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Upland Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #483
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3.59 | pDev: 14.76%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
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Notes: Upland Wheat Ale is a classic rendition of the Belgian Witbier (white beer) style. We brew it with organic coriander and orange zest to be light on the tongue and refreshingly tart. In the tradition of the Belgian Wit style, Upland Wheat Ale is unfiltered, allowing suspended yeast to create a cloudy, golden appearance. This is an everyday, every meal type of beer. It’s comforting on a cold winter day and refreshing on a hot summer evening. That’s why it’s one of our most popular brews and a flagship beer of our brewery.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was outta tahn over the weekend, but now that I am home, it is time to kick The CANQuest (tm) into high gear! I have loads of CANs awaiting my attention & no better time than the present.

From the CAN: "Cloudy, Yet Crafted with Clarity".

Yes, Virginia, it IS a Witbier, including according to the brewery's website. For this reason, I performed an in-CAN agitation & then allowed it to settle briefly before Crack!ing open the vent. Nothing untoward occurred at this juncture, so I beCAN a heavy-handed (but still NOT inverted) Glug. The result was a good bit of head, but it was quickly dissipating away to wisps. Let's call it a quick finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly disappeared. 8=( Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled strongly of honey (honey malt or honey as an adjunct?) and spice, clearly coriander, but also possibly cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, just above watery, but par of the style's course. I got a LOT of cinnamon & honey flavor & I thought of Cinnamon Toast Crunch breakfast cereal which I occasionally snack on as a substitute teacher. I like the cereal dry since I eschew milk, but this was a pleasant liquid surprise on the first day of a mounting heat wave. It was not precisely to style, but it was very pleasant to drink. Honey was the dominant flavor with a light spiciness lurking in the background. This would NOT be the Witbier to add a lemon slice to, if you are so inCANlined! It might have been coriander, but I usually get more of a black pepper bite from it, where this was more spicy. Mmm. Finish was dry as any beer that uses spices as adjuncts should be expected to be, but well within the specs for the style. Nice.

Jun 18, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had Upland Wheat Ale at Farm, Bloomington, Indiana, on draft into tumbler. This light wheat ale has a nice balance of malt and spice and wheat bite, and is more than just an excellent accompaniment for a meal.

Mar 25, 2018
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 12-pack of these to try, at $17 for 12, they are a good deal. Overall I enjoy wheat-based beers, and that includes this one too. Smell is very typical for a wheat beer, tasted mostly spice throughout the beer, and seem to finish stronger at the end. Beer finished clean, with little aftertaste and is well carbonated. Overall a good, solid, but unspectacular wheat beer. Would drink again.

Jan 14, 2017
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breakingbland from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is straw yellow in color with a scant head of fine bubbles. The aroma is faint with spice and funk. The flavor follows with the spice taking on a cinnamon character and the funk becoming more pronounced. The predominant flavor, however, is of honey. The flavors mellow as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is nice and appropriate for this style.

Overall, I like this beer and would name it as one of my favorites of this style. I liked the honey in the flavor, but some might consider it to be a bit strong.

Dec 02, 2016
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Irishjohn77 from Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

L - pours yellow/white pale. cloudy. good head at pour
S - strong aroma of wheat and yeast
T - wheat. Some orange and spice. Not complex
F - a bit of spice tingle in aftertaste
O - basic, but not bad.

Sep 11, 2016
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jmkiser from Indiana

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Bright yellow, hazy but barely, 1 finger white foam head

S: Lemon that's clearly present, but not overpowering - subdued by the wheat?

T & F: Hits the mouth with citrus lemon and carbonation. Thin and basically flavored, I would almost go so far as to call this a fruit beer.

O: It immediately made me think of the Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. I would want one of these on a golf course on a hot summer day. With the packaging, I was looking for more unfiltered wheat out of it, but I enjoyed what I got instead. Buying, though? I would probably just buy the Summer Shandy cans if I was in the mood for this. If I was looking for a traditional wheat beer, I wouldn't be looking for this. But at a bar with only Bud, I would definitely pick this over that every day of the week.

Jul 15, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a whitish/yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is musty, wheat, lemons. Taste is spices up front, ginger stands out, wheat is present, light lemons. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

May 18, 2016
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow, with a thin, white head.
Smells of sweet orange and lemon, with the yeast backing.
Tastes of candied lemon heads right up front, and the yeast comes out to settle it down a bit.
Mouthfeel is very thin, yet refreshing. Could drink several on a hot summer day.
First beer from this brewery was meh, but different.

Dec 30, 2015
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Just ok, not a great Weisbier. I'm a fan of wheat beers and this one is a bit flat and uninspired. Would still be nice on a hot summer day however....

Oct 31, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

50cl aluminum CAN served cold into a pilsner glass in Chicago, Illinois. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation. Reviewed live as a wheat ale per the label. Acquired at BEERmiscuous in Chicago. Cost was around $3 USD.

15 IBU. 4.7% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5cm wide. Off-white colour. No lacing. Weak and thin. Recedes quickly - lasting only around 45 seconds.

BODY: Cloudy lemon-yellow of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a nice look for a wheat ale, but isn't anything unique or special.

AROMA: Stale wheat. Lemon zest. Clean barley.

A muted, almost insipid aroma that suggests a reticent bland wheat ale.

Aromatic intensity is light.

TASTE: Lemon zest. Stale wheat. Barley.

So simple and shallow there's little to say about it. Very plain and straightforward, lacking depth, intricacy, nuance, subtlety, et al.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, stale, overcarbonated, unrefreshing. To its credit, it's crisp and clean in its presentation of flavour.

Doesn't suit the taste all that well. Decent execution.

Not oily, scratchy, rough, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or chewy.

OVERALL: Lacks a gestalt build and a harmony of texture and taste, but it's drinkable. Casual drinkers craving an easy drinking wheat ale will try a first sip, look in curiosity at the glass, say "Huh.." - and then return to what they were doing prior, immediately forgetting this underwhelming brew. The discerning drinker will find little of note. Above average, but not up to par with Upland's more reputed offerings.


Oct 11, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint can:

Pours clouded yellow with a thin lasting white head that leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is of wheat, some orange/lemon, some tea and herbs (coriander and chamomile. A subtle aroma.

The taste is of wheat tang, sugared orange peel with a chamomile and coriander, tea-like spicing that adds a dry balance.

Tea-like spicing lingers. Refreshing.

An interesting twist on the style. Worth trying for a "different" witbier.

Oct 02, 2015
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justincolts from Indiana

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow/golden coloration. Little head. In certain light it looks more lemonade in coloration, in others more of a golden. Has a lot of activity after the pour for a while. Does have a citrus smell, nothing bad, nothing overwhelming. It has the smell of a really nice thirst quenching summer beer. There is a slight bitter flavor, some yeast. It is very light, in terms of drink ability and in terms of thickness.

Jul 16, 2015
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, best April 2015, into a weizen glass. Bought as a sixer from a Bloomington grocery store during a family trip.

A- 1-finger, fizzy white head. Clean, straw body with moderate-heavy carbonation. Head settles out to a thin foam. Decent stick left on the glass.

S- Yeasty. Orange juice/zest, coriander, black pepper. A little gum. Quite aromatic, really.

T- A good combination. Wheaty backbone with orange, coriander, and peppery notes. A combination of sweet malt, orange, and black pepper in the finish means it ends somewhere between sweet and dry.

M- Medium-light body. Moderate-heavy carbonation. Delicate, somewhat creamy. Black pepper qualities make for a little bite.

O- a good representation of the style. Doesn't try to get to funky, which means it doesn't stand out, but it doesn't get off putting either. Refreshing and lower on the ABV scale, makes for a great warm weather session beer.

Jun 02, 2015
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much to report here, very base model for a Wit. Nothing jumps at you. If it's hot out and you need to have more then a few, I can see doing a session of these, otherwise slightly below average.

Jun 01, 2015
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TBlok_ from Indiana

3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing, with a phenomenal citrus after taste. There's a slight coconut undertone that you might miss unless you really look for it. This is the epitome of a great summer beer.

May 19, 2015
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BWED from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Bright yellow with some white hues. Super hazy. Delicate white head and lacing. Retention is okay.

S- Citrus and coriander. Just a little wheaty/grainy. Yeasty.

T- Mild grain flavor. Citrus is slight, and spice is less so.

M- Light body. Wet, but the spice dries the finishes just a bit.

O- Not bad. Not the most flavorful Wit, however it looks good and drinks great.

Jan 11, 2015
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IPAGeorge from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass

A. Light yellow and 85% transparent with very little head.

S. Typical wheat Belgian or Wit aroma. Slight spice character.

T. Very light. Not very funky. A nice clean wheat.

M. Light bodies and not overly carbonated. Finishes clean.

O. A nice wheat beer you can drink all day. Not too heavy. Not too funny. Very mild.

Dec 21, 2014
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Appearance: 4.75
Aroma: 5
Flavor: 4.75
Mouthfeel: 4.75
Overall score: 4.75

Bought as a single 12 oz bottle from Kroger's Grocery in Elkhart, IN.

Gloriously good beer!

The best Belgian stye whit beer I've had in awhile. Gleaming light golden liquid with a big white head.

Exquisite spice-laden aroma. Cloves and nutmeg are very present.

Flavor is a mouthful. Lots and of spices. Nice grain notes. A tiny bit of sweetness. A tiny bit of orange-citrus. Very crisp.

Luscious mouthfeel. Nice texture in the mouth, with a slight prickle.

Extremely sessionabe. I wish I bought more than one.

Sep 02, 2014
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leantom from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Jeez, I hate this new reviewing system. Alright, here goes:

A: Looks exactly like lemonade with fizz. Beer pours a small head with minimal lacing. 3/5

S: OK, but nothing special. Smell wheat, banana, orange and citrus - however, these smells aren't as robust as in other beers of the same style. Overall, just OK. 3/5

T: Taste follows the nose. Wheat, banana, orange, citrus, etc. The beer also has a bready characteristic, and the yeast can be seen on the bottom of the glass upon consumption. 3.5/5.0

M: Good. Not too thick or light. 4.0/5.0

O: Pretty average for the style. Probably won't have again. 3.25/5.00

Aug 16, 2014
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Halfbrother83 from Illinois

2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Norse Bar in Chicago.

A: Cloudy, bright yellow with about a finger of foamy, white head.

S: Banana, some lemon, and very pronounced yeast.

T: Clean and crisp, but overly bready. Really no other interesting flavors present to give this beer any sort of character.

M: Light and moderately carbonated.

O: Overall, this beer is quite refreshing, though I wish it tasted like something, anything, to make me want to drink it again.

Jun 09, 2014
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RyanPoff from Tennessee

3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Bloomington. This is now one of my go-to dailies.

A: Pale gold color with about two fingers of head. Very effervescent

S: Corn - malts - lemon. Summer in a bottle.

T: Has a carbonated malty sweet lead. Taste of orange, wheat, lemons, malts. Great for the style.

M: it's fizzy fresh and peppy. Maybe the best thing going.

Overall a fairly lousy brew

May 17, 2014
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very pale transparent yellow, with a short head that fades, with only mild lacing.

S - Funky grass, yeastiness and grains, a slight spicy note.

T - The wheat is king, with a subtle souring note, some peppery spice, and a hint of lemon.

M - Brisk and clean, a real easier drinker.

O - A decent, but not mind-blowing, rendition of the wheat beer.

Mar 04, 2014
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PBIU from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one holds a special place in my heart in that it is from Bloomington, IN the home of my alma mater, Indiana University.

It along with Sierra Nevada and my hometown Goose Island, really introduced me to craft beer in my late teens and early twenties.

I think at the time when this brewery opened in 1998, this beer was a nice choice for one opening in a college market. Nothing too flashy and easy drinking.

Fast forward to 2014. Has it has held up over time? I say yes. For a Wheat Beer it is very approachable and I could see myself still picking this out when the mood strikes.

Upland has since moved into more adventurous brewing styles (They are know for their sours now) but this flagship is still a good solid beer.

Go Big Red and pick up an Upland Wheat Ale!

Jan 13, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in 07/2013. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, clove, wheat, biscuit, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, biscuit, wheat, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn good witbier. All around good robustness and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 13, 2014
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falloutsnow from Illinois

2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From: Gifted by KR, thanks
Date: Bottled 2013-09-??
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Upland's Wheat Ale is a fairly straightforward, simple Belgian-style wheat beer in the tradition of Blue Moon: excessive sweetness, overdone spices and no significant yeast character. This was disappointing, as the aroma was somewhat pleasing, leading to a fairly unpleasant drink overall. One I'd pass on.

Pours a 1cm tall head of white colored foam, made up of small, medium, and large-sized bubbles, creating a spongy appearance. Retention is below average, the foam lasting under one minute in descent to a modest ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual lace resting atop the body. Lacing on the sides of the glass is poor, with little more than a few dots clinging to the walls. Body is a medium-dark golden yellow in color, with light bringing out pale golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of sweetness clearly from wheat malt with additions of coriander and orange zest that give a smooth herbal sweetness with a bit of citric tang from the orange. There's also a very faint hint of yeast in the background if one inhales deeply enough. Not particularly complex or deep, but enjoyable.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor is fairly dull and watery, a mix of overdone coriander and dried orange zest atop a fairly flat wheat malt sweetness, with little depth or complexity aside from hints of clove. Front of palate features a somewhat cloying sweetness that comes across as similar to what coriander-orange-flavored 7-up would be like: syrup-like malt sweetness with too much orange zest and coriander. Mid-palate experiences a better blend of bread-like wheat malt flavors and sweetness mixed with still strong, but more balanced orange and coriander, with hints of clove-like phenols that were most likely produced by the yeast. Back of palate tastes too strong of spices, with coriander being overdone; this is joined to clove-like phenolic characters from the yeast, orange, and rather subdued wheat malt influences. Aftertaste of lightly grainy wheat flavors combined with slightly tart orange peel, residual coriander, spicy phenolics, and a mild overall sweetness.

Beer is light to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a foamy (9/10) and smooth (1/10) mouthfeel that's quite pillowy with foam, but a bit watery around the edges. Closes dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Jan 06, 2014
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