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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 105 | 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:
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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Photo of Pencible


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

A: This poured a hazy straw color, with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sour lager yeast and lots of salt and waxy hops, with some tart apricot and Belgian yeast, along with a bit of fresh wheat and grass.
T: It tasted like sour Belgian yeast and crisp citrus and grassy hops, with a little wheat malt and candi sugar. It had a clean and mildly bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate smooth carbonation. Nice and slick.
D: This didn't have a very appealing scent, but the taste and body were quite good. It was easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. Not unique or complex, but a good example of the style.

02-28-2011 16:21:32 | More by Pencible
Photo of mariposafan


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a short head that dissipates too quickly.

The aroma is very nice - bubblegum/banana/yeast with a little citric bite behind it.

The flavor is similar to the aroma but the yeast seems to have gotten lost and the lemony/citrus bite is in overdrive. It's also waterier than I'd like.

The viscosity is fine but the carbonation is definitely overboard. Very, very prickly.

Easy enough to drink but I'm not sure I'd want to with any regularity. It would be nice enough on a summer day but even then it doesn't strike me as something special.

02-27-2011 20:10:39 | More by mariposafan
Photo of bonbright7


4.83/5  rDev +28.5%

Nearly 5 years after my initial review of this Ommegang Witte in a bottle, I revisited it on tap last night at The Good Life of Massapequa Park, NY with magical results.

I have known Ommegang's growing product line up over the years and have recommended them often to my customers who were seeking Belgian-inspired beers made in America. Witte has been one of my favorites to demonstrate as a "craft beer with training wheels" for solid BMC drinkers who need a little help in understanding how simple styles can prevail. My point is that good craft beer doesn't have to be stored in oak, made from suspect ancient ingredients, or had enough abv to flame crepes in a pan. The simple use of the best ingredients will prevail with scuttling the faux-Reinheitsgebot notions that marketers have pounded into the BMC minds with the hooves of the majestic beer wagon horses on tv.

My serving of Witte came of the tap in a tall slender glass and glowed vibrantly with golden orange-yellow pastels frothing with a white creamy head that seemingly never disappeared.
The radiant glass of the ale had a distinct cloudiness to it that I could not read through as the millions of tiny bubbles were reaching skyward.

It's peppery fruit aroma invited the first taste and it brought back memories of traveling in Europe just a few years ago.

The overwhelming creamy orange candy taste was tempered with a touch of sour tartness that bounced wildly. I was very impressed as I took larger tastes of the beer while noting its depth. For a beer rated at only 5.1 abv, it tasted greater in volume than many beers with twice that alcohol point.

It's drinkability was undeniably above many that I have tasted and one that I could easily share with friends in almost any situation.

After a long and hard Winter, this was the blossoming warmth of Spring that I was looking for.

02-25-2011 11:28:48 | More by bonbright7
Photo of pburland23


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a caged and corked 25.4 bottle into a Hoegaarden pint glass.

Pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with a very thick fluffy bright white head that has a decent amount of lacing and retention.

The beer smells faintly of cloves and Belgian yeast, but the smell is definitely completely underwhelming and uninviting. The taste is fairly typical of a witbier, but I find Ommegang Witte to be lacking a boldness that I like in a beer. Witte just seems weak.

The mouthfeel is passable. The carbonation is adequate. The drinkability is nice. I feel on a warm summer night, Witte could be someone's go to beer. Just not mine.

02-16-2011 00:54:31 | More by pburland23
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

right when I poured this beer I quickly noticed it's frosted pale yellow color. The smell is a light citrus with maybe a touch of vanilla. The taste is a crisp hoppy citrus. This is one of the finer wheat beers I've had. There is deffinatly a milder flavor than some of the belgian-style beers I've had in the past, which, to me, just makes it more drinkable. Over all this beer is a beauty. Very nice.

02-13-2011 17:14:18 | More by mattkoon
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

750mL bottle, $5.99 from Wegmans in Clay, NY. Bottled on 12/21/10, best by 12/2011. Small serving in a 1 pint canning jar.

A: Pale lemonade yellow, super cloudy, thin fizzy white head.

S: Thin faint nose of seltzer, soapy corriander, earthy yeast funk.

T/M: Thin, light, fizzy body. Flavors same as the smell.

D: Swirled a bit to dissipate the carbo a bit. Super quaffable.

02-12-2011 02:33:16 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy yellow colour with a massive size frothy white coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the haziness of the beer and there is pretty good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes or so.

Smell - light banana, breads/grains, cloves, lemon, coriander, a slight skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - There beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it feels light and lively on the tongue but also sligly watery. Most of the flavour is made up of bananas and cloves/coriander mixed with breads/grains. I also tasted quite of bit of lemon juice flavour. It finished with a bready clove/lemon aftertaste.

Drink - The beer was enjoyable, but I was a little confused with the slight skunky smell. Maybe I had an off bottle. Still happy I tried it and would be willing to drink it again.

02-09-2011 15:17:02 | More by spinrsx
Photo of chefelf

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Very tasty, though disturbingly yellow, beer with a surprising amount of carbonation. You could also say:

"High, white, fluffy summer clouds. A soft breeze through a citrus grove. A heavenly bite of orange chiffon cake. All of these come to your mind as you lift our pale golden wheat ale to your lips. It's so soft, so light on your tongue, you think, as the tart lemon, bitter orange, and subtle spiciness of coriander arrive to round out the intriguing delicacy of this delicious ale. You smile, knowing you have more in the fridge."

That's taken word-for-word from their website. I think I enjoyed it a little more before I read that. Especially the part about the fluffy clouds.

02-07-2011 01:21:52 | More by chefelf
Photo of Brunite


2.63/5  rDev -30.1%

Serving: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, pale, light straw. Aggressive pour yielded 2 finger, white head that quickly disappeared leaving no lace.

Smell: What you would expect here. Some citrus/orange notes and some coriander. Not much else.

Taste: Disappoints given the aroma that we started with. Almost no orange taste. Mostly tart lemon and very slight spice. A lasting lemony taste is felt in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Quite a bit of carbonation. Watery.

Drinkability: This started out at its best and quickly paled away to less than average.

Overall: Rather disappointing. I was expecting more from this brewer. Pales compared to an Allagash White. Glad I got this one as a single. Would skip this in the future.

01-24-2011 20:38:22 | More by Brunite
Photo of Thorpe429


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

01-22-2011 04:54:35 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottled: 06/09/2010. Best by: 06/09/2012. 12 oz. bottle at 42 degrees into a tulip.

A: It pours a clouded neon-yellow color with an unimpressive half-finger head of short-lasting, large-bubbled white head that almost completely disappears after thirty seconds.

S: Lemon, white pepper, horseblanket mustiness, and mild banana.

T: All citrus early, mild hoppy bitterness, and some caramel and biscuit malt flavors finishing. Witbiers always seem to smell better than they taste.

M: It's tingly but not prickly on the palate with a medium-light body and long-lasting flavors.

D: This is much more malt-heavy than most wits. It's flavorful, refreshing, crisp, and a quality version of a mediocre style.

01-13-2011 20:02:40 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of rdilauro


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

I enjoy wheat and slightly spiced beers. This beer poured a nice golden tone with a head that almost was identical to the beer color.

The aroma was very pleasant. You could smell the spices. There was clear presence of coriander and orange. The taste was very soft and light to medium body. The spices and the wheat style stayed in my mouth long after I swallowed my first sip.

This is a perfect summer beer, but its enjoyable year round.

01-13-2011 11:20:17 | More by rdilauro
Photo of beagle75


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

12-14-2010 07:08:10 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of chickenflea


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

12-04-2010 23:08:26 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of xnicknj


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

12-02-2010 17:18:39 | More by xnicknj
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

11-24-2010 03:28:07 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

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

10-31-2010 00:05:08 | More by aranheaney
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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