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

Cloudy light orange with a nice white lace for a head. Smells zesty with hints of coriander and yeast. The citrus zest hits the tounge first. A dry bready malt and hints of cloves. A yeasty finish with a citrus tartness. Refeshing light-meduim body with great carbonation. I must say this is one of the best witbier's I have ever tasted.

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Photo of OldSock
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Honey yellow and cloudy. Big white head that falls to a thin covering for the remainder of the drink. Lacing is spectacular, a full coat over several of the sides of the glass. Good rapid carbonation coming up.

Smell – Yeasty fruitiness up from with lemon and coriander in the back, very nice. It smells like a bakery.

Taste – Lots going on here, much of it is the same as the nose, but with the addition of more malty/grainy tastes. The sour citrus hits at the front, followed by a nice balance and a dry finish. Hops are essentially absent. This is what every white beer strives to be, Hoegaarden can hold nothing on this. Very refreshing, great beer.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light body with nice carbonation, complements the flavor nicely.

Drinkability – This is the best white beer I have had. Truly delicious, this is a beer for anyone who loves beer and even most people who do not.

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

04/21/05- On tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer Month

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow pour with a small head and nice lacing.

Smell- Not a huge scented beer. Had to really sniff at this one to get at it. Mostly the norm of spices and corriander. Maybe a bit of another fruity scent.

Taste- Nice and sweet, flavors or corriander. pepper and other spices. Maybe a bit of orange flavoring. Very thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation leaving a nice sweet taste in the mouth.

Drinkability- This is right up there with Hoegaarden, if not better. Wish it was summer and it was hot outside because I could drink this bad boy all day. Top notch!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours into my glass with a thick 3 finger pure white head and has a cloudy yellow hue with carbonation rushing to the top constantly. The smell is classic witbier...corrainder and orange peel all the way with zingy belgian yeast background. The taste is corriander, citrusy (both lemon and orange) along with a strong clove accent, and a slightly bitter but sweet lemony finish. Probably my favorite wit, all around more flavorful than hoegaarden and more balanced than allagash white. A real thirst quenching brew thats perfect for those long, hot and humid southern summers. A winner in my book

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A hazy, cloudy off-yellow hue, with a bubbly, carbonated head. A decent sniffing of coriander, pepper and bread dough; warming also brings some yeast-like scents. Up front, spicy, fresh-cracked black pepper; cloves, wheat crackers and bananas noted during the initial sips. Those sips turn to nice gulps, chalky and sweet, medium bodied, yeasty body, carbonation is perfect, palate is felt clean and refreshed, a classic wit, rock solid and nearly addicting.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Poured into my Lindeman's flute, it's a wonderfully creamy hazy light orange with a white head.

Smell: The smell is an odd orange and oak mix, with a strong spicy hint.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste kinda has that smooth creamy good witbier start, followed by a poor sunscreen taste. The initial taste is brilliant - the end, rough as hell. So I guess it's middle of the road at 3. THe mouthfeel is nice though, being rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: I love St. Bernardus's other brews, but this one isn't that great. It looks, smells, and feels good, but the taste is not that great. Dissapointing. Oh well I got plenty of others to try today. Blanche De Chambly is much better.

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Photo of clvand0
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the other Bernardus brews, so I figured this one was a necessity to try. Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a very small head (odd) that falls quickly and doesn't leave any lacing behind. I expected more head and lots of lacing. Oh well. The aroma has slight hints of lemon and spice, but there is not much of any of it and the malts take a presence here. Very thick mouthfeel. Seems that there is a lot of biscuit malt in this one. Perhaps I grabbed a bad bottle, but this just didn't do it for me. Not enough wit character in here.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a dirty cloudy yellow color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is slightly raisiney and slightly bready with a moderate spice dancing around in the background. The flavor is just okay. Lots of breadyness with slight raisin tnes on the finish. Not sure how I feel about this as a whit. The fell is moderate with a light carb. Not a really great beer in my book. There are many other whits I would take over it.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part 3 of the "My Roommates went to the EBF and left me home alone, Teaching the girlfriend about beer" AAA (Artisanal, Americas, Abbey Trappist) Witbier Cross-section Test.

And now we proceed to the final leg of this three-way test: the grandfather of the trio, the traditional, the long-lasting, the standard (at least from this group): St. Bernardus.

It poured nearly opaque, with a thin, white head atop a pale, pale yellow brew. Aroma is full of lemon and belgian sugars, making seem a bit like a liquid lemon square.

Soft and delectable on the palate, with more sweet lemons followed by a crisp, easy finish. Light, crisp, and subtle, but excellent.

Not too sweet and not too hearty, this is just right.

Beautiful, traditional, and excellent. They'll end up with the same rating, but I think this narrowly edges out the Troublette to win this three-way test.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Smells like a lemon cake with a bit of banana. Taste is of lemon as well, with a rather medicinal quality (I could be imagining that though...). Mouthfeel's rather thin.

Overall, this is an okay beer (quite a refreshing one in fact), but not up to the standards of the other St. B brews. And, at $3 a bottle, it's not worth the cost. I'm glad I tried it, but that money's going towards Duvel, La Fin Du Monde, or a Tripel next time (and yes, I realize those are different styles...).

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy light amber color with some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a sweet malt and yeasty . Starts with a distinct wheat/yeast flavor, finishes clean. Very good wheat. $3.90 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of EPseja
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Considering St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Tripel are two of my most favorite beers of all time, this Witbier has big shoes to fill. Served at slightly cooler than cellar temperature into my favorite Weizen glass.

Appearance: Coming from the bottle to the glass, the beer looks pale yellow-white and slightly cloudy. Starts to form head almost instantaneously as it fills the glass. Settles to a straw yellow color with vigorous bubbling from the bottom of the glass, gently buoying tiny bits of sediment (from my overzealous pour). Head starts at a full inch thick and is composed mainly of very small bubbles that gently climb up the edges of the glass, and shrinks to a thin layer after about a minute. No visible lacing as this beer is imbibed.

Smell: Candied orange peel, lemon zest, Irish sodabread, sweet yeast, other miscellaneous citrus overtones, coriander and hints of brown sugar

Taste: Sweet, candied citrus with a tinge of yeast in the front, turning into a huge lemon-vanilla bread as it washes around the mouth. Bold flavors seem to disappear during the finish, but come around again with a sweet but tart aftertaste accompanied by lingering citric acid.

Mouthfeel: Very small-bubbled carbonation that gives this particular citrus-laden beer a smooth, melted sorbet mouthfeel. Slight drying of the tongue after the swallow.

Drinkability: Quite intriguing for a beer that is definitely not one of my favored styles. A little too citrusy sweet for drinking any more than one.

In the end, I rated this beer compared to others of this style and not compared to the other stellar St. Bernardus offerings that top my personal list. My results reveal another solid St. Bernardus offering that, while it won't be sharing a permanent spot in my beer fridge, seems to rate highly among most lovers of this style.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Extremely heavy with sediment, this beer was a murky brownish yellow. The white head was coarse and fizzed away quickly. A thin, dense layer of foam did linger on the beer for quite awhile, though. There was no lacing.

Smell: Heavy on the mandarin orange with hints of lemon zest. Very light grains in the background along with some vanilla that took the edge off the citrus. There was some very light spicing present, but it almost seemed like cinnamon instead of the typical cloves and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp in the mouth. Almost seemed to dance back across the tongue. Light-bodied and refreshing.

Taste: Very subdued in all aspects, especially for the first half of the glass. Light citrus fruit upfront that faded as grass and wheat kicked in in the middle. The finish was a continuation of the grains, along with the occasional touch of alcohol. It was hard to detect any spicing at all. Dry and crisp overall, with just the slightest hint of sweetness coming from a light banana flavor in the aftertaste. The more I drank, the more the flavors seemed to build. The beer was refreshingly tart by the time I finished it.

Very subtle but good.

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Photo of ghurux86
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden, hazy yellow, with a minimal head. there is also a little bit of lacing. but the color is beautiful. smells of citris and possibly banana. i taste orange, malt, maybe banana i'm not sure. it's is fairly carbonated: feels like lots of tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated though. i would definitely drink it again if i was rich. a great witbier. taste also gets better as it warms a little.

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Photo of trumick
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky golden color, with a nice one finger head and minimal lacing.

Scent is light sweet malts with pepper, light citrus and clove. Yeast is quite previlent also.

Taste is sweet initially, yeast, citrus, banana, finishes dry with a nice sweet citrus that that holds there for quite a while.

Mouthfeel is incredible, light, refreshing small bubbles that is almost creamy despite the carbination.

Drinkability is probably the best I have experienced. The scent and the flavor combine to make this beer one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had.

This is definately a top notch beer. I can't think of another wit that compares.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo: Silver single labeled 33 cL with the ubiquitous merry monk motif declaring 5.5 % ABV is fairly light.

Hazy cloudy turbid hay golden unfiltered pour into me tulip with plenty of stormy suspended yeast particles, especially since this includes a swirl to unleash the sea horses. Cake like white head cap quixkly dissipates to a ring collar.

Strong musty grains and spiced citrous lemon peel aromas.

First Swigs: Extremely yeasty sourness. Bone dry finish. Wheat presence is quite detectable. Lemon peel and cider like citrous flavors abound. Quite a grainy wheat witbier.

Thin bodied with plenty of soft fuzzy carbonation. A bit overly grainy for my tastes.

Last Swigs: Lemony cider wheat wittw. Probably a good Whitte to include a lemon wedge which I decided to forgo. Interesting that Peter Celis is associated with Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV. Fine interpretation.

$3.50 for a 33 cL

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Photo of winomark
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a very vigorous, fluffy bone white head. Smells like fresh baked bread with some wheat and co2 notes. Very different from a hefe; not much tropical or banana esters. Good and wheaty palate. Bread yeast controls the palate. Mild and very refreshing flavors. Some mild esters up front. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer. Good for a refreshment and worth a try.

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

Pours a cloudy strange color say pink lemondade that thas been mixed half and half with water not quite pink anymore but looks like it could of been once. Has a white head that falls quick to a ring of foam, no lace. Aroma light wheaty smell with strong lemony aroma but also some oragne banana aromas mixed in with a light spicey hops are present. Flavor is sweet light wheat with a dash of citrus flavor it finishes with strong banana flavors that linger with a light mixture clove, pepper and hops to finish, most banana I have tasted in any beer so far. This Witbier diffrent from other I have tried spice is on light side strong wheat banana flavors dominate nice little beer. Mouthfeel is light leaning towards mediumish. Drinkability is quite good recommend trying if you can.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slight lemon-yellow color with a slight head and no lace. It's typically cloudy and appears as watery lemonade. I envision fields of flowers in the smell with slight hops.

The taste is like a spring morning with a slight Christmas-like clove undertone. It's light carbonation is pleasant and well-balanced. The aftertaste is nutty and wheaty.

VERY easy to drink and surprisingly easy at a 5.5% ABV.

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Photo of finepaws
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a brandy style glass. It was cloudy, light yellow, with a creamy white head. Gorgeous presentation, fun to drink. Smells like citrus, and spice. I wasn't ready for the taste though. This was very salty to me. Lemony and peppery. Not hoppy, but seemed perfumey.I just couldn't get past the salt taste. Refreshing and light. Lots of carbonation. This was drinkable, but not for me.

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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 homersimpson
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with a nice white head.
Nose is wheaty with slight fruity esters.
Has a light, frothy body.
Flavor is a citrus/sour floating on top of a long wheatiness.
Finishes long and slightly sour.
One of the better wits that i've tried. the flavor is a bit fuller than say, a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, pale, yellowish-gold with a healthy bone-white head. Some light lacing. Very aromatic. Lots of clove and lots of orange peel. Very citrusy and sweet.

Taste is lightly sour grainy wheat followed by very spicy clove and persistent biter orange peel. Lightly sweet and sticky too but dry at the finish. the clove and orange are very bold but mix nicely. Well balanced but assertive flavors. Crisp wheat malt with a lingering semi-sweet orange flavor on the tongue. A damn nice wit. Wasn't expecting alot since abbey ales seem to be St. Bernardus' specialty but this is one of the best wits I've ever had.

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

Cloudy and hazy pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white creamy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh lemons and mild spice flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry with a touch of orange, great for the style, a very drinkable and refreshing brew.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,618 ratings