Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,828
4.18 | pDev: 11%
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Reviews: 706 | Ratings: 1,680
Photo of dublife1
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful and almost perfect example of a Wit. Poured into my Tulip glass. Has a very sizeable 3 finger head that lingers for awhile. Smell is of citrus and light corriander possibly. Taste is where this beerso shines! Wonderful, light and perfect in every way. Slight citrus notes finish perfectly crisp and so drinkable. This is a session beer for sure. It just doesn't get much better for this style of beer! UNREAL!!!

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Photo of possum652
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up this Wit in the 750ml corked bottle. I slowly poured this into a beer glass. Lots of head. Even with the slow pour, still wound up with 40% head. I set the bottle down and head was still comming out the bottle slowly in a 2 inch thick tower! Upon initial smell, it was very yeasty and sour with slight hints of lemon, orange and corriander. The flavor was outstanding. Wit and Hefewiesen are my favorite types of beer and this one is an award winner. It might have been my imagination but in tasting I got a hint of the minerals from the artisian water they use. The main taste is crisp lemony wit. I finished the bottle in no time. I now must try all the other offerings from St Bernardus!

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy and murky cream-yellow with a frothy thick head that laces the glass very well

Very nice aroma of dried dark fruits pears and raisins, tart citrus orange peel and lemon, with a very distinct yeast character

The flavour is citrusy and spicy and finishes very dry. There is nothing too sweet about this beer and its extremely drinkable. Sweet and tart fruit characteristics give this beer depth in addition to the peppery spices from the yeast strain. Overall this beer is complex but refreshing and still somewhat light

Good full bodied beer with a soft but high carbonation. To me this is the benchmark mouthfeel for a belgian wit

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A massive white, foaming head appears as you pour, and then thretens not to leave without some coaxing. Leaves a few mm of head for the rest of the drink and laces the glass.

The smell is summer for me, slightly earthy, but overriding freshness, like a field on a breezy summers day, with the wheat, some floweriness, and citrus tones coming through.

The taste starts of with these fresh tones, a wheaty, yeasty taste which is light and refreshing, then following that some mild spices and citrus flavours can be found, almost warming you up with the alcohol taste infused.

Overall an immense drink, I might go right now and order a whole crate of the stuff!

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Photo of dcotom
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a weizen glass. Attempted a tentative pour, but still wound up with about half a glass of thick brilliant white foam. Hazy, slightly pale golden yellow in color, with the head settling into a nice white ring after a few moments. The aromas and flavors on this are huge. Lots of banana, coriander, clove, bready malt, yeast, and even a bit of bubblegum. A little alcohol warmth shows up at near room temperature. Although this is medium bodied, it has a very satisfying umami-like character. The finish is dry with a touch of peppery spice and a hint of astringence. This is without question a world-class witbier, as you'd expect from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Holy crap, I was in heaven with this beer. St. B. has done it again to me. OK so the pour and the nose were a little understated compared to what can probably come out of the bottle? But damn if this stuff ain't awesome for a Wit!

Nice golden haze with a small orangey tint at the center. Small but thick capping of solid white froth that keeps for a bit before fading to its collar, where it lays for most of the session. Lacing in some small strings and spots.

Aroma is dull and mild of candish lemon, tangerine, and orange. A small smidgeon of pepper spice and floral yeasty esters gradually appear as it sits.

Taste is wonderfully full of candy played malts that bring one solid stance of pale lemon, orange, and pineapple. Totally like the Tripel, just a tad lessened in girth and activity. But super f*ckin' solid for a Wit. Perhaps more malty then most Wits. But man I love it. Thick, chewy, sinking malt tones of favorable candied fruityness of lemon and orange. Yum, yum, candy stuff. Its so well-rounded in a superbly mild dullness of cooked fruity sugars its amazing. Super long lasting and reaching effect in flavors on the palate. Fine touches of peppery dry spice and flints of flowers skip there and fro from about midway all through to the finish. Lovely play of malts with one of the nicest little dispalys of drying spice. Awesome!

Feel is immaculately centered around a malted candyish smoothness and chewyness. Thick, full, lush, and devine. So smooth, yet surging onto the palate with immense wanting. It wants to be drank. It just screams, drink me, drink me, drink me, I'm so damn good! And you will oblige to its Kingdom of drinkability with the ease of opening your eyes. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!
St. Bernardus is the sh*t!

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a shaped St. Bernardus glass.
A cloudy light peach hues with a small but decent white head. Decent lacing.

Smells are citrus fruit, lemon, coriander, banana, very very pleasing smell.

Taste is full and amazing. Nothing plays its part too loudly, but all the flavor profiles which match the nose, blend in perfect harmonious song. This is the best flavor for a hot summer day. Very crisp and refreshing while providing a ton of flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. Good carbonation.

Man, what a great, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus has never done me wrong, so when I got the chance to try their witbier I had to jump at it.

Pours with a smallish white head and a beautiful bright, hazy, yellow witbier color. The nose is exceedingly warm and inviting -- lots of yeast, some tart citrus, and coriander. The palate first gives off cloves, then impacts the back of the throat with acidic tartness, before moving back to the front of the palate with some sweetish, doughy flavors. The mouthfeel is perfect for a witbier -- there's both a snap of acid and a rounded smoothness to this beer. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

I'm so impressed with this beer. I like wibiers, and this might be the best I've had. It's a great combo of high, tart notes and earthiness. This stuff is expensive but worth a splurge every now and then.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle with a best before date of 29 05 07 printed on the back label. Purchased at Bello Vino and poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy lemonade under a finger and a half of bright white that settles to a few CMs and leaves thick layered lace.

The nose is a wonderfull blend of Lemon juice, orange peel, coriander and light floral hops. Perfume like and zesty. A five.

Sweet malts upfront with coriander and citrus coming up in the middle. Some bread dough and fruity yeast flavors into a briefly tart finish and lingering spices in the aftertaste.

Full mouth that gets broken down nicely by the spice and citus flavors. Quite possibly the best Wit I have ever had.

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Photo of joflondon
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this one on a recent trip to Bruges.
Just outstanding.
Poured professionally from glass bottle into tulip glass by a very pretty Dutch speaking waitress in a little, locally populated cafe in the side streets of the medieval quarter of the city.
Two finger head, with a slight haze but not too much compared with other wit beers.
The smell was faint but coriander and maybe cumin.
Taste was extraordinary. Clean yet flavoursome. A real nice spice without being overwhelming, a bit of orange peel and bubblegum towards the end.
I can’t recommend this highly enough. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.
I drank alongside a Flanders style beef stew. Went together very well.

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Photo of johnwarne
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Champion Witbier;
You stand alone in glory:
How soon is now? Drink!"

The undisputed Witbier champion--perfect taste, pour, palate. A mild citrus hint, eminently drinkable. Among the Witbiers out there--and I have had many in my warm climate--this one stands alone.


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Photo of beauweaver
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a regular Hoegaarden drinker and this was my first shot at this amazing white Belgian beer. They served it from the bottle in a Leffe glass. It was a hot summer day and I was conquered by the amazing freshness of the first tastes. I have tasted many a white beers but this one was truly exceptional. I wanted to have a second glass but they had served me their last bottle. I have to admit that I was disappointed. This beer is truly outstanding and if you are a white beer lover, you have got to try it.

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Photo of beergoot
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow, straw-colored body with a good, two-finger head; white and clinging to the glass.

Sweet cloves and spice; banana and orange notes in the aroma.

Taste is delightfully fruity with a soft bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel comes across soft and velvety; carbonation caressing the tongue. Clean and crisp finish with a bright sparkle of sweet and sour.

An exceptional little wit beer. Lots of character and a real delight to drink.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured the characteristic cloudy, pale, yellow, nice and vibrant though, thin white foam sits on top. Fairly bubbly.

Smell: Fruity, mango, apricot, wheaty, nice citrus notes cut through, very clean also, a little funky. Complex aroma and very inviting.

Taste: Again, sweet tropical fruits, then the citrus starts to cut through and a little puckering hops clean it up. Also some spice upfront, cloves, but mostly fruity.

Mouthfeel: Thin, rolling carbonation makes this beer go down easily, so refreshing.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but also complex and tasty. I just had some chili, and this was an odd choice afterwards, but it really cleaned up the palette and made the meal that much more enjoyable.

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Photo of ajwillys
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Milky yellowish white. Very light tan head. 70% translucent.
S- Yeast. Smells like a bakery.
T- Delicious. Slight banana taste, coriander, yeast.
M- Bubbly, finely carbonated. Definitely bottle conditioned. Palate cleansing.
D- Could drink this all week if I could afford it.

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Photo of JayQue
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this one on tap a few times at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth VA and never wanted to take enough time from my pure enjoyment to make notes for a review. Had the bottled version tonight and here's the review. Great Wit..This is the standard that I would measure other Witbiers against. Pours a cloudy dull color..very dense with a huge carbonated white head (on a hard pour) that very slowly melts down to a small head. The wheat flavor predominates with some citrus (lemon) and spiciness (mostly pepper). The mouthfeel is crisp and rich and drinkability is great. This is one to savor, or to have with food or for mass consumption (I would still have to drink it slow to enjoy every bit of the flavor. A definite winner!!!

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Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into a hexagonal Witbier glass.

Appearance: The body has a yellow tan color and lots of cloudy yeast making it darker than other Witbiers that I have seen. There are lots of little bits of yeast particles floating around inside as well. On top the head is thick and foamy with a creamy off white color. There is also a dusting of light brownish tan yeast on top of the head. This head has good retention and makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a full nose filled with wheat, yeast, light grain and some mild hops.

Taste/Mouth: Its flavor has a good wheat malt base with clove and spice notes mixed with some citrus light, fruity/funky yeast (apple and pear notes) and mildly bitter hops. It finishes fairly dry with a touch of spicy hops over yeast notes. The palate is medium bodied with a solid texture and nice soft yet active carbonation.

Notes: This is a very tasty Witbier with a solid texture and deeply hazy appearance.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured hazy yellow to pale gold. The head was white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was orange, citrus and coriander. Also present was soft round wheat aroma.

The flavor was subdued with a complex blend of orange and coriander that melded together in a very well accomplished balance. The soft wheat flavor is also present.

The finish was citrusy and well done. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glowing light gold into a tulip glass, with a two finger light, airy, webby head. It's hard to get a lot from the smell other than a bit of wheaty tartness. The taste is pretty lemony. It's a bit acidic and has generous tartness from the wheat. Not as much spiciness, especially in the coriander department like other wit's. Doesn't finish as dry as other American wit's I've had.

This beer is really what I would expect a good thirst-quenching witbier to be.

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Photo of rcmooney
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- pale hazy yellow. Big white head
A- coriandee, spice, Lemmon zest
T- Lovely smooth citrus/spiced wheat beer
M- High Carbonarion ended with a really nice smooth and creamy texture
O- Not much bad to say about this one. Strait forward in a good way. very sessionable. Bravo

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy pale yellow/white color. Poured a generous 3 finger white head that persisted. Thin but even lacing. Decanted continuously

S: Very clear citrus zest and spices; sweet coriander and slight peppery clove.

T: Excellent citrus and wit spices. Classic and in perfect balance.

M: Very smooth, light on the tongue.

D: Very, very drinkable. Excellent refreshing summer beer. The best Wit ever (non-German, so far).

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Photo of atpben
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I gotta start by saying wow. This beer has now become my favorite wit beer. Poured into a Duvel glass. Nice cloudy orange color. Hints of orange and clove? in the aroma. Taste was just sublime with just the right amount of orange in the taste and light spiciness. Very smooth, creamy and easy to drink. I wish I had one more bottle. My wife doesn't like this style of beer but loved this one. Excellent

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Photo of Anthony1
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a perfect pint.

Sitting outside in the shade of a tree, 95º, not a cloud in the sky. This beer was perfect.

poured a hazy straw color with a fluffy white head. lace is there, but doesnt stick.

Smells of orange zest, banana peels, coriander, wheat, and some lemon. tiny hits of spice.

It tastes very similar to the smell. a nice bready taste with a zesty orange.

by far the greatest thing about this beer is the feel. It was like drinking silk. this beer was so smooth and refreshing. it was perfect for the hot day.

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Photo of ericj551
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saint Bernardus Witbeier pours a beautiful cloudy yellow orange with a creamy lingering head. The aroma is coriander, with sweet light malts and a bit of slightly chalky yeast. The flavor is crisp and sweet, with a great balance of spices and malt with just a hint of bitterness. The beer is creamy and delicious, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Aethien
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice pale yellow colour with a 1 finger white head that quickly disappears and leaves little lacing.
It smells like coriander, yeast and citrus, quite fruity and very refreshing. Already this beer is positively surprising me.
There's also plenty of wheat and citrus in the taste very little hops and the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It's very well balanced.
The mouthfeel is just perfect, starts off crisp and with lots of carbonation and ends very smooth. I can't think of anything better than this.

This beer is absolutely amazing, totally blew me out of the water.
Definitely going to be my beer of choice for warm weather whenever I can get my hands on it.

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