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 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 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 CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a a weizen glass. Best before July 23, 2013.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a decent off white head. The head sticks around for a minute or two, not much lacing on the glass. Lots of visible carbonation visible in the body.

S: Loads of banana yeastiness up front. Good german hefe characteristic. Pale malts make up the backbone. Hint of tartness in there as well.

T: Quite a tasty and refreshing summer flavor. The wheat comes through nice and strong but there is also a very tasty sour note to this as well. Reminds me of a berliner weiss beer mixed with a hefe.

M: Light body that feels a touch thin. Not as full as some of the other wheat beers out there but the lightness gives it high sessionability. Crisp mouthfeel that is very refreshing.

Overall I am very impressed with this brew, was not expecting that light sour taste. Give this one a go, after having two I grabbed two more 4-packs. (930 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark orange/brownish color with a foamy 2-3 finger off white head that was packed with exploding little bubbles as the head dissipated rather quickly and left basically no lacing.

Smells like yeast, clove, lemon zest, banana, husk, wet grass, grains, earthy spices and some citrus notes; seems like a malty sweetness with fruit mixed in, and almost like a sweeter version of a hefeweizen – smells really nice.

Tastes of yeast, lemon zest, banana, clove, husk or vegetables, wet grass, biscuit, beer soaked wheat bread, toasted grains, flowers, spices like pepper and coriander, tea leaf, a little bubblegum and some sour fruit like an old grape or a very soft apple that’s been sitting around a long time; almost tastes more Belgian than German, but either way it has a nice mix of fruit, yeast and mild floral hops.

Mouthfeel is tart and oddly smooth at the same time, with a medium body, mild carbonation that’s fizzy and like a prosecco, and it trails off with a slightly sour dry finish.

Not as light and crisp as I thought it would be, but the aroma and taste make up for the summery lightness that I was expecting. Overall a very tasty and interesting beer, definitely a beer I could session and one I recommend trying...it’s a rare style and any hefeweizen fan will likely really dig this brew. (1,335 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A can reminiscent of piels. Pours a slightly hazey straw yellow. Big white head of soft and loose head, dissipating quickly.

Smells of cloves, old banana peel, sweat, some slight husky graininess and grass.

Taste is much the same. Light body with a bit of wheat malt and grain husks. Big yeast in back with some mild hop bitterness. The end is filled with cloves and bits of banana and chewing gum that you'd get at the ballpark. The aftertaste lingers seemingly forever. A bit of tart but not sourness towards the end, combined with black pepper.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp. The bubbles seen sharp on the tongue. Hides the alcohol.

A simple and good brew, very nice on a hot day. (697 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a cloudy/hazed golden/orange...this is a Krstalweizen? This does not look filtered at all. At first a two finger white head forms, then noisely fizzes out in a second. No lace.
S: Banana bread, and toffee. Big bubblegum aromas. Spicy phenolic, peppery yeast.
T: A sweetness up front, along with some banana bread. Again, big on the bubblegum flavors, along with a peppery yeast. Maybe a bit of sourness? Not crisp tart lemons that can be a great component in other wheat beers, but more like a bit of an acidic bite.
M/D: A light to medium body. Light on the carbonation, and pretty thin overall. Not nearly crisp enough. Not hard to drink, and I will finish this with ease. Though this does not make me want to come back again and again.

Not bad, just pretty average. Maybe I am spoiled cause there are a handful of great wheat beers made in Texas. This leaves me wanting. (883 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 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 Tauroe
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not my ideal summer beer I can respect what they were going for.

Appearance is nice with a hazy dark orange color and about a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell to me was super sweet with a hint of floral

Taste followed suit with the smell like a sweet bubble gum when it first hits your tongue and almost overwhelms and then I picked up a hint of sour as it warmed in my mouth.

Decent carbonation but the beer had a thick feeling to it that I wasn't really expecting in a summer offering.

Overall I thought the beer was good but one that I probably wouldn't rush out to the store to buy again. (613 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, poured into glass
A - deep dark orange color with a modest head
S - smells floral which reminds of a Belgium style
T - fruit, banana, cloves, flora, bread, on the tart side
M - medium body on the higher side of carbination. crisp finsh
O - this is working out nicely on a spring day. Easy to drink and flavorful (323 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Amber in color with some haziness and a light airy head one finger thick.

Aroma: Clove, apple, banana, cinnamon, wisps of nutmeg. Light yeasty dryness in the nose.

Taste: Very crisp mouthfeel. Bourbon notes, vanilla, banana, apple, pear, cinnamon, twinges of nutmeg and allspice in the slight dry finish.

Notes: An absolutely remarkable beer and very drinkable. Cheers. (384 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Florida Beer Co. tapered pint.

A- Pours a semi-hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light swirls of surface foam. Thick and resilient lacing. But there are no crystals floating in the body like I remember seeing when I had Weihenstephaner's Kristalweizen way back in the day.

S- Yeasty, slightly effervescent aroma with notes of banana and bubble gum. Also has a slight medicinal quality.

T- Taste is even more medicinal and funky with notes of green olive, metal and a hint of banana. Pretty smooth overall but doesn't really harmonize like it should. Somewhat tart.

M- A bit tangy and semi-dry with medium carbonation and a solid wheat body.

O- Though I don't know what a true kristalweizen should taste like, this is a pretty enjoyable wheat beer with more good characteristics than bad. (925 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a honeyed orange with a big foamy head. It dissipates, but leaves some lace. The color of this is gorgeous.

Big banana and clove notes, the most I've smelled in a domestic effort at this or any traditional German style. Some yeasty sweet wheat in there as well.

Big Clove/banana/bubblegum note up front. Not thin or watery, but a little loose compared to German counterparts. Good grain and fruit, a light tart bite, some raw grain, honeyed notes, and moderate bitterness to close the deal.

Lighter bodied, a little thin.

Decent beer. I know people are bitching about this compared to last year's batch. I still dug it. I think it is definitely heavy on spice and fruit, but it still is a very nice beer. (714 characters)

Photo of jmerloni
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Fluffy, large white head, high retention. Slightly hazy, golden body, with soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma includes banana, bubble gum and banana taffy. Taste includes similar flavors. Certainly slightly different than a hefe, more hazy than expected for a kristal but overall quite tasty and I would think easy to drink for amateurs and beer geeks alike. (402 characters)

Photo of ktblue22
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - straw/golden color that pours quite opaque for a Kristalweizen. Soft, small head.

S - Vibrant, orange and a little bit of mustard? Also a little musty barnyard as well

T- Really well balanced and smooth, peppery, light and refreshing.

M- Lots of yummy dextrins with a light smooth finish

O- I really enjoyed this beer, I had it after a long weekend on Sunday evening outside. Really well done (402 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours gold, with surprisingly little haze. Modest bar-pour head hat settles to rim bubbles. Good streaky lace.

Sweet, soft wheat aromas on the initial smell.

Fruity in many ways. The wheat flavor is subdued but very present. Subtle banana and coriander/clove notes. Full bodied with a heightened carbonation. In many an arch-typical wheat beer. (348 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a semi hazy orange with very little head. Smells of wheat and orange. Tastes of orange and wheat with undertones of other citrus. Beer is carbonated perfectly and for its light body and it is very sessionable. Overall, a pretty good beer. (295 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 Ego
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

eyes...
(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

nose...
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.

verdict?
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 (1,177 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 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 spinrsx
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (360 characters)

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