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St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-08-19
Glass: Tulip

St. Bernardus' wit is an excellent example of the style, strongly expressive and well-spiced, exhibiting the full characters of what make this beer remarkably satisfying and easy-to-drink through multiple glasses. While the strong coriander, citrus zest, and wheat malt flavors may be more appropriate for summer drinking, I appreciated them equally well on this cold, wet winter day. My only complaint with this is the price: $4.29 for 11.2oz of a fairly resource-unintensive beer? While excellent, I certainly won't be getting this with any frequency.

Pours a tall, 3cm head of bright, white foam that is made up primarily of small bubbles. The way the bubbles collect and arrange themselves from the rising carbonation resembles a collection of ever-replenishing fish, frog, or insect eggs. Retention of the foam is excellent, lasting many minutes in its decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is substantial and ever-present, a thick ring around the entirety of the inner glass as the head descends or the beer is drunk. The body is a fairly heavy yellow color, opaque from suspended sediment, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible running up the sides of the glass, the opacity limiting visibility from the bottom of the glass, though.

Strong aroma of lemon rind, freshly ground coriander, and smooth and semi-sweet wheat malt.

The taste of the beer is sparkling and bright, with potent orange and lemon zest, freshly ground coriander, hints of grapefruit rind, and a perpetually present, grounding base of wheat malt. Front of palate picks up sweetness, as from wheat and barley malts, along with light coriander and citrus zest (mostly orange, a bit of lemon). Mid-palate finds expressive coriander and orange zest, with a background of sweet wheat malt and hints of lemon zest and yeast. Back of palate picks up some pleasant, crisp, modest bitterness along with grapefruit rind and tart orange zest, continued coriander, and a smooth wheat malt base. Aftertaste is of grounding wheat malts, still expressive coriander, yeast, and citrus rind.

The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity that foams this up nicely across the palate, without being overly fizzy or harsh. Closes out semi-dry, with little to no residual stickiness across the palate.

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Consistent,y one of my all time favorite beers. The look of it is picture perfect: hazy yellow with a lingering, sensual head. The smell is sort of spicy, with coriander coming through; but also a mix of orange/banana I smell. The taste is top notch. The spices are dominant, but banana, orange, and some grassy notes come through to really balance out this beer. Paired with chicken and dumplings, this is a near perfect meal!

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Pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge three finger billowy white head. The fluffy head sticky around for a long time and leaves huge clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass. This is what a wit should look like. Picture perfect.

The aroma just jumps out of the glass with lemon and coriander dominating. There are more subtle hints of clove, banana, and orange. There is a real sharpness to the aroma that I love.

The flavor brings forth tons of coriander and more orange than was present in the aroma. Fresh baked bread along with lemon provide support along with a delicate tartness on the tip of the tongue. Perfect soft wheat character along with abundant carbonation that is perfect for the style.

Overall, this is what every witbier should strive to be like. To me, this is the absolute defining beer of the style and by far the best wit I have ever had. I only wish I could get this close to where I live because I would go through cases during the summer.

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Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color, with a thick, creamy, fluffy white head that sticks around for a while, and leaves beautiful lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, cloves, citrus

Taste: Banana, wheat, cloves, coriander, finishes with lemony tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels almost creamy, but with good carbonation

Overall: An excellent Witbier, just wish it was cheaper and easier to find. It is great.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Wit has a thick, foamy, off-white head, a large amount of heavy lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. Some brown sediment chunks are visible after the bottom of the bottle is swished. The aroma is of white wheat bread and citrus, and the taste is of coriander, white wheat bread, a shade of banana, spice (white pepper?), and yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and St. Bernardus Wit finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a great wheat beer, and I think fans of this style will enjoy it.


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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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