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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a cloudy golden with an orange hue. Minimal head, with no retention,or lacing to speak of. Smell is of fruit,and spice. Taste is sweet fruit,and candy up front with a spicy finish.The higher ABV come through nicely in the taste. A bit differant,but really good. Recommended.

05-25-2007 00:17:52 | More by riversider76
Photo of zeff80


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Poured out a hazy orange/gold color with a small, short-lived head. No lace.

S - It smelled of spice , wheat and yeast.

T - It tasted of wheat, clove, some honey and a little spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - A good pale wheat. I like the touch of honey. It adds a good sweet quality.

05-14-2007 02:02:36 | More by zeff80
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%

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!!

04-17-2007 19:28:26 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Higravity


3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Imagine my surprise when a place around the corner had this beer on Nitrogen tap. Well it had a real nice pour of cascading churned golden beauty with a slight haze as it finally stopped churning. The head was large and full thanks to the N-pour. The smell was some what more muted but I think this may have been due partly to the beer gas as it had that smell, but there was still a residual sweetness of malt. The flavor was soft and wheaty with notes of citrus and subtle bits that could have been from the honey or the yeast. The mouthfeel was creamy but also light and refreshing. Easy to drink anytime of the year. BTW this was at the Pickle Barrel in Willis, MI.

02-12-2007 14:44:34 | More by Higravity
Photo of schusterbauer


2.03/5  rDev -41.8%

a -- dark yellow, to light orange in color, lots of head (foam came rushing out of the bottle as soon as it was opened)

s -- smells pretty much like your average wheat beer, with some odd tangy and cinnamon notes

t -- ugh. tastes like someone poured a bud, and then ever so lovingly mixed in an overly ripe orange, and a cinnamon pop tart.

m -- mouthfeel is fine. average.

d -- never again.

01-26-2007 13:50:25 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of scruffwhor


3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

A more dark, pale yellow hue than most American pale wheat elas. More amber thab yellow even. Not a great head of any kind. Just normal. Very little bubbling and no lacing at all. The aroma hints at more of a tart Belgian ale than a Ami wheat or even s witbier. the atste is mildly tart, This is ok becasue it's so differebt from what I'm used too. Probably won't buy again.

11-22-2006 08:20:28 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

Hazy, sandy colored, topped with a quickly depleted head. Spicy aroma, citrusy, though it comes off as lemon more than orange. A little bit of that honey feel. Is this expired? Ah, I see they added honey to the mix. The flavor is mostly dry, chalky wheat malt, with some citrusy, honeyed notes into the finish. Citrusy fruitiness, minimal hoppage, finishing very dry. A little bit phenolic. Very spritzy, bouyant carbonation. Medium to full bodied. It's alright, but nothing I'd get again.

10-06-2006 10:58:14 | More by UnionMade
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

08-22-2006 01:25:06 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

It pours a slightly hazy, warm gold. A finger of white head dwindles rapidly to a slim terrain of froth. Slippery lacing slides down the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a very light malt sweetness, distantly fruity in a berry way. An equally faraway floral hop aura whispers.

Upon tasting, there's a continuation of the light toasted grain theme, with a wispy tease of caramel and indistinct fruit. A flighty air of mildly peppery hops drafts through, with muted spice and gentle bitterness. A touch of grain sweetness reappears near the close before more soft hop bitterness lingers gingerly in the finish. It's almost ethereal, and unremarkable, but it is rather pleasant.

Light bodied, the hops glow a bit and the grain coats well enough to leave a trace of legacy behind.

While I might forget about this once it's finished, it is nice enough while I'm drinking it. It's like the perfect intelligence operative- it doesn't stand out, and it mixes right into the crowd. That said, the mainstream, basic nature makes it drinkable enough. I'll finish it with a smile, and then let the few details fade.

08-21-2006 16:54:57 | More by Foxman
Photo of watermelonman


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

08-17-2006 06:28:08 | More by watermelonman
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


2.4/5  rDev -31.2%

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.

08-07-2006 04:19:10 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of beermanbrian


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

Purchased at the brewery about 2 months ago.

Cloudy yellow/orange color with a nice 2 finger head. Head holds itself together nicely but leaves almost no lacing (kind of weird actually). Tons of carbonation bubbles flowing to the top. None of the floaties that others have mentioned. Really a nice looking beer. Smell is sweet citrus - apricots specifically. Taste also gives a blast of citrus, this is really the most noticable apricot flavor i've ever had in a beer. Finishes with a definate sour note to it. Nice feel in the mouth. Overall I was pleasantly suprised based on the other reviews i saw, maybe buying brewery fresh is the way to go with this one. The sourness starts to get old about half way through the glass but not enough to ruin an overall good impression. A very one dimensional beer and not world class by any means but one I would certainly try again on a hot summer day. Overall is has a somewhat refreshing taste to it.

07-24-2006 01:06:25 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

bought a bottle at world market in lanisng, michigan. ($1.49 for 12 oz)
pours a deep copper color with a off-white head that was very persistent, beer is a little darker than what i would expect from a wheat ale.
the aroma was very wheatie, little bit of wood.
the flavor was fruity with a hint of apples, carmelized malt, thick not what i expect in a wheat but it is good.

07-03-2006 16:41:09 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of hanco005


2.45/5  rDev -29.8%

12 oz bottle, I couldn’t find the date anywhere, poured into a weissen glass

A—pours hazy deep amber with no head, just mild fizz coming up from the bottom of the glass, some sediment rests on the bottom, too, no lacing is produced, either

S—wheat, citrus hops, butterscotch, orange, very sour, faint alcohol is there too

T—very sour, orange is strongest, tart and tangy, too much so for my taste, I don’t like this

M—slippery and slick, medium bodied, mild carbonation

D—it’s too sour, tart and tangy for me. I think I will avoid it in the future.

07-03-2006 14:28:10 | More by hanco005
Photo of ZAP


3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Not a bad American Style Wheat....definitely features a sweeter taste and aroma profile...the nose is fruity and floral...sweet.

You can taste the honey added to this...slightly cloying...lighter bodied but almost a little too sticky sweet for my liking in a summer beer....the more I drink this, the more I am glad I bought just one...too sweet and sticky for me, but it does have some flavor which is more than can be said about most beers of this style..

06-22-2006 22:52:39 | More by ZAP
Photo of BEERchitect


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

06-19-2006 23:54:23 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of shivtim


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

06-11-2006 14:49:19 | More by shivtim
Photo of Bierguy5


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

06-10-2006 12:55:32 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of geexploitation


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

06-08-2006 22:14:09 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Brent


4.1/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

06-07-2006 21:25:15 | More by Brent
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

06-04-2006 17:00:55 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -42.7%

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.

06-01-2006 23:00:36 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of nlmartin


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

05-25-2006 01:09:01 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Dogbrick


3.28/5  rDev -6%

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.

05-04-2006 20:29:31 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of shbobdb


2.9/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

04-29-2006 23:15:46 | More by shbobdb
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