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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 ToAzwethinkweizm


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12 November 2010 at the "Ithaca Beer Happy Hour" @ Tap and Mallet.Reviewed on 12 November 2010 at the "Ithaca Beer Happy Hour" @ Tap and Mallet.

Mark Schultz brought a special cask of this to Tap & Mallet. He said that they are tweaking the Apricot Wheat and adding pureed apricots from New York State.

Three ounce sample in a non-standard stem glass. Color is gold, slight orange. No head, no lacing (because it's a cask beer). Aroma has no recognizable hops, definitely a fruit beer. Heavy ripe apricot, a little tooo ripe. Taste is super ripe apricot. Light-bodied beer, does not stick to palate. I think this beer needs to cut back on everything, including the apricots. I believe it is possible to have a nice apricot beer on cask that won't be too sweet.

Serving type: cask

11-15-2010 02:29:35 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.