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Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 530
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 33.42%
Wants: 24
Gots: 108 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company. Oured from the can into a weixen glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick, solid lacing, and a hazy golden body.

Smells like a bit of citrus among a backbone of lively grains.

I taste a nice touch of orange peel and banana esters. Also, a smaller amount of the coriander mentioned on the can.

Mouthfeel here is crisp and smooth.

Overall, I choose to give Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company a 4.5. This is a very decent wheat style by Revolution Brewing out of Chicago. Give this product and brewery a try!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Up Wit brewed by Revolution Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is a an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of this brew is nice with grain and malts. You also pick up a nice sweetness in this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on spices, malts , and grains. There is is also a nice sweetness at the end of this brew. Revolution Brewing Company did a nice job with this one, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. Bottom Up Wit has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel of Bottom Up Wit is bold and rich. Overall I'm giving Bottom Up Wit a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once more, I will reiterate the point that if you are transiting through Union Station in Chicago and you have some time to spare, head over to Binney's (South Side Loop). I CANnot imagine that you will be disappointed. I have never been more appeased in my life than when I am leaving there.

The Crack was nothing notable, so I decided to spice things up with an inverted Glug. Oh, man, was that ever the right idea! It got everything in suspension out of suspension and the result looked like banana cream pie with meringue topping. Two fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with great retention sat atop a murky, yellowish liquid that looked like either freshly-squeezed grapefruit or banana pudding. Man, as a kid, I used to love instant banana pudding with real banana slices. I still love eating bananas. Yellow, amusing, tasty. Back to basics. The nose smelled like someone emptied the spice rack! I remember a Playboy cartoon as a kid where the guy is positioned to partake of some salmon and he looks upward with the caption being, "I knew this was going to be good, but seeing a spice rack above your headboard ... !" I did not get it at the time, but I do now. Gutes essen! Black pepper or lemon pepper was prevalent, but so was coriander and allspice. The first, and I hesitate to call it a sip, more like a draught, was big and full, not quite viscous, but getting there, and the spices were fantastic. I think that I caught some vanilla in the mix, rounding the edges. Man, but the spices were prevalent in this one. I used to love to cook as a teenager and I was probably better versed then than I am today, but this was like a spice melange. Finish, as you CAN probably imagine, was bone-dry. I felt like I had been licking alum this afternoon. All of that said, would I put in the cooler? Perhaps a few, depending on who was coming along. If it were just me, one might be enough.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a very hazy yellowish color with a bit of gold to it. Nice white head and a bit of lacing as it falls. The nose is really nice and does a superb job hitting all the hot points in the style with a great wheat base along with some nice orange and a slight bit of coriander. Great balance between everything. The taste is the same, offering a bit of sweetness and the perfect amount of coriander and citrus peel to complement. Good body; a bit creamy. Drinks quite well. I really enjoyed this. One of the better wits I've had in a long time.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of the day. Served in a standard shaker, the beer is a hazy sunshine yellow with a farily dense and clingy white head.
It has a fresh and inviting aroma of wheat, orange and spices.

The taste is of citrus, wheat, coriander, white pepper and some flowery hints in the finish.

The mouth is slick with midlevel carbonation. I think this a pretty good example of the style and I would have no problem repeating this one.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revolution is a new brewery to me, but I've been very impressed so far. Picked up a 6er of this stuff while in Chicago visiting family.

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a very saturatedly cloudy, apricot with added pepper color, with quite a bit of froth and web-like lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of spices, but it wasn't as coriander heavy as I'm used to with this style which was a good change of pace. Some bubble gum, apricots, coriander, and fresh wheat. Moderate potency.

T: Extremely bubble gum-like on the finish. Seriously, my sinuses were welcomed with fumes of peach/apricot/coriander Bubbalicious. I also got a bit of white pepper in there as well that was most welcome.

M: The finish along made this one for me. Nothing overly sweet or cloying, great carbonation bill, and the lacing was substantial.

O: Like I stated from the onset, Revolution brews some good shit.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revolution is a brewery you can really get behind. All their beers are very good, and they know their food as well. This is a dangerously drinkable Wit. Chugable even! Funky hay smell with a taste of bread and candied orange zest. The balance is really what makes this beer. My only gripe is the cost, because you can just polish these off! Was it Marx who said opiates are the beer of the masses??

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer pours an unfiltered super cloudy light straw, its almost a neonish yellow. The head is white and creamy.

The aroma is really nice and complex. It starts off sweet with a little citrus, then a nice balance of wheat, coriander and a hint of wheat.

The taste is really nice, it starts off pretty sweet then has a fine wheaty finish.

The feel is very smooth and totally drinkable.

Overall, very good my favorite Revoltuion beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of jvande7
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Revolution in mid Feb-2010.

A- unfiltered/cloudy just like a great wheat beer should be. Good head, and classic/traditional Golden wit color.

S- slighty medicinal smell, but in the best possible way. I should have taken notes because I can't remember the smells, but it was a complex smell. Several spices and goodies come to mind.

T- this is a wit with personality! Slightly spicy and full flavored. Great with an orange slice if you're into that sort of thing. If you like Blue Moon and Hoegarden, this is along the same lines but twice as good as those. At least. This beer is in the same league as favorites like Oberon and Allagash White.

Very good beer. No complaints. We had some at the brewery and then took a growler of this home. Get some.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellowish/Orange color, with a decent head on it and a bit of lace. Nice stick to the sides during the drink.

S - Nice and wheaty, with some deep orange somehow not managing to be citrus, coriander backbone compliments and is not overpowering. Very good.

T - I think witbiers are just hard to make good, but they did a very nice job on this one. Spice adds to the wheaty taste in a very complimentary way. Good peel type taste that avoided being too citrusy, just a slight hint of phenol, but not in a bad way.

M - Nicely carbonated, finishes a bit on the dry side.

D - Easy to get down and order more. Nothing overpowering that makes this one hard to drink after a while. Would definately get it again.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color. Some good white froth and lace.

(S)- A lightly spicy biscuit and clove with some subtle lemon sweetness.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nicely crisp lightly spicy biscuit, clove, and ever so mildly sweet lemon.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level. A good balance and feel for the style overall.

(O)- Overall, I quite like this. An easy favorite over something like Blue Moon, particularly since it is made locally.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade recently. First time I had tried anything from this Brewery, and typically I don't drink this type of beer...Really enjoyed what they did here. Haven't had a ton of this style to compare, but was quite refreshing with good flavor. Could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of ALSAIL
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can acquired as an extra in a trade with mps
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a cloudy straw yellow and was topped by a frothy, two-finger tall, off-white crown. Drippy streaks of lacing coated the glass and lasted throughout the session. The head slowly dropped to a thick, foamy cap.

The aroma was intense and spot-on for the style. Loads of banana and spices. Clove and coriander were most apparent. Good dose of lemon and orange peel. Quite wheaty. Strong Belgian yeast notes came through as well. Touch of candi sugar-like sweetness. All in all, crisp, zesty and really pleasant.

The flavor profile started out really solid. A pale, doughy malt backbone anchored the beer on the front end. Tons of zesty lemon appeared in the center. Super spicy. Clove was most noticeable. Lots of wheaty character. Touch of orange peel. The beer took on an intensely bitter, lemon rind and mineral quality on the finish. Pithy and dry with hints of tea-like hops and subtle metallic notes.

On the palate, the liquid was medium bodied and contained a zippy, spritzy effervescence. Creamy, slick and smooth.

This witbier really got me thinking about the warm weather months ahead. Although the finish was a bit strange, I really enjoyed the intensity of this beer and would rank it as one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour. Have had this beer many times and it is a good go-to Wheat ale. Coriander and a hint of salt comes through amongst the bready yeastiness. Light orange comes into the mix, and makes this a refreshing beer that lends itself well to warm weather months.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Bottom Up Wit from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.