Quick Wit - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-14-2007)
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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy but an attractive shade of light amber in the Westons cider glass. Lovely foam. Quite dry with a fragrant flowery aroma. A spritzy mouthfeel that adds to the refreshing quality.

Some malty richness with a thinner kind of body, along with a tart, dry fruitiness. There is a pear skins taste and that unusual elderflower flavor that seems to have a little pollen flavor, some honey, and a cidery tang. Some bitterness at the finish with tart blackberry notes.

The last pour with more yeast swirled up is more on the sweet side. Delicious stuff, and an exemplary Wit with a tangy flavor and restrained spices. From the 16 oz can bought at the Co-op in Mount Vernon, Washington.

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

This came to me from long-time long-distance trader, msubulldog25, who knows that The CANQuest (TM) welcomes new beers in a CAN and helps to further the madness when he CAN.

From the CAN: "Wit isn't just the brilliance one displays whilst quaffing a fine Fort George concoction. It's a light-bodied wheat beer traditionally brewed with a gruit of coriander and orange zest, and after extensive experimentation, we arrived at our own special recipe. Organic lemongrass suffuses Quick Wot with an undercurrent of Southeast Asian citrus. Our wild-crafted elderflower lends a sunny, floral note and a bonus: Europeans believed the elder tree's harvest had the supernatural power to ward off evil."; "Quick Wit wards off bitterness, giving your palate room to explore the smooth wheat malt and exotic spices. Our wittiest customers pour it into a glass but stop before they reach the bottom of the [CAN]. After a quick swirl of the [CAN], you add the rest and admire how the yeast slurry and beer mix together, clouding up this unfiltered ale."; "Unfiltered - Expect sediment in the bottom of the CAN - Drink fresh - Do not age - Keep refrigerated".; "Belgianesque Ale"; "Brain Teasers - Solve the puzzles below and the rebus above! Answers at fortgeorgebrewery.com - Coins: In three moves, rearrange the coins so that the three quarters are together and the two pennies are together with no empty spaces in between each coin.; Kings - Spot four differences in these three kings.; Who is King of the Belgians? - Bonus Question: Which royal house have all Belgium's kings belonged to?"

Well, I a) either do not pay attention to directions or b) do not follow them very well as I agitated the CAN before the Crack as I like my Wits to be cloudy. Maybe I CAN get another sent to me, but I think that this will be sufficient for my purposes. Here was another brimful CAN of beer upon the Crack so I went with an inverted Glug and got a finger of quickly-fading bone-white head with low retention. Color was a cloudy (sorry 'bout dat!) orangish-amber. Nose was lemony with notes of pepper, but I am not sure I caught what they referred to as "floral". Mouthfeel was effervescent and man, did I get a melange of flavors, including lemon, pepper, orange (peel), a slight yeasty funk, on the tongue. I CANnot imagine that it would have been better if I had left the yeast settled at the bottom of the CAN. Phew! The finish added up to one heck of a dry beer. I am talking gaspingly-dry. Sahara Desert-dry. Arid Extra Dry. You get the idea. I am CANsidering a SEA/OR trip in Summer 2013 and this place may warrant a visit.

For the brewery: Where are the puzzle answers located on your website?

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small to maybe medium sized white head with very small and concentrated bubbles that recede into a thin layering of lacing above a washed out straw golden colored beer that is quite think in appearance.

Big nose of bananas and cloves with some added peppery spices.

The taste is similar to the aroma with bananas, cloves, and a light peppery taste, except it is a lot lighter in the taste than in the aroma.

This lighter bodied beer has a light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the cloves and banana taste hanging around.

If you like wit and wheat beers you will probably really like this stuff, I'm a IPA and darker beers lover and this is still a pretty decent tasting beer. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a big, cloudy yellowish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, bubbles and lacing

S: Big fruit esters on the nose: orange peel, lemon with some muddled wheat and even a bit funky

T: Big orange peel and lemon, to big. Acidic, bitter, messy and off-putting taste wirh some light spice and grassiness. The profile and finish i far from a clean, refreshing wit.

M: Light to medium bodied. Sticky, bitter and acidic

O: This beer was a no go for me. Not exactly the refreshing wit I was looking for.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

RB

12oz can picked up a little while back at Bier Thirty... Just found it tonight... I have also spotted this one at Brewer's Haven and a couple other places.

Poured into my FunkFest goblet... surprisingly short lived white head atop a hazed golden brew.. no lacing, no retention.

Nose shows wheat malt that sorta pummels the orange zest, but a resilient coriander keeps Wit character in the game.

Flavor is pretty good... the zest and spice come out okay.. perhaps a bit sweet and malty on the finish... seems a bit muddy and yeasty.

Meh... Nothing wrong.. Could be dialed in a bit more IMO.

3.25/3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very cloudy yellow, not the almost white I expect in the style, with about a half-inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The yeast dominated the aroma aspects, the scent was almost Saison-like, and there were some noticeable grains showing through, along with a dose of spiciness. The spices weren't as strong on the tongue as the aroma had led me to expect. The wheat was a bit more noticeable, and the yeast tang was definite. One odd thing though, the beer had plenty of flavor on the front and middle of the tongue, but almost none at the back. A subtle bit of orange flavor did linger in the mouth however.

The body was very good, light and dry. Drinkability was very good, this could easily be an all-day drinking brew. Overall, a pretty good, although somewhat atypical, take on the style. A must try if you see it, and almost certainly worth trading for.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a two finger fine white head with lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt, coriander, citrus, light fruit; an pleasantly aromatic wit. Flavor of wheat and lemon, a hint of orange and coriander. Light bitter finish from hops and spicing. A somewhat subdued wit, but a pleasant comination of flavors with a rather abrupt finish. Light bodied as appropriate for the style with a decent mouth feel from carbonation. A bit dry on the finish, but a nice enjoyable light wit overall.

Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: murky pale-orange hue with lots of haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. Not bad looking, but a bit dark for a witbier.

Smell: very malty aroma with a rich wheat component and a floral spiciness. The can says this is spiced with coriander, lemongrass and elderflower; the aroma reflects this pretty closely.

Taste: nice wheaty flavor with all of the aroma components present but dialed back a little bit, with the exception of some citrusy tartness right up front. Actually not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and a decent creaminess. The wheat seems to add a nice smooth texture as well.

Overall: quite a good witbier, though not the archetypal example of the style. A little off the wall, but in a good way.

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can - consumed on the coast of Washington (Kalaloch)

appearance: cloudy off-yellow body, notable white foam

smell: lemongrass is heavy, sour yeast, spice

taste: a fairly messy beer - overuse of lemongrass, soapy notes, sour wheat, yeast, floral spice. Definitely coloring outside the lines here - not a repeat purchase for me

mouthfeel: creamy, soapy, light

overall: a more traditional wit would have been more pleasing

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of beers from woodychandler, who is the man. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some grains. Taste is wheat, slightly tart, spice, a pinch of lemon and grains. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and pretty good beer.

Photo of ccrida
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had two pints of this at the Cannery Cafe this weekend, great restaurant in Astoria. Quick Wit is a bright yellow with a small white head that leaves light, scattered lace. Very yellow, whoa!

Smell is estery, some wheat sourness, and lots of lemony citrus.

Taste is also super strong on the spices, lots of coriander, very bright, but oddly, not as biting as most over-spiced beers. I enjoyed it, but prefer wits with more subtlety and depth.

Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability was good, in spite of the fact that this was over spiced for my taste, as the flavor still worked out. Full flavor without beating up my palate, it paired very well with the extravaganza of seafood I had, including clams, oysters, halibut and salmon.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RedDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Frankly, most Belgian-brewed table beers don’t survive the journey to the Pacific American states with as much retained integrity as a fresh pint of this charismatic replica from Astoria, Oregon. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s worth repeating: all other things being equal, local beers are better.

With that in mind, Quick wit is easily one of the best “Belgian” wheat beers you’ll find in the great Northwest. It is boldly unfiltered in a distinctly attractive shaded pineapple color. It’s a wild color; more like something your kid might do with a crayon than any standard you’d associate with beer. It has a pleasantly sour aroma and a sharp finish of tart Belgian esters enhanced with coriander and lemongrass. The beer makes no apologies for it’s edgy bite, yet it’s never overpowering and would satisfactorily contrast with a variety of food styles. Very refreshing. And you can tell from across the room who’s drinking one.

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Wit that really is full flavoured and full of complexity especially on the fruity finished tempered with coriander.I liked the fact this is as complex as the IPA . The beer is pale opaque gold with a fair head. A summer star from a very good brewpub

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from "Lifesource" Salem ,Oregon. $2.49 Pours a hazy golden in colour with a large thick and bubbly white head. Aroma is strange..cross between Belgian style yeast and typical American Wheat..its OK though Taste is mainly wheat like.., bubble gum, gooseberry, slight coriander,slightly tart,lemon rind..actually growing on me not too bad. Nice palate they kept the carbonation under control, that works for me. I actually started off disliking this..then i changed my mind a very nice summer quencher.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Immortale25
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Muchos gracias SatlyMalty for this bonus beer. Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottom of can says 02/18.

A- Pours a very hazy (nearly opaque) dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before soon becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing.

S- Full blast of wheat and Belgian yeast with some coriander and lemon zest lingering beneath as well as the ever-present orange peel. Has a soapy quality to it.

T- Rich, mostly full witbier flavor that packs a yeasty punch and is rounded out by the spices. Goes down smooth with little alcohol flavor and minimal bitterness.

M- Pretty standard for the style with some substantial slickness and an almost chalky body. Could use some more carbonation however as it is medium-low.

O- Aside from the lacking carbonation and the somewhat lame look as a result, this is a tasty witbier that's easily drinkable.

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Adamostella
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Quick Wit from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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