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Wheat Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Wheat AleWheat Ale

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002)
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

03-19-2012 01:01:38 | More by MortarPestle
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

02-18-2012 23:25:52 | More by fatstan
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1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

05-14-2013 17:21:07 | More by jacothom
Photo of beveritt


1.53/5  rDev -56.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 00:39:55 | More by beveritt
Photo of ATLbeerDog


1.78/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow/straw color that looks more like sparking wine than a beer. Smells like lemon furniture cleaner. First sip is a weird flowery taste that is more like French perfume than a malt beverage. This is just awful and my first drain pour in weeks.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 22:55:05 | More by ATLbeerDog
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

12-18-2011 20:18:46 | More by jheiss
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

10-18-2012 01:46:35 | More by Kyrojack
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2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small head of fine white mostly lasting bubbles and a cloudy yellow colored body. It has a very mild malt aroma, ga ood lacing and a buttery straw flavor with orange notes. I wish this beer had more character especially since it is from my home state of Indiana.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2003 22:46:35 | More by TheDM
Photo of RyanPoff


2.46/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Bloomington.

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

S: Little to nothing. Maybe some corn and malts? Maybe?

T: Has a carbonated malty sweet lead. There really isn't much to balance out the sweetness.

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

Overall a fairly lousy brew

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2014 22:40:03 | More by RyanPoff
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

02-16-2014 02:32:17 | More by Snow81
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

04-01-2013 22:02:49 | More by ClintonRalston
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

02-13-2014 21:06:50 | More by Josbor11
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

05-29-2012 00:46:32 | More by jaidenjb
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

11-18-2013 14:52:08 | More by beernads
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2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this in the bottle before and it seemed better than this one. The color wasn't bad, and I know wheat beers are not clear, but this one looks like a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Didn't really like the orange slice it came with. The taste was not as good as I remember it. Too much citrus taste to me. Not much malt flavor either. It's also a little sour and not easy to drink. Probably wouldn't get another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 18:23:42 | More by flyingspatula
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2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2014 20:41:02 | More by Halfbrother83
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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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2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on Oct 2010 according to the label. Thank you for providing a freshness date. This benefits the consumer as well as the brewer.

A - There was some residue at the bottom. I swirled it so keep that in mind. Color was a beautiful straw like color. Maybe 1 step higher towards golden but not much. Very opaque with the yeast. Head is minimal and falls to non-existent.

S - Nose is orange and coriander. I don't know, but this smells definitively like a Belgian Wit style. No mistaking it. We will see. I was expecting an American Wheat. Label says "Wheat Ale".

T - Yeah, this is a Belgian Wit. I'll describe the taste as such. Coriander DOMINATES this beer. Imagine a Wit that just took it a step too far. Comparable to a Blue Moon, or maybe a Hoegaarden with double the spice. Subtlety is important in this style because drinkability will suffer otherwise. Although the freshness date indicated that this was reasonably fresh, this beer has the ham or corned beef like aftertaste of a Wit that is either overly aggressive or that it has turned.

M - Thin, modest gravity. Flocculent yeast that assists a bit in mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation.

D - Just too aggressively spiced to be a drinkable Wit. I have made this mistake in my homebrew Wit beers as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:31:45 | More by GregBlatz
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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
Photo of hotstuff


2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 00:21:33 | More by hotstuff
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

07-11-2012 23:26:31 | More by glowsun
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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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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

06-06-2013 20:16:02 | More by bilhelm
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Poured a cloudy yellow, with little or no head even with a vigorous pour. No sign of lacing. Aroma is citrusy. Taste starts off with the mild tartness, but the middle has a odd flavor I can't figure out, and it throws the whole finish off. It has good carbonation but just couldn't get past the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 19:53:03 | More by Indybeer
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June '09. Thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow color with a good white head that dissipated very quickly.

(S)- Potent lemon pine sol cleaner burn that is really harsh and off-putting. A lemon grass wheat-thing finish.

(T)- A light; almost bland lemon wheat with a weird spice that I cannot put my finger on.

(M)- Tons of carbonation that might be a bit much to enjoy the beer fully. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is fine since its so light in body.

(D)- In my opinion, this beer doesnt have alot to offer you. I respect that this was crafted pretty well, but its just kinda bland in a sense. It sure goes down easy though! I would much rather have this than a Bud! lol

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:22:30 | More by sweemzander
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Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.