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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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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

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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4.7/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my personal favorite beer from Upland. Light and citrusy with a great tart bite. color was cloudy paleish yellowish. definitely a great late spring/summer beer with great drinkability. could definitely down a few of these at a time. not too much of a hop presence, which is fine. so much better than, say, a blue moon.

Photo of lbaker
4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For starters, this review might be a little biased because I'm originally from Bloomington and throughout College practically lived on this stuff! Upland Wheat will always have a place in my fridge and is a very decent Belgian Witbier.

Since they have opened the Upland Tasting Room in Indianapolis I now have the ability to get my growlers filled quite easily. Although I've had the wheat in bottles and on-tap in B-town the growler experience is definetly not one to be skipped!

(a)- Color is very traditional of a Wit-Bier, light in color with a heavy haze due to the lack of filtering. Pours with little head and beads discipate into the brew. (4/5)

(s)- Ahhh...now that's why I think of Upland whenever I get my hands on good fruit and not the other way around! The beer has an amazing aroma and strong citrus smells. I've found that when served with an orange the experience can be quite much. I'm probably one of the few that has no problem skipping the garnish. Some hints of lemon are very easy to notice as well. (4.5/5)

(t)- Boom! The taste is what makes this Upland's flagship brew. Carries a great tart and crisp bite with every gulp. I've always joked with friends that it's like the opposite of a sweet-tart, it grabs you up front and then finishes with sweet citrus taste. Everyime I go awhile without this beer I'm instantly reminded why it will forever be a staple! (4.5/5)

(m)- Very light and bouncy. Not too heavy for all the citrus accents and is very easy on the tongue. You definetly get to taste and experience every spice and flavor with every sip. (4/5)

(d)- Finally, I believe this category is what makes this beer great. With an IBU around 11 this beer is perfect for a Summer day with friends to a full-on dinner in Winter. This beer has the ability to be re-visited over and over. I often find myself starting and finishing a series with this brew. (5/5)

Photo of JamesS
4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent wheat beer. It came to the table with just a slight head, but it had excellent lacing. It was a nice golden color, very cloudy. The taste was great, with a nice, but not overwhelming, citrus kick to it, very crisp and clean. It went down smooth, very refreshing. An excellent wheat beer.

Photo of jsgreen16
4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This was one of my first craft beers that was not oberon, blue moon, etc. It was actually at a Ruby Tuesdays in Muncie. Poured a light golden color almost looks like lemonade. Smell I do not really remember too much because I had just started getting into craft beers. Taste was great for a new craft beer fan, pretty light not too strong or overpowering but tasted great. I could drink these all night and love it. Something that I will for sure get again.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Rich wheat and bread aromas are forefront. Slight hints of banana and yeast phenols are present, but pleasing. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color with a cloudy wheat haze. A thin white head forms a lace along the outside of the glass.

Flavor: Robust presence of malted sweet wheat hits the tongue, lingers with a yeasty presence of banana then fades to a light citrus hop bite in the finish. Finishes clean but not drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium body from the wheat and malt presence. Carbonation is medium to high with effervesant tingling on the tongue and back of the throat.

Overall Impression: An excellent example of the style. With the light presence of the banana aroma it's hard to say if they were going for an American Wheat or the German Hefeweizen style, but either way this beer hits a great balance between flavor, aroma, and refreshment.

Photo of Viking
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale and slightly hazy gold (perhaps a bit closer to brass) body, with a decent head. Head fades quickly, leaving a thin lace (with just a bit of 'cling' to it) around the edge. Aroma of orange and coriander dominate the brew. It smells fruity and spicy. Flavor is very herbal and spicy. The brewers use heather in the ale, and it is readily apparent in the flavor. The heather blends wonderfully with the hops, malt, orange, coriander, and whatever other spices they put in this wonderful concoction. The beer is light and zesty on the tongue, with a slightly dry finish that leaves you ready for another deep draught. Great refreshing brew from a local Indiana brewery...I love it!

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A QUICK NOTE:
I've lived in Indiana for almost 9 months now, and this is my first review of the state's second-biggest brewery. Why? Because I don't review stale beer if it's got a date stamped on its bottle, and it's rare to find this fresh on the shelves. Kudos to Upland for marking their beer, but boo to all the Lafayette-area liquor stores that absolutely refuse to maintain their stocks.

Pours very light for a wit, gold and slightly hazy and the bubbles are like champagne. It's not what I was expecting, but it's pretty.

Smells nice but pretty faint. Lots of wheatmalt with good nodes of lemongrass and white pepper.

Tastes a little bit more intense. Biggish lemon, biggish pepper. Light all around but there's no off nodes. Lots of times with beers like these they just drop off in the middle or the end, things are going along fine and then all of a sudden its like you got a mouth full of seltzer

Doesn't have the thick chewiness that I look for in a wit but this is more a light drinking summer beer than a big, ponderous wit. For what it is, it is excellent.

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.

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4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into my Allagash stemmed tulip.

A= Poured an appropriately cloudy pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch snow white head. The head started at 1" and dropped by half every couple minutes or so until it got to a long lasting 1/8" cap. Lots of good looking lace.

S= This ale packed wonderful Belgian aromas, showcasing all the citrus, spice and maltiness a good wit should.

T= Much like the aroma, the flavors in this one were soft and balanced yet delicious and undeniably Belgian. Initial malty and citric sweetness led to yeasty phenolic and estery goodness. Finished with a nice bit of tartness.

MF= This brew had a medium body and high but not biting carbonation level that made it east to quaff.

D= Very very solid Belgian wit here. Easily the best one I have had from a Midwest brewer. Will be drinking this a lot from now on!

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Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Company
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