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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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1,762 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,762
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 123 | 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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, sun-faded lemon with a single stream of bubbles in the exact center of the glass. The ivory colored cap is frothysoft, with an upper surface of tiny, pearl-like bubbles that become small pits when they pop. Despite an underwhelming amount of lace, what sticks looks great.

I love the way that all good witbiers smell like summertime. This one is better than most and makes me want to flip the calender to June right this very minute. It's intensely aromatic, with lilting scents of zesty lemon and spicy coriander playing off one another to great effect. This is a tremendous nose.

The flavor isn't quite that good, but it's a near thing. The wheaty base comes through loud and clear and gives the beer a solid foundation from which the top notes of fruit and spice can work their magic. Fresh lemon peel is the dominant accessory flavor, although coriander isn't far behind. Neither one underplays or overplays its hand. I can also appreciate a modest amount of floral hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is airily light, further contributing to the ease of consumption. I try my best to consider each beer's mouthfeel within the context of its style and purpose. Having said that, Witte comes up just a little short. That's a minor annoyance, however, and doesn't deserve a serious downgrade.

This beer is a fine example of the witbier style. It smells heavenly and tastes almost as good. Even though I still prefer the masterpiece that is Allagash White, I have to agree with the label that Ommegang Witte is "worth the wheat".

BuckeyeNation, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Illinick
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, pale, hayish yellow with some golden yellow hues. Thin head that shrinks to ring and island. Cascading lacing.
S: Exotic fruits, bannana, clove. Spiced fruits and tart fruit also present, as is orange and lemon peel. A hint of light nut in the background.
T: Interesting. Spicy and tart. Tart exotic fruit, tart lemon peel, and Spicy! Tartness throughout. Tastes like a wit with a touch of belgian ale added. Touch of alcohol in taste. Flavors become bland after it fills the mouth-ends bland.
MF: light to light-medium that finishes semi-dry.
Overall: An interesting wit. Plenty of tartness and spice in flavor. Solid, nothing special.

Illinick, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a lemony yellow coloration with a slight cloudyness. The head was about two fingers high that quickly disolved. No lacing was left behind on the glass. The beer has a definate rolling carbonation.

Smell: Lemony citrus and coriander dominate the smell.

Taste: The beer has a tartness that combines with a sweet bready taste. The citrus rind and coriander are a treat.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is very light bodied and more than ample carbonation. Very tart but this just help render a crisp mouthfeel. This is a very easy drinking beer.

nlmartin, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with a small bubbly white head on top. Aromas of pale wheat grain maltiness with a big blast of coriander, clove and orange zest. A tad peppery with an earthy yeast phenolic tone. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a crisp pale wheat husk maltiness with loads of coriander and fruity notes of orange & pepper. A hint of clove lingers underneath with a dash of lemon as well. A smooth, light, tasty brew. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, spritzy and smooth. Slightly creamy. This one goes down easily and would make for a great summer beach brew. Bring a few 750's and enjoy the sun. Not my favorite from Ommegang, but a nice wit overall.

orbitalr0x, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale golden. No real lacing, very little head, but the head did hang around. Bubbles were big, bright white and loose.

Smell was Belgian yeasty, citrus oils and spices.

Taste was bright citrus notes. Orange peel and lemon rinds. Spicy notes on the exhale, corriander and nutmeg. Grains and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing.

Easy drinking, goes down very smooth. Brings back memories of summer.

All in all a stand out. Will happily drink again.

Ieatlambfries, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. Ommegang Witte pours out a light yellow color with a big white head that fades quickly. The aroma is orange peel and spices, especially coriander. The flavor is wheat, slightly sour lemon and orange, and lots of spice. A real thirst quencher, this beer works best as a summer time quaffer. Mouthfeel is light to medium. High carbonation. Great drinkability, but lacks some of the more complex flavors of the top wits.

beveragecaptain, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint at the Yardhouse downtown San D.

Pours a hazy light yellow, bubbly white head.

Strong scent on citrus and something like menthol.

Nice crisp mouthfeel with a hefeweizen like flavor of bananas citrus and clove. Very nice. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

I liked this one, very clean and crisp.


SteveO1231, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely light golden color that is paler on the sides than in the center, almost whitish. After a careful pour out of a 750ml, the beer is transparent and clear. A two inch white head forms comprised of very loose bubbles. The aroma is fairly strong, but not terribly complex. Tangy wheat-like witha bit of orange peel in the background. Thankfully, the taste is more interesting than the aroma. It begins with a slight orangey sweetness. This quickly gives way to a wheaty tang and a belgian spiciness that twirl around each other. Add some coriander at the end for good measure. There is a bitterness from the orange peel that sits on the back of your tongue after the swallow. This is an immensely drinkable beer, which is very quenching. I enjoyed it very much, but feel it could be even better with a little more orange sweetness and a little less wheaty tang. Don't serve it too cold as the flavors are very muted when cold.

Hagbard, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like sipping on a fresh glass of Witte while sitting in the pristine Belgain setting in Cooperstown, New York. Brewery Ommegang captures the essence of Belgium not only in architecture, but also in culture and in the flavor of their Witbier

This Belgian white ale starts with a creamy canary yellow hue. Cloudy and airy, the hazy beer floats a stark white and frothy foamstance that both retains and laces very well. Solid but expected from the style.

Citrus aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, perfume, and soft grasses fill the nose. Decorated with white pepper and corriander (in the absence of hop aroma), the beer takes on a decidedly herbal and citrus tone.

Soft breads and wheat malt begin to define the flavors while the fruity (orange, appricots, lemons, and pears) quickly rise and eventually dominate the taste. Soft flavors of orange peel and corriander give a non-descript spiciness that both smoothen out the flavors and adds complexity. Creamy maltiness along with yeasty tartness gives an oddly compelling impression of sour cream.

Creamy and moderately malty up front, the beer fades quickly into a powder-dry texture and eventually becomes a tart and waivering. But until the lightened finish, the beer has a very refreshing and smooth procession.

Overall, the acidity prevails with the spices of yeast gaining precedence over classic powdery textures and prominant spice additions. This gives a rustic unveiled character that is likely more like what authentic witbiers used to be.

BEERchitect, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Omaha. Poured a cloudy golden color with an off orange hue. A good head retention that lasted but limited lacing. The sudsy foam remains for most of the tasting but does disappears after some time. The smell is sweet with good Belgian qualities from the yeast. A light spice from coriander and white pepper are noticeable as well. There also are some light orange qualities but smaller and light from most wit’s.

The taste is smooth with a good malt presence. More of a light malt with a good amount wheat but also supported with aromatic or even caravienna. Surprisingly very smooth for a Belgian wit. I would say its best describe as clean. A citrus zing, not really a bite, that is more of a lemon taste then say orange. A limited hop flavor is minor but smooth and supports the spice feelings.

Overall this is a great wit. A quality body with pretty good carbonation. Very easy to drink and has a smoothness that other wit don’t have.

Oxymoron, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that deposits thick clumps of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Earthy and yeasty with a hint of orange
Taste: Bready flavor to begin with a good orange citrus flavor; a touch or coriander and pepper on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with good levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshingly light but not a spicy as I was expecting

brentk56, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of brewbacca
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: 12oz bottle, drank out if a chimay glass?

A: classic wit color, pale straw yellow, crispy white head, good carbonation. Head deteriorates quickly, not as fully as it could be.

S: Light curcao orange, and corriander, but the wheat take over mostly. smells of dry hay and cut grass tangyness.

T: Up front you get the crispy wheat taste, along with some acidic tang, followed by tingly carbonation that pricks your tounge. also faint curcao and corriander flavors.

M: light body, with good carbonation, Head is creamy and fluffy going.

D: This is definatly a hot weather biere, I drank mine with a brats w/ sourkraut, it went down well and didn't over power the tangy kraut taste, you could match this up with any good bbq food and it would work well. Also since the low alcohol level, you could put away a few in a sitting, and their not filling either. although this is not my favorite wit out there by any means it still stands up as an above scale example of the style. but if you like wits try the celis or and easy classic the hoegarden.

brewbacca, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of LucaBrasi
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well when poured there is a large bubbly head and a pale cloudy yellow color. The head will lessen. The smell is of yeast and a hint of citrus and spice. The taste is of light citrus and spice yet is kind of dull. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated tingle. The drinkablility is average.

LucaBrasi, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy pale yellow with a big frothy head, good longevity and equally good lace. Smells just like a witte should - a sour malted wheat aroma with banana, clove and citrus tones. As far as taste it also tastes as a witte should but nothing too spectacular. It has the all the standard wheat flavors - banana, clove, citrus etc. Fairly high carbonation, I realize witts do tend to have higher than average, but this left me a bit bloated and belchy (if thats a word) than normal. It is easy drinking but a bit too high on the carbonation side. Still an very good beer though.

sabrills70, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Witte from Ommegang.

It pours straw in color and smells of citrus trees.

It's light, very light with moderate carbonation. This makes it very drinkable. I finished half of a 750 bottle in just minutes. This surprised me because I was used to Ommegang's heavier beers. It felt a little too filter for my taste. Other wise this was a nice beer.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Hop2it
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this 750ml yellow-labeled bottle for a while, so today I've decided to go for it. Perfect pour, inch solid white head. At the bottom of the glass the carbonation is so lively it looks like a giant battle of Space Invaders. Cloudy and yellow, sure looks like a witte to me.

Citrus smell with a dry yeasty edge. Taste seems to matche the smell, but I'm so overwhelmed by the explosive carbonation it takes several sips to adjust my taste buds.

As this is a 750ml bottle, if you're not splitting it with a friend, it releases more flavor as it reaches room temp. That over-the top CO2 bitterness gives way and it becomes a lot smoother and more enjoyable. I like this more than other witbeirs I've tried.

Hop2it, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 1 pt, 9.4 oz bottle at RIley's here in Madison. My third Ommegang brew after their Abbey and Hennepin. Here goes...

Pours a dullish cloudy yellow with a decent foamy white head. Smells of wheat, go figure, a little spicy, fruity, with a bit of a musty finish. Taste is similarly grainy, spicy, citrusy and musty. Not too malty or hoppy really. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. I wasn't blown away by this beer. It was refreshing to drink, but didn't really have too much character. Not bad, not great, but pretty good. I like the complexity of their other brews over this witbier.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a bit cloudy and is the golden swill color. The head is large and the carbonation is quite noticeable. Directly after pouring, this one looks like it’s Champaign (super bubbly).

The aroma is of yeast, spice and maybe some cloves.

The flavor starts off a bit watery, but finishes yeasty. I am some what disappointed with this ones flavor, as I was expecting more. Overall it is a decent flavor though.

Mouth feel is light bodied and super carbonated.

Despite its carbonation, it does go down easy.

Naes, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of trumick
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color, cloudy with a nice pure white 1/2 inch head that disapates quickly and some lacing. A nice looking beer.

Scent is lightly sweet, light citrus orange maybe with corriander/black pepper.

Taste is refreshingly sweet orange zest, corriander and finishes perfectly dry.

Mouthfeel is smooth light to medium bodied and very welcoming.

I could drink one of these after the other. It is a nice, refreshing and very flavorful beer. One that should be visited on a warm summer day to truly appreciate it's refreshing nature.

trumick, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very pretty beer that almost shines in the light. The nose is clean and crisp with those traces of orange and coriander. What I really noticed about this version was the sophistication and care taken with the balance and finish. Fragrant, oh so drinkable and very well crafted.

canucklehead, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy pale golden hue with pillowy white head that fades fast. Very little lacing. Smells of powdery yeasts with some citrus. Tastes of citrus bitterness that, curiously, fades almost immediately leaving lingering citrous. Light to body with nice effervescence. This is a very light and refreshing brew. A full bodied version is necessary.

NiceGuyMike, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Shaw
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely into my glass Cloudy, but not super cloudy, and it has a lovely white head that reduces to a thin layer of foam. Very pale yellow in color.

It has a light, spicy aroma that is mixed with wheat malt notes and hints of banana.

The taste is light and spicy and very bubbly. There are plenty of wheat, yeast and spice flavors here, I would prefer a little more substance. This beer is just a tad too light for my tastes.

The body is smooth and the carbonation leaves a pleasant tingling on my tongue.

The average alcohol content and its light taste makes this a drinkable beer. It's nice for the warmer months, which are many down here in Florida.

Shaw, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Had this one at Stain Bar in Williamsburg on a sweltering hot day. What a refresher!

My sample poured a light straw color with two fingers of head.

The aroma was of lemon, citrus, and just a twinge of hops.

The taste was very dry and fruity, with just a slight hint of caramel in the end.

Another solid offering from Ommegang.

Sixpoint, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of IceAce
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light-yellow / white body capped with a thin and tiny-bubbled stark-white collar of foam measuring one finger in height.

Nose is light, bright, and full of ripe citrus notes.

Entry lights softly on the palate, moving headlong into a midtaste featuring beautiful light grapefruit and orange notes supported by ample carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry with many floral notes and a Belgian yeast fade.

IceAce, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/18/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cork blasted out as soon the the cage was off. Lucky it wasn't pointed at anyone. Cloudy light yellow pour with a 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Lots of wheat scent with a light amount of spices and lemonpeel.

Tatse- Nice and fruity with a bit of tartness throughout. Corriander and other spices are prevelant.

Mouthfeel- Higher than average carbonation. Very tingly on the tongue. Maybe a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Very good summer witbier. Not the best, but one of the good ones to be sure.

GClarkage, Jun 19, 2005
Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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