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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Witte
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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,538 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1538
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional Belgian-style wheat ale with whispers of sweet orange and a touch of tart lemon. Spicy and refreshing.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2004)
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BeerManDan

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a very heavy hazy looking mustard yellow with a medium amout of white foam and no lace. The smell had a yeasty, citrus and flower like aroma. You can taste the yeast, citrus like orange peel with a touch of, like rose pedals. The nice balance of sweetness/bitterness on the palate and the aftertaste lingers for a nice amout of time.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 05:09:29 | More by BeerManDan
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, tasty, and easy-drinking beer from a brewery that consistently puts out quality products. Looks great, tastes, great, refreshes. This could easily be a spring and summertime regular option. Sure, I'll turn to the superb German and Belgian brews for wheat ale satisfaction. But you can't go wrong with this.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:19:13 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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BrianScottK

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Nice mustard-yellow color, with a frothy, fluffy, white head. Smells of fresh-cut grass and dandelions. Very lemony on the fore with a really smooth, full-mouth coating upon swallowing. Slight piney aftertaste that doesn't linger for more than a second.

A simple, light, refreshing wheat beer, perfect for summer Sunday Fundays.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 03:33:53 | More by BrianScottK
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: beautiful pour with a 3 finger head that slowly dissipated to one finger. Good lacing throughout the drinking experience.

Smell: Belgian yeast, citrus, orange peel, flowered sweetness. Very pleasant in every way. Looking forward to the first sip!

Taste: Follows the smell closely with the citrus coming out strong on the front end, and then it eases into some light belgian funk. Light and wheaty.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a light fluffy body. Very easy to drink, and enjoyable all the way through.

Overall: This is just a good easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:58:07 | More by alex_hart
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Hollybee

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice, golden color, beautiful white, quickly dissipating head, thick lacing.

I enjoyed the smell. It's slightly floral, orange, plastic.

Flavor is sweet, citrus, malt, honey but fades pretty quickly.

Mouth feel I wasn't pleased with initially it felt under carbonated, but further in, it's quite nice, enough carbonation to cut the sweetness, but medium bodied enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 01:25:50 | More by Hollybee
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang Witte has a very thick, white head and an initially clear, straw appearance, with lots of bubbles. When I swished the bottom contents of the glass, a huge gray cloud descended in the glass. There is some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of peppery coriander, citrus, and sweet, white bread. Taste is of the same, with an increasing bitterness as one drinks it down and a hint of banana as well. Also, one can detect a tap water flavor, which is often encountered with wheat beers. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ommegang Witte finishes on the dry side, sweet, and drinkable. Overall, it’s a good beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 20:20:11 | More by RonaldTheriot
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/28/2012. Pours hazy pale straw color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruit, citrus, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with wheat; with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice witbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters with wheat; and extremely smooth to drink. This is spot on to style; a very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 04:18:05 | More by superspak
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, clear golden appearance. Nice carbonation stream. Tart, citrus, tart aroma. Tastes as it smells. Taste beats the color. Great complexity. Light and drinkability is great. Awesome on a summer day. Really refreshing. Finishes true to its character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 18:39:51 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A sickly pale cloudy yellow pour with white crisp head.

Smells yeasty with citrus zest and some spice.

Spice upfront and bready malt flavor thickness. Got some mellow lemonade twang to it.

Carbonation thru and thru. Did quench the thirst.

Can't see myself drinking a lot of these in one session due to the lemony aspect of this. Almost like a summer shandy. I guess its alright. Nice to mix up with once in a while in the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 15:24:39 | More by joeseppy
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here's a new review based on this on tap:

Pale yellow with a green hue. Good start to the head but it settles to rim bubbles. Some spots for lace.

Banana and clove waft to the nose initially. Soft very lightly malted barley and light alcohol round out the smell.

Soft and fruity flavors of apple, banana and cream. Not much wheat here. Carbonation is modest for the style. The finish has a small touch of spice like thyme and white pepper. Short aftertaste.

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3.5 4.0 3.5 4.0 3.5 (bottle)
Good white head that dies more quickly than most Wheats. Yellow color and mildly cloudy.

Great wheat start to the aroma. Crisp and light in the nose.

Spritzy yet full-bodied. Strong wheat flavor. Sour finish and long lasting aftertaste. Pretty run of the mill in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 21:09:27 | More by smcolw
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a hazy straw yellow color with a good fingers worth of head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring with a touch of lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is lemons with touches of coriander, wheat and yeast. Good witte.

T: Wow everything in the smell is crashing through... Little on the tart side right up front with the coriander kicking in midway through. Little on the wheaty, yeasty side at the finish.

M: Pretty light bodied with a very sharp carbonation. Aftertaste is clean and light, with notes of lemons.

O: A very nice wit good ABV so you can drink a few, A nice beer, not the greatest wit but a good beer worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:48:25 | More by mralphabet
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours only slightly hazy straw color. Nice white head. It dies down to a thin skin. Plentiful amounts of lacing.

S-Yeasty. Bananas. Wheaty and lightly citrusy. A bit of hay.

T-Yeast is again prominent. Subtle spicing. Bananas again. Straw and hay too. Lighter notes of lemon.

M-The pinnacle of the beer. Soft and cushioned. Messaging bubbles. Dry with a hint of noble bitterness. Tight bubbles but they aren't harsh. Light-medium body.

O/D-Pleasant. Went down quick. Enjoyable enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:00:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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AmitC

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/28/12 So this is pretty old.

Pale straw color. Less than a finger thick white colored head that fades away rather quickly. Some bubbles and just ok lacing. Not much.

Aroma is of fruity Belgian yeast, slight coriander and some spices. May be a bit of peppery cloves. Some grains and overall dry fruit mixed nose. Strength is moderate to good.

Flavor is a mix of what nose has to offer. Zesty, spicy, coriander, some pepper. Slightly grainy. Very dry finish. Has no sourness. Slight amount of tartness that just starts to appear towards the half way mark.

Mouth feel is light to slightly medium. Moderate carbonation. No astringency. Very light and easy drinking beer. Sessionable all the way.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:14:57 | More by AmitC
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light gold. Forms a thin white head over fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner and light cracker malts, and almost a skunky yeastiness.

T: Big pilsner malts and wheat graininess, with a light fruitiness of orange/citrus peel mixed with the weird skunk flavor.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: I don't get this one. It's not a favorite style of mine, but this one seemed to still fall short. I'm disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:00:26 | More by macrosmatic
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I have had a witbier or anything from Ommegang, for that matter. Pretty thorough wheat beer. Lemon tang with a bready and yeasty thing going on. Smooth feel. Extremely easy to drink. A good production that sticks to the parameters and has a consistent delivery.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 09:52:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jumpov

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang chalice. Muted yellow color, cloudy and beautiful. Smells of slight floral and citrus note. The taste of the Witte has some subtle saison to it, and the coriander is distinct. Overall a delicious and flavorful beer, though not Ommegangs best, certainly their most suitable for the hot summer days.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 02:05:31 | More by Jumpov
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear pale yellow with two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a few minutes. Not much lacing.

S: Spice, citrus, apples.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet wheat and citrus. Apples and spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Pretty good Witbier. Nothing stands out as particularly awesome, but it was nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 01:48:22 | More by SolipsismalCat
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grittybrews

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bright but cloudy pale yellow. Two fingers of bright white head, quick-receding with light lacing. Mildly sweet aroma of wheat, light lemon, and spice.

Light-bodied, creamy, and ample carbonation. Light honey and wheat up front followed by lemon, a hint of orange zest, and gently spicy hops. Clean finish without much bitterness.

Balanced and refreshing. Pretty light overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:44:11 | More by grittybrews
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fmccormi

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a tall Ommegang flute; bottling date of October 24, 2012 with a freshness date of October 2013 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle (“PKG ON 10/24/12 BEST BY 10/2013”).

Appearance (4.5): Three solid fingers of bone-white, crackling foam comes off the pour, capping a very hazy (cloudy) body that is a very pale yellow-amber color. This beer has truly excellent retention, too, with a finger-thick head sticking around even a few minutes after pouring. It also has surprisingly thick, pronounced lacing, too: a couple of fat, thick, broad splotches of foam hang around on one side of the glass, the other side sporting some scattered suds.

Smell (4.5): Very clear notes of warm, dry straw and coriander dominate the nose, smelling extraordinarily dry and rustic with fresh-baked wheat bread and just a little sweetness mixed in. The orange in the brew is very restrained but fits nicely between the subtle malt sweetness and the fruitiness of the yeast profile.

Taste (4.5): The dry, rustic, straw-like character in the nose translates well in the palate, offering a very dry, biscuity character that works well with the moderate spiciness of the coriander and actually offers a nice springboard for the orange in the brew, which comes off as light and sweet, and somewhat more noticeable than in the nose. The wheat character lends a modest tartness that complements the fruitiness of the yeast profile well, creating a lemony flavor that’s bright and floral. Crackery, dry, floral, lightly tart and spicy.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Effervescent, with extremely soft, voluminous carbonation filling whatever space it can; the body is light, dry, and very crisp—this is practically the definition of quenching.

Overall (4.5): Somehow, I never realized just how good of a beer this is. For me, it nails the style pretty damn well but has its own unique character, no doubt the product of Ommegang’s characteristic yeast profile(s). It’s not a style I gravitate towards, but the bottom line is that this example of it is just plain awesome. Way to go, Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:21:11 | More by fmccormi
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Guden

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A pretty cloudy yellow with a large head that fades into a thick layer but leaves no lacing.

S- Sweet wheat and malt blend with continental hops, peppery spice and lemon/orange citrus. There's some good stuff here but it comes off muddled. The pepperiness of the spice seems to build over time and dominates in a way it shouldn't.

T- Again the sweetness of wheat is the strongest trait with definite coriander and orange. Better than the nose, but not by much.

M- Fairly thick, as it should be, but low in carbonation which keeps it less refreshing.

O- This is just an alright wit, it's not on the level of Allagash White or even Hoegaarden, but it is drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 00:37:03 | More by Guden
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head with some lacing on a dull gold body. aroma of lemon, grain herbal hops and clove. Flavors include wheat, grains, lemon, club soda, herbal hops. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Drinkable, not too dry. About as good as a wit can be.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 11:28:39 | More by kylehay2004
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 4-pack of this for Christmas, where it was bought by a close friend directly at the brewery itself. Pretty stoked to be checking this out.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy, lightly colored yellow that reminds you of a lemon. Nicely-styled wheat. Produces a nice 1 1/2 inch head that stuck around.

Smell: Has a aroma full of grain and sweet malts. Noticed a hint of orange and lemon extracts. Light hint of fruits possibly.

Taste: The first taste is a rush of wheat flavors. The lemon flavors stick around and no way is it overbearing. Actually balances out everything quite nice. However, I feel the only thing that may hinder it from me enjoying it more would be its somewhat grassy flavor, but nothing that would kill it. Quite enjoyable overall, but nothing that sticks out of mind.

Mouthfeel: Has quite a light body with moderate carbonation. Went down nicely

Overall: Upon first taste, to be quite honest, I wasn't expecting anything out of this world. It was a nice beer to begin with. If only I could enjoy Wheat and Witbiers more often, I think I would be quite fond of this brew. I would recommend this beer to a friend if they were looking for a nice summer beer to enjoy on a cool summers night. I guess this beer was nice to enjoy on a cold December night HaHa. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 02:31:35 | More by DMXLOX22
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

classic belgian wit. the pour is cloudy and really pale yellow in color, lots of tiny bubbles rising hotly to the surface. still, the head is small and white, fades pretty quick from the bottle, but ive seen it last better from the tap. the nose is a lot of wheat malt and really farmy funked out yeast, also a fair bit of tartness, like lemon juice from concentrate. the flavor is about the same, with the wheat being really fresh and forward, which is such a rarity these days. the yeast is gold, super bright and spunky, with that lemon zest tart to sourness, almost like a sour beer or wild ale, its pretty far out there on the funk scale. epic carbonation, jivey feel, dances on the tongue, with a real light drinkable body, slammable at this low abv. a really fun beer, could be an easy transition to sours for people yet to get into them, there is so much of that barnyard stuff happening that a sour isnt too distant. overall a wonderful brew, one of ommegangs finest regulars. a treasure.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:57:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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LeRose

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dragging the curve down again here... My wife is a fan of this style, I have made home brew witte, and have learned to appreciate the lightness and easy drinkability of this style. But...

Wanted to like this, but we were not happy with it at all. Seemed to lack anything to do with what we have come to expect from a witte (compared to Allagash White, for instance). Weak and watery brew that we might try again to see if it was just the bottle, but I have seen some other low scores for this product. Maybe consistency is an issue? What I tasted doesn't match with the other reviews on this site, for sure. Agree on the pour, lightly hazy, frothy head. We didn't get the citrus, fruity ester, yeasty flavors we like from this style at all. Very thin, watery mouth feel.

Reviewed from notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 20:15:49 | More by LeRose
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Huntley Taverne (Summitt, New Jersey)

In a weizen glass:

A: pale straw/light white body with no head and some light carbonation was seen rising.

S: wheat with some lemon and coriander coming through very lightly, no yeast?, ok, no worries to me at least

T: the same but added some pepper.

M: light and added some harshness on the tongue. It was very drinkable

O: this was good for the style, and perhaps a bit on average for me, though I'm not much of a witbier kind of guy, also seemed kinda weak on the yeast

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 02:22:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
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