Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,915
4.18 | pDev: 11%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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Reviews by AlMarzo:
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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Photo of BeerStyx
2.25/5  rDev -46.2%

Did not enjoy too much. The first thing I noticed was a strong iron smell (like a strong mineral smell). Supposed yeast bear, but does not taste like bread. Initial taste is like mineral water (almost no flavour) then it has a "yeast" taste that becomes kinda strong, which was slightly bitter.

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

330 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Lovely, well-balanced beer with a bit of a floral quality to it. Or maybe those are the light lemony notes another reviewer detected. No knocks. If it weren't $6.99 a bottle, this could be my favorite in the Witbier/Hefe category. But right now that honor belongs to Allagash White.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Mora2000
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some coriander and lemon notes mixed in. The aroma is a little muddy smelling overall, with nothing really standing out. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat with some orange peel, coriander and pepper notes. Light, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Photo of janubio
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow color, very cloudy. White head, not lasting much. Aroma of bread, wheat, yeast, tropical fruits,with some citrus notes, not as much as expected. Flavor is not as much acid iand spicy as usual in the style. Some citrus, tropical fruits, a hint of clove. very refreshing in summer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Back Abbey, on to the beer:

A creamy and bubbly head rests on top this morning sunrise colored beer. Body is mildly cloudy. It's a soft beer to the nose and palate; spices are minor and melded in nicely to the fruity taste of orange and pear. Hints of yeast too. Light on the palate with low carbonation; a good choice for a warm summer day.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely murky milky gold/straw color...almost like unfiltered apple juice. There is a small white head that goes away quickly.Scent is yeasty, bready, spicy, and fruity. I get wheat and green apples with coriander and light lemon. Taste is initially lemony with a bit of tartness and green apple. Then I get delicious wheat and bread notes with Belgian yeast, making this one tasty wit! It end with sweet coriander, bananas, and a small amount of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp. Full of flavor and body. Drinkability is high. This could be one of the best wits I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -11%

Photo of MiScusi
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing light gold into a tulip glass, with a two finger light, airy, webby head. It's hard to get a lot from the smell other than a bit of wheaty tartness. The taste is pretty lemony. It's a bit acidic and has generous tartness from the wheat. Not as much spiciness, especially in the coriander department like other wit's. Doesn't finish as dry as other American wit's I've had.

This beer is really what I would expect a good thirst-quenching witbier to be.

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Photo of TeeCee
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quick review - medium thick in the mouth, slightly citrus tasting and smelling with a surprising dose of malt.

I poured it in a 16oz. pint glass. The color was a cloudy orangey amber, darker than I expected for a wit with a thick, creamy head that dissipated quickly with almost no lacing. I pour hard and this beer produced too much head for me to pour the whole bottle without taking a break (that's a good thing in my book).

It smelled slightly hoppy with some maltiness underneath.

The taste was slightly citrusy and malty, with an unexpected fullness. As the beer warmed, it developed a fuller, maltier character. It was not as citrusy as I was expecting from a wit.

The mouthfeel was medium thick with no fizzy feel to it, thinning as it warmed.

I typically like a witbier and this one's no different, although this is a rather different witbier based on my previous experiences. I could have a few during an evening, but would rather switch up. I would not want to sit down and kill a six pack.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours creates a nice white lacey head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy, and very pale straw yellow. The appearance is very interesting. It pours white but the ultimate color is yellow.

The beer smell is very good. The smell has an extremely strong wheat note with a bit of mineral water as well. The smell also has some spice notes but they are faint compared to the wheat and water notes. Also, some citrus notes but faint compared to the rest of them. The simpleness of the smell does not detract from the experience but is pretty good.

The beer taste is fantastic. The beer taste has a strong citrus, lemon, and orange notes that mix and complement the sweeter wheat taste. Additionally, the taste also has a mineral note that works with the beer. The overall taste is very good.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall, it is refreshing and thirst quenching. The beer is smooth and watery but not in the diluted sense. Rather, the beer has sufficient body and carbonation to have texture but not so much that it's heavy.

Overall, a fantastic wit and most definitely one of the best. I highly recommend having this witbier at least once in your lifetime.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Marvicsin
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viaduck
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of KarlHungus
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellowish-white color. The head is oh good size, and quickly recedes into a cap of lacing a centimeter thick. The aroma is very apparent. Lemons, oranges, corriander and more lemons invade the nose. Everything in the aroma is present in the taste with the addition of a refreshing tanginess. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side omedium bodied with lively carbonations and a smoothness that I don't recall finding in a witbier before. Overall, I consider this to be the best witbier on the market. If only it weren't so darn expensive.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Out of all the witbiers I've tried so far, this one may be my favorite as far as flavor. In the glass it has a very cloudy light amber color with almost no head. It has a more subtle nose than other witbiers, with hints of apricot and orange scents. However, in this case the aroma does not explain the taste. Rather it has a full body and a strong yeasty citrus flavor with a smooth creamy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perfect, with just the right amount of carbonation to prickle across your tongue. Although it has a low alcohol content it retains that nice alcohol flush at the end. My husband described this one as "Blue Moon on steroids." Although I thought this beer was delicious the creaminess was a little overwhelming and I'd probably only drink one in an evening.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy lemon with a modest ivory head. Orange zest, clove, wheat, lemon, coriander, and floral hops form the very strong aroma. Banana emerges late. Flavor is slightly more subdued, with citrus leading, and becoming bready and toasted mid palate. Citrus notes strengthen in subsequent sips, dominating the profile.

Delicious take on the style. I love the bready malt presence, and the fact that it's not bubblegum or banana laden until the finish.

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