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Wheat Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Photo of PBIU


3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:01:42 | More by PBIU
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:30:39 | More by superspak
Photo of falloutsnow


2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 07:12:13 | More by falloutsnow
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3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:03:24 | More by boilermakerbrew
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 21:03:41 | More by Beric
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3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 19:21:03 | More by BryanCarey
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:24:45 | More by buschbeer
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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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:59:22 | More by dmgeng
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:07:16 | More by TastyAdventure
Photo of TheSSG


3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft, white head. Nice, yeasty, bready aroma with a nice, big orange backing throughout. Highly turbid, yellow-straw colored. Starts with BRIGHT orange, then the chamomile actually comes through very nicely as the biscuity malt begins to swell in for the finish. The finish is a touch of hops, chamomile (I LOVE chamomile!), and biscuity malt.

Yeah, this is fantastic. I really, really love the addition of chamomile (on of my favorite herbal teas). If you're not big on chamomile, I could see you disliking this one, as it has a fairly prominent role in the middle of the flavor profile. This is a nice, spicy, malty witbier. I can see why this one gets so much play throughout Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:11:03 | More by TheSSG
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was a nice effort from the boys in B-Town. The beer appeared a cloudy golden color that produced a thin white head, which was not well retained. The beer gave off a pleasant aroma of citrus and bread. The aroma was good, but could have been a bit more robust. The beer had a nice taste to it, a light sweetness from the malt and a hint of banana, no hops to mention. The beer had a light feel to it, could have used a bit more carbonation, but the beer was very easy to drink. Overall, a good summer beer, but I would probably pick another first.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 18:15:41 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of Docrock


3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - poured a cloudy golden color with little head.

S - little bit of citrus and banana, a bit of breadiness and grassy.

T - sweet and tart at the same time with more banana than the nose indicated, wheat and and malty.

M - light and refreshing with average carbonation, reasonably clean finish with no detectable aftertaste.

O - A decent wheat beer, not one I would probably seek out again but just a bit better than an average beer. Could see this being a decent ly refreshing beer on a warm summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:53:07 | More by Docrock
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw with a frothy one inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing.

Grain, wheat, muted orange, coriander, and banana form the initial aroma. Esters of bubblegum and earthy floral hops add intrigue.

Huge lemon and tart orange flavors are accompanied by coconut, banana and clove, with a wheat and crackery malt backbone carrying into a lightly dry finish.

Body is on the full side of moderate, with moderately high carbonation. There's a bit of astringency at the finish.

Interesting flavors for a witbier. Fairly sweet early, good ester profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 06:27:33 | More by barczar
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3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pale translucent yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Wheat, some lemon, grass and malt.

T-Wheat, spice, grass, lemon, not much else and not much bitterness either.

M-Light, slight carbonation and on the watery side.

O-Apparently this is their best selling beer. Maybe for non-craft people it is good, but to me it falls short.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 16:13:14 | More by rlee1390
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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color : Pours a whitish yellow color. A big white creamy head, an inch thick, which does dissipate to thin layer over time.

Smell : Nice complexity here. Winner. Some banana, clove, coriander with a hint of wheat, of course. Seems like a good mix of spices.

Taste : Very much similar to what it smells like. Only a bit mild i would say. All of wheat flavor comes down on the palate. A lot sweeter as usual.

Mouth feel. Very light. Doesn't at all feel like it.

Overall a decent beer. Smell is a winner. Very light beer to drink.

A little to much spices. Realized when near finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:34:57 | More by AmitC
Photo of WoodBrew


3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow with a creamy white head that leaves gritty lace all down the glass. The nose is soft banana, bubblegum and mild spice with lemon. The flavor falls somewhere between a wit and a hefe with both the banana/clove hefe and orange peel/coriander wit flavors equally balanced. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. An okay summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:50:15 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Sean9689


3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Indy Tasting Room.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, wheat head, thin ring.

S - Light banana, spices, citrus, with light toasted malts. For 4.5%, it's pretty complex and enjoyable. Refreshing nose.

T - A little sweeter then the nose with spices, banana, cloves, and malts. I like the taste even better, and the sweetness and bready malts are a nice combo.

M - Light, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - A nice Wheat/Witbier hybrid that's very refreshing and easy to drink, just as intended. I would definitely go for this one on a hot summer day or if I wanted to throw back a couple and didn't want to get too crazy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 17:22:18 | More by Sean9689
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have on tap at home; second keg; 90d old for this review.

A: Golden yellow, sunflower. Densely cloudy, almost milky, as intended. Bright white head, approximately 2 fingers. Dissipates slowly with decent, persistent edge. Good initial lacing, lessens as it goes.

S: Reminds me of a good yeast roll: umami, sweet. Hits of citrus and coriander.

T: Reflects the scent, but pick up more prominent coriander, leaving a trace bitterness. Subsequent sips show a decline of the bitter and elevation of the sweet yeast and tart citrus. Minimal hops.

M: Medium overall, can feel the wheat's contribution. Carbonation is moderate but contributes to the overall mid-dry finish.

O: Satisfying beer with a yeast-bread quality I find very appealing. This second keg, however, being old at purchase (rookie move) seems to have more prominent notes of coriander and citrus, giving it a bitter and almost astringent linger on the palate as well as a drier finish. Aim fresh for the full Upland Wheat experience.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 21:19:42 | More by HopZen
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Indy. Served in pint glass.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a nice 2 finger white head on top. Aromas are wheat, breads, malts, and some fruits. Nose is nice. Taste is smooth and tasty. Plenty of grains along with sweet fruit notes. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with good carbonation. Overall, for a wheat this is good. Would be great in the summer season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 05:37:33 | More by abrand
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3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Upland Tasting Room, Indianapolis

A: Very cloudy straw yellow with a nice bright white head.

S: Sweet grain smell, wheat, not a huge fan of wheat smell.

T: Cloves, some nuts, pretty average.

M: Light finish with small amount of carbonation.

O: Average wheat beer, but I'm a little biased since I don't really like wheat beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 19:53:53 | More by theRooster90
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh and it shows bottle from Riley's in Madison. Pleasant spicey aroma. About three-eights of a retained head on cloudy golden.Lacey. initially a little sour-spicy and then bannana and malts kick in and the whole thing becomes quite tasty after a warm day. Drying finish, and as I find in almost all this brewery's beers, too much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:30:51 | More by Sammy
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Thanks to my buddy Todd for bringing this back from Indy.

A: Crystal clear golden colored beer. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger cumulus-cloud colored fluffy head that dissipates slowly over time. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet malty smell with some graininess to it as well. Not a great smell. Pretty typical wheat smell, just a touch thin.

T: Sweetness follows the nose, a very small amount of clove and nutmeg but it feels pretty forced. No hops to speak of either. All in all, pretty below average taste.

M: Sticky feel, not bitter, light body, lightly carbonated.

O: I was really unimpressed with this beer. The taste wasn't very good, it was overly malty and this is a beer I won't be seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 21:46:16 | More by suspect
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a very light yellow with a 1 finger head that disappeared completly very quickly without any lacing

S-A litlle clove type spice

T-Spice of cloves for the taste also follwed by a little bit of nuttiness on the finish

M-Low on the carbnation and slightly watery

O-Not bad but I don't think that I will search this one out to have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:28:49 | More by tvv375ia
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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in the mail from my beer club.

A: Cloudy, yellowish with almost no head

S:Nnot much there...maybe a little honey, and yeast

T: Went down smooth on a summer night...started out with almost an iced tea flavor and finished with a pleasant sweet after taste

M: medium, low carbonation....

O: Decent wheat ale....would probably pass on the next time I came across it...

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:39:24 | More by Spcoly
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz with a bottling date of June, 2011.

Pours a straw yellow color with a significant amount of haze, almost like the color of a very unripe banana. A fluffy and aerated white head forms that seems to intend on sticking around for the long haul. As it slowly dyes down, it leaves a few traces of lacing here and there.

Nose releases aromas of spice and light fruit, predominately orange, apple, lemon and some banana. Scents of wheat are also detectable, laying a nice foundation for the beer's more upfront flavors.

Tastes a bit lighter than I thought it would have. All the flavors from the nose are there, although the wheat seems to be the center of attention on my palate. I know they were probably aiming for subtlety, but I wish the other players were more prosperous, as the wheat seems to be overwhelming everything else, pushing the herbal and spice elements into the background. Finishes up with a modest lemon twang that lingers around until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, exhibiting a crisp nature with adequate carbonation. A bit of creaminess to it that is prefect for the style, complementing it's semi-dry finish.

Overall, this is a pretty decent Wit. The potential is there, but the other flavors need to be more pronounced and not so subdued by the wheat backbone for it to achieve greatness.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 15:32:13 | More by mocktm
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Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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