Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #5
Ranked #3,956
4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Apr 25, 2022
Jan 06, 2003
Notes: St.Bernardus Wit is a traditional unfiltered Belgian wheat beer. It was developed in collaboration with Pierre Celis, the legendary master brewer who was the driver of the resurgence of white beer in the 1960s.
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

Bought at Liquor Shed for ~$9 the 4pack. Best before December 1st 2023.

It pours a lemonade colour with a huge billowy head of foam. Good lacing.

Smells of coriander, light cloves, some pepper, mild sweetness, no bitterness.

Coriander, cloves, pepper, pleasant fruitiness...orange, sweetish, no bitterness. Yummy.

Good mouthfeel, very easy drinking. Excellent.

Apr 25, 2022
4.25 by clm9 from North Carolina on Apr 20, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Christianriveraaa

Look: Very yellow - goldish pour with a bit of haze. Light foam, about less than a fingers length.
Smell: wheat, with a good fruit smell to it - that of apricot, maybe even slight orange.
Taste: Definitely tasting apricots, slight orange, wheat, light spice at the end, definitely resembles bubble gum in the end.
Feel: Light carbonation, light to medium bodied - slight sweetness to the drink.
Overall: Definitely a good drink! Will end up buying again in the near future.

Feb 27, 2022
3.96 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Feb 22, 2022
3.22 by dubadw from Switzerland on Feb 15, 2022
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ivanbrew

Probably one of the best Belgian wheat beers out there love that perfect malty Cyprus and a bit of sweetness at the and perfect beer for Ivan Brew beer garden! Cheers!!

Feb 07, 2022
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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by spectru from Florida

1/28/22 Very pale thin white head, just a cap, a little lacy; I smell nada; flavor is so so; Good mouthfeel; a not bad session beer but I prefer a more robust flavor. This beer is highly rated, but for me it's not nearly as good as some of their others, Christmas Ale for example.

The can says 5.0% ABV. BA says 5.5%.

Jan 28, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by bmaslakov from Russian Federation

I found this one a bit boring. Tastes lemon and apple, smells citrus. Looks cloudy straw.

Jan 12, 2022
3.85 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Dec 12, 2021
4.56 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

It's not exactly Belgian wit weather (just barely above freezing in my neck of the woods), but I couldn't resist these squatty little cans sitting on the shelf. Of course, I get the things home and see that they're cans in the standard Bernardus 11.2 ounce format. I was guessing 8 oz. max just looking at 'em. Oh well. Not complaining. More beer for me.

There is some ink stamped to the bottom of the can, but I'll be damned if I can determine what the shit it means.

Anyway, this pours with a solid two fingers of head floating over a slightly cloudy pale straw body. Carbonation is incredibly active with a steady procession of bubbles floating northward. Beautiful webs of sticky lacing form as the head recedes. Smells a little light to my sniffer; grainy with mild banana taffy notes. Maybe a little light citrus around the margins. Yeah; oranges for sure. Lemony too. Smells nice, everything's just a little muted. Taste amps up the banana notes up front, but the citrus really takes over on the back end. Finishes smooth and perhaps a touch salty(?). Maybe I'm just losing my marbles. Super soft mouthfeel lends itself to chugging which I might be inclined to do were it warmer. This is a really nice, well-made beer that is far more nuanced and subtle than most of the stuff I've seen and/or been drinking of late. Super cheap, too, by today's standards so there's going to be a lot more of this filling up my beer fridge in the future.

Dec 05, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a mixed pack Belgium beers from this brewery and enjoying every bottle so far .
330ml bottle at 5.5%.
Poured a 1 to 2 finger head into glass hazy color leaving a lace as you drink it.
Very enjoyable wheat beer good taste very well done .
Overall a very good quality beer.

Nov 29, 2021
4.57 by npendres from Wisconsin on Nov 17, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

11.2 oz can with an 8/1/2023 BB date stamped on the bottom.
Appearance. Hazy straw colored body with a rather weak head.
Aroma. Typical for style îf slightly cleaner and with a bit less banana.
The flavor follows, and sets a fine standard for the style.

Nov 16, 2021
4.06 by Hophazzard from California on Nov 12, 2021
4.5 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Nov 09, 2021
4 by Lukass from Ohio on Oct 28, 2021
4.21 by Taenim from New Jersey on Oct 08, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw, slight haziness, bright white head with fine bubbles presents about 2 fingers thick, dissipates to a solid top with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light wheat, light wit yeast, light spice with coriander notable.

Taste is similar but so well put together, like Allagash white, just really well crafted flavor and nuance: wheat, light spice, unique to this beer, light malt, yeast is available in flavor, light bubble gum, coriander, teaberry like notes, pepper, lemon, grassy, herbal hops.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, low bitterness.

Overall a very, very good beer and style defining.

Sep 22, 2021
3.29 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Sep 15, 2021
4.5 by shigg85 from Japan on Jul 30, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by hank_and_als_beer_reviews

7/12/2021 10:29pm EST
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice

Look: Pours a cloudy pale amber (SRM 4) with a scintillating white head. Along the circumference of the glass, the fluffy head is retained while the body rises to eclipse its core.

Smell: Yeast at the forefront with white fruits like white apricot close behind. In time, clementine emerges with a twinkle of hops.

Taste: A backdrop of sourdough provides a canvas for lemon zest and clementine with a crack of fresh ground white pepper.

Feel: Well and finely carbonated. Uplifting.

Overall: A bright wit beer on the lemon side. It doesn't pay much homage to coriander, but uses the opportunity to discover itself.

Jul 13, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

11.2 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Cloudy, bright golden color. Fluffy white head had good retention and left beautiful lacing.

S---Wheat and yeast are up front. Some spiciness (coriander) in the background. A bit of lemon.

T---Follows the nose closely. Complex & wonderful.

F---Medium/light mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

O---It says on the can, "The Classic Belgian Wit". They are not lying.

Jul 12, 2021
3.99 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jun 26, 2021
3 by prisdefer from New York on Jun 24, 2021
3.85 by cjgiant from District of Columbia on Jun 19, 2021
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3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by hbeimers from Illinois

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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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

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
3 by doctorgary from New York on May 26, 2021
4.5 by Adfos from New Mexico on May 16, 2021
3.92 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Apr 17, 2021
3.25 by mpenske from California on Apr 12, 2021
4.25 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon on Apr 09, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

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
3.27 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Mar 25, 2021
4.28 by Prospero from Colorado on Mar 23, 2021
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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by JonnoWillsteed from England

#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
4.53 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Mar 18, 2021
Wit from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1775 ratings