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St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of crnipeter
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours effervescent, hazed pale-straw body topped by thin, airy, semi-stable white head forming sheets of firm lace eventually broken into bands and patches sliding down the walls. Aroma is pleasant pale-malt sweetness with bananaish notes, grainy wheat, zesty citrusy orngeish fruitiness, evident coriander and mild spiciness in the background that could originate from either spices other than coriander, or hops. The beer is gently effervescent yet smooth and creamy thanks to the wheat-ingredient.
The flavor is very soft with tartness resembling mild lactic sourness, unmalted wheat, coriander, tinge of orangeish fruitiness and refreshingly tart, dry finish.Hoppiness is nearly non-existant. (330 ml, freshness date 29. September 2011, into the St. Bernardus goblet).

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Photo of Underrower
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that came in St. Bernardus 6 mixed pack. Severed in goblet.

I could see the cloudiness in the bottle when I held it up to the light. Looks golden and cloudy like you would expect from an unfiltered Wit.

Smells of wheat with a hint of salt and small hint of must.

Tastes...funky but not bad funky if you know what I mean. I did not expect that. Hits me at first that this is sort of like a weak sour. Has notes similar to Westbrook Gose does in middle of it's flavor ride. Taking more of a taste, I taste wheat and feel the nice carbonation and then taste slight bit of cherries all in the first second and then it switches to the weak alka seltzer/musty cellar like water taste that slowly just passes away with an elegance till only the mouth feel persists. Interesting beer. Sours are growing on me just because the flavors are so interesting but they are not flavors I can say I totally like yet but like the experience and this reminds me of a sour.

Mouth feel is very nice as it is somewhat glossy or viscous. Does not finish dry but lingers nicely.

Over all I gave it a little higher because it is well constructed, the flavors move along nicely and I know there are lots of fans that love these flavors. If someone offered me one I would be delighted and enjoy it but I would not spend my hard earned cash for what it sells for again when I could buy something else I enjoy more. Good flavorful experience but not exactly my flavors or favorite style. (For reference my favorite styles are big sweet, Belgian Strong Dark Ales, Bruins and Dubbels)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 13 03 15 at 45 degrees into flute
Aroma of spice
Head small (2 cm), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring with 1 mm layer
Lacing- none
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor begins with yeast and spice; no alcohol, no malt, no hops, no diacetyl. Flavor dies with yeast, leaving a sour aftertaste.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Nothing special; I would have guessed a Belgium IPA, not a wit.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A pale yellow hazy fluid with decent white head that quickly retracts, no carbonation visible.

S - Citrus (lemon) and yeast, inviting beer with some sweetness and sourness in the smell.

T - Good fresh dry pint, some lemon sour, yeast and saltness.

M - Good medium carbonation with some bitterness in the finish.

O - A good white, but nothing special.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very small, fizzy, off-white, head. Fully dimished with a hazy, kind of funky yellow color. Aroma was light malt and bread, light hops and light yeast. A tiny bit of banana and pineapple. Small aroma compared to many witbiers.Light to medium body that was kind of watery. Not nearly as good as I had expected and hoped. Needed bigger aroma and more carbonation.

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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 BMoney575
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-9-08
Best before 02-02-09

Pours a clear pale gold, with lots of little bubbles that rise to the top to maintain a very pleasant white head.

Smell is light and fruity, with a little bit of Belgian sourness. An outstanding combination.

Taste is quite disappointing. Very Belgian at first, but then thin and slightly metallic, and bready on the finish.

Mouthfeel is poor, way too thin and flat.

Drinkability isn't very good, the flavors aren't that enjoyable.

Overall, not nearly as good as I was hoping or expecting.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presnted in an 11.5oz bottle and poured into a witbier glass.
Appearance is dark golden in color, unlike any other wit I've encountered to date, and topped with a scrawny white head that imploeded and left no trace.
Smell: very potent; lots of orange peel and wheat but with an odd almost salty aroma.
Taste: very bold flavor that lasts a long time. Has a very strong orange taste that I finally pegged as a vitamin C tablet or Tang-like. The orange simply buried all the other potential flavors as it struck my palate. I simply couldn't get past it.
Feel: light and refreshing.
Overall: not really too sure where I stand on this one. The heavy orange flavor is almost a distraction and, in my opinion, compromises the other flavors. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of EPseja
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Considering St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Tripel are two of my most favorite beers of all time, this Witbier has big shoes to fill. Served at slightly cooler than cellar temperature into my favorite Weizen glass.

Appearance: Coming from the bottle to the glass, the beer looks pale yellow-white and slightly cloudy. Starts to form head almost instantaneously as it fills the glass. Settles to a straw yellow color with vigorous bubbling from the bottom of the glass, gently buoying tiny bits of sediment (from my overzealous pour). Head starts at a full inch thick and is composed mainly of very small bubbles that gently climb up the edges of the glass, and shrinks to a thin layer after about a minute. No visible lacing as this beer is imbibed.

Smell: Candied orange peel, lemon zest, Irish sodabread, sweet yeast, other miscellaneous citrus overtones, coriander and hints of brown sugar

Taste: Sweet, candied citrus with a tinge of yeast in the front, turning into a huge lemon-vanilla bread as it washes around the mouth. Bold flavors seem to disappear during the finish, but come around again with a sweet but tart aftertaste accompanied by lingering citric acid.

Mouthfeel: Very small-bubbled carbonation that gives this particular citrus-laden beer a smooth, melted sorbet mouthfeel. Slight drying of the tongue after the swallow.

Drinkability: Quite intriguing for a beer that is definitely not one of my favored styles. A little too citrusy sweet for drinking any more than one.

In the end, I rated this beer compared to others of this style and not compared to the other stellar St. Bernardus offerings that top my personal list. My results reveal another solid St. Bernardus offering that, while it won't be sharing a permanent spot in my beer fridge, seems to rate highly among most lovers of this style.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was a bit disappointed in this one. Very cloudy golden color, with huge head that took a while to dissipate. Aroma seems to be lacking a bit, and smells almost stale with hay and grass, some faint yeast. Good carbonation, with decent mouthfeel. Flavor follows rather dry, yeasty, and very little sweetness or spice on this one. I was expecting something mind blowing and felt that this was rather run of the mill. Maybe it's right on style, but I prefer a little additional sweetness in this style. Decent brew.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Poured into my Lindeman's flute, it's a wonderfully creamy hazy light orange with a white head.

Smell: The smell is an odd orange and oak mix, with a strong spicy hint.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste kinda has that smooth creamy good witbier start, followed by a poor sunscreen taste. The initial taste is brilliant - the end, rough as hell. So I guess it's middle of the road at 3. THe mouthfeel is nice though, being rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: I love St. Bernardus's other brews, but this one isn't that great. It looks, smells, and feels good, but the taste is not that great. Dissapointing. Oh well I got plenty of others to try today. Blanche De Chambly is much better.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, orange-brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: candied pear and citrus

Taste: citrus, cardamom, coriander, orange, wheat, a touch of apple and pear. Way better than the smell

Mouthfeel: light body, semi-sweet, and high carbonation

Drinkability: I found this to be a different witbier than what I have tasted. This one is very fruity, almost like a tropical drink. I do want it again and it was enjoyable, however for the high price, I think there are better alternatives.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an over-size wine glass, it was a cloudy yellow color with a small head. Aroma seemed a little lacking: a little bread, a little malt. It had a lemony taste, but also was a little lacking. An OK beer, but not as impressive as I had hoped. My wife, who loves witbiers, thought it was great.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin head that quickly recedes to a thin film on top.
Has a faint bananna and honey smell.
Has a biscuit and lemon flavor. Nice honey like sweet finish. No bitterness.
Feels a bit thin and heavily carbonated in the mouth.
A very smooth easy drinking summertime beer.
This is not a favorite style of mine but I might revisit this beer occasionally during the summer months.

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Photo of Derek
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty yellow/straw, not a lot of head, but some lace.

S: Citrous, corriander, wheat (flour-like).

T: Citrous, slightly spicey, earthy, slight tang to the aftertaste. Sadly, Hoegarden has more (and better) flavour.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation (could use some more bubbles & head).

D: Easy drinker, somewhat refreshing, but not very engaging.

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Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is a hazy orange color with a moderate head.

S: The ale has a strong peppery coriander nose.

T: The taste is a letdown. There is a strong metallic (not oxidized, mind you) flavor that dominates the ale. Hints of spice pop up from time to time, but not in enough concentration or frequency to make a difference.

M: The spices help out, but can't salvage the flavor. The taste drops off significantly from the nose.

D: St. Bernardus shines when making abbey ales. It seems as though they struggle when it comes to other belgian styles.

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Photo of theopholis
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appreance- Nice. Fairly cloudy straw color with creamy head that has very little head retention, but leaves a decent lacing..

Smell- Citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, a nice wheatiness. Undertones of yeasty smell is hiding underneath with cloves and bananas.

Taste- A nice, general what beer. Kind of light on the banana and cloves. Lots of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonation..

Drinkability- About average for a wheat beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
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 kpoole25
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic wit color, haze, head. Smell is...what? Kind of herbal, maybe grassy? Where is the fruity yeasty aroma? Taste is fairly basic wit, not much in the banana/clove space...actually between the orange and the carbonation it reminds me a little of a weak Fanta soda. I feel bad, this is probably a world class wit but I'm thinking I actually enjoy Blue Moon more. Certainly I liked the Blanche De Bruxelles and Martens Witte much more.

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Photo of Liquids
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Peachy colored yellow with the characteristic haze, with little more than a scum ring head. Aroma is all wheat, hopless to my nose, rather mild and subdued. Not ultra sweet smelling, which is good thing here. The taste is rather yeasty up front, but overall my first sip is better than expected. It is dry, not cloyingly sweet, with a light hop zing in the finish. I detect little to no outstanding spices here. It's really yeasty, too much so for me, but it is refreshing. As I sip on, a slight epoxy(?) flavor is emerging, a little like MH Circus Boy, and again this could be the yeast characteristic flavor. Mouthfeel is not overly heavy for a wheat beer, and there is a tangy zip on the tongue. A fair but bland and somewhat off tasting drinker.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy white brew with a peach tint. Small foamy head with dense smatterings of lacing.

S - Fragrant flowers, strawberries, pineapples and oranges.

T - A light malt, some floral flavor and a bitter finish.

M - High carbonation, astringent, a little refreshing.

D - Okay. Not terribly worth the effort. If you are a fan of St. Bernardus's other offerings (I am not), then this might be enjoyed more.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow to pale golden color. Not much of a head, but some lacing present. Smells of typical Belgian yeasts with some fruitiness. Initial taste of yeasts and slight citrus. Citrus flavor melds into medium bitterness. Medium body with a bit of fizz.

Overall not a bad white but not great either. It is expensive. I may purchase it for my wife to try since she enjoys whites (specifically Hoegaarden).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy white tinted golden ale with a small bubbly white head with just better then average retention. Aroma of coriander and wheat is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by the wheat and coriander with an above average body. Very good for a style that often produce boring beers but definitely not the best from this brewery.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted several different types of wheat beers tonight. This one isn't my least favorite, but there are better. It wasn't worth $17 a 4 pack like Abt.12 is.

A- Nice. Cloudy yellow with creamy head that fades fast but leaves creamy walls of lace.

S- Citrus. Strong citrus. Grapefruit. Very tart pungent and strong smell hits the nose strong. Hints of lemon. yeasty smell is hiding underneath with cloves and bananas. You gotta let this beer warm up.

T- Very lemony. Thats what sticks with you. There are moments where banana and clove come in and there is a backbone of a nice wheat, but lemon is in the front and the back end. Thats what you taate on your lips when you finish.

M- Slightly overcarbonated, creamy and medium bodied.

D- Easy sipping beer, but tartness is too much for me.

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Photo of ZAP
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

210909 marked on the bottle.

A-Pours a volcanic head that fills half the glass. I poured it slow and it started with only about a 1/3 inch of head but it grew and grew and grew....looks volcanic as the bubbles from the bottom fire up to the top....Body is a glowing yellow color...

S-Huge yeasty somewhat stale aroma that overrides everything...faint hints of lemon in the background.

T-Quite a quencher...low on the spicing which is just fine by me....a good dose of yeastiness on the taste as well as a sweeter citrus element.

M-Lighter bodied but not thin...ample carbonation...

D-Nice drinker...the big head on the pour set things back a little bit...I like the fact it is low on the spices. The yeasty notes a bit much however and personally I would not rate this anywhere near the top of my list of favorite whits...It is good though...

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,508 ratings.
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