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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 (989) - 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosskyle (46) - - APR 19, 2015
Bottle purchased from Four Firkins. Hazy light golden color with minimal white head. Citrus lemon grass wheat aroma. Carbonated medium body. Lemon wheat flavor with a little spice. Carbonation and medium body makes it an excellent wit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdb84 (220) - NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Typical Blanche pour, slightly murky golden orange color with large soapy foam head. Inviting strong, fresh, and grainy aroma. The most accurate description would be: a Hoegaarden that has been lying in the cellar for a couple of years. Robust aroma of grains, dried lemon, basement smell / yeast. Taste is nicely balanced, although slightly under-carbonated in my opinion. Fresh grains nicely balanced with dried lemon, some yeast and cheese flavors. Slightly doughy aftertaste. Really nothing more to say, except that it is less of a drinking beer than Hoegaarden, more degustation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
klm1 (342) - - APR 17, 2015
Golden little muddy colour with tiny white head. Aroma and flavours of grapefuit, yeasts, wheat, orange, some spices and of course - Belgian hops. Taste is firstly hoppy - sour than it transforms to slightly sweet. Medium carbonation and bitterness. Good but not superlative.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (308) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
Pours a hazy light orange, with a thin head. Aroma notes include orange zest, yeast, banana, peach, and apricot. Upon tasting an explosion of sour/tangy citrus attacks the palate, similar to biting into an orange peel. As the palate settles out more subtle notes of clove, banana, pepper, apricots, and peach come to bear. It finishes dry, refreshing, and clean. This is a spectacular world class wit!!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (1946) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
Flaska från Saveur Biére. Smak och doft av vete, belgisk jäst, banan, vitpeppar med toner av bubbelgum. Rund och len, bra balans mellan smakerna med fin beska. En riktigt fin Wit.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1561) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2015
330 mL bottle from Total Wine, Virginia Beach, VA (best before June 5, 2016). Yellowish-orange pour with a short white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, ripe banana, and clove. Taste offers light bubblegum, faint orange peel, white pepper, and clove. Finish is clean and refreshing. This is a world class witbier.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregus (403) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 4, 2015
Butelka; barwa cytrynowa, mleczna. Piana bujna ale szybko opada. Aromat cytrynowy, pszeniczny, kolendry, owocowy, brzoskwiniowy. Smak pszeniczny, kolendry, brzoskwiń. Gładkie w ustach. Orzeźwiające, kwaskowe.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VincentKabel (262) - Haarlem, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2015
The St. Bernardus Wit is a perfect example of a Belgian White. The bottle gives you the name of Pierre Celis the Godfather of the Hoegaarden. You can taste the hand of the master in every aspect of this beer. A schoolexample of a Belgian White, and therefore delicious.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maris (1098) - 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 (353) - 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.


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