Ommegang Witte | Brewery Ommegang

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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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +1.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pale clear yellow color ale with below average head with average retention. Aroma of orange and very subtle coriander. Taste is very light with limited spice (lack of coriander) with some limited sweetness/floral aspect. Carbonation is good but body is too thin. Watery feeling on the aftertaste kind of ruin this one for me.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Jared. Served in a wine glass.

The pour brings a hazy straw-yellow brew with a good white head and a bit of lacing plus a thin collar atop the beer. The nose is quite plain with some lightly-sweet wheat and a very, very mild citrus presence. No real spice or any indication of Belgian yeast. The flavor is about the same but a bit more grainy. Feel is pretty light with moderate carbonation. Nothing bad about this, but nothing at all impressive either.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of dense, white head on top of a hazy, straw yellow body. The foam displays great retention as it slowly settles and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Spicy wheat with lots of lemon and coriander notes as well as a bit of vanilla and some sulfur in the background.

T - Soft, spicy wheat with some doughy bread yeast character up front. This is followed up rapidly in the middle with lots of coriander and clove. Some zesty lemon notes appear towards the finish and are accompanied by more bread and spicy wheat character.

M - A somewhat thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Fairly good overall, the spices dominate the aroma but are not over done in the flavor profile as I feared they might be. The wheat character is evident throughout and it imparts the requisite thickness to the body. Well made, but it doesn't grab me in a way that would make me want to drink it again and it can't stand up to the very few exceptional examples of the style such as Sterkens White and DFH Namaste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty basic. A little thin, at least flavor-wise.

Beautiful yellow body with a light haze. The head retention should be better.

Nice aroma. Chalky, non-descript citrus rind and light, dull coriander.

Medium-light bodied and crisp across the palate.

The chalkiness returns in the flavor (perhaps it's from the yeast), with a nice touch of tart citrus, a clear note of wheat malt, and some sublime spiciness.

It's light and easy to drink, finishing dry with a residual note of tartness and some lingering chalkiness.

There are no flaws to speak of, but there's not much character either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light cloudy yellowish gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, Belgian yeast, citrus, some spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with flavors of lemon, clove & coriander spices up front. There's a strong breadiness from Belgian yeast and wheat. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary as it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, I haven't been the biggest fan of Ommegang overall but this is a very nice lighter Belgian style beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

Not bad. Everything a witbier should be, pretty much. No St. Bernardus Wit, but then again, nothing is. Pretty textbook witbier. Poured a cloudy golden-yellow with a nice poofy head that dies down a bit with time. Nice aroma of lemon zest, citrus hops, and coriander. Similar taste: crisp with citrus hops, zest, and mild spice, with an obvious wheat base. Light mouthfeel, and pleasantly drinkable.

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

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Clouded, soft buttercream yellow body with a thin, long-lasting cap of finely-textured white foam.

Smell: Tangy-scented nose of a porringer of Cream of Wheat garnished with fresh lemon zest and lightly seasoned with coriander.

Taste: Malted wheat, lightly tangy and sweet, along with a light backing of soft barley. The initial sweetness quickly yields to the incoming taste of lemon. Smaller trace of coriander. Very, very faint bitterness. One last hint of tart citrus in the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly pleasant and easily drinkable, serving as a good thirst-quencher for the warmer months.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy, sun-faded lemon with a single stream of bubbles in the exact center of the glass. The ivory colored cap is frothysoft, with an upper surface of tiny, pearl-like bubbles that become small pits when they pop. Despite an underwhelming amount of lace, what sticks looks great.

I love the way that all good witbiers smell like summertime. This one is better than most and makes me want to flip the calender to June right this very minute. It's intensely aromatic, with lilting scents of zesty lemon and spicy coriander playing off one another to great effect. This is a tremendous nose.

The flavor isn't quite that good, but it's a near thing. The wheaty base comes through loud and clear and gives the beer a solid foundation from which the top notes of fruit and spice can work their magic. Fresh lemon peel is the dominant accessory flavor, although coriander isn't far behind. Neither one underplays or overplays its hand. I can also appreciate a modest amount of floral hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is airily light, further contributing to the ease of consumption. I try my best to consider each beer's mouthfeel within the context of its style and purpose. Having said that, Witte comes up just a little short. That's a minor annoyance, however, and doesn't deserve a serious downgrade.

This beer is a fine example of the witbier style. It smells heavenly and tastes almost as good. Even though I still prefer the masterpiece that is Allagash White, I have to agree with the label that Ommegang Witte is "worth the wheat".

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it as well. A nice sized head of around two inches in height rose up immediatly but then settled down to about a half an inch and stayed that way until the very end. Some light side glass lacing on this one as well.

The aroma was full of grain and slight spices. Some small fruit notes, pears mainly, with a touch of apple. But this hay like spice kept everything going. Rich notes of grass and hay opened it up, and melded seemlessly into a pear driven fruity yeast body. Very intresting and quite complex, but then the smack of the spice hit you and it was all over. Really intense here as the almost pepper like notes bounced all over the tongue and really just put on a great show. Smooth as silk

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked the 4pack up at the brewery in Cooperstown, decided to open a 12oz since the weather seemed perfect for it. decanted chilled into a stange.

A - A tarnished golden straw w/ yeast haze and a soapy looking 3 fingers of large bubbles in a white cotton candy like foam of head

S - plenty of yeast and wheat in the aroma w/ peppery spice and mild citrus peel notes

M - A feel which is creamy w/ nutty wheat and crisp carbonation w/ mild spice additions adding a dry element contrasting the tang of the citrus peel and creamy yeast feel.

T - A tasty light wheat flavor w/ citrus of sweet orange peel following closely. The coriander comes across as peppery w/ a tinge of fruit. The taste has subtle banana and sweetness but very gentle w/ mostly wheat flavors w/ a tart ale yeast flavor like hefeweizen.

D - I could seee a four pack dissapearing quickly especially in 90 degree heat like today - a very refreshing, tasty wit. Well made and works well as a lawnmower ale.

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here's a new review based on this on tap:

Pale yellow with a green hue. Good start to the head but it settles to rim bubbles. Some spots for lace.

Banana and clove waft to the nose initially. Soft very lightly malted barley and light alcohol round out the smell.

Soft and fruity flavors of apple, banana and cream. Not much wheat here. Carbonation is modest for the style. The finish has a small touch of spice like thyme and white pepper. Short aftertaste.

3.5 4.0 3.5 4.0 3.5 (bottle)
Good white head that dies more quickly than most Wheats. Yellow color and mildly cloudy.

Great wheat start to the aroma. Crisp and light in the nose.

Spritzy yet full-bodied. Strong wheat flavor. Sour finish and long lasting aftertaste. Pretty run of the mill in my opinion.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$4.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

Presentation: 750 ml brown magnum with no freshness date.

Appearance: Sandy yellow and completely hazed over, head retention is lacking with on a wispy lace that barely clings to the glass.

Smell: Chalky, earthy yeast with a slim rouse of spiciness; dusty coriander and orange peel. Mildly phenolic and tart in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp with a thick slickness that does not want to leave the palate. Light tartness throughout, strong wheat malt flavor. Earthy yeast is unshakable with faint orange peel and coriander in tow. Spiciness is one sided and goes no further … very little depth.

Drinkablity & Notes: My palate got lost in the tartness, it seemed the flavors did not meld well and everything was separate. A good brew though there are many witbiers that fit the shoe better than this one.

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