Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 13
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
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Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

Our smooth wheat beer is light in color and body…perfect for those looking for a lighter taste. The combination of wheat and barley gives Apricot Wheat a different malt character than our other ales. The hint of apricot gives this beer a pleasant nose and fruity finish.
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Ratings: 781 | Reviews: 263
Reviews by cjoc83:
Photo of cjoc83
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale straw/gold color with a fingers worth of soapy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Sweet apricots are the dominant smell, accompanied by candied sugar, a little grainy wheat, and cotton candy. Smells pretty good.

The taste doesn't really follow through with the promise of the nose. Some fake, sweet tasting fruit up front followed by a lot of grain and not much else. Very one-note, almost zero complexity. Not horrible, but definitely not enjoyable. And where's the wheat?

High carbonation with a weird, unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall, not too impressed. I haven't had this in a quite a while, and decided to add it to a mixed six the other day because I remembered actually liking this brew back in the day. Not so much anymore. Smells pretty great but the flavor profile just isn't there. I'll get down on some Flower Power all day, but I definitely won't be drinking this stuff anymore.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only non macro or big import served at the bar at Belhurst Castle so I gave it a try even though not a huge fan of apricot brews,poures a somewhat hazy straw with no head to speak of poured two bottles and no head in either looked flat.A big canned apricot aroma going on (like a few others noted) with some toasted graininess,taste is like sweeteded apricots and and toasted malt even more of the latter in the finish and aftertaste,went down quite easy.Not bad for an apricot ale have had better I let my wife normally drink these.

Photo of Marty
2.69/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like apricots. I like wheat beer. I figured I'd like this beer. I didn't, really.

Poured a sunset gold hue with minimal head that was quick to fizzle out. Smells sweeter than I expected. I guess I was expecting something a little more subtle, like my old pal Numero Nueve. This beer, however, had a strong syrupy smell and taste. I could drink a couple of these on a hot summer day if they were really cold, but I wouldn't otherwise choose this beer again. The syrupy mouthfeel is reminiscent of Wachusett's blueberry ale, which I find to be revolting. The wheat beer foundation in this guy is solid enough that the syruposity is somewhat masked, but overall it's just not a very balanced beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating, pry off cap, new graphics. Pours a dull, semi cloudy light golden/apricot. Nose is perfumy, fruity and sweet. Apricot present, in the flavor profile, but its sort of candied in nature...tastes too sweet, and not all that natural, and also a bit watery in the mid section. Expensive lawn mower beer, at best

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.12/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into my new SA glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap

Slightly hazy,yellowy golden color with a thin white head not good for a wheat. Constaint streams of small bubbles rising from the center of the glass, but no stringing.

Musty, apricot smell,yeasty and perfumy.

Syrupy apricot taste,candy-like,grainy with a bitter apricot aftertaste after the finish.

Light,very grainy,very rough for what should be a light beer. Feels like cough syrup in the mouth. Not a beer i would want to drink again.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a hefe glass. best before FEB notched on the label.

pours out a golden slight yellow color, just a touch cloudy with a one finger of creamy white head that faded to a 1/8 inch retentive layer. no lacing to speak of.

the aroma is almost all apricot, kind of putrid artificial smelling.

again lots of artificial apricot, bits of wheat as an after thought. like another reviewer mentioned, it tastes rotted, not very appealing.

light body, assertive carbonation. harsh tasting finish.

its easily drinkable, but not for me, i wouldnt want another. i could not recommend this, too one dimensional and artificial. kind of a shame because ithaca usually brings it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange tinted with a slight haze bright white head fades rather quickly. Aromatics have a nice earthy almost nutty apricot pit like note, mild citrus background with sharp wheat. Flavor has American wheat with apricot extract written all over it, decent fruit beer my mom and my wife both dig this one alot more than I do. Again that earthy apricot pit shows up in the finish almost as a lingering bitterness to replace the low hop additions I guess. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation nothing to write home about overall drinkability, I'm sure this one is going down much smoother in the summer months.

Photo of mocktm
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange colored golden hue, almost like a syrup like consistency in appearance. Little head and minimal lacing to match.

Candied fruit on the nose, most notably apricot, obviously, with hints of lemon and tangerine. Wheat characteristics are detectable as well, although very muted by the fruit.

Very tangy with a bit of a sour kick throughout. As with the nose, a lot of citrus fruit presence with the faintest hint of hops in the back. The apricot is almost too overwhelming for my tastes; this is supposed to be a wheat beer with fruit accents, but it tastes almost like a spiked cider.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with abundant carbonation. A bit of a syrup like quality as well. Finishes crisp, dry and clean.

Overall, the apricot flavor seems extracted and fake, completely overbearing any other present flavors. Interesting to try, but horrendously balance and just not my thing.

Photo of DagFishHead
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Strikingly clear, golden-straw body for a wheat bear. Voluminous champagne fizziness in a white head that fades very quickly leaving no lace.
Smell: Intense apricot, like a hard apricot cider. No detectable malt in the nose, which has a faint breadiness.
Taste: Full-on apricot sweet-tartness overpowers any wheat/yeast characteristics which may be present. Faint caramel malt background.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, bubbly. Tart apricot pucker that is really the only finish. No detectable hopping or citrus to dry the aftertaste.
Drinkability: A litle too malternative for me. Needs more ale character. Probably nice well chilled on a hot summer day.

Photo of ggaughan
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very pale, clear yellowish color with a medium white head that disapates very quickly. The aroma is very floral with strong notes of apricot and a bit jammy. The taste definitely apricot but not a whole lot more, some wheat notes. This beer is very light and easy to drink but not very complex.

Photo of jmz62565
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a very light yellow straw with a smallish white head that disappears quickly. The smell is very strong with apricots and bakers yeast along with a strong nut aroma. The smells are so strong that they have to be artificial. If you sniff this for any length of time it can even get alittle sickning. It's not bad in small dosages,but I don't think I've ever smelled a beer as strong as this. The taste is like the smell only not as strong. This is all apricot, nuts ,and "bisquits". The m/f is light with the strong flavors not mixing all that well. This isn't a bad beer, it's just too strong. If Ithaca made a more subdued version , this would be much better. I had a hard time finishing one.

Photo of asabreed
2.67/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass at The Ale House in Vestal.

Appearance: Fizzy yellow. Hardly any head or retention. A few bubbles floating up.

Smell: Apricot syrup, mild wheat, and buttered popcorn.

Taste: Big buttered popcorn oddness, with some apricot flavor, a lot of sweetness, and mild soft wheat. Not very good, and with a weird feigned finish of the aforementioned.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and watery with an off-the-mark spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: I had some of this after the Flower Power, which I loved. This seems pretty mass marketed with not much quality attached, however, and it seems like another fruit beer marketed for people who want to drink beer but don't want to have it taste like beer. That's of course fine in some respects. Like what you like. But I wouldn't try this again, fruit beer or otherwise.

Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/4" head which fades quickly. Nose is apricot and wheat. Taste is very weak apricot and mild wheat. Highly carbonated, light bodied, and dry.

Not a bad summer beer if you're looking for something light and sessionable, but I'll pass in the future.

Photo of socon67
3.79/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Orange pour with a white foam head that settled. No lacing of note. Slight carbonation.

S - Strong smell of apricots, similar to Snapple peach tea. It slightly overwhelms the grain aroma. Sugary sweet smell.

T - Sweet flavor of apricot in sugar syrup and light wheat. Easily a summer favorite, this quenches the thirst and gives some nod to your sweet tooth.

M - Slightly syrup thick. Leaves a sugary coating in the mouth.

O - Good summer beer and for those that enjoy strong fruit flavor.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back by my mom from a trip to Ithaca. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Ithaca pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger coarse white head that disintegrates. Beer is a muddy, unappetizing orange-yellow. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Fresh apricot is very aromatic and tart. A slight bit of yeastiness in the background and not much else. Simple but rather refreshing.

T: Starts off watery with a bland wheatiness. Tart apricot towards the middle that intensifies a bit but fades rather quickly. Wheaty spiciness at the end right before the finish which is semi-dry. Aftertaste is slightly grainy apricot pit.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, and thin and watery in the mouth. Slightly dry finish. Aftertaste is messy and grainy but does not linger.

D: A session beer for sure but definitely not the most interesting or flavorful. Just really plain in every aspect of the word. Its drinkable for sure when there's nothing better around but I don't see myself reaching for it if I have other choices.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Typical goldenrod hue as one would expect from a wheat beer

S - Fruity. The apricot is prevalent.

T - Holy Apricot Batman!! If you like apricots, this won't disappoint. Not overpowering, but if you read the label, you know what to expect.

M - Quite carbonated despite the whole hefe appearance. Very pleasant. Teh mouthfeel to me was the best aspect of this beer.

D - Very drinkable and inviting. Very enjoyable.

Although the apricot flavor can be powerful, its a very nice beer. I can see myself drinking several. I liked the beer overall, but I personally prefer a darker beer. I have sampled the 3 main Ithaca Beers and this ranks #2 out of 3.

Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Chuck's in Syracuse

Well, this on is basically light and tastes like apricot flavoring. Like it doesn't taste like an actual apricot, it taste like a high-fructose corn syrup-based apricot juice with a slight light barley background. Still inoffensive overall and easy to dink.

Photo of Une_Petit_Citrouille
4.24/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm a major sucker for fruit beer, so I had to try this one. It was my first time at a local bar, and I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to meet me after work, so I ordered this beer with my fries. It was sweet but not too much so- in other words, you could definitely still taste the beer in it. There was a perfect blend of sweetness and yet a tiny bite to it. It was very smooth and amazing when ice cold! If I came across it again I'd definitely go for a second taste.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So every once in a while a fruit beer will turn up in my fridge. If it is a quality brew, I don't care what kind of beer it is. I have always been impressed with Ithaca so I had some pretty decent expectations for this brew....somewhat dissapointed. The beer poured a dark golden color with a thin white head which quickly dissipated. Carbonation bubbles flowing and rampant. Smell was sour and peachy. Taste was bland- too much fake apricot flavor which came through as exceedingly sour. Grain and straw. Liquid sour peach rings. Not a bad summer beer, just didn't work for me.

Photo of negroobserver
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Light Golden Color. A bit hazy like a standard wheat beer.
S: Sweet. Honey. Apricots. Honey dew. Other fruity tones.
T: Mild sourness. Light and watery, but not in a bad way. Medium Carbonation. The mild sour taste gets a little old. Crisp and clean taste.
B+

Photo of woodske1
4.39/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer that is a graded a bit too harsh. It says Apricot Wheat...that's what it tastes like...

This is also one fo the most drinkable beers ever. It is very light and you could get through 6 before you even know what you are doing. Great aroma, smells exactly how it tastes.

Photo of edchicma
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow with a good head that quickly dissipates. Strong apricot nose with a slight whaety undertone. A bit overdone on the apricot...probably a bit more refreshing in the summer. Medium mouthfeel, a bit too "thick a finish". Ok on the drinkability scale, but Dogfish Aprihop is abetter choice. Worthe a try, especially in warmer weather.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a pale yellow with a white head which dissipates. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is quite fruity, with apricots really coming through as well as a bit of the hops and some esters. The taste matches the aroma, with a tartness from the hops balanced by the added sweetnes from the apricots in the finish. Light mouthfeel and low alcohol content mix well with the sugars from the apricots to give a good drinkability.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well the smell is pretty good and taste is spot on. For a apricot wheat beer it is the most that taste like apricot so far to me. It has a good taste and goes down easy. Not much else to say on it. It is a good summer day beer out on the patio or cutting grass or even at a concert.

Photo of krantul
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not many brews get as subjective as a fruit beer. This beer looks, smells, and tastes like an apricot, so Ithaca's delivering on the name, that's for certain. The scent is strong and pervasive, but pleasant enough (if you like apricots, natch); it realls hangs around the nostrils while you're trying to taste the beer. Big fruity flavor with very little beer character; the malts are a supporting act here and the hops apparently called in sick. On the bright side, this was not as sickeningly sweet as some fruit beers can be.

Because there's not too much beer character to lose, this would probably stand up to being served ice cold on a hot summer day.

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Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
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