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Bottom Up Wit | Revolution Brewing Company

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Bottom Up WitBottom Up Wit
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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 02-11-2010

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 575
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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Photo of barnzy78
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, pours golden with surprising clarity, mild haze. Thinner white head leaves a little lacing on the glass. Aromas are bready yeast, wheat, fruity belgian yeast, orange. Tastes are fruity, juicy fruit gum, wheat, yeast, clove, orange. Medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes nice & clean. Overall, pretty average here, but well put together.

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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 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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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 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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light green-ish gold with a two finger clump of bright white foam clinging to the top of the glass. Retention was good and lacing was appropriate.

S: Typically fruity/spicy Wit yeast aromas with a bit of toasty grain and fresh citrus zest.

T: See above. Very clean and simple. No cloyingly sweet citrus flavors to be had. Very natural.

M: Medium bodied with a nicely spicy yeasty edge.

O: This is a perfectly quaffable summer Wit beer. Can't wait to see how it fares during the colder fall/winter Chicago months.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Hopfist
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 diabecktic
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 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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Bottom Up Wit from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.