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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Watou, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This traditional witbier has been developed under supervision of the father of Hoegaarden and Celis White, master brewer Pierre Celis. This beer has been bottle-refermented, which lent it its specific taste.


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rangerred (988) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2013
330ml bottle into a nonic. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a huge three finger billowy white head. The fluffy head sticky around for a long time and leaves huge clumps of lacing on the sides of the glass. This is what a wit should look like. Picture perfect. The aroma just jumps out of the glass with lemon and coriander dominating. There are more subtle hints of clove, banana, and orange. There is a real sharpness to the aroma that I love. The flavor brings forth tons of coriander and more orange than was present in the aroma. Fresh baked bread along with lemon provide support along with a delicate tartness on the tip of the tongue. Perfect soft wheat character along with abundant carbonation that is perfect for the style. Overall, this is what every witbier should strive to be like. To me, this is the absolute defining beer of the style and by far the best wit I have ever had. I only wish I could get this close to where I live because I would go through cases during the summer.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maris (1088) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2015
From a 330ml bottle on 31/3/2014. Pours a slightly cloudy straw with a medium bright white head. Has a light splcy, wheaty, yeasty aroma. The flavour features clove and other spices with a hint of banana, and a light tartness at the back. The palate is a touch thin and the carbonation lively. It seems like it’s trying to be a Hoegaarden but with less sweetness and body. Not remotely in the same class as a Hoeggy I’m afraid. Disappointing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TedE (302) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2015
330ml bottle into glass. Sour wheat cream nose, excellent. Cloudy yellow beer with thin white head. Fizzy chalky mouthfeel with soapy-sweet finish. Sour note at the end. Really wheaty, really good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
RW80 (1056) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
33 cl Bottle shared- Appearance: A large big foamy head on a mild cloudy straw coloured body. Aroma: yeasty light citrus, spices and wheat.fruity ester Taste: sweet wheat backbone with some spices and yeast. thin body, slightly overcarbonated (But not that it becomes annoying.) Not as good as the other St. Bernardus brews and this just a very average Belgian White.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1557) - Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle - very big foamy head, mildly cloudy dark straw color, pretty bubbly, yeasty light citrus fruity ester aroma and flavor, sweet wheat backbone, pretty carbonated feel, very refreshing, and very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (1166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
10.8.2014. Hazy yellow beer with dense head. Aroma has lemon, pepper, herbs. Taste is slightly tart with lemon, wheat and soft carbonation. Finish is very short, watery, slightly sour. A bit disappointment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMJL (170) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Zapach z butelki to w intensywne uderzenie drożdży i fenoli (na razie bliżej niezidentyfikowanych). Piana biała, niezbyt drobna, dosyć wysoka – powoli opada do niskiej, która się już utrzymuje. Nawet się dosyć ładnie lepi do szkła. Barwa słomkowa, całkowicie mętna. Ze szkła drożdży już nie czuć, natomiast z natłoku fenoli wyłania się kolendra. Dalej pojawiają się owoce – głównie skórka pomarańczy, ale leciutkie banany też są wyczuwalne. Pierwsze wrażenie to bardzo wysokie wysycenie – nie można mieć tego za złe – mieści się to w stylu, szczególnie, że piwo było refermentowane w butelce więc samoistnie nasycało się z czasem. Jest fajnie kwaśne – i od dwutlenku węgla, i od odfermentowania słodu. Kolendra jest przyjemna i jest jej całkiem sporo, a skórka pomarańczy też wcale jej nie ustępuje pola. Po wszystkim pozostaje takie mączne odczucie w ustach – niesłodowana pszenica? Nie wiem. Ale jest to na pewno dobry witbier, którego warto spróbować.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (527) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Revitalizing my adulation for a style I had all but resolved to systematically cull from my imbibing habits, St. Bernardus brews up a Wit both artfully flavourful and refreshing. Years of being subjected to nasty, cheap and hurried iterations from Big Beer had left me eschewing the potentially satisfying sip that might have been. From possibly the best mixed six pack in existence comes this cloud straw yellow number, white billowing head greeting the moustache. A smooth funky chord is struck by well crafted spiciness, cereal, basement must, light vinous notes and subdued bubblegum. Tiny is the tartness but it comes through clearly and with great results. A beautiful beer with a fizzy feel, I drank this one at room temperature and it still managed to revive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
roldano (30) - - MAR 10, 2015
Espuma blanquecina que permanece en una fina capa, color amarillo turbio, sin filtrar, ligero aroma en nariz, altamente gasificada, sabor agradable y regusto amargo

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (152) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAR 9, 2015
Paladar diferenciado, acida e cítrica (laranja), esse estilo é difícil de acertar, mas a marca năo foge da tradiçăo, otimo exemplar. Paladar sedoso, aftertaste na medida.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ninecats (233) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle at Turisten, Ljungskile. Hazy pale yellow, two finger white head quickly dissipating, creating a lid on the surface. Aroma of juicy, musty funk and citrus, a subtle yeast tone, berries, slight spicy and a bit woody. Taste is initially sour, with citrus and oranges, making room for more spices, like coriander, yeast hints. Later more sweet rounded fruits, like banana, appear, likely from esters. Ends quite dry with a lingering sourness and phenolic feel. Light to medium body, medium carbo, quite round mouthfeel despite its fresh and drinkable character. A most delicious wit!


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