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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,892
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 40
Gots: 193 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004

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 zerofear13
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 750ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. Smelled God awful. Smelled noticeably skunked or just way too pungent on the spices. The taste was amazing though, despite the smell. The taste was subtle coriander, citrus hints, possibly orange peels, light hops, and sweet malts. The mouthfeel was light and very crisp. I could easily down more in terms of ease of consumption, but I didn't love the flavor. Overall: great if you love the witbier category, but I think I might've had one too many over the past few weeks.

Photo of AaronRed
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice and hazy, with a good deal of yeast and sediment present in the glass. Nice foamy head, slight citrus smell. Has a very crisp taste behind a some malty background. Well balanced due to it's high yeast content- makes you pucker just enough to know that it's a true Witbier.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is an extremely hazy and pale straw yellow color. Body color a wit should have. Pours with a large fluffy white head that quickly fades to a nice collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is uniform throughout the body.

S- Nice strong smell of citrus and coriander. Sweet, bready, Belgian yeast in the background.

T- Big taste for such a light beer. Lots of citrus zest upfront with accents of coriander and some yeast in the background. Citrus fades somewhat for the finish which is all corriander,yeast, and a nice kick of hop bitterness and taste. A doughy sweetness lingers on the palate long after each sip. Great-yet classic example of a witbier taste.

M- Medium carbonation and light body. The yeast used makes the mouthfeel very smooth and creamy. Has the excellent mouthfeel of a good hefe.

D- This is a great witbier. Classic taste of a witbier with the mouthfeel of a good hefe. This is a great light session ale. I wish this style got more credit around here. Unfortunately, I spilled half of my glass and I only had a 12 oz. bottle. This is definitely something I will have again. My second offering from Ommegang. I have rare vos, three philosophers, ommegeddon, and ommegang abbey waiting in my house and I can't wait to try these ones too!

Photo of BretSikkink
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light yellow beer, with light foamy head. Retention is really poor, and the lace barely sticks to the glass.

Yeast prevails in the aroma, with a backing of spices - coriander and orange peel, check. Light wheat grain sweetness, along with an ester or phenolic presence that's too faint for me tonight.

Tartness of flavor is quite crisp, although also a bit slick. Decent body that's just about right for a wit, the yeast is chalky and upfront to me.

It's not a bad beer, just perhaps needs a tweak of recipe. It wasn't quite what I expected - it's not that I was disappointed by the Witte, just underwhelmed.

Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy gold with a good sized white head that hangs around.
the aroma has a good dose of yeasty breadiness, with some ripe banana and light clove. it also gives off a soft lemony citrus and a creamy, but delicate vanilla. little bit of corriander.
the taste is much like the aroma, but with the citrus coming through in greater proportion. there is a vanilla flavor that smoothes out the wrinkles drawing everything together rather nicely. other than that much like i stated with the aroma, the yeast, the spice, it's all there. comes off a little chalky at times, but not in a negative way.
the body is a little on the lighter side, with airy carbonation.
good drinkability, quenching and has an aroma and taste that combine to make you want to keep on sipping.
great witte.

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golfen hue with a foamy,white three-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast, clove and some lemon.

T - A good sweet wheat taste with a blend of lemon and orange/corriander flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Very drinkable, even an entire 750ml bottle.

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

Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear pale amber color. Lemon nose. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is Lemon and yeasty. tart finish. 750ml bottle $5.99 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy light amber yellow with a decent head. Aroma is not strong, wheaty, plenty of lemon tone (but that may have come from the lemon provided with my drink). Flavor is typically wheaty and malty, with a strong citrus overtone and just a hint of bitterness. A nice smooth wheat ale.

Photo of Nipitato
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Light gold hue. Cloudy. Pours with a 1 inch+ white head that dissipates to a quarter of an inch. Great looking effervescence.

S: A classic wit aroma. Well balanced. Sweet wheat malt noticeable. Herbaceous and peppery notes both subtle. Orange fruit aroma is strong. A great smelling beer.

T: Tart. Some very restrained herb coriander flavor. Some grainy wheat. Citrusy tartness but would not define it as orange. Crisp and dry. Well balanced. Overall very subtle.

MF: Medium light body. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Very high carbonation adds to mouthfeel.

D: A very good American witbier. Great for summer - cool, crisp, and easy to drink.

Photo of iceball585
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw pale yellow and cloudy w/ a thin white head

S- Citrus smell of lemon and orange, also has slight bready and wheat smell

T- Citrus flavors of lemon and orange

M- Light bodied w/ a crisp lemon bite at the begining but a little carbonated

D- Fairly drinkable witbier.

Pretty decent witbier. Good flavors but just a little light for my tastes. Still an all around good witbier though.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle. Golden straw in color, hazy, with average size head, didnt stick around for too long. Smells of sour citrus and some bread like qualities. Taste is good, fruit is present but it has a very sour note to it, high carbonation also is distracting somewhat. Very crisp, leaves a very dry sensation in the mouth which keeps me coming back for more. Overall a pretty good beer, not being a huge fan of this style I thought this was probably the best example I've had yet. Something, I dont know what though, keeps me from saying this is a great beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on vacation at the Outer Banks at Howard's Pub was served in a 25oz. caged and corked brown bottle in a pint glass.

Hazy, straw yellow color with a generous white,frothy head, fair retention, not much carbination could have been the glass.

Faint to moderate aromas light citrus with a lemon/orange peel,some corriander,bready with hints of wheat.

Classic spicy wheat taste,light clovey notes with corriander, a light wheat/dried hay taste,tart,slighty sour and astrigent.
Very light and tangyness that swells the tongue with a bit of acidty.

Refreshing beer good for summer goes down nice. Dry,tangy and good spicyness makes for a nice drinkability. Would like to try this one again.

Photo of TenSpoons
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy straw colored, white head that disappated quickly

Smell - Citrus, Lemon, slighly spicy, yeasty

Taste - Slight Lemon flavor, nice malt background, dry, clean

Mouthfeel - highly carbinated with medium body.

Drinkability - A great witbier. I would drink another.

Photo of Kendo
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an Augustijn chalice, the body is a murky light straw in color with a 1-finger white head that settles pretty fast. Leaves some lacing on the way down.

S: Nose is what you'd expect -- wheat, coriander and lemon peel.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: lemony wheat, coriander and orange peel are the dominant flavors. There's a slightly tart note towards the end, helping to establish a dry, clean finish.

M: Light in body with a nice, light spritzy feel.

D: Excellent.

Notes: Went very well with a sushi-type dinner (rolls, shrimp shumai), as it was light in body, with a lemony taste that went well with the fish. Enjoyable on a summer day.

Photo of supercolter
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crowd pleaser if nothing else...
I was actually quite impressed with this beer. This had the most beer-feel to it of any of the wit's I have tasted. The head was large but not too creamy in an all malt sense. Mouthfeel and Drinkablity were excellent, a bit heavier in body but easier to swallow without all the normal creaminess. The only flaw I found in the taste and smell was the lack of dark fruit smell to them. The spicing was on par with the coriander, but also maybe a bit more orange peel would have made it a bit better for the style.

Photo of pweis909
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, with thick white foam, good head retention. Cloudy.
S: Grainy. Estery, but not intensely so
T: Overall impression is dry, with a little bit of sweetness from grain. I cannot decide whether I discern the spices, or if there is just a light prickly-ness from the carbonation. I'll need to try more of this style to better evaluate spices.
M: Creamy, smooth.
D: Easy drinking, enjoyable beer. Share a big bottle with a friend on a hot summer day.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a big beautiful white head that falls to a cap and leaves some good lacing behind.

Aroma is soft and subtle wheat good orange peel nice sweet aromas with subtle spice noted. On this one sweet and wheat prevail.

Taste is nice wheaty with sweet oranges given a boost by zesty carbonation. Nice and favorable solid but nothing special but it is good. Finish has lingering zest with some coriander. Would make a nice summer brew, have had more complex witbiers but it is good if not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is good medium, with nice zesty carbonation.

Drinkability is good enjoyable, great for quenching this hot sticky weather.

Photo of Freshie
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bottle. Pouring instructions, cellaring instructions. ABV. Beautiful artwork, I'm a fan of the Ommegang logo anyway. I have got to get me one of their hoodies.

Clear, pale yellow color, with a ginormous amount of bubbles. Thin white lace around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is rather faint, but light coriander and citrus. Grainy malt mostly.

The taste is very earthy. Yeast I guess. Coriander and citrus coming after. A bit dry in the end. Light bodied.

Nice and drinkable.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra pale straw, with exceptional clarity before the yeast pour. Dense soap-bubble head reaches two fingers and holds well leaving spotty lacing. Weak nose, some faint wheat, and traces of spice or Belgian yeast notes. Smack of pale malt sweetness upfront, followed by sharp Pils malt and rich flaked wheat. Earthy yeast and some very subtle and indiscriminate spice help dry the aftertaste with some snappy and tart phenols. This pairs nicely with a mild noble hop flavor and bitterness that is slightly floral and somewhat spicy but provides and excellent balancing background. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing if nothing else; highly carbonated and light in body but retaining some silky texture from the wheat and susended yeast. Finish is mild and beckons another glass, but a bit dry as the bland spice flavor becomes more pronounced. Still, a few flaws aside, this is a great summertime quencher with a traditional witbier character.

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

Large corked bottle, no due date I could identify.
Very pale yellow, cloudy to the point it turns white against strong light. Very nice head with average retention, but it goes down so easy that it does not make a difference; by the time the head is gone, so is the beer.
Light and refreshing, it has a nice aroma of orange, yeast, coriander, lemon, and a similar flavor, slightly tart, lemony, full of orange notes, and a bit of coriander.
Not exactly spectacular, but a good example of the style, highly refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at biegaman's super extravaganza spring Saison tasting! Biegaman cracked this one open.

Pours a hazed golden/yellow, medium sized white head forms, leaves some lace spots, good retention, nice and bubbly. Smell is sweet, some fruits, spices, yeast, citrus, bit of banana, nice. Taste is banana and wheat, spicy yeast, bread, light fruitiness, nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not usually a big fan of wit's but this one was quite nice, very refreshing! Thanks Jan!

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

A great bouquet of spice aromas coming off of the Beer. Cloves, coriander, & pepper. Some citrus notes too. Orange peel & lime. Some very faint banana smell too.

Yellow and hazy. Big white head. Head slowly dissipates to a thin cover which then lasts to the end. Leaves some good lace.

Tastes bready, & fruity...with some spices. Not an intense flavour profile, it's rather subtle. I do taste orange peel, and some other citrusy flavour like lime or lemon. The spice flavours are not as big as they were in the aroma, but the same ones are still there. I do not really taste the banana that I had smelled earlier.

Mouthfeel is very light in body with a high level of fine carbonation that becomes pricklier after it sits on your tongue for a few seconds.

Overall, it's a great summer. However, I certainly wouldn't mind if they cranked up the flavour to become a little more pronounced.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL
Pours a super cloudy dirty straw color with dense perfectly white head. In the nose, I get a classic wheaty Ommegang aroma. Lots of spicy esters in this one, some orange and coriander. A little bit of buttery diacetyl present. Flavor wise it's almost like an orangy creamsicle. The mouthfeel is oh so creamy with a wonderful carbonation. It is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had. However, the complexity is certainly lacking. The spices are kept well in check which is nice, but I'm missing a lot of esters in the flavor, no banana or clove. I imagine it is due to yeast strain and/or ferm. temp. But, I just wish it had some more going on for it. In the end, this is a most quaffable summer beer, and I'm glad I get to linger over it for 750mL!

Photo of scott
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

unknown vintage

Wow, what an enticing pour. Gorgeous hazy yellow with tons of active carbonation going on.
Zesty citric aroma subdued by wheat.
Spicy, mostly clean, light, and refreshing. This will couple nicely with most dishes, and is perfect for the deck. Balanced, and well crafted. Recommended for sure.

Photo of crayphish
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my weizen glass from a bomber. Hazy yellow, with pink accents. Dense fluffy head reduces to a small cap. Moderate lacing. Sweet lemon malt in the nose. Some spice. Taste is again sweet malts, yeast, and citrus. A bit bland. Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry, very quenching. This redeems the bland taste. I would enjoy this beer en masse on a hot summers day out on the patio.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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