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Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company

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Bottom Up WitBottom Up Wit

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very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 538
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 26
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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.

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 538
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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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 brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow color to this brew. Bright active head on the pour and very active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Some random lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Mild aroma of wheat, prairie grass, straw, and mild fruit accents like bananas. The mild wheat, barley, and tobacco carry this down to earth aroma.

Taste: Pretty close to what I imagined it would be from the aroma, but there is a little more emphasis on the light fruit. Some lemon and melon sweetness with a down to earth feeling of bananas and cloves. Light dryness left on the palate with accents of wheat and barley.

Mouthfeel: A dry light sweetness is pleasant.

Overall: Has a ton of the accents a nice summer beer should have. Nothing that blows you away, but through and through a rounded and pleasant beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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!

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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 Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is muted. There is a slight sulphuric note, some yeasty esters, and a touch of bread. A little orangey citrus in the mix.

T: Taste of white bread, crisp lemon, and orange peel. A bit of yeast and lots of wheat. There are some yeast derived spices in the mix, but they are more in the background than they are central players.

M: Lighter bodied. Heavier carbonation. Slightly spicy and crisp. Very low bitterness.

O: A good wit, very accurate to the style with a pleasantly appealing citrus quality. Easy drinking and rather approachable.

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Photo of AndyP612
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into Darkness tulip.

A- Hazy light golden color with a thin light, white head that dissipates very slowly. The head just kind of hovers.

S- Belgian yeast, coriander, and clove dominate the nose with a subtle orange pop. Smells quite rich, very inviting.

T- Great, rich yeast off the top with coriander clove to round out initial taste. Rich Belgian yeast with slight malt to balance everything out. Extremely crisp.

M- Medium bodied with a pretty dry finish. Quite nice with all of the spices present keeps me coming back for more.

O- very nice wit. Lovely spring/summer ale very crisp with plenty of spice. Not overly light yet very refreshing. Cheers.

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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 GuzzLah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear light yellow with an ephemeral white head. Some lace. Bubbly.

S - Nice aroma of Belgian spicy yeast (clove), corriander, orange peel, soft bready malt.

T - is just like the aroma. It's clove and orange peel upfront with a mild bready finish. Pleasant spicy citrus aftertaste.

M - light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly numbing from the clove phenol.

O - this is an easy drinking, light Wit beer that has a pleasant Belgian flavor and aroma. Great summer beer that I'd gladly consume in any season.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Revolution has really eye-catching cans with awesome graphics. Can gives a small description of the beer, ABV info, web info, and brewery info.

Appearance: I poured this out of its 12oz can into a 16oz English pint. Bottom Up pours out a hazy hay yellow with a ½ finger white foam head of a light density. Head retention was 1min before fading into a very thin ring. Not much lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of coriander and spices with definite yeast-like wheat scent. Has a slight clove and sour scent with hints of citrus fruit and bubble gum.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very citrus sweet on the front end with hints of bubble gum orange and coriander spiciness. This fades to a nice sour wheat flavor that ends with a slight spice and hop bite on the finish.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a very smooth and a very crisp carbonated feel. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A very good representation of the style with a very nice flavor profile. Very refreshing and tasty. This would make an excellent summer beer! Classified as a Witbier at 4.5% ABV. Consumed 2-18-13.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazey banana peel yellow and brass. Quick head and a ring of foam for a it. Average bubbling.

Banana, effervescent cloves, some more spice, fruity yeast, and lightly toasted wheat malt aroma.

Soft bodied brew from start to finish. Toasty, wheaty, and yeasty. Not a lot of coriander and oranger peel flavors. Some banana peel. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of brewtus
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Etan
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bought a can at the Root Cellar on a recent trip to Cincinnati. Poured from can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy pale yellow with a one-finger white head, and a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Grainy, wheat-y, yeasty, and maybe a smidge of hops.

T: Pilsner malt, a little lemony tang, grainy. Clean, almost absent, finish.

M: Light body, mild carbonation sensation, low to no alcohol presence.

O: Not terribly exciting, but not my favorite style either. Glad to have tried it, but probably won't again. On the upside, a very cool can.

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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 schoolboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice product! This is the second Revolution I tried from a can and similar to the first, it is a great product that seems to benefit from canning.

It smells nice as soon as you open the can and it pours a nice light golden yellow. The head is thin, like the IPA from revolution, but like the IPA, the light lacing is nice.

The taste is correct and well balanced, with just a light yeasty witbier taste. The aftertaste is a nice "wanna have more" taste.

Overall, this is another great canned creation that I would want to have again.

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