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Ommegang Witte | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by Todd on 05-01-2004

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Photo of BeeryMcbeerenstein
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into a stemless wine glass.

A- Hazy, big head, yellow/white head.

S- Little fruity, banana clove thing going on. Semi restrained, but I also probably poured this a lot cooler than it should be. (back of fridge cold)

T- fruity, good yeast character. Fairly smooth.

M-Medium body, not too thick, not too thin. Drinkable and enjoyable without being anything that smacks you in the face or leaves nothing lingering on the palette.

This seems to me to be a pretty standard example of a witbeer. Very drinkable and solid. Not mind blowing, just nice and easy going.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 10oz tulip glass at Rustico

A- Hazy yellow with a big white head.

S-Aroma of yeast, coriander and orange peel.

T-Taste - sweetish, spicy, wheat malt notes, light tartness and bitterness, dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, crispy on palate, easy to drink.

O-Very good beer would like to try in the summer time

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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a hazy pale gold with a fizzy white head. Minimal retention

S- nice esters and light citrus fruit aromas

T- some of esters and fruit come through in the taste, but not as much as other wheat beers.

M- thinner and some fizziness.

O- not a bad wheat beer, but a little lighter in flavor than others.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a whole lot of head which has pretty good retention as well. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton-white while the body is a pale hazy straw which looks like champagne when held up to the light. Considerable lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Not terribly complex but still enjoyable. Light, round banana with very smooth notes of orange and lemon. Tiny hint of cloves gives the nose a little bit of earthiness to balance the spiciness (some coriander) and the clean perfume and honey notes. Swirling shows more banana and reveals a slightly savory character.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of orange peel, coriander and lemon. A good amount of cloves with some grain on the finish. A little bit of grassiness as well. Some banana but nothing shows a whole lot of presence. Seems a tiny bit thin. Some hint of cracker but a very mellow beer. I want a little bit more coriander and orange peel and banana but his beer just doesn't have it. Above average beer but a little thin for the style. It's a bit of a disappointment from a brewery that generally succeeds in Belgian style beers. No flaws but lacks presence and complexity.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied with a bit of airiness. Some smoothness and creaminess. Light carbonation. Definitely the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- Very soft mouthfeel leads to a very drinkable beer. No off flavors make it pretty sessionable as well. A little pricey at 3 bucks a bottle but not too bad.

Overall- Above average beer that is very accessible. I can see that as being a very good beer for a non-beer drinker. Beer drinkers should give it a try as well. Fans of witbiers might be a little disappointed.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pkg On 06/04/13
Best By 06/2014

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that settles down to a nice cap after a few minutes

S: Quite yeasty and lightly tart with notes of coriander and orange peel. Light wheaty twang as well

T: Starts off with a nice malted wheat presence as well as a light fruitiness and yeasty notes. Coriander and orange peel both present again, although fairly light on both. Finishes with more of the wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and refreshing

O: A good basic wit with a solid wheat presence. Extremely easy to drink. A great brew for summer

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Photo of jwhancher
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into chalice glass. Appears crystal clear light gold with the slightest haze. Smells of perfumey orange peel & coriander. Nice gentle Belgian phenolics & peppery esters. Tastes citrus like with orange and some honey-like sweetness. Crisp & dry. Very drinkable. Really great beer. Awesome summer beer that's certainly sessionable.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger off-white fast reducing head, violent carbonation

Smells: coriander, lemon peel, oranges, sage

Taste: Orange zest, coriander, wheat at the finish

mouthfeel: thinner

Overall, this is a beer that is a great example of the Witbier style. It reminds me of why I like wheat beers so much. Give it a try. I don't think I'll buy it again though.

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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 which adds to the dryness of the finish without detracting from a 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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