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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Velkyal (297) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Had at a restaurant. Pours a cloudy gold with no head whatsoever. Aroma is lemony citrus with a light sweet edge. Taste is predominately biscuit and sweet grains. Refreshing, reasonable drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a foggy yellow color with a decent white head. Very heavy malty aroma with a strong sense of wheat. Some lemon in the nose. Reminds me a lot of blue moon. Unfiltered. Not too bad for a small brewery outside DC.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle. Hazy orange and yellow in color with a small white head. Aroma contains bubble gum, some spice, grains, and orange. Taste is more bubble gum, coriander, some citrus, and with a slightly bitter finish. Damn, that is really quite good. Light body and absolutely superb for a wit. I could drink this all day to be honest.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Draft. Hazy yellow orange color, medium white head. Aroma of orange juice, spices. Taste is bready, lots of malt, citrus, spice, slightly sour finish. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ovechkinator (18) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of Coriander, orange and grains of paradise. Tastes moderately sweet, with orange and coriander standing out. Smooth, crisp and clean.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5336) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy gold with a medium, foamy white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with bubblegum, wheat, yeast and zesty citrus. Taste is sweet malt, bubblegum, wheat, yeast notes, spice, citrus notes and soft hops. Body is light, bubbly and refreshing. Finishes with more spice, big dusty yeast, wheat, cereal grains, citrus, bubblegum and sweet malt. Tasty and refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3552) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2011
The Big Hunt, DC pint ($6): Pours your standard wit color with a cloudy yellow and a white head. Aroma is to your utmost surprise cloves and banana. Taste is pretty much down that same road. This is a very drinkable beer, but does not really try that hard to make itself very different from other beer. In any case, it is well-balanced, but not highly nuanced.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of wheat, oranges and coriander. Well-balanced taste of sweetness from the wheat and orange along with the typical Wit spiciness. A decent witbier.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a tumbled. Pour is a cloudy light orange color with a pretty decent amount of haze. White head with some pretty sticky lacing. Overall, a good start. Nose is creamy and full of rich wheat plus some orange zest, coriander, and slight spice. Nice and well-rounded without any taking the front. Taste is equally as good as the nose. Very pleasant wheat base with a touch of spice along with some nice citrus character. The mouthfeel really takes it away. Light body is enhanced by a nice wheat base and there is a touch of spice throughou along with a nice orange presence. Fairly light carbonation carries it through. Drinkabiliy is really nice. This is quite quaffable even after a 15-minute walk through the cold. Very glad to add the first beer for this place. It’s a good feeling to finally have a local brewery that’s actually in my town. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 02-04-2011

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1571) - Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours a yellow orange haze. Aroma is solid for a witbier, sweet from the orange peel. Sweet front, sour finish on the tongue. Palate is solid for style, some minor hint of fizz that throws me off. A solid wit, good alcohol %, I would easily order this beer many times while out in DC/VA.


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