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Champagne Velvet - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xip on 05-12-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 140
Photo of kojevergas
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Brief impressions from a 50cl aluminum CAN:

5.5% ABV. 29 IBU.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1cm wide. Off-white colour. No lacing. Average thickness.

BODY: Clear pilsner-esque yellow. Clean, with no visible yeast.

Looks average for the style.

AROMA: Stale pilsner malts. Old barley. Adjunct - corn, I think? A hint of grassy (probably Noble) hop character.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Follows the aroma. Simple and shallow - even for the style. There's little to say about this.

TEXTURE: Stale, somewhat dry, rough on the palate, unrefreshing, overcarbonated.

OVERALL: Drinkable but disappointing coming from Upland. Probably their worst beer.


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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau pilsner glass from a 1 pint can on August 22, 2015. Look is bright gold, a little cloudy, thin head, Champagne bubbles and some lingering lacing. Smell is corn, hay, straw, grass and mild spice notes. Taste is corn, grain and light spice notes. Feel is light, crisp and clean in the finish.

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Photo of emerge077
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notched Oct. '14
Wish I'd seen that before I bought it.

Pours a hazy pastel gold with an ample head of foam. Loose bubbles fizzle away fast. Filmy pond scum skim across the surface, dead and glassy.

Aroma is skunky right off the bat. A little bit of mineral water and corn husks.

Taste is not good, stale crackers, skunky hop grass clippings. Smells and tastes like some suspect euro lagers I've had in my day. Light bodied, but a little slick and filmy. Crackery malt and grassy hops, all the right elements are there but the age seems to have degraded it a bit unfortunately.

It's drinkable but just barely at this point. I applaud the retro lager done right initiative by a craft brewery, but I'll need a fresher sample of this to really know for sure if it's any good.

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Photo of Gear54
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

From a bottle into a snifter.

Pour is golden color with thin head and no lace.

Beer is light and airy with moderate carbonation. Taste is clove and spice with nice malt flavor.

This is what a lager should be! It's refreshing and not overpowering. If your looking for a smooth beer that's not way over the top with hop bitterness this is a score.

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Photo of AmishLightning
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: So yeah, this beer looks like nothing special. It pours light and the head retention isn't worth a whole lot. The color is the yellowish grudge that we all familiarize with the Macro-brews out there. The clearness adds a better look to it though.

Smell: Not bad at all. I noticed clove and spices. The fall is the offish rotter smell that seems to come through, making it reminiscent of other bad lagers that I have had.

Taste: This could be the beer that gets me into lagers! I was so surprised to taste cloves, spices, and the light crisp clean malts in such a typical looking beer. It was light, refreshing, and delicate in a standout way. Not my style for sure, I would definitely prefer a stout or scotch ale any day, but I really appreciated it for what it was.

Mouthfeel: Light, highly carbonated but not too watery like a Bud or Busch. Carbonation gave more of the crisp refreshing feeling that highlighted the beer.

Overall: Solid and under-rated beer. GO TERRE HAUTE!

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got this as part of an Upland variety pack, poured into a pilsner glass. This isn't a genre I'm particularly fond of, but it's not bad for what it is. The name tagline, and taste almost remind me of a High Life. It pours a thin, slightly hazy golden color that doesn't leave anything on the glass when you drink it. The taste is surprisingly fresh and clean, definitely enjoyable on a warm day.

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Photo of stewart124
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the hyde park blast.

Slightly hazy golden yellow with decent head.

Nose has plenty of spicy noble hops coming through. Some hay and straw.

Very clean and spicgop presence. More on the pils side of things. Straw and light bread come through from the malt bill. Enjoyable on a hot evening. Well balanced overall.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Bright yellow gold, clear, with a mild, short head of white, reducing to a minor lacing.

S - Pretty strong grain nose, but also more than a bit of grass.

T - Mostly a balance of sweet corn and other grain elements and bitterness, almost metalic in nature.

M - Clean, crisp, and weightless. Leaves very little trace.

O - I suppose this is a fairly decent representative of the style, but I find so little to compel a return to this hallmark of American mainstream brewing that I wonder at the purpose. Almost feels like something Upland brewed so that, when people came into their brewpub and asked for a Bud, they had something to offer. I'll stick to their other options in the future.

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Photo of Ri0
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter.

A - A light lemon straw color that is quite clear and has a 2 finger white head. Nice retention and decent lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet corn, light barley malt, mild hops, lemon zest and some cane sugar.

T- Notes of mild hops, sweet corn, barley malt, lemon zest and can sugar.

M - Well carbonated with a very light and crisp mouthfeel, although there is a little butteriness to it.

O - For an AAL this is decent. I'd drink it at a pig roast.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a very light gold, ever so slightly hazy, with a white sudsy lacing.

Smells of light barley malt with a bit of cane sugar sweetness.

Flavor is of crisp barley malt and light sugar sweetness with a slight dry hop bite.

Tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very smooth easy-drinking lager with a nice flavor, very sessionable, and in my mind somewhat underrated for what it is. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright pale yellow hue, perfect lacing on top. Clean grainy nose, dried grass and faint herbal hop as well. Light bodied, very crisp with a clean palate. More than enough hop bitterness to balance this brew out. Graininess pushes forward in the drying aftertaste.

Love this retro lagers ... tall boy cans next time please.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Another6Pack. Thanks Trent!

It pours a light gold/straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam, and some lacing.

The smell is hoppy, grainy, a little bit dank.

The taste is nice. A bit of lemon citrus brings a mild bitterness, the grainy aspect is lighter than what the smell led me to believe. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

Light bodied with a zesty level of carbonation.

This would be a good thirst quencher during the warmer months. I like.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Matt for sending this bottle down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a completely clear light gold to straw color. Forms a big fluffy white head that starts to fade fairly quickly but remains as a layer of foam for quite awhile. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malt with minimal sulfurous/DMS character, a bit grainy, just a touch of grassy hops in the background. I get a touch of a soapy aroma as well.

T: Follows the nose well. Pilsner malts, some noticeable grassy hop bite on the back of the tongue, then some corn/adjunct sweetness. More sulfur and DMS notes from the lager yeast and the pilsner malts than the nose suggested.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation sensation, and nearly absent alcohol flavors.

O: This might be my favorite AAL that I've tried. Which isn't saying much, but it's pretty well-executed. Not as good as Cigar City's Pre-Prohibition pilsner (Patio Pils), but an easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of Bearcatsaaz
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick summary: I think this is a very nice and tasty beer to drink. It is what I would imagine the German immigrants trying to brew with local ingredients would have done. Very clean, crisp taste with the expected corny character, but good dry finish and solid bitterness, similar to a true German Pils.

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Photo of CVME
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had the beer both in bottle and on tap, I'd have to say that while the bottle is good, it does have more character and mouthfeel from the tap.

The beer has a pretty impressive thick head, almost custard tecture, with a nice lacing. The thing you notice at first drink is the sweet overtones of the corn, very nice mouthfeel with just a bit of hop bitterness on the end. One of the few beers that makes you want another drink with each swallow.

A very nice Pilsner, probably not for those who want a over hopped beer. This is a smooth beer that has a great taste that does not use hops to make up for a lesser beer..

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Photo of zsk
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light golden and clear. Bright even.

Smell: Malt, some hops and just a bit of corn.

T: Sharp and crisp. Malty and clean. Some sweetness, but not cloying. Dry finish.

M: Good mouthfeel. Just right for the style. Clears the palate preparing for next sip. Great carbonation

O: Very good beer. This is what the big boys should be making. Very refreshing with a dry finish makes this a great Summer beer and it complements spicy and well as light foods. One I would have again gladly.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a very pale, straw-yellow color with a giant, 5 finger head. Clear and light enough to see right through it. Tons of carbonation rising up, making the head stick around for a long time. Head is light and frothy and laces pretty well. Other than the head, this one looks like a macro light beer.

S- Lots of light malt and corn are the main scents. To me, it smells like a malt liquor a little bit. Other than that, it's just light in flavor with no detectable hop scents.

T- Light and crisp with some more of the dull, malt flavors. Light corn flavors mixed in with other light grain flavors. Some grass-like flavors are evident too. Not a whole lot of complexity here, just a light beer with some solid light beer flavors.

M- Light and somewhat thin. Low carbonation for the style, promoting a creamy sensation as it goes down. Nice and easy to drink.

Overall, this is about what you would expect from a craft-made macro style. More flavors than a Bud or Miller, but still light and easy to drink. Won't dominate you with flavors, but it's nice and easy to drink if you're looking for something of that nature.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear as day, light yellow, can read a book through it. No carbonation, two finger head that doesn't last.

S-Bland some straw.wheat, tad bit of grass.

T-Very malty, lots of straw and wheat, tad bit of grass, not bitterness, balance is slightly off.

M-Lighter, but not as light and watery as I was expecting.

O-Not sure why I bought this beer, it is avoidable.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, clear golden,with substantial white head and lovely, big spoke-like lace. Very nice.

Nose is plenty of malty grains -- corn, barley. Average lager aroma.

Taste is light, but with plenty of flavor. I get mostly toasty grains, but accented by a plentiful dose of lemony hops. A superb session pils with good character and a well-balanced flavor. Superb and well-done!

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Photo of 13ChrisV
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very light tasting, easy drinking lager. This beer was originally brewed with corn flakes which was thought to have attributed to the "velvety smoothness." Nothing spectacularly special about CV other than its rich history. However, Would definitely recommend trying if you're in the mid-west area.

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got no idea what this beer used to taste like. And I do know that the back of contemporary CV has the same yeast finish as all of Upland’s other non-sour beers. They also mention that the original CV recipe called for the use of flaked corn as an adjunct, and they mention it as if it’s some goofy bit of impossible-to-replicate trivia, like the beer used to contain radium or some shit.

So the recipe is different. But it’s really, really good. You almost think that Upland is using just using CV as a marketing gimmick, or as an excuse to make an excellently brewed adjunct that plays to their strengths without inciting the ire of illiterate hopheads.

It’s pale and medium hopped for the style, with a grain profile that is out of sight delicious. The grain burst is reminiscent of the way your kitchen smells when you’re doing a homebrew, bready like a storybook, and sweet and wholesome as an aged, sepia-toned photograph of a bakery. Ends with nodes of grain and lightly spicy yeast.

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Photo of xip
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Champagne Velvet was a beer brewed in Terre Haute Indiana before and after the prohibition until the late 1950s. The brewery was shut down after it was purchased by another company. It was resurrected by the "Terre Haute Brewing Company and Tap Room" in the early 2000s using a hand written recipe from the early 1900s. CV stopped being available in Terre Haute in the mid 2000s, but it now appears that Upland purchased the brand and recipe. They released their first batch of last month. Since I remember trying it and learning its history in Terre Haute in the early 2000s, I had to try a glass of Upland's re-release.

CV is very pale and bubbly (reminiscent of real champagne.) There's very little head. I didn't note anything specific in the smell. It has a light, crisp taste with a hint of hops in the aftertaste. There's kind of a smoothness to it. Overall, it was worth my money to buy the 6-pack both for drinking and nostalgic purposes.

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Champagne Velvet from Upland Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.