St. Bernardus Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus WitbierSt. Bernardus Witbier
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 01-06-2003

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4.15
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Photo of cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered pale yellow color with a nice head that has good retention and lacing. Pleasant sweet lemon zest aroma with a touch of coriander in the nose. Taste is nice and crisp like a witbier should be. Refreshing! Add this to one of my summer favorites and another great brew from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of ADR
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, ghostly pale yellow appearance, nicely textured small-bubbled white head floats and stays essentially flat. Laces in small but numerous patches. Muted aroma, pale yeast and sweetened orange, but not excessive. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is not over-done, but fine and well-distributed across the tongue. For me, this is a nicely done Wit -- not showing its characteristics too obviously. Spices, Christmas cactus, and citrus rind flavors meld well and give a subtle husky nutiness to the flavor profile. Finishes with an uptick of sweetened lemon bar cookies. Wits are never going to be a favorite of mine, but I like the way that this one hits the style and expresses itself.

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Photo of dgallina
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated best-before 3/03/2008.

Pours clouded pale yellow with smallish white head but good lace. Clean and fresh smelling; orange, lemon, and pepper over rough wheat and hops. Mellow and unexpectedly round flavors. Creamy wheat blends with orange, clove, and pepper notes up front, leaving a quenching hopped medium-dryness at the back. Creamy and gently carbonated body.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Holy crap, I was in heaven with this beer. St. B. has done it again to me. OK so the pour and the nose were a little understated compared to what can probably come out of the bottle? But damn if this stuff ain't awesome for a Wit!

Nice golden haze with a small orangey tint at the center. Small but thick capping of solid white froth that keeps for a bit before fading to its collar, where it lays for most of the session. Lacing in some small strings and spots.

Aroma is dull and mild of candish lemon, tangerine, and orange. A small smidgeon of pepper spice and floral yeasty esters gradually appear as it sits.

Taste is wonderfully full of candy played malts that bring one solid stance of pale lemon, orange, and pineapple. Totally like the Tripel, just a tad lessened in girth and activity. But super f*ckin' solid for a Wit. Perhaps more malty then most Wits. But man I love it. Thick, chewy, sinking malt tones of favorable candied fruityness of lemon and orange. Yum, yum, candy stuff. Its so well-rounded in a superbly mild dullness of cooked fruity sugars its amazing. Super long lasting and reaching effect in flavors on the palate. Fine touches of peppery dry spice and flints of flowers skip there and fro from about midway all through to the finish. Lovely play of malts with one of the nicest little dispalys of drying spice. Awesome!

Feel is immaculately centered around a malted candyish smoothness and chewyness. Thick, full, lush, and devine. So smooth, yet surging onto the palate with immense wanting. It wants to be drank. It just screams, drink me, drink me, drink me, I'm so damn good! And you will oblige to its Kingdom of drinkability with the ease of opening your eyes. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!
St. Bernardus is the sh*t!

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Photo of haz77
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours cloudy orange/gold with an inch and a half of tight white head that falls to a finger thick. Looks to have medium carbonation.

S – Lemon, orange zest, some clove, coriander, yeast.

T – Sweet malts at first, then some yeast. Pepper and citrus fruits come out towards the end. Dryness and tartness in the finish (although not overly so).

M – Medium body and carbonation. Refreshing.

D – Very drinkable. Thirst-quenching and an all-round nice beer.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I personally always think the color of witbiers are gross, and this one was no exception, but i guess it was nice for what it was. Huge head with amazing lacing. Cloves hit hard up front, with recess into lemon and tartness. Quite a bit of complexity for the style. Overly easy to drink, an absolute must on a hot Virginia summer afternoon...

N.B. I find it to be quite pricey - i don't think there is enough difference here to warrant spending $2 more per bottle than others of the style (and not to mention it is the same price as the 12).

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Photo of pbr85
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass
A: I poured this hard into the glass. The beer is an extremely hazy yellow/gold color. Head is frothy and about two inches.
S: Lots of citrus and spice. Lemon and orange rind are on the nose, along with yeasty wheat. Nutmeg is the only spice that I can pick out, though there are numerous others that I can smell.
T: Very spice-filled. Hints of lemon are present, as is a background flavor of wheat, which is expected. I'm really bad with spices; there are alot of them present in the beer, but I'm not sure specifically which ones. A complex beer to satisfy the most demanding pallate.
M: Very thick, much thicker than I was expecting. Its pleasing. Goes down chunky and good.
D and Notes: Ok, I paid $3.29 for this, and it is a good beer...but it isn't worth $20/sixer. I thought it was very comparable to the Ommegang Witte, which was substantially cheaper than this. I love this style, its one of my favorites, and I would strongly encourage you to try it. But just FYI, there are very good domestic Witbiers.

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Photo of Havinapretzel
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cL bottle (with an expiration date of 4-08-08) into a pint glass brought on a nice two-finger head that lasted a few minutes. The beer was a cloudy, translucent, pale yellow-ochre with a few dark specks at the bottom.

This has that spicy belgian smell, though it isn't as strong as that of a tripel or quad (duh). It tastes like it smells, mildly spicy and quite pleasant; I detected a very slight sourness at the finish. Mouthfeel is dominated by tingly carbonation.

This stuff is quite drinkable; I could drink several in a sitting, and probably would if it was cheaper and easier to find around here. Every St. Benardus I've drank has been impressive, and this continues that trend. I'll be drinking this again soon.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Thin white head, moderate lace. Smell is of spice and citrus,and just begs for a taste! Body is light with a hint of carbonation. Taste is smooth and spicy, with a fruity finish. This is a refreshing summer brew. I recommed this beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Hoegaarden witbier glass at just over fridge temperature. Best by 04 08 08.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale gold with an outstanding, very distinctive head... small bubbles of exact proportion topped by a mat the texture of whipped cream. The crown lasts for minutes and eventually settles to an eighth of an inch.

Smell- Nice and spicy! Great, big aromas of coriander and yeast... the hops are there but mired in the whirlwind of spice.

Taste- Generous levels of flavor here, without the cloying sweetness of an overly assertive beer. Yeasty, wheat notes accented with lots of coriander give this witbier the potential to counter food very well, as opposed to being strictly refreshing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Solid, enjoyable beer from start to finish. Big for the style, nicely done.

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Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow haze below a creamy froth. Bright spicing (coriander and orange peel) in the aroma, which also spews out farmy odors, vanilla, baked biscuits, tart wheat and a hint of toffee. Soft and watery palate, which is bubbly in large doses. Tartness in present, while being quite dry and peppery. The spicing is fairly subtle and could be amped up a bit (I like my witbier full of spices) Light hint of butter toffee on the finish. I like it, although I still havent found a witbeir that truly satisfies.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle with a best before date of 29 05 07 printed on the back label. Purchased at Bello Vino and poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy lemonade under a finger and a half of bright white that settles to a few CMs and leaves thick layered lace.

The nose is a wonderfull blend of Lemon juice, orange peel, coriander and light floral hops. Perfume like and zesty. A five.

Sweet malts upfront with coriander and citrus coming up in the middle. Some bread dough and fruity yeast flavors into a briefly tart finish and lingering spices in the aftertaste.

Full mouth that gets broken down nicely by the spice and citus flavors. Quite possibly the best Wit I have ever had.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin head that quickly recedes to a thin film on top.
Has a faint bananna and honey smell.
Has a biscuit and lemon flavor. Nice honey like sweet finish. No bitterness.
Feels a bit thin and heavily carbonated in the mouth.
A very smooth easy drinking summertime beer.
This is not a favorite style of mine but I might revisit this beer occasionally during the summer months.

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Photo of jabocu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy honey color with thin white cap that left light lacings as it fell to very thin surface lace. Aroma was citrus, honey malt, grain, and biscuit. It kinda had a clean feeling in the nose. Taste was biscuit, light honey sweetness, citrus, and low bitterness. Lingering yeast and grain flavor. Mouthfeel was crisp carbonation, refreshing, and light-med body. A good witbier.

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

Four 33 cl bottles purchased from C’est le Vin in Madison for only a buck fifty a piece. What a steal! Body is the color of a Williams Pear from Argentina, Cloudy and white with only the illusion of being tinted yellow-green. Carbonation is steady and pretty. Head is eggshell thin and eggshell white. Nose is coriander, Curacao orange, and cheddar cheese. Taste is orange pulp, cereal, wheat and pepper. Body is full for the style. Drinkable as all the good wits are. Top notch.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus has never done me wrong, so when I got the chance to try their witbier I had to jump at it.

Pours with a smallish white head and a beautiful bright, hazy, yellow witbier color. The nose is exceedingly warm and inviting -- lots of yeast, some tart citrus, and coriander. The palate first gives off cloves, then impacts the back of the throat with acidic tartness, before moving back to the front of the palate with some sweetish, doughy flavors. The mouthfeel is perfect for a witbier -- there's both a snap of acid and a rounded smoothness to this beer. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

I'm so impressed with this beer. I like wibiers, and this might be the best I've had. It's a great combo of high, tart notes and earthiness. This stuff is expensive but worth a splurge every now and then.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Foggy pastel lemon with a hint of orange. The crown looks great. It's bright white, a bit on the small side thanks to an uncharacteristically (for me) gentle pour and has a upper surface that looks like rough suede. Some lace shows up on the glass, although it isn't sticky enough to last.

The nose is tremendous and contains all of the requisite witbier scents: sunshine bright citrus zest, spicy coriander and wheat. The citrus smells at least as much like lemon as it does like orange. I especially enjoy the room-filling power of the aroma.

The flavor follows suit. This is one of the most aromatic and most fully-flavored witbiers that I've ever had. There's a beautiful balance between the untoasted wheat base (whose flavor contribution is as important as any of the other elements), the now more orangey fruitiness and the coriander. A Belgian yeast cloviness puts it into another flavor gear and, therefore, another league. Delicious.

The beer is noticeably sweeter than most other world-class witbiers, a characteristic that I actually prefer. There's isn't much of a hop presence, as the style dictates. Wits are all about the 'holy triumvirate' (wheat, fruit and spice). I'm glad the monks have paid attention to all three in equal measure.

The mouthfeel can only be described as fantastic. Never before have I tasted a wit with this much mouthfilling fluffiness. The beer expands beautifully in the mouth, a characteristic that I've found in only the very best beers (and wines). It's both full and buoyant, an intriguing sensory paradox that makes each mouthful an absolute treat.

St. Bernardus Witbier is my first Brouwerij St. Bernardus beer and it has impressed me to no end. It instantly jumps to the head of the class and is easily the equal, if not the superior, of Allagash's fine version. I love a good wit and I love the way this one excels in all the ways that matter most. Astoundingly good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy white tinted golden ale with a small bubbly white head with just better then average retention. Aroma of coriander and wheat is quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by the wheat and coriander with an above average body. Very good for a style that often produce boring beers but definitely not the best from this brewery.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, light gray/yellow color. No real head but decent froth, good visible carbonation.

S: Smells fruity, like banana and citrus, with light spice. Fairly sweet.

T: Slightly tart, malt has a tropical fruitiness and is bready and yeasty also with a mild clove spice.

MF: Rich mouthfeel, medium thick, coats well, very smooth.

D: Quite drinkable, alcohol is mild, making it an easy drinker. Not the best example of the style, but it won't disappoint...

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive dirty-gold/yellow, the cloudy haze creates a dense, opaque look. Very light head, in color and build.

Strong yeast hits the nose first, and the expected potpourri of spices hits next: coriander, clover, black pepper, orange zest, also a grainy earthiness.

Now to the most important thing: the taste. This one is utterly delicious, one of the best in the style. There's a stronger yeast flavor here than most wits, which suits my tastes fine. Also falling in line are mild black pepper and mild fruits. Seems to be one of the bolder, more robust witbiers.

Mouthfeel strikes me as a happy medium between Hoegaarden and Sam Adams' White Ale: not too fizzy, not too thick. Good balance here.

I'd be happy to drink several on a summer's day, but the earthy, yeasty character makes it good for drinking year-round.

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

Cloudy and pale yellow, with a steady stream of carbonation rising heavenward to a big puffy head. The beer is cloudy enough that the top is darker than the bottom due to the gentle slope of my pilsner glass (no wit glass, sorry). Thick curtains of lace mark the disappearance of this brew.

Airy citrus spices greet the nose, while similar greet the toungue. A pleasant mixture of spices and citrus, each complimenting eachother, none over powering. Superbly blended, this one ends slightly tart and dry. The expected yeasty bit doesnt' bite too hard.

Very crisp and dry, the spices subtle enough not to over power the palate. Interestingly airy.

Highly drinkable, flavorfull but light.

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

Spritzy carbonation, light and refreshing, yet with citrus and spice character to go along with the soft wheat. Around mid-glass, the acidity begins to take more prominence.

Generally, this brew holds its own against Hoegaarden (held by many to be the gold standard), although perhaps it doesn't quite have the simple elegance of Celis' creation. Still, a high quality Wit.

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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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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.15 out of 5 based on 1,500 ratings.
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