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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,868 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 39
Gots: 170 | 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 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.

Photo of TPSReports
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the clear golden brew into my Duvel tulip glass. It produced a nice white head, but it didn't stick around too long.

The smell on this beer was very nice. Bold citrus flavors dominate and are light and bright. At this point, I'm very pumped up about this beer!

Well, in the taste category, it falls short. Yes, I understand it's a light wheat ale. That said, I was underwhelmed by the lack of flavor, very little hops, very little malt, mild citrus. I was drinking this "thirst quenching" beer outside in 90 degree heat while cooking on the grill. The beer seemed to fit the moment perfectly, but just didn't deliver in taste, mouthfeel, or drinkability. I considered not finishing the bottle, but that would certainly be a waste of beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color with a billowy white head. Lacing is thorough, and last until the beer is gone. The aroma is of orange peel, coriander, and wheat. The taste is like the aroma, but not as pronounced. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than medium bodied, and a tad too light for my liking in a witbier. Overall, this is a decent wit, but I had expected more from a brewery that specializes in Belgian styles.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured silently, quick & clean. Light nose, spiced with coriander & pepper, faint aroma of orange and banana, with the fruit qualities growing in depth with some time to bloom as well as some bread crusts. A fat finger's worth of loose, pearl white foam settled rather quickly to a see-through sheen overtop a hazy, very pale golden lemon hued body.

Light, cider crisp and dryly sweet, a cracker quality comes thru from the wheat, the banana taste rises as the coriander, pepper & faint orange fall to the mouth's floor. Very easy to drink, it grows drier & spicier on the palate with a crunching crispness, the spices getting sharper (especially the pepperlike bite) and the overall gestalt of the two scrub the tongue rather vigorously. It finishes sharp & clean with no filming or coating, a faintly sweet, crackerlike aftertaste remains.

A very nice Witbier, not overly complex, and nicely spiced. I did like how it finished uphill growing drier & spicier but still finishing clean, but not thin or watery. Not the best Witbier I've ever had, but a very good one. Would be great with anything light & spicy for summer fare (seafood, white meats, even an aggressive salad) or just by itself. Check it out.

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

750ml bottle, corked and caged. Enjoyed for the first annual Summer Saison Tasting.
Big white head that sits perfectly over a hazy yellow golden colour. Good lacing. A lemony/ginger aroma - very on par for a wit. Notes of wheat and malt come through too. Gentle notes of absent bu are largely absent. The yeast is very distinct with a true 'Belgian' character and imparts a lot of 'lemony zest' to the taste. Flavours of orange peel as well. Another very nice, well enjoyed, Ommegang offering.

Photo of pittvkyle7
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from a bottle to a tulip glass. cloudy bright straw yellow. big white head that fades quick.

At first I thought it might be skunked (it wasn't) but a strange smell. Besides that it was sweet malt and yeast.

Taste had, lemon, yeast, alcohol, cocnut, very sweet malts, and very little bitterness. Over all very week and watery.

light on the mouth, and slightly refreshing.

the taste was very mild so that could make it drinkable but if you're looking for flavor then it isn't that drinkable. haha

Photo of enfield249
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale yellow. 2 fingers of head.

S - I'm not getting a lot off this beer. A little spicy smell (?) and wheat.

T - Spicy? I taste some spice. Maybe coriander. Pleasant wheat flavors. Not overly spicy, but it's there.

M - Good. Not to heavy not to light.

D - Meh. I guess I'm not a whit kinda guy. Nothing wrong with this beer, just not my style. Better then some whits I've had actually.

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

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours straw yellow with just a touch of haze. the big dense white head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of light spice. cracker malt. touch of honey sweetness. hint of funk.

taste is nice. light honey sweetness. bit of alcohol. cracker malt. low bitterness level. touch of spice.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium carbonation level. light body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and tastes great.

Photo of geexploitation
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light yellow with a delicate white head that fades to a collar. For some reason the appearance says "lemon." The nose has notes of lemon juice and vanilla-coconut with just a hint of the usual spices, and some warm spice notes that aren't usually found in a witbier (unfortunately, I'm not enough of a spice scholar to ID them individually). On the palate, the coconut really comes out toward the front, but the finish is all lemon/bready malts. The middle is a bit muddled and shapeless, which detracts quite a bit from the overall experience. Mouthfeel is as expected: some delicate acidity but not astringency and big carbonation that keeps things creamy but light. Overall, a very decent witbier.

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

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into my DT glass. No dating system but they just reentered the market so should be fresh. It has a slightly hazy golden color with a initial burst of carb. Had a small head that quickly went away. The smell was sweet malt with some lemon but not much coriander as I'd expected. The taste was good. It's not great like Hoegaarden but very drinkable. Had a nice solid taste from front to back with good carby mouthfeel. I'd strongly recommend this one as a good example of the 2nd tier of the style. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of Contra
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Witbiers used to be my favorite until I tried Tripels. At any rate, this is a well done version of a Witbier, if only a little uninspired.

Poured as the bottle instructs, this beer is quite cloudy, as you'd expect. The color is almost a white-yellow which glows when held up to the light. The aroma comes out well, with a fresh wheat scent. As far as flavor, it's pretty much the standard Witbier - that yeasty wheat taste with hints of orange. I do personally wish it was spiced a little bit more, just to give it a little bit character. Still, it's a solid flavor. It's oddly a bit acidic, which takes away from the mouthfeel a bit, but it really is not that strong, so it's a minor complaint.

Overall, Ommegang's Witte is a solid beer, but there are better alternatives for a Witbier.

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

From the 750 ml caged cork bottle, decants with a vigorous pop. No freshness date noted. Into a hefe glass, it’s a hazy grapefruit juice color with a small amount of sediment. Tiny bubbles vigorously coruscate up through the liquid, fueling a two-finger whitish head that fades away slowly, leaving a thick cap and moderate lacing. Good looking! Nose is as expected, spicy with coriander, citrus, and tea-like malt. In a word, zesty. Taste follows nose with cloves, coriander, and citrus in evidence. Good flavor balance, slightly bready, and finishes on an ever-so-slightly-bitter note. Mouth is middle-viscous with ample but not excessive carbonation on the tongue; it’s smooth and refreshing overall, just as a nice, light witte should be. Drinkability is excellent: it’s tasty yet subtle, refreshing, and smooth.

A great take on a witte, and another great one from Ommegang, this one is another new favorite. Ommegang once again twists my arm to stock up on their competitively priced Belgian style ales. Highly recommended.

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

Bottle Inspection: 750ml brown corked and caged bottle lists 5.1% abv., glass suggestion (goblet) and pouring instructions to leave the yeast in the bottle. I ignored that with a roust for the last pour.

Aroma: Mild lemon grass, citric whiffs, and a spicy alcohol base.

Appearance (Chimay Goblet): Hazy gold with a creamy white cap that manages a few short lived trails of lace.

Flavor: Very mild. Belgian yeast note is probably the first impression, with a mild drying alcohol aspect. Mild aged peach and lemon aspects.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation on the second pour led to a very pleasant creamy aspect that encouraged long quaffs. Medium body with a slightly slick finish.

Overall Impression: A session beer that can last all day. Fun to look at, nice mild yet slightly funky Belgian edge, low easy carbonation, just a great way to spend the day. Paired nicely with spicy meatloaf, tater and asparagus.

Recommended!

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky golden color with a large billowy white head that quickly drops to not much.

Smell is citrusy, lemon mostly.

Taste is much the same. Lemony, a bit zesty at first but it quickly loses its punch. Slightly sour finish. Yeasty, very yeasty.

A little too watery in the mouth. Not bad really, but not something I would seek out either. I expected better from Ommegang.

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

Pours hazy yellow/orange, great head and lacing.

Smells are spicy, clean and appealing. Taste is slightly sweet, good spiciness coming through with orange and some fruit notes. Definitely very drinkable and refreshing. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I think it's a step up from hoegaarden and will drink again.

Photo of techdiver
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Spicy, lemon citrus aroma.

Well balanced and smooth taste. Great finish. Just begs for more.

Mouthfeel is good, could use just a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. Need more.

Photo of goochpunch
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy pulpless lemonade with loads of carbonation in the body, a thick, creamy head that lasts and lasts, and excellent cheet-like lacing that is raised off of the glass. Aroma is pretty weak, but has the requisite unmalted wheat, malted pale malts, coriander and citrus. Not much character from the yeast itself, though. Flavor is solid, with a nice presence of bready malts in contrast to the wheat. Lots of citrusy sweet in the middle with subdued coriander and yeast. Finishes dry, a bit herbal, and tart. Body is light, with a little extra body given by the yeast and a good deal of carbonation. This one offers up a good deal of flavor and a refreshing tartness that keeps me drinking. Not the most interesting wit, and I'm sure I'd go for a Troublette or Blanche de Chambly more often than I would this, but this is a fine example overall.

Photo of allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-gold color, with a smallish head that fades quickly. Pleasant aroma of wheat with a light spiciness. Lots of flavor: spicy, herbal flavor that blends yeast and hop tastes (flowery, fruity, herbal-dill taste, supplemented by noticicle coriander), a lot of wheat, with a tart, citrusy aftertaste. Body is highly carbonated, with a powdery texture.

Photo of GPHarris
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a four finger white and fluffy head into a weizen glass. it billows over the rim of the glass and is very long-lasting and leaves sticky lacing and thick ring throughout. body is golden with a slight haze.
s - lemons and a slight metallic taste.
t - bananas and lemon.
m - crisp and refreshing.
d - easily drinkable and a nice beer for a hot day. there are better witbiers out there but i'm glad we finally have the opportunity to purchase this in alabama.

Photo of Onibubba
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber. Pale clouded yellow with an OK head. Smell is kind of rough - a bready sweet yeastiness, like dough. Not picking up any spicing in the smell, nor in the taste. Very yeasty sweet, a veritable yeast infection you might say. Mouthfeel is OK. Medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Drinkability would be good if only it tasted good. With the wide amount of Wittes available to me, I see no reason to bother with this one again.

Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into pint glass.

Light hay color with a light haze. A white frothy head lasts forever, and slowly settles to a thick foamy cap. Solid stacked lacing.

Crisp wheat aromas with a little bit of lemon and some light spice.

The unmalted wheat lends a very crisp and clean flavor, giving way to a little bit of orange and coriander. A little bit of esters from the yeast show up in the form of dark fruit. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is clean with a little bit of fruit and spice lingering.

Not a bad white beer, although I feel I have had better. Still, it's recommended for a try as it's a good interpretation of a Belgian style from an American brewery.

Photo of ghostmech007
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL magnum poured into a pilsner glass.

Pale yellow and very hazy. You can't even see your fingers through the glass. The head is a joke with a whimpy lace that doesn't do a thing.

Very yeasty right off. Spices and coriander and orange. Harsh on the nose.

Crisp and very oily in my opinion. A slighty tartness that lasts the whole drink, and a strong wheat and malts flavor. Very yeasty with orange and coriander. Not much to the spices. The medium body and tartness really make this drink one sided and not very enjoyable. With flavors trying to compete for the front it didn't meld very well. I think I'll pass next time I see this one.

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
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 1,868 ratings.