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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2002

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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 427
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - This beer turned to foam as soon as I poured it. I had a glass full of fluffy, white head. Once it settled, I had a straw colored, cloudy beer. There were suspended particles of yeast.

S - The smell contains some of those familiar smells, orange and coriander, with some yeast aromas.

T - The flavors seem faded. There is some weak orange and yeast taste.

M - Moderate

O - This is probably the most flavorful beer that I have had of their everyday beers. It has some decent flavor to it but by no means a standout.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a sampler pack, but is Upland's #1 selling beer.

A - Slightly cloudy golden yellow. Not as cloudy as some Wits. Light white head that subsides quickly. No lacing.

S - Phenolic with some wheat yeast aroma. Some light grain tone there too.

T - Typical phenolic clove flavor with yeast, bread, and wheat character on top. Also has subtle hints of coriander and tart orange that come to taste after the clove. Some sweetness with the spiciness but without bitterness. Spice from the phenolic covers dominate. A standard Belgian wit.

M - Light mouth-feel. Has light carbonation. light body make this brew refreshing with a dry, tart finish.

Overall, this is a nice summer brew when it's too hot for a heavier beer. Seemingly a run of the mill Belgian wit but obviously has a following if it's Upland's "bread winner". I would drink it again but not going to be high on my list of choices.

Glass- Samuel Adams Boston Lager Glass

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - not as big of a head as a normal wheat. sarts 1 1/2 goes down to less than a half finger pretty fast.

S - hint of banana, yeast. sweetness. not hops whatsoever

T - Clean. Crisp. Not a lot of strong flavors. a hint of banana. Some dry biscuit.

M - silky and moderately carbed. tiny bubbles dance on the tongue. refreshing and pleasant.

O - Needs a bit more flavor. Just something to make it stand out from the style. good for the style though.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft, white head. Nice, yeasty, bready aroma with a nice, big orange backing throughout. Highly turbid, yellow-straw colored. Starts with BRIGHT orange, then the chamomile actually comes through very nicely as the biscuity malt begins to swell in for the finish. The finish is a touch of hops, chamomile (I LOVE chamomile!), and biscuity malt.

Yeah, this is fantastic. I really, really love the addition of chamomile (on of my favorite herbal teas). If you're not big on chamomile, I could see you disliking this one, as it has a fairly prominent role in the middle of the flavor profile. This is a nice, spicy, malty witbier. I can see why this one gets so much play throughout Indiana.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was a nice effort from the boys in B-Town. The beer appeared a cloudy golden color that produced a thin white head, which was not well retained. The beer gave off a pleasant aroma of citrus and bread. The aroma was good, but could have been a bit more robust. The beer had a nice taste to it, a light sweetness from the malt and a hint of banana, no hops to mention. The beer had a light feel to it, could have used a bit more carbonation, but the beer was very easy to drink. Overall, a good summer beer, but I would probably pick another first.

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Photo of Docrock
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - poured a cloudy golden color with little head.

S - little bit of citrus and banana, a bit of breadiness and grassy.

T - sweet and tart at the same time with more banana than the nose indicated, wheat and and malty.

M - light and refreshing with average carbonation, reasonably clean finish with no detectable aftertaste.

O - A decent wheat beer, not one I would probably seek out again but just a bit better than an average beer. Could see this being a decent ly refreshing beer on a warm summer evening.

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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 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 AmitC
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color : Pours a whitish yellow color. A big white creamy head, an inch thick, which does dissipate to thin layer over time.

Smell : Nice complexity here. Winner. Some banana, clove, coriander with a hint of wheat, of course. Seems like a good mix of spices.

Taste : Very much similar to what it smells like. Only a bit mild i would say. All of wheat flavor comes down on the palate. A lot sweeter as usual.

Mouth feel. Very light. Doesn't at all feel like it.

Overall a decent beer. Smell is a winner. Very light beer to drink.

A little to much spices. Realized when near finishing the bottle.

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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 Sean9689
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Indy Tasting Room.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, wheat head, thin ring.

S - Light banana, spices, citrus, with light toasted malts. For 4.5%, it's pretty complex and enjoyable. Refreshing nose.

T - A little sweeter then the nose with spices, banana, cloves, and malts. I like the taste even better, and the sweetness and bready malts are a nice combo.

M - Light, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - A nice Wheat/Witbier hybrid that's very refreshing and easy to drink, just as intended. I would definitely go for this one on a hot summer day or if I wanted to throw back a couple and didn't want to get too crazy.

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Photo of HopZen
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have on tap at home; second keg; 90d old for this review.

A: Golden yellow, sunflower. Densely cloudy, almost milky, as intended. Bright white head, approximately 2 fingers. Dissipates slowly with decent, persistent edge. Good initial lacing, lessens as it goes.

S: Reminds me of a good yeast roll: umami, sweet. Hits of citrus and coriander.

T: Reflects the scent, but pick up more prominent coriander, leaving a trace bitterness. Subsequent sips show a decline of the bitter and elevation of the sweet yeast and tart citrus. Minimal hops.

M: Medium overall, can feel the wheat's contribution. Carbonation is moderate but contributes to the overall mid-dry finish.

O: Satisfying beer with a yeast-bread quality I find very appealing. This second keg, however, being old at purchase (rookie move) seems to have more prominent notes of coriander and citrus, giving it a bitter and almost astringent linger on the palate as well as a drier finish. Aim fresh for the full Upland Wheat experience.

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Photo of abrand
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Indy. Served in pint glass.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a nice 2 finger white head on top. Aromas are wheat, breads, malts, and some fruits. Nose is nice. Taste is smooth and tasty. Plenty of grains along with sweet fruit notes. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with good carbonation. Overall, for a wheat this is good. Would be great in the summer season.

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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 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 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 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 Spcoly
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in the mail from my beer club.

A: Cloudy, yellowish with almost no head

S:Nnot much there...maybe a little honey, and yeast

T: Went down smooth on a summer night...started out with almost an iced tea flavor and finished with a pleasant sweet after taste

M: medium, low carbonation....

O: Decent wheat ale....would probably pass on the next time I came across it...

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

12 oz with a bottling date of June, 2011.

Pours a straw yellow color with a significant amount of haze, almost like the color of a very unripe banana. A fluffy and aerated white head forms that seems to intend on sticking around for the long haul. As it slowly dyes down, it leaves a few traces of lacing here and there.

Nose releases aromas of spice and light fruit, predominately orange, apple, lemon and some banana. Scents of wheat are also detectable, laying a nice foundation for the beer's more upfront flavors.

Tastes a bit lighter than I thought it would have. All the flavors from the nose are there, although the wheat seems to be the center of attention on my palate. I know they were probably aiming for subtlety, but I wish the other players were more prosperous, as the wheat seems to be overwhelming everything else, pushing the herbal and spice elements into the background. Finishes up with a modest lemon twang that lingers around until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, exhibiting a crisp nature with adequate carbonation. A bit of creaminess to it that is prefect for the style, complementing it's semi-dry finish.

Overall, this is a pretty decent Wit. The potential is there, but the other flavors need to be more pronounced and not so subdued by the wheat backbone for it to achieve greatness.

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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 1Adam12
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow golden. White fluffy 1 finger head. Smells of light fruit and wheat. Smells a bit yeasty as well. Tastes light, yeasty, wheaty, maybe a bit citrusy. Not much finish to it. The taste dies off. Mouthfeel is light. Good carbonation. Nice balance with the carbonation and the flavor. Overall, eh, drinkable, decent, good for the summer anyways. Why this is so popular in indiana I will never know, but I do think it is good.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving this one to during our last (and first) in-person trade as an extra AWHILE back! Bottled on May 2010! Served from bottle into Grolsch pilsner. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and subtle bubble gum. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, and bubble gum. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but not great. The flavor on this one was okay, but definitely not awe-inspiring by any means. Same goes for the aroma. It was good and refreshing for the hot summer we have been having, but I would leave it at that.

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

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into my Allagash stemmed tulip.

A= Poured an appropriately cloudy pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch snow white head. The head started at 1" and dropped by half every couple minutes or so until it got to a long lasting 1/8" cap. Lots of good looking lace.

S= This ale packed wonderful Belgian aromas, showcasing all the citrus, spice and maltiness a good wit should.

T= Much like the aroma, the flavors in this one were soft and balanced yet delicious and undeniably Belgian. Initial malty and citric sweetness led to yeasty phenolic and estery goodness. Finished with a nice bit of tartness.

MF= This brew had a medium body and high but not biting carbonation level that made it east to quaff.

D= Very very solid Belgian wit here. Easily the best one I have had from a Midwest brewer. Will be drinking this a lot from now on!

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

cold from the tap at the brewpub a murky straw vold to a 4oz sampler with a serious white foamy head with nice retention.

subtle citrus aroma, lemon rind.

pretty standard fair, crisp and citrusy wheat, lemon after.

light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a not altogether enjoyable after taste.

drinkable - very.

overall - average, not great.

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Wheat Ale from Upland Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 427 ratings.
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