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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Ratings:
1,537
Reviews:
662
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
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349
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Photo of thoglund
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kirbyderby
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davidperez
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BB 08 10 16

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, it pours a deep yellow of a light hue, hazy, with a one-finger head, foamy, with low retention. I was a bit surprised to see how little head retention this witbier has.

The bouquet, though, is quite assertive.
Lemon, orange, tartness, sweet malts, honey, lots of wheat and coriander, fresh leaves, hay, spiciness as in white pepper.

The recommended temperature for serving is the coldest I've seen, 2-5º C. Fortunately, I saw the label soon enough and started enjoying this beer instantly.
Needless to say, very, very refreshing.
The flavor follows the nose very accurately. It is quite pleasant to taste that the same complexity from the nose was found in the flavor. A very distinctive tartness is added, though, which makes it even better. A herbal, tea-like note is present as well.
The aftertaste has huge wheat and coriander, it's bittersweet, a bit tart and long. In the end, this beer dries your palate.
Light body, almost watery, yet the high carbonation makes this slightly smooth.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque yellow when poured vigorously, with a rocky white head and fine bubbles throughout. Soapy, grassy, and hay aromas match the flavor well, along with a lemony like tartness. Good carbonation and a light medium feel make this a perfect warm weather beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmurkar
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seen this one everywhere, so I finally caved into trying. Pours a cloudy straw orange with a 1 inch white foamy head. Tiny bit of yeast settled at the bottom. Yeast comes through heavy on the smell, followed by sweet orange. Taste hits pretty tart at first. Definitely taste the orange coming through, with lots of spice. Banana on the finish. Pretty diverse array of flavors on this one. Feel is light and crisp, super drinkable overall.

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Photo of teromous
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the back "A 15 10 17"

Appearance: It pours a light straw color with vivacious carbonation underneath a large white head. The body is too hazy to see through but a lot of carbonation bubbles are seen freeing themselves from the glass at a rapid rate. It maintains a short but well-formed head over time.

Aroma: It has a very faint coriander aroma with a touch of a tart wheat aroma. It smells nice but it is very faded.

Taste: Great coriander flavor mixed with a tinge of tartness and some light woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit thin and non-present on the palate.

Overall: It's a decent Wit. It isn't something that would jump to the forefront of my mind when recommending a Belgian Wit or a Belgian Style Wit but it would work if I needed to buy something in a hurry. With wheat beers freshness if very important and it could just be that the import process hasn't been kind to this beer. Whatever the case I wouldn't leap to buy it off the shelf as an import. I would try it again if I could get it fresh.

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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a huge white head. Sheets of lacing behind.

Aroma: Spices, clove, lemon, yeastiness. Classic witbier.

Taste: Kind of a tart taste with lemon and sour-ish green apple up front. Spicy finish. Citrus, orange is there. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Super drinkable.

Overall: "Classic witbier" pretty well covers it.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a great brew, but best witbier in the world? I'm not so certain. I suppose it wins high marks when you rate it to style (it's surprisingly dry and zesty, in contrast to many American stabs at the style), but to my palate it is--really--a slightly more refined, drier, well-spiced Hoegaarden. Better, but not "better" enough to justify a pretty significant price differential ($22 for four bottles!).

And a controversial statement for good measure: I'd take Hitchatino White Ale over either.

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Photo of tjb27
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DougT
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PsenicnoCRO
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnTurano
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Maznoc
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hydrocity2
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDell
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21.05.2016

St. Bernardus Wit
Witbier– 5.5% - 330ml bottle – Best Before 20.08.17

St. Bernardus’ Website:
St. Bernardus Wit is a traditional Belgian white beer developed and brewed in collaboration with the legendary Master Brewer Pierre Celis. This ale is very pale (whitish-yellow color) and quite hazy. The head is white and dense. In aroma, it has a wheaty, apple-like, tartness; herbal-spicy notes with coriander and orangey fruitness and honeyish sweetness. Very refreshing: perfect thirst quencher ! (5,5% ABV)

Appearance: Cloudy straw colour. Two finger, perfectly white head good head retention. Loads of very small bubbles make up the fast moving carbonation.

Aroma: Loads of bitter orange on the nose. The house yeast is also present, as are spices, apples and citrus fruits. Not dissimilar to St. Bernardus Tripel here, without the high alcohol obviously and with extra spices – mostly coriander. Very nice.

Taste: Pepper, then spices then late in the dry finish I get the fruits, with bitter orange dominating. Can really taste the clean yeast.

Mouth feel: Dry and slightly bitter finish with a thin body.

Overall: . Has to be enjoyed fairly cold, on a hot day in the sun. Wonderfully refreshing. Could definitely session this one. 9/10.

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,537 ratings.
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