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Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company

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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%


Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-11-2010)
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JOHNKNEEGEEZ

Maine

3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 13:47:24 | More by JOHNKNEEGEEZ
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

your classic American reincarnation of a Belgian wit. this one is a little heavy on both the coriander and the orange, but it works. bright yellow pour, almost looks like an electric hoegaarden, with similar haze and head. the nose is really herbal, and super yeasty. tons of lemon zest notes and sudsy spice from the Belgian yeast. flavor starts off with light wheat malt, followed by bitter and sweet orange peel alike, and finally a super herbal wash from toasted coriander seeds and maybe even fresh coriander, its potent. low alcohol but tons of body on this one, a little heavier than the style asks for, and isn't as sessionable as a result. good carbonation though, and a light soapy texture to its long finish. two of these was plenty, as its just a tad filling. nothing way out here, just a good American tip of the cap to the Belgian witbier. this one is more robust than most.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 22:58:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 12:07:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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joeseppy

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 00:19:13 | More by joeseppy
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matjack85

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 13:05:48 | More by matjack85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

So, does only one person get to drink then...? Anyway, this stuf pours a lightly hazy pale brass topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises coriander, light black pepper, cracked wheat, lemon zest, orange zest, and a touch of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, with those orange tones really pulling their weights here. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally crisp (if still a touch wet) finish. Overall, a very nice, very refreshing little witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 20:46:22 | More by TMoney2591
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Hopfist

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've heard servers tell people this beer is "Like Blue Moon for grown-ups". I enjoy the mild spiciness and citrus notes, but I occasionally get a sulfidic "twang" in the back of the throat following my first few gulps. I've noticed this more when the beer is really fresh. It's appearance when freshly tapped looks more like pale OJ than a beer, other than the wonderful froth that sticks around for quite some time. When in this state, the yeast is almost too much, and contributes to the aforementioned twang. Their beer always seems fresh (probably because it is), but this one benefits from sitting in the tank a few extra days. Ask the bartender if it's a new batch or not prior to committing to 16 oz. When I've ordered it outside the Logan Square brewpub (which it's starting to pop up in several other spots) this hasn't been a problem.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 17:37:21 | More by Hopfist
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Treebs

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Village Tap for their Local Tap Takeover. Served in an 8 oz. taster glass.

A: Pours a very hazy light straw color with a nice half finger white head that subsides in a light film ring.

S: Smells of subtle yeast and wheat with some nice pepper spice and citrus esters.

T: Typical bubblegum yeast with a spiced backbone. Some coriander and light pepper with a decent amount of citrus, but nothing to substantial.

M: While it went down nicely, there was absolutely no taste left on the palate. It's as if I didn't even drink it. Very odd.

O: A decent witbier, but I would pass on it given another opportunity. The mouthfeel really did it in for me and the flavors were kind of muted.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 16:20:04 | More by Treebs
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Redrover

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 18:22:42 | More by Redrover
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 00:52:30 | More by Thorpe429
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 17:37:43 | More by nickd717
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 20:27:50 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 15:12:35 | More by AgentZero
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diabecktic

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 00:45:47 | More by diabecktic
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jvande7

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 15:32:29 | More by jvande7
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emerge077

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 04:59:07 | More by emerge077
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James773

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 02:01:49 | More by James773
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Dayman766

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 18:34:26 | More by Dayman766
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kaplunk02

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-11-2014 03:17:55 | More by kaplunk02
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a becker pint. Reviewed from notes.

Imposing white foam caps the hazy golden-orange body, standard fare for the style. The white stuff settles to a thin film at a leisurely pace, leaving behind good flecks and tendrils of lace.

This Wit is more on the heavy end of the wheat spectrum as opposed to spicy when it comes to aroma. Just the slightest hint of banana with a decent burst of clove.

The drink starts with that sweet wheat bread flavor and a bit of banana, mid-palate is where the spiciness of clove and even some white pepper and earthiness start to play around. The finish has more of the play on the wheat bread and soft banana than anything else. I like it!

This beer is pretty smooth, light-medium body, and just the slightest tingle from carb noticed on the tongue.

This Wit certainly did not blow me away, although this style will rarely do that to me. I thought it was appropriate, maybe a little soft on the Wit flavors, while that wheat malt really stands out on the palate.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 12:01:27 | More by Pintofbrown
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy straw-yellow, eager white head, lots of bubbles.

S: Orange, a bit of lemon, mild coriander. Standard witbier.

T: Oranges, coriander, pretty floral up front, but substantially mixed with a grainy flavor especially in the aftertaste, which reminds me of beers from my college days. It's good, but could use some refinement.

M: Some sips are super creamy, some are highly effervescent. Either way, it works with the palate.

O: Good witbier, I dig the cans, but in the end not the best bang for your buck.

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 10:23:23 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A finger of white head sits on top of a straw yellow body. The head disappears in a couple of minutes. No lacing.

Wheat and yeast.

Wheat and yeast with a little sweet grass.

The mouthfeel is great. Light-medium bodied, very refreshing. Carbonation slightly bites the tip of the tongue.

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 21:58:54 | More by CFHMagnet
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 02:09:11 | More by tone77
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 17:58:56 | More by woodychandler
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber verging on burnt orange; not much of a head and what is there leaves quickly, though some splashes of lace are left behind

Smell: Wheat bread, banana, orange blossom, coriander and cumin

Taste: Doughy, up front, with the spices and fruit flavors developing in the middle; the wheat bread and banana flavors linger, after the swallow, though there is a sharp, almost metallic, spice character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but slightly prickly carbonation

Overall: A pretty decent stab at a Wit, though not quite on par with some of Revolution's other beers

Thanks, jonallan, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

08-18-2013 16:35:10 | More by brentk56
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Bottom Up Wit from Revolution Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.