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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,040 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1040
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%


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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goz

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color, with an initially big white head that quickly and mostly diminishes to slight amounts of lacing. Aroma is super sweet, dominated by banana, with some clove in the back. Flavor is mostly banana, some of the clove sneaks in, and a citric sourness at the end. Body is medium. An ok wit, but it seemed to be lacking something.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 09:03:09 | More by goz
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winomark

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a very vigorous, fluffy bone white head. Smells like fresh baked bread with some wheat and co2 notes. Very different from a hefe; not much tropical or banana esters. Good and wheaty palate. Bread yeast controls the palate. Mild and very refreshing flavors. Some mild esters up front. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. Good for a refreshment and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 20:43:00 | More by winomark
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bashiba

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light yellow with a thin white head.

Smell is very citrusy with lemon and orange notes and a touch of yeast.

Flavor is nice and mild with a touch of pepper and clove, finishes with a zesty bit of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a touch of lingering dryness.

Light and easy to drink, would make a nice summer beer, a good whit, just a bit to heavy on the lemon.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 23:48:24 | More by bashiba
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow, seems a shade darker than an average white beer. Small white head leaving extensive lacing.

S: Orange peel tends to dominate the sweet smell, rose petals, hint of pepper.

T: Contradictory to the smell, the taste is much more yeasty and bitter. Coriander and pepper is quite evident, similar to Allagash White. A solid flavour and true to style though I like my wits a bit sweeter with orange or sugar.

M: Soft mouthfeel with a strong bite of carbonation. Light-bodied, mild acidity.

D: A good wit from the St. Bernardus guys. Pricey for what it is, but a beer I could definitely have again. Quite easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2008 00:24:54 | More by Halcyondays
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale tan color, immensely cloudy, with a nice head. Lots of lace.

The aroma is mostly spicy with hint of wheat and citrus.

Big, full, and spicy on the palate. Wheat is prominent. The citrus kicks in later. Mostly orange. It's almost syrupy thick--strange for a wit.

For a wit, I find this too thick, and balanced too far in favor of the spice. A good beer, but not what I'm looking for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 04:57:11 | More by IMincedTheKing
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought an 11.2oz for $3.99 and was really excited to chill this and try it. The date on the bottle was 2004.

I carefully poured this beer into a tulip, and actually managed to keep the yeast sediment in the bottle. The look of this beer is a pale ginger ale sort of yellow. There was a decent head and low to moderate carbonation.

The smell was a mixed bag; there were no typical wheat or spice smells; there was a funky brandy-esque smell of hard, cloyingly sweet liquor. The taste was similar here. There was a phenomenal mouth feel which was perfectly smooth, and the brandy taste did accentuate those qualities. There was a touch of spice and a huge smell and taste of clove. If you could get past the giant nose of Brandy and clove, there was a little hint of orange peel in there that was nice. Where was the wheat? All fermented and whisky-like.

Overall this was intriguing and complex; but this was not what I expected, and will probably not drink this again, despite my personal taste, I am skeptical about the drinkability here. It was fantastically complex, but somewhat cloying.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 11:29:38 | More by andjusticeforale
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, white head.

Smell: Yeasty, spicy, sweet.

Taste: Sweet underneath strong spicy flavors with a citrus tang at the end. Probably the spiciest wit I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: Sessionable, but probably too expensive for that.

I was a little disappointed in this wit considering its high rating by others. It almost seemed a little too complex for a wit, maybe my pallette can't pick out the flavors so it just is an overwhelming "spicy" taste. It's an interesting beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 00:16:35 | More by Mdog
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bierguru

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -
very light carbonation fairly cloudy straw color very thin white lacing that becomes nothing

S -
fair amount of coriander and citrus but mostly wheat and slight maltiness

T -
sweet maltiness with some citrus tones bold yeast wheat mid taste finishes with a fairly strong clove taste

M -
slight tinglng on the tongue nothing annoying pretty good body feel

D -
its really refreashing would def have again however when the beer warms the colve over takes a lot of flavor

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 17:50:38 | More by bierguru
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Texels Weizenglass

Murky pale yellow body. plenty of carbonation. gigantic medium bubbled head that is pretty stable. leaves a lacing.

koriander is dominating the nose. some citric notes

typical witbier taste but lacks sweetness. furthermore herbs. some sourness even tartness that sticks to the tongue and almost reminds me of a geuze. little bitterness.

thin to medium body. tickling carbonation. refreshing.

Witbier that does not exaggerate on the spices. That is good. what I miss is the typical sweetness for balance. Not my favorite witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:34:11 | More by safaricook
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edbeered

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not sure about this beer. It pours a nice cloudy yellow, with a small head that lingers. The smell is complex, with cloves and a sweet smell hard to pin down(apple?peach?). The taste is initially very complex and pleasant, with the aforementioned clove,apple, peach and a subdued banana flavor as well. If this was the end of it, this would be a most impressive beer. However, there is a distinctly salty flavor that manifests itself at the very end, thus robbing it of any thirst-quenching properties. At first I thought it might be starting to spoil, but other than the saltiness at the end, this is a very good tasting beer. The finish makes this somewhat disappointing. Don't have it with pretzels!

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2005 23:59:35 | More by edbeered
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Milky, turbid, peachy color with a fuzzy white head. Aroma of yeast and hint of lemon. Flavor of yeast, tart wheat, lemom zest, faint coriander and bubblegum/ cloves. light-to-medium body with an acidic, quenchy finish. Pretty solid example - not too much coriander or fuller bodied like many American versions, yet I must say that I'm not any more enthused than with most other wit beers worth their salt.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 20:42:08 | More by dedrinker
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nose of exotic fruit which can be identified as pineapple or mango and some spices. Moreover, it is fairly well balanced with the presence of wheat that brings a touch of sweetness. Easy drinking, slightly spicy, one perceives in a final taste lemon to clean Witbier. A little bitter, it's true but it is negligible, which is a little deception.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 14:46:09 | More by ThaCreep
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n2185

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Spices up front with some peppery notes followed by slightly musty and sweet bread aromas. The finish has a slight tartness to it as well.

T: Light spices notes at first followed by a surprisingly tart fruit flavor with some funky and barnyard aspects to it. The finish is dry and lightly bready.

M: Light body with highish carbonation, this beer is nice and dry, making it really drinkable.

O: A pretty witbier, overall, that's also very unique. It's almost more like a saison or some Belgian pale ales than a witbier. Still, it's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:06:12 | More by n2185
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Four fingers worth of crispy airy fluffy dirty white colored head… Impressive retention… Loaded with large bubbled very quickly paced carbonation throughout… A medium yellow gold color with a slight glow…

S - Hay… Straw... Citrus… Orange zest… Faint hints of sweet lemon… Passion fruit… Some toasted malts… White bread… A touch of rye… Simple and straight-forward… Rather enjoyable…

T - Wheat... A bit of white bread crust... A slight rye spiciness... Orange zest... Lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied… Lively and spry… Loaded with prickly carbonation teetering on fizzy… Slightly sleek… A little harsher than I like for the style…

D - A solid and respectable witbier, however the St. Bernardus label leaves me expecting a bit more… There is nothing outstanding nor detracting… I can think of several other, less expensive Witbiers that I would opt for over this one…

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 02:14:11 | More by philbe311
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a dirty cloudy yellow color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is slightly raisiney and slightly bready with a moderate spice dancing around in the background. The flavor is just okay. Lots of breadyness with slight raisin tnes on the finish. Not sure how I feel about this as a whit. The fell is moderate with a light carb. Not a really great beer in my book. There are many other whits I would take over it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 21:31:40 | More by kmpitz2
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Crosling

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow haze below a creamy froth. Bright spicing (coriander and orange peel) in the aroma, which also spews out farmy odors, vanilla, baked biscuits, tart wheat and a hint of toffee. Soft and watery palate, which is bubbly in large doses. Tartness in present, while being quite dry and peppery. The spicing is fairly subtle and could be amped up a bit (I like my witbier full of spices) Light hint of butter toffee on the finish. I like it, although I still havent found a witbeir that truly satisfies.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 06:29:15 | More by Crosling
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katan

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle labeled 020209.

A - Pours a hazy dark gold color. Very thick looking from the outside. Pours a centimeter size head that is retained.

S- Not very strong smell. Very subdued. I would say the coriander and a light orange peel are the primary things I smell.

T- Very interesting flavor. Finishes with a stronger hit of orange peel than I expected. Is intermixed with a yeast sour background. The first flavor is similar to the taste - very light. Might be at most some of the wheat malts.

M- Has a been of carbonation to it that I can feel. Drinks generally smooth - although it seems like alot for the style.

D- I could drink a few more of these, although the complex orange peel aftertaste wears on me as I drink this.

All and all, not a bad beer. But, for the price, and my inflated expectation that this is the best witbier ever left me wanting.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 04:06:58 | More by katan
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge white head. Hazy yellow/orange body with lively carbonation. Head retention and lacing was good

Smells mostly of citrus, some malts. Also faint coriander, no hops smell at all

Taste was similar to carbonated orange juice. Citrus was main flavor present. Some malts were also there.

Mouth feel was a little over carbonated but not too much. Nice consistency , not as watery as some witbiers

Over all was a good beer. Flavors and smells were a little subtle, was hoping for a more bold taste. Bottle that it came in was nice, just wish that it tasted as good as it looked

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 19:11:22 | More by angelmonster
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DUBinMIA

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a heffe glass from a bottle. yellow haze with a slight orange tint. Thick 3 in. white foam head. lots of lace.

citrus and some banana aroma. malt and wheat noticeable and gives a very sweet smell.

kinda of a shock at first. was expecting really sweet malt but hit with a tart bite of citrus and then a grainy wheat flavor. good. just not what i would expect from the smell. crisp finish but watery in some aspects too.

light bodied beer with good carbonation

overall a good beer. i was expecting a little bit more from one of my favorite breweries but still a must try. very light crisp and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:38:51 | More by DUBinMIA
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy white tinted golden ale with a small bubbly white head with just better then average retention. Aroma of coriander and wheat is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by the wheat and coriander with an above average body. Very good for a style that often produce boring beers but definitely not the best from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 16:37:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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Liquids

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Peachy colored yellow with the characteristic haze, with little more than a scum ring head. Aroma is all wheat, hopless to my nose, rather mild and subdued. Not ultra sweet smelling, which is good thing here. The taste is rather yeasty up front, but overall my first sip is better than expected. It is dry, not cloyingly sweet, with a light hop zing in the finish. I detect little to no outstanding spices here. It's really yeasty, too much so for me, but it is refreshing. As I sip on, a slight epoxy(?) flavor is emerging, a little like MH Circus Boy, and again this could be the yeast characteristic flavor. Mouthfeel is not overly heavy for a wheat beer, and there is a tangy zip on the tongue. A fair but bland and somewhat off tasting drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 13:22:08 | More by Liquids
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted several different types of wheat beers tonight. This one isn't my least favorite, but there are better. It wasn't worth $17 a 4 pack like Abt.12 is.

A- Nice. Cloudy yellow with creamy head that fades fast but leaves creamy walls of lace.

S- Citrus. Strong citrus. Grapefruit. Very tart pungent and strong smell hits the nose strong. Hints of lemon. yeasty smell is hiding underneath with cloves and bananas. You gotta let this beer warm up.

T- Very lemony. Thats what sticks with you. There are moments where banana and clove come in and there is a backbone of a nice wheat, but lemon is in the front and the back end. Thats what you taate on your lips when you finish.

M- Slightly overcarbonated, creamy and medium bodied.

D- Easy sipping beer, but tartness is too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 04:03:16 | More by JayS2629
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin head that quickly recedes to a thin film on top.
Has a faint bananna and honey smell.
Has a biscuit and lemon flavor. Nice honey like sweet finish. No bitterness.
Feels a bit thin and heavily carbonated in the mouth.
A very smooth easy drinking summertime beer.
This is not a favorite style of mine but I might revisit this beer occasionally during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 05:25:47 | More by wcudwight
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janubio

Spain

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color, very cloudy. White head, not lasting much. Aroma of bread, wheat, yesast, with some citrus notes, not as much as expected. Flavor is not as much acidiand spicy as usual in the style. Some citrus, a hint of clove. very refreshing in summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 13:22:14 | More by janubio
St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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