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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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Photo of seedyone
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/11/2014 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Once again this hits the spot. Smooth rich flavors & textures are the hallmark of this well balanced brew. Just the right hint of citrus & sweetness with a dryness that leaves you not so much WANTING more, but giving it some serious thought. Hard not to draw a romantic parallel and mine is of an attractive blonde that you've just had a serious philosophical discussion with.

Aug 2012 On tap. Looking for something reliable? Your search has ended. Now if we could only get some consistency or stability in D.C. Sequester? Super-committee? Debt limit? Let's have a referendum on the BS limit in Congress. Bartender. Same again. I'm staying right here for the duration. Of what? If you don't know, I won't break your heart & tell you. You deserve better. We all do. Have a Witte.

07/12/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Once again this hits the spot. Smoothe rich flavors & textures are the hallmark of this well balanced brew. Just the right hint of citrus & sweetness with a ryness that leaves you not so much WANTING more, but giving it some serious thought. Hard not to draw a romantic parallel and mine is of an attractive blonde that you've just had a serious philosophical discussion with.
3/28/12 Coming back into season. Great for now but maybe a bit heavy in summer.

12/06/11 Good solid taste. Not a light Witte, but makes this anti-hop guy happy.

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Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a pale straw yellow haze with a strong head.
S - Wheat and Belgium yeast.
T - Notice what I got from the nose and added citrus and more complexity.
M - Medium body and a crisp refreshing flavorful finish.
O - Enjoyable style, have enjoyed a couple

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Photo of breakingbland
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a light gold with a hint of champagne color. The small head dissipated quickly to a thin layer.

Aroma: Mainly sour (as expected) with slight sweetness and a hint of spice.

Taste: Like the aroma but with the sweetness elevated. There was a slight suggestion of hoppy bitterness. The sourness was the main component but even so, it wasn't too intense.

Mouthfeel: The beer filled the mouth with a pleasant effervescence with bubbles breaking on the tongue. It has a medium light body.

Overall: This is a light and refreshing beer. I liked the balance between its sourness and sweetness. Witbiers aren't my favorite style, but I love Belgians and almost everything from Ommegang, so it's good to have this as a witbier fallback.

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy yellow color with a flashy carbonation and a thick two fingers head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Light but nice aroma of white bread, orange, distant banana and coriander.
Predominant Belgian yeasty flavor with notes of fresh acid oranges, white bread and a lemony tartness. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation and an acid feeling.
I love Ommegang, but I haven't seen on this Wit much of a difference to a Hoegaarden (ps. I haven't tasted it for a while), it is fairly assertive, nevertheless if the intention was to produce a pleasant refreshing session beer that is not not dull, mission accomplished.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Orange peel, citrus juice, some tripelesque spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg) and wheat in the nose.

T: Orange up front followed by lots and lots of wheat. Some lemon and tripelesque spices as well.

M: Medium-light bodied with IPA levels of carbonation. Could be smoother.

O: Pretty good, fairly typical of the style, but definitely worth a try and recommended.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw yellow with a bubbly white head that doesn't stick around long before deflating to a very thin, bubbly cap. One tiny patch of lacing on the glass. Legions of bubbles rise furiously from the bottom of the glass, supporting the small semblance of a head. This one is very transparent, given the style. If I didn't know this were a wit, I wouldn't have guessed it by looking at it. Very weak in the aesthetic department, aside from the gorgeous bottle (unfortunately, that doesn't get factored in).

S: A bit of yeast and spicy coriander. Light notes of orange zest. There's really not a whole lot going on here, but at least the nose offers more wit characteristics than the appearance.

T: Strong yeast with hints of orange zest and faint lemon tart. Citric flavors dissipate quickly leaving an overbearing amount of coriander spice. Aftertaste is mostly coriander and some bitter, metallic boozy flavor.

M: Extremely carbonated and very rough on the tongue at first. After a swish or two in the mouth, the carbonation fades some and there's a good bit of medium-bodied creaminess underneath. The excessive carbonation is REALLY hard to get past, though. Not pleasant at all.

O: This isn't exactly the example I'd give someone if I were talking about witbiers, but I guess all-in-all it's not particularly a bad brew. It'd definitely serve as a better introduction to wits than Blue Moon or Shock Top, but for more seasoned palates, this one is very average.

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

This poured a light and pale straw yellow with a mildly cloudy haze. The head was nicely white but was thin and fizzy.

The aroma held notes of bready grains, pepper, clove and a hint of lemon.

The flavor was soft with notes of banana sweetness, spicy pepper and clove and some bready malt.

The feel was very light and thin with a fizzy effervescence on the tongue.

This was simply too delicate and soft. This simply needs more body to raise the score.

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Photo of BeeryMcbeerenstein
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into a stemless wine glass.

A- Hazy, big head, yellow/white head.

S- Little fruity, banana clove thing going on. Semi restrained, but I also probably poured this a lot cooler than it should be. (back of fridge cold)

T- fruity, good yeast character. Fairly smooth.

M-Medium body, not too thick, not too thin. Drinkable and enjoyable without being anything that smacks you in the face or leaves nothing lingering on the palette.

This seems to me to be a pretty standard example of a witbeer. Very drinkable and solid. Not mind blowing, just nice and easy going.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 10oz tulip glass at Rustico

A- Hazy yellow with a big white head.

S-Aroma of yeast, coriander and orange peel.

T-Taste - sweetish, spicy, wheat malt notes, light tartness and bitterness, dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, crispy on palate, easy to drink.

O-Very good beer would like to try in the summer time

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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a hazy pale gold with a fizzy white head. Minimal retention

S- nice esters and light citrus fruit aromas

T- some of esters and fruit come through in the taste, but not as much as other wheat beers.

M- thinner and some fizziness.

O- not a bad wheat beer, but a little lighter in flavor than others.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a whole lot of head which has pretty good retention as well. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton-white while the body is a pale hazy straw which looks like champagne when held up to the light. Considerable lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Not terribly complex but still enjoyable. Light, round banana with very smooth notes of orange and lemon. Tiny hint of cloves gives the nose a little bit of earthiness to balance the spiciness (some coriander) and the clean perfume and honey notes. Swirling shows more banana and reveals a slightly savory character.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of orange peel, coriander and lemon. A good amount of cloves with some grain on the finish. A little bit of grassiness as well. Some banana but nothing shows a whole lot of presence. Seems a tiny bit thin. Some hint of cracker but a very mellow beer. I want a little bit more coriander and orange peel and banana but his beer just doesn't have it. Above average beer but a little thin for the style. It's a bit of a disappointment from a brewery that generally succeeds in Belgian style beers. No flaws but lacks presence and complexity.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light bodied with a bit of airiness. Some smoothness and creaminess. Light carbonation. Definitely the best aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- Very soft mouthfeel leads to a very drinkable beer. No off flavors make it pretty sessionable as well. A little pricey at 3 bucks a bottle but not too bad.

Overall- Above average beer that is very accessible. I can see that as being a very good beer for a non-beer drinker. Beer drinkers should give it a try as well. Fans of witbiers might be a little disappointed.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pkg On 06/04/13
Best By 06/2014

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that settles down to a nice cap after a few minutes

S: Quite yeasty and lightly tart with notes of coriander and orange peel. Light wheaty twang as well

T: Starts off with a nice malted wheat presence as well as a light fruitiness and yeasty notes. Coriander and orange peel both present again, although fairly light on both. Finishes with more of the wheat

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and refreshing

O: A good basic wit with a solid wheat presence. Extremely easy to drink. A great brew for summer

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Photo of jwhancher
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into chalice glass. Appears crystal clear light gold with the slightest haze. Smells of perfumey orange peel & coriander. Nice gentle Belgian phenolics & peppery esters. Tastes citrus like with orange and some honey-like sweetness. Crisp & dry. Very drinkable. Really great beer. Awesome summer beer that's certainly sessionable.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger off-white fast reducing head, violent carbonation

Smells: coriander, lemon peel, oranges, sage

Taste: Orange zest, coriander, wheat at the finish

mouthfeel: thinner

Overall, this is a beer that is a great example of the Witbier style. It reminds me of why I like wheat beers so much. Give it a try. I don't think I'll buy it again though.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy pale straw. Small white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Tons of belgian yeast. Lots of sweet sugar and esters. Some bubblegum. Enticing.

T: Some light cereal grains. Some peppery spices. Big yeast/bready flavors. A little banana/pear also. Pretty authentic and substantial flavors. Very refreshing. Would go great with some fish or chicken.

M: Insanely carbonated, per style. A tad thin bodied.

O: Great witte. Very authentic. Best american version I think I've had. Less yeasty and chewy than Allagash white, a little more phenolic. I still prefer Allagash but this is damn close. It wasnt cheap, but if you like Wittes, give it a try.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thought I'd give this one a try, I've had a couple of beers from Ommegang, all have blown my socks off. Served in a pilsner.

A: Pours a Mellow yellow cloudy color with a half inch white soapy, bubbly head, that dissipates within a few minutes leaving almost no lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, belgian yeast, lemon peels, sandalwood, sugars, spices

T: Mellow, smooth flavor, pretty sweet, spices, wheat, breads, grains, pinch of hops at the finish.

M: Fairly well balances, medium-light bodied beer with higher amounts of carbonation

O: Overall, this was a pretty good wheat beer, it's up there on the long list of wheat beers I've had but it wasn't a ground shaker. I thought the price was reasonable and the beer was pretty well made. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with very little head, the beer is an opaque straw-colored yellow. The nose is fairly banana, much more so than I would expect from a witbier, its almost like a hefeweizen.

This beer also tastes like a hefeweizen, its very fruity and quite yeasty. Compared to other witbiers like Allagash White, this really seems closer to a bavarian style hefe than a belgian wit.

Not a bad beer, but not one of Ommegang's better offerings.

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale straw-yellow, huge fluffy white head that fades quickly. It doesn't leaves a huge amount of lacing and retention. The aromas are full of subtle wheat. There's a nice amount of lemon zest and earthy spices in the mix as well. Flavors are earthy and grainy. More lemon along with some orange peel. It's slightly spicy, but barely. Very rustic. Starts of sweet and almost syrupy, but that fades quickly the more you get into it. The mouthfeel is very nice. Light and fluffy with active carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

It's been awhile since I've had this. It might not be Ommegang's greatest acheivement, but it's extremely solid and a good example of the style. Solid stuff.

Grade: B

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Photo of 57md
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light straw color with a finger of fizzy head that retained itself for quite some time. The nose has a potent dose of Belgian yeast and the same is very evident in the flavor profile. The finish is semi-dry. This is a solid and well-crafted offering, but certainly not remarkable by any means.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale lemon in color, with significant haziness and a large, fluffy white head. Very true to the Belgian Witbier style. Its appearance promises thirst-quenching refreshment on a sunny summer day.

Smell: Extremely fragrant. The aroma is typical of the style, but still undeniably delicious: citrus fruit, honey, and a smidgen of spicy and floral hops keep you sniffing.

Taste: Refreshingly well-balanced: the semi-sweet citrus is nicely countered by a touch of spicy bitterness that adds a little zing to the otherwise soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with substantial carbonation which adds to the dryness of the finish without detracting from a full-on thirst-quenching nature.

Overall: This is, in my opinion, an exemplary Witbier that I would certainly recommend to enthusiasts of the style. Absolutely perfect for a summer barbeque, or even a backyard wedding! All the same, a part of me wishes for a little something more, something unexpected. This is my typical experience with Ommegang. They do such a stellar job of staying true to the Belgian styles, that I can't help but wish they would do something a tad unruly. Just for kicks.

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Photo of vkv822
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a very hazy, pale yellow with a soapy, foamy white head.

Awesome aroma, big coriander and tangy wheat notes with a light, sweet citrus backing.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma, though I scored it a bit lower as it just wasn't quite as vibrant.

Medium+, foamy body.

A very well done wit, really intriguing nose, and a very solidly done palate.

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Photo of tviz33
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Hazy and light yellow. One finger head that recedes to almost nothing.

S- Banana, clove, citrus, spice, and alcohol. Pretty inviting.

T- The taste is what you'd expect from the style, and follows the nose consistently. Orange and lemon flavors. Nothing off-putting about it, but nothing outstanding.

M- Really bubbly and crisp. Light to medium mouthfeel and super refreshing.

O- Great on a hot day. This beer is nothing out of the ordinary, but you know you're getting quality with Ommegang.

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

After a cheerful pop from the cork this pours a hazy straw colored gold with a bone white head of foam that fell off to a thin skin and cap that never left. Great soapy lace. This beer literally glows in the glass and is so lovely to look at. Nose is bright and funky with Belgian, citrus, and hay. Underneath is a big malt profile with wheat, honey and grain. A touch of spice and orange rind as it warms. Taste is tart with lemon and dry with a hint of hop bitter that stands up gracefully next to a big cracker malt and fresh wheat. Creamy clean, sparkling carbonation, it leaves with a touch of honey and a taste of sour not bitter . Drinks light and amiable. Ommegang has done it again with a classic wit that’s radiant and refreshing.

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Photo of Damian
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my dad for this bottle.

The initial pour yielded a crystal clear, golden yellow body. When the yeast was added, the liquid darkened and turned turbid. A surprisingly small, fluffy, eggshell colored head topped the liquid, but it quickly dissipated. No lacing whatsoever.

Spice notes came through strong in the nose. Lots of clove and coriander. Crisp Belgian yeast notes. Touch of citrus. Lemon and orange peel were most apparent. Hint of dull smokiness. Overall, very interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was significantly more muted than the nose. Pale malts and crisp wheat notes appeared up front. Hints of spices in the center. Coriander was detectible. Tart lemon notes came through on the back end and carried into the finish. Slightly bitter and quite dry. Some mild, earthy hops were also noticeable.

The mouthfeel was highly effervescent. Light, crisp and fluffy on the palate. Almost Champagne-like.

While not the most complex witbier on the market, this offering from Ommegang is tasty, refreshing and highly drinkable. It would be a perfect warm weather sipper.

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Photo of lsummers
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden bright straw orange. Two finger fluffy super white head. This is how I expect a witbier to look.

Smells of orange/lemon zest and ester. Clove and a touch of hay. Pleasant smell, that's not overpowering.

Taste is light and refreshing. Starts off with the zesty ester and clove. Touch of a hay like hop profile drops off quickly into the more malty backbone. This is not as full bodied as I would love, but tastes great nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a touch too watery.

Overall, this is a great wit that I will have again. It's light and crisp while maintaining that typical wit profile.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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