Brewery Ommegang

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #47
Ranked #20,748
3.87 | pDev: 10.59%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Dry-hopped wit beer brewed with passion fruit, mango, and kiwi.
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 153 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Keepnitrl:
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Lots of sediment, even caked on the top of the inside of the bottle neck

Jan 29, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommegang "Fruition"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BESTBY9/2017" and sampled on 12 June 2017
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking label. I wonder if all of that fruit is actually included? Looks like kiwi, papaya... ah, yes, it's listed right underneath "DRY-HOPPED WIT BEER BREWED WITH PASSION FRUIT, MANGO, AND KIWI". I guess this is the real deal then as there's no mention of flavorings. OK, great looking beer: hazy straw gold body with a bit of a brass cast beneath a creamy bright white head that seems to be holding really well. The aroma is fruity and phenolic with lots of clove, plastic, and spice. It's also mineralish with citrus pith and/or yeast. I think I'd prefer more fruit, but that's OK, and the only thing I wonder about are the dry hops. Where are they? There's some leafy and grassy character to it but I doubt that's the hops. Maybe the hops are fruity and they're just blending in. The flavor is fairly sharp, not exactly what I'd call tart, but close, and I'm tasting each of the fruits although they don't really stand out that clearly. That's cool, those are accents to the whole, not the main components. The wheaty malt is clear, and the fruit floats around that. Nicely balanced by the mild acidity and low level bitterness, it's refreshing. Light bodied and gently effervescent with a very fine-bubbled median carbonation that's seemingly natural. Looking back it's still got a creamy, solid surface covering, and some very nice lacing. Interesting, and unusual, and certainly refreshing.

Jun 12, 2017
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aug 13, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yay! for this site! This one almost became a member of the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog when I pulled it out of the reefer to drink yesterday, only to realize that an approved pic was not in place. 8=( I quickly took a pic, cropped it & submitted it & here it is, approved already! There used to be a long turn-around time, but no longer & I will not Pop! a cap or Crack! a CAN open without a picture. Well done!

From the bottle: "Dry-Hopped Wit Beer Brewed with (Passion) Fruit, Mango and Kiwi".

Having Pop!ped the cap, I reverted back to a heavy-handed pour since it is a wheat-based beer, allowing for some cloudiness. It is not just cloudy today, but downright liquefied! Man, but the head came puffing up like the Big Bad Wolf at the Little Pig's door, creating a massive three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that looked like meringue atop a lemon pie. Color was a hazy (not quite cloudy) Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was redolent with mango and passion fruit, but kiwi is such a light scent that it could easily be commingled. Mouthfeel was thin, light & ethereal. The taste was brilliant! I could actually taste kiwi amongst the slight tartness of the mango & the passion fruit helped to round out the overall picture. It was quite fruity with a slight tartness from both the wheat malt and the mango, making it Baby Bear's Wit - not too tart, not too sweet and/or fruity, but just right! Its 5.3% ABV made it just a wee tad too big to be considered "sessionable", but really, this was the kind of beer that you could crush on a hot, humid summer's day. Much tastier than many so-called "lawnmower" beers, for sure. Finish was semi-dry to dry and very refreshing. Don't let the inclusion of fruit put you off - this is a nice Wit & worth a try. IMHO. YMMV.

May 13, 2017
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 15, 2017
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 31, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Applying a tropical update to a Belgian classic, the Brewery Ommegang shows their that their sharp wit has a bright side and a sunny disposition. So they take on the witbier style but do so with the radiant, succulent and tangy trio of passionfruit, kiwi and mango, bringing the tropical fruit trends to fruition.

And there you have it- Fruition teases the nose with ripe fruit character that's decidedly on the light side of the tropics but is also firmly citrusy and melon-like, and along with a peppery vinous twinge. Glowing with a pale golden color, the cloudy beer leads with the taste of angel food cake, light honey and sourdough.

The sweetness begins to fade as the fruit and spice medley builds into a tangy crescendo of lemon, passionfruit, mango and the limey notes of kiwi. Underlying flavors of orange and lemon brace against the spiciness of white pepper, clove and vanilla for a soothing spiciness. Creamy with a pillowy malt texture, the finish is slightly yogurt-like with the racy dryness of sparkling white wine.

Medium bodied, the wheaten substrate of the beer seems to suggest a creamier body, but the playful acidity of yeast and fruit, along with the yeast spices, all work to lighten the body and crispen the taste. Nearly minty, the herbal hops and soothing alcohol provides a hint of botanicals and earth. A medium length afterglow of tropical and citrus scale past the wine, spice and bready influences of the beer's early taste.

Oct 09, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Hazes as the bottle drains. Better tahn average head retention & stellar lacing

S: Grassyness & wet hay, alittle mango when warm

T: Passion fruit, mango, restrained tartness& a little white pepper up front. A little coriander shows as this warms , along with some peach & mango, plus dryness, I also get a little muscadine. Finishes a little dry, crisp with mango & passion fruit & just a trace of tartness

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation

Drinks very easy, super-refreshing

May 02, 2017
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psmith161 from Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 18, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy one-finger white head, which leaves a nice medium size island and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some citrus/lemon, spicey, slight tart. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some citrus/lemon, with some spice notes, slight tart. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a tasty brew.

Aug 28, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another tasty beer from Ommegang. Pours a hazy very light yellow color into a Timmerman stemmed half-pint glass. Very bubbly medium sized white head with average retention and thin spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is wheat, Belgian yeast and tropical fruit with the Passion Fruit being the strongest. Taste is similar but there is a hoppy bitterness to go along with mild wheat bitterness and there is some spicing like coriander and cloves. The sweet tropical fruit is the strongest taste. It all comes together very well. Mouthfeel is crisp with noticeable bitterness to balance the sweet fruit. Not a classic crisp Witbier but still a tasty brew, typical Ommegang...more like a Saison.

Nov 03, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 08, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Cooperstown over the summer as I finally got to see the Ommegang Brewery and take the tour. It was on my list of things to do, and this was the only beer they had for sale that I hadn't tried before. It wasn't bad and on par with their other offerings but their house yeast was what ended up winning me over, as the taste was just a bit unusual for my liking!

The pour to this was on par with their other offerings, as it was bright, hazy, and topped off with plenty of fluffy head. That quickly settled as half-full rings of lacing coated my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Not a strong aroma but there was plenty of yeast, mango, and kiwi to go along with some raspberry and acetate tartness. Much more of that came through in the taste as the wheat was a bit lacking, as a way to cut the puckering flavor down. Some citrus tang and acridness emerged once this fully warmed up, as it felt as much as Fruit / Vegetable beer as a Belgian Witbier...

Not a lot of alcohol in here thankfully, as it would have been too overwhelming for me. The soapy mouthfeel and medium body combined with a bright carbonation to keep this somewhat light and slick on the palate. Not a bad beer but not on par with my favorite offerings from them - this was worth a go once and had me wishing I was back on their farm on a warm day, with the Baseball Hall of Fame just down the road...

Jan 10, 2019
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 14, 2018
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Burt from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 09, 2016
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 22, 2017
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markartis from New York

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. Hint of pineapple. Drinkable.

Aug 09, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been a long time since I've had an Ommegang beer.

A mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is a nice blend of wheat and fruit, with the passionfruit complementing the raw wheat, citrus peel and mildly spicy base wit. To be honest, there isn't a whole lot of coriander here. A delicate yeast note is present as well. The dry hops do blend into the fruit. The palate has a blend of raw wheat and passionfruit tartness. The tannins from the wheat pair nicely with the passionfruit. The combination of mango and kiwi lends a mild peach-like flavor as well. The mid-palate is rather disappointing - light, mildly watery, and a touch like seltzer. Drying, tart and with a raw grist/wheat note on the finish, this beer is refreshing. Solid stuff

May 25, 2017
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jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy, lemony straw with a medium head that hangs out a minute. nose; citrus pith, grassy hops, & light yeast. taste; cracker malt, lightly tart herbal lemon, light sweet citrus fruit (kiwi?), grassy hops, & coriander. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. an easy day drink, and just being slightly tart makes it a great gose alternative.

Nov 20, 2018
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sep 16, 2016
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SlainteAlbanyNY from New York

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 28, 2017
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rdub from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 01, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The slightly hazy light golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” fluffy white head that recedes slowly, leaving lots of lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing. Even mid-way through the beer there’s still a thin, irregularly shaped island of foam on the liquid.

The aromas are both fruity and spicy. In the mix there’s some citrus, some coriander, some tropical fruit and just a bit of white pepper.

The flavors are more complex than expected from the nose. There’s a bit of wheat and malt sweetness mingled in with the tropical fruit, the citrus, the coriander and the light white pepper. Among the various fruit flavors there is something that reminds of a slightly tart kiwi fruit and that fruit blends in nicely with the spices other fruits. The other tropical fruits are more in the background as are the white pepper and just a touch of hop bitterness. The citrus seems to have both some orange and a bit of lemon character.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and just a bit creamy with some light finely bubbled and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness, fruit flavors and light spices all begin to fade into a semi-dry ending that is lightly touched by the kiwi flavor and some light tartness and a very light bitterness.

On the whole I’m enjoying this beer and would certainly enjoy having another on a hot, steamy day where the slight fruity tartness would be quite refreshing. While this is a tasty beer, I think I prefer the more traditional formulation of a Witbier so for my regular rotation I’ll probably be spending money on something like the Allagash White or the St. Bernardus Wit.

Jun 24, 2018
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 16, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours cloudy, yellow-golden with a pure white head. Very good lacing.
Aroma: tart and fruity with citrus notes dominating.
Flavor: mildly tart, very lightly bitter with a fine mix of tropical fruit notes.
Feel: light but not watery body with medium+ soft carbonation.

May 17, 2017
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 153 ratings