St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

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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Ratings:
1,557
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666
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a golden hazy yellow with little to no head. smells of fresh citrus fruits and spice. at the first taste you can taste the citrus from the beginning and it finished with a little spice. the spice taste is not overwhelming but the smell is intoxicating. top flight witbier. would drink this everyday.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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Photo of jovy1097
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint.

Appearance: Opaque, pear juice color. 2" white head that settles to a filmy, tenacious finish. Very lacy clinging to the glass.

Smell: Fruity, more orange than lemon with a strong yeast presence.

Taste: Smooth and creamy applesauce with orange. No hop presence to be found. A perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a small bite of carbonation. Really smooth.

Drinkability: Tart, but not sour. Sweet, but not syrupy. No lingering bitterness. I could easily guzzle down several of these before realizing it.

Comments: I'm trying to find something negative about this beer and can't (other than the price!) This has to be the pinnacle of witbiers. If this one doesn't get a perfect score, then perfection is not possible, since it can't be possible to improve this brew.

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4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly the best of the best, I love wheat beers and this is my all time no comparison favorite. Amazing gentle fruit flavors and rich full body characteristic of the best Belgian beers.

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Photo of buh
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A cottony-white head, honey/gold liquid. Slightly cloudy as expected.

Smell - Mild citrus, a bit of yeast, a bit of clove, some fruit.

Taste - Lemon, touch of coriander and orange, a bit of banana bread.

Mouthfeel - Smooth - carbonation is more evident if tasted soon after poured. Additional citrus finish.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink - it could be enjoyed at any occasion.

I'm finishing my 6th bottle and find myself planning to pick up another pack.

This is my favorite witbier - it is exactly the right balance of all flavors. Compared to other witbiers the flavor of St. Bernardus Wit is unique in that the flavors are much more complex and continue to bounce around the tongue before swallowing. There are many different delicious flavors that come and go and come back again while drinking this witbier. It is a very pleasant experience.

I've seen a few reviews by some who say it is flat when poured - my guess is it could have been a bad batch? The latest bottle I've poured happens to be the oldest, with a best by date of September '09 and it's August '09 now. Whatever the case may be I suppose i've been lucky for the last five bottles i've had because every one of them has been a real delight.

The flavor is negatively impacted if poured while below 40F. This beer is best enjoyed when the bottle is taken from the fridge and left on a countertop at room temperature for 15 minutes, and then poured into a room temperature glass. The coriander is more pronounced when poured too cool; the tartness is more pronounced when poured too warm.

There is no comparison between this witbier and a Hoegaarden - to me, Hoegaarden has two distinct flavors but the St. Bernardus Wit is a kaleidoscope. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle
Best by date 9/11/09

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4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a hazy straw yellow into a tulip glass. Head was about 1 finger but dissipated quickly.

S - Smells like your average witbier.... citrusy and wheaty. Very enticing, while at the same time reminding of lesser beers of its type.

T - Wow! Tart, lemon citrus, wheat, clove, and other spices come to mind. This is exactly what I want out of a beer. Simple, light, easy to drink, yet full of great flavor. This does not taste watered-down by any means. It's just a perfect balance. I imagine it goes well with most food.

M - Light, and refreshing, pleasant carbonation. Finishes smooth with nice carbonation, and just the subtlest hint of bitterness.

O - This is the best witbier I've had (I've had Hoegaarden, Alagash, Blance De Chamby, Hitachino.. etc), and this style is really one of the best, in my opinion. I think this beer is a bit underrated and deserves more attention on BA.

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4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

St.Bernardus
Wit

LOOK: Cloudy brew with a bright gold color. Bubbly, sparkling head formed and receded to just a fine covering. No real lace, a small amount of sediment. Looks the part and I included the yeast purposely.

SMELL: Yeasty and wheaty , but the yeast has so much character. Grape, raisin, musty basement and lemon are all very present in a strong aroma. This is perfect to style, and worthy of being Pierre Celis Signature Selection as the bottle proudly states.

TASTE: Juicy flavor of apple, tart grape, orange peel, bit of funk. Tart to the sour glands, but with a depth of dusty malt character. Funk, coriander, and malts adding a balancing sweetness. Very faint herbal and grassy hoppy bitterness. Has a vague, almost smoked flavor, closer to well done toast. Clove and peppercorn emerge later in the flavor profile.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, with a sour tang. The finish is appetizingly dry and crisp. Champagne like carbonation. A perfect feel on a Belgian classic. It just does not get better than this feel.

OVERALL: Worthy of being named "Best Witbier in the World". Easily the best example of the style I have encountered. The complexity from the yeast alone was great, but the rest of the flavors were also great. Exactly what a Belgian White should be. Seek this out if you enjoy Wheats, Sours, or Belgian Ales. Absolutely phenomenal wit.

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4.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stumac
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer hoping that it would stay true to Brouwerij St. Bernard's good name. It sure mutha fuckin did.

A - murky dulled yellow (almost looks like fitered vomit, but in a good way). Thin white head that lasted with it pretty much the whole way down.

S - definate fruit. lemon, orange. very nice aromatics. i wish they would turn it into a cologne.

T - initial taste was lemon, coriander. followed by orange, wheat.

MF - very smoothe. rolls back easy peasy. definately a great session beer (even though I hate the word "session" for some reason) so a great chug beer.

D - very drinkable hence it is a liquid. but seriously, it would go great with any light meal like fish, chicken, squirrel, whatever....

all in all, this is for sure a tastey burger. I would easily buy this again.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arrived in a pint glass with about a 1 finger head. The appearance is classic witbier...I found the color to be a hazy yellow and almost a little orange, but that could have been the light in the restaurant.

The smell was distinct: lemon, orange and yeast

I have yet to find a beer that tastes or feels better. It is very smooth to drink, full-bodied, full-flavored, heavy and creamy, yet I also found it somewhat sweet. The aroma really came through on my palate.

I ordered it with pizza one night and really wanted to savor it, bit it is so smooth and refreshing that I finished long before the pizza and had to order a second. This is one of the best beers that I have had and order it or buy it when possible.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 09/28/11. From notes:

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a small white head that fades quickly, leaving a little lacing.

S: Lots of crisp wheat. Very spicy. A bit of citrus (lemon rind/zest). Some very slight herbal (hop?) notes.

T: A little bitter and grassy to start. Turns into a wave of fluffy, sweet wheat. Very floral as well. Finishes a little malty.

M: Light, but smooth and very flavorful. Very refreshing. Carbonation is spot-on.

O: Delicious, and by far the best witbier I've ever had!

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,557 ratings.
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