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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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85
very good

1,901 Ratings
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78
okay

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 207 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004

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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Ratings: 1,901 | Reviews: 743
Photo of chefelf
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brunite
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of LairdChisholm
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of mhpalmer
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of tapman
3.77/5  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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of chickenflea
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of ryantaussig
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of aranheaney
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of ngeunit1
3.97/5  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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Plokhooy
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of NODAK
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of xrdsci
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Samashley
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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