St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy light amber color with some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a sweet malt and yeasty . Starts with a distinct wheat/yeast flavor, finishes clean. Very good wheat. $3.90 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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

A: Hazy whitish/pale gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Very light carbonation.

N: Orange and lemon zest, wheat and Belgian yeast.

T: Similar to the nose but with heavier lemon and wheat notes. Finishes with some light floral notes. The only thing that is off putting is a slight dish soap taste somewhere in there.

M: Light bodied and slightly prickly on the tongue.

D: Great drinkability. This is an excellent example of what a white ale should be.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Great wit beer of an opaque and pale ocher color. Nice, big and dense foam.
Smell is made basically of wheat malt, it's also a bit saucy and herbal. A bit of banana too.
Taste is similar. The highlights are the herbal notes, could feel even some basil. It's is possible to feel other fruit notes too, like papaya.
Mouthfeel is the best thing here. Great body and big carbonation.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy golden yellowish brown head with some ripe banana and honey mustard hues and a half finger foam head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Crisp citrus aroma with hints of orange and lemon peel with some spicy corriander and zesty pepper.

Soft carbonation up front making it crisp and smooth with a nice balance of citrus and spice notes. Slightly bready/yeasty with hints of orange and lemon peel, corriander, ripe banana and peppery lemon zest. Very drinkable with a sweet dry finish.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/3/2008 (bottle BB270709):

Pours a golden colored body, very cloudy, yellow. Whitish head, diminishing. Very fruity fizzy aroma, banana, spicy. Lots of aromas. Fizzy fruity taste, some spice. Cooling aftertaste. Some dusty, might be the malts. Tasty with the spices.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy golden. Pours a white head that disappates quickly

Aroma - not the best wheat beer. Lemon zest but a little skunky

Taste - a lot better than the smell. Lemon, clove, citrus, yeast

Feel - low carbonation, very smooth

Overall - this is a good wheat beer. Worth a try. There are German ones that I have enjoyed a lot more

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Photo of youknowmyname
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Odor: Pepper and cloves.

Pour: light Milky orange, Unfiltered, Decent head, Laces the glass well. Served in a chalis

Taste: Dry Pepper. Can taste faint citrus that changes into a heavy yeast aftertaste. Most Witbeirs have a sweeter citrus taste, this does not. Rather than the pulp of citrus fruits this tastes like the peel. Not a bad thing, but different from most witbeirs I have had. Light carbination with a very dry finish.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label Lingo: Silver single labeled 33 cL with the ubiquitous merry monk motif declaring 5.5 % ABV is fairly light.

Hazy cloudy turbid hay golden unfiltered pour into me tulip with plenty of stormy suspended yeast particles, especially since this includes a swirl to unleash the sea horses. Cake like white head cap quixkly dissipates to a ring collar.

Strong musty grains and spiced citrous lemon peel aromas.

First Swigs: Extremely yeasty sourness. Bone dry finish. Wheat presence is quite detectable. Lemon peel and cider like citrous flavors abound. Quite a grainy wheat witbier.

Thin bodied with plenty of soft fuzzy carbonation. A bit overly grainy for my tastes.

Last Swigs: Lemony cider wheat wittw. Probably a good Whitte to include a lemon wedge which I decided to forgo. Interesting that Peter Celis is associated with Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV. Fine interpretation.

$3.50 for a 33 cL

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Photo of mdagnew
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from

Poured a hazy straw yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy then faded quickly to very thin layer....quite a lot of big carbonation bubbles punch the surface... some light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice spicy fruitiness (lemons, pears, some grapefruits), salty notes, light biscuity malts, some yeastiness, some light hops just coming through, grassy, light honey notes...

Taste – Nice lemon fruitiness, also some spicy apples, grassy, floral, barely any malts, some light spicy hops, very light sugary sweetness, some coriander notes... flavours maybe all a little washed out...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Extremely drinkable and refreshing - would be nice on a hot summer day...

Overall - A pretty good witbier.... maybe lacking a little something - still recommended though...

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Photo of Converge
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Just over a finger of effervescent, white head. Almost totally opaque orange-yellow color. Incredibly cloudy. No head retention and no lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast, citrus and peach upfront on the nose. Notes of banana and clove are also detectable, but faint. Coriander and a touch a Belgian candi sugar. A decent spiciness to it as well.

T - Distinctly St. Bernardus. Strong french bread, yeast, and a darker flavor that I think is coming from the candi sugar that gives the beer a heavier taste. I think this feel works really good with the darker and stronger beers that St. Bernardus brew, but here it sort of gets in the way of the things I like most in a witbier. Lots of fruitiness can be picked out here and there. Grapefruit, unripe oranges and banana. Finishes both sweet and spicy, with the Belgian spices and yeast coming through nicely.

M - Bubbly and fairly smooth; there's a bit of bite to it though. Carbonation is pretty strong, but it helps balance out the flavor a bit. Medium bodied feel, but not quite too heavy for a wit; again, the carbonation helps balance this.

D - After initially reviewing what I though was a bad bottle of this beer, I can now see that's just the way this beer is. I enjoyed it more now than then, but this just doesn't quite do it for me. Although this is certainly a departure from what I know as a witbier, it's still a great beer, and one I know I'll be revisiting down the road. But overall this one just didn't deliver like I had hoped. A good beer, but I'll be reaching for a Hoegaarden before this in the future. That is until I try more witbiers.

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Photo of changeup45
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/24/2008. Pours a hazy yellow, almost cream color topped with a huge thick creamy white head. Subtle fruity hints in the aroma along with vanilla and some yeast. Tons of frothy lacing left on the glass. Light-bodied and refreshing. Some banana, lemon and a touch of spice come out in the flavor. A good beer, the flavors seem to mix well. No true one dominant flavor. Perhaps a tad thin in the mouthfeel but nothing major. This was the first of a six variety pack I purchased from St. Bernardus and I am pleased with this one. I look forward to the other 5!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Murky yellow body with a half an inch of off-white head. Probably the most opaque witbier I've had. Smells citrusy and earthy. Tastes citrusy and earthy too, but these flavors are somewhat muted by the yeastiness of the beer. Light, closer to medium bodied because of the yeast. Carbonation, while present, is also muted due to the yeastiness. Not sure what to make of this one. I think it'd be better if it had less yeast.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Purchased at the LCBO as a 4pk 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- Opens well and pours an unfiltered high white head. Nice and golden white beer

S- Lots of yeast.

T- Coriander and wheat. Quality brew

M- Very much a white beer.

O- Pretty good but not in the same league as Hoegaarden. Very expensive comparatively speaking as well

Food Pairing

This nice white when well with....... homemade bread that had Feta, black olives and spinach.


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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: straw color, hazy, lots of carbonation
S: Belgian yeast, grain, fruit
T: tart, fruity, slight funk
F: light body, but lots of mouthfeel
O; cross between a Wit and a Saison

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very big funky taste. And I like funky, in general. But this tastes a bit off. Not bad. But a bit off. Hard to describe, but I would imagine this funk is a love/hate thing. Unless I got a bad bottle which isn't meant to taste like this. Taste stays with you. Funk is in the smell as well. I thought I tasted some lemon in the end of my sips. Mouthfeel gets better as it warms.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dusty orange color with a fizzy head that doesn't last. It's almost impossible to keep huge chunks of sediment out of the glass... Why would you want to anyway. The beer is dull but not completely clouded, you can see through it but not easily. Steady pillars of bubbles make their way to the surface and puddle to little islands of foam.

The nose rocks! It has a bold spiced cider scent that I wasn't expecting from a witbier. There is also a nice Belgian yeast scent mixed with a lemony bread & grain smell.

Taste is dull compared to the nose. It has some of the same flavors but in a more muted capacity. Still slightly on the cider side of things with only the smallest touches of lemon and spice. A tasty beer but kind of a let down after such a great smell.

The mouthfeel is soft with a lower amount of carbonation then I'd like. The finish is crisp, tart and slightly dry. Not bad but also not one of my favorites. I could drink this all night but frankly after one I'm bored. Put that with the price tag of $4 a bottle and I am totally out. Worth a try if you just got paid and have a finsky burning a whole in your pocket, other then that find a better wit.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Near white, big-bubbled head that leaves streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is appropriately cloudy and has an orange hue to an otherwise yellow color.

Clean and crisp smell that is strangely reminiscent of a very dry mead. Relatively light wheat aroma.

Very dry start. Quite tart without being lip-puckering. Smooth body that leaves a coating similar to milk after the swallow. The carbonation is similar to a cheap champagne. No typical wheat flavors here.

I'm struggling with this one. I love originality and this Wit is quite different from most. There's something that puts this beer over the line to "odd". I wouldn't be reaching for another, but I am glad I tried this one.

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Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i wish i could remember where i bought this guy, in case i like it. thick foam builds on top and slowly recedes

it's quite pungent and fills the local atmosphere with coriander and spicy hops

sweet for a witbier; certainly not dry. it tastes like most witbiers i know, but feels much more robust. the flavors seem poorly defined and the whole experience a little murky. there's some spice in there and hop flavor, with a little bitterness to keep things coralled. some light fruit shows up along with some definite wheatiness, but i can't help but think "ho hum"

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Photo of sstackho
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sunset Grill in Allston, MA. Pours very pale and cloudy with no head. Rich wheaty aroma. Nice wheat flavour that gets more interesting as it developes. This one started off not very strong, but seems to grow in stature as it goes down. Nice.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with silver label into my Corsendonk x-mas sniffer. Pours very light in color. I wouldn't even classify it to be yellow. More like a sandy color. Head is pretty thick at first but quickly subsides leaving light lacing. Also very cloudy.
Smells a lot like other witbiers. Crisp, pear...grapefuit...citrus.
Pretty carbonated...let warm up a little. At fridge temp, it has little flavor. As it warms up, a little fruity...sour...citrus. Very light and drinkable.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color. Smells like a lemon cake with a bit of banana. Taste is of lemon as well, with a rather medicinal quality (I could be imagining that though...). Mouthfeel's rather thin.

Overall, this is an okay beer (quite a refreshing one in fact), but not up to the standards of the other St. B brews. And, at $3 a bottle, it's not worth the cost. I'm glad I tried it, but that money's going towards Duvel, La Fin Du Monde, or a Tripel next time (and yes, I realize those are different styles...).

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Photo of DESTRO
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice deep cloudy yellow with a nice white lace. smells of light yeast with lemony overtones. lightly malty, slightly bready and def. lemony. very light with extremely lively carbonation. finishes crisp and dry. pretty damn drinkable and resfreshing, a bit expensive for 11 ounces, but one of the best wits ive ever had.

$1.99 for 11oz.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tan color into a chalice. Not a great head. A bit of lace sticks.

Very mild aroma. Slight Juicy Fruit, very faint orange, perhaps some coriander.

Decent depth of flavor; probably stronger than other witbiers I've had. Typical witbier flavors.

Somewhat fizzy mouthfeel, slightly dry finish.

Overall, a good beer but not my favorite witbier.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,528 ratings.
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