St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

1,545 Ratings
St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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

A- pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a tall and creamy white head that has good retention. Some lace sticking to the side.

S- vibrant lemon peel and coriander, some earthy funky yeast, floral notes some must. Aromas are much more profound than a typical wit.

T-notes of coriander and lemon with faint floral hops, wheaty backbone, some tartness mid palate, perhaps from the yeast. Wheat and chalky finish is dry with a lemon-like linger.

M- light-med body with lively carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- this is on of those wits that sets the standards for all others. Bright in aroma and flavor where others wits are often muted. Refreshing beer.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Pours an appropriately cloudy lemon yellow color. The rocky white head is doggedly persistent. Lacing is plentiful and very sticky and foamy. This is as good as a wit can look.

S: Yeasty and spicy with scents of white and black pepper, soft clove, faint lemon, and orange peel. Slightly musty. Wheaty base smells of dough. The nose really pops and is a little more complex than youtraverage wit.

T: Doughy, creamy wheat with a bit of that lemony zing. Strong pull of orange peel and a spike of coriander. Peppery. Yeasty with a slight clove impression and subtle, vague spices. Maybe even a ghostly hint of herbal hops. Wheaty and yeasty on the finish.

M: Light in body. Textbook frothy milkshake mouthfeel. Aggressive carbonation cuts through the body and scrubs the palate. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: I bought the St. Bernardus mix pack just for this beer, and it did not disappoint. This is a real witbier. They don't make 'em like this anymore. It's way too drinkable, and even I was surprised by how quickly I drained my glass. It really hit the spot, even in the dead of winter. They really need to get this beer over here in volume, especially toward the summer months.

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

typically hazy, yellow, and this one has a beautiful, rich billowy white head and wonderful carbonation.
aromas of richness, but nothing really distinctive.
taste is very rich. i used to like this style very much but became very opposed to it due to the richness, just as i have with the hefes....
i purchased this because i love the st bernardus line and i wanted to see how they did this one. while still avoiding the hefes and the wits, i can see this as being the standard. while hoegaarden was the commercially available 'standard', i really appreciate this one as having a cleaner and more refreshing taste. more subdued spiced. still too rich for me, but, in my opinion, a much better product than hoegaarden. i wish i lived in belgium. or at least traveled there. being in the air force during the clinton administration, i sat by as all movement was frozen to due budget cuts. i so badly wanted to experience a real oktoberfest...
i gave this very high marks due to the sublteness, yet still present, of the spices....

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A: 1 finger white creamy head. light gold to yellow

S: sweet honey, bready malt, herb, clove, cardamom, slight vanilla

T: herbs and honey, sweet clove and bubble gum flavor, spiced cardamom and white pepper

M: medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, dry finish

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Pours a murky butter yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and a perfume-like citrus aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice finish that lingers after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is tasty and easy to drink.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,545 ratings.
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