Ommegang Witte | Brewery Ommegang

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Ommegang WitteOmmegang Witte

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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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Reviews: 777 | Ratings: 2,145
Photo of NastyNorseman
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice fluffy snow-white head that hangs around for a long while. Color is straw with lots of creamy haze to go along with cascade like lacing. Smells of orange rind and yeasty malt. Tastes sweet and herbal with citrus notes and coriander providing a nice sweet spicy balance. Light-medium body. Finishes sweet and velvety.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bright yellow color with rocky white head. Aroma has wheat, banana and vanilla sweetness, really nice. Taste is not really sweet but has some banana flavor. Also some sourdough, a little astringent and bitter. Light body, medium carbonation but feels quite smooth. Overall it's a pretty good witbier but the flavor doesn't match the aroma.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into nonic Pint
unfortunately didn't look at date when I bought and it is BB 12/2016
L- cloudy straw with big rocky white head
S- plenty of coriander on the nose
T- coriander going down with some yeast
F- light bodied creamy
Overall solid witbier nothing to write home about, would like to try fresh and rereview

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste: Big wheat, salted biscuit, lemon with a bit of a toothy mouthfeel, airy finish. Citrus and wheat biscuit nose. Bright Gold, mostly clear, white very carbonated head with some lace. Medium body. 11 IBUs

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Photo of q33jeff
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


On tap at blend.

Switched to this from Carton Boat at wife's request.

LOOK: Slighty hazy yellow, decent white head, lasts.
AROMA: citrus, hint of pine.
TASTE: Orange, cinnamon, allspice, lemon. Mildly hoppy, but smooth flavor.
FEEL: creamy, with decent carbonation.

Pleasantly surprised.

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

As far as US takes on the classic Belgian Wit go this is a well put together rendition. Very citrus forward with a little spice on the aftertaste. Earthy tones prevail along with a slightly dish soap reminiscent lemony tint and tartness. Light bodied and refreshing on a warm afternoon. If you are looking for a lighter brew to break up your day then this should do it.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an amazing version of a classic Belgian Witte... Extremely (and dangerously) refreshing. It starts with a wonderful head, mucho lacing, and a clear golden color that is also a little hazy. There is no bitterness in this Witte at all. A totally clean start and finish with a wonderful sizzling mouthfeel from the carbonation. There are some citrus notes, and a tart finish, but the clean wheat is the star of the show. Not much sign of maltiness or hoppiness. A wildly refreshing beer. Not the best Ommegang has ever made (the Abbey Ale and Three Philosophers are top notch), but still quality.

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Photo of udfan07
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy this beer very much. Poured a golden hazy color straight from the bottle. Left a little lacing as I drank the beer. Very smooth with coriander and a lemony taste. Very smooth with no bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer deserves at least a 90 in my opinion. This beer is full of flavor. there are no weird aftertastes, it has a very good mouthfeel. This is one of my favorite beers. You just can;t go wrong with ommegang.

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

This is a very good American witte, but you have got to like coriander. It's not a taste for everyone, some people hate it I hear, but I happen to be one of those folks who appreciates the subtle lime while the orange citrus really accentuates the coriander giving this beer a life of its own. I'm from NYC and have been exploring American beer culture after having spent some time in Europe tasting I can proudly say to all the Europeans out there: C'est une tres bonne biere des Etats-unis mes amis. I'd pick this bear over dogfishhead anytime and I'm not just being biased because I was carded in Rohoboth beach for having an outdated ID. It's really a superior witte with a unique coriander citrus taste that doesn't leave one wanting and I'd recommended it anytime

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Photo of spokes100
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really wanted to like this beer. This brewery is just down the road from me. My buddies all think their beer is great. I've had a couple of their brews and they were not bad but not great. Then I read this wheat beer won an award somewhere so I had to try it.
First off the color is.....different. Too yellow? I don't know, different for sure.
Secondly the aroma is pleasant, very fruity, orange, citrus. Nice really.
Third, the taste seemed mild and yeast like, then very tart and seemed to linger.
Served cold it seemed refreshing enough. Maybe the citrus could have been a little more definitive taste wise instead of just tart.
Overall I think the jury is still out for me. Next summer I'll have to try another on a 90 degree day!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355 mL bottle

Look--Pours a light hazy straw color with an ample, solid-rocky head. A fine representation of the style, although perhaps more clarity than one would ordinarily expect from an unfiltered wit.

Smell--Very subdued compared with what I anticipated from this brewer. Notes of lemon and banana with earthy notes. Not lacking in complexity, just not much aroma.

Taste--A nice balance of the forward tart citrus notes and honey sweetness on the finish with a little bit of spice. Lacking in complexity however, and like the smell, I was left thinking there should have been "more" of the good flavors I was tasting.

Feel--The best part of this brew is the spot-on feel and finish. Crisp, light, with a subtle dryness on the finish that makes it eminently drinkable.

Overall--I wanted to rate this brew higher, because I liked the look, aroma, and taste. It just felt like the taste and aroma were more subdued compared with some better wits. Nonetheless, this is a solid take on the style that I plan to try again in case my taste and smell was impaired for some reason.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw yellow color with tons of carbonation and a rocky, two finger head. It leaves excellent lacing on the glass.

Tame aroma. What little fragrance you get is reminiscent of lemon rind, bananas, mild honey and corn flakes. There is a slightly dank hop note hiding somewhere.

The flavor is good, but the tasting experience is short lived. It has a slightly spicy and yeasty taste upfront with mild notes of coriander and potpourri. Sweet malted grains mid palate. Finishes on a dank, bittersweet, lemony hop kick.

Feel is slightly watery, bubbly and sweet. Very light in body.

I love just about everything Ommegang has to offer, but this missed the mark for me - it just didn't have enough bravado or character to set it apart from other witbiers out there.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy light yellow. Pillowy head. Sticks around
Dat Ommegang yeast. Its toasty, funky, good wheat scent
Lemony, great wheat taste, funky a bit
Effervescent, light side of medium. Bubbly

Very good wit.

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Photo of jmkiser
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Looks like a fuzzy pilsner. Bright yellow color that is much clearer, so less unfiltered? Head dissipates to minimal lacing.

S: Earthy and citrus

T & F: Satisfying carbonation hits the tongue with a medium body. Crisp taste with light citrus and strong wheat I think

O: Stayed good and strong all throughout. At first drink, they aren't typically flavors that I'm excited to drink, but after breaking it down, I could appreciate every note that is in this beer. By the end, I was convinced to add to my "buy again" list.

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Photo of Hudsonvalleyman
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appropriately cloudy, golden straw color. Clove aroma. Initially tangy, then sweet malt and clove, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Appropriately light-bodied and effervescent mouthfeel. Perfect with seafood or just as a summer quencher.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Classic white, not my favorite style but again is on my '25 to try before I die' list. It tastes fine for what it is, just not my favorite beer style. Worth a buy if you like whites.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter. This very nice wit pours a lightly cloudy pale yellow color with a nice head of white foam that subsides to thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of subtle lemon zest, soft sweet wheat, and light light honey, and subtle herbal notes. Flavors follow the nose with sweet wheat and honey malts on the front and sides mingling with light lemon zest, subtle banana on the back, and finishing with light bubblegum and subtle clove notes. Balanced and delicious for the time of year, this wit is crisp with medium carbonation and a lightly dry and very quenching mouth feel. One of the best of this style I have had to date.


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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Witte pours a cloudy yellow color with tons of haze and sediment. The head is a spectacle - 4 fingers, recedes painfully slow, and leaves sparse lacing behind.

Strong aromas of calcium-fortified OJ, followed by circus peanut, orange peel, pineapple tops, wheat chaff, and pale malts. A sharp metalic hoppy aroma also crowds this profile.

It starts off like a Munich Helles, with sharp pilsner-like qualities and hop juices, as a calmer rush of yeast-laden wheat floats in. It carries through to the finish, ending pretty floaty and light. Unfortunately the front end is so utterly powerful and metallic in its assertive bitterness that it does not pave a good path for what should be the traditional characteristics of a Wit. Lots of hard water, minerals, and seltzer permeates the taste profile as well.

Feel is on point with a taut creaminess and a sparkling carbonation. It ends poppy and bright.

Weakest Ommegang offering yet. And that's sad because today, I also found Weihenstephaner's weakest offering as well. It's been a bad day for beers.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sub-par for a great brewery. (I've Had 16 from Ommegang and they produce several of my go-tos for respective styles.)
Witte looks like a good wit, but then the nose offers little more of interest besides yeast and mild lemon. The Taste follows suit, but gives me spicing associated with the style. But, it is just bland. Mouthfeel seems thin even for wheat, but decent.
Witte scores points because it goes well with a bland lunch of salad and bread on a warm day.
At least, I found my go-to for refreshment that does not interfere with a bland lunch.

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Photo of illpass78
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Big crown of pillowy white head over a glowing, cloudy yellow body. Good amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Classic witbier nose. Clove, lemon, must, coriander.

Taste: Terrific wit. Lemon and clove are right there along with some citrus and wheat. Tiny hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy, refreshing.

Overall: Great beer.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good but send light on yeast and flavor. However, interestingly lots of bubbles. Off white fluffy head and golden star color. But appearance is this beers greatest feature. Wish taste and feel were the same caliber.

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Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It is a cloudy yellow with white head that produces Belgian lace.

Smell: The aromas contain fruity esters, lemon, vanilla, close, spices, and a peppery note to it.

Taste: There are flavors of fruit, lemon, vanilla, spice, clove, pepper. There is a slight bitterness with a moderately sweet overall flavor. The wheat flavors combine well with the other elements.

Feel: The beer is moderately light with a light bitterness, It has a somewhat dry finish with the fruity esters lasting long into the finish.

Overall: This is a good example of a witbier with a complex combination of spices and wheat along with the fruity esters.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witte - It's all here. Brewer never fails at Belgian to may palate. Try 6.

A - – Pours yellowish-golden, paie cloud in body with a too small, frothing head that leaves dotty lace.

S- – Provides zesty orange peel upfront followed by lemony notes, with wheaty yeast core. The spicing is light with the coriander and white pepper.

T – Follows the nose with good flavor play. Ample with a bit more lemon and candied orange rind in the finish. balanced. I like the tartness.

F – The carbonation is strong, prickly, adn it's light-bodied, summery, and again tart and clean.

O As good as Wit gets. Try 6.

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Photo of Smk54
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip to yield thick white head. Heavy lacing. Fresh bread notes. Mild citrus. Light but satisfying mouthfeel. Clean citrus and spice. I do not get as much coriander as others do. Other beers with coriander have a heavier and more bitter aftertaste, IMHO. I am partial to wheat beers and I feel this is a very good example.

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