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

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Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild easy drinking krystal wheat with lots of little bubbles. Very popular with my mates. Beautiful white milkshake. Some complementary spices without being too banana. Bit astringent bitter. Lemony, peppery, quenching. Malts, smooth. Light-medium mouthfeel.

Was nice on tap 5 months later in Florida. More grapefruit and orange zest and corriander noticed. Great appearance.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe im missing something here BA, but this just doesnt blow my mind. it looks the part of a world class beer, huge foaming white head resting forever on top of a just slightly hazy very pale summery yellow body with lots of little bubbles rising eagerly to the surface. it also leaves beautiful patchy thick white lacing on the sides of my tulip as i drink this. its really pretty. the nose though does not match the looks, it smells faintly like lemon peel, but all i can really ascertain from the smell is a pretty standard belgian yeast, light and a little fruity. its a little stinky, like maybe mine isnt the freshest bottle, but still, it just doesnt smell all that great. the flavor is nice, its very very light. a nice wheat malt profile with some grassy notes plays against just a touch of bitter lemon and the doughy yeast. its in fine balance, but its not a very bold flavor, well made yes, but almost boring. the feel is fine, light in body, made heavier by the suds on top and the yeast sediment, and the carbonation is quite active and fizzy. overall a nice beer, but im not sure id score it quite as high as the masses have here.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/29/13.

Pours a murky butter yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and a perfume-like citrus aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice finish that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy basic yellow with a decent white head.

Nose is wonderfully perfumy and with assertive honey character. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is thin/medium but with a nice character; high quality "feeling" in the mouth. A bit thin but "clean;" very "consumer friendly."

Flavors of honey with a light fresh white bread yeast character and flavor. Pleasant, inviting and very drinkable.

Light bitter hop finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus really puts out some great beers. This one is probably one of the better Wit's on the market. This beer pours out as an opaque yellow color with a big white foamy head. The aroma is very lively, some big time citrus coming through on the nose. There is also a good amount of yeast there too. The taste of this beer is semi-sweet, citrusy upfront and fades to a bread like softness in the after taste. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but it also has a few bubbles in there that like to dance on your taste buds.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured light pale yellow in color and is extremely cloudy in color. The head was bright white and one finger high; it quickly died down but a thin layer of bubbles continually covered the surface.
S: The smell is rather complex and has aromas of coriander, orange peels, wheat and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma and also has some notes of apples in the flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate, tart and very refreshing.
D: This is a perfect summer beer that's thirst quenching and also packs in a lot of interesting flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. The best before markings on the label were just a tad confusing - "2006 11". I was concerned until I figured this actually means June 20, 2011. Oh, those wacky European date formats!

This beer pours a damned-near opaque, cloudy yellow straw, um, 'hue', with three fingers of puffy, ebullient, and tightly foamy off-white head, which settles none too quickly, eventually leaving a nice paint job of layered bleeding webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of dry grainy wheat malt, black pepper, nutmeg and clove spice, earthy yeast, and soft lemon zest. The taste is quite in line with the aroma - semi-sweet wheat grain, mild lemon citrus notes, a touch of acidic apple core, middling yeast, and soft spice - mostly just subtle clove/coriander and aerosol black pepper.

The carbonation is a bit on the strong side, providing a tight, slightly fizzy frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, weirdly smooth, and even a little chalky. It finishes clean, grainy, yeasty and mostly dry.

A complex, cheekily understated, and at the same time, solid example of the style. The old world leanings toward nuance over intensity practically leap out of the glass, but really don't, y'know? Easy to drink, and for the style, strangely compelling, in the sense of making me actually consider acquiring/opening/borrowing another.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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 kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle served into a St. Bernardus Goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: No head at all. Cloudy non-transparent lemon-yellow colour.

Sm: Lemon citrus ester hops are muted by present. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Muted lemon-orange esters and bland barley. Very muted and simple for a witbier. Where's the flavour? Badly built and of mediocre balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Far too wet; borderline watery.

Dr: Easy to drink, but of poor quality. ABV is average. Nothing special here.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small 11.2oz. bottle, says "serve at 36º-42º".

Hazy apricot pour, one finger of head that remains for awhile. Smells of delicate orange and garden aroma with some wheat. Taste follows the profile of the aroma, very light & dull orange blends with a smooth wheaty taste. Muted spice balances out the citrus, very well done. Wheat becomes more pronounced as it warms.

The smoothness is what stands out, making it a perfect session candidate. The subtlety of spicing in the flavor is unique as well. A benchmark Witbier, among the best.

Edit: My review for "Pierre Celis Signature" was apparently lost when the listings were merged. That bottle was extraordinarily bad, chalky vitamins and expired orange juice bad. That was around a 2.9, just for reference, not applied to score here.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into signature chalice, best by 7/11/2012. Pours extremely hazy golden straw color with a nice 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some fairly nice lacing clinging on the glass. Aromas of pepper, lemon zest, orange, coriander, grass, bread, wheat, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of big pepper, coriander, lemon, orange, bread, lightly tart grain, and yeast spices. No bitterness; with lingering notes of citrus, bread, tart grain, and spices on the finish for a bit. Very nicely balanced flavors, without cloying sweetness. Fairly dry finish. Medium body and carbonation; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Pretty much no alcohol presence as expected at 5.5%. Overall this is a super smooth, balanced, and very enjoyable witbier; as I would have hoped. Unfortunately it is a bit difficult to find unlike the rest of the lineup.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a cloudy, orange color with a small head that leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty. It really smelled like apple.

T - It was quite sweet and the fruit flavor reminded me of apples and pears. It was also very yeasty and wheat-tasting.

M - It was cirsp and light-bodied.

D - I really love this beer. The different fruit flavors are really amazing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a frothy head that retains and laces reasonably well

Smell: Peppery phenols with plenty of coriander and orange peel aromatics; banana esters, too

Taste: Starts out with a banana bread and coriander flavor that adds some clove, pepper and orange peel by mid-palate; after the swallow, the peppery spice flavor profile builds and blends through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and creamy with a prickly carbonation

Drinkability: About as good as it gets for a wit; very nice

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,617 ratings