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Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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733 Ratings
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of rdub
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Appalachian Brewing pint glass. Clear and fizzy with not much head retention or lacing. The smell was APRICOT MANIA with a distinct candied apricot scent. Way more than I expected in the smell department. This would probably be a good chick beer. Easy to drink but a little too much apricot.

rdub, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is a very clear, sparkling straw color with a small white head that vanishes right away. It smells like dried apricots. It is very light-bodied, crisp and quite carbonated. The flavor seems a bit watered down. It's mostly of apricot but a funky cardboard aftertaste emerges which ends up having more presence than the main flavor. This isn't really my thing. Stick to the Cascazilla from these guys.
(rated Mar 5, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Haybeerman, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initially had this in a tasting at the brewery and then picked up a bottle in a mixed-six to get further acquainted with it.

A: Brilliant yellow, quite bright... in the sample, it was almost glowing. The glass is foggier, and shows a more hazy side of things.

S: I find the aroma to be quite nice, with a pleasing apricot scent. Granted, it's a little one-sided, with the wheat aromas and hops all but hidden... there's a bit of a perfume-like scent there, but none of it is really negative.

T: Like with the aroma, the fruity apricot flavour is a little overwhelming - good, but a little big. Kinda like drinking a bag of bulk, dried apricots. This tends to be a fruit flavour I appreciate in a beer, so it goes over alright.

M + D: Starts out feeling rather crisp, finishes a touch sticky... I'd be more than happy to enjoy it on a sunny summer day, though, even though I'll admit it would be more of an after-lunch dessert type choice.

Proteus93, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

i was excited about this beer. i love me some apricot. another one from duqtroops secret Halloween bif.

pours a light gold. almost seems to glow. not sure if thats a good sign. a slight one finger head appears at the pour but fizzles out almost instantly. no lacing whatsoever.

smell is watery and thin. some apricot. but not as much as i would like. smells more like apricot flavoring rather than using real apricot. meh.

taste is sub par. some fake apricot. followed by nothing. not really any taste to mention.

mouthfeel is thin and watery. under carbonated.

this isnt a great beer, but its not terrible either. looking at my numbers its not getting anything over a c. but its still worth a shot if you want to try something different.

Mauerhan, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A kind of bland wheat beer. The apricot flavor isn't overbearing and is mixed in well which is good, but could use a little bit more of a flavor kick. It's drinkable, but then again so is water. There's much better fruit/wheat's out there.. and this brewery has much better options too.

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color of, you guessed it, apricot, although a little lighter. Head was up and down in the blink of an eye.

Smell is, you guessed it, apricot. And quite convincingly at that.

Taste is, you guessed it, pineapple. Just kidding, it tasted like apricot. Like lightly carbonated apricot juice. I hope there's some alcohol in here. Tryin to relax.

Not a lot to talk about because wham bam thank you ma'am, it's gone.

Overall: uh, apricot beer. 'nuff said

PatronWizard, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received from israel. Thanks, man! Poured into my Stone pint glass

A: Mostly clear light orange with a thin white head.

S: Over the top with apricots here. So strong, it's almost difficult to take a deep breath of this. Somewhat artificial and cheap perfume-like.

T/M: Hideously over the top apricot flavor that dominates the palate before a mild, dry and crisp finish comes through. Not very good. Carbonation is ok but jesus christ, man, hold back on that apricot! I think I get some citrus behind it all but I can't be too sure here

D: Not impressed, I doubt i'll try this again

DefenCorps, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A bright, clear golden straw body with a tight bone white cap. Smalle bubbles find their way north. Little to no lacing and no retention.

Sweet, candied apricots, earthy dryness, hay and wheat.

Taste mimics the smell. A sweet burst up front, followed by a dry, bittering wheat body. The apricots come and go with each sip. Nicely done.

Light bodied, adequately carbonated. Crisp and refrshing.

Very sessionable, flavor profile is good, but not great, preventing a slightly higher score in this category.

ColForbinBC, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

bobsy, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this in the Ithaca Beer Company variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A huge white head, fluffy, transparent body yet cloudy light gold, nice lacing and good retention.
Smell: Strong apricot aroma, not much depth.
Taste: Watery, apricot, no depth at all.
Mouthfeel: Very rigid.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- It has a nice cloudy gold color to the body. The head and lace both disappear quickly.

Smell- There is a pleasing fruity candy aroma that rises up from this beer as soon as it poured.

Taste- It is sort of sweet and sour. It has a strong apricot taste that is a little bit earthy.

Mouthfeel- Light but a little sticky.

Drinkability- Average for the most part not something I would drink all the time.

MTNboy, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

To be fair, I have not dappled with the fruit/vegetable genre too often, I think this is my 3rd one, so maybe I just don't 'get' this genre yet.

A: A yellowish orange color, maybe gold is a more appropriate name. A carbonated white foam head. Some light carbonation throughout.

S: The apricot scent overpowered anything else I could decipher. There were some hints of grass/wheat as well.

T: Seemed a rather tart or bitter apricot flavor. Really overpowering. Not much wheat or other malt flavorings.

M: It was too sweet on my palate. Not enough carbonation either, in my opinion.

D: I really did not enjoy this beer. I think maybe I don't enjoy this style of beer thus I am biased. I probably would not have it again unless I developed an appreciation of fruit beers.

IronCitySteve, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of BeerB4Water
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper/Orange, very little head.

S: Fresh fruit smell with little hint of much else.

T: Very light and smooth taste. Almost drinks like a flavored cider. Just a hint of apricot and a hint of a watered down, filtered wheat bear.

M: Refreshing and leaves a slightly syrupy texture.

D: Very drinkable but is not for beer drinkers...more someone who likes a light variety and is looking to enjoy a nice dessert.

BeerB4Water, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of xenolithic
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Weizen glass. Poured an orange gold with one finger of white head which receded into a fine foamy lace where it clung to the glass.

Nose is fruity, apricots and grain. The fruit smell is very fresh and subtle. Taste reiterates the apricots, which being one of my favorite fruits is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a little bite at the end. Crisp and refreshing as you inhale your next breath.

Overall this is a fine beer from Ithaca Brewing company. I've had a chance to try this at the brewery and have had some in my house this summer almost ever since. It's a nice refreshing summer beer for people who like a fruit beer or fruit + wheat beer.

xenolithic, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of perfectkaos
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked this one up in an Ithaca Variety case. Had the CascaZillla before, so I figured I might as well try some others.

pours a light orange color with no head whatsoever.

smells a little bit like apricots, but not much there at all

this is a super light beer with apricot flavoring, and as such i am not really a fan. an interesting change up from the other stuff ive been drinking, but nothing to write home about.

perfectkaos, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Tbn2
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.


Tbn2, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow-orange. Bubbly with a thin white head around it that dies quickly.

Smell: Sweet, like dried fruits, almost reminiscent of a fruity cereal. A little too sweet.

Taste: Sugar, fruit, and wheat dominate the taste. It is almost as if the brewers couldn't quite make up their minds on the intended dominant taste so just threw in a lot of apricots and wheat hoping for balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, inoffensive. Refreshing.

Drinkability: Certainly no drinkability issues, but I'm not left yearning for another.

BWMKappaSig, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with 1 finger of foamy white head that fades fast, leaving not much lacing. Smells big on apricots with some straw and wheat backing it up. Tastes strongly of apricot up front with some spices and a nice light wheat backbone, and a touch more citrus in the finish. Light in body with strong fizzy sparkling carbonation, very fruity but just enough wheat presence to remind you this is a beer. Very refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day or after mowing the lawn, but not something I could drink a whole lot of unless I was in the mood for apricot.

HopDerek, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of silverhawk
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review.

Overall a decent beer if you love apricot - they aren't kidding. Would be better with a bit more hops. Medium amber color with not much head at all and lacing that disappears after the first few sips. The aroma of the apricot hits you first, rather crisply. Light in body makes it go down quite easy, and you may want it to because the taste gives off slight metallic flavors at first, then the apricot, and finishes with the wheat. It actually feels good in the mouth, despite this, and could be a session beer if the flavor suits you.

silverhawk, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Tiki bar on the ragin' Manatawney.

This beer pours a mediun golden color, nicely hazy and carbonated. The head started at about .75 of an inch and was retained to a quarter of an inch. Laced the mug.

The bouquet is heavy on yeast, grains and apricots. This translated very well to the taste, which was mostly apricot, but had a soothing citrus-yeast finish.

This is a light to medium bodied wheat beer with excellent mouthfeel. This is smooth drinking and will do well at the summer BBQ.

A great summer beer and an even better beer for the gals. This is a decent wheat, but if your like me and want the ultimate wheat experience all the time, you'll be more disappointed than if you got a three dollar hooker!!

garcia2a, May 30, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

beerthulhu, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Hojaminbag, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of grees20
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A friend gave a me a bottle of this a few months ago and I finally got around to trying it this weekend. I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers so I was a little skeptical. Pours golden in color with a thin, white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is of apricots and not much else. It has a sweet apricot flavor. Quite frankly the aroma is better than the taste.

grees20, Apr 07, 2008
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...

callmemickey, Mar 06, 2008
Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.