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Apricot Wheat - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 11-18-2002)
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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Slatetank, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +11.7%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of stakem
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

stakem, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

akorsak, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, May 03, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tdm168, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

THECPJ, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

tone77, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

DrDemento456, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

ZEB89, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Darkmagus82, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Deuane, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jbaker67, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +11.7%

lupercmda, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Hojaminbag, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of twenty5
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

twenty5, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
4/5  rDev +11.7%

bigfnjoe, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of nh2032
3/5  rDev -16.2%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
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Apricot Wheat from Otto's Pub and Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.