Ommegang WitteSeptember 1, 2004 Cooperstown, NY
This Belgian-style “white” beer is brewed with unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.06
Alcohol (vol.): 5.1
Wonderfully cloudy, exceedingly pale, and with a fast, noisy head, this beer gets off to a good start. The invitation of the aromatics gathers strength from the delightful spice package, culminating with the traditional low-level tartness on the palate and spicy notes as it glides down one’s throat. A fine breakfast beer to fortify one for the rigors of mowing the lawn.
- Fred Eckhardt
This beer comes in Ommegang’s handsome cork-finished bottle, and pours a very pale hazy gold with an almost greenish tinge. The head is white and fluffy, and the aroma shows orange peel, pasta, and a whiff of coriander. On the palate, the beer is soft and dry, with subtle muted spices and a nice wheaty tang in the finish. My only quibble is that the carbonation could be a tad higher. An excellent rendition of one of my favorite beer styles. Perfect with a goat cheese omelette.
- Garrett Oliver
Rocky, white head. Good, dense haze, and attractive yellow color reminiscent of honeydew melon. The aroma suggests lemon curd and honey .The body has a smooth, thirst-cutting dryness. The palate is sherbet, prickly, and refreshing, but it is all over too quickly. It is a while since I tasted a Belgian-style “white” wheat beer that started so well, but even a summer refresher needs a finish.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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