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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh and it shows bottle from Riley's in Madison. Pleasant spicey aroma. About three-eights of a retained head on cloudy golden.Lacey. initially a little sour-spicy and then bannana and malts kick in and the whole thing becomes quite tasty after a warm day. Drying finish, and as I find in almost all this brewery's beers, too much carbonation.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, the beer doesn't seem to fare as well as my 'tap' post indicates (See below). Very minerally and lacks softness and creaminess for a Wit or a Hefe. Phenolic character dominates with peppery notes and a hint of plastic. While it remains a decent beer, I'm tempering my initial review.

A good blend of a Hefe and a Wit. It has the softness, smoothness, and spiciness of a Wit with the body and esters of a Hefe. Bubblegum and citrus. Peppery and bananna. Bready, yeasty, and honey-like. Light berries and lemon rinds. And, that's just the aroma. Flavors are sweet and bready with citrus and spicy balance. Light hops. Thicker than normal texture. Great carbonation, retention, and lacing. An overall good beer, whatever you call it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a modest head that fails to stick and doesn't provide much lacing

Smell: Strong whiff of coriander and a lemony yeast tone that is slightly funky

Taste: Starts out bready with a tangy lemony flavor that builds along with the coriander spice; spicy tones of licorice and a touch of ginger also join the fray, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritzy

Drinkability: Different from a typical wit, but I appreciate the creativity of the brewer

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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 emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled today at the brewpub and at Crazy Horse in Bloomington IN.

Pale yellow color, thin cap of foam. Opaque wheaty body. Orange peel and coriander aroma. Citrus and wheat flavors, very easy drinking. Feel was a little dull, however it was very easy to put down a pint. A decent summer refresher.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a bit of a white head. The nose brings some light citrus notes as well as a bit of grain. Some spicing there as well. Taste is a bit of sweet grain and very mild citrus notes. Feel is light and a bit creamy. Drinks fairly well and is much, much better than on tap, where it seems to be excessively sweet.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale straw color, with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head that almost immediately goes completely dead. There is a tiny bit of froth that rings the outside of the glass, leaving just the slightest smidge of spotty lacing on the sides. The aroma is sweet in the nose with fruity orange and lemon zest, along with the crisp sticky breadiness of the sweet. Just a touch of floral character here, with this leaving a bit too much of that sweetness showing and not enough spice.

The taste is an equal mix of tart citrus and the sweet bready tang of the wheat. There is some bitterness present which lends this some crispness in the mouth and I'm finding there to be a much more welcome spice presence here as well. The finish is a combo of dryness and leftover tart fruit. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with an easy and slick feel upon first sip but then this gets nice and sharp as you swallow. Really drinkable body here that just might be my favorite part of the beer.

This was decent enough I suppose but I would have liked to have had a little better balance between the flavors in parts of this. The body alone really helps save things, giving this a crisp and refreshing nature. This would good one for a hot day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this nice twelve ounce bottle as an extra in a trade recently. I was suprised I had not had any before. I served this one chilled to a nice forty five degrees and poured it into a pint glass. Consumed on 12/19/2008 while eating lunch.

A decent pour here, though not much in the way of any head on it so to speak. Still nice hazy and cloudy medium amber colored beer had some nice carbonation to it and a well rounded look.

The aroma was nice, hints of banana, cloves, and an almost bubble gum like aroma peeking in through the mammoth wheat smell. Same held true for the flavor, with massive amounts of wheat present right away that melded themselves into a nice banana and clove profile that seemed to continue to develop as it continued to warm. Nice balance here with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation, left with a slightly dry flavor in the mouth, I went in for a few more sips leaving a nice bubble gum flavor throughout.

Overall this was a really nice little wheat beer. Intresting flavors abound throughout it and it really came off very well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow with a creamy white head that leaves gritty lace all down the glass. The nose is soft banana, bubblegum and mild spice with lemon. The flavor falls somewhere between a wit and a hefe with both the banana/clove hefe and orange peel/coriander wit flavors equally balanced. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. An okay summer beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Big Red Liquors in Terre Haute, Indiana. Bottled on dating notched onto the label. Rolld on its side to incorporate the yeast. Then pours cloudy and lemony, Near white head with some staying power and leaving ample strands of lace. More dull lemon in the nose, then typical yeasty, slightly nutty wheat notes. Fruity and pleasant. Decent summer quaffer.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, straw color. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of spice, slight pale malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, spice, and an herbal note. Overall, sessionable, nice herbal/spice element, and good blend.

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Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a medium, foamy creme colored head. It is very translucent and not very cloudy. The smell is of slight yeast and sweetness. It smells like the aftertaste of fresh bread. There's perhaps some citrus undertones. The taste is pretty good and follows the style. It's very yeasty with some citrusy sweetness. It had a bready but good finish. It has a light mouthfeel and is very light bodied. It has a good bready after taste. I find this to be a very drinkable Witbier. Kudos to Upland for this one.

Note: I prefer this beer to have sat for awhile if from a bottle. It gets better if given three months or so. It is also very good on tap.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

Pale golden straw color, slightly cloudy, large frothy white head that has little retention but leaves behind sticky lacing. Aroma and flavor are both...odd, reminds me of lemon meringue pie or a lemon starburst. Aroma is mild, composed of the lemon with some typical yeasty wit notes, but not much in the way of banana, clove or spice. Body is fairly thick and smooth with minimal carbonation, flavor is more hefe than wit to me, but again with the lemon meringue flavor, slightly sweeter than expected. That said, I actually like this, it's unique, not great, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Evenly clouded yellow gold color. Poured a 3 finger billowy white head with fair retention. Lacing in light, even rings.

S: Big wheat up front. Hints of banana, clove and lemon zest. Other than wheat though, fairly muted.

T: Slightly sweet wheat followed by bright citrus zest. Lemon lingers into a light peppery finish.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation. Very light and quite refreshing.

D: Very drinkable and more interesting than many in the style - it was like a wit that thought it should it should be a hefe

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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 barczar
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw with a frothy one inch ivory head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick lacing.

Grain, wheat, muted orange, coriander, and banana form the initial aroma. Esters of bubblegum and earthy floral hops add intrigue.

Huge lemon and tart orange flavors are accompanied by coconut, banana and clove, with a wheat and crackery malt backbone carrying into a lightly dry finish.

Body is on the full side of moderate, with moderately high carbonation. There's a bit of astringency at the finish.

Interesting flavors for a witbier. Fairly sweet early, good ester profile.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled in March 2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy light gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The aroma is wheat, lemon, pepper and bananas. Taste is similar to the aroma, however there's also some coriander and cloves that I can taste. Mouthfeel/body is light, but it's not watery at all. It's also pretty smooth and has average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink but would be really good on a hot summer day. Overall I think it's a pretty decent brew. This is the first Upland beer I've tried, and I'll definitely have to pick up some of their other products the next time I go to Indiana.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch inch head, cloudy, lemon yellow

Smell: cardamom, lemon, orange, and pepper

Taste: cardamom, lemon, orange, wheat, and pepper

Mouthfeel: crisp, sweet, and light bodied

Drinkability: This is an inoffensive, highly drinkable wheat ale. I could have 3 or 4 especially as the weather started to warm

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a thicker eggshell colored head. Leaves a semi-thick head throughout the whole beer. Plenty hazy and cloudy mixed with the pale sunset hue. Good spice nose, hints of a floral meadow. Good wheaty sweetness and herbal presence. A little musty at the finish hinders this beer from being a great witbier.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a pint glass

A cloudy golden straw body with a foamy, billowing head. Good retention and rings of lacing.

Clean, crisp wheat with a heavy dose of lemon peel and some faint banana. The wheat really dominates here and is fresh and clean.

Citrus really shines through on the palate. Clean wheat holds down the rest of the body while a slight peppery finish comes through in the end. Overall, very clean and simple.

Light bodied with a creamy feel. Carbonation is right on, light, crisp and refreshing.

Highly drinkable for sure. This beer is not overly complex and does what it does fairly well.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pale translucent yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Wheat, some lemon, grass and malt.

T-Wheat, spice, grass, lemon, not much else and not much bitterness either.

M-Light, slight carbonation and on the watery side.

O-Apparently this is their best selling beer. Maybe for non-craft people it is good, but to me it falls short.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with solid amounts of wheat twang. Also present are light and sweet spices and lighter amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid wheat flavors. Slight citrus hops come into play midway through the sip before being pushed aside by light spices. The spices fade out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer – easy to drink and complex enough to keep things interesting. Worth a shot.

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