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St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

650 Reviews
St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pear colour topped by a fluffy white head. Plenty of clumpy lace and great retention. Fresh coriander and lemon zest aroma with a bit of peppery spice. There's a soft fruitiness (pear and orange) in there as well. Mellow fruit sweetness forms a base for the flavour, with mild spice on top. These flavours carry through the finish, but are complemented by a pleasant lemon character and breadiness that linger for quite a while. Medium body with a bit of yeasty slickness, soft texture, with a bit of dryness in the finish. This beer goes down really easy. A really great witbier, this is a real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tap pour into a St. Bernardus goblet (oh yeah) reveals a well hazed lemon-flesh yellow beer with a perky 1 inch head that is there to stay.

Aromas are lemon zest, orange, musty yeast, clove, banana, cardamon, coriander, and a hint of freshly cut grass. Smells fresh, fruity, and well above average.

Flavor compliments the nose with juicey orange and lemon notes supported by exotic spices, yeast, crisp wheat, and a drying floral hop finish. Definately more complex than a lot of other Witte's out there.

Body is medium, slick and wheaty, with a full, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent on tap, I could easily drink all night without growing bored.

Only $4.50 for a full 16 oz St. Bernardus goblet @ The Philosopher's Stone, Charlotte-great deal!

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Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, although I think I have at least one of each St. Bernardus beer sitting in my cupboard, this is the first one I've actually tried. They're all hard to find up here in Toronto, and I keep trying to save them for a special occasion. Well... this isn't one, but I'm drinking it anyway.

So... looks good! Very pale golden colour, almost beige or eggshell when first poured, shifting to a more even yellowy gold as it settles. Looks fizzy but not much of a head on it, but that might have been the pour.

Smell is fantastic -- probably the best wit I've smelled (which isn't saying a lot, I know). Strong lemony citrus, bananas, and cloves are dominant, with elements of bubblegum or cotton candy in there was well.

Taste is also great. Cloves, malt, bananas, some sharp raisininess, hay/straw/grains. Also a bit of mustiness or sulphur in there -- again, not a negative thing from my perspective.

A very smooth, drinkable beer with a unique aftertaste. Would go great with brunch sometime (which is what I'll probably do with my other one of these). Good stuff!

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Photo of jaluria
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with an off-white colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a bit of lacing. I detect aromas of bananas, grass, and sponge cake. The taste is a blend of fruity sweetness with lingering hop bitterness. An excellent example of this style; one of the best witbiers I've had. The aftertaste is a bit bready and dry, but enjoyable and mellowing. The drinkability is high because the beer is flavorful with a moderate ABV.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A gorgeous hazy golden tellow, a thick foamy head that stays about 1/2" the whole time as I'm drinking, and a crazy map of lazing constructing countries I've not seen until now. I also swirled and poured the yeast, and in my opinion you're a fool if you don't, but that's just me.

Smell: Malt sweetness with much spice, coriander, lemon and orange zest, pepper-like spice, yeast, and herbal goodness. This is why most American Witbiers can't hold such a candle to a brew like this. The spice is on, the citrus is on, and the balance is on.

Taste: Burst of citrus, then some malt comes through, finishes with some spice on the tongue, along with a soothing final finish of malt, yeast, and some citrus. Very complex and well done for a Wit, and certainly something that's making me drink it probably faster than it should be consumed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full with the moderately heavy and yeasty body. Very delightful.

Drinkability: I paired this with some slices of a fontina cheese white pizza and it went perfectly with the spicy flavors of the cheeze, spices, and garlic. However, I like Witbiers by themselves also, and this is one I'll surely be buying again. Certainly one of the best examples of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Derek
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dirty yellow/straw, not a lot of head, but some lace.

S: Citrous, corriander, wheat (flour-like).

T: Citrous, slightly spicey, earthy, slight tang to the aftertaste. Sadly, Hoegarden has more (and better) flavour.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation (could use some more bubbles & head).

D: Easy drinker, somewhat refreshing, but not very engaging.

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

Wow! Forgot this was in the beer fridge. What a fine surprise. This pours like a homemade lemonade, all cloudy and whitish yellow. Nice white head that becomes a 1/8 inch thick table. Nose is a lemony (sans rind) scent with mild yeast and fruit notes. Taste is a crispy wheat lemon attack with a plantain finish. Mouthfeel widens from the original crispiness to a fuller feel, especially along the edge of the tongue. The finish then dries out and the wonderful taste lingers. I'm not a fan of witbiers but this one works on all levels. Superb.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle.

The appearance was an opaque orange/yellow. Quite cloudy with a small head. Nice lacing. The smell is spicy and fruity with banana and lemon overtones. Quite nice.

The taste is very refreshing. Creamy and smooth with a light bread/wheat contributing to the overal experience. The spicy/fruity theme continues.

There is very little carbonation. This compliments the overal beer quite well. Certainly, I will have this beer again [hey, I've got three more that I picked up on a recent trip to Vegas]. I had this with some smoked salmon and cheese....perfect!

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Photo of paterlodie
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 04-08-08. White head that's not overwelming but lasting well and a very pale golden beer with lots of haze. Nose is lots of candy, koreander and orange peals good dosed, wheaty maltcarracter and overall very fruity. Taste is orange peals, dry maltcarracter and lots of koreander giving the brew a slight hanging bitterness. Light sourness and good carbonisation makes mouthfeel plesant and well balanced. Yes this is an enjoyable beer and IMO recomendable.

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Photo of edbeered
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not sure about this beer. It pours a nice cloudy yellow, with a small head that lingers. The smell is complex, with cloves and a sweet smell hard to pin down(apple?peach?). The taste is initially very complex and pleasant, with the aforementioned clove,apple, peach and a subdued banana flavor as well. If this was the end of it, this would be a most impressive beer. However, there is a distinctly salty flavor that manifests itself at the very end, thus robbing it of any thirst-quenching properties. At first I thought it might be starting to spoil, but other than the saltiness at the end, this is a very good tasting beer. The finish makes this somewhat disappointing. Don't have it with pretzels!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be my favorite witbier. Poured out to a slightly cloudy yellow / rich orange color with a very respectable head and medium high carbonation. Aromas of wheat and grain, with some hints of citrus. Taste is very smooth and inviting, with flavors of sweet citrus, yeast, biscuts and grain, all meeting and blending together well. Medium light mouthfeel made this brew very easy to consume. I must rate this on the high end of the drinkability scale, as if I had more than one bottle on hand, I would have drank both. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wileycount
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tumbler...bottle marked "31 12 06" on the back.

golden straw color, fairly opaque, murky without particles... not quite white but very inviting...loads of carbon flowing up but a very thin frothy head that fades fairly quickly, but remains as a thin trace throughout. lace on the top, but doesn't stick. faint apples on the nose, a bit of that classic wheat smell...mmmm very fruity flavor, apple cider like even, but not tangy or spicy. reminiscent of...a syrupy fruit candy? at first just a crispness, frothy feeling...then comes around and coats the tongue with a richness you don't expect for a wit but always expect from bernardus...tingly all around, with that very round, surrounding flavor coming back from behind (think a ball of bubbles surrounded by a by warm, smooth syrupy fruitiness). Unfortunately, the flavor seems to thin out a bit, so drink quick. alchohol not really present at all...superbly easy to drink.

tip top enjoyable, quite refreshing yet still flavorful...highly recommended

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Photo of tjthresh
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very delicate aroma. No real spice to speak of, but there is some orange peal. Appearance is that of you typical wit. Very murky yellow/orange, color of peach nectar. Frothy white head. The flavor is subtle all around. Some phenolics. Nothing stands out. Doughy over the tounge. CO2 is light for style. Very quenching.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a golden haze with a fizzy head that quickly dies. No lacing is left behind in the glass.
Smell is of tons of orange peel and tropical fruit atop a bed of crisp wheat with perhaps a touch of clove in the background.
Taste is of a delicate blend of tropical fruit and orange peel, along with ripe pears, perhaps nearing a tripel style. Maybe conditioned with the tripel yeast?
Mouthfeel is delicately smooth, slightly sweet, and there's an even level amount of carbonation lending to a mild bitterness at the end.
Drinkability is very nice and a peculiar renditioin of a wit. I know that Pierre Celis helped to formulate this but it was a definite turn from the Hoegaarden and Celis White. This was like a cross between a Wit and a Tripel, which made for an interesting but tasty brew.

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Photo of petrochile
2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I went to Three Floyds I was able to drop in the Liquor Stop and saw a 4 pack of this brew, which I was excited to see. I have not seen it at Sam's or Binny's in Chicago.

A: I poured my in a pint glass where the top half is almost twice the size in diameter in the base. The beer has a pale tan tone that is very murky, with the yeast sediment drowning at the bottom. Kind of a light wooden color that would be found on a hull of an antiquated ship.

S: A light wheat yeast smell emits from this witbier, and slightly sweet. My first reaction to the smell reminds me of a cheese danish from Starbucks, but not as overwhelming.

T: There was no real taste in this beer, I am not sure if I just had a bad bottle or not. The wheat taste I am common to was very subtle and shy, and I could barely taste it. Very bland and dull

M: Nothing special here, my tongue and my mouth were only interested in trying to find the flavor I thought this beer had.

D: Since mine was lacking taste, I could not see myself having more.

I am definitely disappointed in this beer, as it never asserted itself to me.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I bought an 11.2oz for $3.99 and was really excited to chill this and try it. The date on the bottle was 2004.

I carefully poured this beer into a tulip, and actually managed to keep the yeast sediment in the bottle. The look of this beer is a pale ginger ale sort of yellow. There was a decent head and low to moderate carbonation.

The smell was a mixed bag; there were no typical wheat or spice smells; there was a funky brandy-esque smell of hard, cloyingly sweet liquor. The taste was similar here. There was a phenomenal mouth feel which was perfectly smooth, and the brandy taste did accentuate those qualities. There was a touch of spice and a huge smell and taste of clove. If you could get past the giant nose of Brandy and clove, there was a little hint of orange peel in there that was nice. Where was the wheat? All fermented and whisky-like.

Overall this was intriguing and complex; but this was not what I expected, and will probably not drink this again, despite my personal taste, I am skeptical about the drinkability here. It was fantastically complex, but somewhat cloying.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy straw color with a thin white head that disappates pretty fast. Smell is very pleasant and decently assertive, with a strong coriander and lemon over a nice soft yeasty smell. Taste is an excellent smooth and light wheat malt with a peppery bite upfront and a delicate lemon/orange/pineapple finish and a slighty yeasty/earthy aftertaste. Body is medium/thick for a witbier with a high carbonation level and a nice dry finish. This is a really great witbier, probably the tastiest I've ever tried, and only the $2.50 per bottle price tag keeps me from quaffing these all summer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a cloudy dirty peach color with a light frothy half inch head of bubbles. Aromas of sweet light grains touched with citrus. A big coriander spiciness melds with hints of cracked pepper. Slight cooked veggies and medicinal notes along with yeast.

The first sip brings effervescent light grainy malts along with coriander spiciness and hints of white pepper and clove. Wheat husks seem to lend a bit of astringent dryness to the brew. Lemon and citrus...apple skins. A refreshing, tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with a good amount of carbonation and a bit of dryness overall. I could drink a good deal of this one without a problem. Clean, tasty and satisfying! Thanks to blitheringidiot for the sample.

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Photo of cracgor
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw pale yellow, almost brown and hazy. White creamy head, that has decent retention and leaves okay lace but not the clumped to the glass kind.

Smell: spicy and a little fruity like orange or lemon zest. Very appetizing.

Taste: A rich complex beer. Spicy up front with an orange zest finish and a fruity/earthy after taste. Would prefer more fruitiness/orange zest upfront.

Drinkability: A well put together witbier. Maybe not up to my expectations from other advocates, but definitely drinkable. Balanced well except I could see more fruitiness in the initial taste...not bad, I could just imagine a better beer.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 330ml bottle a cloudy, hazy dull golden color with just a whisp of a white creamy head. Very appealing aroma of allspice, lemon, orange peel, Belgian yeast, and light hops. Palate is light and airy up front, a mixture of lemon and ale yeast. Light hops and coriander emerge later on, ending on a slightly malty note. Body is light and and creamy, although slightly foamy, but proper for the style. A super refreshing beer on a record hot day. I'd drink a lot more if it weren't $3+ per bottle.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best witbier that has ever graced my lips. Thanks to GCBrewingCo for providing the one beer in the St. Bernardus line that is not available locally.

The appearance is pretty standard. The beer pours very cloudy with a white haze as the liquid enters its new vessel. As the liquid fills, it grows to a more deep and murky golden color that appears just barely off-white when held to the light. The head is minimal and subsides rather quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is ripe with coriander and unmalted wheat. Smells delicious, but it seems to be quite weak. The taste on the other hand is quite impressive. The spicing is very subtle unlike many examples of the style, making for a VERY refreshing beer. Has a very mild tangy citrus note from the coriander and orange peel along with a noticable bite from the wheat. The ultra-refreshing finish beckons the imbiber back for another tip of the glass, leaving but a small specimen with which to finish the review.

The body is very full, creamy, and smooth. As one might have guessed, this is a very highly drinkable brew. If you can get it, try it. It's one of the best summer beers I've had the pleasure of opening. Hopefully it will be available here in the future.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color into a traditional pint glass. As it settled, it appeared to be more of a dark yellow. A two-finger thick head formed, showing off lots of carbonation. Retention was pretty good as I drank this beer. A pungent citric aroma dominated the nose, featuring lemon and slight coriander peel hints. It had a more pronounced aroma than other Witbiers that I have tried.

Tasting: It had a lemon-y taste with a strong wheat presence as well. Malt flavors came across in the aftertaste. There was no hop bitterness in this beer at all. It was a medium-bodied beer that rolled across the tongue very nicely. Its smoothness masked the alcohol and the carbonation of the beer. It went down with a slight tang on the end of the tongue. Pouring the remaining yeast sediment into the glass gave this beer even more character and made it tastier. This was perhaps the most drinkable beer that I had ever come across. It was approachable, but it had more than enough character to stand up by itself.

$3.99 for a single bottle was a little steep. If this beer were cheaper, then I'd buy more of it. But for the one bottle that I had, this was wonderful. Truly an excellent Witbier, one that ranks up there with the best of them in my book. It was another great Belgian product from St. Bernardus.

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

Appearance: absolutely hazed, faint yellow, slim white head.

Aroma: spice hits first, then soft fruit, pear and citrus, orange, pineapple?, lemon...

Taste: exceptionally smooth, exquisitely soft, a definite joy in the mouth. Coriander taste is consistent throughout and dominates the more delicately played fruit component. Light and utterly downable, yet with significan yeast in the texture to secure it as medium bodied, and so flavorful, it causes one to pause and luxuriate in it's splendor.
A brilliant summertime brew, and would be a great dinner beer, as well...you could toss back a pitcher of it, washing down hot, hearty food!
An exceptional wit!

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Photo of TPSReports
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This mild looking and tasting beer pours a cloudypale straw color with a tight white, rapidly dissipating head. After only 30 seconds or so, only a slight white film remains over the surface of the brew.

Smells are light and citrusy.

Taste is simpleand mildly citrusy. There is a slight funk or stale tate in the finish. I opened this beer after working in the heat this evening looking for something cool and refreshing to quench my thirst. This beer was not it.

That being said, there is no hint of alcocol -- it would be easy to pound several of these puppies if you didn't think about the aftertaste.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a fizzy white head that disspates quickly. Aroma is sweet, light citrus with a bit of honey.

Flavor is semi-sweet with light blonde malt, faint yeastiness, gently citrus without being too dominant. White pepper, lemon rind, some slight breadiness.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, body has more heft than a typical wit. I could see sipping a great number of these outside on a hot summer day.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
92 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.
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