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

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Ratings:
1,551
Reviews:
664
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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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

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

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

Photo of Lunruj
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Lucular
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +10.6%
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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Photo of EMV
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy light golden color... with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that falls quickly. Reasonable lacing.

S: Citrus... orange peel and lemon zest mixed with coriander and spices.

T/F: Pretty much a yeast citrus bomb. Lots of lemon and grapefruit... coriander and freshly mown grass. Lots of Belgian yeast esters. Effervescent and tangy. Finish is slightly sticky and spice lingers on the tongue.

O: Probably one of the best witbiers I've tried... a great representation of the style. I don't go for wits normally, but this has a lot going on with great flavor.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The mother of all witbier. Classic. Rich in flavour, estery but not too much on the banana side. Spicy, peppery. Complex and balanced. Really smooth and well carbonated

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Photo of unclekeith
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parpalapelix
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kirbyderby
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davidperez
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BB 08 10 16

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a deep yellow of a light hue, hazy, with a one-finger head, foamy, with low retention. I was a bit surprised to see how little head retention this witbier has.

The bouquet, though, is quite assertive.
Lemon, orange, tartness, sweet malts, honey, lots of wheat and coriander, fresh leaves, hay, spiciness as in white pepper.

The recommended temperature for serving is the coldest I've seen, 2-5ยบ C. Fortunately, I saw the label soon enough and started enjoying this beer instantly.
Needless to say, very, very refreshing.
The flavor follows the nose very accurately. It is quite pleasant to taste that the same complexity from the nose was found in the flavor. A very distinctive tartness is added, though, which makes it even better. A herbal, tea-like note is present as well.
The aftertaste has huge wheat and coriander, it's bittersweet, a bit tart and long. In the end, this beer dries your palate.
Light body, almost watery, yet the high carbonation makes this slightly smooth.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque yellow when poured vigorously, with a rocky white head and fine bubbles throughout. Soapy, grassy, and hay aromas match the flavor well, along with a lemony like tartness. Good carbonation and a light medium feel make this a perfect warm weather beer. Cheers!

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

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

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

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,551 ratings.
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