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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,662 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,662
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 30
Gots: 85 | 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:
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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the brewery's top offering, in fact the weakest I have had from them. Belgian style with spicyness and wheat sweetness and cream rolled into one. Would have worked if less carbonated. Had at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Medium mouthfeel. Bitter metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 00:41:51 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised that I haven't reviewed this one before but then I guess theres at least a thousand other beers that I've tried and haven't reviewed yet.

Pours very pale yellow, moderately clear, tall white head, no retention or lacing.

Smells spicy and yeasty but not as in your face with the lemon tartness that some witbiers have. Inviting.

Flavor is spicy and peppery. Can't quite pinpoint whats in there but the peppery flavor is probably coriander and wheat and the spicy is probably the yeast. Some malt but overall everythign is balanced and pleasant. The belgians say if you can pinpoint the exact spice then you've over done it.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I expected for a wit but still in the acceptable range of light-medium. Very very drinkable. Emjoyable but not for this much money. I mean this is something that I would love to have a keg of in my living room but I can't see driving to Bevmo to pay $10 for a 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 05:37:55 | More by t0rin0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-24-2011 01:32:10 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Jared. Served in a wine glass.

The pour brings a hazy straw-yellow brew with a good white head and a bit of lacing plus a thin collar atop the beer. The nose is quite plain with some lightly-sweet wheat and a very, very mild citrus presence. No real spice or any indication of Belgian yeast. The flavor is about the same but a bit more grainy. Feel is pretty light with moderate carbonation. Nothing bad about this, but nothing at all impressive either.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:54:35 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, sun-faded lemon with a single stream of bubbles in the exact center of the glass. The ivory colored cap is frothysoft, with an upper surface of tiny, pearl-like bubbles that become small pits when they pop. Despite an underwhelming amount of lace, what sticks looks great.

I love the way that all good witbiers smell like summertime. This one is better than most and makes me want to flip the calender to June right this very minute. It's intensely aromatic, with lilting scents of zesty lemon and spicy coriander playing off one another to great effect. This is a tremendous nose.

The flavor isn't quite that good, but it's a near thing. The wheaty base comes through loud and clear and gives the beer a solid foundation from which the top notes of fruit and spice can work their magic. Fresh lemon peel is the dominant accessory flavor, although coriander isn't far behind. Neither one underplays or overplays its hand. I can also appreciate a modest amount of floral hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is airily light, further contributing to the ease of consumption. I try my best to consider each beer's mouthfeel within the context of its style and purpose. Having said that, Witte comes up just a little short. That's a minor annoyance, however, and doesn't deserve a serious downgrade.

This beer is a fine example of the witbier style. It smells heavenly and tastes almost as good. Even though I still prefer the masterpiece that is Allagash White, I have to agree with the label that Ommegang Witte is "worth the wheat".

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 16:50:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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

A: Poured hazy yellow with a small bit of white head that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was a moderate level of carbonation.
S: Aromas of coriander, along with yeast and orange peel are noticeable, though not very strong.
T: The flavors of wheat and spices were well balanced; citrus tastes of lemon and orange linger in the aftertaste and make the finish a bit dry.
M: The mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation lends smoothness.
D: This is a very light and refreshing beer. I would definitely drink more than one of these to relax on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 18:30:02 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that deposits thick clumps of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Earthy and yeasty with a hint of orange
Taste: Bready flavor to begin with a good orange citrus flavor; a touch or coriander and pepper on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with good levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshingly light but not a spicy as I was expecting

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 22:54:29 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it as well. A nice sized head of around two inches in height rose up immediatly but then settled down to about a half an inch and stayed that way until the very end. Some light side glass lacing on this one as well.

The aroma was full of grain and slight spices. Some small fruit notes, pears mainly, with a touch of apple. But this hay like spice kept everything going. Rich notes of grass and hay opened it up, and melded seemlessly into a pear driven fruity yeast body. Very intresting and quite complex, but then the smack of the spice hit you and it was all over. Really intense here as the almost pepper like notes bounced all over the tongue and really just put on a great show. Smooth as silk

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 15:20:50 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

11-28-2011 22:58:59 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pale clear yellow color ale with below average head with average retention. Aroma of orange and very subtle coriander. Taste is very light with limited spice (lack of coriander) with some limited sweetness/floral aspect. Carbonation is good but body is too thin. Watery feeling on the aftertaste kind of ruin this one for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 19:12:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like sipping on a fresh glass of Witte while sitting in the pristine Belgain setting in Cooperstown, New York. Brewery Ommegang captures the essence of Belgium not only in architecture, but also in culture and in the flavor of their Witbier

This Belgian white ale starts with a creamy canary yellow hue. Cloudy and airy, the hazy beer floats a stark white and frothy foamstance that both retains and laces very well. Solid but expected from the style.

Citrus aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, perfume, and soft grasses fill the nose. Decorated with white pepper and corriander (in the absence of hop aroma), the beer takes on a decidedly herbal and citrus tone.

Soft breads and wheat malt begin to define the flavors while the fruity (orange, appricots, lemons, and pears) quickly rise and eventually dominate the taste. Soft flavors of orange peel and corriander give a non-descript spiciness that both smoothen out the flavors and adds complexity. Creamy maltiness along with yeasty tartness gives an oddly compelling impression of sour cream.

Creamy and moderately malty up front, the beer fades quickly into a powder-dry texture and eventually becomes a tart and waivering. But until the lightened finish, the beer has a very refreshing and smooth procession.

Overall, the acidity prevails with the spices of yeast gaining precedence over classic powdery textures and prominant spice additions. This gives a rustic unveiled character that is likely more like what authentic witbiers used to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 12:29:02 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden straw color with a beautiful white head.

S: Not really what I was expecting in the scent department. No spice character, some faint orange and wheat. Rather disappointing.

T: Some decent citrus qualities (mostly orange), the wheat is present, as are the yeast.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, no overpowering tastes, but I was hoping for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:07:30 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-22-2013 19:42:32 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-20-2012 23:34:25 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Clouded, soft buttercream yellow body with a thin, long-lasting cap of finely-textured white foam.

Smell: Tangy-scented nose of a porringer of Cream of Wheat garnished with fresh lemon zest and lightly seasoned with coriander.

Taste: Malted wheat, lightly tangy and sweet, along with a light backing of soft barley. The initial sweetness quickly yields to the incoming taste of lemon. Smaller trace of coriander. Very, very faint bitterness. One last hint of tart citrus in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly pleasant and easily drinkable, serving as a good thirst-quencher for the warmer months.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 15:17:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-23-2013 04:33:34 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-24-2012 12:01:50 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-11-2013 04:32:46 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

1.5 finger head with some lacing on a dull gold body. aroma of lemon, grain herbal hops and clove. Flavors include wheat, grains, lemon, club soda, herbal hops. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Drinkable, not too dry. About as good as a wit can be.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 11:28:39 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-19-2013 04:33:55 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wit pours out as a straw colored yellow beer with a billowing white head that settles over time. The aroma has a good amount of lively citrus in it and is rather inviting. There is also some yeasty bread aromas coming off of it too. The taste of the beer is of light citrus with some soft banana notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the light side, perhaps a little too light. Overall this is an ok Wit but it could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 05:50:20 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another second chance with another Ommegang oldie-but-goldie. It pours a slightly hazed pale golden straw topped by somewhere around a finger of white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, lemon zest, and a touch of mandarin orange. The taste, not wanting to make any waves, stays this course beautifully, with the added effect of light pineapple near the finish. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a very tasty wit, one of the better ones readily available 'round these parts.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:57:36 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a cloudy golfen hue with a foamy,white three-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast, clove and some lemon.

T - A good sweet wheat taste with a blend of lemon and orange/corriander flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Very drinkable, even an entire 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 21:42:13 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-28-2011 15:02:43 | More by JAHMUR
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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 1,662 ratings.