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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 131 | 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.

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Photo of joezak5
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a pure clean gold with lively carbonation. Two finger pure white head with good lacing.

Smell: Crisp and yeasty, spicy with the citus notes shining through.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively with high carbonation.

Taste: A little gritty, but crisp and citrusy with the orange peel coming through as described in the label. Good wheaty finish with a background of coriander.

Drinkability: A good thrist quencher if enjoyed cold and quickly. A nice change of pace.

joezak5, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of grees20
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang, in the great town of Cooperstown, does a great job producing Belgian style beers. Witte is no exception. Slightly slow pour, as bottle suggests, results in white, cloud-like head. The body is pale yellow with great carbonation. A pleasant citrus aroma (orange and a little lemon) greets the nose. You can pick up some spicy overtones. A very light mouthfeel with a citrusy, wheaty taste. Spices give beer a little bitterness at the end. A nice, dry finish. This beer is quite pleasing.

grees20, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a quickly fading head. Some lacing, but nothing special. The nose is typical wheat: coriander, citrus and grain.

The taste is very nice. It balances the fruitiness of the style with a bit stronger wheat backbone. Very nice contrast.

Smooth, yet crisp in the mouth. Great beer for summer. Excellent example of the style.

Larrytown, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never bought this until my new passion for warm weather beers hit me.

Love the look of it. Like a sexy sleek norweigan blonde.

Smells like a sexy sleek norweigen blonde.

Isnt it good norweignen wood?

Good beer, but you know that if you're buying it.

Murchmac, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 3/4 L corked bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours with a huge, stark white head of fine bubbles that dissipate slowly. Nice hazy banana-yellow color.

Nose is slightly spicy, with clove and wheat aroma.

Flavor is metallic at the start, but gets more complex, with clove, a touch of juicy-fruit, and a dry, sour finish, with sourness and a hint of salt on the lips.

Mouthfeel is effervescent and dry. Lingering finish.

Drinkability was good. Didn't take long to finish it off. Except the slight metallic taste, it was really good.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with thin white head.

Nose is heavily slanted towards lemon citrus with light herbal in the background.

Palate has more herbal qualities with the wheat & malt, somewhat cracker like, with miscellaneous spices towards the finish.

Surprisingly average for a wit.

yemenmocha, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with attractive summery yellow labeling screaming "Summertime!"-- Poured into a pint glass, yields a surprisingly-clear, pale yellow-straw body with trickles of active carbonation topped with a giant three-finger crown of grainy, soft-bubbled white head with big fluffy retention that leaves patches of foamy lacing. Additional pours keep the frothy cap pumped up in grand style, and turn the lacy patches into foamy rings.

The smell is crisp and wheaty, with a twist of sweet orange and savory, spicy pie crust. "Spicy pie crust" you say?! Oh, yeah! (Of course I've never seen such a pie crust, but if it exists, 'Witte' smells like it!)

Tangy wheat is what this beer is all about. Rich, savory flavors of both hearty, earthy-raw and sweetly dry-and-nutty-toasted grain rule, accented by crisp, tart, lemony-orange citrus notes. A nice dry finish with a little lingering nuttiness makes me want another swallow. The beer reveals bolder, earthier, grainier wheat as it warms.

Highly refreshing and medium-bodied with excellent drinkability, this is another delicious 'big-bottle' offering from Ommegang, probably available, and underappreciated, at a grocer near YOU!

cvstrickland, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz corked bottle

A - Pours a light straw to gold color - with a little bit of yeast haze in it. Carbonation was apparent, but the head was quick to dissipate.

S - A fairly benign smell here - not strong at all. If anything, I can detect the combination of some yeast and some spicing. Maybe some orange notes.

T - Not much to start this thing off, some hints of the barley and wheat malts in it. Mid finish is the sweeter flavors, some orange. Rolls to a spicy clove/coriander finish.

M - Very dry and biting on the tongue. Carbonation is not the problem here at all. Its the consistency here of the alcohol, maybe built from some Belgian candi sugars. Missing my favorite part of the average witbier, the overbearing yeast.

D - Easy drinking beer - especially this time of year. The alcohol is light enough to not put me under as a session beer.

I'm wondering if this one is slightly oxidized due to its age in my cellar, as some of the non-reviewed versions of this beer seemed much better.

katan, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of gfreed
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perhaps I've been spoiled by Ommegang's other rich and fruity offerings, but the Witte was a disappointment: for a wheat beer, this was rather thin, flat and un-wheaty all around. The color is an unexceptional, clear lemon yellow, with a thin head that vanishes quickly. There's a lot of fizz, which is nice on a warm day, but there's very little to note in the taste: a bit of orange and some nice bitterness, but overall it tasted like citrus seltzer water. No body to speak of, either. If you're looking for something to pound on a hot afternoon, this might be your beer. Otherwise, an Allagash White is a better example of an American white beer.

gfreed, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of cbros
2.15/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving type- 750 ml bottle

Apperance- poured a pale straw yellow with a thin white lace, it looked to be flat as there was no bubble activity after the pour.

Smell- there were hints of fruit but really not anything prevalent

Taste- tasted flat with a very bitter aftertaste. If I closed my eyes I thought that I was drinking water.

Drinkability- I think or rather hope that I purchased a bad batch because this was not a good beer experience. It was flat and skunky which makes me believe that this bottle had turned. I bought it at local cigar/beer store that had a very unorganized selection. I saw no born on or freshness date. I am going to have to give this another try and hope that I merely got a bad sample and not its true nature.

cbros, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ommegang- Whitte

A- Bright clear yellow, good carbonation, and a small light lacing head.
S- Light tangy fruits like orange and lemon. Slight spiciness detected.
T- Very light lemony wheat. Cut grass, Pepper, clove, orange rinds, and sour mix.
M- Light with a touch of tart/ sourness in the body. Smooth, albiet watery.

Overall- Not too much going on here. An easy summer chugger but mediocre at best.

NJpadreFan, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sixtel poured from the home tap...

Bright yellow color - slightly hazy - with sizable bright-white head, and decent carbonation and lacing.

Light spicyness, with lemon zesty quality. Some wheaty quality and Saison-like farm funk comin' through, too. Eeeenteresting.

Helloooo Summer! Jeez, this one is beer's version of lemonade -- tart, dry, lemons with touches of coriander spice, black pepper, and wheaty malt.

The tart pucker was a little strong, IMO. But overall, mouthfeel was OK.

After having a couple bottles of this in the past, felt this was a terrific sixtel to kick off the Summer. But if you don't like tartness in your beer, stay away from this one.

BeerImmediately, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly clear gold with a big frothy head. Aroma primarilly of spice and wheat, with slight notes of citrus and funk. Spice dominates the flavor too, and it finishes clean, like a pislener. Very odd witte. No banana or funk notes in the taste. Tastes more liike Hefeweizen. Not a bad beer, just an odd one from a brewery that usually hits its style.

RomanW70, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of HugoGrim
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a chalice. An aggressive pour produces little in the way of a head. Bubbled edges. Orange-yellow body with light spotty lace.

Aroma is of fruity wine mixed with light wheat, although overall muted, and not as full bodied and intense as I'd like.

Flavors of apple, pear, and sour fruits. The flavor is also muted and almost watered down. Spices very weak, barely there. As it sat it almost seemed to get worse.

HugoGrim, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow with a white head light lacing

S - Theres some citrus some yeast and some spice with some wheat malt going on here

T - Is pretty good citrus wheat malt touch of spice

M - This beer has a light body with a lot of carbonation

D - I could drink this all day during the summer great taste and refreshing worth trying sometime

armock, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy pale golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice fizzy/foamy two-finger white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behing. The nose is malty, yeasty, good notes of wheat/grass, corinader, bananna, nice touch of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/bitterness, malty, lots of yeast, spices, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very nice Witbier.

Wasatch, May 31, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a corked and caged brown bottle. This beer pours a crystal clear lemony yellow. A lighter lemon sorbet colored head forms quick and dissipates just as fast.

Smell is fruity with a chalky spicy yeast scent. There is also a orange coriander nose mixed with a little apple.

Taste is crisp like a green apple. It has a sweet start and then a tart development. The finish is vaguely spiced with coriander and a citric acid note. Light wheat plays throughout the taste experience.

Mouthfeel is mostly smooth but there is a slight chalkiness that coats your teeth. There is also a bit of astringency and carbonation bite that keeps it from getting dull. Not bad.

jbphoto88, May 31, 2008
Photo of loosey
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

poured a hazy yellow orange with some initial active carbonation swirled around the glass, a slight head that disappeared almost immediately .. although, i confess i washed the glass with cold water because some public works ass broke something related to my hot water this week

smell is banana esters and citrus, something in there from a dirty shed

taste is wheat, lemon, orange, and only faintly spicy (pepper?)... it sits in your mouth heavy for a wit... crispy with carbonation, the yeast lingers there a bit but it all fades really fast

i served it chilled but it actually developed more character as it sweat the glass, there was a tartness that hung around a while longer for the second half.. its a bit like a date with someone who doesn't really start talking until its just about time to go, and you wish they had a bit earlier because what they are saying is interesting but you really have to go because there was parmesan flakes in the bread crumbs of your chilean sea bass that you bought to be impressive and that lactose just tears you up ... id definitely drink this again though, when i had more time

loosey, May 28, 2008
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3" white head with great retention and much lacing. Pale, hazy gold. Lots of carbonation. The nose is clean with fruit and citrus, yeast and pepper. Flavor contains fruit (papaya?, guava?) orange, wheat, hint of clove, perfumey yeast...finishes slightly sweet. Medium body, plenty of carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- crystal clear lemon yellow with a short lived snow white cap. i'll give it a more vigorous pour next time in hopes of getting some puff. a stream of bubbles continuously rises up the center of the glass. i was unsatisfied with the appearance so i poured in a little bit of the yeast sediment. it swirled around like incense smoke for a minute then blended in giving the brew a slight fog, adding depth and dimension to the color. foam settles to a dense ring of bubbles and leaves little fingers of lace, but they don't have much stick.

S- after spending the last 5 hours doing yard work, i'm delighted by the crisp summery smell of this beer. coriander and banana primarily, with some bubblegum, vanilla, and clove as well. lemony grassy hops are faint in the nose as is some pale malt and dry husky wheat aromas, like a fresh yeasty white bread.

T- very unexpected. the aromas don't really carry over to the taste except for some banana and lemon peel and just a little bit of coriander, and those tastes are very subdued. this witte has a very clean almost lager type taste with the wheat up front so in a way i'm smelling something while tasting something totally different, when usually the two kinda co-mingle. wheat becomes slightly tart as it warms bringing out more of the lemon peel and coriander flavors. there's a soft grassy noble hop bite in the middle that melds well with the other mild flavors. perhaps some other exotic spices exist withing this potion's semi dry grainy finish, but with such delicate flavors, this one is all about the wheat for me.

MF- what a holy refreshing beer this is. maybe because i'm hot dirty and thirsty, or maybe because my gatorade has been sitting in the sun. either way the sheer crisp wheat edge of this beer has me sold. i don't think an ipa would do the trick on this occasion. this witte is light and airy and almost condenses in the mouth releasing a ton of carbonation, but not really inducing too many burps. there's not over abundance of spices, no citrus sweetness, just liquid white bread in a glass, and for as bland as it sounds, it's different and actually quite enjoyable. what i was looking for today was the chance to sit on the porch, wipe off my sweat, and say ahhh damn that's a good beer. and that opportunity has presented itself.

D- initially, i was kinda down on this one due to its dissimilarities to other whites i've tried, but in the end, "she's her own person" and i kinda like the fact that all the spices take the back burner and leave it all up to the main ingredient. as for drinkability, this is it. this is the beer i would reach for in the morning if i had no water to drink. plus with the low abv, i'll be drinkin the other three by the grill tonight.

hustlesworth, May 06, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy pale straw color with a nice fluffy pure white head which did not leave much lacing. The aroma is of wheat malt, tart lemon, light champagne and light spice. The taste is heavy on the tart lemon, with orange peel and some earthy spices following. Not much of a hit on the corriander, which is typically found in the witbiers. Some noticable champagne characteristics as well. The feel is fairly light and well carbonated, finishes a bit tart but very refreshing. Ommegang misses the mark on the witte flavor-wise but produced a damn refreshing brew. Nice and light with a tart lemon twang that will satisfy over the summer.

Gmann, May 03, 2008
Photo of Twerknasty
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a true yellow color, with a pure white foamy head. Smell is very typical, with wheat/coriander/hotdog nose. A little creamy side to start it off, with good balance of carbonation. Very slight tartness with a refreshing flip to the tart. Good side of dry lemon peel, white flowers and a slight bit of soft mushrooms. I can appreciate it, drinkable. Also, if you think of a buttery chardonnay- think of this as that kind of butter

Twerknasty, May 01, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into weizen glass.
A: Cloudy lemon with high carbonation producing a frothy white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Wheat, coriander, citrus.
T: Light citrus (lemon, orange, etc.) sweetness, hints of coriander and honey, then slight dry bite to the finish.
M: Very light. Sweet on the tongue. Wish there was more complexity and that this lingered longer.
D: Very drinkable. Nice light, refreshing beer. Nothing spectacular though...try the other Ommegang brews for something to talk about.

mwilbur, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in an impressively labeled, 750 ML, cork-finished bottle. Top fermented and bottle conditioned.

Pours cloudy, pale golden with a large and bright, frothy head. Good retention and active carbonation.

Subtle aroma of citrus rinds and unmalted wheat.

Opens with flavors of mild lemon citrus followed by muted spicing. Finishes with a pleasant tang of wheat.

Light-bodied, smooth and soft on the tongue. Refreshingly quenching. Crafted for summer session drinking.

CaptainIPA, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a very minimal amount of fizzy head retention.

It has a delicate aroma of orange peel. Similar to most wheat ales.

The taste is somewhat spicy and has notes of orange peel, which leads way to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, lots of prickly carbonation.

jasonpeckins32, Apr 19, 2008
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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