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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662
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamuelR
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateMac13
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterPro125
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Hazy light Yellow with a 2 1/2 finger white head that works down to a thin skim quickly.

S- Coriander paired nicely with a light Lemony note. Excellent aroma with a lemon zing that I've never experienced in a Witbier before. Nice...

T- Coriander and lemon again but with a mineral water tinge. Another thing that I haven't experienced in a Witbier that happens to work extremely well.

M- Medium Body and Light (but lively) carbonation. Refreshing.

O- Another world-class, unique Belgian Ale from St. Bernardus. I really love how this Ale features a certain lemony flavour and aroma that seems to be unique among Witbiers. Excellent brew.

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Photo of CRObighit2
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of falloutsnow
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-08-19
Glass: Tulip

St. Bernardus' wit is an excellent example of the style, strongly expressive and well-spiced, exhibiting the full characters of what make this beer remarkably satisfying and easy-to-drink through multiple glasses. While the strong coriander, citrus zest, and wheat malt flavors may be more appropriate for summer drinking, I appreciated them equally well on this cold, wet winter day. My only complaint with this is the price: $4.29 for 11.2oz of a fairly resource-unintensive beer? While excellent, I certainly won't be getting this with any frequency.

Pours a tall, 3cm head of bright, white foam that is made up primarily of small bubbles. The way the bubbles collect and arrange themselves from the rising carbonation resembles a collection of ever-replenishing fish, frog, or insect eggs. Retention of the foam is excellent, lasting many minutes in its decline to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is substantial and ever-present, a thick ring around the entirety of the inner glass as the head descends or the beer is drunk. The body is a fairly heavy yellow color, opaque from suspended sediment, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible running up the sides of the glass, the opacity limiting visibility from the bottom of the glass, though.

Strong aroma of lemon rind, freshly ground coriander, and smooth and semi-sweet wheat malt.

The taste of the beer is sparkling and bright, with potent orange and lemon zest, freshly ground coriander, hints of grapefruit rind, and a perpetually present, grounding base of wheat malt. Front of palate picks up sweetness, as from wheat and barley malts, along with light coriander and citrus zest (mostly orange, a bit of lemon). Mid-palate finds expressive coriander and orange zest, with a background of sweet wheat malt and hints of lemon zest and yeast. Back of palate picks up some pleasant, crisp, modest bitterness along with grapefruit rind and tart orange zest, continued coriander, and a smooth wheat malt base. Aftertaste is of grounding wheat malts, still expressive coriander, yeast, and citrus rind.

The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity that foams this up nicely across the palate, without being overly fizzy or harsh. Closes out semi-dry, with little to no residual stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of ledouge
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick creamy head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Spices, coriander and citrus...almost lemony rather than orangy like other Witbier's.

Taste - Wheaty, fruity and a bit drier than other Witbier's. This is one of my favorite Witbier's when I can get it. A perfect example of the style.

Mouth feel - Creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability - Very drinkable with a lower ABV. A great summer refresher and excellent with a slice or lemon or orange thrown in.

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Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale gold hue, white rocky head, two fingers worth, slowly fades to a long lasting cap, little lace was produced. The nose is very pleasant, tart and acidic with lemon notes galore, yeasty too. The coriander was very light. Fairly aromatic bouquet… inviting. Dry palate, unyielding clove upfront… it is rock solid until the soft orange and gentle coriander flavor is introduced… along with dry piney hops. The wheat taste is perceptible. Pleasant tart finish with a light acidic/bready aftertaste. Medium-light body. Soft yet supple carbonation. Lightly creamy mouthfeel. This is a pretty nice Wit. Plenty drinkable. If you like Wits this is a ‘must try,’ in general I’d still recommend it.

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Photo of scootny
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Witte glass. A good looking one finger head rises from my pour and I swirl the bottle to get all of the yeast on the bottom. A cloudy beverage of yellowish tan. Looks like a pale, murky apple cider. Active carbonation is barely visible due to the thick brownish particles suspended in solution.

Nose is wonderful. Apples, lemon, spice and wheat malt. Light clove and banana notes. A closer sniff reveals a deep wheaty structure that interleaves with the yeast. Quite heady.

Taste is sweet wheat malt and sour apple at first. More apple with lemon and gentle clove. Faint spices. In this bottle a bit of soapyness in the finish along with a cleansing hop bittering. My previous bottle had a pronounced bubblegum component that was all but overshadowed by the soap in this one. Very refreshing dryness that calls you back.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium light. My tongue dances with this one and is very happy. Carbonation is spot on and the active bubble tingle the mouth delightfully. I would love to go into more detail but I've finished the glass. This leads to....

Drinkability is superb. I found myself with an empty glass before I knew it on two different occasions with this stuff. make sure to have several on hand when you break out this rare and wonderful treat.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thick white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of wheat notes and yeast spiciness. Plenty of citrus and clove.

Tastes of sharp wheat notes with the spice notes on top. Lemon zest is evident with a big citrus character. Notes of clove and some banana are found. Some tartness backs up the citrus character.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and pale yellow, with a steady stream of carbonation rising heavenward to a big puffy head. The beer is cloudy enough that the top is darker than the bottom due to the gentle slope of my pilsner glass (no wit glass, sorry). Thick curtains of lace mark the disappearance of this brew.

Airy citrus spices greet the nose, while similar greet the toungue. A pleasant mixture of spices and citrus, each complimenting eachother, none over powering. Superbly blended, this one ends slightly tart and dry. The expected yeasty bit doesnt' bite too hard.

Very crisp and dry, the spices subtle enough not to over power the palate. Interestingly airy.

Highly drinkable, flavorfull but light.

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Photo of errantnight
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to admit to enjoying this more in my little sampler at Stone 11th than I did at Lucky Baldwin's.... but daaamn is it a delicious easy drinker.

Pours hazy and gold, slightly cloudy, with a rich, if thin, head, with lil clumps o' bubbles sticking around the whole way. Nice lacing.

Tastes vaguely lemony, bready, perfect balance of wheat malt... pleasantly dry.

Smooth, creamy, and light on the tongue with enough crispness on the back end to keep you reaching back for more. Perfect.

I know we should be scoring to style, so perhaps my tasting scores should be higher, and maybe someday I'll rethink/revisit this rating, but to me what really excels here is the way this drinks... even if its flavor profile is nothing more than "good."

Wish this was available in 6 packs instead of Hoegaarden.

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Photo of ryno09
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy golden color, medium carbonation, one finger white frothy head

Aroma - Heavy on the yeast, mild spice and citrus, some banana, typical malted wheat character, no hops

Taste - Up front I get some banana and bready malt flavors. In the middle you get some the sweet lemon and yeast notes with a more bitter backend that includes some clove and coriander with a doughy maltiness. The spice notes come out more as the beer warms up. Finish is on the dry side but there are some lingering lemon and clove notes. Mouth feel is on the medium side for the style.

Although the bottle is 10 months old, I can tell this is a wonderful witbier. It's a smooth, easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor and refreshment. At 5.5% it's a very wonderful session beer for the summer.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a hazy lemon gold color with a ½" fluffy white head that slowly but visibly recedes. Sipping leaves a nice sheet of foam on one side of the glass and a widely scattered pattern of leggy and speckled lacing on the other. Mid-way through the beer the layer of foam on the surface has thinned considerably, the ring has gotten smaller, but rings and sheets of foam still cling to parts of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft and slightly wheaty with traces of lemon zest and coriander all backed up by some faint but pleasant herbal notes.

Taste: Pretty much as predicted by the nose, the clean, crisp, slightly tart flavor has some orange and lemon mingled with coriander and a faint traces of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and silky smooth with foamy carbonation. The finish begins in the citric flavors that fade and allow the coriander to emerge and then fade away into a slightly herbal dryness.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer to drink again. It has a clean crisp flavor that is refreshing, smooth and enjoyable. This is a beer to drink again in the future whenever and where ever it is found.

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Photo of mralphabet
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Pint glass

A: Cloudy and light golden in color. Very fluffy white head, about finger & a half worth that settles to a nice ring with very nice lacing. Looks like a great Wit.

S: Lots of wonderful Wit smells here... Little citrus, coriander, bananas, clove, yeast and malt everything you want to smell in a great Wit.

T: Everything is here, great mix of citrus and spice... I'm getting the lemon with a hint of orange/bananas then clove and coriander come into the mix ending with a yeasty breadiness. Aftertaste is very clean.

M: Creamy and wonderful, carbonation is surprisingly lively for something so creamy.

D: This is a great Wit.... a must have.. with good ABV I could drink this all day... but a the price per bottle I would not.

St Bernardus can do no wrong.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into glassware. Purchased for about $3.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - hazy bright golden color with yellow hues. Capped by a finger and a half of head, that leaves behind a nice residual lacing.

Smell - clove, banana, lemon, orange, coriander. Complex with some yeasty aromas shining through too. Very inviting, especially in summer.

Taste - big bold banana flavor, but melded perfectly with the spices and the orange and coriander. Very complex as some bready flavours come through on the back half and there's almost a mocha-ish conclusion. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, lively yet light, alcohol is not perceptible at all, which is pleasant given that this is a heavy hitter as far as wits go.

Overall- quite simply the best wit I've ever had, that's complicated, yet refreshing, flavourful yet eminently drinkable. Recommended for beer lovers of all ages and expertise.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best before 19th March 2010. Decanted into my Duvel tulip

A: Hazy orange with a massive white head. Excellent retention. Carbonation is plenty and visible. You got to give it to these guys - you fall in love with their beers even before you smell them

S: Excellent. Mild orange, white pepper, delicate wheat, fruity with a hint of melon and some floral notes. This is really good stuff

T: Starts off with a mild citrus note with some delicate wheat/bread character, mildly spicy (a hint of pepper) and mildly herbal (sage?). Finishes dry with a pleasing combination of sweet and spice.

M: Soft on the palate, excellent finish, excellent carbonation - I'm docking half a point as I feel it could use a little crispness to contrast with the softness.

D: This goes down really easy. St. B are a great brewery and this one's no exception

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,536 ratings.
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