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Wheat Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours light greenish, somewhat cloudy. A bit of foam sits on top, but doesn't stick to the glass.

Smells funny to me, a bit skunky, but also citrusey. It improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel is okay, not bad but not great. It has some light creamy fizz at the front of the tougue which dissipates into flatness quickly.

Taste is quite clean, a bit light and thin, and refreshing. Kinda bland to me, but it is representative of the style and quite good. Lots and lots of citrius, some grass flavor.

The finish is very clean and bright. It finishes very clean, and absolutley no aftertaste.

This is great to drink after a hot day in the sun and one is looking for something a little cleaner and refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ajkiser12
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Swane
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 +3.1%
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 -1.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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 dsauter
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of streetapologist
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Alex_Weinard
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of titletown30
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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 zachpaschal
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +4.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Snow81
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +2.5%
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 -15.3%
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.

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Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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