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Optimal Wit - Port City Brewing

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very good

264 Ratings

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 02-04-2011

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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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very bubbly white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a surprisingly clear hazy yellow with a bit of orange in it. The beer has a very simple orange and lemon smell with a bit of Belgian yeast and spice. The spice and yeast are very faint but still pretty decent. The taste is very similar to the beer smell with orange and Belgian notes. The orange is a bit light with the Belgian yeast and spices. The taste also has some coriander notes that get a bit lost but occasionally surface. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly carbonated with biting carbonation. Overall, the beer is fairly decent. The brewery can certainly improve upon it but it's still drinkable and worth getting on a hot day.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gelatin yellow. Bright and with white brimming of head. Denser due to a wider glass.

Aromas are mild and wheaty with a light citrus cling. Notes of dry spice, lemon, and nut flesh. Good.

Simple and summery. Wheat and white bread maltiness with a hint of lemon and coriander. Grains of paradise is in here, too. Has some spiciness. Still on the side of nutty. Hops are quiet, but offer a tinge of herbs. Very faint and dull smoke.

A sturdy witte with richness. Almost eggy. Middle carb features in the feel. Quenching.

Decent witbier. Simple and solid. Doesn't stray too far from what it is.

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Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.