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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,938 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 51
Gots: 237 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004

Witte is our version of the classic Belgian wit or "white" ale. Witte, which is actually Flemish for white, is brewed with malted and unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander - offering a refreshing style that showcases the Belgian talent for brewing full-flavored ales that are also light and balanced. It is pale straw in color, slightly hazy from the yeast, and topped with a huge white, fluffy head.

Witte is pleasantly light on the tongue, balanced between malt and wheat sweetness. Hops and spice with a subtle clove note backed by flavors of lemon and sweet orange give way to a dry, crisp, refreshing finish.
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Ratings: 1,938 | Reviews: 748
Reviews by Hop2it:
Photo of Hop2it
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this 750ml yellow-labeled bottle for a while, so today I've decided to go for it. Perfect pour, inch solid white head. At the bottom of the glass the carbonation is so lively it looks like a giant battle of Space Invaders. Cloudy and yellow, sure looks like a witte to me.

Citrus smell with a dry yeasty edge. Taste seems to matche the smell, but I'm so overwhelmed by the explosive carbonation it takes several sips to adjust my taste buds.

As this is a 750ml bottle, if you're not splitting it with a friend, it releases more flavor as it reaches room temp. That over-the top CO2 bitterness gives way and it becomes a lot smoother and more enjoyable. I like this more than other witbeirs I've tried.

More User Reviews:
Photo of classixIII
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy yellow with big white head that didn't stay long but draped some lace on the glass all the way down. Wheat and yeast competeing for the lead in aroma, with orange peel and spices in a back up role. Bready taste with some tartness. Very dry and refreshing. Another great one from Ommegang!

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice thick, slow to subside, off-white head, a little lace, and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeast fruit, spice. Flavor loses the spice and there is a nice mild wheat flavor along with the fruit and carbonic tang & a hint of sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Nice brew.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is yellowish-orange in color and clean with a good, frothing head that left a pool on top of the liquid when it finally went down. The body is hazy and looks awesome.

Smell – The zesty orange peel led off this nose. I enjoyed the light lemony notes and the good, firm, wheaty yeast base. The spicing was light with the traditional coriander and white pepper most notable.

Taste – The nose came in perfectly at the taste. Everything that I smelled I could taste. I really liked the way all the flavors played together here.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is strong but easy in the mouth. This Wit is light-bodied, of course, with everything coming together nicely.

Drinkability – This is my idea of the style standard. I really enjoyed sipping this one on an unusually warm Sunday September afternoon in Seattle.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Witte from Ommegang.

It pours straw in color and smells of citrus trees.

It's light, very light with moderate carbonation. This makes it very drinkable. I finished half of a 750 bottle in just minutes. This surprised me because I was used to Ommegang's heavier beers. It felt a little too filter for my taste. Other wise this was a nice beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale straw yellow in color with a light haze. Initially pours with a 1/4" head that quickly reduces to a puffy layer of bubbles with great retention. Little lacing.

S: Light aromas of pale malt and very light hops; a slight citrus aroma is beneath.

T: Very light in malt flavor but quite balanced with hops that seem just as light. The overall taste is a bit dry but not terribly so. The finish is rather quick and clean with little to no linger. There is the slightest bit of a citrus tone but it is very faint.

M&D: There is no linger bitterness that I have observed in some other Witbiers that I have sampled. This one is smooth and clean, with a rather light carbonation. Although the mouthfeel is light, I can see this being an enjoyable session brew. Quite good overall.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with a small bubbly white head on top. Aromas of pale wheat grain maltiness with a big blast of coriander, clove and orange zest. A tad peppery with an earthy yeast phenolic tone. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a crisp pale wheat husk maltiness with loads of coriander and fruity notes of orange & pepper. A hint of clove lingers underneath with a dash of lemon as well. A smooth, light, tasty brew. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, spritzy and smooth. Slightly creamy. This one goes down easily and would make for a great summer beach brew. Bring a few 750's and enjoy the sun. Not my favorite from Ommegang, but a nice wit overall.

Photo of Outchillen
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into half tulip glass

I was surprised pouring this, thought it would have a heavier head, faded quick, very clear for an unfiltered wheat, golden straw colored

Smelled great, citrus and strong yeast

Light bodied, smooth, easy to drink, great for a hot day

Not my favorite wheat, but still a great one, almost reminds me of a lighter version of the hennipin. Atill a good beer from a great brewery

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bubbly fizzy soda-like head that evaporates quickly. Pale yellow yet opague body with a bubble column rising out of the center of my snifter.

Normal whitbier scent. Just kind of yeasty and earthy with nothing that really stands out.

Taste is pleasant enough. Carbonated and citrus-soda like, but again, nothing that really stands out.

Very very average whitbier. I'm glad I got to try it (thanks to Fuzzyknoggin), but there's a rather large list of whitbiers I would purchase & drink before this one.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of ho-hum. I've enjoyed other offerings from Ommegang much more. This was a cloudy yellow appearance with a small head and some lacing. It had an orange, spicy, grainy odor to it. The taste was pretty much orange and spice, fairly mild. It was OK, a little pedestrian. Not something I'd drink a lot of.

Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw color with two fingers of white head. Head doesn't last long before settling to a thin cap. Small splotches of lacing.

S - Big coriander aroma, maybe a bit too big. Eventually some citrus and Belgian yeast aromas come through, along with some grain.

T - Wheat and coriander up front, with some citrus coming in midway through. Relatively straight forward.

M - Light crisp miuthfeel with a high carbonation level.

O - Pretty good. While it has many of the components of a good witbier, this was well below my favorites of the style.

Photo of shapudding
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Grace in Philly.
Nice cloudy lemon yellow with a thick creamy white head that stayed on though the sipping later as a constant thin covering. Scents of bananas, lemony citrus, spicey and so fresh. Smooth and lightly creamy feeling with an almost medium body. Such good fresh tastes and aromas. Great easy drinker, good session, could sit back with tons of these on a warm evening.

Photo of generallee
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ommegangs Witte pours a bright hazy yellow color with a tall thick bright whight head. The head settles slowly and maintains and nice thin cap of foam which makes some slick lace on the glass. The aroma brings nice notes of light pale malts, fresh sourdough bread, Belgian yeast, spice and citrus. This moves right into the flavor which brings all of the aromas charater to the tongue. This flows on a nice smooth yet well carbonated medium body and finnishes balanced and refeshing.

Photo of Guden
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A pretty cloudy yellow with a large head that fades into a thick layer but leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet wheat and malt blend with continental hops, peppery spice and lemon/orange citrus. There's some good stuff here but it comes off muddled. The pepperiness of the spice seems to build over time and dominates in a way it shouldn't.

T- Again the sweetness of wheat is the strongest trait with definite coriander and orange. Better than the nose, but not by much.

M- Fairly thick, as it should be, but low in carbonation which keeps it less refreshing.

O- This is just an alright wit, it's not on the level of Allagash White or even Hoegaarden, but it is drinkable

Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$4.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

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Presentation: 750 ml brown magnum with no freshness date.

Appearance: Sandy yellow and completely hazed over, head retention is lacking with on a wispy lace that barely clings to the glass.

Smell: Chalky, earthy yeast with a slim rouse of spiciness; dusty coriander and orange peel. Mildly phenolic and tart in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp with a thick slickness that does not want to leave the palate. Light tartness throughout, strong wheat malt flavor. Earthy yeast is unshakable with faint orange peel and coriander in tow. Spiciness is one sided and goes no further … very little depth.

Drinkablity & Notes: My palate got lost in the tartness, it seemed the flavors did not meld well and everything was separate. A good brew though there are many witbiers that fit the shoe better than this one.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My experience with Ommegang brews has largely been "hit or miss". This one is a hit, though not as impressive as Three Philosophers.
This Witte pours a hazy, banana yellow body with a tightknit, two finger, white head. Sheet and patch lace adorn the glass.
Aroma is subdued, with gentle coriander, lemony citrus, and grainy wheatiness.
Mouthfeel has ideal carbonation and a light medium body.
The taste is clean and refreshing, with coriander and orange peel up front. Grainy wheat evokes some wheat bread notes. Flavors and character come together very well, with a pleasant, spicy finish.
Excellent witbier, and very Belgian in style. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Very well crafted.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden goblet. Soft yellow, cloudy, white tiny bubble head, disolving in a nice sheen, leaves generous lacing. Yeasty nose. Creamy mouthfeel, pleasant and refreshing. Soft flavors of coriander, yeast, lemon, maple syrup,flowers, yummy stuff. I'll be enjoying this stuff all summer with salads, BBQ and whatever. Welcome to a new and tasty creation. This bottle was a party favor from the American-Belgian beer dinner at Oscars restaurant.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright yellow in color, cloudy, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: banana and Belgian spices

Taste: banana, clove, lemon, wheat, and some honey at the end

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, semi-smooth, really high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nice clean beer with a good aftertaste. It is above average for the style, but I have had more interesting in the style. I could session this on a summer's day.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this numerous times but never reviewed it.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemons, oranges, coriander and wheat. The flavor is orange, wheat and lemon as well as some grassy and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Not as good as I remembered it being, but still not too bad.

Photo of asuburbanman
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good all around beer for all meals

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle.

I expected big things from Ommegang's witbier and the pour sure lived up to those expectations. Poured a peach-kissed bright orange in color. Fluffy white layer of head fails to diminish and offers a lovely sheeting action on the glass. Aromas are very muted. Whiffs of yeasty bread, orange peel, and spices. Flavor falls short of the mark. High level of carbonation overshadows the flavors. Little bits of wheat flavor, mixed with spices are all that I can get. Finishes very dry and unflavorful, with a champagne-like quality to it. Mouthfeel is fizzy and it was very tough to drink the whole bottle of this.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Extremely cloudy, pale yellow with a very nice, sustained white head.

Smell: Dry wheat with just traces of coriander, clove and orange peel.

Taste: Dry wheat backbone rounded out with sweeter orange peel and some clove notes. The coriander is noticeable on the finish. Overall, the yeast is more spicy than fruity, which lends to the beer's refreshing character.

Feel: Lght body with lively carbonation. Finish is very crisp and dry. One of the best mouthfeels I have experienced for a Wit.

Overall: Crisp and refreshing with a fantastic mouthfeel, although the aroma is muted and the taste profile is not as complex as some Wits. Very good overall, even if not one of the best for its style, nor one of the better Ommegang brews.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A little light for my taste or perhaps I'm just a little out of practice with the style, the head however was intially weak and didn't stick around long with no lacing.

Smell: Delicious sweet orange peel, and coriander, just a bit stronger and it would be a big hit.

Taste: Delicious though a little weak, like everything else about the beer, nothing off here, just not enough of the good stuff. I could say maybe a little more wheat malt and flavors besides citrus would be welcome.

Mouthfeel: A little thin.

Drinkability: You could drink this like water, but that is both the good and the bad.

Photo of magictrokini
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really too much to say about this one, which makes me hate the 250+ limit. Clear yellow pour with a big white head. Wanted, expected some haze. Pleasant lemon peel and wheat aroma. Same in the flavor with some nice spice and orange peel. The mouthfeel is light, almost velvety without touching your tongue. Good summer refresher.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on vacation at the Outer Banks at Howard's Pub was served in a 25oz. caged and corked brown bottle in a pint glass.

Hazy, straw yellow color with a generous white,frothy head, fair retention, not much carbination could have been the glass.

Faint to moderate aromas light citrus with a lemon/orange peel,some corriander,bready with hints of wheat.

Classic spicy wheat taste,light clovey notes with corriander, a light wheat/dried hay taste,tart,slighty sour and astrigent.
Very light and tangyness that swells the tongue with a bit of acidty.

Refreshing beer good for summer goes down nice. Dry,tangy and good spicyness makes for a nice drinkability. Would like to try this one again.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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