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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #13
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #5,817
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
141
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  22
Gots
  12
SCORE
89
Very Good
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork (and an entertaining label to boot) acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California earlier this week and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. I quite like the style when it's executed right; Allagash White comes to mind. 6.00% confirmed.

Best before: 24.08.13 (per the hood).

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon pulling the cork.

A: Pours almost entirely head, even though I poured it quite slowly. Head colour is beige. Good smooth rolling glistening texture, great retention, and good cream. Body colour is a murky nontransparent pale yellow. Not particularly vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Excellent. Some spice. Biscuity yeast. Full clean malts. Even a bit of fruit and tartness. Amazing clean full floral hop aroma. Lactose. Delightfully bright wheat. Very fresh. Barley. This is exactly what a witbier should smell like. Its light malty aroma blended with perfect wheat is intoxicating. This is shaping up to be a great beer. A strong aroma.

T: Clean malted wheat - actually a bit artificial tasting - like a bad Trader Joe's lager. Clean malts form the foundation. The climax is primarily a little spice with a yeasty turn on the malts. A bit boring compared to the expectations set up by the aroma. The malt agression increases towards the climax to ill effect. Background floral hopping adds subtle notes and aids the balance but doesn't save it from its malty flaw. No alcohol comes through. I like the spices and yeasty notes quite a bit. Very nicely hopped, complementing the flavour well.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, a bit refreshing, light on the palate. Brilliantly soft. It's a shame the flavours don't deliver like the mouthfeel does.

Dr: Overpriced as an import here in the USA. I'd definitely get it on-draught at Belgian prices. I'd drink it all night in that scenario. But it's not worth getting again at these prices. I expect better from St. Bernardus. If you're looking for a great limited release from this brewery, try the Abt 12 limited release version. This is not your answer. I expected better from this brewery. That said, it's delightfully drinkable and refreshing.

Serve chilled.

B

Oct 27, 2012
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Kromes from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy straw color with a thick white head that sits on top of the beer. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

A nice wheat, clove and banana aroma. A very pure smell to it. Kind of smells like banana cream of wheat.

More of the same in the flavor except a lot less banana. A touch of banana and a creamy wheat flavor with a large shot of clove spice. There is also a grape and citrus fruit flavor in the beer along with a candi sugar sweetness. Finishes sweet with lingering yeasty spice.

As you would expect, the mouthfeel of this wheat beer is super smooth with the perfect amount of high carbonation to make it feel like you are drinking velvet.

I tried to find some flaws in this beer, but couldn't. As I would have expected, a really great offering from St. Bernardus here.

Sep 03, 2012
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Liverpool08 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Oct 16, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: golden hue with a good haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy white foam with good retention. On the darker side for a witbier, but still quite attractive.

Smell: sweet, wheaty aroma with a nice banana character and a little spiciness underneath. Quite enjoyable.

Taste: boy, the Belgians are still the best at this style. Rich, creamy, wheaty, sweet but not too sweet, banana-ey, just a little bit clovey, and richly bready and yeasty at the end. Really quite wonderful. One of the best witbiers I've had.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a massive carbonation and a huge mouth-filling creaminess. Delightful.

Overall: extremely tasty, drinkable and satisfying. As I said, a delightful beer.

Dec 13, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber. Healthy three finger white head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of citrus, sweet malt and surprisingly, coriander or clove (the bottle says it is unspiced). Spicy. Flavor follows, quite sweet malt, wheat, Belgian yeast. Finishes with slight hops and sweet wheat. Nice flavors, and fits the expectations of a fine Belgian meeting a fine witbier. Flavor is slightly attenuated, probably due to the lower ABV than a typical Belgian ale. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very interesting take on a wheat beer and hopefully this will be brewed again in the future.

Sep 30, 2012
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Brianito from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Oct 07, 2012
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mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Aug 16, 2012
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bbeane from Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Sep 13, 2013
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drummermattie02 from Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jul 03, 2013
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BobZ from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus Chalice.

Appearance: Bright amber (darker than the normal Wit with much more orange visible), a head of about 1” to 2” inches that recedes to a cap, very nice lacing.

Smell: The citrus is upfront as expected but there is a honey sweetness that is much more pronounced than the Pierre Celis version.

Taste: The citrus and coriander are there (again as expected); however, the sweetness seems much more pronounced. Much more of honey like sweetness more than a malty sweetness in character.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and despite its sweetness it never becomes cloying. Clean finish. .

Overall: A delicious Witbier; however, it has two strikes against it. One, I like the original better as the increased sweetness really did not make the beer more enjoyable to my palate. Two, even pricier ($15.99 for a 750ml) than the already expensive Wit.

Sep 25, 2012
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vermilcj from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

May 26, 2014
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nathanmiller from New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 28, 2015
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Nov 17, 2012
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zestar from California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Jul 01, 2014
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mrebeka from Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Dec 09, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The head had a good retention and a pretty nice lacing too. The smell of the beer had some subtle floral and spicy notes. The taste had a nice balance of the wheat and the hops with some bready yeast in there too as well as a very subtle amount of spice too. The mouthfeel of the beer was light, it was very smooth and very well carbonated. Overall it's a fairly refreshing beer, I would probably drink this one again.

Nov 19, 2012
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mrlucid98 from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

May 26, 2013
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einman from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 29, 2020
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smithj4 from New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Sep 22, 2012
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jsanford from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Feb 12, 2013
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impending from California

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A

Pizza Port Ocean Beach.

Served a cloudy milky honey, pure white froth with nice retention, ok lacing.

Interesting meld of classic wit and a phenolic caramel. The Prior 8 seems to be sitting nearby.

The flavor too melds a wit to the Prior, which shadows the foreground of grains, light white fruits, citrus and a great subtle banana accent. Behind is the Prior malt and dark candi sugar, delicious. Zero bitter. Light lively mouthfeel.
warms wonderfully
unmistakeably the art of the brewers of St Bernardus
cheers
jd

Sep 01, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky dark yellow with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same along with some apple cider and apple juice flavors. There is a a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink and quite tasty.

Aug 19, 2012
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pretty golden color, slightly hazy with a foamy white head on top made up of lots of very fine bubbles. Great head retention lasting for the entire time it took to drink the beer. Pretty lacing streaking down the glass.

S: Light wheat and citrus, a bit of orange and orange zest. Underneath the citrus is some nice Belgian yeast and spice, a little bit of clove.

T: Lots of bright citrus upfront, more orange, similar to the aroma, as well as a bit of lemon zest. A great level of spice on the flavor profile, some clove, coriander, and a bit f white pepper.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, giving it a really nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

O: Surprise, a great beer from St. Bernardus!

Jan 11, 2013
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sendbeer from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Dec 17, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice (proper!). Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spice, earth, fruit, bread, banana, and subtle bubblegum. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, spice, wheat, earth, bread, and bubblegum. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really enjoyed the drinkability of this brew due to it being light in flavor and light on the palate. It was rather refreshing and the hint of bubblegum on the followthrough was very interesting and inviting for each additional sip. I have yet to have anything bad by this brewery and based on past experiences, I doubt I ever will.

Jan 15, 2013
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 141 ratings