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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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633 Reviews

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Reviews: 633
Hads: 1,411
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 285
Gots: 155 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their 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 doppelmeup
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan color into a chalice. Not a great head. A bit of lace sticks.

Very mild aroma. Slight Juicy Fruit, very faint orange, perhaps some coriander.

Decent depth of flavor; probably stronger than other witbiers I've had. Typical witbier flavors.

Somewhat fizzy mouthfeel, slightly dry finish.

Overall, a good beer but not my favorite witbier.

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Photo of brdc
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped bottle, poured into a rather inappropriate pint glass.

It is a hazy yellowish beer, topped by a white, foamy head with good retention.
Aroma is pleasant, but too delicate for my own taste, showing just hints of citric fruits, perhaps coriander and other spices - or perhaps it is not as fresh as it should be.
Light and well carbonated, the pleasant taste is also, IMHO, a bit too understated.
Easy to put down, but perhaps the combination of my own taste and not being as fresh as it should be (as in drinking it in Belgium), it is not something I will seek again.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic. Pale straw-colored yellow pour with a small but persistent head, a bit of lacing, and a subtle nose that reminded me of fresh-cut hay, with citrus notes.

Very refreshing, drinkable, and well-balanced. Citrus hops cut with a malty sweetness. I could have a few of these without getting filled up. Nothing outstanding, but a solid summer session brew.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very comlex nose. Wheaty and a hint of hops. Some corriander and definitely orange. Light sweet malt aroma underneath.

Pale yellow, coludy (good for style) with a thin but persistant head. Leaves lacing.

Very tart wheat start. Lots of fruity fermentation esters. Good light orange peel flavor. Some peppery spice that could be hops but its so light that it's hard to tell. Finishes lightly sweet.

Light bodied with high carbonation level. A little rough.

Good example of the style. I've had it before on draft and liked it better probably due to the lower carbonation.

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Photo of Durge
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slight lemon-yellow color with a slight head and no lace. It's typically cloudy and appears as watery lemonade. I envision fields of flowers in the smell with slight hops.

The taste is like a spring morning with a slight Christmas-like clove undertone. It's light carbonation is pleasant and well-balanced. The aftertaste is nutty and wheaty.

VERY easy to drink and surprisingly easy at a 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some coriander and lemon notes mixed in. The aroma is a little muddy smelling overall, with nothing really standing out. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat with some orange peel, coriander and pepper notes. Light, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of MarioL66
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice fluffy cloud of a head sat atop the yellow goldish nectar below. Maybe slightly clearer than some other Wits?

Smell - A light sweet, citrusy, spicy bread nose but not overly strong.

Taste - A light citrus tang on top of the wheaty body.

Mouthfeel - A little creamy but I feel the carbonation is more pronounced than other Wits.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and would work nicely during a hot summer day.

My third go around with the Pierre Celis Wit. Not bad but I definitely prefer the flavor profile of their normal Wit or the Allagash offering. Still worth a try though.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed ina Hoegaarten wit tumbler.

Pours a hazed straw color with a finger of pearl colored head. average head retention & lacing

S: Cooked cereal, some grassyness

T: Lemons, tangerines & white grapes & coriander up front. White pepper & lemons & more grapes as this warms. Finishes a bit grainy, with some more cooked cereal, appleskins & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a nice summer time quencher, but give me the old Celis white from Texas any day! I took great care with this one so I don't think this suffered on my end, expected more

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Photo of bashiba
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a Saint Bernardus glass

A: Pours a light, hazy golden color with a finger of fluffy head that quickly falls to a thin film. Average lacing.

S: A strong wheat aroma dominates with cardamom and a bit of lemon zest. A touch of clove.

T: Wheat is still quite strong, but I get quite a bit of orange zest, almost as if there is a slice of orange in the beer. The beer stays dry with a nice spiciness.

M: Medium thickness with strong, creamy carbonation.

O: A nice Witbier, but I'm honestly not sure I could tell this from the BMC versions. It is a bit spicier and drier I believe, but it's similar for sure. Maybe my palate just isn't quite there for Witbier. Either way, I'd take an Allagash White over this any day.

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Photo of BierReise
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best I've had of this style but not that bad overall. Cloudy gold ale with white head and minimal lacing. Big wheat aroma that's on the spicy side like a Hefe. Flavor is of malted wheat with a subtle hint of citrus. They do a better job with their Belgian Ales.

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Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of bierguru
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw with a nice thick white head.
S: Peppy zestinous and coriander.
T: Lighter in flavour than I was expecting. Quite bready with that fizzy Alca-Seltzer quality. Coriander seeds of course. Doesn't open up at all, it's certainly on the insipid side. German wheats can get away with this, but not Belgian wits. Beyond the in-your-face coriander and extreme effervescence, there's really not a lot of substance here. Like all Belgian wits I get that unpalatable ice cream soda quality. Not a fan of this style, but I've had much better.
O: Really not deserving of its world class status.

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Photo of winomark
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.61/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of benfons
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy golden colour, nice big head

S: citrus (lemon, orange), hints of coriander

T: rather sweet, citrus, peppery notes, some hops in the finish

M: medium body, little carbonation,

O: good witbier, although for me not as great as the majority think

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Photo of edbeered
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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!

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of geofort78
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with persistent white head. Aroma citric and slightly salty. Medium body with taste a little salty at first followed by spices. Dry aftertaste.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.