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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,644 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,644
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.

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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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

Bottle.

Pours cloudy light gold with a huge, creamy white head.

Aroma is lemony citrus, wheat, a bit of spicy yeast.

Taste is clean wheat, citrus zest, with yeast spice on the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy carbonation.

Solid beer - this one is effortlessly drinkable. .

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 15:31:32 | More by JohnQVegas
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Faulconerbrewing

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very pale golden color. I was expecting more of a haze to so common to the wheat beers of the world. First smell I got hints of lemon and orange peal with the corriander and clove notes present as well. It was very pleasing.

The taste was very clean and crisp. high levels of carbonation and the corriander/wheat taste comes through nicely. hints of lemon as well.

This is a decent beer that I'll definitely try again...that is until I can brew it better.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 17:41:23 | More by Faulconerbrewing
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CMW

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden, light straw color that was fairly translucent. I will admit, I was expecting a little more in the way of a wheaty haze. There was a decent amount of carbonation present from which a nice two-finger white head formed. The head disappeared quickly though and left minimal lacing.

The nose is filled with the usual suspects wheat, lemon, and orange peel. The smell is also slightly spicy. This is probably coming from coriander and clove. Overall, nothing special in the nose, this is pretty basic for the style.

I found the taste to be quite boring. There were no surprises from the aroma to the actual taste. Up front, there was a mix of zesty spices and citrus fruit. In the middle, I was surprised by how little wheat flavor came through. The beer ended dry with an almost overpowering tart finish. I could not detect any alcohol in the finish, but this is not surprising for a Belgain witbier at 5.10% abv.

I must admit I am not a big fan of this style; however this brew is rather boring. No surprises in the nose or taste. I expected much more from this beer considering the brewery. Ommegang produces some terrific beers and I feel this one ranks a grade or two below their regular line-up.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 18:34:22 | More by CMW
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chileman13

New Mexico

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

I was looking for a refreshing beer to counter balance the wild boar chops I was having.
A-Poured from a "bomber" bottle. Straw yellow with a good 2 finger of white head. It dissapated quickly.
A- Citrus balanced with the Belguim yeast.
T- Clean wheat belguim yeast spiciness flavor.
D- I liked this very much. It seemed to be a Belguim hefe highbred.
I would buy this again and am now intrigued to see what else this brewery has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:41:43 | More by chileman13
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orangemoustache

Illinois

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

Pours a light yellow slightly cloudy with a big three fingers of white fluff that retains like a champ. The nose is sweet and full of earthy wheat and lemon rind. This is a very flavorful Wit, lemony and fruity throughout, with nice attention to crisp clean spiciness that competes with the lemon, but is really an after thought. Light yet full, soft yet assertive, this is delicious and just what a Witbier should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:55:08 | More by orangemoustache
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Slightly hazy, pale yellow. Lots of bubble activity from the bottom. Half inch of white head rises with moderate retention and falling to a thick collar. No lacing.

S - Sour wheat with some mild to moderate phenols. Citrus and coriander are present in small amounts; there is also an accompanying peppery aroma. Here and there I get a familiar banana/clove combination reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Quite complex and seemingly well balanced.

T - Crisp tangy wheat malt accented by the orange peel hits first, followed by the coriander. Mid to late palate some phenolic elements kick in with hints of pepper, alcohol, and chalk. The interesting banana/clove from the nose lingers in the background as well. The finish is tangy from the wheat with prevailing citrus peel and a dash of coriander. Slightly sour aftertaste but mostly clean.

M - Light to medium bodied with high, crisp carbonation.

D - A near-perfect witbier. Witte has a little more kick than others of the style, but the complexity is certainly increased. Ommegang has struck a great balance with the spices, wheat, and yeast characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 09:54:57 | More by PatrickJR
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cottonkoozie

North Carolina

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

A - Cloudy yellow wheat color. Good head that quickly goes to a very small head, but remains for much of the glass. Spotty lacing

S - Lots of yeast, with smells of fruit and sweetness

T - Not bad, but not as complex as I would have liked. Really just a yeasty sweetness and not very complex at all. Maybe a pear taste? Little bit of citrus tartness.

M - Clean feel, and medium bodied.

D - Clean and easy to drink.

Not a bad witbier, but needs some more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 01:17:49 | More by cottonkoozie
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JayNH

New Hampshire

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

A- poured a fairly clear yellow with a small short lived head.

S- a slightly yeasty but very fruity scent, very pear like smell.

T- A little sweet and fruity but very bland. Not much going on here.

M- smooth but light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D- Drinkable, just very bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 22:52:40 | More by JayNH
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Tone

Missouri

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

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. Good 1/2 inch head with good retention and decent lacing. Smells strongly of coriander with some wheat aromas. Fits the style. Smooth, crisp, with high carbonation. A slight amount of hops bitterness is apparent. Tastes of herbs (mostly coriander) with a light wheat background. There's a malt aftertaste that is pleasing because it counteracts the herbs. Overall, not a bad beer, but a little light in body.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 18:08:49 | More by Tone
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biggmike

Mississippi

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

Poured a nice yellow color with a nice fluffy white head that dissipated pretty slowly. Aroma was of citrus fruit and wheat. Flavor was pretty much the same with some spiciness definitely in there with the citrus. The mouthfeel was very pleasant and appropriate for the style. This was a very refresinging beer that I enjoyed. Simple, but good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 08:09:07 | More by biggmike
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WalrusJockey

New Jersey

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

750ml bottle into Sam Smith branded pints. Seemed to be the closest thing I have to the branded tumbler on the website.

Appearance- crisp, clear yellow, with a reasonable, white head. Second glass came out a bit cloudy, but the first is crystal clear.

Smell- lemons, hops, wheat and yeast aromas. All represented fairly evenly.

Taste- yeasty, crisp, malty, with a definite background flavor of lemon. Aftertaste is a hint of malt with a dash of lemon.

Mouthfeel- very light on the palate. Carbonation is pleasantly crisp. Wheat beers aren't heavy, but this seems almost lager-like in weight.

Drinkability- also "fine." Nothing to write home about, not even close to the most drinkable wheat beer I've had.

Notes- with this bottle, I have tasted (and reviewed) every offering Brewery Ommegang has to offer in bottle form. This is, in all honesty, the one which I find least impressive, and the one which I will be least likely to buy again. It isn't *bad*, not by a long shot, the flavor is very pleasant, and the whole package fits together well. But it isn't anything special.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 02:33:48 | More by WalrusJockey
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

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

A- pours a nice yellow with a good head and really good lacing that stayed the whole time
S- orange, malt, hops, some faint lemon notes
T- a little deceptive, a little hoppy, some light citrus smells, very strong tasting for a witbier
M- really nice, I would say def heavier than an average wit, more like a pale ale
D- really good, maybe i just got a funky bottle but i wouldnt really consider this much of a wibier , more like a pale ale

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 02:19:57 | More by gdfan47
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JP024

New Jersey

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

one of my first reviews.. still new to this whole thing, so bear with me on this review... but i def liked this beer. It had a good taste, light lemony wheat flavor. Def reaaly fizzy that left my mouth dry, and wanting more. so all n all i give it two thunbs up..

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 23:05:21 | More by JP024
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theBubba

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my stem glass the color of a cloudy Budweiser. Nice head that vanished quickly. Minimal lace. Smell and taste of lemon and clove. Thin with a nice carbonation, a little bite, and a clean finish. A good summer beer, but the down side is that many beers of this type have recently hit the market and there are a lot of good ones for less money. Ommegang brings us a lot of special beers. Witte, though pretty decent, isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 04:24:53 | More by theBubba
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yesyouam

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Witte is a hazy pale yellow ale with a thin white head that vanishes. The aroma is of fresh wheat and... perhaps berries. The aroma is very sweet like candy. It is thin and bubbly-- a bit water, but it has a clean exit. It's pretty smooth. The flavor is lemon and banana, but mostly Fruity Pebbles. I should have had this in the summer! It would make great lawn mowing beer.
(rated Oct 16, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 23:07:30 | More by yesyouam
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Mazeraski

New York

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

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

A - Pours a pale and clear straw yellow with a thin white frothy head that clings to the glass throughout the sample.

S - A subtle yet refreshing aroma of lemon zest, orange, yeast and wheat. The scent of cilantro comes through as it warms.

T - Orange and wheat hit the palate first followed by a small and crisp alcohol mixed with a bit of general citrus notes. The cilantro aspect steps in at the beginning of the sip as the brew warms.

MF - Light-bodied, clean and a bit thin with a higher carbonation.

D - Very drinkable being a light-bodied and low ABV beer.

Notes: This was my first sample of this style. I can understand why Witbiers started taking off recently after having this, since it's a light-bodied, crisp, refreshing beer that is quite drinkable and a great step in the direction of craft beers that won't shock a typical macro-drinker. Not sure they are up my alley, but I'm glad I got the chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 03:37:17 | More by Mazeraski
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magictrokini

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really too much to say about this one, which makes me hate the 250+ limit. Clear yellow pour with a big white head. Wanted, expected some haze. Pleasant lemon peel and wheat aroma. Same in the flavor with some nice spice and orange peel. The mouthfeel is light, almost velvety without touching your tongue. Good summer refresher.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:47:01 | More by magictrokini
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Bubslang

Michigan

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

Poured a cloudy yellow with , a nice white foamy head. Yeasty aroma of coriander and white pepper. flavor is of orange peel, lemon, coriander with some spiciness. Very easy drinking and enjoyable witbier, and another quality offering from the folks at Ommegang

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 20:58:45 | More by Bubslang
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HIFF

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tall pilsner from tap

A- I would call this brew dirty canary in color. Nice thick head with beautiful lacing that seemed to never end.

T- Nice light lemony wheat flavor.

S- Skunky wheat

M- Lots of carbonation that would sting the tongue. Left mouth very dry wanting more.

D- Although I enjoyed this brew would not drink more than one.

Many good things about this beer not my favorite style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 00:25:01 | More by HIFF
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Vixie

Illinois

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a little white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is sweet with a lot of citrus in it, lemony to me, kind of like a spiced lemonade smell.

The taste is a lot like the smell, citrus notes in there, mainly lemon and orange peel. There is a bit of spice in there, little bit of coriander, maybe a touch of clove.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, better than others of this style I've tried. Has a bit of a burning on the tongue like when you drink a can of carbonated cola, with more of a sweet aftertaste.

I did enjoy this one, has a nice flavor, not overly complex, but overall a pleasant beer. I enjoy wheat beers, and this was a very nice example of one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 00:09:54 | More by Vixie
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UDbeernut

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap poured into pint glass

a: cloudy starw yellow color, nice 1/2" head that reduces quickly, lacing remains throughout

s: orange and corriander

t: main flavor is malts and yeast. Orange and corriander also

m&d: light body, easy to drink

A solid beer.

Cheers!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 12:03:14 | More by UDbeernut
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RunDWP

California

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

Poured a nice foamy head into a tulip glass, which thinned out rather quickly. Color was a hazy yellow, and lots of lacing and sheeting on the glass as I drink. Had a rather musty, yeasty smell, which I found pleasant enough. Taste was on the airy and delicate side for a wit, with a light yeasty, coriander, and lemon flavor. Maybe a little orange peel in there. I found this very enjoyable to drink and think it would pair well with a lot of light seafood dishes.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 16:37:31 | More by RunDWP
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Hazy orange yellow in color. Not a lot of head, but a lot of lacing considering.

3.5 S: A little bit of spice. Hay. Some orange peel, though not much. Earthy overall.

3.0 T: Nothing special, which is something I don't find myself saying too often about Ommegang brews. Main flavor is wheat malts. Earthy yeast. Very little spice and orange.

3.5 M: Medium body. A little under-carbonated, especially for the style and therefore not as crisp as I would like.

3.5 D: Not too crazy about this one. It has the standard witbier flavors, but not bold enough. I would get bored with this pretty soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 07:56:44 | More by DavoleBomb
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kenito799

New York

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

22oz bomber poured into tumblers.

Light amber brew with lrge creay white head, very foamy, very massive, impressive.

Aroma of crisp lemony coriander. Fresh and nice. The foam tips you off to a very bubbly mouthfeel from the bottle conditioning. Flavor has an excellent freshness, the coriander is well done, lacking gassy bitterness. A touch if wheaty tanginess. Very well done witbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:27:59 | More by kenito799
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ATPete

New Jersey

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

served on draft in a wine glass

Pours a wonderful hazy yellow color. Sweet and soft nose of toasted wheat, sweet banana and clovey spice. Hops play an important role of balancing out the banana sweetness this beer has going on. The finish is grassy and clean. Light medium bodied and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 20:55:23 | More by ATPete
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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