Witte Wheat Ale
Brewery Ommegang

Witte Wheat AleWitte Wheat Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #75
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,794
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
804
Ratings:
2,250
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Witte Wheat AleWitte Wheat Ale
Notes: 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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dapatriot1 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at the brewery so had it on draft
in the glass it was a hazy yellow with a 1 inch head on it
smell was of citrus fruit and peppery spice
taste was Dry. Lemon blends with coriander clove flavors.very balanced bitterness.
this was a smooth refreshing beer honestly you can have this any time of the year and with any food pairing
excellent beer!

Aug 22, 2020
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izraelc from New York

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow. Spicy aroma. Big spice body. Refreshing lemon zest finish. This is bolder than a lot of white ales I've had. It's definitely worth trying several times over.

Jul 22, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass; bottled 12/17/2019, best by 09/17/20..
A: Pours a hazy, lemony yellow color with an explosive, three to four finger, foamy, white head that leaves more than a rim of retention and decent foamy lacing.
S: Aroma of wet hay briefly, coriander, lemon, cloves, and (perhaps) banana.
T: Dry. Lemon blends with coriander>>clove flavors. Modest, very balanced bitterness.
M: Light and crisp; solid and persistent effervescence. Creamy (perhaps that is what is making me think banana).
O: An exceptionally drinkable Wit. Foodwise, this would go with virtually anything.

Jun 08, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale yellow pour with a three finger fizzy white head that dissipated slowly to a nice half finger head. Nose of orange peel and coriander. Taste follows the nose with a hint of white pepper and yeast. Well balanced. Dry finish. Light-medium body with high fizzy carbonation.

May 31, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 2 finger finely pored white head that receded to a thick rocky cap; very little lacing;

S: coriander with a hint of Belgian yeast in the background;

T: follows the nose up front; orange comes in at the middle and the orange and coriander are nicely balanced through the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; dry finish;

O: loved the rocky head and dry finish; nice flavor;

Apr 28, 2020
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johnreggie from New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perfectly balanced wheat beer breed with orange peel and coriander. Thin lacing and mild carbonation on pour- some funk and citrus up front, then a dry slightly hopped finish.

Mar 01, 2020
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Nass from Florida

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

I like the bottle label artwork. There is a best by date on the neck of the bottle. The pour is a cloudy light orange. The taste is citrus, slight banana, slight coriander, slight clove & some white pepper on the finish. This is a well made wheat beer that could use a little more coriander. I agree that this beer could use some more flavor like some Belgian yeast perhaps. Well! i'm still glad that I was able to try a beer from this OG craft brewery. Cheers! B

Oct 25, 2019
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rvisual from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Un!ted P0laris lounge at EWR airport 15 March 2019. By far the best choice of the brews available. Nice to drink in the late afternoon after a long flight (or otherwise). Very nice and I would try it again.

Mar 15, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle at 40 degrees,

Look: Pours a hazy, effervescent light yellow/orange color with a large, foamy, white head.
Smell: Aroma of peppery belgian yeast pepper followed by some coriander, banana, and biscuit malt.
Taste: Strong yeast pepper initially. As the carbonation dissolves the flavor evolves into predominately orange citrus. A peppery, dry finish. A slight banana and biscuit malt presence, but it is overpowered by the tart citrus somewhat.
Feel: Strongly carbonated. Dry and crisp. Leaves a little bitterness on the palate.

Compared side by side to the standard Hoegarrden: This one has more of a citrus profile. Definitely more orange. Less lemon though. Less belgian yeast presence. Slightly bigger bodied and more carbonated.

Overall, this is a classic representation of a witbier. I sense more of an orange citrus than belgian yeast.. Not too yeasty as expected. A nice offering from Ommegang.

Feb 10, 2019
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JohnDon from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Pours a light golden straw color and has a thin lacing. Smell was difficult to distinguish. Taste is yeast forward. Feel is light and carbonated. Overall very good and drinkable.

Oct 05, 2018
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champ103 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet...

A: Pours a pale yellow with a bit of haze at first. That clears up after this warms a little. A dense white head rises with excellent retention. Plenty of lace left behind.
S: Yeast, doughy malts, citrus fruit and peppery spice. Very simple, but wonderful.
T: Like the nose with plenty of peppery spice/phenolic yeast up front. That doughy like malt takes over a little to much in the middle and drowns out a bit of the citrus fruit. Though a very minor issue, Really enjoyable.
M/O: A light to medium body. Great effervescent carbonation that leaves a crisp, clean, and dry feel. Really easy to drink. Something I can drink all day. As I finish a bottle, I just want to open another...

There are no shortage of good Wits in Texas, especially since Celis is back. I think this is just shy of that mark, but still really damn good and something I can always find room for in the fridge. Like always with Ommegang, well done all around.

Sep 01, 2018
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Jun 15, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Feb 28, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Feb 17, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Jan 22, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Jan 21, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L — Pours a turbid, floatie-filled light orange haze with a big, fluffy white head produced with gentle pour. Great retention and lacing. Lots of visible carb
S — Wheat, lightly fruity yeast esters, clove, lemon, mild doughiness
T — Lightly sweet breadiness with a touch of lemon and clove/coriander/anise
F — Well-carbonated, light body. An easy drinker
O — It’s clean and super quaffable, but I wish this one had a little more character to it

74/100

Dec 21, 2017
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edward_boumil from New York

4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Creamy straw yellow. White head, decent retention
S: Straw, bread, and some spices thrown in there. Sweet and inviting
T: Great flavors here, dough and yeast are prominent. Spicy phenolic compounds, light orange touch. Finishes dry with a herbal drying finish
F: Crisp, but smooth. HIgh carbonation. Really easy to toss back
O: Excellent iteration of the style, absolutely solid, should not have slept on this.

Dec 20, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As opposed to the standard "Witte" name for the beer mine is called "WHITE WHEAT ALE"

Appearance: The body has a light, hazy, straw colored body with a very large and thick white head. The creamy textured head has very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma to this beer. It has a bit of an odd wet dog aroma mixed with clove. It isn't very appealing at all.

Taste: Up front there is this tangy flavor that has a bit of a citrus, lemony, touch. The beer has a light bit of a wheat flavor but mostly it is dominated by this tart lemon character.

Mouthfeel: There is a light tartness to the beer combined with a slightly off-dry finish.

Overall: There isn't anything noteworthy to this beer. I wouldn't really recommend it as a Witbier or otherwise. I doubt I would pick it up again.

Oct 28, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

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

Not quite sure if I've had an Ommegang before, but this wheat ale is pretty good...

A very pale yellow looking beer with a strong white head to start but quickly dissapates after the pour. The scents outside of wheat are very muted - lemon, grapefruit, and a slight tang of hops. The mouthfeel was light-bodied but very carbonated, took away from the taste, which also had muted flavors of lemon and grapefruit. It was a somewhat frustrating beer to drink as the flavors where there, but not quite there enough.

Jul 15, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Hazy, almost opaque straw with a big creamy white head. Very good retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Green banana, underripe pear and green apple, a little orange and lemon peel, creamy wheat, and hay.

T: A big pop of green apple and pear upfront, with hints of lemon and orange peel. A bit of cracker malt in the middle, with straw and hints of green banana. Ends up quite dry with a bite of clove and a little grass on the finish.

F: Fairly light, but smooth and well-rounded. Grows slightly thin near the finish, but steady upfront and dry on the finish.

O: A really solid witbier. Hits the spot for the style.

Jun 27, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a pale straw/light white body with no head (but it was an on tap pour, so no points missed on this one) and some light carbonation was seen rising. The smell had some wheat with some lemon and coriander coming through very lightly, no yeast?, ok, no worries to me at least. The taste was basically the same but added some pepper. The palate was light and added some harshness on the tongue. It was very drinkable. Overall, this seemed kinda weak on the Belgian yeastiness.

Jun 09, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Beautiful looking beer. Faint skunk flavor toward the beginning which disappears after a few drinks. Develops nice Belgian beer flavors as it warms and develops a nice aftertaste. It’s clear this beer is not Belgian in origin but it tastes pretty damn close.

Jun 05, 2017
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Golden32 from Alabama

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Witbeers are probably my favorite hot weather brews, And I've been trying a lot of them lately. Ommegang's contribution to the style is good, I could drink it all the time, but it's not quite up there with other offerings I've had. The nose is weak. The mouthfeel is fuller than most, and the spicy flavor is overwhelmed by the citrus. Good brew, not exceptional.

May 13, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard Belgian witte, lots of banana, clove and fruitier phenol flavors. Body is a bit heavy and oily for my preference in the style. Good but pedestrian

Apr 27, 2017
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