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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1,551
Reviews:
664
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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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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Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light murky wheat color, nice whit head leaves slow. Lots of spotty lace left behind.

S - Wheat on the nose, along with citrus and some spice.

T - Some lemon, spice like coriander maybe anise, all flavors pretty mild and melding well.

M - Light body, nice balance, good clean finish.

D - Not overpowering and very easy to drink.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with an off-white colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a bit of lacing. I detect aromas of bananas, grass, and sponge cake. The taste is a blend of fruity sweetness with lingering hop bitterness. An excellent example of this style; one of the best witbiers I've had. The aftertaste is a bit bready and dry, but enjoyable and mellowing. The drinkability is high because the beer is flavorful with a moderate ABV.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with some brown from the yeast, nice carbonation, nice small creamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly spicy, floral. The taste is slightly sweet at the beginning then the yeast kicks in, slight spice, with some floral tones. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome Witbier, one of the best I've had to date.

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

750mL bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

Pours a faint yellow with a pillowy, paper white cap. The body is hazy with minimal carbonation. Some delicate lace.

Spicy coriander, orange peel, lemon with soft fruit: pears and green grapes. Undercooked biscuit dough comes through from the yeast.

The coriander is consistent. Spicy and up front, fruity in the middle and crisp, dry and tart in the finish. Lemon and orange peel lend a comforting fruity character.

So soft and supple. Lush and light. The mouthfeel is perfect.

This is an excellent drinking beer, one that I could drink year round but especially in the summertime.

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Photo of bogus564
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass...

The color is exactly what one would expect from a witbier - very nice cloudy yellow. I wish the head (a nice straw color), which was rather abundant upon pouring, was longer-lasting.

This beer definitely passes the smell test for a witbier - I'm catching lemon, grass and a nice, not overpowering, bit of spice. I'm looking forward to having my first sip, and hoping it lives up to its color and smell.

First sip - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he brews witbier. I've got strength in the lemon and grass flavors, and I'm trying to figure the spice - - - cardomom perhaps, I know that if it's clove, it's extremely weak. I think I'm catching some lightness of orange in there as well. I am liking this beer, but then again, it's like choosing from the top five in the Miss America pageant - can you really go wrong at that point?

The mouthfeel is good, not outstanding - light body, adequate carbonation, dry finish. Very light hoppiness in the aftertaste.

I'll give drinkability a very good rating - ABV is a little high for a session beer, but it's spot-on perfect for a beer to have with your barbequed chicken or grilled salmon. St. Bernardus definitely knows how to make witbier.

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

Look: the beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a nice white head.
Smell: malts, yeast, citrus zest and coriander
Taste: Malts, yeast, coriander, orange zest and grain. Aftertaste is quite spicy, dry and crisp.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
Overall: nice white, more spicy than others in the style

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

11.2 oz brown bottle. Freshness date etched on the front bottom label.
This Biere Blanche (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?) pours a hazy honey caramel sort of color with a thin, but lasting white head.
Smells like lemon drop candy, with a hint of clean horse barn.
There's more body than expected. A sweet honey and caramel taste is easy to notice. A taste of fresh bread dough fills the mouth with subtle bread-like flavors.
Sweet and Sour Lemon drops are in the flavor department too. A little lemon zest and orange juice mixed with a splash of vodka come to mind. A mild taste of herbs just adds to the drinkability factor.
This is one exceptionally refreshing beer.

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

Hazy gold pour with a very small and quickly dissipating head. Not picking up much in the aroma - standard wit. Taste - This sounds ridiculous when there is such a variety of styles, but this is what beer should taste like. I cannot find anything about the taste of this beer that would be offensive to anyone. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Nothing exotic, cloying, hoppy, malty, or vinous. A simple and satisfying taste that is thirst quenching and highly sessionable. This is exactly what you would want to drink after a hard day's work. Mouthfeel and drinkability are fantastic.

At nearly 3 dollars a bottle, this is a bit pricey for "everyday" beer, but that is exactly what this should be - An everyday beer and a staple in every fridge.

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

Poured into my St. Bernardus Witbier glass (oh, yes, I'm a big fan). Murky, pale-pale straw with a dense white fluffy head. It fades quickly.

Smell is fruity-bready-spicy ... lemon, citrus, corriander and the typical aromas associated with wheat beers. All very tempting.

Sweet, succulent and juicy malts wash over the tounge first, followed by that full, round bready yeast flavor. God, that's good. Spices and citrus come in toward the end, and the finish is dry.

Medium bodied and smooth with full, even carbonation.

Excellent, excellent stuff. A potato chip beer, meaning you will want more than one. I could drink this stuff all day long. One of life's real pleasures.

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

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a St Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Hazy, but not super hazy. Pretty clear for a wit actually. I poured pretty gently and still got a fluffy white head, put I should've poured harder. Still good retention though.

Smell: Sweet, spicy, yeasty. Definite orange and lemon citrus aromas. A little honeylike sweetness.

Taste: Starts with spicy yeast flavors and a sweet wheat malt flavor, followed by bitter orange peel, then a dry lemony finish. Very flavorful and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Soft despite vigorous carbonation. Dry and crisp on the end. Nice.

Overall: Just an excellent wit. Spiciness and bitter citrus is not overdone, and the complex yeast flavors are excellent. I love this brewery.

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

Pours an extremely murky milky gold/straw color...almost like unfiltered apple juice. There is a small white head that goes away quickly.Scent is yeasty, bready, spicy, and fruity. I get wheat and green apples with coriander and light lemon. Taste is initially lemony with a bit of tartness and green apple. Then I get delicious wheat and bread notes with Belgian yeast, making this one tasty wit! It end with sweet coriander, bananas, and a small amount of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp. Full of flavor and body. Drinkability is high. This could be one of the best wits I've ever had.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a fresh corked and caged 750 at cellar temp poured into a tulip snifter.
This was a gift from my friend Robbie who is helping get our house ready for sale. thanks!

the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with fluffy bleached white head foaming up 4 cm even with a gentle pour. The head recedes slowly leaving windowpane lattice on my glass. there is a sturdy surface layer of foam throughout my sampling.

Aroma is some grainy malt and a bit of citrus. A little bit of bready yeast and maybe slightly tart lemon. Appealing and just a little funky nose.

First sip reveals an average to light body with fine tingly carbonation that tickles my palate on each sip.
Flavor is some sweet tangy wheat malt and abit of lemon citrus that is stronger on the finish. I also get some bready yeast and a bit of a funky tart character. At the end of the bottle the yeast dregs make the beer sweeter and almost fruity like white grapes or pears.

This is a crisp enjoyable beer and I dont taste the 5.5% anywhere. A very nice beer that I am glad I had a chance to try. Worthy if you like Wit beers.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, pouring exceptionally cloudy yellow settling to a slightly hazy gold. A touch of white, bubbly head disappeared nearly as soon as it reached the top.

Smells of a spiced maple-banana bread. A potpourri, adding some citrus zest and other spices to the sweet bready base.

Well rounded. A full-bodied, bready and chewy beer that tasted initially of banana and clove and a bit of nutty brown sugar. All that yeasty goodness is complimented by the clove and coriander and spices and the beer finishes very crisply and refreshingly.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a pale yellow cloudy color forming a huge white aired head. Medium retention and many nice lacings left

S: Great spicy smell. Coriander and orange zest giving the tone. Clove. Wheat and Belgian yeasts. Vanilla

T: Follows the nose. Such a damn good spicy, and at the same time, delicate and soft taste. Coriander is a must giving a nice refreshing mouth sensation. Despite the vanilla smell, it has a neutral to dry taste. A bit acid. Bitterness is also very mild

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Spicy aftertaste

O: Delicious Belgian Wit. Saint Bernardus quality. Mandatory

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Photo of impending
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a fully hazed dull pale yellow, white head retains nicely, nice lacing.

Aroma is unmistakeably St Bernardus, rich sweet fruity yeasty, upbeat and clean. Shares much with the tripel.

Taste is particularly complex within a narrow range. No sharp edges. Finishes with a phenolic touch that punctures the sweet fruity initial flavor, a dry bite that fades away slowly. Coriander and orange peel are on full display but are far from parfumy. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Kappakoosh
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfadams17
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jmalex
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been saving this for the debut of warm weather here in PA. Finally we got it in the 2nd week of April.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Unibroue tulip a hazy pale straw gold with a rocky white head that starts at 2 fingers high. It does drop somewhat quickly but still stabilizes at a firm cap. Lacing cascades in splotchy drops down the entire height of the glass.

SMELL: Very bready with a distinct Belgian yeast character. Some orange citrus shines through with a firm coriander spiciness.

TASTE: Again, this is one of the more really 'Belgian' of the wits I've had (as should be expected from St. Bernardus) and really shows off the yeast and subsequent breadiness of the beer. Spicing and citrus are restrained but just present enough to accentuate the slightly tart wheat.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied which comes across as airy and fluffy. The carbonation is spritzy and fine at its above-average level.

DRINKABILITY: A top notch summer drinker for sure, though it's prominent yeast character hurts the thirst-quenching aspect just a bit. Even still, pass me another.

It's impressive that the makers of one of the finest quadrupels in the world can also crank out a refreshing beer like this. It's definitely one of the finest examples of the style available.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,551 ratings.
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