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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: 1205   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.


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 (4674) - 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) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2004
clovey citrus aroma, looks like Jose Canseco's urine sample without any head, spritzy and yeasty lemon

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Bottled. Grapefruit juice in color. Large rocky head. Speca and citrus aroma. High marks for smoothness, but low marks for lack of complexity in flavor. Light lemon finish. A good "wheat" if that is your thing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
Hazy, with thr best of heads. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Flavor is less pleasant and feels like old milk.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2004
Cloudy pale yellow with a creamy medium-sized white head. Orange-peels, coriander, lemon and yeast in aroma. Light-bodied. Clean and crisp flavour. Citrus-peels, coriander, peaches. Clean finish with a yeasty note.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Pours a cloudy straw color with a moderate bubbly white head. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, coriander, and wheat. Flavor has orange, coriander, some honey, and some yeast. Light to medium body fits well, smooth. A nice wit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
Golden, hazy, and with the best of heads. I got the felling I could have turned the glass up side down, and still the head would have been there. Aroma is yeasty and fruity like a typical weissbier. Some vanilla in the flavor, but of course also yeast and fruit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
I suppose that this is well made beer; but it tastes just like all other well made Wits and I think that the style is boring. There is just not much going on with this style in general. My two cents. I like this brewery though.


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