Apricot Wheat - Otto's Pub and Brewery
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.05/5 rDev +13.8%
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!
04-12-2011 00:58:19 | More by nhindian
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3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
11-26-2010 06:37:17 | More by Mora2000
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
04-16-2012 16:50:52 | More by Kegatron
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-23-2011 15:00:25 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.23/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
01-03-2014 05:13:39 | More by tone77
4/5 rDev +12.4%
A 650 mL bottle purchased at the brewpub.
A: The wheat ale has a visually appealing amber color, lighter and more translucent than the bottle sitting next to it. A half a finger of head didn't do much.
S: The aroma is a light combination of sweet apricot and hearty wheat. The apricot becomes more dominant as the ale warms.
T: Much like the nose, the taste is driven by the apricot. The result is a pleasantly sweet ale that remains light throughout. Wheat appears near the back of each sip, adding a certain amount of body to the beer. The finish has an apricot zing that works better than most fruit beers.
M: The mouthfeel won't set the world aflame but the wheat and apricot pairing works nicely.
D: The ale is very easy to drink, light enough that it doesn't weigh you down and weak enough that it won't knock you out.
11-07-2009 00:17:48 | More by akorsak
3/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
08-28-2011 16:50:45 | More by SickGnar
3.65/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-27-2012 23:29:35 | More by andersony17
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
Weak aroma, but could detect apricot and a yeasty/bread aroma. Light hops with low malt. Very little head with slight lacing. Light orange-amber clear. Light carb and soft palate. Had a nice taste of apricot and hops up front, but didn't taste much like American wheat. Subtle malt and bit of vanilla on finish, and after.
10-28-2003 14:29:27 | More by ChicoraBoy
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
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!
04-08-2012 02:06:00 | More by DrDemento456
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-09-2011 18:28:19 | More by rdub
Apricot Wheat from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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