Apollo - Sixpoint Brewery
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4.73/5 rDev +23.2%
It has been a while since I had tasted Apollo from a tap, so when I noted its arrival in cans, I must admit to being mildly skeptical of its prowess.
The first time I tasted this beer was at the Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn in April 2007 after the brewery tour while we hung out with the brewers at the Liberty. The Apollo was magical then, but after that, subsequent barrels just didn't hit it for me and sometimes they were plain worthless. I didn't taste again after a few more times in hopes that the old magic and cloudy beer would return....
Fast forward to May 2012. The white and gold can of Apollo poured very well with a full nose of banana and vanilla really begging me for the first taste. It was simply magnificent when I got to the first taste as the spirited carbonation and the huge flavor came bounding out of my glass.
The magic had returned and so did my optimism for Sixpoint's products. I liked the other cans, but the Apollo had been the one for me. It resonated with my history as it captured the style guidelines for this beer.
This will clearly be one of my best beers of the upcoming Summer.
05-12-2012 01:40:46 | More by bonbright7
4.53/5 rDev +18%
A. A very hazy, opaque dark gold with some foamy white head and a little bit of lacing, though not much. Bubbly with some sediment.
S. It smells like banana and a hint of wheat.
T. True to the scent, it has a banana bread taste to it. There's a mild tartness to it. Some sweet honey/lemon. But it real feels like banana bread.
M. Very refreshing and has a bit of carbonation.
O. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. I'm not always the biggest fan of summer wheats, but this is truly exceptional.
05-12-2012 01:15:21 | More by Amalak
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
Eager to try this new brew. Poured into my Southampton weizen glass. Pours slightly hazy straw with a big 3 finger rocky head fading a bit and leaving excellent clumps of lacing on the glass. Clarity is kind of in between a hefeweizen and a kristalweizen.
Aroma is heavy on the banana which is a-ok in my book. Lush banana with a little bit of a tart wheat and yeasty cracker.
Flavor follows. Loads of banana up front mixed with bubble gum. A little bit of a cracker bready malt in the middle before finishing with another wave of banana backed with just a touch of clove. Despite the big flavors up front, it finishes crisp and dry. This one is perfectly balanced.
A little chewy, but overall still a very light beer with a medium level of carbonation.
I'm kind of hit or miss on Sixpoint, but this is a big hit. They nailed the perfect balance for this style. Clove is present but stays in the background and lets the banana shine through. The other 3 cans of this are going with me to the Indy 500 as I can't think of too many other canned beers that will be more refreshing than this.
05-11-2012 20:29:24 | More by jmarsh123
4.43/5 rDev +15.4%
Received as an extra in a trade from a Ratebeer member from Ohio.
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.
05-11-2012 02:09:02 | More by bobv
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
16oz can with a freshness date on the bottom.
LOOK: Bright golden hue, ring of lacing all the way down
SMELL: Bready, powdered clove, bubblegum, banana taffy, honeydew melon rind, grassy
TASTE: Smooth, crisp snap, moderate body, bread crust, green banana, lemon, clove, peppery, crackers, dry finish
Wow ... wow. Sixpoint pretty much nailed this one, did they rough-up some old German brewmasters for the secret recipe? I've only had a handful of this style but this clearly at the top. Congratz guys, you have a winner here.
05-11-2012 02:01:48 | More by Jason
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
A: cloudy/deep yellow/orange, finger white head,
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!
05-10-2012 16:49:34 | More by BeerLover99
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
05-10-2012 14:28:53 | More by clearlydiluted
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
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!
05-10-2012 08:29:46 | More by stxSS07
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
16 ounce can, had a best before date on the bottom, but I cant read it, all smudged up...oh well they get points for trying.
Poursmedium hazed lighter amber, near dull golden, creamy off white head, goes to a satin sheen, low sheeting and fine fields of lacing.
Nose is loaded with tropical fruits, especially bananas.
Fruity and flavorful wheat, more bananas and other tropical notes, moderate sweetness, with a very minor hop presence.
As it warms, notes of sweet malts and honey enter the party, nice wheat from sixpoint, in a can for easy summer portability. Def will be purchasing more of this one as things warm up in a few months.
05-09-2012 00:24:35 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +4.2%
The only other Kristal I've had is absolutely nothing like this offering, so I think Apollo definately deviates from the style. For me, this was a Berliner Weiss. And a damn fine one at that! The abv is higher than a Berliner but it was well hidden and should be at 5.2%. Great tartness with some very nice complexities including banana, vanilla and maybe, just maybe, some cinnamon. This was a $5 can at the most expensive place in town (GCT) and at that price I'd drink this all day...I'll search it out for less coin and drink
It all night too...
05-08-2012 22:38:28 | More by Ralphs66
4/5 rDev +4.2%
a hazy orange-yellow pour with an initial 2 fingers of white detergent-like head which quickly died down. smells of orange, lemongrass, coriander - not much there really. a very tart citrus favor up front, followed up by an immediate fungus-like funk, finished off by a sweet orange-coariander flavor... not sure what the hell just happened in my mouth, but i like it. never had a wheat beer this exciting affect my taste buds. feels like a medium body on the palate yet has seltzer-like carbonation, making it feel light bodied on the roof of the mouth/throat. has a slight creaminess to it as well.
i wasn't convinced by the appearance or smell, it felt like it was going to be another wheat beer (which can be boring, honestly). well, i was wrong, 5 seconds of the beer in my mouth and it was enough to change the world of wheat beers for me. i notice it's a kristal-weizen, and even still for that style, it tastes nothing like one, aside from the orange-peel/coriander traditional hef taste. very tart, very funky, very awesome.
05-08-2012 05:37:29 | More by facundoCNB
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from the can into a wheat ale style glass.
A real nice orange and yellow body color highlighted nicely through the glass, with some cola bubbles, opaque and cloudy, this is not clear like a Kristalweizen. Head is classic white and a bit soapy with some good retention, and some creamy character. Fairly attractive looking beer.
Real nice emphasis on dry clove, has a witbier orange citrus character to it also. Smells like a classic Hefe with a bit of orange twist, heh heh, I made a pun.
Real interesting here. First palate rush is a juicy orange and tangerine, and then a giant blast of fruity classic estery banana. Chewy malt backbone with a good texture, finish brings a nice soda orange character and walloping bread punch. There's even just a hint of playful carbs to go with a mild soda action but nothing that disturbs the taste. Aftertaste really lingers and provide much of the palates richness.
Overall pretty solid brew here, and real easy drinking too. Interesting take on this sort of style.
05-08-2012 01:57:37 | More by smakawhat
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
From 05/06/12 notes. Big thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing a can of this; really been wanting to try it. 16 oz. can into my Bruery tulip.
a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bananas, spices, sweet fruity malts, cloves, Belgian style yeast. Very nice and a ton of bananas; close to a 4.5 for me.
t - Tastes of liquid bananas, and very sweet. Sweet fruity malts, cloves, spice, pepper, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Very nice, but a tiny bit too sweet for me.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Very nice mouthfeel.
o - Overall I liked this one a lot. Loads of bananas and smells amazing, though the taste is a tiny bit too sweet for me and keeps it from being a great beer. Still a very good beer and something I liked a lot and will revisit this summer.
05-08-2012 01:38:51 | More by mdfb79
Apollo from Sixpoint Brewery
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