Pure Wit | Upright Brewing Company

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Pure WitPure Wit

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: organic pale, wheat
Unmalted: rolled wheat, rolled oats
Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh
Also: bitter orange peel, coriander
Yeast: Belgian wit

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-08-2009

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of trevorjn06
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a light/pale golden color and is quite clear. The thick head is white and sticks around for a few minutes, as it recedes it leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice mix of saison and wit, it has some bready wheat and light malt, yeast, some citrus (mostly lemon), a hint of pepper and some other fruits, light peaches.

Taste starts with a tart, dry pale malt and a light wheat flavor that transitions into a light wheat breadiness with peaches half-way through. Toward the finish is lots of lemon and citrus with a mild hop bitterness. It ends with a pleasant tartness on the sides of the tongue, more lemon and a hint of wheat that lingers for a minute.

Mouthfeel is light, high carbonation that remains pleasant.

Overall this beer is refreshing and very complex for such a modest strength and the tartness is unexpected yet fits well. I wouldn't necessarily call it a wit, the wheat flavors are not that dominant, but it doesn't fit neatly into the saison category either. I plan to drink this again.

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Photo of Vylo
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a huge fluffy white head that shows decent lacing. There is a steady stream of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

Sweet wheat aromas with some light lemony citrus and hints of orange zest and coriander.

Taste has some standard grains supporting the sweet wheat flavors and a dry lemony citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is lively and effervescent, dry and crisp.

This is a great wit and seriously drinkable. I could definitely drink this all day on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jdense
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl green bottle purchased at brewery poured into Spiegelau wit glasses. Thanks to Beer Goddess for glassware.

Billowing semi-rocky white head, golden honey body with some haze, medium dissipation. Fruity esters predominate the nose. Taste is citrusy, curacao orange peel, but not overwhelming. Spices are well hidden, there may be some coriander and white pepper present, but it doesn't overpower. Active mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, with astringent finish. A perfect summer quaffer on a hot day. Sublime, nice interpretation of the style from one of NW's up and coming breweries.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

282nd Review
75cl bottle poured into a tulip glass
Didn’t catch the vintage on this

From notes. Enjoyed a while back at a tasting hosted by Doodler (whom probably supplied this as well). Cheers, amigo!

A: Clear medium yellow. 3+ (pure white) fingernail head on medium pour. It is carbonated!

S: Smells of cracked wheat, lemon zest, white pepper, and malt biscuit.

T: Follows smell almost to a T with a nice hint of tartness. Crisp. Smooth. Refreshing.

M: Light bodied with loads of carbonation.

O: A very nice twist to a classic style. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of vurt
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(One of the "Beer Goals" I posted earlier this year was to review more beers under 5%. Here's the first one.)

750 mL bottle courtesy of mykie73 and ipafool (thanks gents!). Enjoyed, in stages, in a White Birch chalice.

The beer is a pale honey gold color with a hazy body. The pure white head is kind of loose and disappears quickly. It goes from finger-height down to a patchy skin with a sturdy rim within a couple of minutes. Doesn't leave much foam behind on the glass.

Big yeasty/bread dough character with a little sweetness and a lot of bright citrus (lemons and orange peel). Lovely floral and soft herbal notes follow the citrus. Finishes with some peppery spiciness and a touch of earthy funk. Well balanced and mouthwatering.

The start and finish are surprisingly tart, even considering the strong citrus character of the nose. The middle is bready and lightly sweet, with orange flavors like a good bitter marmalade. There's also a subtle peppercorn spiciness underneath the grain and citrus. Herbal bitterness pairs with lemon in the quenching finish.

From the rough head and copious bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass, I was expecting the carbonation to be harsh. But no, the carbonation is soft yet lively in this beer. The body is light with a mildly astringent finish.

Refreshing and softly textured, with good harmony between the grainy and citrusy flavors. I like the slightly exaggerated tartness. It's like a shot of berliner weisse was added to a glass of witbier. I'd be happy to drink this beer again.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of and shared with nonstick. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a translucent pale yellowy golden color with a finger of pillowy white foam that leaves sheets of lacing on the glass as it falls slowly.

S - Malty sweet, hoppy, spicy, oranges, green and grassy hops. Quite good.

T - Spicy -coriander especially, sweet, oranges, corn, some light alcohol, malty.

M - Thin body, medium to strong carbonation level...nice and prickly on the tongue.

D - Very good witbier. Maybe slighly outside of the style - a bit heavier in body, mainly. Still a very enjoyable warm weather beer.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well made, stylistically traditional witbier. Pours pale straw, excellent white head that's big and rocky and retains very well. Lots of lacing sticking to the glass. Top notch appearance.

Aroma is as expected, a blend of grainy pale malt and wheat, coriander, clove, and orange peel, and a fresh lemony note underneath. Taste follows the aroma closely; there aren't any surprises here, just solid craftsmanship and a conservative hand with the spices, allowing all the flavor notes to hang together harmoniously. Orange and tart lemons, wheat, spice, assertive pepper, and a perfectly dry malt backbone result in a terrifically drinkable wit.

Medium light bodied with crisp, effervescent carbonation. Refreshing and clean. Paired well with an assortment of cheeses during our pre-dinner appetizer course.

This is a beer that while not truly exceptional will be enjoyed by fans of this style or anyone looking for a light, refreshing, and flavorsome brew. Again, I appreciated the restraint with the coriander and the presence of the lively black pepper notes in particular.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Just to be clear, I'm reviewing this as a Berliner Weiss because that's what it is. Green 75cl bottle poured by parts into a Duvel tulip. Bought at the brewery for $8.

A: Very slightly hazy pale yellow at first but it quickly becomes opaque on subsequent pours due to sediment being kicked up. A finger of fizzy white head quickly dissipates leaving the finest bead at the glass edge. No lacing at all. This is what a Berliner Weiss is supposed to look like. 4/5

S: Very pleasantly tart albeit one-dimensional. Notes of citrus complement but don't take away the focus. 4/5

T: The puckering quality is instantly appreciated. A touch of barnyard is a welcome addition as well. I'm missing the clean wheat quality that I really enjoy in Berliner Weiss, so I'm holding this at a 4/5.

M: Crisp and medium bodied. I just wish it were a touch drier. 4/5

O: A good example of a style I enjoy, but not quite among the best I've had. 4/5

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

I believe Ethan shared this one at our UFC 135 get together.

A - Hazy yellow color that had a bit of white head that fizzed up. Not really much stick on the sides, but faded to a decent collar and cap.

S - Smells surprisingly tart. There is some citrus, a bit of biscuit, slight spice, a bit dry.

T - Maybe they brewed this to be a witbier, but it seems miscategorized to me. A bit more like a slightly unsweetened sour, or maybe even more like a berliner weiss. It's really tart, even a little puckering. Some funk, a little earthy.

M - Big carbonation, lighter bodied, dry finish.

O - A really nice beer. Don't think I've ever had a tart witbier like this one, and would not have guessed that as style if you had given this to me blind folded. Would happily drink again.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Sampled June 2011
A solid pour produces a fat, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale honey / straw color that shows a richly hazed, yellow straw color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of earthy, slihglty grassy coriander, with touches of orange zest, dusty cracker like malt, freshly threshed pale grain (along with the dried straw like character). There is a faint touch of tartness to the finish that is perhaps accentuated by the hints of orange zest. I really like the slightly musty, expressive, sunny grain character that this beer has. As my nose adjusts to it, there also seems to be a light tartness to this brew

This has a zippy carbonation to it that pairs nicely with a nicely tart finish; it is much more tart than I was expecting & I am quite pleasantly surprised. The tartness pairs nicely with the light orange zest flavor that is in the finish. There some straw like pale grain character here as well as a touch of pale-wheat-cracker-like grain notes. This is very light bodied and refreshing (the tartness helps with this last), but it also isn’t overly thin or watery. There is a touch of mustiness here, though not as much as in the nose, but overall the tartness coupled with the hay-like grain character makes this seem clean and refreshing. There is an earthy, somewhat herbaceous, coriander character that forms a nice supporting backbone to the more prominent flavors already mentioned.

I am quite pleased that this is a Wit with some nice tartness to it; it is definitely the way I have come to prefer my Wits. It has even got me a bit more excited about the tart Wit that I am just about ready to bottle up of my own. This is eminently quaffable and a great Wit. The more I get into this, the more I am enjoying this beer. The fact that the tartness is pretty clean, is actually quite nice; there isn’t any real funk here, which would actually overwhelm the flavors of this beer.

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