Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
WitbierWitbier
BA SCORE
4.16/5
Exceptional
1,637 Ratings
WitbierWitbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,815
Reviews:
696
Ratings:
1,637
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
376
Gots:
250
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,637 |  Reviews: 696
Photo of tone77
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a hazy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some banana. Taste is of banana, spices, light oranges, hints of wheat. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

 277 characters

Photo of Eltrandos
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 330 ml bottle pours slightly cloudy golden with orange highlights and 3 fingers puffy white head. Aroma yeasty orange with slightly spicy/clove character. Tastes of seeet citrus, lemongrass, bit of. banana and pepper. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin - good carbonation, but finish just left a little flat... good but not quite to the expected level (recent Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is a step above this).

 417 characters

Photo of bark
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The colour is pale yellow with a tint of gold, the liquid is unclear. The three fingers head sinks slowly down to a thick lid leaving just some lacing.

The smell is spicy with coriander seeds, citric peels and some basil. Quite a lot of bread/dough and a touch of perfume.

The taste is at first dry with growing spicy flavours, citric peels, dough and bread-like sweetness. Passing exotic fruits. Medium body. The aftertaste got some alcohol, coriander seeds, dried herbs, green bananas and a touch of caramel. The finish is sweet with somewhat harsh with dry unripe fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong; the mid-sized bubbles are smooth and long-lived. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Too sweet for being that refreshing experience I want from a Witbier.

 759 characters

Photo of Hopsohard
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can.
Slightly cloudy, with a generous creamy cap of foam. Lightly grassy hop undertone, big coriander and clove notes. This is one tasty brew.

 150 characters

Photo of Greener
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Opaque yellow-orange, like orange juice. Extremely little white head.

Smell: Strong orange, spiced malt, dry champagne-like notes.

Taste: Wheat malt that scoops into mild hop bitterness. A sparkle from the spices on the back of your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: The platonic ideal for a witbier.

 345 characters

Photo of akme223
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in witbier glass, pours a hazy straw color, large white foamy head with great retention and lacing.

Sweet smelling, lemon and assorted citrus, strong yeast, wheat and other grassy tones.

Taste isn’t overly sweet, primarily lemon and maybe a touch of orange or tropical fruit, wheat and yeast, hints of spice. Lot going on here.

Very well carbonated, light bodied beer. Very smooth.

Very good beer, big fan of St Bernardus and this one doesn’t disappoint. Very well made and intricate wit that stands out very well for the style.

 546 characters

Photo of Alexrdvz
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bwahahaha! Once upon a time, in the then-burgeoning land of The CANQuest (tm), I remarked that I would only be interested in Westvleteren's beers once they began CANning them. I typed it with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but when I was roundly vilified, I dug in my heels. One fellow wrote, "Jayzis, Woody, I certainly hope yer taking the piss with us, mate!" Haha. My response was, "Well, in that case, I'm going to drop back & punt. Maybe St. Bernardus or Orval will be more amenable to CANning their beers …" I left the forum as virtual rotten eggs, fruits & vegetables began to fly in my direction. Today is my moment of salvation & their reckoning! Long live The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "The Classic Belgian Wit".

Aww, it's a wee tiny CAN! Only 11.2-fl. oz. 8=( Well, no time like the present for a Crack! of the lid's vent & a subsequent Gussie Glug! It foamed up to form not quite two fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, eggshell-white head that wilted in the day's humidity. Color was a faintly cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). 8=( I like my Wits to be as cloudy as the day is long. Nose was very spicy with an unmistakable coriander presence, but the orange peel was not shy, either, nor were the other spices. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but super smooth & easy-drinking. The taste had the requisite spiciness along with a pleasant sweet orange flavor & it suddenly got me CANtemplating the Pumpkin beers that are coming out. I wonder how closely their spice rack resembles this one. Hmm. That said, my point is that this was delicately spiced, somewhat understated, where the Pumpkin Ales tend to be heavy-handed. This was spicy without being overwhelming or out of CANtrol. It was just such a nice, smooth, easy change of pace for me that it was gone as quickly as if it had evaporated. Yes, let's go with that! It evaporated in/from my glass with little to naught to do with me. Finish was dry, as should be expected of any spiced beer. The price point makes it very attractive, if you are CANurious.

 2,029 characters

Photo of norinco
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbehlar
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidR_9
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft, Bottle Taps Pleasanton.
Great head retention, nice and cloudy, big belgian yeasty nose, some light spices, even lighter citrus peel, wheat. Taste follows the nose. Finished medium dry, fairly crisp. Really enjoyable despite the medium-heavy belgian yeast estery character for a witbier.

 305 characters

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of siebevl
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice rich aroma, for style. Not as clean as some but more complex and more depth. Pick up the fruit, wheat, Sweet is low. More grainy and consistent coriander. Soft citrus. Soft spiciness.
Nice dense white head. Slightly cloudy gold. Plenty of lacing.
Medium light feel. Complex flavors enhanced by a smooth bitterness finish and ample drying effect. Low sweetness. Any is sparked by the sharp initial carbonation. Pronounced wheat flavors. Soft lactic. Spices more in background and blending than in the aroma. Impression of vanilla. Evident tartness gets rounded out by everything else going on.
As noted. More depth than most others. My first can I noted a more traditional Belgian yeast flavor that I'm not picking up in this one. That was interesting, but I think I like it without better.

 820 characters

Photo of ncherf
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulFC
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden and straw color. High carbonation. Nice head that lasts. Smell is hops, orange peel, apples, fruit. Taste is hops, oranges, apples, banana. Crisp and dry. Not getting much spice. Unique

 198 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jesch
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,637 ratings