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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
Reviews by BWED:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.71/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Started drinkin this on tap on Mckinac Island where I spend my summers,one of the best wheats on tap I have had.It rates with Franziskaner in my book,yes that good!The perfect beer to drink in the summer.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange gold with a nice white head and almost no lacing or head. Sweet grains and honey with just a touch of orange in the nose. Taste has rubbery caramel malts with sweet fruity yeasts, peaches, peach syrup, smarties candy in the background, and a nice hoppy finish with a lingering bitterness. Body is medium and syrupy with decently assertive carbonation. Easy to drink and better warm than cold. Also much better in a bottle than on tap.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a hazy orange beer. It smells like oranges. It tastes like very acidic wheat beer that someone has added orange syrup to. Maybe this is kinda what Berliner Wiesse is like? The mouthfeel is syrupy with acid sting. I am not into this beer. If you like oranges though, give it a try.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy amber color with a small off-white head.

Outdoors aroma. Spicy. Some fruit, rather sweet. A little on the faint side.

Spicy coriander taste. A little orange.

On the lighter side.

Nice enough, nothing to write home about.

Photo of Todd
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a very murky, rich peach coloured beer, large bubbles and a snapping white foam head that settles to nothing quite quickly. Loads of yeast! (unfiltered)

Sweet bread, light citrus, faint herbal and a bit of grain in the aroma. Very faint nose, overall.

Smooth, medium-bodied. An upfront malt sweetness and strong/distinct honey sweetness pairs well with the bold fruity flavours of melon, peach and apricot. Tea-like herbal character lies beneath and adds depth, while a light citrus sharpness of sweet oranges splash the malt sweetness from the palate. Touch of spice (clove). The finish dries out a bit, getting a bit crisp, with residual a residual fruit sweetness that lingers. Alcohol becomes a bit pronounced as the beer warms.

Although not traditional, this is an interesting, and very fruity, take on an unfiltered wheat beer. I could see myself relaxing and sucking back quite a few of these on a nice summer day.

Thanks to trbeer.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, no freshness info offered. Pours cloudy/yeasty darker apricot amber, eggshell, medium bubble head and kist a tad of lace left behind. tropical fruit nose, fruity brew, respectable wit/wheat characteristics, refreshing and tasty. Some spicing and pepperyness late. Nice summer brew. Decent take on the style by Arcadia.

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 madeofsteel
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of sarahspat
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is amber orange with a tiny off white head. No lacing. Smells of orange and lemon peels and the taste follows suit with freshly cut grass added. There are a few inappropriate hints of alcohol heat in some sips. Also, there's a bit of maple syrup in there. The flavors are a little aggressive for the style, and I don't think they blend as well as they could. It's kind of strong in flavor for a nice session or summer beer, but it's not bad in general.

Photo of ADR
2.52/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quite hazy and sedimented medium yellow ochre with an illuminated back tone. Head is thin in the texture of the bubbles, rises to 1/4 of an inch with pretty good staying power. Laces are average in presentation, mostly non-interlocking downward dripping strings. Odd aromas, slightly citric as in citrons (candied fruit) with medicinal qualities. Mouthfeel has decent fine carbonation but is overly thick for style and verging on gloppy. Flavor starts fruity but too sweetened, some spice but is also lactic and almost like a mayonaise with tang and eggy notes. Still holds on to phenolic senses to the aftertaste. Strangely composed, I can often have trouble with this style, the spices sometimes strike me as odd, but in addition, this is too thick.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep cloudy hazed amber golden creamy head forms nicely leaves heavy chunks of lacing. Aroma: Slight subtle spice sharp wheat sweetness touch of citrus not bad seems a bit muted overall though. Taste: Slight English tone to it with a mix of caramel malt and unmalted wheat grains touch of spice and citrus appear but relatively toned down. Not a bad American pale wheat at all. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated was a smooth drinking beer after the Jack Johnson concert. Drinkability: Was definitely a brew I could have sipped on for awhile, but I spotted better offerings namingly Snake River Zonker Stout.

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 lnashsig
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one- never heard of this beer, but always dig craft in a can! Poured from can into my brooklyn tulip. Pours a murky orange color, crazy thick milky head, nice retention. Smell- Orange juice from concentrate- something like Minute Maid? Some lactose flavors- creamy. Maybe a hint of nutmeg spice. Taste- there is that orange juice concentrate flavor, but it is at the back of the throat. Just a little astringent. On the front of the mouth, it is nice and refreshing, light and airy flavors, it doesn't remind me of any wit I have ever had- I would have expected more citrus, more spice, more coriander, etc. But, there is some individuality going on here that I can really appreciate. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could see drinking on a hot summer day quite often, esp because it is canned.

Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to orange color with hints of red, and it has just a ring of head. It's leaving just a thin line or two of lace.

The smell has some orange and honey flavor on top of a fair amount of malt. The taste is of pale malt until the honey and fruit flavors pick up in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thin. It's pretty easy to drink.

Photo of soper2000
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I keep on finding some bargains at my local store and this was one of them. It pours out with a sizable 3 finger head containing small and medium sized bubbles. Body is orange with a few chunks of sediment (looks more like protein than yeast). Smell reminded me a lot of an English pale ale. Very biscuity with a hint of citrus. Can only pick up a slight aroma of banana. Taste is very clean and quenching. Notes of citrus in the beginning gently fade into a strong bread like malt before disolving into banana. Nice beer. This could quite possibly be my favorite Arcadia brew to date.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia Whitsun

Appearance- Light copper brown with a nice billowy head.
Smell- Soft wheat and lemon. Caramel comes through as well as vanilla.
Taste- A nice creamy vanilla caramel malt with a soft touch of wheat.
Mouthfeel- A light crisp summer ale like feel on the tongue. A solid flavor throughout.

A pleasant surprise. A very flavorful, yet light and crisp, beer that you can drink all too quickly. This would be a nice warm weather 6er!!

Photo of cokes
1.24/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Blurry yellow-peach under a frothy and retaining eggshell head.
Dusty oranges and raw grain nose with plastic and rubber cement esters.

My God, I hope that this bottle is off.

Saccharine oranges, heavily astringent (look no further for a definition of the term) raw grains, flour, mothballs, lacto sourness and sticks of chalk. The chalk sense arrives last, and just clings long after the sip. Reprise of the spoiled milk afterward. Usually off-flavors are located right around a brew's periphery, and sometimes easy to ignore. Not here. Everything bad comes marching out right to the fore. A horrible, horrible parade right down Main St.
The big, heavy body just confounds everything, and intensifies the flaws.

This is the absolute worst tasting beer I've ever had. I couldn't get this into the sink fast enough.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good summer drinking beer, aggressively carbonated main drawback offset by very peachy aroma and some peach in taste. Orange appearance. Made worth trying by single bottle allotment at WIld Oats in Cleveland. Malt, yeast and wheat there. More hops please.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super cloudy and chunky big ol' yeast sediments, this brew is carrot juice orange and has a one finger white head that has great retention. A large amount of really pretty white lace is left on the glass.

S - Doughy and yeasty donut and orange juice aromas remind me of a great breakfast fit for champions. This is twangy to my nose, but sugary sweet smelling enough to keep it from smelling totally wheaty. I smell some Belgian-like hops that are funky and fresh at the same time. Some chemical notes are there, but totally unoffensive.

T - Rich and sweet with doughty and yeasty notes. This is really good! It somehow reminds me or Orval in it's yeast and hay like hop profile.

M - Thick and full bodied. I can literally feel the yeasty thick cake bater-like goodness. The finish comes back with a refreshing twang of lemon and orange juice freshness.

D - A really good brew! I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting much from this one, and I'm pleasantly surprised! This is thick, rich, sweet, but never cloying. The orange fruit freshness keeps this firmly planted in the sessionable category. A really nice beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whitsun pours a deep orange color beneath a short head of fleeting white foam. The nose is yeasty, fruity, and malty (delicately caramelish) with an edge of wheat. It has an almost melon-like aroma, perhaps cantaloupe, and bits of citrus including orange. In the mouth it's light-medium bodied and crisp with a very fine bubbled effervescent carbonation that leaves a zing on the tongue. The flavor is initially a bit tart, adding to the impression of fruit flavors (early-picked apple, pear, white grape), and it appears very citrusy. Orange flavors seem to appear across the middle along and into the finish, and it lingers in the mouth with some sweet orange marmalade and honey. The bitterness is kept in check, and it's really quite refreshing. A delicate touch of astringency in the finish leaves it very dry and refreshing. An excellent summer brew! Very fruity. Very spritzy.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into pint glass.
A: A very murky orange body in color, with a small white head, that sinks in a nice prolonged expanse of time. The carbonation is steady. Lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma is very low and hints of zested orange are present. A rather shoshockingly low level of aroma.

T: The body is crisp, but the low levels of carbonation make it more juicy. The orange is a nice character and is well balanced with the hops usage. Malt note is low and lingering taste is of nice oranges.

O: Overall a bit of a lack luster, no real stand out qualities, but still a decent brew. Refreshing out of the can (tasted good floating down the river in a kayak.) A bit higher ABV for style is a plus.

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO

Pours an effervescent, yet hazed amber with 3 fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Pepper, tangerine, appleskins & phenolic notes

T: Fruiity, lemons & some yeast bite up front. Grapefruit & a little earthy mushroom follows as this warms. Finishes with a hint of alcohol, dryness, & loads of lemony hops

MF: Spritzy, medium-bodied & a lot of citrus hops

Drinks more like an uber-wit or belgian PA. Enjoyed this, but off style IMO

Photo of benmiliron
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid 7.99 for a six-pack.

Murky orangeish color in the glass. Smells like it advertises, with a hint of orange blossom honey. Tastes great. Honey and hops blended well, honey not strong at all. Very light, with that ringwood yeast flavors all over the place.

This is one of my favorite "summer" ales, along with Bell's Oberon. Certainly worth the price of a sixpack.

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!

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Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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