St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of beerme411
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of mariposafan
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Murky gold with a short, and short-lived, white head. The aroma is pleasant enough - citrusy, a little grainy, a little spicy and with a Belgian yeastiness - but there just isn't enough of it.

The flavor is similar to the aroma but more potent, but there's also a soapiness that detracts from the overal. It's a pity because otherwise it's a fine witbier, a little more citrusy than I prefer but well within the style.

The mouthfeel shines - smooth with just a little zing from the carbonation. Very nice.

Overall I'm disappointed - the soapy taste is just too strong for me to get past.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a bright yellow see through with a fluffy white head.

S - smells real grainy. Huge citrusy tones. Especially lemon. Spices and belgian yeast.

T - very lemony. Sweet malt and a spicy hope note. Mine was kind of old so I don't think it was as good as it should be.

M - medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - I feel like this is an excellent wit if I had only had a fresh one. It was just too malty.

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Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a ton of dense white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of grass, straw, and yeast with some faint orange peel and lemony citrus. The taste is wheat, straw, yeast, faint coriander, orange, and lemon. Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

This is an easy drinking witbier. It's not very complex, but it's well balanced.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : sweet notes of citrus and corriander aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity and malty flavours, with spicy notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Witbier.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the box set, enjoyed from the Goblet included.

A: Hazy yellow pour, very light coming out of the bottom, with a small white head.

S: Musty, yeast, candied sugar, clove banana

T: The taste is intricate, yet light. Spicy, yeast, banana, coriander, all meld together nicely.

MF: Very refreshing, very drinkable. Perfect amount of carbonation, semi-dry finish, no hints of alcohol.

O: A light and easy drinker, wouldn't ever turn this down on a hot summer day!

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Photo of julian89
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently bought a St. Bernardus box set, have not been disappointed yet.

Appearance -pours a light orange with a large white head that leaves a small trace.

Smell-orange, spices, strong aromatic hops.

Taste -Very light, fruit undertones, citrus orange and lemon, herbal to a certain extent. The carbonation enhances the flavor.

Mouthfeel -very light and airy. Carbonation tingles the taste buds.

Overall: I would give this a great summer spring time beer rating. It's lightness and coloration remind me of such. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
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 BMoldy
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 09/28/11. From notes:

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a small white head that fades quickly, leaving a little lacing.

S: Lots of crisp wheat. Very spicy. A bit of citrus (lemon rind/zest). Some very slight herbal (hop?) notes.

T: A little bitter and grassy to start. Turns into a wave of fluffy, sweet wheat. Very floral as well. Finishes a little malty.

M: Light, but smooth and very flavorful. Very refreshing. Carbonation is spot-on.

O: Delicious, and by far the best witbier I've ever had!

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Photo of karait95
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very good looking, yellow straw color cloudy body with a white head that dissipates slowly leaving a permanent layer on top, a very consistent head remains leaving some traces on the glass, the body seems medium with a constant carbonation. Excellent for the style.

S: Spicy smell, malts are present and also some citrus it has to be citrus peels and something else that could be pepper or some other spices. The wheat is also really present.

T: The flavors are complex but in general malts and species, barley with wheat are sensed but more the citrus like orange.

M: Complex but excellent and balanced combination not light but with a good ending, the ending is not to dry but it is a little bitter not a hops bitterness but more a peel citrus bitterness.

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Photo of treque
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale straw in colour. Hazy with constant carbonation. Generates a richy creamy white head with nice retention

S coriander , orange peel , wheat , citrusy and pepper

T delicious wheat flavour all the aroma is replicated on the taste. refreshing with medium body. some crisping on tongue

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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 TRICKYD1CK
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A - Very cloudy body, pale orange in color. Looks almost like fresh-squeezed clementine juice. Or your piss after you haven't drunk any water all day, but I think the former is a more pleasant image. Nice head, but less retention than I expected. Still, an impressive display.

S - Smells great! Fruity, yeasty, refreshing smell.

T - Tastes like a bouquet of fruits without being too sweet. Lemon tartness up front, which develops into an orangey sweetness, and leaves an aftertaste of bananas. Plus a good wheaty heartiness that doesn't dominate too much. A nicely complex beer.

M - The first few sips have a rather thin mouthfeel, but as you get down to the end of the glass, where the sediment condenses a little bit, you start getting some thick, wheaty mouthfuls. Foamy and soothing. Basically turns into foam if you swish it around in your mouth.

O - St. Bernardus can do no wrong IMO and this is yet another proof of that. Great wit beer that I will definitely be drinking again and will seek out extensively next summer.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a heffe glass from a bottle. yellow haze with a slight orange tint. Thick 3 in. white foam head. lots of lace.

citrus and some banana aroma. malt and wheat noticeable and gives a very sweet smell.

kinda of a shock at first. was expecting really sweet malt but hit with a tart bite of citrus and then a grainy wheat flavor. good. just not what i would expect from the smell. crisp finish but watery in some aspects too.

light bodied beer with good carbonation

overall a good beer. i was expecting a little bit more from one of my favorite breweries but still a must try. very light crisp and refreshing beer.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a cycle that as craft beer lovers we tend to go through. We start with our gateway beers before discovering the world of big bold high ABV stuff like DIPA's and Imperial Stouts. These beers rule our world and anything that doesn't knock our socks off with flavor gets glossed over. After a few years, we tire on these and move back to what we used to consider gateway beers...beers that have a lot of subtle flavor and are easily accessible.

Not everyone goes through this cycle, but I did. And here I am sitting down drinking a St. Bernardus Wit and feeling like I am in heaven. What a clean, tasty, refreshing, subtle, finely crafted beer this is. The flavors have been described many times over, so I do not feel the need to do it myself. Just know that I have never had anything in the style that is better, and I can count on two hands the number of beers that compete with in in terms of drinkability. Amazing beer, a different beast than its cousin Abt 12 but dare I say it an equally good beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured, swirled, poured, swirled, poured into the glass to extract as much of the yeasty goodness as possible. My reward is indeed and immensely cloudy and opaque beer, light straw yellow in colour, with a filmy and fine-bubbled white head. Carbonation streams in tiny bubbles up the edge of the glass, and the body looks like it's got some pleasant heft to it. The colour is slightly dull, but otherwise it's a great looking wit.

Nose is lovely, with sweet orange and lilting pepper spice and a smooth almost creamy vanilla undertone that is cut and set off by the citric twang. Round Belgian yeast complements everything and connects it all together. An absolutely superlative witbier nose. Quite marvellous.

Taste is also good, but lighter, as it should be. Here the creaminess disappears, leaving a rather crisp and very light-bodied affair, laced with spicy orange and a touch of bicarbonate. Mouthfeel is light and ephemeral, leaving little in its passing but refreshment.

Exceptionally good witbier, and indeed one of the pinnacles of the style. Refreshing, fragrant, crisp and drinkable. You can't ask for anything more.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronados

A: Hazy straw color with a thin cap of white foam.

S: Lots of banana and wheat and a touch of clove. The banana doesn't smell artificial at all, which is nice.

T: Pear, banana and a big dose of cloves. The mouthfeel was a little thin for me, but the flavors were really great.

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Photo of hooplehead
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy pale white. Classic for the style. Beautiful white foamy head.

Smell: Big banana, clove. Lots of Belgian yeast in here. Floral sweetness, nice malt balance in the nose.

Taste: Clove, banana, subtle coriander spiciness. Lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful viscosity to this beer. The wheat shines through and adds a pleasantly full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Crisp, clean, very refreshing. I can and do drink this beer often.

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

a: Poured into a mug, off yellow/pale orange and cloudy. Nice large head over 2 inches. quite a bit of lacing.

S: spicy coriander , some banana, some clove. very light malt, flowery hops. I can detect a dough like yeast aroma.

T: Very crisp, peppery front bite. Orange is the overall flavor I get, with coriander, and some banana. lightly acidic, long lasting after taste in a good way. refreshing. Some clove in there somewhere.

M: smooth and lightly carbonation, medium body, creamy, finish is just barely bitter.

overall a very nice beer, too bad its 12.99 @ 4 pack. seemed to fit the style, fairly well. Almost some German hefe things in it.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light yellow w/ a one finger white head. Somewhat cloudy to look at. Really nice for the style.

S- Citrus, corriander, wheat, some malt. Really nice for the style, let's hope the taste follows suit.

T- ....and yes.. the taste mirrors the nose. Fantastic for the style. Orange is also added in the mix. Some Belgian yeast in there as well, which really adds something to this brew.

M- Very smooth, balanced, and excellent for the style. Fairly full bodied for a Witbier. Very easy to drink, and very refreshing.

O- There's a reason this is the #1 Witbier... It's full of flavor, body, and super refreshing. Highly recommended for the style, or during the summer months.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

Currently the #1 witbier.

The beer is hazy yellow with a thick, dense white cap. Plenty of lacing is left on the snifter. The aroma brings wheat, coriander, orange peel, yeast, lemons. Delicious flavor. Slightly tart lemons, with hints of Belgian yeast and a mild spice character. Everything is integrated beautifully. Really easy to drink, full of flavor. The body is light to medium, with moderate carbonation, and smooth on the palate. I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of bceagles39
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a large St. Bernardus chalice at the Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ on July 30 2011.

I was excited to try this, I usually do not drink witbier but it had been a long hot summer day, and the Abt 12 is one of my all-time favorites, so I decided to give this a try.

Pours a beautiful golden-yellow color, and one of the haziest brews I have ever seen. Even with a fairly vigorous pour for the style I did not get as much head as expected, there was a small off-white fluff that went down rather quickly.

Smells .... Belgian. Light citrus, floral notes, spices.

Slightly sweet lemon and orange, coriander, and some earthy notes in the finish.

This was a fairly light bodied beer that was incredibly smooth and highly drinkable.

If I wasn't such a beer nerd wanting to try everything in sight, I would have easily ordered another.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours muddy pale golden with a really large white creamy head that slowly sinks into decent lacings.

S: Ripe bananas from wheat, coriander and orange peel. A bit bitter. Lots of yeast as well. Typical smell of a nice Wit.

T: Ripe sweet bananas up front, followed by coriander and orange peel. Yeasty. Nice.

M: Acutally the aftertaste is a bit longer than in other Wits I've had before; nice bitter though. Body is light and carbonation is rich. Very refreshing.

O: This is a very nice Wit. Try it, you'll like it!

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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