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Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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BA SCORE
75
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673 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

10-15-2012 02:26:37 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-22-2011 23:16:51 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold with lemonade trim. The bone white crown is respectable in all ways that matter (size, texture, persistence), but is really nothing special. A minimal rockiness appears as the foam melts and a thick collor of lace is the only glass garnish.

The nose is exactly as advertised. Apricot wheat smells like apricots and wheat. There are no off-aromas and I'm unable to appreciate the Cascade hops. The beer gets points for style accuracy, but it's little better than average in the grand scheme of things.

Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of American pale wheat ales and apricots and peaches are two of my least favorite fruits. That said, this one ain't half bad. Like the nose, it's simple and straightforward with no nastiness creeping in at the edges.

An untoasted wheaty tanginess holds down the bottom end, while 'natural apricot flavor' provides the top notes. 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... if one likes the flavor profile. Interestingly, the beer seems sweeter during the final few swallows.

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.

I've decided to cut Apricot Wheat some slack where scores are concerned since it's such a solid example of the style. Whether that style is worth drinking or not is up to you. I still don't like apricots.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 13:06:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of apricots.
T: Like the smell, the taste is one dimensional and only the flavors of apricots are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The low alcohol content makes this beer easy to drink but there's nothing interesting in the taste that would make me consider this to be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 00:51:21 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a head that fizzes away like soda; no lace

Smell: Smells like apricots, but more like "Tang" if it were apricot flavored - in other words, powdery

Taste: Apricot and wheat flavors, just as advertised, but not a natural fruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: Not for me, but not a bad example of the style

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 23:03:01 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

light peach colored amber. A light haze was enveloped around it, but not terribly cloudy. A nice sized head of maybe an inch and a half came up over the top and settled down gradually, eventually leaving behind nothing in its wake. Loads of carbonation though could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very fruity. Much more then I thought it would be to be honest. Lots of light grain, peach, apricot and various other notes along the lines. Not really picking up many hops in here, neither in the flavor. Took a sip and could have sworn this was like a lindemans or something. Lots of light sweet peach and apricot notes. Some light grains and a touch of yeast. Very light body, almost water like in its thinness. Lots of carbonation as well with tons of bubbles just rippling up toward the surface and keeping it the consistency of seltzer almost. Easily sessionable, though a bit too fruity to throw down too much of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:49:58 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.4%

09-02-2013 12:31:05 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden body with a small, fizzy white head. Lightly effervescent.

Smell: Perfumy aroma of apricot-flavored bubblegum and malted wheat.

Taste: Juicy apricots and wheat malts with a modest sweetness. A slight bitterness before the abrupt finish. That's it, folks.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: One of those beers that's just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 22:44:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-17-2011 09:12:40 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 15:12:06 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy orange yellow color. The head was pretty fluffy looking until is simmered down to just a thin white film over the beer. The smell is soft and sweet, the apricot really shines through here. The flavors of wheat and just a hint of apricot are in the taste. The mouthfeel is smooth like most wheat beers. It's a pretty decent brew for the summer if you're into stuff like that.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 21:19:10 | More by Knapp85
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -7.4%

11-14-2011 22:40:20 | More by JAHMUR
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a large white head that fades instantly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: As you would expect, the aroma is heavily fruity and sweet with apricot and apple. I really couldn’t pick up anything else in the smell.

T: Just like with the smell, the sweet fruity flavor of apricot dominates. There’s a faint wheat flavor in there and I think I caught the smallest amount of hops. Malt character is thin. The after-taste, of course is very sweet. It’s like fizzy-yellow-beer with mixed with apricot juice.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: I didn’t find it very tasty, but I’m not a big fan of the style. It’s an easy drinking beer and might able to turn someone off of a macro if they like the apricot flavor. Within the style, I’ve certainly had better. To compare it with a beer of the same fruit flavor, I did like it better than Magic Hat #9. However, this would be one of my last choices when buying beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 04:23:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 15:13:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%

05-20-2013 18:35:48 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with no head or lacing. The aroma is of sweet apricots and little wheat malt. The taste is the same. It's not an overpowering apricot taste, but the flavor sticks out at you. The body is low to medium. It's a drinker, especially on those hot summer days. This is a favorite of my wife, but she's a sucker for a pale fruit beer. I just don't care for wheat beers that are not hazy and ringing with wheat taste and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 19:08:01 | More by WesWes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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mdfb79

New York

3.5/5  rDev +8%

04-14-2014 00:52:19 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light lager with a touch of fruit.

Nice golden color in the pint glass. Head is not much and mouth feel on the coarse side. Quite a dry style, like French cider. Hint of bitterness, not much flavor of wheat, or malt for that matter. However, the apricot scent is quite nice, and OK as a flavor on the tongue. Tart and in keeping with a summer style.

If you're in the right mood, i.e. hot and thirsty, this isn't bad at all. Or if you want less fruit, this will do it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 20:08:25 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.03/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Best by June notched on bottle:

Pours light golden with a big, bubbly white head. Carbonation vigorously rushes to the top. The head doesn't last, becoming broken bubbles. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is like apricot fruit juice with a lemon wedge. It is identifiable as apricot, though in that ariticial juice/syrup way. The lemony tartness doesn't help at all.

The taste is of sweetened apricot - tastes like apricot soda with a lemony tartness and a hint of breadiness.

The feel is watery and fizzy. Aftertaste of cross between apricot "Fruit Roll-up" and apricot cough syrup lingers a bit.

The tartness, while mild, conflicts with an otherwise standard/typical American fruit pale wheat ale. I was almost able to finish it off, and suppose I could have - but didn't want to. Not something I would recommed, even to apricot lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 14:00:31 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a noticably different beer from my last review. Appearance wise, it's straw colored, quite clear (slight haze), and this time, there's a lasting head (albeit thin); no lace.

Good apricot presence in the smell--sweet, no sourness.

The body is heavy even if the taste is light. High carbonation. The wheat is light, no notable hop.

While I'm going from memory here, I believe that this is a slightly drier version.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 17:57:08 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a short 1/4" head that disappears in seconds. Low carbonation levels. No lacing develops.

Smell: a pleasant light apricot aroma is easily detectable.

Taste: very light malt sweetness and a mellow apricot tone. No bitterness. Juice-like flavor qualities, mildly refreshing on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: even with the few carbonation bubbles, this beer was extremely crisp and dry throughout. The soft apricot tones linger briefly. Light in body.

Drinkability: very bland flavor-wise, and this beer is one I can't see drinking again. This may appeal to non-beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 11:22:29 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2007 01:48:37 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle out of a variety pack purchased at Breski's in Middletown, PA.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color, a few shades darker than a pils. The head neared a finger but quickly dissapated to nothing.

S: The nose is heavy with apricot juice, so much so that it drowns out any wheat aromas.

T: The taste is more restrained than the nose lets on, but just by a bit. The apricot juice is quite strong, overwhelming any tart wheat body that may exist. The ale seems to lack carbonation, which mutes the taste a bit. The overall mouthfeel is light, too sweet and lacking a stronger wheat body that would really help out.

M: The mouthfeel is barely fizzy and too sweet. Possibly a good summertime sipper, but even then it seems bland.

D: The low abv means that, if I were of a certain mind, I could pound these babies all day long. Unfortunately I am not of that mind and this beer just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 00:29:47 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 04:42:08 | More by Billolick
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Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.