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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,549
Reviews:
663
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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355
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206
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Photo of mkyer
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Jodio
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of derdtheterd
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a large head. The aroma has lots of lemon - almost like a lemon chiffon cake, with black pepper, salt,scented soap. The flavor is very light,and almost tart with fresh lemon peel, clove, and coriander. The mouthfeel is very thin and light. Overall this is different than many American Witbier interpretations - lighter, almost tart at times. It is a very refreshing and tasty beer.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the "big bottle"---

Look--Everything you could want in a wit and more--big rocky head, cloudy/hazy gold color and persistent white lace throughout. Awe-inspiring

Smell--Spice (coriander mostly) citrus (orange/lemon) notes forward, with more yeast on the nose than many others of this style.

Taste--Perhaps the perfect balance of coriander spice, citrus sweet and tart, grain, and yeast notes. The spice and sweet are at the front, with the yeast and grain at the end. Remarkable complexity for what is often a simple style.

Mouthfeel--One of the most dry and crisp finishes I've ever had in a wit. The carbonation is fantastic and doesn't ever seem to fade. Eminently drinkable, never cloying. This is superb.

Overall--This is one of my favorite styles. I'm glad I finally found this one. It lived up to the billing.

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Photo of tyjohnson55
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 yaron73
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cknoch
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of JPNesker
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Served cold in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Light golden colour. So hazy it's basically opaque. Beautiful. Solid inch of head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is bright citrus and light bread yeast.

Flavour is crisp and light. Yeasty with some complex esters. The additions of coriander and orange peel are barely perceptible. They complement the other flavours rather than dominate.

Quite effervescent. Not as creamy as some witbiers.

Pretty much as good as a witbier's going to get for me. Not my favourite style but this is really well put together and far more complex than most.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of seedyone
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. Exp date 17/11/17 (Plenty of time). Appearance-wise I expect more. The head was shallow & disappeared prety quickly & the bottom half added lots of haze. But so what!. This is a great beer.

Really refreshing. Big body, but not over the top. Striking lemon-esque nose & flavor. The nose was so assertive it almost got to the lemon scented cleanser level, but didn't. But once you get past the aroma, your home free. The flavor profile.

To dispense with the oft times waxing fanciful, as we all have a tendency to do here, I'll be as direct as this beer is. It's damn good. If you have an aversion to citrusy wits', step away because here is the granddaddy of 'em all.

I can see it now...me in a biergarten in Munich in August with a plate of a variety of sausage, sauerkraut & vinegary potato salad, but I'm waving off the local "masse" biers in favor of the masterfully historic Belgian, St. Brernardus Wit. Probably being brewed longer then Munich has been incorporated.

Every beer has it's time & it's place. This is the exception. It is appropriate at any time & any place. I just hope the guy on the label doesn't want to talk religion. I don't mind talking religion or politics over average beers, but the ones that are this good, I'll hold my tongue until I'm done.

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

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,549 ratings.
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