Review: Quick Wit, Fort George Brewery

Quick Wit
Fort George Brewery + Public House — Astoria, OR

  • Style:  Wit
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.2%  
  • Malts:  2-Row malted barley, organic wheat malt,
  • Hops: Liberty
  • Special Ingredients:  Coriander, lemongrass, elderflower
  • Sampled:  16 oz. can

Description:  "A Belgian Style ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due it being unfiltered and its high level of wheat. Wit beer is traditionally brewed with coriander and orange zest.  Ours uses organic pale and wheat malts, ground coriander, organic lemongrass (to impart a citrus character) and wild-crafted elderflower. There is no bitterness evident in this beer whatsoever, which gives your palate room to explore the smooth wheat malt and tantalizingly exotic spices that will quietly entertain your thirst." — Fort George Brewery

Random thoughts:  Wits are a great style for summer.  They're low in bitterness, light and refreshing. I'm sampling Quick Wit as part of my series on Fort George's 16 oz. canned beers.

The tasting:  Golden orange in color with a white head that dissipates very quickly. This beer is not filtered and it's very hazy in appearance. Strong aroma of coriander, clove, white pepper, and lemongrass. I don't know what elderflower tastes like, so I'm not sure if I can detect it. Flavor of coriander, bread, orange zest, and lemongrass. Overall, it's complex with many layers of flavor. Hop bitterness is very low and a touch of alcohol is noticeable in the middle. Quick Wit is light bodied, has a effervescent mouth feel, and finishes dry with a spicy clove and lemongrass. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really good!  I want this again!  Although summer has unofficially ended, we're still likely to have great summer-like weather that will pair perfectly with this beer. Among the wits I have tasted, the lemongrass gives Quick Wit a unique twist. If you haven't tasted a wit or other Belgian-style beers, this will provide a good introduction to the spicy flavors that result from Belgian yeast. It's also an excellent example of how herbs (other than hops) can provide flavor to beer!

Have you tasted Fort George's Quick Wit?  What are your favorite Fort George beers?

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