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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,750 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,750
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 117 | 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 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
Photo of beeragent
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. The beer pours a very light hazy straw, forming a massive three fingers of head which fades to a creamy 1 inch head. Medium spots of lace cling all the way down the glass.The aroma is strong wheat and fruit along with what smells like a hint of Belgian sugar and spices. Very inviting. Tha taste takes it a step further, adding orange and sweet candy sugar to the mix of wheat, lemon flavor, and spices. Complex and full. Medium smooth mouthfeel. Low abv., full flavor, and east drinkability make for an exceptional session ale. This is easily my favorite wheat ale. This, IMO, packs alot more complex flavor to this brew than in other wheat ales available. Highly recommended!!

beeragent, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, which yielded an ample and fluffy white head with a mild smell of lemon and yeast. Presented with a beautiful yellow-gold color. While lacing was present during the sample, very little adhered to the glass during the tasting. Mild and smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to give a pleasant bite to the tongue. Flavor was consistent with the smell; lemons and yeast. A very simple and satisfying witte; highly drinkable, but just seemed to lack some of the complexity of other witte beers that I have tried recently.

Jwale73, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Hi TIme Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., purchased in September 2007, tasted in October.

Pours a very pale, but relatively clear lemon yellow with a fair amount of persistent carbonation that makes for excellent head retention.

Aroma is clean white bread grains and light lemon. Flavor is mostly lemon, not overpowering, but solidly present. Tart but not overly so. Quite nice in 90 degree weather as the mountains burn around us. Smoke is in the air.

A good, tasty, easily drinkable rendition.

Dukeofearl, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a liquid gold, with a big, white fluffy head, the trademark of a good hefe. Smell was of banana and citrus notes and mild effervescence tickled the nostrils. Taste was well-rounded and slightly sweet. Noticed more banana esters and light, wheaty sweetness. Dissipates quickly on the palate and leaves you yearning for more. Good beer. Will definitely finish off the remainder of the six pack soon.

Bamabrew22, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of ericj551
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ommegang Witte pours a cloudy yellow with a half inch of lingering head. The aroma is earthy yeast and some light pale and wheat malts. The flavor is a crisp light maltiness with very little spice flavor. There are hints of corriander and citrus, but just a tiny bit. Very refreshing, but not my favorite of the style. A freshness date would be nice in case I have an old bottle.

ericj551, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of sirpsycho
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 corked bottle. Pours a cloudy, hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma is not real powerful, wheat, spices and some slight citrus notes. Flavor is not powerful either, coriander and orange in the background. Overall not a bad beer, but there are better Wit’s out there.

sirpsycho, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle.

A: SImply put- hazy and cloudy. Very very pale and a very thick head that holds on well for a wheat.

S: Wheat and orange aroma. Very nice

T: Smoky coriander and citrus with tartness on the back end. The spices offer a great balance for this type of beer- exactly what you would hope for this style and flavor of beer.

M: Again, not much more to say than this is perfect for the type of beer. Brewer really mastered the flavor/carbonation balance that I havent really had before in witbier.

D: Pleasure to drink this one. Perhaps the most drinkable wheat beer Ive tasted. The residual texture did not hamper the want for more.

have to call this one an up-classed tighter Hoegaarden.

marcpal, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 750ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. Smelled God awful. Smelled noticeably skunked or just way too pungent on the spices. The taste was amazing though, despite the smell. The taste was subtle coriander, citrus hints, possibly orange peels, light hops, and sweet malts. The mouthfeel was light and very crisp. I could easily down more in terms of ease of consumption, but I didn't love the flavor. Overall: great if you love the witbier category, but I think I might've had one too many over the past few weeks.

zerofear13, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of AaronRed
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice and hazy, with a good deal of yeast and sediment present in the glass. Nice foamy head, slight citrus smell. Has a very crisp taste behind a some malty background. Well balanced due to it's high yeast content- makes you pucker just enough to know that it's a true Witbier.

AaronRed, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Body is an extremely hazy and pale straw yellow color. Body color a wit should have. Pours with a large fluffy white head that quickly fades to a nice collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is uniform throughout the body.

S- Nice strong smell of citrus and coriander. Sweet, bready, Belgian yeast in the background.

T- Big taste for such a light beer. Lots of citrus zest upfront with accents of coriander and some yeast in the background. Citrus fades somewhat for the finish which is all corriander,yeast, and a nice kick of hop bitterness and taste. A doughy sweetness lingers on the palate long after each sip. Great-yet classic example of a witbier taste.

M- Medium carbonation and light body. The yeast used makes the mouthfeel very smooth and creamy. Has the excellent mouthfeel of a good hefe.

D- This is a great witbier. Classic taste of a witbier with the mouthfeel of a good hefe. This is a great light session ale. I wish this style got more credit around here. Unfortunately, I spilled half of my glass and I only had a 12 oz. bottle. This is definitely something I will have again. My second offering from Ommegang. I have rare vos, three philosophers, ommegeddon, and ommegang abbey waiting in my house and I can't wait to try these ones too!

PittBeerGirl, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light yellow beer, with light foamy head. Retention is really poor, and the lace barely sticks to the glass.

Yeast prevails in the aroma, with a backing of spices - coriander and orange peel, check. Light wheat grain sweetness, along with an ester or phenolic presence that's too faint for me tonight.

Tartness of flavor is quite crisp, although also a bit slick. Decent body that's just about right for a wit, the yeast is chalky and upfront to me.

It's not a bad beer, just perhaps needs a tweak of recipe. It wasn't quite what I expected - it's not that I was disappointed by the Witte, just underwhelmed.

BretSikkink, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy gold with a good sized white head that hangs around.
the aroma has a good dose of yeasty breadiness, with some ripe banana and light clove. it also gives off a soft lemony citrus and a creamy, but delicate vanilla. little bit of corriander.
the taste is much like the aroma, but with the citrus coming through in greater proportion. there is a vanilla flavor that smoothes out the wrinkles drawing everything together rather nicely. other than that much like i stated with the aroma, the yeast, the spice, it's all there. comes off a little chalky at times, but not in a negative way.
the body is a little on the lighter side, with airy carbonation.
good drinkability, quenching and has an aroma and taste that combine to make you want to keep on sipping.
great witte.

kmo1030, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golfen hue with a foamy,white three-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast, clove and some lemon.

T - A good sweet wheat taste with a blend of lemon and orange/corriander flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Very drinkable, even an entire 750ml bottle.

zeff80, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Lemon nose. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is Lemon and yeasty. tart finish. 750ml bottle $5.99 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy light amber yellow with a decent head. Aroma is not strong, wheaty, plenty of lemon tone (but that may have come from the lemon provided with my drink). Flavor is typically wheaty and malty, with a strong citrus overtone and just a hint of bitterness. A nice smooth wheat ale.

Cyberkedi, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light gold hue. Cloudy. Pours with a 1 inch+ white head that dissipates to a quarter of an inch. Great looking effervescence.

S: A classic wit aroma. Well balanced. Sweet wheat malt noticeable. Herbaceous and peppery notes both subtle. Orange fruit aroma is strong. A great smelling beer.

T: Tart. Some very restrained herb coriander flavor. Some grainy wheat. Citrusy tartness but would not define it as orange. Crisp and dry. Well balanced. Overall very subtle.

MF: Medium light body. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Very high carbonation adds to mouthfeel.

D: A very good American witbier. Great for summer - cool, crisp, and easy to drink.

Nipitato, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of iceball585
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw pale yellow and cloudy w/ a thin white head

S- Citrus smell of lemon and orange, also has slight bready and wheat smell

T- Citrus flavors of lemon and orange

M- Light bodied w/ a crisp lemon bite at the begining but a little carbonated

D- Fairly drinkable witbier.

Pretty decent witbier. Good flavors but just a little light for my tastes. Still an all around good witbier though.

iceball585, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle. Golden straw in color, hazy, with average size head, didnt stick around for too long. Smells of sour citrus and some bread like qualities. Taste is good, fruit is present but it has a very sour note to it, high carbonation also is distracting somewhat. Very crisp, leaves a very dry sensation in the mouth which keeps me coming back for more. Overall a pretty good beer, not being a huge fan of this style I thought this was probably the best example I've had yet. Something, I dont know what though, keeps me from saying this is a great beer.

bunnyhustle, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on vacation at the Outer Banks at Howard's Pub was served in a 25oz. caged and corked brown bottle in a pint glass.

Hazy, straw yellow color with a generous white,frothy head, fair retention, not much carbination could have been the glass.

Faint to moderate aromas light citrus with a lemon/orange peel,some corriander,bready with hints of wheat.

Classic spicy wheat taste,light clovey notes with corriander, a light wheat/dried hay taste,tart,slighty sour and astrigent.
Very light and tangyness that swells the tongue with a bit of acidty.

Refreshing beer good for summer goes down nice. Dry,tangy and good spicyness makes for a nice drinkability. Would like to try this one again.

jcdiflorio, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of TenSpoons
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy straw colored, white head that disappated quickly

Smell - Citrus, Lemon, slighly spicy, yeasty

Taste - Slight Lemon flavor, nice malt background, dry, clean

Mouthfeel - highly carbinated with medium body.

Drinkability - A great witbier. I would drink another.

TenSpoons, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an Augustijn chalice, the body is a murky light straw in color with a 1-finger white head that settles pretty fast. Leaves some lacing on the way down.

S: Nose is what you'd expect -- wheat, coriander and lemon peel.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: lemony wheat, coriander and orange peel are the dominant flavors. There's a slightly tart note towards the end, helping to establish a dry, clean finish.

M: Light in body with a nice, light spritzy feel.

D: Excellent.

Notes: Went very well with a sushi-type dinner (rolls, shrimp shumai), as it was light in body, with a lemony taste that went well with the fish. Enjoyable on a summer day.

Kendo, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of supercolter
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crowd pleaser if nothing else...
I was actually quite impressed with this beer. This had the most beer-feel to it of any of the wit's I have tasted. The head was large but not too creamy in an all malt sense. Mouthfeel and Drinkablity were excellent, a bit heavier in body but easier to swallow without all the normal creaminess. The only flaw I found in the taste and smell was the lack of dark fruit smell to them. The spicing was on par with the coriander, but also maybe a bit more orange peel would have made it a bit better for the style.

supercolter, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of pweis909
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, with thick white foam, good head retention. Cloudy.
S: Grainy. Estery, but not intensely so
T: Overall impression is dry, with a little bit of sweetness from grain. I cannot decide whether I discern the spices, or if there is just a light prickly-ness from the carbonation. I'll need to try more of this style to better evaluate spices.
M: Creamy, smooth.
D: Easy drinking, enjoyable beer. Share a big bottle with a friend on a hot summer day.

pweis909, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a big beautiful white head that falls to a cap and leaves some good lacing behind.

Aroma is soft and subtle wheat good orange peel nice sweet aromas with subtle spice noted. On this one sweet and wheat prevail.

Taste is nice wheaty with sweet oranges given a boost by zesty carbonation. Nice and favorable solid but nothing special but it is good. Finish has lingering zest with some coriander. Would make a nice summer brew, have had more complex witbiers but it is good if not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is good medium, with nice zesty carbonation.

Drinkability is good enjoyable, great for quenching this hot sticky weather.

mntlover, Aug 02, 2007
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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