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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,294 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 232
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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Photo of jovy1097
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint.

Appearance: Opaque, pear juice color. 2" white head that settles to a filmy, tenacious finish. Very lacy clinging to the glass.

Smell: Fruity, more orange than lemon with a strong yeast presence.

Taste: Smooth and creamy applesauce with orange. No hop presence to be found. A perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a small bite of carbonation. Really smooth.

Drinkability: Tart, but not sour. Sweet, but not syrupy. No lingering bitterness. I could easily guzzle down several of these before realizing it.

Comments: I'm trying to find something negative about this beer and can't (other than the price!) This has to be the pinnacle of witbiers. If this one doesn't get a perfect score, then perfection is not possible, since it can't be possible to improve this brew.

Photo of buh
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A cottony-white head, honey/gold liquid. Slightly cloudy as expected.

Smell - Mild citrus, a bit of yeast, a bit of clove, some fruit.

Taste - Lemon, touch of coriander and orange, a bit of banana bread.

Mouthfeel - Smooth - carbonation is more evident if tasted soon after poured. Additional citrus finish.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink - it could be enjoyed at any occasion.

I'm finishing my 6th bottle and find myself planning to pick up another pack.

This is my favorite witbier - it is exactly the right balance of all flavors. Compared to other witbiers the flavor of St. Bernardus Wit is unique in that the flavors are much more complex and continue to bounce around the tongue before swallowing. There are many different delicious flavors that come and go and come back again while drinking this witbier. It is a very pleasant experience.

I've seen a few reviews by some who say it is flat when poured - my guess is it could have been a bad batch? The latest bottle I've poured happens to be the oldest, with a best by date of September '09 and it's August '09 now. Whatever the case may be I suppose i've been lucky for the last five bottles i've had because every one of them has been a real delight.

The flavor is negatively impacted if poured while below 40F. This beer is best enjoyed when the bottle is taken from the fridge and left on a countertop at room temperature for 15 minutes, and then poured into a room temperature glass. The coriander is more pronounced when poured too cool; the tartness is more pronounced when poured too warm.

There is no comparison between this witbier and a Hoegaarden - to me, Hoegaarden has two distinct flavors but the St. Bernardus Wit is a kaleidoscope. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle
Best by date 9/11/09

Photo of kisthekids
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a hazy straw yellow into a tulip glass. Head was about 1 finger but dissipated quickly.

S - Smells like your average witbier.... citrusy and wheaty. Very enticing, while at the same time reminding of lesser beers of its type.

T - Wow! Tart, lemon citrus, wheat, clove, and other spices come to mind. This is exactly what I want out of a beer. Simple, light, easy to drink, yet full of great flavor. This does not taste watered-down by any means. It's just a perfect balance. I imagine it goes well with most food.

M - Light, and refreshing, pleasant carbonation. Finishes smooth with nice carbonation, and just the subtlest hint of bitterness.

O - This is the best witbier I've had (I've had Hoegaarden, Alagash, Blance De Chamby, Hitachino.. etc), and this style is really one of the best, in my opinion. I think this beer is a bit underrated and deserves more attention on BA.

Photo of Wiffler27
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

St.Bernardus
Wit

LOOK: Cloudy brew with a bright gold color. Bubbly, sparkling head formed and receded to just a fine covering. No real lace, a small amount of sediment. Looks the part and I included the yeast purposely.

SMELL: Yeasty and wheaty , but the yeast has so much character. Grape, raisin, musty basement and lemon are all very present in a strong aroma. This is perfect to style, and worthy of being Pierre Celis Signature Selection as the bottle proudly states.

TASTE: Juicy flavor of apple, tart grape, orange peel, bit of funk. Tart to the sour glands, but with a depth of dusty malt character. Funk, coriander, and malts adding a balancing sweetness. Very faint herbal and grassy hoppy bitterness. Has a vague, almost smoked flavor, closer to well done toast. Clove and peppercorn emerge later in the flavor profile.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, with a sour tang. The finish is appetizingly dry and crisp. Champagne like carbonation. A perfect feel on a Belgian classic. It just does not get better than this feel.

OVERALL: Worthy of being named "Best Witbier in the World". Easily the best example of the style I have encountered. The complexity from the yeast alone was great, but the rest of the flavors were also great. Exactly what a Belgian White should be. Seek this out if you enjoy Wheats, Sours, or Belgian Ales. Absolutely phenomenal wit.

Photo of stumac
4.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer hoping that it would stay true to Brouwerij St. Bernard's good name. It sure mutha fuckin did.

A - murky dulled yellow (almost looks like fitered vomit, but in a good way). Thin white head that lasted with it pretty much the whole way down.

S - definate fruit. lemon, orange. very nice aromatics. i wish they would turn it into a cologne.

T - initial taste was lemon, coriander. followed by orange, wheat.

MF - very smoothe. rolls back easy peasy. definately a great session beer (even though I hate the word "session" for some reason) so a great chug beer.

D - very drinkable hence it is a liquid. but seriously, it would go great with any light meal like fish, chicken, squirrel, whatever....

all in all, this is for sure a tastey burger. I would easily buy this again.

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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arrived in a pint glass with about a 1 finger head. The appearance is classic witbier...I found the color to be a hazy yellow and almost a little orange, but that could have been the light in the restaurant.

The smell was distinct: lemon, orange and yeast

I have yet to find a beer that tastes or feels better. It is very smooth to drink, full-bodied, full-flavored, heavy and creamy, yet I also found it somewhat sweet. The aroma really came through on my palate.

I ordered it with pizza one night and really wanted to savor it, bit it is so smooth and refreshing that I finished long before the pizza and had to order a second. This is one of the best beers that I have had and order it or buy it when possible.

Photo of BMoldy
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 09/28/11. From notes:

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a small white head that fades quickly, leaving a little lacing.

S: Lots of crisp wheat. Very spicy. A bit of citrus (lemon rind/zest). Some very slight herbal (hop?) notes.

T: A little bitter and grassy to start. Turns into a wave of fluffy, sweet wheat. Very floral as well. Finishes a little malty.

M: Light, but smooth and very flavorful. Very refreshing. Carbonation is spot-on.

O: Delicious, and by far the best witbier I've ever had!

Photo of czfreeman
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beauty poured into my mug with a fantastic foamy head. Lovely yeast floating down through the beer. tons of yeasty aromas, some bitter citrus, hay, floral scents. The flavors pop in the mouth. orange, yeasts, coriander, lemons, grassy notes. Thick delicious mouthfeel. wow. This is the best witbier Ive had to date, glad I have another to enjoy soon!

Photo of StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small 33cl brown Euro bottle. Silver label with the same smiling St. Bernardus monk depicted.
Cloudy pale yellow body, with large fluffy white head. Rocky and bubbly, laced the glass and covered the beer in clumps to the bottom. Bottle swirl produced a darker biege yeasty sediment, good stuff.
Refreshing aromos of lots of spices, coriander, citrus, lemons, and ground orange peels. A striking and alerting aroma.
Taste is everybit as refreshing. Lots of citrus flavors, cloves, hot spicy coriander finish. Orange peel flavors and hot spicy flash at the finish then fade off to a super crisp dry finish. Very bubbly and light on the tongue. Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Easy going down and a very refreshing Belgian Wit. Look for this one and give it a try this summer, you won't be dissapointed.

Photo of ikantspel
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served into a duvel tulip

pours a burnt tan color with a foamy head.

citrus smell mixed in with yeast, some coriander as well

oh man. fruity with an emphasis on citrus, some wonderful belgian yeast, and a sweet and spicy aftertaste.

this beer defies WITBIER

Photo of HogHill
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a single 33cl bottle with freshness dating.

Appearance: a pale yellow liquid which is translucent, a small half inch head rapidly faded to lace around the glass.

Smell: Outstanding aroma here, lots of citrus and corriander notes. Fresh!

Taste: A well balanced citrus flavor along with a bready taste from the wheat. The spices round this one out to make each sip an outstandingly consistent witbier.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

Drinkability: an awesome beer that can be drank in session especially due to it's moderate ABV.

Overall: this is my favorite witbier, beating out Hoegaarden and Allagash White.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden orange cloudy hue with a pleasant off white creamy textured foamy head leaves behind thick evenly strung patches of lacing. Aroma: Sweet spicy notes flow through the air, swirling sharp malted wheat sweetness with peppery spice, coriander, cloves, and some juicy fruit tones not overly citrus but nice tones. Taste: Creamy uniform flavor with a bready sweentess, clove and spice finish with a touch of citrus and pear juice like tones, awesome. Mouthfeel: Light bodied very creamy texture, perfect carbonation levels. Drinkability: Amazingly good the best witbier I have tasted hands down, I fell in love could buy a case if the price was right.

Photo of TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle but they had just got this batch in at the liquor store so should be good. It was a nice hazy pale yellow with lots of carb streams. It had a 2+ finger white head that whittled down to a thick collar and constant thin foam cap. Really good sheeting that quickly slides back into the glass. A little sticking. Was shocked to discover that I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Not sure how that happened as this is one of my favorites and I have often.

The aroma was excellent with pepper and clove for the spice side balancing with the citrus aroma and wheat malt. Really good sniffer. The taste is also excellent. Starts with the clove and pepper bite that fades as the citrus and malt flavors take over for a nice, smooth finish. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, an exceptional wit and one of the best (maybe the best) wits out there. Most highly recommend. Home keg worthy! Available here in TX. Rotation - heavy player in the wit/hefe/... rotation. [H;Y]

Photo of techdiver
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an unhazy pale gold with a modest head that dissipates quickly leaving a small cap of foam. Clearest wit yet.

Yeast and citrus aroma. Nothing notable to elevate it's status over other wits.

Malt, hops, and citrus flavors combine to make this another spectacular wit. Fresher and cleaner than any wit I've reviewed to date.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Refreshing and clean with modest carbonation.

Again a most drinkable wit. Just a notch above my previous favorite - Allagash.

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.