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85
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Reviews: 746
Hads: 1,977
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 56
Gots: 275 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of chicagobill13
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer. I am not a wheat or white beer fan. I really love the balance and not over whem sense that I am drinking a wheat. This is a beer that many need to try and I know will love. This brewery puts out some great beers so please pay attention to what they do. (277 characters)

Photo of Jcschrock
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was love at first site. Served to me in a snifter the smell alone was enough to intoxicate my senses. A full sweet aroma with a strong scent of wheat accompanied by a beautiful golden cloudy appearance. Witte is all the name needs to describe it's substance. The taste is simplistic yet very satisfying with a hint of hops and the overwhelming buttery sensation of wheat. Great after taste and goes down very smooth. Haven't tried it in bottle form though. (459 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
4.8/5  rDev +27%
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. (1,859 characters)

Photo of ColForbin
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm drinking out of a corked 750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thin white head. Clove, banana, and lemon dominate the nose with a hint of yeast. The taste is tart and spicy, with cloves and coriander coming to the fore and a yeasty backbone. A light but not insubstatial mouthfeel, appropriate to style. Extremely drinkable, a perfect beer for a hot summer evening.

One final note - you don't need to put a lemon in it. Pretend you did, because it tastes like it anyway. (487 characters)

Photo of jvajda
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Good beige color and a small smooth head.
Smell: Lots of citrus and coriander smells.
Taste: Wow. This white is perfectly balanced! A beautiful mix of coriander, orange peel, wheat, and spices hits the mouth. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy.
Drinkability: This is the best American white I think I've ever had. I'd drink it everyday if I could find it in bottles. (391 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Spicy, lemon citrus aroma.

Well balanced and smooth taste. Great finish. Just begs for more.

Mouthfeel is good, could use just a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. Need more. (277 characters)

Photo of dodge408
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

I keep this around at all times. Quite easily the best model of a Witbier. Expect to smile after your fist taste. You will notice the soft citrus flavor with a crisp refreshingess that's unique. Highly reccomend any witbier fans to try this. (241 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into chalice glass. Appears crystal clear light gold with the slightest haze. Smells of perfumey orange peel & coriander. Nice gentle Belgian phenolics & peppery esters. Tastes citrus like with orange and some honey-like sweetness. Crisp & dry. Very drinkable. Really great beer. Awesome summer beer that's certainly sessionable. (336 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Goblet from 750ml.
A: Cloudy yellow with other hues for those not color blind with a head to reckon with. Legs remain till the last happy quaf.

S: "Oh MY God" for Ommegang...powerful rush of the spices(coriander/ wheat and wee bit more of citris that i prefer)but balanced with the earthy noble hops. A simple witbeir but that's not an insult, more of a raw product.

T: Zesty and tart with crisp dry finish. I enjoyed the lack of bitterness to allow the grassy earth aroma to meld into the rest.

M: Medium light body with dash of creaminess remaining from the head and the wheat overall.

D: Refreshing and good example of the style which i though was a regular until i actually read the label(ha ha) (717 characters)

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown, longneck bottle from Abes in Bethlehem. Classy looking label and i really like witbiers so I was pretty excited to try it.

Clear gold color until i finished pouring and swirled in all the yeasty sediments. It ends up being a nice cloudy golden straw color with a nice white cap, good head retention and okay lacing.

Smell is spicy, tart lemon and sweet orange peel, the spice, it seems, is coming from the yeast and the coriander. Strong and bold without being at all offensive. I think i might love hops too much to give this a 5, but it is very good.

Taste is very good, too. Very similar to the smell, dry, tart, spicy, but at the same time it tastes sweet. Not sugary, mind you. I might just be tasting the fruit and thinking that it is sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and perfect. Not really much more to say about it.

Drinkability is also perfect. I think I could drink this for the rest of my life. While it didn't blow me away like houblon chouffe, it is just such a solid, well crafted beer and in a style that I really like. Highly recommended. (1,066 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a sixer of this on a recent visit to Athens GA. Although I've had it quite a few times before and enjoyed it, this time it is PHENONENAL, seriously. Me thinks it must have been bottled very recently, only the best for the fest!

It's a peachy, yellow gold color supporting a 4 finger head of pure white, sudsy delight. The brillient head of medium bubbles soon fades into a thin ring. It has a certain "glow" to it that all good Witte beers have.

Freshness explodes from the glass in the form of orange and lemon citrus tones, spice and white pepper, wheaty malt, and yeast. The yeast aroma is the best part, it has such a distinctive "Belgian" quality to it. Far more authentic smelling than some examples that actually come from Belgium.

Flavor = the nose times 2. Huge juicey citrus flavors, a handfull of sweet and savory spices, and a sweet yeasty note that seems like it's coming from a good Belgian pale ale. More complex than many other Wittes I've tried.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy yet absolutely full of flavor. A smooth, almost creamy body with gentle, rolling medium bubbles. This tastes sooo good on a hot afternoon, I could drink all 6. Hats off to you again Ommegang, you couldn't find a better Belgian Witte in all of Belgium! (1,269 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into Ommegang Brewing snifter, served about 45 degrees;

A: poured nice, clear deep yellow with 3/4 inch white head which left good lacing throughout

S: citrus, biscuits, vanilla, and a faint hint of pine

T: sweetened lemonade with ginger notes, well balanced between malt and hop influences

M: medium mouthfeel with balanced texture over the entire palate, just the right amount of carbonation

D: could drink a few especially on a warm day or with a salad or fish and chips

overall a well made, well balanced, dynamic beer, definitely worth it, highly recommended (588 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very pretty beer that almost shines in the light. The nose is clean and crisp with those traces of orange and coriander. What I really noticed about this version was the sophistication and care taken with the balance and finish. Fragrant, oh so drinkable and very well crafted. (287 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle at the Brewery in Cooperstown about 5 hours ago.

A Big white head supported by yellow translucent body with carbonation, reminded right away of Duvel.

S Yeast, hops immediate impression. Later appreciated sweetness. Very good smell.

T Light a like Duvel, yeasty, some hops and good malt taste. I really like this taste. If you like Duvel but do not (for some reason) have regular access to it then Witte is a nice alternative. Admittedly, Duvel is pretty regularly available whereas Witte is not as available but I am just saying that it is in the spirit of Duvel.

M Light but with a little kick of alcohol (not as much as Duvel). The yeast only does a little bit to increase the mouthfeel.

D This is a VERY drinkable beer. I could easily drink the whole 750 ml bottle from which this came in a session.

Notes: This is a delicious beer and another great offering from Brewery Ommegang. (911 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. The beer pours a very light hazy straw, forming a massive three fingers of head which fades to a creamy 1 inch head. Medium spots of lace cling all the way down the glass.The aroma is strong wheat and fruit along with what smells like a hint of Belgian sugar and spices. Very inviting. Tha taste takes it a step further, adding orange and sweet candy sugar to the mix of wheat, lemon flavor, and spices. Complex and full. Medium smooth mouthfeel. Low abv., full flavor, and east drinkability make for an exceptional session ale. This is easily my favorite wheat ale. This, IMO, packs alot more complex flavor to this brew than in other wheat ales available. Highly recommended!! (718 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Buckeye Beer Engine into a shaker glass

A- Poured a super hazy bright pale yellow color with minimal head that leaves some droppy lace

S- Big sour lemon, belgian yeast, coriander, and bubblegum aroma.

T- Prominent refreshing tart lemon taste, big coriander notes, bubblegum, orange citrus, belgian yeast, and a mild hay like funk

M- Lots of prickly carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, not quite a dry finish.

O- A very impressive witbier that was very refreshing with a great balance between sour lemon and coriander. My favorite beer from Ommegang out of the ones I have had and maybe my favorite witbier. The prominent tart lemon flavor makes it different from other witbiers. (696 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Caged and corked 750ml bottle

This beer poured a big fluffy white head over a bright hazy translucent yellow body.

The nose was simply a beautiful mix of yeast, wheat, fruit, banana, apple, pear, orange, soft spice and some light phenols.

The taste was very light and refreshing. A fine carbonation made it very smooth. The taste was a mix of fresh malt and wheat. Subtle fruits, orange and orange peel dominate. Some apple, pears and banana as well. Rather yeasty with some nice touches of coriander and other soft spice, even some hints of mint. There’s an overall bitterness but it’s very mild and perfectly compliments the taste. It ends very light.

Damn this is a good beer. So very simple, yet so complex and flavorful. I know in my reviews I say “I could drink this beer all day”, but literally, I polished off a 750ml by myself and was almost tempted to go pick up another couple right then and there to drink some more of this very drinkable session beer. Another fantastic beer from ommegang. (1,018 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; bottling date of October 24, 2012 with a freshness date of October 2013 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 10/24/12 BEST BY 10/2013”).

Appearance (4.5): Three solid fingers of bone-white, crackling foam comes off the pour, capping a very hazy (cloudy) body that is a very pale yellow-amber color. This beer has truly excellent retention, too, with a finger-thick head sticking around even a few minutes after pouring. It also has surprisingly thick, pronounced lacing, too: a couple of fat, thick, broad splotches of foam hang around on one side of the glass, the other side sporting some scattered suds.

Smell (4.5): Very clear notes of warm, dry straw and coriander dominate the nose, smelling extraordinarily dry and rustic with fresh-baked wheat bread and just a little sweetness mixed in. The orange in the brew is very restrained but fits nicely between the subtle malt sweetness and the fruitiness of the yeast profile.

Taste (4.5): The dry, rustic, straw-like character in the nose translates well in the palate, offering a very dry, biscuity character that works well with the moderate spiciness of the coriander and actually offers a nice springboard for the orange in the brew, which comes off as light and sweet, and somewhat more noticeable than in the nose. The wheat character lends a modest tartness that complements the fruitiness of the yeast profile well, creating a lemony flavor that’s bright and floral. Crackery, dry, floral, lightly tart and spicy.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Effervescent, with extremely soft, voluminous carbonation filling whatever space it can; the body is light, dry, and very crisp—this is practically the definition of quenching.

Overall (4.5): Somehow, I never realized just how good of a beer this is. For me, it nails the style pretty damn well but has its own unique character, no doubt the product of Ommegang’s characteristic yeast profile(s). It’s not a style I gravitate towards, but the bottom line is that this example of it is just plain awesome. Way to go, Ommegang. (2,123 characters)

Photo of classixIII
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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! (299 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid offering from Ommegang. Pours a standard cloudy golden hazy orange/yellow with a think white foam head. Smells of citrus, lemon and pepper. Not as spicy as Allagash, but oh so delicious. Crisp smooth mouthfeel, hints of coriander, and black pepper and a nice level of carbonation and citrus. A fantastic summer beer that I will come back to. (354 characters)

Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty good. Came in a big cork top bottle.

The color is a light but very smokey orange with a nice pleasant aroma of citrus.

Shallow head with ok carbonation.
We chilled the bottle outside in the snow for an hour or two.

VERY pleasant, refreshing taste...we added clemtines instead of oranges and it actually had a very nice result.
I recomend this beer, its a lot like blue moon :) (398 characters)

Photo of Crass3000
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 12/29/2011

4/5 Pours out a nice light yellow in color with a nice white, finger head with good retention.

4.5/5 Smell is nice banana and cloves you expect. Smells like a great witte should.

4.5/5 Taste is great. This is really a nice Belgian style witte. One of the best brewed in the USA in my opinion. Definately the nice banana and clove charactor you expect from the yeast and wheat. Really tastes close to a hefe.

4.5/5 Great mouthfeel. Thin as you would expect. Really a great beer. My second favorite Witte, only to St. Bernardus. (555 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is an extremely hazy and pale straw yellow color. Body color a wit should have. Pours with a large fluffy white head that quickly fades to a nice collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is uniform throughout the body.

S- Nice strong smell of citrus and coriander. Sweet, bready, Belgian yeast in the background.

T- Big taste for such a light beer. Lots of citrus zest upfront with accents of coriander and some yeast in the background. Citrus fades somewhat for the finish which is all corriander,yeast, and a nice kick of hop bitterness and taste. A doughy sweetness lingers on the palate long after each sip. Great-yet classic example of a witbier taste.

M- Medium carbonation and light body. The yeast used makes the mouthfeel very smooth and creamy. Has the excellent mouthfeel of a good hefe.

D- This is a great witbier. Classic taste of a witbier with the mouthfeel of a good hefe. This is a great light session ale. I wish this style got more credit around here. Unfortunately, I spilled half of my glass and I only had a 12 oz. bottle. This is definitely something I will have again. My second offering from Ommegang. I have rare vos, three philosophers, ommegeddon, and ommegang abbey waiting in my house and I can't wait to try these ones too! (1,283 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (272 characters)

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