St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier
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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 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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Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a nice white head.
Smell: malts, yeast, citrus zest and coriander
Taste: Malts, yeast, coriander, orange zest and grain. Aftertaste is quite spicy, dry and crisp.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
Overall: nice white, more spicy than others in the style

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Photo of tobelerone
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on a steamy night in Florida after many hours of airplane and car travel. Boy did it do the trick. Cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head, sharp spicy aromas that follow through in the mouth. Crisp finish, super drinkable. This is the best Wit I've had in a long time and does everything the style should, with super refreshing qualities and a vivid spectrum of spicy flavors. Wish they all could be this good. A benchmark of the style.

This is the top-reviewed beer of this style out of any that have more than just a handful of reviews and I feel it's deserved. Buy it, drink it, love it. If Wits are your thing this is the beer to buy.

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Photo of Klym
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: A pale yellowish hazy 'clear', reminiscent to me of peach juice. Beer almost has an aura to it with the clearish glow it has. Head is 1 finger and normal.

S: Honey, apples, coriander, and bread all stick out. Super smooth blending of the smells.

T: Less breadiness and more tartness than I expected. A very young green apple like taste jumps out with a tart hit then retreats into the smoother parts of what was in the nose. The flavors really work well together in this.

M: Very carbonated (borderline too carbonated) with a light-medium body. Sticks to the tongue a little bit but not in a bad way. Pretty appropriate mouthfeel for a high quality witbier.

O: This is a really high quality witbier with great craftsmanship all around and a solid blend of smell, flavor and feel. I admit though I was hoping for something more complex and layered when I had this. It's hard to poke holes in this beer in the end though, very little wrong and a lot right going for it. Don't see how you could like witbiers and not seek this one out for a try.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 StJamesGate
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy honey yellow with puffy loose white foam.
Deeply floral bees wax with hints of cardamom, star anise, herb garden and cut grass.
Thick honey, wax beans and white melon (pear, said someone else) cut by grassy coriander, a hint of orange rind and a cocktail of spice notes from both yeast and herb additions, with flashes of Juicyfruit.
Medium, tingly, some chew, soft and round

Light and drinkable, but tons of flavor. Class act. Credit to wits.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tulip glass.

Gorgeous uniform hard white head all foamy/soapy looking. Sits on a glowing orb of lemon yellow with gray hues, for a cloudy body. Leaves lots of sticky lacing while drinking and has lots of tiny carbs from the bottom hard to see though.

The first thing I get off this beer is a big grass, almost hoppy, and burnt clove sense. The nose finishes off with a little bit of lemon juice.

Taste is all light banana, some chewy wheat in the palate, with a a slow tasting finish of wet watered and clove sense in that order. The body seems a bit watery, but it's very balanced.

Overall though this really reminds me more of a Hefeweizen but it's almost like a cross hybrid, interesting. Easy drinking no problem.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some coriander and lemon notes mixed in. The aroma is a little muddy smelling overall, with nothing really standing out. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of wheat with some orange peel, coriander and pepper notes. Light, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tall blossoming blond with evergrowing head of white...

Rich thick wheat and light malts scents, some barnyard dust and a touch of orange in the nose nothing too deep

Super sweet, cloying, light and fruity, lemon and strong belgian yeast dominate, a little bit bready in the background which is nice

Mouthfeel is giving a medium body, a tad sticky on the tongue and a rainshower of carbonation

A very good example of the style, and a very good start to my night! I'd recommend it and if you can get it for under 10 dollars do it

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with straw-like hues and lively bubbles of carbonation dance to the top to meet the pure white head that quickly dissolves to leave just thin traces for the duration.

Aromas of yeast and clove float from the glass. Additional aromas include citrus zest and straw.

Delicious flavors of banana and clove are immediate followed by some yeast and lemon zest. There are also faint hints of spice to accompany as the beer warms.

Clean, fresh, crisp and all around delicious with a light body and generous carbonation.

Another winner from St. Bernardus and a great example of the style. Even if you are not a Wit fan, this is a must try.

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Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Four fingers worth of crispy airy fluffy dirty white colored head… Impressive retention… Loaded with large bubbled very quickly paced carbonation throughout… A medium yellow gold color with a slight glow…

S - Hay… Straw... Citrus… Orange zest… Faint hints of sweet lemon… Passion fruit… Some toasted malts… White bread… A touch of rye… Simple and straight-forward… Rather enjoyable…

T - Wheat... A bit of white bread crust... A slight rye spiciness... Orange zest... Lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied… Lively and spry… Loaded with prickly carbonation teetering on fizzy… Slightly sleek… A little harsher than I like for the style…

D - A solid and respectable witbier, however the St. Bernardus label leaves me expecting a bit more… There is nothing outstanding nor detracting… I can think of several other, less expensive Witbiers that I would opt for over this one…

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Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much more to say than it looks like a good wit. Pissy yellow, cloudy, opaque, vigorous carbonation and a pearl white head of half inch.

Nose is exciting and vibrant with ripe in your face fruit. Orange, lemon, coriander, wheat, spice, juicy fruit bubblegum. So lively phenols and ester really gets the mouth watering.

Not a huge fan of the style but growing to like it and this is probably the best wit I've had. Lively carbonation that turns to light foam in the mouth, very refreshing. Exactly like the nose indicates. So juicy and succulent and friendly with food. Balance is uncanny, starts with coriander, light honey, and then moves to orange, lemon grass, belgian spices, light earthy tones, some grassy herbaceous qualities, into a soft, creamy, then bubbly long finish. A wit I plan to drink much more of.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A massive white, foaming head appears as you pour, and then thretens not to leave without some coaxing. Leaves a few mm of head for the rest of the drink and laces the glass.

The smell is summer for me, slightly earthy, but overriding freshness, like a field on a breezy summers day, with the wheat, some floweriness, and citrus tones coming through.

The taste starts of with these fresh tones, a wheaty, yeasty taste which is light and refreshing, then following that some mild spices and citrus flavours can be found, almost warming you up with the alcohol taste infused.

Overall an immense drink, I might go right now and order a whole crate of the stuff!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a well-hazed straw hue with a slim sudsy head that soon fizzles into a white ring. Great hue, woeful head

Smell -- Hmm… Cracked wheat, mild acetic tartness, sea salt, gentle spicing and citrus zest. If it weren't for the spice aroma I would swear this was a Berliner Weisse. I'm intrigued.

Taste -- Okay, back to the usual. Gentle malt, cracked wheat, lemon zest and coriander, mineral-rich waters, mild yeasty tartness. A bit ho-hum, really. Not very dynamic.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with mild prickly carbonation. It's a tad under-carbonated.

Drinkability -- I'm not sure if this bottle was long in the tooth or what, but this did not live up to the reviews I read beforehand nor the pedigree of St. Bernardus.

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

11.2 fl oz. bottle, best by March, 2012, poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Very cloudy, light yellow body with a one finger white head. The head settles into a nice white cap for the duration, but little lacing.

A little spiciness starts the aroma off pleasantly. The other dominant aroma is the citrus which is predominantly lemon, with a touch of orange peel. Bready malt finishes off most of the primary parts of the aroma.

The citrus and spicy yeast flavors come through in the taste very well. A bit of sweet maltiness, a slight note of coriander, and some orange peel are also in the mix. Very good mix of flavors.

Light mouthfeel that finishes dry. An excellent wit.

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Photo of goalie33
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into weizen glass. Best by January 2013.
A) Aggressive pour yields a hazy, golden colored beer with a massive, pillowy white head composed of very fine bubbles. Very fine carbonation can be seen coming up from the bottom.
S) Smells more like a German Hefeweizen then a Belgian Witbier. Big clove notes, orange peel and other spices.
T) Big malty sweetness upfront, citrus and spices in the middle. Clean aftertaste with a lingering spiciness.
M) Very light, crisp mouthfeel, but the flavor is full, not watery.
O) Really good beer. Full flavored but light bodied. Quite refreshing on a warm spring day.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A hazy golden brew that pours into a soapy four finger white head and leaves small amounts of layered lacing.

S -- Traces of lemon peel, grass, earthy funk, and soft spices.

T -- Slightly sweet traces of yeast are present in the forefront, hints of spices and pine, followed by a lemony tart finish.

M -- Medium bodied with robust carbonation. Light on the palate and crisp / cleansing toward the finish.

D -- Definitely worth a pickup. Solid representation of the style, and approachable for most.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours smoothly with a decent amount of head. The beer is a murky yellow look that looks like a traditional wheat beer. The taste is a very fruity light wheat flavor. It has flavors of pineapple, oranges, sweetness, and lemons. The after taste lingers a little bit with hints of lemon. A good beer to have on a hot summer day. Cheers.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,592 ratings