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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,704 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,704
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of instrumentality


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

This was my first witbier. I wasn't overly impressed by it early on, but it gradually grew on me.

It poured with a thick, fluffy white head, a virtual cloud floating on transparent golden-hued liquid. It smelled primarily malty with hints of orange and lemon peel. The taste reflected the scent, only more intense: malty with the distinct flavors of lemon and orange, giving it a slight bite as it hit my palate. As I worked my way through my mug, I noticed a hint of carob mixed in as well, which was quite unusual and appealing.

The mouthfeel was very smooth; a full, creamy body that had a cooling effect as it descended through my throat. The carbonation was barely noticeable and the alcohol was nicely subdued. The aftertaste was mostly of malt and lemon - very clean.

This has never been a style of beer I'd normally pursue, as I generally prefer the intensity of an IPA or the richness of a stout, but it was definitely a highly drinkable brew. It's a perfect summer beer, yet unlike others I'd classify as summer brews in that it was full-bodied and creamy enough where one 750mL bottle was more than satisfying.

I would definitely recommend this as a far superior alternative for my Corona and lemon-soaked hefeweizen swilling friends.

06-30-2006 06:34:52 | More by instrumentality
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

An excellent beer. Is this beer as "bright and soft as summer clouds over a Flanders field" as the label suggests? I couldn't tell you, but I can tell you that there are fruit tones present in the beer before you even taste it, and that they hold well in the beer, and in fact do a great job of merging with the wheat and yeast to make a really good beer that has an excellent layered taste. It has the element of dryness in the mouth that beers of this genre have, but it is so flavorful beforehand, that the dryness only heightens those flavors.

Suffice to say, I'm a fan of the Witte.

06-24-2006 05:44:22 | More by Abita45
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a pure white one finger head that receded to surface skim, not much lacing. Body was a cloudy pale yellow.

Smell - estery and spicy yeast, bananas. Hint of hops.

Taste - like the smell. Esters and spice. Slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, slightly creamy. moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is good, goes down easy. Very sessionable.

06-18-2006 20:18:55 | More by ultralarry2006
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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Medium-light orangish-gold with a large, white, pillowy head. Smell is of moderate wheat and yeast with some spice and citrus notes and a little sweetness. Taste follows suit, with nothing really sticking out as a dominant flavor. It has a light body, slightly creamy texture and has a lively carbonation that surprisingly did not detract from the mouthfeel. This beer is fairly tame, especially compared to the other beers I’ve had from Ommegang. However, while being mild for a witbier, it also has very good balance. This 750ml bottle went down without a hint of a fight. Worth trying.

06-10-2006 20:31:40 | More by ski271
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

750 mL corked bottle poured into a weizen glass. Just slightly cloudy pale gold with a bright white head (but nicely cloudy once you get to the bottom of the bottle), 1-finger with sticky lacing. Banana wheat aroma with a healthy amount of clove spice and a hint of yeast. Moderate carbonation in a medium but fluffy body, with an easy going mellow wheat and sweet citrus, a bit of lemon zest, and the prevoously-detected spice seemingly subdued by the more dominant flavors. The distinct Ommegang yeast is in there, too. Goes down smooth, a little tart, with a nice dry pull in the back. Very easy-going, nice texture, no problem putting the bottle away, but the flavor profile is lacking. Session beer, summer beer, or gateway beer, it has its niches and would keep them solidly.

06-06-2006 02:17:13 | More by ism
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

Although I had this beer 3 or 4 years ago when it made it debute at Monk's Cafe, I didn't think to review it until I had it over the Memorial Day weekend. 12 oz bottle, poured into a generic glass but the same glass that Witte is usually served with. The beer poured a light golden color, a bit cloudy and with a nice thick white head. The carbonation is very active in this beer. The aroma is of lemons and corriander. The taste is very refreshing. Citrus from the lemon, a bit of orrange and corriander and some notes of banana. This is a perfect summer drink as the body is medium and the taste is just right.

06-04-2006 03:13:13 | More by ggaughan
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

I picked up one of the Ommegang Witte bottles to share with my wife on a Friday evening. I figured since she loves Heffs and Whites this would be a good one for her to try and I may as well review it too.

Appearance definitely is impressive before ever even opening an Ommegang beer, the bottles/labels with the cork stoppers are rare and eye catching. The beer itself was definitely solid with its powdery white head upon being poured into the glass. I actually got a bit carried away it and it took me a minute to pour the glass full. As with other beers in this line-up the head retention was first rate.

As for smell it clearly had the citrusy sweet smell to it with the definite scent of corriander.

Taste was very light and crisp with this sample, I've had the Witte before but this one seemed to be muted for some reason. I felt like I couldn't figure out the true character of the beer. I think there is a possibility that the store may have let it get light and/or temperature damaged.

Mouthfeel was very light and thin. Not that it was unpleasant or bad tasting, but it just wasn't remarkable in anyway.

As for drinkability, I would buy this beer again, but probably more for my wife than myself. It just didn't have much character to it to stand up to other beers in the Ommegang line.

I think this is a good summer beer, not a great one, and most definitely a good beer to initiate a possible non-craft beer drinker into your "fold".

05-30-2006 02:01:48 | More by dragonbrew
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Cloudy pale yellow with a frothy pure white head. Smells like lemony wheat and coriander covered with a fine sweetness. Purfumey, peppery, tartness. Sweet lemon peel and spicy wheat flavor with crisp zesty citrus and coriander notes - finishes a little tart. Very soft and slightly chalky dry in the mouth. Refreshing as expected - fluffy but not really light.

I haven't had a whole lot of witbiers but this seems to be one of the best I've tried. Very soft and fluffy - "crafted for summer session drinking".

05-29-2006 23:01:33 | More by wedge
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Gold banana color with nice froathy white head. Great retention and looks awesome. Lemon juice, sweet banana, coriander and other relaxing herbs fill the nose with delight. Very aromatic and refreshing. Tastes sweet, spicey, sour and slightly bitter. Delicious and great smelling. The lush, creamy juiciness with good slick + semi-grainy texture make for a very nice mouthfeel. Quite refreshing and tantalizingly aromatic. Very very drinkable.

Could be an ultimate hot mid-summer day beer. I'll have to try my next one outside.

05-29-2006 22:59:54 | More by tastybeer
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Pale straw color topped by a two finger eggshell white head. It's pretty much completely transparent making me believe that maybe they overfiltered it. *shakes head*

Strong citrus notes (that good old familiar lemony wheat smell). There's a spicyness and perhaps some corriander there.

Initially it's a nice wheaty taste. The sweet tastes end quickly and are conquered by a peppery spice in the back of the mouth. It's not the alcohol but it's warm and spicy. I really enjoy this one.

Smooth crisp beer that tingles the tongue and spices up the palate. Another great offering from Ommegang.

05-29-2006 01:58:11 | More by timtheenchanta
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%

Appearance-Pours a heavenly yellow with a huge fizzy white head,

Smell- nose is of lemon and citrus notes, fruit in the background

Taste/Mouthfeel-fruity flavors on the uptake with a nice citrus finish in the backround, goes down smooth with minimal alcohol finish.

Drinkability-light and easy, minimal alcohol finish makes this a superb brew especially for the summer.

Overall-WOW, other breweries need to take notes this is a fantastic version of a Witte straight out of Belgium, so much better than any other I've tried, fantastic job.

05-28-2006 23:40:48 | More by TheDeuce
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Experienced this one paired with gabe's prosciutto with melon salsa on toasted french bread. Just deliciously combined that really anyone, BA or not, would truly enjoy. Like a Hoegaarden, very hazy white in color easy to drink the whole 750mL in no time. A great conversion beer for all those macro swill drinkers looking for something else.

05-28-2006 21:35:54 | More by Backer2004
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a big white head on it that leaves some good lacing.

The aroma is fruity with some spiciness to it.

The flavor is citrusy with some spiciness. There is orange peel, coriander, some clove and banana. It's a pretty refreshing beer.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend it. Great beer for the summer.

05-26-2006 07:07:29 | More by Brian700
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

This is a pretty good witbier. One of the more interesting ones I've had. Pours to a very light yellow, not quite white, though maybe it will turn out more as the bomber empties, filling my glass with more sediment. Head is thin, lacing is nowhere to be found.

The smell could use some more oomph. Has a bit of a spiciness with a subtle sweet malt and lemon zest. Needs to open up a bit more, but the aromas are decent.

The taste is good. Has a nice bitter orange peel flavor followed by a sharp lemon zest, all rounded out by a nice spiciness and light malty sweetness. Hints of banana. Maybe even a very light noble hops mixing with the spicy flavors and bitter orange.

The body is light, crisp and refreshing. Sharp bite from the carbonation, bitter orange peel, and spice. I like it, though I have had better witbiers. Good price makes it worth it, however.

05-15-2006 05:07:44 | More by neonbrown82
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

A: Poured fairly hard into a pint glass. Pours very yellow and hazy with a large, frothy white head.
S: Sweet wheat with blatant yeast in the nose. Not too strong, but nice. Yeast odor blocks out most other scents.
T: First thought that comes to mind is this is a very refreshing brew. Sitting in the nice heat of a DC May and realizing that this is a great choice to sip on is a great feeling. Lemon-grass and wheat are the strongest flavors.
M: Pretty good. Carbonation is a little high.
D: A very nice beer to have around. At 5.1% it is also very sessionable. A great beer for the coming summer.

05-14-2006 01:47:58 | More by pbr85
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Pretty basic. A little thin, at least flavor-wise.

Beautiful yellow body with a light haze. The head retention should be better.

Nice aroma. Chalky, non-descript citrus rind and light, dull coriander.

Medium-light bodied and crisp across the palate.

The chalkiness returns in the flavor (perhaps it's from the yeast), with a nice touch of tart citrus, a clear note of wheat malt, and some sublime spiciness.

It's light and easy to drink, finishing dry with a residual note of tartness and some lingering chalkiness.

There are no flaws to speak of, but there's not much character either.

05-13-2006 17:35:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

2013-02-05 addendum
Pours a 2-3cm tall head that has above average retention length, fades to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, and leaves little lacing. Body is a pale, cool, straw yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow-white hues throughout. Body is completely opaque due to suspended sediment.

Aroma isn't as grand as I wrote it, now appearing with a mild combination of orange and citrus rind, Belgian yeast, light banana ester, and even lighter coriander.

Taste is with a focus on yeast, orange and lemon rind, coriander, and lightly sweet malt with wheat accents. A bit sharper than last night's Hoegaarden in terms of flavor, crisper and more pronounced. While both are enjoyable, the less clear (blurred?) flavors of the Hoegaarden were somehow more interesting to me.

The mouthfeel is significantly better. Beer is medium-light in body, with medium to medium-high carbonation that fizzes slightly, ultimately foaming the beer up for a smooth final mouthfeel. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickiness across the palate.

2006-05-01 review
Pours a white, 1.5cm head that quickly fades to a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. Slightly hazy, visible streams of carbonation, lemon-golden body color. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is a rich bouquet of belgian yeast, light lemon and orange rind, lemon fruit, and coriander. On target for the style, but far exceeds the average as the scents dance about the nose in waves of strength, cresting and waning with much delight.

Taste was focused on Belgian yeast, light lemon rind, and coriander: quite good, but not as intense or interesting as the scent and its effects. Additionally, the taste was hampered by the mouthfeel, which was highly overcarbonated. This causes the beer to foam up rapidly in the mouth, causing it to spoil the slowness of a possibly evolving taste and reduces what the beer could be significantly. The body itself is light, though not watery, with a moderately dry, crisp finish.

A fair witbier, but one that could use some restructuring to accomodate its strengths and round out its weaknesses. I'm not sure if the overcarbonation was an issue with this particular bottle, or if it is something aimed for in the recipe/production.

05-11-2006 21:32:04 | More by falloutsnow
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3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

Pour resulted in a massive head and pale body that reminded me of a macro lager. Nose was kinda fruity but muted ...
Taste is for lack of a better term, boring. Seltzer water with a bit of sweetness. That's it. Not too drinkable because there's really no flavor to reel you in to want another.

05-07-2006 02:11:30 | More by TheBungyo
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Ommengang Witte is a nice and refreshing witbier. It pours out of the bottle a nice golden color. It is has a good sized foamy head. The smell is 'grassy", with hints of lemon. The taste is very similar to the smell, with a nice spice flavor of citrus and wheat. The mouthfeel is clean. This is an ejoyable brew.

05-02-2006 22:33:40 | More by BadBadger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours less cloudy than some other wits I've had. I'd put it at 'semi-clear,' maybe. A yellowy gold body with a fluffy, bubbly, but controllable head.

Smell is yeasty and spicy, with definite banana and pineapple presence, as well as some orange peel.

Flavour is, surprisingly, a bit lacking. Some banana bread and peppery notes, as well as cloves and other spices. Bitter, dull aftertaste that's disappointing. Nice full mouthfeel, though.

This is definitely not a favourite in the style, but fairly drinkable. It was my last of a six-pack, so it may not have been super-fresh either (although it was well before the expiry date on the label).

05-01-2006 23:36:19 | More by crwills
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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

750ml bottle corked and caged with with a just a simple yellow label on the front with the brewery and beer information on the side. No date anywhere on the bottle. I thought it was funny that it said pull cork away from friends, but it said nothing about aiming the cork near your face. You may knock of your eyes out, but as long as friends are ok, that's fine. :-) It had one the easiest corks to pull out.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, the beer was a light straw and hazy yellow color with a massive head of white foam. The head of foam had good retention leaving behind plenty of white sticky lace in its tracks.

Smell: I didn't think the aroma was all that good. When I first popped the cap I got a slight skunky aroma, but the good news was the skunk aroma subsided into a light Wheat, lemony, and spicy aroma. It was more lemony than anything else.

Taste: The was good but definitely not the greatest Wit taste ever. What got in the beginning was the unmalted wheat, then the different spices, maybe a hint of orange peel, and this all ended with a big hit of lemons. It was just bascially wheat and lemons.

Mouthfeel: It was light, not too thrist quenching like they said on the bottle and had an aftertaste of lemons and water. Not too watery though.

Drinkability: Not the best offering from Ommegang, but at least it was an above average Witbier from an excellent Brewery. It's no Hennepin, but hey, what is?

04-30-2006 19:32:40 | More by AltBock
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Not a bad beer at all, nothing great about it, nothing offensive. This is the first Ommegang product I haven't been overly impressed with, though. Not much lacing, weak body. Decent taste but falls a little short of what I expect from a white beer. Definitely worth a try, don't get me wrong, just not one of my favorites.

04-30-2006 19:31:29 | More by bigdeuce
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2.45/5  rDev -34.8%

Had a big 25 oz bottle (like the one pictured) given to me by a weizen-enthusiast friend. I crack into the bottle through the caged champagne-cork style deployment. Poured into a Erdinger weisglas. Interesting nose-lots of grassy, woodsy kind of scents, big voluminous head.
I catch a cheap whiskey-like bite on the sides of my tongue with this one. Mid palate is all grass and rubber. Mouthfeel is average for the style-plenty of watery carbonation. There is no fruit detectable in this one. Dropping an orange wedge in slightly improves the refreshment factor.
I had 4 good pulls then poured the rest down the drain. Snapped into a Hacker-Pschorr instead. Domestically speaking, Blue Moon beats this Wit hands-down. Hoegaarden's (true style) Wit remains my gold standard in Belgian Whites.

04-25-2006 03:46:24 | More by weizendoc
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United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: Pours a surprising champagne color, pure, clear yellow with lots of carbonation. Typical wit haze is troublingly absent in the first pour. Head is white, fairly creamy, and moderately sized with adequate retention.

Smell: The aroma is very champagne-like as well! This is not like any other wit I've smelled... very vinous with a strong white grape scent, some light yeast, leafy/grassy hops, plus a pronounced whiff of mint. Really different, although not as complex as some wits I've had.

Taste: Good stuff. Very subtle, it doesn't bonk you over the head with coriander and citrus like many wits (although both characters are there). A slightly sweet club-soda-with-a-twist-of-lemon flavor underscores tart yeast, minty herbs, and straw-like grassy hops. Finish is as clean as they come, leaving just a slight white wine tartness on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light, but copious amounts of soft bubbles make this very chewable and creamy. A tad too viscous on the tongue.

Drinkability: Serve this wherever and whenever champagne is called for. The cage and cork and the very winey taste and appearance make this a great beer to celebrate with. Pair with poultry, salads, or appetizers.

04-20-2006 06:39:15 | More by soulgrowl
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Hazy pale golden color with some white head and lacing. Smells wheaty, very wheaty. Lemony. As it should, really. Lots of zesty lemonstuff. Taste is also wheaty and lemony. Nothing exciting, but solid tastyness. Mouthfeel is sudsy, a tad watery, but okay. Pretty drinkable- light and easy. Not my favorite Ommegang brew, not even my second or third favorite, but not shabby.

04-17-2006 04:46:25 | More by scooter231
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