Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #14
Ranked #8,621
4.05 | pDev: 8.4%
Apr 30, 2022
Jul 11, 2012
Notes: St.Bernardus Tokyo Sounds familiar? You are quite right, because in 2012 we launched a one-off brew on the occasion of the opening of the first St.Bernardus-themed café in the Japanese capital. Eight years later, you can sample our St.Bernardus Tokyo again, albeit with a new recipe!

The young Belgian illustrator Jonas Devacht created the artwork for the can, which consists of an impression of Japanese nightlife in the iconic streets of Kanda district, where you can find ‘Brasserie St.Bernardus’.

St.Bernardus Tokyo is an unfiltered ale, which has been brewed with a large amount of wheat, holding the middle between a white beer and a saison. St.Bernardus Tokyo is an unfiltered, golden ale, topped off with an impressive white collar.
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4 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 30, 2022
3.89 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Mar 28, 2022
3.86 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Mar 04, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV "Tokyo"
11.2 fl. oz. can coded "L1138 14:03 BCBACOAT". Sampled on 21 February 2022
$10.49/4-pack @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The first time I saw this beer I was confused. What does St. Bernardus have to do with Tokyo? Well, it turns out I'm headed to Japan soon and I learned that they have the Brasserie St.Bernardus in the northeastern Kanda district of Chiyoda, Tokyo. This is a little bit stronger than the other witbiers I've had at 6% so I'm curious to try it. The appearance is as I expected it to be with a hazy golden body beneath a short cap of bright white foam. The aroma follows as well with a sweetish and wheaty malt base that's livened by coriander seed and bubblegum/clove and plastic-like phenols. I'm also getting what seems a little like green cardamom. It's fuller than some but not really by that much. On to the taste then... well it is a little bit different here. It's got a fuller flavor to it than most witbiers, and it's a little sweeter. The yeast character is bright. I'm getting some orange, soft bubblegum, delicate vanilla, green cardamom, and background banana. It's slightly herbal as well but I can't really pinpoint anything. The spiciness is soft, and includes both the coriander and yeast phenols. I'm getting some black pepper but who knows if that's from an actual spice addition or the yeast. It's mildly medicinal and plastic-like which some see as a defect. Personally, at low levels I enjoy that. It's lightly bitter but the spiciness and a little bit of acidity hold it together and it finishes mostly dry. I'm really liking this and I'm glad I bought 4 right off the bat. What was my cost per can, about $2.50? I can live with that. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than many, and it's medium bodied and gently effervescent. On that note, the head has held up fairly well and although I no longer have a solid surface covering there's a nice collar beneath towers of lace that rises up up along the wall of the glass. It's interesting. It's a little bit bigger all around, but not by too much, and although it follows the standard 'recipe' there is something different about it. In my opinion this is right up there with the other classics of the style.
Review #7,796

Feb 21, 2022
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

Bright golden with whitecaps. Dry and lightly chalky, heavily wheated with just a bit of tanginess and fruit. Moderate Belgian esters, with clove, lemon, a hint of banana.

Feb 13, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 07, 2022
4.04 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Jan 29, 2022
4.02 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Jan 09, 2022
4.06 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on Jan 03, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dano213 from Pennsylvania

11.2oz can purchased off the shelf as part of a 4-pack, don't recall the price. Has a date code of L0178 08:29 BCBCCLBR (whatever that means). I purchased this approximately 6 to 9 months ago.

Look: Beatiful golden color with a significant level of haze, with some fine particulate suspended on the bottom of the glass. There was a very thick, frothy white head upon the pour that has reduced to half of a pinky finger.

Smell: Bigtime clove aroma kissed with a touch of lemony, orangy acidity. Sweet banana and esters on the finish. Coriander and peppery notes on the finish also. Smells like a classic Belgian Witbier. Secondary aroma of anise like sweet black licorice coming through just before polishing this one off.

Taste: This is very refreshing and very drinkable. Tasting notes follow the nose. Up front, it's clovey and slightly sweet, then citrusy orange peel and the slightest bit of juiciness and banana notes come in the mid palate. The finish is moderately bitter and dry, slightly spicy and peppery. More herbal (sweet anise) and slightly medicinal notes on the finish. Makes you want to go straight back for more.

Feel: This beer is light to medium bodied. The mouthfeel is soft and pleasant. Appropriately carbonated.

Overall: It's funny that I haven't reviewed a Witbier yet. I guess I don't consume this style so often. Apart from Allagah White and Hoegaarden, I guess that I don't often seek out this style (especially not to drink at home). I'm not sure how this would compare, but I think that it does pretty well. I think that it brings a fair amount of complexity, which is appreciated for a 6% ABV Witbier. It's no surprise that St Bernardus knows how to make beer well, espeically a traditional Belgian style. Solid.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Can from John's.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is soft, doughy, bready with raw wheat, a really fresh bitter orange peel, fresh coriander, soft and beautiful. The palate opens soft and fruity, a blend of light, soft wheat and a lovely yeast expression. Softly spicy with coriander, fresh orange peel, a little honey. Drying, fruity and with an exceptional mouthfeel, highly and creamily carbonated. Lovely.

Dec 06, 2021
4.05 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Dec 01, 2021
3.78 by cozmo from New York on Nov 14, 2021
4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Nov 11, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Aroma is orange/tangerine fruit and peel along with spice,herbal earthiness. There is also some banana and an almost vanilla cream aroma.
Taste is definitely the mixed citrus up-front followed by spice,earthy,banana and that vanilla cream.
Overall its an excellent beer that is subtle on one hand but very flavorful and unique as well.

Oct 14, 2021
3.5 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 12, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

insanely good, huge thanks to my wife for identifying this as something special and procuring the four pack for me, boy do i ever love her! this is a wonderful wit, almost a wit/saison hybrid, fermentation forward but way more complex than the normal esters in this style, more rustic, funky, high rising, spicy, and still somehow so delicate to drink on, like having a cloud in your mouth, this is so expert its crazy, american brewers take note. lightly hazy, highly effervescent, stunning inch plus of wispy white belgian looking head, fed by constant carbonation, jut a gorgeous pour, and it seems bottle conditioned even though its from a can. the nose is white and black pepper, orange rind, fresh lemon without acid, toasted pine nut, white wheat, and a hint of saltwater taffy, off dry to me, slightly vinous, robust as can be but also oddly delicate at the same time, how do they do this? nice spiciness in the flavor, some light funkiness, rustic but super refined, light bubblegum, lemongrass, coriander, and even like a bay leaf note. i love the fresh taste to the grain too, not common in the imports, but its earthy and agricultural and balances the yeast nicely. warms up well but i hardly let it, and its so effervescent it dances on the palate. amazing beer, one of the best wit types i can remember having in years, and a had a tough time not drinking the whole four pack in like 20 minutes. not to be missed while its around! this is technical mastery.

Sep 16, 2021
4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana on Sep 14, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color. Thin velvety white head forms on the beer before dissipating, slowly but steadily. A thin film of velvety foam remains on the beer. Lots of velvety lacing coats the glass as the beer is consumed.

Aroma has notes of wheat, chamomile, pepper, clove, tangerine, yeast, a bit of a banana-y ester note, and coriander. In some ways it resembles a traditional wit on the nose, but there are some more floral and citrus notes that give it this more unique flair.

The taste is just lovely. Up front you get notes of orange, tangerine, vanilla, and chamomile giving it this lovely tea-like profile. Following that are notes of wheat, banana, which then give way to a spicy finish with notes of clove, coriander, and peppercorns.

Feel is medium bodied – I find these yeasty beers just sit heavier for me. Bright, vibrant carbonation. A touch on the drier side on the finish.

Overall this did not disappoint. A lovely beer from St. Bernardus.

Sep 11, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Appearance: Cloudy gold, small white head, fair amount of lacing.
Aroma: Yeasty, spicy, herbal. Modest citrus.
Taste: Some sweetness. Fruitier than the aroma. Spices still prolific. Tart aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; well carbonated.
Overall: Refreshing. Some bitterness but not harsh. Spices add to the enjoyment without being one dimensional.

Sep 08, 2021
3.9 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Sep 03, 2021
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a hazy golden-yellow with good, fizzy head and lace patches down the glass. Aroma has a mild wheat twang, something sweet like a mix of bubblegum and bananas, and some citric zip and peppery spice as well. Smooth, almost creamy, light and subtle sweetness that is much more like bubblegum wheat/yeast twang than banana, and has a mild citric zip that complements a clove-like peppery spiciness. Good balance and very easy finish leads to a beer that I found almost too easy to drink.

Aug 31, 2021
4.5 by Alecmedeiros from Florida on Aug 21, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Whatever a 3-step-down from the Holy Grail might be, this is one of those for me. I'm quite the fan of St. Bernardus but not much of a jet-setter, so finding this in New Jersey and not Belgium or Shinjuku is a mini point of amazement for me and the power of global importing and exporting. Soliloquy over. A Beligian WIt originally brewed for their Belgian bier-cafe in Tokyo, but now with a new recipe.

Pours a lemon meringue yellow, incredibly hazy and with a white head that is a modest finger and a half with nice retention. It follows down the glass leaving a couple lovely, foamy markings which is always a plus. Everything is up to the standard and above average here.

First aromas are dense. Notes of jasmine, banana, and a drop of orange oil. It brings to mind some diluted, old-fashioned perfume.

I like the complexity here. Notes of banana whip, baked apples, slight toffee, and sliced bartlett pear. There may be a touch of clove here but it is hard to tell and most available marketing for the beer does not mention if it is spiced. It wouldn't shock me though that it is more ester produced. It is also pleasant and welcome

Enjoying the mouthfeel here, pillow-y wheat and balanced character for flavor and mouthfeel. There may be something a bit "dusty" to it but it is overall what we should demand from a witbier.

Really thrilled to have been able to try this without a plane ticket. It feels like a more contemplative witbier, what with so many marketed as summer beers now.

Aug 07, 2021
3 by prisdefer from New York on Jul 28, 2021
3.91 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Jul 12, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BillAfromSoCal from California

I'm not normally a frequent wit drinker but I like this one. Nice tight/dense 1 finger of brilliant white foam in a tall wheat beer glass with some nice lacing. Somewhat subtle banana esters coming off in the smell. Flavor matches smell. Moderately dense body, nice mouthfeel, clean finish. Not my favorite wheat beer but very enjoyable

Jul 09, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by digboy from New Hampshire

Light gold colored with one finger
bright white silky head. Aroma is strong whiffs of wild yeast, slightly sour. Taste is similar yeast up front with a pleasant light wheat malt behind it. They balance well. Feels smooth and a little creamy. There is a little bitterness in the finish.

Well done, very balanced. Not my style but I can appreciate it.

Jul 05, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by harrypowers from Massachusetts

Pours a hazy golden color with a large fluffy head that ends as some lacing.

Smells of yeast and spice. Tastes wheat malt, yeast, orange and spice.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Light clean mouthfeel.

This is a very pleasant, drinkable refreshing brew.

Jun 30, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Carried to the curb @ Beermiscuous. I'm surprised I took so long to find this SB when I've had a dozen of their popular wit.
Tokyo is a pleasant, fruity wit. Will it be as successful? Let's hope SB releases it again and it is more broadly distributed.

Poured into my SB Watou tulip, Tokyo Looks like it has an active yeast. It Smells very fruity, like something you want to drink on a hot summer day. Tastes are balanced; there is nothing too sweet about this beverage. In the mouth, it is wheat-soft but maybe a shade less so than the classic.

I am a big fan of St. Bernardus almost all year long. I will have Tokyo next to their standard.

7/18/21 I neglected so far to get my summer rations of SB's classic wit. So I can't compare the two side-by-side. But I will and report back. Paired well with my ratatouille. I'm keeping count over at UnTappd.

Jun 20, 2021
4.04 by vidisad from California on Jun 20, 2021
3.5 by Marvicsin from California on Jun 20, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Bright gold with lacey white legs; bubblegum nose with a touch of flowers; wheaty malts, lemon rind, banana creme, spices and an herb oil end; creamy, clean, medium,

4 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25

Nose is more like Topps bubblegum than any Belgian I’ve had. And it tastes as candy as it smells - a ton of bouncy fruity esters.
I can’t find if there are additions, but it screams orange peel + coriander. There are threads of golden biscuit malts + vanilla phenols, too, that make it even more dessert-like. Sharp carb + Noble hops keep it from cloying - just.
It would go with food, with sun, but I’m not sure how it work beer after beer, in much the same way that Hoegaarden is definitely not a session beer.

Like anime - colourful, fun, bright, compulsively attractive + potentially addictive.

May 28, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(11.2 oz can, L0178 08:44 BCBCCLBR; purchased cold single from Pinocchio's... poured into a fat tulip)

L: fairly-hazy, amber-colored liquid with a highlight glow; tall, crackily, cottony, craggy foam builds on pour, slow recede... broken cap remains, as well as a broad, spattered, crescent ring of lace at the top

S: spiced, candied-fruit, floral shortbread cookie; coriander and candied fruit (fruit cake) double teaming heavy... unique bouquet; lightly soapy; fantastic intensity on the floral aromatics... perhaps a hint of medicinal alcohol accenting

T: very much Wit-centered wheat and yeast character, but with aggressive, exaggerated spicy pungency... underlying doughy, near malt-nectary foundation pops out a bit more upon second sip... definitely a soft-baked cookie note in the aftertaste, as the spice and baked fruit static frays and hums around the perimeter... the fruit character (exotic, near tropical) builds up, becoming dominant toward the end, but can't escape the cakey malt canvas

F: delicately chewy, foam-greased texture up front; horizontally cleaved aft, dry on the floor, pointillist-ic peppery tingle and warmth on the roof of the mouth... big gulps are begged for

O: dang, that's up there with the best, most dynamic Wit I've ever sampled; scoffed for a sec at the $6+ price, but it was worth it, oh boy (1761)

May 13, 2021
4.1 by smi69 from New York on Mar 02, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

330 mL can. Cloudy golden with a big white head. Smells of wheat, citrus, florals, and light banana yeast notes. Tastes of the yeast notes right up front. Banana and clove spice. Wheat. Light sweetness from some doughy malts. Medium light body. Dynamic profile for a wit. Good.

Feb 02, 2021
3.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Jan 16, 2021
4 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Dec 26, 2020
4.02 by BlueSpader from Washington on Dec 19, 2020
3.75 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 18, 2020
Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 202 ratings