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Wheat Ale | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a whitish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is musty, wheat, lemons. Taste is spices up front, ginger stands out, wheat is present, light lemons. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow, with a thin, white head.
Smells of sweet orange and lemon, with the yeast backing.
Tastes of candied lemon heads right up front, and the yeast comes out to settle it down a bit.
Mouthfeel is very thin, yet refreshing. Could drink several on a hot summer day.
First beer from this brewery was meh, but different.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Just ok, not a great Weisbier. I'm a fan of wheat beers and this one is a bit flat and uninspired. Would still be nice on a hot summer day however....

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

50cl aluminum CAN served cold into a pilsner glass in Chicago, Illinois. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation. Reviewed live as a wheat ale per the label. Acquired at BEERmiscuous in Chicago. Cost was around $3 USD.

15 IBU. 4.7% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5cm wide. Off-white colour. No lacing. Weak and thin. Recedes quickly - lasting only around 45 seconds.

BODY: Cloudy lemon-yellow of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a nice look for a wheat ale, but isn't anything unique or special.

AROMA: Stale wheat. Lemon zest. Clean barley.

A muted, almost insipid aroma that suggests a reticent bland wheat ale.

Aromatic intensity is light.

TASTE: Lemon zest. Stale wheat. Barley.

So simple and shallow there's little to say about it. Very plain and straightforward, lacking depth, intricacy, nuance, subtlety, et al.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, stale, overcarbonated, unrefreshing. To its credit, it's crisp and clean in its presentation of flavour.

Doesn't suit the taste all that well. Decent execution.

Not oily, scratchy, rough, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or chewy.

OVERALL: Lacks a gestalt build and a harmony of texture and taste, but it's drinkable. Casual drinkers craving an easy drinking wheat ale will try a first sip, look in curiosity at the glass, say "Huh.." - and then return to what they were doing prior, immediately forgetting this underwhelming brew. The discerning drinker will find little of note. Above average, but not up to par with Upland's more reputed offerings.


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Photo of jwc215
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint can:

Pours clouded yellow with a thin lasting white head that leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is of wheat, some orange/lemon, some tea and herbs (coriander and chamomile. A subtle aroma.

The taste is of wheat tang, sugared orange peel with a chamomile and coriander, tea-like spicing that adds a dry balance.

Tea-like spicing lingers. Refreshing.

An interesting twist on the style. Worth trying for a "different" witbier.

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Photo of justincolts
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow/golden coloration. Little head. In certain light it looks more lemonade in coloration, in others more of a golden. Has a lot of activity after the pour for a while. Does have a citrus smell, nothing bad, nothing overwhelming. It has the smell of a really nice thirst quenching summer beer. There is a slight bitter flavor, some yeast. It is very light, in terms of drink ability and in terms of thickness.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best April 2015, into a weizen glass. Bought as a sixer from a Bloomington grocery store during a family trip.

A- 1-finger, fizzy white head. Clean, straw body with moderate-heavy carbonation. Head settles out to a thin foam. Decent stick left on the glass.

S- Yeasty. Orange juice/zest, coriander, black pepper. A little gum. Quite aromatic, really.

T- A good combination. Wheaty backbone with orange, coriander, and peppery notes. A combination of sweet malt, orange, and black pepper in the finish means it ends somewhere between sweet and dry.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate-heavy carbonation. Delicate, somewhat creamy. Black pepper qualities make for a little bite.

O- a good representation of the style. Doesn't try to get to funky, which means it doesn't stand out, but it doesn't get off putting either. Refreshing and lower on the ABV scale, makes for a great warm weather session beer.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much to report here, very base model for a Wit. Nothing jumps at you. If it's hot out and you need to have more then a few, I can see doing a session of these, otherwise slightly below average.

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Photo of TBlok_
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing, with a phenomenal citrus after taste. There's a slight coconut undertone that you might miss unless you really look for it. This is the epitome of a great summer beer.

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Photo of BWED
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Bright yellow with some white hues. Super hazy. Delicate white head and lacing. Retention is okay.

S- Citrus and coriander. Just a little wheaty/grainy. Yeasty.

T- Mild grain flavor. Citrus is slight, and spice is less so.

M- Light body. Wet, but the spice dries the finishes just a bit.

O- Not bad. Not the most flavorful Wit, however it looks good and drinks great.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass

A. Light yellow and 85% transparent with very little head.

S. Typical wheat Belgian or Wit aroma. Slight spice character.

T. Very light. Not very funky. A nice clean wheat.

M. Light bodies and not overly carbonated. Finishes clean.

O. A nice wheat beer you can drink all day. Not too heavy. Not too funny. Very mild.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Appearance: 4.75
Aroma: 5
Flavor: 4.75
Mouthfeel: 4.75
Overall score: 4.75

Bought as a single 12 oz bottle from Kroger's Grocery in Elkhart, IN.

Gloriously good beer!

The best Belgian stye whit beer I've had in awhile. Gleaming light golden liquid with a big white head.

Exquisite spice-laden aroma. Cloves and nutmeg are very present.

Flavor is a mouthful. Lots and of spices. Nice grain notes. A tiny bit of sweetness. A tiny bit of orange-citrus. Very crisp.

Luscious mouthfeel. Nice texture in the mouth, with a slight prickle.

Extremely sessionabe. I wish I bought more than one.

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Photo of leantom
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Jeez, I hate this new reviewing system. Alright, here goes:

A: Looks exactly like lemonade with fizz. Beer pours a small head with minimal lacing. 3/5

S: OK, but nothing special. Smell wheat, banana, orange and citrus - however, these smells aren't as robust as in other beers of the same style. Overall, just OK. 3/5

T: Taste follows the nose. Wheat, banana, orange, citrus, etc. The beer also has a bready characteristic, and the yeast can be seen on the bottom of the glass upon consumption. 3.5/5.0

M: Good. Not too thick or light. 4.0/5.0

O: Pretty average for the style. Probably won't have again. 3.25/5.00

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Photo of Halfbrother83
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Norse Bar in Chicago.

A: Cloudy, bright yellow with about a finger of foamy, white head.

S: Banana, some lemon, and very pronounced yeast.

T: Clean and crisp, but overly bready. Really no other interesting flavors present to give this beer any sort of character.

M: Light and moderately carbonated.

O: Overall, this beer is quite refreshing, though I wish it tasted like something, anything, to make me want to drink it again.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Bloomington. This is now one of my go-to dailies.

A: Pale gold color with about two fingers of head. Very effervescent

S: Corn - malts - lemon. Summer in a bottle.

T: Has a carbonated malty sweet lead. Taste of orange, wheat, lemons, malts. Great for the style.

M: it's fizzy fresh and peppy. Maybe the best thing going.

Overall a fairly lousy brew

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very pale transparent yellow, with a short head that fades, with only mild lacing.

S - Funky grass, yeastiness and grains, a slight spicy note.

T - The wheat is king, with a subtle souring note, some peppery spice, and a hint of lemon.

M - Brisk and clean, a real easier drinker.

O - A decent, but not mind-blowing, rendition of the wheat beer.

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Photo of PBIU
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one holds a special place in my heart in that it is from Bloomington, IN the home of my alma mater, Indiana University.

It along with Sierra Nevada and my hometown Goose Island, really introduced me to craft beer in my late teens and early twenties.

I think at the time when this brewery opened in 1998, this beer was a nice choice for one opening in a college market. Nothing too flashy and easy drinking.

Fast forward to 2014. Has it has held up over time? I say yes. For a Wheat Beer it is very approachable and I could see myself still picking this out when the mood strikes.

Upland has since moved into more adventurous brewing styles (They are know for their sours now) but this flagship is still a good solid beer.

Go Big Red and pick up an Upland Wheat Ale!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 07/2013. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, clove, wheat, biscuit, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, biscuit, wheat, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn good witbier. All around good robustness and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From: Gifted by KR, thanks
Date: Bottled 2013-09-??
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Upland's Wheat Ale is a fairly straightforward, simple Belgian-style wheat beer in the tradition of Blue Moon: excessive sweetness, overdone spices and no significant yeast character. This was disappointing, as the aroma was somewhat pleasing, leading to a fairly unpleasant drink overall. One I'd pass on.

Pours a 1cm tall head of white colored foam, made up of small, medium, and large-sized bubbles, creating a spongy appearance. Retention is below average, the foam lasting under one minute in descent to a modest ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual lace resting atop the body. Lacing on the sides of the glass is poor, with little more than a few dots clinging to the walls. Body is a medium-dark golden yellow in color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of sweetness clearly from wheat malt with additions of coriander and orange zest that give a smooth herbal sweetness with a bit of citric tang from the orange. There's also a very faint hint of yeast in the background if one inhales deeply enough. Not particularly complex or deep, but enjoyable.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor is fairly dull and watery, a mix of overdone coriander and dried orange zest atop a fairly flat wheat malt sweetness, with little depth or complexity aside from hints of clove. Front of palate features a somewhat cloying sweetness that comes across as similar to what coriander-orange-flavored 7-up would be like: syrup-like malt sweetness with too much orange zest and coriander. Mid-palate experiences a better blend of bread-like wheat malt flavors and sweetness mixed with still strong, but more balanced orange and coriander, with hints of clove-like phenols that were most likely produced by the yeast. Back of palate tastes too strong of spices, with coriander being overdone; this is joined to clove-like phenolic characters from the yeast, orange, and rather subdued wheat malt influences. Aftertaste of lightly grainy wheat flavors combined with slightly tart orange peel, residual coriander, spicy phenolics, and a mild overall sweetness.

Beer is light to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a foamy (9/10) and smooth (1/10) mouthfeel that's quite pillowy with foam, but a bit watery around the edges. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright golden color. Medium, 2 finger head retains ok and laces just a bit. The scent of this beer is classic witbier, with light wheat, some clove, and just a touch of peppery spiciness. Taste follows the scent very closely. Just a hint of banana fruitiness is in the taste of this beer to go along with the clove and spiciness. Light and highly carbonated across the tongue. Very easy to drink.

Overall, a pretty good American interpretation of an Old World classic style. Not as spicy or fruity as some of the European versions, but that's a plus in my book.

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Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap, 5oz sample at the Upland Production Brewery
Served: 26 October 2013

Appearance: A pale almost sickly yellow with a perfectly white head that dissipates quickly. Some good lacing from the head though. The sickly yellow was a bit off putting. It almost had a greenish tinge to it.

Smell: Didn't smell like much- beery with some esters of orange and spice.

Taste: The tour guide said they put orange peel and coriander in this one, and you can definitely tell it's spiced. I know that most witbiers have some spicing in them, but I feel like the weird esters from the spices detracted a bit from the wheat and malt profile of the beer, giving it this weird spicy astringency.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation for the style.

Overall: I can understand why this one is Upland's highest selling beer (the tour guide suggested almost 40% of Upland's sales come from this one)-- it's easy drinking, it's different than regular American beer (BMC), and it's a crowd pleaser. That being said, it's nothing special to an experienced craft drinker. If I drink an American what beer, it'll probably be Bell's Oberon or Goose Island 312. I feel that Upland gets a bad rap from craft beer nerds because this beer is very popular but isn't anything special.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upland Wheat is Yellowish in color with a little bit if cloudiness and with a nose of yeast, coriander, banana, and a touch of citrus. Foam on this beer is light and there is little or no lacing.

This beer has a taste that is what one would expect following its nose. It has a flavor that combines yeast, banana, wheat, and spice like clove and coriander. The body of the beer is medium and its taste is generally refreshing, even though the finish does have a slight bite.

This is a good, middle of the road wit that isn’t pretentious in any way and will be acceptable to most. There are better wit out there, sure, but this is still a good one with a moderate amount of spice and an easy- drinking profile.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer turned to foam as soon as I poured it. I had a glass full of fluffy, white head. Once it settled, I had a straw colored, cloudy beer. There were suspended particles of yeast.

S - The smell contains some of those familiar smells, orange and coriander, with some yeast aromas.

T - The flavors seem faded. There is some weak orange and yeast taste.

M - Moderate

O - This is probably the most flavorful beer that I have had of their everyday beers. It has some decent flavor to it but by no means a standout.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a sampler pack, but is Upland's #1 selling beer.

A - Slightly cloudy golden yellow. Not as cloudy as some Wits. Light white head that subsides quickly. No lacing.

S - Phenolic with some wheat yeast aroma. Some light grain tone there too.

T - Typical phenolic clove flavor with yeast, bread, and wheat character on top. Also has subtle hints of coriander and tart orange that come to taste after the clove. Some sweetness with the spiciness but without bitterness. Spice from the phenolic covers dominate. A standard Belgian wit.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has light carbonation. light body make this brew refreshing with a dry, tart finish.

Overall, this is a nice summer brew when it's too hot for a heavier beer. Seemingly a run of the mill Belgian wit but obviously has a following if it's Upland's "bread winner". I would drink it again but not going to be high on my list of choices.

Glass- Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - not as big of a head as a normal wheat. sarts 1 1/2 goes down to less than a half finger pretty fast.

S - hint of banana, yeast. sweetness. not hops whatsoever

T - Clean. Crisp. Not a lot of strong flavors. a hint of banana. Some dry biscuit.

M - silky and moderately carbed. tiny bubbles dance on the tongue. refreshing and pleasant.

O - Needs a bit more flavor. Just something to make it stand out from the style. good for the style though.

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