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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.

Added by Todd on 05-01-2004

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Reviews: 767 | Ratings: 2,113
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-straw color and is topped by an eminent, frothy pale white head that is initially held up by a healthy carbonation. The aroma reminds me of freshly cut hay, fields of clover, coriander, lemon zest, and grains of paradise. The taste is light and refreshing with notes of orange zest up front followed by a solid though not overwhelming finish of coriander. Along with the orange and coriander there are notes of lemon zest, ginger, pepper, banana, and clove. With my second glass I poured the rest of the beer, yeast and all into my glass. It becomes, obviously, a bit more yeasty, with notes of fresh bread, and it becomes quite a bit more hearty. This is quite a nice Witte, it is simple, refreshing, zesty, spritzy, it reminds me of a warm summer afternoon spent sitting on the porch. Once again I am a sucker for a good Belgian Witte.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a corked and caged 22oz bottle and poured into a goblet. Ommegang's witbier had a cloudy yellowish color akin to pineapple juice and sported a creamy whalebone white head that started out modestly and sputtered down to a small cap, leaving no lace.
The nose had a dusty malt and yeast platform with orange peels and lemon zest also prevalent. Coriander and peppery spice notes and a mild herbal hoppiness also vied for attention.
The taste was rather chalky with a hollow graininess right up front. Lightly tart and lemony. White pepper backs up dominating coriander flavor. Nice hops bite at the back of the tongue. Zippy light feel. Arid, drying sensation as my tongue started begging for water.
A nice example of a witbier. Pleasurable to quaff and in keeping with some of the better known witbiers. Nice to finally find it in my area.

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Photo of mrjimcat
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light and refreshing, with a slighly fruity taste. The beer pours a aple yellow with very nice sparkling carbonation. An excellent beer for summer days quaffing the beer does not seem to be 5% abv.

Overall a very pleasing light bodied brew, dont drink it too cold!

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

12 oz brown bottle. I served this in an Ommegang Witte Belgian style tumbler glass. Nice looking label with the phrase "Worth the Wheat". Can't find a freshness date on the bottle.

Cloudy and hazy yellow. Minimal head on top that disappeared quickly.

Aroma of faint coriander, dust and foreign spices.

Light bodied, sourness. Spices and oranges. Why is this so tart?

My expectations were not met here. Hoping a for better style interpretation from Ommegang. All of their other beers are usually dead on. I'm thinking this beer might not be at its freshest.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the brewery's top offering, in fact the weakest I have had from them. Belgian style with spicyness and wheat sweetness and cream rolled into one. Would have worked if less carbonated. Had at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Medium mouthfeel. Bitter metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My experience with Ommegang brews has largely been "hit or miss". This one is a hit, though not as impressive as Three Philosophers.
This Witte pours a hazy, banana yellow body with a tightknit, two finger, white head. Sheet and patch lace adorn the glass.
Aroma is subdued, with gentle coriander, lemony citrus, and grainy wheatiness.
Mouthfeel has ideal carbonation and a light medium body.
The taste is clean and refreshing, with coriander and orange peel up front. Grainy wheat evokes some wheat bread notes. Flavors and character come together very well, with a pleasant, spicy finish.
Excellent witbier, and very Belgian in style. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Very well crafted.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Yellow.

Subtle aroma of butter toffee, crisp malt, coriander, peach, orange and tangerine.

Nice spicing, with notes of coriander, sweet oranges, caramel and butter toffee. I am a sucker for a good white beer but this didn’t quite do it for me. I prefer Allagash White and SPH Double White.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden with a decent white head at first. A good bit darker gold and a better head with the last pour. Wheaty grain and light orange fruit aroma and taste.... Spices seem very subdued. Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth.

One of the lesser Ommegang beers; nice but not incredible for style or brewery.

(750ml / 25.4 oz corked and caged champagne style bottle)

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Photo of marburg
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very springy yellow color with an ample white head. A dry, Mexican aroma -- ground coriander and cumin with hints of citrus. Grainy, almost. Gives the feel of swishing a mouthful of crumbs around, leaving the same sensation as dotting any form of ground seed on your tongue. A very dry beer consisting of dried orange peel and dried herbs and spices in the flavor. Appropriate, I suppose. Some wits, especially some of the Belgians, seem to have a little more body, a certain hefe-like, protein-shake creaminess that really makes them sing, but this is a little thinner. It's missing that little extra oompf required to be excellent.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an okay but not great hazy golden colour. bubbkes rise to the top to reach...virtually nothing. where's the head? that's the biggest problem here. it is very minimal at best. the smell is very nice, especially for an american version of the style: sweet and fruity, withcitrus and wheat notes abound. orange peel and spice are present as well, along with a touch of earth. the flavour echoes the smell but is very bland and at times watery. flavour is only really present at the end, with a sharp orange wheat taste that's dry but satisfying. carbonation levels need to be rasied a bit too. this beer seemed almost flat at times. overall, this one has alot of potential, and, while definitely not a bad brew, could be much much better. i'd call it slightly above average right now at best.

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

Pours a straw color with a bright white head. I love the corked bottles, but it plays up the quality of the beer inside in this case. A very solid Wit, but nothing really special. Sweet, yet spicey as one would expect. A good introduction into the world of Belgian style beers, but not a destination. Worth trying though.

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Photo of aracauna
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice little witbier. Nice cloudy yellow body with an ok head. The aroma had a nice bit of orange and coriander. Not really strong, but not weak either. The body was pretty much spot on for style, with more body than some like Hoegaarden, but without the big burst of flavor of others. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. I likes.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exceptionally light blond color, mostly clear. Goofy haze residue.
Nose was highly yeasty, with some apple and pear esters.

Mild and fragile taste overall, with some slight sharpness--mostly from the strong carbonation--and astringency. Something of stank apples in the taste. Very light hops felt in the aftertaste.

OK witbeir, but seemed more like a basic wheat.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation is a caged and corked 750ml bottle. Classy looking label.

The cork comes out easily with a nice assertive ::pop:: and gunsmoke. Just sniffing the cork gives me a little whiff of Belgian must and spice.

I poured this into a tall wheat glass to allow room for the voluminous head. The body of this beer is a slightly hazy shade of an almost straw yellow. The head is stark white and like a big fat fluffy cloud. Head retention is good and big fat clumps of lace cling to the glass as I drink.

Smells like fresh rolls, rye bread, dough, soft banana esters, and a nice dollop of attic must. I thought I perceived a bit of a sulfer presence at first but I’m so glad it wasn’t there on second inspection.

Damn, this is a really good beer. It seems to capture a lot of the characteristics I like from a heavier Belgian beer and shrink them down to a very drinkable brew. It feels light and almost a little slick in the mouth. I’m reminded of wheat, sweet rolls, banana, maybe the tiniest hint of citris and a dash of white pepper. The obligatory coriander flavor presents itself as well.

On the last pour I have to give the bottle a hearty swirl to dislodge the clinging yeast, but when I pour it it seeps into my glass and spreads like a “hocker”.

Refreshing, and includes some of my favorite flavors from Belgium. I love it!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is yellowish-orange in color and clean with a good, frothing head that left a pool on top of the liquid when it finally went down. The body is hazy and looks awesome.

Smell – The zesty orange peel led off this nose. I enjoyed the light lemony notes and the good, firm, wheaty yeast base. The spicing was light with the traditional coriander and white pepper most notable.

Taste – The nose came in perfectly at the taste. Everything that I smelled I could taste. I really liked the way all the flavors played together here.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is strong but easy in the mouth. This Wit is light-bodied, of course, with everything coming together nicely.

Drinkability – This is my idea of the style standard. I really enjoyed sipping this one on an unusually warm Sunday September afternoon in Seattle.

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

Pours a slightly hazed, just slightly "white" gold, topped with a two finger sudsy stark white head, leaves webs of lacing.
Floral, spiced and fruity aroma, grass.
Wheat/hay taste, spiced, citrus zest, "honey" note, coriander, and lemon fill out the slightly sweet taste.
Light bodied, and as easy drinking as the style should be, very good on a hot day, and an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Winter
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pous a cloudy golden lemon in color with a small white head. Medium-bodied mouthfeel that has substance with it's crispness. Grainy wheat malt taste upfront. Banana and vanilla flavors arrive shortly midway through. Flavor turns more lemony and citrus. Spicy coriander and yeast in the finish. A classic representation of the style and a solid offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of lampkins
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer would lead one to believe that the were about to have one of those great beer drinking experiences. The beer had the light yellow hue and a great head, like all wit beers should have. What was lacking in this presentation was the taste and smell. I could not detect anything in the aroma and the same for the taste. There was a faint taste of wheat, but no spiciness or citris taste. Not one of their best brews.

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Photo of rousee
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice murky gold --1mm of foam left on top. Smells a clean fruit and wheat. It is beautifully fresh--I purchased it at the brewery. This is their first beer that is available on tap. As usual, draft is better than bottle as long as its fresh.The bottle is excellent too and holds a decent 1mm head after several mins. Nose is fruity wheaty-yeasty--no honey though. I get tired of hefe-weisse anyway. Taste is pure gold brilliance but not as malty as I like. Not as nutty either. Mouthfeel is fine --nothing negative to say about it. This is slightly dangerous for drinkabilty--you could have 3-6 of these w/o much difficulty.

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Photo of Kwak
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one was in a nice cork bottle with directions on the lable.i uncorked with a little disappointment it didn't sound very lively and when i poured it was a little less carbonated then i would have hoped for this style. had a nice head a little thin that quickly dissaperd. the smell was of light fruit nothing overwhelmed me.the taste was a little bland not as sharp or fizzy that iv noticed this style will have. Not bad butt I expected more!!

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

On tap at Grace in Philly.
Nice cloudy lemon yellow with a thick creamy white head that stayed on though the sipping later as a constant thin covering. Scents of bananas, lemony citrus, spicey and so fresh. Smooth and lightly creamy feeling with an almost medium body. Such good fresh tastes and aromas. Great easy drinker, good session, could sit back with tons of these on a warm evening.

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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 couldn’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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Ommegang Witte from Brewery Ommegang
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