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Upland Valley Hefe-weizen - Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Valley Hefe-weizenUpland Valley Hefe-weizen

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BitteBier on 08-01-2002)
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

10-22-2013 02:23:26 | More by Supertrooper44
Photo of BEERchitect


4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding Hefeweizen with balanced notes of wheaty/yeasty taste along with banana, clove, lemon peel and spice. A difficult task seems easy in this refreshing beer.

Carrying a solid haze, this wheat beer has a froathy/airy white foam that laces and persists well. With its pale yellow color, the beer has a standard Hefe look.

Light barley malt and wheat bring a bready-rich (just shy of doughy) flavors, aromas, and textures. Layers of fruity banana, lemony/acidic notes, and appricot straddle the tropical-citrus mix. Clove, lemon zest, orange peel, and soft hint of corriander give a delicate yet spriteful attitude to the pale wheat base. All of these elements work in harmony, not allowing one to dominate the other and without becomming sweetly- all the while revealing new flavors with each subsequent sip. Without waivering in the creamy beginning or it's refreshingly dry finish, the beer offers so much variety in an effortlessly made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 00:12:23 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of zerk


4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy copper, and has a thick white head. Head retention could be a little better, but it does leave a few patches of lace on the glass. Aroma and flavor are filled with phenolics... clove, banana, and lemon. Begins sweet with a slightly sour finish. Has a light to medium body, and a rough mouthfeel.

This is a very good dunkel-weizen... exactly as it should be. I'm looking forward to their upcoming bottle release, and hopeing it will be a bottle conditioned beer. The only thing this beer lacks is the extra flavor that comes from pouring in the yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2003 09:58:56 | More by zerk
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow color coming through right away. A very hazy and cloudy look to this one I have to admit, as I was waiting to find some sediment, but none came forward. Nice three inches of white then topped out over the glass and settled down lightly into a nice little pillow of white, which was reinforced but lots of carbonation.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. Nice touches of grain, light wheat and a touch of a banana like aroma all coming through rather nicely. Some almost light grass like hops bouncing around in there as well. The flavor was very crisp, very clean with a well rounded profile that was very pleasing. Nice light rush of grass and grain, light bready malts and a touch of banana

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:12:28 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland Weizen pours an attractive, hazed copper color with a thin, fizzy head that depletes to almost nothing as the beer sits. The aroma is that of a classic hefeweizen -- big notes of banana, clove, and citrus rind. Very subdued yeast aroma, as this is not bottle conditioned. Banana, clove, spice, pepper, and yeast flavors permeate the palate. This is a flavorful brew with some depth, for sure. Finishes with a mild hop twang. Smooth, medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable, it makes for a great summer session brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 21:36:36 | More by Jon
Photo of oracle


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a shaker style glass.

beer poured a cloudy light copper with bountiful white head that left minimal amounts of lacing. Not as dark as I would expect for a Dunkel Wiezen, more like a straight Heffe Wiezen (doesn't the word Dunkel in German mean "dark"?)

Aroma was filled with the scents for fresh bread, banana and faint cloves.

As is my custom when drinking any wheat beer (regardless of style), I swirled the last half ounce in the bottle to get the yeast sediment in the bottom.

Taste was pretty good. Strong yeast notes (as one would expect) with flavors of banana and lemon.

It does come across with a little more alcohol taste than one would expect in a 6% abv beer.

overall, this beer is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 15:01:21 | More by oracle
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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, hazy, not much foam, but character exists. I left the yeast in the bottle this time - next one will have a glop in the glass, update pending.

Smells strongly of something.... cloves? Some citrus.

Tastes, well, cloves, butter, grass, lemon. Not too bad. Odd, though, but it somehow works...

Mouthfeel is pretty good too. It is rather cremy, with a buttery finish.

...At first I thought "this will be a 3, 3.5 at best. But, look at the ratings. I didn't think I liked it that much. When I really sorted it out, turns out this is a pretty good brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 00:10:37 | More by karengarys
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4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, light golden pour with nice, even head. Scents and tastes are what one expects from a crisp wheat: bitter tartness, cloves, and soft fruit tones. Nicely drinkable...a good wheat beer made better by the fact that it's locally brewed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2002 16:57:29 | More by BitteBier
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3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured amazingly clear clear until I remembered to swirl and pour the yeast. Then looked like a mushroom cloud in the glass until it all meshed into a straw haze. Small but ample white head that didn't last much longer than the lace.

Smell has the banana sweetness and the yeasty sourness that I expect in a good Heffy. Scent stays the same throughout.

Tastes like it smells, with emphasis on the tartness though the banana scent (maybe just a less ripe one) remains. Crisp wheat and light clove round this out this specimen of the style. The finish is the same from first sip to last swig: slightly sweet fruitiness replaced by a cleaning that make you want the next sip to get the taste back. Just what I like on a warm day (OK, it's 20 here - I've got to fantasize).

Has more substance than I expected, and I like it. The urge to chew is there, and heck, that just brings more flavor on!. Never noticed it was 6% until I read it.

Even though some will call this a warm weather style, this beer could provide a great session all year long. Upland was quite a find - thanks J&M Kerns.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 03:48:58 | More by chiefydawg
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, amber-colored brew with a strong wheat scent, with a noticeable banana element that carries through to the flavor as well. This beer is nice and light in the mouth, with a good amount of the traditional dunkelweiss flavors (like the aforementioned banana and a strong, husky wheat), and is very easy drinking.

Ryan says it smells and tastes a bit like seaweed. I see what he's saying, but don't think that detracts from the beer.

Anyway, this is a solid brew, but lacks the depth of many of its peers. It also lacks a certain chewiness (for lack of better words) that I love in other dunkels.

A decent beer, but not one I'm likely to turn to often, especially because it's much easier for me to get my hands on a Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 02:17:53 | More by RockyTopHeel
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a hazy, lazy honey amber with hints of sunshine at the top when held to the light. Good, eggshell white head with a swampy little film left to wander around while drinking. Aroma of lightly tart cloves and apple blossoms make this an earthly tart smelling brew. This is indeed a very tart tasting wheat beer. The apples become more present in the front of the palate. Refreshing and crisp palate that makes this a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 01:27:00 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy yellow-straw color with a decent head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose is some faint banana and even fainter clove along with some light grain. The taste is slightly yeasty with a bit of straw and grain. Light feel with good carbonation. Comes together in the end, drinking fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 15:01:26 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of baos


3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

12 oz into Atlas Mason spaghetti sauce jar.

A: No head just a smidgen on the pour. No lacing to speak of, but a beautiful golden amber hue.

S: Pink bubble gum stick from childhood again, apricots, yeasty yeasty.

T: Tastes like ti smells with a sweet clovey-honey zip-a-dee-do-da.

M: Lost of carbonation on swish. Light to medium body.

D: I could have a few of these and be buttslappy.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:18:36 | More by baos
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3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange/brown with a pale white head, looking like a good hefe should. The smell was rather subdued compared to other hefeweizens, mostly just wheat and not much else. The taste was fruity, with apple and banana (and of course plenty of wheat). Nothing spectacular, but a good drinkable beer and I would have had another if I wasn't driving.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 23:34:23 | More by shivtim
Photo of dsauter


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-15-2013 22:58:48 | More by dsauter
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-30-2012 22:17:31 | More by mtrain237
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-13-2013 23:52:34 | More by MordorMongo
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Upland Indy tasting room

A - A hazy orange with hints of brown. Brought out with no head at all

S- Clove and a slight bubblegum dominate the nose along with hints of lemon peel

T - Light orange and lemon peel. Heavy clove with hints of bubblegum and banana mixed in. Light lemon peel in the finish that makes it nice and crisp

MF - Light carbonation with a nice full mouthfeel that lends a creaminess to it. Crisp finish

O - A good but not great weizen from Upland. Easy to drink with good flavors but nothing that makes me stand up and say wow

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 23:28:06 | More by jeonseh
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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep, hazy golden under a large white head. Some lace and nice retention. Nice looking beer.

S: Smells of a subtle clove and banana. Wheat there, a bit bread like as well. Kind of subdued for the style, but not bad.

T: Malty and a little fruity. Bitterness is low. Wheat is apparent, not as bread like as the aroma. A bit of banana and maybe the slightest hint of bubble gum. Again, a bit lacking for the style.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is a bit too high. Drinkability is good. Despite being a little lacking in some areas, it's certainly a easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 22:29:57 | More by NCSUdo
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

02-16-2014 22:52:31 | More by ubufan2112
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3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GCurlow sent me this one for Secret Santa 09. Thanks Grant!

A cloudy, pale yellow-range body with a decent sized white head that has ok retention and leaves a few scraps of lacing.

The aroma for me is pretty good; cloves and bannana. There is a good punch of citrus in there also. I definitely not smell any sour or "off" aromas in this one.

Upland Valley Weizen probably is not a hefeweizen. I would say it is an American Pale Wheat Ale, or at least a cross between the two styles. The part that reminds me of a hefeweizen is pretty good; the yeast brings banana, bubble gum, and some clove. The wheat adds a nice twang. However, those hefeweizen characteristics are erased by a blast of slightly bitter, citrus flavored, American hops. It took me a few sips to pick up just what was off about this beer, and that was it; American hops, a good amount of them. I feel like there is a good hefeweizen hiding somewhere in Upland Valley Weizen, because the yeast profile is pretty good. However, the hops just don't fit very well with the rest of the beer in my opinion.

The body is on the light side and the carbonation is moderate; the wheat doesn't add any of the creaminess I would want.

Overall pretty drinkable. Upland Valley Weizen isn't bad, but there is just something disjointed and unpleasant about the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 14:44:57 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. No clue how old this is other than a notching on the label to indicate May with 04-06 on the label but not notched.

Appears a orange-gold with a big two inch bubbly off-white head. I really like the color of this. Leaves lots and lots of lace.

Aroma is hinting at bananas and clove but some weird off-smell kind of ruins it for me. It's actually reminding me more of a witbier.

Taste is also kind of weak. Like most of Upland's beers it seems to have a watered down characteristic. It begins with a banana-like flavor with some breadiness and then get's a little citrusy. Has this weird sweet finish that I don't like. I wanna like it but it just doesn't do it for me.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, but it doesn't have that tingly carbonation like many of good German versions that make them so refreshing.

Well the best thing about this beer is the appearance, probably the least important characteristic. Well Upland you have that down but you really need to work on the taste. Although I will say, this one is better than their Wheat. I wouldn't want to drink more of this but if I had to I would. Thanks you for single bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 03:41:58 | More by roadhouse
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3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick golden color, with a small white head of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass and larger on the edges. Good head retention. Aroma of wheat and clove, maybe some banana, but slightly off, like a juice concentrate would be in comparison to freshly squeezed.

Slightly crisp feeling gives way to spicy banana-clove taste, but with a syrupy finish. This syrupy-ness leads to a smoother mouthfeel that once again just feels, well, off.

While interesting to try, not something I would have a lot of. I'd be curious to try a tap version, though, to see if there is any improvement.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:18:27 | More by route66pubs
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3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass (I dont know why either) on site

A - two finger head of white foam, medium turbidity. a good dark colour, like a medium dark honey gold. head falls to flat very quickly, leaving a threadbare layer of foam. the colour is a bit too dark, only a little darker than my first batch of homebrew. nothing exceptional or really impressive, but nothing that detrimental.

S - minimal wheat aspect to the nose; the majority is a very faint banana, no cloves whatsoever. in all sincerity the nose is about 85% banana and the rest is a piddly sampling of wheat. this really doesnt smell like a weißbier.

T - the taste comes completely out of nowhere. the taste is this completely concentrated clove banana burst. completely unforeseen just by judging the nose. the initial taste is the super intsense clove-banana, with hop bitters in the middle. the finish is hoppy cloves, very herbal, with some light banana sweetness. the atertaste is slightly sweet banana, and wheaty malts. the taste experince is almost too intense; it really tastes concentrated. all the right flavours are there, just not in the right proportions.

MF&D - the carnonation is a bit much for the brew, which serves to thicken out the thin body. it is odd to notice, but though the brew is a completely medium body, despite the actual liquid is quite thin. not nearly as syrupy as others, but thicker than my homebrew (though not by much!)

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 23:41:33 | More by erz316
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3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

No head or lacing after 1 minute!? That's not good. Smell is ok - some spiciness and creamy banana is there, along with a little bit of crisp citrus. Taste is more citrusy than the average hefeweizen, but some of the spiciness definitely shows through. The mouthfeel is a bit watery for my liking though - it hardly has any body to speak of, which I feel is its worst characteristic. Pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 01:04:06 | More by PatYoda
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Upland Valley Hefe-weizen from Upland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.