Quick Wit | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 07-14-2007

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 82
Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slice of deliciousness. From a month old can and drinking super smooth belgian yeast and orange dominate. Not much spice or banana or whatever else one would expect from a Belgian wheat. The mouthfeel is outstanding. This is one smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Out of the 12 ounce can purchased in Seattle, on to the beer:

Hazy indeed with a yellow orange color to it, and topped with a slightly creamy head which dissipates into dots of white. The smell of fresh coriander is vibrant, and that swims with light citrus and cream.

Quick Wit is more than just a mere quick fix for my appetite. The orange peel has a pleasing bite underneath that lovely coriander. The creaminess of the oats adds a unique sweetness that allows the adjuncts to continually shine. As a bonus, the crisp sensation at the end of each sip is admirable.

Quick Wit has warm weather beer written all over it. Too bad I only have one can with me :-(

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can into a tulip. Hazy yellow. The yeast on the nose. Lemon, pepper alongside of the yeast taste wise. Somewhat tart, smooth yet really effervescent. Exceptionally good wit beer,!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Life of Pie tonight.

A mildly hazy orange with a thin white head with good retention, this looks great. The nose is solid. Bright with citrus and with some coriander, mildly bready, though more of a white bread character, this is solid. The palate is similar, delivering the refreshing goods with a blend of citrus peel, coriander and wheat with a pleasant yeast note. A little watery on the palate, this beer finishes with a mild grainy and citrus note. Solid.

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Photo of didgeboy
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice head that dissipated in a few minutes with some lacing left behind. Nose is fruity and ready, not yeasty but rather like baked bread. Hints of pineapple, oranges, spice (cardamom?). Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, fruity and slightly bready with hints of apples, light citrus and spice. Finish is long but clean with just the slightest hoppy bitterness that bring it all togetrher. Bit heady/hot on the finish at first but overall well made and very sessionable. Great American twist on a Belgian classic without being too American.

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Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.79 (20 cents off regular price). According to the bottom of the can, this was canned on June 12th.

Poured into a nonic pint glass, this was a hazy, apricot shade of amber, with a good-sized, bubbly white head that dropped after a few minutes but left an odd looking, half-moon skiff on the top of the beer.

Earthy, tartly fruity and spicy in the nose, as expected for the style.

Mildy tart and spicy, with earthy tones.

Mouthfeel is where things unravel a bit. A light bodied beer, it’s not bad, just a little bit flabby for the style. A bit more of a crisp, clean finish this would be in the front ranks of the style.

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Photo of Moose90
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz can

A — Pours a bright yellowy hue with a puffy white colored head. Some lacing is left behind.

S — Smells of sweet wheat, yeast, malt, and light fruits, banana and apricot.

T — Tastes of banana and yeasty wheat esters, nice and bright,

M — Medium bodied, somewhat fleeting finish.

O — Good overall, very wheaty and banana forward.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving style : 12 oz can poured into glass for appearance

Appearance : Nice foamy three finger head with a sparkling dense pineapple colored body. Lacing webs around the glass.

Smell : Some canned corn, cilantro, parsley, barley, wild rice, and a hint of banana. A little ginger. This is all surrounded by what smells like a urinal cake. A bit off putting and I'm not quite sure what that could be.

Taste : Very good. Nice and full, lots of banana and orange flavors swirl in together towards the finish. The beginning starts with some musty wheat, and then those fruit flavors come in to compliment the wheat and pretty soon you're in bliss. The end is crisp dried fruit. No complaints. This wit is good.

Mouthfeel : Zesty and carbonated but still relatively creamy. Finish is...minimal. Not much to finish with. It just drinks easy and tastes good.

Overall : Good interpretation of a Wit. If you find it, grab a six pack. It's pretty decent and won't let you down.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%


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.


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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy gold with one finger of white head. Head vanishes in no time and no lacing to be found.
Smell some malts, belgian yeast strain.
Taste is clove banana wheat some fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is fine for the style a bit low on carbonation. Slightly dry bitterness in the finish.
Overall an easy drinking Witbier. Quite a bit lower on the taste sensation than the classic Witbiers from Europe but a fine summer quaff.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orangish gold. Looks like OJ. Medium carbonation. Almost no head retention.

S: Golden wheat. Mild alcohol and wild yeast notes. Sweet mango an passion fruit.

T: Light wheat notes are the first flavors. Quickly overtaken with a tangy belgium yeastiness. The tanginess has sweet tropical fruit characteristics mostly of passion fruit, but also a little pineapple and kiwi.

M: Nice tanginess that finishes clean and sharp. Full body from the unfiltered wheat.

O: The beer had great flavor, but I didn't really like the other qualities. However taste bears the most weight here. The alcohol smell wasn't great, but I'll happily drink a delicious ugly beer all day.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of JerryG
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To me this is a summer beer, meant for drinking several in a sitting.

Color: Golden orange and cloudy with a slightly champagne effervescence.

Nose: Lightly fruity and yeasty

Taste: Bretta fruity influences. I believe this is spiced as well, which I normally frown upon, but it is not overbearing. A little yeasty/bready, and a some citrus

This has some characteristics of a fairly light Saison. It's not overly complex, but it has enough going on the titillate without interference with what you are eating.

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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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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?

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Pastini Pastaria.
from notes.

Arrives a cloudy golden with a foamy white cap.

Nose and palate are both very nice, with coriander, lemongrass and wheat upfront, as well as some phenolic fruit notes.

Medium-full body with prickly carbonation.

Quite enjoyable and well done wit in all aspects.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 16 oz. tallboy can into a nonic pint glass

A- Poured a hazy golden orange color with a small soapy head that dissipated instantly

S- Big lemongrass, coriander sweet biscuit malt, a citrus pop, some light pear, and phenolic qualities

T- Lots of lemon grass, big orange (almost orange soda and candy like), some coriander, underlying tartness throughout the sip, some phenolic notes, some white wine notes, and actually pretty tart on the finish

M- Prickly carbonation, medium body, finishes dry

O- A really nice witbier, but also different flavor profile for the stye. The lemongrass flavor is a nice addition to this style.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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