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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Witte
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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,538 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1538
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional Belgian-style wheat ale with whispers of sweet orange and a touch of tart lemon. Spicy and refreshing.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004)
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a light and pale straw yellow with a mildly cloudy haze. The head was nicely white but was thin and fizzy.

The aroma held notes of bready grains, pepper, clove and a hint of lemon.

The flavor was soft with notes of banana sweetness, spicy pepper and clove and some bready malt.

The feel was very light and thin with a fizzy effervescence on the tongue.

This was simply too delicate and soft. This simply needs more body to raise the score.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 21:45:34 | More by KYGunner
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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 10oz tulip glass at Rustico

A- Hazy yellow with a big white head.

S-Aroma of yeast, coriander and orange peel.

T-Taste - sweetish, spicy, wheat malt notes, light tartness and bitterness, dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, crispy on palate, easy to drink.

O-Very good beer would like to try in the summer time

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 03:34:51 | More by reebtaerG
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light straw color with a finger of fizzy head that retained itself for quite some time. The nose has a potent dose of Belgian yeast and the same is very evident in the flavor profile. The finish is semi-dry. This is a solid and well-crafted offering, but certainly not remarkable by any means.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 21:11:15 | More by 57md
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Hollybee

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice, golden color, beautiful white, quickly dissipating head, thick lacing.

I enjoyed the smell. It's slightly floral, orange, plastic.

Flavor is sweet, citrus, malt, honey but fades pretty quickly.

Mouth feel I wasn't pleased with initially it felt under carbonated, but further in, it's quite nice, enough carbonation to cut the sweetness, but medium bodied enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 01:25:50 | More by Hollybee
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, clear golden appearance. Nice carbonation stream. Tart, citrus, tart aroma. Tastes as it smells. Taste beats the color. Great complexity. Light and drinkability is great. Awesome on a summer day. Really refreshing. Finishes true to its character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 18:39:51 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here's a new review based on this on tap:

Pale yellow with a green hue. Good start to the head but it settles to rim bubbles. Some spots for lace.

Banana and clove waft to the nose initially. Soft very lightly malted barley and light alcohol round out the smell.

Soft and fruity flavors of apple, banana and cream. Not much wheat here. Carbonation is modest for the style. The finish has a small touch of spice like thyme and white pepper. Short aftertaste.

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3.5 4.0 3.5 4.0 3.5 (bottle)
Good white head that dies more quickly than most Wheats. Yellow color and mildly cloudy.

Great wheat start to the aroma. Crisp and light in the nose.

Spritzy yet full-bodied. Strong wheat flavor. Sour finish and long lasting aftertaste. Pretty run of the mill in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 21:09:27 | More by smcolw
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Jumpov

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Muted yellow color, cloudy and beautiful. Smells of slight floral and citrus note. The taste of the Witte has some subtle saison to it, and the coriander is distinct. Overall a delicious and flavorful beer, though not Ommegangs best, certainly their most suitable for the hot summer days.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 02:05:31 | More by Jumpov
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bulldog91

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight head and dark yellow, banana-like color. Smell gives a touch of banana but not overpowering. Both in taste and mouthfeel, this is a solid wit. Very enjoyable and drinkable. It's a better-than-good beer that would be just right for summer or thinking of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 15:29:03 | More by bulldog91
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow with a detergent-like white head of an inch-plus. Soapy and glazed. 4

Musty wheat grains with light lemon in the nose. Yeasty, bready, nutty, and a little tart. 4

Bready wit with a whole lot of wheaty flavor. Musty smooth grains with a powdery yeast and light dusty spice. Dry elements, overall. 3.5

Sudsy and smooth. Refreshing feel. Solid body. 4

Favorable beer. Stands out amongst other witbiers. 3.5

***

Ommegang Witte, poured into a pint glass.

Very cloudy with suspended yeast. Maybe a few fine particles. Has a soft light yellow color, like fermented lemonade or white tea. The white cap on this wit is a monster. Super-fluffy and dense, like a pillow of meringue. Bubbles break apart to leave crags in the surface. Even some lacing to follow. 4

Phenolic lemon, tart yeast notes, light coriander-like spicing, some pepper, fading grassiness, and herbal aromas. This is all evident in a rather medium-to-mild nose. The pseudo-lemon is a little tart. A little funky, too. Very nice soft aroma. 3.75

Opens with a spice burst of white pepper, followed by a lemony middle, then the bready yeast takes over and corrupts the finish a bit. Lemongrass, pale wheat, white bread, coriander, mushroom, grassy hops, and a hint of root vegetable. The finish is a little nutty, with more of that root vegetable coming through (jicama, maybe green onion). Rather herbal for a witbier. No one driving note. Very harmonized and easy. 3.75

Spritzy and eggy, all at the same time. Has a dry peppery vibe on the tongue, but there's substantial body to this beer. Feels very spritzy and alive in the mouth, if you don't mind it going down that way. Bubbles and gurgles in an empty stomach. 3.75

A humble summer wit with mild flavors. Easy to enjoy. Not trying to be too showy. Just right for the style. 4

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 03:57:15 | More by thecheapies
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some chalky aromas. Taste is much the same with a spice finish that lingers with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 04:47:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow color with a medium white head. The head faded moderately fast to give only a small amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is largely of lemon and yeast. There are lighter smells of some wheat and a ever so light amount of biscuit.

Taste – The taste is very much as is detected in the nose and very classic of a witte. IT starts out with a lemon wheat bread taste. As the taste advances some of the yeast detected in the nose comes to the tongue. As the yeast enters some of the wheaty flavors lighten and the lemon seems to intensify a bit more. A lighter banana flavor also comes to the tongue. At the very end the lemon mellows a bit and a light spice and pepper flavor leave a spicy lemon yeasty taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A lighter body with a higher level of carbonation. Very fitting and refreshing.

Overall – It is an easy drinking witte. It is a little on the drier side without a lot of sweetness. It is rather refreshing but nothing I would consider to be amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 01:03:47 | More by Darkmagus82
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a tapered branded "Ommegang witte" witbier glass at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Appealing and to style. Not unique or special, but well done.

Sm: Lemon peel. Citrusy esters. Refreshing and fresh. Clean light malts. A simple yet full mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Lemon peel and clean malts. A bit simple for the brewery. Refeshing. Nicely balanced and well built. There's not much to say about it given its simplicity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light on the palate. Neither too thick nor too thin, but not quite right. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the style. Quite nice, but not unique or special. I'd have it again on-tap at a good price. Witbier fans will enjoy it.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 04:32:52 | More by kojevergas
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lynchmob9

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very light yellow, clearer than hoped. Good head retention.
S - classic wit. Good lemon citrus. Seems like smelling lemon tart donut. Sour dough bread smell.
T - again classic wit but light, more lemon, less orange/coriander.
O - good, refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 03:47:11 | More by lynchmob9
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:17:34 | More by Hoptometrist
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy, pale straw, with a thin white head (draft) with decent lacing. Typical witbier aromas of lemon, spice, wheat, and orange are all very pronounced and well balanced. The beer itself is wheaty with a lemon zestiness, orange and coriander all intertwining before a clean and crisp finish. A medium body is met with a Belgian-style high level of carbonation. Extraordinary in the winter, can only imagine this brew on a hot summer day....

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 01:27:16 | More by phishsihq
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clery's in Boston.

A- Hazy brownish golden, about a finger of foamy white head, about average carbonation.

S- Typical wheat beer smell mixed with very citrusy smell (lemons and oranges).

T- Oranges, Lemons, Grains.

M- Medium bodied, well-balanced between flavors, smooth, drinkable.

O- I'm not a huge fan of witbiers, but this was pretty good for the style. It had a strong citrusy taste that balanced pretty well with the beer. Probably one of my least favorite beers from Ommegang, but that's mostly because of the style. I still enjoyed it though. Like other people said, the citrus definitely makes it more of a summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 22:22:00 | More by jaasen64
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JizackFH

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at some random bar in NYC on 1/23/12.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a cloudy golden yellow color. There is a small finger of pure white head resting on top. The head has pretty nice retention, and there is some scattered lace left behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice mild wheat aroma, as well some lemony citrus. Also, there are some scents of yeast, a bit of fruit, coriander, and some other spices.

T - The tastes follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with some sweetness and a nice bit of wheat. There is a little bit out sourness and lemony citrus. Also, I am getting some coriander and some other spices. A good amount of belgian yeast is also present. The finish leaves some lingering belgian yeast, spice, and citrus behind on the tongue.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. there is some sweetness and just a touch of sourness. Some tingling on the tongue from the spice. also, there is some dryness on the back end and a touch of earthy bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. it is an easy going beer, and I could easily drink a few. Overall, I think this is a solid beer, and a nice representation of the style. I recommend trying it out. I enjoyed it, and I would buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 14:33:52 | More by JizackFH
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap as well as from bottles. Pours a hazy light yellow color with a large white head that dissipates a bit, but not completely. Nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, hops and spices. Bland, but well-balanced at least. Tastes very clean with citrus, spices and wheat.

Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable...goes down VERY easy. Not an exceptional beer, but still a good one. I'll probably have it many more times to come.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 00:41:25 | More by MsRif
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-light amber with slight cloudiness and a white head

S-citrus and hints of pine and light bitterness

T-light citrus flavor with balanced bitterness

M-light body with a strong carbonation which presented and acidic feel at onset which dissipates and allows the flavors to come through

O-a nice light summer beer, but not enough for true savoring

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 21:03:29 | More by MDDMD
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nickfl

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of dense, white head on top of a hazy, straw yellow body. The foam displays great retention as it slowly settles and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Spicy wheat with lots of lemon and coriander notes as well as a bit of vanilla and some sulfur in the background.

T - Soft, spicy wheat with some doughy bread yeast character up front. This is followed up rapidly in the middle with lots of coriander and clove. Some zesty lemon notes appear towards the finish and are accompanied by more bread and spicy wheat character.

M - A somewhat thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Fairly good overall, the spices dominate the aroma but are not over done in the flavor profile as I feared they might be. The wheat character is evident throughout and it imparts the requisite thickness to the body. Well made, but it doesn't grab me in a way that would make me want to drink it again and it can't stand up to the very few exceptional examples of the style such as Sterkens White and DFH Namaste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 22:36:11 | More by nickfl
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SkunkWorks

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City. Served in a pint glass. Review from notes.

Look: hazy yellow body with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Good.

Smell: lemon zest, coriander, wheat and a bit of fruity hoppiness. Smells like a witbier.

Taste: wheat, fruity, floral hops, lemon zest, and coriander. Tastes good.

Feel: light, crisp carbonation, and a little creamy. Very easy drinking and thirst quenching, making for a good session beer.

Overall: pretty good witbier but nothing exceptional about it. While it isn't as good as, say, an Allagash White, its leaps and bounds ahead of the likes of Blue Moon. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 03:13:25 | More by SkunkWorks
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Jcschrock

Alabama

4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 02:54:10 | More by Jcschrock
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Not bad. Everything a witbier should be, pretty much. No St. Bernardus Wit, but then again, nothing is. Pretty textbook witbier. Poured a cloudy golden-yellow with a nice poofy head that dies down a bit with time. Nice aroma of lemon zest, citrus hops, and coriander. Similar taste: crisp with citrus hops, zest, and mild spice, with an obvious wheat base. Light mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 19:27:21 | More by Rifugium
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wcintula

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, not a great beer. A pale straw colored hazy body with a thing white head. Strong smell of yeast with a tang to it. The taste is still strong on the yeast with sour/tartness. Very sour lemony and orange taste. The yeast and the citrus peel dominate the profile. The beer has got a thick feel to it with a refreshing crisp carbonation. It seems like a summer-centric beer based on a sour lemonade.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 21:16:50 | More by wcintula
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a hexagonal Ommegang Witte glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Light, pale yellow color with a thin head of creamy whiute foam which leave s abit of lace on the glass. A certain chilled haze and yeast/wheat protein chain clouds the brew. Looks a bit like a glass of cloudy lemon juice.

S: Sweet, zesty, yeasty and tart. Hints of lemon, coriander, orange zest and white pepper flash in the aroma which also carries a bit of milled wheat.

T: Spicy, light, sweet citrus flavors and a bit of tartness make up the majority of the palate. A hint of funky wheat and yeast creeps into play along with a subtle biscuit flavor, but the brew washes down light and citrusy with almost no bitterness. Spices are fine and muted.

M: Light bodied brew with a slight tartness from the citrus and hops while holding a bit of a chewiness form the wheat and residual yeast.

O: Hoegaarden it isn't, but it's damn near close. AT 5.1% ABV, it's a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Belgian wit and is a solid choice for a warm spring day, as an apertif or with a spring salad with mandarin oranges and black pepper.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 04:33:07 | More by Gambrinus1184
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