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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | 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 beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured moderate golden-sunset orange color with a light fluffy white head. Lots of visible carbonation

S: Huge lemony aroma.

T: Slight sourness upfront with loads of oranges/tangerines in flavor. crisp, spicy and very citrusy. Nice tang and lemon lacing on the tongue. like this beer the more I drink it. The beer finished with some honey sweetness, and citrus (oranges).

M: Mouthful was moderate per style, nice level of carbonation.

D: Ok if nothing else available per style, otherwise just a moderately average wit.

Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a ruddy, dark-orange, bronze-like colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating...
Strong aroma replete with oranges, nectarines, tangerines, citrus, and florals...
The taste strongly complemented the aroma along with a noticeable kick of alcohol thrown into the mix... At 6.2%, this is a little stronger than the average depiction of the style...
Mouthfeel was alright, but seemed spicy and slightly watered-down...
Drinkability was also not bad, but I definitely wouldn't make this a session beer...
All in all, a strong, flavorful representation of the style, but not Arcadia's best...

Photo of orangemoustache
2.51/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-hazy orange with a creamy looking head that dissapates quickly leaving behind some spotty lacing

S-citrus,spice and fragrant dish soap

T-to much artifical tangarine like flavors for me it's hard to get past the solvent flavors and overwhelming sweetness

M-sticky,syrupy,and thin,with low carbonation that is all but completly gone about half way through

D-I've enjoyed others from Arcadia that were well above average,this one was a dissapointment for me,on to the next

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin head that becomes patchy. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is fruity - esp. orange with some melon. Toasted wheat and maybe a hint of coriander mix in.

The taste is very fruity - esp. orange with toasty, though doughy wheat. Alcohol peaks through in the finish.

Light-bodied in a pretty crisp way.

Unusual. Unique - a fruity wheat ale with a pinch higher abv than usual for style. Worth checking out for a different spin on a summer brew, but I can't say I'm crazy about it.

Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the terrific Galena River Wine and Cheese last weekend. It pours a cloudy orange body topped by two dense fingers of white head, with minimal lacing on the pint glass. Orange and some honey protrude toward the nose, with a small snoot full of bready malt close behind. Orange and grapefruit rule the taste buds of this sweet pale wheat. It's rather refreshing in the middle of March. i can only imagine how good this would be on a hot summer day near the barbecue.

A good, straightforward pale wheat, fruit and smooth, very drinkable. This won't knock off the socks, but it should be easy as pie to kick back and enjoy a few of these without thinking twice. Recommended.

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

Pours a foggy amber. Nose is slight woody caramel. Syrupy kind of character to it. Flavor is tangy in a wood kind of way. Hits my mouth and makes me go "eck". A bit more body than I would expect, but there it is. Slight bitter tone. Feel is thicker on the liquid with a decent carbonation. I have an announcement to make. I hate this style. I hate it, hate it, hate it. I don't think there is one beer of this style that I tried that I liked. (Okay, that's not true. Blue Star by North Coast and White Gold by Ithaca were good, but way different than the 11 others that I do not like at all) But hey, this beer is overall pretty decent I guess. I just wouldn't mind never drinking another Pale Wheat Ale in my life; except Gumballhead.

Photo of jackorain
2.27/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

That is one scary Sun Face on this bottle.

A-Cloudy, light brown 1/4 inch head from aggressive pour fell to a splotchly coat and collar. It is interesting that from the same variety 12-pack, I get this undercarb effect on this one and others were gushers.

S-Yeasty, bready, orangeade, fruity, spicy, not terrible,

T-not very complex, bready, yeasty and imitation orange flavors.

M-prickly carbonation and flat at the same time, thin and watery

D-Unfortunately, this was one a very few dumps for me, I just couldn't finish it.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and there are some isolated spots of lacing. Body is a cloudy gold with orange highlights.

Smell - Citrusy wheat malt, barley soda crackers, melons, peaches, slight hint of apricots, some honey, slight whiff of cloves.

Taste - exactly as promised by the nose. Citrusy wheat malt, barley soda crackers, melons, peaches and apricots, all washed through with a slight taste of cloves, as well as a small amount of grassy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly "fluffy" feeling, which is from the honey (I think), and slightly semi-dry at times.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, certainly not a great one, but it is a rather unique take on wheat ales, and something I'd enjoy on hot summer days every so often.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Dispensed form a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy orange colored beer emerges and is topped my a minimal white head that almost immediately disappears and leaves no sign of lacing or evidence there was beer in the glass. Head becomes a slight film on top of the beverage.

Aroma is mostly malty and somewhat fruity. Melons are the predominant aroma. No sign of wheat.

Slightly citrusy and mildly grassy in the flavor profile. Again, big on the malts. Some wheat flavors make an appearance but are overshadowed by more fruitiness and esters.

Nice mouthfeel; medium bodied. Low on carbonation and sticky on the palate. Decent beer. Cant say this is my favorite in the style. Certainly quaffable but wouldnt be hurt if this was the only one I tried.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This Beer pours a golden/orange, has a very thin head with little retention and some very thin lacing. The aroma is of honey and oranges, while the taste has a hint of clove and a spicyness thats hard to place (possibly the yeast). This beer is medium bodied and is easy to drink.

Reflection: This is a fair wheat beer at best. U.S. brewers never seem to make them as well as they do overseas.

Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've lived in Michigan for over a year and this is my first Whitsun. Not quite as ubiquitous as Oberon during the warmer months, I still see it on-tap fairly often.

Hazy, pulpy orange copper body with effervescent carbonation topped by a cumulus cloud of beige-white head with flecks of brown yeasties. Bottle conditioned it seems. Nose of light citrus, chamomile, grains of paradise, herbal perfume, and honeyish malt. Spritzy, sparkly mouthfeel reveals soft bready malts and estery banana fruitiness. Toasted malts and citrusy, spicy hops provide good balance. More esters and light honey sweetness in an otherwise yeasty, citrus bitter finish. Not bad, and a worthy adversary for Oberon.

Photo of gmfessen
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, dark golden-yellow color with a huge foamy head that crackles like Rice Krispies in milk. The smell is slightly sweet; primarily pale malts and wheat with honey and a spicy yeast note. The taste starts out sweet with the honey and pale malts coming to the forefront, maybe a hint of citrus, followed quickly by a hoppy bitterness and a slight alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light, creamy carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty drinkable and the alcohol is fairly well covered, only really noticeable in the aftertaste. Nothing outstanding but a very solid offering.

Photo of becktone
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: I've seen much better wheats. This one has a small poor head and isn't as cloudy as one would expect for an unfiltered wheat. Color is orange with light yellow highlights. Not impressed with the head retention, head formation and lacing on this brew.

Nose: Overall weak aroma. Some sweetness from the malts- caramel, also some fruity notes, little bit of honey aroma as well. Not too much going on with the hops. This brew doesn't have all that complex of an aroma nor is it very potent.

Tongue: Not too complex on the palate either. Here we've got a nice simple average wheat brew. Caramel notes take the most dominant position on the palate. Also some honey notes, wheat character is also there. Pretty clean all in all. Slight alcohol taste/warming sensation.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light bodied and higher levels of carbonation are what one expects from this style and you'll find it here. Slight warming sensation from alcohol. Also a semi-dry finish. This is easy to drink, however I'd much rather have Oberon in my hand. It could be refreshing but there's nothing all that special about it to make me want to purchase it again.

Photo of GRPunk
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A- I poured a hazy golden orange with a 1 finger white head. There was medium to high carbonation and medium lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer was quite subtle. I picked up mostly citrus scents.

T- The bulk of the flavor was citrus (lemon). I could pick up the honey and some other flavors in the background (perhaps corriander or grains of paradise?)

M- The mouthfeel was a little fizzy from the carbonation paired with a little hop tingle.

D- An easy drinking summer beer.

Overall- I think this is a good alternative to some of the more popular American wheats. It is a little sweeter than most, but not overpowering.

Photo of bunnyhustle
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Scored on a recent visit to Michigan. Had several there but saved one to take back for review. Copper color with no head and no lace, nice an cloudy like a wheat beer should be. Smells of malt and spices with a touch of bread. Taste is mainly malt and some fruit but not too distinguishable. Has a pleasant, but strangely dry, aftertaste. Slightly creamy feel to it. Although its not a great beer, it wasnt hard to put a couple away at a time while on vacation. Worth a try, just dont expect too much.

Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and wheat malt scent along with a dry, honey aroma. I hear this is made with honey. The yeast is right in the forefront as usual. It's fruity and a bit stale smelling. The taste is average. It has a very dry honey flavor that is wrapped around a base of pale and wheat malts. It's fruity and warming in the finish. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is one for the drawing board. These guys need some new yeast. The character this one gives off is terrible. It ruins every beer.

Photo of JoeyHotrod
2/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of the stranger beers I've had in awhile, and wasn't a huge fan.

The color is orange with a nearly nonexistent head, Little to no lace is left while drinking.

The smell is just plain strange. Reminds me of a tangerine or something. Not what I would classify as a nice smell.

The taste is sour, but not a pleasant sour. I love sour beers, especially Flanders Red and Lambics.. but this is just not good. Digging through the sour taste, I'm able to pick up slight hints of tropical fruit and apple.. but that's all I'm going to pick on up... as this is the rare drain pour.

It always pains me greatly to waste a beer, but this is borderline undrinkable. Hopefully nothing more than a bad bottle...

Have yet to try GumballHead, but this is no Oberon.

I won't be coming back to this one.

Photo of scoobybrew
1.85/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This was poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler. It has an orange-like deep golden color with a decent head that dissipates pretty quickly for a wheat beer. The aroma is strongly fruity with traces of wheat malt. The flavor is overwhelmingly peach-like with a strong grapefruit-like finish. It has a smooth medium body with high carbonation.

I had a sip of my wife's Whitsun at the Michigan Beer Festival and I don't remember it like this. The flavors associated don't indicate any sort of infection or oxidation, so I have to assume this bottle is 'okay'. Honestly, this is the worst beer I've had in a while, but it's not bad enough to make me pour it down the drain out of respect for beer. I suppose if you're into strongly fruity fruit beers this would be to your liking.

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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 clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a medium head that has ok retention and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of yeast character along with some fruit, but not as much banana or clove as expected. The flavor has some clove and other fruitiness and finishes with a spiciness either from the yeast or from the hops. The body is medium and the drinkability is good. This is a nice wheat beer, but I prefer the real ones over the American versions.

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

Color is a bright honey-yellow. It's hazy, yet plenty of light comes on through. Thin head disappears almost instantly. The color itself though is gorgeous.

Has a sweet, wheat smell. The smell is very flowery. Some yeast aroma also creeps on up in there. There is a hint of apricot and berry. To smell a great deal takes quite the inhale.

The taste is sour almost like a white wine. The flavor is considerably more pungent than the smell. Heavy Belgian bitter at the swallow. Unexpected strong Belgiany (sour/pungent) taste. Not like a wit at all; much more like a saison.

The feel is a bit fizzy and bubbly. Almost champagne-like. But also smooth (thankfully). It's not really a wit, but a saison. Bubbly, fizzy, sour, pungent, yet surprisingly smooth.

Photo of katan
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark color - looks good for a pale ale. Small mount of carbonation head.

S: I can detect a strong smell - a spicy smell that could be from the hops.

T: Its a fairly bitter tasted ale - I do taste a hint of some form of banana flavors.

M: Fairly carbonated - has a bit of a bite.

D: Good change of pace for a couple of beers.

This is fairly similar to an American Pale Ale I homebrewed a few years back. It had a high amount of bittering hops, followed by some dry hopping. That might correlate to its overall IBU level.

Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/ honey color. Head disappeared fast, but that could be my fault for all I know, because the aroma was fresh and bready with a very slight toffee aspect. The flavor is bready, tart, crisp with a little acidity, and finishes the same with a tiny bit of citric hops - tiny -not even sure about it. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is great for warm weather.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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 BMoney575
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 6-11-07

Pours a nice orange/amber color with a fizzy head that bubbles away quickly.

Smell is very fruity with a little Belgian. Slightly yeasty and a little sour with light spice aromas.

Taste has a lot of wheat and breadiness up front, with a nice spicy hop finish. Very well-mixed flavors leave a smooth and tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, strong carbonation makes it quite refreshing.

Drinkability is very good, light and smooth and well-balanced. Right on the line of being a witbier, it's very flavorful for the style and recommended.

Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.