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Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

730 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 47
Gots: 39 | 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 PicoPapa
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz Tall Boy with Best Before 01SEP2012. Pours a murky brownish yellow with virtually no head. Very little lacing. Aroma is sour and a bit funky. Banana, cloves, spices and bread. Taste is kind of like sour banana bread. A lot of cloves and spice flavor. Hint of orange peel. Lightly carbonated. Somewhat heavy but it is an easy drinking summer beer, if that makes sense. Overall, the banana and sourness combo isn't quite for me. Its not a bad beer but there are a bunch more Sixpoint brews I'll grab before this one.

PicoPapa, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tallboy can poured into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange bodied beer with a tall 2 finger white head. Head drops pretty fast on this beer.

Smell: Smells fairly sweet; loads of bananas. Wheat, clove, pepper, and more fruity notes.

Taste: Big bananas overpower just about everything on the first sip. The beer tastes as sweet as it smells. Balance is added with hints of clove, green apple, a spicy black pepper note, and wheat.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied beer with moderate to high carbonation levels. Besides being fairly sweet its well balanced and very drinkable.

Overall: Really solid Kristalwiezen. I do enjoy drinking this style of beer this time of year when the weather gets hot. Love craft beer in a can and the price point is easy to swallow too.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orang-y cloudy body with 2 finger head. I thought Kristalweizen is supposed to be... clear? but hey, it looks very appetizing.

S: Spice, pepper, clove, banana,

T: Wow... disappointing... It looks and smells great, but the taste falls quite short. It tastes alright at first but the flavor quickly dies... leaving you with some... unpleasant after taste.

M: I think it could use a bit more carbonation.

O: It's got all the elements, but maybe slightly too spicy for the style and the flavor just dies too quickly. I would just stick to Weihenstephaner (which is locally and cheaply available).

sukwonee, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of msarver16
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

msarver16, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

raythealeman, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy yellow almost green with a frothy white - little retention.

Smell lemon, sour, yeasty bread and banana.

Sour upfront, a little wheat & banana in the middle with bitter lemon and green apple in the finish. A very tart refreshing beer.

Chickenhawk9932, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

alamode, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Chevy Chase. Best by 18th August 2012.

Faintly hazy, this beer is dark orange with a white head that quickly recedes leaving nothing. Oh well. The nose is better, though. It's clear a fairly aggressive yeast was used in brewing this beer, as there's just a ton of clove character coupled with a moderate banana aroma. A little honey and caramel are also present. There is also a moderate fruity tartness present, like almost-ripe peaches. Not very wheaty IMO.

The palate opens with a blend of clove and a tart wheat flavor that's light and refreshing. This is followed by some banana and a little honey. Rather clean and crisp on the palate (i.e. not "soft" like a hefeweizen), this beer is light in body, has a medium-high level of carbonation and a nice, drying finish that's spicy and fruity. The tartness is an unexpected characteristic that, while not usual for the style, is an enjoyable characteristic. Recommended.

DefenCorps, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a lustrous golden amber color with low clarity, more fitting of a proper hefe than a filtered version. The head, on the other hand, lacks the wonderful texture of a typical hefe, but it is a three finger offwhite color with thick bubbles that ultimately settles down to a little under one finger. Tiny specks of lacing on the glass.

S: Very strong banana scent, almost to the point where it starts to smell like glorified banana bread. There are also a bit of spices, such as coriander and clove hidden underneath.

T: It starts with a strong banana flavor (surprising) augmented by a pleasant tartness, before giving way to a wheaty malt upsurge near the finish. I've never had a weizen truly like this one - Sixpoint have done a great job getting yeast esters into the flavor profile without weighing down the palate with heaviness and astringency, all while providing an excellent tart sensation.

M: The finish and aftertaste aren't overly heavy from the yeast, though the body in general is still a little thicker than I like. Carbonation is about spot on for the general style.

O: Weizens are are one of my favorite styles, and this nicely breaks out of the traditional mold without coming across as recklessly experimental. It's not better than the weizens from Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, or Sierra Nevada, but it easily deserves to be placed in the same conversation as them.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a lightly murky orange color. The body is translucent, but it glows. Nearly no head. Head is mostly just a layer along the rim of the glass.

S-Wow. Very, very spicy.Bananas riddled with clove. Tapioca pudding and sweet bread. Yeasty and peppery. I get a rubbery aroma too. Very interesting. Potent and exuberantly spiced.

T-Plenty of flavor here. I enjoyed the flavor more than the nose because the spice was effectively counterbalanced by other flavors. Tart apple cider and unripened bananas. Quite wheaty. Spice is still stressed but is not overwhelming. A nice citrus hoppiness play out on the palate too. Very tasty and it grows on you.

M-Body is fuller than I expected it to be. Massaging carbonation. A bit slick. Imbibable.

O/D-I did not think I would enjoy this as much as I did. There is a great addition of both sourness and hoppiness to the flavor. Really unique, complex and cool. I have been waiting to try this and it did not disappoint. Sixpoint brews cool beers and leaves the stylistic restraints by the wayside.

VelvetExtract, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of MattGrimes17
5/5  rDev +30.9%

MattGrimes17, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of lilnicky068
2.75/5  rDev -28%

lilnicky068, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.7%

nh2032, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

KornWallace, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into weizen glass, best by 8/18/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 3 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, orange, bubblegum, biscuit, clove, herbal, and floral. Very nice and well balanced aromas with nice complexity. Taste of big banana, orange, pear, lemon, biscuit, clove, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and tangy wheat. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, biscuit, herbal, bubblegum, and light tanginess on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors; with more of a sweet flavor presence over spicy esters. Finish is fairly dry. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick moutfeel. Alcohol is completely hidden as expected for 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice Kristalweizen! Very nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. I really have no complaints, very enjoyable stuff.

superspak, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 16 oz can into a weizen glass. Body is ever-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow with a 1+-finger whitish head.

S: "Yeasty" is the word that comes to mind. Banana esters, some bubblegum and generic fruitiness. Touch of citrus (lemony, maybe even lemon peel).

T: Initially I was surprised by the fruitiness and tart finish, as I thought this was an American Pale Wheat Ale. I get berries and black cherries and a good wheat twangy tartness at the finish. Also a touch of bananas and some modest lemony citrus. Finishes fairly clean with a neutral aftertaste.

M: Carbonation is prickly, but not offensive or intrusive. Heft is light.

O: Good stuff. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of tartness in my beer, so I probably won't come back to this one, but I can appreciate a good beer even if it's outside of my wheelhouse.

Kendo, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce can into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial nonic pint glass.

A: Somewhat hazy, golden orange color with great clarity and plenty of carbonation beneath a thin head of bone white foam that disappears quickly.

S: Funky wheat, lemony spices and herbal, grassy, citrus hops proceeded by lemon zest and minty gum.

T: Tart, sweet and juicy up front with plenty of fruity malt esters thrown in the mix. A tropical, peppery banana flavor grips around mid-palate before breaking with an herbal, tart and drying front of bubblegum esters. The finish is sweet and dry with a lingering hint of tart, lemon bitterness and a wheaty, yeast twang.

M: Light, crisp, flavorful and well-balanced with a dry, yet somewhat puckering tartness.

O: Hell of a quenching, tart summer weizen with plenty of balance, carbonation and light, fruity citrus flavors to keep you going. At 5.2% ABV, this packs a lot of flavor for a sessionable beer and I'd pack it in a cooler to and from the beach for sure.

Gambrinus1184, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why I can't find this around my area. Ordered it from halftime beverage for around 2.50.

A - Pouring it into a nice 16oz Guinness pint glass. Color is a light clear sun-bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of head that fizzes out rather quickly to a mild lace ring.

S - Smell is minimal but intriguing with fruity yeasts, citrus hops, and a touch of banana or clove spice.

T - Fizzy and light with mostly clove spice twang then a touch of sweet like banana malt and ends with a mild bit of sweet citrus hops. The taste is actually quite good with carbonation giving it a lighter feel.

M - Again light to medium in body and the work fizzy comes to mind almost like a sparking champagne.

Overall this is a well crafted beer relying on more than the typical sixpoint bittering hops or fruity yeast. The combination of the two along with some Hefe tones is very enjoyable. Will seek a six pack if it comes around here for summer releases.

DrDemento456, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

rcjennings, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

JAHMUR, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of ILiveOffHops
5/5  rDev +30.9%

ILiveOffHops, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a true pint, the beer is a hazy, deep, honey-orange coloring with a thin film of head coating the surface. Steady, abundant flow of carbonation in the glass as you drink. Aromas of honey, citrus, banana, and clove spicing on a toasted wheat backbone. Flavors are light and very well blended, with a supersweet kick of floral and citrus tang at the end of the palate. Roasted backbone remains light, with toasty grains and banana blending together very nicely. Light and smooth in mouth, and the carbonation keeps things on the border of effervescent. Fruity combination on the aftertaste, with some berry notes joining the banana and citrus blending. Smooth, clean aftertaste that is a touchy frothy from the carbonation. Tasty brew, and extremely thirst quenching on a hot day.

GarthDanielson, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 16oz can to 0.5L Weihenstephen traditional weisse glass I picked up in Austria in 2007, I believe. Still don’t know how I got this glass back in one piece, but I’m grateful for it! Can has a freshness date of September 1, 2012 (“BEST BEFORE 01SEP2012 1845 OK+”) printed in black ink on the kick-up of the can.

Appearance (3.5): Four fingers of white head rise quickly, but dies down at a visible pace, making kind of loud crackling sounds—mixture of coarse and medium-sized bubbles. The body is a slightly hazy, dark straw-yellow color, and pretty. Carbonation visibly and slowly rises to the top. Almost no lacing as the head finally dies down.

Smell (4.0): Hay, bubblegum, some fruit (light orange, banana, some melon), and nice, wheaty malt. Definitely yeast-driven here, lacking much spicy character (although there is some pepperiness in the back) and going more toward fruit and straw.

Taste (4.0): Very fruity, with some banana and melon character (like honeydew), very mild pepper in the back, and no hops to speak of. The wheat malts are light, crisp, and finish slightly tart—just barely, really—which to me is ideal for a good wheat beer, regardless of style. That tartness adds a different, slightly lemony character into the mix, which ends up being a subtle but welcome addition here. Very tasty, though.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Carbonation is light and playful, pairing nicely with this light-bodied quaffer. It finishes surprisingly dry, too, making this a beer that really invites more and more sipping. You want drinkability? Here you go.

Overall (4.0): Kristalweizen is a style I’m not as familiar with—I think I’m more accustomed to those full-bodied hefes and super-spicy wits, neither of which are usually my bag. This is tasty, and looking over the style description I think this actually fits it to a T. My only real complaint is that I thought the appearance was a bit lacking, though the body is quite pretty, mainly because I’m a sucker for a thick head and aggressive carbonation. This is a good beer though, and it’s nice to see this added to the Sixpoint lineup. That said . . . Sixpoint, you had BETTER get Harbinger in cans next year! We need more widely-available saisons, damnit.

fmccormi, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by August 18, 2012.

Rushing bubbly carbonation forms a coarse white head that ushers gas faster than it can hold the rich head it wanted to. Some straggles of yeast fell into my light orange brew. Pretty decent clarity, nonetheless.

Rich ripe banana and reeling clove esters seduce my nose. Sweet wheat malts lock onto a foothold of the beer aroma like a dropping curtain. Great character.

Crisp lemony hops propose to tart banana and very spicy clove yeast esters, all of which burp through the nose with extra flavor. Crusty bread nuances blanch the peppery spice of steely by-products. Plus-plus quality for a Brooklyn brewery. Authentic and tasty.

Elegant feel with smooth body and rifled carb.

Great brew! Thanks to Brian for scoring me a four-pack!

thecheapies, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 18AUG2012

A- Inch tall white fluffy head on a murky dull gold colored body. Decent head retention (foam cap on surface) and some lacing left over.

S- Aroma can be smelled a foot away and consists of mostly bananas with a little bit of clove-like spiciness.

T- Follows the nose but to a lesser extent. Flavors seem dumbed down. Small banana aftertaste. Easy drinking.

M- Almost too carbonated for my tastes...taste profile could come off better if it were toned down a tad I believe. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I was really looking forward to this one and the pleasant aromas had me salivating, after that it was downhill. Still, definitely not a bad beer. Would have again and hope to enjoy as much as other BAs seem to be.

Duff27, Jun 14, 2012
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