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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

484 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

Brewed with Michigan honey.
1062 OG; 17 IBU
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Ratings: 484 | Reviews: 217
Photo of SwiftestWolf
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A mild, refreshing wheat ale. A full but delicate flavor makes it better to have early in a meal or just as a refresher during the day. Refreshing and light.

Photo of dogma33
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, HIGHLY carbonated coming out of the 12 oz bottle but the foam dies off, minimal lacing on the glass. It has a very mild aroma, hints of citrus, honey, coriander which are evident in the taste as well. The taste is mild, smooth, but the flavor is easily overwhelmed by food. To me, this is best for refreshment, not to pair with a meal. Interesting and worth trying as a six pack before going in for a case.

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Would be an amazing beer if it were warm outside.

Photo of tkelley
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from my latest beer of the every other month club shipment. There appears to be a smudged out best by date on it, and I cannot read what it says.

A -- Kind of a hazy toasted bronze color with white, fluffy foam on top. The foam was, to put it lightly, very aggressive at first and it took me a while to pour it into the glass.

N -- Smells kind of stale, probably a result of the shipping process. Some coriander and bread notes. Kind of yeasty and citrusy too.

T -- Pretty mild taste that follows the nose. Very pleasant. Wheat and spice notes (coriander, citrus).

M -- Again, this was aggressively bubbly, which probably helps cut through a bit of a heavier body.

O -- Decent offering. Good late summer beer. Cheers!

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Nose: fresh bread, some orange peel, slight coriander
Pours amber with a slight haze under a 1.5" bone white, frothy, sudsy persistent foam collar.
Palate: an American style Wit that leans a little towards the Belgian style. Nice wheat flavors, with light spice and orange. Cleaner yeast flavors than a Belgian Wit.
Medium full body, medium high carbonation.
A good, drinkable summer beer that you can serve to a wide range of people.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving a fantastic level of foamy rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of an orange smell mixed with a strong showing of wheat. Along with these are some lighter notes of a yeasty smell as well as a bit of lemon.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheat bread flavor mixed with a little bit of a drier orange flavor. The orange flavor lessens a bit as the flavor advances being replaced by some flavors of a more lemon like citrus. All the while a decent yeasty and lightly hopped grassy flavor comes to the tongue. In the end with the loss of the orange, increase in the lemon and grass and maintenance of the wheat a somewhat crisp and dry flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather fitting for the style creating a rather refreshing feel.

Overall – An alright and rather crisp brew, but really nothing that is worth going out of your way for.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A golden/orange color and cloudy body greet the consumer upon first pour of this beer. The nose is one of spices and citrus. The foam level is slight and settles down quickly.

This ale offers up flavors of wheat malt, oranges, coriander, and caramel. Upon further examination, I was able to pick up on flavors of honey and there are other citrus notes and spices in the background. A little bit of yeast flavor rounds out the tasting. The body of the beer is creamy and medium in weight and there is a somewhat alcoholic presence in the flavor but it fades quickly.

Whitsun ale is a good beer with a good deal of complexity going on inside its hazy body. There is some sediment in each bottle so don’t be alarmed if you pour and discover a few floaters in your glass. This is expected and while it may not make for a perfect appearance, it doesn’t adversely affect the taste in any way.

I love a great wheat beer and this one is a pretty good one overall. It isn’t the greatest I have ever tried but there is enough artisan craftsmanship and good taste to keep me coming back for more.

Photo of Augusta3
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very nice golden color, about a half inch head, hazy.
Aroma: definitely smells like a wheat beer with hints of orange and honey. Pleasant, but nothing too special.
Taste: a little spicy (coriander) with some orange notes, slight bitter finish

Overall: definitely great for summer. It is a great choice if you want a wheat beer similar to Blue Moon but want to switch it up!

Photo of WillKorn
4.56/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy showing this beer to people who like Oberon, which is how it was presented to me as well. I think the flavor components are very similar so it is an easy transition, but to me, this as a slightly sharper flavor, which i tend to enjoy .

Photo of hoffhin2
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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

Photo of nukem5
3.64/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Alextricity
3.59/5  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.

Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of BWED
3.01/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of patpbr
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of jhartley
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of jsisko01
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.