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Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 615
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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of Une_Petit_Citrouille


4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 01:51:23 | More by Une_Petit_Citrouille
Photo of Cylinsier


3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a light clear gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of fresh apricots and honey.

Flavor of mildly sweet apricots with a light hop bite.

Watery body with light tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

An average fruit beer, smells good but tastes a little bland. This beer would be pretty good if it just had some more body and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2013 01:51:34 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of ChrisKayler


3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Yellow, very slightly hazy. Small amount of medium-sized bubbles form the head.

Smell: Apricot! No, seriously. Hardcore apricots. I hope it doesn't taste too sweet, but I am digging the smell.

Taste: Tastes like carbonated apricot juice. Tart, which keeps it a bit refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: If it's what you like, they knocked it out of the park. Not too sweet, with real apricot flavor. Would enjoy this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 04:18:51 | More by ChrisKayler
Photo of BuffaloBills4life

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer the other day on Tap at a local bar and grill. I've never been a huge fan of "fruity" beers but thought I would give it a try. Definitly a distinct apricot taste, slightly on the sweeter side. Enjoyed the citrus aroma but not my favorite beer. On the flip side. my girlfriend loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 20:21:35 | More by BuffaloBills4life
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a yellow-golden colored brew with a haze and a thin white head. The head faded fast to leave a light film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is super sweet with tons of apricot, peach and even a little bit of sugar candy aroma.

Taste – The taste of the beer is relatively constant through the whole taste experience. It is a flavor of wheat mixed with strong flavors of apricot and some peach. In the beginning of the taste is on the more sour side, where at the end of the taste it sweetens up a bit. In the end, a light citrus hop comes to the taste as well helping to balance out the semi-sweet apricot and wheat taste that are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light with a carbonation level that is slightly higher then average.

Overall – Ah… It is an OK beer, but somewhat one dimensional and a bit to sour up front. Not one I would go to with real occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 22:21:14 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of thecheapies


3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apricot Wheat in a plastic cup. Looks a little hazy, orange-gold in color. Zip for head. 3.0

Smells like sweet stone fruits and tangy wheat. That's about the extent of it. 3.5

Tastes like unpitted apricots, wheat malt, and some nutty yeast. No hops discernible. Not as sweet as it might impose. Refreshing enough. The carbonation isn't out of control. Medium-thin body. 3.0, 3.5

A boring wheat ale from a promising brewery. A bit of a letdown. 3.0

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 13:33:34 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden orange in color with a decent head. The beer has a pleasant citrus-y, apricot aroma with grainy notes. Tastes exactly as you would expect. To comment on other reviews, I concur by saying it is a bit light and one-dimensional, but overall not bad at all when compared to some other flavored wheat beers. tastes good & is refreshing, even though its nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 17:15:50 | More by Neorebel
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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

Aromas of apricots and wheat malt; pretty self straight forward. Hops are not present; tad bit of yeast but I am reaching here.

The taste begins with a wheat tanginess that holds down the bottom end, while 'natural apricot flavor' provides the balance of flavor. Of course the tartness could be coming from the fruit or from 'sour malt', whatever that is. A modest amount of sweetness and a clean finish mean increased drinkability.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where is ought to be given the style. It's closer to light than to medium, never quite reaching watery on the swallow, and the carbonation is zesty without being fizzy.

Overall this is a decent selection at a bar in the summer compared to the alternatives (Sam Summer or Summer Shandy from Miller/Coors) but is that really saying much.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 01:57:47 | More by claspada
Photo of buyBinboaVodka

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at The Shannon Rose in Clifton before I went to a movie.

A - It came in a huge 20oz glass and no head appeared when the server brought it to me. The color is a light orangeish amber with a bit of cloudiness to it, not completly clear, but still easily able to see through the glass.

S - Yeah, there are apricots in there accompanied by other citrus fruit smells, slight hoppiness and a bready aroma.

T - Tastes real sweet. Almost like a candied dry fruit. The hops leave a little bitterness at the end, but the sweetness of the fruit takes control over your mouth. The balance is not there at all and makes the beer hard to drink.

M - Very thin bodied and I feel that the tap was not the best because I really did not get much carbonation. But this beer just leaves sweet overbearing candied fruit in the mouth.

O - I want to hope that this was the beer bars fault and not how the beer actually tastes. I am going to buy a singl;e bottle just to compare it to. I hope that I have a better experiance with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 17:03:29 | More by buyBinboaVodka
Photo of DUBinMIA


1.8/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

served from the tap in a English pint glass. Very little if any head to start and no retention what so ever. Clear amber orange color.

Smell was not impressive. No detectible flavors other than slight malt note.

Taste was not at all what i was expecting... I could not stand to drink more than three tastes... I didn't taste any apricot or wheat... more like spicy... old... something.

Mouth-feel was like water

overall i respect the brewery for trying to make a good fruit wheat beer but in my opinion i just couldn't down it... not going to try it again to say the least. Going to have to find another Ithaca beer seeing this is the only one i have ever tried or seen.

Makes me wonder if this was a bad batch or something....

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 21:05:56 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of negroobserver

New York

3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 16:46:17 | More by negroobserver
Photo of BARFLYB


2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Buckets

Apricot wheat pours out a glazed golden color that is darker than expected. A nice amount of white foam and small lacde patterns. Scents include apricots, sweet malt and grass. Semi sweet. Taste is apricots and fruity pebbles with malt backing, a small hoppy bite that is light, barely nothing. Feel is slick medium lively and sweet afterwards which kinda kills it. I've been avoiding this beer for a while and now I know why. It's better than number 9 though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 04:02:22 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of sybilyang

New York

4.63/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was such an easy drinking beer. I've had it both in the bottle on tap at bars, and on tap at the brewery - on tap is better, but both are good. The Apricot is so distinct on both the nose and while drinking. On the nose, it's unmistakable, it smells sweet, florally, mixed with a bit of honey. In the mouth however, you just get Apricot - none of the sweetness that you would imagine from such a big nose. Don't think this is one of those sickly sweet fruit beers. This is just wheat, with a kick in the head of pure apricot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 20:27:01 | More by sybilyang
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a clear, bright golden color. The head was bone white, fizzed out quickly and left little lacing. The aroma was all apricots and wheat. And the flavors? All apricots and wheat. The flavors were natural, as opposed to that of artificial or candy-like, apricot. Not particularly sweet and fairly balanced but also quite simplistic. The mouthfeel was weak and bubbly, the body light and the carbonation a touch high. Not to be too Vermont biased, because I'm not even a huge Magic Hat fan, but #9, for example, is a far better beer than this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 16:57:42 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of asabreed

New York

2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 22:36:23 | More by asabreed
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

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

on tap poured into a pint glass

a: golden hue, nice foamy head with fair retention, lots of noticable carbonation

s: pleasing smell, light wheat and citrus. nice apricot.

t: a very sweet beer, the apricot def did not bring any fermentable sugars. Apricot dominates but is very pleasing and refreshing.

m&d: light creamy mouth feel. Very drinkable beer, refreshing on a hot summer day.


Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 12:11:25 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ithaca Apricot Wheat...

Pours a solid gold amber color, heavy head, lacy and sticky, they serve it with fruit, out goes the fruit.

Smell-sweet, definitely fruity, alcohol, lots going on.

Taste/Mouthfeel-muddled and sticky sweet, the sweetness burns and doesn't feel balanced. Not enjoyable, there is fruit here but the sweetness overwhelms everything so the beer is not refreshing in spite of the fact that it's light.

Drinkability-not an enjoyable taste , if you find a way to like it you could drink many.

Overall-interesting flavor choice but too sweet and muddled for me. Credit for originality though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 03:36:17 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Durge


3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy almond tan color with a whispy white head and weak lacing. The aroma is a fairly subtle but sweet fruit, perfumey apricot with little else to distinguish it by my nose. The flavor is a pleasant but sweet apricot reasonably tempered by a drinkable wheat base. It's a bit whimpy in body even for the style, a bit dead, but not too bad. If comparing to Magic Hat I will take #9 as the livelier, more balanced apricot brew. Drinkable enough.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 05:48:36 | More by Durge
Photo of Haybeerman


3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Lightly clouded amber/orange color. Poured a thin 1 finger head that dissipated. Laced in thin inconsistent rings. Decanted contiunally.

S: Pretty much apricot; grains and grass were well in the background. I have to say it was a pleasing scent though.

T: The "fuzzy" tart/bitter flavor of apricot is very prominent maksing most everything else.

M: Light side of medium body. Ample carbnoation. It was not too sweet on my palate.

D: I really liked the first 3/4. The last fourth, I fouind myself in need of a hop bomb. Might be the weetness, might be the lack of complexity. I liked it, I'd recommend to try it...just don't know if I could (or would want) to kick back a few.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 03:10:31 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised at the lack of love for this fruit beer because I think its actually quite well made. Golden body with a small white head. Fresh burst of apricot and grain in the aroma. Relatively straightforward apricot and wheat flavour, but well demarcated and crisp. Refreshing carbonation and a relatively light beer. Not something you would drink in the middle of a snowstorm, but a good summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 16:19:16 | More by bobsy
Photo of Tbn2

New York

3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in a pint glass.

A-Bright and vibrant golden color. Off white head the rings the glass but doesn't leave much lacing.

S-Very fruity apricot with not much else present.

T/M-Apricots at first and very heavy. Almost too much really. A good balance at the end of the taste of citrus hops and wheat beer flavors.

Overall this beer was good. Apricot is an interesting fruit choice but it work overall.


Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 17:24:32 | More by Tbn2
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light, clear pale orange with a macro-bubbly white head that quickly gave way to a thin film lacing. Visible carbonation was strong per style.

S: very sweet and sugary with a huge fruity apricot aroma and juice like sweetness.

T: The flavor was spicy and fruity with a juice like apricot flavor. Overall very sweet with some sweet tangerines and a good wheat palate.

M: fizzy, very spritzy and almost seltzer like. The texture was light and slick on the tongue.

D: Overall a very fruity summer or lawnmower beer, but could be better if the flavor was toned down a tad and the yeast and hops were allowed to compliment the overpowering apricot sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 22:54:18 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Hojaminbag


2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very clear golden-yellow body with fluffy white head.

Smells of sweet, ripe Apricots. I don't detect much else.

APRICOTS. Lots of them, very sweet. I almost notice a wheat bite in the finish, but I can't be sure whether it's there or I just really want it to be. Either way it isn't strong enough as this brew is overpowered by apricots.

Average mouthfeel, very light and carbonation.

I couldn't drink very many of these, too sweet and lacking balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 15:04:41 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of callmemickey


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden color with a minimal white head that fades fast...

S: Apricot stands out... its not too pungent and is pleasant, but the beer lacks any other character in the nose...

T: Apricot lends a nice flavor to the subtle malty sweetness... again depth is lacking...

M: Smooth and crisp... refreshing feel...

D: This beer suffers from a lack of depth, and this hurts an otherwise refreshing beer...

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 21:27:56 | More by callmemickey
Photo of rickcampie

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nothing impressive looks wise here, a little deeper in color than an average macro lager. Smell was apricot (duh) and not much else. From the smell (which i must say was very pleasing ), i expected to be drinking apricot juice but it wasn't as dominating as one would think. It was actually balanced out pretty well with an earthy taste on the tongue. I wouldn't go out of my way for this but it is a good option at a picnic and I expect it would do well with the ladies. Decent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 13:38:29 | More by rickcampie
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Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.