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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,845 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 36
Gots: 146 | 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 loosey
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

poured a hazy yellow orange with some initial active carbonation swirled around the glass, a slight head that disappeared almost immediately .. although, i confess i washed the glass with cold water because some public works ass broke something related to my hot water this week

smell is banana esters and citrus, something in there from a dirty shed

taste is wheat, lemon, orange, and only faintly spicy (pepper?)... it sits in your mouth heavy for a wit... crispy with carbonation, the yeast lingers there a bit but it all fades really fast

i served it chilled but it actually developed more character as it sweat the glass, there was a tartness that hung around a while longer for the second half.. its a bit like a date with someone who doesn't really start talking until its just about time to go, and you wish they had a bit earlier because what they are saying is interesting but you really have to go because there was parmesan flakes in the bread crumbs of your chilean sea bass that you bought to be impressive and that lactose just tears you up ... id definitely drink this again though, when i had more time

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3" white head with great retention and much lacing. Pale, hazy gold. Lots of carbonation. The nose is clean with fruit and citrus, yeast and pepper. Flavor contains fruit (papaya?, guava?) orange, wheat, hint of clove, perfumey yeast...finishes slightly sweet. Medium body, plenty of carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- crystal clear lemon yellow with a short lived snow white cap. i'll give it a more vigorous pour next time in hopes of getting some puff. a stream of bubbles continuously rises up the center of the glass. i was unsatisfied with the appearance so i poured in a little bit of the yeast sediment. it swirled around like incense smoke for a minute then blended in giving the brew a slight fog, adding depth and dimension to the color. foam settles to a dense ring of bubbles and leaves little fingers of lace, but they don't have much stick.

S- after spending the last 5 hours doing yard work, i'm delighted by the crisp summery smell of this beer. coriander and banana primarily, with some bubblegum, vanilla, and clove as well. lemony grassy hops are faint in the nose as is some pale malt and dry husky wheat aromas, like a fresh yeasty white bread.

T- very unexpected. the aromas don't really carry over to the taste except for some banana and lemon peel and just a little bit of coriander, and those tastes are very subdued. this witte has a very clean almost lager type taste with the wheat up front so in a way i'm smelling something while tasting something totally different, when usually the two kinda co-mingle. wheat becomes slightly tart as it warms bringing out more of the lemon peel and coriander flavors. there's a soft grassy noble hop bite in the middle that melds well with the other mild flavors. perhaps some other exotic spices exist withing this potion's semi dry grainy finish, but with such delicate flavors, this one is all about the wheat for me.

MF- what a holy refreshing beer this is. maybe because i'm hot dirty and thirsty, or maybe because my gatorade has been sitting in the sun. either way the sheer crisp wheat edge of this beer has me sold. i don't think an ipa would do the trick on this occasion. this witte is light and airy and almost condenses in the mouth releasing a ton of carbonation, but not really inducing too many burps. there's not over abundance of spices, no citrus sweetness, just liquid white bread in a glass, and for as bland as it sounds, it's different and actually quite enjoyable. what i was looking for today was the chance to sit on the porch, wipe off my sweat, and say ahhh damn that's a good beer. and that opportunity has presented itself.

D- initially, i was kinda down on this one due to its dissimilarities to other whites i've tried, but in the end, "she's her own person" and i kinda like the fact that all the spices take the back burner and leave it all up to the main ingredient. as for drinkability, this is it. this is the beer i would reach for in the morning if i had no water to drink. plus with the low abv, i'll be drinkin the other three by the grill tonight.

Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy pale straw color with a nice fluffy pure white head which did not leave much lacing. The aroma is of wheat malt, tart lemon, light champagne and light spice. The taste is heavy on the tart lemon, with orange peel and some earthy spices following. Not much of a hit on the corriander, which is typically found in the witbiers. Some noticable champagne characteristics as well. The feel is fairly light and well carbonated, finishes a bit tart but very refreshing. Ommegang misses the mark on the witte flavor-wise but produced a damn refreshing brew. Nice and light with a tart lemon twang that will satisfy over the summer.

Photo of Twerknasty
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a true yellow color, with a pure white foamy head. Smell is very typical, with wheat/coriander/hotdog nose. A little creamy side to start it off, with good balance of carbonation. Very slight tartness with a refreshing flip to the tart. Good side of dry lemon peel, white flowers and a slight bit of soft mushrooms. I can appreciate it, drinkable. Also, if you think of a buttery chardonnay- think of this as that kind of butter

Photo of mwilbur
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into weizen glass.
A: Cloudy lemon with high carbonation producing a frothy white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Wheat, coriander, citrus.
T: Light citrus (lemon, orange, etc.) sweetness, hints of coriander and honey, then slight dry bite to the finish.
M: Very light. Sweet on the tongue. Wish there was more complexity and that this lingered longer.
D: Very drinkable. Nice light, refreshing beer. Nothing spectacular though...try the other Ommegang brews for something to talk about.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in an impressively labeled, 750 ML, cork-finished bottle. Top fermented and bottle conditioned.

Pours cloudy, pale golden with a large and bright, frothy head. Good retention and active carbonation.

Subtle aroma of citrus rinds and unmalted wheat.

Opens with flavors of mild lemon citrus followed by muted spicing. Finishes with a pleasant tang of wheat.

Light-bodied, smooth and soft on the tongue. Refreshingly quenching. Crafted for summer session drinking.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a very minimal amount of fizzy head retention.

It has a delicate aroma of orange peel. Similar to most wheat ales.

The taste is somewhat spicy and has notes of orange peel, which leads way to a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, lots of prickly carbonation.

Photo of maddogruss
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a straw, yellow body with a small, white head with poor retention and minimal lacing along the glass.

S: A light, sweet malt smell with hints of banana esters in the undertones.

T: A light malt taste with hints of banana esters in the aftertaste. Ran the same as the smell.

M: A nice, light, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

D: Ok drinkability, but mostly because the mouthfeel makes up for the average taste. Definitely worth a go if you come across it.

Photo of Moxley
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A - Poured a nice cloudy golden yellow with a foamy 1 1/2 white head that settled quickly. Minimal lacing throughout

S - Lots of fruit, yeast with hints of alcohol

T - A lot of citrus, fruity flavor at first, finishing crisp and clean, slightly bitter, with just the right amount of mouthcoating. This beer offers a touch of creamy texture, but still leaves your mouth feeling clean and crisp - great for the summer.

M&D - Good carbonation, light bodied, and an excellent session beer with 5.1% alc. vol.

A nice, light alternative to Duvel

Photo of BBM
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a somewhat cloudy bright yellow, with a thin foamy white head. Aroma was citrus, fruits, and sugars.

The tart lemon zest flavor comes out initially, followed by corriander and wheat. Other citrus fruits like oranges are present as well. There's a distinct sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. A nice, refreshing witbier.

Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank with fellow Ba member Moxley (thanks).

A- Poured from a 1PT 9.4 oz corked bottle into a goblet. The beer poured a slightly cloudy yellow with a one and a half inch fluffy white head.

S- The smell was fruity with hints of citrus banana and clove.

T- The taste was slightly sweet and citrusy with hints of lemon and orange that finished with a creamy malty floral taste.

MF&D- Mildly carbonated, slightly bready and creamy with a nice mouthcoat.

Definitely a good beer and well worth the money. Ommegang has yet to let me down. Definitely a good choice for the summer. Citrusy and not heavy but still flavorful.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz brown, longneck bottle from Abes in Bethlehem. Classy looking label and i really like witbiers so I was pretty excited to try it.

Clear gold color until i finished pouring and swirled in all the yeasty sediments. It ends up being a nice cloudy golden straw color with a nice white cap, good head retention and okay lacing.

Smell is spicy, tart lemon and sweet orange peel, the spice, it seems, is coming from the yeast and the coriander. Strong and bold without being at all offensive. I think i might love hops too much to give this a 5, but it is very good.

Taste is very good, too. Very similar to the smell, dry, tart, spicy, but at the same time it tastes sweet. Not sugary, mind you. I might just be tasting the fruit and thinking that it is sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and perfect. Not really much more to say about it.

Drinkability is also perfect. I think I could drink this for the rest of my life. While it didn't blow me away like houblon chouffe, it is just such a solid, well crafted beer and in a style that I really like. Highly recommended.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw color with large frothy and dense white head with great lacing and retetion.

S: Orange peel dominates the nose with a bit of a sour citrus note.

T: Orange, toffee, cream, slight sour and funk yeast flavors as well.

M: Could use some more carbination but has a clean, dry finish.

D: Easy drinking beer with more flavor than most American versions.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a wit glass... or whatever you want to call it.

A- Pale, straw yellow. Fairly cloudy, but not for a wit. Thin white head with moderate lacing.

S- Wheat, citrus, spice.

T-Sweet wheat at first with some tart citrus. The finish was what surprised me; had a yeasty/creamy coconut flavor. I really began to enjoy this particular flavor as the beer went along. I could see myself getting this during the summer for a beach trip or by the pool.

M- Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable. The balance of flavor and mouthfeel is what makes this one a treat.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very bubbly light golden color with a nice slight cloudiness to it, and a big white head. smell is good, has a tiny skunkiness to it, smells kinda champagne. taste is good, the bubbles are crazy in my mouth. doesn't taste like alot of hefe's but it is a good beer. of course you really can't go wrong from any brewery ommegang

Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Just about the same golden color as the label. Huge white head that leaves gobs of lacing. Smells citrusy with rindy lemon and orange. Lots of spice too. Flavor is heavily spiced as per the norm with Ommegang beers. Lots of coriander and some clove dance atop tart citrus. Refreshing mouthfeel and high drinkability.

Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow color with a solid white head. Opaque, as it should be. Nose is nice, lots of wheat and coriander. Taste is likewise, although fairly mild. I know witbiers are supposed to have high "crispy" carbonation, but this one's just too high for me...takes away from the flavor because the fizz is just biting your mouth and tongue a little too much for me. Overall, not a bad one, but nothing too exciting either.

Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow body with a massive white head... lots of lacing...

S: Lots of corriander and wheat aromas ... some citrus is certainly present as well...

T: Nice earthy wheat and spice combination with hints of refreshing citrus tones ... makes me thing of a grassy field before a good cutting...

M: Light bodied... refreshing. invigorating..

D: Refreshing for sure... nothing fancy here, just a solid witbier... spring is almost here... stock up on your witbiers!!

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Goblet from 750ml.
A: Cloudy yellow with other hues for those not color blind with a head to reckon with. Legs remain till the last happy quaf.

S: "Oh MY God" for Ommegang...powerful rush of the spices(coriander/ wheat and wee bit more of citris that i prefer)but balanced with the earthy noble hops. A simple witbeir but that's not an insult, more of a raw product.

T: Zesty and tart with crisp dry finish. I enjoyed the lack of bitterness to allow the grassy earth aroma to meld into the rest.

M: Medium light body with dash of creaminess remaining from the head and the wheat overall.

D: Refreshing and good example of the style which i though was a regular until i actually read the label(ha ha)

Photo of SirSaranac
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is brew #4 that I've tried from Ommegang. Far from the ABV that the other Ommegang brews tend to have, it's right about what I'd expect from a wit.

A- Slighly hazy... honey/yellow... decent offwhite head... I expected cloudier. Lacing was present, but rather sporadic.

S- Very nice... citrus.. orange.. lemon.. spicy. Rather complex... Still has that ommegang scent to it though. Wheat malt... yeasty.

T- Sweet... A little sweeter than i was expecting... Takes away from the spice. Nice wheat malt... and that winey ommegang taste is still present. Sweet, but pleasant. I see how it can be considered too tart.

M/D- Tart.. yet not as dry of a finish as I expect from a belgian wit. This is a very drinkable brew... especially considering the low abv... however, the price does not match the quality in terms of wits.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale straw yellow in color with a light haze. Initially pours with a 1/4" head that quickly reduces to a puffy layer of bubbles with great retention. Little lacing.

S: Light aromas of pale malt and very light hops; a slight citrus aroma is beneath.

T: Very light in malt flavor but quite balanced with hops that seem just as light. The overall taste is a bit dry but not terribly so. The finish is rather quick and clean with little to no linger. There is the slightest bit of a citrus tone but it is very faint.

M&D: There is no linger bitterness that I have observed in some other Witbiers that I have sampled. This one is smooth and clean, with a rather light carbonation. Although the mouthfeel is light, I can see this being an enjoyable session brew. Quite good overall.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 5.1% ABV. Pours a hazy golden color, with a thick white frothy head. Decent head retention, but I hoped for better. No lace to speak of.

Slightly sour, spicy aroma. A bit of orange peel in the back. Not much in the way of hops, maybe just a whiff of earthy ones. A bit grainy in the back.

Slight sharp tartness, a bit of corriander with some bitter orange peel at the end. Not much bitterness.

A bit fuller than I like for the style. Still, a fair amount of carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink. Now, bring on the warm weather.

Photo of CrellMoset
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .750 L bottle into a tall-necked glass.

Appearance: A hazy, pale straw-yellow, medium, one-finger head and wispy lacing with poor retention. Looks thin and crisp. Gentle carbonation. Not a bad looking beer - looks pretty much how a witbier should look.

Smell: Tart citrus - lemon, and orange - and spicy, peppery, pungent coriander. A very mild, earthy wheat aroma and a slight must imparted by the yeast are barely present. Nose is mild, and everything that's supposed to be there is there, but nothing really jumps out. Average.

Taste: Everything that was in the nose, nothing more. Spicy coriander, a slight yeasty musty funk, sweet earthy grain, and a sour lemony/orange note. I recognize everything, but it doesn't really work. The peppery note is a little too strong, and any uniqueness imparted by the yeast is buried. Nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Again average, light and crisp carbonation, but watery and thin. Not distracting, but not really enjoyable.

Drinkability: I'm sure there are foods this would go well with - very light fish, or vegetables - and certain locales where it would be appropriate - perhaps the beach scene mentioned on the side of the bottle - but it really didn't impress me. It was crisp and refreshing, though, and the alcohol is low enough (5.1% abv) to where I can perhaps envision enjoying this beer somewhere, some other time. It became somewhat trying for me to finish my glass, however.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a light hazy deep yellow with slight head that dissipates.

Smell is refreshing, fruity nothing overpowering.

Taste is light, fruity with a nice finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not bitter. Again refereshing and light.

Very drinkable. Smooth in flavor, scent and appearance. Another tasty beer from Ommegang.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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