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 WhiteHillsStore
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fizzy head that trails the glass. Smells of Belgian wheat with sweet fruits like banana and fresh bread. The taste was very refreshing with light sweet notes finishing with a crisp mint flavor that I enjoyed. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Lunruj
4.64/5  rDev +11%
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 skeetermoses
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall I am a sucker for a good Belgium beer this was a very pleasant beer. Considering I only had 5 sips out of it, I would definetly purchase more. This is a great beer to enjoy on a sailboat, on a sunday afternoon, while munching on white chedder and crackers. but that was how I enjoyed it anyway.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a St. Bernardus Watou branded chalice

Pours a hazy straw golden with a pure white fluffy one and half finger head. Frantastic retention, plenty of lacing. Light citrus notes, coriander, and just an edge of earthiness on the nose. Smooth and velvety on the palate with just a touch of creaminess. Opens with gentle fruit notes, with some citrus zest joined by clove, and some earthiness. Yeast makes it presences well-known middle palate with most some grain and ample malt. Finishes with some light tart notes. One of the better witbiers available and wonderful beer overall.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a cycle that as craft beer lovers we tend to go through. We start with our gateway beers before discovering the world of big bold high ABV stuff like DIPA's and Imperial Stouts. These beers rule our world and anything that doesn't knock our socks off with flavor gets glossed over. After a few years, we tire on these and move back to what we used to consider gateway beers...beers that have a lot of subtle flavor and are easily accessible.

Not everyone goes through this cycle, but I did. And here I am sitting down drinking a St. Bernardus Wit and feeling like I am in heaven. What a clean, tasty, refreshing, subtle, finely crafted beer this is. The flavors have been described many times over, so I do not feel the need to do it myself. Just know that I have never had anything in the style that is better, and I can count on two hands the number of beers that compete with in in terms of drinkability. Amazing beer, a different beast than its cousin Abt 12 but dare I say it an equally good beer.

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Photo of jvajda
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Two-finger head perched atop a dark yellow/light brown brew with big chunks of brown yeast dancing in carbination. A truly exceptional appearance.
Smell: Malty and fresh, this one made my mouth water.
Taste: Blissful! A healthy dose of malt begins this one, followed by light hops, wheat, orange peel, and coriander. The alcohol is non-existent. Talk about refreshing!
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated. The smooth maltiness blossoms in the mouth.
Drinkabilty: Super-refreshing and thirst quenching, this is the perfect warm-weather, everyday beer (if you can afford it).

Earthy and bold, yet still fresh and balanced, this witbier is near perfection in a bottle!

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Photo of seedyone
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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 UncleFlip
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden colour with a hint of orange. Rather hazy. Head is nice, thick white, mainly tight bubbles- but interspersed with some large loose ones.

Smell is light and a bit spicy, with strong fruity notes. Lots of banana, citrus, and mango.

As you take a sip, the fruityness and spiciness hit right away. The fruitiness has almost a Wrigley's Juicy Fruit quality for a bit, then seems to rotate into banana then orange.

Body is a bit fizzy- first on the front of the tongue, then in the top of the troat. Consistency is medium but not syrupy- just about exactly where it feels right.

This is a nicely drinkable beer which I enjoy immensely. There's just about nothing in it that I don't like.

Be well

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Photo of gdfan47
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have had this before, just poured one tho and wanted to write a review

it pours a cloudy yellow with alot of white head and lace

the smell is awesome, light flowers and some citrus and corriander

its very refreshing, it tastes fresh and creamy. You can taste the wheat and a light corriander

I could drink this one all day, and what a great summer beer

I love beers of this style and this is easily one of my favorite witbiers

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Photo of waughbrew
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dull peachy color with a pretty nice head that stays for a while and laces. The aroma makes me giggle. The combo of grassy hops and beautiful peppery cotton candy from the yeast is just a wonderful thing. Fluffy and bubbly, with vegetal coriander flavor. The end sizzles a bit and leaves a sweettartness in the mouth. Lightly lemony with peaches and strawberry juice, this is refreshing and flavorful and pretty amazing. It is of a different ilk than most American Wits - this is more carbonated and well-rounded in its flavor. Nothing sticks out too far, but there is a ton of complexity. All praise!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Foggy pastel lemon with a hint of orange. The crown looks great. It's bright white, a bit on the small side thanks to an uncharacteristically (for me) gentle pour and has a upper surface that looks like rough suede. Some lace shows up on the glass, although it isn't sticky enough to last.

The nose is tremendous and contains all of the requisite witbier scents: sunshine bright citrus zest, spicy coriander and wheat. The citrus smells at least as much like lemon as it does like orange. I especially enjoy the room-filling power of the aroma.

The flavor follows suit. This is one of the most aromatic and most fully-flavored witbiers that I've ever had. There's a beautiful balance between the untoasted wheat base (whose flavor contribution is as important as any of the other elements), the now more orangey fruitiness and the coriander. A Belgian yeast cloviness puts it into another flavor gear and, therefore, another league. Delicious.

The beer is noticeably sweeter than most other world-class witbiers, a characteristic that I actually prefer. There's isn't much of a hop presence, as the style dictates. Wits are all about the 'holy triumvirate' (wheat, fruit and spice). I'm glad the monks have paid attention to all three in equal measure.

The mouthfeel can only be described as fantastic. Never before have I tasted a wit with this much mouthfilling fluffiness. The beer expands beautifully in the mouth, a characteristic that I've found in only the very best beers (and wines). It's both full and buoyant, an intriguing sensory paradox that makes each mouthful an absolute treat.

St. Bernardus Witbier is my first Brouwerij St. Bernardus beer and it has impressed me to no end. It instantly jumps to the head of the class and is easily the equal, if not the superior, of Allagash's fine version. I love a good wit and I love the way this one excels in all the ways that matter most. Astoundingly good.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is right on style, hazy and pale with an orange tint near the top of the glass. Steady, flat, perfect finger thick head. Moderate carbonation visible through the lovely haze.

Coriander and bananas with a fresh hit of lemon. Cookie dough.

Carbonation leads the way with a refreshing edge. Refreshing citrus tastes with banana flavours. Very slight piney hop flavours in the finish. Stand-out grains and barnyard flavours from the wheat.

Great mouthfeel, excellent level of carbonation.

I had forgotten how much I enjoy a good witbier with nothing decent nearby. A fantastic version of the style everyone loves (or should love).

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Photo of TheHammer
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Holy crap! That's a lot of carbonation. A generous pour produced three and a half fingers worth, but it doesn't stop there as the cloudy brass body has so much carbonation that the bubbles seem to be bouncing off each other going haywire as they reach the head. Ample lacing and retained throughout. I have to say I'm impressed, but uhh maybe dial it back a peg.

Smell: A lot of coriander and a lot of lemon citrus on this one. There is a faint note of black pepper in the background but it is very subdued. Warming doesn't help or hinder the smell in any real fashion.

Taste: As expected the spicy coriander permeates the entire beer, although it starts out in the background at the start has very tart citrus of which lemon is dominant but grapefruit and orange notes are present, with even a slight gum hint. The spicier elements then take centre stage as they come forward, as the coriander is suddenly backed by cloves, black pepper and a banana note. The two parties then get together and mesh together with a slight grapefruit kick that I assume some form of hops is causing ending with a sublime experience.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and despite is appearing out of control it gives the beer a frothy, foamy texture. The transitioning is a little odd but it works well. The let down here is the aftertaste, which apart from a slight faded note of coriander is all but not existent.

Drinkability: The beer is very refreshing, but the high carbonation leaves a bit of a bloated feeling after the beer is gone. It's also a bit heavier then you would expect from a Wit, but not excessively so as I'd say it's fairly medium bodied. That said, the sudsiness and mild aftertaste could leave me drinking this all night.

Final Thoughts: With this beer, it all comes back to two things, the coriander and the carbonation. If you don't like either of those things, this isn't for you. However, I don't know anyone who is anti-coriander or carbonation so yeah. For me this beer screams to have a peppery steak to go with it, that or a nice pair of pork chops. All in all, exceptional stuff. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of MadCat
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct9 2009

A I should have used a 500ml glass because this was hard too fit into the 400ml. Once it settled I had a cloudy peach color with lots of bubbles and a massive fluffy white head. It took its time falling and left a nice amount of lace, not rings but large patches and lots of them.

S nice spice with some banana, yeast and some faint citrus, about what I expect from this style nothing overpowering nice balance

T as it smells really, very nice all around

M very light and refreshing a pleasure to drink

D it's amazing how easy this is too drink it just vanishes in no time

a world class beer here, I'm not happy about the price here in Calgary but what can I do

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Photo of trumick
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky golden color, with a nice one finger head and minimal lacing.

Scent is light sweet malts with pepper, light citrus and clove. Yeast is quite previlent also.

Taste is sweet initially, yeast, citrus, banana, finishes dry with a nice sweet citrus that that holds there for quite a while.

Mouthfeel is incredible, light, refreshing small bubbles that is almost creamy despite the carbination.

Drinkability is probably the best I have experienced. The scent and the flavor combine to make this beer one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had.

This is definately a top notch beer. I can't think of another wit that compares.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
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 puboflyons
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the 12 fl. oz.bottle dated 28-02-14. Sampled on June 25, 2013.

Wow! Where do I start? It has a milky pale yellow pour with a foamy white head that lingers.

The aroma emits all of those classic Belgian aromas such as pale malts, Belgian candied sugar, orange, pear, or another citrus note, and downplayed spices.

The body is light to medium and kind of on the smooth side.

The taste is far more sweet than I might have expected with roasted pale malts, Belgian sugars, citrus, and a finish that is low in bitterness. The sweetness is the leader. Witbiers are about midway on my list of favorite styles but I could drink this one regularly.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance is a cloudy pale golden color. There is a nice head to this beer, very white and pure (what else would you expect from a beer brewed by monks?) and it leaves some lace in the glass as I drink it.

I smell lots of lemon zest, and also some spice and yeast. Such a great smell, it reminds me of cooking and baking with lemon.

I can taste some spice right when I drink it, which is followed up with the lemon, and followed by yeast. The flavors come together very nicely.

The mouthfeel is great. The carbonation is that of a witbier and it is there from start to finish. A nice light taste accompanies the carbonation.

This beer is great. It is definitely a beer that quenches your thirst and makes you want another. Very quaffable, and I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great witbier.
When pouring it into the glas, you can already smell the aroma.
The beer has a taste of wheat, citrus and orange peel.
The taste is longlasting but not too intense.
A beer that is perfect for the summer season.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a hazy dark gold with a thick white head. the head stays for a very long time.

smells sweet like typical belgian yeast. some citrus to it as well.

taste is full of mild citrus, like orange rinds. sweet yet not overly sweet. goes down very smooth. easy drinker for sure.

overall this is one of my favorite beers. it's great because there is nothing wrong with it. it's not perfect all around but it has no blemishes. great crossover beer because it's light and very similar to Blue Moon.

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Photo of blakesell
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a pint glass from 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- A light pale yellow with huge rocky white head and much lacing present.

Smell- Very little, some yeast comes thru but the scent is very light. a smidge of pepper.

Taste- Light and effervescent, slight apple tartness comes thru. Hops and spice on the lips but not sticky afterward. A great summer's day beer. Corriander and some lemon also present in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Plenty of light body and carbonation. Leaves a freshness on the tounge like I just drank a breath mint. But the mint is beer flavoured!

Drinkability-I could drink this all day and still have wine with dinner.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

AKA St. Bernardus Wit. Aroma is strong and malty/wheaty with a considerable citrus overtone, mainly lemon. Color is a cloudy, almost opaque, golden amber; head is fairly persistent. Flavor is rich and wheaty with plenty of citrus tang and a piny hops undertone. It feels thick and smooth, and leaves a lemony aftertaste, especially on the lips.

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Photo of berley31
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a beautiful large, frothy white head... diminished over time to 1/4-finger size. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Body is completely cloudy and opaque, and a beautiful yellow color.

S: Coriander and orange, of course, but hints of other sweetness as well. Not overpowering at all, like some wits tend to be with the spices.

T: Awesome flavor; everything you'd want from a wit, and more. The taste is mild with the orange and coriander being the central flavors, plus hints of lemon/lime. Slightly sweet and extremely refreshing... I could drink several of these without feeling any high acidity like some wits tend to overdo.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Definitely one of the best Belgian Wits I've had, if not THE best. The perfect example of its style, and what all other wits should strive to be.

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Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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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