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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,781
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 129 | 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 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
Photo of Freshie
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bottle. Pouring instructions, cellaring instructions. ABV. Beautiful artwork, I'm a fan of the Ommegang logo anyway. I have got to get me one of their hoodies.

Clear, pale yellow color, with a ginormous amount of bubbles. Thin white lace around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is rather faint, but light coriander and citrus. Grainy malt mostly.

The taste is very earthy. Yeast I guess. Coriander and citrus coming after. A bit dry in the end. Light bodied.

Nice and drinkable.

Freshie, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra pale straw, with exceptional clarity before the yeast pour. Dense soap-bubble head reaches two fingers and holds well leaving spotty lacing. Weak nose, some faint wheat, and traces of spice or Belgian yeast notes. Smack of pale malt sweetness upfront, followed by sharp Pils malt and rich flaked wheat. Earthy yeast and some very subtle and indiscriminate spice help dry the aftertaste with some snappy and tart phenols. This pairs nicely with a mild noble hop flavor and bitterness that is slightly floral and somewhat spicy but provides and excellent balancing background. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing if nothing else; highly carbonated and light in body but retaining some silky texture from the wheat and susended yeast. Finish is mild and beckons another glass, but a bit dry as the bland spice flavor becomes more pronounced. Still, a few flaws aside, this is a great summertime quencher with a traditional witbier character.

PBRstreetgang, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large corked bottle, no due date I could identify.
Very pale yellow, cloudy to the point it turns white against strong light. Very nice head with average retention, but it goes down so easy that it does not make a difference; by the time the head is gone, so is the beer.
Light and refreshing, it has a nice aroma of orange, yeast, coriander, lemon, and a similar flavor, slightly tart, lemony, full of orange notes, and a bit of coriander.
Not exactly spectacular, but a good example of the style, highly refreshing and drinkable.

brdc, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at biegaman's super extravaganza spring Saison tasting! Biegaman cracked this one open.

Pours a hazed golden/yellow, medium sized white head forms, leaves some lace spots, good retention, nice and bubbly. Smell is sweet, some fruits, spices, yeast, citrus, bit of banana, nice. Taste is banana and wheat, spicy yeast, bread, light fruitiness, nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not usually a big fan of wit's but this one was quite nice, very refreshing! Thanks Jan!

Viggo, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great bouquet of spice aromas coming off of the Beer. Cloves, coriander, & pepper. Some citrus notes too. Orange peel & lime. Some very faint banana smell too.

Yellow and hazy. Big white head. Head slowly dissipates to a thin cover which then lasts to the end. Leaves some good lace.

Tastes bready, & fruity...with some spices. Not an intense flavour profile, it's rather subtle. I do taste orange peel, and some other citrusy flavour like lime or lemon. The spice flavours are not as big as they were in the aroma, but the same ones are still there. I do not really taste the banana that I had smelled earlier.

Mouthfeel is very light in body with a high level of fine carbonation that becomes pricklier after it sits on your tongue for a few seconds.

Overall, it's a great summer. However, I certainly wouldn't mind if they cranked up the flavour to become a little more pronounced.

BrewSomerville, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL
Pours a super cloudy dirty straw color with dense perfectly white head. In the nose, I get a classic wheaty Ommegang aroma. Lots of spicy esters in this one, some orange and coriander. A little bit of buttery diacetyl present. Flavor wise it's almost like an orangy creamsicle. The mouthfeel is oh so creamy with a wonderful carbonation. It is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had. However, the complexity is certainly lacking. The spices are kept well in check which is nice, but I'm missing a lot of esters in the flavor, no banana or clove. I imagine it is due to yeast strain and/or ferm. temp. But, I just wish it had some more going on for it. In the end, this is a most quaffable summer beer, and I'm glad I get to linger over it for 750mL!

dreadnatty08, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of scott
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

unknown vintage

Wow, what an enticing pour. Gorgeous hazy yellow with tons of active carbonation going on.
Zesty citric aroma subdued by wheat.
Spicy, mostly clean, light, and refreshing. This will couple nicely with most dishes, and is perfect for the deck. Balanced, and well crafted. Recommended for sure.

scott, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of crayphish
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my weizen glass from a bomber. Hazy yellow, with pink accents. Dense fluffy head reduces to a small cap. Moderate lacing. Sweet lemon malt in the nose. Some spice. Taste is again sweet malts, yeast, and citrus. A bit bland. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry, very quenching. This redeems the bland taste. I would enjoy this beer en masse on a hot summers day out on the patio.

crayphish, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of TPSReports
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the clear golden brew into my Duvel tulip glass. It produced a nice white head, but it didn't stick around too long.

The smell on this beer was very nice. Bold citrus flavors dominate and are light and bright. At this point, I'm very pumped up about this beer!

Well, in the taste category, it falls short. Yes, I understand it's a light wheat ale. That said, I was underwhelmed by the lack of flavor, very little hops, very little malt, mild citrus. I was drinking this "thirst quenching" beer outside in 90 degree heat while cooking on the grill. The beer seemed to fit the moment perfectly, but just didn't deliver in taste, mouthfeel, or drinkability. I considered not finishing the bottle, but that would certainly be a waste of beer.

TPSReports, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color with a billowy white head. Lacing is thorough, and last until the beer is gone. The aroma is of orange peel, coriander, and wheat. The taste is like the aroma, but not as pronounced. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than medium bodied, and a tad too light for my liking in a witbier. Overall, this is a decent wit, but I had expected more from a brewery that specializes in Belgian styles.

KarlHungus, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured silently, quick & clean. Light nose, spiced with coriander & pepper, faint aroma of orange and banana, with the fruit qualities growing in depth with some time to bloom as well as some bread crusts. A fat finger's worth of loose, pearl white foam settled rather quickly to a see-through sheen overtop a hazy, very pale golden lemon hued body.

Light, cider crisp and dryly sweet, a cracker quality comes thru from the wheat, the banana taste rises as the coriander, pepper & faint orange fall to the mouth's floor. Very easy to drink, it grows drier & spicier on the palate with a crunching crispness, the spices getting sharper (especially the pepperlike bite) and the overall gestalt of the two scrub the tongue rather vigorously. It finishes sharp & clean with no filming or coating, a faintly sweet, crackerlike aftertaste remains.

A very nice Witbier, not overly complex, and nicely spiced. I did like how it finished uphill growing drier & spicier but still finishing clean, but not thin or watery. Not the best Witbier I've ever had, but a very good one. Would be great with anything light & spicy for summer fare (seafood, white meats, even an aggressive salad) or just by itself. Check it out.

BuckSpin, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Enjoyed for the first annual Summer Saison Tasting.
Big white head that sits perfectly over a hazy yellow golden colour. Good lacing. A lemony/ginger aroma - very on par for a wit. Notes of wheat and malt come through too. Gentle notes of absent bu are largely absent. The yeast is very distinct with a true 'Belgian' character and imparts a lot of 'lemony zest' to the taste. Flavours of orange peel as well. Another very nice, well enjoyed, Ommegang offering.

biegaman, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from a bottle to a tulip glass. cloudy bright straw yellow. big white head that fades quick.

At first I thought it might be skunked (it wasn't) but a strange smell. Besides that it was sweet malt and yeast.

Taste had, lemon, yeast, alcohol, cocnut, very sweet malts, and very little bitterness. Over all very week and watery.

light on the mouth, and slightly refreshing.

the taste was very mild so that could make it drinkable but if you're looking for flavor then it isn't that drinkable. haha

pittvkyle7, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale yellow. 2 fingers of head.

S - I'm not getting a lot off this beer. A little spicy smell (?) and wheat.

T - Spicy? I taste some spice. Maybe coriander. Pleasant wheat flavors. Not overly spicy, but it's there.

M - Good. Not to heavy not to light.

D - Meh. I guess I'm not a whit kinda guy. Nothing wrong with this beer, just not my style. Better then some whits I've had actually.

enfield249, May 31, 2007
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours straw yellow with just a touch of haze. the big dense white head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of light spice. cracker malt. touch of honey sweetness. hint of funk.

taste is nice. light honey sweetness. bit of alcohol. cracker malt. low bitterness level. touch of spice.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium carbonation level. light body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and tastes great.

grub, May 28, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light yellow with a delicate white head that fades to a collar. For some reason the appearance says "lemon." The nose has notes of lemon juice and vanilla-coconut with just a hint of the usual spices, and some warm spice notes that aren't usually found in a witbier (unfortunately, I'm not enough of a spice scholar to ID them individually). On the palate, the coconut really comes out toward the front, but the finish is all lemon/bready malts. The middle is a bit muddled and shapeless, which detracts quite a bit from the overall experience. Mouthfeel is as expected: some delicate acidity but not astringency and big carbonation that keeps things creamy but light. Overall, a very decent witbier.

geexploitation, May 24, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my DT glass. No dating system but they just reentered the market so should be fresh. It has a slightly hazy golden color with a initial burst of carb. Had a small head that quickly went away. The smell was sweet malt with some lemon but not much coriander as I'd expected. The taste was good. It's not great like Hoegaarden but very drinkable. Had a nice solid taste from front to back with good carby mouthfeel. I'd strongly recommend this one as a good example of the 2nd tier of the style. (4, RR, T, Y)

TexIndy, May 21, 2007
Photo of Contra
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Witbiers used to be my favorite until I tried Tripels. At any rate, this is a well done version of a Witbier, if only a little uninspired.

Poured as the bottle instructs, this beer is quite cloudy, as you'd expect. The color is almost a white-yellow which glows when held up to the light. The aroma comes out well, with a fresh wheat scent. As far as flavor, it's pretty much the standard Witbier - that yeasty wheat taste with hints of orange. I do personally wish it was spiced a little bit more, just to give it a little bit character. Still, it's a solid flavor. It's oddly a bit acidic, which takes away from the mouthfeel a bit, but it really is not that strong, so it's a minor complaint.

Overall, Ommegang's Witte is a solid beer, but there are better alternatives for a Witbier.

Contra, May 02, 2007
Photo of jettjon
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 750 ml caged cork bottle, decants with a vigorous pop. No freshness date noted. Into a hefe glass, it’s a hazy grapefruit juice color with a small amount of sediment. Tiny bubbles vigorously coruscate up through the liquid, fueling a two-finger whitish head that fades away slowly, leaving a thick cap and moderate lacing. Good looking! Nose is as expected, spicy with coriander, citrus, and tea-like malt. In a word, zesty. Taste follows nose with cloves, coriander, and citrus in evidence. Good flavor balance, slightly bready, and finishes on an ever-so-slightly-bitter note. Mouth is middle-viscous with ample but not excessive carbonation on the tongue; it’s smooth and refreshing overall, just as a nice, light witte should be. Drinkability is excellent: it’s tasty yet subtle, refreshing, and smooth.

A great take on a witte, and another great one from Ommegang, this one is another new favorite. Ommegang once again twists my arm to stock up on their competitively priced Belgian style ales. Highly recommended.

jettjon, May 01, 2007
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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