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Witte Wheat Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Witte Wheat AleWitte Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian 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.

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Ratings: 2,217 |  Reviews: 796
Reviews by DeFaz:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Photo of classixIII
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy yellow with big white head that didn't stay long but draped some lace on the glass all the way down. Wheat and yeast competeing for the lead in aroma, with orange peel and spices in a back up role. Bready taste with some tartness. Very dry and refreshing. Another great one from Ommegang!

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice thick, slow to subside, off-white head, a little lace, and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeast fruit, spice. Flavor loses the spice and there is a nice mild wheat flavor along with the fruit and carbonic tang & a hint of sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Nice brew.

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Photo of Philousa
2.12/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pale gold in color and completely opaque. It's like a neon yellow in the light; kinda weird. Pours with frothy white head that dissipates quickly to form a thin barrier on top. The bubbles seem like they want to stick to the glass, but the low viscosity of the beer pulls it down into the drink. I get pale malt up front with lemon and spiciness following in scent. I was expecting a bit more of a kick in a wit. I get a lot of pale malt on the tongue with nearly none of the wheat described on the glass. The citrus is undeniable, and a bit annoying after a while. I get mostly lemon, despite the claims of orange peel on the label. It stays on the front of the tongue, but some of the malt lingers with it in an attempt at balance. The light fruit flavor has some spiciness towards the end, but it's a bit muddled in the tang. The beer is easily drinkable and not very heavy which is nice, but not normal for the style.

Speaking towards my personal preference, I'm torn. On the one hand, I like that it isn't a normal wit in the sense that it is light. On the other hand, it's overly tangy. In the end, evil outweighs good and the tagniness is too overbearing. Get back to the chalkboard, Ommegang. I expect more of a Belgian owned company.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid Witte from Ommegang.

It pours straw in color and smells of citrus trees.

It's light, very light with moderate carbonation. This makes it very drinkable. I finished half of a 750 bottle in just minutes. This surprised me because I was used to Ommegang's heavier beers. It felt a little too filter for my taste. Other wise this was a nice beer.

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Photo of DavyJones
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DontTreadOnMe
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pale straw yellow in color with a light haze. Initially pours with a 1/4" head that quickly reduces to a puffy layer of bubbles with great retention. Little lacing.

S: Light aromas of pale malt and very light hops; a slight citrus aroma is beneath.

T: Very light in malt flavor but quite balanced with hops that seem just as light. The overall taste is a bit dry but not terribly so. The finish is rather quick and clean with little to no linger. There is the slightest bit of a citrus tone but it is very faint.

M&D: There is no linger bitterness that I have observed in some other Witbiers that I have sampled. This one is smooth and clean, with a rather light carbonation. Although the mouthfeel is light, I can see this being an enjoyable session brew. Quite good overall.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with a small bubbly white head on top. Aromas of pale wheat grain maltiness with a big blast of coriander, clove and orange zest. A tad peppery with an earthy yeast phenolic tone. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a crisp pale wheat husk maltiness with loads of coriander and fruity notes of orange & pepper. A hint of clove lingers underneath with a dash of lemon as well. A smooth, light, tasty brew. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, spritzy and smooth. Slightly creamy. This one goes down easily and would make for a great summer beach brew. Bring a few 750's and enjoy the sun. Not my favorite from Ommegang, but a nice wit overall.

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Photo of Outchillen
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into half tulip glass

I was surprised pouring this, thought it would have a heavier head, faded quick, very clear for an unfiltered wheat, golden straw colored

Smelled great, citrus and strong yeast

Light bodied, smooth, easy to drink, great for a hot day

Not my favorite wheat, but still a great one, almost reminds me of a lighter version of the hennipin. Atill a good beer from a great brewery

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bubbly fizzy soda-like head that evaporates quickly. Pale yellow yet opague body with a bubble column rising out of the center of my snifter.

Normal whitbier scent. Just kind of yeasty and earthy with nothing that really stands out.

Taste is pleasant enough. Carbonated and citrus-soda like, but again, nothing that really stands out.

Very very average whitbier. I'm glad I got to try it (thanks to Fuzzyknoggin), but there's a rather large list of whitbiers I would purchase & drink before this one.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of ho-hum. I've enjoyed other offerings from Ommegang much more. This was a cloudy yellow appearance with a small head and some lacing. It had an orange, spicy, grainy odor to it. The taste was pretty much orange and spice, fairly mild. It was OK, a little pedestrian. Not something I'd drink a lot of.

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Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw color with two fingers of white head. Head doesn't last long before settling to a thin cap. Small splotches of lacing.

S - Big coriander aroma, maybe a bit too big. Eventually some citrus and Belgian yeast aromas come through, along with some grain.

T - Wheat and coriander up front, with some citrus coming in midway through. Relatively straight forward.

M - Light crisp miuthfeel with a high carbonation level.

O - Pretty good. While it has many of the components of a good witbier, this was well below my favorites of the style.

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Photo of shapudding
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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 otoolman221
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ommegangs Witte pours a bright hazy yellow color with a tall thick bright whight head. The head settles slowly and maintains and nice thin cap of foam which makes some slick lace on the glass. The aroma brings nice notes of light pale malts, fresh sourdough bread, Belgian yeast, spice and citrus. This moves right into the flavor which brings all of the aromas charater to the tongue. This flows on a nice smooth yet well carbonated medium body and finnishes balanced and refeshing.

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Witte Wheat Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 2,217 ratings