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Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

Not Rated.

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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 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 Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a deep clear gold with two fingers of frothy off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Very sweet aroma of banana, geen apple, tropical fruit, cloves, and grainy malts.

The taste was tart with fresh-squeezed lemon upfront. Light amounts of wheat and green apple followed. The tartness lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and quite dry with a moderate carbonation.

I liked the combination of tartness and wheat. Very interesting, for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a cervoise. Pours a fairly-clear (though not clear enough for a Kristallweizen) light golden color with a nice, fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. The nose has a nice bit of banana and bubblegum, with clove characters kept to a minimum. Flavor is similar with a touch of bread in the background. Light body with just a touch of chewiness. Good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Very nice beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Can from Bear World Watertown NY for 3.50$

Appearance – Hazy dark gold colour with an average size fizzyy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only around 1-2 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, banana, clove/coriander, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with banana and some tart citrus acid. It ends with a surprising tart citric acid aftertaste.

Overall – An interesting tasting beer for sure. I know my can is a little out of date, but the beer has a surprising amount of lambic/sour like flavours. The appearance is a disappointment but the mouthfeel is decent.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw, big plume of white froth. Scent is bready and sweet with notes of lemon and apple. Wow, first impression is how sweet this beer is, bready and lightly yeasty, fresh lemon and some tart apple, light grassyness. Medium bodied, smooth, lighter carbonation than expected. Solid beer, but a splash too sweet for me in this style.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 16oz (1 pint) poured into a weizen glass.

A: A clear, dark gold, Apollo has a solid fluffy ring of head.

S: Banana, clove, bread, and grassy.

T: Sour banana, clove, bread, lemon, pepper, and a hint of green.

M: Medium

O: An excellent beer, it has a nice sour refreshing flavor that also has some of the notes of a regular weizen. The finish is pleasingly dry. I wish I had found this earlier in the summer; I would have drank a lot more of it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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...

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours from the can as a lightly hazed golden orange color with a one finger white head. The head fades very fast to give only a tiny level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat and sour lemon. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of yeast and a malty smell.

Taste – The taste starts out of wheat and malt and is quite lemony. The lemon taste gets even stronger as the taste moves on. As the taste moves on with the lemon increasing in the flavor becomes more and more tart. In the end a rather mouth-puckering lemon and wheat flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. Good for the style as it balances out some of the tart flavors by not allowing them overpower the tongue but yet the feel yields to a more refreshing feel.

Overall – A bit on the tart side for me, but that is to be expected for the style. Not a bad flavor profile and rather refreshing.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy light golden blonde. Hardly any head!! Only a half a finger high white bubbly head building, and dissipating immediately into no lacing .
The smell is citrus and tart.
Tasting the beer, lemon, lime and other citrus fruit is dominant. The tart in the middle is strong. There is a yeast strand noticeable , which gives the color the cloudiness . This is not a characteristic of a true Kristallweizen, which should be clear in color.
Overall a interesting beer, but maybe not quite true to the style.

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Photo of MattiaLandoni
2.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend brought me a can yesterday night. I was excited to try a new hipster beer. I split the half-liter can with another friend of mine. As I poured it in the glasses, it looked and smelled like a normal wheat beer. (A little cloudy, yellow). I thought perhaps there was not enough carbon because the foam didn't look as crisp as usual, but this may just be because I am used to getting wheat beer on draft.

The taste, however, was hideous. Overpoweringly tart and yeasty, it felt like it had been canned before the fermentation was through. (Not that I ever tried a beer that actually was canned before its time; I am just trying to describe). Neither I, nor my friend, were able to finish our beer, and it went down the sink. I don't remember ever throwing out beer before, and I am 30.

I hope it's just a bad batch of cans. Given the very high reviews here, I can't see how it could taste so disagreeable to me if I tasted the real thing.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.42/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yeah...nooo! This is not a good beer....or I got a bad can. The beer poured into a Weizen glass was cloudy gold with no carbonation. No head no anything. The smell reminded me of medicine and the tast was brutal. The mouthfeel was light with zero carbonation. Overall this a just not good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Biermaedchen
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - translucent golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. could be more clear... but that's semantics- you can see through it.

S - Clove, bubblegum (bazooka if you ask me ^^) sweet ripe banana scents.

T - Crisp, full-flavored, a hint of tartness (very light), clove, would have loved some more bubblegum flavors, but it is there along with the sweet banana.

M - med-light bodied, great carbonation... very smooth and easy to drink (all 4 in one sitting)

O - As i sit on a porch swing in rural PA across the street from a church that plays the national anthem everyday & contemplate our recent landing on Mars, I cant help but look down at this beautiful craft beer and think, "I am certainly satisfied"

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 Oz can poured into a tasting snifter

A- Pours slightly hazy golden yellow orange with a one finger white head. Large bubbles and quick dissipation.

S- Wheat and more wheat. Some berries. A little lemon zest. A spicy herbal note. Very crisp smelling. A little funky hops. Interesting smelling beer.

T- A big tartness up front, some bitterness and some sourness as well. Following flavors are wheat mostly. There is a lot of a lime character, maybe some under ripe berries. Sugary yet sour. Kind of grassy. Clean finish.

M- A lot of tart sourness in this beer which for me makes it rather slow to drink. It does have nice carbonation and a pretty good feel and smoothness. Nice finish.

O- I have never really had a beer like this. It does ooze with quality and classic German perfection but I cant say this is my style of choice. Worth a try and its always nice to try a new style.

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Photo of atr2605
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a yellow straw color that has just a hint of haziness with a white sudsy head with pretty good retention
S-banana,tart lemons
T-Tart lemons and a bit of spiciness, nice malt background
M-light and crisp
O-never heard of the style before. Its light and very drinkable. Nice beer

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for this one. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a lightly hazy, bright golden yellow color with 3/4 of an inch of white head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

A pleasant clove aroma greeted the nose, under that was a nice base of wheat and grain, and a nice bit of yeast spice in the background. On the tongue, the aspects started out the same, with everything being a bit better defined, and also had a bit of a bubblegum. There was a bit of tartness on the finish that I wasn't expecting and was a nice touch.

The body was very nice, crisp and light, with the flavors lingering just a bit, but not enough to be annoying. Drinkability was very good, the 16oz can was gone too soon. Overall, a very nice brew. I generally tend to prefer Hefe's over Kristallweizens, but this is among my favorite examples. You should try this if you can.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe i have not tried this yet. I was so amped up from dark knight rises that i felt like tapping into this

A- a hazy glowing orange with the thinest layer of foam on the edges. A burst of color makes for an interesting look

S- massive tart and tangerine flavors with some banana flavors in the nose. Some sweet spicyness that is very impressive

T- amazing tart and sour flavors that are in ephinany for the flavor. Absolutely refreshing and slam dunkable

M- creamy, crisp, and dry

O- wow, where did this come from? What a brew. Great refreshing flavor with unique notes that are not always common in summer presentations of brew

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Hofbrau stein glass. Appears a hazy yellow with tinges of orange. The head grows immensely like a typical wheat beer but then recedes quickly down to nothing.

S: Grainy, with wheat, lemon and some subtle banana.

T: Starts off tart with grainy and lemony flavors, with a backdrop of hefe-like banana and clove flavors. Finishes with a wheaty twang and leaves some spicy and tart residuals in the crisp, dry finish.

M: Light to medium body with very fine, lively carbonation. Damn refreshing.

O: Never had a Kristalweizen before and man was I missing out. This is a tasty style and a good beer from a brewery that keeps moving up my list of favorites.

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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 woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. dated can: slightly hazy, golden orange with a sustained fluffy white head.

This one is quite aromatic with a strong and sweet banana aroma typical of an authentic German wheat.

The flavor has a solid yeasty and bready profile with very faint hints of clove and of course, the refreshing banana-like flavor. The bubble gum flavor is present but very subdued.

This has the mouthfeel of a nice German style wheat - medium bodied with very zesty carbonation with a somewhat tart aftertaste.

This was a good choice for an early hot August day. While it will not top the best German interpretations, it is very refreshing and has good complexity for the style. The low ABV makes this one sessionable.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A -pours a crsytal clear light colored gold. A froathy white head of foam bubbles and fizzes out quickly not even leaving a trace.

S - aroma is of medium intensity. Lots of banana and lemon zest esters and juicy fruit gum like phenolics. Underneath are toasty and grainy malt notes.

T - initialy its lemony acidity takes hold. Dominant feature on the palate nut notes of doughy bread and toasted grains lie underneath. Light hints of banana and some earthy spice hop character in the middle which ride out till the snappy finish.

M - creamy medium bodied. Medium carb.

O - interesting ale. Seems a bit out of balance though. Too much acidity. I would have liked a little less to let the spice and ester notes show through on the palate a bit more.

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Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours an orange-yellow color with a bit of chill haze. The head stood about one finger tall following a medium-aggressive pour, but settled pretty fast. Very little in the way of head retention and/or lacing on this one.

AROMA: Clove, Banana, Fermented Peaches, Jasmine, Baby Powder, & Lavender.

TASTE: There’s a nice tart and fermented fruit flavor up front. The typical clove and banana flavors of a Hefeweizen start to surface about midway. The sourness creates a drying effect on the palate towards the back-end. There’s some lingering fruit flavor as well as some spices on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a very soft carbonation with some nice drying and tart characteristics.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is my first Kristalweizen, but it’s really just a filtered Hefeweizen, so the flavors are pretty similar. The mild, yet pleasant tart flavors really added to this one. It reminds me of a cross between Sierra Nevada Kellerweis & Dogfish Festina Peche. Good stuff.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is clear but slightly hazy in this sunshine colored beer. It lacks a quility head though, the one i got wasthin and soapy fading to a slight collar.
Aromas of wheat malts bananana and clove come through along with bubblegum.
Taste unfortunately comes through thin and weak and watery.
leave it alone.

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Photo of iwantsomerocks
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a pint can into a wine glass, because dammit I don't have anything else. Has a one finger head that dissipates rather quick.

Appearance is nice---yellowish brown. 'Nuff said.

Smell is interesting. I get wheat, banana, a bit of lemon, and maybe grass? I don't know, I'm not a big fan of wheat beers. Leave me alone.

Taste is refreshingly good. I'm surprised that I like this. Huge hit of banana with a traditional wheat beer background. But wait...what's this tartness in the very back? I'm imagining it like a pretty, unknown woman calling me from the back of a big room, and I don't know her. All of a sudden, she's full-on sprinting toward me, screaming my name as she runs in her high heels like a linebacker towards me..and then I realize it's an old girlfriend from 4 years ago!! And she's still sprinting toward me! And I don't know what to do!! I certainly can't run away, because she's coming too fast--in her HIGH HEELS!! WHAT IS THIS?!?!

Oh, I'm still writing this review.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is just right and is crisp and clean like it knows it should be.

Overall, a solid summertime beer. Seek this one out. It's worth it.

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