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Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 10
Gots: 72 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

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Photo of woosterbill
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: The body is a fully hazed gold, topped with half an inch of coarse white foam that immediately subsides into a ring around the very edge of the glass. Surprisingly low carbonation.

S: Lots of, you guessed it, apricot, backed with just the slightest hint of spiciness. No malt or hops to speak of. Not unpleasant, but pretty one-dimensional.

T: Light and refreshing up front, followed by a wave of sweet, ripe, citrus juiciness. This beer definitely lives up to the apricot part of its name - definitely not my style (I grabbed this one out of my wife's sixpack to review), but I've got to admit that it's a tasty and faithful recreation of apricot flavor.

M: Pretty light bodied with just enough effervescence to keep things crisp. Great for the style.

D: A little too sweet to down in any kind of a hurry, despite the sessionable ABV.

Notes: This is my wife's favorite beer, and I can see why: it's a thoroughly inoffensive production of alcoholic apricot juice. Light and crisp enough to be refreshing, and never even the slightest chance of being bitter or complex or in any way daunting (or, for that matter, interesting). Compared to the vast majority of fruit beers I've tried (which is substantial, but only via individual sips from my wife's selections when she accompanies me to beer bars), this is a very well-crafted brew. It tastes reasonably authentic, and it tastes good. If you think this kind of beer sounds good to you, then definitely give this one a shot.


Photo of asabreed
2.67/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.


Photo of stewart124
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with one finger of white foam. Visible carbonation and the head is slipping away quickly.

Smells strong of fruit and floral hops. Strawberry hints in the nose.

Very sharp taste with a crisp bite and sweetness lingering on the tongue and in the back of my throat. Nice touch of fruit without being overwhelming and cloying.

Hard to tell that this is exactly apricot. It more or less tastes like a sweet fruit beer but I couldn't pick this out from a fruit line up and say it's apricot.

This is a thirst quencher and I could probably pack away a few of these on a warm day. Not my favorite fruit beer but I could buy it again for sure.

Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Gold color. Fairly opaque. Decent foamy head with a little lace.
S- A very sweet opaque, scent very sweet fruit.
T- Apricot really comes through, overpowering really. Dry. It's a solid fruit beer. But I can only have a few.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 pack sampler stamped May 22, 2009 in red ink on the top of it. This bottles freshness date has OCT checked off.

Pulled straight from the fridge and poured into my over-sized tulip. Pours a gorgeous, cloudy, golden peach with an average 1/2 white head with no lacing. Minimal head rentention.

Spells of wheat, light citrus, apricot and peach. Lightly grains picked up in the nose, as well.

Light bodied with high carbonation on the mouthfeel. Crisp and very easy to drink, but lacking any real depth in flavor. The apricot and wheat balance is nice, but I wish the flavor profile was a litte beefier.

Photo of brentk56
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
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

Photo of kels
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ithaca is new to Ohio, so I had to grab this one at the Comet to try last week. Review is on a bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with cloudy masses forming intermittently throughout. The airy white head holds at a 1/2 finger skim shortly before fizzling out to a strong stream of carbonation bubbles running up.

Smell: Really nice and light, very pleasing aroma. Fragrant apricot, light toasted wheat and lemon make this really inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is a lot like apricot juice with a splash of lemon, and a light touch of wheat joins in, barely. Feel is bright, but really thin, wet, almost flat.

Drinkability: Fairly high for a juice - it doesn't even really seem to be a beer. I have to admit I was a little disappointed in this one compared to other fruit beers I've enjoyed.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- hazy golden yellow, big puffy white head with an apricot-ish yellow tint to it. foam is full of wheaty protein and retains itself well. good sticky lace on a nice clean glass as well.

S- pleasant apricot/plum aroma reminds me of gummy penguins i used to get as a kid. not much else there but apricot and a bit of white bread and some sandalwood, but it's still nice. ok some floral notes come out as the beer opens up, more akin to orange blossoms or honeysuckle.

T- fresh bread flavor with mild apricot on the backside and a bit of creaminess. actually, as it finishes, there is alot of heavy cream type flavor which of course goes great with the apricot. quite good because the apricot flavor doesn't overwhelm, instead it provides a nice fruity tartness to compliment the wheat flavor. taste is very fresh. finishes clean and soft, minimal bitterness, and lingering plum skin aftertaste.

MF- good creamy feeling, somewhat plush, but still very crisp and snappy thanks to medium level carbonation. becomes a little filmy on the cheeks the same way orange juice is.

D- i was expecting a nice mild refreshing thirst quenching beer for this june heat wave and that's what i got. i even ordered it on tap for my bar after i blow this keg of allagash wit. a great summer beer, easy drinking and smooth and as far as fruit beers go, apricot and wheat are a perfect match IMHO. i could go for about 5 more of these.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my second Ithaca beer. I was impressed with their Amber Ale, so lets see how well they make an Apricot Wheat:

A: Pours a hazy golden color. Head fizzes away almost instantly and there is no lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like apricot. A little artificial smelling.

T: Well, you get what it advertised: apricot and wheat. Not complex my any means, but pretty decent. I also get a little bit of almond nuttyness in there as well. The main deterrent is the almost sour character in the beer. Similar to drinking orange juice right after you brush your teeth.

M: Light bodied. A little fizzy. Drinks almost like water.

D: Easily the high point of the beer. Very refreshing and drinks very smoothly. Good summer beer. Not complex or great tasting, but could easily kill a 6-pack in no time.

Overall, a pretty mediocre beer. Nothing that hasn't been done before. This is not as sweet as some apricot beers I have had, which is a bonus. Not the best, but would drink again.

Photo of jwc215
2.04/5  rDev -37.4%
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.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Yellowish, opaque, translucent. Lighter than what I expected, lighter than most wheat beers I've seen even. Pours with a thick head, about three fingers from a fairly rough pour. White and fluffy head that quickly subsides to a thin layer, leaving spotty laces.

S - Right after popping the cap off I immediately smelt some apricot. Holding my nose and wafting made it even more evident. Thick apricot smell.

T - Taste isn't surprising, apricot. Very sweet, too sweet even. Very little hop bite to it. I didn't really taste much apricot in #9, but this definitely tastes like apricot. Leaves a slight sweetness in your mouth. Very refreshing. Lacking much of a bite and being a little too sweet on the tongue are the only bad things I can say about it. About halfway through the sweetness kind of settles in and leaves a weird taste on your mouth when you're not drinking. I'd recommend having this with a cup of water to cleanse your taste.

MF - I don't know what it is, but it tastes kind of grainy. Rather thick going through your mouth. Medium to full bodied.

D - I wouldn't recommend this for sessioning. Too sweet, but if you can see through that, go for it.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of Newsman
4.16/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea why this beer only has a C+. Over the past three years, it's become one of my summer go-to brews. So in the interest of Beer Advocacy, I thought I'd throw my review out there.

Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy but clearer than you'd expect from a wheat beer. Decent one-finger head that reduces quickly with little lacing.

Smells...awesome. Literally like bread and apricot jam, but not cloying. Just fresh.

Tastes great, frankly. The fruit is up front, but is not overpowering. Balances nicely with a light bready malt, with a hint of hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel is good, probably a little more carbonation than one would expect, but goes down light.

This is very drinkable...on a hot day, I could go through a couple of these at a cookout. And your typical cookout foods go very well with this one.

Seriously...this beer is underrated. Give it a go this summer.

Photo of largecar73
3.37/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: This beer poured a cloudy golden yellow with a very small off white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles. The head is gone in a flash along with very spotty lacing.

S: Big fruity apricot blast in the nose (pretty much expected that) along with wheat and cereal notes coming through.

T: Apricots take center stage here also, but to me it wasn't overpowering. I'm picking up the malt, and a little bit of tang from the hops.

M: Thin slick mouthfeel with quite a bit of burn from the carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. Quite refreshing and easy going down. This would be a good beer to quaff during the dog days of summer.

I thought this was better than some of the other fruited beers I've had. I wouldn't drink it all the time, but I think it will find it's way into my summer rotation.

Photo of albern
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's not much more to add to the previous reviewers comments. The beer pours a touch cloudy, well carbonated, golden color with a smallish head and no lacing. The nose is pretty strong apricot and there is a slightly musty, slightly burnt undefineable fruit aroma that seems a touch off. Overall, it's the apricot that predominates.

The taste is a touch watery and the slightly burnt and musty flavors in the nose make their way into the taste of the beer too. The apricot is less over the top in the taste but still present. This beer isn't all that good, and the burnt flavor is a turn off. The beer is light, pretty unidimensional, and a touch drying on the back side. This is a mediocre beer with no hops, and not much of anything besides burnt and musty flavored dried apricots.

Photo of DannyS
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - nice, slightly hazy orange. Thin, quickly dissipating head.

S - Smeels like Apricots. There's not much else on the nose, but the apricot smell is fresh and potent.

T - Tastes like slightly bitter apricot. Otherwise, standard yeast and hops on the palate. The only thing that stands out is the very upfront apricot taste.

M - The carbonation is a lot more biting than others, but otherwise it is very easy on the tongue.

D - This one's crazy drinkable. Enjoyable enough to drink but light enough to easily pound back a few more.

Overall - I got this bottle at the Foodery in Philly. If this were more available where I live in NY, I might consider it over #9 as a standby brew. Not groundbreaking, but nice and fruity. A great everyday beer.

Photo of woodske1
4.39/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer that is a graded a bit too harsh. It says Apricot Wheat...that's what it tastes like...

This is also one fo the most drinkable beers ever. It is very light and you could get through 6 before you even know what you are doing. Great aroma, smells exactly how it tastes.

Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Lepley
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured orange-yellow with one finger of while head, little retention but good lacing.
S: Fruit, extremely sweet.
T: As the bottle suggests, apricot, apple, peach, incredibly sweet, no hoppiness or bitterness.
M: Kind of watery.
D: I have to admit I usually hate beers that are intentionally fruit flavored and I initially tried this only for the sake of trying it as it was included in my sampler, but actually quite enjoyed this beer and I look forward to finishing the rest of them.

Photo of mjaskula
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden brown with a thick white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Intensely fruity - apricots and apples, a bit like cider. Very interesting.

Taste: Unfortunately the interesting aroma gives over to a disappointing taste. Mild fruit and malt taste, a tiny bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit dry, but pleasant aftertaste of dried apricot.

Drinkability: fairly drinkable.

Overall I thought that this beer was a letdown the intense aroma gave way to an average beer.

Photo of rdub
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
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)

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.

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.

Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.