Witbier | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before: 27 07 09.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dull orange body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Aromatic nose smelling of lemony citrus and sugar-coated baked goods fresh out of the oven.

Taste: Bready malts with a sugary, honey-coated sweetness. Dash of freshly-grated lemon zest. Sip of grapefruit juice. Tangy wheat flavor near the end. Teaspoon of nutmeg. Slight pear fruitiness. Restrained hop bitterness. Tiny blip of sourness. Fruity, bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's nice. Certainly heavier and much fuller than I'd ever expected, but still overall nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Botttle to mug, the appearance was a murky pale yellow color with a rocky white foamy head that slid off at a very slow pace. Some spotty lace ran around the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had a sweet Belgian yeasty to breadiness up front with an ample amount of coriander and then popping a little bit of banana esters to smooth it all out nicely. Light Belgian sugars and a touch of lemon.
The flavor leans subtly to the sweet side of the blend of the banana and Belgian breadiness with a nice touch of the coriander blending in nicely. Cool smooth sweet banana to breadiness strolling over my tongue nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine and the ABV felt appropriate. Somewhat creamy along my tongue, feels real nice as the spicy harshness seems to be quite contained.
Overall, pretty damn nice witbier that I know I would love to have again. Hard to argue with the Belgians about how this style is supposed to be.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very hazy yellow, cloudier than most beers I have had, even though I kept the yeast in the bottle. A foamy one finger head formed on top with moderate retention and some decent lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast on the aroma as well as some lemon, a little bit of grainy malt, and some spice.

T: Again, strong Belgian yeast presence. In addition, there was lemon, some spices - including some clove and coriander, and a bready malt on the backbone.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty crisp and very smooth.

O: Quite tasty and incredibly easy drinking, could drink this beer all night without a problem. Nice representation of style.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a ton of dense white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of grass, straw, and yeast with some faint orange peel and lemony citrus. The taste is wheat, straw, yeast, faint coriander, orange, and lemon. Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

This is an easy drinking witbier. It's not very complex, but it's well balanced.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Appearance: A godly white lace with the usual cloudy beige colour.

Smell: Runnings of coriander and citric zest with a softness of malt and yeast.

Taste: Spicy clove right up front, ghost like pine or spruce … could be anise and an earthy mix from the yeast. Hopping is hidden for the most part. Dry malt and grain, tartness grows middle to end with a lemon meringue flavour. Chalky yeast and a stalled tartness give the finish.

Mouthfeel: Relentless crisp carbonation that has ending wakes of smoothness in the light to moderate body.

Drinkability & Notes: Overly quenching. Quite an exciting brew, top of the list for me … just what I have always wanted in a witbier.

Thanks to D & V International for the sample. http://www.specialtybeer.com/

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

Currently the #1 witbier.

The beer is hazy yellow with a thick, dense white cap. Plenty of lacing is left on the snifter. The aroma brings wheat, coriander, orange peel, yeast, lemons. Delicious flavor. Slightly tart lemons, with hints of Belgian yeast and a mild spice character. Everything is integrated beautifully. Really easy to drink, full of flavor. The body is light to medium, with moderate carbonation, and smooth on the palate. I definitely recommend this beer.

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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to crack open one of these gems tonight when I got home from Asheville(reviews on that trip forthcoming)

A - Poured a very hazy, whitish yellow, very pale and cloudy. Huge white head never fully faded and tons of clingy lace down the sides of the glass. Some visible carbonation.

S - very light, lots of yeast asnd some light fruit, little grain, and a touch of hops.

T - Lots of yeast and light fruits, some peach and pear. Very light taste, awesome hot summer day flavor.

M - rich and creamy, very nice consistency and feel. Great carbonation.

D - Could put down a ton, really easy drinker and a great belgian.

Overall I was really impressed by this, a totally classic beer and a great sumemr release. Will have to save one for the lawn mow tomorrow.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to find this one on tap at the new lower NYC spot, Villedge Public House. Poured cloudy light staw. Leaves classy looking Belgian lacing, left behind from the light fluffy white head. Nose is of powdered sugar and wheat. This a fruity, slightly sweet beer,"creamcicle" notes, light spice, more fresh fruit. Tasty and refreshing, nice to enjoy fresh on tap.

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

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours a hazy golden straw with a healthy but quickly-fading white head that leaves very little lacing behind. The smell is a subtle melange of wheat, coriander, lemongrass, and a bit of bread. The taste follows nicely, including the subtlety: a tasty collaberation of coriander, wheat, clove, lemon zest, and even a hint of spice in the back. The body is medium at best, has a good amount of effervescent carbonation, and does not malinger, all the makings of a highly drinkable wit.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tulip glass.

Gorgeous uniform hard white head all foamy/soapy looking. Sits on a glowing orb of lemon yellow with gray hues, for a cloudy body. Leaves lots of sticky lacing while drinking and has lots of tiny carbs from the bottom hard to see though.

The first thing I get off this beer is a big grass, almost hoppy, and burnt clove sense. The nose finishes off with a little bit of lemon juice.

Taste is all light banana, some chewy wheat in the palate, with a a slow tasting finish of wet watered and clove sense in that order. The body seems a bit watery, but it's very balanced.

Overall though this really reminds me more of a Hefeweizen but it's almost like a cross hybrid, interesting. Easy drinking no problem.

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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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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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