Golden Censer - Apocalypse Ale Works

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Apocalypse Ale Works visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ygtbsm94 on 12-05-2013

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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of ordybill
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- A nice blend of wheat, citrus and spices
Appearance- Pours a very nice amber color has a lot of carbonation. Pours a large white head.
Taste- Great flavor! Honey, wheat and malt. More than i expected
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation.
Overall- My first beer from Apocalypse, it was a really good beer. Looking forward to their other products.

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

Gusher out of the can.. Losing points already.. Exceedingly aggressive off tan to white head, soapy with big bubbles. Manages to get itself after control though after opening so not a total loss. Very nice dark amber orange body, somewhat clear, real nice pinhead bubbles rising not too crazy. Aside from the opening pretty nice. Lots of scattered pill like soapy lacing as well.

Real big nose. Lots of chewy malt and almost biscuit, but more of a big husky note. Dense and thick, with some floral and citrus qualities, even a bit of juice as well. Very nice. Definitely not smelling like a witbier but a real solid American Pale Wheat hopped with lots bakery density.

Palate seems a bit more subdued. Finish has a bit of depth but is also really coming with a chalky mouthfeel, and large hop dryness that doesn't take much of the citrus character. Hints of mild orange, and luckily stays away from seltzery quality a bit but does come off with a bit of soda character.

Overall not bad, also where is the honey on this? But otherwise some minor tweaking and this could be real lovely.

Photo of KWrightVT
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great wheat. Very smooth and balanced.

Photo of m_hall
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a 12 oz can into a pilsner. A bit of a gusher from the can, even at fridge temp. This beer is a clear golden amber (yes, clear... are we positive this is a Witbier?) and is capped by a three-finger tall white head that falls fairly quickly to a film. Lacing is light and spotty.

Aroma is yeast, a bit of spice and citrus, and a little sweet malt.

Flavor is very crisp and light, lime-like citrus notes, coriander, and a bit of tart fruity esters. Hops are quite subtle, just a bit of grassy-ness here and there. The honey is actually fairly understated, but lends a bit of a dry sweetness to the finish.

Body is medium-light, with fairly brisk carbonation. This could certainly be a good Summer-time thirst quencher.

Overall, this beer isn't as spectacular as Apocalypse's other main launch into the retail market (the excellent Red Hoppacalypse,) but it is a solid Witbier. Certainly worth a try if you're a fan of the style... and as with Hoppacalypse, the cans look really cool.

Photo of beerrat
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with tiny head dark golden color.Taste fruity not over hoppy. Not bad.

Just tried this in the can much better then the one I had on tap.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Gusher. Not a horrible one, but I'm still docking points for that. Anyways, it pours a clear amber color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. While the texture is excellent, it doesn't have great retention. There's some lacing left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: It's more of a normal wheat ale than a witbier - there's little Belgian yeast, coriander, or orange peel. Rather, the malt dominates with loads of wheat bread, and even a touch of molasses. There's even a bit of citrus, but I'm not picking up much honey. A fairly basic nose, but nice enough. (3.25)

Taste: Again, it's a pretty basic beer. The wheat malt is prevalent throughout, and light fruity touches finish it off. Wisps of earthy UK hops appear in places. No complexity, but it still works decently. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: I only pick up honey as a mild dryness on the back end. It's a full bodied beer, so it doesn't have the best drinkability. Luckily, I'm not finding it flabby, either. It's very well carbonated - almost overly so. Still, it feels good on the palate. (3.5)

Overall: It isn't amazing or even very memorable, but it does what it sets out to do well. The wheat flavor is very well defined, and this would be a good beer to drink with lunch. I won't seek it out, but I'll gladly drink it again if offered to me. (3.25)

3.28/5: A basic wheat ale with good execution

Photo of JCH3191
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very interesting. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. The head is almost overwhelming and looks kind of like the bucket of soap and water when you wash your car. A nice copper color. Pretty nice lacing.

The smell is decent enough. Not at all like I would expect from a witbier. Sweet smelling. Slightly fruity. Malty. And of course, honey.

The taste is nowhere close to what I expected. I find that it has a very malty taste. There is definitely a malty flavor. But the honey is noticeable. It almost tastes (and feels) like an American Pale. Pretty good though.

All in all, a good solid beer even if it was not what I expected. I wouldn't push down a four year old orphan to get my hands on it but I would have it again.

Golden Censer from Apocalypse Ale Works
82 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.