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Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.52%

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of scaliasux


2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow, might be a touch of orange. Hazy, nearly opaque. Very little head.

Smell - Very noticeable bright apricot aroma. Otherwise, vague pale malt.

Taste - Perhaps a little less distinctly than the aroma, but obviously apricot flavor highlights this beer. Otherwise, rather plain tasting pale malt.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Crisp.

Overall - I haven't tried many (if any) apricot beers. If nothing else, this beer demonstrates that the flavors can work together. Probably better, too.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 03:42:48 | More by scaliasux
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a weizen glass.

A- An aggressive pour reveals a hazy yellow body with a half inch white head that disappears quickly.

S- Syrupy apricot and that is all.

T- Straightforward flavors. Sweet apricot and wheat. Nothing less, nothing more.

M- Light feel and medium-light carbonation. I should be drinking these in the summer.

O- It's certainly refreshing. Good to quench a thirst.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:55:39 | More by tviz33

New York

3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For me, this beer goes hand in hand with "insert your fav chillax summer activity name here". Probably wouldn't crave these in the cooler weather, but that's just me. But when the sun is out, this is one of the beers I want by the pool, in the cooler at the beach, etc.

Has a strong apricot smell and taste, without (in my opinion) being too fruity or sweet. It's just good sipping, goes down easy (hence stock up please) and I enjoyed having them.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:15:11 | More by BODOBEERS
Photo of JennyFury

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I thinks it's dope. Ain't care what youse all thinks. Beer be tastin mighty fine to me. Peaze it. NahImSayin. building the street credit is what Robbie P says. Do what you gotta do. Get it... Kryzzl be liking it too. Das it gurl. Joel says f that bs.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 05:08:30 | More by JennyFury
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tall pint glass.

A- Cloudy golden-orange color with a slim white head that left some lacing. It looks like apricot juice in the long run.

S- Apricots, there's no denying that. There's ale malt in the background and light floral aroma.
Not sweet, surprisingly.

T- The apricot flavor is what it's all about, yet it's not overpowering. A little floral taste along with just barely there wheat. Some malt sweetness, to me, which really is out of place in a wheat beer.

M- Under carbonated, but the apricot and sugars give it some body. It makes the 'beer' grade, I guess.

O- It's ok, missing something in the wheat category, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:36:45 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

2.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice gold color that was very cloudy, left a very little head at the top and almost no lacing around the glass.

S: A slight hint of popcorn and a little bit of breadyness, slight sweetnes on the tail end.

T:Very light taste of the apricots and breadyness, a little sweetness to accompany those but nothing crazy.

M: Light bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: I was not expecting a lot from the beers I had on this day because it was a little beer cruise around Manhattan, this beer was refreshing but taste wise it was nothing to brag about.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 17:34:05 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a small/medium white head that almost immediately recedes. Beer is a bright golden straw color that is moderately hazy. Leaves no lacing. Has a very nice apricot aroma, although there is not much else going on, a bit of breadyness, but not much of a wheat aroma.

Can get more of the wheat in the taste. Taste starts with a very nice apricot flavor, then moves on to bread and wheat. Just a touch of hop bitterness along with a minute amount of malts. Has a light mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Not really a beer that is going to wow many craft beer fans, but is different, the apricot flavor is good, and it is very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 20:01:50 | More by JG-90
Photo of Kooz

New York

1.53/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Had this at a bar that holds itself out as a beer-lover's dream. It was clearly run by people who don't know anything about beer.

This pours into a pint glass and looks like a pale ale. It's nice.

This has a strong floral bouquet. It's way too much like walking into a florist. It's, frankly, gross.

Tastes how it smells--like Sen-Sen mints.

The body is a little light, but not terrible. Can't make up for this beer's flaws though.

Overall, I'd not try this again. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:32:09 | More by Kooz
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Lightly cloudy. Golden straw color. No real head to speak of, or lacing that stuck around for any length of time.

S- Buttered popcorn. Slight sweetness. Clean water (at least I detected it). No real fruitiness is detected in the nose.

T- Everything is light/mild. An artifical buttered popcorn flavor. Almost like the flavor you get from the popcorn Jelly Belly. Only when you swallow the beer do you get a light fruitness. The graininess is very light.

M- Goes down like water. Easy and smooth. Not bitter at all.

Overall, this was not what I'd ever expect from a wheat beer. It's not nasty at all, but the flavors are not pleasant for what is labeled as a "wheat" beer. Try this beer if you are looking for a different kind of wheat beer or anything that is plain mild in flavor and mouthfeel. To me, their are American, German, and Belgian wheat beers that are much, much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 18:19:14 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of cjoc83


2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 00:10:10 | More by cjoc83
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy pale yellow with one-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a minute or two. Not much lacing.

S: Strong apricot aroma.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Mild apricot taste. Toasted wheat. Not much of a wheat beer, which is how it is advertised.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Smells great and has a good mouthfeel, but the flavor is weak. There was also virtually no head.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:52:48 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of socon67

New York

3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:15:28 | More by socon67
Photo of Pinknuggets


2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A:orange in color and totally translucent with lots of carbonation and thin white head

S: this is one that is as advertised it smells like apricots it's so sweet smelling its almost fake like a sports drink interesting for sure

T:unfortunately the taste follows the nose in a negative way it tastes way too sweet like an artificial flavor there is no wheat flavor at all

M:it's so oily and flat it's almost unpleasant the light carbonation does nothing to better this as there is a weird after taste

O:this started off okay but it might have well been labeled shock top it's that bad didnt even want to finish after getting half way through. I hope ithica's other offerings are better

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 08:29:23 | More by Pinknuggets
Photo of FCRICH

New York

2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head did not last long, cloudy yellow appearance, expected more of a golden yellow look, sweet as expected, apricot taste is kind of artificial. Maybe OK for a hot summer day, purchased in a craft pack, so only have one to drink, which is probably enough for now. Might be a good breakfast drink as a replacment of OJ.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:06:16 | More by FCRICH
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler-pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-yellow coloring with no head but a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of apricot, slightly sour apple, and sugary sweetness. Smells like a candyshop. Flavors are clean and crisp, with a strong apricot charcter in the forefront followed by a roasty grain backbone and tangy apple highlights. The aftertaste is like finishing a Jolly Rancher, with sugary sweet lingering flavors. Crisp, slightly long lasting finish. Refreshing and light, but quickly can bbecome overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:07:06 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of jsisko01


3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright golden color with almost no head at all. Minimal lacing as well.

Smell - All I smell is apricots.. Nothing else comes through.

Taste - Apricot is the most dominant.. everything else is barely noticeable. The malts are good but don't come through enough because of the apricot. I also taste the wheat a little..

Mouthfeel - Very light body and light carbonation

Overall - Well.. I don't really care too much for this beer. I guess it's really only for the apricot lovers out there. This is just too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 01:31:27 | More by jsisko01
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bright golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation right at the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of apricot along with some lighter notes of wheat and citrus. Slightly tangy smelling.

T: The taste of this beer is very similar to the smell with the apricot flavor being dominant - it is nice that the apricot is not overly sweet though. There is a light tangy presence of wheat and just the most subtle hint of lemon citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink, a very enjoyable beer for hot summer weather. This could be a decent session beer for an outdoor event but probably not an every day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 21:42:45 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of pistola


2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not crazy about this beer. I did not like the overbearing apricot taste. I like fruit beers during the hot days, but not this one so much. less than average for me. I don't think I will be trying it again. I would give a try to another Ithaca beer brand.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 19:27:18 | More by pistola
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thins to a ring.

S - apricots with some wheat in the background.

T - lots of tart apricot flavor blended in with light malted wheat finishing on the tart side with sweetness on the lips.

F - light/medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - I enjoyed this one and I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 20:20:55 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of righthereisay


4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at the Brews Bros in Mt Lebanon

Smell: Let's face it, it smells like apricots. Not my favorite fruit by any means...but still good.

Taste is rather good for a fruit beer. I always try them (fruit beers), never like them...This one isn't that bad. I could definitely throw these down on a hot summer day. Tangy, malty, not too much apricot. Not too sweet by any means. Very drinkable.

Let's face it. It is a fruit beer. Not in my top 300, but it would do on a summer day. Much better than the usual Miller Lite, and the usual summer beers from Saranac, Sam Adams. etc...also much better than the new Lemonade beers....

I was surprised. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:17:35 | More by righthereisay
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

their version of the now famous magic hat number 9. this is not nearly as good in my opinion. pours a very pale yellow color with a minimal white head. smells overly sweet, like apricot jam or preserves, rather than fresh fruit. heavier wheat malt and some hefe style yeast, peppery and zesty. flavor is kind of a combination of all the aromas, with the apricot coming on first, then the yeast, and finally the malt and a different apricot vibe, a bit more tart this time, very front of the tongue. it actually crisps up nice in the finish, and isnt a bad summer drink with its light body and bubbly carbonation. overall though i think ithaca is best at making hoppy beers, and this foray into the fruit side is not my favotite. passable, even good for those unfamiliar with the number 9, but an inferior poser to those in the know. hang me for that if you want, but i stand by it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 20:44:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of aranheaney

New York

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Blue Solo Cup at Heaney Family RibFest 2012:

A-Nice, cloudy with a decent head

S-Very Fruity (as one might expect) peach, apricot, almost no wheat or hops

T-very light, plenty of fruit, overly sweet

M-thickish, not enough wheat

O-while I was hoping for Apri-hop. I got something less, its not bad, but not worth the price point and definitely doesn't stack up top either Flower Power or Cascazilla

How's that for a review Double Simcoe?

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 01:32:31 | More by aranheaney
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wellington beer glass.

Appearance: A very slight hazy gold, a white head coming off maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Very strong in the apricot/peach category.

Taste: Well this beer comes off strong in fruit(apricot-peach), slightly sweet.

Mouth: medium carbonation, and sticking taste...super smooth.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, definitely preferred in the warmer months of the year. Has a fresh fruit feel and honestly you can't go wrong. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 03:41:52 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of MrOH


3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold with a big white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

Very apricotty. A cross between fresh apricots and the aroma of dried apricots rehydrated in hot water.

Apricots, and then a bit of bready malt background.

Light-bodied, mediumish carb.

It's an apricot beer. I like it better than #9 or ApriHop, fwiw.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 04:16:30 | More by MrOH
Photo of PhantasIPA


2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer is a light golden color with a very thin head that dissipated to nothing within a few minutes.

The smell is a weak apricot smell. There is no hop scent or malt scent. It is very one-dimensional.

The taste begins with a very striking apricot taste in the beginning and then quickly disappears. After that the taste is...gone! There is nothing else really to the beer. I was hoping for a sweet aftertaste but it never happened. Very bland after the strong apricot flavor.

The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for me. It feels almost like soda.

Overall, this beer is a good idea but poorly executed. Too much apricot flavor...maybe with more malt or sweetness it would have more balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:13:21 | More by PhantasIPA
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75 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.