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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,646
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 28
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-16-2011 00:40:35 | More by ROGUE16
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 13:19:00 | More by EgadBananas
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a light yellow tone with a big two finger head.
Its` nose has wheat, honey, corn, coriander and biscuit. Taking a sip of this wit, I taste lemon, citrus in gerneral, some spice, overall a pleasantly sweet aspect to it. Mouthfeel is light with a crisp texture to it. All in all, a quaffable and refreshing wit.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:47:54 | More by mltobin
Photo of MsRif


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
Photo of dstanmyer

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I imbibed this wit beer from a bottle on a hot 4th of July gathering. The color is lighter than most other wit beers, showing off a subtlety that some more mass produced summer beers like this lack. This is a very drinkable beer with a smooth finish with hints of citrus and flower. Quite light and fresh and more carbonated than some others. Very enjoyable. Ommegang does it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 22:37:40 | More by dstanmyer
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 06/12

A: At first glance, extreme carbonation. Color is a pure yellow with moderate cloudiness. Typical of the style. Half finger head that dissipates. Little to no lacing.

S: Bread. Coriander. Malt. Orange twinge. It puts it all out there in the first whiff.

T: Yeasty bitter-sweet orange bread. The citrus flavor is only a complement to the pureness of the wheat essence. The taste is two-fold. Bitter crispness up front with a smooth fruity twinge at the end. I was surprised at the balance of this beer.

M: One word keeps coming to mind. Balance. Smooth clean flavor as it enters the palate. Like the test drive of a new car, the fullness of the carbonation and the boldness of the wheat take my senses to new appreciation for this style.

O: I was pleasantly reminded of the refreshing aspect of this style. I picture myself out in the back yard with the guys playing a pickup game of football, and one of the guys saying "Hey, anyone thirsty?" I look and the changing leaves of fall, remember my mother’s pumpkin pie and think to myself, "You know, a Witte would sit right just about now."

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 06:33:56 | More by cooler4life
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New York

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

A: Beautiful head with good retention; little lacing. Cloudy; color nothing too exciting.

S: Sweet orange was upfront with the coriander and wheat in the background. Very appealing.

T: The coriander comes through strong. I would've liked the orange peel to come out more like it does in the smell.

M: Though light, it was exceptionally smooth, with medium-light carbonation.

O: A nice beer; definitely one of the better American-made witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 00:52:59 | More by scninmer08
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, caged and corked.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale white straw hue, with a teeming amount of thin puffy white head, which leaves some broadly-spaced bird's wing span lace around the glass as it steadily, but surely settles. It smells of creamy wheat grain, lemon, the soft usual suspects of pepper and coriander spice, and a slick buttery note. The taste is sweet wheat malt, sort of bready in its fullness, some mild orange peel, and subtle underhanded yeast. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light, but not thin, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, wheat and sweet coriander filling the role.

An easy-drinking, straightforward, but still well-rendered witbier, the expected flavours tilted somewhat, but it all turns out a-ok.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:42:49 | More by biboergosum
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinted gold with a puffy, creamy white head. Has the rustic unfiltered look one would expect from any witbier.

S: The nose is initially dominated by scents of wheat, cream, and butter, though traces of coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest later develop.

T: Opens malty and mildly tart with strong notes of wheat toast, heavy cream, coriander, and butter followed by a heavy lemon flavor with a hint of bitter orange peel just before the fade. Finishes tart, yet smooth with notes of spice and citrus.

M: A relatively light-bodied beer with an alternately firm and creamy mouthfeel. Fairly dry.

O: Ommegang Witte is a decent enough witbier, but don't expect it to wow you. I'd still take it over many of the commercial Belgian wits.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 16:03:30 | More by mrfrancis
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden glass since it appears to be the closest thing to an official Ommegang glass for this beer. Let's see how the 2011 GABF gold medal winner does.

Appearance is varied. Body color is a classic cloudy wittier lemon gray, not so much glowing. Rising carbonation comes up in varying sizes. Head is white and extremely soapy and disappears very quickly. The drink leaves a very pock marked surface and a very small collar.

Nose is ripping husky grain. Litteraly thrashing wheat. Spice angles do not appear obvious. Slight diacetyl like butter sense also.

Taste is a slight improvement. Good malt backbone with chewy grain sense. Finish has a very mild hint of sugars, items feel nicely balanced. Mild orange zest mixing in some places with a citrus angle and lemon. Mouthfeel is also quite good without a real wet sense even though appearances seem to indicate a somewhat lifeless beer.

Overall a very decent tasting witbier, but seems faulty and looks incredibly weak.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:40:02 | More by smakawhat
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale golden color with a big head that fades slowly with some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus with some spice.

T: Mild flavor of citrus with some bread and a nice dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and quite refreshing. Well balanced.

O: Quite tasty, not overpowering, just an all around solid beer. Goes good with food or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:59:17 | More by soju6
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a frothy meringue-like head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Lemon and orange citrus aroma with a spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Taste is is of bread and lemon/orange citrus flavor. Spicy European hop flavor adds a pleasant balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel with a pleasant level of carbonation.

Overall: A tasty and refreshing beer. Above average, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 19:10:32 | More by agomega
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Alberta (Canada)

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

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a cloudy pale straw hue, with a tall creamy merengue-like shock white head.

Soft wheat on the nose, with some sharp citrusy yeast, along with bright orange notes.

Soft creamy sweet wheat once again in the flavour, some tart citrus to counterbalance, with dry yeasty spice in the middle, and mild orange peel and pith finish.

Light mouthfeel with a brisk carbonation balancing a creamy smoothness.

A very enjoyable and approachable Wit--on the milder side similar to the St. Bernardus version, but certainly delivers the goods and hits all the right spots. Would be an excellent intro to the style besides Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 23:50:15 | More by IronDjinn
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very pale yellow/white. Only 1/2 finger head with aggressive pour. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - lemon and straw qualities. Very nice aroma.

Taste - very lemony and very sweet at the same time. Easy to drink and pleasant. No hop bitterness but crispness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Not fizzy at all but smooth and full bodied for this light beer.

Overall - It is more unique in flavor and craft than I would have thought. Worth a try and enjoyable. Would have again if on tap or bottled in restaurant but probably wouldn't buy again because it didn't knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:09:30 | More by bubseymour
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw color with a thick white head and a glass full of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass.

S - Bready wheat, lemon, coriander, spicy yeast.

T - Soft wheat, slightly tart, lemon, coriander, slightly spicy with light yeast notes.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Nicely balanced. Lighter flavor than aroma but easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:43:50 | More by brewcrew76
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2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pale gold in color and completely opaque. It's like a neon yellow in the light; kinda weird. Pours with frothy white head that dissipates quickly to form a thin barrier on top. The bubbles seem like they want to stick to the glass, but the low viscosity of the beer pulls it down into the drink. I get pale malt up front with lemon and spiciness following in scent. I was expecting a bit more of a kick in a wit. I get a lot of pale malt on the tongue with nearly none of the wheat described on the glass. The citrus is undeniable, and a bit annoying after a while. I get mostly lemon, despite the claims of orange peel on the label. It stays on the front of the tongue, but some of the malt lingers with it in an attempt at balance. The light fruit flavor has some spiciness towards the end, but it's a bit muddled in the tang. The beer is easily drinkable and not very heavy which is nice, but not normal for the style.

Speaking towards my personal preference, I'm torn. On the one hand, I like that it isn't a normal wit in the sense that it is light. On the other hand, it's overly tangy. In the end, evil outweighs good and the tagniness is too overbearing. Get back to the chalkboard, Ommegang. I expect more of a Belgian owned company.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:39:36 | More by Philousa
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Between straw and golden leaning toward the lighter shade, pale hued but quite hazy with big bubbles rising to the huge white head of foam that turns mildly chunky as is falls with moderate speed. Pretty alright for lace.

S: More lemony than coriander, some peel, twangy yeast, spicy and tart hints, wheat and base malt. Only fair in strength.

T: Coriander comes in better here – less lemony sharpness and more herbal. Still a fair bit of lemon (perhaps too much). Orange/citrus peel is rather faint. Yeast takes on spicy and earthy notes. Fair amount of tartness. Slightly bready and doughy wheat malt in background.

M: Medium light body with firm and slightly active carbonation. A touch of chalk from the yeast, but overall quite crisp. Mild zing from the tartness. Increasing herbal dryness.

D: Pretty solid Wit. The right notes and decent balance, just no real wow-factor. It is nicely drinkable, but it could use some smoothing out, some of the softer notes that can be found in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:55:27 | More by SickGnar
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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a strong yellow with a tinge of orange throughout. Cloudy with a big, fluffy, white head. Good retention and some light, scattered lacing.
Smell is malty, wheat, banana, citrus (sweet like tangerine) and vanilla. Complex and very well balanced.
Taste is tangy, not the malty sweetness I expected. Citrus sharpness is more prevalent (especially lemon), malt more restrained. Banana, wheat, pepper, hops and a very light vanilla note round it out. Still complex but out of balance.
Not the smooth wheat beer I thought, more the initial bite of a lager, kind of like a hybrid brew. Medium/full body with a sharp effervescence up front with a slightly tangy citrus/malt flavor in the medium-bodied finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:29:16 | More by PorterLambic
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New York

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

A: Light blond, like a fallow corn field in the end of autumn sun.

S: The aroma once this beer was cracked open is what sold me. Its a sharp bitter and hoppy smell, and doesnt smell much like a wheat. Has a floral arrangement that speaks of mango and plum, and grapefruit.

T: The taste is a tad underwhelming, and doesnt carry over from the aroma. The main floral notes are of grapefruit and corriander. Slightly hoppy, and tastes less like a wheat beer, and more like a pale ale.

M: A little bit bitter, and spicy. Good mouthfeel for a witte.

O: I enjoyed this beer, and i dont particularly care for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 06:24:42 | More by rodney45
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tried much from this brewery. 12oz bottle...

A: A very very light clear yellow lemonade type color with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: A nice malt with a mild banana / clove scent in the middle. A mild bubble gum on the backend. Ok.

T: A light malt quickly overcome by a clove flavor in the middle which overpowers the brew. A mild breadiness on the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A malty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. I'm not much of a fan of the style, but it seems like it is a decent representation of it. Try if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:22:10 | More by steve8robin
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap

Aroma: Slightly bready over a crisp, citrus-like aroma with some hints of yeast mixed in.

Taste: Thin initially, with the wheat building over a prickly, well carbonated middle leading to a slightly sweet, faintly bready end with some mild bitterness and a hint of orange zest.

The Rest: A pretty clean finish and a light body typical of the style. This is a light, crisp and refreshing beer with some subtle complexity towards the back end.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 22:02:23 | More by curasowa
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a 16oz Pensacola Bay Brewery branded shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, very pale straw color with a large, thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind no lace.

Smell: Lots of lemon and hints of orange peel and spice with a light yeasty and wheaty backing.

Taste: Begins a bit sour and slightly spicy, rounding out to malty sweetness and finishing yeasty with mild bitterness and a citric bite.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with sharp carbonation upfront and a watery, refreshing finish.

Overall: A very good, easy-drinking summer refresher. Not the best beer of its style, but still a very good and faithful interpretation. Definitely worth a drink. This beer also would appeal well to beginners or non-beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 17:03:28 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy light gold body with a small white head with spotty lacing.

S: A nice citrus nose with notes of lemon zest, funk, yeast, sweet pale malts, earthy spices, and a light bitterness.

T: A nice wheat upfront flavor with a lot of lemon zest. It's followed by coriander, bitter earthy hops, spices, sweet bready malts, and finishes dry with a spicy white pepper.

M: Light body; medium carbonation; crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a tingling sensation.

O: Honestly it's not my favorite Ommegang beer or witbier, but it's a nice go to beer because it's easy to find and not too badly priced. Low ABV makes it easy to drink quite a few. The flavors are standard, but nothing about this is amazing and is easy to forget.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 12:39:22 | More by BrewCrew2010
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a nice white fluffy cap that slowly faded leaving some decent lacing
The nose is mostly lemon and coriander along with some yeast
The taste follows suit, wheat, lemon and coriander along with just a bit of peppery spice
light bodied with a crisp carbonation, it seems a bit thin. its easy to drink and the flavor is pretty decent. You could drink alot of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:44:30 | More by mikereaser
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy yellow color, with a one finger head. Little carbonation or lacing. Typical look for the style.

S- Lemon, coriander, and that's just about it. Nice nose, and a perfect smelling summer brew.

T- Fruit, spice, wheat, some hops? Not bad, but not as nice as the nose. Still, a nice Witbier- just not the top of the style.

M- Fairly thin, and a little dry. Not bad, just not exceptional.

O- Had this at the brewery, and I enjoyed it. It just comes up a little short against the best in the style. Still, this is a tasty session/summer brew that you can drink several of and not feel a buzz.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:23:39 | More by jayhawk73
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