Optimal Wit | Port City Brewing

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85
very good
370 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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
Ratings:
370
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
98
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ntanner83
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fusion7777
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sokol_1993
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Riff
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +3.4%
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 -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shreead
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschu
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benl7217
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schoeni
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Looks nice in the glass... straw colour. Opaque turbidity. Aroma of Spice, coriander and herbs. A little yeast Character.. typical for the style.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy; pale gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: coriander, lemon, and bready;

T: follows the nose; more coriander toward the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish;

O: very nice flavor;

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Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Vylo
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The spice and malt backbone are enhanced by a bit of funk up front.

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Photo of LukeB
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of belgianvan
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ebdonohoe
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is as close to the magnificent Celis White as I've tasted.

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Optimal Wit from Port City Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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