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Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,669 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 30
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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brewsclues

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

01-14-2013 01:59:10 | More by brewsclues
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-13-2013 21:09:32 | More by ChrisKayler
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iemailjack

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-08-2013 04:07:48 | More by iemailjack
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jmann40

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-06-2013 17:55:13 | More by jmann40
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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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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-05-2013 21:25:36 | More by AndrewMichael
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Vinylboy20

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-04-2013 03:48:03 | More by Vinylboy20
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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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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-02-2013 12:34:24 | More by IPAFrankieH
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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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

12-31-2012 04:22:25 | More by ejimhof
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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.4%

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Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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