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Wheat Ale - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +12.7%

mdbailey00, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Beerbuddha
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Beerbuddha, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of abrand
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.

abrand, Oct 26, 2011
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.

theRooster90, Sep 12, 2011
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.

Sammy, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of suspect
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.

suspect, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
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.

tvv375ia, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Spcoly
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...

Spcoly, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mocktm
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.

mocktm, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, straw color. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of spice, slight pale malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, spice, and an herbal note. Overall, sessionable, nice herbal/spice element, and good blend.

Tone, Jul 26, 2011
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.

1Adam12, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

thagr81us, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

spointon, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

glid02, May 20, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cold from the tap at the brewpub a murky straw vold to a 4oz sampler with a serious white foamy head with nice retention.

subtle citrus aroma, lemon rind.

pretty standard fair, crisp and citrusy wheat, lemon after.

light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a not altogether enjoyable after taste.

drinkable - very.

overall - average, not great.

robwestcott, May 15, 2011
Photo of hoosier3334
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

hoosier3334, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Aircow86
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden straw color, nice cloudy haze. Would have appreciated a little more head and lacing.

Smell: Rather impressive smell, smells more like a Hefe than a Wit. Cloves and spices, light fruity aroma too.

Taste: Complex for a wit. Has that clean wit taste, complemented by a light banana-like fruit flavor and some spices. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, nice carbonation, a little thin though.

Overall: Seeing as I live a few blocks from the brewery, I've had this beer all over Bloomington. The most popular Upland beer and also my personal favorite. A solid, above average Wit.

Aircow86, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of flyingspatula
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.

flyingspatula, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

tjsdomer2, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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!

secondtooth, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of jsgreen16
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

jsgreen16, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a Frothy cloudy golden color

S- Smells of oranges with a slight butter smell

T- Has a nice fruity beginning and finishes with some nice spice flavorings

M-Very crisp and light in the mouth

D-Love wheat beers and this is a Great one to have! Drink alot of this in the summer as im mowing the lawn!

zrab11, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to brian44556 for sending me this one!

A-light yellow, hazy gold with a thin white head

S-smells buttery mostly and has a hint of wheat to it. its a weak strength

T-well this sure is unique. comes in with a unique floral spicyness that reminds me of the inside of a hippy incense shop. it then transforms in to some tartness. the after-taste has the same floral spicyness to it. this is not a very good witbier. i feel like i'm eating flowers or something.

M-has a tart, creamy medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-well as much as i don't like it as a witbier, i don't think this beer is all THAT bad and it does seem to go down easily. i do appreciate it slightly for its uniqueness. I could see me drinking this again some time on a nice hot summer day. I wouldn't mind sharing a 6-pack with a friend.

AdamBear, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of GregBlatz
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.

GregBlatz, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of mpcrump
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color. Two finger fluffy white head.

S- Definite wheat smell with a hint of fruits. Fruit comes across as a light lemon and perhaps banana.

T- Starts out wheaty and moves into a more fruity taste in the middle. At the end you can taste the hops and some other spices. Hard to determine - it seems like a very light spicing.

M- Very light and clean tasting. You definitely feel the wheat upfront.

D- I have an affinity towards wheat beers so I'm biased. Fairly low ABV and light taste makes this a good choice for me.

mpcrump, Dec 19, 2010
Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.