Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

738 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 738
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 49
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.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of perfectly level crisp pure white colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full even lacing... A moderate amount of varying paced carbonation steaks throughout... The color is a lively glowing peach like color with a very faint chill haziness about it... A slight bit of lacing clings tot he glass...

S - Lemon zest... A bit of honey... Bubble gum... Clove... Unripened bananas... Some bready and biscuity malts...

T - Apricot... Lemon zest... Honey... Bubble gum... A very light spice component comprised mostly of clove and white pepper... Bananas... Perhaps a hint of golden delicious apple... A very light tartness lies beneath the surface... Lots of complexity as each sip is slightly different from the one before it...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Some fizzy carbonation... Fairly dense... Mostly smooth... Some crispness... A bit sleek... A bit sticky...

D - A very respectable beer... A little different from what I was expected which is not necessarily a plus nor a minus... Wouldn't be my first choice for a summer seasonal, though I would gladly welcome the opportunity to drink again...

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 16oz tallboy to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/24/12

-- Thanks to Mario for the sample --

A: Either it's severly chill-hazy, or this isn't unfiltered like a Kristalweizen should be. Regardless, she's a beaut. Cloudy tangerine orange, it literally looks like summertime in the glass. A 2.25 finger white head lingers, and leads to solid lacing and a dense collar.

S: Cloves, not yet ripe bananas, a bit of cereal (think Cheerios, not filler) and citrus...I'm getting some juicy, frehly fallen orange as it warms.

T: Bready yet slightly tart and tangy up front. It leads to banana pudding, grass, crushed herbs, clotted cream and a bit of acid on the back end. Crisp isn't usually a word I associate with wheat based ales, but this is just that. And really refreshing, to boot.

M: Quite bubbly. Sharp, and a touch rough around the edges. Look I get that this is a summer seasonal - it's meant to quench your thirt and make ya say, "Aaahhh!" And though this isn't the best feel around, it certainly accomplishes what I assume it set out to do.

O: What a nice glass of beer. Sixpoint's got a winner on their hands with Apollo. Not a style I typically enjoy, yet I could crush a few of these without one complaint. I look forward to seeing this around as weather gets hotter and hotter.

Photo of sfsean28
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small cap of white head.

Ripe bananas in the aroma right up front with some hints of cloves. Mostly this smells like banana laffy taffy. Bananas are the first I notice on the pallet. It rounds out with some baking spices and a bit of a lemon edge.

The body is nice and light with ample carbonation. Overall not to bad. Certainly enjoyable enough, but I think I'll pass in the future. There are just other beers I enjoy more.

Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kristalweizen eh? I suppose it doesn't make sense because this definitely isn't filtered but who am I to argue.

A- Hazy (not Kristal) yeast filled apricot orange body. A massive, foamy white head forms but seems to die at an impressive pace. Small ring remains and I see no lace. (Not gonna kill it here because it might be the glass I am using)

S- Fruity and yeasty. Notes of apple, lemon zest, banana, cloves and bread make up a pretty strong nose. Reminds me of a fruitier Hefe. A fairly strong tart flavor adds a nice dimension, not sure what it is from.

T- Really distinct flavor which again feels like a Hefe filled with citrus and fruit. Apple and lemon juice seem to hit me first followed by clove and spiced yeast and some banana flavors.

MF- Higher end carbonation in a light body with just a bit of a creamy feel. Ends tart and slightly bitter.

Has that German yeast feel with a tart, citrus fruit feel that I don't usually get in German beers. This is refreshing and really flavorful. I wish I knew more about the style.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a nice golden tan, very cloudy, with a short tan head that leaves some lacing.

Smell: a bit fruity, with some distinct wheat tones. Sweet smelling.

Taste: more wheat, more sweet fruits. Some bitterness that seems to come from yeast.

Mouthfeel: meduim body, meduim carbonation.

Overall: a pretty good summer brew. Not something I will buy often but not bad. Good to have more canned choices.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fridge temperature can is poured into an imperial pint glass. The can is marked best by 18 Aug 2012.

A modest tan foam head rests on top of a transulent, straw colored body. A few streams of rising carbonation can be seen rising from the pool of clinging bubbles at the bottom of my glass. Fairly good lacing is left behind.

This beer smells a lot like a hefeweizen. There is plenty of banana as well as some wheat, light powdered sugar sweetness, and some hefe yeast.

This beer is fruitier and sweeter than I expected it to be. There is a lot of banana, but it tastes sweeter than any actual banana I've peeled and eaten. There are some wheat and some lemon citrus flavors mixed in as well.

Medium body with carbonation levels a little above average. At first I can't feel many bubbles, but as I swallow, the swarm my tongue. A decent film is left behind that has some banana flavors. The sweetness and coating give this beer the impression of having a syrupy quality.

A lot of people seem to really like this one, but this beer just isn't doing it for me. It's too sweet, fruity and syrupy for my tastes. That doesn't mean it's not a great beer to crack open on a hot summer day (which is exactly how I enjoyed the other three cans in this 4 pack). If you are looking for something new and different to try this summer, this beer would be a good one to grab.

Photo of JoeMertens
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper, finger-width pearl white head that dissipates. 3 minutes in, no head what-so-ever, but very effervescent.

Typical weizen phenols and esters, spice and fruit dominate, banana and bubblegum take a backseat. Heavy wheat presence leads to a thick nose.

Light and fruity on the palate, berry and pineapple give way to a sharp yeasty-wheat characteristic. Fizzy, but with tight carbonation leading to an invigorating mouthfeel.

On principle I enjoy trying Sixpoint, however this is one of the best American Wheat's that I've had. Fantastic beer for when the temperatures keep edging upwards.

Photo of output01x
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can (Best By 18AUG2012) into a weizen glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thick dusting and thin foam collar. The body is a hazy orange amber with a great jet of carbonation bubbles rushing upward. Some thin lacing can be seen throughout consumption but does not seem to stick around long.

Wheat is, of course, the dominating aroma here. This brings with it notes of bananas and lemon. Cloves are also noticeable as well as just the faintest hint of bubblegum. The aroma is surprisingly strong for a Kristalweizen.

Grainy wheat, lemon, green bananas, and lots of bubble gum start each sip with a bang. As the beer is swallowed, the lemon really bites but quickly fades back into the wheat flavors. Like the nose, the flavors here are quite strong for the style.

The body is light and refreshing, with the slightly meaty quality one would expect from a weizen. The carbonation is not quite as strong as expected but is definitely balancing the body nicely.

Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of nimrod979
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of ms11781
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of JaredKent
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Apollo from Sixpoint Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 738 ratings.