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: 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.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This pours a medium gold with moderate haze. The off-white head is short lived with big rocky bubbles.

s: A moderately-light clove and banana aroma dominates with a warm, spicy orange scent that makes me think of coriander. There is a soft wheat aroma as well.

t: There is a citrus tartness with a light sweetness and the balance being mildly tart. There is a spiciness as well as some wheat character. There is little bitterness and and hop flavor with a dry finish.

m: A medium-light body with some creaminess. The moderately-high carbonation seems to slightly dry the palate.

o: This is an easy to drink beer; I'm really enjoying the tartness and relatively dry finish along with the spicy and mildly fruit making this a great summer time beer.

Photo of stxSS07
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint (so what?) glass. Best by Aug. 18th 2012

A- Pours a golden-orange with an inch or so of white head. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Awesome fruity esters. Banana and orange mix with a presence of cinnamon, clove, and a good amount of bready yeast.

T- Big punch of banana and yeasty bread up front followed by waves of cinnamon and clove. Just a touch of bitterness (and tartness?) on the back end. This is a fantastic tasting beer.

M- The only shortcoming of this brew lies here. Extremely carbonated. So aggressive that it blasts the flavors off of my tongue too quickly for me to fully appreciate them.

O- I am going to be drinking this beer all Summer...especially between shipments of Dancin' Man. This is as close as I've encountered to replicating that flavor and I love it. Thanks for bringing this to the Midwest Sixpoint!

Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours out a deep, dark yellow, almost but not quite amber,with a thick haze. It develops a very frothy white head that reaches two fingers and shows good retention after receding to one, where it remains the rest of the session. Mostly spotty lacing is left on the glass, but it's thick and heavy, not to mention plentiful.
The first time I had this beer, I was a little surprised to smell the banana and clove typical of particular German lagers, since it was initially miscategorized. As it is, it leaves no doubt as to the style. It's got a very nice aroma, at once light and yet with a certain strength, with the particular yeast making itself well known. Phenols are very pleasant, and a light sweetness to a very nice spiciness underneath adds depth. Wheat and a touch of lemon make for a well-rounded, balanced, and fairly complex beer.
The flavor follows suit with a bit of lemony fresh tartness coming out more strongly along with a green apple . The note along with the spiciness beneath a strong wheat foundation. Malts are a bit bready as well.
This beer is light and crisp and quite dry, though not entirely. It needs no more crispness in order to be as refreshing as it should be. It's not thin, with the light body actually quite deep. It's also smooth, with all the elements working together.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tall boy can, which is awesome for a holiday weekend. Only slightly hazy gold color. White head disappears fairly quickly.

Tart in the nose. A bright, citrusy character. A hint of banana esthers, with a very subtle clove feel.

Tart up front, and refreshing. A bit of citrus zest. A bright feel, with a hint of banana on the back end.

Light body with refreshing carbonation. Alcohol is no factor here. Bright citrus character makes this so refreshing on a summer day. I am usually not excited about a kristalweizen, but this changes my mind.

Photo of clearlydiluted
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a mug

a - slight haze with a golden appearance and a tight finger head

s - banana, banana, banana. hint of clove with some vanilla + citrus barely registering on the smell threshold.

t - the taste profile way softer than the smell would. much of the same banana, but more in balance with the malt and other flavors.

m - medium body with spritzy carbonation.

o - a nice kristalweizen. the softer flavors of the beer make it especially more quaffable as you're not hit in the head multiple times with the hefeweizen yeast flavors. rather you're given a gentle hint of them with every sip.

Photo of lovindahops
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Photo of Tschnab
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- the pour yields a straw yellow with very little head but a nice haze that I like to see in a weizen.

S- the aroma is spot on with most weizens, really traditional smell with a bit of hops and a great bannana, clove, wheatiness.

T- oh man, this is amazing. It takes the classic flavors I love in a great weizen- lemon, banana, wheat, clove- but adds a great citrus twang from an unexpected tartness.

O- I've never had a kristalweizen before so I don't know if they are typically tart, but the tart element was a surprise to me and it really put this beer over the top as one of my favorite summer beers I've ever had.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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 TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (best by Aug 18, 2012) poured into a Los Gatos Brewing weizen glass.

A - Pours a medium orangey golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head with good staying power. Head slowly fades away leaving some foamy, sticky lacing on the glass. Fairly dark on the color spectrum for the style and still showing a bit of haze.

S - Extremely strong banana aroma up front here...pretty dominant to the point of killing most everything else. A touch of cloves, hints of wheat barely make an appearance.

T - Banana is dominant in the flavor too...however it does leave room for other flavors to have some impact. Surprisingly tart at the start of each sip and lingering past the swallow. Wheat is quite noticeable giving a firm base, remaining grainy and somewhat sweet and wortlike. Mildly yeasty despite the filtration. A very robustly flavored wheat beer.

M - Tart up front and lingering creating a salivating effect after each swallow. Very fruity/banana'y/estery. Firm wheat base that is grainy and sweet. Carbonation is high and prickly as it should be.

O - Overall, a very good wheat beer. Difficult to find American versions with this much flavor intensity to them. Blindly, I would have guessed this was of German origin. Didn't have much for expectations when I bought this, but glad I did...will be going back for more.

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 Dope
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A surprisingly cloudy golden-orange pour. Big fluffy white head. Fades at a medium pace leaving etching all over the glass.

S: Tons and tons of banana, pear and melon with some wheat backing it up. Quite a bit of black pepper. Maybe a little clove?

T: Fruity up front with the banana and pear mainly (just hints of melon like honeydew). Turns wheaty with some cloves and a little bit of sweetness in the middle. Great wheaty finish with the lots of black pepper in lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, very crisp and smooth and drinkable.

O: Wow this is a great one. Drinkability is off the scale. Goes down better than water, so smooth and crisp without being too thin and watery. I really enjoyed this one, top notch for the style - just a half a notch below Weihenstephaner in my opinion.

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 Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy/deep yellow/orange, finger white head,
beautiful lacing.

S: bouquet/floral nose, hint of clove + banana,
wheat, mild yeast

T: lemon peel/floral, wheat, light crisp finish

M: med/light body, light/crisp mouth

O: POW! Sixpoint has nailed it again.
Will be running back out to stock my
frig for the summer. Great summer/session brew.
Mighty fine for even the pickiest of beer fans.

DELICIOUS, GET SOME!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into hefe glass from can. Really nice burnt orange color with a slight haze. Thick sticky head. Smells amazing...wheaty clove and banana malts. Taste is of major banana and clove and wheat. Its so fresh and crisp and easy drinking. This is a fantastic brew!! Another amazing sixpoint brew!

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!

Photo of JRed
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden in body topped with marshmallow head that stays. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, floral, honey, and bubblegum. Great flavors here: floral, herbal hops, vanilla, juicy citrus, gorgeous output from the wheat and yeast. Light in body with medium carbonation that tickles the palate. Really well done. A perfect beer for the summer, hell, perfect for anytime of year.

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Deep gold to pale orange. Quite hazy despite being filtered. Smells ... wow, bananas. Bunches of bananas. Some ginger and clove there too. No mistaking it's a wheat beer here. Has a nice hoppy bite on the front to mid-palate then turns juicy and finishes with moist banana bread. And lemon, clove and ginger snaps. Amazing. Makes me want to gulp it down.

Photo of jmerloni
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden-amber coloration; nice bubbly white head that retains and laces along the glass nicely.

S - Green apple, lemon rind, coriander, and pepper, some yeastiness to it.

T - Beer immediately hits with a sourness and finishes with a tartness. Very nice, balanced flavor evolution through the sip. Flavors include green apple, papaya, tangerine, sage, coriander, wheat, pepper.

M - Light to medium-bodied. Less carbonation than you might expect (could use a bit more in my opinion - not that I care for carbonation). Sourness/tartness lingers after each sip but clears thereafter if you're sipping it.

D - Quite an interesting beer. I really enjoy this. I will definitely be getting this again. Another impressive offering from Sixpoint.

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 BrewDocCT
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an imperial pint.

Hazy golden in appearance. thin white head.

Smells of tart lemon and stone fruit.

Tastes lemon, wheat and tart at the end.

Effervescence fits this beer well, and helps deliver some of that tart finish.

Really lovely summer offering. Good out of the can as well.

Photo of bobv
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade from a Ratebeer member from Ohio.
Thanks, Jeff!
Not available in VT until next week.

Poured into my 0.5 L. Weihenstephaner glass

A: Slow pour yields a chunky 2 in. head with chunky lacing.
Golden and a little hazy.

T: I fell into a banana boat! Cloves and slight peppery yeast.
Crisp citrusy finish.

M: Light to medium body with nice smooth carbonation.

O: Highly sessionable. Reviewing this well after dinner,but would really love to sit around a picnic table cracking Old Bay smothered blue claw crabs with a 4- pack of these!
Also would be excellent as a palate cleanser in a Leipziger Gose kind of way to drink at a Barleywine or Impy Stout tasting.
Hmmm... time to make that list of invitees.

Photo of korguy123
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into imperial glass. Best before September 1st, 2012

A- Slightly hazy yellow/golden pour. Short lived fizzy white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Apples, pears, bananas and cloves. Nice and light.

T- Apples, pears, slight lemon, bananas and cloves. Very refreshing and not as sweet as a typical Kristalweizen. It has a nice "twang" to it.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation and a lingering banana aftertaste.

O- I can really see what all the fuss is about. This is a stellar beer.

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