Pure Wit | Upright Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
uprightbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
9.42%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of AlexFields
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to oregonskibum for sending this one in a trade.

Poured very light yellow. The head is very thin and fades away quickly even though I poured pretty aggressively. Looks like a barely carbonated soda with the head gone.

Smells of tart lemon. Maybe a little spice or yeast, but mostly tart lemon.

Wow, this is almost a sour. They weren't kidding when they said they were aiming for the tart side of the witbier spectrum. In theory that sounds great, but the reality is this beer is pretty one dimensional. A blast of lemony tartness and that's about it. You have to look hard to find coriander or yeast or any of the normal parts of the witbier flavor profile.

Mouthfeel lacks carbonation.

A decent beer and an interesting one, but not very well balanced and not all that interesting after the initial shock of how tart it is. I expected better.

5.8/10

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not many beers really do justice to the 750 ml magnum. This one does due to its spry, champagne-like effervescence and the tall airy crown of white foam it upholds. Initially, the head is intrusive yet playful. As it subsides, the pale, clear yellow body is more approachable, kicking up a light grassy aroma suggestive of a simple rootstock woodenness. The taste has a cereal graininess but doesn't deliver any of the alleged orange peel. Perhaps a hint of coriander pokes though, but it's not convincing. The body is buoyant and light on the tongue with an ashen/graphite finish.

Ultimately, Pure Wit is too timid to appreciate and doesn't project enough wit character to sustain interest.

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Photo of popery
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale shade of yellow. Quite cloudy. The head is big and fizzy. It dissipates pretty quickly, despite its aggressive beginnings. No lacing. The aroma is light and lemony. There's a bit of coriander and some wheat, but it's quite mild. The beer is very dry, and I'm only picking up light spicing in the taste. Lemons, peppercorn, mild wheat spice. There's a touch of malt sweetness to it, but it's largely lacking in grain flavor. Orange peel is probably in there. Light, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is effervescent. Carbonation is pretty high. Very light on the palate. Quite crisp. I appreciate the thought of doing a straightforward, low abv witbier, but this beer just lacks the fresh grain flavors and enticing spices of better versions of the style. It's definitely easy to drink and refreshing but not much more than that.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear yellow color. The carbonation visually is really effervescent with a huge white head composed of big bubbles that fills the glass and maintains its froth atop. A swirl emits 3 fingers of froth back to the surface.

The aroma consists of wheat, coriander and and unfortunate amount of sulfur. Some lemony fruit aspect is enjoyable coupled with a trace spiced aspect of yeast and clove.

The taste includes notes of wheat and coriander. That mild sulfur aspect persists from the nose into the flavor profile subsided a bit from a lemony addition. Some spiciness of clove mixes with other yeast attributes smelling somewhat like bubblegum. As the brew warms up mild earthy and grass character emerges with apple or pear skin in the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew that is overly effervescent with carbonation that distracts a bit but is ok once it settles down. This is not bad but not something I would buy again. This was a bit of a let down. It was recommended to me as a lover of berliner weisse and wits. I was told this was sour mashed and a sort of hybrid of both styles. Instead, this was nothing like a berliner and not that great of a wit.

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Photo of BurgerJones
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stein.

Another green bottle, another skunky aroma. Pretty disappointing.

Taste is holy lemons, pepper also, some floral notes. But mostly lemons.

Mouthfeel funky and fizzy, medium bodied.

Overall enjoyable, not my favorite wit but not a bad one either. Bears strong resemblance to the Offen Weisse on tap at the recent Oregon Brewers festival.

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Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this recently paired with some Smoque BBQ.

Overall impression was that it was fairly grainy and basic, some lemony citrus zest traces with a wheat base that took center stage. Mild coriander and phenolic spice builds in the background. Murky yellow with visible carb trails and a creamy thin cap of white foam. Adding the yeast did improve the mouthfeel, but added little to the flavor. Body was light with a smoothness from the wheat and oats. Pretty utilitarian considering this a seasonal annual release.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, wheat, citrus fruit, citrus juice, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, wheat, citrus, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is wheat, some lactic acid, orange peel, and a bit of lemon. The taste is tart with a little bit of initial sweetness. There is some lemon, orange peel, a bit of pepper, and some wheat. The finish is tart and a quite dry. Light bodied with low carbonation. This was quite enjoyable. I don't think it is quite to style, but a pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Dragon today.

The beer pours a cloudy, slightly whitish, tawny amber color with fairly good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is classic wit, with clove, considerable "wheatiness," nutmeg and light sour. The flavor profile repicates the nose in this beer, with a spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but with an impressive amount of flavor for the abv.

A nice enough wit, but there's really little in this beer to set it apart from the other wit beers of the world. I give the brewer credit for making a beer so similar to a Belgian wit beer that I'd have a difficult time telling it apart, but still... coming from Upright, I guess I just expected a bit more from this one. Oh well...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Pure Wit from Upright Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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