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Apollo American Wheat Ale - Sixpoint Brewery

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Apollo American Wheat Ale
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | 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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Reviews by dippy:
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Cask at bukowskis in boston.

Delicious hand pumped beer.

Poured a light copper with a perfect two fingered head of very tightly knit bubbles.

Smelled fruity, then flowery.

Nicely balenced beer, had a nice sweetness and light fruitiness that was balenced with a hoppy bite in the finish.

I love cask beer. I am not sure it would be as good in a bottle. I am just high on life drinking cask beer.

I will buy this again as is was a great session beer.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2008 19:24:22 | More by dippy
More User Reviews:
Photo of Zonian1


3/5  rDev -23.3%

05-17-2014 14:48:18 | More by Zonian1
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-09-2013 07:08:37 | More by Zbeetleman
Photo of muskiesman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-31-2012 23:34:10 | More by muskiesman
Photo of jsanford


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:44:43 | More by jsanford
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-06-2012 16:16:50 | More by bonbini26
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-03-2011 17:21:02 | More by deapokid
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: growler

11-11-2011 02:40:43 | More by mikesgroove
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with good head that stuck around for awhile on top of a spicy and mild citric aroma. A little too leafy/dry for my taste but still has a good balance between fluffy wheatiness and citric lemon zest and some sweet malt tastes in the background. Finishes sharp and crisp and is a great summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 11:43:36 | More by clayrock81
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-28-2010 23:40:49 | More by Gmann
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 20:30:37 | More by Deuane
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 22:25:31 | More by donniecuffs
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2009 21:56:42 | More by david18
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's always telling when I look at my notes from a beer tasting and I write three paragraphs for one beer and three lines for another...

This beer poured cloudy and had a nice golden color. The spice on the palate was not coriander (typical of American wheat) or clove - it was more like a white pepper kick. I also was not tasting the banana.

I was not blown away by the beer, but still give it marks of being well-made and I would definitely try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 16:52:40 | More by DawnL
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You should have stopped by the stoop sale yesterday. In a serendipitous turn of events the whole block was cordoned off for some neighborhood meet and greet completely separate from our plans, and the street was a wide open swath of squatters and passersby ripe for the kind of bargain you only find when folks empty the contents of their apartments out on the sidewalk. Everything must go, because I'm sure as hell not carrying this crap back upstairs.

First thing, Marilyn sent me and Rocco to the four corners. Armed with chalk, fliers and tape, we festooned the intersections that bookend our block, North, South, East and West corners declaiming: "STOOP SALE =>, We stoop to conquer! Join three generations of stoopers for the stoop to end all stoopage!!! Saint Joan's Place btw 5th and 6th Aves. (All proceeds to go to the Nobdy Family Implosion Avoidance Coalition and Charlotte's Web Lovers of America.)"

Secondly, we set up the sale. The kids interest was kind of hit and miss, but luckily they had their trikes and scooters to keep them occupied whilst the adults haggled over hand-me-downs and the junk that was going to Goodwill later in the afternoon if it didn't sell first. Some of Marilyn's friends came and went with purchases in their pockets--I mean, who doesn't want to help the Nobdy family avoid their own implosion brought on by the imminent move to a new apartment--and even our landlord bought a few things, including the stuffed dog his wife gave Rocco two years ago for Christmas. Woops.

Thirdmost, the day waned on toward the evening of a truly Brooklyn affair. There were skint knees and dirty faces, and for all my wife's work, she walked away $100 dollars the richer. Not half bad for a day's stoop. Mostly hobnobbing and half-truthing the denizens of our block whom we were meeting for the first time after five years just in time for us to move. Eh, whattaya gonna do and fuhgeddaboutit. Life happens. Almost time to head upstairs for bath, books and bed--but before that, Beer.

Fourth and lastly, I head down to the corner, growler in tow. What I'm looking for is something to cut a day's worth of dust at the back of my throat. A quaff to quench this liquid sun that has shone overhead throughout what my son deemed, "The bestest summah day so fah." (He still has trouble with his r's.) Lo, and be-hold, what should my local Bierkraft have on tap but none other than my favorite 6pt brew bar none, the Apollo Wheat--aptly named for the sun god to whom this day we pay homage. That's the one.

And back at home on the couch with the Missus after the boogereaters have gone off to bed, I hoist my favorite mug in silent salute to the forces that have conspired to bring such a day about. These are the kinds of days we endure the rest of the year just to reach. And this is just the beer for such times.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2009 11:41:25 | More by EarlNobdy
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District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Dirty, foggy marigold color, and poured with a finger of eggshell colored head.

S - Floral hoppiness is right out front which is not often found in the style, light fruit aromas, and just a little yeasty

T - Damn hoppy for the style; wheat; yeast; but all fairly clean. Perhaps just a touch sweet for me in the style

M - Thinner MF; muted carbonation; and a little silky

D - Pretty decent, and in my sessionable range. More interesting than a lot of others I've tried in the style and fairly refreshing.

Overall, interesting take on the style, and Sixpoint definitely amped up the hops on this (not surprising). Recommended, but don't kill yourself to get it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2009 00:49:42 | More by Nickls
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/13/09.

A - Hazy, unfiltered two-tone orange body with a hint of amber, moderate carbonation and one-finger foamy off-white cap that retained very well and left some decent lacing, though most slid down the glass.

S - Hefty malt presence with hints of caramel as well as toasted bread and grains. Light hop character with floral and citrus notes, as well as a touch of spicy yeast in the back.

T - Sweet caramel malt, mild spices and a subtle hop profile comprise the initial flavor of this pale wheat ale. Hop character is more herbal and grassy than the aroma, with a bit of citrus flavor also coming out. Finishes with toasted grains and bready malt with an underlying herbal hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation, a light syrupy texture and a slightly chewy body that's not too thin at all. Finish is moderately bitter on the palate and has a slight lingering effect.

D - I really enjoyed this pale wheat ale. There's lots of flavor and a surprising hop character that I was not expecting. Certainly not your typical wheat beer. This one was more grainy and malty rather than sweet, spicy or yeasty.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2009 11:37:58 | More by ffejherb
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Devil's Den.

A: Light golden orange body. cloudy and unfliltered. fluffy white head. good retention. some lacing.

S: Sweet wheat tones. Some lemon zest. Not much else.

T: A significant improvement from the nose, which was nice but rather pedestrian. Lemon, wheat, floral/grassy hops, a slight freshly baked bready malt backbone.

M: Light body. Crisp, dry, refreshing finish.

D: A quality summer session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 18:43:31 | More by callmemickey
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-23-2009 13:03:07 | More by Gavage
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Lower Depths in Boston. Served in a shaker glass. Honey-colored body with a decent 3/4 inch head. Hazy (unfiltered?)

Aroma is floral and piny.

Taste is quite unique and balanced. Some wet wheat in there, countered by a mango sweetness and a pithy bitterness. Honey lingers after the dry finish. It is interesting to taste a wheat beer without being hit over the head with clove or pepper.

Mouthfeel is spot-on with tight carbonation.

Refreshing and tasty - an excellent session beer. A good mix between an American Pale Ale and a Belgian Wit.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2009 15:39:41 | More by TrevorGW
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a boring ol' pint glass, but that was expected. Pours a light orangeish color with about an inch of stark white head.

Smells of lemon and grapefruit as well as some of the typical wheat-y aromas and hop spiciness and maybe some other spices as well. Great smelling beer.

Taste is light and refreshing. The citrusy bitterness is very well balanced and the spiciness is not overpowering whatsoever.

I thought at first that this was going to be a Belgian style white, I think the way it was written on the tap board confused me, regardless, I'm glad I tried it. Definitely a nice, drinkable beer.

If only I could find more of the Sixpoint beers around here!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 18:29:48 | More by indiapaleale
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/6/08. Growler. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick faomy white head. Aroma of spices (clove), wheat, light fruits, citrusy hops. Flavor of lots of orange peel, light spices, some breadiness in the finish. Light and refreshing. Good beer!
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Serving type: growler

12-26-2008 17:00:52 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-bottle from Shane poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy amber with a huge two-finger fluffy white head with tons of carbonation that sticks around a full inch thick for much of the duration. Lacing is excellent.

Aroma is mostly light citrus hops, especially lemons coming out. There are also some very light wheat notes.

The flavor is also very mild and the citrus hop scents come out very subtly up front before the wheat and yeast form the main backbone. Pretty low key flavor all the way around.

The mouthfeel is super creamy for the style with strong carbonation and very little bitterness from the hops.

This is a decent if not spectacular version of the style, however it's extremely drinkable and I could easily put a few of these away in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 02:14:45 | More by gford217
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 22:15:54 | More by hopdog
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2008 15:27:55 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Apollo American Wheat Ale from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.