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Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 21
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-11-2010

Our interpretation of this classic and refreshing Belgian style ale is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts. Freshly ground coriander and Curacao orange peel, along with a special Wit yeast strain, contribute wonderful orange and citrus aromas and a crisp, yet silky, mouthfeel.

14 IBU
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Ratings: 492 | Reviews: 71
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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a hazy straw color with a nice white head and nice lacing.
The aroma is banana and spice and a hint of lemon and cracker.
Very tasty brew. Citrus with the nice coriander bite, a bit more banana coming through as it warms a bit. A lovely bitterly crisp finish.
Nice mouthfeel. Medium and silky smooth yet bubbly and clean.
Overall, really nice wit.

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I often get very similar combinations of tastes from witbiers. Not many jump out as in other styles, but Revolution does just that. The taste is big time banana, lemon, Belgian spices, and a touch of vanilla. This is super easy to drink. It would be a go to summer staple if I could get it around here. The tastes pops and lasts almost like a hefe. Really good beer.

Photo of Rmb0707
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite new craft beer. It's in the class of a Blue Moon. It is worth the extra cost to drink this fine beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded golden apricot body looks great wispy bright egg shell white head, fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has heavy yeast driven and spicy notes of coriander and orange peel additions. The yeast notes and spice additions combine into this chalky, citric, chamomile tea like quality. Flavor has soft bitterness that tastes floral, spicy coriander, citric notes, lavender herbal quality very complex well made witbier maybe too much spice for some witbier drinkers but in my opinion it stays balanced. Mouthfeel, I've enjoyed every Revolution beer I've tasted so far, the textures here are perfect slightly creamy edge from the wheat additions, spicy adds a nice dry finish with some upfront wheat notes, bitter orange peel levels the malt layers out as well. A great food and drink beer, this would pair well with so many different dishes rosemary/garlic braised lamb, white fish, any chicken dish. Overall a complex refreshing well executed witbier canned in Chicago.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow lemon body with a sticky head of snow white and a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean slightly yeasty aroma has some lemon pith hints to it with a dried orange note in the finish. There are some grassy hop hints that peek through as it opens.

T- The dry yeasty flavor has a lemon tartness that takes on some orange characters as it warms. There is a dry spicy note in the finish with a hop tartness lingering a moment.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that compliments the hops in the finish.

O- The slightly sweet beer has a nice perceived dryness with the spice in the finish. This beer is refreshing and has a nice taste but it is a meal in a glass.

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a very hazy gold-amber, leaning toward gold but pushing just a bit darker. A fluffy white head develops, sitting somewhere near one finger high. It's craggy and gets dense, fading to a heavy island of foam. Lacing is left mostly in a broken ring at the top and a mixture of spotting and lacing to about halway down.
The nose is strong enough, though it doesn't pop. It does offer some of the coriander notes, but the yeast gives me a light dusty note most prominenently. Wheat makes an evident backbone. There is a bit of citrus, but it comes out more strongly in the flavor.
That said, everything melds very nicely on the tongue. The spices, citrus, yeast, and wheat are all more pronounced in the taste and complement each other nicely as well as making for some complexity in the style. There's a touch of lemon zest in the back. This is well-tuned, with yeast offering softer notes and backing off on some that many people can't get into. The nice, dusty sort of earthiness adds to softness and balance.
The mouthfeel is likewise soft with a nice flow to it in a light body. It doesn't forsake crispness. This is a refreshing beer and well made to style.

Photo of joeseppy
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at a Revolution brew dinner.

White foamy head and a yeasty haziness.

Lemon peel on the nose, coriander and clean.

Modest coriander, orange peel and notes of bread.

Unassuming, refreshing, crisp and clean. A delicious wit I would love to serve up in the warmer months.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Bottom Up is a decent Witbier. The beer poured a clear golden as I was careful not to pour a lot of settlement into my glass. The scent carries faint lemony citrus. The taste has some bitter characteristics that mesh well with the lemon flare. The mouthfeel is lighter in body and the carbonation is good. Overall it is a decent beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Actually pretty clear, which is unusual for this style, golden in color with a small white head.

Aroma is wheaty and citrusy. The orange peel and coriander really come through.

Flavor is also orange and coriander with wheat and some fruity banana-like esters.

Nice and smooth on the mouthfeel with medium body.

Very good for the style overall. Highly drinkable.

Photo of DaneBramage
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6-pack cans for $7.99 at my local shop, a deal that will have me going back for another 6er soon. Smooth citrus wheat ale, very drinkable in cold and warm weather. Nice mellow aftertaste reminiscent of a German wheat.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with a finger of bright white beady head. Head is much smaller than expected for a wit and fades rather quickly. Fruity yeasty grainy and wheaty nose, some barnyard and saison like funk along with some bubblegum.

Really unique nice and refreshing. Medicinal up front whisps into a sweet grainy flavor. Mild citrus fruits, semi sour, finishes with a wheaty snap. Crisp and refreshing, touch of spice but doesnt hurt the throat at all. Really really nice actually. Complex, fruity, grainy, wheaty, with just the right touch of yeast snap and or spice. Really well balanced and whispy. Full of flavor, complex, and drinkable.

This beer also has a really nice rich mouthfeel. its great.

Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Excellent example of the style.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, a bit of spice. Taste is spices, lemons, some wheat, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and althought not the most flavorful wit out there, not a bad beer overall.

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Revolution tonight with dinner.

Served in a pint glass, this looked like a murky orange/copper juice of some sort. A wispy head formed, with some random spots of lace but not much. The body was opaque, a light shade of pastel orange fading into copper.

Aroma was fairly mellow, a wheaty presence with faint coriander earthiness.

Flavor was more punchy with light orange peel, and a supple mellow feel from the wheat. It finished dry with a mildly tart citrus peel note in the background. Not too heavy or phenolic as some Wits can be, it was nicely balanced, and a touch on the bigger side. Mellow carbonation, with a soft mouthfeel. The flavors really shined in this Wit, and i've had a few in my day that I can say it stands out from the rest. Definitely traditional with a slightly amped up edge.

Photo of ALSAIL
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty interpretation. On tap. Lemony banana nose, hazy creamy yellow pour with nice fine head that leaves rings on the shaker glass a I drink. Creamy mouthfeel. Light wit with nice coriander spice, lemon and light malts. Very nice.

Photo of Dayman766
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pale gold; a bit hazy, though you can still easily see through it
S- An indescribable sour-ish smell, fair amount of orange
T- Lots of orange and wheat flavors present throughout. Bit of a grainy aftertaste, not unpleasant
M- medium, though plenty of carbonation
O- Not the greatest fan of wit beers; I suppose I just prefer the comparative heartiness of full-on wheat beers. As for this beer, I felt I came to enjoy it the more I drank it - refreshing and effervescent. Certainly one of the better wit beers I've tried and better than Hoegaarden in my book.

Photo of diabecktic
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
This was served to me with 2 fingers of thick, creamy head. Retention and lacing were both excellent. This unfiltered beer is a bright orangish-yellow color which is obscured to the extreme by a cloud of white.

Smell:
The coriander gives this beer a very lively aroma which is backed by the wheat content. I also detect hints of spice and orange peel.

Taste:
Much like the nose, coriander seems to be the dominant character; the spices are zesty and they really help bring out the flavor. The wheat and orange portions are somewhat subtle by comparison and are mainly manifest in the aftertaste portion of the tasting.

Mouthfeel:
It may not look like it, but there is quite a bit of carbonation in this brew. I think that this contributes to the overall liveliness. The medium body finishes with a nice crispness.

Drinkability:
This beer is moderately dense and very lively, so I suggest sipping it slowly. I felt this beer tingle all the way down to my stomach as I drank it.

Summary:
Much like the other Revolution beers which I have sampled to this point, I can only describe this as unique. Someone below me said this before I could say it, but it does seem like a fairly modern twist which has a decent classic backing. Some may disagree with me, but I found the coriander to be the defining element of this beer. It makes this beer both lively and unique. It may not be for everyone, but I found it enjoyable; definately try it once if you're looking for an interesting interpretation of the style.

Photo of James773
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a clear plastic cup at the Chicago French Market. Beautiful golden color and good effervescence. Refreshing and easy drinking like a macrobrew but with more of a backbone. I couldn't pick out any flavor aside from "beer" but it was definitely hearty and satisfying. Couldn't really taste any spices at all.

Photo of gtermi
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden body with a thick white head. As the beer fades, it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: A good amount of funk, some wheat, fruity yeast and a tad bit of sourness.

T: Like the smell, I am picking up some strong fruit, some wheat and a tiny bit of funk

M: The beer is super smooth and goes down with ease.

O: A very good wit beer and will def get this again

Photo of matjack85
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this along with some bacon fat popcorn at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. Served in a pint glass for $5.

The beer poured a hazy gold color with a ½-finger of white head that lasted about a minute before receding to a thin rim. Very nice lacing.

Citrus, wheat, yeast, and spicy aroma.

Very citrusy flavor, most;y orange from the orange peel, but also with other tropical fruit flavors. The wheat and Belgian yeast give it a slightly sour twang and the coriander ends up spicing the whole thing up. Very well done.

Medium bodied, smooth, and with refreshingly crisp carbonation.

I'm adding this one to my already growing list of good beers from this brewery.

Photo of rlee1390
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy light yellow, some carbonation and one finger head.

S-Banana, clove, coriander, lemon, grass and some spice.

T-Balance isn't quite there. Lemon and orange, something metallic, tad bit of coriander.

M-Lighter, well carbonated but a tad on the watery side.

O-The combination of the off balance and the slight metallic taste ruined the beer.

Photo of kaplunk02
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

A: golden yellow with a slight haze and a nice sized off-white head.

S: Smells of wheat and lemon with a bit of banana and coriander. Pretty typical of the style I think.

T: Tastes a bit tart in line with the lemon aroma and very grainy with a bit of floral and citrus notes.

M: I really like the carbonation and texture of this. Goes down really smooth and really compliments the citrus flavors.

O: I tend to go for Belgian Strong and Wit beers so I, no doubt, am a bit biased but I could definitely keep coming back for more of this one. That being said, there are other ones out there that I think I like a bit more.

Photo of brewtus
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into dogfish snifter

Pours clear golden. Small head. Smells grainy,banana, some coriander and clove, sweet. Taste has that nice clean Belgian yeast, on the lighter side to match the appearance. This was pretty one dimensional but solid nonetheless. It's extremely drinkable and I can see myself buying it for a group of people on a warm summer day.

Photo of Etan
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours a relatively clear mellow gold with a nice white head. Not much retention.

S: Soapy yeast and stone fruit, with a good dose of pleasant clovey esters. Light and sweet.

T: Taste follows the nose - bright and sweet grain, some mild coriander-like spiciness, a bit floral, crisp finish.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: An entirely serviceable wit.

Photo of JOHNKNEEGEEZ
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Ordered draft while waiting on a flight a O'Hare.
A: dark straw color with little head. Nice lacing with each swallow.
S: faint banana
T: coriander, clove, lemon, banana
M: light and smooth.
O: refreshing but a little harsh in it's delivery. Not a standout but a decent wit.

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Bottom Up Wit from Revolution Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.