Bottom Up Wit | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
601
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
133
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

your classic American reincarnation of a Belgian wit. this one is a little heavy on both the coriander and the orange, but it works. bright yellow pour, almost looks like an electric hoegaarden, with similar haze and head. the nose is really herbal, and super yeasty. tons of lemon zest notes and sudsy spice from the Belgian yeast. flavor starts off with light wheat malt, followed by bitter and sweet orange peel alike, and finally a super herbal wash from toasted coriander seeds and maybe even fresh coriander, its potent. low alcohol but tons of body on this one, a little heavier than the style asks for, and isn't as sessionable as a result. good carbonation though, and a light soapy texture to its long finish. two of these was plenty, as its just a tad filling. nothing way out here, just a good American tip of the cap to the Belgian witbier. this one is more robust than most.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

And so is the story of Witbier... It seems that brewers have options- either they can go fragrant and perfumy in aroma and risk a soapy and floral taste. Or they can have a balanced and sensible drinkability and have a musty grainy scent. Revolution chooses the former for an authentic Belgian taste, but you gotta get p inast the aroma of damp hay to start.

Hazy and light gold upon the pour, the beer releases a typical white froth that's creamy from edge to edge. As the beer settles just a bit, its retention is firm yet short but then laces intricately on the glass.

Spicy and moderately floral to the nose, an up rise of wheat, grain, and hay quickly commands the aromas even as the notes of cumin and white pepper intervene. But incedibly, the taste is a subtle doughy taste with a citrus backbone. Oranges and lemons lead the taste but the underlying sweetness provide an underpinning of malt. But a balanced middle palate ensures a receding sweetness and a rising pepper and coriander taste. Pleasantly acidic, a mild tart flavor rounds out the finish with a pep from vanilla and mint.

Mid-light in body, the ale's early palate sensations are sweet and lightly bready, but a quick turn to acidity, alcohol warmth, and grain shadows closes the beer clean, crisp, and refreshing.

As the dust settles, forget the bouquet-this, the floral-that. The authentic and rustic nature of Belgian-brewed wheat beers is alive and well in this Chicagoland rendition- and the beer world is better of for it!

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber verging on burnt orange; not much of a head and what is there leaves quickly, though some splashes of lace are left behind

Smell: Wheat bread, banana, orange blossom, coriander and cumin

Taste: Doughy, up front, with the spices and fruit flavors developing in the middle; the wheat bread and banana flavors linger, after the swallow, though there is a sharp, almost metallic, spice character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but slightly prickly carbonation

Overall: A pretty decent stab at a Wit, though not quite on par with some of Revolution's other beers

Thanks, jonallan, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Revolution tonight with dinner.

Served in a pint glass, this looked like a murky orange/copper juice of some sort. A wispy head formed, with some random spots of lace but not much. The body was opaque, a light shade of pastel orange fading into copper.

Aroma was fairly mellow, a wheaty presence with faint coriander earthiness.

Flavor was more punchy with light orange peel, and a supple mellow feel from the wheat. It finished dry with a mildly tart citrus peel note in the background. Not too heavy or phenolic as some Wits can be, it was nicely balanced, and a touch on the bigger side. Mellow carbonation, with a soft mouthfeel. The flavors really shined in this Wit, and i've had a few in my day that I can say it stands out from the rest. Definitely traditional with a slightly amped up edge.

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Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left a little lacing. It smelled of lemon, yeast and spices. There was a subtle fruity aroma. Mostly lemon and wheat. There was a touch of spiciness. It was crisp, sharp and light bodied.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a small 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, light bubblegum, floral, earth, and yeast esters. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, orange zest, coriander, wheat, clove, bread, floral, pepper, light bubblegum, earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, light bubblegum, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. A touch watery, but its not too bad. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good witbier. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a very hazy yellowish color with a bit of gold to it. Nice white head and a bit of lacing as it falls. The nose is really nice and does a superb job hitting all the hot points in the style with a great wheat base along with some nice orange and a slight bit of coriander. Great balance between everything. The taste is the same, offering a bit of sweetness and the perfect amount of coriander and citrus peel to complement. Good body; a bit creamy. Drinks quite well. I really enjoyed this. One of the better wits I've had in a long time.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of smithj4
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once more, I will reiterate the point that if you are transiting through Union Station in Chicago and you have some time to spare, head over to Binney's (South Side Loop). I CANnot imagine that you will be disappointed. I have never been more appeased in my life than when I am leaving there.

The Crack was nothing notable, so I decided to spice things up with an inverted Glug. Oh, man, was that ever the right idea! It got everything in suspension out of suspension and the result looked like banana cream pie with meringue topping. Two fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with great retention sat atop a murky, yellowish liquid that looked like either freshly-squeezed grapefruit or banana pudding. Man, as a kid, I used to love instant banana pudding with real banana slices. I still love eating bananas. Yellow, amusing, tasty. Back to basics. The nose smelled like someone emptied the spice rack! I remember a Playboy cartoon as a kid where the guy is positioned to partake of some salmon and he looks upward with the caption being, "I knew this was going to be good, but seeing a spice rack above your headboard ... !" I did not get it at the time, but I do now. Gutes essen! Black pepper or lemon pepper was prevalent, but so was coriander and allspice. The first, and I hesitate to call it a sip, more like a draught, was big and full, not quite viscous, but getting there, and the spices were fantastic. I think that I caught some vanilla in the mix, rounding the edges. Man, but the spices were prevalent in this one. I used to love to cook as a teenager and I was probably better versed then than I am today, but this was like a spice melange. Finish, as you CAN probably imagine, was bone-dry. I felt like I had been licking alum this afternoon. All of that said, would I put in the cooler? Perhaps a few, depending on who was coming along. If it were just me, one might be enough.

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