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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of Namarsha82
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of mmcnaughton
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Tone
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of FedExPope
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of brewpubbung
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DCon
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL Oz can of this from the Tin Can Tavern & Grille in St. Louis (Locust Location), MO for $4.75. Poured from the bright yellow can with a orange on it & grass on the bottom of the can into a 16oz Pint Glass. No freshness date to be found.

Aroma- A VERY strong Orange Soda aroma starts it off (a definite Fanta aroma, so I went in for a drink to make sure this was actually beer!). Tons of wheat follow this sweet beginning.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a very cloudy body with a dark orange, almost amber colored body. Usually pale yellow to gold. Clarity may range from brilliant to hazy with yeast approximating the German hefeweizen style of beer. Big, long-lasting white head.

Flavor- Has a ton of wheat flavor but then not much sweetness or the orange aroma that I experienced in the aroma. Very dry finish and actually, a bit of rye seems like it was brewed into it.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and then nothing special. Wheaty finish.

Overall Impression- Going in for the smell, it started off like it was going to be a killer summer beer! This all changed after the taste... Not enough body and the orange flavor almost never came up... Either way, I'm going to be sticking to my Wheach when I want a great, refreshing brew for the summer. Wouldn't mind trying this one on-tap though.

Photo of BB1313
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy dense orange, great fluffy white head and sticky lacing. It's a really good looking beer; sediment noticeable. The aromas are kind of sour. I'm picking up some citrus, especially orange. More orange peel in the flavors, along with some spices. Coriander is noticeable in the nose and flavors. Honey makes its presense known as well. The yeast is there, lacks hops. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, light, and nicely carbonated.. I just wish it was a little more crisp. Nice beer, I just wish it had more spunk.

This beer is kind of different, it's nice, but nothing special at all. Something is off in the flavors, which really hurts. It's definitely something appropriate for the warmer weather. And I will admit the more I sip, the more I enjoy.. but it's still flawed.

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy amber color; two-finger head that lingers
S: Somewhat muted, but getting peach pulp and hints of citrus and a tea.
T: Again, peach and tea with a bit of bready malt and a hint of citrus and coriander.
M: Fairly light, smooth.
O: I enjoyed just sipping this during a football game. Pleasant, and a bit of good complexity.

Photo of oline73
2.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy light amber color with two fingers of off white head. The head disappears completely leaving no trace.

Smell: Strong yeast along with citrus and spice. There is a mild tartness to it.

Taste: There is a ton of coriander in this beer. I'm picking up some citrus and wheat as well. There is a slight sourness to it, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be there, but it actually is one of my favorite parts. Not wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The sourness should have been stronger. I didn't really get this beer and I wouldn't have it again.

Photo of NotMyRealName
2.46/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The taste of coriander and orange peel is in the foreground, and the taste of beer is in the distant background. The effect was like drinking cold herbal tea in a glass that was unwashed since someone drank beer out of it. When I first poured it into a glass, I had high expectations. It's colorful in a glass. I normally have a high opinion of Arcadia Ales due to Sky High Rye, and I suppose I can give them credit for trying to be experimental with an offering such as Whitsun. I understand they may have wanted to give the center stage to coriander and orange peel, but I would preferred that stage to be shared with some bold hops.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky orange a bit of soda-pop head.

S: Not too much here. A bit of orange, some hops and slight yeast profile.

T: Orange and citrus fruits shine, the yeast makes a surprisingly clear impression. It's not too sweet at all (thank God!) and is very well rounded and balanced. It is just a little on the bland side, however.

D: Nice little extra kick from the ABV is completely unapparent. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly oily.

Overall: Won't become anyone's favorite, but this is a great little easy drinking summer ale with a decent amount of strength and at $8.50 for six 12oz cans its perfect for hiking, boating, or other summer excursions. Solid beer!

Photo of beerswamie
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this straight out of the can boo ya!

A- Very hazy, pale body like most unfiltered wheat beers.

S- A light smell of citrus

T- Light, the citrus comes out on the back end.

M- Very nice body, has a nice thickness that you can enjoy.

O- This is a very nice white beer, I think the citrus comes out a bit more than the spices but still having this from a can on a hot day is great.

Photo of lnashsig
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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 TheGordianKnot
2.18/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from can into DuPont glass.. No dating

A- Hazy, but a very deep orange color. Hints of yellow on the edges. Nice inch of white, fluffy head. Delicate lacing left behind at top of glass.

S- Strong yeasty aroma off the bat- almost belgian like? Light oranges followed heavily by a grainy, wheat smell.

T/M- Fairly bland and feel is incredibly dull. Not very good at all actually. Esters have a fruit taste, but it is fake and hot. Weird bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue. No carbonation! Slick and heavy. Just awkward feeling- its a dead liquid. Not fitting at all. I think this mouthfeel aspect is what hurts the taste as well.

O- Not at all what I thought or wanted it to be. I poured it out, not because I couldn't finish it, I just didn't want to. Not refreshing, crisp, flavorful, anything... Sad day

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A moderate pour yielded two fingers of a very active head with rather large bubbles under a top clumpy layer. The bubbles dissipated in a couple of minutes, leaving a bit of the clumpy layer up top. The body is a murky yellow-orange color with a lot of carbonation rushing up to the top.

Pine. After the pine the nose gets broader, featuring the orange, coriander and spiced bread notes.

Whoa, orange and tangerine. This is the first flavor that greets you. The pine peeks in, but only enough to balance the orange, then the spiced bread takes over. Coriander on the end is a pleasant taste that sticks with you.

It seems light bodied as it goes down so quickly and easily. It definitely dries your tongue out. Just enough carbonation to make it a quick but pleasant drink. My only gripe is that is goes so quickly.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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 FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slighly hazy yellow body with a two-finger off-white head. Not much lacing left around after the head dissipates.

Light aroma; some citrus, lemon and orange, plus a bit of grainy wheat. Not too bold.

Well now...the flavor is a little better than the aroma. Definite notes of the orange peel, spices and coriander. Borders on a witbier with the spices rather than an American Pale Wheat. Good flavor mix overall.

Easy to drink and would be a summer staple for me if I could get is regularly in my area.

Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

CAN you believe I am only the second person to review this beer from a CAN?!? Not even GrappyPunk, who sent it to me, has reviewed this particular serving type. Many thanks for the trade and always keep me in mind for new CANs.

From the CAN: "Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncompromised."; "Wheat Ale Brewed with Spices (Coriander & Orange Peel)".

The Crack & Glug was music to my ears and as the two fingers of eggshell-white head began to form, the room filled with the scent of orange zest. Drool! The color was a very cloudy orangish-amber. The nose was definitely orange peel/zest, but underlain by the spiciness of the coriander and the unmistakable lightness of ... no, not being, that is unbearable, but instead, wheat. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, which is not unusual in wheat beers and the immediate flavors were of the coriander's spiciness and the zestiness of the orange peel, followed by the sharp tartness of the wheat. This was a beer whose principal ingredients really worked well together and were exactly as advertised. Finish was light, dry, refreshing and perfect for yet another slow summer day. I would absolutely put this in my cooler, certainly during the summer, but also as a nice pick-me-up on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

Photo of qua17
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A copper-yellow in color, with a bit of head that fades away to a ring of lace.

S: The aroma is subtle and you really have to look for it. The only thing present is a trace of belgian yeast. Interesting when you consider the style.

T: The taste hints of orange that my friend describes as sherbet-like in that it's not real orange but more like the essence. It's also a bit sweet for my taste but there is a crispness in the finish. It's balanced.

O: At 6% ABV, it's got some kick but it's not a great beer. However, it's one I'd like to try again.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled-on date marked on back of neck.

Pours a hazed, honey-amber. Many chunks of stuff floating around.. perhaps I poured too hard. Much yeast sludge in bottom of bottle! An off-white head rings up and sticks. The smell is coriander and citrus zest. Taste is a whopping smack of coriander! Seriously, tons of flavor in this brew. I detect some honey. The orange peel comes through afterward, intense as well. Can't help but feel tart & thick, like OJ. A good drinker due to the supposed ingredient generosity. Nice ale.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Murky brown unfiltered color and a white frothy head due to the awesome glass and aggressive pour. Nose of citrus and spice. Quite tasty and refreshing. Slightly more flavorful than your average wheat based brew. Interesting mouthfeel. On the heavy side of refreshing. Would drink again.

Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.