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

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by Chris - thanks.

A: Pours the color of grapefruit juice (very pale yellow) with a solid one-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Wheat, lemony citrus, coriander, orange peel, grass/hay, herbal.

T: Very Saison-like in the fruity yeast, mildly tart wheat, some funk, orange peel more present, black peppery spice.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Prickly, slightly tart, lemon and yeasty finish.

O: Easy drinking and refreshing.

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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 JasonLovesBeer
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden straw with haziness and minimal, white head.

Smell was primarily lemon and wet hay or wheat. Quite vegetal.

Taste had a lot of lemon acidity as well. Quite an acidic / dry beer, like what you'd expect in a gueuze! Very light malt bill.

This tasted as if it spent a lot of time in oak barrels to me, though as far as I know it's not barrel aged. I quite enjoyed it, it doesn't have a particularly complex profile but it's light and acidic and enjoyable to sip.

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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 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 spdyfire83
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 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 AgentZero
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of cbarrett4
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from tap at Upright Brewing's cellar.

Pours average witbier hue with moderate head and light lace retention. Smells of yeast and coriander, maybe a hint of lemon and wheat. The palate is much more impressive with a variety of mild citrus notes playing with the yeast, malt, and spice.

Texture is light but not too thin. Very drinkable style with a pretty balanced finish.

Don't expect this to be something it's not. It's a witbier and it's made to be drinkable yet quality built. I think they have this one down pat.

***Tasted a second time (PDX Mighty Mites Festival 8/27/11) with consistent results.

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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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of hopsbreath
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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.


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Photo of sweemzander
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to hopsbreath for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow color. Produced a great sized fluffy yet bubbly pure white head. Good retention. Some lace.

(S)- A big bone dry earthy dusty floor kind of an aroma. Bits of biscuit and a moderately spice. . coriander?

(T)- Interesting. Like the smell was, a bone dry, almost dusty earthiness. An ever so subtle tangy tart lemon rind and biscuit funk in this (which I am enjoying). The coriander like spice is subtle as well, but still there.

(M)- An almost spritzer-like carbonation level. Mildly tart and funky. No bitterness. I like this.

(D)- Color me surprised! This is a unique Witbier with much higher tart and funk levels than most might have. In my opinion, this almost borderlines as a Berliner Weiss. I thoroughly enjoyed that subtle tartness and funk combined with a mildly spicy Witbier profile. Very refreshing and perfect for this hot evening.

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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 Docer
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy got a bottle today at the beermongers to share....

- Great cloudy straw yellow,.. big fluffy white head... leaves a nice pillow on top...

- Bright zesty wheat... crisp.. lemon zest... yeasty.. bready.. thats it!

- Sweet touch, bready... fruity... light ester, slight Belgian-like yeast... zesty and grassy....

- Light bodied, slightly sticky and dry.... some light syrup-like qualities....

- Overall a flavorful and great wit.. one to have again!

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of trevorjn06
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is very cloudy and turbid, somewhere between golden and white, topped by a lively, creamy white head. Aroma is heavy on citrus - lemon zest and grapefruit - with a hint of clove and allspice, on top of a zesty wheat base.
Palate is interesting, trending more towards sweet and sour than the more traditional spicing of a witbier. Lemon zest and some light spicing lead to the somewhat sour finish. Mouthfeel is lively and creamy, with a finish that causes a bit of puckering. A refreshing beer that's perfect for spring, but is a significant departure from a standard witbier.

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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 vurt
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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 jdense
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Pure Wit from Upright Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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