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Pure Wit - Upright Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
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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Reviews by emerge077:
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
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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

seanthornton152, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is very cloudy and turbid, somewhere between golden and white, topped by a lively, creamy white head. Aroma is heavy on citrus - lemon zest and grapefruit - with a hint of clove and allspice, on top of a zesty wheat base.
Palate is interesting, trending more towards sweet and sour than the more traditional spicing of a witbier. Lemon zest and some light spicing lead to the somewhat sour finish. Mouthfeel is lively and creamy, with a finish that causes a bit of puckering. A refreshing beer that's perfect for spring, but is a significant departure from a standard witbier.

ElGordo, May 01, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Gonzoillini, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of hopsbreath
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just to be clear, I'm reviewing this as a Berliner Weiss because that's what it is. Green 75cl bottle poured by parts into a Duvel tulip. Bought at the brewery for $8.

A: Very slightly hazy pale yellow at first but it quickly becomes opaque on subsequent pours due to sediment being kicked up. A finger of fizzy white head quickly dissipates leaving the finest bead at the glass edge. No lacing at all. This is what a Berliner Weiss is supposed to look like. 4/5

S: Very pleasantly tart albeit one-dimensional. Notes of citrus complement but don't take away the focus. 4/5

T: The puckering quality is instantly appreciated. A touch of barnyard is a welcome addition as well. I'm missing the clean wheat quality that I really enjoy in Berliner Weiss, so I'm holding this at a 4/5.

M: Crisp and medium bodied. I just wish it were a touch drier. 4/5

O: A good example of a style I enjoy, but not quite among the best I've had. 4/5

hopsbreath, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy got a bottle today at the beermongers to share....

- Great cloudy straw yellow,.. big fluffy white head... leaves a nice pillow on top...

- Bright zesty wheat... crisp.. lemon zest... yeasty.. bready.. thats it!

- Sweet touch, bready... fruity... light ester, slight Belgian-like yeast... zesty and grassy....

- Light bodied, slightly sticky and dry.... some light syrup-like qualities....

- Overall a flavorful and great wit.. one to have again!

Docer, Sep 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

hoppymcgee, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

pkrager5, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of cbarrett4
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.

Pours average witbier hue with moderate head and light lace retention. Smells of yeast and coriander, maybe a hint of lemon and wheat. The palate is much more impressive with a variety of mild citrus notes playing with the yeast, malt, and spice.

Texture is light but not too thin. Very drinkable style with a pretty balanced finish.

Don't expect this to be something it's not. It's a witbier and it's made to be drinkable yet quality built. I think they have this one down pat.

***Tasted a second time (PDX Mighty Mites Festival 8/27/11) with consistent results.

cbarrett4, Aug 21, 2011
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 MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

MinorThreat, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Thorpe429, Jul 03, 2013
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
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bluckbeyes, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe Ethan shared this one at our UFC 135 get together.

A - Hazy yellow color that had a bit of white head that fizzed up. Not really much stick on the sides, but faded to a decent collar and cap.

S - Smells surprisingly tart. There is some citrus, a bit of biscuit, slight spice, a bit dry.

T - Maybe they brewed this to be a witbier, but it seems miscategorized to me. A bit more like a slightly unsweetened sour, or maybe even more like a berliner weiss. It's really tart, even a little puckering. Some funk, a little earthy.

M - Big carbonation, lighter bodied, dry finish.

O - A really nice beer. Don't think I've ever had a tart witbier like this one, and would not have guessed that as style if you had given this to me blind folded. Would happily drink again.

AgentZero, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Kurmaraja, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to hopsbreath for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow color. Produced a great sized fluffy yet bubbly pure white head. Good retention. Some lace.

(S)- A big bone dry earthy dusty floor kind of an aroma. Bits of biscuit and a moderately spice. . coriander?

(T)- Interesting. Like the smell was, a bone dry, almost dusty earthiness. An ever so subtle tangy tart lemon rind and biscuit funk in this (which I am enjoying). The coriander like spice is subtle as well, but still there.

(M)- An almost spritzer-like carbonation level. Mildly tart and funky. No bitterness. I like this.

(D)- Color me surprised! This is a unique Witbier with much higher tart and funk levels than most might have. In my opinion, this almost borderlines as a Berliner Weiss. I thoroughly enjoyed that subtle tartness and funk combined with a mildly spicy Witbier profile. Very refreshing and perfect for this hot evening.

sweemzander, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of mantissa
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mantissa, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of and shared with nonstick. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a translucent pale yellowy golden color with a finger of pillowy white foam that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass as it falls slowly.

S - Malty sweet, hoppy, spicy, oranges, green and grassy hops. Quite good.

T - Spicy -coriander especially, sweet, oranges, corn, some light alcohol, malty.

M - Thin body, medium to strong carbonation level...nice and prickly on the tongue.

D - Very good witbier. Maybe slighly outside of the style - a bit heavier in body, mainly. Still a very enjoyable warm weather beer.

portia99, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Dragon today.

The beer pours a cloudy, slightly whitish, tawny amber color with fairly good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is classic wit, with clove, considerable "wheatiness," nutmeg and light sour. The flavor profile repicates the nose in this beer, with a spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but with an impressive amount of flavor for the abv.

A nice enough wit, but there's really little in this beer to set it apart from the other wit beers of the world. I give the brewer credit for making a beer so similar to a Belgian wit beer that I'd have a difficult time telling it apart, but still... coming from Upright, I guess I just expected a bit more from this one. Oh well...

John_M, May 02, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Khazadum, May 18, 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 vurt
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(One of the "Beer Goals" I posted earlier this year was to review more beers under 5%. Here's the first one.)

750 mL bottle courtesy of mykie73 and ipafool (thanks gents!). Enjoyed, in stages, in a White Birch chalice.

Appearance:
The beer is a pale honey gold color with a hazy body. The pure white head is kind of loose and disappears quickly. It goes from finger-height down to a patchy skin with a sturdy rim within a couple of minutes. Doesn't leave much foam behind on the glass.

Smell:
Big yeasty/bread dough character with a little sweetness and a lot of bright citrus (lemons and orange peel). Lovely floral and soft herbal notes follow the citrus. Finishes with some peppery spiciness and a touch of earthy funk. Well balanced and mouthwatering.

Taste:
The start and finish are surprisingly tart, even considering the strong citrus character of the nose. The middle is bready and lightly sweet, with orange flavors like a good bitter marmalade. There's also a subtle peppercorn spiciness underneath the grain and citrus. Herbal bitterness pairs with lemon in the quenching finish.

Mouthfeel:
From the rough head and copious bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass, I was expecting the carbonation to be harsh. But no, the carbonation is soft yet lively in this beer. The body is light with a mildly astringent finish.

Drinkability:
Refreshing and softly textured, with good harmony between the grainy and citrusy flavors. I like the slightly exaggerated tartness. It's like a shot of berliner weisse was added to a glass of witbier. I'd be happy to drink this beer again.

vurt, Feb 06, 2010
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Pure Wit from Upright Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.