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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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85
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1,667 Ratings
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78
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Ratings: 1,667
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 30
Gots: 86 | 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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ekmoody

Wisconsin

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

Pours a pale golden color with a decent head that disappeared quickly. Leaves a light lacing on the glass.

Smell is very citrusy with yeast present as well.

I found the taste lighter than I thought based on the smell, with the citrus flavor coming through the back. I got a light hint of spice in the aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel, not too carbonated. Nice and smooth, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:06:20 | More by ekmoody
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daledeee

Iowa

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

This is a new offering to our area. I bought a single bottle.

It poured a pale hazy yellow with a very white head that I thought would be more robust.

The nose was slightly funky but that went away and there were citrus, grains and spice.

Taste is citrus with some Belgian hops and spice. Nice bubbly mouth feel and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 00:03:40 | More by daledeee
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cosmicevan

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - As I popped the cork of this beer, the carbonation came alive in the bottle and it went wild. When poured it was like champagne with a very even and lively almost non-stop carbonation. I've always loved the appearance of Ommegang beers and they have such a nice even look with the carbonation. The overall color wasn't too impressive being such a pale yellow and reminding me of BMC. Nice frothy head with slick lacing.

S - From across the room, I smelled the distinct odor of most of the macros, but as I raised the glass to my nose, the fruits came out. Subtle witbier smell (coriander, orange peel, vanilla-sih)

T - Pear comes to mind. Cloves and other light soft flavors. Some sugar taste as well. Not my favorite wibier, but certainly not a bad offering.

M - Smooth and bready after feel. The lively carbonation was expected upon first glance and the mouthfeel lead up to expectations.

D - Soft and easy to drink. Not overly fruity like some other wits. The ABV is also reasonable which makes this a reasonable one to have a few of.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 03:06:45 | More by cosmicevan
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tronester

Oklahoma

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

Pours a slightly hazy clear yellow with a big white head. Smells strongly of musty belgian yeast esters. Taste is light and cidery up front, with a tart wheaty middle, and a spicy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is good. A good example of a Wit that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:09:59 | More by tronester
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Jesstyr

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden chalice and enjoyed with veal. I've been recently touring the Ommegang portfolio of beers, and this was another really good beer.

A: Hazy/cloudy yellow with a thick and foamy head. Closest I've seen to Hoegaarden in appearance.

S: Subtle hints of citrus, particularly lemon, and a definite note of coriander.

T: I really enjoy this flavor, even as it lacks dynamics, or depth. Crisp, smooth finish, a bit of banana, and a reasonable amount of typical citrus and yeast for a witte - but nice and subtle.

M/D: Very enjoyable and refreshing. Great beer to relax to, dont really see it pairing with food much, but a nice and easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:30:30 | More by Jesstyr
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a bright, slightly foggy lemon yellow color with a nice solid finger of creamy, bubbly white foam that has good retention due to a lively amount of carbonation running all through the glass. Nice rings of lace are left around the glass as I drink.

The nose is probably the weakest part of this beer; it's not the most fragrant thing in the world, but it smells good once you get your nose in there. Lemon peel, grass, a little banana, and some spice make up the nose.

The taste makes up for the weakness of the nose by a good bit. A solid, grainy wheat flavor accented nicely by citrus, banana, and some spiciness. The citrus really comes through in the middle of each draught, giving this a zesty and refreshing flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, too. Thin and crisp with a slightly drying finish, this would be perfect for a spring or summer day. My only complaint is that it may have just a bit too much carbonation, but not by a lot.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, both in terms of the ABV and the crisp flavor of it. This may be my favorite witbier I've had so far. I can't wait until summertime to get my hands on a few more of these and kick back by the pool with 'em.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 05:14:42 | More by feelmefoam
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a light cloudy yellowish gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, Belgian yeast, citrus, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with flavors of lemon, clove & coriander spices up front. There's a strong breadiness from Belgian yeast and wheat. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary as it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, I haven't been the biggest fan of Ommegang overall but this is a very nice lighter Belgian style beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:54:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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fropones

Illinois

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

A - Pours a nice pale straw yellow with about 1 finger of white head

S - Citrus, clove, bananas, bubble gum, and wheat

T - More bubble gum and citrus as well as wheat flavors. Fairly simple. Somewhat dry finish.

M - Nice carbonation with a bit of a bite, smooth.

D - Overall, this beer is quite quaffable, nice and refreshing. However it lacks depth and the flavor profile is fairly straightforward.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:28:40 | More by fropones
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TommyW

Massachusetts

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

A- Hazy, yellow body with a tall, white head.

S- The tart, wheat malt with come coriander and yeasty spice.

T- Strong, tart wheat base with notes of chalky yeast and coriander. Finish is clean and slightly dry.

M- Medium to light body with a good carbonation.

D- A very refreshing beer; but a little too straight-forward in terms of its taste and smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 14:19:17 | More by TommyW
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 01/01/10

A) Pours with a two finger head, white and creamy. Settles to thin lacing on top and sticky on the sides. Slight haze. Upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Light banana. Floral and citrus notes. Grainy.
T) Floral / citrus mixed with sweet malt up front. Mellows in the middle and moves to an earthy sweet and grain taste. Finishes slightly tart and sweet. Lingering dryness in the aftertaste.
M) Fizzy. Crisp. Dry. Light body.
D) A Decent witbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 21:33:44 | More by u2carew
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Pecorasc

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz capped bottle from a mix pack poured into a boston lager glass.

A- Pours a hazy pale-straw with little head. The small amount of head present is clean and white with vigorous carbonation spots. I can clearly see a ring of carbonation from the circular etching on the bottom of the glass.

S- Smells lemony, as in the actual fruit and not the zest. The lemon is cut slightly by a belgian yeast aroma and the tart/sweetness of wheat. Small amount of spicy coriander.

T- Less lemon on the tongue than in the nose. The taste reveals more coriander and wheat than lemon. The lemon comes back in the finish. The taste is a bit underwhelming.

M- Too much carbonation for a beer that is so thin. Foams up on contact.

D- The easy-drinking nature of this style and the high carbonation makes this beer top notch on drinkability. Fantastic for a hot summer day or for a moment where you just want to down a quick one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 16:43:53 | More by Pecorasc
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mjaskula

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. I ignored the bottles instructions and disturbed the yeast. I gave it a couple gentle turns before opening it. It poured a cloudy pale yellow with a thick soapy head. The head thinned to a film for a while and then a ring, no lacing.

The aroma was fairly thin at first, but as I drank it a fresh and yeasty aroma came through. The flavor is also light and fresh with some belgian yeast, and faint bubblegum and banana. All the flavors are subtle. This would make a great summer beer. It will be easy to drink the whole large bottle.

Unfortunately, my wife didn't like this one, even though she's a fan of witts and heffe's. She said it reminded her too much of Budweiser. I didn't get that impression, but I did get her glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 18:14:22 | More by mjaskula
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rosmhuire

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle purchased as part of a Freshdirect Ommegang sampler pack.

A: Medium yellow in color. Nice carbonation. Slightly cloudy.

S: Some faint unidentifiable spices.

T: Wheat

M: Significant carbonation, light on the palate.

D: Highly sessionable, but shouldn't all Witbiers be?

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 22:27:20 | More by rosmhuire
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw colour with an initially frothy white head. This collapses rather disappointingly, with almost nothing left after an initial pour. Carbonation is quite boisterous, body looks pretty thin. Not a great wit, and the head is particularly disappointing.

Spice-heavy nose, with a decent amount of coriander seed. A little soapy character, but very little sweetness, roundness or citrus. Pretty weak, and not that flavoursome. It's pleasant enough in its way, but I've had far more aromatic wits.

Taste is similar. Nice roundness, and a little spice, but quite thin. Coriander is noticed again, but the finish is very dry, and there's no sweetness left by the end. Mouthfeel is quite round again, but the carbonation is overzealous, leaving it too prickly.

I've been more impressed with other witbiers, and far more impressed with other Ommegang beers. While it's by no means offensive, and it's very drinkable, but it's certainly pretty insipid.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 01:52:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle enjoyed in a pint glass.

Pale straw with two fingers of mousse-like white head that leaves lots of lace.

Aroma has hints of delicate grain, sweet orange, spice, and a lot of bready yeastiness.

Taste is a crisp balance of coriander, vanilla, sweet citrus, crackery grain, and yeast. Really a nice balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired in that it's a bit too light, but this still a nice wit overall.

It's mild flavor doesn't exactly stand up to some of the bolder Belgian examples, but this is one of the better American interpretations I've had. Keeping in mind that at the time of this sampling I've yet to try Allagash White.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 01:35:14 | More by bump8628
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josefnewsong

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not-too-cloudy golden color with an inch of foamy head. Smells immediately of yeast (in a good way). I personally like a little more yeast in my wits, but the lack thereof makes this brew very drinkable. Flavors are typical wit with a dry finish and a more up front alcohol presence, but compared to the other ommegang brews this one falls a little bit short.
Would be better with some frothier head with better retention and a thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 20:01:54 | More by josefnewsong
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ommefest. Light golden color with oranges and spices floating around the nose. It was a hot day so it hit the spot with a fresh crisp taste and nice acidity. Not as complex as some of their others but none the less a decent beer. This is something for a nice crisp summer salad for the early evening. I actually wish this one compared with their others quality wise.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 04:46:28 | More by Cakanator
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright yellow in color, cloudy, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: banana and Belgian spices

Taste: banana, clove, lemon, wheat, and some honey at the end

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, semi-smooth, really high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nice clean beer with a good aftertaste. It is above average for the style, but I have had more interesting in the style. I could session this on a summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 18:24:41 | More by tigg924
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Not very appealing. Watered down lemonade colored with a thin white head that recedes to a thin film.

S - Very attractive grain nose but faint and a bit bland. Some phenols in the nose. Some nice yeast as well.

T & M - Some nice citric tart qualities with soft wheat malt character. Some spice but nothing to write home about. Very disappointing. But not awful.

D - REfreshing, light.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:42:35 | More by JoEBoBpr
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a thin fizzy whit head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Sweet citrus aroma with hints of lemon and especially orange peel. Slightly spicy with some peppery lemon zest notes and a bit of bready yeast.

Pretty carbonated up front, maybe too much so with some peppery lemon zest spiciness, citrus peel(some lemon but mostly orange peel), a slightly creamy body and a crisp dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 08:09:25 | More by corby112
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diamondc

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Though the bottle says to pour slowly and without the sediment, I decided to swirl the bottle around after the first big pour and dump the yeast into the glass.

A: Foamy head, hazy, not that much lacing on the sides. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Grapefruit juice, orange peel, lemon, cloves. Just what you expect from a witbier.

T: Very tangy, lemon zest, orange juice, coriander at the end. Hops are minimal here. Hits all the witbier notes, with no flavors really standing out
.
M/D: Could have used a bit more body, more spices, more malt instead of relying on the wheat tangy-ness. I still find it VERY refreshing. There are better witbiers out there though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:13:15 | More by diamondc
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weazal

California

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light, lemon citrusy acidic aroma. Some deep roasted grain notes towards the back.

Taste: Starts roasted grain flavor and then pulls a 180 as a tartly lemon tangy sweetness kicks in. That tartness is nicely carried out by a spritzy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 22:01:07 | More by weazal
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle to glass tumbler.

The color is light yellow, almost white-ish with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Thin body but surprisingly filling. This beer has an unruly sharp taste for a wheat ale.

It has the smell and mouthfeel of a wheat, but has the sharpness of an oktoberfestbier and the body of a heavy belgian ale, without the yeast structure. The lack of substantive, flaky yeast is definately the downfall of this beer. While good, it has a kind of saliva consistency to it and a sharp mouthfeel that poisons the banana bread and brown sugar touch.

There is a slew of noticeable spices, such as green curry, clove, and nutmeg, with some nuttiness of cashews and acorn. Strong lemon rind taste in the hop structure balances it out nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 01:17:12 | More by TLove
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JBogan

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an anemic looking very pale gold color with a small white head which left no lacing. An amusingly large amount of active bubbles arose from the bottom of the glass, otherwise this beer isn't much to look at.

It gets better from here though. When presented the glass, my nose picks up a lot of citric notes, mainly orange and lemon joined by some coriander. A very light and refreshing aroma to be sure.

Taste followed the scent, along with a peppery edge. Some musty yeast dulls things a bit compared to what the aroma suggested.

Mouthfeel was much thinner than I would have liked in a beer of this type. However it did have a sharp crispness thanks to all those aforementioned bubbles which continued to rise without hesitation.

Is this a drinkable beer? Yes, but with nearly every other "Belgian style" beer not actually made in Belgium, it falls a bit short. If you enjoy this style beer it's certainly worth a try, but there's better out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 20:54:00 | More by JBogan
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bitterthebetter

Oregon

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

light golden hazy, with creamy white head, faint yellow undertones

lemon, coriander, faint ginger, wheat, faint yeasty notes

lemon citrus with a solid coriander and wheat backbone. nice peppery spice, faint piney dry hops on the finish

really light, yet really elegant. lots of good solid flavors that meld well into each other, and make it fun to decipher

good, solid flavors and balance, a very classic style wit beer. crisp, refreshing, slightly tart with good balance, reminds me of champagne

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 06:22:38 | More by bitterthebetter
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