Upland Wheat Ale

Indiana
United States
Upland Wheat Ale by Upland Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Upland Wheat Ale is a classic rendition of the Belgian Witbier style that has been slightly reformulated with high praise. We brew it with organic coriander and orange zest to be light on the tongue and refreshingly tart. In the tradition of the Belgian Wit style, Upland Wheat Ale is unfiltered, allowing suspended yeast to create a cloudy, golden appearance and satisfying mouth-feel.

Profile

ABV: 
4.7%
IBUs: 
15
Hops: 
Hops Sterling, Vanguard, Mt. Hood
Malts: 
Pilsner, Wheat
Judges Review 
Jessica Sullivan's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Upland Wheat Ale is being evaluated as a Belgian Witbier (BJCP 2015 category 24A). 

The aroma for this beer was enrapturing -- coriander, orange peel, clove, banana, and a honey-like wheat character dominated. There was a slight near-cinammon wheat spice, along with a restrained tartness and rich velvety honey aroma that literally made my mouth water. From the fruity esters in the aroma, I might have guessed this was a Weissbier, but the combination of spice and (orange) fruit make this an appropriate Witbier.

The appearance of this beer is hazy and colored like very pale straw. There was a creamy moussy bright white head that persisted -- these characteristics are ideal for the style.

The flavor was first characterized by a wheat-based honey and spice character -- these were balanced by clove phenols, a slight undertaste of orange and banana, and a zesty bite of coriander. The finish was extremely crisp and dry, and made me want another sip (and another, and another). The combination of fruit and spice, paired with the slight wheat-sweetness and clean dry finish made this a joy to drink. While the banana and clove characteristics might again make this not a perfect fit for the Witbier category, they were mild and enhanced the overall taste and drinkability. As is appropriate for the style, there was no detectable hop flavor, and very minimal bittering.

The beer was medium bodied, with champagne-like bubbles that filled my mouth. Extremely clean finish with no drying, puckering, or other unpleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer that I hope to drink more of!

Brewery Introduction

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. began its intriguing story in 1998 with a mission to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Our sour program began in 2006 as a way to entertain our curious... Read More

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