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Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

194 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 738
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 48
Gots: 45 | 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 iwantsomerocks
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can
I poured into a pint glass, it has a gold orange color body with a small head. The aroma is of banana and wheat. The taste has a crisp wheat and banana. It also has a hint of coriander. The mouthfeel is good and overall a really good summer beer. (256 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance a light amber and not hazy given filtration. Decent white head that isn't creamy and dissipates quickly.

Smells of citrus, banana, malt and woods/pine

Taste comes across clean with banana, bread, acidic fruit all present and a very carbonated mouthfeel. Medium body and leaves some aftertaste that is a bit sour

Overall delicious for a summer day and very drinkable (380 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a clear orange color with a slight brownish tinge. The head is white and frothy.

Smell:
A strong scent of clove and banana yest with hints of tartness. There are also some sugar notes as well to the point where it smells bubble gummy.

Taste:
Tarty. The tart seems to overwhelm all of the other taste and the yeast is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and light bodied. A little too light bodied for my taste.

Overall:
A decent and certainly unique kristalweizen. I might get one if it's on tap but I gave the rest to my roommate. (576 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a small layer of head that goes away completely very quickly.

Smell: Light and quite fruity. There is definitely a banana smell with an almost tart quality. Fairly Mild.

Taste: A lot like what I expected from the smell. Light with some banana notes. There is a citrus like tartness to this beer that is quite summery. There is a slight herbal note along with the citrus and banana in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very mild tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very unique beer for me. I enjoyed the slight tartness along with the traditional hefe flavors. I would have another on a warm day. (738 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

My first beer reviewed from Apollo, poured out of the can into a pint glass. Lighter golden-orange color, slightly hazy. Decent amount of soft white head. Typical wheat flavors, some banana, rice, citrus. Relatively mild nose for a flavorful beer. I liked it. (264 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Enjoyed side-by-side with Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier in a battle for style domination.

A: The orange body is way too cloudy for the style, looking much more like a Hefe- than a Kristalweizen. Above is a finger of frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Compared to the crystal-clear body and majestic head of its German rival, this is nothing if not disappointing.

S: Powerful banana, floral spiciness, and some vanilla. Really different, and quite enjoyable. It's a bit heavier than the Weihenstephaner, but since it's a pleasant heaviness I don't really mind.

T: Opens with ripening banana, followed by a touch of spicy wheat, and closed out by ridiculously intense, pure banana. This seriously tastes like it was brewed with real bananas, especially on the aftertaste. I love it, but it's definitely a bit of a one-trick pony.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation. A bit sticky, but still great.

O: The bad appearance really turned me off to this one at first, and I'm a bit disappointed in its complete and utter lack of anything resembling complexity (especially compared to the remarkably complex, layered offering from Weihenstephan), but it's still a really tasty beer. I don't know that I'd want to drink more than one, given its heavy, insistent fruitiness, but it's a pleasure all the same.

Cheers! (1,379 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know Im tearing through the reviews tonight. thanks dakkon54!

Pour is a bit lighter than a hefe, but a bit cloudy for a kristall. I expect kristall clear body, this one is a bit cloudy. Initial huge white head has disappeared.

The smell isnt as strong as other Kristalls. Lots of bubble gum and banana, but too much of the malt comes through. I want it to smell like straight esters from the yeast. It gets more fruity the longer I smell.

The taste is different, for sure. It wants to be dominated by the yeast esters, but theres a twangy sour thing that just kills every flavor almost instantaneously. Its almost like Bells Oarsman, the slight note of sour just kind of hangs around with the yeast flavors, but never really meshes 100%.

Its like theres two camps here. Initial tastes are all yeast driven. Then when those die the acid malt just comes in. its like theres no connection (892 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks shutyourface for this extra!

A. Pours an orange gold with just a wisp of crisp white head. Head is somewhat disappointing and doesn't have great retention. Lacing is decent.

S. Clove, banana, apple, and freshly cracked pepper. Bit of toasted bread crust.

T. Pear, banana, apple, clove, but a slightly astringent, metallic finish.

M. Crisp, light-moderate body.

O. This is my first foray into this style and I feel like it's a slightly more concentrated, one-note hefe. There is a sharp pucker on the back end of this, an almost plastic quality that I think is the phenols that are supposed to be more subdued in this style. It's not bad by any stretch, in fact, I think this is a good beer. But I can't comment on how it measures up to the best in style and I can readily say I prefer Hefeweizens to this if this is the standard profile. (851 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of maximep
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

let me preface this review by saying I find Sixpoints cans to be a little off. Not NEARLY as good as on tap and I'd argue that they are entirely different beers because the cans are contract brewed and kegs are brewed in Brooklyn. Better quality control in Brooklyn for sure. I've gotten skunked Sixpoint cans.

however, that being said, i think this is their best canned offering.

A- Nice pale, deep straw color that has a golden hue to it. very slightly cloudy from the wheat

S- bubblegum, a little citrus, sweet, pretty delicious smelling. no real sign of hops other than aroma.

T- this is a great sessionable option. a bit sweet for a full session but it's a great one nonetheless. wish there was a BIT more hops just cause Sixpoint tends to have a nice well established (although a bit predictable) hops profile with their beers.

M- they always nail it with this. a little creamy from the head but other than that, a beer that begs to be drank. great stuff from em.

O- not really wowed by this but could be enjoyed by any and all. looking forward to having it on tap at Pony, Blind Tiger, Rattle n Hum, Ginger Man, Etc. will update with another review when i have it on tap because i'm sure it will only be better. (1,224 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden yellow color with a one inch white head that dissipates quickly with big bubbles, leaving little lacing.

Wheat, peach, apricot, banana, and clove comprise the aroma, with a bit of white pepper adding complexity.

Flavor is decidedly citrusy, with lemon and orange peel underlying a peach and bready wheat backbone. There's a significant coriander component and banana and apple esters present at the slightly peppery finish. There's a bit of a metallic element that emerges as it warms.

Body is a bit syrupy, With high carbonation. The finish is zesty and bubbly.

Overall, I don't have much experience with the style, but it's a fruit salad in a beer. Very tasty and lots going on to keep things interesting. But I have a feeling the style is supposed to be cleaner. (804 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a slightly hazy golden yellow with a finger head.

The aroma has that has banana, clove, a bit lemon, wheat. Maybe a hint of bubble gum.

The flavor follows with that aroma and traditional weizen flavors. You get a good banana in the front with that spice and then a touch of bubble gum for the body.

Being a kristalweizen, it pushes towards a lighter body. The interesting thing is that you get a sourness in there too for some reason. It's like a sour or off fruit flavor, which was confusing and sort of a minus for the beer.

Still, a very refreshing and delicious beer. I do think Weihenstephaner does a better job, but this is quite good still. (670 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden-straw color. This is a foamy white head of about one finger which has decent retention before fading to a ring of foam.

S: A mild but enjoyable aroma. Lightly toasted malt melds with a somewhat fruity fermentation profile. Overall fairly sweet, with notes of caramel.

T: The first thing I pick up is the sweet and light toasty malt flavors. This is quickly joined by a light, noble hop flavor which provides just a touch of bitter grass. The fruity fermentation flavors and yeast become prominent in the mid-palate, with notes of phenolic banana. Clove joins the flavors in the moderate length finish.

M: Fairly thin and slightly watery, but this works with the medium-high carbonation. Fairly crisp and easy to drink.

O: Pretty good beer. Some phenolic Belgian flavors in a beer that is overall easier drinking that your standard Hefeweizen. (911 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy and well carbonatated orangeish gold with that classic hefe aroma one expects of beers of this style: yeasty, wheaty, spicy with clove and/or corriander and sharp, citric (orange) hops. Smooth bodied, easy to drink, minimal sweetness, yeast makes it filling and slightly chewey, a good amount of citric/orange peel taste and spices (good balance) but there's a touch of a sharp, almost sour, edge to this beer that is weird. Has some malt and touches of tropical fruit like sweetness as well. Clean finish and very easy to enjoy this on a hot summer day. (570 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, trxxpaxxs

Hazed golden. Nice, creamy, near-white head. Not a lot of retention and leaves the glass fairly clean.

Mild banana and bubblegum in the aroma, some wheat.

Flavor follows the aroma with a nice wheat finish. Just a touch of tartness.

Near-medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable. (358 characters)

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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before 18 August 2012

A: Cloudy for the style, but I'm not sure if Sixpoint considers this a kristalweizen. A soda-like head that disappears quickly.

S: Sweet banana yeast by-products. After that, cloves and other warm spices.

T: Sweet banana and lots of spice. Not so clovy, but the cloves are there. There's also a distinct tartness. Except for the tartness, it's pretty close to what I expect from the style. I'm tempted to squeeze a lemon into it.

M: Fairly thin and bubbly.

O: Very drinkable.

Update: On August 17, I drank a bottle that was best before August 17. The tartness was much more prominent then than I remembered it being. (649 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Can pours a cloudy light orange with a cream-colored small head that fades to a film quickly.

S - Lemon, tart Belgian spices.

T - Tart lemon and wheat.

D - Good carbonation and a medium to light body.

O - Almost like a Belgian IPA, but called a tart summer wheat on the can. I can't argue with that. (307 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: This was a chill hazed golden straw color. It poured with the large but short-lived fizzy head.

s: Somewhat muted banana and clove with an odd additional fruit aroma that I cannot identify.

t: I have never tried the style of beer before. Frankly I didn't want to. This is better than I expected, but I love my hefes. Having said that, there was enough banana and cloves throughout plus a nice bubblegum finish to keep me interested.

m: Fairly full bodied but a little under carbonated.

o: A very pleasant surprise, I would buy this again. (545 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in an Imperial pint glass (sic).

A- The dimly lit pub afforded me this view; a golden orange color with brilliant highlights and an unfiltered(?) look. The barkeep filled the glass to the rim resulting in a slim whitehead that left some lacing.

S- Lemon, banana, spice, some sour yeast. Subtle notes of fruit and spice, nothing too forward.

T- Like the aromas with a some unexpected sweetness.

M- Light and refreshing, good carbonation. Tart and sour as it warms.

O- This was new to me and I enjoyed it. (515 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty straw color with a big moderate bubbled head that quickly settles into a light ring leaving some of those big bubbles on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of a true bavarian hefe. Noticable banana aroma, both ripe and unripe. The unripe banana and lemon notes gives the aroma a light tart edge. Some musty clove. A bready malt scent as well.

The taste is of bananas; again both ripe and unripe. There also is some lemon and metal that gives the beer a tart twang. Substantial wheat malt presence that gives the hefe a bready base. Some brown sugar sweetness.

Good balance between sweet and tart. Perhaps a bit more tart than the average hefe. Lightly astringent in the finish, not super creamy.

A solid hefeweizen. Not sure about the Krisalweizen classification as the beer is a bit murky and brown. Most Kristalweizens that I have seen are more pale in color with a slight haze. (899 characters)

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