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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1263   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 (976) - 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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ninecats (221) - 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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
skirwan2k (2) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2015 does not count
Excellent blend of citrus and spice. Smooth mouth feel and fantastic aromas on the nose. Very refreshing for the summer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (84) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
One of the best wits that I’ve had. It’s crisp and refreshing. The two most important attributes of a beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jultsu (232) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Meni vähän ohi mutta maukas olut, pitänee uudelleenreitata tulevaisuudessa.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sperandio (12) - - FEB 20, 2015
Aroma bem suave, coloração clara e bem leve! St. Bernardus nunca decepciona.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moravius (695) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
Flasche (33 cl) von Beerbaboon, Berlin-Charlottenburg. - Sattes Gelb, milchig trüb. - Nase schwach zitrusfruchtig aber kandissüß, angenehm hefig und mit den typischen Wit-Aromen: Orangenschale, Koriander, Anis. - Antrunk schlank und mild hefig mit Weizenmalz, blasser Frucht (Limone, weiße Trauben) und einem Schuß Koriander. Sehr mild säuerlich, keineswegs aggressiv. Gut rezent, spritzig, leicht trockenes Mundgefühl. Im Abgang sehr milde aber ausreichende zitronige Herbe und ein Hauch von Kellerluft. - Angenehmes, mild-erfrischendes und sehr rundes Wit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (595) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at Bangers & Lace during St. Bernardus tap takeover. Very smooth, frothy and complex wit. The head melts into the body of the beer. Significant wheat notes, but not harsh at all. Very soft mouthfeel. Sweet and slightly spicy in all the right places. Outstanding wit.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElManana (653) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2015
Pours cloudy yellow with a big white foamy head. Aroma of coryander, citrus, orange. Taste is coryander, oranges, yeast. Too much spices, I prefer Hoegaarden.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1645) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2015
Overall: Orange, spices, foamy.
Note: Bottle 750 ml at home. Reviewed 2015-02-08.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
King_Alex_II (255) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 7, 2015
Cloudy dark yellow color with small foam layer. Yeasty and lactic. The taste extremely reminds of the hoegaarden, but is much more aggressive in terms of acidity. The taste is more interesting than the hoegaarden, but the acidity is overpowered. The aftertaste is almost unpleasant with its acidity. I don’t like it, even though I tried to find something more pleasant.


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