Tokyo | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by VncentLIFE on 07-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
10
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a sample snifter. Pours a somewhat-hazy very light straw color with a nice head and lacing. Great nose. Almost a lemongrass character. Good wheat presence. Light and crisp. Very dry and easy drinking. Not the typical wit. Heavily drinkable; I would buy a keg of this if it were available.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. Brewed in February 2012.

Served cold into a goblet, Tokyo is a very hazy golden yellow color with thick white head. The head continues to grow until it is much taller than the glass. As it settles, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is distinctive and enjoyable with great yeast character and lemon undertones.

Flavor is excellent as well. It has the mild wheat malt flavor as a base but really showcases the Belgian yeast with great spice and citrus. It has nice depth and balance too which keeps it interesting.

Mouthfeel is light in body and heavily carbonated.

Overall a really well done Belgian wit. I really wish it wasn't a one-time only beer because this would be great on a warm summer day. Easy drinking but far more interesting than most American wheat beers.

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MrRockstar
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.5.12

A - Pours a hazy medium to light orange with a two inch fizzy and foamy white head that fades slowly.

S - Light Belgian yeast, sweet spring fruit, pears and candy.

T - Light fruity, some sweetness, light Belgian touch, citrus.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Citrus, candy, Belgian and a nice finish. I was surpristed and really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color with a nice glow to it and a moderate pure white head. Notes of hay with a whiff of bubblegum in the nose, with a touch of clove on the finish. The taste is similar- hay, some cereal grain, some bubblegum, a modicum of spice, and an additional touch of fruit. An interesting take on the style, and there is definitely a house taste of St. Bernardus here. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BartMcStout
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best by date of August 24, 2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden apricot color, topped with a thick white head that recedes to a collar, leaves some nice rings of lacing.

S- Light, sweet aroma of yeast, bread, banana, honey and light spice.

T- Similar to the nose, light bready malt, yeast, some wheat and honey sweetness along with some coriander. Also nice notes of banana.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, creamy feel.

O- A really nice, highly drinkable witbier, I would pick this up if they brewed it again sometime.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BeerBuddy2122
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a pale hazy straw color w/ a big fluffy white head, clumps of sticky lace.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, spices, banana, clove. Nice floral, almost perfumy aroma.

Taste is also flowery and spicy. Nice sharp citrusy twang. More pepper and clove.

Mouthfeel is soft and round with a sharp clean finish. Semi-dry.

Overall a solid but otherwise unremarkable offering from a world-class Belgian brewery.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap when quite fresh in Belgium this Spring and surprised to find it here in the States. Didn't know it was to be bottled at all. Now some eight months later I find it in a local bottle shop. Reminded me of Vitus at the time which seemed at odds with the others at the time, yet now I must saddle them side by side. A witbier that they said was a Belgian Pale vs. a Weizenbock that I thought it bore a resemblance to.

750 ml. bottle poured into a globe glass, showing a hazed golden with a rambunctious two finger cap. Aside the Vitus with a similar pour it has a bit more depth to the color and a more volatile carbonation boil. Both offer stellar retention and lace with the Tokyo a bit more robust.

Aroma is creamy with lemon hops and some spice. Does offer a hint of clove/banana but not material as in the Weizen. More spice emerges with warming and the lemon notes expand as well.

Offers a nice bready wheat texture and a balanced soapy yet no so much so lemon hop aroma. Belgian yeast esters abound with warming. Oddly this beer is much more of the Belgian Pale originally advertised vs. a Witbier or a Weizen by any means. Funny how that goes. Wheat yes but not to the degree I originally envisioned. Soft and subtle finish with a nice carbonation.

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Photo of CDW
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of mrebeka
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BJMVH9
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is light golden with a mild haze. The white head is approximately an inch thick, leaving a fair amount of lacing in its wake. The aroma offers corainder, citrus, Belgian yeast. A simple and straightforward beer. Nothing crazy going on here, just a solid example of the style. Lightly spiced throughout. Refreshing and clean. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A solid effort.

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Photo of Swonkie
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky light copper, good almost white head, leaves to disk. Some spotty cling lace.

S - Belgian yeast and malt. Not much else.

T - Malt first, then Belgian yeast, blended with a mild grassiness.

M - Medium to light body, good body , good balance, good carb.

T - Good to try.

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Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on October 2, 2012.

From a 750 ml into a pils glass.

A-Orange and light golden color with a light haze. There was a tall, shiny white head that really stuck around. Noticeable carbonation.

S-A nice bready, yeasty wheat smell with highlights of spice (white pepper), orange, and lemongrass.

T-The beer has a bright, citrusy flavor with orange and lemon components. There are hints of white pepper and coriander spice carried on a sweet, wheat background.

M-Creamy mouthfeel and lighter body. The carbonation is there, but its very fine.

O-I quite enjoyed this beer. I thought the citrus components played nicely with the wheat and spices to form a more substantial and interesting than average wit. Even though the ABV is on the lower side (although, not low for a wit), this beer had some complexity and backbone that many beers with higher ABV are lacking.

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Tokyo from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.1 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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