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Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company

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421 Ratings
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-11-2010)
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

zestar, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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

brentk56, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

And so is the story of Witbier... It seems that brewers have options- either they can go fragrant and perfumy in aroma and risk a soapy and floral taste. Or they can have a balanced and sensible drinkability and have a musty grainy scent. Revolution chooses the former for an authentic Belgian taste, but you gotta get p inast the aroma of damp hay to start.

Hazy and light gold upon the pour, the beer releases a typical white froth that's creamy from edge to edge. As the beer settles just a bit, its retention is firm yet short but then laces intricately on the glass.

Spicy and moderately floral to the nose, an up rise of wheat, grain, and hay quickly commands the aromas even as the notes of cumin and white pepper intervene. But incedibly, the taste is a subtle doughy taste with a citrus backbone. Oranges and lemons lead the taste but the underlying sweetness provide an underpinning of malt. But a balanced middle palate ensures a receding sweetness and a rising pepper and coriander taste. Pleasantly acidic, a mild tart flavor rounds out the finish with a pep from vanilla and mint.

Mid-light in body, the ale's early palate sensations are sweet and lightly bready, but a quick turn to acidity, alcohol warmth, and grain shadows closes the beer clean, crisp, and refreshing.

As the dust settles, forget the bouquet-this, the floral-that. The authentic and rustic nature of Belgian-brewed wheat beers is alive and well in this Chicagoland rendition- and the beer world is better of for it!

BEERchitect, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

TMoney2591, May 15, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

emerge077, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color and a white head (that falls quite quickly). Nose is good; bready and bubble gum. Flavor is smooth and consistent. Nice lemon tones that are a bit high. It all works though. Smooth feel. Very easy drinker. Nice job on a difficult style to produce.

RblWthACoz, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

MarkyMOD, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

duceswild, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a small 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, light bubblegum, floral, earth, and yeast esters. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, orange zest, coriander, wheat, clove, bread, floral, pepper, light bubblegum, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, light bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A touch watery, but its not too bad. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good witbier. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Gonzoillini, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KAF, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Zaphog, Jul 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Cynic-ale, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Rhettroactive, Aug 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

HuskyinPDX, Jun 22, 2013
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Bottom Up Wit from Revolution Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.