Upland Valley Hefe-weizen | Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Valley Hefe-weizenUpland Valley Hefe-weizen

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BitteBier on 08-01-2002

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by oracle:
Photo of oracle
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a shaker style glass.

beer poured a cloudy light copper with bountiful white head that left minimal amounts of lacing. Not as dark as I would expect for a Dunkel Wiezen, more like a straight Heffe Wiezen (doesn't the word Dunkel in German mean "dark"?)

Aroma was filled with the scents for fresh bread, banana and faint cloves.

As is my custom when drinking any wheat beer (regardless of style), I swirled the last half ounce in the bottle to get the yeast sediment in the bottom.

Taste was pretty good. Strong yeast notes (as one would expect) with flavors of banana and lemon.

It does come across with a little more alcohol taste than one would expect in a 6% abv beer.

overall, this beer is pretty good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jeonseh
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Upland Indy tasting room

A - A hazy orange with hints of brown. Brought out with no head at all

S- Clove and a slight bubblegum dominate the nose along with hints of lemon peel

T - Light orange and lemon peel. Heavy clove with hints of bubblegum and banana mixed in. Light lemon peel in the finish that makes it nice and crisp

MF - Light carbonation with a nice full mouthfeel that lends a creaminess to it. Crisp finish

O - A good but not great weizen from Upland. Easy to drink with good flavors but nothing that makes me stand up and say wow

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Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, amber-colored brew with a strong wheat scent, with a noticeable banana element that carries through to the flavor as well. This beer is nice and light in the mouth, with a good amount of the traditional dunkelweiss flavors (like the aforementioned banana and a strong, husky wheat), and is very easy drinking.

Ryan says it smells and tastes a bit like seaweed. I see what he's saying, but don't think that detracts from the beer.

Anyway, this is a solid brew, but lacks the depth of many of its peers. It also lacks a certain chewiness (for lack of better words) that I love in other dunkels.

A decent beer, but not one I'm likely to turn to often, especially because it's much easier for me to get my hands on a Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Jon
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland Weizen pours an attractive, hazed copper color with a thin, fizzy head that depletes to almost nothing as the beer sits. The aroma is that of a classic hefeweizen -- big notes of banana, clove, and citrus rind. Very subdued yeast aroma, as this is not bottle conditioned. Banana, clove, spice, pepper, and yeast flavors permeate the palate. This is a flavorful brew with some depth, for sure. Finishes with a mild hop twang. Smooth, medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable, it makes for a great summer session brew.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium sized head of fine-small sized bubbles. It had good lacing on the sides of my glass and it had a clove aroma to it. The body of this beer was cloudy. The mouthfeel was thin and watery and it had a bitter taste to it. German Wheats are one of my favorite styles of beer, but in my opinion this just was not a good tasting German Wheat beer in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.22/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Bottled May notched but the year showed '04, '05, and '06, none of them notched. Since the rest in the sample pack were fresh, I'll assume this is from '09 and they reused old labels. "Serve with yeast" on bottle. Done and done.

A - Cloudy and gold with moderate action, this beer's head was white and fluffy to start with but due to poor retention became nothing more than a thin layer which left no lacing.

S - The aroma is of yeast primarily. Not a good yeast but a funky, homebrew something-went-wrong type of yeast (believe me, I know, I've experienced it far more than I should divulge). Besides that it has the makings of a good hefe underneath the yeast. Light bubblegum and banana esters with a mild clove and coriander spiciness. If it weren't for the bad yeast aroma, it would be a winner.

T - This tastes like bad Mr. Beer homebrew. It's an unpleasant yeasty flavor that tastes like its either far too old or wasn't properly fermented to begin with - somewhat astringent and cidery. The light banana, bubblegum, and spices are still there but are completely overshadowed by the yeasty grossness. Maybe I shouldn't have poured with the sediment...

M - Smooth on the tongue and a little bit chewy, it has a fair carbonation bite to the finish. Light-medium in body.

D - This is just wrong. It may end up as a drain-pour in a sip [poured it after this paragraph] and a definite email to the company which is something I've never done. It's drinkable but barely so. I'd have to be drunk to drink this without noticing how its off.

[I contacted the company. Under normal circumstances I wouldn't bother but their brews, based on the sample pack, are of good quality. This one was way off. When I have a good Valley Weizen I will amend my review.]

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz. brown bottle, this wheat beer from Upland Brewing poured a cloudy mahogany color with not much of a head and some light carbonation observed. The smell was mainly of bready malt with hints of banana and clove aromas.
The taste was rather bland. A yeasty malt flavor served as the base for some modest banana and clove essences but there was not the powerful tastes that can be found in some other weizens. The feel was light, thin and watery.
Overall, this beer did little to impress me. It’s not much better than average. While I like the fact that American brewers take the time to try and create beers in the German tradition, this offering falls well short of the mark.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow color coming through right away. A very hazy and cloudy look to this one I have to admit, as I was waiting to find some sediment, but none came forward. Nice three inches of white then topped out over the glass and settled down lightly into a nice little pillow of white, which was reinforced but lots of carbonation.

The aroma was light and very pleasing. Nice touches of grain, light wheat and a touch of a banana like aroma all coming through rather nicely. Some almost light grass like hops bouncing around in there as well. The flavor was very crisp, very clean with a well rounded profile that was very pleasing. Nice light rush of grass and grain, light bready malts and a touch of banana

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Photo of HumanParaquat
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy yellow-straw color with a decent head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose is some faint banana and even fainter clove along with some light grain. The taste is slightly yeasty with a bit of straw and grain. Light feel with good carbonation. Comes together in the end, drinking fairly well.

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Photo of MeisterSmudge
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sweemzander
2.07/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled in March 2009 I am assuming, but only 04/05/06 years are available to be notched on the side of the label. Reusing old labels perhaps? Once again, I have to thank BeerFMAndy for helping me out in trying new stuff!

(A)- Pours a golden orange amber that looks just like carbonated apple juice.

(S)- Smells exactly like I thought it looked like: apple juice only with a light bananna note.

(T)- Light with apple juice and light bananna.

(M)- Very poor carbonation with what already feels like cheap apple juice to me. Bad batch?

(D)- This is either made really badly or is just way too old. Nothing really jumps out to me as saying this is beer except that its carbonated. I would love the opportunity to try it again either fresh or the way it should be, cause I dont think this is the way its supposed to be like.

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Photo of mtrain237
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of PatYoda
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

No head or lacing after 1 minute!? That's not good. Smell is ok - some spiciness and creamy banana is there, along with a little bit of crisp citrus. Taste is more citrusy than the average hefeweizen, but some of the spiciness definitely shows through. The mouthfeel is a bit watery for my liking though - it hardly has any body to speak of, which I feel is its worst characteristic. Pretty average.

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Photo of Jiatlas
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

thanks to.. uhh.. someone i met in indiana

darker, tea colored pour. big spongy head dissolving slowly in patches. bubbly. yeasty aroma with wheat, strawberries and faint banana. very different taste for a hefe. banana and clove traits are there, but in a supporting role. quite heavy beer with big portions of alcohol and overripe dates. mildly belgian in its fermentation. approaching weissebock funk levels. drinkability is probably the worst aspect of this beer.. hits the belly like a rock, burns a bit, and every sip is like a rollercoaster ride of unusual, unexpected flavors some might consider 'off'.

something interesting here, just messy.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding Hefeweizen with balanced notes of wheaty/yeasty taste along with banana, clove, lemon peel and spice. A difficult task seems easy in this refreshing beer.

Carrying a solid haze, this wheat beer has a froathy/airy white foam that laces and persists well. With its pale yellow color, the beer has a standard Hefe look.

Light barley malt and wheat bring a bready-rich (just shy of doughy) flavors, aromas, and textures. Layers of fruity banana, lemony/acidic notes, and appricot straddle the tropical-citrus mix. Clove, lemon zest, orange peel, and soft hint of corriander give a delicate yet spriteful attitude to the pale wheat base. All of these elements work in harmony, not allowing one to dominate the other and without becomming sweetly- all the while revealing new flavors with each subsequent sip. Without waivering in the creamy beginning or it's refreshingly dry finish, the beer offers so much variety in an effortlessly made beer.

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Photo of Knoxrb12
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of route66pubs
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick golden color, with a small white head of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass and larger on the edges. Good head retention. Aroma of wheat and clove, maybe some banana, but slightly off, like a juice concentrate would be in comparison to freshly squeezed.

Slightly crisp feeling gives way to spicy banana-clove taste, but with a syrupy finish. This syrupy-ness leads to a smoother mouthfeel that once again just feels, well, off.

While interesting to try, not something I would have a lot of. I'd be curious to try a tap version, though, to see if there is any improvement.

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Photo of karengarys
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, hazy, not much foam, but character exists. I left the yeast in the bottle this time - next one will have a glop in the glass, update pending.

Smells strongly of something.... cloves? Some citrus.

Tastes, well, cloves, butter, grass, lemon. Not too bad. Odd, though, but it somehow works...

Mouthfeel is pretty good too. It is rather cremy, with a buttery finish.

...At first I thought "this will be a 3, 3.5 at best. But, look at the ratings. I didn't think I liked it that much. When I really sorted it out, turns out this is a pretty good brew!

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Photo of Supertrooper44
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GCurlow sent me this one for Secret Santa 09. Thanks Grant!

A cloudy, pale yellow-range body with a decent sized white head that has ok retention and leaves a few scraps of lacing.

The aroma for me is pretty good; cloves and bannana. There is a good punch of citrus in there also. I definitely not smell any sour or "off" aromas in this one.

Upland Valley Weizen probably is not a hefeweizen. I would say it is an American Pale Wheat Ale, or at least a cross between the two styles. The part that reminds me of a hefeweizen is pretty good; the yeast brings banana, bubble gum, and some clove. The wheat adds a nice twang. However, those hefeweizen characteristics are erased by a blast of slightly bitter, citrus flavored, American hops. It took me a few sips to pick up just what was off about this beer, and that was it; American hops, a good amount of them. I feel like there is a good hefeweizen hiding somewhere in Upland Valley Weizen, because the yeast profile is pretty good. However, the hops just don't fit very well with the rest of the beer in my opinion.

The body is on the light side and the carbonation is moderate; the wheat doesn't add any of the creaminess I would want.

Overall pretty drinkable. Upland Valley Weizen isn't bad, but there is just something disjointed and unpleasant about the flavor.

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Photo of baos
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

12 oz into Atlas Mason spaghetti sauce jar.

A: No head just a smidgen on the pour. No lacing to speak of, but a beautiful golden amber hue.

S: Pink bubble gum stick from childhood again, apricots, yeasty yeasty.

T: Tastes like ti smells with a sweet clovey-honey zip-a-dee-do-da.

M: Lost of carbonation on swish. Light to medium body.

D: I could have a few of these and be buttslappy.

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