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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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379 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Michigan honey.
1062 OG; 17 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002)
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Photo of hoffhin2


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thin layer of head, slight orange color.

Smell: Has a very strong orange smell, not too many other smells that I pick up.

Taste: There is a strong orange, bitter taste. Pretty smooth with a slight spiciness.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and is a nice change of pace from IPAs i have been drinking as of recently. Its somewhat light but has a nice orange taste, not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

Poured into a pint glass

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 12:59:07 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of nukem5


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dusky orange color with nice soft tan foam cap.

S: Aroma is light orange fragrance.

T: Taste is of sweet malts oranges spicey hops and corriander.

M: Mouthfeel is silky and medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer and would seek it out and drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:29:05 | More by nukem5
Photo of Alextricity


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$4 bottle from Buffalo Wild Wings in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

Appearance: Orange sort of color with a nice two finger head on it. I don't recall the clarity on it, since I wasn't paying too much attention. Decent lacing. Pours pretty nicely.

Smell: Refreshing. Quite a bit of citrus, with some slight hoppiness.

Taste/feel: Also refreshing, with plenty of citrus and grain. Reasonably high carbonation to help with that, yes, I'm using the word again, refreshing flavor/feel. There's a solid amount of orange and orange peel sort of oil/bitterness in this brew, but yet it never becomes overwhelming. Surprised the alcohol is 6.2%, as it feels like an even 5%, but what's an extra percent? Anyway, I'd gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 17:40:37 | More by Alextricity
Photo of metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with hints of lemon citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of wheat along with light bits of lemon citrus.
M: It feels a bit higher than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but lacks complexity—I didn't get any of the coriander or spices in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:53:28 | More by metter98
Photo of andrewjraab


3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin cap of white foam.

S. orange peel, heavy yeast, grains, citrus notes are predominant.

T. Big wheat and yeast flavors up front followed by a nice balance of hops and malts. Light to medium body with a semi dry bitter finish.

O. This is a nice wheat ale that has good flavor and balance. This could make a nice session ale in the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:41:57 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of thecheapies


3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange color with almost no head formation. A few specks of sediment sit at the bottom the glass.

Grassy pilsner and tangy wheat malts in the nose. Pungent are the aromas of coriander and candied orange peel. Retains an earthy citrus/pine hop character, as well.

Tangy with the orange rind and hearty wheat notes, but well-affirmed is a bitterness accented by grassiness, citrusy hops, and spicy coriander. The booze is a little bright for a summery brew, but I really like how paler malts (detecting barley amongst the wheat) keep the hop profile noticeable and zesty.

Drinks with a lot of sudsiness. The body isn't flaccid; it's light and easy to cruise along with.

A spicy witbier with rind-y orange notes and some lingering grassiness from the malts. Boozier and crispier than one would expect, but a decent beer, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 15:07:37 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Dave_in_GR


3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a translucent, cloudy amber with a tiny bit of residual head. Lots of carbonation that quickly fades.

Smell is very faint, maybe a bit of citrus, but nothing very distinctive.

Taste is a bit more powerful, with a mix of coriander, wheat malts, and orange.

Mouthfeel is very light and dry, with lots of carbonation.

An easy to drink summer beer, but for me it falls behind Oberon in terms of taste and smell.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 21:29:27 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of BWED


2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. into a tumbler

A- Amber, burnt orange, turbid, with a thin 1/4" light tan head, retains barely, slight lacing and legs.

S- Sweet toffee, slight orange peel. A little spiciness.

T- Toffee, not much else. Maybe a little citrus. Very sweet.

M- Carbonation is very light, almost syrupy in feel.

O- I think this falls short of the wheat style. I think they tried to find a mix between a wit and Oberon. Lacks a lot of character both of those styles exhibit.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 16:25:03 | More by BWED
Photo of mfnmbvp


2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with the date reading 02/28/2013, so I could be just a bit late on this one. Have had this one from the bottle and from the can before, although I can't say it's been one of my favorite outings from Arcadia Brewing.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour down the middle of the glass yields about a quarter inch of fizzy white bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Cloudy murky orange body with a light lemon tinge around the edges. I remember a far larger foam when poured from the can last time I had this beer.

S - Soapy carbonated wheat / yeast smell. Some faint banana. Some peach. Not my favorite smell at all. Dusty and muted smelling all around.

T - Tastes a bit better than it smells, but still very little action happening beyond a bit of golden wheat / grainy and a Belgian yeast type taste. Light fruity cherry, orange, and lemon with some peppery spice and coriander, but it is all pretty faint. I suppose none of the flavors are overly dominant, so it is fairly well balanced, I will give it that. Virtually no honey smell or taste on this whatsoever.

M - Fruity, bubbly, carbonated. Medium bodied, but slightly over carbonated for my liking.

Overall, this beer is not really to my liking. It is fairly light and drinkable with a moderate 6.20% abv, and would definitely make for a refreshing beer on a hot summer day, but it's not one of Arcadia's finer offerings.

Arcadia Whitsun Ale ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:39:15 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of patpbr


3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky orange with a bold head that quickly went away. Scent is faint grains and a little citrus. Sweet malt, honey, and orange with spices. Finishing dry with low to moderate bitterness. Interesting style that is easy to drink. I would try again on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:55:36 | More by patpbr
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tall, straight pint glass; head is thick, 1.5 inches, color of head is brighter white with larger bubbles; color is copper, translucent, decent carbonation.

Smell is thin, not much presence of any wheat, maybe some light caramel and biscuit and grains.

Taste is also a little thin, dry, not much sweetness, malt flavor is thin, not much if any wheat, maybe some light toast and biscuit; hop bitterness is noted but no specific flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry, somewhat overcarbonated, there is some residual sweetness to counteract but dryness presents first.

Overall, very thin, dry beer for a 6% abv wheat beer - flavors are not offputing but could use something to distinguish from the graininess.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:49:40 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of DrDemento456


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got one of these in a can so I know it fresh!

A - Pours cloudy with a orange tint yellow color and a 1/4 inch of head.

S - Smells of obvious honey (like a smack to the face) touch of orange peel and a nice bit of spices but I am not getting much wheat at all (weird...)

T - Seems to drink more like a spiced English pale. Slight pale malts clash with orange and honey with a bit of spices and no noticeable ABV but not much wheat flavor at all which is what love in a wheat beer. Pity,

M - Light to medium yet high octane for the style.

Overall quite a strange wheat beer with little wheat taste. If they toned that up a bit I believe it would make for a great Witbier. Still not bad though.

Serving type: can

09-07-2012 03:35:35 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; deft. like the new label better than the old one. No date that I saw, but as this is a seasonal and HyVee keeps their beer freshly rotated, I'm not concerned.

Appearance: Deep golden-orange hue into my Duvel tulip, crowned with a nice, creamy ivory cap which shows great retention (no doubt helped by the glass). Slightest bit of sediment in the glass.

Smell: I wasn't aware this was brewed with honey, but not that I know, I'm not at all surprised. Significant, sweet honey aromas are right up front (I really liked this), backed by the fruity/floral characteristics of your good (if garden-variety) witbier. Floral notes, spice, and honey come together pretty nicely. A few swirls brings a HINT of alcohol to the party.

Taste: More witbier character and less honey than in the aroma, though there is a little bit of drying honey flavor on the finish. There's also a bit of pale malt in here, which wasn't appreciated in the aroma, and a bitterness that seems more than the stated 17 IBUs, and a little high for this beer. Becomes increasingly perfumey and floral with warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, feels big for the 6.2% abv.

Conclusion: They call this a 19th-century English-style festival ale. I know that I've read that some earlier English ales used spices and other flavorings, though I'm not familiar with this specific tradition. It kind of seems like a cross between a traditional Belgian wit (albeit crystal clear, less fruity/spicy) and an extremely clean, medium-hoppy English pale ale. The combination won't appeal to everyone, and I'm not even sure I'd want an entire six-pack of it to myself, but a couple would certainly be enjoyable. It's one real downside is that this beer, marketed as a summer quencher, is actually fairly substantial, in flavor, mouthfeel, and gravity. Perhaps this might be better suited as a sort of harvest beer? Perhaps a couple of points higher with a bit less bitterness (is some of this coming from the orange peel?) and a dollar or so less than its $9.99 price-tag.

83 B

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:34:13 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of jhartley


2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on April 1, 2012. Bottled on March 14,2012.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Poco Grande flute glass.
A-Orange-amber color; floaters. Thick 2 finger head, less than their Angler's Ale which turned into a major eruption of foam. Tight bubbles. Leaves a mild amount of lacing.

S-Didn't pick up on too many pronounced aromas; faint orange and some malt.

T-Spices, malt on back end. Turned more "wheaty" as it warmed up a little.

M-Light carbonation, no lingering flavors/tastes.

O-Not too bad, not great to me either. I just can't get past the floaters in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 11:34:44 | More by jhartley
Photo of Brenden


4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the look, I would think this beer was filtered, a clear, completely unhazed dark gold in color. The white head rests at two fingers in height, slowly and steadily fading down to a foam that leaves good lacing on the glass.
This is a nice American wheat: the foundation is strong, the citrus and spices are evident but not overdone, blending well, and it's just ever so slightly hoppy. Yeast adds a dimension while remaining moderate in flavor. I know honey is almost entirely brewed out, but when done well, it's still a presence; that's true of this beer. The flavor is stronger than the aroma, which could use a bit more to push it up a notch, but is very nice regardless. For a Belgian, this wouldn't be a standout, as the Belgian yeast strain isn't present, but it never claims to be. For an American, I don't know that a whole lot more could be expected. Truly great.
The body is good, light enough for summer and hot weather but verging on medium with good, level carbonation and a refreshing crispness. The smoothness underneath adds to the enjoyment.

Serving type: can

06-28-2012 15:53:03 | More by Brenden
Photo of jsisko01


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours an orangish-golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a soapy-like lacing. There's chunks of yeast floating in the glass also.

Smell - The orange zest is the most dominant aroma, it's nice. Followed by citrus, honey, feint coriander, wheat, and hops.

Taste - The coriander is a little strong, it's quite hoppy also. Citrus, orange zest, honey, pepper, and wheat. Slight bitterness in the finish. Possibly some clove in this but I'm not 100% sure..

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - It was a little spicier than I was hoping for but it's still good. Seems more like a witbier in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 04:40:50 | More by jsisko01
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kind of tan to orange colored, mostly clear, head was fair and about a finger, lacing was pretty good.

Wheat is big on the nose. Honey and citrus, a little floral and some grassiness. Taste is similar but a little more fruity and citrus, very nice!

Body is great, IMO, very soft and luscious on the tongue, easy to drink, very full for a pale wheat. I like the body a lot tho, regardless of whatever the style is supposed to be, so I'm rating it highly in this area.

This is actually an excellent pale wheat ale, and the fact it's in cans makes me even more ready to pick up another sixer. Perfect fishin' beer.

Serving type: can

05-25-2012 00:51:56 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of StoutHunter


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Arcadia's Whitsun Ale last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer before and I thought it was ok, but I was told they changed the recipe so I thought I would review it and see how this beer stacks up to it's biggest competitor. Oberon, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on March 5th 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen Glass.

A- The label looks ok, but I think Oberon's is much better. It poured a nice burnt orange color that was somewhat clear and had a nice orange tint when held to the light with three fingers worth of velvety head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left hardly any lacing. This is a good looking beer, but I wish it had some lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is a good amount of wheat followed by some orange rind and coriander. After that I get a pretty noticeable earthy honey aroma that really sticks out in this beer and gives it an earthy mead like aroma. This beer had a pretty unique aroma for that style, the honey makes it really different, it's ok but to me the heavy honey aroma seems out of place.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma. It starts off with a lighter malty and wheaty flavor followed by some orange rinds and some coriander. After that I get a higher amount of medium sweetness with a pretty heavy earthy honey flavors. On the finish I get s low amount of bitterness and a sweet malty orange rind flavored aftertaste. The taste is just ok, much like the aroma the honey is a little too dominate and overshadows all those spicy, wheaty and citrus flavors that I like and expect from the style.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, with a lighter amount of medium body and a high amount of medium carbonation that is slightly prickly. This beer had a pretty average mouthfeel.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought that it was a pretty average example of an American Pale Wheat Ale, the heavy honey aspect that makes this beer lack the balance that comes with a good American Pale Wheat Ale. This beer had ok drinkability it went down smooth, but the flavor couldn't hold my attention so one is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it looked nice and I thought the color was really good looking. What I liked least about this beer was the heavy honey aspect that seemed out of place in this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have an Oberon, I would tell someone to drink an Oberon instead of this beer, it's a much better example of the style. This was another underwhelming beer for Arcadia, it seems like they can make some pretty good dark beers but I haven't been impressed with most of their lighter beers. I had this beer side by side with Oberon, and Oberon was pretty much better in every aspect, it is much more fitting to drink on a warm summer afternoon in Michigan. I think I may have liked this better before the recipe change, the honey is too dominant, this beer needs another recipe change and they can start with cutting out a lot of that honey, better luck next time guys.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 03:41:25 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of superspak


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 6/14/2011. A bit too old but lets give it a shot. Pours to instant head after a loud release of carbonation upon opening(no gusher though). Eventually turns out to be a hazy and cloudy deep orange color with a dense and fluffy 2-3 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some slight bits of lacing cling to the glass. The yeast seems to have clumped up and is floating around in the glass like bits of ground pepper. Aromas of orange peel, lemon, coriander, light pepper, bread, and not much else. Pretty weak aromas without much complexity; but not offensive. Taste of orange peel, pepper, coriander, wheat, spicy yeast, and breadiness. Some lingering notes of bread, wheat, orange, and spiciness on the finish for a bit. Medium body and carbonation; with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel that drinks very smoothly. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Other than the grainy appearance and weak aromas; this was pretty solid stuff. Good balance of flavors and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 04:20:45 | More by superspak
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New York

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this review while going through an old beer notebook of mine.

This beer pours a hazy golden orangish color. It has about a finger of white head on it. The head doesn't have the best retention, and it leaves behind just a little bit of scattered lace on the glass. The nose has a good amount of wheat and lemony city aromas. There are also some scents of oranges, spice, and a tiny bit of hop presence. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some grainy malt and wheat. There are some bright fruit flavors and just a little bit of hop flavor. There is quite a bit of lemony citrus, mostly on the back end. The finish leaves some lingering wheat, spice, and citrus on the palate. This beer has a medium body and decent carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. It has a refreshing quality to it, and there is some graininess as well. This has decent drinkability. It goes down easy, but it just doesn't stand up to a lot of the witbiers that I've had. I think it is worth a try, but don't expect too much out of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 14:36:18 | More by JizackFH
Photo of tone77


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the legend woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of oranges and spices. Taste is very flavorful, oranges, spices, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 18:06:15 | More by tone77
Photo of Dope


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice clear reddish-amber pour. Decent white head, okay retention and lacing.

S: Honey, orange and wheat primarily.

T: Very wheaty, spicy coriander/pepper with some decent orange in there. Can't really pick up the honey that I can smell.

M: Medium body, nothing out of the ordinary.

O: Nothing special, pretty simple wheaty beer not unlike a blue moon.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:59:32 | More by Dope
Photo of madeofsteel


3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lovely golden color, with about a finger worth of head that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving a soapy layer on top. Almost no lacing.

S - Wheat, orange zest, and coriander. Not very complex, but appetizing nonetheless.

T - The orange is noticeable, and there's some sweet-wheat going on... funky spiciness that I'm not too sure about. Bitter finish.

M - Creamy with very fine carbonation. This one goes down nice and smooth.

O - It's nothing to write home about, but I wasn't really disappointed either. There are better renditions of this style, but it came in a sampler pack with other beers that I know I like. So-so.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:51:44 | More by madeofsteel
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The color is a mostly clear hazy copper color with a tangerine edge. A bubbly off-white head fades to a ring shortly after pouring.

Smell: The aroma is full of soft wheat, some citrus zest, a bit of honey, coriander and spice, and a bit of grass.

Taste: The flavor starts out sweet but turns to a mostly simple pale wheat flavor for most of the sip. Some orange zest and coriander are noticeable in the middle along with a medicinal phenol, and the end has a bit of oily grass.

Mouthfeel: There is an unfortunate oiliness to the feel that I cannot understand the origins of. Other than that, the carbonation is crisp, which is typical for the style. The body is a little bit fuller than average compared to other pale wheat ales I have had.

Overall: Maybe I would like this better on a warm summer day, but I did not really connect with this beer. The flavor is ok, but the mouthfeel is not that good.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:15:36 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Tone


3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight honey, sweet malt, slight citrus (orange), and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight honey, hint of wheat, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of hops. Overall, great appearance, but lacking in aroma and body.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 13:48:57 | More by Tone
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Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.