St Bernardus Wit
The Happy Monk and his Wit


Bernadus Wit would bring a smile (of pleasure) to any wheat beer drinker. In my opinion it ranks alongside the likes of Weihenstephan, notwithstanding the fact that the type, being Belgian, is slightly different.

Bavarian wheat beer has only wheat and barley malts; at least 50% wheat malt. The distinctive sweeter flavours of banana with an often dry and tart edge and some cloves and spiciness come mainly from the yeast.
Belgian wit tends to have a higher level of wheat malt but may also have unmalted wheat and sometimes oats, giving the beer an overall lighter feel but a distinct crispness and lemony twang.

Both types are low on hops and generally have a good carbonation.

St Bernardus Wit was developed in collaboration with the legendary Master Brewer Pierre Celis; it is pale yellow in colour and naturally hazy. In aroma, it has a wheaty, citrus apple-like, tartness; herbal-spicy notes with pronounced coriander and orangey fruitness.

A good carbonation and restrained alcohol (5,5 % alc. Vol.) makes this a really refreshing beer. Drink it when you can.