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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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85
very good

1,846 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 36
Gots: 146 | 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 kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into tumblers.

Light amber brew with lrge creay white head, very foamy, very massive, impressive.

Aroma of crisp lemony coriander. Fresh and nice. The foam tips you off to a very bubbly mouthfeel from the bottle conditioning. Flavor has an excellent freshness, the coriander is well done, lacking gassy bitterness. A touch if wheaty tanginess. Very well done witbier.

Photo of ATPete
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on draft in a wine glass

Pours a wonderful hazy yellow color. Sweet and soft nose of toasted wheat, sweet banana and clovey spice. Hops play an important role of balancing out the banana sweetness this beer has going on. The finish is grassy and clean. Light medium bodied and very drinkable.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nose is brightly malty and full of sweet fruit. A little sourness and some mild funky tones. Smells nice.

Pours a glowing yellow with apricot highlights, beaming clarity, and mild head. Good bit of yeasty mess on the bottom of the bottle.

First sip is met with a delicate and beautiful sweetness. Tart fruit and soft grainy malt take shape around the sweetness. Light sourness and funk. A little bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Mild floral hoppage. Creamy and medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Good clean fun. Tightly subtle.

Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Purs a golden yellow with a thick white head that dissapates very quickly to a quarter or maybe half of a finger. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Not as murky as most wits.
S- Smells of wheat and honey. A little citrus and spice. Quite understated all around.
T- Tastes of wheat, honey, and a stronger spice taste than the smell led me to think there would be. More emphasis on spice/pepper flavor than many wits. Finishes with a citrus taste. There is a bit of a metallic taste in there that kind of throws things off a little.
M-Highly carbonated. A fairly smooth feel.
D- Not my favorite in the style but not all that bad. A good though not great witbier.

Photo of corey0212
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing hazed lemon color, medium sized bright white head fades into a thin collar around the beer, minimal lacing. But the bubbles in this beer are putting on a show....tiny bubbles rise slowly and continuously, while bigger bubbles rocket to the top of the beer, breaking the surface in a hypnotic and ever-changing pattern. Cool! Lemony aroma, slightly musty, yeasty, pepper, slight orange. Bright citrus flavors, lemony tartness, slightly grassy, a good dose of peppery spice. Clean mouthfeel, extremely refreshing brew....would be a great summertime beer, paired with all manner of seafood. Really nice beer, something I can see working to turn folks on to craft beer.

Photo of adamette
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle at the Brewery in Cooperstown about 5 hours ago.

A Big white head supported by yellow translucent body with carbonation, reminded right away of Duvel.

S Yeast, hops immediate impression. Later appreciated sweetness. Very good smell.

T Light a like Duvel, yeasty, some hops and good malt taste. I really like this taste. If you like Duvel but do not (for some reason) have regular access to it then Witte is a nice alternative. Admittedly, Duvel is pretty regularly available whereas Witte is not as available but I am just saying that it is in the spirit of Duvel.

M Light but with a little kick of alcohol (not as much as Duvel). The yeast only does a little bit to increase the mouthfeel.

D This is a VERY drinkable beer. I could easily drink the whole 750 ml bottle from which this came in a session.

Notes: This is a delicious beer and another great offering from Brewery Ommegang.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this at Gristedes in Scarsdale, NY.
Appearance: Very carbonated. Clear gold body topped with a large white head. Good retention and ok lacing.
Smell: A bit spicy, some oxidation, citrus notes.
Taste: Mild orange peel. Hints of coriander.
Mouthfeel: Oddly smooth.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

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

I was served from a capped and corked bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a yellowish-orange body with a slight haze. It had a robust but thin bubbled white head that receded to a light cover over the liquid and supported a moderated amount of layered lacing.

S: It emitted dominant orange and lemon aromas as well as white bread yeast and white spices (white pepper and coriander).

T: It had a pleasant light toasted malt base that was accented by flavors of citrusy hops (lemons and oranges). There was a bite on my tongue from the taste of spices (white pepper). However, most of the flavors were somewhat diluted and thin. None were as bold as I expected from this brewery.

M: It was light bodied and heavely carbonated. It was silky smooth in the mouth and finished with a bite. Very entertaining.

D: It was a very enjoyable Witbier but a bit of a thin flavor profile. Very sessionable brew.

Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised that I haven't reviewed this one before but then I guess theres at least a thousand other beers that I've tried and haven't reviewed yet.

Pours very pale yellow, moderately clear, tall white head, no retention or lacing.

Smells spicy and yeasty but not as in your face with the lemon tartness that some witbiers have. Inviting.

Flavor is spicy and peppery. Can't quite pinpoint whats in there but the peppery flavor is probably coriander and wheat and the spicy is probably the yeast. Some malt but overall everythign is balanced and pleasant. The belgians say if you can pinpoint the exact spice then you've over done it.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I expected for a wit but still in the acceptable range of light-medium. Very very drinkable. Emjoyable but not for this much money. I mean this is something that I would love to have a keg of in my living room but I can't see driving to Bevmo to pay $10 for a 750 ml.

Photo of jdg204
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a pretty big Ommegang fan for a while so the wife and I picked this one up together (she's a pretty big Witbier fan). Needless to say, we were pretty excited.

A: Beautiful yellow body with a light haze. The head retention should be better.

S: Nice aroma. Chalky, non-descript citrus rind and light, dull coriander.

T: Nice touch of tart citrus, a clear note of wheat malt, and some sublime spiciness.

M: Medium-light bodied and crisp across the palate.

D: Another solid offering from Ommegang (no surprise there) and a very pleasant Belgian. If you're near Ommegang or a fan of the brewery than by all means try this brewsky. If you're looking for an elite Witbier though, this isn't quite in the league of Southampton Double White.

Photo of whynot44
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw yellow color with a substantial white head that disipates to just a ring slowly and manages some decent lacing.

The aroma is wheat with traces of coriander and mild cloves and citrus.

The taste is fresh bread, lemon, coriander, orange zest, bananas and cloves. Altogether enjoyably light and mild on the spices for a witbier. Fizzy carbonation with a lingering clove aftertaste.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. Bottle conditioned. served in a shaker pint. Opens with a big pop. First pour is a brilliantly clear pale straw, with a couple of fingers of big bubbled white head. Slightly spicy aroma with a bit of wheaty tang. Light bodied, easy drinking. Spritzy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Citrusy flavor with a subdued clove flavor. Not a bad summer beer, but I've had better wits.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighlty hazy pale gold with a large fluffy white head; nice lacing. The nose is of coriander, sweet (almost minty) wheat, minerals and light orange peel. Soft and wheaty with assertive fine carbonation and a touch of sourness at the mildly dry, flinty finish. Mildly sweet wheat and doughy yeast with a light mineral backing, coriander and light orange peel. This is a nice beer. Not overly spiced on either side of the spectrum (coriander or orange peel), it lets the yeast come through better than most Witbiers that I've sampled. For that alone, I find it a compelling interpretation of the style.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A little light for my taste or perhaps I'm just a little out of practice with the style, the head however was intially weak and didn't stick around long with no lacing.

Smell: Delicious sweet orange peel, and coriander, just a bit stronger and it would be a big hit.

Taste: Delicious though a little weak, like everything else about the beer, nothing off here, just not enough of the good stuff. I could say maybe a little more wheat malt and flavors besides citrus would be welcome.

Mouthfeel: A little thin.

Drinkability: You could drink this like water, but that is both the good and the bad.

Photo of bonkers
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a large chalice. It pours a hazy yellow, decent head. You can definitely smell the coriander, light hint of citrus. The taste is lightly sweet with hints of citrus and spice. It has a light body and goes down easy. Overall this is a standard wheat beer.

Photo of Patrick999
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750 of this for a great price at Total Wine, $4.99.

A - Pours your typical witbier cloudy yellow. Head is OK, but not really what I've come to expect from this style.

S - Pretty standard. Grainy wheat, a slight pepper and not too much else. A little too clean for my liking.

T - On the peppery side of witbier rather than the fruity side. Fresh pepper, solid wheat backbone.

F - Tightly carbonated like most in this style.

D - It's easy to drink, and good, especially for the price, but ultimately I'm a bit let down by this one. It's solid, but it really doesn't grab me in any way, shape or form.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hefe glass for a light, seethru yellowish gold with mild paleness and a decent sized head and some lace spots. A light, breezy smell of coriander and orange peel. Hints of possible clove along with lemon and other citric fruits. Light to medium bodied, with a crispness that almost crosses into a tart sourness. A good brew, but it is a tad watery and the lemon zest seems to have leak into the beer too much; it overpowers a decent taste of some wheat and spices. I didn't mind sipping on this at all on a warm, about to end summer day; just thought it could've been better.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 to trusty Ommegang chalice on a late-summer afternoon outside. Nary a cloud in the sky.

Pours a white grapefruit hazy color with yeastish, pure white thin head. Nice carbonation.

Hearty Golding-ish hops with good yeast and wheat electrioity, sweet ginger malt and a little clove & coriander. Cool but comforting.

Exhibits a little less depth than expected. Spice is present, augmented by carbonation. Malt presence is a little faint; minimal hops on the palate also. Even for this style it could use a little more strength in the backbone.

Mouthfeel is very clean with a spice/carbonation tingle. Can feel the malt, wheat and yeast on the palate more than it can be tasted. Very light, maybe a little clammy, but overall pleasant.

This is quite drinkable. Maybe its not the most complex of the Ommegang offerings but it's enjoyable, good for warm days outside and would make a solid gateway beer.

Photo of daythree16
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head that sticks for a little while but leaves no lace.

Aroma is chiefly citrus with orange peel and lemon zest really coming through. The taste is a little citrusy sweetness at first with some tartness from the lemon. There is also a slight sour pear taste and some bitterness at the finish (orange peel?).

Mouthfeel is really crisp and very carbonated. Drinkability is pretty high, although this is certainly not the best witbier out there.

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

Clear lemon yellow body with a two-finger layer of snow white foam,; solid duration and ample lacing leave me very impressed. Rich nose, a bit yeasty, flush with lemon, pepper, coriander, and a hint of sour apple; easily one of the best smelling Witbiers I've ever encountered. The taste isn't quite up to par with the appearance and smell, but it's good. Sweet and sour citrus, spice, smooth--really tasty. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation in the tank. Highly drinkable, Witte is certainly one of the best Witbiers I've tried, simply delicious and a fine representative of the style--in no way a surprise from Ommegang, one of my very favorite breweries. Don't miss it.

Photo of pwoods
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Very pretty bright pale yellow with a bit of clouding. 1 1/2 fingers of frothy white head forms and has decent retention. Some lacing.

S: Light spicy and fruity yeast. Some malt sweetness accompanied by a light bubblegum aroma.

T/M: Much sweeter than the nose with more spice and clove than expected. Bubblegum is still there but gets a bit overpowered by the aforementioned and an ever growing wheat dominance. Too much wheat. Body is light and crisp. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Would be easily drinkable but the wheat is too powerful and really messes with the taste.

Photo of changeup45
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This turned out to be a nice choice for the warm weather. Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice bright white head. The whole beer actually seemed a little bright looking. Mild banana aroma with hints of vanilla. Not a ton of flavor but very smooth and again, nice for the sun (which is out today). A little yeast, some lemon, banana and spices all blended in quite nicely. I'd get it again.

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked the 4pack up at the brewery in Cooperstown, decided to open a 12oz since the weather seemed perfect for it. decanted chilled into a stange.

A - A tarnished golden straw w/ yeast haze and a soapy looking 3 fingers of large bubbles in a white cotton candy like foam of head

S - plenty of yeast and wheat in the aroma w/ peppery spice and mild citrus peel notes

M - A feel which is creamy w/ nutty wheat and crisp carbonation w/ mild spice additions adding a dry element contrasting the tang of the citrus peel and creamy yeast feel.

T - A tasty light wheat flavor w/ citrus of sweet orange peel following closely. The coriander comes across as peppery w/ a tinge of fruit. The taste has subtle banana and sweetness but very gentle w/ mostly wheat flavors w/ a tart ale yeast flavor like hefeweizen.

D - I could seee a four pack dissapearing quickly especially in 90 degree heat like today - a very refreshing, tasty wit. Well made and works well as a lawnmower ale.

Photo of kinger
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very drinkable, but it lacks much to really stand out as a witbier. I would even dare say this leans more toward a German hefeweizen than a Belgian White. Thin aroma of wheat and banana with some citrus notes. Gorgeous pour, nice vibrant golden yellow with a light fluffy head and serious carbonation. Mouthfeel is watery. Flavor is average, tastes good but doesn't impress. Overall a rather tasty refreshing brew but not good enough for the cost.

Photo of Zadok
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml.

Had a light yellow slightly cloudy appearance. Pure white head about 2 and a half fingers in height with mild lacing as I consumed with some buddies.

Cloves and coriander the main aromas with orange rhine breaking through in the background.

Light cloves and coriander along with the aforementioned orange or lime rhine.

Smooth mouth feel with low carbonation.

Very nice summer brew, low abv makes for an enjoyable summer session beer.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.