Bottom Up Wit | Revolution Brewing

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Bottom Up WitBottom Up Wit

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of this classic and refreshing Belgian style ale is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts. Freshly ground coriander and Curacao orange peel, along with a special Wit yeast strain, contribute wonderful orange and citrus aromas and a crisp, yet silky, mouthfeel.

14 IBU

Added by emerge077 on 02-11-2010

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hey everyone.

This wit pours quite possibly the most beautiful hazy glow I've seen in recent memory. Pear and pineapple shades with a giant head, leaving skirted lace in forms of what can only be described as ancient language. Only thing I'd like to see different is some sediment, otherwise it'd be a five.

Smells like a Wit! Has orange candy-ish aromas, with clove and coriander, dusty wheat, and hay barn. It's a little musky, but that's the character of Witbiers. Nothing off here at all.

Flavors, well they're within Witbier territory but a little underwhelming. Quite a bit of ash underneath everything else - which happens to consist of some durham wheat, stiff corianders, rosemary, and a little banana. It keeps punching me in the mouth with harsh and unrelenting metallic ash tones. If i could change one thing I'd get rid of that completely.

Feel is slim and only marginally creamy, with a slight chalkiness and a mild carbonation.

Overall, this Witbier puts on a good show but when it's time to take her to bed, it goes south. I would have liked to pick up another one from my trip to test at a later date, but alas I only got one. I'm not too wrecked over it.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at Frontera at OHare airport. Pretty standard wit. Nice golden color with a head that dissipated rather quickly. I thought this had a nice spice to it though unlike other wits. Very good beer, although not surprised from this brewery.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of spice and citrus. Belgian yeast with a scent of pepper, clove, and coriander. Citrus fruit hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Malt scent of wheat, grains, and cracker. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of spice and citrus. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel and lemon zest. Malt notes of wheat, cracker, and grains. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Witbier. Nice spicy yeast and citrus notes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 6/26/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, spices, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of coriander and orange come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz can "filled 05-13-2016" poured into a chilled pint glass.
A cloudy light yellow body floats a 1/2 inch white head. Head persists some and provides a clumpy lacing.
Clove and coriander spice joins lemon peel aromas that include a sour hint. Flavors match with malt included.
Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery, but clean and dry.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky straw color with a meager white cap. Aroma smells of coriander, clove, and a light, lemony twang--just what you’d expect from a witbier.

The taste follows the nose, featuring coriander, clove, some wheat, and a sharp, yeasty bite. Hints of bubblegum poke through amidst the spices. Medium-light body and high carbonation make for an aggressive mouthfeel that’s almost too much.

Overall, this is a solid but unremarkable witbier. It’s actually more evocative of a hefeweizen than most wits, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Looks like I’ll have to keep waiting to find a Revolution brew that matches their reputation...

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Photo of FBarber
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy pale gold with a nice frothy white head that stuck around for a decent amount of time.

Smell had notes of coriander, spice, orange, orange zest, belgian yeasty funk, and wheat.

Taste follows the nose with notes of wheat and belgian yeast initially followed by complimentary notes of orange, orange zest, coriander and a slight peppery finish. Didn't really get the banana some other people got, but this isn't the same as a hefeweizen, so I wasn't expecting the same profile.

Nice feel - smooth, drinkable, medium carbonation.

Overall a nice beer from Revolution. One of my preferred offerings from them in terms of drinkability on a summer day.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours cloudy yellow gold with a white head. Aroma of citrus, orange peel, yeast and grain. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on a second and third tasting, and my rating changes little.
Bottom Up looks like the style.
But the spices, while present in the smell, are more prominent in the taste. But the mouth does become more silky, as advertised.
And Bottom Up did its job after after 2 hours of doubles in the hot sun and, in the 2nd & 3rd tasting, with a mild summer dinner.

How to improve Bottom Up?
Revolution specializes in darker and hoppy beers (hoppier than I tend to like, although I have minor complaints about Revolution's hop abuse.) But when they attempt a Belgian style, they need to focus more on getting the yeast right.
I like Revolution for reasons other than interpreting a Belgian style. But if they work on the yeast, richer flavors will come out.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Coriander, herbal, citrus, Belgian yeast, vanilla, wheaty, and apple.

Taste: Nice and fluffy flavors. Very traditional witbier taste and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Pretty nice take on the witbier style. In a can too. I'll revisit this one again in the future.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange color. Cloudy with minimal lacing and head retention. Smell consists of spice (I can't decipher--maybe clove) and banana. Taste is rather spicy with more banana and lemon, and the bubbly mouthfeel makes this even more biting. Nice creamy texture. Overall a good but not great beer that is pretty affordable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large fizzy fluffy 2+ finger head that fades semi slowly, big messy lacing, hazy sediment laden all over.

Nose nice creamy wheat, raw gristy malt, little grainy toasty, with a juicy malt, into fruity mild citrus, little yeasty note, with peppery phenols, mild spices, fruity esters, yeast sludge.

Taste has a mild sweet creamy wheat, toasty gristy malt with raw wheat. Then esters, fruity, little banana, faint spices, light phenols, yeasty again as well, raw earthy yeast notes. Little bitterness, drier finish, bit more creamy wheat and lingering bitter herbal grassy hops.

Mouth med to lighter bod, nice carb.

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Photo of bobhits
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's odd, getting ready to review this one, I honestly was ready to say this was a hefe that was mislabeled, but as I started to take notes, the clove and banna flavors subsided and the light pepper and slight sour notes came out backed by the citrus and grain flavors. The end result is a very refreshing and well put together wit.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Typical aroma for a Wit beer - wheat and a bit of herbal Belgian yeast esters. Taste follows with the same flavors, earthy yet fairly easy to drink. Flavors aren't as strong in the taste. Higher carbonation

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 7/9/15 Pilsner glass.

A: pours a hazy gold, mild effervescence, two fingers bright white head, decent retention, very nice lacing.

S: Spices definitely come through on the nose; sweet maltiness, yeast, and clove.

T: lightly sweet arrival, spicing as kicks up across the middle, almond with the sweetness. Light bitterness to a fruity and incredibly clean finish.

M: lighter side of mid-bodied; prickly, but no carb to speak of. Exceptionally clean for an ale.

O: not a style I drink much of, but I'd put this ahead of Hoegaarden. Quite refreshing and summery.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a thick, bright white head that leaves lacing. A very light smelling wit with banana and spices. A very refreshing and light bodied wit with nice fruit and yeast combo. Definitely not a European, but good.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade recently. First time I had tried anything from this Brewery, and typically I don't drink this type of beer...Really enjoyed what they did here. Haven't had a ton of this style to compare, but was quite refreshing with good flavor. Could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Up Wit brewed by Revolution Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a nice white head. This is a an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of this brew is nice with grain and malts. You also pick up a nice sweetness in this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on spices, malts , and grains. There is is also a nice sweetness at the end of this brew. Revolution Brewing Company did a nice job with this one, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. Bottom Up Wit has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel of Bottom Up Wit is bold and rich. Overall I'm giving Bottom Up Wit a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company. Oured from the can into a weixen glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick, solid lacing, and a hazy golden body.

Smells like a bit of citrus among a backbone of lively grains.

I taste a nice touch of orange peel and banana esters. Also, a smaller amount of the coriander mentioned on the can.

Mouthfeel here is crisp and smooth.

Overall, I choose to give Bottom Up Wit - Revolution Brewing Company a 4.5. This is a very decent wheat style by Revolution Brewing out of Chicago. Give this product and brewery a try!

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Photo of horshack7
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy and golden with an off white that's a little bit rocky two fingers thick.

Aroma: Clove, coriander, orange peel, light nutmeg. Yeasty notes and faint grapefruit towards the finish.

Taste: A good kick of spice in the front. Allspice, nutmeg, clove, fruity esters with a good dry finish.

Notes: A very good example of a Witbier and will seek this one again. Cheers.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I often get very similar combinations of tastes from witbiers. Not many jump out as in other styles, but Revolution does just that. The taste is big time banana, lemon, Belgian spices, and a touch of vanilla. This is super easy to drink. It would be a go to summer staple if I could get it around here. The tastes pops and lasts almost like a hefe. Really good beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Stylistically signature heavily hazy yellow bodied pour from the can into my angled tumbler. A large, above two finger, thick and creamy white head forms with good retention. Lacing forms in rare, small spots.

S- As one would expect the yeast is the star of the aroma, if it wasn't I would be worried. A vanilla-honey-like sweetness comes to mind with strong aromas of wheat bread, floral tones, citrus zest and spices like clove, coriander and distinct peppercorn.

T- Citrus peel becomes more obvious here and apparently it is extraneously added Curacao peels but for the most part it feels well balanced besides a slight orangey tartness. Notes of cracked wheat, slight banana-clove, coriander, pink peppercorn, vanilla-sweetness and bitter grassy hay.

MF- Overall the body is light-medium thickness and the texture is not all that inspiring; it is silky but feels thin lacking a creamy or frothy feel. Carbonation ends up sort of on the low side finishing with some bitterness from the spice and zest.

A solid and well-rounded brew for an American take on a classic Belgian style. The added peel and coriander seem to get a bit strong towards the end of the experience but I feel like they enhance the brew and play off the vanilla-honey-like sweetness in the flavor well. Refreshing on this warm (doesn't feel real after this winter) night.

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Photo of ALSAIL
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty interpretation. On tap. Lemony banana nose, hazy creamy yellow pour with nice fine head that leaves rings on the shaker glass a I drink. Creamy mouthfeel. Light wit with nice coriander spice, lemon and light malts. Very nice.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can a hazy straw color with a nice white head and nice lacing.
The aroma is banana and spice and a hint of lemon and cracker.
Very tasty brew. Citrus with the nice coriander bite, a bit more banana coming through as it warms a bit. A lovely bitterly crisp finish.
Nice mouthfeel. Medium and silky smooth yet bubbly and clean.
Overall, really nice wit.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6-pack cans for $7.99 at my local shop, a deal that will have me going back for another 6er soon. Smooth citrus wheat ale, very drinkable in cold and warm weather. Nice mellow aftertaste reminiscent of a German wheat.

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