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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
11.2oz bottle from Kingdom Liquors Brandon, Fl. Pours a hazy golden with a large white head that fades to a thin ring and leaves good lacing. Aroma of of soft white wheat, citrus, yeast, and spice. The taste is the same with a mild tartness. Spices are light and well balanced. A very refreshing beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (12757) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007
Bottle from Party Source. Poured hazy yellow with a minimal frothy white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate yeasty sour citrus aroma. Light to medium body. Medium citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short duration. My expectations where not met.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1412) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 17, 2007
This is simply the best blanche I’ve had in Belgium. It tastes as if it leaves out the spices and fruits, sticking with classic purity. Cloudy, whitish yellow. Aroma leans heavily toward grain and bread instead of citrus. Seriously wheaty flavor, refreshing without relying on lots of lemon or orange peel. Light, lively and bready. Some hops come through on the back-tongue and finish. No surprise that one of the country’s best breweries makes one its best wheats.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 Best Witbier I’ve had thus far. thick off white head.. foamy... taste and palate screams the high quality of St. Bernardus. Hints of coriander and citrus.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 12, 2007
Rating # 1800. Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a big firm thick creamy white head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, citrus and coriander. Flavour of wheat, coriander, some spices and yeast. Slight sour wheaty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2007
The color was a foggy peach. The head was creamy, foamy, and off-white. The aroma was tart, citrisy, yeasty, and hoppy. The flavor was citris, clean, and sour. The flavor was really refreshing. The palate was very smooth. The finish was clean.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4491) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2007
Poured a hazy grayish brew with a medium off white creamy head that left considerable lacing. The aroma was sour, citrus and spice (probably the orange and coriander), and lemongrass. The flavor was better than I thought it was going to be. Sour citrus, spicy, and some lemon lime. The palate was actually surprisingly good, sour and mellow while being crisp and cleansing. The finish was very lively. Overall I enjoyed this beer more than other belgian whites, all of which seem to be similar interpretations of each other. This one was a little different. Had as a palate cleanser for Jolly Pumpkin La Roja.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Unfortunately for this beer it gets compared to the Abt. 12 since the Abt. 12 was the only other St. Bernardus brew I had. Aroma was citrus and spice and was a little weak. The taste was even weaker. Was hoping for more. Still not bad, worth drinking again

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3729) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Pour is a bight lemon juice lookalike. Aroma is citrus with some vanilla. Flavor is somewhat weaker than the aroma but there is some citrus and spices that come out. Not the best by this brewer but an ok rep of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Seductive coriander milkiness and flowery citrus fruit blend in perfectly with the quenching wheat and doughy yeast, a characterful union emboldened by the soft yet expansive effervescence. A complex and quaffable witbier that matches St.Bernard’s high standards of excellence.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-The creamy head of foam lingers beautifully atop the cloudy pale orange.
-Aroma is very seductive and perhaps more outgoing than the flavor profile, which focuses on drinkability while maintaining the same attributes.
-The finish is spicy and dry, again adding to the quaffability factor.
-Mouthfeel coats the palate, which is rather rare for the style, and appreciated.

Bottles; best before Sept.’09.


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