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St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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pDev:
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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mild easy drinking krystal wheat with lots of little bubbles. Very popular with my mates. Beautiful white milkshake. Some complementary spices without being too banana. Bit astringent bitter. Lemony, peppery, quenching. Malts, smooth. Light-medium mouthfeel.

Was nice on tap 5 months later in Florida. More grapefruit and orange zest and corriander noticed. Great appearance.

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Photo of ssmack
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with best before date 06 05 16

A light straw colour and so hazy that it is opaque. Huge 3 inches of fine white head that never went away. Lots of carbonation. Thick globs of lacing with great retention.

An aroma that is tangy at first. Nice Belgian yeast smell. Wheaty. Cloves come out as it warms.

A great smooth taste. Again it's tangy - cloves, orangy, lemony. Lots of subtle spiciness.

A chewy creamy feel with nice carbonation.

Excellent overall.

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Photo of dstc
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a big foamy white head that falls fairly slow.

Aroma is clean and of citrus. Smells like lemons.

Taste starts with tangy fruits on the tongue followed by hints of citrus then a smooth and somewhat sweet middle ending in a sour finish.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

another nice easy drinking beer from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best witbier that has ever graced my lips. Thanks to GCBrewingCo for providing the one beer in the St. Bernardus line that is not available locally.

The appearance is pretty standard. The beer pours very cloudy with a white haze as the liquid enters its new vessel. As the liquid fills, it grows to a more deep and murky golden color that appears just barely off-white when held to the light. The head is minimal and subsides rather quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is ripe with coriander and unmalted wheat. Smells delicious, but it seems to be quite weak. The taste on the other hand is quite impressive. The spicing is very subtle unlike many examples of the style, making for a VERY refreshing beer. Has a very mild tangy citrus note from the coriander and orange peel along with a noticable bite from the wheat. The ultra-refreshing finish beckons the imbiber back for another tip of the glass, leaving but a small specimen with which to finish the review.

The body is very full, creamy, and smooth. As one might have guessed, this is a very highly drinkable brew. If you can get it, try it. It's one of the best summer beers I've had the pleasure of opening. Hopefully it will be available here in the future.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Served cold in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Light golden colour. So hazy it's basically opaque. Beautiful. Solid inch of head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is bright citrus and light bread yeast.

Flavour is crisp and light. Yeasty with some complex esters. The additions of coriander and orange peel are barely perceptible. They complement the other flavours rather than dominate.

Quite effervescent. Not as creamy as some witbiers.

Pretty much as good as a witbier's going to get for me. Not my favourite style but this is really well put together and far more complex than most.

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Photo of bwd110
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured in SA pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy straw color, doesn't look really enticing, a little muddled. Head is bright white and fluffy.

S: Big time aroma on this one. Lemony, spicy goodness. Some orange and coriander noted along with a dry wheat scent.

T: Extremely flavorful Wit. Citrus notes abound, mostly tart lemon, but orange peel comes through as well. Real nice spice, reminiscent of cloves and pepper. Dry wheat flavor finishes this one off. Outstanding.

M: Creamy, medium body, high level of carbonation

D: Goes down easy, never boring. Great summer brew.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be my favorite witbier. Poured out to a slightly cloudy yellow / rich orange color with a very respectable head and medium high carbonation. Aromas of wheat and grain, with some hints of citrus. Taste is very smooth and inviting, with flavors of sweet citrus, yeast, biscuts and grain, all meeting and blending together well. Medium light mouthfeel made this brew very easy to consume. I must rate this on the high end of the drinkability scale, as if I had more than one bottle on hand, I would have drank both. Highly recommended.

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Photo of goalie33
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into weizen glass. Best by January 2013.
A) Aggressive pour yields a hazy, golden colored beer with a massive, pillowy white head composed of very fine bubbles. Very fine carbonation can be seen coming up from the bottom.
S) Smells more like a German Hefeweizen then a Belgian Witbier. Big clove notes, orange peel and other spices.
T) Big malty sweetness upfront, citrus and spices in the middle. Clean aftertaste with a lingering spiciness.
M) Very light, crisp mouthfeel, but the flavor is full, not watery.
O) Really good beer. Full flavored but light bodied. Quite refreshing on a warm spring day.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Wit (Pierre Celis Signature)
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.50 %
big 750 ml bottle>pint glass
live review 3/25/09 @ home

A 4.5 - milky lemon yellow in color, beautiful pillowing fluffy head. noticebale carbonation, clean with no visible sediment. Excellent lacing through entire beer.
S 4.0 - lemon citrus spice notes. some mild yeasty clovey-ness.
T 4.5 taste follows smell with a sharp tart finish. A crisp bite in aftertaste from the high and tight carbonation.
MF 4.0 unique high carbonaion, almost like a champagne. Crisp sharp mouthfeel, otherwise light on body. Light but crisp.
D 4.5 - A very beautiful, fine well rounded witbier according to style.

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Photo of bceagles39
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a large St. Bernardus chalice at the Brass Rail in Hoboken, NJ on July 30 2011.

I was excited to try this, I usually do not drink witbier but it had been a long hot summer day, and the Abt 12 is one of my all-time favorites, so I decided to give this a try.

Pours a beautiful golden-yellow color, and one of the haziest brews I have ever seen. Even with a fairly vigorous pour for the style I did not get as much head as expected, there was a small off-white fluff that went down rather quickly.

Smells .... Belgian. Light citrus, floral notes, spices.

Slightly sweet lemon and orange, coriander, and some earthy notes in the finish.

This was a fairly light bodied beer that was incredibly smooth and highly drinkable.

If I wasn't such a beer nerd wanting to try everything in sight, I would have easily ordered another.

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Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. My favorite witbier so far. This beer pours a hazy beige-yellow with a big frothy head. The aroma has a lot of clean grain and earthy yeast. Good notes of wheat spice, coriander and citrus peel. The flavor is lemony, yeasty and dry. It's a very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. The beer poured a very cloudy and dense muted gold color with a thick, crisp white head that produced solid lacing on the glass. The nose of this beer was refreshing and crisp with some definite yeast notes and hints of lemon, orange and spices. What a summer beer. The taste was equally refreshing and had the same good yeast taste and orange, wheat and spice notes from the nose. The body of this beer has a very active carbonated character and a light body that lead to a full flavored summer treat.

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Photo of DougT
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a golden haze with a fizzy head that quickly dies. No lacing is left behind in the glass.
Smell is of tons of orange peel and tropical fruit atop a bed of crisp wheat with perhaps a touch of clove in the background.
Taste is of a delicate blend of tropical fruit and orange peel, along with ripe pears, perhaps nearing a tripel style. Maybe conditioned with the tripel yeast?
Mouthfeel is delicately smooth, slightly sweet, and there's an even level amount of carbonation lending to a mild bitterness at the end.
Drinkability is very nice and a peculiar renditioin of a wit. I know that Pierre Celis helped to formulate this but it was a definite turn from the Hoegaarden and Celis White. This was like a cross between a Wit and a Tripel, which made for an interesting but tasty brew.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Witbier was served from a 330ml bottle. In a Duvel tulip, this witbier was a soft and hazy peachy yellow color, and was topped by an erratic white head with good retention. The nose was quite a treat, with rich musky orange essence, and subtler notes of coriander and perhaps nutmeg. A beconing citric acidity pervaded thoughout. The taste was not as robust as I had hoped, but many excellent subtlties became apparent with some attention. The crisp, dry, orange-tinged wheaty-firm base quickly revealed a refreshing light acidity. This acidity carried with it a host of earthy spice notes...light coriander, orange peel, lime. These flavors were carried through the soft finish and lingered for several seconds afterwards. The body was silky yet light and frim, matching well with the crisp and refreshing nature of this beer. This witbier drank quite well due to the above propterties. Overall, a finely crafted and balanced witbier that aims to please with pleasant sublties rather than overt complexity and richness.

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Photo of whitehouse50
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Andy's in a pint glass. Pours a lite hazy yellow color with a small white head.

Aromas of lemons, maybe bananas, hints of tartness with a little bite to it.

On the first sip I can taste a slight fruity sweetness with a little tartness in it similar to the aroma. Overall its not overpowering, it's a solid wheat beer nothing more nothing less. A perfect example.

M & D is very nice. This is medium bodied and goes down very smooth. I could sit and drink this all day during the summer.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz. bottle. The color is golden, very cloudy, with good head. The smell is slightly yeasty, with hints of spice. The taste is very spiced,much more so than most other wits, very heavy with the yeasty, wheaty flavor. Mouthfeel is VERY well-carbonated. Drinkability-wise, this is one I could have a few more of.

Quite a good witbier, well-spiced. Though I prefer a little less in the spicing department, I think I could learn to like the over-the-top flavoring!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful hazy tan/orange color with a two finger white fluffy head that falls to a fluffy blanket layer.
S - Nice nose, yeast, pepper, coriander, orange zest.
T - Wow! This is not my favorite style but this is a great Wit! Light and delicate flavors, yet a lot going on. Spicy, citrus, yeasty with a nice dry finish.
M/F - Active carbonation, light body. Nice and refreshing mouthfeel.
D - This is a very good wit beer. St. Bernardus does not drop the ball on this one!

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Photo of SaucyA
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic, fantastic representation of what witbier should be.

Pours a very cloudy, yellow-gold... much murkier than most witbiers I've had. Lacing and head are thin, but present.

Smells good... citrus overtones, yeasty undertones. A pleasure smelling before every sip.

Taste is out of this world, and quite a bit more complex than your "usual" wit. Lots of orange and lemon, with a hint of apple. Also major abundance of wheat and yeast, as to be expected. Not overdone tho, and a slight tangy bitterness at the finish.

Creamy but still light, carbonation wasn't a major issue at all. I could totally put down a 4 pack... if only it weren't so damn pricey!

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Photo of Luke4
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of maxist
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamuelR
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REDAMI
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Hazy blond pour, thin white head.

S - Straw, dried grass, yeasty dough, slight spicy note.

T - White bread, honey malts, banana bread.

F - Creamy, with fine carbonation and a dry finish.

A very pleasant wit, not overpowered by esters. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,575 ratings
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