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Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | 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 BeerB4Water
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +15.4%
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 -7.7%
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 -4.6%
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 -0.6%
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 +7.1%
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 -5.2%
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 +10.2%
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 -9.2%
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 -27.7%
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 -26.2%
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%
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
Photo of johnnyirishman
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear Golden Yellow color with a small head that dident stick around long, and with it left little to no lacing.
S-Sweet malt smell with a strong apricot smell that hit your nose first.
T,M-Apricot,apricot,apricot. At first it struck me as very sweet syurpy taste but then thined out with a medium body and carb that wasn't half bad.
D- Definately a summertime brew, not my thing but they did a good job to the style

johnnyirishman, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback specialty glass on 2/18/08.

A - Clear light amber body with thin white head that quickly disappeared and left no lacing. Loads of active carbonation bubbles.

S - Apparent fruity apricot aroma and honey sweetness with a big waft of fresh bready malt. Hops are not so apparent, with only some mild citrus qualities and slight perfume.

T - Slightly sweet and acidic apricot flavor with lots of fresh wheat bread and honey in the middle. Finishes with a mix of sweet malt and mild fruity bitterness.

M - Very light bodied with a slightly syrupy texture, thought a little thin and watery. Some mild prickle from the active carbonation. Finish is bittersweet on the tongue.

D - Very light and easy to drink. Kind of has a Magic Hat #9 vibe going on, but not quite as thick or bitter. Decent beer that's probably better on a hot summer day.

ffejherb, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light copper with a single-finger head that didn't last long. The smell is a nice refreshing apricot on top of a standard citrusy yeasty wheat beer background. The taste starts with tasty apricots that aren't sickly sweet, which was unexpected. Following the apricot upfront, there was some refreshing citrusy tartness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thin with some fairly sharp carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer, and I imagine I'll be grabbing a six-pack or two come summertime.

TheTrevor, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of rickcampie
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nothing impressive looks wise here, a little deeper in color than an average macro lager. Smell was apricot (duh) and not much else. From the smell (which i must say was very pleasing ), i expected to be drinking apricot juice but it wasn't as dominating as one would think. It was actually balanced out pretty well with an earthy taste on the tongue. I wouldn't go out of my way for this but it is a good option at a picnic and I expect it would do well with the ladies. Decent.

rickcampie, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4.33/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a variety pack from Westy's in Mechanicsburg, PA.

S- could definitely tell it was an apricot wheat. It heightened my sense of smell. I love ap-wheat brews.

T-very tasty and wheaty.

D- Love the beer and def worth a six pack or case.

Overall i enjoyed the beer and apricot wheats are one of the few fruity type beers that i will drink.

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I poured the brew into a glass and it looks like a flat BMC. I got a half finger head that dissappeared very quickly. It's a completely clear yellow color with a slow crawl of constant carbonation.

The nose is all sweet, sweet apricots.

Taste is bready, tart from the fruit. It’s great in the front, but sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is watery, bubbly from the carbonation.

I have a love hate relationship with fruity wheat beers. This one didn’t cut it.

I was going to re-review this to give it a fair chance. I had a thought that maybe I destroyed my palate with some of the other beers I was drinking at the time. I was dissappointed to find out I was right the first time.

sjohansen, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 2 oz. sample poured from the tap at the brewery into a glass tasting glass (much better than the plastic cups that some breweries use). Pours a pale yellow with a white head which dissipates. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is quite fruity, with apricots really coming through as well as a bit of the hops and some esters. The taste matches the aroma, with a tartness from the hops balanced by the added sweetnes from the apricots in the finish. Light mouthfeel and low alcohol content mix well with the sugars from the apricots to give a good drinkability.

TheBCrew, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of thartman
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this over the holiday break at my mother's house,.. I figured I was very lucky to find an unusual beer such as this apricot wheat during my visit.

This beer poured a golden yellow with a minimum head, which disapeared rather quickly. The beer smelled as advertised, slight apricot a citusy smell. The beer tasted like watered down apricot syrup with flat wheat beer. Realistically, I am not sure where this beer has been, since it was a one of a kind find in my mom's fridge, not what I would expect from a wheat beer. I would definitely try again under different circumstances.

thartman, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a short white head that sticks around for a bit and then disappears. The aroma is of apricot and some light wheat, but pretty much all apricot. The taste is of apricot and some wheat. The apricot overwhelms most of everything, but it isn't bad, it's refreshing. The mouthfeel is good, could be a bit more carbonated, but it still has a good mouthfeel. It is a very drinkable beer and I would probably have a few more of these if I could.

erosier, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

akorsak, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of armock
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head no real lacing

S - Well lots of apricot

T - And more apricot here with sweet malt

M - A good amount of carbonation not too much

D - Fruit beers aren't my favorite but this on is pretty easy to drink

armock, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Fish113d
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden apricot color with a finger thick of white fizzy head that actually tends to stick around nicely. Some slight sediment seen around the top edge of the glass as well, with just some slight haze to the body.

Aroma is quite mild. Some apricot aroma comes through, along with some slight citrus aromas of orange peel maybe. I also get the wheat on the nose, but this isn't too special.

Flavor is quite mild. A bit of vanilla hits my palate at first, with a weak wave of the apricot coming through that is not too overpoweringly sweet. Quite watery and basic. Nothign to write much about.

Very mild body. Crisp and easy to drink. Carbonation is nicely balanced, but the body is quite watery. This would make a nice drinker if I were swinging a hammer on a roof, but honestly, this is a very weak brew.

Fish113d, Nov 11, 2007
Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.