Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Belgian 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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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 dbrauneis
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger foamy white head. The head dissipates over time but never completely disappears, leaving a thin layer of bubbles. A little darker than the other witbiers that I have experienced in my years.

S: Aromas of Belgian yeast funkiness, coriander, spice (clove), and citrus. The smell has almost a sense of touch/feel to it as well because of the effervescence.

T: Flavors of pale malts, lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast, and coriander. Finishes slightly bitter but I would overall describe the taste as light.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Probably the best beer I have had in this style and extremely refreshing. This beer would be awesome on a warm summer evening and I could definitely enjoy many of them.

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

Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

St. Bernardus delivers the typical witbier appearance with a hazy yellow-orange body topped by a bright-white head of creamy foam. The head retention is excellent and it leaves some nice lace throughout the goblet. It's lightly floral nose is more delicate than many examples, but it still delivers all of the appropriate components including a soft note of coriander and a mildly zesty citrus peel that's both a little bit lemony and a little bit orange-ish. Somewhere in there, there's also an uncommon note of spruce that's really intriguing (but not strong enough to really garner attention). Some gently sweet malt also creeps its way into the nose as it warms. The body is light and it's very fine and gently effervescent carbonation tingles the tongue before warming to become lightly creamy. In the flavor, soft coriander appears up-front wrapped in a thin and silky veil of lightly sweet malt. It makes a suggestion of tartness but never really delivers it; and in this way it seems to fall into a middleground between the commonly sweeter versions and the more acidic interperetations. It finishes dry with a note of dull (chalky?) lemon, some gentle clove, and a lingering sweet note that's very mild but almost candyish in nature. Very refreshing; and quite interesting in it's subtle complexities. This is a must try for fans of the witbier style. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A completely hazy and opaque straw-colored beer. Pours with a sticky 2-inch head that falls into a quarter-inch. Head retention is very good.

Smell: Sour and yeasty; grapefruit, lemon, a bit of citrus rind.

Taste: Begins with a hint of bready sweetness before becoming more tart and spicy. Lemon juice and rind flavors lead to a dry and tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and crisp on the tongue. Lies on the heavier side of light-bodied.

Notes: A good, solid wit. More tart than most with less banana and more citrus.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peachy yeallow with a nice two fingeredhead that settles nicely,aroma is on the spicey side of coriander even a touch of vanilla in there and some toned down citruisy notes.If its possible for a wit to have a creamy mouthfeel this one has it very smooth and easy to drink.Taste is a nice combination of citrius and coriander spice not tart but enough citruis flavor to make it refreshing.A top notch wit I would think world class my first ST Bernardus beer what have I been waiting for if the whole line is as good as this.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of frothy, white foam on top of a hazy, yellow-orange body. As the head settles, it leaves a thick ring of foam clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - A yeasty, spicy aroma of coriander, lavender, black pepper, and wheat.

T - Spicy wheat up front, along with pepper and coriander. The spices linger into the finish along with some musty yeast notes and a hint of earthy hops.

M - Very high carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, this could be a great session beer if the carbonation was a bit lower. The flavors are well balanced and nice for the style, though not as bright and smooth as some other witbiers I have had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 8/26/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, lemon and spices.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of lemon, coriander, light malts and strong Belgian yeast. There is a very mild hops presence but it is not necessarily missed. The after-taste is slightly bready and a little sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, excellent representation of style and one of the best Witbiers that I have had, it is a nice beer to drink a lot of in an evening.

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

This is undoubtedly the smoothest and best witbier I've ever had. Poured into a chalice, a cloudy, pale, bronzed yellow-orange with a beautiful head of delicate white bubbles that retained pretty much throughout the session and left some nice lacing. Biscuity aroma, Belgian yeast, sugar and spice, and citrus zest. Very bready and earthy taste, and very complex and full-flavored for a witbier. Flavors of yeast, sugar, lemon, pear, banana, corriander, pepper, all wrapped in an incredibly smooth package that you just don't get from a typical wit. Probably the only wit that I've had that I'd call medium-bodied, with full flavor and rich texture, and definitely easily drinkable, but to be savored.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Near white, big-bubbled head that leaves streaky lace on the glass. The liquid is appropriately cloudy and has an orange hue to an otherwise yellow color.

Clean and crisp smell that is strangely reminiscent of a very dry mead. Relatively light wheat aroma.

Very dry start. Quite tart without being lip-puckering. Smooth body that leaves a coating similar to milk after the swallow. The carbonation is similar to a cheap champagne. No typical wheat flavors here.

I'm struggling with this one. I love originality and this Wit is quite different from most. There's something that puts this beer over the line to "odd". I wouldn't be reaching for another, but I am glad I tried this one.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bwahahaha! Once upon a time, in the then-burgeoning land of The CANQuest (tm), I remarked that I would only be interested in Westvleteren's beers once they began CANning them. I typed it with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but when I was roundly vilified, I dug in my heels. One fellow wrote, "Jayzis, Woody, I certainly hope yer taking the piss with us, mate!" Haha. My response was, "Well, in that case, I'm going to drop back & punt. Maybe St. Bernardus or Orval will be more amenable to CANning their beers …" I left the forum as virtual rotten eggs, fruits & vegetables began to fly in my direction. Today is my moment of salvation & their reckoning! Long live The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "The Classic Belgian Wit".

Aww, it's a wee tiny CAN! Only 11.2-fl. oz. 8=( Well, no time like the present for a Crack! of the lid's vent & a subsequent Gussie Glug! It foamed up to form not quite two fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, eggshell-white head that wilted in the day's humidity. Color was a faintly cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). 8=( I like my Wits to be as cloudy as the day is long. Nose was very spicy with an unmistakable coriander presence, but the orange peel was not shy, either, nor were the other spices. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but super smooth & easy-drinking. The taste had the requisite spiciness along with a pleasant sweet orange flavor & it suddenly got me CANtemplating the Pumpkin beers that are coming out. I wonder how closely their spice rack resembles this one. Hmm. That said, my point is that this was delicately spiced, somewhat understated, where the Pumpkin Ales tend to be heavy-handed. This was spicy without being overwhelming or out of CANtrol. It was just such a nice, smooth, easy change of pace for me that it was gone as quickly as if it had evaporated. Yes, let's go with that! It evaporated in/from my glass with little to naught to do with me. Finish was dry, as should be expected of any spiced beer. The price point makes it very attractive, if you are CANurious.

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Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice white head. Decent amount of lacing. Smell is light wheat with a bit of sweetness. Some clove character and a bit of spice. Taste is similar, although nothing stands out too much. Somewhat bland compared with the nose. Much of the taste component is dominated by the mouthfeel, which is quite nice and refreshing. A very easy-drinking beverage.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed ina Hoegaarten wit tumbler.

Pours a hazed straw color with a finger of pearl colored head. average head retention & lacing

S: Cooked cereal, some grassyness

T: Lemons, tangerines & white grapes & coriander up front. White pepper & lemons & more grapes as this warms. Finishes a bit grainy, with some more cooked cereal, appleskins & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a nice summer time quencher, but give me the old Celis white from Texas any day! I took great care with this one so I don't think this suffered on my end, expected more

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,634 ratings