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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 bottle conditioning. This unfiltered ale offers layers of complex, nuanced flavors that evolve in the glass. It finishes crisp and refreshes the palate.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1089) - Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Poured a hazy orange/yellow color with a white head. Aroma has lots of spices with pepper. Lemons and oranges in the aroma too. Taste is fruity and flavorful. Slightly tart with oranges. Aftertaste is a bit peppery with cloves and other spices. Overall a solid wit.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bkurtz (728) - PERU - JUN 26, 2012
Nice aroma of spice (coriander) and citrus. The first sip has some spice and a nice Belgian wit flavor, but then becomes soapy and unbalanced.Not bad, but not good for this style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2012
12oz bottle-pours yellow with a retaining tight offwhite head. Aroma is spice-nutmeg/herbal, bready light malt. Taste is spice-nutmeg/herbal hops, sweet doughy/bready light malt, medium fruit. Soft carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
Tap at Iron Horse. Very cloudy light orange pour with minuscule white head formation. Little lace. Fresher peach ice cream nose. Some peaches and cream character taken over by vanilla scented candle. Taste is soapy, buttery, blander with some soap cutting mild sweet butter and mild diacetyl. Big spice adjunct hides basic brewing flaws. Palate is thickish for style from the butter. Eh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2012
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-tan. Thin, fading head. Zesty orange-wheat aroma, even after some months in my closet. Really nails the style, yeasty and medium bodied. Refreshing, balanced, really well executed. The orange and spices are there, but they donít overwhelm...i usually like the more yeast forward vanilla tones...this doesnít really display that, but has the perfect mouthfeel for the style. Pretty solid, just shy of world class.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
wine101joe (14) - USA - FEB 5, 2012
For those of you who think Wits have too much banana, this beer will have you singing a different tune altogether. If you are having company and want to bridge them into craft brews or are looking for a refreshing beer this is it. Had on tap in my shop in Wake Forest, NC.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma: coriander, orange peel , wheat , hint of pepper , touch of clove , saffron? 7-
Appearance: hazed amber-gold with thin fizzy top. 2+
Flavor/Palate: medium light bodied. Clean , smooth medium feel. Gentle notes of orange peel, sugars with chewy textures of wheat. Drinkable , excellent choice for summer days.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Sample at tap room
After having a few samples while making a beer run I decided to visit. For $7 I got not only five samples of well crafted beers but another sampler glass to keep. Not bad for a brewery that I didnít even know existed about two hours beforehand. My first sample, the Optimal Wit, was a refreshing session beer. I could see this being a good lawn mower beer.

Aroma / Appearance - A decent nose and golden clear body give this some presence. It wonít amaze you if you have seen the best of class; at the same time it also was not mailed in. A light scent of orange rinds and wheat provide some context for the taste profile.

Flavor / Palate - Sweet oranges followed by a fluid tartness give this good balance. Depending on the mood this would be ideal as a contrast to big heavy 8%+ ABV releases. Setting the tone for the samples to come this indicates the brewers here know what they are doing.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ectuohy27 (543) - ESTONIA - JAN 7, 2012
Bleh. Very thin with offputting aroma and hops overwhelming the notes of wheat and (possibly) watery spice. Nice to see the effort though

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma is orange citrus, wit yeast, clove, bubblegum, banana. Really mice example of a wit.


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