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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: 207 | 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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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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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.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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