Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Belgian Witbier
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4.19 | pDev: 10.74%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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faraday326 from California, Apr 04, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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mikeinportc from New York, Mar 14, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Mar 08, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -5%
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

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Act25 from New Jersey, Feb 16, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Feb 05, 2020
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5/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Anacross from Washington, Dec 31, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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octortus from Ontario (Canada), Dec 02, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Oct 05, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not very cloudy, Golden color with modest head. Aroma: banana, lemon blossom & clove. Perfect balance of sweet, salty & bitter. Add some wheat & pepper to the aroma and that describes its flavor. Medium body with plenty of carbonation twang. A delicious Belgium wit bier.

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Viaduck from California, Jul 19, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, effervescent pale lemon color. A large head that is sticky and lingers.
Aroma: Light aromas of lemon and lime. Very floral. Some spice. Aroma mimicks a lemon flower hand soap.
Flavor: Initial fruit flavors of lemon and lime. This is followed by a floral and perfumey quality. Tons of coriander. Some peppery spice on the backend of clove and coriander. Minimal to no malts. A ride of flavors for sure. To round it all out I would sum the flavor as a lemon-flavored bubblegum.
Feel: Light, but heavily carbonated to dry the palate completely and give it a body. Great mouthfeel overall.

Overall: One of the best Belgian wits. More florality and spice than a usual wit. Less sweet and less malts. A floral and lemony take on the style. Like other reviews have said, the less malts and spiciness really allows the Belgian fruit and spice of the phenols and esters to be showcased in this beer. This really creates the dynamic aspect of this beer. Different than any other wit I've had. It hits the complex flavors perfectly. This recipe will stand the test of time. The best wit I've had to date hands down.

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defunksta from Illinois, May 26, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent. Found this in my local distributor's dollar bin. Glad I tried it! Nicely balanced, although I've not had many of this style. Very approachable.

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, May 13, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like herbal citrus, banana, clove, wheat, and a bit of floral aroma, too.

This is basically a prototypical witbier here, with all the typical flavors you want out of the style. It's lightly sweet, with some citrus and sweet wheat, along with some bitterness from the yeast. It's a floral bitterness, with some clove, and light phenolics. It's really well balanced.

This is light bodied, with a great level of drinkability, and a higher level of carbonation.

It was cool to get the opportunity to try this one. It's an excellent and traditional example of the style.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Mar 04, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cerveza blanquecina, con dedos dedos de espuma que se disipan rápidamente. De cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma cítrico, con un poco de cilantro y levadura. En boca su sabor es cítrico, aunque a gusto personal, sigue destacando en demasía el cilantro. De todos modos es refrescante y fácil de beber.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle bb 06 03 19 poured into a St. Bernardus goblet at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy orange amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island of tiny bubbles. The aroma is candied orange and traces of pepper and clove. The taste is semisweet wheat integrated with orange peel and peppery, clovey spice. Mild bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with well above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. This is a well balanced and pleasant version of the style. Not overly sweet or spicy.

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jkblr from Indiana, Feb 21, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 24A Witbier
Dense white moussy head with good retention, not much lacing, but hazy cloudy like straw-pale color

Nose nice sweet malty aromas, toasted wheat, doughy, nice perfumey phenols, coriander, light peppery, flowery floral, little potpourri like, then a little citrus ester notes, generic fruity

Taste more mild sweet malts, grainy but sweet and a little doughy wheat like, a little honey adding to the malty-sweetness, more of the phenol spices, coriander, floral flowery, then citrus and fruity esters, light and refreshing, very mild bitterness from hops and possibly citrus zest, dry finish

Mouth is lighter bodied, a little too light and lacking the extra smooth wheat character, medium-high carbonation but somehow a little carbonic bite to it

Overall pretty good representation of the style, great phenols and esters, nice malt, a bit too light on the body and overall wheat/malt profile, especially the wheat creamy feel, otherwise very enjoyable

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Feb 20, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a lovelyever-so-slightly hazy golden color with a nice large white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves lacing. Scent is clean and includes cloves and bread, among other scents. Taste follows - clean, bready with some spice. Yum!

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3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Nov 10, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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).

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Oct 19, 2018
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3.06/5  rDev -27%
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.

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bark from Sweden, Oct 18, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Sep 02, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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akme223 from Kentucky, Sep 01, 2018
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