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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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Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Arrived in a pint glass with about a 1 finger head. The appearance is classic witbier...I found the color to be a hazy yellow and almost a little orange, but that could have been the light in the restaurant.

The smell was distinct: lemon, orange and yeast

I have yet to find a beer that tastes or feels better. It is very smooth to drink, full-bodied, full-flavored, heavy and creamy, yet I also found it somewhat sweet. The aroma really came through on my palate.

I ordered it with pizza one night and really wanted to savor it, bit it is so smooth and refreshing that I finished long before the pizza and had to order a second. This is one of the best beers that I have had and order it or buy it when possible.

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Photo of rickzim1
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BMoldy
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 09/28/11. From notes:

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a small white head that fades quickly, leaving a little lacing.

S: Lots of crisp wheat. Very spicy. A bit of citrus (lemon rind/zest). Some very slight herbal (hop?) notes.

T: A little bitter and grassy to start. Turns into a wave of fluffy, sweet wheat. Very floral as well. Finishes a little malty.

M: Light, but smooth and very flavorful. Very refreshing. Carbonation is spot-on.

O: Delicious, and by far the best witbier I've ever had!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the "big bottle"---

Look--Everything you could want in a wit and more--big rocky head, cloudy/hazy gold color and persistent white lace throughout. Awe-inspiring

Smell--Spice (coriander mostly) citrus (orange/lemon) notes forward, with more yeast on the nose than many others of this style.

Taste--Perhaps the perfect balance of coriander spice, citrus sweet and tart, grain, and yeast notes. The spice and sweet are at the front, with the yeast and grain at the end. Remarkable complexity for what is often a simple style.

Mouthfeel--One of the most dry and crisp finishes I've ever had in a wit. The carbonation is fantastic and doesn't ever seem to fade. Eminently drinkable, never cloying. This is superb.

Overall--This is one of my favorite styles. I'm glad I finally found this one. It lived up to the billing.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beauty poured into my mug with a fantastic foamy head. Lovely yeast floating down through the beer. tons of yeasty aromas, some bitter citrus, hay, floral scents. The flavors pop in the mouth. orange, yeasts, coriander, lemons, grassy notes. Thick delicious mouthfeel. wow. This is the best witbier Ive had to date, glad I have another to enjoy soon!

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Photo of StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small 33cl brown Euro bottle. Silver label with the same smiling St. Bernardus monk depicted.
Cloudy pale yellow body, with large fluffy white head. Rocky and bubbly, laced the glass and covered the beer in clumps to the bottom. Bottle swirl produced a darker biege yeasty sediment, good stuff.
Refreshing aromos of lots of spices, coriander, citrus, lemons, and ground orange peels. A striking and alerting aroma.
Taste is everybit as refreshing. Lots of citrus flavors, cloves, hot spicy coriander finish. Orange peel flavors and hot spicy flash at the finish then fade off to a super crisp dry finish. Very bubbly and light on the tongue. Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Easy going down and a very refreshing Belgian Wit. Look for this one and give it a try this summer, you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served into a duvel tulip

pours a burnt tan color with a foamy head.

citrus smell mixed in with yeast, some coriander as well

oh man. fruity with an emphasis on citrus, some wonderful belgian yeast, and a sweet and spicy aftertaste.

this beer defies WITBIER

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Photo of HogHill
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a single 33cl bottle with freshness dating.

Appearance: a pale yellow liquid which is translucent, a small half inch head rapidly faded to lace around the glass.

Smell: Outstanding aroma here, lots of citrus and corriander notes. Fresh!

Taste: A well balanced citrus flavor along with a bready taste from the wheat. The spices round this one out to make each sip an outstandingly consistent witbier.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

Drinkability: an awesome beer that can be drank in session especially due to it's moderate ABV.

Overall: this is my favorite witbier, beating out Hoegaarden and Allagash White.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale straw gold, and forms a two-finger white head that dies quickly to about half a finger, then lingers for a bit. Occasional decent-sized bubbles of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. While there is lacing at first, it eventually dies to small patches as the head evaporates to a broken ring.

Smell: Sour citrus mingles with an interesting sort of musty funk as the aroma wafts out of the glass. There are some faint hints of green grape and pear in the scent, a touch of spice, and something vaguely like mildewed bubblegum.

Taste: Tart citrus opens the flavor profile in a rush of orange and lemon, shot through with various spices - some clove and coriander, a touch of pepper. As it moves along the palate, notes of pear and banana appear, though beneath the citrus. The finish leaves behind the citrus flavors, with a sour and mildly funky edge to them, akin to if a sample of mold from bleu cheese were never introduced to any cheese, but made to grow on the oranges and lemons instead.

Mouthfeel: Light and drinkable, with significant sparkly, sharp carbonation.

Overall: That's a darned good witbier, verging into sour territory just a touch while retaining the complexities of phenols and esters one would want in a wit. If I could find this for under $5 a bottle, I'd make it a regular in my fridge. Even at that price, for the way this approaches the realm of a sour beer, it'll make repeat appearances.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden orange cloudy hue with a pleasant off white creamy textured foamy head leaves behind thick evenly strung patches of lacing. Aroma: Sweet spicy notes flow through the air, swirling sharp malted wheat sweetness with peppery spice, coriander, cloves, and some juicy fruit tones not overly citrus but nice tones. Taste: Creamy uniform flavor with a bready sweentess, clove and spice finish with a touch of citrus and pear juice like tones, awesome. Mouthfeel: Light bodied very creamy texture, perfect carbonation levels. Drinkability: Amazingly good the best witbier I have tasted hands down, I fell in love could buy a case if the price was right.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle but they had just got this batch in at the liquor store so should be good. It was a nice hazy pale yellow with lots of carb streams. It had a 2+ finger white head that whittled down to a thick collar and constant thin foam cap. Really good sheeting that quickly slides back into the glass. A little sticking. Was shocked to discover that I hadn't reviewed this one yet. Not sure how that happened as this is one of my favorites and I have often.

The aroma was excellent with pepper and clove for the spice side balancing with the citrus aroma and wheat malt. Really good sniffer. The taste is also excellent. Starts with the clove and pepper bite that fades as the citrus and malt flavors take over for a nice, smooth finish. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

Overall, an exceptional wit and one of the best (maybe the best) wits out there. Most highly recommend. Home keg worthy! Available here in TX. Rotation - heavy player in the wit/hefe/... rotation. [H;Y]

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Photo of techdiver
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an unhazy pale gold with a modest head that dissipates quickly leaving a small cap of foam. Clearest wit yet.

Yeast and citrus aroma. Nothing notable to elevate it's status over other wits.

Malt, hops, and citrus flavors combine to make this another spectacular wit. Fresher and cleaner than any wit I've reviewed to date.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Refreshing and clean with modest carbonation.

Again a most drinkable wit. Just a notch above my previous favorite - Allagash.

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Photo of rlovitt
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Srkolodn
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellowish-white color. The head is oh good size, and quickly recedes into a cap of lacing a centimeter thick. The aroma is very apparent. Lemons, oranges, corriander and more lemons invade the nose. Everything in the aroma is present in the taste with the addition of a refreshing tanginess. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side omedium bodied with lively carbonations and a smoothness that I don't recall finding in a witbier before. Overall, I consider this to be the best witbier on the market. If only it weren't so darn expensive.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amazing brew from a great brewery. This is possibly their best brew in a style not generally regarded for great brews. Aroma is powerfully lemoney and yeasty, reminiscent of a lemon yogurt. Cloudy straw yellow with a fair birt of head that recedes to nothin a bit too quick for my liking. Fruity and light with a slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel is medium, but crisply carbonated and not at all heavy. Quite a bit more interesting than several of the Wits I've tried recently. Shame its so damned expensive.

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Photo of LennyBound
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beldin96
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - It had a nice cloudiness. It was a deep yellow color, with a solid 1 finger head that lasts.

Smell - There was lots of wheat on the noes. There was also some great lemon, citrus and orange peel.

Taste - There were bananas and clove. It has a great wheat backbone that you get from beginning to end. It has a really solid taste with a little sweetness, and some honey.

Feel - It was very light. It was also very smooth, and dissipates off the tongue. The light effervescence is very nice as well.

Drinkability - It was very drinkable. I liked this one a lot and St. Bernardus has never let me down. It is almost sessionable and would be willing to try to do just that.

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Photo of Tedsugata
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Vylo
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of possum652
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up this Wit in the 750ml corked bottle. I slowly poured this into a beer glass. Lots of head. Even with the slow pour, still wound up with 40% head. I set the bottle down and head was still comming out the bottle slowly in a 2 inch thick tower! Upon initial smell, it was very yeasty and sour with slight hints of lemon, orange and corriander. The flavor was outstanding. Wit and Hefewiesen are my favorite types of beer and this one is an award winner. It might have been my imagination but in tasting I got a hint of the minerals from the artisian water they use. The main taste is crisp lemony wit. I finished the bottle in no time. I now must try all the other offerings from St Bernardus!

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Photo of dublife1
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful and almost perfect example of a Wit. Poured into my Tulip glass. Has a very sizeable 3 finger head that lingers for awhile. Smell is of citrus and light corriander possibly. Taste is where this beerso shines! Wonderful, light and perfect in every way. Slight citrus notes finish perfectly crisp and so drinkable. This is a session beer for sure. It just doesn't get much better for this style of beer! UNREAL!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,567 ratings
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