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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,749 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,749
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale straw yellow in color with a light haze. Initially pours with a 1/4" head that quickly reduces to a puffy layer of bubbles with great retention. Little lacing.

S: Light aromas of pale malt and very light hops; a slight citrus aroma is beneath.

T: Very light in malt flavor but quite balanced with hops that seem just as light. The overall taste is a bit dry but not terribly so. The finish is rather quick and clean with little to no linger. There is the slightest bit of a citrus tone but it is very faint.

M&D: There is no linger bitterness that I have observed in some other Witbiers that I have sampled. This one is smooth and clean, with a rather light carbonation. Although the mouthfeel is light, I can see this being an enjoyable session brew. Quite good overall.

SIRIUS2, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 5.1% ABV. Pours a hazy golden color, with a thick white frothy head. Decent head retention, but I hoped for better. No lace to speak of.

Slightly sour, spicy aroma. A bit of orange peel in the back. Not much in the way of hops, maybe just a whiff of earthy ones. A bit grainy in the back.

Slight sharp tartness, a bit of corriander with some bitter orange peel at the end. Not much bitterness.

A bit fuller than I like for the style. Still, a fair amount of carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink. Now, bring on the warm weather.

Bierguy5, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .750 L bottle into a tall-necked glass.

Appearance: A hazy, pale straw-yellow, medium, one-finger head and wispy lacing with poor retention. Looks thin and crisp. Gentle carbonation. Not a bad looking beer - looks pretty much how a witbier should look.

Smell: Tart citrus - lemon, and orange - and spicy, peppery, pungent coriander. A very mild, earthy wheat aroma and a slight must imparted by the yeast are barely present. Nose is mild, and everything that's supposed to be there is there, but nothing really jumps out. Average.

Taste: Everything that was in the nose, nothing more. Spicy coriander, a slight yeasty musty funk, sweet earthy grain, and a sour lemony/orange note. I recognize everything, but it doesn't really work. The peppery note is a little too strong, and any uniqueness imparted by the yeast is buried. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Again average, light and crisp carbonation, but watery and thin. Not distracting, but not really enjoyable.

Drinkability: I'm sure there are foods this would go well with - very light fish, or vegetables - and certain locales where it would be appropriate - perhaps the beach scene mentioned on the side of the bottle - but it really didn't impress me. It was crisp and refreshing, though, and the alcohol is low enough (5.1% abv) to where I can perhaps envision enjoying this beer somewhere, some other time. It became somewhat trying for me to finish my glass, however.

CrellMoset, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light hazy deep yellow with slight head that dissipates.

Smell is refreshing, fruity nothing overpowering.

Taste is light, fruity with a nice finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not bitter. Again refereshing and light.

Very drinkable. Smooth in flavor, scent and appearance. Another tasty beer from Ommegang.

mvanaskie13, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty good. Came in a big cork top bottle.

The color is a light but very smokey orange with a nice pleasant aroma of citrus.

Shallow head with ok carbonation.
We chilled the bottle outside in the snow for an hour or two.

VERY pleasant, refreshing taste...we added clemtines instead of oranges and it actually had a very nice result.
I recomend this beer, its a lot like blue moon :)

Bergenboy1981, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Stanford
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable beer but not noteworthy. It pours clean with only a slight head that soon clears. The beer is very crisp due to it's heavy carbonation. Aftertaste of citrus and green apples lasts quite long (it's still present 5 minutes after my glass was empty). I would recommend this be consumed without any food pairings (any food would overpower the flavor of this beer).

Stanford, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a bottle and poured into a mug. Produced a cloudy, light color with a half inch head.

This had a citrusy smell along with some wheat, possibly. Not an overwheming smell, but fragrant nonetheless.

The taste was dominated by orange and lemon, something common in witbiers. The main problem here is that it didn't have much staying power. It started fairly strong and dissipated.

There was certain lack of carbonation with this one. This didn't help matters.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer, but there are other witbiers that do a better job.

avalon07, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Grape Vine Market in Austin.

A - The first pour is crystal clear with a dense white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Bright fruity aroma with a hint of green apples

T - Slightly tangy with a hint of citrus and a spice finish. I would marry this beer.

M - Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

D - Very easy drinking beer.

hiikeeba, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of bebopkola
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served out of a bomber bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy yellow with a decent head that disapates within a few minutes and only a lace remains.
Fairly fragrant witbier on the first smell it was dominated by lemon and citrus, very tart smell.
The taste was very tart and overpowered the beer. The wheat and other citrus flavors that came through seemed to be at odds with the tartness of the beer. It leaves the palate somewhat dry and can't seem to shake it off for the longest time.
Overall this beer was decent, but the different flavors at odd with each other and the residue on the palate well after finishing are its downfall.

bebopkola, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of bigeyedfish
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged bottle poured into the Ommegang Witte glass; No bottled on date, 5.1% alcohol on the bottom right corner; both the glass and the bottle feature "Worth the Wheat"; it's the little things.

Pours a really nice, slightly hazy yellow/straw/light-golden body; two fingers of super white, fluffy head, which quickly recedes to about a half a finger with hardly any lace. A nice looking wheat bear.

Some grain on the nose, along with some faint Belgian yeast and some pilsner-type elements. Some faint orange peel/lemon zest round out a solid but not earth-shattering nose.

An exceptionally smooth Witbier, although by now I guess that's to be expected from Ommegang. Really, really clean and subtle; some grain on the beginning of the mouth becomes a vanilla in the mid palate, and finishes as a strawberry/orange/raspberry/cherry on the finish. Super clean, and the flavors transition very fast; there's some lingering spice and orange peel components throughout the beer; they're sporadic, but they're present the entire time. A sweet, pleasant, but completely toned down witbier.

The mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. There's some hard hitting carbonation present in the mid-palate, it hits between the grain type flavor and the vanilla, and that is pretty tough to get through- it's mildly unpleasant, but once you get used to it, it's at least something that can be prepared for. There's some secondary carbonation that goes to the undersides of the tongue, hitting both sides, toward the back of the mouth. Other than that, there is not much. There's really no grip on the palate; it's a mildly lush front to back sensation, but other than that there is no linger in this beer; even the finish dies as quickly as the flavors transition.

Could I drink this beer all day? Abso-frikin-lutely. An absolutely delicious witbier, it's more toned down than Hoeegarden and Allagash Wit, yet is flavorful enough to keep your mind constantly engaged on the fact that you're not drinking just another run of the mill beer. It's a little too smooth; in the summer, especially when it's hot it's possible to see this beer lacking the crispiness to be refreshing. That hurts the drinkability in the long run, because after awhile the fruit/sweet/lushness of the beer could get boring, or at least something that could prove to be a problem. I don't think this is a beer you could sit on the beach all day and drink- it IS a beer that I would kick back with at the end of the day, but this is not a beer that could be drank all day. But, if it's below summer temps, than this is a beer that you can pound two or three 750's of and feel very good about. But all and all, for a wit, a style that does not leave a lot of room to do a lot with (have a Hoeegarden and an Allagash Wit in the same, unmarked glass and try to tell the difference between them), it's a good effort and a solid benchmark in the Ommegang lineup. If Ommegang were the late 90's Bulls, this would be the Ron Harper. It'll never be their best offering, and you would never pick it over MJ or Scotty Pippen (Abbey Ale and Three Philosophers respectively) but it is a beer that can hold it's own, play solid defense and maybe drain a mid-range jumper or two. End crappy sports analogy. Solid offering none the less.

bigeyedfish, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of bigremy
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clean straw yellow with a frothy white head on it. Aroma was fairly clean, with some hints of the coriander and citrus in it. Taste was decent, but seemed to me to lack the depth I've found in other witbiers. The coriander and citrus that were in the aroma weren't strongly present in the taste for me. The mouthfeel was light, and the carbonation seemed to be lighter than I'm used to. The aftertaste wasn't strong, and seemed to have a slight citrus tart taste to it. Overall, a decent witbier just not one of my favorites.

bigremy, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a 2 finger head that dissipated at an average rate. Lightly straw colored and not hazy at all. Very little lacing was left on the glass.

S: Very strong lemon and orange citrus notes, as well as coriander.

T: Similar to the smell, although this tastes rather unbalanced with a little too much emphasis on the citrus lemon and orange flavors.

M: Crisp and refreshing, drying and goes down smooth. Not bad at all.

D: Although I thought the taste wasn't great, it is a highly drinkable beer. An OK representation of the style overall, but not outstanding.

fightingirishcmk, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After searching high and low for this beer, was glad to be able to cop a single 12oz bottle from wine and more in Union...Heard a lot about this company and their propensity to replicate authentic Belgium Brews...Their witbier was a good sample but not above and beyond...Although there are certainly better examples of the style out there, this is a good enough impression to warrant a try...Pours a very hazy and cloudy yellow appearance with minimal head...Smell was somewhat bland...Taste was citrusy with obvious lemon and coriander notes present...Mouthfeel was good as was drinkability...Overall a decent sample worth a try.

dsa7783, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whitish/yellow color with a thick white head of foam that recedes to a one-finger head. Aroma is of wheat and orange/lemon and also somewhat malty. Taste is somewhat bitter with the essence of coriander, a light touch of lemon and breadiness in the mouthfeel. Goes down smooth as well. For some reason, the alcohol/some kind of bitterness shows through that isn't quite desirable.

Not a bad example of the style but not quite true either.

Brad007, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dusty pale yellow color with a nice mouse-like crown. Head retention is excellent.

Lemon, banana, yeast, coriander, pepper, and some grain in the nose.

Begins with lemon zest, banana and slightly sweet grain flavors. Spicy flavors such as coriander, clove, and pepper in the middle along with earthy yeast notes. Finish is tart and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is not as slick as some exceptional Wits and the carbonation is a tad high. Nice little beer. Allagash's White is much better.

bosco7, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew in the Ommegang mix pack and have had this one numerous times in the past but just never reviewed it. So this one was poured from a 12 oz. Bottle. Has the color of straw and is hazzy with a nice sized white head that has slight retention but does leave lacing around the top of the glass. The aroma is refreshing, nice spice, lemon, coriander, and wheat aromas. The flavors are very nice with this brew, nice prickly spiciness which is a welcoming sensation. Nice fruit flavors of lemon and maybe orange come through. Has a sweet but creamy feel. This is a very good brew and one that I could see going with a wide range of food types. Even though to me it is a summer beer based on style, I could drink this one year around. Solid offering.

Stimack, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of deanhead
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and yellow with a ridonculous white frothy head.
smells of spice, hints of coriander, wheat, slight band aid smell to it, very slight.
This beer is velvety smooth. simply light and refreshing.
Light in body, with plenty of bubbles.

This beer is an extremely easy drinker. It's another fine beer from the crew over at Ommegang.
I'd recommend it.

deanhead, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden straw color with a light fluffy two-finger head. The smell a little subtle with some characteristic wheat beer citrusy and slightly yeasty hints. The taste is very pleasant with a citrusy sweetness and a little bit of tartness that almost reminds me of a cider This beer is extremely drinkable an I could imagine reaching for it over and over again. I'll definitely be picking this beer up again sometime in the summer, it's very refreshing.

TheTrevor, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light straw cloudy with an airy white head. Lemon rind, soft sour wheat, straw. slightly grassy, faint apple, and some yeasty twang. Acidic citrus is tongue tingling, lemon and lime rind, dry, and pithy. Dry grains and the wheat character is rather mild. Medium to high carbonation crisp with little fizz at the end. Very clean finish and corn sugar sweetness. Overall very refreshing and pretty drinkable but also kind of one-dimensional and boring.

cabsandking, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of BWH3
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Witte Brewery Ommegang
Large Corked 750mL Bottle from a Goblet at 50 F

Appearance: Very light gold in color with mild haziness not the typical extreme cloudiness of the style. Head pours a big bubbly white head not the dense, white, moussy head. Head retention not as good as it could be, but does form a fair amount of islands. (3.0)

Smell: Moderate sweet aroma of coriander and orange peerl forming a citrus zest. This citrus aroma is balanced by the earthy/musty aroma of noble hops. Also noted is a light grain/wheat scent combined with a sour hint. The beer lacks any complex herbal, spicy, or peppery note in the background. Pleasant aroma but neither big and bold or subtle and complex, I only consider this above average because of the excellent aroma of the noble hops. The aroma might also improve if the beer was a bit younger. (3.5)

Taste: A zesty, orange-citrusy fruitiness that is crisp with a dry, tart finish. Moderate wheat flavor in the body. No sourness. No herbal or spicy flavors. Hops are low bitterness and add a grass quality to the beer. Refreshing beer with just enough bitterness. Well done, flavors are bigger than the aroma lets on and it has some depth. The flavors could still be more robust though. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a slight creaminess from unmalted wheat. Finishes dry despite the sweetness of the taste. The beer is only moderately effervescent character from high carbonation. This one has a perfect body to me. It is not thin, dry and bubbly nor is it thick, sweet and syrupy (like Blue Moon). (5.0)

Drinkability: A refreshing, good example of this style. In my mind the only improvements would be to add either the sourness from lactic acid fermentation or increase the complexity through a spicier yeast strain. Overall, very enjoyable and a bottle or two with friends while grilling seems like a good time. (4.0)

BWH3, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of nsmartell
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy and cloudy with a nice thick head that held for awhile.

Smell: Nice and wheaty.

Taste: You can defenitely taste the citrus and it is a little tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and was just what I was expecting out of a good wit beer.

Drikability: I really enjoyed this beer and it would make a great session beer. However, I have to admit I was expecing a bit more.

nsmartell, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy pale gold with an inch frothy white head. Lacing and head retention are both decent. It smells like orange, wheat, lemon peel, and coriander. Taste is citrusy and spicy with a slight tart finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and has a moderate amount of carbonation which works for this beer very well. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and refreshing. I could easily drink a few of these at a time. I think this is a good overall witbier, although I'd probably be more likely to drink this on a hot summer day.

bluejacket74, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of praufs01
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head.


Aroma – Light orange peel smell with some hints of confectioner’s sugar.

Palate – Heavy carbonation that is a little rough.

Flavor – Tart orange and clove taste.

Final thoughts – I was expecting more out of this brew. There are much better options for the price.

praufs01, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Closing down September on the deck with this one...lemon zest and spicy crispness...a fresh breeze in the bottle...soft yellow body with a bit of effervescence; thick, consistent head in a Hoegaarden tumbler....smooth palate with a slight drag along the tongue's sides....balanced yeast and malt...a dry yet developed taste...elusive lemon hints....crisp and refreshing...is there a better summer witte? a few, I'm sure, but these New Yorkers didn't travel to Belgium for nothing...

dacrza1, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank on tapat the rocketbar in d.c.

very pale cloudy gold with a white head

great aroma. fresh citrus stands out.

taste is spot on for the style. I must admit though that the I gnerally prefer the I gnerally prefer the stronger and bolder flavors of heffeweizen to the witte.

jmbranum, Oct 31, 2007
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