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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,751
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 117 | 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 curasowa
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

curasowa, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Mosstrooper, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

mikereaser, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

jayhawk73, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought I had reviewed this one; notes are about a month old, but thorough as always.

The color is a hazy medium gold, though not as hazy as I'd expect. The white head is sparse and fades pretty quickly, though not horribly, and lacing isn't great but not terrible either.
The aroma is bubble gum Belgian yeast sweetness over wheat with some light spicing evident. It goes a bit chalky as well with some citrus peel zest to it.
The taste is heavily lemony, more sour than I'd have thought with a bitter rind edge. Spiciness comes out all the way. It's also very tart with a heavy sort of earthiness.
The mouthfeel gives a biting spritziness in a light body, going oddly slick despite the dryness.
This isn't a bad beer, but given what I've come to expect from Ommegang this is a bit of a surprise.

Brenden, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of wowbagger
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very thin and pale, even for a wheat ale, but the head has some good staying power. Very powerful citrus and spice flavor hits right away. After taste mellows to a flavor reminiscent of pine or cedar.

Goes down easy, though not quite as refreshing as I would have liked.

wowbagger, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of jpro
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from CBX during the Belgian Independence Day bonanza. The growler tipped over in the trunk on the way home, so only got to drink about 2/3 of it... son of a. Anyway:

A: Served in a Duvel tulip... pours a cloudy, pale yellow; big 2.5-finger head of sudsy, white foam builds and slowly recedes leaving some webby lace.

S: Coriander; lemon peel; dusty / slightly spicy yeast.

T: Wheat; light, bready malt; coriander; light citrus pith; maybe some ginger?; nothing stands out, really - but I suppose that’s kind of indicative of the style.

M: Pretty good feel... medium bodied with moderate carbonation; slight tanginess aids in the refreshment factor.

O: Not the most exciting witbier out there (see Hitachino Nest White), but not bad; I’d have it again on a hot summer day!

jpro, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-light amber with slight cloudiness and a white head

S-citrus and hints of pine and light bitterness

T-light citrus flavor with balanced bitterness

M-light body with a strong carbonation which presented and acidic feel at onset which dissipates and allows the flavors to come through

O-a nice light summer beer, but not enough for true savoring

MDDMD, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of obywan59
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a 4 finger white head that recedes rather quickly leaving decent lacing. Goodly amount of carbonation bubbles.

Smelled like a macro at first, I thought maybe it was a bit skunked As it warmed, it showed more depth, a bitter/chalky smell with some light sweetness and earthy spice. A bit later, the harsh bitter aroma dissipated, and the sweet, earthy, and spice melded nicely, making for a pleasant well-rounded aroma, but then I started getting some funk??? Except for Left Hand's Oxymoron (which was way more extreme), I don't think I've ever had a beer with such a changeable aroma.

Very good. Spicy Belgian yeast with a touch of funk now and then. Add a light sweetness, nearly overpowered by lemony tartness.

Medium thick and very crisp with a strong carbonation, especially early on. Some carbonation burn in the throat as well.

I remember being a bit disappointed with this the first time I tried it, but this time I was more impressed. I'll definately try it again.

obywan59, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 12oz single of this for 3 bucks.

A - Pours a nice hazy straw yellow color with a half inch of bubbly white head. Sticky indeed.

S - Belgian yeast with a nice tart lemon and a bit of funk. Very strong smell.

T - Not as heavy as I though with very little yeast to boot. Has a nice bit of carbonation that hoists the lemon and grassy flavors making them spark like champagne.

M - Light to medium a very easy drinker.

Overall I love the idea of being able to find 12oz versions of these bomber beers since it's usually cheaper. Great wit!

DrDemento456, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle ($6.99 at Hannaford in Portland, ME) poured into Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a completely opaque, cloudy gold; no highlights. 1-finger stark-white head settles fast and leaves no lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, lemon, skunky hops. Quite herbal.

T: Vanilla, citrus and cardamom up front; rather sweet. Middle is herbal and spicy, transitioning into a lightly hopped, pleasantly bitter finish.

M: Carbonation is medium. Quite thick, but not in a bad way. Creams up well.

O: I've neglected to try Ommegang's Witte for quite some time, simply because I tend to always move towards Allagash White when I'm in the mood for a wheat beer. Even so, Witte drinks quite well and is supple, sweet and rather herbal. I can see myself drinking this again in the future.

A nice take on a Belgian wheat.

sk8man121, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of chicagobill13
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an awesome beer. I am not a wheat or white beer fan. I really love the balance and not over whem sense that I am drinking a wheat. This is a beer that many need to try and I know will love. This brewery puts out some great beers so please pay attention to what they do.

chicagobill13, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of dense, white head on top of a hazy, straw yellow body. The foam displays great retention as it slowly settles and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Spicy wheat with lots of lemon and coriander notes as well as a bit of vanilla and some sulfur in the background.

T - Soft, spicy wheat with some doughy bread yeast character up front. This is followed up rapidly in the middle with lots of coriander and clove. Some zesty lemon notes appear towards the finish and are accompanied by more bread and spicy wheat character.

M - A somewhat thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Fairly good overall, the spices dominate the aroma but are not over done in the flavor profile as I feared they might be. The wheat character is evident throughout and it imparts the requisite thickness to the body. Well made, but it doesn't grab me in a way that would make me want to drink it again and it can't stand up to the very few exceptional examples of the style such as Sterkens White and DFH Namaste.

nickfl, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of jiggahertz
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge bubbly head on a cloudy yellow beer. Head dissipates slowly.

S: Nice nose on this, orange, spice, wheaty, floral hops.

T: Up front is crisp and clean, then some of the murkiness from the yeast comes through. Finish has a nice bite with spice.

M: Cleansing lemony mouthfeel, high carbonation.

O: A very nice witbier, readily available around $7 for a bomber here.

jiggahertz, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. packaged on 4/15/11 (about 2 months old) best before 4/2012.

pours out a very cloudy yellowish golden lemonade color with a solid 2 fingers of pure white creamy head. good retention, eventually faded to a thick 1/4 layer that stuck around the whole glass. some lace off of a swirl thats quick to fall back into the beer. a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top.

in the aroma, some tart lemon citrus, a bit of clove and phenols, wheat, and the slightest hint of bannana. nothing really stands out too much however.

a solid tasting witbier, lots of wheat throughout. slightly tart lemony citrus, clove, a bit of corriander and phenols. slightly sweet malt towards the finish.

light, crisp, just a very slight tartness. very refreshing and drinkable. very creamy, just maybe a little less carbonation than i like in my wits, i prefer a more highly carbonated witbier.

overall, simple and basic wit, but super drinkable, great for the summer, thirst quenching. it definatly has its place in the ommegang lineup and im sure we will cross paths again, im just not in hurry to run out and buy more. good, but definatly not hoeegardin (spelling...i know, i know).

dogfishandi, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City. Served in a pint glass. Review from notes.

Look: hazy yellow body with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Good.

Smell: lemon zest, coriander, wheat and a bit of fruity hoppiness. Smells like a witbier.

Taste: wheat, fruity, floral hops, lemon zest, and coriander. Tastes good.

Feel: light, crisp carbonation, and a little creamy. Very easy drinking and thirst quenching, making for a good session beer.

Overall: pretty good witbier but nothing exceptional about it. While it isn't as good as, say, an Allagash White, its leaps and bounds ahead of the likes of Blue Moon. Cheers.

SkunkWorks, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Jcschrock
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was love at first site. Served to me in a snifter the smell alone was enough to intoxicate my senses. A full sweet aroma with a strong scent of wheat accompanied by a beautiful golden cloudy appearance. Witte is all the name needs to describe it's substance. The taste is simplistic yet very satisfying with a hint of hops and the overwhelming buttery sensation of wheat. Great after taste and goes down very smooth. Haven't tried it in bottle form though.

Jcschrock, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky, pale, pale gold. No head and an ever so slight amount of carbonation.

Smell: Funky wheat and clove.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet upfront with a menthol like feel. Very mild and drinkable. Water-like in the middle. Clove comes out toward the end. Aftertaste is a combination of all of the above. The wheat taste is prevalent throughout the whole of the beer. Light in body and mouthfeel. Akin to water but with more pop and zest.

Overall: Perfect for a hot day. Easily drinkable and many times over. No really "Wow" factor, but it is a very serviceable beer that is easily enjoyed.

July2Nov, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Not bad. Everything a witbier should be, pretty much. No St. Bernardus Wit, but then again, nothing is. Pretty textbook witbier. Poured a cloudy golden-yellow with a nice poofy head that dies down a bit with time. Nice aroma of lemon zest, citrus hops, and coriander. Similar taste: crisp with citrus hops, zest, and mild spice, with an obvious wheat base. Light mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

Rifugium, May 22, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a good beer, but i should have stuck with Hennepin. But i have never tried this before so....

pours a light cloudy yellow with a little head that dissipates immediately, like a soda.

the aroma is a little malty a little yeasty and has a touch of lemon. the taste is satisfying and clean -- a little on the acidic side but pleasant -- dominated by the wheat malt and yeast -- with only a light, back of the palate hop bitterness. i would call the hop profile: transparent.

the mouthfeel is again clean and light -- with just adequate carbonation. i don't drink many beers in this style, but i am not running back to this one. big fan of OMMEGANG's other brews -- if you are not familiar -- try their other stuff first.

colforbin73, May 21, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, not a great beer. A pale straw colored hazy body with a thing white head. Strong smell of yeast with a tang to it. The taste is still strong on the yeast with sour/tartness. Very sour lemony and orange taste. The yeast and the citrus peel dominate the profile. The beer has got a thick feel to it with a refreshing crisp carbonation. It seems like a summer-centric beer based on a sour lemonade.

wcintula, May 13, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Witte is a nice, if a little boring, witbier.

A: Straw colour and a 1 cm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Sour apple and some yeast. 4

T: Sour tang up front with a hint of pear. Aftertaste is spicy: cloves. 4.

M: Foamy. 4

O: Nice, but a little boring. 3.5

vandemonian, May 12, 2011
Photo of Andreji
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 75cl bottle of this delicious beer. And it had been a while since I indulged in the good things ommegang has. A moderate american yet a very tasty belgian, witte is a brilliant beer.

The pour is very dark yellow, in fact it would seemingly resemble a weizen rather than a belgian wit. the head, however, is more active and cleaner than the former, dissipating half quickly and leaving a moderate lacing along the glass. It is overall hardly translucent.

The smell is delicious. dominantly lemon-lime feel, very sour at the nose, with a mild wheaty background. this beer is clearly fruitier than it is grainy, which i love about this one.

Taste wise it is actually a very interesting and complex mi-point between a wit and a weizen, once again. Of course the belgian style dominates, since it is dryer, more acidic and wheatier overall; but it has a mild sweetness to it somewhere and that yeasty feel more akin to the german style. Subtle alcohol feel somewhere and not any hoppier than the aftermath of the lime it seems to portray. It is also more full-bodied than the average witbier, making it a proper beer for more than one season.

Overall a great finding and a renewed faith in the belgian-style americans.

Andreji, May 05, 2011
Photo of Sneers
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle. The freshness date on this seems to be missing. Ommegang has a fairly high turnover here, however.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow capped with a fat, fluffy white head that reduces to a thin sheet and leaves more lacing than I'd expect from a wit. It's not quite as pale as I'd expect either. A lively carbonation springs up from the bottom of my glass. When the yeast are added, the cloudiness causes the otherwise light-colored beer nearly opaque.

The aroma is of lemony coriander with a splash of fresh-squeezed orange juice. There's also a bit of black pepper that I really like. The nose is overall fairly mild, and I wish it was a little more aromatic.

The taste starts out with light lemon with an accompanying faint tartness. The malt is unobtrusive and adds a gentle sweetness to the mix. The pepper subsides a bit, and an earthy character takes its place. The tartness pops a bit in the finish. The taste is moderate in strength and quite refreshing. The addition of the yeast to the glass mellows out the citrus and tartness a bit, makes it a little sweeter, and, in my opinion, makes the beer overall a bit tastier; I'd bump the taste to a 4 with the yeast (see as how now everyone does this, I'll leave the published score as is).

The mouthfeel is medium-thin, but is quite effervescent, which thickens it up, so to speak. After the swallow, my mouth is slightly dry. I kind of like the sensation; it sort of enhances the beers refreshing quality.

Wits are a style a generally only seek for just the right occasions, and Ommegang's offering is up there with the best I've had. While it may not be my favorite, it's price, availability, and quality guarantee it's one of my go-to wits.

Sneers, May 02, 2011
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.