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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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Photo of beagle75


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Hazy, pale yellow color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Musty yeast and lactic acid are pronounced, along with bright smells that find a balance somewhere between apple cider and coriander seed. A whiff of solvent is occasionally detected.

T: Begins dry, with tangy yeast and volatile citrus flavors early. A burst of acidity and mild bitterness mark the transition to the middle, where pear fruit and bubble gum are also detected. Wheat coats the palate in the finish, where cloves and trace bitterness linger.

M: Thin viscosity, very smooth yet scrubbing on the palate, with moderate to brisk carbonation.

D: A close rendition of the style, this beer is loaded with traditional flavors that transmit clearly through the taste. Bitterness and acidity are not shy here, even high at times in the case of the latter, but stay appealing to the senses. Perhaps not as imaginative as some American-brewed wits, it stands entirely in-line with the Belgian notables in wide distribution.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:31:49 | More by beagle75
Photo of LairdChisholm


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque golden color. There is a very loud, one and a half finger, white head that has sub-par retention. There is no lacing, but there is quite a few small carbonation bubbles heading to the top.

S - Smells of soft wheat with a touch of lemon. grass, yeast, and cream. Somewhat strong.

T - Upfront there is sweet wheat that is balanced nicely with yeast. After that, there is a light lemon taste with a gassy twang to it. Hops barely make themselves present at the end.

M - Carbonation fades out to fast and doesn't do the best job holding the flavors up.

D - Nothing special here. It's a good standard. There is room for improvement though.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:31:15 | More by LairdChisholm
Photo of mhpalmer


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

Appearance: Poured into a short weizen glass. Color is very light (re white), very fitting for a white beer. Big sudsy white head with huge bubbles that quickly burst, leaving a thin layer of froth.

Smell: Lemons and bananas, spice and grass, fitting for the classic style. I'm getting faint hints of orange and cinnamon as well.

Taste: Right up front I taste the orange and a hoppy bitterness, which is strange. I expected to taste the grassiness and banana/clove first, but I welcome Ommegang's unusual take on it. After the orange fades, the spiciness comes through, followed by a refreshing lemon sensation.

Mouthfeel: As the aftertaste fills my mouth, the insides of my lips and cheeks feel vaguely like I just bit into a lemon. It's an odd and pleasant sensation that I'm not used to getting from beer. The Witte has a satisfying weight on the tongue without feeling thick or syrupy.

Drinkability: The alcohol is smooth and the finish is very clean. The lemon-pucker keeps me from ranking higher on drinkability. Again, it's not a bad sensation, I'm just not used to it from a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 21:47:37 | More by mhpalmer
Photo of tapman


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, 'crystal' light yellow color and I really had to shake the crap out of the last ounce of liquid to dislodge the yeast at the bottom and cloud the bugger up. That's some ultra flocculent yeast for a witbier. Head is also kinda small for the style. Lacing is good, though.

Cloves and soft vanilla-banana aroma. Pretty standard for the style, but nice a clean without too many by-products like acedylaldihyde or DMS, which are easy to get in this style.

Taste is buttery and a little tart. Also lemons. Sour in the finish.

Very chewy and not as refreshing as I would think.

I wouldn't choose this one over an Allagash White, not by a long shot, but an above average offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 03:49:41 | More by tapman
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy lemon-straw color with a rabid rate of effervesce with a dense showering. The head is slightly off white with a mushrooming 2 finger plus stance that was moderately retaining, porous and foamy, but left minimal lacing.

S: Lemon and wheat are most evident. Room temperature lemon slices with hints of semi-dry oranges and a bready character. The overall strength was moderate.

T: Brigth lemony zest zing for a flavor was brought about by a sharp and crisp carbonation. Bready with a warm lemony feel midway is accented by a slight peppery spicing. The finish is very sharp and well defined, clean off the tongue with hints of coriander and dry wheat.

M: Mouthful is sharp and lively from the assertive carbonation. Not overly spiced but very well polished with a cleans sense and strong citrusy and wheat nature. Light bodied when rolled but feels much heavier at rest. Warming of citrus and spice line the tongue on the swallow.

D: Very sharp drinkability, razor like from the carbonation that gives this some zip and life when drinking. As with most of their drinks this was very well mannered, finely brewed with a great craftmenship that can be experienced with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 15:39:56 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Appearance: Brightest of yellows, bordering on neon. Large soapy head forms, and lacework is evident.

Smell: Wheat and yeast notes. A bit of barnyard funkyness as well.

Taste: Clean wheat flavor, ever so slightly tart. Light citrus notes in a lemon fashion. Some chalky yeast. Hop bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A refreshing witte and on par for the style. Light bodied, agreeable flavors, always a solid option.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 07:08:10 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a very pale and translucent champagne color. Aroma was green apples, coriander and mild citrus. The taste was light and sweet with a subtle green apple sourness. Mild umami on the finish. Pineapple in there as well. Mouthfeel was effervescent. Light. Finishes clean and crisp. Lager-like. Overall the best Wit I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:42:37 | More by chickenflea
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden straw color with a big head that dissipates to almost nothing rather quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Mild spice from the coriander and citrus zest. Some yeast as well.

T: Plenty of yeast and slight spice. Malt character is present. Has a slight piquant character as well. Well balanced, but lacks in depth.

M: A bit chalky. Medium bodied with a medium finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 23:08:26 | More by ryantaussig
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at for petes sake in philly. review from notes.

Pours a lighter golden color, slightly cloudy, with a decent head and minimal lacing.

Various fruits are scattered throughout the nose with hints of spice and a bit of herbs.

The nose translates right into the taste with notes of banana and citrus tingling your taste buds. Some spice and a little pepper is noticeable, as well as clove. There's a distinct tartness towards the end, which manages to stay on the pleasant side of things.

Medium body, a little creamy, very easy to drink and pretty refreshing. Decent Belgian-styled beer from Ommegang once again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 17:18:39 | More by xnicknj
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden hay color, with a small white head that fades quickly. No lace, but some carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smooth wheat, soft lemon zest and a bit of coriander. A really subdued aroma. Lightly floral.

Taste: A firm wheat base lets the blend of spices come through. Lemon zest, orange peel, and coriander in the middle. Finishes with a flourish of floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, medium carbonation, light to medium body.

Drinkability: It's not a bad example of the style, but I would really like to see some of the flavors kicked up a little bit. Drinkable, but not something I would go after.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:28:07 | More by KickInTheChalice
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours golden with a medium lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of piney hops, biscuit malt and hints of citrus. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of piney hops, yeast, sweet malt, some citrus and spices. Excellent, complex whit.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 20:07:21 | More by mikeg67
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy blonde in colour. Not as much carbonation as expected. About one and half fingers of white, pillowy head.

S - Orange peel or rind and yeast is about all I get. I would expect more spice but it's good.

T - Tons of that really nice orange rind again with the yeast character that blends nice. Again there is not enough spice, I might get a little coriander but it's subdued. Really citrusy and refreshing.

M - Good but needs more carbonation.

D - I would have a few of these with friends on a hot day but it lacks components of a Belgian Wit that I would normally expect.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 22:01:43 | More by tbeckett
Photo of aranheaney

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter

A-hazy, cloudy transluscent yellow, very typical of this breed

S-coriander, lemon a hint of orange

T-very nice clean, from start to finish, perfect for warm summer days

M-kind of thin, doesn't hang around

D-high, particularly under the proper conditions

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:05:08 | More by aranheaney
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy light yellow color. Started with a finger of nice white head, that faded fairly quickly and left behind a little lacing.

S - Mostly the smell of the lemon/citrus and the coriander. A touch of the wheat is also present.

T - The lemon and other citrus tastes creates a nice blend of sweetness and tartness. The soft wheat flavor mixed with coriander flavors really balances nicely. The tartness stays a bit in the aftertaste of the beer.

M - Very light and crisp, without feeling empty and lacking. Very smooth with some carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. It is smooth and crisp and the nice tartness through the flavor really balances the beer well.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 16:44:08 | More by ngeunit1
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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
Photo of Plokhooy


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice Witbier with a classic feel befitting the style. Served without a lemon (although I believe one would enhance some of the flavors) a nice crisp, citrus flavor emergese allowing for a very drinkable exepereince. Nothing stands out as great but overall a very nice offering.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 23:57:02 | More by Plokhooy
Photo of NODAK


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

Aroma is mostly of lemon and coriander...with a touch of sweet orange.

Very cloudy and blonde, as per expectations for style.

Taste has a bit of orange and coriander in the front, but it's very restrained as compared to other wits. Carbonation is quite effervescent. Finish has a lot of lemon, which is how the beer wraps up. Faint wheat is perceptible after the swallow.

As far as wits go, this one tilts more to the lemon side as opposed to some that are sweeter and spicier. To be honest, I do prefer the ones with more bold orange and coriander tastes. That said, this is a very drinkable beer that I'd have no problem accepting.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:23:20 | More by NODAK
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Redbones

A: Pale yellow with a thick haze. Very little head and a small bit of lacing.

S: Earthy, yeast and some faint spices. A bit of citrus. Not all that strong to me.

T: Similar to the smell, with a little bit of tanginess. Typical coriander comes through. Also a fair amount of hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy - very creamy.

D: Goes down easy.

Although it can't say the taste will overwhelm you, it is pretty good. Maybe a little too subdued and simple, but I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 22:40:05 | More by xrdsci
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked 25 1/2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 5, 2010. It is a very frothy, heady pour with a cloudy pale yellow buried down beneath the soft bubbles. There is a nice wheat and yeast balance in the aroma along with something banana-like but not much in the way of spice. Wheat and yeasty head up the taste as well with a pleasant but thin dry hoppiness at the end. Very appealing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 00:56:44 | More by puboflyons
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in draft form and bottled, and I must say that the draft is far superior to the bottle in my opinion. Although the first time I tried a pint of the draft Witte, it did nothing to impress me. It had standard Belgian White characteristics and I couldn't point out any distinctive tastes or influences.

With that said, I feel my first judgement of it to be flawed after experiencing it poured correctly from a place that knows how to truly pour belgians. I ordered it from the BXL Cafe in Times Square and completely changed my mind about the beer. The proper serving glass combined with the correct amount of bubbly head allowed me to smell and taste subtle banana and clove that I had not before noticed. There was a small taste of citrus and coriander but it wasn't overwhelming. The dynamic of this second experience truly changed my mind about this beer. I would definitely have another Witte, especially combined with a nice afternoon brunch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 00:09:04 | More by Samashley
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2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Flying U glass, yeast added.

A: Cloudy light yellow with a creamy white two inch head. The head dissipated quickly and left some light patchy lacing.

S: Some funk from the yeast, tart lemons, coriander, and soft spices.

T: Big taste of tart lemons overwhelms the palate. Some coriander and white pepper poke through a little. Wheat taste pops up at random intervals. Slightly chalky, funky Belgian yeast in the finish.

M: Thin watery mouthfeel, seltzer like carbonation.

D: Decent. Not a hard beer to drink, but I am not really left with the desire to have another.

Notes: This beer is not very well balanced. The tart lemon taste dominates far too much, and the other flavors are muted. Mouthfeel is off-putting as well. I was disappointed by this beer. A sub-par offering from an otherwise excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 23:17:46 | More by ryan1788a5
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged into a tulip. Bottled 06/09/10.

A: Cloudy, somewhat lighter yellow than expected, initally a decent head that reduced much too quickly leaving no lacing nor cap.

S: Aromas are enjoyable and Witte like. When the head is there, I caught some lemon rind, moving more towards coriander and later a bit of blue cheese?

T: Not exactly complex, but it balances well with an enjoyable play of spices and citrus. The thing that makes this witte fantastic though is the strong lactic twang on the tongue that keeps it constantly fresh on your palate.

M: Crisp and sharp on the tongue with that lactic bite makes it very nice.

D: I'd hit it again, and again, and again... (Edit: After having the 2nd glass 1+ hour later, with a touch more warmth ~55F, the lactic nature is overpowering and unpleasant. If this had been my first experience with the beer the rating would have been lower)

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 23:53:00 | More by kjyost
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger Pub in the village.

Pours a hazy lemon color with a finger of white head; poor retention, but sticky lace adorns the glass. Citrus, orange peel, and lemon in the nose.

Starts sweet & fruity with predominantly citrus flavors, but fades to finish slightly watery with a hint of hops in the back. Light- to medium-bodied with average carbonation that fizzles my tongue as it sits in my mouth. Easy to drink, however I'd likely order a different hef/wit if I wanted another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 16:44:39 | More by brystmar
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer early on in the journey. This one also from the night of 8/12/2010. Review is from notes. It's a nice beer for summer, with a hint of citrus. Very easy to drink some - or many. I'm a fan.

Appearance: Wheaty.

Smell: Citrus.

Taste: Little sweetness, little hops, very crisp.

Mouthfeel: medium to light body.

Drinkability: Summer session beer if you're ok with repeated citrus.

Props to Ommegang, I dig't!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 03:16:14 | More by afksports
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, pale gold color with one finger of pure white head. The retention was average and the lacing consistent in sliding bands. The aroma was of wheat, yeast, light alcohol esters, pale malt and some slighty floral notes. The flavors were a complex and well-balanced blend that started with dry wheat followed by a sweetness of banana and light tropical fruits from the yeast esters followed by a floral hops note and finally a lingering pale and sweet malt finish. Slightly spicy, grainy yet not too-dry, and very pleasant. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation on the frothy side.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:22:19 | More by thekevlarkid
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