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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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657
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Avg:
4.15
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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a white head sitting atop the beer. An aroma of faint citrus, coriander, lemon, and an herbal spiciness are found in the nose. The beer itself is light bodied, and has a slightly acidic, refreshing character to it.. The taste has notes of lemon, grain, and a clean coriander note all mixed together. This is a fairly clean example with perhaps a hint of mustiness. This goes down as a simple, tasty, Summer refresher.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of frothy, white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. As the head settles, it leaves a thick ring of foam clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - A yeasty, spicy aroma of coriander, lavender, black pepper, and wheat.

T - Spicy wheat up front, along with pepper and coriander. The spices linger into the finish along with some musty yeast notes and a hint of earthy hops.

M - Very high carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, this could be a great session beer if the carbonation was a bit lower. The flavors are well balanced and nice for the style, though not as bright and smooth as some other witbiers I have had.

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Photo of sfprint
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: beautiful rich yellow/orange color like a popsicle, little carbonation, and little head retention.
S: Yeasty, orange, actually resembles a hefeweizen more than witbier.
T: Has a very refreshing quality, excellent body. But the actual flavor is a bit elusive and odd. Slightly dry, resembling white wine.
M: Nice carbonation sting, which is strange because it's barely visible. Almost creamy
D: Nice beer, but I wasn't completely wowed like many other reviewers.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, an excellent witbier from the consistent St. Bernardus. A pale, cloudy yellow, with a sticky, foamy offwhite head. A bit smoother than the comparable but somewhat inferior Hoegaarden. A little more citrus taste than most Belgian wheat beers, but very well balanced with the full, robust wheat flavor. Definately worth a try, but I wouldn't get a case.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazy golden body with a thick white meringue that lasts and laces.

Floral, spicy, citrus, and wheat.

Lots of the wheat and spice on the flavor which lingers nicely. Has the same floral quality as the aroma. Citrus is light.

Slightly bubbly on the tongue and fairly light bodied.

I think it's rated as the highest witbier and I can see why. Definitely one of the best.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a great brew, but best witbier in the world? I'm not so certain. I suppose it wins high marks when you rate it to style (it's surprisingly dry and zesty, in contrast to many American stabs at the style), but to my palate it is--really--a slightly more refined, drier, well-spiced Hoegaarden. Better, but not "better" enough to justify a pretty significant price differential ($22 for four bottles!).

And a controversial statement for good measure: I'd take Hitchatino White Ale over either.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pizza-P's, one of the few well-known wits I haven't yet tried. Honestly, I wasn't impressed. Poured a light yellow color with fairly weak white head and no real lacing. Nose was light citrus fruitiness. Flavor was similar, fairly mild citrus and a touch of wheat. Body is nice, with busy fun carbonation. Overall, it's a good example of the style, but lacks the punch of some of my favorite wits. Given the price, I probably wouldn't get this again in the face of most other wits (give me a Hoegarden (sp?) any day).

Birreria Paradiso/$8.50/Goblet

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I love the monk with the cheesy grin on the label. The body of this beer sits cloudy and luminescent like a glow stick in the brown bottle. After pour there is a thin off white head gently resting on top of a milky white beer.

S - Very sweet berry smells. strawberry and cherry and persimmons.

T - Sour initial taste is unpleasant, but it gradually grows on you and decrescendos into a pleasant smooth summer sensation.

M - Smooth and sparkly but with a bit of coarseness. Like the last swig of a glass of milk you've been dunking cookies in. Not bad.

D - My friend's comment is accurate. "It's a bad chord on a guitar that sounds good at the end" with each sip of this beer you wonder if you made the right choice or a mistake but after you stop and let the notes sink in it it grows on you like a song you like the 3rd time you listen to it.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Best before date: 01/06/12. Picked it for a mix-a-6 which made it $1.92 per beer. Couldn't pass that up. I was surprised that the bottle says to serve at 36-42F which seems too cold and thus tongue numbing. I'll take mine about 10F warmer, thank you.

A medium hard pour yielded a very cloudy yellow body with a two fingers worth of bubbley head. Quite fizzy, but the head never died out completely. Not much lace.

Smells very yeasty with a bit of wet straw. There is a phenolic fruity note of pear or orange. Good.

White bread dough, cracked wheat, orange and banana in the mix of flavors. Some hint of a bubble gum too.

Wish this wasn't so fizzy and sharply carbonated. I had to swirl it in order to tame it down a bit. A beer too sharply carbonated takes a hit in the flavor department for me. St. Bernardus loves their bubbles. Quite dry.

Drinkability is not bad, but takes a hit due to the mouthfeel. The small bottle will do me just fine.

Overall - enjoyable.

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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big, pungent, spicy aroma. Moderate orange, lemon tartness and yeast character. Almost wine like in aroma. Very good.

Good appearance with a hazy straw colour and a big, creamy yet fluffy, white head.

Wow. I get a really interesting earthy note in the flavour. it's reminiscent of green jasmine tea. Some mild wheat tartness and a hint of citrus also come through. It is actually a little off-putting as it certainly isn't the standard witbier flavour. Good dry finish.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Creamy and suitable.

Good aroma but the flavour lets it down. The tea flavour is just not quite right in the beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A murky lemon yellow on the pour, head is adequate in size, the consistency spumescent, color a bright white as it dissipates the resultant lace a concealing sheet upon the glass. Bread dough comes to mind when I quaff this beer, tons of sweet malt, citrus crisp and quite refreshing is this nose, start loaded with malt and somewhat sweet, top middling in its feel. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops as expected, dry and somewhat tart aftertaste, can’t really say “Wits” are my favorite “Belgians”, quite a treat nonetheless.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not truly "white" like Hoegaarden, but more like the usual witbier color you are used to. Light, cloudy, small head, very minimal lacing.

Pretty normal witbier scent - citrus & yeast & grain.

Pleasant, refreshing taste. It is kind of light in the flavor department, though. So is the mouthfeel (light).

This is good and all, and very drinkable, I just think I would choose a different witbier before this one (like Hoegaarden), especially considering the price of St. Bernardus.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a super thick head of snow white that last and last pushing up above the glass but still holding form. The butterscotch colored body is hazy with a strong carb of micro bubbles boiling away.

S- This beer has a soft soapy smell of yeast with a note of sour bread starter and a hint of lemon and banana.

T- This beer has a dry dough and white bread flavor with a light dry spice note with hints of coriander. There is a nice tiny hop bite in the finish that is green and herbal. As the beer warms there is a note of dried corn that comes through before the hops and a light cola hint in the begining of the taste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that is supported with that thick head but the finish has a tight little fizz.

D- This beer has a good crisp refreshing flavor and a nice little hop taste to balance it, but it is very filling and feels like a meal in a glass.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : sweet notes of citrus and corriander aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : fruity and malty flavours, with spicy notes.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Witbier.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You don't see too much St. Bernardus Wit in South Florida compared to St. B's other beers, so when I saw it on tap at Abraxas...

A - Poured into a dedicated glass an appropriate cloudy gold, decent head and retention.

S - Light banana-clove aroma.

T - Mostly a yeasty banana with a hint of sweetness. Seems "softer," less heavy on the coriander and/or citrus than other witbiers. Bananas and light rum.

F - Just a little too soft for my complete liking. Think I'd like this one a little more spiky.

D - A good, drinkable wit, but I think I prefer them sharper and more spicy.

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Photo of finepaws
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a brandy style glass. It was cloudy, light yellow, with a creamy white head. Gorgeous presentation, fun to drink. Smells like citrus, and spice. I wasn't ready for the taste though. This was very salty to me. Lemony and peppery. Not hoppy, but seemed perfumey.I just couldn't get past the salt taste. Refreshing and light. Lots of carbonation. This was drinkable, but not for me.

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Photo of Frasier433
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful golden amber. It is cloudy which keeps it from being transparent. It pours with a nice head, that never goes completely away.

S - Alcoholic scent with a bold yeasty scent. There are also hints of spices and cinnamon. I also pick up some honey and banana. It comes off a little bitter on the nose at first. Swirl it around and take another sniff to get through this.

T - Starts with a bite from the carbonation, but the flavors quickly begin coming through. A strong clove and flavor are apparent. The not so apparent flavors come through as honey, and banana.

M - It is a little on the thicker side for other witbiers that I have had. The yeast gives it a little bit of a cloudy feel. While moving the beer around to hit all the parts of the palate it does become rather foamy.

D - I could easily drink several of these. It is fairly light and easy to drink. The flavor also is not to far on the sweet side to keep me from another glass.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours musky pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows doughy wheat with massive spicy Belgian phenols. A hint of citrus also shows, but the phenols are the main feature.
Very similar flavours but with more citrus and a fair whack of coriander. Pretty refreshing.
Nice high carbonation.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured ffrom the 11.2oz bottle into a weizen glass. Upon opening the bottle, the beer proceeded to pretty much leap out of the bottle, foaming over the lip of the bottle. Fortunately I saved it. The beer itself is that of a typical witbier, a pale golden color that is extremely cloudy, topped with an immense pure white head with pretty good retention.

Smell: Mmm appley with a nice bubblegum hint in the background. After that the wheat takes over, with a nice sweet smooth grassy aroma with a hint of hay.

Taste: I was somewhat let down by the flavor of this beer. Indeed it is very smooth and flavorful, but I've had better witbiers. This one has your typical flavor of apples, light citrus, and a slight bubblegum note.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp on the tongue. Nice and refreshing, and would be great on a warm day.

Drinkability: This could be a fantastic session, perhaps in an outdoor cafe with a good lunch or just to kick back with and enjoy the day. It's somewhat pricey for that though...

Overall, this is a pretty average tasting, but still rather refreshing witbier.

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Photo of bnes09
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with floating yeast flakes. Egg shell white head with ok retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma of orange and Belgium yeast, sweet and tart smelling at the same time.

Flavor is mildly sweet with refined cane sugar, fresh orange and baked bread. Hops are subtle and leafy. Descent balance with some coriander. Belgian yeast is present and adds a smoothness to the overall tone.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry finish.

Descent wit. Holds up against many other examples of the style.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice colour... I know that seems strange, but that's the best comparison I can think of. Lots of carbonation, and no head to speak of.

The smell is mostly citrus, but relatively faint.

It has a very sharp taste. Citrus dominates again, but the beer is not sour by any means. Very refreshing.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- hazy pale straw color with white head

Smell - lime, lemon zest, coriander, ginger

Taste - characteristics of the nose, lime, lemon zest, coriander, ginger

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, heavier level of carbonation, citrus like upfront, refreshing and spritzy, crisp

Overall - no telling the age on this bottle, but this was a decent iteration of the style, even if it doesn't represent the best value. Worth a try

Price Point - $9.99/750ML bottle

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Cloudy golden color. One finger white head, resides to a half a finger head. A bit of lacing.

S: Smells like wheat grain, bread-y belgian yeast, coriander, slight lemon zest.

T: Wheat, coriander, belgian yeast, slight lemon/orange zest, a little bit of bitterness from hops.

M: Very carbonated, prickly on the tongue, dry finish.

D: Very easy to drink.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber with yellow and white highlights. No head or lace present.
Aroma of wheat, heavy grain and a light lemony hit.
Flavor was very heavy whet and grain flavor with some relatively spciy yeast and citurs lemon.
Mouthfeel was grainy and gritty to start and finished with a tingly, spicy sensation.
Drinkability was pretty good. Very refreshing. Heavy grain makes it somewhat one-dimensional but not bad overall.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus has a great reputation. However, this style of beer has so many superior representatives (I'm counting several German weizen beers as well), it's in a bit over it's head.

Slightly hazy golden beer. Good head on this.

Bitter notes from herbs and spices. Wheat character a bit bitter and very intruiging for sure.

Smooth and refreshing.
All in all, it's a good one in this style, but not great. I'd pick several others, but occasionally ... ok.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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