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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: 1121   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.


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Aroma of jasmine tea with lemon, light malt, fruity hops - wonderful. Cloudy (unfiltered) pale amber, like butterscotch pudding. Small white lacing head. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation - very palatable. Starts with some sweetness and light acidity. Yeasty, flowery - or it that flour-y, with heavy notes of bread. Citrus notes come in for the finish, with a bit of bitterness. Overall, a smooth witbier with balance of malt/yeast/citrus. The aroma belies the milder, weaker flavor, but it is still pretty good. Has a few notes of metallic character and a bit of carbonica burn, too. Cereal after.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (5745) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Cloudy yellow with fizzy head which leaves a good lace. The aroma hints of clove, coriander, allspice, orange zest, apple, bready malts, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts malty, grainy, and yeasty. The undertone of citric quality is subdued and the spice seem to overpower the delicate floral hops. The mouthfeel is fizzy, dry and metallic. This witbier has some good character but doesn’t refresh the way I would like and seems to be muddled on all fronts. At almost $9, I most likely will not resample this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Hazy pale greenish yellow, good head. Aroma of oranges and spice. Flavor was orange, the typical coriander, and a nice grainy wheat flavor. Well integrated, and a very nice wit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Rating March 2007: Hazy light yellowish amber. Full frothy white head. Lemon, banana, wheat aroma. Sweet spicyness too. Flavor has a doughy smooth lemon wheat character. Very fizzy initially. It seems like a slightly dry, husky wheat body, again with some sweet banana and some doughy bread. Maybe some cinnamon, After two re-rates, I guess I’m just not a huge fan. But it is okay. Original rating(s), April/May 2004: Has 469 punched on the bottle. Average size head, fizzy, white. Pale yellow/orange color. Aroma is sort of a orange-lemon sweAt wtih some apple. Watery palate. Dry bitter bread, buttery, lemon, orange, apple in taste and a slight metallic feel. Its not bad, for a light flavor. I had another bottle of this a month ago, and I think it was bad, as I gave it a 1.9. Second rating: 6 / 3 / 6 / 2 / 12 = 2.9

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2004
Bottled @ Bishops Arms, Sundsvall
Slightly darker than the average wit, rich aroma of the wit kind. Full bodied. Dangerous...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2004
Pours cloudy peach-colored with next to no head. Aroma of sour apple peel, orange, and coriander. Flavor begins on a tangy note, with orange, coriander and banana, and leads to a spice-dominated finish. Not as refreshing as some witbiers but this is full-flavored and interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2004
Pours a foggy orangey yellow body and a small wispy sheet frosting atop. The nose is rather citric, very much like a pressed orange with a light note of clove. The flavor is exceptionally doughy, buttery, yesty and pasty, a little black pepper in hand. . The palate is zesty and oily…. A pretty good offering from St. Bernardus, but nothing actually stood out.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 16, 2004
Seems a bit golden in colour for a witbier. Also not nearly the head retention I would expect. Aroma of citrus juices, slightly tart and sour, quite acidic. The typical witbier yeasty spiciness is buried beneath all of the carbonation. Becomes peppery near the end. Lively carbonation on the tongue, then mysteriously vanishes along with most all of the flavor and mouthfeel. In fact I would liken it to a popped ballon; well-rounded then instantly flat and lifeless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 (Bottled) Opaque golden with a medium, tight and white, lacy head. Neutral-dryish aroma with grapefruit, wheat and yeast, anise and other spices. Fruity, orange-lemony flavor with anise-spices, mild acidity, and wheaty sourness. Medium-bodied, refreshing palate with smooth carbonation. A crisp and refreshing, very enjoyable and characterful witbier. (Draught@Kaisla, was 8-4-8-4-16=4.0) Very muddy, golden color with a big, pillowy, diminishing head. Very pleasant, yeasty aroma. Dry and bitter, yeasty flavor. Oily, dry, flat-carbonated palate. A very nice combination of a hefeweizen and an abbey beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2004
clovey citrus aroma, looks like Jose Canseco's urine sample without any head, spritzy and yeasty lemon


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