Optimal Wit | Port City Brewing

Optimal WitOptimal Wit
BA SCORE
3.76/5
384 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:
#20,046
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
384
pDev:
10.37%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
105
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 384 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeg67
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, wheat malt, spices, candy sugar and citrus fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Wheat malt, yeast, lemon grass, cotton candy and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and semi-sweet. OK brew.

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Photo of Diura
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty but perhaps a little sweet on the after taste.

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Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rbodacious
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richardjay
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbfarris
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of faatcase
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skabiski
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The comedians upstairs were a bit annoying but I still enjoyed this fine beer. Port City is a great local brewery where good times are had by all!

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Photo of BenMaalouf
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Phatstar08
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY.

Crisp carbonation. Succulent and a bit juicy, evoking pear and lemon. Crackery dryness toward the finish cuts the juiciness short. Crackery malts and wheat compete for domination maltwise, but it lacks the fresh wheat flavour observed in the best expressions of the style.

Not unrefreshing. Smooth. Medium-bodied. Not oily, hot, gushed, rough, scratchy, harsh, boozy, or astringent.

Belgian yeast is indicated via clove esters and biscuity flavour, but it lacks the depth and delicate yeast flavour of, say, Allagash White.

Lemon peel is absent.

Should be softer.

Drinkable but underwhelming. Not a terrific expression of a Belgian witbier, but enjoyable for what it is and preferable to Hoegaarden. It ain't so "optimal" after all, but it's above the norm.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of ntanner83
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Head fades very fast, hazy yellow appearance, no lacing
Smell: Clove and other spicey fruity yeast aroma
TasteL Big clove starts sweet, but ends dry
Feel: Very drinkable
Overall: A solid beer

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Photo of LoudRed
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the neck of the bottle, in yellow lettering: "BOTTLED ON: 04/04/2017"

Appearance: The body is a very light straw color and it has a moderate haze to it. The head is short and white with good retention and moderate lacing. The surface of the head is very smooth.

Aroma: I am getting a bit of coriander and just a touch of a "tangy" aroma that isn't quite citrus. It smells good.

Taste: It starts out with a wonderful coriander flavor paired in equal parts to a delicious wheat flavor. There is just a touch of a tartness to the beer which livens it up nicely. It is very well made.

Mouthfeel: It is light in the mouth but with texture. It has a nice bubbly carbonation that accentuates a great tartness in the beer.

Overall: It is an outstanding Witbier that focuses on delivering the flavors of coriander and orange peel. If you enjoy a spicier Witbier then this is definitely for you. It is very well made and at just over a month in the bottle it still tastes very fresh. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

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Photo of hkyplyr73
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fusion7777
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sokol_1993
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat bland. Not really that much to be spoken about.

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Photo of OttmarJobs
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Riff
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of cloves, wheat, and lemon. Tastes of wheat and banana, with a light spicy flavor like cloves and white pepper. Lighter body beer with a dry, clean finish. Easy drinker with a nice flavor to it. Just about right for a nice summer day or early autumn weather.

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

On tap at brewery (revisit can at 4 weeks old):
Ok, far from the first time I've had this, but always before this in bottles.

Pours a hazy yellow, white a nice white head that could be a tad thicker initially, though sustaining head is thick at the edges and give a smattering of lacing.
(can: nice initial head, but nothing grand. sustainability is nice, though, light lacing)

Nose is a classic witbier, wheat with a little banana, with a bit of spice accenting the base. A little hint of lemon also gets in there.
(can: about the same, a little more earthiness in the spice)

Taste follows, with the wheat being an obvious taste early as the bass, while a light tartness plays the melody. Banana notes come as the two octaves come together to crest into a nice, light spiced (clove and pepper) ale. Lingering notes have a hint of yeast to them.
(can: not much different at all, though I notice it's leaning a just a little more sweet than I've noticed before)

(can: feel is medium carbonation but with a nice softness overall, making it easy to take a refreshing pull and enjoy the flavors)

Pretty solid, but maybe a bit nuanced. Low rating for a GABF winning beer, even given my adjustments for style. I think maybe it's a bit more "mass appealing," but that doesn't hurt the beer really.
(can: a little more straightforward as a nice, slightly malty, easy drinking beer that has enough going on to be more than just a "thirst quencher")

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 384 ratings
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