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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Witte
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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,539 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1539
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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bulldog91

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight head and dark yellow, banana-like color. Smell gives a touch of banana but not overpowering. Both in taste and mouthfeel, this is a solid wit. Very enjoyable and drinkable. It's a better-than-good beer that would be just right for summer or thinking of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 15:29:03 | More by bulldog91
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stxp

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pale straw, light white/wheaty almost no head, very minimal lacing, steady rising bubbles

smell: clean, no hops, slightly wheaty, very pils-like, fresh

taste: belgian clove upfront, a bit bland, some bubblegum notes in the finish, slight dry on the end, taste leaves very fast, leaves a bit of lemony linger

mouthfeel: somewhat thin/watery, fairly high carbonation for a wheat, not too filling

overall: easily drinkable beer, nice belgian yeast spice hints of lemon/spices, almost no traces of grain or hops, fast, refreshing

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 16:54:16 | More by stxp
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scratch69

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow color with a fingers worth of foamy head. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Banana, coriander, wheat, and yeast.

Taste- Banana, coriander, wheat malt, and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and crisp. Nice amount of prickly carbonation.

Overall- A very enjoyable beer. This would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 18:50:27 | More by scratch69
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MadCat

New Jersey

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

Appearance: Very Light pale straw color, good white head that dissipates quickly, leaves some lacing

Smell: Banana, wheat, cracker, some spice and orange peel

Taste: Wheat, earthy yeast, coriander, orange, banana, some spice

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, medium thickness

Overall: A pretty good witbier. I don't notice any difference between the growler and the bottle (though its been a little while since I've had this from a bottle). Not the best from Ommegang... but still a solid choice from a great brewery.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2012 00:38:20 | More by MadCat
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stalker5

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy straw/pale yellow color with a big foamy head that retained well to top it off. Smell had a bit of yeast and citrus smells. Taste is about the same, wheat/yeasty taste, some citrus flavors and the coriander to top it off but a bit watery of a taste Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated yet smooth. Overall this is a solid witbier, and would drink this on occasion. Ommegang puts out a solid product.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 12:54:00 | More by stalker5
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Uber pale yellow color with some haze poured into the signature Witte glass, looks nice. Foamy white cap forms to a few fingers in size and retains quite well. It all eventually falls to a frothy cloud and ring on the beer. Spotty lace around the glass.

S- Not as overpowering as many Witbiers but it delivers a nice yeast profile. Bananas, cloves and lemon zest up front with some Belgian yeast spice, wheat/grain and a small hint of bubble gum esters.

T- Lemon and citrus lead this one off with banana esters and clove notes right behind. Yeast spice like coriander and pepper adds some complexity atop the very light grainy/wheat base beer.

MF- Light as can be with a foamy, high amount of carbonation. Subtle bitterness in the finish.

Solid Witbier. In a style like this it can sometimes be hard to compare beers but this one would be just above average for me. I like how the citrus and yeast profiles play off of each other.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:48:01 | More by cbutova
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CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. PKG on 06/13/12.

A: Pours an opaque light yellow white with a 2 finger fizzy white head. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Head remains as a thin film throughout the glass.

S: Yeasty malts hit the nose at first, some wheat or pale malts. Background hints of orange and coriander.

T: Good balance of belgian yeast, malt, orange and coriander. None of them are too overpowering. Has a nice sort of unfiltered characteristic to it that makes it seem fresh.

M: Light on the tongue, with ample carbonation. Crisp refreshing finish. Quite the drinkable brew.

Overall an above average beer, decent wit. Well balanced and easy drinking. Wouldnt turn this down anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:38:57 | More by CloudStrife
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a light and very hazy yellowish golden orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six fingers of white foam head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Big smell of wheat upfront with pale malts and Belgian yeast. Hints of clove and coriander spices as well as a little pepper. Good hints of fruits with some banana, lemon zest, and orange. Also a slight hint of bubblegum and hay. Somewhat tart and sweet smelling. Somewhat subdued but nice and crisp.

Taste: Like the smell implies, a sweet and light crisp wheat taste with some Belgian spice. Belgian yeast upfront with some coriander and clove spicing mixes with sweet wheat grains and malt. Tasting notes of cereal wheat grains, cracker, banana, citrus orange, lemon, and hay as well as a slight hint of bubblegum. A somewhat sweet and slightly tart taste. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and somewhat prickly. Somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a Belgian Wheat Ale. Nice yeast presence and citrus flavor. A very nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 07:37:25 | More by MattyG85
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass. Pours a very light see through golden wheat color; not impressive, but great carbonation, and head. Smells of banana, clove, and belgian yeast. Nice banana and clove flavor with a hint of citrus. Really flavorfull, great mouthfeel and great flavors, just a bit weak. Nice refreshing summer wit.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 22:04:12 | More by DrinkSlurm
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BikingDutchman

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One finger white head with moderate retention. The beer is a hazy yellow/straw color.

S - Wheat malt dominates the smell with some tart fruitiness.

T - Sweet citrus flavors from the orange peel and a light spiciness from the coriander and yeast cover up the lighter wheat flavors. An almost lemony citrus flavor is dominant.

M - Lighter bodied with an almost prickly bite from the carbonation.

O - Refreshing beer, but not spectacular. Almost too tart for my taste. This would be much better on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 05:13:27 | More by BikingDutchman
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter in color than most Belgian wheats; classic haze and frothy white cap.

Smell is a little underwhelming as I get some sulfur/pils notes that I wasn’t expecting. Still, within it are notes of wheat and coriander.

Flavor is light and bright and totally thirst-quenching. The finish has a really tasty bready/sweet flavor that mingles nicely with the coriander. Body is light and effervescent. It’s so well crafted and harmonious that it would be easy to underappreciate this. But I’m not! Ommegang can make fine beers, and this is no exception. Just such a perfect beer for this miserable summer weather.

A stand-out example—minus the somewhat lacking aroma—for a Belgian wheat. I liked it so much I practically guzzled it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:12:20 | More by JEdmund
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JayQue

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is no St Bernadus, but it is a decent wit...just right as a summer refresher. Pours a hazy straw color with a good size bubbly white head, Head retention is about average and there is some spotty lacing.

Aroma is weak. A lot of Witbiers have a strong Belgian yeast/citrus/wheat aroma. This one is fairly weak in the aroma department

Taste is pretty good. Some wheat bitterness, lemon zest and a bit of yeast. Mouthfeel is just right. Crisp, light and refreshing.

Overall this is pretty good, but not the usual Ommegang "WOW" factor..

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 23:43:41 | More by JayQue
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy pale straw colour, tall white head dissipated fairly slowly leaving some spots of lacing
S - mild estery and citrus aromas along with some bready wheat
T - much like the nose with the bready malt taking the lead, finishes with a slightly sour note
M - light body with medium carbonation, finishes slightly dry and puckering sour
O - not bad but not outstanding, fairly easy drinking, not one of the best from this brewer but that speaks to their consistently high quality

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:38:55 | More by joemcgrath27
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy, bright yellow with with a thick cap of fizzy, pure white head that has great retention

S - lemon, wheat, faint coriander

T - wheat, lemon, very faint spiciness in the finish

M - very crisp, a bit over carbonated, light bodied

This is a decent witbier. It's heavily carbonated and very light. The flavor is simple, but it's refreshing and easy to drink. It's worth checking out for wheat fans.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 20:29:14 | More by tdm168
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy light yellow with a detergent-like white head of an inch-plus. Soapy and glazed. 4

Musty wheat grains with light lemon in the nose. Yeasty, bready, nutty, and a little tart. 4

Bready wit with a whole lot of wheaty flavor. Musty smooth grains with a powdery yeast and light dusty spice. Dry elements, overall. 3.5

Sudsy and smooth. Refreshing feel. Solid body. 4

Favorable beer. Stands out amongst other witbiers. 3.5

***

Ommegang Witte, poured into a pint glass.

Very cloudy with suspended yeast. Maybe a few fine particles. Has a soft light yellow color, like fermented lemonade or white tea. The white cap on this wit is a monster. Super-fluffy and dense, like a pillow of meringue. Bubbles break apart to leave crags in the surface. Even some lacing to follow. 4

Phenolic lemon, tart yeast notes, light coriander-like spicing, some pepper, fading grassiness, and herbal aromas. This is all evident in a rather medium-to-mild nose. The pseudo-lemon is a little tart. A little funky, too. Very nice soft aroma. 3.75

Opens with a spice burst of white pepper, followed by a lemony middle, then the bready yeast takes over and corrupts the finish a bit. Lemongrass, pale wheat, white bread, coriander, mushroom, grassy hops, and a hint of root vegetable. The finish is a little nutty, with more of that root vegetable coming through (jicama, maybe green onion). Rather herbal for a witbier. No one driving note. Very harmonized and easy. 3.75

Spritzy and eggy, all at the same time. Has a dry peppery vibe on the tongue, but there's substantial body to this beer. Feels very spritzy and alive in the mouth, if you don't mind it going down that way. Bubbles and gurgles in an empty stomach. 3.75

A humble summer wit with mild flavors. Easy to enjoy. Not trying to be too showy. Just right for the style. 4

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 03:57:15 | More by thecheapies
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with very low clarity, especially after the yeast is poured in the glass. The head is a rather feeble one finger color with thick bubbles and poor retention. Very strong carbonation trails, which may help explain the poor showing from the head.

S: Quite fruity with a slight hint of milk chocolate, which isn't quite what I'm used to in a wit (actually, it seems to be Ommegang's yeast strain dominating the smell). Coriander and spices can be hinted at only after concentrating. Good, but unusual.

T: Again, dark fruit and a hint of chocolate - I know this is an oldish bottle, but the fruit esters are really strong in this one. Just like in the smell, spices can only be found via concentration.There are also smooth flavor transitions from the oats (possibly) used. Fine enough, just not what I look for in a wit.

M: Quite dry from the yeast astringency, but not overly heavy. Not as drinkable as it could be, though. Healthy carbonation.

O: It's alright. I'll give it benefit of the doubt that I had this in sub-optimal conditions, but either way, I'm not exactly impressed with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:52:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
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tlazaroff

Virginia

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

On the nose, Witte comes across as more of an orange-peel-forward beer than coriander, which isn't what you would normally find. Don't get me wrong, the coriander is there, but it's not in the forefront. The beer smells yeasty, in a break-like way. Not bad over-all, but not blowing my skirt up.

It's easy on the eyes, a pale straw color with a touch of haze on the first pour. I imagine it gets quite cloudy in subsequent pours. The head was a crisp frothy white, but it fell into the beer rather fast. Head retention along with lacing was non-existant.

Nice flavor bringing the coriander, a hint of pith which is a tad tart (but only a tad), and sourdough bread. It's full in flavor, but somewhat pedestrian. It's in the belgian tradition, and I like it, but I'd like to see a bit more oomph!

light bodied and highly carbonated with a touch of a puckering sensation on the dry finish. It's a great session beer if you are going on the higher end of that definition. This would pair easily with many savory dishes.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:38:19 | More by tlazaroff
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some chalky aromas. Taste is much the same with a spice finish that lingers with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 04:47:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow color with a medium white head. The head faded moderately fast to give only a small amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is largely of lemon and yeast. There are lighter smells of some wheat and a ever so light amount of biscuit.

Taste – The taste is very much as is detected in the nose and very classic of a witte. IT starts out with a lemon wheat bread taste. As the taste advances some of the yeast detected in the nose comes to the tongue. As the yeast enters some of the wheaty flavors lighten and the lemon seems to intensify a bit more. A lighter banana flavor also comes to the tongue. At the very end the lemon mellows a bit and a light spice and pepper flavor leave a spicy lemon yeasty taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A lighter body with a higher level of carbonation. Very fitting and refreshing.

Overall – It is an easy drinking witte. It is a little on the drier side without a lot of sweetness. It is rather refreshing but nothing I would consider to be amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 01:03:47 | More by Darkmagus82
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Samp01

New Jersey

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

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of wheat, yeast citrus notes of some orange peel, spicy notes and some light banana. Taste is wheat, citrusy orange peel, banana and yeast with a bit of sweet tartness. Palate is a light body, crisp mouth feel and good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet citrusy flavor, some yeast, wheat notes with some light banana end has a bit tartness. Overall a good refreshing session ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 19:17:58 | More by Samp01
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a tapered branded "Ommegang witte" witbier glass at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Appealing and to style. Not unique or special, but well done.

Sm: Lemon peel. Citrusy esters. Refreshing and fresh. Clean light malts. A simple yet full mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Lemon peel and clean malts. A bit simple for the brewery. Refeshing. Nicely balanced and well built. There's not much to say about it given its simplicity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light on the palate. Neither too thick nor too thin, but not quite right. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the style. Quite nice, but not unique or special. I'd have it again on-tap at a good price. Witbier fans will enjoy it.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 04:32:52 | More by kojevergas
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lynchmob9

California

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very light yellow, clearer than hoped. Good head retention.
S - classic wit. Good lemon citrus. Seems like smelling lemon tart donut. Sour dough bread smell.
T - again classic wit but light, more lemon, less orange/coriander.
O - good, refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 03:47:11 | More by lynchmob9
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RickS95

Indiana

2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an almost clear, piss yellow. No apparent haze, but not exactly see through. Head is limited with little retention.

Has a yeasty, earthy smell to it. The orange peel and coriander notes are very muted.

Taste is similar to smell and appearance in that it's slightly lacking. All ingredients seem too muted to make a difference...only slightly different than a nasty macro lager with some spices.

Tart, and despite the lack of head, very carbonated...really has a bit to it. Kind of a peppery feel. Slight sweetness early on followed by a spicy, tart bite.

I'm not impressed. Tastes like a homebrewer's first try with the type. Nothing in the way of a redeeming quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:19:51 | More by RickS95
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale hazy yellow with a two-finger length white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass, indicating plentiful carbonation. Lemon hits the nose up front. There's also coriander, black pepper, and wheat malt. The smell is sweet and appealing. Wheat malt and citrus flavors are forward in the taste. There is some of the spiciness in the taste that was detectible in the smell. There are some flavors from the yeast as well. The body is light and there is plenty of carbonation. It's crisp and the finish is not very dry. This is very easy to gulp on a hot day. Overall, this is a solid and drinkable beer. It doesn't wow me, but I could easily see myself drinking more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 22:23:32 | More by acevenom
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a witte pint glass

A: pours a very light golden straw color with ample carbonation bubbles and a pretty clear and clean appearance, pours with a finger of pure white head that is creamy and has very fine bubbles and linger nicely before leaving spotty lacing all around the glass
S: nice banana peel and clove notes with a great bready undertone and a very slight peppery note
T: this beer has a great spice note up front which then lends way to bready characteristics and some slight clove towards the end, the lingering taste on the palate is that of very slight banana peel
M: drinks thin, slightly aggressive on the carbonation and leaves the mouth feeling clean but slightly spiced up
O: its a really solid representation of the style and is really well rounded, ommegang knows how to do it right

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 00:10:31 | More by BigPlay1824
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