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Optimal Wit - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 02-04-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by WesWes:
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy blonde with a two finger white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent along with an excellent citrus and coriander character. There is a bit of lemon zest that really enhances both the aroma and the taste. The taste is good as well. It has a quaffable pale and wheat malt flavor. It's crisp and refreshing with spot on spicing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very drinkable summer seasonal; a good representation of the style.

WesWes, May 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Tiernan, Aug 06, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Hazy golden

SMELL: Doughy, coriander, ripe plum, orange peel, earthy, floral, yeast

TASTE: Smooth, nutty, biscuity grain, yeast, coriander, mild bitterness, peppery, orange pith, faint saltiness, ripe fruit, spicy, grainy finish

Brewed to style with all the right bells and whistles going off, meaning that it does not taste like you have walked down the soap aisle in a department store. The use of grains of paradise adds that needed depth that most American brewed Witbiers lack.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Dirty blonde, cloudy, near opaque, foamy white head that fizzes away

SMELL: Powdery, floral, citric rinds, perfumey, yeast, grain husks

TASTE: Firm, oaty fullness and flavor, wheat, citric snap, orange peel, sweet bready grains, coriander, yeasty, earthy, dry floury finish

A bit heavier and darker than most traditional Witbiers, and it's missing that crisp, dry and effervescent edge that I've come to expect. Whatever percentage of oats they used seems to overpower a bit too much as well; lending too much flavor and body. Still, not bad.

Todd, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

dieBlume, Sep 11, 2013
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JoeD15, Mar 05, 2013
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Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
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Griffith, Aug 30, 2014
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crwrunner, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

hyoung41, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

psuscott1, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours yellow/golden with some darker tones. Light foaming. Wheaty smell, notes of citrus in the nose. Taste is a rich full wheat flavor with a light citrus lemon mouthfeel. Very smooth. Minor rind taste. Very good.

KTCamm, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

erialbill, Aug 23, 2013
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Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.