Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 36
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
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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 Minkybut
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this large beer from the bottle to a tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was hazy from the bottom sediment that the brewer sates not to get in your glass. I thought that was wierd. The beer had a pretty head at first but it soon faded. The taste and smell was slightly sour which I'm sorry but I just do not like any sour in my beer. Slightly fruity also which I aint keen on. I will not buy again.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Witte
750 mL bottle poured into New Belgium bubble glass

A - Hazy sunrise yellow with a bubbly 1 inch head that fades quickly. Slight stream of carbo bubbles is constant throughout. Minimal lacing.

S - Spicy coriander with a slight citrus addition and the ever present wheat funk. Not overly spiced, very nice.

T - Very similar to the smell, with the added bonus of carbonation kicking things up a notch. Coriander and other spices dominate, with slight addition of orange-citrus, especially in the aftertaste.

M - Intense spicy carbonation that attacks the palate and leaves behind a pleasant drying mouthfeel. Very crisp.

D - A good choice if you are a fan of the style, and could make a good introduction for the uniniated as the spices are not too intense. Alcohol is not intense, but the large bottle size may require you to share this one with a friend.

As per Garrett Oliver's suggestion at GABF, I paired this beer with a goat cheese and green apple omelette. Twas a delicious pairing that tamed the funky goat cheese and brought out the spiciness of the beer.

Photo of longarm
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bold carbonation caps a dingy straw-colored brew. Exactly what I want to see in a witbier. Carbonation holds well after opening the big old bomber from which this was poured. It's still well carbonated over an hour later.

A mild aroma includes hints of lemon, a very light dose of banana and some spices. It's hard for me to separate or determine the spices. Maybe cardamom??? Who knows.

Sweetness from wheat and pale malts up front. Somewhat tart in the middle, with a light belgian yeast character that caps a dry finish.

IMO, this is the best witbier from a U.S. brewer that I've tried, and it holds its own against its Belgian brothers. With just enough complexity to keep it interesting, it's still a lightly refreshing and easy drinking beer. I think I might just go back to the liquor store where I found it and buy-out their entire inventory.

Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell consisted of a a mild yeast ester with hints of lemon and clove spice.

The taste featured a light wheat malt and spicy yeast. Lemon tartness presented as well.

The mouthfeel was light and mildly chewy with an astringent finish.

Overall a decent wit, certainly not the most flavorful however.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - wow, the pales yellow i have seen since entering the craft scene, nearly transparent, with a half finger on gossamer white head atop, held aloft by magic because there is almost no carbonation

S - mmm, smells like a quality witbier, nice aromas of citrus (both orange and lemon), wheat, and spice, very nice and well layered, very inviting

T - sweeter than i thought, like candied oranges or lemons, plus the spices, which to me seem like coriander and/or nutmeg, and of course bready wheatiness, and (call me crazy if you will) i really taste cotton candy

M&D - so smooth, especially for a spiced beer, light body, but not to the point of being a hindrance, highly drinkable, man Ommegang makes me feel like i have a bit of Belgium here in the states

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Faegan's in Syracuse.

A nice, somewhat delicate wit, but the flavors were just too slight. It smelled of sour grains, more reminiscent of a hefe than a wit really. The flavor was a bit bland with a bit of spice, vanilla, and grain. Overall a nice beer, but overrpriced for what you get.

Photo of chadspivey
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in kentucky over the holidays of '06
Poured into a pint glass....

A: The beer is a clear "lemony" yellow. the head is two finger and very white.

S: citrusy, orange peel present, also wheat. Not a powerful smell.

T: All in all, this is an average wheat beer. Not really unique, If anything, it's weak in flavor. Not really badly weak, just subtle. Yeah that's the word, "subtle".

M: The mouthfeel is the best part, IMO. smooth, medium to light body, with just a little sting on the tongue.

D: This beer is almost too drinkable. I think after a couple of these, I'd ask the bartender for something stronger, and more flavorful but that's just me.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an '05 Witte, aged a little more than a year.

Into a weizen glass, pours a light yellow gold, clear and almost colorless, with a big bubbly head, pretty long lasting. Nose has nice wheat notes, coriander, generic citris rind, mildly spicy, decent. Taste has stonger citrus notes, lemon and orange, apple, tart, nice leveling wheat malt, but a really nice pattering of spices here, coriander and orange peel used to good effect. Mouth is lively, lots of lightening carbonation, but a solid body too. Overall, a well crafted beer to be sure, an excellent beer for the summer.

Photo of Kookiekwan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours sandy yellow and very hazy, head retention is moderate with some thin lacing that webs glass nicely. The Aroma is of earthy wheat, fruity coriander, tart lemon, and possibly orange rind. The taste is slightly tart, fresh lemon comes through the solid wheat malt flavor and carries orange peel and coriander with it. This beer is medium bodied, crisp, and a pleasure to the palate. I’ve had bigger Wit’s but I always seem to come back to this one, it’s a great thirst quencher and I’m always looking for the next one halfway through the first.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked bottle 1PT 9.4 Fl Oz.

AP: Straw-like yellow golden color with a frosted effect. This one is very lively, bunches of bubbles streaming up to create a huge, pure-white, fluffy and frothy head that dissipated very slowly and created a rather thick and constant white cap.

Nose: Yeastie>wheaty!!>spicey>herbal hop. Pretty big aromatic nose for this style.

Taste: A heavily wheatie and yeastie flavor at first with earthy-toned spices and an herbalized hop flavor. There are some mild fruity flavors like lemmon and banana with cloves. This one has some good subtle flavors.

MF: Very light feeling, but the constant frothy head gives it a rather substantial feel for the style. Crisp, clean and refreshing feel overall.

DA: This is easily one of th best White's, witte's...whatever I've had. Easily drinkable-all day.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle... bright gold color, decent head with a lot of carbonation. Looks good.

Aromas are a bit faint... some spice, orange, and corriander.

Flavors follow the aromas, but with a bit more of a punch. Bright spicey flavors of corriander and citrus fruits. Beer is also quit edry and crisp on the finish.

Well done Belgian style witbier. Very drinkable.

Photo of nortmand
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours whitish yellow and very cloudy with a fantastic, long lasting white head.

Coriander and pepper dominate the nose. A bit of citrus character and the slightest hint of skunk. Good, but a bit subdued.

Astringent citrus flavors on the tip of the tongue. Mid tongue flavors are dominated by a rich coriander spiciness. Leaves a pepper aftertaste.

Aggressive carbonation hides the already subtle flavors in this beer. It needs to either have subtler carbonation of more aggressive spicy Belgian yeast character. Overall a fantastically drinkable beer. If their goal was to make a flavorful offering for novice beer appreciators, then they succeeded with flying colors. As a wit, it falls a bit flat,

Photo of joe1510
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Corked & Caged

I poured this into a pilsner glass. It's a very pale straw yellow with very aggressive carbonation bubbles rising from everywhere. 3 finger head faded down to a 1+ finger bright white somewhat rocky head. Chunky frothy lacing is spread out on my glass while I drink. This stuff looks refreshing.

The aroma is loaded with that wonderful wit aroma. There is coriander, a couple squeezes of orange juice, and a big yeast spiciness that seems to me a little stronger than other wittes that I've had in the past. The yeast smells almost like a mild incense. All in a good way. Very appetizing. I've drank this in the past and I remember it being weak in both flavor and aroma. This isn't anything like the others. I got this one brought back for me from the brewery.

The taste is nice and spicy. The wheat comes up front and sticks around while the spice and coriander take the main stage. In the background the fresh orange juice adds a refreshing citrus quality. The yeast they use in this stuff is the key. Again, this is fresher than the others I've drank in the past and it really shows.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Lighter bodied but with a healthy dose of carbonation. The carbonation tickles your toungue and cheeks while the witte spices give my mouth a lively sensation that makes this beer stand out.

This is a highly drinkable beer. It's so refreshing and lively that there's no problem drinking this. I could easily see myself drinking it all day.

Overall this is an excellent wit. I caution you though, if you plan on buying some try and get it as fresh as possible. The longer it sits the more it loses. If you think it's been sitting around awhile take a pass on it and wait till next time.


Photo of calinative68
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle.

Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head

Smell is wheat, yeast, and citrus. Very fresh.

Taste is enjoyable and has decent depth. I though it might not hang on but it does.

Smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink!

Very tasty wit. I have had others that kinda get boring after awhile, but I think this is one I could drink all night, and at 5%, wouldn't kill me!

Photo of kevin62
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap and really enjoyed it.The pour was a hazy golden color with a small white head.In the smell you could definetly get the citrus and yeast and it is great.The taste were also of citrus and malt as well as bannana.I also had this in the 750 ml bottle and most definetly liked it on tap much better.This is another winner from Ommegang.

Photo of bodybyadam
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I reviewed this one on tap. A light golden yellow color, with no head. The liquid was cloudy and unfiltered. Not the normal appearance of a white beer but very distinct wheat beer. A bouquet that was flowery and giving off an obvious banana as well. The taste was that very distinguishable hop taste that reminded me of the Cascade hops. The finish contained a nice citrus aftertaste as well. Ommegang lovers should have and Wheat beer lovers must have.

Elbows Up,

Photo of Rudgers73
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked, caged 750 mL bottle.

A- big pop when uncorked. Pours a light, pale yellow with a huge fizzy head that settles into a big, rocky white head.

S- Wheat, yeast, citrus zest, pepper.

T- Quite a bit more full than other witbiers I've had. Much more depth and taste. Starts out mellow and light and has a burst of wheaty taste that turns over into a peppery, almost bitter taste.

M- Smooth, light, peppy. Spicy on the tongue, keeps it busy. Nice.

D- Most witbiers aren't too flavorful which makes me not want to enjoy them all night. This is different. I could drink this all night if I was feeling mild and mellow.

Photo of kajerm
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750mL (purchased at Uncork It! on Grand) into a pint-- the wheat beer glasses were all dirty, and it's been a long week...

Pours a gorgeous cloudy golden color with a nice foamy head; it looks the way Witte ought to look. The smell is not quite as satisfying-- a slight grain note and a bit of yeast, but not much else going on, and not the knock-you-on-your-ass wheaty nose I love and expect.

The taste is standard wheat, yeast, and hops, but a little too subdued. The mouthfeel is a little heavy for such a light taste and makes the beer less refreshing-- and witte is usually so refreshing I can drink it instead of Gatorade.

I've been a little harsh-- Ommegang Witte is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination. It is average, maybe slightly above average, for the style. If you can get it cheap or you live next to the brewery in Cooperstown, then go nuts. Otherwise, it's just not worth the price.

Photo of stephendr
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold hazy color – off white medium head –nose of yeast , sourdough bread, and spices - taste of acidic chardonnay , oakie , yeast, lemon peel , grapefruit , and green apple – medium champagne body – aftertaste some sour red fruit , raspberries , slightly bitter , and acidic

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle found at Florian's in Auburn... Light yellow murky body with a couple fingers of white head. Smells yeasty and spicy with some malt. Tastes very citrusy with some yeast and malt present. Light to medium body. Very tasty. Not as spicy as some witbiers, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. One of the better Wits I've had definitely. Ommegan has never dissappointed me before, and now is no exception. Great beer!

Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy (rather than cloudy) yellow with a thin white head that soon becomes a thin, lasting cover.

The smell is of coriander, orange peel and a hint of wheat grain.

Coriander and a thin orange peel meet the nose. There is a noticeable, but not strong, medicinal touch. A spritzy carbonation seems to mask other spices. It is on the thin side of medium. Any thinner and it would fall apart. This could use more spiced yeast to give it some body and fuller flavor. Still in all, what is there is not too bad, for the most part. However, the more the bottle progressed, the more of a tart character became prominent, and this did not help either.

Carbonated wateriness washed out some of the flavors, which were on the thin side to begin with. It did have a somewhat refreshing quality which helped, but did not completely save it.

Overall, it's decent enough, but nothing about it made it particularly memorable. A bit disappointing.

Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of bottles from Magnum's the first of August for $2.50 a bottle.

Beer poured a golden color with a nice fluffy white head that is sustaining quite well. Nose is a pleasant boquet of light spices and orange peel. Taste is predominated by spices and wheat and the finish is slightly bitter orange peel. Mouthfeel is lively as this is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a beer that is refreshing and worthy of a try.

Photo of aforbes10
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

very light yellow. white head. plain sour malt odor. not much flavor, very light slightly sour smooth malt. a little biscuity. ok mouthfeel. very thin. not all that great overall....its too....wispy....or something. it kind of seems like Ommegang was too scared to give this beer a good solid flavor so they watered it down and thinned it out. not my favorite witte by a long shot.

Photo of xzqrut
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked bottle, this beer came out a nice golden yellow, with great haze. It gave a fairly light head, with mild retention, but excellent lacing. Carbonation evident in both appearance and mouthfeel, but not too overpowering. Smell was mild, with nice yeast and spice aromas. Taste very nice, mild yeast and spice, with some fruity undertones. Mouthfeel was very nice, light and crisp, with a good carbonation and very smooth finish. Very nice witte, very drinkable.

Photo of rarevos
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into hexagonal Hoegaarden glass.

A: Hazy yellow, not quite opaque but not quite clear, either. Just...hazy. Lively carbonation. Decent head and good retention.

S: Very, very faint. I had to dip my nose into the foam to get much of anything here. But it's unmistakably a wit. Yeasty, citrusy, and wheaty.

T: Citrusy up front, with lemons and oranges. A mild wheat flavor toward the middle that leads into the finish. Finish is spicy and peppery, has a hint of alcohol at the tail. A little too tangy.

M: Light and crisp.

D: It's been my experience that the Ommegang Witte is really three different beers. When poured from a bomber, it's slightly skunky and has an almost saison-feel to it. When on draft it's not as crisp and it's really pretty mild. The 12 oz bottles aren't as aromatic, but they're crisper. I have absolutely no idea why this is, nor do I know if it's simply a sample size thing. I would suspect that I haven't had enough "data" to say this with conviction. But this is data I'm more than willing to collect...

Not my favorite witbier, and not my favorite Ommegang beer, but this is solid, drinkable, and I usually have some on hand.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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