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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 42
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
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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: 1,900 | Reviews: 743
Photo of kjyost
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged into a tulip. Bottled 06/09/10.

A: Cloudy, somewhat lighter yellow than expected, initally a decent head that reduced much too quickly leaving no lacing nor cap.

S: Aromas are enjoyable and Witte like. When the head is there, I caught some lemon rind, moving more towards coriander and later a bit of blue cheese?

T: Not exactly complex, but it balances well with an enjoyable play of spices and citrus. The thing that makes this witte fantastic though is the strong lactic twang on the tongue that keeps it constantly fresh on your palate.

M: Crisp and sharp on the tongue with that lactic bite makes it very nice.

D: I'd hit it again, and again, and again... (Edit: After having the 2nd glass 1+ hour later, with a touch more warmth ~55F, the lactic nature is overpowering and unpleasant. If this had been my first experience with the beer the rating would have been lower)

Photo of brystmar
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger Pub in the village.

Pours a hazy lemon color with a finger of white head; poor retention, but sticky lace adorns the glass. Citrus, orange peel, and lemon in the nose.

Starts sweet & fruity with predominantly citrus flavors, but fades to finish slightly watery with a hint of hops in the back. Light- to medium-bodied with average carbonation that fizzles my tongue as it sits in my mouth. Easy to drink, however I'd likely order a different hef/wit if I wanted another.

Photo of afksports
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer early on in the journey. This one also from the night of 8/12/2010. Review is from notes. It's a nice beer for summer, with a hint of citrus. Very easy to drink some - or many. I'm a fan.

Appearance: Wheaty.

Smell: Citrus.

Taste: Little sweetness, little hops, very crisp.

Mouthfeel: medium to light body.

Drinkability: Summer session beer if you're ok with repeated citrus.

Props to Ommegang, I dig't!

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, pale gold color with one finger of pure white head. The retention was average and the lacing consistent in sliding bands. The aroma was of wheat, yeast, light alcohol esters, pale malt and some slighty floral notes. The flavors were a complex and well-balanced blend that started with dry wheat followed by a sweetness of banana and light tropical fruits from the yeast esters followed by a floral hops note and finally a lingering pale and sweet malt finish. Slightly spicy, grainy yet not too-dry, and very pleasant. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation on the frothy side.

Photo of mrmin123
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ikea beer mug. Very light golden color that formed a nice, white head that subsided pretty quickly. A hint of citrus on the nose, but not much otherwise. A very light citrust taste, as well (maybe too light), with hints of lemon and orange. Very slight bitter aftertaste, and the drink leaves an oily feel in the mouth. Definitely very drinkable and it's a pleasant drink, but all in all the taste isn't too interesting.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Great color. Very yellow with a rich white head which dissipates for the most part, leaving a nice hat of head throughout.

S - Smell is good; it is clear that this is an Ommegang beer. Very light and citrusy.

T - Taste is quite good. I can see myself drinking this on a hot summer day. At only 5.1% ABV, the taste of alcohol is not overwhelming by any means.

M - Mouthfeel is the weakest characteristic of this beer in my opinion. It may simply be a characteristic of the brew style, but when I'm drinking a beer, I like to feel it.

D - The drinkability of this brew is its most admirable quality. I could see myself enjoying several of these during a hot summer day. The bottle recommends serving at 40F, and I agree.

Overall, one of the better witbiers I've had, I enjoy the citrus. I could see this becoming one of my favorite light beers.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an aggressive fluffy egg white head that actually has decent structure. The beer is a cloudy very pale straw color. Light flecks of lacing remain in the glass.

Aroma is fresh, light and pretty refreshing.. Coriander, citrus and a light sweetness.

Flavor is about as light as the aroma. Certainly a nice summer beer for the heat. Light toasted grains, a touch doughy with certainly a lot of light spice character from the yeast. Coriander again along with some light citrus...(lemon/orange/lemon/orange) A touch of yeast in the finish... a touch of sweetness right smack in the middle of the flavor profile. This is fleeting.

Very light body and almost a dry finish. Again refreshing is the word here.

A bit more delicate than some of the other standard white ales that are normally available. I picked this up since the store was out of Allagash White. While this is a nice little beer, I'll still look for Allagash White next time.

Photo of RankRefugee88
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into wheat glass.

A - Beautiful. A cloudy straw solid color to it. So cloudy that even when held to the light only shows shadows behind it when I wave my hand. Pearly white head with specs of gold in it (After I poured my glass and the bottle was empty I let the residue of the beer drip into the glass).

S - Fresh smell. Notes of lemon, ginger and wheat is there too.

T - I can taste the orange peel, the citrus in general. Tastes a bit gingerly. Overall I can taste a lot of wheat malts. Its crisp and refreshing.

M - Good mouthfeel. Light and crisp.

D - I like the drinkability for this beer. Its very easy going down and smooth to the touch.

Overall good. I was turned off a bit by the ginger in the smell at first but thankfully the ginger isn't too strong in the taste, mostly citrusy. It complimented a lemon chicken over spaghetti dinner nicely.

Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Arrived in a beautiful Ommegang logo'ed pint glass with gold rim that I got to keep. Nice glass, Lizard!!

This beer looks great. Nice cloudy straw/gold with a white head that sticks around and leaves decent lace. The retention could be a bit better, though.

Ommegang Witte has all the elements of a classic Witbier, mostly driven by refreshing bitter orange peel and yeasty esters. The yeast gives impressions of spicy coriander. There's just a touch of refreshing, tart lemon. The yeast comes across as slightly chalky, which hurts the score just a touch. But a nice smell overall.

The beer tastes much like I expected after the beautiful bouquet. The wheat malt is a touch grainy and sweet, and the fruity orange and lemon flavors come through and quench my thirst. The yeast is just a touch too chalky, but there's some spiciness that makes it work. Coriander and a slight hoppy bitterness finish things out. Nice range of flavors coming together and making this beer as simple or as complex as you want it to be.

The mouthfeel is excellent, at least from this keg on tap. I remember thinking this was a touch watery the last time I had it, but it's actually perfect on this hot summer day. Light body with a really refreshing zing of carbonation. Both the finish and aftertaste are pleasant. This is a great example of the style - a wonderful summertime beer that delivers a ton of taste and stays true to tradition. Bravo!

Photo of HotHands
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Just a Taste in Ithaca.

A - a great looking beer. A hazy yellow with a touch of orange and a very creamy white head with very small bubbles. Leaves flawless lacing on every sip and a continual small white head throughout. I gave similar marks to Ommegang's Hennepin, which also had superb head retention and lacing.

S - fruity nose, with banana and citrus present, typical of the style.

T - banana and clove up front, with a good amount of lemony citrus. I couldn't really detect orange peel, but coriander was present. Slight hop spiciness. Finished with a nice tartness that countered the mild sweetness of the beer.

M - good carbonation and body and a slick mouthfeel. Didn't leave me dry on the finish, which was nice.

D - like most of this style, quite drinkable.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Whole Foods in a pint glass.

Ommegang's Witte looks like a wit in that it is hazy sunset yellow with some tan spots, not quite clear, not quite unseethroughable whatever that means. A semi bit of ivory white foam on top that sticks around at times, leaving no lace, loose bubbles. Smells like a malty wit, the malt is pronounced with a backing of wheat and light spices, some coriander. Taste is kinda bland, I know it's a simple style but the malt seems to overpower this one, basically wheat and malt. Some light lemon and orange with lighter coriander and clove. Mouth was thin and bubbly and easy going, went down like a charm, light hit of carb. I drank my pint real quick, this is a sinch, but the taste is boring and bland, a touch more balance would of did some good. Nothing touches my favorite wit that comes from the best brewery in Maine.

Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Witte is served up a cloudy bright yellow with a frothy looking white head. The head has the superb staying power one would expect in a wheat beer, and leaves lazy globs of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is very bright and fresh with plenty of lemony citrus and slightly tart wheat. I also detect some coriander and clove in there, but this wit is less spicy than a lot of other examples I have tried. The flavor is lead by the wheat, which has a fairly firm tartness to it. It is very refreshing, with other flavors including coriander and lemon zest. One again, not as spicy as some, and perhaps a bit too much emphasis on the malt, but still tasty. The body is medium with a spritzy and spiky mouthfeel that has plenty of carbonation. I feel like I keep wanting to use the word "bright" to describe everything, and I think the lively, yet not overdone, carbonation is one of the main reasons. This is a very drinkable beer that is solidly made. While it is not in the same realm as beers like Allagash White, this is still a quality beverage perfectly suited for the summertime.

Photo of ujsplace
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, pale golden colored brew with a white fluffy head that disappears quickly into a wispy lace.

Smells yeast and spices, coriander and orange peel.

Has a unique chalkiness initially. Mild orange, citrus bitters and coriander.

Tart and refreshing, with nice carbonation.

Overall a good witte, but I've had better.

Photo of STEG
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at chez mike in east greenbush NY. Cloudy straw in color with a big fluffy head. Smell has yeast lemon and orange but much else, not to say that it's bland. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit too watery for me. Very drinkable though, another well executed beer from ommegang which is why I always come back for more.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a small amount of bubbly white head that doesn't stick around long.

The scent was immediate citrus, some grain and yeast also.

The taste was of orange and lemon, some coriander, grains and yeast.

Light bodied, fizzy and very crisp, high carbonation.

This was a pretty tasty, refreshing beer, it had good citrus flavor and would make for a great beer on a hot day.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy pale yellow, with a white head. In the aroma, wheat note and, well, it smells like hot dog water. In the taste, wheaty notes, a lemon zest, and hot dog water. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon citrus in the aftertaste. Nice lemon zest, but the whole thing is like hot dog water.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on draft 8/1/10. This is the 'keep the glass' draft special at Winking Lizard this month.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a sticky, narrow white head. Smells like fresh sweetgrass and lemon and citrus. Tastes more floral and clovey than the nose. Decent body, aftertaste is a little sour. Feel is a bit thin, but this brew goes down smooth and is easy to drink.

Photo of gatornation
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small head then a fresh ring..smell is spice and fruit clove and yeast a bit of citrus..tart,sweet and crisp would describe the taste with a wheat and lemon flavor yeast and bread malt in the background ..mouth feel is thin a little watery but for a wheat it was crisp and tasty..it is highly drinkable and i enjoyed much on this hot summer day in mpls..recommended

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at Two Goats with no garnish.

A: The ale is a cloudy, straw yellow color, opaque from the sediment and yeast. No head came with this beer.

S: The nose is at once grainy and fruity. The wheat provides both aspects, a chewy bread and a tart citric finish. Atop the wheat, coriander and lemon peel stand out.

T: The wheat's tartness and the zing of the yeast stain work nicely together, yielding a thoroughly citric body that is lemony fresh. Coriander provides a mellow sweetness that counteracts the lemony acidic bite. The firm wheat base, sans tartness, is a solid glue that keeps the entire ale together. The tartness is drying, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.

M: The witte seems like a lite witbier, a close but no cigar gateway ale. The flavors are crisp but not as sharp as they could be.

D: A nice choice to go with the roast beef, the ale cut through the horseradish. A nice beer on tap but not my favorite Ommegang offering.

Photo of misinformed
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured in to a snifter. I split this with my wife and added a swirl of the end of the bottle with the sediment to both glasses.

A- Hazy, pale gold color with small streams of carbonation. Poured with a 1/2 finger head that pretty quickly died off to a dusting.

S- Wheat. Citrus and lemon. Some faint spice as well.

T- Light, fluffy wheat. Mild lemon and some citrus zest, but heavier on the lemon. Light fruitiness at times.

M- Light and refreshing. Some carbonation, but on the weaker side.

D- Refreshing and not overly spiced which I liked. I didn't notice much of any yeast flavor at all which was surprising. Nice lemon flavor that wasn't too sour. This hit the spot while cooking and enjoying dinner, but otherwise not remarkable.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted lemon and orange rind with good amounts of wheat aromas. Very mild amounts of coriander make their way out as the beer warms.

Tastes OK. Light malts and wheat twang flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly grassy hops and good amounts of light citrus flavors. Midway through the sip slight spices make an appearance, fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with creamy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but the flavors were just too muted for it to be a good beer. Not worth seeking out but if it's around it's not worth avoiding.

Photo of halo21
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this straw yellow white ale into an Ommegang chalice glass, allowing the fine white carbonated head to expand fully. It settled in slowly with little lacing on the glass.

Smell: The smell was light and sweet, with light sweetness, yeast, and a kick of spice. There is a bit of citrus and the slightest bit of alcohol.

Taste: Tartly sweet, with some lemon and a tinge of wheat. Very crisp and refreshing tasting; a summer beer.

Mouthfeel: It is a light bodied beer through and through with a nice level of carbonation. A bit drying but leaves you satisfied if thirsty.

Drinkability/Palitability : High, this is a great beer for a summer afternoon, especially for a picnic - which is actually suggested on their website. Despite the higher carbonation, which usually restricts a beers consumption level, this beer is very easy going down, for a few glasses.

Notes: Ommegang makes a number of stellar beers, most all of which I have tried.

Photo of GilGarp
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle with cork and cage served cool into my Watou glass.

Witte is not a beautiful beer. In fact it's very average. A crystal clear yellow beer with lose white head that settles almost immediately.

Aroma is better, though, with nice citrus and corriander.

Flavor is pleasant too. It's very light in taste and body with mild fruits, spice, and sour. It's very easy drinking but not all that interesting.

Overall a beer that could be an expensive (over-priced?) summer wheat ale.

Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright pale yellow color with excellent clarity. Big white fizzy head that quickly dissipated. no lacings or cap. Spicy corriander aroma dominates the bouguet followed by wheat and citrusy orange. Orange flavor in the beginning followed by light wheat and a big spicy finish accenuated by a rush of carbonation. Dry finish. A nice refreshing summer ale....very easy to drink.

Photo of ncfranklin
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip.

A : Pour a strong murky yellow with a solid two finger head that dissipated to a good froth.

S : Orange peel, notes of lemon, a grassyness, pleasant smelling.

T : Trademark Belgium spice up front, with the fruit aspects trailing. A strong wheat presence carries the other flavors through to a drier than expected finish.

M : Soft and medium bodied, with a nice carbonation tingle.

D : A very good brew, very thirst quenching. Both sippable and gulpable.

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