Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,848 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 36
Gots: 148 | 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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004)
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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of MaxBrews
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

Appearance: good one finger head, which dissipates quickly into a nice soapy lacing. Leave it sitting for to long however it and it has virtually no lacing at all. Appears like a hazy lemonade in light, and appears a darker amber in a darker lighting. Very bubbly.

Smell: smells primarily of wheat and grain, but pleasant not in the nasty adjunct way. Slight spicy aroma as well.

Taste: Light, smell is more pronounced then taste. Citrus, more orange then anything. Spicy with a bit of clove. After taste has a very good citrus and spice. Not strong or complex however. Grain and wheat hide nicely in the background.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated which makes it good when served cold at 40 degrees like suggested on the bottle.

Drinkability: Very refreshing when served cold. Great beer on a hot day and trumps many other "lighter beers" in quality and taste, however at price point, there's other beers that solve this need. Maybe not in as a tasty fashion.

Note: It seems a lot of wheat beers don't get too high of rating, this is my first witbier exploration, so I'm not highly knowledgeable about the style. I graded it more harshly because of the price. I will review again once I try others in this style.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

After playing a few rounds as the drummer on Rockband with my brother, I'm ready for a cool, refreshing treat. How about a nice white ale? On to the beer:

Very pale and faded straw blonde in color with a mildly entertaining display of carbonation bubbles. The head is good on top, a little frothy in texture. Smells like...coriander. And lemon.

The overall flavor is light, but has a medium spiciness to it. It doesn't soak the palate with as much flavor as expected. A little wheat malt and faint lemon accents hit before the coriander takes center stage. Slight buttery flavor and feel too. The carbonation is refreshing on the palate, and it has a lingering wehat malt flavor in the aftertaste.

I've had this on-tap at it was killer. The bottled version doesn't have the same flavor intensity as the draft. Not that the bottle is bad, though better can be had.

Photo of Douglas14
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a pretty awesome white head. It's got a weird tint to it. The aroma is awesome...lots of spice...coriander, orange peel, and other good citric notes. The flavor is slightly bitter with great, subtle touch of acidity. It's got a high carbonation that fits perfectly. Nice and light feeling. Incredible drinkability

Photo of TheNightbird
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Very light yellow color, with a slight haze to it. Moderate head retention.

S- Citrus, yeast zest and wheaty aromas.

T- Wheat, citrus and contoured by the spicy yeast. There is a tartness and acidity that lays within the taste. The aftertaste is nice with citrus and yeast.

M- Thin mouthful, with small jolt of carbonation.

D- Drinkability is good due to its good overall taste and thin body. Overall this beer is a great summertime beer, very easy drinking.

Photo of degerbah
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very transparent yellow color. Budweiser-ish almost. Plenty of head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is of tart citrus. So acidic, it almost smells skunky.

The taste is very clean, I don't taste the coriander that is usual in this style. Other than that, there is very little after taste at all. This an incredibly refreshing beer that would be fantastic on a hot day.

This is probably my least favorite of Ommegang's lineup. Low in alcohol, somewhat high in price IMO. Not getting this one again.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml corked and caged bottle shared with psycohops and brothercannon. Poured into a trio of nonic pint glasses. After stirring up the yeast in the bottle, appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with about an inch of fluffy bone white foam. Smells and tastes of citrus fruits such as lemon and orange, mildly spicy yeast and lightly toasted wheat. This wit is medium bodied and amply carbonated for it's style. Worth a try if you see it around.

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

I had this one at the Ommegang Brewery on 5/6/2009.

A= This ale poured a cloudy yellow gold color with a 3/4" lively white head. The head quickly settled to a thin cap and stayed that way. Very mild spotty lace.

S= All wheat twang and fruit. The wheat gave a particular sweetness and the yeast gave fruity esters comprised of citrus (orange and lemon mostly) some orchard fruit (green apples and pears) and a bit of that indescribable Belgian funk.

T= Very much follows the nose, with the addition of some spicy character that develops as each sip progressed. Finish was mildly tart and made me want more each time.

MF= Light bodied with an active, crisp carbonation profile.

D= Solid but not the best witbier out there. Still, it was enjoyable and I could easily session this one.

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

Nice golden color and poured with an ample head and left solid lacing on the glass.

Got a nice citrus smell from the beer and a lemony taste from the beer. This beer is high bodied - very crisp. I found the flavors to be less than bold. Very average but to be fair, this is not my favorite style of beer. I keep getting a lemon aftertaste.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bomber bottle into pint glass.
A: Very little head which is odd from this kind of beer. Pours a cloudy, unfiltered yellow color. Hazy.
S: Hit with the lemons and some orange up front. I get a little of the spices as well. Alcohol hidden at this point.
T: Lacking. I picked up the lemon and orange again and some mild alcohol. However it seems metallic or forced. Almost like it's not fresh.
M: Medium carbonation, very viscous on the tongue. Hang is minimal.
D: It's very easy to drink but not the best example of this style. Low ABV and decent taste would suggest you have a few serving, but as previously said, try something else.

Kind of disappointed in this effort from Ommegang. They have set the bar so high for themselves, a let down was bound to happen at some point. Not a bad beer by any means, but try Southampton Publick House or Oberon.

Photo of philbe311
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A hazy muted yellow color... Big fizzy crystal white head settles to one fingers worth and displays solid retention but ultimately leaves a mild lacing... Moderate carbonation...

S - Lemon... Orange zest... Apple... Pear... Grain... Faint herbal scents... Smells artificial and not natural...

T - The taste is true to the nose with the fruits (lemon, apple, and pear) and wheat serving as the dominant flavors... The minor herbal and spicy notes play second fiddle...

M - Lots of prickly carbonation... A fizziness fills the mouth... Dry... Possibly even a bit tart...

D - A mildly disappointing beer from Ommegang... Is that even possible??? In this case, it is... Seems like a forced example of style...

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

Served in a tulip from a 22 oz cork-finished bottle at home

Pours a light yellow haziness with a thick pillowy head.

Lots of orange and lemon citrus in the nose, along with a good dose of pepper, coriander, and other spices

The spices come out first, then the orangelemon, and finally a sharp artnesss to the finish.

Really nice and easy to drink, great for the warmer weather, not a complex beer, but one to enjoy

Photo of epicness
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy pale orange color. Pretty much the standard when it comes to witbiers. Nice fluffly head. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Coriander and other spice, along with citrus. Again standard.

T - Wheat base with mild citrus and coriander. In comparison to other witbiers it seems to have less of a spice but it's more balanced.

M - Thin and light with low carbonation. It's not watery though. I'd say it's almost perfect.

D - Very drinkable. It's probably not a session brew though. You wouldn't want to drink 6 of these. You'd feel it.

Photo of Liverpool08
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy off yellow. Very carbonated with large white head. Head sticks around. Smell is lemony/spice very different from a lot of Wits I have tried. Taste is lemony/spice and quite bitter in a good way, almost tart. It reminds be of lemonade, both in the color and taste. This is definately a different take on this style. But I like it. Very crisp mouthfeel and super drinkible. If your looking for a not so sweet Wit, then this is the one to try.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a 1/4 inch of head that quickly fades into a small ring around the glass.

The nose is lemon and yeast. It's adequate for the style, but unimpressive.

The well-blended flavors of fruit, some spice, some wheat, and a bit of yeast are almost too mild. It's medium bodied with a stinging carbonation, and it goes down real easy.

As expected for a witbier, it's tasty, refreshing and quite drinkable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale stange. 5.1% ABV, Serve at 40° F, no date. (05-27-10 Re-review)

A - The fully carbonated pale straw yellow beer is clouded over on the moderate pour. A thin white head barely reaches a finger tall before dropping to a wispy layer.

S - The aromatic nose has a lot of soft, dry wheat with a spicy yeast hint to it. Hints of lemon citrus come out from behind the large wheat nose. Refreshing, crisp, and certainly inviting.

T - Light and tart lemony citrus bookends the soft wheat flavor and gives the beer added crispness. Spicy yeast mixes it up just a bit but it's still a somewhat one-dimensional beer.

M - Light-bodied, soft, and fully carbonated, it goes through stages in texture finishing with a harsh carbonation bite.

D - I've had varied experiences with this beer leading me to re-review my original C+ score but still, this bottle is not as strong as some of the other, better Wittes I've had. It definitely needs to be fresh for the best experience I've found. Either way, it's a fine Belgian-style wit with good drinkability.

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

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 750 ml bottle.

A - Very ncie cloudy pale orange with a loose, fluffy head. Leaves very loose yet abundant lacing.

S - Coriander and other spice, along with citrus, and a sour fruit aroma reminiscent of Riesling wine. Very interesting.

T - Very yeasty and bready, with a good sour character that doesn't overpower the requisite orange and spice. Not absolutely perfect, but enjoyable.

M - Thin and light but not watery. Light carbonation. Works well.

D - I was feeling indulgent and I polished off the whole bottle myself, but I'm not feeling any ill effect, just a subtle buzz. I'd definitely session this again.

Overall - There's better Wits out there, but for the price, it's a good pick. It's got a fairly unique flavor for the style, and I can respect that.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pokal
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a crystal-clear golden honey color. Three-fingers of loose white foam sit on top. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is spotty, but nicely sticky.

Very nice fruit forward nose. Tropical and white fruits, both, are represented here. Touches of pineapple and mango mingle with bananas, peaches and white grapes. Good biscuity yeast smell. Mild spice notes.
Smells very fruity and tasty.

The fruitiness is dominant in the taste, also. The fruit profile follows the nose and adds a touch of orange zest. Spices are a bit more present, in the taste, but are still very well balanced, so as not to be overpowering. Very good wheat notes. Nice yeasty presence, but not funky, like belgian yeast can sometimes be. Although funk can be a good thing, and most of the time it is, it's not missed here.

Feels crisp and clean on the tongue. Nice medium body. Medium carbonation level. I'd like this to be slightly creamier and not quite so crisp, but that's just me.

This a very easy to drink brew. It's like a warm summer afternoon, in a glass. With a hard-to-locate 5.1%ABV, this would be excellent for a summer session brew. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a local burger joint.

Appearance: Clear bright amber/yellow

Smell: Fruity, with a mix of spice and coriander

Taste: Grapefruity like the smell. Very different for a witte - almost too much fruit but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated. Felt like I was drinking welchs if welchs was beer.

Overall: It went well with my burger - not a beer I'd pick up for a night with a six/twelve pack. More of a beer of choice at a cookout/oyster roast - at someone elses house for my girlfriend to drink.

Photo of a061183
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinking out of Ommegangs Witte glass my neighbor from NY happened to give me by chance.
Looks a bit darker than Wit Biers more like a Hefe. No real smell to it that i find. Taste is great IMO, i really like Belgian Wit Biers (i know this is made in NY) St Bernardus (lil pricey to session) being my fav in front of this. Very smooth as alcohol is low as any Wit (5.1%). Drinkability amazing ill drink it all day and highly recommend Ommegangs Witte.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Witte
Reviewed @ home 3/23/09, bottle>pint glass
Beerfly - Broudy's
A 4.0 - Both the first and second pours from the 750 ml bottle were clean and clear. I did not notice any sediment as expected in most Wits. Great head, lacing and retention. Noticeable carbonation. Golden straw in color. No cloudy-ness.
S 3.5 - Mild spice notes on a light wheat based aroma.
T 4.0 - Tastes as I would expect for Witbier. Wheat base with mild citrus and coriander notes. Less spice presence than most other wits, more balanced and clean taste out of my Wits to date.
MF 3.5 - light in body, clean, crisp, high carbonation
D 4.0 - Good drinkable and sessionable Wit at 5.1% ABV. A more mellow clean example with mild spice presence as compared to most.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a pillowy, paper white cap. Head had good staying power and settled in to leave a light collar around the rim. Scattered lacing left on the insides of the glass.

Light and airy with a strong dose of orange rind and lemon citrus. A nice blend of white pepper, ginger, and coriander add a rather mellow and accommodating spice profile.

The spices hit you up front, lending way to soft citrus and a tart finish. Some more fruits become apparent as it warms, pears and apples most noticeably.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Easily drinkable and highly sessionable.

Photo of Kevuas
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. The pros: Very flavorful, unoffensive taste.

The cons: It did not seem to blend as well as some of the other Witbiers I have sampled. There was a distinctive separation of flavors on the palate, leaving me feeling a bit disappointed.

At the end of the day, it's a very good beer, just not great. A "second tier" Witbier but nonetheless serviceable.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow, with a fairly dissapointing head, not really much to look at compared to other wits.

S: Floral perfume, some herb-like notes, maybe sage, and the prerequisite orange.

T: One of the best wits I've ever had in my life, this one really hits the spot. Full-flavoured orange and spice, the beer keeps it simple, but the flavours are outstanding. A tasty, straightforward gem.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, spritzy, refreshing, an easy drinker, just like a wit should be.

D: I was really impressed with this offering from Ommegang. Although it is one of the most expensive American made versions of this style - mid-$3's for a 12 oz. pour, I certainly plan on purchasing it again because it was so good.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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