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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,891
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 193 | 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 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.

Photo of MaxBrews
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 1,891 ratings.