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Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

717 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
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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3/5  rDev -21.7%

SickNukes, May 21, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +4.4%

egrace84, May 21, 2012
Photo of mattyrubes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mattyrubes, May 21, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bluesplit63, May 21, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a can into pint glass.

Apollo hisses when cap pops open. The liquid is a golden color with some orange glaze woven within. About an inch of very loose off white foam graces the top for a second or two and dies into nothing, no lace. Smell is on the fruity side with some very sharp smelling hops that are not on the citrus tip like a typical IPA. This is different. I get some apple mixed in with some bready yeast and some clove with warming. This beer is different, not what I was expecting. I went in blind, not knowing this is a Kristalweizen. A fruity pale beer with a sharp tart finish. Apple, pear, bread, yeast, and just weird beer altogether. Not really my thing, yet this style is never brewed anymore, if it is indeed what it says. Feel is a step up from light with dead carb, so there is no life. Drinkability hurts because of that. For some reason, i want to eat fish and chips with Apollo, it seems like a good fit.

BARFLYB, May 21, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a finger high white head that quickly died down but never fading away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. It took a very hard pour out of the can in order to generate the finger high head.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of bananas and bubble gum in the nose along with hints of clove.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of bananas and bubble gum, very similar to what you would expect from a hefeweizen.
M: It feels on the light side of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It seems to be a bit chewier compared to other beers in the style and lacks the clean qualities of a kristalweizen.
O: This beer doesn’t seem like it is completely filtered and tastes closer to a hefeweizen. Nevertheless, it’s very easy to drink, refreshing and has thirst quenching qualities.

metter98, May 21, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mdillon86, May 21, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JimGlonke, May 20, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a weizen glass

The beer pours with a chilled haze and a thin one finger head. The cap settles to a thin collar. Some visible carbonation pops up here and there.

The nose is of bananas and clove with some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. White bread and bubblegum rounding things out.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Banana, clove, bubble gum, bread, and pepper. The finish is a little lemony.

Light, clean, and smooth. Light carbonation, lingering melon sweetness.

I had to do some research on this style since a) I have never heard of it and b) have obviously never had one. Pretty damn on point with the guidelines and it is pretty damn tasty. A cleaner version of a hefe. Strong on all fronts.

ColForbinBC, May 20, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Pounder. Poured into a Shiner Weizen glass. Best by 18AUG2012

Appearance: Hazy yet bright golden yellow orange color with a onde finger white head. That leaves a ring of lacing.

Aroma: Banana, lemon orange, and melon aromas. Quite fruity. Clove, wheat, bubbblegum.

Taste: Starts off a bit tart and fruity. Same as aroma with banana, lemon, orange and melon. Grasy chrispness. Wheaty, Mild clove. Love the tart and slightly funky flavors this offers.

Mouthfeel: Closer to medium bodied. Good carbonation. Fruity tartness all the way from start to finish.

I don't think I've ever had a Kristalweizen before but I do know that this one is pretty damn good. Excellent summer offering from Sixpoint.

nimrod979, May 20, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up locally, enjoyed from a Weizen glass?

a - brew poured a murky yellow with an orange core and a few fingers of foamy head that evaporated almost instantly.

s - smells like a hefe. Orange peel and wheat with some sweetness.

t - big orange flavor tamed back only with wheaty sweetness and a pinch of earthy grassiness. Some banana in the mix as well to round it out. Not a huge fan of this style but this is quite tasty.

m - a bit more full bodied than I expected. Good carbonation. A little fizzy but appropriate for the style.

o - overall a nice rich and flavorful hefe that leads with oranges and nice sweetness. Great for this summery weather. One of the better hefes that I have had. Not grossly sweet.

cosmicevan, May 19, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed light orange color. Almost two fingers of foamy white head that falls quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

4.0 S: Big banana esters, clove from the yeast, bubblegum, and melon. Light grassy hoppiness. Neutral wheat. Quite nice.

3.5 T: Surprisingly tangy. The base mostly follows the nose, but the strength is reduced. Banana, clove, bubblegum, melon, grassy hops. Tangy earthiness with lemony tartness. Lightly bready with neutral wheat.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is appropriate to style. It's missing the creaminess that you'd get from a hefe though. Still, not bad.

3.5 D: Interesting. Didn't expect the tanginess from this. Still, it's tasty and a good summer beer.

DavoleBomb, May 19, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oversized can picked up in GCT, NYC.

Fizzy yellow, some white foam. Hazy. Smell is powerful banana/clove - like a hefe on steroids. Wheat throughout the nose and taste, and blended in with waves of citrus. The blend is near perfect.

Tasty, refreshing - this is an ideal summer beer I will be looking to pick up again before the season is over.

KTCamm, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

hannydawg, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

gcotts, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

acurtis, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

virinow, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

erlenmeyer, May 19, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By 18AUG2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: Yeasty, with banana, clove, and fruits. Simple, yet powerful

T: Follows the nose, tart with fruity yeast, banana and clove. Slight pepper. Finishes slightly sweeter, with the tartness fading

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky from the yeast, but much less than a hefe because of the filtered nature of this style

O: Wow. What a wonderful summer beer. Easy to drink, comes in a can, and is traditional. Can't beat it

BEERMILER12, May 18, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

ms11781, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TheRuss9585, May 18, 2012
Photo of JaredKent
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color, a little darker than I’d expect from a more traditional Hefeweizen. The head pours strong with a nice off-white color. Nice and creamy with some staying power behind it.

Scent: Right up front I get a lot of fruit. Banana, almost bubblegummy esters, a little bit of oranges, maybe even a hint of grapefruit. Underneath is the wheat with a nice, smooth aroma that just ties it all together. Very nicely done.

Taste: Once again I get super ripe bananas on the mouth. The carbonation really pushes that forward. Following that initial burst of banana I get just a hint of sourness from the wheat. Just a slight acidity on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: The body on this is exceptionally smooth and the carbonation really pushes the fruity esters to the forefront.

Overall: I definitely like this representation of a “Hefeweizen.” I know Sixpoint doesn’t like to categorize their beers, but this seasonal definitely falls closest to the Hefe category. An all-around easy drinking beer that is perfect for the summer. Although the esters are right up front they aren’t overpowering. Easily a sessionable brew

JaredKent, May 18, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

MarkFy, May 17, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic Hefeweizen aroma on this one! I get a lot of banana off this one, and very little clove, though, it's there. I also detect a pinch of nutmeg too. Big big banana! Love it!

BA lists this as a Kristalweizen but mine poured out a touch cloudy. The color is that of a mixture of banana yellow and orange orange. The head is super white with big bubbles, but unfortunately it doesn't last too long.

Flavor of this is AMAZING! This might be the best Weizen I've had! Big banana on the palate right up front, as if you had just been hit in the face with a banana cream pie. A menagerie of herbal and spice notes mid palate to finish, the banana carrying it all the way through.

I didn't expect it to be so banana-y. It makes me wonder if any bananas were actually used in the production of this beer, because if not, I'm impressed. Light bodied and light carbonation allow you to taste this beer for what it is, a master crafted beverage. Not quite seasonable, but right on the cusp.. I love this beer.

tlazaroff, May 17, 2012
Apollo from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.