Witte Wheat Ale
Brewery Ommegang

Witte Wheat AleWitte Wheat Ale
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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #69
Ranked #27,798
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
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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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of rvisual
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.

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Photo of defunksta
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.

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Photo of JohnDon
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.

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Photo of champ103
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.

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Photo of SB2017
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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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

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Photo of Holderness
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


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Photo of edward_boumil
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.

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Photo of teromous
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
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.

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Photo of Golden32
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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

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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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