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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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92
outstanding

626 Reviews
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Reviews: 626
Hads: 1,392
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 280
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003

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Reviews: 626 | Hads: 1,392
Photo of EatsTacos
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 (646 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Holy crap, I was in heaven with this beer. St. B. has done it again to me. OK so the pour and the nose were a little understated compared to what can probably come out of the bottle? But damn if this stuff ain't awesome for a Wit!

Nice golden haze with a small orangey tint at the center. Small but thick capping of solid white froth that keeps for a bit before fading to its collar, where it lays for most of the session. Lacing in some small strings and spots.

Aroma is dull and mild of candish lemon, tangerine, and orange. A small smidgeon of pepper spice and floral yeasty esters gradually appear as it sits.

Taste is wonderfully full of candy played malts that bring one solid stance of pale lemon, orange, and pineapple. Totally like the Tripel, just a tad lessened in girth and activity. But super f*ckin' solid for a Wit. Perhaps more malty then most Wits. But man I love it. Thick, chewy, sinking malt tones of favorable candied fruityness of lemon and orange. Yum, yum, candy stuff. Its so well-rounded in a superbly mild dullness of cooked fruity sugars its amazing. Super long lasting and reaching effect in flavors on the palate. Fine touches of peppery dry spice and flints of flowers skip there and fro from about midway all through to the finish. Lovely play of malts with one of the nicest little dispalys of drying spice. Awesome!

Feel is immaculately centered around a malted candyish smoothness and chewyness. Thick, full, lush, and devine. So smooth, yet surging onto the palate with immense wanting. It wants to be drank. It just screams, drink me, drink me, drink me, I'm so damn good! And you will oblige to its Kingdom of drinkability with the ease of opening your eyes. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!
St. Bernardus is the sh*t! (1,792 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (527 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus has never done me wrong, so when I got the chance to try their witbier I had to jump at it.

Pours with a smallish white head and a beautiful bright, hazy, yellow witbier color. The nose is exceedingly warm and inviting -- lots of yeast, some tart citrus, and coriander. The palate first gives off cloves, then impacts the back of the throat with acidic tartness, before moving back to the front of the palate with some sweetish, doughy flavors. The mouthfeel is perfect for a witbier -- there's both a snap of acid and a rounded smoothness to this beer. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

I'm so impressed with this beer. I like wibiers, and this might be the best I've had. It's a great combo of high, tart notes and earthiness. This stuff is expensive but worth a splurge every now and then. (816 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle with a best before date of 29 05 07 printed on the back label. Purchased at Bello Vino and poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy lemonade under a finger and a half of bright white that settles to a few CMs and leaves thick layered lace.

The nose is a wonderfull blend of Lemon juice, orange peel, coriander and light floral hops. Perfume like and zesty. A five.

Sweet malts upfront with coriander and citrus coming up in the middle. Some bread dough and fruity yeast flavors into a briefly tart finish and lingering spices in the aftertaste.

Full mouth that gets broken down nicely by the spice and citus flavors. Quite possibly the best Wit I have ever had. (677 characters)

Photo of johnwarne
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Champion Witbier;
You stand alone in glory:
How soon is now? Drink!"

The undisputed Witbier champion--perfect taste, pour, palate. A mild citrus hint, eminently drinkable. Among the Witbiers out there--and I have had many in my warm climate--this one stands alone.

Cheers! (299 characters)

Photo of beauweaver
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow, straw-colored body with a good, two-finger head; white and clinging to the glass.

Sweet cloves and spice; banana and orange notes in the aroma.

Taste is delightfully fruity with a soft bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel comes across soft and velvety; carbonation caressing the tongue. Clean and crisp finish with a bright sparkle of sweet and sour.

An exceptional little wit beer. Lots of character and a real delight to drink. (443 characters)

Photo of guitarmage
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured the characteristic cloudy, pale, yellow, nice and vibrant though, thin white foam sits on top. Fairly bubbly.

Smell: Fruity, mango, apricot, wheaty, nice citrus notes cut through, very clean also, a little funky. Complex aroma and very inviting.

Taste: Again, sweet tropical fruits, then the citrus starts to cut through and a little puckering hops clean it up. Also some spice upfront, cloves, but mostly fruity.

Mouthfeel: Thin, rolling carbonation makes this beer go down easily, so refreshing.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but also complex and tasty. I just had some chili, and this was an odd choice afterwards, but it really cleaned up the palette and made the meal that much more enjoyable. (728 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this one on tap a few times at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth VA and never wanted to take enough time from my pure enjoyment to make notes for a review. Had the bottled version tonight and here's the review. Great Wit..This is the standard that I would measure other Witbiers against. Pours a cloudy dull color..very dense with a huge carbonated white head (on a hard pour) that very slowly melts down to a small head. The wheat flavor predominates with some citrus (lemon) and spiciness (mostly pepper). The mouthfeel is crisp and rich and drinkability is great. This is one to savor, or to have with food or for mass consumption (I would still have to drink it slow to enjoy every bit of the flavor. A definite winner!!! (732 characters)

Photo of ajwillys
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Milky yellowish white. Very light tan head. 70% translucent.
S- Yeast. Smells like a bakery.
T- Delicious. Slight banana taste, coriander, yeast.
M- Bubbly, finely carbonated. Definitely bottle conditioned. Palate cleansing.
D- Could drink this all week if I could afford it. (281 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured hazy yellow to pale gold. The head was white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was orange, citrus and coriander. Also present was soft round wheat aroma.

The flavor was subdued with a complex blend of orange and coriander that melded together in a very well accomplished balance. The soft wheat flavor is also present.

The finish was citrusy and well done. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. (431 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing light gold into a tulip glass, with a two finger light, airy, webby head. It's hard to get a lot from the smell other than a bit of wheaty tartness. The taste is pretty lemony. It's a bit acidic and has generous tartness from the wheat. Not as much spiciness, especially in the coriander department like other wit's. Doesn't finish as dry as other American wit's I've had.

This beer is really what I would expect a good thirst-quenching witbier to be. (469 characters)

Photo of rcmooney
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- pale hazy yellow. Big white head
A- coriandee, spice, Lemmon zest
T- Lovely smooth citrus/spiced wheat beer
M- High Carbonarion ended with a really nice smooth and creamy texture
O- Not much bad to say about this one. Strait forward in a good way. very sessionable. Bravo (274 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saint Bernardus Witbeier pours a beautiful cloudy yellow orange with a creamy lingering head. The aroma is coriander, with sweet light malts and a bit of slightly chalky yeast. The flavor is crisp and sweet, with a great balance of spices and malt with just a hint of bitterness. The beer is creamy and delicious, I could drink this all night. (343 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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). (420 characters)

Photo of atpben
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I gotta start by saying wow. This beer has now become my favorite wit beer. Poured into a Duvel glass. Nice cloudy orange color. Hints of orange and clove? in the aroma. Taste was just sublime with just the right amount of orange in the taste and light spiciness. Very smooth, creamy and easy to drink. I wish I had one more bottle. My wife doesn't like this style of beer but loved this one. Excellent (402 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fizzy head that trails the glass. Smells of Belgian wheat with sweet fruits like banana and fresh bread. The taste was very refreshing with light sweet notes finishing with a crisp mint flavor that I enjoyed. Would highly recommend. (265 characters)

Photo of Aethien
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice pale yellow colour with a 1 finger white head that quickly disappears and leaves little lacing.
It smells like coriander, yeast and citrus, quite fruity and very refreshing. Already this beer is positively surprising me.
There's also plenty of wheat and citrus in the taste very little hops and the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It's very well balanced.
The mouthfeel is just perfect, starts off crisp and with lots of carbonation and ends very smooth. I can't think of anything better than this.

This beer is absolutely amazing, totally blew me out of the water.
Definitely going to be my beer of choice for warm weather whenever I can get my hands on it. (679 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a cycle that as craft beer lovers we tend to go through. We start with our gateway beers before discovering the world of big bold high ABV stuff like DIPA's and Imperial Stouts. These beers rule our world and anything that doesn't knock our socks off with flavor gets glossed over. After a few years, we tire on these and move back to what we used to consider gateway beers...beers that have a lot of subtle flavor and are easily accessible.

Not everyone goes through this cycle, but I did. And here I am sitting down drinking a St. Bernardus Wit and feeling like I am in heaven. What a clean, tasty, refreshing, subtle, finely crafted beer this is. The flavors have been described many times over, so I do not feel the need to do it myself. Just know that I have never had anything in the style that is better, and I can count on two hands the number of beers that compete with in in terms of drinkability. Amazing beer, a different beast than its cousin Abt 12 but dare I say it an equally good beer. (1,012 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a St. Bernardus Watou branded chalice

Pours a hazy straw golden with a pure white fluffy one and half finger head. Frantastic retention, plenty of lacing. Light citrus notes, coriander, and just an edge of earthiness on the nose. Smooth and velvety on the palate with just a touch of creaminess. Opens with gentle fruit notes, with some citrus zest joined by clove, and some earthiness. Yeast makes it presences well-known middle palate with most some grain and ample malt. Finishes with some light tart notes. One of the better witbiers available and wonderful beer overall. (608 characters)

Photo of skeetermoses
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall I am a sucker for a good Belgium beer this was a very pleasant beer. Considering I only had 5 sips out of it, I would definetly purchase more. This is a great beer to enjoy on a sailboat, on a sunday afternoon, while munching on white chedder and crackers. but that was how I enjoyed it anyway. (302 characters)

Photo of jvajda
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Two-finger head perched atop a dark yellow/light brown brew with big chunks of brown yeast dancing in carbination. A truly exceptional appearance.
Smell: Malty and fresh, this one made my mouth water.
Taste: Blissful! A healthy dose of malt begins this one, followed by light hops, wheat, orange peel, and coriander. The alcohol is non-existent. Talk about refreshing!
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. The smooth maltiness blossoms in the mouth.
Drinkabilty: Super-refreshing and thirst quenching, this is the perfect warm-weather, everyday beer (if you can afford it).

Earthy and bold, yet still fresh and balanced, this witbier is near perfection in a bottle! (675 characters)

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.