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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,823 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 1,823
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 35
Gots: 144 | 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 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.

xzqrut, Sep 10, 2006
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.

rarevos, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of shivtim
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very slightly hazy yellow with a thin white head. Nose is full of yeast and sweet green apple. Taste is mild and yeasty, with a hint of spiciness and a tiny ethanol finish. Not bad, just not too exciting. Mouthfeel is nice, very carbonated yet it manages to be pretty smooth, which helps out the drinkability. Nothing offensive about this beer.

shivtim, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Blanche De Chambly glass, raises a one finger white head over a slightly hazy yellow-gold body. The nose is lightly wheaty and peppery. The final yeast pour intensifies the aroma, and adds a bit of sulpher. Taste is light wheat, with coriander touching the tongue a little, and bready. Has a pretty light mouth feel, with high carbonation. Smooths and thickens with yeast addition. A refreshing and easy beer.

mjc410, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Jacobob10
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought several bottles of this back from the Ommegang Brewery in a mixed case.

Pours golden yellow color with a white head that does not have much retention. Still looks appealing though.

The aroma consists of citrus and coriander, which we got to smell at the brewery during a tour and you can really notice it in the beer. All of the smells play nicely off each other though.

The taste was pretty average. Some lemony flavors, mild hops and light on the malt too. Heavy on the carbonation yet drinkable at the same time.

While this was not a sensational beer by any means, I find it quite enjoyable to complement barbequed food. Not something I would buy often, but nice for a picnic or dinner on the grill.

Jacobob10, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light gold yellow color, with a one finger head, falling quickly to leave behind a blanket over top of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is fairly spicy, and has a good amount of citrusy lemon aroma. Only a hint of coriander, the spice in the nose seems to come from the yeast.

The flavor here is full of wheat, but lacks the spice I look for in a wit beer. Small hints of coriander are present, but only a bit of citrus on the palate. Wheat seems to be the dominating flavor here. Mouthfeel is relatively full, and drinkability is good.

A good beer all around, and one that is enjoyable, but there are better Wit's out there. Even among the American versions of this beer, this just doesn't quite do it for me. Perhaps I'm a little skewed from having a Whirlwind earlier this week, but this one just doesn't compare. Good beer, but I'd look for a few other examples first.

phisig137, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked 750 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A dense, rocky very white head that's looking pretty indomitable. Rifts are starting to appear like craters in the top and there are huge bulks of lacing resting on the side. Body's a hazy yellow with huge amounts of swirling bubbles cascading in odd patterns to the top.

Smell: Sweet, yet mild spice and barnyard phenols creep up initially, along with the aromas of lemon especially as far as the citrus is concerned. Notes of candi sugar possibly too, and slight notes of alcohol, and a tad bit of soapiness somehow, which is oddly intriguing.

Taste: The spiciness and lemon come to the forefront, with a bit of banana in there too. Some slightly nutty yeast is present too, though here the phenols are mild to none. Not to sweet either, letting the flavors take over more. Finish is initially sweet before turning fairly dry, with a tad bit of hops on the tongue, and the citrus eventually lingering.

Mouthfeel: A nice crispness with some fullness to the body that comes together very well.

Drinkability: Purchased for around $5 for the bottle, and in my opinion one of the better domestics (though I suppose with the true Belgian thing Ommegang has going on, can this really be a domestic?) out there. A bottle serves well for the wave goodbye to the imminent end of summer.

asabreed, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just found my notebook, this review was from 5/30/06:
A - Slightly cloudy straw yellow small white head, very active carbonation lots of small bubbles

S - Corriander, "yeasty", some orange

T - some spicy pepperery, like white pepper. slightly tart orange zest

M - light and refreshing

O - refreshing with a tart finish, would like some more sweet orange.

orsulacp, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ommegang Witte pours a golden color with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is on the spicy side, coriander is noticeable. Very light in body and taste, coriander being quite noticeable in the flavor. Not bad, but not the most flavorful wit I've had. Worth a try.

Drew966, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy, very pale yellow damn close to white in color, tiny head and retent, lace, and some floating yeast for my enjoyment.

S- strong citrus scent (mix of orange and lemon), wheat malts, and spice (coriander)

T- starts with a sweet citrus flavor then in comes the wheat and spice to and it balances out. Finishes tart, citrus/lemon aftertaste.

M- smooth at first then it becomes somewhat coarse until it dries up for the finish, bit sticky after. well carbonated.

D- refreshing, i'll take this over a gatorade any day( i know thats not really a bright idea), this is the only witbier i've came across that i'd be interested in drinking without needing refreshment. I will have another.

tonistruth, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, light golden. Thin fizzy head, no retention, and not much lacing. Smell is weak. Faint hints of wheat, and spice.Body is thin, and carbonated. Taste is of sweet citrus up fromt.Creamy, with a bit of lemon spice gives it a nice finish. Very nice.

riversider76, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although the head dissipated more quickly than I would have liked, what remained showed good carbonation. Overall color is a pale, straw color with a significant amount of haziness. The nose is essentially a toss-up between lemon & wheat, a nice balance of the two.

The taste isn't remarkable when compared with other witbiers, but is not at all unsavory. The coriander is definitely there as is the wheat & citrus, but there is no real complexity after that. A simple, summer-ish brew.

The first look didn't deceive; the carbonation is crisp & refreshing. However, there is a slightly unpleasant feeling left on the tongue, almost like the chalky feeling after taking a Tums. This strikes me as just an OK beer (granted, it isn't one of my favorite styles) but is certainly worth a try. I have had this on tap & enjoy it significantly more from that source.

malcontent, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into a weisse type glass; brilliant cloudy maize color with a terrific merengue head; the taste was crisp and definitely non-malted; clear pouring wheatiness. There was definitely some coriander and some real nice salt flavor in there. There was a touch of orange peel noticeable but more so as the brew warmed. If you want a truly aged and liquor-like witbeer, this does not hold up to the complexity. But for overall summer drinking with a purpose;- it terric, and its a terrific and substantial savings over the Belgian equivalent.

andjusticeforale, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very quiet "pop" of the cork... pour was carbonated and good... whew.

Light yellow/gold... decent bright, white head. Good lacing... nothing spectacular.

Aroma is a touch dissapointing... was expecting a bit more spice and smells... a tiny bit of spice and a little wheat...

Taste is very good... bitterly balanced... slightly citrussy and quite malty. Leaves a bit of stickiness on the palate, but it is good. Some nice farmhouse flavors that took me offguard.

A good beer from a great brewery.

Fugazme, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of numenor1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pale straw, tiny bit hazy (before yeast pour), huge rocky head. Lightly toasted grains with faint wheatiness. Soft entry, lemony tart initially with some orange then wheaty dustiness and downplayed supporting bitterness. A bit drying through the finish with coriander perking up. Very balanced. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, I'd like a little more spritz. Good.

numenor1, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is simple a good Witbier that is write on par with what I'd expected from the style and from Ommegang. It is loaded with orange peel, apple banana and coriander flavors in the smell and taste. It is refreshing light and crisp in the mouth. Certainly an easy drinking summer beer or a good compliment to seafood (as recommended by Tom Peter's.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of eheff
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I might be slightly biased because we recently visited the Ommegang brewery on our way to upstate New York and it was so COOL! Their building/barn is really awesome.

Anyway, back to the task at hand.

Looks pretty good--light yellowy (but good yellow, not weird yellow), cloudy, a little bit of foamy head on it. Doesn't look very carbonated.

I'm not sure exactly what it smells like, but it smells like an interesting wheat beer. Same goes for taste--I guess I can taste spices, but I can't separate them enough to be able to recognize them... It has a good aftertaste.

I give it high marks on both mouthfeel and drinkability. And no lemon for me in my wheat beers.

eheff, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a very cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger white frothy head that dissipates pretty quickly and has slight retention.
S: Wheaty malt up front with a good concentration of spices and ever so slight citrus fruit.
T/M: Good spicyness with a backbone of wheaty malt. Spicyness lingers for awhile but gives way to a bready aftertaste. Creamy and smooth in mouth with a good level of carbonation that kicks in after it goes down. Light and very refreshing makes this a wonderful summer offering.
D: Drinkable Wit. Ommegang does there stuff very well. I bet this guy in a 25oz'er with a cork is a bit better than a capped 12'er. Glad I got to visit the brewery and pick a sixer up. Definately a cool place to for an afternoon.

bjohnson, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was bought a bottle of this recently by someone who was up in Cooperstown and was kind enough to think of me. This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and on a nice summer night like this, it's very obvious why. Smooth, well-balanced, solid, and refreshing, this beer is a great witbier and proof that it's not just hefe's and watered down offerings like Corona that fit in well during the warmer months.

Ver y solid pour to this - a nice amount of head and a near-perfect hue to this, once the bottom of the bottle's contents were swirled and poured in. Watching the yeast on the bottom take it's time to mix and contribute to the amazing golden translucence was such a sight to behold! Not a lot of lacing here, but the carbonation is just right - present, but not overpowering. The flavors are that of a solid wheat beer, in that there's not a lot of citrus like a hefe, but the grass, coriander, and clove are subtle, and never back down. This is wheat, through and through, but it's not an overpowering, amazing wheat like Ramstein's. Instead, it's solid, subdued, and with a touch of hop bitterness here, is wonderful to taste front to back. The mouthfeel is a bit light, everything swirls around and foams up nicely as I get a feel for this, and well, the aftertaste lasts long, even if it's not that strong.

Yes, summer beers tend to be lighter and are rated as a group, lower than the stouts and porters of winter. Make no mistake though, this is excellent for this time of the year and makes a wonderful session offering. Ommegang's other brews tend to be more acquired, but this would be a great introduction for the novice craft beer drinker. Shame that this bottle isn't endless, unlike it's flavor, and the summer that I'm enjoying them during...

JerzDevl2000, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

instrumentality, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Abita45
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Abita45, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ultralarry2006, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ski271, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of ism
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ism, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ggaughan, Jun 04, 2006
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