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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,827 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,827
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 35
Gots: 144 | 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 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.

Gehrig, Aug 28, 2008
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.

pwoods, Aug 26, 2008
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.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
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.

Slatetank, Aug 18, 2008
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.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
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.

Zadok, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Waldo Tap room. Elliott poured it into one of their new Sam Adams glass. This beer pours a hazy straw yellow, with lots of suspended yeast. It also comes with a big frothy white head that left sticky lacing down the glass. The aroma is a normal Witte profile with cloves and banana coming through but vanilla also makes a play. The taste is traditional witte with an almost sulfur aftertaste. Odd. This is a very drinkable witte. With a medium body that finishes dry, it just calls out for you to have another.

hwwty4, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of jar2574
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a great looking beer. Big, thick, white head that clings to the sides. Cloudy yellow beer with loads of carbonation. Good stuff.

Strong, pleasant citrus, spicy smell. But the taste is surprisingly mellow, and a bit watery. There might be a little too much carbonation, because the effect can be soapy.

Easy to drink, but that's because it's watery and unimposing. A beer that looks and smells better than it drinks.

jar2574, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly.

Smells of yeast, sweet grain, and citrus; some spiciness, but nothing distinctive.

Lots of flavors here, but all very mild/muted. Sweet wheat, coriander, a little white pepper, citrus.

Mouthfeel: This is a fizzy one, to the point where you look for the Alka Selzer in the glass.

This a very thirst-quenching, drinkable brew -- but that is really attributable to the lightness of the beer. Good, but not great.

OtherShoe2, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light lemon yellow with a big foamy white head. Nice stringy sticky lacing.
Smells wonderful. Like cinnamon, clove, anise, and yeast.
Taste doesn't disappoint. Wheat malt and clove with hints of banana and citrus zest. A touch of grassy hops shows in the finish. Tastes more like a Hefeweizen than a Witbier in my opinion.
Nice crisp feel. Medium body.
Tasty and drinkable. A little pricey for what it is, but very good.

Hoagie1973, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured with a hazy gold appearance and a thin head. Aromas were predominately wheaty and bready hops wonderfully enjoyable. Although a bit watery, I did feel that the mouthfeel helped the bitterness of the drink really come out. It was refreshing, but with such a thin texture, those citrus ingredients both were vocal and yet led to its overpowering aspect. Overall, it was decent.

fitzy84, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of burnstar
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice murky light gold with a medium head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides. Visible carbonation. Aroma is quite spicy- cloves, coriander, and citrusy- oranges and lemons. Taste has a sweet backbone. Spicy- similar to the aroma. Tangy wheat. Bananas. Just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Some yeasty earthiness as well. Medium to full bodied. Quite easily drinkable. A very nice Wit from Ommegang.

burnstar, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appears cloudy yellow straw color with big two finger white head that quickly settles down. Not the best at keeping a head, to say the least.

The aroma is pretty light overall. Sweet orange, spice, some lemon-like citrus.

Flavor is quite citrusy - like the aroma, orange and lemon again. Some spicy clove flavor as well and of course, wheat malt. Leaves a nice lightly tart bitterness on the tongue after the swallow.

Light bodied and crisp. Just what it should be. Very refreshing.

Picked the 750ml bottle up for $5 bucks never having tried anything from the Brewery Ommegang. I gotta say it's a very fine example of a witbier. Extremely drinkable on a hot day like today. The only thing that really suffers is the fact that the head disappears to absolutely nothing midglass. I am looking forward to popping my bottle of Three Philosophers as well.

roadhouse, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light gold in color. No head to be found, only a slight circle of froth sitting atop in the middle.<br />
Smell is spicy and lemony. Taste has more citrus fruit in it. There is also some dark spices in the flavor. There's plenty of carbonation as well. Very light, easy drinking wit. Refreshing and good.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of scarletfire79
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a really nice cloudy straw. the nose is fairly typical with a slight edge in the citrus notes. crisp yeast was a good way to describe it. the taste is smooth, a little less complex than i expected. slight tartness, citrus and spice flavors. not the most flavorful but extremely refreshing. very drinkable. all in all another great beer from a great brewery.

scarletfire79, Jul 07, 2008
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
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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