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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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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this bear over dogfishhead anytime and I'm not just being biased because I was carded in Rohoboth beach for having an outdated ID.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 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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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy straw with a big head. nose; belgian yeast, coriander and lemon/pith. taste; crackery malt, lemon and lime zests, & coriander spice. almost no hop character. decently dry finish with a touch of banana & herbal cilantro. medium+ carbonation and a light mouthfeel. a pretty simple wheat ale with notable lemon & lime flavors.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly turbid light gold-straw. Decent head retention, but not spectacular for a wheat beer.

S: Very spice-forward and pretty sweet for a witb. Clove, coriander and some bread. Mild notes of sweet orange peel.

T: More dry and bitter than the smell would let on, this beer kind of muddles the line between wit and hefe with prominent banana and clove notes pulling through, as well as coriander. Some bready malt with a bit of wheat character and grassy hops. Crisp, semi-dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

F: Light with very prickly carbonation. Maybe the strongest aspect of this beer.

Overall: A decent, refreshing enough beer but there are much better wheat beers out there. Not bad enough to hate on, but not great enough to buy again.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A murky (unfiltered) yellow color. A moderate white head made up of very course bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Smell - A bit sour/tart. You can definitely smell the orange peel/spices.

Taste - Sour/tart. A little spicy. A bit of a fruit juice flavor.

Mouth - Tart. Thin.

Overall - Very similar, in look and flavor, to a wild ale/berliner weissbier. Interesting but I was expecting/hoping for a hefeweizen. I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of beers. Also, I'm not keen on beers with spices in them.

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

Big snow-white head, firm, with OK retention. Brew is hazy and light yellow - a mix of light gold and lemon.

Aroma belies both the style of beer (Wit) and Ommegang's house yeast. Mostly sweet and slightly rustic in the Belgian fashion; a very slight touch of citrus; wheat and hay; fresh flowers.

Flavor follows, and is true to style, without overpowering spices. In fact, the spices and coriander are present but take a nice backseat to the interplay between yeast, malt, and wheat.

Crisp and refreshing; slightly slick. Very drinkable.

Rated to style, this is a damn tasty Wit - not my favorite style.

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Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall, I enjoyed this beer as a great summer beer, whether it is at room temp, or if it is within a refrigerator. This brew had a nice yeast taste that coats the tongue nicely with a sweet aroma.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy golden color with a small, tight white head
S: Belgian yeast, with a hint of fruitiness
T: tangy, fruity, slightly peppery, with a little citrus
F: the carbonation dances on the tongue, with a dry finish
O: I don't know why this gets shitty ratings, this is a really good wit

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had been meaning to find some of this neat looking variety by the awesome brewers of Ommegang and finally got some. It has 5.2% ABV and is a wheat ale ripe with ummalted and malted wheat and oak flakes as well as pilsner malt.

Look-It pours a stunningly light golden yellow with almost full clarity and lots of carbonation. The head is thick and foamy and the lacing is sticky and white.

Smell-It smells of lemon and honey with a subtle malt backbone.

Taste-It tastes of clementine, tangerine, lemon and a delicate honey-like malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-The carbonation appears plentiful, but has a mild fizziness on the tongue. There is a citrus and honey coating on the tongue that is ever so slight.

Overall-It is a great beer. Very refreshing that is similar to a summer shandy.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours pale and hazy light yellow color with a two-finger foamy and creamy white head that retains long after the pour

S- earthy yeast mixes with toasted wheat aroma up front, slightly bready, lemongrass & citrus peel, Belgian candied sugar

T- toasted wheat and soft bready malt base gives way to some lemon peel, grassy notes and a hint of floral hop. Dry toasted finish with a hint of sweet candy on the linger

M- medium-light body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- easy drinking wit, nothing stands out but certainly nothing wrong with it

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours cloudy straw, fine ¼” foam collar, slight haze, not much head.
S: Bread, slight coriander and orange, very faint, no hops grainy, no diacetyl, spices well balanced with fruit.
T: Rich malt flavor, slight bread, little spice lingering after taste, the coriander is apparent in the after taste, relatively sweet but dries out in the vinish, not much hop, not alcoholic, not overly sweet or orangey.
F: Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium high carbonation, medium creaminess, no astringency, smooth, refreshing.
O: A refreshing, well balanced wit.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pale-straw colored Witbier is uncharacteristically clear for the style, being just moderately hazy. It pours to a giant creamy white head (so pour carefully) that lasts awhile; the over-the-top head and a sparkling body promise strong carbonation. The nose is a moderate banana/clove spice over clean wheat notes. On the palate, the wheat malt foundation is the star, with a very prominent citrus-rind bitterness and hints of spice. The finish is quick: slightly bitter with a flash of orange and spice; the bitterness lingers just a bit. The light body provides a fairly thin mouthfeel; the lively carbonation makes it prickly. Between the crisp finish and the strong carbonation, this is a refreshing beer.

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