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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 ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of beertunes
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chalice. Poured a clear, bright white, with a small, tight head that quickly dissipated, leaving minimal lacing. A strong skunky aroma that is unexpected for a Wit. After a few moments the more expected Wit aromas, spice & fruit, showed up. The skunk is not as noticeable in the flavor but the typical Wit flavors are not showing up as anticipated. The body is light but well developed, as is expected for the style. Except for the skunk I would have given this a 5 for drinkability. This beer did not have the level of quality I have come to expect from this brewery or of this style. I am quite fond of both the brewery & style so I believe this is a sub-par bottle. I will revisit this beer in the future (I have had it in the past, including at the brewery) and give it another shot. I expect better from Ommegang, so I believe this to be an abberation.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/20/2007 (750mL bottle):

Pours a cloudy light yellow color, but still translucent. Big white foamy head. Citrus spicy aroma, a light aroma, Belgian. Watery, spicy taste. Some good spice, not too carbonated. A nice refreshing beer, good with pepperoni pizza. Tasty, but a little watery.

Photo of cdizinno
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. capped bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Sandy yellow with almost no head retention.

Smell: Very weak with a slight hint of spiciness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp with a thick dryness that does not want to leave the palate. Light tartness but generally devoid of taste.

Drinkablity & Notes: A decent brew though not comparable to the many witbiers that outshine this one.

Photo of jculler82
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I should mention, this bottle was about a year old. Per the bottle, the beer is suitable for cellaring.

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a hazy yellow, not totally opaque. Smell was not strong at all, faint lemony citrus. Taste was more lemon with coriander every once in a while. Mouthfeel was creamy with a crisp finish. A very drinkable beer, seems like it would be especially refreshing on a hot summer day.

With that said, there are better wits out there, but this one isn't bad.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours cloudy light gold with a huge, creamy white head.

Aroma is lemony citrus, wheat, a bit of spicy yeast.

Taste is clean wheat, citrus zest, with yeast spice on the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy carbonation.

Solid beer - this one is effortlessly drinkable. .

Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very pale golden color. I was expecting more of a haze to so common to the wheat beers of the world. First smell I got hints of lemon and orange peal with the corriander and clove notes present as well. It was very pleasing.

The taste was very clean and crisp. high levels of carbonation and the corriander/wheat taste comes through nicely. hints of lemon as well.

This is a decent beer that I'll definitely try again...that is until I can brew it better.

Photo of CMW
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden, light straw color that was fairly translucent. I will admit, I was expecting a little more in the way of a wheaty haze. There was a decent amount of carbonation present from which a nice two-finger white head formed. The head disappeared quickly though and left minimal lacing.

The nose is filled with the usual suspects wheat, lemon, and orange peel. The smell is also slightly spicy. This is probably coming from coriander and clove. Overall, nothing special in the nose, this is pretty basic for the style.

I found the taste to be quite boring. There were no surprises from the aroma to the actual taste. Up front, there was a mix of zesty spices and citrus fruit. In the middle, I was surprised by how little wheat flavor came through. The beer ended dry with an almost overpowering tart finish. I could not detect any alcohol in the finish, but this is not surprising for a Belgain witbier at 5.10% abv.

I must admit I am not a big fan of this style; however this brew is rather boring. No surprises in the nose or taste. I expected much more from this beer considering the brewery. Ommegang produces some terrific beers and I feel this one ranks a grade or two below their regular line-up.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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