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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 Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Yellow.

Subtle aroma of butter toffee, crisp malt, coriander, peach, orange and tangerine.

Nice spicing, with notes of coriander, sweet oranges, caramel and butter toffee. I am a sucker for a good white beer but this didn’t quite do it for me. I prefer Allagash White and SPH Double White.

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

Light golden with a decent white head at first. A good bit darker gold and a better head with the last pour. Wheaty grain and light orange fruit aroma and taste.... Spices seem very subdued. Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth.

One of the lesser Ommegang beers; nice but not incredible for style or brewery.

(750ml / 25.4 oz corked and caged champagne style bottle)

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Photo of marburg
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very springy yellow color with an ample white head. A dry, Mexican aroma -- ground coriander and cumin with hints of citrus. Grainy, almost. Gives the feel of swishing a mouthful of crumbs around, leaving the same sensation as dotting any form of ground seed on your tongue. A very dry beer consisting of dried orange peel and dried herbs and spices in the flavor. Appropriate, I suppose. Some wits, especially some of the Belgians, seem to have a little more body, a certain hefe-like, protein-shake creaminess that really makes them sing, but this is a little thinner. It's missing that little extra oompf required to be excellent.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an okay but not great hazy golden colour. bubbkes rise to the top to reach...virtually nothing. where's the head? that's the biggest problem here. it is very minimal at best. the smell is very nice, especially for an american version of the style: sweet and fruity, withcitrus and wheat notes abound. orange peel and spice are present as well, along with a touch of earth. the flavour echoes the smell but is very bland and at times watery. flavour is only really present at the end, with a sharp orange wheat taste that's dry but satisfying. carbonation levels need to be rasied a bit too. this beer seemed almost flat at times. overall, this one has alot of potential, and, while definitely not a bad brew, could be much much better. i'd call it slightly above average right now at best.

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

Pours a straw color with a bright white head. I love the corked bottles, but it plays up the quality of the beer inside in this case. A very solid Wit, but nothing really special. Sweet, yet spicey as one would expect. A good introduction into the world of Belgian style beers, but not a destination. Worth trying though.

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Photo of aracauna
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice little witbier. Nice cloudy yellow body with an ok head. The aroma had a nice bit of orange and coriander. Not really strong, but not weak either. The body was pretty much spot on for style, with more body than some like Hoegaarden, but without the big burst of flavor of others. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. I likes.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exceptionally light blond color, mostly clear. Goofy haze residue.
Nose was highly yeasty, with some apple and pear esters.

Mild and fragile taste overall, with some slight sharpness--mostly from the strong carbonation--and astringency. Something of stank apples in the taste. Very light hops felt in the aftertaste.

OK witbeir, but seemed more like a basic wheat.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation is a caged and corked 750ml bottle. Classy looking label.

The cork comes out easily with a nice assertive ::pop:: and gunsmoke. Just sniffing the cork gives me a little whiff of Belgian must and spice.

I poured this into a tall wheat glass to allow room for the voluminous head. The body of this beer is a slightly hazy shade of an almost straw yellow. The head is stark white and like a big fat fluffy cloud. Head retention is good and big fat clumps of lace cling to the glass as I drink.

Smells like fresh rolls, rye bread, dough, soft banana esters, and a nice dollop of attic must. I thought I perceived a bit of a sulfer presence at first but I’m so glad it wasn’t there on second inspection.

Damn, this is a really good beer. It seems to capture a lot of the characteristics I like from a heavier Belgian beer and shrink them down to a very drinkable brew. It feels light and almost a little slick in the mouth. I’m reminded of wheat, sweet rolls, banana, maybe the tiniest hint of citris and a dash of white pepper. The obligatory coriander flavor presents itself as well.

On the last pour I have to give the bottle a hearty swirl to dislodge the clinging yeast, but when I pour it it seeps into my glass and spreads like a “hocker”.

Refreshing, and includes some of my favorite flavors from Belgium. I love it!

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

Appearance – This one is yellowish-orange in color and clean with a good, frothing head that left a pool on top of the liquid when it finally went down. The body is hazy and looks awesome.

Smell – The zesty orange peel led off this nose. I enjoyed the light lemony notes and the good, firm, wheaty yeast base. The spicing was light with the traditional coriander and white pepper most notable.

Taste – The nose came in perfectly at the taste. Everything that I smelled I could taste. I really liked the way all the flavors played together here.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is strong but easy in the mouth. This Wit is light-bodied, of course, with everything coming together nicely.

Drinkability – This is my idea of the style standard. I really enjoyed sipping this one on an unusually warm Sunday September afternoon in Seattle.

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Photo of mschofield
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed, just slightly "white" gold, topped with a two finger sudsy stark white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Floral, spiced and fruity aroma, grass.
Wheat/hay taste, spiced, citrus zest, "honey" note, coriander, and lemon fill out the slightly sweet taste.
Light bodied, and as easy drinking as the style should be, very good on a hot day, and an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Winter
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pous a cloudy golden lemon in color with a small white head. Medium-bodied mouthfeel that has substance with it's crispness. Grainy wheat malt taste upfront. Banana and vanilla flavors arrive shortly midway through. Flavor turns more lemony and citrus. Spicy coriander and yeast in the finish. A classic representation of the style and a solid offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of lampkins
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer would lead one to believe that the were about to have one of those great beer drinking experiences. The beer had the light yellow hue and a great head, like all wit beers should have. What was lacking in this presentation was the taste and smell. I could not detect anything in the aroma and the same for the taste. There was a faint taste of wheat, but no spiciness or citris taste. Not one of their best brews.

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Photo of rousee
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice murky gold --1mm of foam left on top. Smells a clean fruit and wheat. It is beautifully fresh--I purchased it at the brewery. This is their first beer that is available on tap. As usual, draft is better than bottle as long as its fresh.The bottle is excellent too and holds a decent 1mm head after several mins. Nose is fruity wheaty-yeasty--no honey though. I get tired of hefe-weisse anyway. Taste is pure gold brilliance but not as malty as I like. Not as nutty either. Mouthfeel is fine --nothing negative to say about it. This is slightly dangerous for drinkabilty--you could have 3-6 of these w/o much difficulty.

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Photo of Kwak
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one was in a nice cork bottle with directions on the lable.i uncorked with a little disappointment it didn't sound very lively and when i poured it was a little less carbonated then i would have hoped for this style. had a nice head a little thin that quickly dissaperd. the smell was of light fruit nothing overwhelmed me.the taste was a little bland not as sharp or fizzy that iv noticed this style will have. Not bad butt I expected more!!

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Photo of shapudding
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Grace in Philly.
Nice cloudy lemon yellow with a thick creamy white head that stayed on though the sipping later as a constant thin covering. Scents of bananas, lemony citrus, spicey and so fresh. Smooth and lightly creamy feeling with an almost medium body. Such good fresh tastes and aromas. Great easy drinker, good session, could sit back with tons of these on a warm evening.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came in a corked 750 ml bottle with no freshness date. This poured a surprisingly clear yellow with about half an inch of white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to keep the head alive and leaving a slight lace as this was drank. On the second glass the body was completely murky with not much light passing through. The smell was mainly of spices such as coriander and pepper with a good yeasty doughy scent present as well. The taste was consistent with the smell as the main focus was on spice with no other flavors really dominating. There was a nice wheat flavor and a small lemony zest as well. Something about the taste was a bit odd though and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Mouthfeel was fairly average with a bit of over carbonation. Drinkability was good though as the taste was crisp and refreshing. Not a bad Wit beer by any means but not one of my favorites. Thanks to Lupe for the bottle in BIF14.

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Photo of granger10
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those middle of the road Belgian wits. I'm not talking about taste but more in terms of sweetness to sourness ratio. This beer was really neither sweet nor sour. The smell was really yeasty and somewhat musty. But the taste was much different. Fruity notes come in upfront but a ripe banana yeast precense rides in on the thick body. Lots of spices are there (clove, orange peel, pepper) and they really seem to steal the show. The finish is dry but has a lingering quality to it. This is a really drinkable beer and one that I could both drink quickly and drink a lot of without getting sick of it.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes in a 750ml bottle with a champagne cork. Pours into my Liefman's goblet a rich, cloudy golden color with a pretty, one-inch white head. Ale yeast dominates the nose, with background notes of coriander, lemon, orange, and alcohol. Palate is tangy up front, with lemony overtones and notes of yeast, allspice, and a touch of hops. Grain comes through on the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly foamy, but still enjoyable. A very satisfactory beer to wind up my Labor Day weekend.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Foamy 1" white, pillow-like head that settles after a few moments. Some thin belgian lacing that lacks strength and doesn't hold throughout the glass. A pale golden in color. Very clean and clear in appearance.

A faint lemon and orange aroma with a spicy coriander presence. Peppery yet slightly buttery as well.

A sweet, mild tartness with some orange flavors at first. A driving spiciness from the coriander cuts straight through the sip. The aftertaste comes off buttery and slightly metallic.

Very light, crisp, and clean tasting mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

Light, refreshing, and easily consumable. IMO there are plenty of other better tasting wits out there. A good beer but a bit disappointing from Brewery Ommegang: this is by far my least favorite from these guys.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, corked. Uncorked to a slow, gurglish pour, off-white, attractive hue, very cloudy with chunks of yeast sediment floating throughout.
Wheat and lemon graze the nose. Up front, a decent medium bodied wit. Zesty lemon and wheat flavors, give way to some biscuity and grainy offerings. Quite tasty and very satisfying. Yeast like notes on the palate, a bit creamy. Finishes tarty and tangy, but cleansing and delicious - outstanding!

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Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a 750oz, corked bottle. This one pours a very bright yellow color and has a tall white head that sticks around for a while. Not much in the aroma - weak, but some hints of yeast and wheat. The flavor is a little weak, but still nice. Some wheat with citrus and a nice grainy texture. Although the flavor doesn't pack the full punch I was expecting, it still has a great character and flavor. Good beer.

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Photo of BierReise
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle No Date Pours a very light gold color that is slightly hazy and sports a white as snow fluffy head that diminishes slightly but hangs. Aroma is very lemony with notes of yeast and orange. Body is crisply carbonated and light. Flavor is sweet and citrusy with a bit of coriander, orange and yeast. Overall not the greatest but not a bad one if you like Witbier.

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

Another good wit, but not among the elite of the style. Quite citrusy, lemon-lime like flavor. Thin and carbonated, quite refreshing. Almost tastes like lemon-lime soda. I like every beer I've tried from this brewery, although I like Allagash and Unibroue better.

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Photo of bultrey
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must have drunk every Ommegang beer multiple times, but I've never reviewed one. So now, while I'm sitting in front of my computer enjoying a Witte after work on a hot August day, it seems like the right time.
Poured into a 12 oz. goblet, revealing a slightly hazy, very light golden/yellow color with a signifcant head that drops down to a consistent quarter-inch.
The aroma is not overpowering -- a little citrus (lemon), and some fresh-cut hay, grass, or leather.
The taste is clean and crisp, with a bit of tartness, and the taste of lemon is apparent off the bat. This is complemented by a slight barnyard flavor, nothing too dramatic; just a touch. There is an aftertaste that develops that I think is unique, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
The mouthfeel is a little thin, and nicely effervescent, which I feel is often the case with the style. I like just a little more body in my beer, but I can't fault them for this -- that's a style preference for me, and this beer is quite true to the style. Drinkability is very high, as the alcohol is not noticeable and the finish is refreshing and crisp. My big bottle is gone before I know it. It's not the best Witte I've had, but at $4.95 for a big bottle, how can you go wrong?Ommegang is good...but you knew that.

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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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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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