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Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

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194 Reviews

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 738
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 48
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Brad007
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge head into my glass. It's a kristalweizen, which is uncommon around here.

Holy clove and banana, batman! I couldn't ask for a better combination of aromas.

The aromas carry over to the flavors with a strong emphasis on banana and a touch of clove.

Lingering clove and banana flavors make up the mouthfeel. A bit "creamy" too. Hmm. Interesting.

Worth a try since it's one of the few weizens I've seen in a can around here.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eager to try this new brew. Poured into my Southampton weizen glass. Pours slightly hazy straw with a big 3 finger rocky head fading a bit and leaving excellent clumps of lacing on the glass. Clarity is kind of in between a hefeweizen and a kristalweizen.

Aroma is heavy on the banana which is a-ok in my book. Lush banana with a little bit of a tart wheat and yeasty cracker.

Flavor follows. Loads of banana up front mixed with bubble gum. A little bit of a cracker bready malt in the middle before finishing with another wave of banana backed with just a touch of clove. Despite the big flavors up front, it finishes crisp and dry. This one is perfectly balanced.

A little chewy, but overall still a very light beer with a medium level of carbonation.

I'm kind of hit or miss on Sixpoint, but this is a big hit. They nailed the perfect balance for this style. Clove is present but stays in the background and lets the banana shine through. The other 3 cans of this are going with me to the Indy 500 as I can't think of too many other canned beers that will be more refreshing than this.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09/02/13 On tap at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Very nice all round. I get a hint of banana/orange in the nose & first taste. Nice smooth texture w/a slight after taste of what could be bubble gum. The mind boggles.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. sixpoint nailed it on this one. clear, burnt gold color with an off-white head that holds and leaves proper lace. nose wafts clove, banana, bubblegum, melon and wheat exactly as it should and also carries a faint, almost flinty kind of rustic note as well. taste gives me just what i expect. clovey banana bubblegum melon bread in excellent balance. body is as full-bodied as light beer comes. spice and colve all the way with no overstated or unpleasant aftertastes and no alcohol detactable at all. to me, this is perfectly to style. tons of good things to say, but so spot-on, it almost needs no hyping. this it the stateside hefe-lover's kristalweizen supreme. very very good job sixpoint.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - can

Appearance - Tanish golden brown with a nice creamy 2 inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Lots of banana, lemon, yeast, malts, wheat, some hops, a little sugar and tart sour fruits at the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, tons of banana and lemon mixed with some wheat, hops and sour fruits. A bit citric with a little sweetness from some sugars. Very tart/sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Its pretty smooth and light. Tounge gets hops, wheat, lemon and banana, where palate gets more sugars, and a tart/sour finish. No alcohol is present and the aftertaste is crisp, sour and refreshing.

Overall - A nice easy drinking beer with nice balance and lots of flavor. Smooth with sweet, sour and fruity flavors making this a easy beer for anyone to enjoy. Sixpoint does it again.

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Photo of scootny
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is beautifully clear with a nice head and decent spots and streaks of lacing. Head has varies a bit with the pour and a vigorous one is well rewarded. Moving the score up from 3.5 to 4.0. Smell is stupendous with large amounts of banana, vanilla, clove, wheat malt, and bakery bread. The nose is so close to perfect to me that it almost pains me to score it as I do. Same with the taste. It follows the nose with clean rich flavors of juicy melon and banana, clove, cinnamon, light pepper, bubble gum, wheat malt and bread. Finish is very clean with light toasted grains and cinnamon to balance the superb banana clove spice notes. Feel is light with a spritzy carbonation and smooth overall swallow. This is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. At or near the top of the class. A great overall beer and one I am loading up on for the time being as this is one of this hefe head's dream beers. Just super and super drinkable. I'm in love!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

So a kristalweizen that's not all that "kristal"...whatevs! This stuff pours a mildly cloudy cream-amber topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, clove, light banana, cracked wheat, black pepper, light cardamom, and a touch of candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some cotton candy, vanilla bean, light grapefruit zest, more banana, and a bit of cinnamon. The result is a heavenly concoction of summery wheat beer-y-ness. I couldn't stop going back for more glugs from the 4-pack. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a creamy feel, and a mildly dry finish. Overall, this was one of the best wheat beers I've had in recent memory. I've been sucking them down for months and am sad to see its season over. Hey, Sixpoint: make this year round! If no one else will, I'll keep them off the shelves...

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by Auguest 18 2012

A - moderately hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head.

S - Nice crisp malts, clove, and maybe because I read the can, but a hint of tartness.

T - Crisp, full-flavored, a hint of tartness (very light), clove, some light fruitiness.

M - medium body, light, a bit drying.

O - a really fine beer. Very tasty, great for the summer.

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Photo of younger35
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this from my main guy BeerTruth and unfortunately, this is my last one. I’ve really enjoyed this beer so far this summer. Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass while watching the Heat vs. Celtics.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear yellowish orange with a fairly large bright white fluffy head. The cap quickly fizzes away leaving a thin top and thin collar. No lacing.
Smell- A fairly intense whiff of Banana Laffy Taffy is the first thing to greet my nostrils. Doesn’t smell as intensely spicy as some other beers of this type but there are light traces of clove. Does have a bit of a doughy sweetness in the nose and the lightest touch of Dubble Bubble. Lightly tart smelling as well (green apples?).
Taste- Starts a lot like the nose ends with a lightly tart bite of something that reminds me of white wine. The banana and light clove are even lighter than the nose but they are definitely still present. Bready and raw tasting at times with a very light floury sweetness. The beer is extremely aromatic in my mouth - if that makes any sense. The finish is lightly bready with a lingering fruitiness.
Mouthfeel- Solid body with a nice crisp bite that you’d expect from a summer beer such as this.
Drinkability- I really like this beer a lot. It’s super easy drinking and hella flavorful. I wish it was maybe just slightly dryer but a minor whine in the grand scheme of things. Unique for sure, especially out of a can! Lots of good things going on in Brooklyn. Thanks much Adam!

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Photo of korguy123
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into imperial glass. Best before September 1st, 2012

A- Slightly hazy yellow/golden pour. Short lived fizzy white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Apples, pears, bananas and cloves. Nice and light.

T- Apples, pears, slight lemon, bananas and cloves. Very refreshing and not as sweet as a typical Kristalweizen. It has a nice "twang" to it.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation and a lingering banana aftertaste.

O- I can really see what all the fuss is about. This is a stellar beer.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shoutout to aasher for surprising me with this one in a recent box. As always, thank you Al!

Pours a mostly clear medium orange color with a fluffy white foam that failed to retain. Heavy carbonation clearly visible. Aromas of not-quite-ripe banana, melon rind, and a dash of clove spice. Flavor includes lightly toasted bread, banana, and bubble gum. It's medium-light bodied with a spritz, refreshing level of carbonation.

Thanks to aasher, I've made my first taste of Kristalweizen one to remember. Sixpoint did a great job brewing up a beer that adheres strongly to the standards of the style. Well done!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Any brewer who attempts a German-style wheat beer instantly has my attention – and, if they pull it off, instantly have my respect. And a Kristalweizen in a can? That’s even more intriguing…

Good for another few months (“BEST BY 18AUG2012”).

A: From the can, it’s orange-juice-yellow and hazy enough to look unfiltered. Two fingers of thick, meringue-like cream rise up fast, leaving lacing as the whole thing settles to a dense bed of suds. Some bubbly lacing, too, though not a lot.

S: The first thing you notice is the banana cream pie of the malts, jumping out bold and sweet all the way from the bottom of the glass. It’s more the aroma of the fresh fruit, rather than a big vanilla and banana milkshake character like I’ve had before; excellent for the style. Yeast esters come up big and herbal, casting mild hints of thyme, pine, and sage over the nose. Floral hops, as well, give off a clean laundry scent, very subtle.

T: Clean and mild flavor, starting with an unexpected taste of lemon juice and some sweet, slightly acidic fruits (fresh). It’s refreshing…unquestionably refreshing. The hop presence is evident, but only shows itself subtly and tannicly, with a white grape semi-sweetness and a slick citrus flavor – it serves to add to the drinkability of the palate. Like I expected, there is some banana, but it’s not a very prominent flavor; the wheat is mainly a mild grain and cherry flavor, with a bready undertone. It finishes with a clean yeast character of sweet bread, with a bit of phenols and lime. I have to say, this is one of the most interesting German-style wheats I’ve ever tasted.

M: Much better from the glass than from the can: it releases more of the carbonation, allowing a smoother drink. From the glass, it has a clean, spring water freshness to it. Not too thin, but refreshing and drinkable without laying the malts to heavy on the tongue. It just goes to show: just because it’s in a can doesn’t mean it’s meant to drunk from the can.

O: I can see why people enjoy this beer – it’s the perfect summertime brew. And for a German-style beer, it’s tough to beat. I’d not only buy it again, I’d buy a case.

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Photo of BrewDocCT
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an imperial pint.

Hazy golden in appearance. thin white head.

Smells of tart lemon and stone fruit.

Tastes lemon, wheat and tart at the end.

Effervescence fits this beer well, and helps deliver some of that tart finish.

Really lovely summer offering. Good out of the can as well.

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Photo of bobv
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade from a Ratebeer member from Ohio.
Thanks, Jeff!
Not available in VT until next week.

Poured into my 0.5 L. Weihenstephaner glass

A: Slow pour yields a chunky 2 in. head with chunky lacing.
Golden and a little hazy.

T: I fell into a banana boat! Cloves and slight peppery yeast.
Crisp citrusy finish.

M: Light to medium body with nice smooth carbonation.

O: Highly sessionable. Reviewing this well after dinner,but would really love to sit around a picnic table cracking Old Bay smothered blue claw crabs with a 4- pack of these!
Also would be excellent as a palate cleanser in a Leipziger Gose kind of way to drink at a Barleywine or Impy Stout tasting.
Hmmm... time to make that list of invitees.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden-amber coloration; nice bubbly white head that retains and laces along the glass nicely.

S - Green apple, lemon rind, coriander, and pepper, some yeastiness to it.

T - Beer immediately hits with a sourness and finishes with a tartness. Very nice, balanced flavor evolution through the sip. Flavors include green apple, papaya, tangerine, sage, coriander, wheat, pepper.

M - Light to medium-bodied. Less carbonation than you might expect (could use a bit more in my opinion - not that I care for carbonation). Sourness/tartness lingers after each sip but clears thereafter if you're sipping it.

D - Quite an interesting beer. I really enjoy this. I will definitely be getting this again. Another impressive offering from Sixpoint.

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Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Deep gold to pale orange. Quite hazy despite being filtered. Smells ... wow, bananas. Bunches of bananas. Some ginger and clove there too. No mistaking it's a wheat beer here. Has a nice hoppy bite on the front to mid-palate then turns juicy and finishes with moist banana bread. And lemon, clove and ginger snaps. Amazing. Makes me want to gulp it down.

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Photo of JRed
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden in body topped with marshmallow head that stays. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, floral, honey, and bubblegum. Great flavors here: floral, herbal hops, vanilla, juicy citrus, gorgeous output from the wheat and yeast. Light in body with medium carbonation that tickles the palate. Really well done. A perfect beer for the summer, hell, perfect for anytime of year.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into hefe glass from can. Really nice burnt orange color with a slight haze. Thick sticky head. Smells amazing...wheaty clove and banana malts. Taste is of major banana and clove and wheat. Its so fresh and crisp and easy drinking. This is a fantastic brew!! Another amazing sixpoint brew!

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Photo of aasher
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived in Indianapolis a couple weeks ago.

This beer pours a medium bodied, very, very cloudy honey cream gold in color with a soapy one finger bright white head. It looks like no Kristalweizen I've ever seen, but looks like a nice Hefe. The nose is very aromatic banana and cloves, fruity esters, and more yeast. The nose is great, world class, right up there with the Weihenstephaners. The flavors follows suit. In your face fruity esters, banana, clove, yeast bom with a nice slightly sweet malt finish are on point! It drinks about medium in body, which is perfect being this style and out of a can. Overall this is arguably the second best Hefe I've ever had, behind Weihenstephaner. It's no Kristalweizen but it is a world class Hefe. This makes Live Oak look like child's play. AMAZING job by Sixpoint!

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Photo of sfsean28
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tall weissbier glass white foamy head about 2 inches thick, straw colored beer.
smell of bananas and cloves. first taste was bananas all the way with a sweet and tart aftertaste. Has me craving for more. I think they did a very good job on this one. Sixpoint never disappoints. Good summer beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

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

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (best by Aug 18, 2012) poured into a Los Gatos Brewing weizen glass.

A - Pours a medium orangey golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head with good staying power. Head slowly fades away leaving some foamy, sticky lacing on the glass. Fairly dark on the color spectrum for the style and still showing a bit of haze.

S - Extremely strong banana aroma up front here...pretty dominant to the point of killing most everything else. A touch of cloves, hints of wheat barely make an appearance.

T - Banana is dominant in the flavor too...however it does leave room for other flavors to have some impact. Surprisingly tart at the start of each sip and lingering past the swallow. Wheat is quite noticeable giving a firm base, remaining grainy and somewhat sweet and wortlike. Mildly yeasty despite the filtration. A very robustly flavored wheat beer.

M - Tart up front and lingering creating a salivating effect after each swallow. Very fruity/banana'y/estery. Firm wheat base that is grainy and sweet. Carbonation is high and prickly as it should be.

O - Overall, a very good wheat beer. Difficult to find American versions with this much flavor intensity to them. Blindly, I would have guessed this was of German origin. Didn't have much for expectations when I bought this, but glad I did...will be going back for more.

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Photo of ms11781
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 18AUG2012 printed on bottom of can. 16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy but bright, golden yellowish orange. Odd description but it was tough to put it under one or the other. Usually with a some haze or cloudiness the beer will appear sort of dull but that's not the case here. A small head develops and sits as a thin off white foam cap. Slight, wispy lacing is left on the glass.

Nice banana and clove lead the way, reminiscent of a nice hefeweizen. There is a hint of some bready character as well as some yeasty qualities. There might be some lemon that comes on as the beer warms. Really nice nose, straightforward and simple, but well done.

The taste is a step up from the nose. The same banana and clove that were in the nose are prominent here as well. The banana provides a nice fruity flavor while the clove lends a nice spice note. Some straw and bready notes come through but the highlight of the beer is the finish. Some light lemon provides a slight, but excellent tartness that really brings the beer together.

Medium body with medium but soft carbonation. The beer is both smooth and crisp. Seems a bit contradictory but after the initial crispness the beer has a softer feel before a crisp tartness returns. Really nice.

This is an excellent beer. Well balanced between fruity, spicy, yeasty and tart. There really isn't a beer I can remember having that had all those qualities and did them that well. Very, very nice.

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Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A surprisingly cloudy golden-orange pour. Big fluffy white head. Fades at a medium pace leaving etching all over the glass.

S: Tons and tons of banana, pear and melon with some wheat backing it up. Quite a bit of black pepper. Maybe a little clove?

T: Fruity up front with the banana and pear mainly (just hints of melon like honeydew). Turns wheaty with some cloves and a little bit of sweetness in the middle. Great wheaty finish with the lots of black pepper in lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, very crisp and smooth and drinkable.

O: Wow this is a great one. Drinkability is off the scale. Goes down better than water, so smooth and crisp without being too thin and watery. I really enjoyed this one, top notch for the style - just a half a notch below Weihenstephaner in my opinion.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass

A- A hazy straw color with two finger white head.

S- Banana, wheat, earthy spices, cloves, bubblegum, fruity.

T- Lemons around edges, beardy, earthy spices, colves, touch of banana.

M- Light to medium body, smooth, crisp, clean.

O- This the first Kristalweizen I have had and I really like it, very easy to drink. Can't wait to pick up more!

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Apollo from Sixpoint Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.