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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,871 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,871
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 39
Gots: 170 | 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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Photo of weazal
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of TLove
2.97/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of JBogan
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of bitterthebetter
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of thekanna
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a turbid, creamy haze which settles into a nice pale gold with a brilliantly white and foamy head.

S: Some sweet wheat malts, slight citrus, coriander, and floral notes. Generally clean.

T/M: Sweet wheat malts that are at once carbonated but also infused with a nice creaminess; banana, coriander, and peppercorns definitely present, with some nutmeg in the background. Yeast and lemon peels float in the background. Overall thin and slightly watery consistency; would have liked it if it was slightly thicker to compliment the taste.

D: Great to sit back and relax with. A very easygoing summer brew.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a small fizzy white head.

Scent of tobacco, yeast, earth, lemon peel, and a bit more underlying citrus. Quite complex for the style and strength, but not outstanding.

Taste of earth, yeast, lemon peel and the same underlying citrus. A solid offering from Ommegang, definitely worth a try.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lively carbonation, excellent.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow color with a slight haze to it; nice cap of white head with good retention.

The smell is all yeast and grain.

The taste is a nice yeast-heavy, coriander, and a vague underlying citrus.

It's almost creamy in the mouth. Not a heavy beer by any means, easy to drink; but definately not one to offer anyone new to wheat styles.

Solid wheat beer for those who appreciate wheat varieties.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into pilsners.

A = Brilliant gold, very slight haze but mostly clear, bright white foamy head rises impressively but eventually recedes to a foam ring on the surface.

S = Nice wheat and spice notes with some amount of fresh baled hay, but also a slight medicinal quality to it.

T = Very clean tastes of fresh grains, some yeast esters.

M = Medium-light body, lively carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D = This one goes down wonderfully easy on a hot Summer afternoon and can be repeated with no regrets.

Photo of erz316
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the East Village Tavern, Aug 19, 09. Served into a hennepin pokal.

A - solid white head, fingers depth, creamy foam. body is a hazy white pale-straw. effervescent bubbles come up from the bottom. the head retains for a very long while, but there is minimal lacing.

S - primarily a malty wheat nose, with no presence of any noticeable spices. smells pretty much like a very sweet weizen. no noticeable fruits, just very wheaty. the sweetness which is the predominant note in the nose is undeveloped; it simply is like a swwet banana bread, minus the yeast aspect found in weizens.

T - the initial taste expands on the nose; still primarily a wheat sweet taste, but also has the addition of a slight coriander/exotic spice scent; a bit of lemon rind like bitterness. the strongest notes are the powerfully sweet wheat, and a kind of grainy wheat. if anything the over all flavour is too weak. the finish is the sweet wheat split evenly with coriander and a blunt hop bitterness. the aftertaste is much like a weizen, but more hoppy. smooth sweet wheat, and a slight punch from lightly spicy hops

MF&D - highly carbonated with small bubbles, with a medium thin body. the drinkability is fine, but the carbonation might be a bit much, although it is very mouthcoating.

Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ommegang Witte pours into a chalice a foggy straw color, with a thin white head.

The smell is yeast and coriander/clove spice (I love that spice smell).

The taste carries the coriander/clove spice aroma into the flavor, tangy and dry ... same spice taste in the finish, yum.

The mouthfeel is very effervescent with a medium gravity feel.

This is a very drinkable, delicious brew; excellent presentation and taste characteristics ... very thirst quenching. The dryness created by the carbonation makes it hard to put this down. A terrific Belgian style brewed in the USA!

Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color with a decent fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly from the carbonation.

The smell is good, with wheat, yeast and spice in the bouquet as expected.

The taste is similar to the smell with an earthy wheat flavor complimented by some spice up front. The carbonation tickles the tongue and the palate is left with a decent earthy wheat flavor.

Overall, a very refreshing and crisp beer to enjoy on a great summer night like tonight!

Photo of skinny0ne
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has a huge and fizzy head. The color is a very light straw and it has a uniform cloudiness. The aroma is of light malt/straw and a bit of banana. I don't get any citrus or bread. It's very sharp on the tongue with its carbonation. Good orange peel and lemon citrus flavors come through in the middle to end. And just a hint of spice at the end. Maybe clove and coriander. It has a great citrus finish that cleans the tongue. A great hot day brew or one just to enjoy lazily.

Photo of melagnus
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two finger-thick sudsy white head that is dense and yields wonderful head retention. The fluffy head slowly recedes from its original appearance to that of a thin film over the course of 30+ seconds. There's a slight haze, though nothing like a German Hefeweizen, more hazy than; not dense. Carbonation seems medium-high.

S - Belgian yeast strain comes out like that of a Golden Ale, with spices of coriander and Grains of Paradise. Very mild orange zest comes across, though seems to all be well masked under the front-forward unmalted wheat. No vegetable nuances come through, which means they chose the proper spices and combination of them!

T/M - Yeasty, medium-high body. A slightly sweet orange citrus comes through on the palate with a dry crisp finish. A kiss of tartness comes through on the palate, though to-style. Very low levels of bitterness come through via the hops. Slight graininess via the wheat washes over the palate as well.

D/C - What a refreshing little beer. At 5.1% and lacking any assertive flavor, this beer definitely registers as a Session Beer. The hot weather had today definitely makes it an enjoyable delight. The beer grows on me as I drink more of it without fatiguing my head or palate. Though not a thick Hefeweizen, it's also not supposed to be. A great example of Witte!


Photo of Thur123
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a weizen glass

a- lemon yellow and straw, the carbonation is just swirling and rushing to the top right now. Pure white head with good retension.

s- a sweet subtle banana with some spice besides the normal spice. the spice seems stronger.

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t- The banana taste seems to sit under the spicy flavor the dominates this wit. A bit of lemon along side the spice is nice BUT the aftertaste just leaves too much spice. A little unbalanced towards the spice.

m- good carbonation and texture. right about of body without having such a cloudy appearance.

Overall pretty good, a little different then some wits in that its not as sweet. Sessionable if anywhere around here served this. Looking forward to more Ommegang in the future.

Photo of Lambstrong
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden, slightly cloudy with a thick white head.

Aroma: Spicy nose (cloves, all spice). A little fruit (orange_.

Taste: Spices tend to overpower all other flavors. A sugary residue on the front of the tongue. There is a mineral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light but overcarbonated in my opinion.

Photo of womencantsail
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden straw color with a beautiful white head.

S: Not really what I was expecting in the scent department. No spice character, some faint orange and wheat. Rather disappointing.

T: Some decent citrus qualities (mostly orange), the wheat is present, as are the yeast.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, no overpowering tastes, but I was hoping for more.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. The retention is decent, and the head collapses into a light film on top of the brew with thicker edges around the collar. Leaves nice sheets of lacing during each swig, but they don't cling to the glass.

S: Orange peel, wheat, some earthiness. Can't smell the coriander.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Starts off with an orange peel, lemon, and light coriander sting, giving way to an earthy wheat flavor toward the end of the taste. The finish is kind of mellow, instead of being crisp. Aftertaste has a coriander bite with a light earthiness to it.

M: Light to medium bodied on the tongue. Has moderate to high carbonation -- could be higher. Not very crisp, and generally kind of lacking as far as wits go.

D: This was pretty unimpressive. I doubt I'd get it again.

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 12 oz. bottle.
A- Straw yellow in color with great head and lace.
S- Very strong wheat scent to it.
T- Has a very traditional smooth wheat taste.

I'm a big fan of Ommegang and this was very good, even if I had hopes for perhaps a slightly better effort.

Photo of Buggies
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy straw yellow. Thin white head.

S: Smells sweet. A lot of citrus to me. Wheat malt is present. As it warms, the coriander starts to arrive.

T: Much like nose really. It mostly has a citrus twang to it. There again, the finish is slightly citrusy as well with a sweet stuckyness on your tongue.

This reminds me more of an American wheat than a wit. Not a bad bear by any stretch, but it was just very uninteresting. What it would make is a nice session when you just want to drink a bunch to cure a thirst on a hot day.

Photo of alkemy
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy pale yellow color into my pint glass. About an inch of fluffy head, but was very fleeting. Really dig the smell of this, as I do with many witbiers. Filled with lemony citrus and a bit of banana, I got some coriander, but not as pronounced as some reviewers. The taste is lovely. Lemon, orange, coriander, bready yeast, banana, and maybe a hint of clove. This is a very refreshing brew that can be enjoyed in multiples on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, I only had two. I felt the carbonation was also spot-on, which added to the refreshing sensation.

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy yellow with a large white foamy head, and good lacing.

smell is of wheat, bread yeast, citrus, and a touch of banana.

taste is smooth, wheat, yeast, some citrus, some peanut, and some banana, ends a little tangy, and a little dry.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ommegang witte
4 cloudy pale yellow gold, appropriately huge head, but it could stand to stick around longer
4 bubble gum, bananas, band aids
3.5 lemony citrusy but not detecting the orange, seltzery, minerally. the brief aftertaste is baking soda and coriander. leaves the palate feeling clean.
4 vigorous carbonation, light body. could be creamier
3.5 impressed me out of the gate, and it's pretty refreshing, but the bicarbonate of ciriander overpowers the grain and subtler virtues

Photo of buschbeer
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to little head. It is pale yellow in color. It smells of citrus and some floral notes. It tastes of coriander. I also get hints of banana in the taste and smell after it warms up. It is quite a tasty beverage. Very nice after an afternoon of mowing.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow and cloudy. Foamy head that leaves nice lacing as it fades. A pretty standard looking Witbier.

Smell - Corriander, spice and a little toasty bread smell. Nice.

Taste - Very wheaty tasting, and less spice and citrus than most witbiers, which is nice. Makes it that much more drinkable, in my opinion.

Mouth feel - Thin and light with low carbonation, but not watered down. It has a very nice mouth feel for a witbier.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. A very good American example of a witbier style. I could drink this one in a session easily.

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

A: Cloudy straw with a bubbly carbonation. The soapy white cap starts strong, but quickly fades to a thin collar. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Mild, yet complex. There's a nice mix of lemon, orange and coriander, plus a bit of biscuits going on. No single aroma dominates, which I liked.

T: Light and refreshing. The lemon tartness is what struck me most. It kicks in quickly after the initial hit of cracker like wheat and barley. In the middle, the tartness is joined by orange zest and then a mild bit of coriander and clove. Finishes fairly clean.

M: The somewhat grainy body has the high amount of fizz that I like in this style.

D: This is a nice witbier. It's light and quenching. Perfect for summer days and nights. I'm glad I picked it up.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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