Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 787
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of thain709
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served with a clear copper body and a small, one finger, white head...it does not show very good retention...some thin lacing left

S - Sweet and juicy apricots jump out first...there is also a strong wheat malt aroma

T - The wheat and pale malts hit the palate first...they are pretty strong, especially the wheat flavor...the fruit shows up in the middle with a big kick...although it fades quickly and goes back to the wheat flavor

M - Light bodied...it's crisp but there is a funky, lingering aftertaste that I can't put my finger on

O - The aroma was about the only good thing going for this beer...yes, it's a summer fruit beer but I wanted more fruit...the wheat and malts took over the flavor profile and left an aftertaste that was unpleasant (758 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the bottle at P.F. Chang’s in Victor, NY. Poured into a tall hefe glass, it shown a clear and bright golden orange color. It held a one and a half finger head of stark white bubbles that held with excellent retention. The beer showed relative haze, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared light. The aroma popped with huge notes of apricot. This was propelled by a sugary sweetness and an additional artificial fruitiness. Despite this initial flare, the fruit inclusions seemed almost totally genuine for the remainder of the tasting. Other notes included were strawberry, lemon, clean wheaty grain, and bubblegum sugars. As we sipped, the taste began with bright apricot and fruit malts. The grain bill, at the start, was otherwise pale and clean. Through the middle we found a much cleaner malt and wheat. The taste finished with strawberry sweetness, faint booze, and more of that same grain. The aftertaste breathed of wet wheat, clean sugars, and a nice winter spice. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. There was an additional fizziness which effectively slowed the drinker down. This was not so much from carbonation per se, but rather a fizz as one might find jumping from the top of a champagne glass. The retained head helped give a clean coating to the mouth, but once this was accomplished it dissipates quickly. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the crazy apricot in the aroma and taste. This was not overly sweet, as is easy to do, but rather it was big on the actual tasting notes of the fruit, rather than the general sweetness. These qualities were so robust, in fact, that it started to obscure some of the more desired flavors, like the grain bill, that would have helped to really balance this guy out. (1,848 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored ale, lighty carbonated and with a slight haze.
A very thin head sits on top.
Aroma is of pale heat malts and a slight hint of apricots.
Very mild wheat malt taste with some flavoring.
As far as fruit flavored beer goes this to me isn't very good.
Has more of a malt beverage feel then a beer. (306 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden hue of a color with a slight bit of head that turns to a lace ring with very sticky lacing.

S - Smells of sweet apricots and a bit of wheat and wow does it smell a bit of tart.

T - Smooth tart apricots up front lead to a kind of soapy feeling on the palate as the wheat takes the finish with little to no hops in the flavor. Pretty tasty and simple.

M - Light to medium. Easy to drink.

Overall I kind of like simple fruit beers from time to time but this really could use another level of tart (kind of like Weach) to balance the soapy flavors of hops and wheat. Still could totally have a couple in a sitting. (632 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of NODAK
2.06/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very sour aroma here. Almost like a spoiled milk smell. I wouldn't call it pleasant.

The taste really is more of the same. It has an odd sour, apricot taste throughout, but it is sort of a rotten type sourness that I just don't find to be all that pleasant. It just tastes fake...and while I wouldn't go so far as to call it "vomit" as another person did, it isn't good. There really isn't much of a hop profile on this one. Some wheat shows up on the finish, which is the lone good part.

I had high hopes for this beer, but unfortunately they weren't met. Oh well. (569 characters)

Photo of mocktm
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bleached white head of large bubbles which are gone seconds after the pour, no lacing at all. Huge amount of bubble beads inside the murky dark golden to amber colored liquid, close to fully translucent. Strong apricot on the nose with peach and yellow apple too, soft lemon juice accents, the wheat component is relaxed and hard to individuate, slightly honeyed, maybe the graininess comes out more as it warms. Medium-bodied, smooth and close to soft, only the carbonation adds a steady tickle. Not overly sweet but, again, the apricot is by far the dominant aspect, as supported by pear and peach along with juicy orange and lemon citrus. Moderate dosage of wheat, rye and some biscuit. Dries up sufficiently by the end to achieve balance, this without impinging on the friendliness of the fruitiness. If you want an apricot beer, this should be on the short list. (867 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A just barely orangey, super light copper, rustic sort of golden. Very small head of foam, but with lots of rising bubbles of obviously active carbonation. Basically no lace.

S: Apricot Juice! Some vaguely beery wheat and yeast in the background. Fruit first and beer way second. Kind of more cider quality than beer.

T: Palate is little bit better, but not by much. Sweet and fruity apricot on a fairly blasé wheat beer. The apricot does not scream cloying extract, but it is very potent. It really dominates everything else. Behind fruit is a doughy, yeasty, bready, grainy wheat beer that start sweet and finish with a soft tart zing. No hops really, minimal maltiness (the yeast makes a bigger showing) contribute to the cider like quality. It is okay actually, just not very beery.

M: Just over light body with firm yet reasonably soft carbonation. Starts sweet but goes mildy tart, crisp and drying.

D: Uber fruit dominated, but not fake or cloying. Still the fruit is strong enough to basically smoother the rest. There is a bit of substance in the background, yet the fruit domination gives this a bit of a cider feel. In all fairness, it is quenching and good for a summer novelty. (1,198 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours light orange with a decent foamy head. No lace.

You definitely get the apricot, but not much else. Some toasted malt, light grain.

Apricot, some sour notes, some husk that leads to bitterness. The sourness of the fruit, and also an overall tart element is a detriment. Just ok, but flawed. Not harsh, but a bit disagreeable.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

I tried this on a whim. Didn't like this much. Off-flavors were present with the good one's in equal strength. (479 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't too thrilled with this one. It looks nice, bright and clear in the glass, with a bouquet of apricot that is quite promising. The initial taste brings the fruit flavor to the fore but unfortunately it disappears quickly, replaced by an odd, perhaps metallic aftertaste. I guess you'd say this beer is inoffensive...it's lightweight, drinks easy and is fairly refreshing. But overall, a disappointment. Pretty forgettable really. The lovely apricot aroma just doesn't stick around enough in the mouth.

You could do worse for a hot afternoon quencher but I can't really recommend this one anymore than that. (615 characters)

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of wcintula
2.77/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August 2011 notched on the side of the label.

Poured into a perfect pint with a semi-hazy dark-wheat colored body with a finger and a half head that dissipates leaving little to no trace as I have been coming to expect from fruit beers. The smell is of tart wheat and yeast with a fresh apricot smell, the taste follows through. Not much else going on here, a little hop bitterness, a little more midget help. Very prickly on the tongue, a decent beer, nothing special. (470 characters)

Photo of Adrianized
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Clear golden orange straw color. Thin airy head that all but disappears.

Right up front on the nose is sweet apricot, white peaches, tangerines, bready malt, and wheat/straw.

Sweet apricots and straw.  Relatively subdued flavor.  Light malt background.

Very light, watery.  High carbonation.  Refreshing and very high drinkability.  Good hot weather beer.  I'll have to try DFH Aprihop next spring now. (435 characters)

Photo of DUBinMIA
1.9/5  rDev -41.2%
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.... (736 characters)

Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden color with 1 finger of head that fades without any lacing.

Aroma: Hints of wheat malt and a little yeastyness, but mostly apricot.

Taste: Thin, mild and pretty dry all the way through, save for the apricot flavor, with a fast and fairly clean finish with just a tough of apricot lingering.

The Rest: Very little malt presence and no hop profile at all, this is more of a apricot cider than beer. (418 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to BA vapodge for letting me in on this one!

A- Golden body with a foamy white head

S- Jolly rancher apricot. Some malts and yeast mixed in as well, but mostly a jolly rancher

T- Sweet malts up front. Wheat and apricot together. An above average fruit beer and tastes just like the name would lead you to believe

M- Light body and higher carbonation as the style would dictate

O- A solid entry beer to get someone away from BMC and a really different style (474 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.82/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Enjoyed on an 85 degree Cortland, NY day.

A: Crystal clear golden in color semi-aggressive pour leads to a white 1-finger high head that disappears almost immediately. Very little to no lacing.

S: Nice apricot but not over the top. It's subtle. Mix in nice wheat smell to round out the aptly named brew. Slight lager/grain smell to it at the back end.

T: Follows the smell but flip flop the wheat and the apricot. It's much more subtle than the wheat on the tongue but I wish it wasn't. I want more apricot!

M: Crisp, light bodied, perfectly carbonated, leaves the mouth slightly coated.

O: Dee-licous offering from my favorite brewery. This is definitely a summer beer and I love it. Highly recommended. (775 characters)

Photo of IoktoberfestI
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a 12 ounce bottle, pouring a light copper - orange kind of color. The most dominant smell that I get is definately apricots with maybe a small floral scent to it. As for the taste, the apricot does not come through as well as I thought it would by the smell. It is very light and drinkable, which seems perfect for a warm summer day. It seems like a mix between Sea Dog's Apricot Wheat and Magic Hat #9, leaning more towards the Magic Hat #9. (466 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6er in bottles because I haven't had one in a while and wanted to embrace a beautiful spring day.
Appearance is fine. Delicate orange glow hut practically no head.
Smell is pretty delicious. I have a little sweet tooth and this has true apricot notes.
Taste is hood but nothing exceptional. Fruit up front with a slightly grainy wheat finish. A bit on the side of a sour.
Mouthfeel is least appealing aspect. Not thick enough and finishes a but too tart and biting on the tongue.
Overall good but doesn't hold a tee to a DFH Aprihop. Would like to try this right after a Magic Hat #9 to compare. (610 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with 1 finger head

smell: sweet apricot, slight wheat

taste: apricot is very dominant, sweet, refreshing,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: good summer beer, might be just a tad on the sweet side.

Cheers,
The cpj (287 characters)

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