Wheat Ale | Upland Brewing Company

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Wheat AleWheat Ale

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beveritt
1.55/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. It was either bottled on August 05 or 06, the mark is right between the two years.

Appearance: A pale yellow, almost looks like the dreaded BMC. The beer is pretty near crystal clear, not what I would expect from a wit. The yeast is very compacted in the bottom of the bottle, shaking it gets a little more to pour into my glass. Very small head which fades quickly to next to nothing.

Smell: Very strong lemon smell, almost overpowers everything else. There is also a not so subtle tang to the smell, like the beer will be a little sour.

Taste: Bleh. Too much carbonation overpowers the little taste that may be there. The only tastes I can really pick out are a soapy flavor and an almost bready flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery with too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Have another one? I don't even think I will finish this one. I can feel myself getting heartburn with every sip. Maybe I'll give this one another chance if I can pick up single. I think Coors does this style better.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.8/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow/straw color that looks more like sparking wine than a beer. Smells like lemon furniture cleaner. First sip is a weird flowery taste that is more like French perfume than a malt beverage. This is just awful and my first drain pour in weeks.

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Photo of TheDM
2.14/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small head of fine white mostly lasting bubbles and a cloudy yellow colored body. It has a very mild malt aroma, ga ood lacing and a buttery straw flavor with orange notes. I wish this beer had more character especially since it is from my home state of Indiana.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this in the bottle before and it seemed better than this one. The color wasn't bad, and I know wheat beers are not clear, but this one looks like a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Didn't really like the orange slice it came with. The taste was not as good as I remember it. Too much citrus taste to me. Not much malt flavor either. It's also a little sour and not easy to drink. Probably wouldn't get another.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of suspect
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Thanks to my buddy Todd for bringing this back from Indy.

A: Crystal clear golden colored beer. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger cumulus-cloud colored fluffy head that dissipates slowly over time. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet malty smell with some graininess to it as well. Not a great smell. Pretty typical wheat smell, just a touch thin.

T: Sweetness follows the nose, a very small amount of clove and nutmeg but it feels pretty forced. No hops to speak of either. All in all, pretty below average taste.

M: Sticky feel, not bitter, light body, lightly carbonated.

O: I was really unimpressed with this beer. The taste wasn't very good, it was overly malty and this is a beer I won't be seeking out again.

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on Oct 2010 according to the label. Thank you for providing a freshness date. This benefits the consumer as well as the brewer.

A - There was some residue at the bottom. I swirled it so keep that in mind. Color was a beautiful straw like color. Maybe 1 step higher towards golden but not much. Very opaque with the yeast. Head is minimal and falls to non-existent.

S - Nose is orange and coriander. I don't know, but this smells definitively like a Belgian Wit style. No mistaking it. We will see. I was expecting an American Wheat. Label says "Wheat Ale".

T - Yeah, this is a Belgian Wit. I'll describe the taste as such. Coriander DOMINATES this beer. Imagine a Wit that just took it a step too far. Comparable to a Blue Moon, or maybe a Hoegaarden with double the spice. Subtlety is important in this style because drinkability will suffer otherwise. Although the freshness date indicated that this was reasonably fresh, this beer has the ham or corned beef like aftertaste of a Wit that is either overly aggressive or that it has turned.

M - Thin, modest gravity. Flocculent yeast that assists a bit in mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation.

D - Just too aggressively spiced to be a drinkable Wit. I have made this mistake in my homebrew Wit beers as well.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it had a small sized head with fine sized bubbles. The body was cloudy and the lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The aroma of this beer was that of oranges. The mouthfeel in my opinion was both watery and thin. This beer lacked character.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June '09. Thanks go out to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow color with a good white head that dissipated very quickly.

(S)- Potent lemon pine sol cleaner burn that is really harsh and off-putting. A lemon grass wheat-thing finish.

(T)- A light; almost bland lemon wheat with a weird spice that I cannot put my finger on.

(M)- Tons of carbonation that might be a bit much to enjoy the beer fully. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is fine since its so light in body.

(D)- In my opinion, this beer doesnt have alot to offer you. I respect that this was crafted pretty well, but its just kinda bland in a sense. It sure goes down easy though! I would much rather have this than a Bud! lol

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of tvv375ia
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a very light yellow with a 1 finger head that disappeared completly very quickly without any lacing

S-A litlle clove type spice

T-Spice of cloves for the taste also follwed by a little bit of nuttiness on the finish

M-Low on the carbnation and slightly watery

O-Not bad but I don't think that I will search this one out to have again.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to brian44556 for sending me this one!

A-light yellow, hazy gold with a thin white head

S-smells buttery mostly and has a hint of wheat to it. its a weak strength

T-well this sure is unique. comes in with a unique floral spicyness that reminds me of the inside of a hippy incense shop. it then transforms in to some tartness. the after-taste has the same floral spicyness to it. this is not a very good witbier. i feel like i'm eating flowers or something.

M-has a tart, creamy medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-well as much as i don't like it as a witbier, i don't think this beer is all THAT bad and it does seem to go down easily. i do appreciate it slightly for its uniqueness. I could see me drinking this again some time on a nice hot summer day. I wouldn't mind sharing a 6-pack with a friend.

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Photo of Indybeer
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Poured a cloudy yellow, with little or no head even with a vigorous pour. No sign of lacing. Aroma is citrusy. Taste starts off with the mild tartness, but the middle has a odd flavor I can't figure out, and it throws the whole finish off. It has good carbonation but just couldn't get past the taste.

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Photo of khiasmus
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Milky, yellow, a plop of creamy head atop, approx-a-finger. Pretty lacing about the glass, a white sheet, but the cloudiness is too much, looks like a health drink from a health-food shoppe or a home based business... like yellow milk.
As for the whiffs... lemon-grass and pear, honeysuckle, none of the normal banana or clove.
The flavour offers more lemon-grassy-fields, windy, sunny, bright, and spices blowing through the wind... Nutmeg? Coriander? Ginger. it's Ginger. Ginger, that's it, that's the finish-flavour. The initial taste is lemony and bright, then it descends to a massive amount of spice, and that's it.
Flattish-milky, smooth, none of the light carbonation that this style needs. This one drinks like a lightly carbonated glass of milk in the mouthfeel.
This one was okay, but too much for the spicing. It's a spicy, milky mess, really. It's somehow strangely drinkable, but seems to be more of a specialty/spice beer rather than a typical wheat ale, and the yellow-milk look and mouthfeel really ruin it for me.

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Photo of theRooster90
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Upland Tasting Room, Indianapolis

A: Very cloudy straw yellow with a nice bright white head.

S: Sweet grain smell, wheat, not a huge fan of wheat smell.

T: Cloves, some nuts, pretty average.

M: Light finish with small amount of carbonation.

O: Average wheat beer, but I'm a little biased since I don't really like wheat beers.

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I went ahead and tried this beer again, and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it much better than the first go at it. Probably a bad batch, but oh well. Poured into pint glass creating a very small, quickly fizzing out head. Looked like a pale-ale yellow with a small bit of darker yellow. Taste was much better this time around, a typical wheat ale citric taste, but it was a little bit watered down? Though it was better than my first try, it still wasn't all that impressive, and everyone here is nuts about it. Still, I think Upland has much better to offer.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like Upland beers, but this one just disappoints. I don't expect much from a Witbeir, but even with that, this is just incredibly thin in the flavor profile. Just not a lot there.

Just leaves me wanting for more flavor or aroma. Looks good, just not follow it up.

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Photo of erz316
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served into pint glass with orange on location

A - pours an unimpressive 3/4 fingers white big bubbly head. body is the colour of diluted orange juice: very turbid, but still diaphanous. body is a milky white orange juice color. what little head there was shrinks down to nothing in no time.

S - smells very fruity. a bit of cantaloupe, and then this really strong artificial 'tropical' scent, which includes mangoes. really smells like a tropical flavoured sorbet; not very pertainible to the witbier style. there is no hint of any added spices, the entire nose is completely dominated by this mango-pineapple syrupy sweetness. very disappointing.

T - finally some of the wheat flavour comes out, but the majority is the cloying tropical fruitiness. initial taste is the tropical fruits. Underneath it all, in the mid ground, is this medium intensity wheat flavour, with some very noticeable yeast notes. the fruitiess basically sucks up anything that could easily be used to identify this beer with the witbier style. the taste is more orange like than anything else, maybe thats why they serve an orange with it! but a witbier should not taste simply like orange-beer. the finish is almost bland, except for the persistent tropical orange flavour. maybe there is a touch of wheat or yeast during the absolute last stage of the finish. aftertaste is pretty usual and boring, almost the same as the initial, except the sweetness has been dulled down to some degree

Ah ha! I just asked the bartender if they brew the beer with any fruit, and apparently they dump orange juice into it. so that explains a lot.

MF&D - the drinkability is alright, its just too sweet for me. I can see why so many phonies like this beer: it hardly tastes like one. the feel is solid, plenty of carbonation and a decent thickness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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.


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Photo of IntriqKen
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy lemon yellow in the glass with a full finger of soft white head.
The head melts pretty quickly to just a small topping of white lace.

Aroma is very faint but has a touch of corriander, bread, and lemon.

Taste is immediately spicy with white pepper, corriander, and a light clove bite. I also get hints of cinnamon which is unusual in a wheat beer. Over everything is a nice biscuit type yeast flavor.

Aftertaste is mostly the clove and cinnamon...something I would expect more in a Winter Warmer than a summer refresher.


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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of three offerings from Upland Brewing Co. I was able to find, this wheat beer came in a 12oz. brown bottle. On the pour, it had a hazy straw color with a wispy white head that amounted to a small cap and no lace. Lifting the beer to my nose, I was greeted with a lightly bready aroma, grainy malt, and some coriander and orange peel notes.
A taste had me pondering exactly what I was drinking. I immediately picked up the flavors of grainy pale malt, a certain yeastiness, and then hints of clove and bubble gum. The finish had a mild pepper taste and a tart citrus bite. The feel was light and a little thin.
On the whole, I couldn’t really get a good feel for this beer. I felt like I was drinking a beer that didn’t know if it wanted to be a Belgian witbier, a weak hefeweizen, or a middle-of-the-road American wheat ale. While a tasty brew, it heads off in too many directions which is kind of distracting.

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Photo of karengarys
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours light greenish, somewhat cloudy. A bit of foam sits on top, but doesn't stick to the glass.

Smells funny to me, a bit skunky, but also citrusey. It improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel is okay, not bad but not great. It has some light creamy fizz at the front of the tougue which dissipates into flatness quickly.

Taste is quite clean, a bit light and thin, and refreshing. Kinda bland to me, but it is representative of the style and quite good. Lots and lots of citrius, some grass flavor.

The finish is very clean and bright. It finishes very clean, and absolutley no aftertaste.

This is great to drink after a hot day in the sun and one is looking for something a little cleaner and refreshing.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wheat beer by an American brewer. I never know what to expect, even with a style given on here. We'll see. Lets pop the cap.

the brew pours a bright yellow color with a small head that is maintained by an active carbonation. The nose is not so promising. There is a slight orange peel character, but none of the coriander I would like to smell, and a little too strong in the wheat. Its just a little flat. The flavor is also lacking something. There is a light orange flavor, but a rather prominent cinnamon flavor. Very much not what I expected. I think this is an interaction between the wheat and the slight spicey character, but it definately gives me a honest to goodness cinnamon flavor. The feel is a light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer by any measure. Not sure if this is my style though. It just doesn't grab me and pull me in for a second botrtle.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle marked as bottled on March of 2008 into a pint glass. Appearance is a pale opaque straw yellow that's littered with floating solids of yeast. Thin fuzzy head of bone white foam dissipated quickly into a light to moderate ring of weak lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy with hints of clove and banana present, wheat and grainy undertones. Taste is light as was the aroma, also sweet and lightly spicy, same banana and clove, wheat, finishes with a slightly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, a touch rough on the tongue, washes down cleanly. Drinkability fares well, although possibly boring past a few due to lack of overall character and substance. Overall a solid witbier, would purchase again.

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