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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 210 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,901 | Reviews: 743
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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".

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

classic belgian wit. the pour is cloudy and really pale yellow in color, lots of tiny bubbles rising hotly to the surface. still, the head is small and white, fades pretty quick from the bottle, but ive seen it last better from the tap. the nose is a lot of wheat malt and really farmy funked out yeast, also a fair bit of tartness, like lemon juice from concentrate. the flavor is about the same, with the wheat being really fresh and forward, which is such a rarity these days. the yeast is gold, super bright and spunky, with that lemon zest tart to sourness, almost like a sour beer or wild ale, its pretty far out there on the funk scale. epic carbonation, jivey feel, dances on the tongue, with a real light drinkable body, slammable at this low abv. a really fun beer, could be an easy transition to sours for people yet to get into them, there is so much of that barnyard stuff happening that a sour isnt too distant. overall a wonderful brew, one of ommegangs finest regulars. a treasure.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of womencantsail
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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