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).
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).
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.