Witte Wheat Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the brewery's top offering, in fact the weakest I have had from them. Belgian style with spicyness and wheat sweetness and cream rolled into one. Would have worked if less carbonated. Had at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Medium mouthfeel. Bitter metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head with some lacing on a dull gold body. aroma of lemon, grain herbal hops and clove. Flavors include wheat, grains, lemon, club soda, herbal hops. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Drinkable, not too dry. About as good as a wit can be.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

classic belgian wit. the pour is cloudy and really pale yellow in color, lots of tiny bubbles rising hotly to the surface. still, the head is small and white, fades pretty quick from the bottle, but ive seen it last better from the tap. the nose is a lot of wheat malt and really farmy funked out yeast, also a fair bit of tartness, like lemon juice from concentrate. the flavor is about the same, with the wheat being really fresh and forward, which is such a rarity these days. the yeast is gold, super bright and spunky, with that lemon zest tart to sourness, almost like a sour beer or wild ale, its pretty far out there on the funk scale. epic carbonation, jivey feel, dances on the tongue, with a real light drinkable body, slammable at this low abv. a really fun beer, could be an easy transition to sours for people yet to get into them, there is so much of that barnyard stuff happening that a sour isnt too distant. overall a wonderful brew, one of ommegangs finest regulars. a treasure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, yeast, and some chalky aromas. Taste is much the same with a spice finish that lingers with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wit pours out as a straw colored yellow beer with a billowing white head that settles over time. The aroma has a good amount of lively citrus in it and is rather inviting. There is also some yeasty bread aromas coming off of it too. The taste of the beer is of light citrus with some soft banana notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the light side, perhaps a little too light. Overall this is an ok Wit but it could have been better.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy yellow with a small bit of white head that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was a moderate level of carbonation.
S: Aromas of coriander, along with yeast and orange peel are noticeable, though not very strong.
T: The flavors of wheat and spices were well balanced; citrus tastes of lemon and orange linger in the aftertaste and make the finish a bit dry.
M: The mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation lends smoothness.
D: This is a very light and refreshing beer. I would definitely drink more than one of these to relax on a hot summer day.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised that I haven't reviewed this one before but then I guess theres at least a thousand other beers that I've tried and haven't reviewed yet.

Pours very pale yellow, moderately clear, tall white head, no retention or lacing.

Smells spicy and yeasty but not as in your face with the lemon tartness that some witbiers have. Inviting.

Flavor is spicy and peppery. Can't quite pinpoint whats in there but the peppery flavor is probably coriander and wheat and the spicy is probably the yeast. Some malt but overall everythign is balanced and pleasant. The belgians say if you can pinpoint the exact spice then you've over done it.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I expected for a wit but still in the acceptable range of light-medium. Very very drinkable. Emjoyable but not for this much money. I mean this is something that I would love to have a keg of in my living room but I can't see driving to Bevmo to pay $10 for a 750 ml.

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3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, caged and corked.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale white straw hue, with a teeming amount of thin puffy white head, which leaves some broadly-spaced bird's wing span lace around the glass as it steadily, but surely settles. It smells of creamy wheat grain, lemon, the soft usual suspects of pepper and coriander spice, and a slick buttery note. The taste is sweet wheat malt, sort of bready in its fullness, some mild orange peel, and subtle underhanded yeast. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light, but not thin, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, wheat and sweet coriander filling the role.

An easy-drinking, straightforward, but still well-rendered witbier, the expected flavours tilted somewhat, but it all turns out a-ok.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like sipping on a fresh glass of Witte while sitting in the pristine Belgain setting in Cooperstown, New York. Brewery Ommegang captures the essence of Belgium not only in architecture, but also in culture and in the flavor of their Witbier

This Belgian white ale starts with a creamy canary yellow hue. Cloudy and airy, the hazy beer floats a stark white and frothy foamstance that both retains and laces very well. Solid but expected from the style.

Citrus aromas of orange peel, lemon zest, perfume, and soft grasses fill the nose. Decorated with white pepper and corriander (in the absence of hop aroma), the beer takes on a decidedly herbal and citrus tone.

Soft breads and wheat malt begin to define the flavors while the fruity (orange, appricots, lemons, and pears) quickly rise and eventually dominate the taste. Soft flavors of orange peel and corriander give a non-descript spiciness that both smoothen out the flavors and adds complexity. Creamy maltiness along with yeasty tartness gives an oddly compelling impression of sour cream.

Creamy and moderately malty up front, the beer fades quickly into a powder-dry texture and eventually becomes a tart and waivering. But until the lightened finish, the beer has a very refreshing and smooth procession.

Overall, the acidity prevails with the spices of yeast gaining precedence over classic powdery textures and prominant spice additions. This gives a rustic unveiled character that is likely more like what authentic witbiers used to be.

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3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a tapered branded "Ommegang witte" witbier glass at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow. No yeast particles are visible. Appealing and to style. Not unique or special, but well done.

Sm: Lemon peel. Citrusy esters. Refreshing and fresh. Clean light malts. A simple yet full mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Lemon peel and clean malts. A bit simple for the brewery. Refeshing. Nicely balanced and well built. There's not much to say about it given its simplicity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light on the palate. Neither too thick nor too thin, but not quite right. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the style. Quite nice, but not unique or special. I'd have it again on-tap at a good price. Witbier fans will enjoy it.


10/13/16 2nd impression:

Has a hint of lemony twang and starch, but it's a bit thin on the palate and lacks adequately fruity estery Belgian yeast flavours. Refreshing but shallow, with prominent notes of flaked wheat and pilsner malt.

A drinkable brew, but not stellar within the style. I remembered this being better.


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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/28/2012. Pours hazy pale straw color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruit, citrus, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with wheat; with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice witbier! Great balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters with wheat; and extremely smooth to drink. This is spot on to style; a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golfen hue with a foamy,white three-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast, clove and some lemon.

T - A good sweet wheat taste with a blend of lemon and orange/corriander flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Very drinkable, even an entire 750ml bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that deposits thick clumps of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Earthy and yeasty with a hint of orange
Taste: Bready flavor to begin with a good orange citrus flavor; a touch or coriander and pepper on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with good levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshingly light but not a spicy as I was expecting

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Witte Wheat Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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