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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,669 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 30
Gots: 89 | 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.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my faithful westmalle chalice as a relatively clear, light golden yellow color with a whiter than white head. Dissipated rather quickly, but can be easily revived. Little lacing in the glass. Nose is slightly spicy, yeasty, and has that signature touch of citrus appeal. Smell is not as assertive as I'd have liked. Taste is dry, accentuated with a good spicy and fruity character. Tastes of pepper and pears. This witte is light in body and very highly carbonated, creating a pleasant tingle almost like a carbonated soft drink. This is a good witte. Ommegang's other ales are better, I think, but this is no slouch. A good Belgian style witte ale. Light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 23:45:35 | More by beerphilosopher
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3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Whole Foods Market. Hazy straw color with a thin, frothy white head. Minimal lacing. Light spice and zesty citrus aroma. The mouthfeel is light and dry with a good amount of citrus but not too much spice flavor. The finish is airy short with more citrus and a bit of coriander. Light and refreshing, and maybe a little boring but above average.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 22:10:15 | More by Dogbrick
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice two inch head into my goblet. Beer is a hazy, straw color. Head diminishes but leaves behind some lacing.

Smell is mostly yeast, very mild honey, and lots of cloves. Best way to describe the overall smell is spicy.

Taste reminds me a lot of Hoegaarden. Dry, yeasty, and lots of clove taste. Fairly mild overall, with a real starchy, potato like flavor. Light and inoffensive, but this isn't really a style I enjoy. Very drinkable however, and worth a shot, especially if you like dry, yeasty beers.

Mouthfeel is fizzy but light, with a dry finish. Pretty refreshing.

This is a decent beer, but it's too mild for my taste.

Thanks to Faustgeist for sharing!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 02:19:48 | More by kkipple
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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the hardest Ommegang beer to find in Columbus. I've only seen it in New York and Connecticut.

I guess I'd say it looks and tastes like a wit beer. But it's not really the best example I've tried. Hoegaarden is more robust in my opinion, and and the Russian River Little White Lie was also tastier.

My least favorite Ommegang beer (lucky since I can't buy it easily).

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 18:57:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very cloudy gold with a swirl....very lively head..noisy even.
Very little smell ...what there is , is what you'd expect....wheat.
A little citrus hint.
Flavor is barely there..it's just so light. All I taste is slightly spicy wheat...I did swirl in the yeast....where's the flavor ?
Very light but lively mouthfeel ...high carbonation.
Drinkable with food.
I'm pretty disappointed with this...just not much happening in the glass. I really love everything Ommegang does..think it's all exceptional....always have some in the fridge...but this I wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 21:26:53 | More by Hautacam
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on my tour at the winking lizard. served in a still-wet nonic, that didn't do the head any favors

poured a straw gold color with minimal head. looked to me like it could have been respectable if i had poured more aggressively so i'll award the handicap

aroma of very dry coriander
dry wheaty flavor with more coriander and a light hop flavor. no bitterness to mention. the wheat really showed itself in the aftertaste, as did a slight citric zest

the beer's tartness made itself more and more apparent as it warmed in my glass

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 16:56:01 | More by bruachan
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has a slighly cloudy straw yellow color, but the bright white head had no retention. The smell is mainly yeast and citrus. The flavor is nice, with oragnepeel blending seamlessly with the hops, a bit of herby corriander to blend with the malt, and plenty of yeast to finish. The mouthfeel was a bit off, with teeny tiny sharp bubbles. Overall this was enjoyable, but ever so slighly flawed for the style. The flavors were well rounded, but it seems as though some details were missed.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 06:40:47 | More by zjungleist
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, sun-faded lemon with a single stream of bubbles in the exact center of the glass. The ivory colored cap is frothysoft, with an upper surface of tiny, pearl-like bubbles that become small pits when they pop. Despite an underwhelming amount of lace, what sticks looks great.

I love the way that all good witbiers smell like summertime. This one is better than most and makes me want to flip the calender to June right this very minute. It's intensely aromatic, with lilting scents of zesty lemon and spicy coriander playing off one another to great effect. This is a tremendous nose.

The flavor isn't quite that good, but it's a near thing. The wheaty base comes through loud and clear and gives the beer a solid foundation from which the top notes of fruit and spice can work their magic. Fresh lemon peel is the dominant accessory flavor, although coriander isn't far behind. Neither one underplays or overplays its hand. I can also appreciate a modest amount of floral hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is airily light, further contributing to the ease of consumption. I try my best to consider each beer's mouthfeel within the context of its style and purpose. Having said that, Witte comes up just a little short. That's a minor annoyance, however, and doesn't deserve a serious downgrade.

This beer is a fine example of the witbier style. It smells heavenly and tastes almost as good. Even though I still prefer the masterpiece that is Allagash White, I have to agree with the label that Ommegang Witte is "worth the wheat".

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 16:50:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, pale, hayish yellow with some golden yellow hues. Thin head that shrinks to ring and island. Cascading lacing.
S: Exotic fruits, bannana, clove. Spiced fruits and tart fruit also present, as is orange and lemon peel. A hint of light nut in the background.
T: Interesting. Spicy and tart. Tart exotic fruit, tart lemon peel, and Spicy! Tartness throughout. Tastes like a wit with a touch of belgian ale added. Touch of alcohol in taste. Flavors become bland after it fills the mouth-ends bland.
MF: light to light-medium that finishes semi-dry.
Overall: An interesting wit. Plenty of tartness and spice in flavor. Solid, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 18:04:30 | More by Illinick
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a lemony yellow coloration with a slight cloudyness. The head was about two fingers high that quickly disolved. No lacing was left behind on the glass. The beer has a definate rolling carbonation.

Smell: Lemony citrus and coriander dominate the smell.

Taste: The beer has a tartness that combines with a sweet bready taste. The citrus rind and coriander are a treat.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is very light bodied and more than ample carbonation. Very tart but this just help render a crisp mouthfeel. This is a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 12:23:40 | More by nlmartin
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with a small bubbly white head on top. Aromas of pale wheat grain maltiness with a big blast of coriander, clove and orange zest. A tad peppery with an earthy yeast phenolic tone. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a crisp pale wheat husk maltiness with loads of coriander and fruity notes of orange & pepper. A hint of clove lingers underneath with a dash of lemon as well. A smooth, light, tasty brew. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, spritzy and smooth. Slightly creamy. This one goes down easily and would make for a great summer beach brew. Bring a few 750's and enjoy the sun. Not my favorite from Ommegang, but a nice wit overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 03:48:12 | More by orbitalr0x
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden. No real lacing, very little head, but the head did hang around. Bubbles were big, bright white and loose.

Smell was Belgian yeasty, citrus oils and spices.

Taste was bright citrus notes. Orange peel and lemon rinds. Spicy notes on the exhale, corriander and nutmeg. Grains and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing.

Easy drinking, goes down very smooth. Brings back memories of summer.

All in all a stand out. Will happily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 02:08:47 | More by Ieatlambfries
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. Ommegang Witte pours out a light yellow color with a big white head that fades quickly. The aroma is orange peel and spices, especially coriander. The flavor is wheat, slightly sour lemon and orange, and lots of spice. A real thirst quencher, this beer works best as a summer time quaffer. Mouthfeel is light to medium. High carbonation. Great drinkability, but lacks some of the more complex flavors of the top wits.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 23:54:30 | More by beveragecaptain
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint at the Yardhouse downtown San D.

Pours a hazy light yellow, bubbly white head.

Strong scent on citrus and something like menthol.

Nice crisp mouthfeel with a hefeweizen like flavor of bananas citrus and clove. Very nice. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

I liked this one, very clean and crisp.


Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2005 08:41:18 | More by SteveO1231
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely light golden color that is paler on the sides than in the center, almost whitish. After a careful pour out of a 750ml, the beer is transparent and clear. A two inch white head forms comprised of very loose bubbles. The aroma is fairly strong, but not terribly complex. Tangy wheat-like witha bit of orange peel in the background. Thankfully, the taste is more interesting than the aroma. It begins with a slight orangey sweetness. This quickly gives way to a wheaty tang and a belgian spiciness that twirl around each other. Add some coriander at the end for good measure. There is a bitterness from the orange peel that sits on the back of your tongue after the swallow. This is an immensely drinkable beer, which is very quenching. I enjoyed it very much, but feel it could be even better with a little more orange sweetness and a little less wheaty tang. Don't serve it too cold as the flavors are very muted when cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 13:47:04 | More by Hagbard
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like sipping on a fresh glass of Witte while sitting in the pristine Belgain setting in Cooperstown, New York. Brewery Ommegang captures the essence of Belgium not only in architecture, but also in culture and in the flavor of their Witbier

This Belgian white ale starts with a creamy canary yellow hue. Cloudy and airy, the hazy beer floats a stark white and frothy foamstance that both retains and laces very well. Solid but expected from the style.

Citrus aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, perfume, and soft grasses fill the nose. Decorated with white pepper and corriander (in the absence of hop aroma), the beer takes on a decidedly herbal and citrus tone.

Soft breads and wheat malt begin to define the flavors while the fruity (orange, appricots, lemons, and pears) quickly rise and eventually dominate the taste. Soft flavors of orange peel and corriander give a non-descript spiciness that both smoothen out the flavors and adds complexity. Creamy maltiness along with yeasty tartness gives an oddly compelling impression of sour cream.

Creamy and moderately malty up front, the beer fades quickly into a powder-dry texture and eventually becomes a tart and waivering. But until the lightened finish, the beer has a very refreshing and smooth procession.

Overall, the acidity prevails with the spices of yeast gaining precedence over classic powdery textures and prominant spice additions. This gives a rustic unveiled character that is likely more like what authentic witbiers used to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 12:29:02 | More by BEERchitect
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Omaha. Poured a cloudy golden color with an off orange hue. A good head retention that lasted but limited lacing. The sudsy foam remains for most of the tasting but does disappears after some time. The smell is sweet with good Belgian qualities from the yeast. A light spice from coriander and white pepper are noticeable as well. There also are some light orange qualities but smaller and light from most wit’s.

The taste is smooth with a good malt presence. More of a light malt with a good amount wheat but also supported with aromatic or even caravienna. Surprisingly very smooth for a Belgian wit. I would say its best describe as clean. A citrus zing, not really a bite, that is more of a lemon taste then say orange. A limited hop flavor is minor but smooth and supports the spice feelings.

Overall this is a great wit. A quality body with pretty good carbonation. Very easy to drink and has a smoothness that other wit don’t have.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 02:12:54 | More by Oxymoron
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that deposits thick clumps of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Earthy and yeasty with a hint of orange
Taste: Bready flavor to begin with a good orange citrus flavor; a touch or coriander and pepper on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with good levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshingly light but not a spicy as I was expecting

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 22:54:29 | More by brentk56
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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: 12oz bottle, drank out if a chimay glass?

A: classic wit color, pale straw yellow, crispy white head, good carbonation. Head deteriorates quickly, not as fully as it could be.

S: Light curcao orange, and corriander, but the wheat take over mostly. smells of dry hay and cut grass tangyness.

T: Up front you get the crispy wheat taste, along with some acidic tang, followed by tingly carbonation that pricks your tounge. also faint curcao and corriander flavors.

M: light body, with good carbonation, Head is creamy and fluffy going.

D: This is definatly a hot weather biere, I drank mine with a brats w/ sourkraut, it went down well and didn't over power the tangy kraut taste, you could match this up with any good bbq food and it would work well. Also since the low alcohol level, you could put away a few in a sitting, and their not filling either. although this is not my favorite wit out there by any means it still stands up as an above scale example of the style. but if you like wits try the celis or and easy classic the hoegarden.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 01:18:42 | More by brewbacca
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well when poured there is a large bubbly head and a pale cloudy yellow color. The head will lessen. The smell is of yeast and a hint of citrus and spice. The taste is of light citrus and spice yet is kind of dull. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated tingle. The drinkablility is average.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 02:35:48 | More by LucaBrasi
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy pale yellow with a big frothy head, good longevity and equally good lace. Smells just like a witte should - a sour malted wheat aroma with banana, clove and citrus tones. As far as taste it also tastes as a witte should but nothing too spectacular. It has the all the standard wheat flavors - banana, clove, citrus etc. Fairly high carbonation, I realize witts do tend to have higher than average, but this left me a bit bloated and belchy (if thats a word) than normal. It is easy drinking but a bit too high on the carbonation side. Still an very good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 01:45:32 | More by sabrills70
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Witte from Ommegang.

It pours straw in color and smells of citrus trees.

It's light, very light with moderate carbonation. This makes it very drinkable. I finished half of a 750 bottle in just minutes. This surprised me because I was used to Ommegang's heavier beers. It felt a little too filter for my taste. Other wise this was a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 20:24:12 | More by DaPeculierDane
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this 750ml yellow-labeled bottle for a while, so today I've decided to go for it. Perfect pour, inch solid white head. At the bottom of the glass the carbonation is so lively it looks like a giant battle of Space Invaders. Cloudy and yellow, sure looks like a witte to me.

Citrus smell with a dry yeasty edge. Taste seems to matche the smell, but I'm so overwhelmed by the explosive carbonation it takes several sips to adjust my taste buds.

As this is a 750ml bottle, if you're not splitting it with a friend, it releases more flavor as it reaches room temp. That over-the top CO2 bitterness gives way and it becomes a lot smoother and more enjoyable. I like this more than other witbeirs I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 20:22:27 | More by Hop2it
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 1 pt, 9.4 oz bottle at RIley's here in Madison. My third Ommegang brew after their Abbey and Hennepin. Here goes...

Pours a dullish cloudy yellow with a decent foamy white head. Smells of wheat, go figure, a little spicy, fruity, with a bit of a musty finish. Taste is similarly grainy, spicy, citrusy and musty. Not too malty or hoppy really. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. I wasn't blown away by this beer. It was refreshing to drink, but didn't really have too much character. Not bad, not great, but pretty good. I like the complexity of their other brews over this witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 18:26:29 | More by Golden2wenty1
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a bit cloudy and is the golden swill color. The head is large and the carbonation is quite noticeable. Directly after pouring, this one looks like it’s Champaign (super bubbly).

The aroma is of yeast, spice and maybe some cloves.

The flavor starts off a bit watery, but finishes yeasty. I am some what disappointed with this ones flavor, as I was expecting more. Overall it is a decent flavor though.

Mouth feel is light bodied and super carbonated.

Despite its carbonation, it does go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 01:31:30 | More by Naes
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