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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 638
Hads: 1,442
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 299
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of jvajda
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is right on style, hazy and pale with an orange tint near the top of the glass. Steady, flat, perfect finger thick head. Moderate carbonation visible through the lovely haze.

Coriander and bananas with a fresh hit of lemon. Cookie dough.

Carbonation leads the way with a refreshing edge. Refreshing citrus tastes with banana flavours. Very slight piney hop flavours in the finish. Stand-out grains and barnyard flavours from the wheat.

Great mouthfeel, excellent level of carbonation.

I had forgotten how much I enjoy a good witbier with nothing decent nearby. A fantastic version of the style everyone loves (or should love).

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden colour with a hint of orange. Rather hazy. Head is nice, thick white, mainly tight bubbles- but interspersed with some large loose ones.

Smell is light and a bit spicy, with strong fruity notes. Lots of banana, citrus, and mango.

As you take a sip, the fruityness and spiciness hit right away. The fruitiness has almost a Wrigley's Juicy Fruit quality for a bit, then seems to rotate into banana then orange.

Body is a bit fizzy- first on the front of the tongue, then in the top of the troat. Consistency is medium but not syrupy- just about exactly where it feels right.

This is a nicely drinkable beer which I enjoy immensely. There's just about nothing in it that I don't like.

Be well

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Photo of waughbrew
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dull peachy color with a pretty nice head that stays for a while and laces. The aroma makes me giggle. The combo of grassy hops and beautiful peppery cotton candy from the yeast is just a wonderful thing. Fluffy and bubbly, with vegetal coriander flavor. The end sizzles a bit and leaves a sweettartness in the mouth. Lightly lemony with peaches and strawberry juice, this is refreshing and flavorful and pretty amazing. It is of a different ilk than most American Wits - this is more carbonated and well-rounded in its flavor. Nothing sticks out too far, but there is a ton of complexity. All praise!

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Photo of gdfan47
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Foggy pastel lemon with a hint of orange. The crown looks great. It's bright white, a bit on the small side thanks to an uncharacteristically (for me) gentle pour and has a upper surface that looks like rough suede. Some lace shows up on the glass, although it isn't sticky enough to last.

The nose is tremendous and contains all of the requisite witbier scents: sunshine bright citrus zest, spicy coriander and wheat. The citrus smells at least as much like lemon as it does like orange. I especially enjoy the room-filling power of the aroma.

The flavor follows suit. This is one of the most aromatic and most fully-flavored witbiers that I've ever had. There's a beautiful balance between the untoasted wheat base (whose flavor contribution is as important as any of the other elements), the now more orangey fruitiness and the coriander. A Belgian yeast cloviness puts it into another flavor gear and, therefore, another league. Delicious.

The beer is noticeably sweeter than most other world-class witbiers, a characteristic that I actually prefer. There's isn't much of a hop presence, as the style dictates. Wits are all about the 'holy triumvirate' (wheat, fruit and spice). I'm glad the monks have paid attention to all three in equal measure.

The mouthfeel can only be described as fantastic. Never before have I tasted a wit with this much mouthfilling fluffiness. The beer expands beautifully in the mouth, a characteristic that I've found in only the very best beers (and wines). It's both full and buoyant, an intriguing sensory paradox that makes each mouthful an absolute treat.

St. Bernardus Witbier is my first Brouwerij St. Bernardus beer and it has impressed me to no end. It instantly jumps to the head of the class and is easily the equal, if not the superior, of Allagash's fine version. I love a good wit and I love the way this one excels in all the ways that matter most. Astoundingly good.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Holy crap! That's a lot of carbonation. A generous pour produced three and a half fingers worth, but it doesn't stop there as the cloudy brass body has so much carbonation that the bubbles seem to be bouncing off each other going haywire as they reach the head. Ample lacing and retained throughout. I have to say I'm impressed, but uhh maybe dial it back a peg.

Smell: A lot of coriander and a lot of lemon citrus on this one. There is a faint note of black pepper in the background but it is very subdued. Warming doesn't help or hinder the smell in any real fashion.

Taste: As expected the spicy coriander permeates the entire beer, although it starts out in the background at the start has very tart citrus of which lemon is dominant but grapefruit and orange notes are present, with even a slight gum hint. The spicier elements then take centre stage as they come forward, as the coriander is suddenly backed by cloves, black pepper and a banana note. The two parties then get together and mesh together with a slight grapefruit kick that I assume some form of hops is causing ending with a sublime experience.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and despite is appearing out of control it gives the beer a frothy, foamy texture. The transitioning is a little odd but it works well. The let down here is the aftertaste, which apart from a slight faded note of coriander is all but not existent.

Drinkability: The beer is very refreshing, but the high carbonation leaves a bit of a bloated feeling after the beer is gone. It's also a bit heavier then you would expect from a Wit, but not excessively so as I'd say it's fairly medium bodied. That said, the sudsiness and mild aftertaste could leave me drinking this all night.

Final Thoughts: With this beer, it all comes back to two things, the coriander and the carbonation. If you don't like either of those things, this isn't for you. However, I don't know anyone who is anti-coriander or carbonation so yeah. For me this beer screams to have a peppery steak to go with it, that or a nice pair of pork chops. All in all, exceptional stuff. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of trumick
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky golden color, with a nice one finger head and minimal lacing.

Scent is light sweet malts with pepper, light citrus and clove. Yeast is quite previlent also.

Taste is sweet initially, yeast, citrus, banana, finishes dry with a nice sweet citrus that that holds there for quite a while.

Mouthfeel is incredible, light, refreshing small bubbles that is almost creamy despite the carbination.

Drinkability is probably the best I have experienced. The scent and the flavor combine to make this beer one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had.

This is definately a top notch beer. I can't think of another wit that compares.

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Photo of MadCat
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color, with a thick, creamy, fluffy white head that sticks around for a while, and leaves beautiful lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, cloves, citrus

Taste: Banana, wheat, cloves, coriander, finishes with lemony tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels almost creamy, but with good carbonation

Overall: An excellent Witbier, just wish it was cheaper and easier to find. It is great.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct9 2009

A I should have used a 500ml glass because this was hard too fit into the 400ml. Once it settled I had a cloudy peach color with lots of bubbles and a massive fluffy white head. It took its time falling and left a nice amount of lace, not rings but large patches and lots of them.

S nice spice with some banana, yeast and some faint citrus, about what I expect from this style nothing overpowering nice balance

T as it smells really, very nice all around

M very light and refreshing a pleasure to drink

D it's amazing how easy this is too drink it just vanishes in no time

a world class beer here, I'm not happy about the price here in Calgary but what can I do

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Photo of puboflyons
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the 12 fl. oz.bottle dated 28-02-14. Sampled on June 25, 2013.

Wow! Where do I start? It has a milky pale yellow pour with a foamy white head that lingers.

The aroma emits all of those classic Belgian aromas such as pale malts, Belgian candied sugar, orange, pear, or another citrus note, and downplayed spices.

The body is light to medium and kind of on the smooth side.

The taste is far more sweet than I might have expected with roasted pale malts, Belgian sugars, citrus, and a finish that is low in bitterness. The sweetness is the leader. Witbiers are about midway on my list of favorite styles but I could drink this one regularly.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy dark gold with a thick white head. the head stays for a very long time.

smells sweet like typical belgian yeast. some citrus to it as well.

taste is full of mild citrus, like orange rinds. sweet yet not overly sweet. goes down very smooth. easy drinker for sure.

overall this is one of my favorite beers. it's great because there is nothing wrong with it. it's not perfect all around but it has no blemishes. great crossover beer because it's light and very similar to Blue Moon.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of berley31
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a beautiful large, frothy white head... diminished over time to 1/4-finger size. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Body is completely cloudy and opaque, and a beautiful yellow color.

S: Coriander and orange, of course, but hints of other sweetness as well. Not overpowering at all, like some wits tend to be with the spices.

T: Awesome flavor; everything you'd want from a wit, and more. The taste is mild with the orange and coriander being the central flavors, plus hints of lemon/lime. Slightly sweet and extremely refreshing... I could drink several of these without feeling any high acidity like some wits tend to overdo.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Definitely one of the best Belgian Wits I've had, if not THE best. The perfect example of its style, and what all other wits should strive to be.

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Photo of blakesell
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a pint glass from 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- A light pale yellow with huge rocky white head and much lacing present.

Smell- Very little, some yeast comes thru but the scent is very light. a smidge of pepper.

Taste- Light and effervescent, slight apple tartness comes thru. Hops and spice on the lips but not sticky afterward. A great summer's day beer. Corriander and some lemon also present in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Plenty of light body and carbonation. Leaves a freshness on the tounge like I just drank a breath mint. But the mint is beer flavoured!

Drinkability-I could drink this all day and still have wine with dinner.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

AKA St. Bernardus Wit. Aroma is strong and malty/wheaty with a considerable citrus overtone, mainly lemon. Color is a cloudy, almost opaque, golden amber; head is fairly persistent. Flavor is rich and wheaty with plenty of citrus tang and a piny hops undertone. It feels thick and smooth, and leaves a lemony aftertaste, especially on the lips.

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Photo of ghurux86
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden, hazy yellow, with a minimal head. there is also a little bit of lacing. but the color is beautiful. smells of citris and possibly banana. i taste orange, malt, maybe banana i'm not sure. it's is fairly carbonated: feels like lots of tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated though. i would definitely drink it again if i was rich. a great witbier. taste also gets better as it warms a little.

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Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, although I think I have at least one of each St. Bernardus beer sitting in my cupboard, this is the first one I've actually tried. They're all hard to find up here in Toronto, and I keep trying to save them for a special occasion. Well... this isn't one, but I'm drinking it anyway.

So... looks good! Very pale golden colour, almost beige or eggshell when first poured, shifting to a more even yellowy gold as it settles. Looks fizzy but not much of a head on it, but that might have been the pour.

Smell is fantastic -- probably the best wit I've smelled (which isn't saying a lot, I know). Strong lemony citrus, bananas, and cloves are dominant, with elements of bubblegum or cotton candy in there was well.

Taste is also great. Cloves, malt, bananas, some sharp raisininess, hay/straw/grains. Also a bit of mustiness or sulphur in there -- again, not a negative thing from my perspective.

A very smooth, drinkable beer with a unique aftertaste. Would go great with brunch sometime (which is what I'll probably do with my other one of these). Good stuff!

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of marburg
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had a couple bad American witbiers, but I've had very few bad Belgians. And this is another prime example of just complete mastery of style. A little too yellow to be a perfect wit, but it's got a nice head and a beautiful, slightly subdued, musty lemon aroma. Very nice. Tastes as it should -- citrusy, well-spiced. A fluffy lemon meringue pie -- in a beer glass! It, like Wittekerke, Hoegaarden, and Blanche de Namur, is a prime example of this style. This brew is loaded with subtle flavors that make this zesty beer so unbelievably light and easy to drink.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tap pour into a St. Bernardus goblet (oh yeah) reveals a well hazed lemon-flesh yellow beer with a perky 1 inch head that is there to stay.

Aromas are lemon zest, orange, musty yeast, clove, banana, cardamon, coriander, and a hint of freshly cut grass. Smells fresh, fruity, and well above average.

Flavor compliments the nose with juicey orange and lemon notes supported by exotic spices, yeast, crisp wheat, and a drying floral hop finish. Definately more complex than a lot of other Witte's out there.

Body is medium, slick and wheaty, with a full, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent on tap, I could easily drink all night without growing bored.

Only $4.50 for a full 16 oz St. Bernardus goblet @ The Philosopher's Stone, Charlotte-great deal!

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Photo of interzen
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Typical witbier - cloudy, golden yellow with a puffy, off-white head which diminishes to a foamy cap with little lacing in evidence.

Smell: Again, pretty much a typical witbier smell - oranges, lemons and coriander with a fainty wheaty, yeastiness in the background. The lemon aromas are more pronounced on the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: POW! Fruit and wheat - there's a massive hit of citrus and coriander with some lingering wheat and spice notes. Quite a dry wheat and malt finish with hints of lemon. Definitely a cut above your average wit.

Feel: Manages to be full and light at the same time - difficult to explain but despite the cloudy appearance it's not at all heavy going. Carbonation isn't quite as aggressive as some suggest but it's still there and adds to the refreshing feel, IMO.

Overall: I like witbiers in general, and the products of St. Bernardus in particular so this was bound to be a winner for me, and it doesn't disappoint - if your idea of a good witbier stops at Hoegaarden or Blue Moon then you owe it to yourself and your palate to check this out; it's in a completely different league.

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Photo of becktone
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 12-21-08

Done horizontally with Hitachino Nest White

Eye: This one pours great. Before the yeast is thrown into the mix (I swirled the bottle and poured it into the glass) the beer was a hazy golden, now it is an extremely light brown, or perhaps more correctly a hazy dark gold with some serious light brown notes. Head is a pure white and meringue creature. Excellent retention and formation. I'd like the color to be a bit lighter, but this works too. Lacing is composed of some nice thick rings connected by spotty lace inbetween, layers definitely layers.

Nose: Orange, plenty of curacao in here, and spicy coriander. There's kinda a warmth to the coriander in the aroma. Not as potent as the Hitachino but more pure. Hey, what else can you say, it smells like a wit should. Maybe some lemon aroma in there too.

Tongue: Really nice and light, perfect delicacy. Very refreshing and thirst quenching, but with lots of flavor, not only do the orange and other citrus come through but the coriander is balanced in there as well. Much better than the Hitachino where coriander seemed to take foreground. Here its a perfect soft blend of everything. Yeast character is found in this beer too, but it melds nicely with the rest of the beer. Really good wit beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Delicate and light on the palate, perfect. I don't think I've had anything that felt this delicate on the palate. Very light body, fleeting almost. This one may not be as robust or as forward as my two favorites, Southampton and Wittekerke, but the mouthfeel of this one surpasses them in all aspects. I am really quite amazed at the feel on this beer. Just a real nice soft round smoothness with a subtly dry finish. Easy to drink, I'll be picking this one up again, and I'm sure the impression it will have on me in the summer will be even greater. Really drinkable, extremely quenching and refreshing.

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Photo of adamette
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $3.79. Kind of steep but it was a single bottle purchase. They sell a four pack of these for $11.99 I think so that is fair.

A Great looking meringue white head which is like 3.5 inches tall (I had to stop pouring into my Brewery Ommegang Witte glass while the head settled down) over a cloudy yellow body which glows in front of direct light. Agitation of the bottom of the bottle (and subsequently pouring it into the glass) produced significant floaties of yeast in my glass. very cool. Oh yeah, nice lacing on the glass as well.

S A nice solid smelling witbier with a welcome touch of malty sweetness, like distant sugar or a light syrup smell. Love the smell of Belgian yeast as well in this beer. Hard for me to detect but there may be some grains able to be smelled as well.

T Wow, a very nice Witbier that I am sitting here thinking about: This may be THE Witbeir. It has such a classic grainy wheat taste, a reasonably thin mouthfeel and also reasonably low ABV at 5.5%. This may be what other brewers taste and strive for. I do not get the sweetness that I thought that I was smelling but I got a whole lot of the grains and possibly herbs and spices but mostly the wheat grains.

M Light to moderate and style defining.

D Excellent and if it were not for the price tag (about $3 each if purchased in a four pack) this would be my standard go to Witbier.

Notes: My sister enjoyed other Witbiers (Allagash White, Hoegaarden) so maybe I will spring for one of these for her to try sometime soon. This is a style defining Witbier.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.