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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Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sub-par for a great brewery. (I've Had 16 from Ommegang and they produce several of my go-tos for respective styles.)
Witte looks like a good wit, but then the nose offers little more of interest besides yeast and mild lemon. The Taste follows suit, but gives me spicing associated with the style. But, it is just bland. Mouthfeel seems thin even for wheat, but decent.
Witte scores points because it goes well with a bland lunch of salad and bread on a warm day.
At least, I found my go-to for refreshment that does not interfere with a bland lunch.

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Photo of illpass78
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Big crown of pillowy white head over a glowing, cloudy yellow body. Good amount of carbonation.

Aroma: Classic witbier nose. Clove, lemon, must, coriander.

Taste: Terrific wit. Lemon and clove are right there along with some citrus and wheat. Tiny hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy, refreshing.

Overall: Great beer.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good but send light on yeast and flavor. However, interestingly lots of bubbles. Off white fluffy head and golden star color. But appearance is this beers greatest feature. Wish taste and feel were the same caliber.

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Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It is a cloudy yellow with white head that produces Belgian lace.

Smell: The aromas contain fruity esters, lemon, vanilla, close, spices, and a peppery note to it.

Taste: There are flavors of fruit, lemon, vanilla, spice, clove, pepper. There is a slight bitterness with a moderately sweet overall flavor. The wheat flavors combine well with the other elements.

Feel: The beer is moderately light with a light bitterness, It has a somewhat dry finish with the fruity esters lasting long into the finish.

Overall: This is a good example of a witbier with a complex combination of spices and wheat along with the fruity esters.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witte - It's all here. Brewer never fails at Belgian to may palate. Try 6.

A - – Pours yellowish-golden, paie cloud in body with a too small, frothing head that leaves dotty lace.

S- – Provides zesty orange peel upfront followed by lemony notes, with wheaty yeast core. The spicing is light with the coriander and white pepper.

T – Follows the nose with good flavor play. Ample with a bit more lemon and candied orange rind in the finish. balanced. I like the tartness.

F – The carbonation is strong, prickly, adn it's light-bodied, summery, and again tart and clean.

O As good as Wit gets. Try 6.

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Photo of Smk54
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip to yield thick white head. Heavy lacing. Fresh bread notes. Mild citrus. Light but satisfying mouthfeel. Clean citrus and spice. I do not get as much coriander as others do. Other beers with coriander have a heavier and more bitter aftertaste, IMHO. I am partial to wheat beers and I feel this is a very good example.

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

pours a cloudy straw with a big head. nose; belgian yeast, coriander and lemon/pith. taste; crackery malt, lemon and lime zests, & coriander spice. almost no hop character. decently dry finish with a touch of banana & herbal cilantro. medium+ carbonation and a light mouthfeel. a pretty simple wheat ale with notable lemon & lime flavors.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly turbid light gold-straw. Decent head retention, but not spectacular for a wheat beer.

S: Very spice-forward and pretty sweet for a witb. Clove, coriander and some bread. Mild notes of sweet orange peel.

T: More dry and bitter than the smell would let on, this beer kind of muddles the line between wit and hefe with prominent banana and clove notes pulling through, as well as coriander. Some bready malt with a bit of wheat character and grassy hops. Crisp, semi-dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

F: Light with very prickly carbonation. Maybe the strongest aspect of this beer.

Overall: A decent, refreshing enough beer but there are much better wheat beers out there. Not bad enough to hate on, but not great enough to buy again.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A murky (unfiltered) yellow color. A moderate white head made up of very course bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Smell - A bit sour/tart. You can definitely smell the orange peel/spices.

Taste - Sour/tart. A little spicy. A bit of a fruit juice flavor.

Mouth - Tart. Thin.

Overall - Very similar, in look and flavor, to a wild ale/berliner weissbier. Interesting but I was expecting/hoping for a hefeweizen. I'm not a huge fan of these kinds of beers. Also, I'm not keen on beers with spices in them.

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Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big snow-white head, firm, with OK retention. Brew is hazy and light yellow - a mix of light gold and lemon.

Aroma belies both the style of beer (Wit) and Ommegang's house yeast. Mostly sweet and slightly rustic in the Belgian fashion; a very slight touch of citrus; wheat and hay; fresh flowers.

Flavor follows, and is true to style, without overpowering spices. In fact, the spices and coriander are present but take a nice backseat to the interplay between yeast, malt, and wheat.

Crisp and refreshing; slightly slick. Very drinkable.

Rated to style, this is a damn tasty Wit - not my favorite style.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall, I enjoyed this beer as a great summer beer, whether it is at room temp, or if it is within a refrigerator. This brew had a nice yeast taste that coats the tongue nicely with a sweet aroma.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy golden color with a small, tight white head
S: Belgian yeast, with a hint of fruitiness
T: tangy, fruity, slightly peppery, with a little citrus
F: the carbonation dances on the tongue, with a dry finish
O: I don't know why this gets shitty ratings, this is a really good wit

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had been meaning to find some of this neat looking variety by the awesome brewers of Ommegang and finally got some. It has 5.2% ABV and is a wheat ale ripe with ummalted and malted wheat and oak flakes as well as pilsner malt.

Look-It pours a stunningly light golden yellow with almost full clarity and lots of carbonation. The head is thick and foamy and the lacing is sticky and white.

Smell-It smells of lemon and honey with a subtle malt backbone.

Taste-It tastes of clementine, tangerine, lemon and a delicate honey-like malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-The carbonation appears plentiful, but has a mild fizziness on the tongue. There is a citrus and honey coating on the tongue that is ever so slight.

Overall-It is a great beer. Very refreshing that is similar to a summer shandy.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours pale and hazy light yellow color with a two-finger foamy and creamy white head that retains long after the pour

S- earthy yeast mixes with toasted wheat aroma up front, slightly bready, lemongrass & citrus peel, Belgian candied sugar

T- toasted wheat and soft bready malt base gives way to some lemon peel, grassy notes and a hint of floral hop. Dry toasted finish with a hint of sweet candy on the linger

M- medium-light body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- easy drinking wit, nothing stands out but certainly nothing wrong with it

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours cloudy straw, fine ¼” foam collar, slight haze, not much head.
S: Bread, slight coriander and orange, very faint, no hops grainy, no diacetyl, spices well balanced with fruit.
T: Rich malt flavor, slight bread, little spice lingering after taste, the coriander is apparent in the after taste, relatively sweet but dries out in the vinish, not much hop, not alcoholic, not overly sweet or orangey.
F: Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium high carbonation, medium creaminess, no astringency, smooth, refreshing.
O: A refreshing, well balanced wit.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pale-straw colored Witbier is uncharacteristically clear for the style, being just moderately hazy. It pours to a giant creamy white head (so pour carefully) that lasts awhile; the over-the-top head and a sparkling body promise strong carbonation. The nose is a moderate banana/clove spice over clean wheat notes. On the palate, the wheat malt foundation is the star, with a very prominent citrus-rind bitterness and hints of spice. The finish is quick: slightly bitter with a flash of orange and spice; the bitterness lingers just a bit. The light body provides a fairly thin mouthfeel; the lively carbonation makes it prickly. Between the crisp finish and the strong carbonation, this is a refreshing beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Brewery Ommegang's Witte a couple weeks ago for $2.89 at Boyne Country Provisions. A Witte sounds good today, so lets see how this one turns out. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy yellow color that didn't really change when held to the light with two fingers of worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Wit, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a banana and slight bubble gum like flavor and it's followed by the spices with some coriander seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable skunky aroma and it's followed by the malts with some wheat and grainy malts showing up. The aroma is ok, it's true to style, expect for that skunky aspect that I could go without.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but there's pretty much no skunky aspects this time with a medium amount of sweetness ans the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with banana seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the spices which are a little lighter than they where in the aroma and they are followed by the same malt aspects that I got in the aroma. On the finish there's no bitterness with just a slight bit of sweetness taking it's place and it had yeasty and wheat like aftertaste. This is an Ok tasting beer, but it felt a little rough around the edges.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is ok, but I thought it was a little over carbonated for the style.

Overall I thought this was just an Ok beer and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, nothing really stuck out about this beer and the combination of a couple off aspects and it being a little rough around the edges held this beer back. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to have another one. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a pretty nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the skunky aroma, that was not needed. I wouldn't buy this beer again unless I knew it was really fresh and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this one and to me it fell a little short. This is now one of my least favorite beers from Ommegang and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 06/26/15 notes. 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a murky, bright yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. Cloves, spice, yeast, grains, wheat, pepper, Medium body and high carbonation

Overall ok, but not great; lots to spices and not a ton of flavor, with carbonation that is a little too high. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of TH28
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No code date apparent. Appearance: Pale yellow and cloudy, with a frothy white foam head. Aroma: Belgian yeast esters dominate, with banana most prominent. Apple and pear noticeable as well. Can’t really pickup any coriander or orange peel. Taste: Light, bready malt with a hint of lemon, leading into strong yeast esters of banana and pear. Mouthfeel: Light to medium with some creaminess and moderately high carbonation. Finish: Slight lingering spice, with strong banana esters. Overall: Good witbier. Belgian yeast really dominates this beer. Less orange peel and coriander impact on this beer than others. Still a very refreshing and delicious Belgian Wit.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased from City Swiggers and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty solid and a beer I'd drink again, but there are at least 3 others in the category I prefer to this (Allagash White, St. Bernardus Witbier and Dogfish Head Namaste).Close call between this and a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a cloudy straw/yellow color with lots of sediment floating in the glass. There is a one finger fluffy white head, some of which lasts until the end. Very little lacing; good carbonation.

The smell is earthy and musty. Spices such as corriander, banana and orange peel are present. There is also a thick and heavy wheat and yeast smell.

The taste follows the nose, with the sweet wheat dominating then the taste of orange, some banana and other fruit come in. There is a mouth puckering sourness as well. The spices finish off the taste in a dry finish. Overall not a bad wheat beer but not as good as others I have had.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glassware: Wheat glass
ABV: 5.2%

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw color body with a very thick and fluffy head.

Smell: Strong citrus notes with emphasis on lemon. Very refreshing when breathed in deeply.

Taste: Nicely balanced between the malt and sweetness with a nice citrus acidity.

Mouth feel: Dry and crisp.

Overall: An instant warm weather favorite for me. It goes very well with cold seafood dishes, especially crab.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-hazy beer with a nice looking head
- smell is mostly wheat and yeasty, some citrus and coriander but not overly noticable
- taste is smooth as hell bread flavor with a slight citrus crispness
- slight over carbonation but better than most in this style!
- not my favorite style for flavor but this beer was one of the best in the style i have had!

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice thick, slow to subside, off-white head, a little lace, and a hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeast fruit, spice. Flavor loses the spice and there is a nice mild wheat flavor along with the fruit and carbonic tang & a hint of sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Nice brew.

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Photo of classixIII
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy yellow with big white head that didn't stay long but draped some lace on the glass all the way down. Wheat and yeast competeing for the lead in aroma, with orange peel and spices in a back up role. Bready taste with some tartness. Very dry and refreshing. Another great one from Ommegang!

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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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