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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 753
Hads: 2,040
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 63
Gots: 332 | FT: 0
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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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 BigCheese
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy pale straw. Small white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Tons of belgian yeast. Lots of sweet sugar and esters. Some bubblegum. Enticing.

T: Some light cereal grains. Some peppery spices. Big yeast/bready flavors. A little banana/pear also. Pretty authentic and substantial flavors. Very refreshing. Would go great with some fish or chicken.

M: Insanely carbonated, per style. A tad thin bodied.

O: Great witte. Very authentic. Best american version I think I've had. Less yeasty and chewy than Allagash white, a little more phenolic. I still prefer Allagash but this is damn close. It wasnt cheap, but if you like Wittes, give it a try.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thought I'd give this one a try, I've had a couple of beers from Ommegang, all have blown my socks off. Served in a pilsner.

A: Pours a Mellow yellow cloudy color with a half inch white soapy, bubbly head, that dissipates within a few minutes leaving almost no lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, belgian yeast, lemon peels, sandalwood, sugars, spices

T: Mellow, smooth flavor, pretty sweet, spices, wheat, breads, grains, pinch of hops at the finish.

M: Fairly well balances, medium-light bodied beer with higher amounts of carbonation

O: Overall, this was a pretty good wheat beer, it's up there on the long list of wheat beers I've had but it wasn't a ground shaker. I thought the price was reasonable and the beer was pretty well made. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with very little head, the beer is an opaque straw-colored yellow. The nose is fairly banana, much more so than I would expect from a witbier, its almost like a hefeweizen.

This beer also tastes like a hefeweizen, its very fruity and quite yeasty. Compared to other witbiers like Allagash White, this really seems closer to a bavarian style hefe than a belgian wit.

Not a bad beer, but not one of Ommegang's better offerings.

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale straw-yellow, huge fluffy white head that fades quickly. It doesn't leaves a huge amount of lacing and retention. The aromas are full of subtle wheat. There's a nice amount of lemon zest and earthy spices in the mix as well. Flavors are earthy and grainy. More lemon along with some orange peel. It's slightly spicy, but barely. Very rustic. Starts of sweet and almost syrupy, but that fades quickly the more you get into it. The mouthfeel is very nice. Light and fluffy with active carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

It's been awhile since I've had this. It might not be Ommegang's greatest acheivement, but it's extremely solid and a good example of the style. Solid stuff.

Grade: B

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Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light straw color with a finger of fizzy head that retained itself for quite some time. The nose has a potent dose of Belgian yeast and the same is very evident in the flavor profile. The finish is semi-dry. This is a solid and well-crafted offering, but certainly not remarkable by any means.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale lemon in color, with significant haziness and a large, fluffy white head. Very true to the Belgian Witbier style. Its appearance promises thirst-quenching refreshment on a sunny summer day.

Smell: Extremely fragrant. The aroma is typical of the style, but still undeniably delicious: citrus fruit, honey, and a smidgen of spicy and floral hops keep you sniffing.

Taste: Refreshingly well-balanced: the semi-sweet citrus is nicely countered by a touch of spicy bitterness that adds a little zing to the otherwise soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with substantial carbonation that adds to the dryness of the finish without detracting from full-on thirst-quenching nature.

Overall: This is, in my opinion, an exemplary Witbier that I would certainly recommend to enthusiasts of the style. Absolutely perfect for a summer barbeque, or even a backyard wedding! All the same, a part of me wishes for a little something more, something unexpected. This is my typical experience with Ommegang. They do such a stellar job of staying true to the Belgian styles, that I can't help but wish they would do something a tad unruly. Just for kicks.

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Photo of vkv822
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a very hazy, pale yellow with a soapy, foamy white head.

Awesome aroma, big coriander and tangy wheat notes with a light, sweet citrus backing.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma, though I scored it a bit lower as it just wasn't quite as vibrant.

Medium+, foamy body.

A very well done wit, really intriguing nose, and a very solidly done palate.

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Photo of tviz33
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Hazy and light yellow. One finger head that recedes to almost nothing.

S- Banana, clove, citrus, spice, and alcohol. Pretty inviting.

T- The taste is what you'd expect from the style, and follows the nose consistently. Orange and lemon flavors. Nothing off-putting about it, but nothing outstanding.

M- Really bubbly and crisp. Light to medium mouthfeel and super refreshing.

O- Great on a hot day. This beer is nothing out of the ordinary, but you know you're getting quality with Ommegang.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a cheerful pop from the cork this pours a hazy straw colored gold with a bone white head of foam that fell off to a thin skin and cap that never left. Great soapy lace. This beer literally glows in the glass and is so lovely to look at. Nose is bright and funky with Belgian, citrus, and hay. Underneath is a big malt profile with wheat, honey and grain. A touch of spice and orange rind as it warms. Taste is tart with lemon and dry with a hint of hop bitter that stands up gracefully next to a big cracker malt and fresh wheat. Creamy clean, sparkling carbonation, it leaves with a touch of honey and a taste of sour not bitter . Drinks light and amiable. Ommegang has done it again with a classic wit that’s radiant and refreshing.

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Photo of Damian
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bottle.

The initial pour yielded a crystal clear, golden yellow body. When the yeast was added, the liquid darkened and turned turbid. A surprisingly small, fluffy, eggshell colored head topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated. No lacing whatsoever.

Spice notes came through strong in the nose. Lots of clove and coriander. Crisp Belgian yeast notes. Touch of citrus. Lemon and orange peel were most apparent. Hint of dull smokiness. Overall, very interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was significantly more muted than the nose. Pale malts and crisp wheat notes appeared up front. Hints of spices in the center. Coriander was detectible. Tart lemon notes came through on the back end and carried into the finish. Slightly bitter and quite dry. Some mild, earthy hops were also noticeable.

The mouthfeel was highly effervescent. Light, crisp and fluffy on the palate. Almost Champagne-like.

While not the most complex witbier on the market, this offering from Ommegang is tasty, refreshing and highly drinkable. It would be a perfect warm weather sipper.

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Photo of lsummers
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden bright straw orange. Two finger fluffy super white head. This is how I expect a witbier to look.

Smells of orange/lemon zest and ester. Clove and a touch of hay. Pleasant smell, that's not overpowering.

Taste is light and refreshing. Starts off with the zesty ester and clove. Touch of a hay like hop profile drops off quickly into the more malty backbone. This is not as full bodied as I would love, but tastes great nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a touch too watery.

Overall, this is a great wit that I will have again. It's light and crisp while maintaining that typical wit profile.

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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Extremely cloudy, pale yellow with a very nice, sustained white head.

Smell: Dry wheat with just traces of coriander, clove and orange peel.

Taste: Dry wheat backbone rounded out with sweeter orange peel and some clove notes. The coriander is noticeable on the finish. Overall, the yeast is more spicy than fruity, which lends to the beer's refreshing character.

Feel: Lght body with lively carbonation. Finish is very crisp and dry. One of the best mouthfeels I have experienced for a Wit.

Overall: Crisp and refreshing with a fantastic mouthfeel, although the aroma is muted and the taste profile is not as complex as some Wits. Very good overall, even if not one of the best for its style, nor one of the better Ommegang brews.

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Photo of horsehead717
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw. Decent head that lasted several minutes.

Aroma: Fruity, mostly lemon, but maybe a hint of banana. Fair amount of yeast. Maybe a note of bubblegum, too. Not a ton of hops, of course, but more hops present on the nose than I expected from a wheat beer; pleasantly surprised. Quite a bit going on here.

Taste: Similar to the aroma; lemon. Sweet, but not overdone.

Mouth-feel: Light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Comments: Very nice beer. Refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt!
Pours a lightly hazy deep straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of citrus and pepper with a hint of honey like sweet maltiness. The flavor is a light and sweet with a fair amount of orange marmalade and light tart citrus. Light earthy hops are barely perceptible and a light bready maltiness that provides some balance. Light body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. The second wit for me in two nights, that's some kind of record. Nice light easy drinking brew, maybe I'm starting to see the allure in this style.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BrianScottK
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of alex_hart
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Hollybee
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.


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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  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.

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.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.