Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by bonbright7:
4.83/5 rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Nearly 5 years after my initial review of this Ommegang Witte in a bottle, I revisited it on tap last night at The Good Life of Massapequa Park, NY with magical results.
I have known Ommegang's growing product line up over the years and have recommended them often to my customers who were seeking Belgian-inspired beers made in America. Witte has been one of my favorites to demonstrate as a "craft beer with training wheels" for solid BMC drinkers who need a little help in understanding how simple styles can prevail. My point is that good craft beer doesn't have to be stored in oak, made from suspect ancient ingredients, or had enough abv to flame crepes in a pan. The simple use of the best ingredients will prevail with scuttling the faux-Reinheitsgebot notions that marketers have pounded into the BMC minds with the hooves of the majestic beer wagon horses on tv.
My serving of Witte came of the tap in a tall slender glass and glowed vibrantly with golden orange-yellow pastels frothing with a white creamy head that seemingly never disappeared.
The radiant glass of the ale had a distinct cloudiness to it that I could not read through as the millions of tiny bubbles were reaching skyward.
It's peppery fruit aroma invited the first taste and it brought back memories of traveling in Europe just a few years ago.
The overwhelming creamy orange candy taste was tempered with a touch of sour tartness that bounced wildly. I was very impressed as I took larger tastes of the beer while noting its depth. For a beer rated at only 5.1 abv, it tasted greater in volume than many beers with twice that alcohol point.
It's drinkability was undeniably above many that I have tasted and one that I could easily share with friends in almost any situation.
After a long and hard Winter, this was the blossoming warmth of Spring that I was looking for.
Serving type: on-tap
02-25-2011 11:28:48 | More by bonbright7
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3.34/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Hotel Indigo (Albany, NY).
A: Slightly hazy yellow with soft 1/2-finer white big-bubbled head with decent retention and a collar of lacing.
S: Very lemony citrus enhanced with a moderately strong clove note and some orange peel, although it is overshadowed by the lemon. The coriander and esters are kind of lost with all the citrus.
T: The flavor is fine but doesn't have the esters of some of the finest examples of this style. The lemon citrus again takes over most of the flavor profile, punctuated by clove and a bit of peppery spiciness, and finished with a fairly severe tartness. There is some herbal and citrus, grassy hopping. None of the more interesting fruity esters are in there, so it comes off as a very lemony wheat ale.
M: The over-light body doesn't help and accentuates the tart character of the finish. While it isn't astringent, it is far from smooth, although it does have reasonably low carbonation.
O: Not a terrible beer, but it is not the type of witbier I enjoy -- more along the lines of Allagash White with a less citrus-enhanced, traditional wheat and spiced flavor with prominent but controlled esters. This brings a little bit of tanginess from the wheat but none of those other components in a too light body.
Serving type: on-tap
07-24-2014 01:00:56 | More by argock
3.74/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- Very pale yellow body with a hint of haze to it. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the body. Huge, foamy white head.
S- Wheat, lemon, banana, bubble gum, some fresh grass.
T- Similar to the aroma. Wheat comes through along with the lemon presence, some banana and bubble gum. Some tartness on the finish.
M- Light, crisp, quenching, medium-high carbonation with that little bit of tartness that lingers behind.
O- A well crafted wheat beer that is light and refreshing.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 00:12:30 | More by stephenjmoore
3.58/5 rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Pours a clear pale straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.
Smell - Orange peel, coriander, Belgian yeast, clove, wheat, fruity esters, bready malts.
Taste - Very similar to what the aromas suggest. All the flavours are fairly in balance and there's a tiny amount of tartness.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall - An easy-to-drink wit with all the traditional flavours in place. Hits the mark on the style, but doesn't really do anything to set itself apart.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 06:01:45 | More by leaddog
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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