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Ommegang WitteOmmegang Witte

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

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 Sixpoint
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Had this one at Stain Bar in Williamsburg on a sweltering hot day. What a refresher!

My sample poured a light straw color with two fingers of head.

The aroma was of lemon, citrus, and just a twinge of hops.

The taste was very dry and fruity, with just a slight hint of caramel in the end.

Another solid offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of IceAce
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light-yellow / white body capped with a thin and tiny-bubbled stark-white collar of foam measuring one finger in height.

Nose is light, bright, and full of ripe citrus notes.

Entry lights softly on the palate, moving headlong into a midtaste featuring beautiful light grapefruit and orange notes supported by ample carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry with many floral notes and a Belgian yeast fade.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/18/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cork blasted out as soon the the cage was off. Lucky it wasn't pointed at anyone. Cloudy light yellow pour with a 1/2 inch head and light lacing.

Smell- Lots of wheat scent with a light amount of spices and lemonpeel.

Tatse- Nice and fruity with a bit of tartness throughout. Corriander and other spices are prevelant.

Mouthfeel- Higher than average carbonation. Very tingly on the tongue. Maybe a tad creamy.

Drinkability- Very good summer witbier. Not the best, but one of the good ones to be sure.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled as I type June 3, 2005. Pours a hazy straw color with a big white head. Head disipates semi-quickly and lace starts to fom. Nice. Carbonation is full in the glass and the beer dances on the tonque. Nose shows big citrus and some clove, definately yeast dominated. The mouthfeel as I said is effervescent, nice and refreshing the flavor is tart, grapefruit maybe ?, finish is long and dry, leaves you mouth watering.

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Photo of Troyone
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with some carbonation and minimal head.

Has a light cookie malt smell with lemon grapefruit hops.

A light sweet and acidic taste with a slightly sour grainy and nutty malt, and slightly lemon mostly orange hops.

Light body, watery texture, soft carbonation, and a slightly chalky finish.

Drinkable however not my type of Wight Beer.

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

Pale hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Scent is soft and lemony, with a good smattering of yeast and wheaty clove notes. Some orangey scents as well.

Flavor is a very juicy citric blend of lemon and orange with some coriander blended in. The lemon zest really comes through in a pleasant way. It's light on the tongue, but not watery, and makes a nice end-of-the-night beer.
Nicely done by Ommegang.

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

Pours a pale yellow in color with a thin spongey head. Nice spiral of carbonation comes out of the center of the goblet. Aroma is oranges, wheat and yeast. Taste is nice and chewy. Wheat comes across at first, followed up by a nice citurus birts of oranges and lemons. Mouthfeel is very full and chewy (I like that word). Finish is just slightly dry. A very easy drinking beer without a high ABV that makes a nice sessional choice.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

54F on a day in May that reached 90F!!
Very light hue of yellow, like sunlight reflecting off the new spring silver maple leaves. It has a very tight white froth that holds like a picture, and grips the tumbler half-heartedly.
Smells of a wheat bin with orange rind buried in it, and sliced lemons strewn on top. Also, fresh apple wood.
Taste: Lick an orange rind, lick a cut granny smith, crack a white peppercorn and blow it across your palate, drink some artesian water with a lemon squirt, look at the word coriander. Lick that apple again, and again. Dries, dries to a mouthful of white wheat flour. I couldn't drink this fast enough partly because it's quenching, and partly because it's boring. For my money I'd buy a case of Berliner Kindl (recently reviewed).

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cork pops with all of the beer staying in the bottle. Pours extremely pale gold in color with a lot of chill haze. Very watery with an overriding grassy flavor. Mouthfeel is very light as to be expected in the style. Slighty acidic and citrusy taste but not overwhelming orange flavor like other wittes. No corriander flavor like other wittes either. Slight yeasty background taste. Flavor quickly dissipates with not much aftertaste other than a crisp watery flavor. Refreshing but not much there. Fairly dry in aftertaste.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cyber Cafe West.

A clear straw yellow brew with minimal head, I find this to be a poor showing of what a witbier should look like. No yeast and no haziness, just clear and kind of unassuming. Looks like a plain lager to me.

Smells of heavy yeast, which is nice, but there wasn't much of a hint of spice in there which I'd like in a witbier.

Yeast taste as well, but a bit plain afterwards. There is definite wheat in there but I did not sense any of the trademark fruity esters. It was slightly sour due to the yeast but there wasn't a whole lot going on.

An average interpretation of a witbier, I think. I'm a little disappointed in Ommegang for this one because all their other beers are stellar. This however, is pretty plain. It's still a good beer, don't get me wrong, but could be 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 Beersignal
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured golden straw yellow and astoundingly clear for a witbier. The retention of the stark white foam was lackluster as it faded like the bubbles on a glass of 7-Up would.

The aromas were light and fruity but not properly defined in my opinion. A hint of wheat and coriander in the middle with a second helping of tart fruit but nothing stood out really apart from the smell of cork that shadowed all the other aromas.

The mouthfeel was dry and thin through a dense carbonation with only a mild wheat tartness showing through the late astringency.

This is definitely an old sample that probably does not do justice to what a fresh offering of Ommegang Witte can taste like. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle was so compact that it would barely rouse as I swirled the bottle and the late astringency is indicative of early stages of oxidation.

To be fair, I will seek this out and review it again... I'm sure it is more tasty and pleasant to drink when fresh.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a sixer of this on a recent visit to Athens GA. Although I've had it quite a few times before and enjoyed it, this time it is PHENONENAL, seriously. Me thinks it must have been bottled very recently, only the best for the fest!

It's a peachy, yellow gold color supporting a 4 finger head of pure white, sudsy delight. The brillient head of medium bubbles soon fades into a thin ring. It has a certain "glow" to it that all good Witte beers have.

Freshness explodes from the glass in the form of orange and lemon citrus tones, spice and white pepper, wheaty malt, and yeast. The yeast aroma is the best part, it has such a distinctive "Belgian" quality to it. Far more authentic smelling than some examples that actually come from Belgium.

Flavor = the nose times 2. Huge juicey citrus flavors, a handfull of sweet and savory spices, and a sweet yeasty note that seems like it's coming from a good Belgian pale ale. More complex than many other Wittes I've tried.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy yet absolutely full of flavor. A smooth, almost creamy body with gentle, rolling medium bubbles. This tastes sooo good on a hot afternoon, I could drink all 6. Hats off to you again Ommegang, you couldn't find a better Belgian Witte in all of Belgium!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy white gold with a snow-white bubbly head. Looks like a fizzy urine sample. Smells of spicy wheat. Funky, fruity yeast. Lightly sour and pungent.

Taste has a permeating barnyard funk. Sour wheat malt and spicy. Coriander and lemony. A bit thin but crisp and dry. Nice clean finish with a faint funky aftertaste. No the best but a really good witte.

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

This beer poured a very murky yellow color and formed a small egg white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of hops, citrus and some small hint of spices. The flavor was of hops and citrus. The finish was a touch dry. A refreshing Belgian Wit style, but strikes me more of a session type rather than the higher tier types.

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Photo of bashiba
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy golden yellow with a mild white head that left quickly.

Has a sweet yeasty smell with a touch of orange seeping through.

Taste is a nice tart sour wheat flavor with hints of apricot, coriander, and ginger.

Mouthfeel is thin an slick, not quite as full as I would have hoped.

Drinkability is decent with this beers only drawback being its slightly below average mouthfeel, still tasted good and the whole 750 went down pretty quick. Not to bad Ommegang.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer divorces the 12-ounce brown bottle and sets in the glass a beclouded lemon yellow with a modest creamy white head and the residual lace a velum like sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet with malt, hints of lemon-lime, coriander and spices, the start is lightly sweet and the top is light in feel upon the palate. Finish is stinging in its acidity with the hops delectable in their unassuming spiciness, quite dry aftertaste a fine example of the style, quite a thirst quencher.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Orangish color with excellent head. Appealing.

Smell - Tangy and fruity smell. It has that good Beligian wit sweetness crossed with a slight tartness.

Taste - Tangy flavored, blended with fruitiness. It has a ligh malty sweetness accentuated with spicy notes throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with medium to high carbonation.. This is okay, but not super duper.

Drinkability - This beer is easy to consume. It is a bit too tangy for what I look for in a whitee beer, but it is still good overall.

Comments - This beer is brewed in New York, but it tastes just like any one of several beers from Beligium that I have tried. Recommended.

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

Pours a pale golden color with a thick head (from a 750mL bottle into a chalice). Not as cloudy as I would have expected for the style... not cloudy at all, really.
Very mild, very dry, but leaves this oddly enjoyable oily feel on the tongue. The label says it combines flavors of sweet orange peel, coriander and unmalted wheat... that sums it up pretty well in my view. A very pleasant drinking experience and another fine offering from the folks at Ommegang.

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

750 ml bottle, poured into a Maredsous glass...hazy, pale yellow appearance, almost ghostly, with a puffy snow-white head. Perfect for the style.
Georgeous aroma, lively and uplifting, spicy, airy, with strong notes of lemon and hints of orange, heavy on the coriander, ginger, pepper...
Taste: smooth, still spicy and pleasantly fruity...lightly tart, with further notes of pear and apple. Light in body and easily drinkable, with a crisply fruity, lush finish. Creamy, tasty, ..but disappears a little too easily and finishes too lightly to be very memorable, but compared against the style, it's perfect, really.
Must go great with any kind of food, cheeses, fruits, but may pale against heartier stuff.
I applaud Ommegang, one of my favorite American breweries, for crafting this nearly note perfect rendition of a delicious, refreshing Belgian style.

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Photo of HogHill
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a pint glass.
Appearance: Head wasn't as impressive as other witbiers, it was fairly small and faded soon enough. It has a nice straw color with carbonation bubbles fighting their way through the haze.
Smell: Lots of lemon zest to this one, combined with some yeast.
Taste: dry with a crisp and spiced body, some citrus notes. Feels slightly thin in the mouth. This would be a pretty good session beer in the summer, but overall I prefer the Allagash White, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly or Hoegaarden Wit.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The price is a little steep but it is well worth it. It pours a nice bubbly hazy as hell unfiltered yellow. Head and lacing is weak. This smells great! Some cinnamoney spices, orange also picked up. The taste is more of the same but a little tart. It certainly leaves you wanting more. Currently my favorite Witbier. Drinkable too.

Their packaging rocks also.

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

750ml bottle served very slightly chilled.

Beer was cloudy pale yellow typical of unfiltered wheat beers. Extremely low density head.

Smell was all bitterness with hints of wheat and lemon.

Taste was a bitter wheat, which is a taste I'm still trying to get used to. Acidic, bitter, but still having that wonderful wheat flavor underneath.

Drinks very dry with a low aftertaste. A great beer for before a meal.

I give it low drinkability because, as good as it is, I don't see drinking more than one in a sitting. But I will order again, on occasion.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, sunny-wheat colored beer with streams of small bubbles. Poured a big bright white, meringue looking head that looked good at first, but didn't last all that long and left no lace. Light wheat aroma with some zesty lemon and corriander mixed in, and a pinch of yeast at the bottom. Fairly light, easy drinking beer. Light wheat/malt base with some not-quite sour lemon and coriander towards the end. Light without being water, taste is simple and enjoyable, very refreshing, gimme more!

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Photo of bditty187
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy, I’m alarmed at the clarity and the lack of color. Faint gold in hue, no depth. The head was about a finger in height. White in color, bubbly and then fizzy. Head retention was so-so; it faded to a thin, fizzy cap. A few moments later nothing was left. I am not impressed with the appearance of this beer. Hell, it looks no better than New Belgium’s Sunshine Wheat! There was no subsequent lacing either. Dull. The nose lacked potency; I could hardly smell anything. What the hell? Faint notes of citrus, spiced wheat malt, mild dough kisses, flour, some pepper too. The detectable aromas are pleasant and generally Wit-like. Too clean for me, I’m not impressed with the nose. Soft. Middling. Inviting by default… barely. The palate is surprisingly tart for a Wit. It’s not right. I like my Wits with a healthy wheaty-yeasty/chalky flavor in the middle; this one has nothing like that. Nothing. The wheat offers hardly anything. I’ve tasted more wheat in adjunct lagers! The spices are hardly noticed as well. Again, what the hell? Pepper is stronger in taste then the coriander. Tart lemon is stronger in taste then the orange peel. This beer is way out of whack. Juicy finish, it is too wet. No dryness. No spice in the aftertaste. I am not impressed at all with this Wit. It is hard for me to believe that Ommegang brewed this. Medium-light in body, slick mouthfeel because the body is thin (and a bit watery) and the carbonation is lacking. More effervesces is needed. Tacky. Sure it is drinkable but it is completely pointless. This is one of the worst Wits I’ve ever tasted. It is inoffensive but horribly boring! I have no reason to drink this overly tart, under-spiced, non-wheaty, clean, White Ale again. This is a very sad example of the style. A major dud… not recommended. I purchased a 750ml in Milwaukee, WI for $4.00.

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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