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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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456 Ratings
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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 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.

GRPunk, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

bunnyhustle, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

WesWes, Aug 13, 2007
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.

JoeyHotrod, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
1.8/5  rDev -48.4%
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.

scoobybrew, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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

russpowell, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of clvand0
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

clvand0, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

williamherbert, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of katan
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

katan, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

dedrinker, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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.

Billolick, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

BMoney575, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of daburtman
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a single bottle at premier gourmet

has a alittle bit of a kick to the beer the aftertaste does have a bitter/spicyness, i enjoy the citrus taste for it and a really nice flavor to it. does have a bit of a spicey kick to it, but its a very refresing beer and i would definately recommend it. overall a good one.

daburtman, May 25, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

riversider76, May 25, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

zeff80, May 14, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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!!

NJpadreFan, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Higravity, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
2.03/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

schusterbauer, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

scruffwhor, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

UnionMade, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Foxman, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

watermelonman, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beermanbrian, Jul 24, 2006
Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.