Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-25-2002)
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Banana with a generous splash of apricot juice. The cap is off-white and is much smaller than preferred, even after an increasingly elevated pour. It's down to less than one finger and we've barely passed the one minute mark. The glass is spotless.

The aroma, which I was able to appreciate as soon as beer entered glass, is nicely apricot fruity. It doesn't smell the least bit artificial to me; always a good thing where fruit beers are concerned. I don't pick any hefe weizen character, but then the nose doesn't need it to be successful. This is more of a fruit wheat than a hefe weizen anyway.

As anticipated, Apricot Wheat would have been a more appropriate name. The website says that a 'hybrid Bavarian yeast strain' was used. That may be so, but it doesn't contribute much in terms of flavor. There is a mild-moderate spiciness underlying the apricot and the wheat malt that could only be coming from the yeast, so I guess that's something.

The apricotiness continues to taste natural, even though it's less prominent than it was in the nose. Bitterness is more prevalent than either sweetness or tanginess, which is the biggest reason why I don't like this one as much as I might. More pale malt or more apricot (preferably both) would have made for a better beer.

I can handle the lightness of the mouthfeel, I just wish it wasn't so fizzy. Things settle down by mid-bottle and the beer is more enjoyable to drink as a result. I believe that it's brewed year-round. To me though, it seems perfectly suited as a hot weather quencher and refresher.

Wasatch Apricot Wheat (er... Hefeweizen) is pretty good fruit beer that could be better than pretty good with a few tweaks. Even though I don't love apricots, I don't mind the apricot flavor in this case... for twelve ounces at least. Thanks once again to Wasatch for the Wasatch.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the better fruited wheats ive had in some time. it pours like fresh squeezed lemonade, so pale its almost white. its cloudy but still bright when held to the sun, and there is about an inch of short lived bone white foam. the nose is summery right away, pollen and peach, honey and yeast, its really quite lovely. there seems to be more fruit here than beer ingredients though, namely grains and hops, but its one for the ladies I guess. the flavor is really delicate, also takes me to summer. the yeast isn't as flavorful as I like in a real hefe, but in this context it works because it doesn't crowd out the apricot, which is easy to do apparently, if the host of poorly flavored apricot wheat beers out there are any indication. this one is balanced and delicious, with the apricots featuring prominently without being overdone. the body is just too light, this is less dense than water, and finishes way too quickly as a result. carbonation is nice though, and the overall lightness of this one may be its most attractive feature for many consumers. I thought this was nicely done for what it is, but id like a more bold yeast element to really fire it off.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delicate apricot greets you in the nose of Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen. It's soft, fruity, and very realistic. Beyond that it's a typical American hefe-weizen with a cloudy golden-orange body and short-lived bright-white head. The apricot carries over into the flavor and dominates over the mild wheat-based maltiness beneath, but it's not overbearing. On the contrary, it's quite engaging, and subtly tart and refreshing. It's very lightly hopped to match it's light, delicately sweet maltiness, and it finishes dry with a lingering note of residual apricot. I'm sure it would make a great summer beer for any barbeque or sporting event, but to be honest, I'd welcome it at almost any time of the year. Nicely done. Quaffable!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with the smell of apricots as the name implies, there’s a very faint bit of hops and some wheat.

T: The taste is very tart with a little bit of sweetness. The apricot flavor is quite strong. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet. For an “Apricot Hefeweizen” I’m certainly tasting the apricot but not the Hefeweizen.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness, light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: It’s a little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all. As with any beer in this style with an apricot flavor, I compare it to Magic Hat #9 and this beer tastes a lot like it. Unfortunately, I don’t like #9, so that’s not really a good thing.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very tasty light beer with a pleasant fruity flavor. Nice white head on the pale Wit-colored beer. Tart in flavor with a big, fragrant fruity aroma. I couldn't say if it's a peach or apricot smell, but it's quite nice. Very light body. Just a touch of malt with faint sweetness. Totally unhoppy as you would expect. I wouldn't call it a Hefe, it's more of an American pale wheat.

This would be worth looking for on tap. Otherwise, it's one of several very tasty pale Utah supermarket beers available widely in bottles.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden with a lasting swirling patch.

The smell is of apricot - not too overbearing or "artificial".

The taste is of sweet apricot with wheat tang and some graininess. Relatively mild. It has a crisp, dry finish. There's a bit more of a "beer" taste than in many run-of-the-mill fruit wheat beers, but not much.

Light-bodied, but not too weak or watery. Refreshing.

To its defense, the apricot is too in-your-face or as artificial. Still, overall, there's not much to it. Its okay for a no-brainer that doesn't taste "off", and is perhaps a bit better than a run-of-the mill fruit wheat beer. Okay - nothing particularly special.

Photo of smcolw
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Large bubbles that go away quickly and completely. Absolutely no lace. No haze (despite being a hefeweizen). Greenish-gold colored brew.

Sweet apricot smell that reminds me of children aspirin.

The flavor is very sweet and quite fruity. It's almost like someone added fruit juice to a macro-lager. There isn't much flavor outside of this. I detect no hop for balance. Where's the wheat? The aftertaste is syrupy. The body is quite thin considering the sugar content. The carbonation is elevated.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my New Belgium goblet with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, off-white colored head. The beer is a gold color that shows a hazy, straw-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely apricot accented as this is even noticeable as I pour this brew. The apricot becomes more pronounced as I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma. Underneath the apricot are some light, cracker-like grain notes, though there doesn't seem to be much else.

Lightly tart tasting up front, the apricot flavors boost a perceived sweetness and become more noticeable towards the middle and finish. The apricot in the flavor is not quite as dominant as it was in the aroma, but it is still the most noticeable thing about this beer. This has a light heft to it with a body that has some texture and weight, though note enough to keep this from being very quaffable. The light tartness is accented by the wheat character, but really not much else is noticeable underneath the apricot than a clean, neutral grain character.

It was quite hot and something cool, refreshing and easy to drink was what I wanted. This certainly fit the bill, and since I like apricots this beer wasn't too distracting. Simplistic, why yes it is, but it still didn't keep me from enjoying this beer. Though I will admit it is a little annoying that this is labeled a HefeWeizen, when it is clear that it uses nothing ore than a bland ale yeast.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

I think that this was part of a recent package from the Mighty JenRay in support of The CANQuest ™, now back in full (fool) swing!

From the CAN: “They were dangled before us: big, beautiful, lacious apricots. Our minds said No, but our bodies said Yes. As usual, we gave into temptation – and created this delicious brew. Enjoy!”; “Food Pairings: Whipped Cream, Ice Cubes, Drizzled Chocolate.”; “Utah’s Second Favorite Vice!”

The Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and it even had a little foaming action when it opened. The inverted Glug netted me two fingers of fizzy, bone-white head with very limited retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was a cloudy/hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was redolent with apricot and I was happy to smell something other than a Minhas product from a CAN. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was distinctly apricot and I found it to be a nice alternative to the usual banana (usual) and clove (occasional) esters usually found in the style. The apricots imparted a slight tartness to the taste. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing on a Summer evening. This would be eminently drinkable in the Summer, bit I am unsure how it would be at other times of the year.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Zorro
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a slight white head formation.

Smells lightly of apricot. Soda cracker malt scent. Basically though this isn't very aromatic.

Starts out mildly sweet with a mild apricot taste. Mild bread flavor and a hard water taste. Mildly tart taste.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall not much to this.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This now comes in a sixer. Pours a cloudy yellowish color, little carbonation, tiny head, some lacing.

S - Scents of apricots, grassy, and tangy malts.

T - The taste is a little tangy, but sweet as well.

M - Medium body. A well balanced brew.

D - Very drinkable. A very nice beer from the Wasatch family. This would make a nice session beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from 12oz bottle(room temp) a nice cloudy light gold with a huge head of foam that sharnk slowly leaving a solid layer with some lacing hugging the side of my glass.

The smell is big on the apricot, which I like, and has some sweet malt in there as well as a touch of sourness.

The taste is very apricot but it's not over done. It has a nice bit of sweetness with the tanginess that you expect from this fruit and makes for a pretty darned good fruit beer. I like this one. And at 4%abv(on the label) it went down very easy. I could drink quite a few of these at one session!

Bottom line: A low alcohol brew that literally yells out...I'm a sesssion brew! I recommend it.
Thanks to Wasatch for giving me a chance to taste this tasty beer!

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a small (for a hefe) cap of off-white head. Not much retention or lace.

Nose is very apricot...not so funky as opening a bag of dried ones, but powerful and sweet for sure...dominates all other aspects of the aroma.

Taste is refreshing enough and not overly sweet. There is plenty of apricot in the flavor, so if you are not a fan of this particular stonefruit, stay away. Its not really all that hefeweizen-y though...more like a straight American Wheat with apricot flavoring. Not all that bad in this case, a simplistic fruit beer that does nothing to offend or inspire. Wouldnt turn one down but most likely wont be picking up another sixer.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the summer seasonal 12 pack put out by the Utah Brewer's Cooperative. Hazy yellow with a trace of orange, topped by a small, off-white head. Light, grainy, wheat and bubblegum aromas with added apricot essence. Not bad, but I doubt they used real apricots. Tastes much like it smells. Apricot essence is light but unquestionaly apricot. Tangy, not sweet, thankfully. Wheat-bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Not as good as Pyramid's.

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Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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