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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,892 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,892
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 193 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy, bright yellow with with a thick cap of fizzy, pure white head that has great retention

S - lemon, wheat, faint coriander

T - wheat, lemon, very faint spiciness in the finish

M - very crisp, a bit over carbonated, light bodied

This is a decent witbier. It's heavily carbonated and very light. The flavor is simple, but it's refreshing and easy to drink. It's worth checking out for wheat fans.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with very low clarity, especially after the yeast is poured in the glass. The head is a rather feeble one finger color with thick bubbles and poor retention. Very strong carbonation trails, which may help explain the poor showing from the head.

S: Quite fruity with a slight hint of milk chocolate, which isn't quite what I'm used to in a wit (actually, it seems to be Ommegang's yeast strain dominating the smell). Coriander and spices can be hinted at only after concentrating. Good, but unusual.

T: Again, dark fruit and a hint of chocolate - I know this is an oldish bottle, but the fruit esters are really strong in this one. Just like in the smell, spices can only be found via concentration.There are also smooth flavor transitions from the oats (possibly) used. Fine enough, just not what I look for in a wit.

M: Quite dry from the yeast astringency, but not overly heavy. Not as drinkable as it could be, though. Healthy carbonation.

O: It's alright. I'll give it benefit of the doubt that I had this in sub-optimal conditions, but either way, I'm not exactly impressed with it.

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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the nose, Witte comes across as more of an orange-peel-forward beer than coriander, which isn't what you would normally find. Don't get me wrong, the coriander is there, but it's not in the forefront. The beer smells yeasty, in a break-like way. Not bad over-all, but not blowing my skirt up.

It's easy on the eyes, a pale straw color with a touch of haze on the first pour. I imagine it gets quite cloudy in subsequent pours. The head was a crisp frothy white, but it fell into the beer rather fast. Head retention along with lacing was non-existant.

Nice flavor bringing the coriander, a hint of pith which is a tad tart (but only a tad), and sourdough bread. It's full in flavor, but somewhat pedestrian. It's in the belgian tradition, and I like it, but I'd like to see a bit more oomph!

light bodied and highly carbonated with a touch of a puckering sensation on the dry finish. It's a great session beer if you are going on the higher end of that definition. This would pair easily with many savory dishes.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 1,892 ratings.