Witte Wheat Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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3.77/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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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#22,158
Reviews:
792
Ratings:
2,196
pDev:
11.41%
Bros Score:
3.42
 
 
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Photo of Aj21
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SB2017
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pale yellow, thin bubbly head. Sweet nose, fruit forward. Quite flavorful! Fruity and slightly herbaceous, with a slight hint of darker savory malts.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arawrebirth27
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Peaches13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williahd
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BennyProfane
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BallsDeep
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skramz
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Akane10
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanKininger
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Pale yellow. Moderately hazy. Big, fat pure white head. Head dissipated slowly and left good lacing.

S---Sweet. Citrus fruits and coriander.

T---Lemon, orange and coriander. Quite nice for a wit.

F---Well carbonated. Crisp & clean.

O---Another excellent showing by an excellent brewery. This is one that you can go back to again and again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whoops! Following my procuring of a bottle of Fleur de Houblon yesterday, I became inspired to eradicate my small backlog of Ommegang beers & I thought that I was done as Great Beyond Double IPA when this little fellow suddenly surfaced. Oops. No time like the present, though, so I moved it into the on-deck circle.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with Coriander and Sweet Orange Peel".

I was so surprised to find this stubby 12-fl. oz. bottle that I gave it a hearty shake to welcome it into the fold! I then allowed it a bit of settling time before I Pop!ped the cap as I did not want to chance it becoming angry at me & spouting or gushing in response. It was calm, so I began a heavy-handed pour that raised two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention, gently falling to wisps. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose smelled of black pepper, lemon zest and orange peel & I was glad to be able to take my foot off of the gas pedal after that last one! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was a pleasant melding of the musty yeastiness, the citrusy orange peel and the lemony tartness of the hops, plus the peppery bite of the coriander. Here is another beer that I would relish having during the summer, especially from a CAN. Finish was dry, but not gasping, more simply refreshing than anything else.

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Photo of Tiffpanman
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-gold. Well carbonated,about a medium body, despite the carbonation it's very drinkable. Aroma is wheat and grain upfront, some yeast and spice follow. Taste is identical, sort of like beer meets whole wheat toast but it is actually a good thing. Not sweet not very bitter,stays around the middle which is one of the reasons it's so very easy to have a few. I found it to be a good take on the style and would seek it out again

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, bottle code L081717 - best by at one year?!?... poured into a Delirium tulip)

L: yellow liquid (maybe a couple shades darker than bottle label), rather (too) clear, as in very little haze if any... some tiny flecks (like pencil eraser rubbings) floating about... foam is crystalline, gummy, and near snow white

S: smell is about spot on - sugar cookie dough, lemon peel, lightly-zippy coriander... soft notes of perfumed, lightly-sweaty skin

T: herbal/floral note and peppery spice up front, lemony cereal grain washing out the back... take away the coriander dotting the clean malt, and it almost has a Czech pilsner malt foundation all the way... bitterness is low and its source seems to be as much the coriander as the hops ... a fresher bottle could be a different story

F: crisp, clean, bubbly... little bit of sort of lactic tang on the back end and lingering through... drinks like a malty champagne or more so a malt liquor... refreshing, though I'd prefer it to stick to my teeth a little more

O: I gotta stop reviewing out of this glass, the faint etching at the bottom seems to be tweaking the carbonation just enough to affect the overall experience... despite that, I do feel like this is a bit too clean for my taste, though its constituent aromas and flavors are pretty textbook - it might make a good warm weather drink when you're not scrutinizing the taste

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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Witte Wheat Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 2,196 ratings