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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,166 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 213
Gots: 56 | 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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ejquin

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Sunny orange with nice white head. Good lacing.

S: wheaty and yesty with orange peel, a candy sugar sweetness and some must.. Slight pineapple.

T/M: Heavy and thick. Coats your mouth. Dry and crisp with notes of orange peel and bready yeast with some white pepper spice.

Drink: Good, but feels like a much heavier beer than 5.5%

Ovr: CLose to perfect for the style.

08-11-2008 02:13:38 | More by ejquin
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WesWes

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry wheat malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters. It appears dry with some light earthy notes. The taste is great. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that's quite dry, yet fruity. It goes down easy and finishes with some citrus zest. This is a very earthy/yeasty brew. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine wit. Everything these guys brew up is world class. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

08-06-2008 22:41:14 | More by WesWes
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Draft, pouring exceptionally cloudy yellow settling to a slightly hazy gold. A touch of white, bubbly head disappeared nearly as soon as it reached the top.

Smells of a spiced maple-banana bread. A potpourri, adding some citrus zest and other spices to the sweet bready base.

Well rounded. A full-bodied, bready and chewy beer that tasted initially of banana and clove and a bit of nutty brown sugar. All that yeasty goodness is complimented by the clove and coriander and spices and the beer finishes very crisply and refreshingly.

08-05-2008 22:47:07 | More by TheMistler
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

750ml bottle with no date. poured into shaped pint glass.

light pale straw yellow, cloudy with yeast. nice head that eventually fades to a thin, wispy/sudsy layer. a thin ring of lace here and there.

aroma has gentle yet bright orange and lemon zests, parsley, and maybe even a clove-like spice. overall decently fresh and fruity, with bready yeast to back everything up.

semi-sweet fruitiness quickly gives way to gentle, grassy hop bitterness and spices/herbs. overall quite full maltiness with a faint wheat nuttiness. trace of acidity to keep things refreshing. semi-dry, off-sweet finish and aftertaste with more of the slight hop bite and spice/herb note.

smooth. fluffy with carbonation, which starts out refreshingly tingly, almost prickly.

perhaps the best example of the style i've tried so far.

07-30-2008 05:11:12 | More by tai4ji2x
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

33 cl bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy apricot-colored body with burnt-orange highlights and a firm finger of fine-bubbled white foam that leaves a few nice rings and some scraps of foamy lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is crisp and zingy with citrus notes of lime and bitter orange.

Taste is rich and sweetly wheaty with a zip of citrus and a dash of white pepper. A buttered-biscuity wheat malt presence and a bit of a mineral note contribute succulence and heft to the drink.

The feel of the drink is marvelously soft and rolls across the tongue. Great drinkability.

07-29-2008 22:36:23 | More by cvstrickland
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ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

I was really excited about getting a chance to try this beer, being a fan of the St. Bernardus brews I've tried.
This didn't quite stun me but it was not quite disappointing either.
A variety of delicate flavors are all in good balance. Corriander is quite loud, as is citrus zest and yeasty goodness. Light and easy to drink with a nice, slick texture.
Fans of the style should have nothing to complain about here.

07-23-2008 23:27:16 | More by ommegangpbr
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Served from a bomber

A-Hazy straw with a white head and good lacing

S- Citrus aroma, lemon and spice with a bready yeasty hint

T-Nice lemon citrus bite with a soft bready light yeast taste and a great clean finish. Semi sweet balanced with the bitter/spice and wheat malt backbone. Very very nice

M-unreal. CO2 burn that is softened beautifully.

D-great taste and mouth feel very light. Very drinkable

07-22-2008 03:37:26 | More by MinorThreat
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PiecefulToker

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours light yellow straw colored, opaque, with a thick white 1-finger head in my St. Bernardus chalice, recedes rather quickly leaving a thin layer on top, depositing lacing.

S: Lemon, orange peel, coriander, wheat, yeast.

T: Immediately hit by a lemon-esque zing, followed by a more rounded refreshing citrus zing, with wheat malt and coriander coming through. The yeast and a tinge of alcohol come in at the end. This is probably the most interesting wit I have ever had, and my new favorite.

M: Light, but very smooth. Carbonation high, but perfect for the style.

D: Very high. Unfortunately this is pretty pricey, so I will have to limit myself.

07-21-2008 02:05:57 | More by PiecefulToker
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DoubleJ

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap at Back Abbey, on to the beer:

A creamy and bubbly head rests on top this morning sunrise colored beer. Body is mildly cloudy. It's a soft beer to the nose and palate; spices are minor and melded in nicely to the fruity taste of orange and pear. Hints of yeast too. Light on the palate with low carbonation; a good choice for a warm summer day.

07-11-2008 01:45:33 | More by DoubleJ
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BMoney575

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -22.5%

Sampled on 7-9-08
Best before 02-02-09

Pours a clear pale gold, with lots of little bubbles that rise to the top to maintain a very pleasant white head.

Smell is light and fruity, with a little bit of Belgian sourness. An outstanding combination.

Taste is quite disappointing. Very Belgian at first, but then thin and slightly metallic, and bready on the finish.

Mouthfeel is poor, way too thin and flat.

Drinkability isn't very good, the flavors aren't that enjoyable.

Overall, not nearly as good as I was hoping or expecting.

07-09-2008 22:33:58 | More by BMoney575
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osi

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Poured a cloudy brown with a nice head that faded fast. Good lace but no stickies on the glass. Usually I would expect a wit bier to be a tad lighter.

S - Malts with a flowery scent and some maple caramel notes. This smells very complex and shows a little alcohol on the backend. Citrus notes as well.

T - A musty malt with citrus notes. The citrus kind of overpowers the rest of the brew. The caramel notes come out subtly in the taste. Tastes of pears come out as well.

M - Nice and crisp just like I would want out of a wit bier. Goes well especially in the summer but could be an easy all year round drinker.

D - This is a finely crafted brew. I will enjoy this in the future and definitely recommend it.

06-22-2008 19:50:41 | More by osi
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

A- Nice orange haziness and great sedimentation. Also some nice legs.

S- Alcohol could be smelled even @ 5.5% which was odd, but not overpowering, pepper, orange peel, coriander, pear.

T- Nice yeasty orange with a funky tart finish and slight pepper.

M- Nice spritzy carb and dryness.

D- Nice complex yeasty white ale. I plan on having in the future.

06-21-2008 18:11:02 | More by Greggy
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Very cloudy and the palest straw color I've ever seen in a wit. Decent 2 finger head with moderate retention, some lacing. Settles to decent white film.

S - Mostly powdery yeast with wheat malt and a lurking sweetness. Coriander pulls through subtly.

T - The yeast plays a huge role in the flavor, and early to mid palate blends with the wheat malt to create a very unique taste. Late palate a very obvious vinous flavor comes in leading to a dry and slightly bitter finish. Spice is overriden by the wheat and yeast presence; something akin to citrus peel is floating around but I don't get any coriander except for a brief burst early palate.

M - On point, light to medium bodied with great carbonation.

D - Although refreshing, it's not exactly what comes to mind when I think of a witbier. In fact it's a pretty full flavored and a little intense considering most in the style. A nice beer to have now and again, but too difficult (and pricey) for me to session.

06-09-2008 06:58:50 | More by PatrickJR
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured into a shaped St. Bernardus glass.
A cloudy light peach hues with a small but decent white head. Decent lacing.

Smells are citrus fruit, lemon, coriander, banana, very very pleasing smell.

Taste is full and amazing. Nothing plays its part too loudly, but all the flavor profiles which match the nose, blend in perfect harmonious song. This is the best flavor for a hot summer day. Very crisp and refreshing while providing a ton of flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Good carbonation.

Man, what a great, easy drinking beer.

06-03-2008 20:01:11 | More by rtratzlaff
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

210909 marked on the bottle.

A-Pours a volcanic head that fills half the glass. I poured it slow and it started with only about a 1/3 inch of head but it grew and grew and grew....looks volcanic as the bubbles from the bottom fire up to the top....Body is a glowing yellow color...

S-Huge yeasty somewhat stale aroma that overrides everything...faint hints of lemon in the background.

T-Quite a quencher...low on the spicing which is just fine by me....a good dose of yeastiness on the taste as well as a sweeter citrus element.

M-Lighter bodied but not thin...ample carbonation...

D-Nice drinker...the big head on the pour set things back a little bit...I like the fact it is low on the spices. The yeasty notes a bit much however and personally I would not rate this anywhere near the top of my list of favorite whits...It is good though...

05-21-2008 04:28:31 | More by ZAP
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

330ml bottle
5.50% ABV

I tried this beer on May 20, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy yellow orange with a finger-thick white head that lasted throughout. The aroma was yeast, malt, and spicy sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and highly carbonated, almost sparkling. The flavour was wheat, yeast, and some sweet malty tones.

05-21-2008 00:50:39 | More by cyrenaica
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%

Served in a chalice at the Steelgaarden.

I love the irony that from a distance this label vaguely resembles a silver Coors bottle. Anyways, not much head retention, but the body is still a nice hazy yellow once the yeast gets dumped in. I actually found a big difference in flavor and aroma (in a good way) by adding the yeast here. The fruit flavors of orange, peach, and apricot that dominate the got richer and the spicy aroma grew with more earthy notes. Overall, this wit is on the thicker, juicier side of the style, as opposed to lighter, crisper drinking ones, but it's still a very fine beer.

05-17-2008 13:23:34 | More by tempest
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance: Poured ffrom the 11.2oz bottle into a weizen glass. Upon opening the bottle, the beer proceeded to pretty much leap out of the bottle, foaming over the lip of the bottle. Fortunately I saved it. The beer itself is that of a typical witbier, a pale golden color that is extremely cloudy, topped with an immense pure white head with pretty good retention.

Smell: Mmm appley with a nice bubblegum hint in the background. After that the wheat takes over, with a nice sweet smooth grassy aroma with a hint of hay.

Taste: I was somewhat let down by the flavor of this beer. Indeed it is very smooth and flavorful, but I've had better witbiers. This one has your typical flavor of apples, light citrus, and a slight bubblegum note.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the tongue. Nice and refreshing, and would be great on a warm day.

Drinkability: This could be a fantastic session, perhaps in an outdoor cafe with a good lunch or just to kick back with and enjoy the day. It's somewhat pricey for that though...

Overall, this is a pretty average tasting, but still rather refreshing witbier.

05-16-2008 23:31:13 | More by BucBasil
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

Single, slim, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland for $3.99...
Teriffic appearance after a steady pour yielded a hazy and cloudy, slightly murky straw-colored hue with a blossoming foamy head that retained impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Bright, strong aroma replete with ripe citrus and fresh floral notes...
Taste was spectacular for the style, rendolent with citrus essences, including lemons, apples, pears, and bananas along with a touch of wheat and coriander spices...
Nice, creamy, rich mouthfeel with an excellent level of drinkability to match...
Great depiction of a classic Belgian style...
Highly recommended...

05-12-2008 15:41:46 | More by dsa7783
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albern

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

This is a pretty traditional Witbier, if you enjoy the style. The beer pours a nice cloudy muddy yellow, almost a light brackish color with a full white soapy head that does retain. The smell is about as good as it gets for the style: clove, berry, apple, rind, coriander, yeast. The taste is all of the above but quite subdued. There is a slight bubblegummy taste and some pepperishness in the finish. This is very refreshing, light bodied, somewhat watery, and easy to drink. This is a very fine representation of the style. L'Chaim.

05-10-2008 17:46:53 | More by albern
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kurtissellen

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a nice two fingers worth of head and looked a cloudy applesauce yellow color. Not a strong aroma to it so I had a hard time discerning the different smells. Mild tasting and easy drinking with lots of banana bread with just enough hops to balance it out. Not an extreme witbier but well done.

05-09-2008 02:52:23 | More by kurtissellen
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Larrytown

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours light gold with a very puffy head. A decent amount of lacing last throughout the drink. Typical aroma for a wit, with maybe a dash more coriander.

The taste is pretty standard for a witbier, but a little more subtle. That's not necessarily a good thing since this style isn't exactly the most in-your-face type of brew out there. It has all the necessary tastes (citrus, coriander, wheat (obviously)) but nothing really sets it apart from any other wits.

It has a pretty light feel in the mouth and would certainly be nice on a sunny day. This is a fine beer and I'd drink it again, but probably won't seek it out.

05-08-2008 22:41:15 | More by Larrytown
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

Capped bottle, poured into a rather inappropriate pint glass.

It is a hazy yellowish beer, topped by a white, foamy head with good retention.
Aroma is pleasant, but too delicate for my own taste, showing just hints of citric fruits, perhaps coriander and other spices - or perhaps it is not as fresh as it should be.
Light and well carbonated, the pleasant taste is also, IMHO, a bit too understated.
Easy to put down, but perhaps the combination of my own taste and not being as fresh as it should be (as in drinking it in Belgium), it is not something I will seek again.

05-07-2008 21:11:27 | More by brdc
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Boilermaker88

California

3.33/5  rDev -20.1%

Presnted in an 11.5oz bottle and poured into a witbier glass.
Appearance is dark golden in color, unlike any other wit I've encountered to date, and topped with a scrawny white head that imploeded and left no trace.
Smell: very potent; lots of orange peel and wheat but with an odd almost salty aroma.
Taste: very bold flavor that lasts a long time. Has a very strong orange taste that I finally pegged as a vitamin C tablet or Tang-like. The orange simply buried all the other potential flavors as it struck my palate. I simply couldn't get past it.
Feel: light and refreshing.
Overall: not really too sure where I stand on this one. The heavy orange flavor is almost a distraction and, in my opinion, compromises the other flavors. Not bad, but not great.

05-04-2008 01:16:08 | More by Boilermaker88
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beerbutcher

Maine

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

beautiful, on tap at the bear in portland.

one finger bright white, ultrafine head over a very hazy pale gold beer.

aromas are sweet and slightly vanilla, with usual banana, and clove. more on the fruity side.

taste, rich and delish. aromas carry over to the palate, with a slight lactic tang on the finish.

mouthfeel is the best part. probably one of the most viscous witbiers i've had. just lush, the acidity holds it together. a treat, with fluffy carbonation.

all in all, lush and delicious. one of my favorites. there's a nice amount of spice and richness. full but not heavy. love the acid finish, refreshing drink for a patio.

04-28-2008 18:38:55 | More by beerbutcher
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.