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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a light yellow tone with a big two finger head.
Its` nose has wheat, honey, corn, coriander and biscuit. Taking a sip of this wit, I taste lemon, citrus in gerneral, some spice, overall a pleasantly sweet aspect to it. Mouthfeel is light with a crisp texture to it. All in all, a quaffable and refreshing wit.

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

I've had this on-tap as well as from bottles. Pours a hazy light yellow color with a large white head that dissipates a bit, but not completely. Nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, hops and spices. Bland, but well-balanced at least. Tastes very clean with citrus, spices and wheat.

Light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable...goes down VERY easy. Not an exceptional beer, but still a good one. I'll probably have it many more times to come.

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Photo of dstanmyer
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I imbibed this wit beer from a bottle on a hot 4th of July gathering. The color is lighter than most other wit beers, showing off a subtlety that some more mass produced summer beers like this lack. This is a very drinkable beer with a smooth finish with hints of citrus and flower. Quite light and fresh and more carbonated than some others. Very enjoyable. Ommegang does it again.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 06/12

A: At first glance, extreme carbonation. Color is a pure yellow with moderate cloudiness. Typical of the style. Half finger head that dissipates. Little to no lacing.

S: Bread. Coriander. Malt. Orange twinge. It puts it all out there in the first whiff.

T: Yeasty bitter-sweet orange bread. The citrus flavor is only a complement to the pureness of the wheat essence. The taste is two-fold. Bitter crispness up front with a smooth fruity twinge at the end. I was surprised at the balance of this beer.

M: One word keeps coming to mind. Balance. Smooth clean flavor as it enters the palate. Like the test drive of a new car, the fullness of the carbonation and the boldness of the wheat take my senses to new appreciation for this style.

O: I was pleasantly reminded of the refreshing aspect of this style. I picture myself out in the back yard with the guys playing a pickup game of football, and one of the guys saying "Hey, anyone thirsty?" I look and the changing leaves of fall, remember my mother’s pumpkin pie and think to myself, "You know, a Witte would sit right just about now."

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Photo of scninmer08
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful head with good retention; little lacing. Cloudy; color nothing too exciting.

S: Sweet orange was upfront with the coriander and wheat in the background. Very appealing.

T: The coriander comes through strong. I would've liked the orange peel to come out more like it does in the smell.

M: Though light, it was exceptionally smooth, with medium-light carbonation.

O: A nice beer; definitely one of the better American-made witbiers.

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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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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinted gold with a puffy, creamy white head. Has the rustic unfiltered look one would expect from any witbier.

S: The nose is initially dominated by scents of wheat, cream, and butter, though traces of coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest later develop.

T: Opens malty and mildly tart with strong notes of wheat toast, heavy cream, coriander, and butter followed by a heavy lemon flavor with a hint of bitter orange peel just before the fade. Finishes tart, yet smooth with notes of spice and citrus.

M: A relatively light-bodied beer with an alternately firm and creamy mouthfeel. Fairly dry.

O: Ommegang Witte is a decent enough witbier, but don't expect it to wow you. I'd still take it over many of the commercial Belgian wits.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden glass since it appears to be the closest thing to an official Ommegang glass for this beer. Let's see how the 2011 GABF gold medal winner does.

Appearance is varied. Body color is a classic cloudy wittier lemon gray, not so much glowing. Rising carbonation comes up in varying sizes. Head is white and extremely soapy and disappears very quickly. The drink leaves a very pock marked surface and a very small collar.

Nose is ripping husky grain. Litteraly thrashing wheat. Spice angles do not appear obvious. Slight diacetyl like butter sense also.

Taste is a slight improvement. Good malt backbone with chewy grain sense. Finish has a very mild hint of sugars, items feel nicely balanced. Mild orange zest mixing in some places with a citrus angle and lemon. Mouthfeel is also quite good without a real wet sense even though appearances seem to indicate a somewhat lifeless beer.

Overall a very decent tasting witbier, but seems faulty and looks incredibly weak.

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Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale golden color with a big head that fades slowly with some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of citrus with some spice.

T: Mild flavor of citrus with some bread and a nice dry finish.

F: Light body, smooth and quite refreshing. Well balanced.

O: Quite tasty, not overpowering, just an all around solid beer. Goes good with food or by itself.

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Photo of agomega
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a frothy meringue-like head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Lemon and orange citrus aroma with a spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Taste is is of bread and lemon/orange citrus flavor. Spicy European hop flavor adds a pleasant balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel with a pleasant level of carbonation.

Overall: A tasty and refreshing beer. Above average, but not amazing.

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

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a cloudy pale straw hue, with a tall creamy merengue-like shock white head.

Soft wheat on the nose, with some sharp citrusy yeast, along with bright orange notes.

Soft creamy sweet wheat once again in the flavour, some tart citrus to counterbalance, with dry yeasty spice in the middle, and mild orange peel and pith finish.

Light mouthfeel with a brisk carbonation balancing a creamy smoothness.

A very enjoyable and approachable Wit--on the milder side similar to the St. Bernardus version, but certainly delivers the goods and hits all the right spots. Would be an excellent intro to the style besides Hoegaarden.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - very pale yellow/white. Only 1/2 finger head with aggressive pour. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - lemon and straw qualities. Very nice aroma.

Taste - very lemony and very sweet at the same time. Easy to drink and pleasant. No hop bitterness but crispness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Not fizzy at all but smooth and full bodied for this light beer.

Overall - It is more unique in flavor and craft than I would have thought. Worth a try and enjoyable. Would have again if on tap or bottled in restaurant but probably wouldn't buy again because it didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw color with a thick white head and a glass full of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass.

S - Bready wheat, lemon, coriander, spicy yeast.

T - Soft wheat, slightly tart, lemon, coriander, slightly spicy with light yeast notes.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Nicely balanced. Lighter flavor than aroma but easily drinkable.

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Photo of Philousa
2.12/5  rDev -43.9%
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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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Between straw and golden leaning toward the lighter shade, pale hued but quite hazy with big bubbles rising to the huge white head of foam that turns mildly chunky as is falls with moderate speed. Pretty alright for lace.

S: More lemony than coriander, some peel, twangy yeast, spicy and tart hints, wheat and base malt. Only fair in strength.

T: Coriander comes in better here – less lemony sharpness and more herbal. Still a fair bit of lemon (perhaps too much). Orange/citrus peel is rather faint. Yeast takes on spicy and earthy notes. Fair amount of tartness. Slightly bready and doughy wheat malt in background.

M: Medium light body with firm and slightly active carbonation. A touch of chalk from the yeast, but overall quite crisp. Mild zing from the tartness. Increasing herbal dryness.

D: Pretty solid Wit. The right notes and decent balance, just no real wow-factor. It is nicely drinkable, but it could use some smoothing out, some of the softer notes that can be found in the style.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a strong yellow with a tinge of orange throughout. Cloudy with a big, fluffy, white head. Good retention and some light, scattered lacing.
Smell is malty, wheat, banana, citrus (sweet like tangerine) and vanilla. Complex and very well balanced.
Taste is tangy, not the malty sweetness I expected. Citrus sharpness is more prevalent (especially lemon), malt more restrained. Banana, wheat, pepper, hops and a very light vanilla note round it out. Still complex but out of balance.
Not the smooth wheat beer I thought, more the initial bite of a lager, kind of like a hybrid brew. Medium/full body with a sharp effervescence up front with a slightly tangy citrus/malt flavor in the medium-bodied finish.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,152 ratings.
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