Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 56
Gots: 261 | 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 TH28
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No code date apparent. Appearance: Pale yellow and cloudy, with a frothy white foam head. Aroma: Belgian yeast esters dominate, with banana most prominent. Apple and pear noticeable as well. Can’t really pickup any coriander or orange peel. Taste: Light, bready malt with a hint of lemon, leading into strong yeast esters of banana and pear. Mouthfeel: Light to medium with some creaminess and moderately high carbonation. Finish: Slight lingering spice, with strong banana esters. Overall: Good witbier. Belgian yeast really dominates this beer. Less orange peel and coriander impact on this beer than others. Still a very refreshing and delicious Belgian Wit.

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a tulip glass. Pretty solid and a beer I'd drink again, but thinner with less flavor than Allagash White, in my opinion. Would always go with the Allagash over this, if given the choice.

Photo of Trent
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp clean and flavorful. Great beer for enjoying the warm weather and excellent views. Easy drinkin'

Photo of microbrewlover
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a cloudy straw/yellow color with lots of sediment floating in the glass. There is a one finger fluffy white head, some of which lasts until the end. Very little lacing; good carbonation.

The smell is earthy and musty. Spices such as corriander, banana and orange peel are present. There is also a thick and heavy wheat and yeast smell.

The taste follows the nose, with the sweet wheat dominating then the taste of orange, some banana and other fruit come in. There is a mouth puckering sourness as well. The spices finish off the taste in a dry finish. Overall not a bad wheat beer but not as good as others I have had.

Photo of NeverSettle
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NiCedar smell, but too "thin" for my taste.

Photo of Moneypenny
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lemony on the nose and the eyes. Cloudy, ebullient head. Spice and citrus on the palate. Very good.

Photo of Duoglass
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my style of beer, but this one is a real good change of pace.

Photo of Wilshade
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glassware: Wheat glass
ABV: 5.2%

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color body with a very thick and fluffy head.

Smell: Strong citrus notes with emphasis on lemon. Very refreshing when breathed in deeply.

Taste: Nicely balanced between the malt and sweetness with a nice citrus acidity.

Mouth feel: Dry and crisp.

Overall: An instant warm weather favorite for me. It goes very well with cold seafood dishes, especially crab.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-hazy beer with a nice looking head
- smell is mostly wheat and yeasty, some citrus and coriander but not overly noticable
- taste is smooth as hell bread flavor with a slight citrus crispness
- slight over carbonation but better than most in this style!
- not my favorite style for flavor but this beer was one of the best in the style i have had!

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 drmikeusa
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good. Not as interesting as Ommegang's other beers.

Photo of FBGordon
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great warm weather beer; light with good spice tones.

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 sdotpooh
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good wheat, very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of Jonathan_Kalloch
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A traditional Belgium Witte beer, but it's not quite Belgium enough for me! A very good recipe though, good job Cooperstown.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm a total Ommegang honk and love everything they make. They are the kings of taking on the belgian style in the US. This is a great golden filtered wheat, "witte", beer. No yeast reminisce, dryer than most other wittes out there. Lots of notes at the finish: bitterness, lemon as opposed to orange, floral bouquet. Heavily carbonated.

Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First beer of an epic beer tasting event paired with the Super Bowl. Going from light to dark, this was the lightest one we had. From the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - This beer is so lightly colored it almost appears to literally be white. Very pale yellow coloring to a completely transparent beer, displays a one finger foamy head that has decent retention and leaves little lacing. Love the packaging, always do with Ommegang products.

Smell - Subdued but inviting hints of wheat, breads, malt, and the spices. A little hint of sweetness in there.

Taste - Just as the description notes, the beer is well balanced between malts, wheats, and bread. The spices make their subdued but noticeable appearance during the drink, and there is a definite banana ester like flavor in there as well, kind of a funky lemon flavoring. Reminds one of a hefe.

Mouthfeel - Clean, dry, crisp. Light bodied, lightly carbonated.

Overall - It's worth your time. Condor recommended and approved. I'm sure there are better witte's out there, but this one is pretty good.

Photo of Antc2382
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the light carbonation in the mouthfeel for this beer. Taste is decent, but it comes off a little bland.. It has that clove hint but not much else

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-A very light blonde blond color and looks like a typical witte beer.

S-Strong aroma of citrus, orange and floral.

T-A very low gravity beer so you don't get much of anything from the malt so this style of beer relies on yeast and hops to define the taste profile. A citrus taste plays out with orange and a hint of some grassiness. A very pleasant finish and not overly sweet.

M-So light it doesn't provide the presence as a heavy beer, but it is clean

Overall-A very drinkable beer but not particularly memorable.

Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of an Ommegang sampler box.
Pours a very pale yellow.
Very mild orange or lemon aroma.
Again, mild orange or lemon flavor.
Clean and crisp feel.
Probably one of the "lighter" offerings from Ommegang. A very good beer but more suited for Spring or Summer drinking.

Photo of Justindemino
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style, but a decent beer none the less.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No bottle date

Look - Pours a very pale light golden yellow. Classic white ale color. Frothy head with good bubble distribution, head retention is decent. Very effervescent. Little clinging. 3.25 paws.

Smell - A small hint of orange, slightly musty, slightly herbal. Subdued grassy hop character. Reminds me of a robust AAL, if that makes any sense. 2.75 paws.

Taste - Orange flavor is definitely more pronounced. Coriander is noticed on the finish. Light flavor with just a touch of bitterness. 3.5 paws.

Feel - Very light mouthfeel. Tingle on the tip of the tongue. Very easy drinking. 3.25 paws.

Overall - A decent white ale. Not stellar, but I can't say I've had many stellar white ales aside from Allagash and White Rascal. I suppose I need to take a trip to Belgium. 3 paws.

Photo of MickeyTheHead
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the feel of this beer. It has a lot of flavors without killing your pallet seems to hit the back of the tongue with a tingling sensation. I taste a small amount of sulfur and some alcohol but both are matched well with the other flavors present. I was very surprised after pouring to see that the beer was as clear as crystal.

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 fscottkey
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Pours a very light yellow - almost like Mt. DEw. There are fearsome bubbles coming from everywhere. The head starts as large white bubbles at 2 fingers. The bubbles coalesce into a tighter 1 finger head. The bottle lists the ABV (5.2%) and a born on date (6/17/14). The date is *really* hard to read - it is black on black.

S: [2.75] Pungent, spicy, funky. Wheat-y? (is that a word thing?)

T: [3.00] I get strong yeast forward - but maybe that is not really the taste. It tastes like a wheat beer. Maybe some lemon zest late.

M: [4.25] For all of the bubbles and foaming the carbonation and body are just right. Pleasant on the palate.

O: [3.25] I am new to this style. It is something I avoid because I don't like it that much. I am trying to branch out and try new beers. This is a better wheat beer than others I have had. I have a hard time coming up with descriptors for what I am tasting and smelling. I may have to read some other reviews to see if other people's perceptions help me out of writers block.

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