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St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

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657
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1,508
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
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Photo of Rukeli76
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Served cold in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Light golden colour. So hazy it's basically opaque. Beautiful. Solid inch of head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is bright citrus and light bread yeast.

Flavour is crisp and light. Yeasty with some complex esters. The additions of coriander and orange peel are barely perceptible. They complement the other flavours rather than dominate.

Quite effervescent. Not as creamy as some witbiers.

Pretty much as good as a witbier's going to get for me. Not my favourite style but this is really well put together and far more complex than most.

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Photo of seedyone
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. Exp date 17/11/17 (Plenty of time). Appearance-wise I expect more. The head was shallow & disappeared prety quickly & the bottom half added lots of haze. But so what!. This is a great beer.

Really refreshing. Big body, but not over the top. Striking lemon-esque nose & flavor. The nose was so assertive it almost got to the lemon scented cleanser level, but didn't. But once you get past the aroma, your home free. The flavor profile.

To dispense with the oft times waxing fanciful, as we all have a tendency to do here, I'll be as direct as this beer is. It's damn good. If you have an aversion to citrusy wits', step away because here is the granddaddy of 'em all.

I can see it now...me in a biergarten in Munich in August with a plate of a variety of sausage, sauerkraut & vinegary potato salad, but I'm waving off the local "masse" biers in favor of the masterfully historic Belgian, St. Brernardus Wit. Probably being brewed longer then Munich has been incorporated.

Every beer has it's time & it's place. This is the exception. It is appropriate at any time & any place. I just hope the guy on the label doesn't want to talk religion. I don't mind talking religion or politics over average beers, but the ones that are this good, I'll hold my tongue until I'm done.

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Photo of Lunruj
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A greatly balanced piece. Typical cloudy look. Complex flavor with citrus notes as well as spicy (black pepper/coriander). High carbonation typical for the style. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: straw color, hazy, lots of carbonation
S: Belgian yeast, grain, fruit
T: tart, fruity, slight funk
F: light body, but lots of mouthfeel
O; cross between a Wit and a Saison

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-hazy golden color with a large white head that has left some lacing on the glass
S-tangy Belgium aroma with very little hop aroma
T-smooth citrus flavor with a slight hop flavor that has a great finish
F-light body and high carbonation
O-I let this beer warm up and it worked out great for me. this is a very smooth beer with no bad flavors or smells. One of the best I have had

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Photo of EMV
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy light golden color... with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that falls quickly. Reasonable lacing.

S: Citrus... orange peel and lemon zest mixed with coriander and spices.

T/F: Pretty much a yeast citrus bomb. Lots of lemon and grapefruit... coriander and freshly mown grass. Lots of Belgian yeast esters. Effervescent and tangy. Finish is slightly sticky and spice lingers on the tongue.

O: Probably one of the best witbiers I've tried... a great representation of the style. I don't go for wits normally, but this has a lot going on with great flavor.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The mother of all witbier. Classic. Rich in flavour, estery but not too much on the banana side. Spicy, peppery. Complex and balanced. Really smooth and well carbonated

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Photo of davidperez
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BB 08 10 16

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a deep yellow of a light hue, hazy, with a one-finger head, foamy, with low retention. I was a bit surprised to see how little head retention this witbier has.

The bouquet, though, is quite assertive.
Lemon, orange, tartness, sweet malts, honey, lots of wheat and coriander, fresh leaves, hay, spiciness as in white pepper.

The recommended temperature for serving is the coldest I've seen, 2-5º C. Fortunately, I saw the label soon enough and started enjoying this beer instantly.
Needless to say, very, very refreshing.
The flavor follows the nose very accurately. It is quite pleasant to taste that the same complexity from the nose was found in the flavor. A very distinctive tartness is added, though, which makes it even better. A herbal, tea-like note is present as well.
The aftertaste has huge wheat and coriander, it's bittersweet, a bit tart and long. In the end, this beer dries your palate.
Light body, almost watery, yet the high carbonation makes this slightly smooth.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque yellow when poured vigorously, with a rocky white head and fine bubbles throughout. Soapy, grassy, and hay aromas match the flavor well, along with a lemony like tartness. Good carbonation and a light medium feel make this a perfect warm weather beer. Cheers!

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Photo of cmurkar
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seen this one everywhere, so I finally caved into trying. Pours a cloudy straw orange with a 1 inch white foamy head. Tiny bit of yeast settled at the bottom. Yeast comes through heavy on the smell, followed by sweet orange. Taste hits pretty tart at first. Definitely taste the orange coming through, with lots of spice. Banana on the finish. Pretty diverse array of flavors on this one. Feel is light and crisp, super drinkable overall.

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Photo of teromous
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the back "A 15 10 17"

Appearance: It pours a light straw color with vivacious carbonation underneath a large white head. The body is too hazy to see through but a lot of carbonation bubbles are seen freeing themselves from the glass at a rapid rate. It maintains a short but well-formed head over time.

Aroma: It has a very faint coriander aroma with a touch of a tart wheat aroma. It smells nice but it is very faded.

Taste: Great coriander flavor mixed with a tinge of tartness and some light woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit thin and non-present on the palate.

Overall: It's a decent Wit. It isn't something that would jump to the forefront of my mind when recommending a Belgian Wit or a Belgian Style Wit but it would work if I needed to buy something in a hurry. With wheat beers freshness if very important and it could just be that the import process hasn't been kind to this beer. Whatever the case I wouldn't leap to buy it off the shelf as an import. I would try it again if I could get it fresh.

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a huge white head. Sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma: Spices, clove, lemon, yeastiness. Classic witbier.

Taste: Kind of a tart taste with lemon and sour-ish green apple up front. Spicy finish. Citrus, orange is there. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Super drinkable.

Overall: "Classic witbier" pretty well covers it.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a great brew, but best witbier in the world? I'm not so certain. I suppose it wins high marks when you rate it to style (it's surprisingly dry and zesty, in contrast to many American stabs at the style), but to my palate it is--really--a slightly more refined, drier, well-spiced Hoegaarden. Better, but not "better" enough to justify a pretty significant price differential ($22 for four bottles!).

And a controversial statement for good measure: I'd take Hitchatino White Ale over either.

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Photo of MrDell
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21.05.2016

St. Bernardus Wit
Witbier– 5.5% - 330ml bottle – Best Before 20.08.17

St. Bernardus’ Website:
St. Bernardus Wit is a traditional Belgian white beer developed and brewed in collaboration with the legendary Master Brewer Pierre Celis. This ale is very pale (whitish-yellow color) and quite hazy. The head is white and dense. In aroma, it has a wheaty, apple-like, tartness; herbal-spicy notes with coriander and orangey fruitness and honeyish sweetness. Very refreshing: perfect thirst quencher ! (5,5% ABV)

Appearance: Cloudy straw colour. Two finger, perfectly white head good head retention. Loads of very small bubbles make up the fast moving carbonation.

Aroma: Loads of bitter orange on the nose. The house yeast is also present, as are spices, apples and citrus fruits. Not dissimilar to St. Bernardus Tripel here, without the high alcohol obviously and with extra spices – mostly coriander. Very nice.

Taste: Pepper, then spices then late in the dry finish I get the fruits, with bitter orange dominating. Can really taste the clean yeast.

Mouth feel: Dry and slightly bitter finish with a thin body.

Overall: . Has to be enjoyed fairly cold, on a hot day in the sun. Wonderfully refreshing. Could definitely session this one. 9/10.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a teku glass.

A: Apperance wise, the body of this beer is kinda cloudy and produced a two finger white head while pouring, resulting in a few moments in a thin but persistent head. Looking good.
S: The aroma is close to a wheat beer but the alcohol is much present, probably due to the yeast that is also much more present.
T: I can taste clove and breadiness of wheat beers and I can't quite recall what this has more.
M: The body of this beer is very smooth. Great stuff here.
O: Finally, my first St. Bernardus. I've been trying to get my hands on it, specially the quadrupel one, but this seems to be a very good beer to hype me up until I get there.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a very thin layer of bubbles in the middle of the glass

S: Belgian yeast imparts some nice fruity and lightly spicy notes, while the malt is very wheaty with a bit of a twang

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity yeast and gets into some light spiciness. Wheat then comes through and provides more fruitiness along with some chalky notes. Finishes with lingering fruitiness and wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a little chalky

O: One of the standards for the style, without a doubt. Extremely drinkable and refreshing, this is a great beer for whenever the occasion calls for it. Definitely worth trying this benchmark

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Photo of Beginner2
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had the Celis Signature label. A classic.
We are looking at one of the highest quality wits that seems to have very good distribution... and deservedly so.
Looked great in a wine glass after a heavy pour and its looks never left until I poured in the yeast at the end.
Starting with the citrus and coriander smell, the quenching started and only tapered off as I finished the bottle.

Listed in the "1001 Beers", I will continue to have this one whenever a quench is needed.
MJ mentions this in his "Great Beers of Belgium."
And He knew what he was talking about and I quote "Yeasty, spicy and flowery, with fruity suggestions of ripe apple. Some cellar character in the finish."

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

A: frothy one finger head hazy yellow
S: tartness, citrus
T: immediate tartness, yeasty, citrus; specifically lemon
M: oily
O: a solid wit, admittedly this is not as style I much care for, this is as good as any I've had. If you are looking for a game changer it's not your beer, but a solid exemplar of the style. Best thing is the nose. Also, thank god Pierre Celis worked on this so that I would never have to suck on the teat of ABINBEV and buy Hoegaarden.

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Photo of lohyewcheong
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow, almost opaque. Light colored. Thick fluffy head on pouring that dissipated quite quickly. Very little lacing.

Nice funky yeasty spicy aroma! After warming, slight notes of citrus aroma when swirled.

Citrusy taste. Zero bitterness. Hint of tartness, especially after it warmed up a bit. Finishes spicy. Slight tart aftertaste.

Sharp carbonation gives it a very good crisp feel, without going down rough. There's a sense of body to the mouthfeel; doesn't feel lightweight (which some wheats suffer from).

Nice burps after drinking! I enjoyed it! Overall very impressive!

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Photo of mmonro3
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought one glass bottle from local grocery store. The price tag on all St. Bernardus beers are six dollars a pop at the store, but that does not keep me from buying them! This is a fairly light beer with a pleasant smell of wheat, lemons, and maybe some citrus mixed in. Goes down really smooth. Overall this is a beer I can drink everyday of the week.

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Photo of mkh012
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A purposely light and drinkable offering from the makers of the towering Abt 12. The taste is more bright and lemon-dominant than other witbiers. Very crisp, carbonated, and refreshing. Up there with Allagash as the top-dog wit, but, truth be told, neither is remarkably better than Hoegaarden. They're all very drinkable and clean, as witbiers should be. If spice is your thing, you'll likely prefer Allagash. St. Bernardus is a bit more lemony and sour. Despite being the best (or second best) witbier, it still pales in comparison to the best hefeweizens. For such similar styles, I get a decent amount more out of the best hefes (e.g. Weihenstephaner and Ayinger) than I do any wit. Hefes seem to bring more vanilla, bubblegum, and creaminess to the table to elevate the citrus and spice.

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a golden hazy yellow with little to no head. smells of fresh citrus fruits and spice. at the first taste you can taste the citrus from the beginning and it finished with a little spice. the spice taste is not overwhelming but the smell is intoxicating. top flight witbier. would drink this everyday.

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Photo of jsoneff
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly the best of the best, I love wheat beers and this is my all time no comparison favorite. Amazing gentle fruit flavors and rich full body characteristic of the best Belgian beers.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy straw color with a strong amount of activity. Extra frothy white 4 finger sparkling island head, lasting around 10 minutes, with a good amount of legs.

Aromas of fresh flowers, yeasty spices, and lemony citrus. Flavors of lemon, roasted sweet grains, with a hint of honey and floral spices. Pleasant salivating sweetness with a strong sharp end.

Slick medium body with a perfect amount of zesty carbonation. Light and short finish that lingers a little, ending with a coriander and citrus tongue feel, and faint banana yeast.

Overall great quality craft. Quite delicious flavors with good balance and well intensified. Nice complexity and interpretation. Strong sharpness, well bodied, and super fresh.

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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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