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Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

714 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 47
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-25-2012)
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Photo of TMoney2591
4.48/5  rDev +17%
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...

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

JAHMUR, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with a freshness date on the bottom.

LOOK: Bright golden hue, ring of lacing all the way down

SMELL: Bready, powdered clove, bubblegum, banana taffy, honeydew melon rind, grassy

TASTE: Smooth, crisp snap, moderate body, bread crust, green banana, lemon, clove, peppery, crackers, dry finish

Wow ... wow. Sixpoint pretty much nailed this one, did they rough-up some old German brewmasters for the secret recipe? I've only had a handful of this style but this clearly at the top. Congratz guys, you have a winner here.

Jason, May 11, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

nickfl, May 22, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's actually hard to review this beer because, I don't want to stop between sips and think about what I'm enjoying...I just want to enjoy it. Appears slightly clouded with yeast suspension not quite a kristalweizen, more so hefeweizen in both taste and yeast character. I understand that they used a centrifuge process to get the heavy sediment out but retain esters and flavors that wouldn't otherwise be in there. Aroma has a strong lemon with mild banana fruitiness going on, absolutely incredible stuff. Flavor crushes with a sharp wheat bright tartness, that really makes it, almost a sourmash technique. Full of flavor, yeast esters lemon, banana, mild clove, all from yeast from Weihenstephaner. Awesome video if you scan the QR from the box. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied solid dry finish, keeps a wheat beer straight up amazing, sometimes these beers get cloying that's not the case here. Overall incredible summer long drinking must begin here, probably the best wheat beer around this summer at only 11 IBUs it has some hopheads left with a tear in their beer. I'm quite thrilled that they put the work into this beer, plus they have a German brewmaster who truly understands the style.

WVbeergeek, May 17, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me. Enjoyed chilled from a mug from the can.

The color is light golden with mild haze and thick white cap with ultra fine bead, retention and lace are good. The smell is like a unripened banana with some clove from the hefe yeast with some hints of malt which is generally sweet smelling with mildy mineral odor in the mix. The feel is crisp with a high amount of yeast creaminess in the middle with slight tangy yeast texture and subtle spiciness with a generally dry finish with mild alcohol and carbonation is moderate.

The flavor is good with some nice wheat elements coinciding with a german wheat yeast flavor which brings out some tropical fruit and light spice with a mild wheat sweetness in the middle. Overall I was pretty impressed with this and enjoyed the pretty traditional take on the style by sixpoint.

Slatetank, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Kristalweizen". Poured from a can into a goblet. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy with a nice white head, small and medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation. Some lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is lemony and sweet with a mild yeast influence.

Beer is light and wet with a citrusy / lemony sense to it, a little grainy on the finish but overall a nice beer. I enjoyed it but I think I like Weihenstephaner better though. I had two, I might buy more.

drabmuh, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, who doesn't love tall boy cans. Another up for my summer beers.

it pours with a nice fizzy 1+ finger head that fades fairly quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing, over semi hazy orange honey colored beer.

Nose definitely hefe like, plenty of wheat aromas, strong wheat, but not overbearing. Plenty of citrus, light orange zest, and tons of banana. But there is an interesting lightness and crispness like aroma that I can't really label otherwise.

Taste starts creamy, lots of creamy wheat flavors, wheat galore again, fluffy as well. Then citrus again, light orange zest and tart citrus juice like, and plenty of banana again, with a juicy complexion. However, overall it has a lighter and crisper feel than a typical hefe, and less overbearing. There is a light bitterness that seems to come from the orange rind flavors, and light coriander. Finish is more tart orange zest and very light bitterness, hints of wheat flavors and banana lingering, slightly dry but sticky and mild sweetness. The tartness really starts to build the more I drink it.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice wheat flavors that add enough lightness to not be overbearing but starts to build a bit too much, finish is not as dry as I expected either, but nice banana and citrus flavors, fairly drinkable but not as much as I expected it to be. Still fairly tasty beer.

jlindros, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a small layer of head that goes away completely very quickly.

Smell: Light and quite fruity. There is definitely a banana smell with an almost tart quality. Fairly Mild.

Taste: A lot like what I expected from the smell. Light with some banana notes. There is a citrus like tartness to this beer that is quite summery. There is a slight herbal note along with the citrus and banana in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very unique beer for me. I enjoyed the slight tartness along with the traditional hefe flavors. I would have another on a warm day.

oline73, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.4%

WesWes, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale and clear in the tall glass. Unusually strong spicy scent. Modest head with a spritzy mouthfeel and ultra-light body.

So totally clove flavored I couldn't figure out the style of this stuff until I looked it up. Weirdly dry, definitely sourish like a chewing gum flavored Berlinerweiss. A rather severely tart variation on the style. Just a hint of malty sweetness. Maybe this could be viewed as a summertime tart and light brew. I can't get over that up your nose with a hose of cloves.

From the tall can purchased at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

mactrail, May 31, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

mendvicdog, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 05/06/12 notes. Big thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing a can of this; really been wanting to try it. 16 oz. can into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, spices, sweet fruity malts, cloves, Belgian style yeast. Very nice and a ton of bananas; close to a 4.5 for me.

t - Tastes of liquid bananas, and very sweet. Sweet fruity malts, cloves, spice, pepper, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Very nice, but a tiny bit too sweet for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. Loads of bananas and smells amazing, though the taste is a tiny bit too sweet for me and keeps it from being a great beer. Still a very good beer and something I liked a lot and will revisit this summer.

mdfb79, May 08, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Rochefort10nh, May 29, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, May 24, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours gold, with surprisingly little haze. Modest bar-pour head hat settles to rim bubbles. Good streaky lace.

Sweet, soft wheat aromas on the initial smell.

Fruity in many ways. The wheat flavor is subdued but very present. Subtle banana and coriander/clove notes. Full bodied with a heightened carbonation. In many an arch-typical wheat beer.

smcolw, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +11%

MarkyMOD, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

473ml/16 fl oz aluminum can with stylish well laid out label art acquired as part of a 4 pack at Twin Liquors and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've never had a beer from this brewery before. 5.2% ABV confirmed. 11 IBU. 3.7 SRM.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of beige colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Complexion could be softer. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 3-4 minutes. I'd like a bit more froth given the style.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Buttery (diacetyl?) and creamy, with an untoward sweetness. Maybe even a hint of vanilla/creme brulee. Wheat. Dirty orange fruit; this is not the refreshing orange peel you'd want in a proper kristalweizen. Banana and clove. It comes off artificial, as though brewed with extract. I'm really concerned; this misses the mark for the style. Banana is dominant. I'm not getting any complex yeasty notes, and it doesn't seem to have fermented all that cleanly. Hopping is floral in character, with some light fruitiness as well, and has minimal presence.

No alcohol is detectable. An off-putting aroma of above average strength.

T: The wheat body doesn't feel fresh at all, and is eclipsed by a layer of artificial sweetness; boy is this not traditional. I get some doughy yeast - which is unbecoming. Clove, banana, sweet maltiness. Candy floss/bubblegum. Maybe even lime? Unwelcome vanilla and accompanying sweetness. It's not quite cloying, but it's far from well balanced. Some vague apple and orange fruit notes. Hop presence is minimal and contributes little except for generic floral and fruity notes. Built poorly for a kristalweizen.

Subpar depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol comes through. The yeast-derived notes (banana and clove) are subdued, and the beer lacks both complexity and a clean feel. Zero subtlety and nuance here.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak, lacking presence. Buttery. Not full-bodied. Mouthfeel doesn't suit the flavour profile or the style particularly well. Overcarbonated, but it has none of the clean crispness found in the best examples of the style. Unrefreshing - a crucial mis-step for a kristalweizen.

Not oily, gushed, boozy, harsh, or hot.

Dr: I'm rather disappointed. This is pretty mediocre stuff. They even got the wheat note wrong. As an introduction to Sixpoint, it's discouraging me from wanting to try their other offerings. I wouldn't buy this again; it's a pretty subpar kristalweizen. Not sure quite what they were going for with this. I'm shocked at its current high ratings. Though it's a poor beer in the style, if you disregard styles altogether and just view it as a beer, it's of average quality.

If we're being comparative, it don't hold a candle to New Glarus' offering.

C

kojevergas, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

InspectorBob, May 14, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must be slipping! I CAN swear that I reviewed this at some point, but thanks to the diligent eye of JVHBass, I guess that I have not. New CANned Beer Sunday CANtinues, unabated.

From the CAN: "A something in a summer's Day/As slow her flambeaux burn away/Which solemnizes me. A something in a summer's noon-/A depth-an Azure-a perfume-Transcending ecstasy."; "Apollo is our summer wheat; a special tart and refreshing ray of illumination."

The first is a quote from Emily Dickinson's poem, "A something in a summer's Day" and if you think that I recognized it on my own, I must disavow you of such a notion. These guys are good and I often rely on yon Internet for help.

I needed no help with the Crack & Glug, not with a glass standing by. The finger of fizzy, bone-white head quickly wilted in the afternoon heat and became mere wisps. Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow which was nice, but inappropriate for a Kristalweizen. Nose smelled strongly of oranges - Mandarin, Tangelo, Tangerines. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium with a definite initial tartness on the tongue, followed by flavors of orange. It was like a liquid orange Sweetart! The finish was dry, tangy, tart, definitely refreshing and especially on this summer's Day. I drank the heck out of this when it was first released, but just a couple at a time would be satiating.

woodychandler, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +11%

orangesol, May 23, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 16 oz can of Apollo, stamped best by Sept 2012. Is this really a kristalweizen? There's no sediment in the can, but the beer is a hazy amber. Either way, it's a fine wheat beer that reminds me of Weihenstephaner's hefe for the subtle, but rich, spicy clove yeast character. Slightly fruity (banana and orange) bread balance the phenols. The carbonation is a little lighter here, but instead of feeling heavier, it smooths the beer out. Great beer, best wheat beer in a can maybe.

tempest, May 28, 2012
Apollo from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.