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Apricot Wheat - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of BorntoLate86
4.61/5  rDev +28.4%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Wow. Even After the 4 day limit they say for the growler, this is a great beer. After drinking it on 4 seperate occasions/ drinking situations, I am very fond of this drink. Very light, both physically and taste wise. It is not something that will bog you down, but it is not like standard light beer style crap. It is perfect for any spring or summer day, at any time. The wheat is mixed just right with that right amount of apricot taste. It is very delicate, but potent enough to be something.Flat or fresh, this is a very satisfying beer. Watch out, becuase the can be gone without a notice - and everyone should drink responsibly ;-)This is something you can use convince you macroswill freinds and their girlfriends to switch to quality. Everyone in State College should be drinking this

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Photo of psugrad98
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light to medium straw. Lightly carbonated, with moderate head and lace. Slightly malt sweet smell with rich fragrance of fresh apricots. Very sweet tasting with apricot sweetness counterbalanced by slightly yeasty malt character. Very delicious and very refreshing.

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Photo of jjw152
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite beer from Otto's. I have had it many times on-tap as well as at home from a growler.

The first thing I notice when served a pint is the intoxicating aroma. It emanates such a delicious bouquet full of apricot, citrus, and, floral delight. Having sampled many overpowering fruit flavored beers; I'm sensitive to those that manage to integrate the flavor in a way that does not blind your taste buds to the other nuances. This beer does just that. The top flavor is obviously apricot, but it is not so prominent that you can't detect the more subtle underlying notes.

A very drinkable beer that is full-flavored, robust, and not overly carbonated; great for quaffing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

LIke a previous reviewer I also first had this beer on tap at the Bullfrog in Williamsport when Charlie worked there.

A - Hazy light golden orange color with a small white head.

S - Big apricot with a nice floral and wheat maltiness

T - Man o man...apricot heaven This is afterall an apricot wheat is it not? Some feel it may be a bit much....but not to me most of the time. It does vary slightly from batch to batch so....somewhat floral as well.

M - Thin and a bit watery...does not "hold up" well. But this is supposed to be a refreshing beer.

D - A wonderful fruit wheat. This does not have the annoying fake taste (read extract) that many fruit wheats I have had other places....but has the taste of REAL apricot! This is a great hot weather beer.

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Photo of nhindian
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of trueindigo
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of russwbeck
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jsbrendle
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler thoughtfully provided by Otto's for a recent tasting event at Zeno's & quite popular at that time... but not regularly available unless we beg Dave to put it on for a quick sixtel some time. (hint)

Poured myself a short sample prior to serving any guests to reacquaint myself with the beer. Pretty much as I remembered it from the last time I had a growler of it at home some few months back, showing good consistent brewing. Appearance is of a slightly hazy amber with very little head (but what there is is a nice white). Aroma is full of the perfume of apricot. Flavor likewise is full of sweet dried apricot. Impression is of fruit and sweetness, with some light hop to balance, but little of the "wheat" character shows through other than in the overall lightness of the beer. Quite delicious, and easy to drink ... especially as the weather warms finally here in town.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber body with almost no head.

Lots of apricot in the smell.

A pretty good apricot wheat beer. Not overpoweringly sweet with some wheat tones in the background.

Mouthfeel is moderately creamy with a medium body.

Good drinkability, I downed this faster than I thought without noticing.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow color with a little amount of haziness. Small head that does not stay around for very long with decent lacing.

S- The apricot unsurprisingly is what shines through here with the wheat taking a back seat. A malty and sugary sweetness smell is apparent and can only guess that it will be a sweet beer.

T- The taste of apricots is apparent immediately and the malt and sugary taste follows close after. Although there is a very sweet side to this beer, it is not overpowering and seems to mesh well with the style. The wheat and grain tastes finish out this beer.

M- Thin mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation apparent. Although a little too late, this would fit well for summer.

D- I did not have any problem getting through this beer, but I don't know that I would care for another. I say this only because I do not know if I would want another sugary sweet beer and it might partly have to do with the time of year. Either way, still a nice beer worth trying.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of andersony17
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ski271
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first had this beer many years ago when Charlie (the brewmaster) was still at the Bullfrog in Williamsport. I remember being impressed by how the apricot balanced out the perfuminess of the wheat. It hasn’t changed too much since then with the exception of having a stronger apricot flavor than I remembered.
The beer is a slightly cloudy, deep straw color with a small, white, mostly diminishing head and very little lacing. The aroma is heavy of apricot over a floral bouquet of wheat and hops. The taste is, in my opinion, overpowered by the apricot and you have to concentrate to pick up the other flavors. If the apricot flavor was cut back just a little bit, I think this would be a much more well-rounded beer. My wife, however, loves this beer as is, and we both agree that the apricot flavor is good, not that fake apricot flavor we’ve come across before. Other flavors are a light underlying citrus and a bit of a malt sweetness. The finish is moderate to short in duration, a little malty, slightly yeasty, with a hint of citrus and spice. Mouthfeel is light and watery with low carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer.

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Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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