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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,184 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 216
Gots: 61 | 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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Photo of ybnorml
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pale yellow slightly cloudy beer . Has a huge ice cream soda white head that leaves nice lace. Notes of coriander and citrus rise from the glass with a peppery background.There is a very smooth and luxurious mouth feel. Spicy pepper notes join with the coriander and the chew wheat character before the snappy citrus notes carry it down your throat.

ybnorml, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Blue Dog in Lansdale, purchased for $9.50, poured into an oversized wine glass and a dimple mug for a friend and I.

Cloudy straw color with a billowing head that settles and leaves some nice but not heavy lacing.

Smell is aa nice balance of citrus and spice, nothing really overpowers. Taste is similar and makes for an easy drinking beer but is a bit tame. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing at first but by the end, with more of the yeast swirled in tastes chalky and boozy.

Drinkability is good but the finish is not that nice. A good beer and not too pricy. A must try for fans of wits.

wheelinshirt, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured hazy yellow with a minimal frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate yeasty sour citrus aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

tmoneyba, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Very cloudy body after the addition of the yeast from the bottle. The color is a dull yellow with a large white head. The head hangs around for a long time. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Has a wonderful aroma of citrus, cloves, and pepper. Everything blends together nicely for an appetizing aroma.

But somehow it does not come through in the taste. Not as big and bold as I was expecting. The spice is a bit lacking. This beer delivers more of a citrus zing and finishes sweet.

A good body and carbonation. Nothing really stands out but that is not surprising for the style. Light bodied and non filling.

Very easy drinking and refreshing. I would of liked a little more spice to come out in the flavor but otherwise one of the best in the style.

morimech, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into St. Bernadus Goblet

a: straw yellow with a nice silky 1/2" head with excellent retention. Reduces to a cap.

s: Lemon zest, orange, corriander, pepper, slight biscuit aroma

t: clean taste, a slight yeast flavor. The pepper smell also transfers to taste. Don't taste the citrus as much as I would have expected.

m&d: light bodied with gobs of carbonation, this is a session beer.

Cheers!!!

UDbeernut, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of argock
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11oz brown bottle into a clear short pilsner glass. Freshness date displayed on back label.

A: Peachy opaque yellow, hazy, with unbelievable stark white head with exceptional retention and a few oblong lumps of lace.

S: Sumptuous bubblegum aroma with strong coriander contribution. Estery as it should be, but not obnoxiously perfumy.

T: Fruity flavors of banana and orange peel are present and more noticeable near the end of the beer. Wheaty twang is pretty strong for a wit, which I like. A bit of herbal hops in the finish to give some drying.

M: The mouthfeel is good with medium-body that is a bit astringent. Aftertaste is wheatier than most witbiers, with strong yeast flavor.

D: A standard-bearer for witbiers, although I wish it was a little bit more lush and less astringent and drying. The rest of the package is top-notch.

argock, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/29/08. Bottle (pretty and shiny). Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of yeast, bread, light spices, nad wheat. Flavor of spritzy carbonation with a wheat finish. Some sweet candy (watermelon), sour yogurt, light fruity sweetness. Wheat finish. Nicely balanced. Spices are subdued and work well with the light sweet fruits. This is excellent and so tasty when it warms. I love true Belgian witbeers and this is my favorite. Excellent and underrated on this site.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Pours a hazy golden-almost orange with a white foamy head.

S - Zesty. Citrus fruits, white pepper, yeast.

T - Incredibly yeasty, wheaty, a slight chalkiness, notes of citrus fruit and

M - Refreshing, clean, medium carbonation.

D - Exceedingly drinkable. Delicious, crisp, refreshing even.

HeyItsChili, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A glowing orangey amber turned a bit white from the copious amount of yeast in this beer. A two finger head that bubbles down briskly and leaves behind some nice lattice work lacing doesn't stick around nearly as long as I would like it to, but sometimes a beer just doesn't need it and a cap is enough to suffice with.

Understated spiciness. Lemon zest adding a bit of tartness to the aroma, coriander, orange peel, and heavy dose of undercooked sweet bread.

Lively and complex, with the first sip it already seems like it should be the benchmark for all other witbiers. Nuttier than anything else initially, given time in the mouth and in the finish the fruitier aspects of this beer are allowed to come through, particularly in the finish where flavors or orange peel and coriander make you look forward to every additional sip. I've had beers twice this size that didn't taste half as substantial as this, maybe its because I'm chewing on the little floaties in this beer, but dang is this beer substantial.

For a borderline sessionable beer, ABV-wise at least, this beer is a real sipper. Could really only drink one of these in a sitting, after that it would be pushing it. Taste and complexity really make this beer a treat though.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow, seems a shade darker than an average white beer. Small white head leaving extensive lacing.

S: Orange peel tends to dominate the sweet smell, rose petals, hint of pepper.

T: Contradictory to the smell, the taste is much more yeasty and bitter. Coriander and pepper is quite evident, similar to Allagash White. A solid flavour and true to style though I like my wits a bit sweeter with orange or sugar.

M: Soft mouthfeel with a strong bite of carbonation. Light-bodied, mild acidity.

D: A good wit from the St. Bernardus guys. Pricey for what it is, but a beer I could definitely have again. Quite easy to drink.

Halcyondays, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have had this before, just poured one tho and wanted to write a review

it pours a cloudy yellow with alot of white head and lace

the smell is awesome, light flowers and some citrus and corriander

its very refreshing, it tastes fresh and creamy. You can taste the wheat and a light corriander

I could drink this one all day, and what a great summer beer

I love beers of this style and this is easily one of my favorite witbiers

gdfan47, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy golden color, not nearly as pale as many witbiers I've tried. One inch white head sinks to a centimeter and holds up well to

Aroma is citrusy with aromas of orange and some sweet floral notes. A bit of phenolic spiciness and grainy aromas but the sweet citrus stays in the forefront.

The taste initially has the sweet orange followed by some phenolic spiciness and a light lemon flavor. Finishes dry and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, a bit thicker than most but extremely creamy with a nice sharpness that makes it quite refreshing.

Very tasty witbier and it's a little different than many but is worth a try for sure.

roadhouse, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: My initial pour was with way too much enthusiasm. Gave it another more careful pour and this one is a hazy pale and light whitewashed gold color. The head on this beer was awesome. Massive, white, and frosty. Impeccable retention and sheets of rowed lacing down the glass.

S: A really interesting and powerful aroma of yeast, peppers, and orange. Sharpening wheat and with lightly spiced backdrop.

T: The taste is enormous with hints apples and coriander. Some tartness coupled with a dash of freshly squeezed lemon. The spices are just faint enough to add a peppering quality. I read a couple reviews that mentioned bubble gum. As I took a massive gulp I could appreciate that description.

M: Nice carbonation with a clean and absolutely refreshing quality.

D: The head on this beer made me want to shrink down and take a bubble bath in the glass. Fantastic all the way around. Pierre Celis continues with the tradition of bringing heavenly nectar within reach.

erikm25, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has great a great white head that disappeared in to a wonderful white lace. The hazy orange body perfectly carbonated. It has a mainly citrus aroma like fresh oranges but not over powering but at the same time tart. It has a spicy orange flavor a little candy and adjunct. It is bitter sweet and sour. There are a lot of complex flavors to this beer. Mouthfeel is light. Very drinkable.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of praufs01
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Murky yellow with a frothy white head and lots of little yeast particles floating around in the brew.

Aroma - Very aspirin like, kind of like alka-seltzer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy with small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Banana and a tropical fruit taste, maybe passion fruit.

Overall - Very good! An excellent Belgian Wit.

praufs01, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of TeeCee
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quick review - medium thick in the mouth, slightly citrus tasting and smelling with a surprising dose of malt.

I poured it in a 16oz. pint glass. The color was a cloudy orangey amber, darker than I expected for a wit with a thick, creamy head that dissipated quickly with almost no lacing. I pour hard and this beer produced too much head for me to pour the whole bottle without taking a break (that's a good thing in my book).

It smelled slightly hoppy with some maltiness underneath.

The taste was slightly citrusy and malty, with an unexpected fullness. As the beer warmed, it developed a fuller, maltier character. It was not as citrusy as I was expecting from a wit.

The mouthfeel was medium thick with no fizzy feel to it, thinning as it warmed.

I typically like a witbier and this one's no different, although this is a rather different witbier based on my previous experiences. I could have a few during an evening, but would rather switch up. I would not want to sit down and kill a six pack.

TeeCee, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of frothy, white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. As the head settles, it leaves a thick ring of foam clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - A yeasty, spicy aroma of coriander, lavender, black pepper, and wheat.

T - Spicy wheat up front, along with pepper and coriander. The spices linger into the finish along with some musty yeast notes and a hint of earthy hops.

M - Very high carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, this could be a great session beer if the carbonation was a bit lower. The flavors are well balanced and nice for the style, though not as bright and smooth as some other witbiers I have had.

nickfl, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lemony color with a murk that gives it an orange hue. thick, tight, white. light candy with a lemony fruit and hop. taste is a light belgian sugar cane sweet, lemon, hop, strong coriandar. light yeast, wheat and soapiness. great wit. curious to know that the other version tastes like.

rtepiak, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearancel: Poured into my Hoegaarden glass...cloudy yellow/gold color with a nice amount of foam. True to the style..very good

Aroma: Typical of a wit...yeast, coriander, a bit lemony too.

Taste: Very good. Exceptional. Lemons, oranges, coriander, all perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and decent carbonation. Crisp, lighter side, but not watery by any means

Drinkability: This is very good. Its light, creamy, tastes good and is very smooth going down. One of the best witbiers out there.

kshankar, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a small 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this one had a murky gold color, with a nice creamy white head. There was a lot of lacing as the head dissipated.

The aroma is just what you would want in a Witbier... a strong smell of wheat, with hints of various fruits and spices. The taste follows that up very nicely, a hint of lemon, some banana, with some definite spice. Delicious.

This one feels great in the mouth, and is one of the more drinkable beers I've had in a while. All in all, a superb and refreshing witbier.

theboozecruise, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Discovered at the Steelgarrden in bethlehem, PA this poured a cloudy straw color with a whispy white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is fruity-lemon wheat and vanilla. The taste is wheat and mellon and sweet clove. I pick up some orange and there's a bit of malt floating around in the back. Fair drinkability, full feel with great carbonation. Not quite up my alley as whites/wits go but nothing to sneeze at, pretty good.

Durge, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of beauweaver
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a regular Hoegaarden drinker and this was my first shot at this amazing white Belgian beer. They served it from the bottle in a Leffe glass. It was a hot summer day and I was conquered by the amazing freshness of the first tastes. I have tasted many a white beers but this one was truly exceptional. I wanted to have a second glass but they had served me their last bottle. I have to admit that I was disappointed. This beer is truly outstanding and if you are a white beer lover, you have got to try it.

beauweaver, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a hazy bright orange body with a moderate one finger bone white head. The head fell slowly. There was moderate lacing that did not last long.

S: It had aromas a light white yeast, white and citrus fruits and white spices. Well balanced aroma profile.

T: It was smooth rich with complex flavors. The citrus flavors are subtle but clear enough. I enjoyed the sweet lemon and orange combination, especially when it is complemented by the white pepper and colliander.

M: It was highly carbonated, light bodied and silky smooth on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden.

D: It was a very good Witbier. Smooth, light bodied and low ABV make it a great summer session beer.

dnichols, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of claytri
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a bright but wonderfully cloudy light gold with a fine white head. The aroma is of floral yeasts and light malt. The taste is grassy with a bit of yeast and sugar in the finish. The feel is light and very dry. This is a very good wit that has a bit of a different twist to the taste.

claytri, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pale orange body w/ a good head that left a lace ring down the glass. A sharp citric smell along with hints or lemon tea leaf (I think) and spices. Has that familiar, quasi-soapy smell some wits do. Light-bodied and very smooth, the spices and citric notes are blended perfectly for a great taste w/ each noticable. Beer floats down the mouth w/ a slight prickle of sourness on the backend but is also a little sweet as you drink it. This beer is perfect for a hot summer night and I could keep drinking this all the time.

clayrock81, Sep 16, 2008
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.