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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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:
Brewed with Michigan honey.
1062 OG; 17 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002)
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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

American Pale Wheat Ale...is that the new American name for a Witbier to keep us from comparing this beer to Hooegarten? Nevermind. There are enough character here for me to think that they were intending to create a Witbier, but fell short. But, they didn't fall too short. It's tasty beer; just out of style. There are nice orange and lemon flavors, but poorly balanced with creamy malts and body building proteins (low wheat additions). The estery qualities are low other than the citrus. The yeasty / bready flavors and feel are less than desired. The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and numbing because of the light body and increased alcohol. the alcohols also taste phenolic and medicinal, but not to offend. I like the aggression in the 'American' interpretation of this beer, a better body would make all the difference.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 23:54:23 | More by BEERchitect
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice hazy golden wheat beer. I can't describe the head as it was unfortunately served with an orange (which was immediately removed). I just feel like a jackass if I ask for no lemon/orange in my beer, especially if I'm not sure if they're going to use one in the first place.
Anyway, the nose is excellent. A refreshing sweet and tart whiff of lemon, and subtle wheat/grain. Taste is good, with a sweet orange wheatiness that gives way to a malty finish. Flavors are subdued, but overall pleasing. Mouth feel is light, but good for a summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 14:49:19 | More by shivtim
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3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. The label has notches at E and 3, whatever that may mean. Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a thin foamy head. Citrusy, floral and grainy aroma. Head disappears very quick. Tart, slightly grainy, and citrusy. Some honey sweetness lingersa, along with floarl notes. Finishes with just a slight bitterness. Light body, not a bad summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 12:55:32 | More by Bierguy5
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3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia Whitsun pours with a big, loosely bubbled head and honeyed amber body. The nose is quite fruity with apples and honey along with a very strong and cloying yeast note. On the palate, a significant acidity rises up first, followed by some fruits and then a very odd (for a wheat beer) nutty malt note. The overall impression is of a slightly weird German wheat beer, with less clove and bubblegum esters and a bit more malt. Plus that yeasty aroma and taste, although I'm not sure if that's intentional here.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 22:14:09 | More by geexploitation
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4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a rare proof that "American wheat" does not have to mean bland and insipid. Very fresh malt flavor, without any bready or cracker notes. Some lightly fruity flavors that did not call to mind any particular fruit, but, rather, a general "fruityness" that rode along the malt. Some slightly acidic tartness in the finish cleaned up nicely. Not a beer that makes a big commotion, but, when it is done, you are sorry to see it gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 21:25:15 | More by Brent
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New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my first Arcadia brew, and hopefully the others I have waiting to be sampled are more appealing than this one as I was definitely underwhelmed by this very average brew.

It pours a lackluster golden colour that is a touch watery. the head is white as can be and doesn't hang around for long.

The aroma is the only thing that was somewhat above average here: it is a light wheat, yeast sweet lemon combination.

Flavour continues with this but with the yeast taking a back seat to the wheat and especially the sweet fruit flavour, which is way too dominant throughout each sip of this one. Mouthfeel is somewhat light bodied and undercarbonated.

Would I have this one again? Possibly, but it wouldn't be high up on the list. You could do much worse, but there are tons of Pale Wheat Ales better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 17:00:55 | More by guinness33
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Hazy pale yellow-orange body, heavy on the yellow. Pure white level foam head starts at three fingers but decays extremely rapidly. In fact, in less bright lighting, the beer quickly took on the appearance of a long standing ice tea.

Very faint aroma of lemon in a very vacant nose.

Light, "wheaty" start, hint of lemon. Nasty sour twang in the finish.

After the first minute or so, mouthfeel is basic flat.

Flat and sour equals poor drinkablity in a wheat ale.

No way to make a first impression.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 23:00:36 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $7.99 for a six pack. The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a nice hazy peach coloration. The head was a short lived creamy white coloration.

Smell: The yeastyness of the beer drives the smell. The beer has a nice sweet wheat roll smell. This is bolstered up by citrus and peppery coriander.

Taste: The beer is driven by astringent yeast and sweet wheat. The beer has the undertone of pepper and citrus.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer could use a bit more carbonation. This is a ok beer drink; however I will not buy this beer again. There are all kinds of other great wheat beers available.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 01:09:01 | More by nlmartin
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3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly lazy peach/gold color with a vigorously thick head that dissipates slowly. This actually began overflowing the bottle as soon as I opened it. Thin wisps of laacing. The aroma is mildly malty with a bit of floral hops and fruit. Light-bodied with citrusy hops and wheat flavors. The finish is crisp and fruity with a yeast/wheat aftertaste. Light and straightforward, it’s a decent summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 20:29:31 | More by Dogbrick
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2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Holy orange creamsicle! This beer pours a hazy orange/yellow with a small head that quickly collapses.

It both smells and tastes exatically like an orange creamsicle! Sure, in the taste there is a slight powdery hint of corriander at the back with perhaps a twing of (hop?) bitterness.

Most unusual. I could see myself enjoying one of these on a sunny day . . . but never more than one. Heck, I can barely complete the 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 23:15:46 | More by shbobdb
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4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

One of the first really warm and sunny days this spring in Michigan make me reach for the Whitsun. Whitsun is gold to copper in color and hazy. Peaches and wheat aromas are present along with a faint honey sweetness. Honey wheat and a light citrusy sweet taste. This one goes down so easy, it is very refreshing and highly drinakable. Low carbonation with a medium body. A great seasonal that I love to enjoy with some barbecued chicken in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 18:53:53 | More by hoppymeal
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4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with moderate head. Has a light wheat mixed with citrus taste. This beer was really refreshing and delicious and was hard to stop drinking it. Reminded me a lot of Bell's Oberon. If you like that beer you will like this one. Oberon is only brewed April- October. This is my alternative for this style November- March.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 23:21:17 | More by nota
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New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a hazy dark brown color. The head quickly fades down to nothing. Sour yeast aroma with a lot of citrus. Flavors of nuts, caramel, and especially lemon and honey. This beer is almost like iced tea in flavor. There is very little hop flavor, nor anything else to combat the fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium. The weird flavors make finishing a glass of this beer a chore.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 20:01:59 | More by beveragecaptain
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 02:44:56 | More by Sammy
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3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1st smell - I can't put my finger on the distinct smell of this brew. Very unique, a good smell; maybe some oranges.
1st taste - This beer had a good taste. Some wheat flavor in the first sip. Similar to a Blue Moon, but this one was a little more bitter. Maybe some more hops in this than Blue Moon. Surprising to me, there was a strong presence of alcohol in the aftertaste. The beer is only 6.1%, so that seemed a little strange. Nonetheless, this was a good beer, and I would like to drink another.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 15:27:33 | More by Applesauce1
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2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The date-box on the side of the bottle looks like its notched Feb 5. This is July 13, must have been sitting in the store for a while.
It pours a nice golden bronze color. A nice soft brown shade. The head is, well I guess there isnt one. This one is screaming for more carbonation. It smells malty and sweet, and I notice a hint of citrus fruits lingering in the background. The taste doesnt quite seem what I expected. I dont believe this is true to the style. Its way too sweet, but the tart taste at the end of the sip is nice. It leaves a syrupy feel in my mouth after the drink. I dont really notice much flavor similar to a wheat ale. Not necessarily a bad beer, but I'm a little dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 12:39:29 | More by jasonpeckins32
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2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Darked than your average APWA, still has a cool lighting effect that almost makes the beer seem to glow a dark amber color. Head is not there, very odd for a Wheat beer. Smell is lightly sweet, with bread dough, light citrus, and some floral hops. Taste is plenty hoppy, but this is missing some of the essential flavors that a APWA must have. Not much of a banana flavor, not a lot of cloves, tastes more like an amber ale. Mouthfeel is too thick and muddied for the style, needs to be lighter and more crisp. Not a bad beer in any sense of the word just didn't find the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 15:56:02 | More by TastyTaste
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2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 23:54:48 | More by ADR
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3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

English Pale malt, Belgian Munich Malt, Wheat Malt, Michigan honey and Hallertau hops.

Pours clear honey amber - then a swirl of the last of the 12 oz un dated bottle brings a billious cloud of yeast to turn it murky. Aroma is butterscotch, malt and yeast. Mouthfeel is light. Taste citric acid provides a nice almost lemon tange. Unusal - not al all what I expected. I would like to try some others from Arcadia B

Thanks to HopHeadKen for trading his Indianna and Michigan brews for some Missouri locals.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 16:07:13 | More by karst
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2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy orangish color, with a moderate amount of head. At first sniff, something seemed a little weird, but I couldn't quite figure it out. It tasted fine, with a bite of citrus in it, but nothing remarkable. Upon further sips, a strange buttery aroma always hit my nose before the beer hit my tongue. Once the beer was in my mouth, it tasted fine, but that weird greasy smell completely put me off. I managed to drink it, but not very pleasurably.

My sister-in-law, upon one sip, proclaimed that drinking it was like "licking bark". Anyhow, I won't bother with this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 02:04:51 | More by MDekker
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3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A solid orange color, under a fine, whitish head, with numerous micro, and some not so-micro-scopic "floaties" zipping about...yikes!
Aroma: odd. fruity, peach and nectarine, apricot, but it feels a touch plastic, rubbery...caramelly...reminds me of certain NW hops, but put to strange use...
something ill-fitting in this nose. Enough, let's taste...
That plastic/rubber thing I can't put my finger on is there again, in the taste...might be the yeast they use, but it dominates the texture of this brew.
Full-bodied, big -time fruit, mucho maltiness, not much from hops, an easy traveller over the esophagus...but lacks something...drinks easy, for sure, but misses ...I don't know...character? That's what I'll call it...
not bad, actually, just needs some ZING! to make me, or anyone with taste, stand up and salute. As it is, it ain't happenin'...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 10:05:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Oak Cafe, niiice.

Pours a medium orange, semi-clear with absolutely no head at all, appeared flat but carbonation was there in the mouthfeel, albeit lightly. There is hardly any nose to this at all, very difficult to pick anything that really stands out, it just smells like fresh beer if that makes any sense. Taste is very banana laden, quite sweet, almost one-dimensionally so. Quite a nice warm weather beer, very light and refreshing but just a bit one dimensional. Well crafted however, I'd say this definatly gives Oberon a run for it's money.


Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2005 04:27:53 | More by Gaisgeil
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4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger head and little lacing.

Scent is sweet malts, orange-ish, yeast, moderate spice and alcohol.

Taste follows the nose, but not exactly. Starts out with sweet malts a bit of orange, spicey hop all with nice balance. It starts out almost too sweet then the hops absolutely balance this superbly, nice. It finishes with a spicey dry sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth. The carbination seems to be just right for this beer.

Drinkability is above average for me. It is easy going down and refreshing. This is one of my favorite seasonals. I look for it each spring and it never dissapoints me. This is a staple in my fridge during the warm Michigan months.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 02:55:14 | More by trumick
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4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 21:37:45 | More by soper2000
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3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent amberish orange with a pale butter colored head that's a bit too dense to be called frothy. The cap persists reasonably well and leaves no more than thin, tattered sheets of lace. The nose is sweet, grain-like and more hoppy than expected. I can appreciate the honey portion of the orange blossom honey, but not the orange. Although it's a bit weak, it's acceptable for the style.

Like the nose, the flavor is sweeter than expected. Whitsun is fairly well-balanced with toasted grain offset by gently bitter hops. It's a bit more assertive than most pale wheats in my experience, as if it contains much more barley malt than wheat malt. As I continue to sip, I'm beginning to appreciate notes of lightly spiced sour apple. This is a good summer quaffer if you like them firm and flavorful.

Arcadia Whitsun isn't a head turner, but it is a solid semi-wheat ale that I could drink by the gallon on a lazy summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 16:37:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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