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Apricot Wheat - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: psugrad98 on 11-18-2002

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 35
Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mild apricots that is almost artificial but not quite. Some wheat as well. A very basic beer but at the same time nothing bad about it.

Photo of mark_walters
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This was my first experience with this beer. I have had Samuel Smith Organic Apricot beer, and liked it so I thought I would try this one. The beer is good, but it is very sour to the palette.

Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "On Draught[;]In Bottles".

I began with a heavy-handed pour, bringing forth a pseudo-cascade, followed by its settling into three fingers of puffy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Loads of CO2 bubbles were in evidence. Color was a golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and since Mammon, Midas and Croesus were already here, they began to rejoice in earnest. Nose smelled like apricot preserves, leaving no doubt as to the origin of this beer. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was simply, apricots! Their flavor was prevalent and overcame everything else that may have been involved. Believe it or not, I am actually a fan of fruit beers. They can be light and refreshing, tart and puckering, sweet and cloying or simply an enhancement to some beers. I was really enjoying this beer on a hot, humid Summer afternoon for its light, refreshing qualities. Finish was semi-dry. It definitely was not sweet by any means.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a white, short lived head. The aroma is heavy on the apricot, with some grainy, bready wheat elements on the fringes.

In the taste, a nice fruity apricot and peach flavor with a grainy, malted wheat flavor that is quite nice. It is fruity, but I never forget the fact I'm drinking a beer. This has alot in common with other apricot infused beers on the market, and for the most part, the Otto's apricot ale stands up to any other apricot beer I have had. There is a small hop bitterness that keeps the beer from cloying.

Medium bodied, smooth and fruity, but with a clean, balanced finish.

Overall, as a fruit beer, this is above average. Drinkable and with a bit of character, as evidence why it was the first beer out of the sampler case to be gone. Obviously has crossover potential because all my friends really liked it.

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a cream soda color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild apricots, some grains. Taste is light, grains, wheat, some apricot, not exactly bursting with flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not terrible, really nothing special about this beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in a pils glass.
the color is hazed amber with golden hues, thick white cap lace sticks well and retention is good with fine bead. The smell is fragrant, fruity and floral with slight extract type sweet odor. The feel is good, moderately sweet though, moderate carbonation with mild body and semi dry finish

the taste is pretty decent, has a flavor of extract which means sweet like apricot soda if there were such a thing, mild wheat taste adds to the flaor with subtle yeast creaminess adding to the body but lends little flavor. Overall this is above average drinkability wise, but not by much...it is a pretty standard apricot flavored wheat, but not bad for what it is

Photo of mikeg67
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with a long lasting, thin, fluffy,white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of wheat malt and apricots. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is wheat malt, apricots and hint of hops. Finish is short and sweet. Nice beer for ladies.

Photo of stakem
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle care of my old man. There is a first... the pops gifted me with a couple bottles of this after a recent trip to state college. "Stop drinking all that dark shit and give this here a try. I like it, maybe you will too." The brew appears a perfectly clear color of pale gold. A finger of white froth appears and dissolves down to a thin film around the ring of the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film atop and a bit of spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma has an unmistakable scent of perfume-like apricot. It smells a bit sugary almost like a bit of candy like those peach rings. I can't help but think the apricot inclusion here is artificial as it just doesn't smell all that natural. The candy-like sweetness is just too distinct to not be augmented some way. It really doesn't matter how warm the brew gets, the perfume fruit character is really all I smell.

The taste has the apricot flavoring that is a bit sweet and artificial tasting in a way reminiscent of what the aroma leads on. Instead of having that earthy, natural taste, it is sweet and candy-like. Fortunately, there is a bit of cereal grain flavoring present that brings this back into the spectrum of the advertised wheat beer category. The aftertaste is also candy-like with a hint of something almost like bubblegum mixed with a dissolved flavor of clove and... corn?

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. For a summertime offering to just slam back, I guess it fits the bill. But it isn't something that I would seek out again. The candy and artificial qualities of this I just didnt find to be entirely appetizing.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark yellow with a fizzy white head..lots of carbonation

Smell is pretty nice. Apricot and peach with fresh yeast aromas and crackers and grain.

Right on par for the style and then some. Refreshing apricot and tame fruit flavors, not overly sweet, balanced with wheat and yeast and very little bitterness.

Pretty light, crisp, good on a hot day.

Good representation from Otto's but not my favorite from the brewery.

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The initial pour is a bit foamy but seems to settle down rather quickly, revealing a clear copper body with a finger or so of fizzy slightly off-white head. This readily peters down into some light foamy ringing, which leaves back just a smattering of spotty lacing. The aroma smells like apricot, with a juicy sweetness in the nose that is propped up a bit by the wheat character. Light grassy hop notes hang on the edges.

The taste is similar, with the apricot flavor coming off as a bit more artificial feeling but it isn’t too bad considering that it is a pretty strong fruit flavor overall. A light grassy bitterness runs through the middle of the profile, while that crisp wheat backbone gives that fruit something to bounce off of. The finish here is bitter and drying. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly and crisp feel to the carbonation in the mouth but does seem a little too lively along the back.

Nothing overly offensive here but this one just wasn’t my thing. A little less over carbonation would have maybe helped things out as well. I can take it for what it is though.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not sure how old this is but I got very little head, a nice lace ring. Color is semi hazy but a nice shade of golden yellow.

S - Initial smell is great, juicy apricot very tart and vibrant but I am bit getting much in wheat... Hope it's balanced.

T - Well wheat is balanced and it's more sweet than tart but I believe this might be the best apricot beer I ever drank! Juicy not artificial in any way vibrant apricot flavor with a great malt balance. Tasty!

M - Light and medium, very refreshing overall a great fruit beer.

Overall I would gladly buy this again and at 5 dollars a bomber it's one of the better fruit beers I have ever tasted. Worth trying!

Photo of andersony17
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack while at PSU at Killdare's

A - Nice bottle and simple cap, dark golden/orange color, short lasting thick foam head with a low amount of lacing.

S - Smells like sweet apricots, maybe a hint of peach as well.

T - Very subtle but pleasant flavor of apricot, not as strong as it smells but a great flavor, lacking some wheat component.

M - Smooth, no bitterness, refreshing and crisp.

O - Love the flavor, definitely will buy again.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a light golden-orange color with a white head that faded rapidly giving very little lacing.

Smell - For the lightness of the beer, the odor is superb. Massive amount of fresh apricot and some peach. There is a little bit of sugar and wheat which work their way at the end of the odor experience.

Taste - After the smell, I was expecting much more, but was disappointed. The apricot does come on in the beginning, but it is much weaker then anticipated. A small amount of wheat works its way into the taste profile near after a bit of apricot fades from the tongue. It was furthermore much dryer then the smell would lead on; not what I expected.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level was quite nice, but the body was a bit thin.

Overall - The smell of the brew sorta threw me off. A bit more "syrupiness" from more sugar and a bit more alcohol would have helped the beer meet its fantastic smell profile. An occasional drinker, nothing more.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - Oct 2, 2007. Aroma gives a musk of coconut body lotion, tinted with fruit flesh and some lip gloss. Edging artificial, but staying clean and leaving the ugly confrontation between malt and fruit behind for a more subtle expression of fruit sugars. Pours a rich straw, headed with a white crisp edge. Flavor is full and moves into a different range, with reduced apricot candy, lots of plum and peach, in juice form, balanced with honey and malt sugar. Again, edging artificial but staying clean and not get skunky or off, which I guess is the unintentional goal of most fruit beers. Coconut meat pops up as do higher florals in the orchid and hibiscus range. Finishes out a little wet and palate lies slightly sticky, but there’s a curbing edge of puckering sourness that gives it a more clean snap at the end, lending nice drinkability. Fresh, bright, clean, alive and friendly. All I can ask for in a brewpub’s perfunctory fruit offering, I suppose.

Photo of russwbeck
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler picked up at the brewery for the PSU vs. Alabama game.

A: Yellow pour with a big white head. Lacing is great, retention is ok.

S: Big apricot smell with some peaches. Very light, very fruity.

T: The taste follows the smell. Apricot heavy, a hint medicinal, very light, dry aftertaste.

MF: Light, bubbly, taste coats the palate.

O: This was one of the beers that got me into craft beer. I love it. I know it isn't a great beer, but I will drink it every day. Love it.

Photo of SickGnar
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Peachy hued light amber/golden (how appropriate). Quite small white head, clear and bright. Nada for lace.

S: Juicy apricot, but none too strong. Faint and plain wheat beer way in the background. Not a whole lot going on either in complexity or amplitude. Apricot grows as warms, beer stays muted.

T: Pith & skins stone fruit – only vaguely apricot, though clearly stone fruit. Barest fleeting hint of juicy sweetness. Odd astringent note lurking around the edges. Blah and weak wheat beer in background with just a touch of husk. No hops noticed. Bitterness that is present seems more tied to astringent note.

M: Under medium body with CO2 matched. Soft and just barely avoids being watery. Astringent, sort of medicinal, drying.

D: Doesn’t really hit the apricot note. Wheat beer doesn’t really show through. Sort of misses all the way around. Also angular and disjointed. Still, it would be somewhat more drinkable were it not for the astringent note. Hopefully it is a better beer on tap. If not, then since Otto’s is located in a college town, there must be many let down coeds.

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brewery fresh bottle into a brand new pint glass. Straw yellow color with a half inch head. Nice color. Overwhelming apricot aroma. Very sweet smell. Super-basic light tasting summer quencher. Luckily it isn't as sweet as it smells although it gets a bit sweet after a few. Worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to heyta. Served in a tulip.

Pours a clear golden-copper color with a very thin white head that immediately fades and falls into a thin collar. A few spots of lacing. The nose has a bit of wheat and a slight apricot character. Mild peach there as well. The flavor is a short amount of apricot and there's a bit of bread in the background. A lightly-sweet malt presence. Light body with just a touch of sweetness and moderate carbonation. Lightly bitter in the finish. Fruit isn't strong, but is there. Decent enough, but not something I'd have again.

Photo of Khazadum
2.24/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

And I quote, "What the fuck is this? A white wine spritzer in my bomber? Who spiked my beer?"

Girlfriend: "Mmm! Thats tasty!"

Huh... is this the killshot? I wonder....

Tons of carbonation rise in this apple-juice like concotion. Low head, very low retention, and an almost imperceptible collar. Even with effort, this son of a stitch hides its colors.

This smells like I turned 13 again. It reminds me of sneaking wine coolers and pretending I'm drunk with my best pal at the time. I smell peach, mango, tangerines. Tropical party in my nostrils, and I want everyone else to be invited. There are no contrasting elements, however. Its just a pure bomb of sweet fruits. If I grabbed a package of gum, ripped off the cellophane wrapper, and took a whiff of Trident Super Bubble-fudge Tropicana-tastic I imagine it smells exactly like this. I begin to get nauseated from it. Some grape notes come forth as well leading me to think I'm secretly drinking a white wine.

Flavors... Well now its definitely a beer! Malty, bready, cardboard-like, and fruit smashed into the background. Is that wheat malt I'm tasting? Hrmmm... Its middle is mildly prickled and cellulosic. Almost like a piece of paper had been dipped into a peach schnapps before traipsing over my tongue. Finish leaves me with some minor mango melodies in the cheeks and almost entirely light biscuit flavors. The entire time there is a rotating stock of mangoes, peaches, grapes, and faint orange. Its never singular, and always confused.

Thin... razor thin... super razor thin. ULTRA razor thin. Watery, mild mild sticky nature. Carbonation is short lived and doesn't last a full glass. When it was there it was noticeable towards the center flavors and nowhere else. A nice crispness that helped the beer. Without it, I feel like this beer is tripping all over itself.

I don't like it. I don't think I'll ever like it. Its like someone mixed juice with my beer and I wanted a beer, damn it. What the hell is it though... the style. A fruit beer? It has these lager characteristics but can't be. Pale ale with no hops... American Pale Wheat Ale? Lets go with that.. but no hops damn it! Ugh.. Fruit beer? Ya... Fruit beer. So that'll bump the scores up a tad.

A-2.0 S-3.0 T-2.0 M-2.0 D-2.0

Reveal is! Apricot Wheat! What the... Ohhhh now I get the peach flavors and tropical aromas. Apricot is SO hard to nail down blind. Shit, I feel apricot itself is hard to nail down in a beer itself. Going back, I definitely see apricot in this beer. Hell, that is a feat itself and causes me to bump up my previous overall of 1.5 to a 2.0 ( already edited it ;) ). However, I'd probably never seek this bad boy out again.

Photo of nhindian
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Green Man snifter.

A - Pours a straw, light orange color with a pure white head. The body is surprisingly clear given the 'wheat' in the title; don't expect even a shred a sediment or wheat particles in this one. Head retention is pretty low, but the lacing is impressive. Can see steady carbonation streams through the body.

S - The nose on this beer is overwhelmingly apricot. While some breweries may through fruits in the title and have vague influences from the addition, don't worry about that with this beer. There is a ton of fresh, ripe, juicy apricots in the nose, damp-smelling as if standing in an orchard after a late-spring rain shower. The rest of the nose is made up mostly of the malt bill, which is grainy. A decent amount of wheat comes through as it warms as well.

T - If you don't like apricots, this beer is going to turn you away real quick, as the flavor is predominantly made up of the fruit, and it seems like a good amount of them too. The only adjectives I can use to describe their flavor is fresh and juicy, and it has a splash of sweetness that's akin to biting into one while drinking. Unfortunately, the taste kind of falls off after the initial apricot, receding into a rather pedestrian and overly grainy malt flavor. Remnants of apricot linger into the relatively short finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty inoffensive to the palate but once you are done drinking there's little left to keep the flavor going.

D - Drinkability is moderate. This would be an excellent summer beer, drinking by a lake or campfire, but a bomber to myself became a little much about halfway through. Luckily Otto's recently began bottling in 6-packs, so if you feel yourself craving a big kick of apricot, seek this one out!

Photo of goatgoat
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russwbeck for the opportunity.

Perfectly clear light amber. Moderate white head falls quickly leaving little lace. Smell is popping with fruit, mostly apricot, intensely sweet with a caramel/sugary background, almost too much for me. Taste is sweet, but not as overpowering as the nose. It's toned down with more wheat character. A light bitterness in the finish, with an almost pit like character. Very light feel, drier than expected from the nose, which makes it easier to drink.

Photo of trueindigo
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The sunny apricot coloring of this beer reflect just what a drinker would expect. My family and I have enjoyed this beer on tap for years but the exact mug I am reviewing was the first Apricot Wheat brewed in the new Otto's brewery location.

The color and scent remained true to what I had always experienced; a strong apricot ester. The thin white head did not last long. The taste was the trademark fruity apricot, and a more rich banana and one of the best full wheat flavors I had ever experienced from Otto's Apricot Wheat.

Congratulations for Otto's making the brewery transition successful.

Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the apricot with not too much else going on. There may be a little bit of wheat in the aroma, but it is basically just fruit. The flavor is more of the same. A whole lot of apricot and a tad bit of wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden-orange color with a little more then a finger's worth of white, foamy head

S - Apricot is dominant, some light toasty grain notes

T&M - This has a very crisp, almost seltzer like feel; very refreshing, I can see this as a great summer beer. Apricot is the dominant flavor, and the wheat is present as well, but it almost tastes like Grains of Paradise as well.

D - Very drinkable, as I finished the 22 oz bomber no problem, and could have certainly had another. Light and refreshing, easy to drink and enjoy.

Photo of BorntoLate86
4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

When I went to Penn State I was a regular at Otto's Brew Pub and one of their flagships that never disappoints is Otto's Apricot Wheat. On Tap, or out of the bottle, it's by far one of my favorite wheat beers. Here's why...

A - Bright golden color, much more clear than other wheats, (ex. Ithaca Apricot), color definately reminscent of apricot.

S - Little to no wheat scent but strong peach and apricot aromas. Much of the flavor is enhanced by the strong fruit smells.

T - Great taste, apricot flavor extremely pervasive, crispness from the light wheat style compliments the fruity flavor.

M - Filtered, light and crisp.

D - Definately a session beer, very drinkable, not heavy at all and the fruity, apricot flavor does not overwhelm the ability to drink more than one of these beers.

A Great Beer.

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Apricot Wheat from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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