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 argock
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Hotel Indigo (Albany, NY).

A: Slightly hazy yellow with soft 1/2-finer white big-bubbled head with decent retention and a collar of lacing.

S: Very lemony citrus enhanced with a moderately strong clove note and some orange peel, although it is overshadowed by the lemon. The coriander and esters are kind of lost with all the citrus.

T: The flavor is fine but doesn't have the esters of some of the finest examples of this style. The lemon citrus again takes over most of the flavor profile, punctuated by clove and a bit of peppery spiciness, and finished with a fairly severe tartness. There is some herbal and citrus, grassy hopping. None of the more interesting fruity esters are in there, so it comes off as a very lemony wheat ale.

M: The over-light body doesn't help and accentuates the tart character of the finish. While it isn't astringent, it is far from smooth, although it does have reasonably low carbonation.

O: Not a terrible beer, but it is not the type of witbier I enjoy -- more along the lines of Allagash White with a less citrus-enhanced, traditional wheat and spiced flavor with prominent but controlled esters. This brings a little bit of tanginess from the wheat but none of those other components in a too light body.

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

A- Very pale yellow body with a hint of haze to it. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the body. Huge, foamy white head.

S- Wheat, lemon, banana, bubble gum, some fresh grass.

T- Similar to the aroma. Wheat comes through along with the lemon presence, some banana and bubble gum. Some tartness on the finish.

M- Light, crisp, quenching, medium-high carbonation with that little bit of tartness that lingers behind.

O- A well crafted wheat beer that is light and refreshing.

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Photo of leaddog
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear pale straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Orange peel, coriander, Belgian yeast, clove, wheat, fruity esters, bready malts.

Taste - Very similar to what the aromas suggest. All the flavours are fairly in balance and there's a tiny amount of tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - An easy-to-drink wit with all the traditional flavours in place. Hits the mark on the style, but doesn't really do anything to set itself apart.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 4/9/14. Slightly hazy golden pour with a nice head. Nice lacing and only normal retention. Nose of Belgian yeast, lemon, orange and spice - probably coriander. Light medium body with a somewhat slick texture. Above average carbonation that imparts a nice effervescence on the finish. Laid back flavor profile that is balanced and has a bit of complexity. It begins with tart lemon over orange, progresses to a bit of spice and ends with a light biscuit cracker. The finish is effervescent and leaves you with a light tart bitterness. A bit more flavor intensity and this would be outstanding.

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

Enjoyed out of a bottle, however I did pour a little in a glass to witness exactly what I would have expected... a hazy glowing golden color with noticeable sediment.
The aromas of dried apricot, lemon zest, white flowers, orange marmalade, vanilla candle wax and banana muffins are most prevalent.
Flavors mirror the aromas with heavy citrus tones, pear liqueur, chamomile and white rose potpourri.
This is a great offering for the hot weather and I feel like I am enjoying every beer that is light and refreshing as the thermometer pushes 100 everyday here in Vegas.
Not the best Ommegang offering, but I would buy it again with the right meal. I would like to try this with some lemon pepper grilled chicken or some pan seared cod with orange/ginger emulsion.
No doubt a quality beer, but Ommegang comes out with so many fantastic offerings it is hard to match your own success sometimes...

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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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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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