We wrap up our mini tour of Port City brews with this...and we are sampling it at a perfect time since it was just named a top 15 beer (in the world) by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Look-Hazy yellow hue. Lots of floaties.
Smell-Orange peel and coriander (which I now know the scent after eating it with egg whites every morning for two months...see, I'm putting in the time to improve my palette).
Taste-Orange peel on the lips and pleasantly spicey in the mouth all ending in a crisp refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel-light bodied and spicey.
Drinkability-Pre journey, this wasn't a style that I particularly enjoyed but, as my palette has improved, so has my like of Belgian whites. This is a good example of a white with a good (but not overpowering) spice flavor along with orange peel. Coriander is there but subtle. It's very refreshing and has a low ABV (5%). Give this one a session and you'll see why it's so highly thought of.
About Optimal Wit:
Our Optimal Wit is brewed in the Belgian Wit Bier tradition. It is brewed with raw wheat and oats, and steeped with coriander, orange peel and grains of paradise. This ale is a pale golden color with a bit of cloudy haze from natural yeast in the bottle. This unfiltered ale offers layers of complex, nuanced flavors that evolve in the glass. It finishes crisp and refreshes the palate.