St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier
BA SCORE
4.16/5
1,566 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,399
Reviews:
668
Ratings:
1,566
pDev:
11.06%
Bros Score:
4.45
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
216
Trade:
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yaron73
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cknoch
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of JPNesker
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +4.1%
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 +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of seedyone
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lunruj
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +10.3%
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 +1.4%
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 +0.7%
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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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,566 ratings
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