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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 Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very milky pale golden, forming a rocky white head with superior retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate..not quite spritzy like most others. Aroma is very yeasty with plenty of green bananas, cloves, and coriander. Orange is barely discernable. Mouthfeel is rather soft and smooth for the style with a light body. Taste begins with delicate floral flavor hops which is then surpassed by a pleasant tartness with a faint metallic quality which isn't disturbing...lemon in the middle with faint pale malts and wheat husk. Finishes tart with coriander and associated mild soapy mouthfeel.

The only drinkable brew I've had from Ommegang. As far as Wit's go, this is somewhat better than average, but it needs a little more heft throughout. I would still pick Blue Moon over this. Doesn't hold a candle to Holy Moses or Vuuve. Still, I'd buy it again if I didn't have any other options.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cl corked and caged bottle. Pours a clouded lemony yellow with some orange highlights and a huge white head. Some traditional witbier aromas, citrus zest, coriander and wheat acidity, slightly perfumy from the yeast. Flavors are pretty dulled, starts wheaty and perfumy, goes watery mid-palate and then finishes crisp from adequate carbonation and slightly acidic. Overall, not a bad experience, it's better than some Belgian witbiers I've had, but a slight bit too perfumy for the style.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours out an almost glowing yellow color with a nice white head that lasts. Appears extremely effervesant as tons of bubbles make their way to the top. Julio's in Westborough, MA gave the glass away for free with the purchase of the product.

The smell is grainy with notes of citrus and corriandor coming through. Nothing out of the ordinary. The taste is very similar. The am guessing that Ommegang uses the same yeast for all their beers? I get the same yeast flavors in most of their beers. Appears well balanced until the end. A metallic note comes through, not sure what that is.

A very refreshing beer. Still, it is number 4 of 4 in their line up for me.

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

Cloudy and hazy bright yellow-orange color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that lasts and leaves some lacing in my glass.. Fresh tart orange and mild spice flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and crisp, a very refreshing and drinkable brew.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle.

I expected big things from Ommegang's witbier and the pour sure lived up to those expectations. Poured a peach-kissed bright orange in color. Fluffy white layer of head fails to diminish and offers a lovely sheeting action on the glass. Aromas are very muted. Whiffs of yeasty bread, orange peel, and spices. Flavor falls short of the mark. High level of carbonation overshadows the flavors. Little bits of wheat flavor, mixed with spices are all that I can get. Finishes very dry and unflavorful, with a champagne-like quality to it. Mouthfeel is fizzy and it was very tough to drink the whole bottle of this.

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

It's glowing hazy gold in a glass. The smell is citrus and a bit of spice. The taste is also predominantly citrus, with a fairly strong lemon bent. Unfortunately, the spicy flavors that seem to want to come through remain in the background throughout. Maybe it's a bit too subtle for my taste. Like most wits, it's quite a treat on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of scriabin
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This flaxen-colored belgian white has a cloudy appearance and a moderate head. It has a pungent, sharp smell with a strong clove overtone. The taste is sweet with hints of clove and banana, and is very smooth and well balanced. This is a quite enjoyable belgian, deserving of several offerings.

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

Pours a hazy sun yellow brew.

Smell is spices of Cinnamon and cloves with a bit of apple and lemon scent to it.

Semi dry flavor with a lot of coriander in the taste, Light and easy to drink it tastes a lot like a Saison.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pleasant drinkable brew, a bit too mild for my tastes but I wouldn't refuse a glassful of this.

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Photo of SlowTwitch
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This looked like it was going to be a great beer initially. Slightly hazy golden color. Loose head. Lacing ultimately didn't stick.

Smell - Light citrus scent.

Taste - The predominant taste is not the wheat, or even the citrusy/peppery combination that one might note in other wheat beers. Tart taste with a very prevalent alcohol taste. This is not really as smooth a beer as you'd expect in a wheat.

Mouthfeel - Light. Weak.

Drinkability - Overcarbonated beer that doesn't make you crave another.

I had high expectations of this, as I enjoy Ommegang's other beers. I had a hard time writing this review because I WANTED it to be a good beer. Sadly, it isn't.

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Photo of CSquared
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with a big white head

Aroma: Yeasty and estery notes, citrus as well

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet and fruity, with some citrusy and very slight spice notes. Medium smooth body with an OK finish.

Drinkability: Easy enough beer to put down, but kind of boring. I won't seek this one out.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy dimmed sun yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation noted. Thin white head. Lacing is average at best. Doughy yeastiness, corriander, pepper and other spicy tones mix together on the nose. Almost smells more like a tripel. Decent though. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, but not quite overdone. Light-medium body. Spritzy feel in the mouth. Lemon, yeasty bready properties and spicy pepper blend together on the palate. I'd like to see more orange tones and more wheat properties. Average. I'd drink it again if someone gave me one, otherwise I'd not seek it.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Light in color with a thin but persistent head of creamy white bubbles and a good amount of carbonation, this Witte has a crisp, light aroma with notes of citrus, wheat, yeast, and spice.

Light and tingly on the tongue, the flavor mirrors the nose and this nice, easy-drinking beer is an excellent American example of the style and very enjoyable, if uncomplex.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweetish wheat malt smell with a pungent corriander wiff to it.. Straw yellow pale look in the goblet with a 1 inch thick persistant white head. Nice lacing and retention. Rich malt taste upfront with layers of marshmello and lemon. Smooth thickish mouth with lots of silk on the tongue. After the swallow the brew dries slightly with traces of corriander, lemon peel, and nutmeg on the dry tongue. Quite quenching and drinkable. Very nice summer selection.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A well made example of the style. Poured a hazy golden peach. Soft, slightly sweet citrus fruit aroma. Very fresh tasting, initially orange peel and coriander spicing were most prominent, but as I got into the beer, the spicing took on more of a clove aspect (yeast?), and that continued to dominate the spice profile throughout. The level of sweetness was just about perfect, enough to compliment the spices, but not so much as to be tiring. Ommegang's products continue to be some of the most reasonably priced I've seen, good value for the money.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pale yellow brew with a bright white head that disappears quickly. A yeasty citrussy aroma with a hint of clove. Citrus at the start of the taste with a wheat and corriander middle and a clean fresh citrus on the finish. An excellent hot weather summer beer. That is flavorful but light on the palate making for easy drinkability ( more than one or two or three ).

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Photo of marc77
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid dark straw hue. Fluffy porcelain white head yields frothy lace. Soft notes of soured orange, grainy must and herbal phenols in aroma. Wafts of trace banana and honey as the beer warms. Tame and functional in aroma. Begins thinly, with a carbonic acid bite combined with a suggestion of underripe banana perceived initially in flavor. Becomes citric promptly, with orange peel combining with a tart lactic undertone to lend a fermented lemon juice impression. Thickens somewhat mid palate, with lightly viscous oat glucans and suspended yeast adding girth that belies the high attenuation. Becomes progressive more grainy as it breathes. Notes of Sourdough and lemon bar arise concomitantly with mellow coriander after a deliberation. Finishes mostly clean, but lightly spicy with fleeting hints of lemon pepper and must. A solid Wit, albeit shy in yeast esters and spicing. Definitely mellow. My personal preference is for a more vibrant citric presence. Regardless, it's a well crafted brew that exhibits excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Hefe
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 7/15/04. Served in a tulip glass at R.F.D.

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy pale white with a sticky lacing that hung around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Subdued wheaty/yeasty lemon and grapefruit aroma, with a touch of spice in the background.

Taste: Fresh a wheaty, undercurrents of malt, orange, yeast, coriander. Slightly tart on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth with delicate carbonation and a creamy feel.

Drinkability: Excellent summer quencher!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured hazy pale straw goldern with a huge white head that stuck to the glass.

The aroma was sour with a slight citrus.

The flavor was light with slight citrus and slight coriander. The lactic sourness increased as it warmed, but did not add any complexity or interest to the beer.

The finish was dry with slight citrus and coriander into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and watery.

750 ml bottle. Very one dimensional and dissapointing. I expected more and got less. Yawn...

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Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid offering from Ommegang. Pours a standard cloudy golden hazy orange/yellow with a think white foam head. Smells of citrus, lemon and pepper. Not as spicy as Allagash, but oh so delicious. Crisp smooth mouthfeel, hints of coriander, and black pepper and a nice level of carbonation and citrus. A fantastic summer beer that I will come back to.

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Photo of putnam
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow pastel under an even, tacky, white blanket.
Aromas are of cracked, raw chestnuts, lemon oil, white pepper and hemp. My serving was cold and in this state the flavors were very polished - like marble - and bone dry with suggestions of citrus peel, French bread and cilantro.
Enjoy with guacamole and unsalted corn chips.

A big Wit that manages to hold its balance thanks to complete attenuation.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pure white head tops very pale milky yellow cloudy liquid. Lots of yeast in suspension. Light and delicately spicy/fruity nose with coriander and citrus taking center stage. A slight musty yeast taste combines with flavors of sweet maltiness, and wit spices. Gentle carbonation. Finishes on a light and lemony note, nice beer but I'd like a bit more "oomph" in it to really make it stand out.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle

Appearance: Nice cloudy body that looks almost frosted. Effervescent carbonation and a pure white, pillow-soft meringue head.

Smell: Lacking for a wit in the aroma department. Zesty and slightly peppery, with hints of coriander. Rather grainy.

Taste: Slightly watery, even for the style. Nice peppered and spicy lemon flavor, with prickly carbonation. Very dry after the swallow, and an enjoyable wheaty character comes through in the finish. Something about the flavor reminds me of wax. Good wit, definitely worth a try. I'd like to give the 750 size a shot.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Perhaps kudos for this beer poured into an OMMEGANG Witte painted glass that encased this unfiltered bright serving of a tight foamy head, cloudy lace sticks tight with a white foamy head looking like a bridge profile of high and low trails down the glass.

Lemony scents of lemon peel and some spice.

Bitter sour citrous mouth pucker, then cranberry notes follow like lemonade without the sugar. The awl-kee-hawl is 100% hidden.

Watery iced tea body with some carbonation.

Swished around, more carbonation evolves.

Last swigs: Crisp pucker bitter bitter lemonade without the sugar taste followed by cranberry aftertaste, lending to a high drinkability.

BEst summer beer I have ever had. Top notch. Too bad Saxer Lemon lager doesn't taste like this. OMMEGANG is top notch. On tap at Monks Cafe in Philly. $5 smackers gives it back. Quite a different Witte. Beware the flavor!

Beer is good. Happy bitter 500 year old recipe beering.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml bottle with a gold colored wire cage & steel cap, which was easily removed to expose the big-headed ‘thumbed’ cork. A tight grip was required to remove it. Nothing at all once it was removed though, no noise or gun-smoke, rather an anti-climax given my experience with other Ommegang offerings. The bottle obverse label is just per the BA Database. Has the pun “Worth the Wheat” underneath the word ‘Witte’ and the Brewery’s Logo. Described as a ‘Top Fermented and Bottle Conditioned. Wheat Ale with Traditional Spices’. Helpfully labeled as 5.1% Alc.Vol.

I note that the new “Witte” has the same reverse label as the Brouwerij’s other offering, BUT they should pay more attention to this because it states that “….Pour Slowly so as not to disturb the yeast, but with……” Hmmm, I could be here all day if I headed that advice!!

Memo to Ommegang – you may want to get a new reverse label for the Witte!!!

Appearance: I used a 0,5l Sahm Erdinger Glass for this one, given that I had a 750ml bottle of the stuff the bigger glass allowed me to maximize the heady pour. As expected, the head is voluminous in size and a gorgeous sun-bleached bone white color. Lots of thick creamy lacing clings to the curved sides of the glass. The body of the beer is a cloudy lemon meringue color with a gorgeously inviting cool looking hazy body. CLASSIC Wheat Ale appearance.

Nose: Not strong but infinitely inviting. Lots of wheat and slivers of spices mix with a fruity coriander and tart lemon aroma. Some earthy farmyard aspects which are mainly contribute an “aged” dry powdery character.

Taste: Lots of fresh flavors lend an immensely thirst quenching aspect to this Witte. A gorgeous mix of all that is great about a Witte, wheat malts, smooth but slightly dry, lemon traits, light coriander, orange peel all wrapped up in an incredibly sexy strong but delicate body. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps to balance the shaper lemon aspects of this Witte, but they were never extreme in the first instance so the feel is soft and dynamic with a nice wheat background. Highly enjoyable.

Drinkability: The quintessential thirst quenching quaffer, a luscious libation and a very inviting imbibational treat. I am so glad this comes in 750ml. They should seriously think about selling a 750ml Six Pack of this stuff. It would work out to be about $36 by my reckoning and I would certainly pick one up.

Overall: It’s a small world, I actually tried this for the first time last night at a local Beer Tasting held at the Wine Country where I buy some of my craft beer from. Then this morning a box of goodies arrives from Sir McCall. This was a part of the beery package, and it was immediately fridged and super-cooled using liquid Nitrogen such was my impatience to try it. As the Sun warmed up the Apartment this one really hit the spot. As of this week, it is now available on the West Coast and costs $5.99 for a 750ml bottle - a serious bargain in my opinion. Thanks and Cheers to Sir McCall for this afternoon’s sample, I’m going to get more of this one for sure! Excellent!!

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Photo of claytri
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy gold with plenty of effervesence, with a nice half finger of head. It has a strong spicy smell over a base of malt. One of the best smelling beers I've ever encountered. The beer has a strong malt and spice taste with none of the fruitiness you normally get in a Witbier. The beer has a light oily feel to it that goes down easily, but has a sharp sour finish. Not a beer that I would avoid, but I'm sure I wouldn't select it over other whites on the market.

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