head.
Smell, first word is wow ; a strong citrus zest, spices as well.
Mouthfeel consists of coriander, vanilla extract, clove.
Drinkability is very good, this is a very clean tasting wit, a great nose and taste to it and that finishes in a very pleasant manner.

mltobin, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of buh
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A cottony-white head, honey/gold liquid. Slightly cloudy as expected.

Smell - Mild citrus, a bit of yeast, a bit of clove, some fruit.

Taste - Lemon, touch of coriander and orange, a bit of banana bread.

Mouthfeel - Smooth - carbonation is more evident if tasted soon after poured. Additional citrus finish.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink - it could be enjoyed at any occasion.

I'm finishing my 6th bottle and find myself planning to pick up another pack.

This is my favorite witbier - it is exactly the right balance of all flavors. Compared to other witbiers the flavor of St. Bernardus Wit is unique in that the flavors are much more complex and continue to bounce around the tongue before swallowing. There are many different delicious flavors that come and go and come back again while drinking this witbier. It is a very pleasant experience.

I've seen a few reviews by some who say it is flat when poured - my guess is it could have been a bad batch? The latest bottle I've poured happens to be the oldest, with a best by date of September '09 and it's August '09 now. Whatever the case may be I suppose i've been lucky for the last five bottles i've had because every one of them has been a real delight.

The flavor is negatively impacted if poured while below 40F. This beer is best enjoyed when the bottle is taken from the fridge and left on a countertop at room temperature for 15 minutes, and then poured into a room temperature glass. The coriander is more pronounced when poured too cool; the tartness is more pronounced when poured too warm.

There is no comparison between this witbier and a Hoegaarden - to me, Hoegaarden has two distinct flavors but the St. Bernardus Wit is a kaleidoscope. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle
Best by date 9/11/09

buh, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#5 in St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Pours a hazy pale yellow/green with a small white head into my goblet, head is gone quickly and no carbonation remains in the appearance. This beer looks like lemon lime Gatorade, but follows style. No lacing is really left and this is the only weak appearance aspect of this beer. Smells and tastes of wheat, belgian spices, orange, lemon, apricots and other fruits, citrus is definitely high in this one. Some yeast in there maybe too. Mouthfeel is light with pretty high carbonation, good for the style. Drinkability is high on this one, very light, good fruity/spicy flavors, only thing that sucks is the price tag, St B. does good once again.

cbutova, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle dated 05/11/10. Served chilled into a chalice.

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color. The head is not as remarkable as most in this category and falls flat soon after. A quick swirl brings it back to life.

Aroma is mild but full of character. Great yeast and tropical fruit notes combine for a really pleasant sniff.

Flavor is unexpectedly lacking in this beer. It's so mild that I struggle to find much to say here. Typical Belgian wheat beer traits come through like banana and spice but it's very low on the flavor scale. It still tastes very good but you have to concentrate to find the subtle nuances.

Mouthfeel is thin in body and high in carbonation. These are the only thing hindering drinkability because otherwise it's basically a high-priced session beer.

Note: as the beer warms, a little more comes out in terms of flavor but that's nothing new. Unfortunately, I enjoy this style around 40 degrees, not 55.

GilGarp, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of skyler
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I expected better from St. Bernardus and Pierre Celis, really.

A - probably too dark to be a true "Wit." The beer looks like a less-carbonated hefeweizen. It's light-medium brown, cloudy, and with a minimal amount of frothy head.

S - very nice. Honey, candy, spices. This smells like a Persian pastry or perhaps an Indian dessert.

T - Honey. Sweet, creamy, definitely more candy-like than most wits, and not at all tart. Perhaps this would be different if I had put a slice of lemon or orange in the glass, but it's quite sweet and almost dessert-like by itself.

M - creamy. Luxurious. I don't know what yeast they use, but the combination of that strain as well as what I assume is a judicious amount of rolled oats makes this the most milk-shaky low gravity beer I can think of. Velvety. Very nice.

D - I would liken this beer's drinkability to chocolate milk. It's sweet and thick, but somehow you still want to down it.

skyler, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into a hexagonal Witbier glass.

Appearance: The body has a yellow tan color and lots of cloudy yeast making it darker than other Witbiers that I have seen. There are lots of little bits of yeast particles floating around inside as well. On top the head is thick and foamy with a creamy off white color. There is also a dusting of light brownish tan yeast on top of the head. This head has good retention and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a full nose filled with wheat, yeast, light grain and some mild hops.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor has a good wheat malt base with clove and spice notes mixed with some citrus light, fruity/funky yeast (apple and pear notes) and mildly bitter hops. It finishes fairly dry with a touch of spicy hops over yeast notes. The palate is medium bodied with a solid texture and nice soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: This is a very tasty Witbier with a solid texture and deeply hazy appearance.

generallee, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a perfect pint.

Sitting outside in the shade of a tree, 95º, not a cloud in the sky. This beer was perfect.

poured a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head. lace is there, but doesnt stick.

Smells of orange zest, banana peels, coriander, wheat, and some lemon. tiny hits of spice.

It tastes very similar to the smell. a nice bready taste with a zesty orange.

by far the greatest thing about this beer is the feel. It was like drinking silk. this beer was so smooth and refreshing. it was perfect for the hot day.

Anthony1, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale tan color, immensely cloudy, with a nice head. Lots of lace.

The aroma is mostly spicy with hint of wheat and citrus.

Big, full, and spicy on the palate. Wheat is prominent. The citrus kicks in later. Mostly orange. It's almost syrupy thick--strange for a wit.

For a wit, I find this too thick, and balanced too far in favor of the spice. A good beer, but not what I'm looking for in the style.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of epicness
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Nice pure white head with an inch head. Great lacing. Sticking really nicely to the side of the glass. Nice golden orange color.

S: Sweet malty lemon. Maybe a little bit of light wheat and coriander.

T: Hands down one of the best Witbiers I've ever tasted. Classic grainy wheat taste with a bite of lemon. Perfect amount of citrus and spice.

M: Very light body. Uniquely high carbonation for a Witbier.. but if it ain't broke.. don't fix it!

D: So easy to drink. After the first mouthful, I said I could drink this beer all day like it was water.

"WOW!" sums this beer up perfectly.

epicness, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick creamy head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Spices, coriander and citrus...almost lemony rather than orangy like other Witbier's.

Taste - Wheaty, fruity and a bit drier than other Witbier's. This is one of my favorite Witbier's when I can get it. A perfect example of the style.

Mouth feel - Creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable with a lower ABV. A great summer refresher and excellent with a slice or lemon or orange thrown in.

ChopperSmith, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of MarioL66
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice fluffy cloud of a head sat atop the yellow goldish nectar below. Maybe slightly clearer than some other Wits?

Smell - A light sweet, citrusy, spicy bread nose but not overly strong.

Taste - A light citrus tang on top of the wheaty body.

Mouthfeel - A little creamy but I feel the carbonation is more pronounced than other Wits.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and would work nicely during a hot summer day.

My third go around with the Pierre Celis Wit. Not bad but I definitely prefer the flavor profile of their normal Wit or the Allagash offering. Still worth a try though.

MarioL66, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a rocks glass. Pierre Celis Signature version...

Sunglow liquid with deep haze topped by a generous snow-white head of foam which does not dissipate, leaving the sides of the glass well lathered with soapy lacing as you drain the glass.

Aroma is delicate, with lemon zest, yeast, and a trace of brine. Surprisingly neutral overall.

Sourdough, citrus, coriander (a touch of spice from the yeast too), and a sweetness from malt or wheat. No hint of bitterness. A long modestly tart finish fading into sweetness. Very clean, slightly starchy/yeasty. Wonderfully refreshing.

Carbonation is fairly intense, and the medium-light bodied beer is strongly effervescent on and under the tongue. This seems to be obscuring a creaminess. Surprisingly warming for a low ABV beer, though this seems to come more from the carbonation and spice (a presence which is more felt than tasted) than from the alcohol itself.

There is a certain humble elegance at play that makes this exceptionally drinkable.

Wonderful example of this style...

augustgarage, May 30, 2009
Photo of dublife1
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful and almost perfect example of a Wit. Poured into my Tulip glass. Has a very sizeable 3 finger head that lingers for awhile. Smell is of citrus and light corriander possibly. Taste is where this beerso shines! Wonderful, light and perfect in every way. Slight citrus notes finish perfectly crisp and so drinkable. This is a session beer for sure. It just doesn't get much better for this style of beer! UNREAL!!!

dublife1, May 29, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - A sweet fruity aroma with a earthy base. Awesome.

Appearance - Pale cloudy yellow with a sturdy white head.

Taste - Lemon zest and a nice complimentary spiciness. Crisp and refreshing my idea of what a witbier should taste like.

Notes - While hitting on the right notes I'm not sure this is any better a witbier than say Allagash White.

jwhawkins81, May 27, 2009
Photo of possum652
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up this Wit in the 750ml corked bottle. I slowly poured this into a beer glass. Lots of head. Even with the slow pour, still wound up with 40% head. I set the bottle down and head was still comming out the bottle slowly in a 2 inch thick tower! Upon initial smell, it was very yeasty and sour with slight hints of lemon, orange and corriander. The flavor was outstanding. Wit and Hefewiesen are my favorite types of beer and this one is an award winner. It might have been my imagination but in tasting I got a hint of the minerals from the artisian water they use. The main taste is crisp lemony wit. I finished the bottle in no time. I now must try all the other offerings from St Bernardus!

possum652, May 26, 2009
Photo of bwd110
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured in SA pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy straw color, doesn't look really enticing, a little muddled. Head is bright white and fluffy.

S: Big time aroma on this one. Lemony, spicy goodness. Some orange and coriander noted along with a dry wheat scent.

T: Extremely flavorful Wit. Citrus notes abound, mostly tart lemon, but orange peel comes through as well. Real nice spice, reminiscent of cloves and pepper. Dry wheat flavor finishes this one off. Outstanding.

M: Creamy, medium body, high level of carbonation

D: Goes down easy, never boring. Great summer brew.

bwd110, May 20, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Rayek, May 18, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 13, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Patrick999, May 10, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

ThirstyBird, May 08, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

BarrelO, May 06, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.7/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

ThreeWiseMen, May 06, 2009
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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