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Optimal Wit - Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
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200 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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)
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Reviews by flyingpig:
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle as a gift brought home from Virginia:
Hazy, light, golden colour with a thin, white head that consists of tonnes of tiny bubbles and stays well for a minute or so.

Spicy notes initially with some yeast and lemon coming through along with it. There is a strong smell of coriander that follows this and some bananas and orange peel.

Strong wheat and yeast flavours with some banana and clove to kick things off with. There is hints of coriander in the taste too along with a bit of citrus lemon and some orange zest.

Light medium with some spice and a citrus tang along with a relatively creamy and smooth taste, coupled with strong carbonation.

Miles better than I was expecting and I knew it was going to be a nice beer before I tried it. All the usual suspects are there for the style but they come together great and the beer is a cracker.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 20:39:04 | More by flyingpig
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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reebtaerG

Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Dry 85

A-Pours hazy pale golden with small white head. Spotty lacing.

S-Orange/Coriander aroma, medium body, medium carbonation, and pretty good small bubble lacing.

T-Taste is coriander, orange, spice (mostly grains of paradise), some floral, some grassy, some lemon, with crisp finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body, medium carbonation, and pretty good small bubble lacing.

O-The beer has a fair amount of complexity (especially for the style) and flavor, pretty enjoyable. Nice local beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2014 17:43:33 | More by reebtaerG
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-18-2014 02:28:48 | More by Mtusa08
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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06-17-2014 23:09:14 | More by JamieLynn81
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-12-2014 01:11:40 | More by SakellariosVouvalis
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4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pouring into a pilsner glass, light pale straw. Becomes pale golden with addition of yeast sediment. Fine cream head, and very fine lacing.

S: Citrus zestiness, coriander spicing, and some grainy aromatics. Nothing overpowering.

M: Nicely balanced and refreshing from beginning to end. Smooth, creamy and finely carbonated. Could be a little snappier to start, but finishes with a perfect dryness fro the style accompanied by a subtle tartness.

T: Very grassy with pith appeal. Pear, some apricot, coriander, faint honeydew aspect make it only mildly sweet. Not the most adventurous, but very very solid. Its sessionability and refreshing quality is on-point.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2014 22:59:26 | More by orcrist_cleaver
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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MaddestHatter

Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the attached bar to a concert venue where I had just seen a folk metal show. I was easily one of the least drunk people there and wished to change that, but beers were expensive. The idea of a Belgian white ale though was appealing and the fact that the brewery is local was also intriguing. These coupled with the fact that I hadn't had anything to drink in the past several hours of singing, shouting, and dancing besides the bit of whiskey that I "pre-gamed" with were more than enough to coax the 7 bucks from me. The taste did not make me regret the decision as it was exactly what I could have hoped for. It had a nicely medium amount of body and a good bit of carbonation, though not a huge amount. Altogether it was crisply flavorful and refreshing. I would happily buy a six pack someday or order it on tap if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

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Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.