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Written by Tom
Question: What should someone do on a Saturday after completing some chores?
Answer: Sit back and relax with a cold beer!
That is what I find myself doing right now. I’m enjoying Ommegang’s Witte and Belgian-style Wit bier. As I’ve stated before, I like most wheat beers. I do prefer the American and Belgian varieties more so than the German (because of the banana flavors).
I find Wheats to be great beers to relax with for a few reasons. First, they have a low ABV (this one is 5.1%) which means you can have one or two during a quick break. Second, they are thirst quenching in nature. Thirdly, they are crisp and do not leave a heavy aftertaste or aroma on your breath.
I wanted my initial Ommegang experience to on the lighter side rather than plunging into a quad or triple (although their Chocolate Indulgence looks intriguing). This beer was pretty straight forward as far as Wits go. The use of traditional spices like coriander and orange peel, along with wheat malt, create a refreshing beer. The color is a very light, hazy straw color. The head is plumy and white typical of the style. While I sit back in my easy chair I occasionally take some time to waft the bready, yeasty, coriander, orange, lemon, and straw aromas. They have a way of mellowing me out a little. The weather outside is cold and rainy so this beer gives me a little Summer-time pick-me-up.
The tag line on the bottle says, “worth the wheat” and as I sit here I’d agree with that statement. My break is well deserved and this beer is making it worth my while.
Grade: B-Ommegang Witte,