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Review of Ommegang Witte

16 Aug
Hello all!!!  Glad to finally be back with you.  Again, I want to apologize for not posting any beer reviews over the last few days.  I happened to be out of town for a trip to Cincinnati to catch a Reds game, but hopefully I can get back on track and start posting everyday again.
Well, for today’s review I’m going to be sharing with you my experience in drinking an Ommegang Witte produced by the Brewery Ommegang located in Cooperstown, New York.
Let’s not waste any time…. let’s get to the description from the website, ommegang.com.  It’s rather lengthy, so I’m just going recite a small portion.
Ommegang Witte is our take on a Belgian-white, or Witbier.  Adhering closely to traditional ingredients and flavor profiles, Witte proved its worth at the 2008 World Beer Cup by capturing Silver in its category amongst the best in the world.  Initially the first Ommegang beer available on draft, Witte is now featured as the Summer Seasonal in our featured-seasonal draft rotation.  Though available for year-round enjoyment in 750 ml and 12 oz. bottles, summer is the ideal time to enjoy a Witte draft at your favorite warm weather, draft beer destinations.
It’s sounds tasty!!!
This brew has an ABV of 5.1% and comes in a 12 oz. bottle.
The appearance was a cloudy, pineapple juice color with a very small, soapy, bright, white head.  The caps’ retention was minimal and the lacing left behind was just ok.  To tell the truth, I was a little disappointed in the appearance.  Most “Wits” I experienced have a big, billowy head with tremendous size, good retention and exceptional lacing, however this one looked “flat.”  I don’t know.  Maybe the aroma and taste will make up for any lack of aesthetic appeal.
The aroma revealed a moderate spice nose of coriander.  Some light lemon and orange zest hints add some fruitiness along with touches of yeast and wheat.  Smells a little like a sweet-tart.  It seemed to be balanced well, however the characteristics were just very relaxed and insignificant.
In the taste, the coriander and other spices seemed to stand out a bit more.  Actually, they seemed to come on pretty strong.  A little touch of sourness was detected throughout the entire drink.  The citrus (orange and lemon) seemed to be very relaxed.  The yeast and wheat flavors were average at best.  Not much there really.  The spice was, without a doubt, the dominating factor in the taste.  Everything else was very subdued.
The mouthfeel was medium to thin, smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  It became a touch watery the longer I sipped.  A little bit of flavor was left behind on the palate, but not too much.
Overall, I thought this was just an average beer.  I’ve had other “Wits” that I thought were better for sure.  That’s not saying that this brew couldn’t be enjoyed during the middle of Summer because it could no problem.  It’s quaffable and quenches the thirst with ease.  Like I’ve said in previous reviews, I just don’t find a whole lot to get excited about when trying this style of beer.  If you favor “Wheat” styled brews, give the Ommegang Witte a try.  It may be very satisfying to your needs.
Thanks for reading guys.  Thanks for all your support and patience.  Until next time.
Cheers.
Score:  3.1 out of 5
Grade:  C+
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4 Comments

Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Country: USA, Ommegang

 

4 responses to “Review of Ommegang Witte

  1. Scott-TheBrewClub

    August 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I think I'd agree with your assessment. I thought Witte was pretty good, but since I've had it I've had some that were much better. C+ is a fair rating.

     
  2. Scott-TheBrewClub

    August 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I think I'd agree with your assessment. I thought Witte was pretty good, but since I've had it I've had some that were much better. C+ is a fair rating.

     
  3. shrews824

    August 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Scott,

    Yeah, I was none-too-impressed really. Considering how popular and respected Ommegang is, I was expecting much more from this brew.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     
  4. shrews824

    August 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Scott,

    Yeah, I was none-too-impressed really. Considering how popular and respected Ommegang is, I was expecting much more from this brew.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     

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