St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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4.15
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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A completely hazy and opaque straw-colored beer. Pours with a sticky 2-inch head that falls into a quarter-inch. Head retention is very good.

Smell: Sour and yeasty; grapefruit, lemon, a bit of citrus rind.

Taste: Begins with a hint of bready sweetness before becoming more tart and spicy. Lemon juice and rind flavors lead to a dry and tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and crisp on the tongue. Lies on the heavier side of light-bodied.

Notes: A good, solid wit. More tart than most with less banana and more citrus.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 mothman
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice white head. Decent amount of lacing. Smell is light wheat with a bit of sweetness. Some clove character and a bit of spice. Taste is similar, although nothing stands out too much. Somewhat bland compared with the nose. Much of the taste component is dominated by the mouthfeel, which is quite nice and refreshing. A very easy-drinking beverage.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of frothy, white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. As the head settles, it leaves a thick ring of foam clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - A yeasty, spicy aroma of coriander, lavender, black pepper, and wheat.

T - Spicy wheat up front, along with pepper and coriander. The spices linger into the finish along with some musty yeast notes and a hint of earthy hops.

M - Very high carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, this could be a great session beer if the carbonation was a bit lower. The flavors are well balanced and nice for the style, though not as bright and smooth as some other witbiers I have had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus delivers the typical witbier appearance with a hazy yellow-orange body topped by a bright-white head of creamy foam. The head retention is excellent and it leaves some nice lace throughout the goblet. It's lightly floral nose is more delicate than many examples, but it still delivers all of the appropriate components including a soft note of coriander and a mildly zesty citrus peel that's both a little bit lemony and a little bit orange-ish. Somewhere in there, there's also an uncommon note of spruce that's really intriguing (but not strong enough to really garner attention). Some gently sweet malt also creeps its way into the nose as it warms. The body is light and it's very fine and gently effervescent carbonation tingles the tongue before warming to become lightly creamy. In the flavor, soft coriander appears up-front wrapped in a thin and silky veil of lightly sweet malt. It makes a suggestion of tartness but never really delivers it; and in this way it seems to fall into a middleground between the commonly sweeter versions and the more acidic interperetations. It finishes dry with a note of dull (chalky?) lemon, some gentle clove, and a lingering sweet note that's very mild but almost candyish in nature. Very refreshing; and quite interesting in it's subtle complexities. This is a must try for fans of the witbier style. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy yeallow with a nice two fingeredhead that settles nicely,aroma is on the spicey side of coriander even a touch of vanilla in there and some toned down citruisy notes.If its possible for a wit to have a creamy mouthfeel this one has it very smooth and easy to drink.Taste is a nice combination of citrius and coriander spice not tart but enough citruis flavor to make it refreshing.A top notch wit I would think world class my first ST Bernardus beer what have I been waiting for if the whole line is as good as this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 8/26/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, lemon and spices.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of lemon, coriander, light malts and strong Belgian yeast. There is a very mild hops presence but it is not necessarily missed. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style and one of the best Witbiers that I have had, it is a nice beer to drink a lot of in an evening.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger foamy white head. The head dissipates over time but never completely disappears, leaving a thin layer of bubbles. A little darker than the other witbiers that I have experienced in my years.

S: Aromas of Belgian yeast funkiness, coriander, spice (clove), and citrus. The smell has almost a sense of touch/feel to it as well because of the effervescence.

T: Flavors of pale malts, lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast, and coriander. Finishes slightly bitter but I would overall describe the taste as light.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Probably the best beer I have had in this style and extremely refreshing. This beer would be awesome on a warm summer evening and I could definitely enjoy many of them.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

This is undoubtedly the smoothest and best witbier I've ever had. Poured into a chalice, a cloudy, pale, bronzed yellow-orange with a beautiful head of delicate white bubbles that retained pretty much throughout the session and left some nice lacing. Biscuity aroma, Belgian yeast, sugar and spice, and citrus zest. Very bready and earthy taste, and very complex and full-flavored for a witbier. Flavors of yeast, sugar, lemon, pear, banana, corriander, pepper, all wrapped in an incredibly smooth package that you just don't get from a typical wit. Probably the only wit that I've had that I'd call medium-bodied, with full flavor and rich texture, and definitely easily drinkable, but to be savored.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before: 27 07 09.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dull orange body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Aromatic nose smelling of lemony citrus and sugar-coated baked goods fresh out of the oven.

Taste: Bready malts with a sugary, honey-coated sweetness. Dash of freshly-grated lemon zest. Sip of grapefruit juice. Tangy wheat flavor near the end. Teaspoon of nutmeg. Slight pear fruitiness. Restrained hop bitterness. Tiny blip of sourness. Fruity, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's nice. Certainly heavier and much fuller than I'd ever expected, but still overall nice.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed ina Hoegaarten wit tumbler.

Pours a hazed straw color with a finger of pearl colored head. average head retention & lacing

S: Cooked cereal, some grassyness

T: Lemons, tangerines & white grapes & coriander up front. White pepper & lemons & more grapes as this warms. Finishes a bit grainy, with some more cooked cereal, appleskins & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a nice summer time quencher, but give me the old Celis white from Texas any day! I took great care with this one so I don't think this suffered on my end, expected more

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Photo of atrocity
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Near white, big-bubbled head that leaves streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is appropriately cloudy and has an orange hue to an otherwise yellow color.

Clean and crisp smell that is strangely reminiscent of a very dry mead. Relatively light wheat aroma.

Very dry start. Quite tart without being lip-puckering. Smooth body that leaves a coating similar to milk after the swallow. The carbonation is similar to a cheap champagne. No typical wheat flavors here.

I'm struggling with this one. I love originality and this Wit is quite different from most. There's something that puts this beer over the line to "odd". I wouldn't be reaching for another, but I am glad I tried this one.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very hazy yellow, cloudier than most beers I have had, even though I kept the yeast in the bottle. A foamy one finger head formed on top with moderate retention and some decent lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast on the aroma as well as some lemon, a little bit of grainy malt, and some spice.

T: Again, strong Belgian yeast presence. In addition, there was lemon, some spices - including some clove and coriander, and a bready malt on the backbone.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty crisp and very smooth.

O: Quite tasty and incredibly easy drinking, could drink this beer all night without a problem. Nice representation of style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Foggy pastel lemon with a hint of orange. The crown looks great. It's bright white, a bit on the small side thanks to an uncharacteristically (for me) gentle pour and has a upper surface that looks like rough suede. Some lace shows up on the glass, although it isn't sticky enough to last.

The nose is tremendous and contains all of the requisite witbier scents: sunshine bright citrus zest, spicy coriander and wheat. The citrus smells at least as much like lemon as it does like orange. I especially enjoy the room-filling power of the aroma.

The flavor follows suit. This is one of the most aromatic and most fully-flavored witbiers that I've ever had. There's a beautiful balance between the untoasted wheat base (whose flavor contribution is as important as any of the other elements), the now more orangey fruitiness and the coriander. A Belgian yeast cloviness puts it into another flavor gear and, therefore, another league. Delicious.

The beer is noticeably sweeter than most other world-class witbiers, a characteristic that I actually prefer. There's isn't much of a hop presence, as the style dictates. Wits are all about the 'holy triumvirate' (wheat, fruit and spice). I'm glad the monks have paid attention to all three in equal measure.

The mouthfeel can only be described as fantastic. Never before have I tasted a wit with this much mouthfilling fluffiness. The beer expands beautifully in the mouth, a characteristic that I've found in only the very best beers (and wines). It's both full and buoyant, an intriguing sensory paradox that makes each mouthful an absolute treat.

St. Bernardus Witbier is my first Brouwerij St. Bernardus beer and it has impressed me to no end. It instantly jumps to the head of the class and is easily the equal, if not the superior, of Allagash's fine version. I love a good wit and I love the way this one excels in all the ways that matter most. Astoundingly good.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,551 ratings.
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