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Ommegang WitteOmmegang Witte
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
769
Ratings:
2,121
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
Wants:
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404
For Trade:
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Photo of meathookjones
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came in a corked 750 ml bottle with no freshness date. This poured a surprisingly clear yellow with about half an inch of white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to keep the head alive and leaving a slight lace as this was drank. On the second glass the body was completely murky with not much light passing through. The smell was mainly of spices such as coriander and pepper with a good yeasty doughy scent present as well. The taste was consistent with the smell as the main focus was on spice with no other flavors really dominating. There was a nice wheat flavor and a small lemony zest as well. Something about the taste was a bit odd though and I couldnÂ’t quite put my finger on it. Mouthfeel was fairly average with a bit of over carbonation. Drinkability was good though as the taste was crisp and refreshing. Not a bad Wit beer by any means but not one of my favorites. Thanks to Lupe for the bottle in BIF14.

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Photo of granger10
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those middle of the road Belgian wits. I'm not talking about taste but more in terms of sweetness to sourness ratio. This beer was really neither sweet nor sour. The smell was really yeasty and somewhat musty. But the taste was much different. Fruity notes come in upfront but a ripe banana yeast precense rides in on the thick body. Lots of spices are there (clove, orange peel, pepper) and they really seem to steal the show. The finish is dry but has a lingering quality to it. This is a really drinkable beer and one that I could both drink quickly and drink a lot of without getting sick of it.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes in a 750ml bottle with a champagne cork. Pours into my Liefman's goblet a rich, cloudy golden color with a pretty, one-inch white head. Ale yeast dominates the nose, with background notes of coriander, lemon, orange, and alcohol. Palate is tangy up front, with lemony overtones and notes of yeast, allspice, and a touch of hops. Grain comes through on the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly foamy, but still enjoyable. A very satisfactory beer to wind up my Labor Day weekend.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Foamy 1" white, pillow-like head that settles after a few moments. Some thin belgian lacing that lacks strength and doesn't hold throughout the glass. A pale golden in color. Very clean and clear in appearance.

A faint lemon and orange aroma with a spicy coriander presence. Peppery yet slightly buttery as well.

A sweet, mild tartness with some orange flavors at first. A driving spiciness from the coriander cuts straight through the sip. The aftertaste comes off buttery and slightly metallic.

Very light, crisp, and clean tasting mouthfeel. Plenty of carbonation.

Light, refreshing, and easily consumable. IMO there are plenty of other better tasting wits out there. A good beer but a bit disappointing from Brewery Ommegang: this is by far my least favorite from these guys.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, corked. Uncorked to a slow, gurglish pour, off-white, attractive hue, very cloudy with chunks of yeast sediment floating throughout.
Wheat and lemon graze the nose. Up front, a decent medium bodied wit. Zesty lemon and wheat flavors, give way to some biscuity and grainy offerings. Quite tasty and very satisfying. Yeast like notes on the palate, a bit creamy. Finishes tarty and tangy, but cleansing and delicious - outstanding!

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Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in a 750oz, corked bottle. This one pours a very bright yellow color and has a tall white head that sticks around for a while. Not much in the aroma - weak, but some hints of yeast and wheat. The flavor is a little weak, but still nice. Some wheat with citrus and a nice grainy texture. Although the flavor doesn't pack the full punch I was expecting, it still has a great character and flavor. Good beer.

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

12oz Bottle No Date Pours a very light gold color that is slightly hazy and sports a white as snow fluffy head that diminishes slightly but hangs. Aroma is very lemony with notes of yeast and orange. Body is crisply carbonated and light. Flavor is sweet and citrusy with a bit of coriander, orange and yeast. Overall not the greatest but not a bad one if you like Witbier.

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

Another good wit, but not among the elite of the style. Quite citrusy, lemon-lime like flavor. Thin and carbonated, quite refreshing. Almost tastes like lemon-lime soda. I like every beer I've tried from this brewery, although I like Allagash and Unibroue better.

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Photo of bultrey
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must have drunk every Ommegang beer multiple times, but I've never reviewed one. So now, while I'm sitting in front of my computer enjoying a Witte after work on a hot August day, it seems like the right time.
Poured into a 12 oz. goblet, revealing a slightly hazy, very light golden/yellow color with a signifcant head that drops down to a consistent quarter-inch.
The aroma is not overpowering -- a little citrus (lemon), and some fresh-cut hay, grass, or leather.
The taste is clean and crisp, with a bit of tartness, and the taste of lemon is apparent off the bat. This is complemented by a slight barnyard flavor, nothing too dramatic; just a touch. There is an aftertaste that develops that I think is unique, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
The mouthfeel is a little thin, and nicely effervescent, which I feel is often the case with the style. I like just a little more body in my beer, but I can't fault them for this -- that's a style preference for me, and this beer is quite true to the style. Drinkability is very high, as the alcohol is not noticeable and the finish is refreshing and crisp. My big bottle is gone before I know it. It's not the best Witte I've had, but at $4.95 for a big bottle, how can you go wrong?Ommegang is good...but you knew that.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very milky pale golden, forming a rocky white head with superior retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate..not quite spritzy like most others. Aroma is very yeasty with plenty of green bananas, cloves, and coriander. Orange is barely discernable. Mouthfeel is rather soft and smooth for the style with a light body. Taste begins with delicate floral flavor hops which is then surpassed by a pleasant tartness with a faint metallic quality which isn't disturbing...lemon in the middle with faint pale malts and wheat husk. Finishes tart with coriander and associated mild soapy mouthfeel.

The only drinkable brew I've had from Ommegang. As far as Wit's go, this is somewhat better than average, but it needs a little more heft throughout. I would still pick Blue Moon over this. Doesn't hold a candle to Holy Moses or Vuuve. Still, I'd buy it again if I didn't have any other options.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cl corked and caged bottle. Pours a clouded lemony yellow with some orange highlights and a huge white head. Some traditional witbier aromas, citrus zest, coriander and wheat acidity, slightly perfumy from the yeast. Flavors are pretty dulled, starts wheaty and perfumy, goes watery mid-palate and then finishes crisp from adequate carbonation and slightly acidic. Overall, not a bad experience, it's better than some Belgian witbiers I've had, but a slight bit too perfumy for the style.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours out an almost glowing yellow color with a nice white head that lasts. Appears extremely effervesant as tons of bubbles make their way to the top. Julio's in Westborough, MA gave the glass away for free with the purchase of the product.

The smell is grainy with notes of citrus and corriandor coming through. Nothing out of the ordinary. The taste is very similar. The am guessing that Ommegang uses the same yeast for all their beers? I get the same yeast flavors in most of their beers. Appears well balanced until the end. A metallic note comes through, not sure what that is.

A very refreshing beer. Still, it is number 4 of 4 in their line up for me.

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

Cloudy and hazy bright yellow-orange color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that lasts and leaves some lacing in my glass.. Fresh tart orange and mild spice flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and crisp, a very refreshing and drinkable brew.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle.

I expected big things from Ommegang's witbier and the pour sure lived up to those expectations. Poured a peach-kissed bright orange in color. Fluffy white layer of head fails to diminish and offers a lovely sheeting action on the glass. Aromas are very muted. Whiffs of yeasty bread, orange peel, and spices. Flavor falls short of the mark. High level of carbonation overshadows the flavors. Little bits of wheat flavor, mixed with spices are all that I can get. Finishes very dry and unflavorful, with a champagne-like quality to it. Mouthfeel is fizzy and it was very tough to drink the whole bottle of this.

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

It's glowing hazy gold in a glass. The smell is citrus and a bit of spice. The taste is also predominantly citrus, with a fairly strong lemon bent. Unfortunately, the spicy flavors that seem to want to come through remain in the background throughout. Maybe it's a bit too subtle for my taste. Like most wits, it's quite a treat on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of scriabin
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This flaxen-colored belgian white has a cloudy appearance and a moderate head. It has a pungent, sharp smell with a strong clove overtone. The taste is sweet with hints of clove and banana, and is very smooth and well balanced. This is a quite enjoyable belgian, deserving of several offerings.

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

Pours a hazy sun yellow brew.

Smell is spices of Cinnamon and cloves with a bit of apple and lemon scent to it.

Semi dry flavor with a lot of coriander in the taste, Light and easy to drink it tastes a lot like a Saison.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pleasant drinkable brew, a bit too mild for my tastes but I wouldn't refuse a glassful of this.

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Photo of SlowTwitch
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This looked like it was going to be a great beer initially. Slightly hazy golden color. Loose head. Lacing ultimately didn't stick.

Smell - Light citrus scent.

Taste - The predominant taste is not the wheat, or even the citrusy/peppery combination that one might note in other wheat beers. Tart taste with a very prevalent alcohol taste. This is not really as smooth a beer as you'd expect in a wheat.

Mouthfeel - Light. Weak.

Drinkability - Overcarbonated beer that doesn't make you crave another.

I had high expectations of this, as I enjoy Ommegang's other beers. I had a hard time writing this review because I WANTED it to be a good beer. Sadly, it isn't.

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Photo of CSquared
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with a big white head

Aroma: Yeasty and estery notes, citrus as well

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet and fruity, with some citrusy and very slight spice notes. Medium smooth body with an OK finish.

Drinkability: Easy enough beer to put down, but kind of boring. I won't seek this one out.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy dimmed sun yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation noted. Thin white head. Lacing is average at best. Doughy yeastiness, corriander, pepper and other spicy tones mix together on the nose. Almost smells more like a tripel. Decent though. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, but not quite overdone. Light-medium body. Spritzy feel in the mouth. Lemon, yeasty bready properties and spicy pepper blend together on the palate. I'd like to see more orange tones and more wheat properties. Average. I'd drink it again if someone gave me one, otherwise I'd not seek it.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Light in color with a thin but persistent head of creamy white bubbles and a good amount of carbonation, this Witte has a crisp, light aroma with notes of citrus, wheat, yeast, and spice.

Light and tingly on the tongue, the flavor mirrors the nose and this nice, easy-drinking beer is an excellent American example of the style and very enjoyable, if uncomplex.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweetish wheat malt smell with a pungent corriander wiff to it.. Straw yellow pale look in the goblet with a 1 inch thick persistant white head. Nice lacing and retention. Rich malt taste upfront with layers of marshmello and lemon. Smooth thickish mouth with lots of silk on the tongue. After the swallow the brew dries slightly with traces of corriander, lemon peel, and nutmeg on the dry tongue. Quite quenching and drinkable. Very nice summer selection.

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

A well made example of the style. Poured a hazy golden peach. Soft, slightly sweet citrus fruit aroma. Very fresh tasting, initially orange peel and coriander spicing were most prominent, but as I got into the beer, the spicing took on more of a clove aspect (yeast?), and that continued to dominate the spice profile throughout. The level of sweetness was just about perfect, enough to compliment the spices, but not so much as to be tiring. Ommegang's products continue to be some of the most reasonably priced I've seen, good value for the money.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy pale yellow brew with a bright white head that disappears quickly. A yeasty citrussy aroma with a hint of clove. Citrus at the start of the taste with a wheat and corriander middle and a clean fresh citrus on the finish. An excellent hot weather summer beer. That is flavorful but light on the palate making for easy drinkability ( more than one or two or three ).

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Photo of marc77
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid dark straw hue. Fluffy porcelain white head yields frothy lace. Soft notes of soured orange, grainy must and herbal phenols in aroma. Wafts of trace banana and honey as the beer warms. Tame and functional in aroma. Begins thinly, with a carbonic acid bite combined with a suggestion of underripe banana perceived initially in flavor. Becomes citric promptly, with orange peel combining with a tart lactic undertone to lend a fermented lemon juice impression. Thickens somewhat mid palate, with lightly viscous oat glucans and suspended yeast adding girth that belies the high attenuation. Becomes progressive more grainy as it breathes. Notes of Sourdough and lemon bar arise concomitantly with mellow coriander after a deliberation. Finishes mostly clean, but lightly spicy with fleeting hints of lemon pepper and must. A solid Wit, albeit shy in yeast esters and spicing. Definitely mellow. My personal preference is for a more vibrant citric presence. Regardless, it's a well crafted brew that exhibits excellent drinkability.

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