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Pure Wit - Upright Brewing Company

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86
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: organic pale, wheat
Unmalted: rolled wheat, rolled oats
Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh
Also: bitter orange peel, coriander
Yeast: Belgian wit

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-08-2009)
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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Chris - thanks.

A: Pours the color of grapefruit juice (very pale yellow) with a solid one-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Wheat, lemony citrus, coriander, orange peel, grass/hay, herbal.

T: Very Saison-like in the fruity yeast, mildly tart wheat, some funk, orange peel more present, black peppery spice.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Prickly, slightly tart, lemon and yeasty finish.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing.

wethorseblanket, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wheat, citrus fruit, citrus juice, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, wheat, citrus, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, May 19, 2014
Photo of Rado
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Rado, May 18, 2014
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Wowcoolman, May 18, 2014
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden straw with haziness and minimal, white head.

Smell was primarily lemon and wet hay or wheat. Quite vegetal.

Taste had a lot of lemon acidity as well. Quite an acidic / dry beer, like what you'd expect in a gueuze! Very light malt bill.

This tasted as if it spent a lot of time in oak barrels to me, though as far as I know it's not barrel aged. I quite enjoyed it, it doesn't have a particularly complex profile but it's light and acidic and enjoyable to sip.

JasonLovesBeer, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

imperialking, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kurmaraja, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GTB, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of impending
4/5  rDev +3.4%

impending, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Kopfschuss, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kjkinsey, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Texasfan549, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of olfolxholme
4/5  rDev +3.4%

olfolxholme, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

egrace84, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

pkrager5, Jul 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Duff27, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of popery
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale shade of yellow. Quite cloudy. The head is big and fizzy. It dissipates pretty quickly, despite its aggressive beginnings. No lacing. The aroma is light and lemony. There's a bit of coriander and some wheat, but it's quite mild. The beer is very dry, and I'm only picking up light spicing in the taste. Lemons, peppercorn, mild wheat spice. There's a touch of malt sweetness to it, but it's largely lacking in grain flavor. Orange peel is probably in there. Light, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is effervescent. Carbonation is pretty high. Very light on the palate. Quite crisp. I appreciate the thought of doing a straightforward, low abv witbier, but this beer just lacks the fresh grain flavors and enticing spices of better versions of the style. It's definitely easy to drink and refreshing but not much more than that.

popery, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Thorpe429, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

xnicknj, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

MinorThreat, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear yellow color. The carbonation visually is really effervescent with a huge white head composed of big bubbles that fills the glass and maintains its froth atop. A swirl emits 3 fingers of froth back to the surface.

The aroma consists of wheat, coriander and and unfortunate amount of sulfur. Some lemony fruit aspect is enjoyable coupled with a trace spiced aspect of yeast and clove.

The taste includes notes of wheat and coriander. That mild sulfur aspect persists from the nose into the flavor profile subsided a bit from a lemony addition. Some spiciness of clove mixes with other yeast attributes smelling somewhat like bubblegum. As the brew warms up mild earthy and grass character emerges with apple or pear skin in the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew that is overly effervescent with carbonation that distracts a bit but is ok once it settles down. This is not bad but not something I would buy again. This was a bit of a let down. It was recommended to me as a lover of berliner weisse and wits. I was told this was sour mashed and a sort of hybrid of both styles. Instead, this was nothing like a berliner and not that great of a wit.

stakem, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this recently paired with some Smoque BBQ.

Overall impression was that it was fairly grainy and basic, some lemony citrus zest traces with a wheat base that took center stage. Mild coriander and phenolic spice builds in the background. Murky yellow with visible carb trails and a creamy thin cap of white foam. Adding the yeast did improve the mouthfeel, but added little to the flavor. Body was light with a smoothness from the wheat and oats. Pretty utilitarian considering this a seasonal annual release.

emerge077, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of spdyfire83
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

282nd Review
75cl bottle poured into a tulip glass
Didn’t catch the vintage on this

From notes. Enjoyed a while back at a tasting hosted by Doodler (whom probably supplied this as well). Cheers, amigo!

A: Clear medium yellow. 3+ (pure white) fingernail head on medium pour. It is carbonated!

S: Smells of cracked wheat, lemon zest, white pepper, and malt biscuit.

T: Follows smell almost to a T with a nice hint of tartness. Crisp. Smooth. Refreshing.

M: Light bodied with loads of carbonation.

O: A very nice twist to a classic style. Very enjoyable!

spdyfire83, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well made, stylistically traditional witbier. Pours pale straw, excellent white head that's big and rocky and retains very well. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass. Top notch appearance.

Aroma is as expected, a blend of grainy pale malt and wheat, coriander, clove, and orange peel, and a fresh lemony note underneath. Taste follows the aroma closely; there aren't any surprises here, just solid craftsmanship and a conservative hand with the spices, allowing all the flavor notes to hang together harmoniously. Orange and tart lemons, wheat, spice, assertive pepper, and a perfectly dry malt backbone result in a terrifically drinkable wit.

Medium light bodied with crisp, effervescent carbonation. Refreshing and clean. Paired well with an assortment of cheeses during our pre-dinner appetizer course.

This is a beer that while not truly exceptional will be enjoyed by fans of this style or anyone looking for a light, refreshing, and flavorsome brew. Again, I appreciated the restraint with the coriander and the presence of the lively black pepper notes in particular.

tobelerone, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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Pure Wit from Upright Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.