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Wheat Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 144
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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Big Red Liquors in Terre Haute, Indiana. Bottled on dating notched onto the label. Rolld on its side to incorporate the yeast. Then pours cloudy and lemony, Near white head with some staying power and leaving ample strands of lace. More dull lemon in the nose, then typical yeasty, slightly nutty wheat notes. Fruity and pleasant. Decent summer quaffer.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch inch head, cloudy, lemon yellow

Smell: cardamom, lemon, orange, and pepper

Taste: cardamom, lemon, orange, wheat, and pepper

Mouthfeel: crisp, sweet, and light bodied

Drinkability: This is an inoffensive, highly drinkable wheat ale. I could have 3 or 4 especially as the weather started to warm

Photo of 1Adam12
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow golden. White fluffy 1 finger head. Smells of light fruit and wheat. Smells a bit yeasty as well. Tastes light, yeasty, wheaty, maybe a bit citrusy. Not much finish to it. The taste dies off. Mouthfeel is light. Good carbonation. Nice balance with the carbonation and the flavor. Overall, eh, drinkable, decent, good for the summer anyways. Why this is so popular in indiana I will never know, but I do think it is good.

Photo of mocktm
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with solid amounts of wheat twang. Also present are light and sweet spices and lighter amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid wheat flavors. Slight citrus hops come into play midway through the sip before being pushed aside by light spices. The spices fade out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer – easy to drink and complex enough to keep things interesting. Worth a shot.

Photo of streetapologist
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Mo's Irish Pub in Noblesville,IN.

Served in a pint glass,the color was a hazy straw color with a fairly decent head. The beer has a unique smell that is a good mixture of wheat and corriander. The taste is consistent with the smell, orange peel, corriander and an almost nutty wheat flavor. The alcohol was very subtle and the beer was not too bitter. All in all this was a very drinkable beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy lemon yellow in the glass with a full finger of soft white head.
The head melts pretty quickly to just a small topping of white lace.

Aroma is very faint but has a touch of corriander, bread, and lemon.

Taste is immediately spicy with white pepper, corriander, and a light clove bite. I also get hints of cinnamon which is unusual in a wheat beer. Over everything is a nice biscuit type yeast flavor.

Aftertaste is mostly the clove and cinnamon...something I would expect more in a Winter Warmer than a summer refresher.

Unusual.

Photo of soper2000
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought it was about time I'd get to reviewing this beer. I had a friend who was enamored with this one and it is a decent offering. Appearance is is a pale golden color with a slight aroma of spices. Taste is very clean and slightly spicy and citrusy. This would be a very solid session beer. I would never turn this one down.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A long time ago, I had this beer (courtesy of Ryan) served with an orange, and I loved it. Needless to say, I was anxious to try it again, minus the excess fruit.

Apparently, my tastes have changed a bit, though I still like this beer.

It poured a beautiful translucent yellow color with a thin, stark white head and a sweet, citrus aroma bubbling forth. The taste is light, sweet, soft, and fruity, with a crisp, wheat-dry finish and a peripheral floral or perfumy element and some other notes. Coriander? Orange? I don't know exactly, but this is pretty good--if a touch too sweet for me these days (maybe I'll try again next summer, when I'm wearing shorts instead of a coat and gloves).

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden-amber, but almost impenetrably opaque.

Nice white head, little to no lace.

Very nice and pleasant spicy citrus aroma. Seems a perfect light Summer sessioner.

Flavor is crisp, with a smooth lemon/orange character -- almost shandy-like.

A tasty and light drinker, and substantially better than a Blue Moon. I could enjoy some of these in warm weather with no complaints!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Really light, thick yellow, almost white. Decent foam that gets cut by the orange slice.

Smell: A little bit of citrus, and that's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice initial crispness. The orange cuts through the flavor a bit too much.

Drinkabilty: Refreshing.

Overall: Would like to try this without the orange.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Hard pour yields a 2 finger, fluffy white head that's rough around the edges and collapses rather quickly into a thin white film. Beer is a cloudy white peach. Lacing is non-existent

S: Lemon is strong on the nose. Good tartness stands out against the signature wheat aroma. Bit of spiciness towards the end.

T: Grainy and I feel like I can actually taste the wheat in this one. Oats and lemon all around lend a healthy tartness to this one. Very spicy and abrasive. Simple and enjoyable. A touch of hop bitterness right at the end before finishing incredibly clean.

M: Light bodied, carbonated, and one of the coarsest I've ever drank. Dances on the tongue while being quiet watery all the way down. Finish is clean, leaves nothing on the palate.

D: You know when the serve some wheat beers with a lemon? NO. A good wheat beer already has that nice, citrus lemon flavor IN IT. No extra fruit slices needed. This one really delivers and is highly drinkable. So easy on the stomach and the palate, downing a sixer alone in one sitting wouldn't be out of the question. Great on a lazy spring day.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Jon
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upland's Wheat, on tap, pours a hazy pale golden color. A white head forms, while sparse lace remains on the glass. The nose is dominated by the obvious coriander and orange peel with a pronounced fruitiness lingering in the bouquet, as well. The first sip reveals a heavily spiced brew that's big on coriander, curacao, peppercorns, yeast and even notes of apricot. While it sounds complex, not all the flavors are totally balanced, but it is tasty after all. Mouthfeel is quite carbonated but not too bad overall. Overall, this is a refreshing ale and one that's well-suited for the summer months. One of Upland's most popular.

Photo of theRooster90
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale straw color, with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head that almost immediately goes completely dead. There is a tiny bit of froth that rings the outside of the glass, leaving just the slightest smidge of spotty lacing on the sides. The aroma is sweet in the nose with fruity orange and lemon zest, along with the crisp sticky breadiness of the sweet. Just a touch of floral character here, with this leaving a bit too much of that sweetness showing and not enough spice.

The taste is an equal mix of tart citrus and the sweet bready tang of the wheat. There is some bitterness present which lends this some crispness in the mouth and I'm finding there to be a much more welcome spice presence here as well. The finish is a combo of dryness and leftover tart fruit. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with an easy and slick feel upon first sip but then this gets nice and sharp as you swallow. Really drinkable body here that just might be my favorite part of the beer.

This was decent enough I suppose but I would have liked to have had a little better balance between the flavors in parts of this. The body alone really helps save things, giving this a crisp and refreshing nature. This would good one for a hot day.

Photo of beveritt
1.55/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. It was either bottled on August 05 or 06, the mark is right between the two years.

Appearance: A pale yellow, almost looks like the dreaded BMC. The beer is pretty near crystal clear, not what I would expect from a wit. The yeast is very compacted in the bottom of the bottle, shaking it gets a little more to pour into my glass. Very small head which fades quickly to next to nothing.

Smell: Very strong lemon smell, almost overpowers everything else. There is also a not so subtle tang to the smell, like the beer will be a little sour.

Taste: Bleh. Too much carbonation overpowers the little taste that may be there. The only tastes I can really pick out are a soapy flavor and an almost bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery with too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Have another one? I don't even think I will finish this one. I can feel myself getting heartburn with every sip. Maybe I'll give this one another chance if I can pick up single. I think Coors does this style better.

Photo of thagr81us
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving this one to during our last (and first) in-person trade as an extra AWHILE back! Bottled on May 2010! Served from bottle into Grolsch pilsner. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and subtle bubble gum. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, and bubble gum. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but not great. The flavor on this one was okay, but definitely not awe-inspiring by any means. Same goes for the aroma. It was good and refreshing for the hot summer we have been having, but I would leave it at that.

Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours cloudy yellow with dollops of white foam. Hazy.

Smells and tastes light and citrus-sy. Some lemon, more wheat than malt. Minimal hops, very even keeled throughout. Even carbonation.

Quite drinkable, tasty wheat brew. Nicely done.

Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color. Two finger fluffy white head stays for a short while before dying to a cap on the beer. Lacing is ringing and light streaking.

S- Big wheaty and citrusy smells in this. Light lemon notes come and go as well. No hops in this at all. Some light spices in the tail end of the aroma.

T- Big wheaty upfront in the front of the taste. Some light banana and clove in the middle (clove is faint). Citrus hops in the tail end with some light spicing...almost want to say cinnimon and ginger. Interesting flavor in the backend.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light drying in the mouth. Wheat malts left on the palate with some light citrus hops and spicing left in the aftertaste. Clean tasting overall.

D- Low ABV makes this a perfect light session beer. I understand this isn't a beer for everyone but perfect for people who first get into craft. I will drink this during the summer or when I'm not in the mood for extreme palate crushers.

Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a small sized head with fine sized bubbles. The body was cloudy and the lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The aroma of this beer was that of oranges. The mouthfeel in my opinion was both watery and thin. This beer lacked character.

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.

Photo of oracle
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again I'm torn between reviewing on how closely it matches the style or on how much I enjoy drinking it. This time, I'm going with how much I enjoy it, because I think it might in the wrong category.

20 oz imperial pint in a nonic pint glass

Beer arrived a very cloudy light golden/yellow capped with a .25 inch head that stubbornly held on better than I expected in a wheat.

Smell was simple and straight forward wheat. Very clean and pleasant.

The flavor of this beer is simple for a witbier. It simply tastes like a wheat beer, no real other flavors there. No banana characteriscs that a common in witbiers. Its just plain simple goodness and very refreshing. Wheat beer fanatics are probably not going to like it much, but I think it is excellent for what it is.

A great beer for someone trying their very first wheat beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled today at the brewpub and at Crazy Horse in Bloomington IN.

Pale yellow color, thin cap of foam. Opaque wheaty body. Orange peel and coriander aroma. Citrus and wheat flavors, very easy drinking. Feel was a little dull, however it was very easy to put down a pint. A decent summer refresher.

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Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.