Ommegang Witte | Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang WitteOmmegang Witte
2,165 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,165 |  Reviews: 783
Photo of chickenflea
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a very pale and translucent champagne color. Aroma was green apples, coriander and mild citrus. The taste was light and sweet with a subtle green apple sourness. Mild umami on the finish. Pineapple in there as well. Mouthfeel was effervescent. Light. Finishes clean and crisp. Lager-like. Overall the best Wit I have had.

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Photo of ryantaussig
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden straw color with a big head that dissipates to almost nothing rather quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Mild spice from the coriander and citrus zest. Some yeast as well.

T: Plenty of yeast and slight spice. Malt character is present. Has a slight piquant character as well. Well balanced, but lacks in depth.

M: A bit chalky. Medium bodied with a medium finish.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at for petes sake in philly. review from notes.

Pours a lighter golden color, slightly cloudy, with a decent head and minimal lacing.

Various fruits are scattered throughout the nose with hints of spice and a bit of herbs.

The nose translates right into the taste with notes of banana and citrus tingling your taste buds. Some spice and a little pepper is noticeable, as well as clove. There's a distinct tartness towards the end, which manages to stay on the pleasant side of things.

Medium body, a little creamy, very easy to drink and pretty refreshing. Decent Belgian-styled beer from Ommegang once again.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden hay color, with a small white head that fades quickly. No lace, but some carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smooth wheat, soft lemon zest and a bit of coriander. A really subdued aroma. Lightly floral.

Taste: A firm wheat base lets the blend of spices come through. Lemon zest, orange peel, and coriander in the middle. Finishes with a flourish of floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp, medium carbonation, light to medium body.

Drinkability: It's not a bad example of the style, but I would really like to see some of the flavors kicked up a little bit. Drinkable, but not something I would go after.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours golden with a medium lasting, foamy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of piney hops, biscuit malt and hints of citrus. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of piney hops, yeast, sweet malt, some citrus and spices. Excellent, complex whit.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy blonde in colour. Not as much carbonation as expected. About one and half fingers of white, pillowy head.

S - Orange peel or rind and yeast is about all I get. I would expect more spice but it's good.

T - Tons of that really nice orange rind again with the yeast character that blends nice. Again there is not enough spice, I might get a little coriander but it's subdued. Really citrusy and refreshing.

M - Good but needs more carbonation.

D - I would have a few of these with friends on a hot day but it lacks components of a Belgian Wit that I would normally expect.

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

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter

A-hazy, cloudy transluscent yellow, very typical of this breed

S-coriander, lemon a hint of orange

T-very nice clean, from start to finish, perfect for warm summer days

M-kind of thin, doesn't hang around

D-high, particularly under the proper conditions

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy light yellow color. Started with a finger of nice white head, that faded fairly quickly and left behind a little lacing.

S - Mostly the smell of the lemon/citrus and the coriander. A touch of the wheat is also present.

T - The lemon and other citrus tastes creates a nice blend of sweetness and tartness. The soft wheat flavor mixed with coriander flavors really balances nicely. The tartness stays a bit in the aftertaste of the beer.

M - Very light and crisp, without feeling empty and lacking. Very smooth with some carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. It is smooth and crisp and the nice tartness through the flavor really balances the beer well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another second chance with another Ommegang oldie-but-goldie. It pours a slightly hazed pale golden straw topped by somewhere around a finger of white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, lemon zest, and a touch of mandarin orange. The taste, not wanting to make any waves, stays this course beautifully, with the added effect of light pineapple near the finish. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a very tasty wit, one of the better ones readily available 'round these parts.

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Photo of Plokhooy
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice Witbier with a classic feel befitting the style. Served without a lemon (although I believe one would enhance some of the flavors) a nice crisp, citrus flavor emergese allowing for a very drinkable exepereince. Nothing stands out as great but overall a very nice offering.

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

Aroma is mostly of lemon and coriander...with a touch of sweet orange.

Very cloudy and blonde, as per expectations for style.

Taste has a bit of orange and coriander in the front, but it's very restrained as compared to other wits. Carbonation is quite effervescent. Finish has a lot of lemon, which is how the beer wraps up. Faint wheat is perceptible after the swallow.

As far as wits go, this one tilts more to the lemon side as opposed to some that are sweeter and spicier. To be honest, I do prefer the ones with more bold orange and coriander tastes. That said, this is a very drinkable beer that I'd have no problem accepting.

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Photo of xrdsci
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Redbones

A: Pale yellow with a thick haze. Very little head and a small bit of lacing.

S: Earthy, yeast and some faint spices. A bit of citrus. Not all that strong to me.

T: Similar to the smell, with a little bit of tanginess. Typical coriander comes through. Also a fair amount of hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy - very creamy.

D: Goes down easy.

Although it can't say the taste will overwhelm you, it is pretty good. Maybe a little too subdued and simple, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked 25 1/2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 5, 2010. It is a very frothy, heady pour with a cloudy pale yellow buried down beneath the soft bubbles. There is a nice wheat and yeast balance in the aroma along with something banana-like but not much in the way of spice. Wheat and yeasty head up the taste as well with a pleasant but thin dry hoppiness at the end. Very appealing beer.

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Photo of Samashley
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in draft form and bottled, and I must say that the draft is far superior to the bottle in my opinion. Although the first time I tried a pint of the draft Witte, it did nothing to impress me. It had standard Belgian White characteristics and I couldn't point out any distinctive tastes or influences.

With that said, I feel my first judgement of it to be flawed after experiencing it poured correctly from a place that knows how to truly pour belgians. I ordered it from the BXL Cafe in Times Square and completely changed my mind about the beer. The proper serving glass combined with the correct amount of bubbly head allowed me to smell and taste subtle banana and clove that I had not before noticed. There was a small taste of citrus and coriander but it wasn't overwhelming. The dynamic of this second experience truly changed my mind about this beer. I would definitely have another Witte, especially combined with a nice afternoon brunch.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Flying U glass, yeast added.

A: Cloudy light yellow with a creamy white two inch head. The head dissipated quickly and left some light patchy lacing.

S: Some funk from the yeast, tart lemons, coriander, and soft spices.

T: Big taste of tart lemons overwhelms the palate. Some coriander and white pepper poke through a little. Wheat taste pops up at random intervals. Slightly chalky, funky Belgian yeast in the finish.

M: Thin watery mouthfeel, seltzer like carbonation.

D: Decent. Not a hard beer to drink, but I am not really left with the desire to have another.

Notes: This beer is not very well balanced. The tart lemon taste dominates far too much, and the other flavors are muted. Mouthfeel is off-putting as well. I was disappointed by this beer. A sub-par offering from an otherwise excellent brewery.

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Photo of kjyost
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged into a tulip. Bottled 06/09/10.

A: Cloudy, somewhat lighter yellow than expected, initally a decent head that reduced much too quickly leaving no lacing nor cap.

S: Aromas are enjoyable and Witte like. When the head is there, I caught some lemon rind, moving more towards coriander and later a bit of blue cheese?

T: Not exactly complex, but it balances well with an enjoyable play of spices and citrus. The thing that makes this witte fantastic though is the strong lactic twang on the tongue that keeps it constantly fresh on your palate.

M: Crisp and sharp on the tongue with that lactic bite makes it very nice.

D: I'd hit it again, and again, and again... (Edit: After having the 2nd glass 1+ hour later, with a touch more warmth ~55F, the lactic nature is overpowering and unpleasant. If this had been my first experience with the beer the rating would have been lower)

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Photo of brystmar
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger Pub in the village.

Pours a hazy lemon color with a finger of white head; poor retention, but sticky lace adorns the glass. Citrus, orange peel, and lemon in the nose.

Starts sweet & fruity with predominantly citrus flavors, but fades to finish slightly watery with a hint of hops in the back. Light- to medium-bodied with average carbonation that fizzles my tongue as it sits in my mouth. Easy to drink, however I'd likely order a different hef/wit if I wanted another.

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Photo of afksports
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer early on in the journey. This one also from the night of 8/12/2010. Review is from notes. It's a nice beer for summer, with a hint of citrus. Very easy to drink some - or many. I'm a fan.

Appearance: Wheaty.

Smell: Citrus.

Taste: Little sweetness, little hops, very crisp.

Mouthfeel: medium to light body.

Drinkability: Summer session beer if you're ok with repeated citrus.

Props to Ommegang, I dig't!

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, pale gold color with one finger of pure white head. The retention was average and the lacing consistent in sliding bands. The aroma was of wheat, yeast, light alcohol esters, pale malt and some slighty floral notes. The flavors were a complex and well-balanced blend that started with dry wheat followed by a sweetness of banana and light tropical fruits from the yeast esters followed by a floral hops note and finally a lingering pale and sweet malt finish. Slightly spicy, grainy yet not too-dry, and very pleasant. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation on the frothy side.

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Photo of mrmin123
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ikea beer mug. Very light golden color that formed a nice, white head that subsided pretty quickly. A hint of citrus on the nose, but not much otherwise. A very light citrust taste, as well (maybe too light), with hints of lemon and orange. Very slight bitter aftertaste, and the drink leaves an oily feel in the mouth. Definitely very drinkable and it's a pleasant drink, but all in all the taste isn't too interesting.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Great color. Very yellow with a rich white head which dissipates for the most part, leaving a nice hat of head throughout.

S - Smell is good; it is clear that this is an Ommegang beer. Very light and citrusy.

T - Taste is quite good. I can see myself drinking this on a hot summer day. At only 5.1% ABV, the taste of alcohol is not overwhelming by any means.

M - Mouthfeel is the weakest characteristic of this beer in my opinion. It may simply be a characteristic of the brew style, but when I'm drinking a beer, I like to feel it.

D - The drinkability of this brew is its most admirable quality. I could see myself enjoying several of these during a hot summer day. The bottle recommends serving at 40F, and I agree.

Overall, one of the better witbiers I've had, I enjoy the citrus. I could see this becoming one of my favorite light beers.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an aggressive fluffy egg white head that actually has decent structure. The beer is a cloudy very pale straw color. Light flecks of lacing remain in the glass.

Aroma is fresh, light and pretty refreshing.. Coriander, citrus and a light sweetness.

Flavor is about as light as the aroma. Certainly a nice summer beer for the heat. Light toasted grains, a touch doughy with certainly a lot of light spice character from the yeast. Coriander again along with some light citrus...(lemon/orange/lemon/orange) A touch of yeast in the finish... a touch of sweetness right smack in the middle of the flavor profile. This is fleeting.

Very light body and almost a dry finish. Again refreshing is the word here.

A bit more delicate than some of the other standard white ales that are normally available. I picked this up since the store was out of Allagash White. While this is a nice little beer, I'll still look for Allagash White next time.

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Photo of RankRefugee88
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into wheat glass.

A - Beautiful. A cloudy straw solid color to it. So cloudy that even when held to the light only shows shadows behind it when I wave my hand. Pearly white head with specs of gold in it (After I poured my glass and the bottle was empty I let the residue of the beer drip into the glass).

S - Fresh smell. Notes of lemon, ginger and wheat is there too.

T - I can taste the orange peel, the citrus in general. Tastes a bit gingerly. Overall I can taste a lot of wheat malts. Its crisp and refreshing.

M - Good mouthfeel. Light and crisp.

D - I like the drinkability for this beer. Its very easy going down and smooth to the touch.

Overall good. I was turned off a bit by the ginger in the smell at first but thankfully the ginger isn't too strong in the taste, mostly citrusy. It complimented a lemon chicken over spaghetti dinner nicely.

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Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. Arrived in a beautiful Ommegang logo'ed pint glass with gold rim that I got to keep. Nice glass, Lizard!!

This beer looks great. Nice cloudy straw/gold with a white head that sticks around and leaves decent lace. The retention could be a bit better, though.

Ommegang Witte has all the elements of a classic Witbier, mostly driven by refreshing bitter orange peel and yeasty esters. The yeast gives impressions of spicy coriander. There's just a touch of refreshing, tart lemon. The yeast comes across as slightly chalky, which hurts the score just a touch. But a nice smell overall.

The beer tastes much like I expected after the beautiful bouquet. The wheat malt is a touch grainy and sweet, and the fruity orange and lemon flavors come through and quench my thirst. The yeast is just a touch too chalky, but there's some spiciness that makes it work. Coriander and a slight hoppy bitterness finish things out. Nice range of flavors coming together and making this beer as simple or as complex as you want it to be.

The mouthfeel is excellent, at least from this keg on tap. I remember thinking this was a touch watery the last time I had it, but it's actually perfect on this hot summer day. Light body with a really refreshing zing of carbonation. Both the finish and aftertaste are pleasant. This is a great example of the style - a wonderful summertime beer that delivers a ton of taste and stays true to tradition. Bravo!

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Photo of HotHands
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Just a Taste in Ithaca.

A - a great looking beer. A hazy yellow with a touch of orange and a very creamy white head with very small bubbles. Leaves flawless lacing on every sip and a continual small white head throughout. I gave similar marks to Ommegang's Hennepin, which also had superb head retention and lacing.

S - fruity nose, with banana and citrus present, typical of the style.

T - banana and clove up front, with a good amount of lemony citrus. I couldn't really detect orange peel, but coriander was present. Slight hop spiciness. Finished with a nice tartness that countered the mild sweetness of the beer.

M - good carbonation and body and a slick mouthfeel. Didn't leave me dry on the finish, which was nice.

D - like most of this style, quite drinkable.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 2,165 ratings
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