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Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

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very good

194 Reviews

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 738
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 48
Gots: 44 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Tobe
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a nice white head. The head dissipates a little but holds at about a one finger width.

The aroma is pure banana, clove and spice. A slight pepper smell creeps in.

The flavor is all banana with a creamy follow through. This beer is light and refreshing. A crisp mouthfeel accommodate this beer. The finish is great, a solid beer and possibly my summer beer of 2012.

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Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep golden yellow to golden orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to an extremely thin film covering the center of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aroma of banana and clove, as I would have expected for the style, along with some light hints of bubblegum along with light amounts of lemon citrus.

T: The flavor really follows the smell. There are light amounts of wheat in the background but int he foreground this beer is all banana and clove. Additionally there are some light hints of lemon citrus and a touch of a bubblegum flavor. Overall quite delicious with just enough complexity.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy upfront and crisp throughout.

O: Extremely drinkable and very refreshing. I really enjoyed this beer and would be happy to have a couple of these in a sitting. I enjoyed the fact that the flavors and aromas were very true to the style.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by BigSexy410. Thanks Ben.

The beer is golden colored with a small white head. The aroma offers wheat, bananas, grass, clove, light spice. Smells great. Smooth and easy to drink. Nice banana flavor throughout. Pretty well balanced and light on the palate. A solid example of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of Ego
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(although at this first moment I am enjoying the audible sizzle...)
bright white head fizzles into nothingness in a matter of moments, mostly clear with a hue of dark straw, very active carbonation rises up even though there is no head, on par for the style matey

big bready dry banana (yeah, all that and a bag of plantain chips), nice fruity esters and some bubble gum snap, wheat driven funkish notes that smack of euro tradition.. brooklyn ? nice!

taste etc...
as refreshing as a great soft drink... except better, lemony notes really tease the mouth, the carbonation makes this so easy to drink, the sensations are all at once here, a mouthful of all the flavors you would and should expect, the nose is strong but the flavors of wheat and banana are in balance here, the tinge of sourness really is just making this an all day sucker, this is very refreshing and will be in my go to box this spring/summer for sure.

drinks a bit lighter than some straight up weiss beers, so a better option for a pool party etc.
this is very tasty but remains really light and drinkable.
the can is convenient... and a hit in this household this fine evening

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Photo of HuaJiao
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Quite clear. Darker than I expected, but nice orange tones to the color.

Smell: Fruity esters for sure. Bananas.

Taste: Surprisingly sour! Caught me off guard at first as the sour flavors dominate the typical smooth and fruity wheat profile. But it's well balanced with the rest of the beer - by no means an intense sour ale. The play of the sour flavors with the yeast keeps the beer crisp and interesting throughout. Quite a unique and interesting take.

Overall, I appreciate the unique spin (though I don't really know what to expect from a Kristalweizen) on a summer beer to make a refreshing-but-intriguing beverage.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, orange brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: banana and clove

Taste: banana, clove, wheat and sugar at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet and smooth

Overall: An excellent summer beer. This is dangerously drinkable. Nice light, crisp, and sweet. I bought a four pack and will be looking to pick this up more over the summer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is a hazy light orange with a nice fluffy head and good lacing. The nose gives you a good, hefty dose of fresh bread, butter, and bananas.

The beer is light to medium bodied with a nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor is outstanding. It is bready and sweet up front with nice biscuit flavors. At mid-palate tart banana and orange fruity notes come in and really refresh you. The slight acidic flavor from the fruit notes dry things up a bit on the finish, leaving you ready for more.

This is a delicious beer and possibly the best American version of this style I have ever had. It is smooth, refreshing, and damn drinkable. Moreover, I just love that tangy note on the finish. I have seen the future and in it, I have more of this stuff in my fridge waiting for a nice, hot day.

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Photo of JayQue
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good!!! I was expecting the usual slightly watery, lemon zest-heavy beer. This one is true to style, featuring yeast and richness.

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold color into my Bud Select Pilsner glass. Big frothy head with good retention, scattered bits of lacing.

Smell of yeast and lemon zest, very pleasant...reminiscent of better hefeweizens.

Taste is top shelf, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, and a more subdued cloves and bubble gum thing going on. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and tart. Very nice and very refreshing. I could pound a bunch of these.

This one is a lot closer to German hefes/Kristalweizens than the standard American versions. Good flavors, right complexity...very good!!!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried a bunch of Sixpoints and every one has been a surprise. Sixpoint ales seem to always be unique and very tastey.

Opening this you are greeted with a pungent, yeasty brew. Going for such a rich taste they could have easily messed up and gone too far, but it totally works. It has just the right wheat tartness to make it a really interesting beer.

Don't think that this is a light weight summer wheat. This is a serious beer. Like all other Apollos, this is one to have again and again.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice summer beer, in a style I am not very familiar with, but to my taste, it seems to blend a hefeweizen and a wild yeast tinged saison almost. It's very refreshing and tasty, I'm actually surprised the reviews aren't higher, I wonder if people are expecting a hefe or a more tart beer than this is.

The color is a nice healthy orange with a bit of gold tinted on the edges and some nice lacing on the glass. There is some pretty present sediment in the glass too, which is cool, though I thought this style is filtered? The smell has a nice mix of pepper and clove with the banana and bready hefe notes. Some tartness and lemon in the nose as well, it's just fainter than I would have liked.

The taste has the smell but has a richness and crispness that is really nice, carbonation certainly there. Barnyard funk and tartness mixes well with wheat and banana like candy, almost like the laffy taffy banana with the sweetness. It's a nice tart and sweet mix.

Overall, I very much liked this beer and it was well worth the $10 for a 16oz 4 pack.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a weizen glass that settled into a thin ring that disappeared pretty quickly. the body was a bright, light amber color that was slightly hazy.
s - clove, bubblegum, banana with some floral hops.
t - bubblegum, banana, clove with a spicy, somewhat tart citrus flavor.
m - slick and medium feel.
o - really good beer, only problem was the head retention.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw colored body beneath the very thin white head that quickly disappears to leave almost no lacing behind.

Subtle aromas of yeast, clove, and banana float from the glass.

The flavors offer clove and banana with hints of yeast and subtle tart fruitiness mid palate such as sour apple and just a hint of black pepper at the finish.

Lighter to medium in body with medium carbonation and kind of a heavy finish.

Overall this offers great character and is delightful to drink with very style appropriate flavors and mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can served in my Weihenstephaner weizen. Pours a dull tangerine hue with a rocky, two-inch, cream-colored head and a semi-hazy clarity. Head eventually settles into a sudsy, 1/8th inch slick. Some clusters of filmy lacing are revealed during the session. Nose expresses clove, unripened bananas and phenols. Taste is a bit more duller and subdued than suggested by the aromas in the nose. There's also a light, lemony quality the presents in the flavor profile and phenols become a bit more apparent. Finish expresses a slight buttery character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, almost prickly carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, definitely one of the better domestic wheat beers out there, and from a can nonetheless. The citric acid present in the taste and the mouthfeel slightly detracts from the refreshing nature of the style, but I'll chalk that up to an American nuance. I'd like to revisit this beer again on-draft if the opportunity presents.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a small white head and no significant lacing

S-wheat, bananas, cloves, slight citrus and spices

T-bananas, cloves, nice wheat character and slightly tart bite at the finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp, dry mouthfeel

O-a nice weizen that will be enjoyable in the summer months ahead

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow, a bit hazy with solid brilliant white head, but very clear as this style should be, which I learned two mkns ago..

Smell is heavy on bananna and funky yeast, a bit of cloves as well. Taste is similar at first to a lighter Saigon, but has a drying, clove finish that is very light and effervescence comes through to give almost a champagne like taste. Nice dry finish.

88 and humid outside, but not in this glass. Very nice beer, especially for warm weather! Nice crisp hefe. Cool style would like to try others.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sixpoint Brewery - Apollo - Pint Can

Look - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden orange with some amber. Full foamy head that dissipated quickly leaving rings of sticky lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Bubblegum sweet, fruity banana/pear/apple with some spice (clove/nutmeg) and an ever so slight hint of hops or sour yeast.

Taste - Deep rich fruity same as the nose with a Belgian-type sour tart yeast. Taste is good, but perhaps a bit off and cloying, not sure I understand this flavor. I had heard they changed the recipe and/or wanted to recall it, but I'm judging as-is and I will change it if they fix this next time around.

Mouthfeel - This has a light and refreshing feel. No booziness, great drinkability. Definitely a Summer brew.

Overall - The taste is different for sure, but this is a good Summer seasonal nonetheless.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, had a best before date on the bottom, but I cant read it, all smudged up...oh well they get points for trying.

Poursmedium hazed lighter amber, near dull golden, creamy off white head, goes to a satin sheen, low sheeting and fine fields of lacing.

Nose is loaded with tropical fruits, especially bananas.

Fruity and flavorful wheat, more bananas and other tropical notes, moderate sweetness, with a very minor hop presence.

As it warms, notes of sweet malts and honey enter the party, nice wheat from sixpoint, in a can for easy summer portability. Def will be purchasing more of this one as things warm up in a few months.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a murky dark orange body with a bubble white head that is soon gone but a gentle carbonation keeps a thin ring on top.

S- The perfumed fruity esters are almost banana in quality with a full grapefruit aroma to follow. The finish has an interesting graphite pencil smell in the finish.

T- The light dry tartness of coriander and lime hops note leads to a dry finish with just a bit of hops bite and a circus peanut ester note in the finish aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that fill the mouth after each sip.

O- The nice tartness and subtle hops are good to the finish without being too dry and a good yeast character adds a unique flavor to this beer.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of WesM63
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Weihenstephan Hefe glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange white color with a decent 2finger rocky head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Smells of clove, lemon, wheat and some bananas.

T: Citrus like bite up front with some wheat, clove and bananas.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, smells better than it tastes. I don't tasted as much banana and clove as I smell. Still refreshing on a hot summer day.

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