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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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1,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 605
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 219
Gots: 70 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003)
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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
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy straw with gold highlights and was capped off by a foamy 1 finger bright white head that was sticky and clung to the sides of the glass on the way down producing a thin film lacing.

S: The nose was yeasty with musky scents of bananas, lemons, and coriander with some wet wheat grains.

T: much like the nose, yeasty and full of bananas, oranges and lemons with some coriander. A nice creamy whieatiness is detected along with dry lemons producing a nice tartness to the overall palate. There was some sour fruitiness as well (apples, pears) and some cloves and candi-sugar sweetness sneaking in as well.

M: lively from the carbonation which was prickly on the tongue with a light creamy texture finishing crisply.

D: Six pack worthy by all means and a great beer to beat the heat. Nicely fit per style and quenches the thirst. Goes down really nice.

beerthulhu, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Talisker
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now *this* is a Witbier. (Compared to, say, the disappointing first bottling of Lost Abbey's Witch's Wit.)

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Very pale and cloudy yellow with several fingers of pillowy head. Smells *clean* - there's spice and fruit, but it's not weighed down. Taste matches perfectly. Only knock might be that a lemon flavor just slightly outbalances some of the others going on here.

Texture is just right. Not prickly with carbonation, but zings a bit on the tongue from the spices. Again, only a slight overhanging lemoniness keeps this from being downright perfect.

Talisker, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of tedsox31
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance is a cloudy pale golden color. There is a nice head to this beer, very white and pure (what else would you expect from a beer brewed by monks?) and it leaves some lace in the glass as I drink it.

I smell lots of lemon zest, and also some spice and yeast. Such a great smell, it reminds me of cooking and baking with lemon.

I can taste some spice right when I drink it, which is followed up with the lemon, and followed by yeast. The flavors come together very nicely.

The mouthfeel is great. The carbonation is that of a witbier and it is there from start to finish. A nice light taste accompanies the carbonation.

This beer is great. It is definitely a beer that quenches your thirst and makes you want another. Very quaffable, and I'll be having this one again.

tedsox31, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of phattysbox
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Large 750 ml bottle with nice blurb on back. Cork popped off rather aggressively and produced a gusher, but saved the beer into a Duvel tulip glass. Thick 3-4 inch head from the pour which slowly recedes. Nice lacing and stickage.

Smells of clove and coriander. Freshly peeled citrus; a very clean and refreshing smell. Tastes of light banana and nice sweet malt base that pulls through. Dry yet full bodied brew - carbonation is quite active but not over the top. Was afriad because of the gusher but no worries.

Drinkability is excellent. One the best belgain wits... Seek it out

phattysbox, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy pale yellow/white color. Poured a generous 3 finger white head that persisted. Thin but even lacing. Decanted continuously

S: Very clear citrus zest and spices; sweet coriander and slight peppery clove.

T: Excellent citrus and wit spices. Classic and in perfect balance.

M: Very smooth, light on the tongue.

D: Very, very drinkable. Excellent refreshing summer beer. The best Wit ever (non-German, so far).

Haybeerman, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a big foamy white head that falls fairly slow.

Aroma is clean and of citrus. Smells like lemons.

Taste starts with tangy fruits on the tongue followed by hints of citrus then a smooth and somewhat sweet middle ending in a sour finish.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

another nice easy drinking beer from St. Bernardus.

dstc, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow body with a big creamy white head. Good retention, some nice lacing left on the glass.

Smells of lemon and coriander.

Some nice pale malt with tons of lemon and coriander. Spicy, citrusy, well-balanced. A great witbier.

A fairly thick, creamy body.

Really drinkable beer.

Hojaminbag, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best before 19th March 2010. Decanted into my Duvel tulip

A: Hazy orange with a massive white head. Excellent retention. Carbonation is plenty and visible. You got to give it to these guys - you fall in love with their beers even before you smell them

S: Excellent. Mild orange, white pepper, delicate wheat, fruity with a hint of melon and some floral notes. This is really good stuff

T: Starts off with a mild citrus note with some delicate wheat/bread character, mildly spicy (a hint of pepper) and mildly herbal (sage?). Finishes dry with a pleasing combination of sweet and spice.

M: Soft on the palate, excellent finish, excellent carbonation - I'm docking half a point as I feel it could use a little crispness to contrast with the softness.

D: This goes down really easy. St. B are a great brewery and this one's no exception

DefenCorps, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/24/2008. Pours a hazy yellow, almost cream color topped with a huge thick creamy white head. Subtle fruity hints in the aroma along with vanilla and some yeast. Tons of frothy lacing left on the glass. Light-bodied and refreshing. Some banana, lemon and a touch of spice come out in the flavor. A good beer, the flavors seem to mix well. No true one dominant flavor. Perhaps a tad thin in the mouthfeel but nothing major. This was the first of a six variety pack I purchased from St. Bernardus and I am pleased with this one. I look forward to the other 5!

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy grey-yellow with a thin white cap.

Aroma of lemon, light spice, sour apples, yeast, and bread.

Tart upfront. Taste is much like the aroma. Big lemon taste with a light spiciness, sour apple, yeast, and wheat bread.

Lighter bodied, tart and dry, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this witbier from St. Bernardus quite a bit. Easy to drink and very nice this time of year.

Monkeyknife, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps one of my top 5 favorite wits of all time!
A: Pours a very hazy, golden color that is just stunning! The head is decent, and the lacing is good too

S: Classic coriander, clove notes followed by some other interesting spices...There is a decent fruit note at the end, perhaps some sort of citrus as well as a sweeter fruit

T: Again, coriander is dominant, along with cloves and citrus notes. The fruit is less apparent, but you can still tell that it exists

MF: Nice body, perfect witbier carbonation

D: High, one of my favs

scottyshades, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will give anything from St. Bernardus a try!! Typically, I am not that crazy about Wit beers. This one is the BEST!!!

Pours a hazy yellow with impressive head. Nose is citrus and spice. Taste is tart and spicy. Very impressive and very drinkable. A world class wheat beer. Sorry I should say wit.

daledeee, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before: 27 07 09.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dull orange body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Aromatic nose smelling of lemony citrus and sugar-coated baked goods fresh out of the oven.

Taste: Bready malts with a sugary, honey-coated sweetness. Dash of freshly-grated lemon zest. Sip of grapefruit juice. Tangy wheat flavor near the end. Teaspoon of nutmeg. Slight pear fruitiness. Restrained hop bitterness. Tiny blip of sourness. Fruity, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's nice. Certainly heavier and much fuller than I'd ever expected, but still overall nice.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's in Philadelphia. Poured into a St. Bernardus glass which looked like a miniature weizen glass. Finger-wide white head shrank quickly to a cap and left little recognizable lacing. Color was a pretty, opaque yellow.

Aroma was of citrus, spice (clove, coriander?), fruit. Taste was yeast, citrus, apple, and lots of spiciness. Mouthfeel was good - carbonation was balanced well with a light body, yet the beer felt solid, not watery. There was no bitter finish that I have been accustomed to from recent beer tasting. Overall this was a great beer to start the night with.

ljbrisson, Aug 20, 2008
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.