Champagne Velvet | Upland Brewing Company

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Champagne VelvetChampagne Velvet

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xip080 on 05-12-2013

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Reviews by macrosmatic:
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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Matt for sending this bottle down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a completely clear light gold to straw color. Forms a big fluffy white head that starts to fade fairly quickly but remains as a layer of foam for quite awhile. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malt with minimal sulfurous/DMS character, a bit grainy, just a touch of grassy hops in the background. I get a touch of a soapy aroma as well.

T: Follows the nose well. Pilsner malts, some noticeable grassy hop bite on the back of the tongue, then some corn/adjunct sweetness. More sulfur and DMS notes from the lager yeast and the pilsner malts than the nose suggested.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation sensation, and nearly absent alcohol flavors.

O: This might be my favorite AAL that I've tried. Which isn't saying much, but it's pretty well-executed. Not as good as Cigar City's Pre-Prohibition pilsner (Patio Pils), but an easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of whit_knee_41
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Bright pale yellow hue, perfect lacing on top. Clean grainy nose, dried grass and faint herbal hop as well. Light bodied, very crisp with a clean palate. More than enough hop bitterness to balance this brew out. Graininess pushes forward in the drying aftertaste.

Love this retro lagers ... tall boy cans next time please.

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Photo of richkrull
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zachpaschal
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz pour into shaker pint on tap.

A: body is a clear bright yellow gold with great clarity and looks like good carbonation. Fluffy white head.

S: Bready doughy malts and light grain and a little bit of an herbal floral hops smell.

T: Lots of the nose carries through to the taste beer is slightly sweet with just the right amount of peppery spice from the hops to balance the nice doughy bread.

M: effervescent and crisp feels light but still finishes a bit heavier than you would think.

O: This is a delightful pilsner easy drinking smooth lots of nice bready depth. Definitely a one to hit up on tap.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, clear golden,with substantial white head and lovely, big spoke-like lace. Very nice.

Nose is plenty of malty grains -- corn, barley. Average lager aroma.

Taste is light, but with plenty of flavor. I get mostly toasty grains, but accented by a plentiful dose of lemony hops. A superb session pils with good character and a well-balanced flavor. Superb and well-done!

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Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of connor4835
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pariah_peels
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Faunland
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwood06
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass

A - Beer arrives at the table with a very thin white head that is practically non-existent. This beer apparently has a head that dissipates incredibly quickly. The beer itself is clear and a light golden color with high carbonation based on the visibility of many bubbles rising quickly toward the surface. 3.5/5

S - Light and sweet overall with lightly caramelized cereal grains and a light grassy hop profile dominating the aroma along with a light pepperiness reminiscent of noble hops. Fresh white bread also comes out a bit as well adding another sweet note. 3.75/5

T - Light sweet caramel and Cheerios hit me right off the bat before transitioning into buttered white bread. Fresh baked bread, like the aroma, is also present as well as a bit of pepperiness. Grassy hops finish off the back end of the beer with just a light lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

M - Light carbonation burn up front which does not last terribly long. Not overwhelming carbonation by any means. Light and crisp but also nicely wetting of the tongue. No drying whatsoever and leaves the palate wet and thirst quenched. 4/5

O - Simple in terms of aroma and flavor but really a very well executed pilsner that is thirst quenching, sessionable, and flavorful. My favorite beer from Upland to date and one that I would definitely return to. The head was a bit disappointing but its lacking may be attributed to the bartender at the restaurant. 4/5

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Photo of dexterk1
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmilyHines
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can dated 3-16-16
Much fresher, and a far better impression of this beer.
Pale gold, thin skim and spotty lace. Bready, grassy aroma.
Lightly bitter with noticeable hop character. Dry grassy finish.
Light bodied, crisp and clean. Overall a great retro lawnmower beer.

5-21-15: 2.99
Notched Oct. '14
Wish I'd seen that before I bought it.

Pours a hazy pastel gold with an ample head of foam. Loose bubbles fizzle away fast. Filmy pond scum skim across the surface, dead and glassy.

Aroma is skunky right off the bat. A little bit of mineral water and corn husks.

Taste is not good, stale crackers, skunky hop grass clippings. Smells and tastes like some suspect euro lagers I've had in my day. Light bodied, but a little slick and filmy. Crackery malt and grassy hops, all the right elements are there but the age seems to have degraded it a bit unfortunately.

It's drinkable but just barely at this point. I applaud the retro lager done right initiative by a craft brewery, but I'll need a fresher sample of this to really know for sure if it's any good.

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Photo of jsh420
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LJWalker
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tesla92
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of KingQuinn
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crownrl28
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJSJr
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcisco44
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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