Ommegang Witte - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,957 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 56
Gots: 261 | FT: 0
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

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 CSquared
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of frank4sail
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 ).

Photo of marc77
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Hefe
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
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...

Photo of chaduvel
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of putnam
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of rabidawg
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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!!

Photo of claytri
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

something i have thought since my first sip should go first, "oh so smooth." pasty bronze yellow color with a white puffy head that runs away almost as quickly as i could drink this. i should note that i am not a big fan of this style but i did enjoy this. lemony citrus, bitter kind of wheat beer smell. there is a clove taste up front and a bit of corriander, lemon and other citrus flavors. the flavors aren't over powering, very subtle and brilliantly blended. light body very thin. this is so drinkable it hurts. wonderful lemony burps, and it just goes down so easy with the subtle flavors. don't take subtle with negative connotation, it is just that they are all blended so well that it makes a great summer beer. i don't care what certain brothers say, certain beers do fit certain situations better, and a on a nice hot summer day, this will refresh you unbeleiveably. my new favorite ommengang offering and possibly giving me a new found intrest in wits.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Densely hazy straw colored with a brownish tan head. The head quickly dissipated with minimal lacing.

Heavy citrus smells and yeasty maltness

Mmmmm. Crisp carbonation and the usual wheat beer flavors come rushing in; banana, lemon, bubble gum etc. Bottom of the bottle warmed slightly producing some nice clove and peppar flavors on the top of the mouth.

Great beer, complex, but still goes down smooth. Please let me have another...

Poured from the same brown 750 mL bottle in the photo into a pilfered Bellevue tulip glass. Nicely marketed; colors stand out against the rest.

I was able to talk my wife into trying by telling her it was a light "summer brew." She loved it. Just found a nice new hidden gem that sells this and other Ommegang brews for $5.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. It pours a hazy light yellow color with two fingers of head. There is minimal lacing left over. The smell is fruity and spicy, with all the classic orange and coriander you would expect from a witbier. The taste is a great blend of wheat malt, citrus, and spices. A nice peppery finish and very refreshing. The mouthfeel very thick and heavy for a witbier. The drinkability is superb as well. One of the best witbiers I’ve ever had. Almost as good as Allagash White.

Photo of cbl2
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: On tap @ Chapter House in Ithaca, NY 6-26-04

Appearance:

Hazy golden peach with little to no head.

Smell:

Yeast, yeast and more yeast with a crisp citrus scent underneath.
Taste/Mouthfeel:

Banana and coriander shine through with some orange aspect. Yeast is apparent as well. Dry finish, very clean.

Photo of 99bottles
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's

Appearance: A nice shade of cloudy yellow and a tight little white head of fizz.

Smell: Corriander-lemon, light grains, grass and yeast

Taste: Not as heavily spiced as some other wits, but still adequate on the corriander and very light clove. Tastes of lemon and slight peach, the yeast is apparent, but not overdone on tap. Finishes with a nice citric-tartness which makes this incredibly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light and almost thin. Good balance of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: Great. This stuff goes down super easy and is perfect for the summer. But, it lacks the complexity I've come to like in my witbiers, so Allagash is going to remain my staple.

Photo of rdrummer
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a hazy, light yellow with a big white head and considerable lacing. The aroma is mild with an overall sensation of wheat and some hints of citrus and cloves. I was disapointed in the taste. It is considerably milder or less flavorful than many other Wits. There is a taste of the predominant wheat with a small citrus belly, but there is no spiciness that you find in other Wits. There appears to be less bitterness than I would have expected also. The beer is light in the mouth with a crisp cleaness. It's not a bad beer but not memorable either.

Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is a citrusy, yeasty wheat. The taste starts with a very nice citrus character to it, and a strong yeast presence, with the wheat tanginess adding to the flavor. Mouthfeel is very well-carbonated. As for drinkability, this is very nice and light and I certainly could drink these all day long.

A very solid wit. Though it doesn't have the overt spicing of some other wits, the nice citrus character is a unique change of pace, and one that I appreciate very much. Absolutely one that I would have again.

Photo of ColForbin
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm drinking out of a corked 750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thin white head. Clove, banana, and lemon dominate the nose with a hint of yeast. The taste is tart and spicy, with cloves and coriander coming to the fore and a yeasty backbone. A light but not insubstatial mouthfeel, appropriate to style. Extremely drinkable, a perfect beer for a hot summer evening.

One final note - you don't need to put a lemon in it. Pretend you did, because it tastes like it anyway.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a goblet at RFD's.

Appearance: Pale and cloudy lemmin yellow topped by a decent sized head that faded away to a scant film in short order. Small fingers of lace were left on the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of what malt with precious little citrus or clove notes.

Taste: Faint wheaty malt sweetness with a hint of lemony citrus. Wintergreen on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and ephemeral with active carbonation. Palate cleanser.

Drinkability: Sessionable, but lacking in the citrus and coriander department - something I love about this style. I'll take the local Old Dominion Summer Wheat over this, thanks.

Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.