St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

1,529 Ratings
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 JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a golden hazy yellow with little to no head. smells of fresh citrus fruits and spice. at the first taste you can taste the citrus from the beginning and it finished with a little spice. the spice taste is not overwhelming but the smell is intoxicating. top flight witbier. would drink this everyday.

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Photo of jsoneff
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly the best of the best, I love wheat beers and this is my all time no comparison favorite. Amazing gentle fruit flavors and rich full body characteristic of the best Belgian beers.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy straw color with a strong amount of activity. Extra frothy white 4 finger sparkling island head, lasting around 10 minutes, with a good amount of legs.

Aromas of fresh flowers, yeasty spices, and lemony citrus. Flavors of lemon, roasted sweet grains, with a hint of honey and floral spices. Pleasant salivating sweetness with a strong sharp end.

Slick medium body with a perfect amount of zesty carbonation. Light and short finish that lingers a little, ending with a coriander and citrus tongue feel, and faint banana yeast.

Overall great quality craft. Quite delicious flavors with good balance and well intensified. Nice complexity and interpretation. Strong sharpness, well bodied, and super fresh.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy straw with a nice thick white head.
S: Peppy zestinous and coriander.
T: Lighter in flavour than I was expecting. Quite bready with that fizzy Alca-Seltzer quality. Coriander seeds of course. Doesn't open up at all, it's certainly on the insipid side. German wheats can get away with this, but not Belgian wits. Beyond the in-your-face coriander and extreme effervescence, there's really not a lot of substance here. Like all Belgian wits I get that unpalatable ice cream soda quality. Not a fan of this style, but I've had much better.
O: Really not deserving of its world class status.

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Photo of geofort78
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with persistent white head. Aroma citric and slightly salty. Medium body with taste a little salty at first followed by spices. Dry aftertaste.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic wit color, haze, head. Smell is...what? Kind of herbal, maybe grassy? Where is the fruity yeasty aroma? Taste is fairly basic wit, not much in the banana/clove space...actually between the orange and the carbonation it reminds me a little of a weak Fanta soda. I feel bad, this is probably a world class wit but I'm thinking I actually enjoy Blue Moon more. Certainly I liked the Blanche De Bruxelles and Martens Witte much more.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
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 PlutonowyManiek
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw color, very cloudy, a bit like a compote of apples and pears.
Head white, not very durable.
Unfortunately, a terrible aroma, a little wheat, and plenty of suds, some perfume or something.
The taste is better but not great. We have a wet wheat is damp barn, a little food acid lemon, a bit of metal that's all.
Gentian light at the finish, alcohol is not perceptible.
Saturation high.

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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 Electros
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It isn't bad, but I really don't find this a great example of a wheat beer. The look and feel are great, it is the smell and taste. I can taste the lemon more then the coriander. I don't really like anything that is sour and that is downfall of this beer with me. I like the dryness you normally get after the sweet, but the lemon is too overpowering for my taste.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting little ditty here, gorgeous in the glass, big old layer of glacial white foam atop a cloudy pale body. Nose, and perhaps I'm hung up on that glacial adjective, is really clean, the phenols giving an almost cooling effect, like frosty air on a winter morning. Sure, there's some high touches of orange too. On the palate, it's a touch citrusy, a touch sweet, a touch herbal, but most of all it's bubbly as heck, buoyant even. The carb does re-enter orbit after enough time in the glass, which in some ways lets you pick out the flavors a little more, but I kinda missed that riotous effervescence. Overall, this is a tasty wit, to be sure, leaning toward cool citrus note, lightly herbal, and less banana/clove than some other offerings. Props to the monks for churning this stuff out.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Bread, sweet, citrus, spice, orange. Appearance: Pours pale, hazy straw while producing a 2” fively bubbled, persistent white mountain of foam that lasts though the finish leaving thick lace. Flavor: Balances light honey like sweetness with Granny Smith tartness with wheat, spice and citrus sandwiched in between. The spice is subtle and shows up more in the finish. Very faint banana. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, medium body and medium high carbonation. Overall Impression: One of the best wits out there.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. Lovely, well-balanced beer with a bit of a floral quality to it. Or maybe those are the light lemony notes another reviewer detected. No knocks. If it weren't $6.99 a bottle, this could be my favorite in the Witbier/Hefe category. But right now that honor belongs to Allagash White.

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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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a hazy light yellow straw color. Has a nice head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell – Coriander, and a light lemon scent. This is a great witbier scent.

Taste – Wheat, coriander, and lemon. This is probably my favorite witbier.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and refreshing.

Drinkability – Very easy drinking. Probably the best witbeir I’ve had!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours creates a nice white lacey head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy, and very pale straw yellow. The appearance is very interesting. It pours white but the ultimate color is yellow.

The beer smell is very good. The smell has an extremely strong wheat note with a bit of mineral water as well. The smell also has some spice notes but they are faint compared to the wheat and water notes. Also, some citrus notes but faint compared to the rest of them. The simpleness of the smell does not detract from the experience but is pretty good.

The beer taste is fantastic. The beer taste has a strong citrus, lemon, and orange notes that mix and complement the sweeter wheat taste. Additionally, the taste also has a mineral note that works with the beer. The overall taste is very good.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Overall, it is refreshing and thirst quenching. The beer is smooth and watery but not in the diluted sense. Rather, the beer has sufficient body and carbonation to have texture but not so much that it's heavy.

Overall, a fantastic wit and most definitely one of the best. I highly recommend having this witbier at least once in your lifetime.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle, no date I could find. Shared with others and served in an Innis & Gunn Tulip/stemmed glass.

Appearance: Cloudy glowing golden-white. Initial thick head that died back to a thin white foam across the top, some islands of lacing.

Smell: Hint of yeast, clean, mild hint of grain and spice.

Taste: Clean grain, wheat tang, hint of coriander and citrus peel, hint of banana and cloves, and just a barest amount of noble hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation that scrubs the palate clean, but not fizzy. Nice thickness under the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Full flavored, very pleasant as one would expect of a proper Wit. Refreshing and I will definitely have again. Very easy to drink plenty of.

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Photo of SebD
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of orange, lemon, coriander, apples, light wheat, Belgian yeast and light spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some orange/lemon notes upfront, loads of coriander, light green apple, some wheat, Belgian yeast and light spices (cloves /black pepper).

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Quite possibly the best Witbier I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheHammer
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Holy crap! That's a lot of carbonation. A generous pour produced three and a half fingers worth, but it doesn't stop there as the cloudy brass body has so much carbonation that the bubbles seem to be bouncing off each other going haywire as they reach the head. Ample lacing and retained throughout. I have to say I'm impressed, but uhh maybe dial it back a peg.

Smell: A lot of coriander and a lot of lemon citrus on this one. There is a faint note of black pepper in the background but it is very subdued. Warming doesn't help or hinder the smell in any real fashion.

Taste: As expected the spicy coriander permeates the entire beer, although it starts out in the background at the start has very tart citrus of which lemon is dominant but grapefruit and orange notes are present, with even a slight gum hint. The spicier elements then take centre stage as they come forward, as the coriander is suddenly backed by cloves, black pepper and a banana note. The two parties then get together and mesh together with a slight grapefruit kick that I assume some form of hops is causing ending with a sublime experience.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and despite is appearing out of control it gives the beer a frothy, foamy texture. The transitioning is a little odd but it works well. The let down here is the aftertaste, which apart from a slight faded note of coriander is all but not existent.

Drinkability: The beer is very refreshing, but the high carbonation leaves a bit of a bloated feeling after the beer is gone. It's also a bit heavier then you would expect from a Wit, but not excessively so as I'd say it's fairly medium bodied. That said, the sudsiness and mild aftertaste could leave me drinking this all night.

Final Thoughts: With this beer, it all comes back to two things, the coriander and the carbonation. If you don't like either of those things, this isn't for you. However, I don't know anyone who is anti-coriander or carbonation so yeah. For me this beer screams to have a peppery steak to go with it, that or a nice pair of pork chops. All in all, exceptional stuff. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, WI. Served in the proper glassware 4/2/2015.

A- Hazy yellow-golden body, one finger white head, lots of thick rings of lacing, nice retention time.

S- Mildly spicy coriander, almost a bit fruity as far as orange and melons go, nice mineral aroma. Wheat, cloves.

F- Very nice spicy mineral flavour, coriander, wheat, mild fruity lemon, pepper, a bit of pear. Very nice complexity.

M- Medium bodied, substantial but not overwhelmingly so, very easy to drink with nice carbonation. Great one to drink on a hot day, I'd have to say. Plenty of mild fruit and spices on the finish.

O- Very nice wit, one of the better ones I've had. Pretty much true to the style.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1+ finger white head that receded to a thin cap; almost no lacing;

S: orange peel, with coriander right behind it; a hint of bready malt, black pepper, and tartness in the background;

T: follows the nose; right from the start, orange is most prominent, but coriander is also very noticeable; very light bitterness on the finish;

M; light bodied; moderate carbonation; no dryness on the finish;

O: very refreshing and enjoyable;

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: A murky rusty straw yellow colored body sits under a white head. A wisp of film remains while there is light watery lacing that does not remain on the glass.

Aroma: A little bit of wheat grain and breadiness gives way to banana, coriander, apples, tart cherry, citrus peel, and some white pepper.

Taste: Much like the aroma, but tart fruits and tanginess really dominate. Starts with grains and bread and then gets crushed by tart cherries, crisp apples, softer sweet banana tones, and coriander and peppery spice in the finish. Citrus notes abound as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, dry and tangy.

Overall: Tons of flavor and a lot of tanginess, a very nice witbier.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Decent lacing. Creamy appearance.

Smells of coriander, chamomile, with somewhat citrusy fruits, bubblegum, and some clove. Excellent spicing balanced with yeast character. Hop aroma is low, possibly spicy/fruity noble hops. More likely Styrian Goldings than Saaz. Sweet graham cracker malt.

Taste follows the nose. Very fruity with honey and spices. Apples, but not cider. Grassy hop character. Bubblegum and clove, but balanced. Complex but not heavy.

Thick and full mouthfeel without being cloying. Silky with medium low carbonation. Very nice.

Excellent example of a wit. Bigger and more complex than Hoegaarden, but just as refreshing.

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Photo of interzen
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Typical witbier - cloudy, golden yellow with a puffy, off-white head which diminishes to a foamy cap with little lacing in evidence.

Smell: Again, pretty much a typical witbier smell - oranges, lemons and coriander with a fainty wheaty, yeastiness in the background. The lemon aromas are more pronounced on the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: POW! Fruit and wheat - there's a massive hit of citrus and coriander with some lingering wheat and spice notes. Quite a dry wheat and malt finish with hints of lemon. Definitely a cut above your average wit.

Feel: Manages to be full and light at the same time - difficult to explain but despite the cloudy appearance it's not at all heavy going. Carbonation isn't quite as aggressive as some suggest but it's still there and adds to the refreshing feel, IMO.

Overall: I like witbiers in general, and the products of St. Bernardus in particular so this was bound to be a winner for me, and it doesn't disappoint - if your idea of a good witbier stops at Hoegaarden or Blue Moon then you owe it to yourself and your palate to check this out; it's in a completely different league.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,529 ratings.
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