Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,156
4.18 | pDev: 10.77%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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hbeimers from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2oz can pours cloudy and golden. Creamy aroma. Somewhat mild flavor and medium carbonation. Tastes almost wild-fermented. Pretty good for the style, but not top notch in my opinion.

Jun 11, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus rarely disappoints, and it sure doesn’t here...

I really enjoyed this wit. It had the distinctive smell of apples with a light taste on the tongue. One of the better wits I’ve had.

Jun 06, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed out medium yellow from the can, 2" fluffy white head that leaves big streaks of lacing. Nose is yeast-forward with sweet, fresh cut wood, lemon, white cherries, wheat, gum, musk. Taste is spicier than the aroma, with coriander and mild clove leading, followed by sweeter yeasty flavors, mild citrus, cut grass, lemon. Mouthfeel is full without being heavy. Solid, but far prefer the Tokyo Wit.

Apr 04, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

#1698. Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pale yellow, poured with some sediment (some pretty major clag left in bottle). 5mm snow white head. ps forms mega-lacing on the way down.
S- Very Belgian yeasts, leathery, antique timber. Like taking a deep inhale inside a 200 year old antique cedar glove box.
T- Bright yet slightly sour also. Mega Belgian yeast esters. This is vastly distinctive, ie most unusual; if this was a regular of yours you'd without hesitation correctly ID it from a blind line-up of 100 random beers.
F- Well, medium-dry overall. CO2 in the mouth is ok too.
O- The wheat and Belgian yeast notes combine to make a pungently musky/leathery/timber-y! brew. It's that dominating initially I was surprised, but 1/2 way down I'm beginning to dislike it. I don't think the background sour note helps either.
Surprising as the brewery produces some great other beers but this one is not straight-forward to interpret at all. I'm shocked as I scroll down to see this beer's 'Score 93 Outstanding'; seriously? Well, not for me...
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! ==> Nope, nothing of note there.
330ml bottle £2.40 BB: 14/09/22 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Mar 19, 2021
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krunchie from Sweden

3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Leffe glass

A: Cloudy yellow to orange color reminiscent of an apple cider. Thin white soda-like foam which disappears quickly. Perhaps served a bit too cold?

S: Citrus zest and coriander seed. Oranges and lemons. Little to no hop character. Tart lemony wheat aroma.

T: Light and soft citrus flavor. Definitely coriander seed. Some faint clove. Hardly any esters or fruity belgian yeast flavor. Slightly spicy with a peppery finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry mouthfeel. A little more body and mouthfeel would've been nice imo, but it is very refreshing and thrist quenching.

Overall: Citrusy with a strong coriander seed flavor. Crisp and fairly light, low ester profile with a peppery finish. Light body. Good example of the style.

Feb 04, 2021
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dannydetox from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz can from the local eclectic beer shop. hazy yellow with some flocculation present near the bottom of the tulip style glass into which i poured. nose is on point for the style with estery yeast up front followed by subtle notes of orange. taste threw me off; citrus notes up front with something almost lactic on the mid palate, and a hint of metal on the finish. easy going 5.5% offers appropriate body, and suspect the wheat in the mash to help fill out the feel.

Jan 08, 2021
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 06/12/21, tasted 12/22/20. My first time tasting this offering from St. Bernardus. Overall, I thought it was a great example of a Belgian Wit. Very grassy and herbal nose and taste, with a dry crisp finish. This felt a bit more flavorful than Hoegaarden, but I would have to do a side by side to say which I prefer. I feel like Hoegaarden is a touch sweeter overall.

Dec 23, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: two finger rocky white head with excellent retention, beer is a super hazy straw colour with rushing carbonation in the beer.

smell: smells good, all the wit flavours in check, orange, lemon, coriander, banana, belgian spice, vanilla, caramel, hint of white bread malt, smells nice.

taste: that’s a nice witbier there, orange, lemon, orange peel, coriander, spice, herbal, floral, a lot of vanilla, fudge, caramel, quite sweet, very light bitterness on the finish, sweet orange and vanilla fudge flavours linger on the finish.

feel: light bodied, medium to high carbonation, maybe just a tad watery, but really smooth, super drinkable and refreshing.

overall: another good beer from the wonderful st bernadus, however as far as their witbiers go, i preferred their tokyo one, that was excellent, but this is good too.

Nov 15, 2020
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Beejay from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A; hazy orange amber in color with a nice white head.

S: lemon and coriander up front.

T: Coriander, lemon peel, and perhaps a hint of sea salt. Light clove and bread in the finish.

M: light in body, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish.

O: overall tasty and interesting.

Oct 11, 2020
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frbnsn from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased the can from Martin's and it was great. Perfect from after working a long day on the yard under the hot sun. It looks crisp, smells great and the taste is smooth. I would add this to my summer bier collection along with the summer ales.

Aug 24, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with a creamy white head. Great retention.

Plum, lemon, and wheat aromas.

Tastes of crisp crackery wheat, lemon zest, plum, coriander, hay. Crisp, clean, and lightly dry.

Aug 10, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of a sample six-pack at TW Arrowhead 1-21-20 for $4.50/bottle. Best before 05-15-20-whoops, consumed 8-9-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a cloudy gold with a beautiful white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is pleasant, hints of grapes, oranges, and floral hops.

Taste is spot on, a nice combination of grapes and oranges over a wheat infused malt base. Finishes with a touch of pepper, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a well done wit! I have not had one in a long time and found this very enjoyable on a 111 degree afternoon!

Aug 09, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz can with a code

Very nice and hazy. Thin head is my only criticism, a seriously good-looking beer. Smell is belgian yeast funk. Taste's pleasant and powdery, lemon, assorted fruit and spices from the yeast.

Very clean, easy to drink, and flavorful

Aug 06, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow with a coupla fingers of foam on top... Drier, sharper, and less sweet than Hoegaarden, but very nice... Presents the dry pith of orange peel and some sharp spice of coriander and clove... Dry and almost tangy with tannin-like notes... Very crisp for a wit - enjoyable all the same...

Jul 17, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with fluffy white foam and very sticky lacing.
N: Zesty notes of fruit, citrus, wheat, and grapes.
T: Follows the nose, very crisp and clean fruit flavor, bright citrus, wheat, and white wine. Some dryness on the finish. Minor pepper mixed in, and floral.
M: Clean, bright, and minor dryness.
O: Loved this beer, refreshing, flavorful, and clean.

May 29, 2020
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SergeantSuckdown from Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional taste with very slight coriander present, slightly foamy mouthfeel and goes down extremely well. I've had many different white beers from far and wide, and this stands high above everything else I've tried. This is everything a Blue Moon or any other Wit aspires to be. Pricey to buy in the states (around $6 bottle/ $22 4pck @ total wine), but well worth the money every now and then as a treat. Truly a world class beer.

Apr 05, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. Can.

Hazy yellow gold pour.

Light on the nose, hints of citrus, orange and lemon.

Flavor is light, complex, for a wit. Main flavor is the wheat/yeast classic and tons of citrus. Some orange, some lemon, touch of herbal. Very nice.

edit: This beer grows on you. I've added a bit to taste/overall rating after a week or so. I had originally bought a 4-pack and I reviewed it after the first one, but after drinking 2 more, I have to say it's quickly become a favorite of mine. The notes above still stand, but the floral, citrus complexity really stuck with me and is impressive.

Apr 04, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transluent medium gold, with substantial off-white head , that is long-lasting with spotty lacing.

Smell is watermelon, honeydew melon, sweet apple, pomegranite, acerola , toffee, caramel, , and sweet butterscotch.

Taste is light butterscotch, sourdough bread, but sweeter, with a slight spiciness. Light bitterness throughout, that helps balance the sweetness of the malt.

Feel is light-moderate, with very,very fine sharp carbonation tingle, that lingers a bit.

Overall, top-notch, and just a joy to drink. How did I miss having this, 'til now? :) Highly recommend.

Mar 14, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light carbonation with about a medium body. Has some grain,thick feel that coats the tongue
Aroma is orange fruit and peel,lemon,malt,green apple,apple candy.
Taste is lemon orange zest, malt,mild earthy bitterness, unsweet sour green apple.
At first I wasn't impressed but as this warms the aroma deepens and the layers of flavor become more complex. Delicious beer that's worth a try

Mar 08, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While their ABT and Tripel are at the top of of my all time best list, this Wit is also ran.
a) Suitable mist, lace, resilient head over golden hazed body.
s) Right on target, but no subtle variance.
t) just slightly off-the-best in the finish, otherwise juicy, lemony, yeasty, with more bubble gum than I like. Too much sugar and candy store.
f) Effervescent. subtle, prickly and teasing. Interesting. Real deal.

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Belgian white ales that infiltrate the market, St. Bermardus ignores the popular overkill that the floral-heavy coriander and the highly fruity orange peel provides. Instead, this witbier oozes with authentic Belgian character with subtle hints of spice and fruit for effect, not distraction.

But as with most other witbiers, St. Bernardus' version portrays a heavy haze that darkens the straw hue, resulting in a goldenrod coloration in the end. A medium-thin yet dense sheet of stark white foam skirts the surface evenly and confidently. Its high rate of retention and intricate lacing patterns set it apart.

Compared to other witbiers, the aromas here seem less witbier-ish and more geared toward golden or blonde ales, but as the beer warms, a wonderful and wholesome floral presence emerges and captures with it the scent of dried orange peel, coriander, apple, and lemon. Spicy white pepper and acidic white wine weave into a sweeter scent of honeysuckle for an appetizing and inviting overall aroma.

But its the taste of dry wheat, and crackery pilsn malt that set up a creamy and crisp interplay- from which all the decorative spices come to life a begin to charm the taste buds. Soft candyish sweetness seems to ground the spices of freshly grated white pepper, cumin, curacao, and lemon peel. A middle palate of fruit and spice balance begins with tart green apples and dried lemons and end with the peppery dryness of champagne. Mild hopping of lemon pepper taste or sassafras-flavored hops lurk in the background and simply become another complex element to consider, and that doesn't over pronounce itself.

Light and zesty in body, the beer is lead by a highly carbonated spritziness of sparkling white wine. But it's the creamy malts that keeps the textures from absolute dryness. Light on residual sweetness, the dry fruit flavor delves into the peppery spice, alcoholic warmth, and sharp acidity to heighten the sense of dryness in finish.

Don't get me wrong, this witbier celebrates well the attributes of coriander and curacao orange peel, but the story of the beer isn't about the spices. It's about the quality of the beer underneath

Feb 16, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to see 11.2 oz. Can 6 packs at my local Co Op in Keene NH!!

Straw Golden color with a jazzy and "alive" appearance. A dense and creamy all white tower of foam goes to show just how lively this liquid is. Very chunky and sticky lacing leftovers.

The nose has a classic array of Belgian funk. Golden wheat and various grains of the fields, corn mash, husky herbs and subtle spiciness. Softly sweet honey scented malt scent is very inviting

I wish American breweries would take note... No need for added spices, no need for that weird banana scented yeast... Just keep it simple and stick to tradition. This stuff is about as complex flavor wise as a wheat beer can be. Layers of dry, husky wheat, slightly sweet malty edge with a spicy, herbal kick that tastes natural and very clean. A mildly sour, green grassy hop and yeast kick just adds further delicious color to the already striking array of flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and jazzy with an herbal/earthy bite that actually becomes rather smooth near the finish. Thank you St. Bernardus!

Feb 05, 2020
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Anacross from Oregon

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful medium gold color liquid. Citrus, spices, banana, yeast and carbonation fill the nose and palate in perfect combination and balance. Brewed to perfection. World class in all its esplendour.
St. Bernardus Watou never disappoints.

Dec 31, 2019
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL Bottle. ABV %.
Appearance: veiled honey gold, over one finger of airy and fluffy white head, streaming carbonation,
Aroma: slight lemon peel, Belgian yeast, off-putting smell, slight spice, soap,
Mouthfeel: wonderfully soft under medium body, gentle carbonation, creamy,
Flavour: soft citrus, beautifully gentle perfume (probably that soapy aroma but much more appealing in the flavour), herbal yeast.

Review: 89

Dec 02, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 2/6/12: Pours a beautiful cloudy straw producing 1 finger of white, short-lived, dense head which leaves very little lacing. Aroma is musty yeast hints of coriander, dried hay, banana, clove and lemon. Taste is grainy, wheat and yeast dominated by coriander, lemon, pepper with a little dried grass hoppiness in the finish. Aftertaste is a gentle hop bitterness and lemon. Refreshing but a bit heavy on the carbonation.

Nov 10, 2019
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely well done (though, admittedly, there aren't a lot of great wits available to me on a regular basis, so...). Pour from a 11.2 oz can into a willibecher looks fantastic; slightly cloudy, pale dandelion yellow, 1 inch pill white foam with tight little bubbles , good retention and excellent lacing. Nose has lots of spice (coriander, pepper, maybe a little clove) and some lemon and hay. On the tongue, I get more fruit and less spice (except on the finish), and a little mild green flowery round bitterness. Light but substantial and not quite as lively in the mouthful as I was expecting, but the carbonation seems right, and it dries out decently, and not too much at the end.

Oct 05, 2019
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