Optimal Wit | Port City Brewing

Optimal WitOptimal Wit
BA SCORE
61%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 382 ratings
Optimal WitOptimal Wit
BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 02-04-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,453
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
382
Liked:
233
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
10.34%
Alströms:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
105
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 382 |  Reviews: 74
Reviews by Mrbseward:
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of stevoj
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draft at Yard House-Springfield. Light bodied wit (I know, right?). Pale, hazy golden with minimal head. Aroma also very faint, taste brings this into the zone, but just. Finishes flat, chalky mouth fell. Almost there....

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Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Herze
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of dieBlume
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of JoeD15
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Nversobr
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BeerYo
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall can with brewed on dating (?) perhaps on the bottom - 6/01/16

Pours lightly hazed, dear dull golden, minor off white cap and leaving a delicate film, thin collar, and a few bit of fine lacing

Faint sniff of lime and perhaps some pepper

A bit better then middle of the road wit beer...some more lime, coriander and agian light pepper..decent but not striking me as anything very special....

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Photo of Spotupfor3
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ChadwickHines
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Great all the way. Unique

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bike2work
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zonian1
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 61% out of 100 with 382 ratings
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