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Four (#4) - Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 25
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-02-2009

"Four is truly a light yet flavorful beer. The recipe uses a good portion of wheat and incorporates a sour mash into the process to make it slightly tart and extra refreshing. It has delicate aromas and flavors that span a range of floral, grassy and herbal notes. The finish is extra dry and makes the beer a great beverage to pair with food, especially various cheeses and shellfish."

Malts and Grains: pale, wheat, and munich, rolled wheat
Hops: hallertauer mittlefruh
Yeast: french saison
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 299 | Reviews: 102
Reviews by djbreezy:
Photo of djbreezy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Upright.

Appearance - fluffy white head, hazy yellow color

Smell - lemon and spice on the nose

Taste - yeast and lemon tang

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, medium/light body

Drinkability - nice and refreshing session beer. Overall my favorite from Upright of the numbered beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This was sampled alongside Upright 5, 6 and 7.

The beer pours a hazy light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemon, citrus, spices and coriander. The flavor is lemon and orange citrus with some wheat and spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of highTempo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap at the brewery. I walked there from my house. I love living in Portland!

There wasn't a lot of head on it -- foamy and low and it dissipated pretty quickly. The appearance is great: very pale, cloudy (opaque) yellow/straw colored.

The smell is bright, fresh, lemony, spicy… flavors of lemony, spices like coriander, and straw to match the appearance. It's a little bit soapy.

The flavor matches, with a little funkiness from the hops. There's some sweetness in the body but it finishes fairly dry.

I'm a pretty big fan. I wish this was more available in standard 12oz bottles. This is a great spring/summer beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Very light straw yellow in color, with a slight haze, that leaves regular, nearly perfect lines of stick down the glass. Very pretty.

Mild aroma, with some grain and apple notes, along with earth and grass.

A very simple flavor of grass, grain, mild lemon and apple, and just a hint of funk. Very low bitterness and incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, though airy and light. Marvelously drinkable. This beer scores major points here.

Gulpable, though not particularly interesting, even considering the ABV.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, a new brewery to arrive on the store shelves here in Alberta. Upon looking up their location, it seems that I walked past it a dozen or so times when I was in PDX a few years ago, and never darkened their doorstep.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random splotches of scattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy, somewhat bready wheat malt, a bit of heady sugar syrup sweetness, applesauce and lemon pudding fruitiness, dry, prickly yeast, a hint of white pepper, and floral, earthy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, crackery wheat malt, withered candi sugar, a touch of coriander/black pepper spiciness, aged lemon rind, an ethereally funky yeast character, and some nicely laid-back herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is rather understated, manifesting in a small, teasing frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes mostly dry, kind of crisp, and with an uptick in the tiny, tiny bubbles.

A pretty pleasant farmhouse ale, in the old-world paradigm - nothing really stands out, and that's the point - grain, yeast, spice, and hop all working to do nothing other than quench your thirst, and perhaps warm you up a tad. Success on all accounts here, I'd say.

Photo of joeseppy
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loads of bubbles in a champagne manner with a thick head.

Bright gold color in a hazy lemon-honey hue.

Smells of tart lemon, mild spice, and bright.

Light, crisp and refreshing. Mild citrus notes and yeast.

Mouthfeel is dry and pleasing. Slightly bitter at the end.

I could drink this all day long. This will join my upcoming spring saison lineup. What a fantastic bottle to setup on the patio and share with friends. Coming in at 135 calories per bottle and a 4.5% ABV----drink up. Great respite from a RIS winter.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A million thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this in a recent trade. Lotsa hype on Upright in the Portland community and beyond. Seems like a great way to get his holiday weekend underway...

With a relatively hard pour I got a three-finger head that looks fantastic. Super-firm, as if made of styrofoam (I hope not!) or meringue, a little rocky on top; a bit sea-foam-looking. Amazing cling from abundant lace. Color is a slightly hazed lemon-yellow absolutely overpopulated with bubbles.

Nose is the real deal...fruity, lots of tart lime-like goodness and some band-aid weirdness in the background (that's a good thing!). Simple, but incredibly alluring. There may be other Belgian-style American beers out there with a smell that matches this one's authenticity, but that beat it? I doubt it...

Characteristics of lemon, lime, straw, saddle-blanket, nut husk, dandelion, white wine, green peppercorn and green apple mingle nicely on the tongue. With all that going on (and more, as other impressions built up as the bottle emptied) it remains a relatively straightforward experience, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Has a crisp body and dry finish, with perhaps a little too much carbonation for my liking, but I tend to say that more often than not.

Insanely refreshing, and with such a low ABV and an unobtrusive, non-heavy, easy-to-love flavor and aroma, it's a no-brainer that this can be considered extremely drinkable. Very well-balanced, and not too champagne-y in feel and flavor either (as some saisons can be). A wonderful example of the style, by a brewer half a world away from Belgium, no less.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brewery Creek. A lemony and Bretty aroma greets you. Yellow golden body with lots of soapy head. A lemon and wheat tartness. Lacey. Above average carbonation. A good drinker though a tongue burner with the Thai spice. As a saison, well its tart.

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

A wheat-forward table beer brewed with French saison yeast? Sounds good, let's see:

Uniformly hazy (though nearly clear) chrome yellow/amber liquid which glows like a golden-yellow lantern. A snow-white head recedes to a lasting colar and membrane. Decent sandy lacing, glassy legs (surprising to see considering the low ABV).

Light aromatics are a pleasing mixture of pale malt and German lager notes (from the hops). Yeast is very subdued.

Bright lactic tartness on the palate, crisp sourness from the wheat, and a crackery malt note lead into the finish where the noble hops persist adding a hard-to-describe dash of flowery spice. Dry yet fruity finish (reminds me of some white wines). Again, the yeast seems to bond everything together, but isn't really perceptible on its own.

Lightly effervescent (perhaps a bit flat for the style), crisp, bright (not quite puckering) mouthfeel.

Hard to rate to style, as it is has a lot in common with a Bavarian lager despite being a farmhouse ale - perhaps inspired by the true "table beers" of old (these days most examples of saison are higher in alcohol), this is a creative effort which would go well with sushi or (as they suggest) shell-fish. Has some similarity to Dupont's "Avril" saison - though I prefer the yeasty/creaminess of the latter.

Photo of ElGordo
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a corny keg from the brewery last week for the holiday weekend. It was a surefire hit among my guests for the Independence Day party, for sure.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped by an energetic creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Assertive aroma of wheat, allspice, lavender, and a touch of citrus. Palate is nice and easy-going - light wheat and malt provide the backbone for mild fruity hops and notes of citrus and light herbs (thyme?). Body is light, bubbly, and silky, just great for a light summery ale.
I've had a number of light, easy-drinking summer ales over the last few weeks, but I think this takes the crown for best summer session ale. A thirst-quenching, satisfying brew that I can (and do) drink all day.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a huge, foamy 4 finger white head with low retention. Beer is a clear pale yellow. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little stick. A bit messy but Ok for the style.

Nose is coriander, flower, peppercorn, cane sugar, and a touch of lemon and citrus. Aromatic and clean. Real nice.

Opens citrus, cane sugar, lemon and coriander. Some soapiness, wheat and more cane sugar sweetness in the middle. Ends with a touch of spice, lemon rind, and more peppercorn. Sweet and slightly spicy aftertaste. Nice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and crisp and aggressive going down. Finishes slightly dry with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Really drinkable.

A real nice, drinkable saison overall. Nothing really stands out here but this is certainly a perfect beer to pair with a nice steak or lobster tail!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Russian River -tion glass. No bottle date.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow-orange body with a huge white head. No lacing on the glass, but the retention is good.

Smell - Citrusy lemon-orange yeasty character. Strong bready malt. Nice and light smelling.

Taste - More yeasty in the taste than the aroma. Slightly tangy flavor that builds into the finish. It somewhat masks the other flavors. Bready malt character that faintly comes through and a earthy hop finish that's a nice counter point to the tang.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated. Easy drinking. The tartness perhaps detracts from the drinkability, but it's still nice.

Overall - I like sours, but I don't know that I like the sour character of this beer. It's a very nice saison otherwise. The sour flavors just mask what I think would be a very nice beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to womencantsail for sharing this bottle while on my recent trip to Cali! Served from bottle into a sampler mason jar glass. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, slight sour, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight sour, slight tart, and very subtle saison spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Definitely had a really nice flavor and aroma going on here for a Saison (which I usually dislike). The sour/tart aspect was a very nice touch here. The flavor was better than the aroma for me. This is an absolute must try! Thanks again Andrew!

Photo of morimech
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale and hazy straw color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Smells terrific. Rustic and slightly funky. Earthy and grassy with a slight lemon twist.

I have to think this is what saisons tasted like a hundred or more years ago. Just what I would like to drink while working in Flanders farm fields. Dry and refreshing. Low ABV. Mildly tart with earthy and lemon notes. A hint of barnyard funk.

Light body with semi-mild carbonation. I would like the bubbles to pick up the body a little more but I am not complaining.

Wow. I have largely been disappointed by American attempts at the style. Upright hit it squarely and brought something even the Belgian brewers do not supply us with.

Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised I hadn't reviewed this one yet.. bottle tasting at By The Bottle here in Vancouver, WA..

- Light golden ale, fizzy big fluffy white head.. bubbly goodness.

- Tart and zesty brew with a huge biscuity bready grain bill.. grassy zesty hops... pleasant and not overpowering yeast..

- Light, zesty, herbal... smooth grainy breadiness.. super good beer.

- Light bodied, well carbonated, bubbly, zesty and mouth watering.

- My favorite of the 4-7 year around series. Light, sessionable... and damn good. Big win.

Photo of fourstringer
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No date identified.

A: Hazy, pale golden body. 1 finger of white head. Ok retention.

S: Floral hops with lemon, faint pine notes. Grassy, cracker-forward pale malts Lightly musty yeast. Trace coriander, tropical fruit.

T: Slight tartness and yeast open. Subdued malt. Slow build of soft hop notes to a semi-dry to dry finish. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Somewhat watery feel.

O: The quality of the flavors and scents are actually quite nice; however, they are suffering from a serious lack of potency. Almost like a good beer cut with 25% water. Peculiar.

Prost!

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real soapy shampoo and bright white head, makes about three fingers nicely on the pour but has thin retention. Big gapping swiss cheese holes and light clumping, with lots of large bubbles popping. Body is a muted and opaque lemon, with nice thin carbonation rising and plentiful. Pretty good, crazy head though.

Mild floral sensations on the nose but very subdued. Not much yeast or malt profile on this. No sense of sweetness. Very closed but it is pleasant I'll give it that, but very little going on here.

A real interesting palate. Flavors are a little more noticeable but the mouthfeel steals the show. Playfully carbonated giving to orange and citrus mimosa like qualities, and a touch of light sugar. Finish of tropical fruit flavors and champagne crispness, with faint hint of pepper like sensing carbonation. Not particularly dry either, but quite juicy quenching palate.

Overall though there isn't much saison character to this it seems, but it's a very controlled citrus and tropical fueled brew. Somewhere between a solid Belgian pale with more fruity quality. Neat beer.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Made in Oregon.

Ommegang chalice. Dusty, golden straw body. Flimsy white head.

Smell is bit unexpected & quite awesome. Mild lemon-lime citrus rind, wheat, & sour candy upfront. A dusty, sweet herbal quality, sort of like woodruff syrup.

A little twang, a little itchy wheat. More wheat then anticipated. Lemon juice & dusty bread. Aerosol. Bitter greens & saline on the finish.

Spritzy carbonation. Subtle bitterness. Lovely acid, & just dry enough.

Really refreshing. Why does this have to be $10 a bottle?

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to treyrab for sending this back for me on his recent West Coast beer trip. This was a huge want of mine (and it still is!). Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Poured into the tulip, lively carbonation is immediately evident. Little bubbles swirl and dance about through the murky dirty straw colored body of the beer. They rush towards the surface upon completion of the pour and bubble up to form a fluffy coarsely textured marshmallow head that reaches between 2 and 3 inches in height. It subsides fairly quickly and leaves not much lacing. But this looks through and through like a farmhouse ale.

The aromas that immediately manifest themselves are tart wheat malt, grassy hops, an earthy funk, as well as some crisp lemon zest that complements all of those other flavors very well. The palate brings along all of this and more. This is like berlinerweiss meets saison. A light funky base is augmented by some coriander and white pepper spiciness. The citrusy lactic sourness comes through more, complementing the sweaty aromas and background. Sweet bready notes come through in the middle to balance the sour and the funk. Grassy hops, but no bitterness, round this out, leaving a refreshing crispness on my palate.

The feel is lively, as one might expect. Light and refreshing, with tons of bubbles that lighten up the feel, too. It has an enjoyable feel, and I drank the whole bottle save for a few ounces with no problem. I'd have drank those, too, but I shared them. An amazing beer all around. I am definitely keeping this on the wants list.

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy golden with an amber hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head with solid retention and mild lacing.

Smell: Light and herbal. You can smell the malt, but it isn't particularly sweet. There are some light citrus notes as well.

Taste: Light but very flavorful. Crisp and refreshing. There are some herbal and mild fruity citrus notes. The finish is mildly herbal and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin. The carbonation is aggressive with a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: This is a really flavorful beer given the abv. Great session beer.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.

This is my self proclaimed favorite beer from the main lineup (4, 5, 6, and 7). The guys in the cellar describe this as their wheat ale/saison style.

Smells and tastes of a wheat ale made with French/Belgian Saison yeast. But it works. Lots of wheat, yeast, and spice are present on the nose and palate. A slight funkiness works into the mix from the yeast. Very clean and nicely delineated aromas and flavors.

The texture is light, but doesn't seem thin. Nice play between the acids and alcohol, good grip. Nice finish.

Overall a stunning beer, and one that deserves a taste!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Nearly clear golden wheat color. Three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is good and a little bit of irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lemony and wheaty with grassiness all around. Dry hay, musty rotting wood, and a light floral/vegetal combo. Faint corriander. Finally, something between plastic and sorachi ace hops, but thankfully this isn't very strong. I read some reviews before buying this and the beer I'm smelling doesn't have the spiciness that I read about. Oh well.

2.5 T: The strongest flavor might be the one I hated the most in the nose. The sorachi plastic is back and distracts from the good flavors. Lemon rind, wheat, grass, hay follow. Big herbal character in this. Lightly floral with musty dustiness, rotting wood, and apple orchard. This reminds me of Saison du Buff in a few ways, though this is much better.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Higher level, somewhat spritzy carbonation. Smooth enough.

3.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of this because of the big herbalness and the plastic thing. I think I'm particularly sensitive to these flavors. In any case, this isn't bad, but far from my saison of choice.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big show on the pour, giant soapy white head tops a hazing dark wheat coloured brew.

S: Overall the smell is clean and approachable, plenty of freshness of lemons, tart apples, yeasty bread & pale malts with clean minerals and a mild barnyard funkiness.

T: Clean minerals, lemons and tart apples make this immediately refreshing and an easy drinker. A pleasant mild bretta yeast supports the minerals without detracting from clean feel. Spiced with white pepper and coriander and wheat profile throughout.

M: Dry and crisp with a fuzz of carbonation supporting the dry profile. Delicate and light as expected, unobtrusive with a meal.

O: A delicate drink that is an excellent introduction to brettas, clean and crisp and an easy drinker.

Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes.

A- Hazy golden orange body with a super mega head that fills the whole glass with almost no liquid. Settles down to a huge creamy white cap with infinite retention. Spotty lace down the glass.

S- Saison yeast with some citrus notes, yeast spice and some straw farm feel, clove and coriander.

T- Pretty nice hop presence with a smooth, non abrasive spicy saison yeast flavor, lemon zest and citrus juice is pretty apparent, floral and herbal hints, apples, grape and raisin.

MF- Highly carbonated light body, creamy feel and a very slight bitterness.

Fruity and yeasty saison that drinks pretty nicely, like how the yeast is flavorful but doesn't dominate like some American Belgians.

Photo of rand
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle to nonic pint glass

A: Pours a hazy, lightly colored orange-yellow, completely opaque, and forms a surprisingly frothy, 2-inch head. Hardly any lacing is left though.

S: Lemongrass, freshly baked sourdough, a touch of horse-blanket funk. Obviously there's not a trace of alcohol, but the brew carries a surprising vibrant nose.

T: Citrusy lemon, almost sour, meets a mix earthy and sweet bready tones. Lots of character given the low ABV. The funk is there towards the finish, rounded with a wood-like dryness at the end.

M: Light bodies, and nicely carbonated. Just enough to wash away the full flavors, but not foamy sharp.

Was really surprised how much I liked this beer. Given the breweries notoriety I expected it to be drinkable, but this layered and complex. If it had a wider distribution Upright Four would make a perfect session brew.

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Four (#4) from Upright Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.