St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

1,538 Ratings
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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Photo of charlzm
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed October 12th, 2010 at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA.

Very cloudy pale yellow with a clingy white foam head.

Aromas of banana, clove and lemon.

Flavor is clean: soft, powdery yeast with a banana note and a subtle wheat tang.

Mouthfeel is sharp, dry, effervescent.

Very easy to drink this thirst quencher.

If this looks like a "tick" review, it's only because this beer is so easy to describe. It's exactly what it's supposed to be with no sidetrips.

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Photo of brewcat
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good. Was expecting a little more asertiveness one way or another on the aroma. Didn't really get much beyond the wheatyness and breadyness. Do agree there is some acidity or citrusy component mixed in there but kinda hard to nail down. Kinda like that. Refreshing as all hell on the pallet. Bright yet soft; clean yet full of flavor. A smidge tart, but very drinkable. Really like this beer and seems to open and grow as it warms in the glass.

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Photo of tylernim
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden haze into a tulip glass. Forms a perfectly white bubbly head that persists for quite a while.

This beer has a very acidic smelling citrus note up front. Followed by some slight floral notes. Citrus again on the tongue with some spices I can't quite place. Maybe some pine on the back end. A touch of yeast. Sweetness present in the nose and on the tongue.

Definitely good mouth feel with this beer. Medium, smooth, great carbonation. Combined with the low alcohol content, this is a very drinkable beer for me; although the sweetness hinders it a bit.

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Photo of vincicle
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured nicely with a light frothy head and an excellent smell. Lightly spicy with hints of cloves and lemon and the sweetness of the wheat is pleasantly subdued making the beer easy to drink without over powering the palate. A great beer on a warm, late summer afternoon.

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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 adam42381
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Freshness date on bottle reads 20 04 12 (4/20/12).

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a 3-4 finger foamy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Lemon, banana, clove and spice are the aromas that jump out. This is what a wheat beer should smell like.

Taste: Banana and citrus up front then clove and spice in the middle and ending with light citrus at the finish. Aftertaste is dry, bready and light.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is a perfect summer beer.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. A terrific representation of the style.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at Chevy Chase Spirits in DC, after wanting one for a while. Served in a Hoegaarden glass.

Cloudy white-yellow with a big and beautiful head. This looks like a witbier should. Small lacing remains throughout. Nose is lightly lemon and other citrus. A little coriander-like spice is a nice touch that enhances the nose.

Great smooth body, with light, but persistent carbonation. This is incredibly drinkable, and is easily the best witbier I've ever had. Flavor has a good bit of citrus, spice and particularly lemon. Good stuff, much like the nose.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light murky wheat color, nice whit head leaves slow. Lots of spotty lace left behind.

S - Wheat on the nose, along with citrus and some spice.

T - Some lemon, spice like coriander maybe anise, all flavors pretty mild and melding well.

M - Light body, nice balance, good clean finish.

D - Not overpowering and very easy to drink.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle but they had just got this batch in at the liquor store so should be good. It was a nice hazy pale yellow with lots of carb streams. It had a 2+ finger white head that whittled down to a thick collar and constant thin foam cap. Really good sheeting that quickly slides back into the glass. A little sticking. Was shocked to discover that I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Not sure how that happened as this is one of my favorites and I have often.

The aroma was excellent with pepper and clove for the spice side balancing with the citrus aroma and wheat malt. Really good sniffer. The taste is also excellent. Starts with the clove and pepper bite that fades as the citrus and malt flavors take over for a nice, smooth finish. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, an exceptional wit and one of the best (maybe the best) wits out there. Most highly recommend. Home keg worthy! Available here in TX. Rotation - heavy player in the wit/hefe/... rotation. [H;Y]

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz.bottle served in a tulip. Best before end 20 04 12 indicated on the back label. Pours a hazy, dull orange with a loose, half inch, cream-colored head. Head quickly disperses into a semi-solid skim with circular dollops dotting the surface. No lacing per se, just clumps of foam that return to the liquid after each tilt of the glass. Great nose - cloves, lemongrass, coriander and mandarin orange. Taste consistent with nose; however character in the nose is nicely muddled and muted so as to be crisp and refreshing as opposed to sweet and cloying. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, but feels more substantial due to the lively effervescence that leaves a semi-dry and clean aspect at the finish. This has to be one of my top five Witbiers to date; an excellent offering that is great for summer consumption.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz into my flute/tulip hybrid of sorts. Best by date is 2/24/12.

Pours a very light hazy yellow/tan, white head turns to a swirly cap and thick ring leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is a bit chemically, almost minty for some reason. Band-aids, toothpaste, and lemon?

Taste seems a bit off too...still getting a chemical vibe, spicy tart lemon and wheat. Seems closer to an American pale wheat. When the bottom yeast gets poured in, nice bread notes appear in the aftertaste, or it could just be from warming. Tastes a little sour at times.

Mouthfeel seems pretty thin, carbonation is medium.

Quite expensive for a witbier, this was a disappointment, St. Bernardus is usually quality stuff.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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 jsanford
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

S - Lemon, banana, clove and honey with the signature St. Bernardus yeast aromas.

T - More lemon, banana, clove, and yeast. There's a sligh sourness at the end that I'm really digging. Very well balanced and complex, but I would expect no less from St. Bernardus!

M - Light and crisp with very lively carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D - Very light, crisp and refreshing, I could have a few of these. This would pair remarkably well with some fish or chicken.

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Photo of Frasier433
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful golden amber. It is cloudy which keeps it from being transparent. It pours with a nice head, that never goes completely away.

S - Alcoholic scent with a bold yeasty scent. There are also hints of spices and cinnamon. I also pick up some honey and banana. It comes off a little bitter on the nose at first. Swirl it around and take another sniff to get through this.

T - Starts with a bite from the carbonation, but the flavors quickly begin coming through. A strong clove and flavor are apparent. The not so apparent flavors come through as honey, and banana.

M - It is a little on the thicker side for other witbiers that I have had. The yeast gives it a little bit of a cloudy feel. While moving the beer around to hit all the parts of the palate it does become rather foamy.

D - I could easily drink several of these. It is fairly light and easy to drink. The flavor also is not to far on the sweet side to keep me from another glass.

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Photo of bogus564
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass...

The color is exactly what one would expect from a witbier - very nice cloudy yellow. I wish the head (a nice straw color), which was rather abundant upon pouring, was longer-lasting.

This beer definitely passes the smell test for a witbier - I'm catching lemon, grass and a nice, not overpowering, bit of spice. I'm looking forward to having my first sip, and hoping it lives up to its color and smell.

First sip - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he brews witbier. I've got strength in the lemon and grass flavors, and I'm trying to figure the spice - - - cardomom perhaps, I know that if it's clove, it's extremely weak. I think I'm catching some lightness of orange in there as well. I am liking this beer, but then again, it's like choosing from the top five in the Miss America pageant - can you really go wrong at that point?

The mouthfeel is good, not outstanding - light body, adequate carbonation, dry finish. Very light hoppiness in the aftertaste.

I'll give drinkability a very good rating - ABV is a little high for a session beer, but it's spot-on perfect for a beer to have with your barbequed chicken or grilled salmon. St. Bernardus definitely knows how to make witbier.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, shared late at night.

Very nice in the glass, but the beauty seems just a little lacking. I know we didn't pour it into the right glass, so I may be being a little unfair. Straw-yellow-white that looked a little dull in the light. Pretty head that remained throughout.

Spicy nose that I really enjoyed. Classic wit smell but a nice upgrade over the usual wits.

The same spice is realized on the palate. Some wheaty murkiness that was very nice.

Good medium light body with excellent carbonation that is perfect. Only real complaint is the wheatiness began to turn slightly sour towards the end. I probably wouldn't want to follow up the first with another one.

Great offering from St. Bernardus, almost on par with their quad.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Beer Revolution in Oakland, CA.

Flute glass pour and I am met with a cloudy straw colored ale with a white head, which dissipates quickly. Aroma consists of pears, green apples and malt. Crisp and clean taste with some major pear action going on and a refreshing fruity aftertaste. Light mouthfeel with some bubbly carbonation distracting somewhat. Very easy drink as a 750 ml was consumed with ease. The more I drank the more I liked it. Overall this was another nice beer from a great Brewery and drunk on a hot day contributed to the positive nuances of this beer.

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

Beer is served in a St. B goblet. Getting tipsy tonight. Beer is yellow and hazy. Head is white and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is minimal.

Aroma is sweet and has some nice spice to it. Very good. Awesome, kind of citrusy.

Beer is thin and slightly dry. Spiciness is minimal overall a good beer. Its mildly sweet and has a wheaty graininess at the back end. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice overall. Highly drinkable, I love Watou a lot.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750 mL two ways. poured into globe glasses. Reviewed 5/1/2010.

Ar: sweet citrus, almost like dilute orange soda, floral, lime/coriander, tart citrus, dry chalky powder, wheat, soft, bread

Ap: very large pillowy white head, great retention, fine haze, golden straw, light lace, pretty

T: yeasty, good soft wheat at the finish, good floral/citrus balance, tangerine, light tropical fruit hints, chamomile, light tartness, lime hints, strong wheat presence, could use more hop and coriander, *earthy

M: light and fluffy, high carbonation, clean end, nice tartness, chalky and soft

O: refreshing and soft, good but not epic, needs a balance to chalky character, pleasant, soft chalky end, *crisp citrus, *want cutting tartness

*=ideas form fellow taster

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

A - Pours a bright yellow color with a bright white head,

S - Nose is clean, phenols, fruit, yeast, doughy, etc.

T - yeasty, clean, banana, apple, bread dough, lemon, clove...

M - lively carbonation, spot on for style. crisp and refreshing. tickles the palate.

D - overall, a great wit. this is a staple of the style. hard to get your hands on, but well worth seeking out.

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Photo of ryno09
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden color, medium carbonation, one finger white frothy head

Aroma - Heavy on the yeast, mild spice and citrus, some banana, typical malted wheat character, no hops

Taste - Up front I get some banana and bready malt flavors. In the middle you get some the sweet lemon and yeast notes with a more bitter backend that includes some clove and coriander with a doughy maltiness. The spice notes come out more as the beer warms up. Finish is on the dry side but there are some lingering lemon and clove notes. Mouth feel is on the medium side for the style.

Although the bottle is 10 months old, I can tell this is a wonderful witbier. It's a smooth, easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor and refreshment. At 5.5% it's a very wonderful session beer for the summer.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I love the monk with the cheesy grin on the label. The body of this beer sits cloudy and luminescent like a glow stick in the brown bottle. After pour there is a thin off white head gently resting on top of a milky white beer.

S - Very sweet berry smells. strawberry and cherry and persimmons.

T - Sour initial taste is unpleasant, but it gradually grows on you and decrescendos into a pleasant smooth summer sensation.

M - Smooth and sparkly but with a bit of coarseness. Like the last swig of a glass of milk you've been dunking cookies in. Not bad.

D - My friend's comment is accurate. "It's a bad chord on a guitar that sounds good at the end" with each sip of this beer you wonder if you made the right choice or a mistake but after you stop and let the notes sink in it it grows on you like a song you like the 3rd time you listen to it.

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Photo of ajwillys
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Milky yellowish white. Very light tan head. 70% translucent.
S- Yeast. Smells like a bakery.
T- Delicious. Slight banana taste, coriander, yeast.
M- Bubbly, finely carbonated. Definitely bottle conditioned. Palate cleansing.
D- Could drink this all week if I could afford it.

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

Like other St. Bernardus beers there seems to be a lot of yeast and sediment after pouring into a glass. Appearance was a hazy oat color. Produced about one finger of head. Made me burp a lot which I always take as a good sign. Smelled of malt and apple cider. Fruit, Malt and wheat definitely come through along with very subtle hops. Great light summer beer, easy to drink, low ABV, but still rich and full bodied.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured a nice golden cloudy yellow with a one-finger white head that subsides to a thin layer upon sitting. There was minimal lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas and malt notes. The flavor present were bananas, malt, slight wheat, and apples upon swallowing. Very nice. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is a really nice brew. I was thoroughly surprised at some of the flavors I encountered while drinking this one. A definite must try.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,538 ratings.
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