Category Archives: Wheat Beer

Port City Optimal Wit – Brew Review

Today’s Brew Review is Port City’s Optimal Wit. As William Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit”, which doesn’t have anything to do with this beer, but now you have a quote that is guaranteed to get you laid at parties (results not typical: I have no idea if other people find Shakespeare quotes sexy).

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Optimal Wit is a Witbeir from the Port City Brewing Company. Located in Alexandria, Virginia, the brewery opened in Feb of 2011, and brews 4 year-round beers and several seasonal varieties. Their Optimal Wit was named the 14th best beer of 2012 by Wine Enthusiast, which I think is a compliment, but made me skeptical because no one who drinks wine has been able to discern that is disgusting (And if you’re an “enthusiast” for something that is made by feet, you have a foot fetish. End of story).

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The witbeir pours a golden straw color with a small white head. It has a strong blend of coriander, citrus, and yeast smells that shine through in the taste as well, along with some mild hop bitterness. The beer is smooth and crisp with a bready aftertaste.

Should I Drink It?

Port City’s Optimal Wit is a solid American witbeir that’s perfect for the summer months. The flavor is crisp and refreshing, without losing the beer’s mix of spices.

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Sam Adams Cherry Wheat – Brew Review

Summer’s on its way, which means warmer weather, longer days, and the imminent threat of a cicada invasion. So to beat the heat and keep me company while I brainstorm ways to kill those fuckers (idea: cicada-sized shotgun), I sat down with a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat beer.

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Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is brewed by the Boston Beer Company of Boston, Massachusetts.  Founded in 1984, the company is one of the largest beer manufacturers in America, and their flagship Sam Adams Boston Lager was awarded the Grand Gold Medal in 2011 by Monde Selection. The Boston Beer Company is home to over 30 varieties of beer, and continues to push the boundaries of brewing by  creating exciting new flavors.

The Cherry Wheat pours a dark golden-yellow with a thin white head and some moderate lacing. It has a pronounced cherry smell, closer to a Cherry Coke than the real fruit, with subtle notes of yeast and wheat. The beer is sweet and malty, with plenty of cherry flavor and little to no hop bitterness. It is crisp and clean, with plenty of carbonation.

Sam Adams Cherry Wheat

Should I Drink It?

If you like your beer like you like your women (strong and bitter, with lots of head), than this isn’t the beer for you. It’s way more cherry than beer, closer to a Shirley Temple than a witbeir. However, if you like that sweet cherry taste, this will get you buzzed and no one will call you names because you ordered a dirty shirley at the bar.

The best part is you can break use the broken ends of the bottle to beat away the cicadas.

They’re coming.

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