Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,820
4.18 | pDev: 11%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Reviews: 705 | Ratings: 1,677
Photo of Nass
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of the hefeweizen but it's a little different due to the adjuncts. Not bad. I recommend this if your in the mood for a different type of beer that you have not had before. For some reason tasting this beer brings back to a fond memory of me dipping a cracked opened crab leg into some butter, basil, & lemon sauce. This is a notch above the hoegaarden in my opinion. The coriander in this beer is done just right to mesh well with the orange peel. Cheers! A-

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a classic witbier, light and airy, light citrus/lemon zest. Light golden, hazy and slightly fizzy. Light aroma of bread, taste kicks in with some citrus. Lingering tanginess....

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great witbier.
When pouring it into the glas, you can already smell the aroma.
The beer has a taste of wheat, citrus and orange peel.
The taste is longlasting but not too intense.
A beer that is perfect for the summer season.

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Photo of joflondon
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this one on a recent trip to Bruges.
Just outstanding.
Poured professionally from glass bottle into tulip glass by a very pretty Dutch speaking waitress in a little, locally populated cafe in the side streets of the medieval quarter of the city.
Two finger head, with a slight haze but not too much compared with other wit beers.
The smell was faint but coriander and maybe cumin.
Taste was extraordinary. Clean yet flavoursome. A real nice spice without being overwhelming, a bit of orange peel and bubblegum towards the end.
I can’t recommend this highly enough. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.
I drank alongside a Flanders style beef stew. Went together very well.

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Photo of Holderness
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange body with a huge frothy white head produced with even the gentlest of pours. Excellent, pillowy retention and glass-coating lacing. Aromas are primarily fruity yeast ester, clove, coriander, banana mash, honey, and wheat. Flavors are doughy-sweet and fruity. More like a hefeweizen than other witbiers. Lively, light mouthfeel. Overall, lacks a certain complexity (at least given the price point)


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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Best by date marked on label as '06 03 19'.
Cloudy, yellow body. One finger white head settles to thin cap. Some spotting of lacing.
Aroma of spice - coriander and black pepper. Bready, and citrus, wheat.
Taste of wheat, coriander spice, a spot of banana, citrus, bready malt. Slightly sweet.
Medium (appropriate) mouth feel.
A very tasty wit beer to pair with spicy food.

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Photo of hman43
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours very light yellow with a white head. There is moderate head retention.

Smell: It has a moderate spicy nose with pepper and coriander. There are also notes of wheat and orange.

Taste: It has quite a spicy lively flavor of citrus, orange, spices and wheat. There is some coriander with a very slight tart flavor.

Feel: It has a moderately white body that has a moderate dryness to it.

Overall, it is a lively and flavorful beer with plenty of spicy and citrus flavors.

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Photo of PolishHurricane
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

S: Straw/grassy notes, slight bread, pleastantly dank, acidic.
T: Lemon, definitely coriander (I ate cilantro just a few hours earlier), mild clove (if any), white bread or yeast, finishes off with a light long-lasting bitter at the end, if you tighten the palate.
F: Carbonation, nice carbonation, all the way to the tip of the tongue. Creamy, feels cloudy & thick.

Overall, really liked this beer. Was surprised. I wanted to give it higher taste ratings, but if anything it had less than what I wrote. Mouth feel was pretty great on this one, can't go with a 5 though, just doesn't have any "crisp" or anything defining, as it was mostly just thick with decent carbonation.

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Photo of eberesford
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours misty straw coloured with a whitish frothy head and good lacing. Aroma: cloves, bready, yeasty, banana. Flavour: Banana, cloves, honey. Mouth a little full for style, but still tasty ans approachable.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Hazy blond pour, thin white head.

S - Straw, dried grass, yeasty dough, slight spicy note.

T - White bread, honey malts, banana bread.

F - Creamy, with fine carbonation and a dry finish.

A very pleasant wit, not overpowered by esters. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of dcotom
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a weizen glass. Attempted a tentative pour, but still wound up with about half a glass of thick brilliant white foam. Hazy, slightly pale golden yellow in color, with the head settling into a nice white ring after a few moments. The aromas and flavors on this are huge. Lots of banana, coriander, clove, bready malt, yeast, and even a bit of bubblegum. A little alcohol warmth shows up at near room temperature. Although this is medium bodied, it has a very satisfying umami-like character. The finish is dry with a touch of peppery spice and a hint of astringence. This is without question a world-class witbier, as you'd expect from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of drmeto
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy bright golden with a big,fluffy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-lemon,clove,banana,leather,white bread,doughy,peach
-light sourness
-finishes dry
-medium carbonation
-light body
A good Witbier.Especially in warm weather.
I was missing the Coriander a bit here.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow with a brownish tint and plenty hazy. There's a fingernail of off white covering a quarter of the top. I smell pale wheat, a restrained amount of coriander and a hint of lemon. I taste coriander which is quickly kept in line by the delicate pale wheat. The mouth is delicate, light, and refreshing.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours very hazy and with a nice head. Some visible yeast sediment. The aroma is much like a hefe with lots of banana and clove. Some funk too. The taste is much more bitter than your usual Belgian wit and I could swear that there are some Brett notes. Some orange notes as well! Smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Botttle to mug, the appearance was a murky pale yellow color with a rocky white foamy head that slid off at a very slow pace. Some spotty lace ran around the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had a sweet Belgian yeasty to breadiness up front with an ample amount of coriander and then popping a little bit of banana esters to smooth it all out nicely. Light Belgian sugars and a touch of lemon.
The flavor leans subtly to the sweet side of the blend of the banana and Belgian breadiness with a nice touch of the coriander blending in nicely. Cool smooth sweet banana to breadiness strolling over my tongue nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine and the ABV felt appropriate. Somewhat creamy along my tongue, feels real nice as the spicy harshness seems to be quite contained.
Overall, pretty damn nice witbier that I know I would love to have again. Hard to argue with the Belgians about how this style is supposed to be.

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Photo of wmartin
3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a 750ml bottle sourced from Belgium poured into Teku. While initially, I found the beer good, though not spectacularly so, a sour component to the flavor profile left a bad after taste and memory of the beer. The sourness was a taste of spoiled milk that I find disagreeable; though the beer was otherwise nice. I generally like good wheat beers with a little citrus, but not with a spoiled milk flavor.

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Photo of FBarber
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy bright golden color. Fuzzy white head dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of bubbly foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell is a lovely bright blend of wheat and citrus, mild clove and spice.

Taste follows the nose with a bright array of citrus, wheat, clove, pepper and spice with some very mild bittering hops on the finish.

Feel is smooth and almost creamy. Full bodied for the style. Medium carbonation.

As witbiers go, this is probably the best one out there. A pure pleasure to drink.

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Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

How have I never rated this before?!? Back in the day, like 07 or so, you could get 4 packs of this for 7 bucks. I went to town on it.

Pours bright yellow, hazy, white head: you know the drill. Smells lighter than I remember, with tame yeast and lemon with just the slightest hint of clove. A more rounded and wheatier aroma than most American iterations of the style, but still pretty tame for a Belgian-brewed Belgian wit.

Tastes delicate, but more complex. Dry, creamy wheat malt and yeast up front, a middle of dry cloves and tart lemon, and then a very quenching, lemony finish.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +15.6%
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 Rukeli76
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 seedyone
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Lunruj
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A greatly balanced piece. Typical cloudy look. Complex flavor with citrus notes as well as spicy (black pepper/coriander). High carbonation typical for the style. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: straw color, hazy, lots of carbonation
S: Belgian yeast, grain, fruit
T: tart, fruity, slight funk
F: light body, but lots of mouthfeel
O; cross between a Wit and a Saison

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-hazy golden color with a large white head that has left some lacing on the glass
S-tangy Belgium aroma with very little hop aroma
T-smooth citrus flavor with a slight hop flavor that has a great finish
F-light body and high carbonation
O-I let this beer warm up and it worked out great for me. this is a very smooth beer with no bad flavors or smells. One of the best I have had

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