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Apollo American Wheat Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Apollo American Wheat Ale
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87
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is a completely different beer from the new Apollo release which is here:

 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 0607/80745 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2006)
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle thanks to Jeff from Sixpoint.

First off I'd like to say watch out Gumballhead, this is actually a step above Three Floyds. I really wish Sixpoint would bottle their stuff.

Pours a murky burnt orange with a fluffy two finger white head that slowly dies down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is really good for this style, love how this one looks. Smell is amazing. Fresh burst of Florida oranges with a mild pine hop bite. By far the best smelling wheat ale I've encountered. Taste doesn't disappoint either. Starts off with a sweet Clementine Orange flavor, I've never tasted anything like this before. Not overpowering by any means, perfect balance with the hop and the wheat. Aftertaste is a bit dry from the hops wth a hint of white bread flavors. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation, represents the style perfectly. I could easily put these down one after another. They really have something here. Such a complex brew for such an underappreciated style. I can't say enough about this brew, go to Brooklyn and find this somewhere, it's worth it.

BeerTruth, Jul 25, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of voidmyrules
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to admit that I tend to go into a Sixpoint with a bit of a bias. I think of them as a top notch brewer. Someday this bias may spoil a drinking experience for me as I will be completely disappointed by one of their future offerings.

Anyway...
I'm not usually a wheat beer fan, but as a surprise treat, my girlfriend went to Bierkraft while I was at work and bought me a growler of this stuff (isnt she great?).
Smooth, subtle, fruity with an appealing cerealesque graininess that I found really delicuos. It ended up with a sharp, bitter, dry hoppy finish. I was in love with the 1st sip (or gulp, to be mor accurate...).
This is a wheat beer for hop lovers.
Highly recommended.

voidmyrules, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Little Frankies in NYC, on "Sixpoint nite", this new creation pours VERY CLOUDY, darkish apricot/light caramel with a loose light tan head and leaving scattered lacing, light fruity nose. This is a flavorful, refreshing wheat with more then the expected hop undertone (which is OK with me), fruity, yeasty goodness. Nice and bold take on the American wheat style. More worthy brew from SP.

Billolick, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Zonian1, May 17, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great Six Point, and in a style most do not get right. Hop and wheat in aroma, lime and grapefruit citrus taste, smooth banana mouthfeel, some grain, without the extreme banana. Very drinkable, appropriate above-average carbonation. And no cloves. On tap at Blind Tiger.Nice on cask, late 2008 at Cole's Cask Fest.

Sammy, May 04, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dirty honey brown color with a big fluffy head that slowly setting into a nice cap. The aroma is a bit spicy though I cannot quite pick out what spice. There is a very subtle tart note as well. The taste has the same spice, almost tastes like rye. There is some brown sugar sweetness and a light lemony tart bite towards the end. Almost has a buttery taste which is odd for the style. The beer has a moderate feel with airy carbonation; fairly balanced. A different american pale wheat. It does have some interesting flavors which distinguishes it from the herd. The spice and sweetness are different. It's enjoyable but I don't dig that buttery taste that I picked up.

Gmann, May 29, 2010
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -22.7%

bonbini26, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got sent a 12oz hand-bottle that I *think* is Apollo. I'll update if it isn't.

Poured a hazy glowing gold with a creamy white head that settles to a nice ring and slight haze. Lovely aromas of spicy, resinous hops, crisp wheat, and juicy orange peel. Taste is very close to the nose, clean and crisp with flavors of citrus hops, wheat, and toasted grains. Very drinkable and refreshing. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Very sessionable, I could easily drink a few pints of this. Overall an enjoyable beer, whatever it is!

jsanford, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clouded and nice looking golden color. A big head of white coming up and over the top had some decent staying power I have to say. I was quite impressed with nice side glass lacing and the smooth, light look to it. Aroma was a bit off, nice touches of wheat, light grass, and a hint of banana or maybe clove, but it needed a bit more for me to really push it over the top, still through a decent overall presentation. The first sip was very clean. Nice herbal and grainy flavor to it with a bit heavier feel then I normally would have expected. Nice carbonation though gave it a very good overall presence. Lots of bready taste, lots hops coming though, a touch of lemon perhaps in there as well. Light fruit notes mid palate, bananas maybe, light apricot touches

mikesgroove, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade...
Appears a hazy pale gold with a small white head of foam that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar that retains well. Sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart wheat, citrus, doughy yeast, and vanilla cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet malted wheat flavor of a well balanced American Wheat.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with just enough of a hop presence found to balance out the sweet maltiness. Refreshing and well done.

weeare138, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the new whoe foods on the upper west side in Manhattan. The best thing about that place is the growlers.

Don't know many other pale wheats, so i don't have much to compare it to but this is another good Sixpoint, a brewery that makes very different kinds of styles; not necessarily the intensely hoppy or intensely belgian.

david18, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of BBM
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to find this one on cask. Cascaded a cloudy orange color into the pint glass with a thick, foamy head that is to be expected from a cask beer. Aroma was fruity, floral, and somewhat sweet.

This is a wheat beer that doesn't try to be a hefeweizen, and that is appreciated. Sixpoint had no problem making a hoppy, APA-style wheat ale, and the result is very solid. There is an herbal bitterness from the hops, mixed with that floral and citrus you'd expect. But then the wheat flavor comes through, offering a unique balance to the taste. The finish is slightly astringent, but not to the point of distraction.

Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Overall this is another winner from Sixpoint, a wheat ale for the hop lover. Recommended if you can find it.

BBM, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of bonbright7
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Bobbique in Patchogue, NY last night and it made a very good impression upon me. It was matched perfectly with my mixed tray of bbq meats and sides as it displayed a colorful and vibrant yellow/orange mix. It smelled like a freshly tapped barrel with elements of hops and sugars.

My first taste was filled with a cream of yeast and light malts as had slight head on it and the lacing appeared on the sides of my pint glass as it went down easily.
It had a thicker body than I had experienced with Harpoon's UFO and it reminded me of parts of Saisons and Tripels I had tasted recently.

This was a very smooth choice for the first pint and it set the tone for a great evening at Bobbique.

bonbright7, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Newsman
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back from Sixpoint's party at Shorty's here in NYC. Couldn't wait to try this one, as these gents do some really good brews.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow gold with a thin white head, nothing too special in that regard. Laced nicely, though.

If a beer could smell like a midwestern summer, this would probably be that beer. Definite lemon zest scent, a bit of yeast, some hops, a little bit of wet grass. Seriously...lemonade in the town square. Almost nostalgic.

Apollo goes down easy, with a nice mellow wheaty sweetness, that bit of citrus, and a subtle hop kick. Definitely the American Wheat vibe, but with a nice little twist to it from the citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel was OK, nothing special. Somehow I expected a little more carbination, but that may have been the keg or the lines.

Drinkability...very, very drinkable. If the boys bottled this one, I dare say it would be my brew of choice for a hot day on my deck looking at NYC across the river. It's a good choice for a summer session beer.

Overall, a really well thought-out, put-together beer. I would imagine it would go well with burgers or BBQ on the grill, but nothing too spicy that would overpower the subtle tastes in the beer.

Newsman, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks for this one!).

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grass, wheat, citrus, and light spices. Tastes of wheat, lighter spices, and citrus.

Notes from 1/10/08.

hopdog, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of meganlibrarian
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured at Bierkraft (Brooklyn, NY) The head poured high, dissipated fairly quickly, leaving faint ribboning along the glass. Lots of little bubbles left, even down to the bottom of the glass. Extremely cloudy - I couldn't see through the murky, glowing caramel yellow to the other side of the pint glass!

Not a very lemony wheat beer, but quite of the Sixpoint mold of a melding of spice and very faint fruit. Twang of hops.

Taste was a bit heavy but very smooth. If you've drank a variety of Sixpoint beers, you'd know this was a Sixpoint. The taste is fairly unique and pleasurable - heavy but not overbearing.

Very drinkable - probably moreso than the typical Sixpoint. Compared to other wheat beers, this is a bit heavy. However; for a Sixpoint this is on the lighter end of the scale. I'll definitely drink this again - heck, I've still half a growler left!

meganlibrarian, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Azpittil57, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy orange color with a nice 1" head. Some mild lacing stuck to the glass during the session.

Smell: some mild citrus is all that was evident.

Taste: mild caramel tones with some grainy wheat. Orange and lemon zest is soft and arrives late in the taste. Some hints of grass are in the background. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. Definite session ale worth a try.

Gavage, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy light amber color, with an off-white head, that didn't lace very well. The smell was surprisingly hoppy for an American Wheat, but there were also floral, herbal, citrus, and biscuit hints. The hoppiness was much better blended in the flavor with more herbs coming to the fore, and a nice biscuit finish. Citrus hints were very, very subtle in the flavor. Medium-bodied, not heavily carbonated (if at all), and silky on the palate. Very sessionable. A very good example of the genre, but was expecting a little more fruitiness from an American Wheat, like some other fine examples such as Flying Fish Exit 11. That being said though, this is a very well done wheat ale.

donniecuffs, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third selection at Great Jones Cafe Six Points tasting. The place has free ribs and wings instead of peanuts and popcorn but I made sure to keep the ole pallet as clean as possible.

A: Poured into a pint glass. The color was a dark peach that was quite cloudy and unfiltered to my sheer delight. The head was quite impressive at about two fingers and tight composition. Wonderful big rings for the lacing that stuck to my glass for the entire quaf.

S: The nose was filled with minor dashes of citrus and hops.

T: Wow!. Finally a American Wheat that I truly enjoy beyond Harpoon's UFO. The classification of Pale Wheat Ale is not something I've come accross often in the past but sure do want to in the future. I would have considered this a German dunkle if not for good ole BA. I truly enjoyed the fusion of yeast, esters(orange) spices and hops toward the end.

M: Thick, ricy and wonderfully creamy. Good amount of carbonation at the end to ensure your pallet is not coated too much with the sweetness.

D: Up until this tasting, I had sworn off all American Wheats due to the lack of flavor, color and overall body. However, the good ole gents at Six Points certainly have a winner here.

Brianmerrilyn, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazed golden orange with a medium off white head that reduced to a thin cap that left light lacing.

S-Light spicy earthiness and a bit musty. A touch of citrus and sweet malt.

T-Sharp and biting spicy hops up front with a nice balancing support from biscuit like wheat malt. Light lemon brightness in the background.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and crisp with good lingering spicy hop bitterness.

D-A finely made and flavourful American wheat. Very quaffable, making this a most desirable summertime session brew. Needs a touch more up front in the aroma but overall a good beer.

Deuane, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of goalie33
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

goalie33, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sixpoint

Pours a very cloudy dark yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice two finger foamy head, nice little islands and some sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is slightly malty, slight hoppy, grassy/wheaty, slight yeasty, maybe some spices, touch of caramel. The taste is malty, yeasty, grassy/wheaty, nice touch of caramel, the finish is a little dry, nice mouthfeel though. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice brew.

Wasatch, Mar 03, 2007
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Apollo American Wheat Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.