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Optimal Wit | Port City Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
418 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,956
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
418
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
116
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 418 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of Ryan8008
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at the LCBO on a whim, as the few American microbrews they do carry are usually good.

L: pours a light golden, almost straw-like colour, almost yellow. No head at all.

S: initial aroma of yeast, followed by bubble gum. Not ver much aroma, really. Almost like white wine.

T : Flavour is not very strong - almost pilsner like. Quite weak, even a little watery. Hints of pepper towards the back of the mouth.

F: heavy on the carbonation, too much so. Once the roughness of the bubbles subsides, it goes down smoothly.

O: could take it or leave it. Would not buy this one again.

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Photo of Kwright
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gavilan
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Wit beer, just a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of hcproff36
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jimpyle48
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes, 473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $3.60 CDN.

Appearance - Super pale, super clear golden color. A finger and a half of egg shell white coloured foam rests on top. Above average spidery lacing and nice bubbling action from within.

Smell - Coriander and oranges mostly, lots of wheat. Some clove and a slight bit of banana and bubblegum sweetness, showing more depth than many.

Taste - Wheat, robust orange and coriander. The citrus balances things nicely here. Less banana and bubblegum than on the the nose.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking beer, super smooth and would be particularly good on a hot day.

Overall - It's not St. Bernardus, but Optimal Wit, is very solid and scores well across the board, making it a beer I would return to if it appeared again in some warmer weather.

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carrcolind
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is quite average for the style, almost no head, which disappointed.

Smell is right on target for the style. Cloves, bananas, bubblegum and spices.

Taste is led by the bubblegum and candi, then you get some nice light spices.

Feel is light bodied with low medium carbonation. Finish is fruity and lingering.

Not a bad Wit, but it isn't one that wows me. I think I'd rather have a St Bernardus Wit any day of the week...and it costs about the same around here.

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Photo of bluehende
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kpj104
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the standard for wit IMHO. nice aroma and the spice is well balanced. Somehow it's refreshing in the summer yet warming in the winter.

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Photo of jfagella
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mkholmes25
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gia7272
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hairnic
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjw2808
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, hazy yellow body.

Smell: Same as below.

Taste: Wheat, mild orange, mild coriander. Notes of lemon and banana.

Feel: Light body, medium carbonation, a hint of sweetness upfront, balanced finish.

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Photo of bumatnet
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 418 ratings