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Apricot Wheat - Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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670 Ratings
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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 32 | 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 Wasatch


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks stegmakk.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice creamy two finger head which leaves quickly, little lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malty, some hops, apricots, and wheat. The taste is sweet, lots of apricots, and grassy. Light body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 20:09:33 | More by Wasatch
Photo of 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
Photo of BeerTruth


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you enjoy fruit beers, this is surely one for you. This has even more apricot than Magic Hat #9. Pours a very clear golden color with powerful scent of apricot and peach with little head. Drinkability depends on if sweetness is your thing. People who enjoy mixed drinks will probably drink this for a beer...but someone who enjoys hops will avoid this beer. Definitely something to drink on a hot summer day though. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 03:24:34 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Hefe


2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a 12pk sampler picked up at Wegmans in Syracuse. Gold and slightly hazy with just a patchy white head. Woah! Smells like an apricot jolly rancher, or somesuch. Taste is the same, sweet, sweet apricot. No room for anything else. I'm sure there is a market for this beer, Just waaay out of balance. For those who want a beer based mixed drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 00:26:57 | More by Hefe
Photo of MrSeth


3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wafts of slightly skunky wheat and apricot come off the huge bubbly head, inviting nonetheless. It's a somewhat thin ale but with a big dried apricot payoff. There is none of that syrupy-sticky-overly sweet element that turns people off to fruit beers. It is however still on the dessert beer side of the spectrum due to the strength of the apricot in the profile. I would love to have one of these after any kind of dinner meal. A pre-night cap beer or warm up before bed.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 00:46:25 | More by MrSeth
Photo of Stimack

New York

2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brew pours to a strange yellow orange color with a small white head that vanishes extremely quickly, and leaves no lacing what so ever. The aroma of this brew is of apricots and I think that is about it, but the apricot aroma is not that enticing, seems to be way over the top. The taste, thankfully, does not have as big of an apricot taste as I was expecting from the aroma but it certainly is the most noticeable aspect of this brew. I also notice a very watery feel to the brew, seems like it is very thin. I guess it is an ok brew, just not my cup of tea, felt it could be so much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 02:29:02 | More by Stimack
Photo of TrickKnee


2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only called Apricot wheat now with a nice orange yellow label. Was really not impressed with this beer whatsoever. I like apricots i.e. #9 and others, however this was very blah. A very pale yellow color. Had a very wheat taste to the beer, almost like drinking a loaf of bread, was not a big fan. Had a very decent apricot flavor in the end though and some decent apricot smell. Not one of my favorites, worth it to try if you get the ithaca mixed case, but wouldnt buy a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 19:18:57 | More by TrickKnee
Photo of nouseforotacon


2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very fizzy, pale yellow-orange color. Small, thin head. Average looking, but was expecting a bit more head for a wheat beer.

Aroma is mostly comprised of dried apricots, cracked wheat, and don't call me crazy, but - something that really reminds me of burnt, human hair. Strange, but tolerable.

Crisp, water taste with some of the wheat enhancing the flavor of the brew. Finish tastes like dried apricots were literally dumped into the batch, apricot really lingers on the tongue.

Fizzy and light body, but surprisingly not very carbonated in the mouthfeel. Easy to drink. A bit tart, but overall kind of dull and uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 04:53:28 | More by nouseforotacon
Photo of Phatz


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden peach color.

Smell: Open a can of apricots and you have about the aroma. There was subtle hints of wheat but the beer is simple and straight forward all the way around.

Taste: Light cracker malt sweetness whit hints of wheat and a drizzle of apricot syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall this is an approachable beer but it has nothing above average in the style. Sure, it is drinkable, but a bit boring.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 20:54:08 | More by Phatz
Photo of stegmakk

New York

1.75/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance was gold, clear, no head, and fizzy. Almost looked like champagne.
Aroma was actually real good. Sweet apricot, granny smith apple, almost like a desert wine.
Taste was wretched. I grabbed a couple of bottles an tried them so if they were skunked, it was various sixers that were bad. There was no real apricot taste, and no sweetness. It tasted like hay but not in the good wheat beer sense, more like dirty hay thats been under the budweiser clydsedales.
Mouthfeel was thin and carbonated.
Drinkability...well this is the second beer in my long list that I've actually had to pour out.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 00:06:51 | More by stegmakk
Photo of LarryV


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average looking beer - pale golden color without much of a head. Smell is strong apricot with a graininess lurking in the background. Taste is apricots balanced nicely with the wheat flavor. What makes this beer work for me is that it's not really sweet like a lot of fruit beers. Mouthfeel is denser than one would think from looking at it, has a dry finish with a bit of lingering apricot flavor. I'm not a big fan of fruit beers, but I did enjoy this one and found it to be quite refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 11:26:57 | More by LarryV
Photo of rousee


3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat murky gold-orange color. Leaves very little head and has very little carbonation.

Smell is malty with a slight apricot fruit hint as you would expect.
Taste is a malty wheaty light ale with a hint of nicely ripened apricot as it is described. Im not a huge fan of fruit beers but on a hot day, they can be appropriate and this might be one of th ebest fruit beers I have tried. Definitely a good one for the style and I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 19:15:25 | More by rousee
Photo of smcolw


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
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale, clear, yellow with zero head.
Appears lame and limp.
Nose has mild dried apricots and powdered sugar, with a slight wheat twang and a hint of vanilla.
Pretty straightforward aromatics, one dimensional at best.
Thinnish body, mildly carbonated, and crisp.
Pallet is sweet and fruity, not much else.
Void of any malt or yeast character, pretty much clean and flavorless beyond the apricot flavoring.
Would probably make a pretty good ice-cold swiller after mowing.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 01:14:25 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of eheff


3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks pretty bad in the glass. It's sort of yellow-light orangish and resembles Miller Lite. It doesn't appear very carbonated and is not cloudy at all.

It smells good--fruity--sort of like apricot, but more peachy--like peach Jolly Rangers. I am a fan of fruity beers (not when they are not too sweet) so I think this one tastes delicious--it's not too sweet and it really does taste like apricots.

Mouthfeel is good--tastes refreshing and slightly carbonated. I think the Apricot Wheat is very drinkable. I could already go for another.

I also just remembered that my friend Heather has a chicken and dried apricots recipe that would maybe benefit from a hint of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 19:37:17 | More by eheff
Photo of bjohnson


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with not much head to start. Slight retention with some bubbles coming from the bottom.
S: Huge sweet apricot nose with a slight wheaty malt twang in the background.
T/M: Good sweet apricot blast up front followed by a backbone of wheaty malt. Finishes smooth and refreshing with a recap of that sweet apricot. Pretty slippery through the mouth. A bit watery but has a good aftertaste. I am definately a fan of this one from Ithaca. Good level of carbonation after the initial sweet apricot taste, though the taste fizzes out when the carbonation blast hits.
D: Definately a drinkable beer. I am suprised as I don't particularly like fruit beers, but on a hot, humid day like today, it was perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 19:17:30 | More by bjohnson
Photo of 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
Photo of krantul


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

Not many brews get as subjective as a fruit beer. This beer looks, smells, and tastes like an apricot, so Ithaca's delivering on the name, that's for certain. The scent is strong and pervasive, but pleasant enough (if you like apricots, natch); it realls hangs around the nostrils while you're trying to taste the beer. Big fruity flavor with very little beer character; the malts are a supporting act here and the hops apparently called in sick. On the bright side, this was not as sickeningly sweet as some fruit beers can be.

Because there's not too much beer character to lose, this would probably stand up to being served ice cold on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 23:25:09 | More by krantul
Photo of Dogbrick


2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of a travelling co-worker. Murky golden color with a medium off-white fizzy head that disappears pretty quickly. Nice apricot aroma, along with a bit of malt. Light-bodied and fruity with apricot being the dominant flavor, however there is a strange sweetness/staleness in the background that ruins it somewhat. The finish is fruity, wheaty and short. Alright in some respects but the off flavors hurt this beer too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 16:10:54 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of jmz62565


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a very light yellow straw with a smallish white head that disappears quickly. The smell is very strong with apricots and bakers yeast along with a strong nut aroma. The smells are so strong that they have to be artificial. If you sniff this for any length of time it can even get alittle sickning. It's not bad in small dosages,but I don't think I've ever smelled a beer as strong as this. The taste is like the smell only not as strong. This is all apricot, nuts ,and "bisquits". The m/f is light with the strong flavors not mixing all that well. This isn't a bad beer, it's just too strong. If Ithaca made a more subdued version , this would be much better. I had a hard time finishing one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 05:22:17 | More by jmz62565
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dense bright-white head that was held up by a storm of carbonation. Transparent straw-colored beer holds a ton of bubbles. Apricot aroma is pretty potent, and almost like a perfume. It's a bit much and a little artificial to me. Apricot is mellow and subued in the flavor, and I think there is a dash of coriander in there as well. I think I might taste a little malt, or in this case wheat, but I'm not really sure. Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy; rather nice. It's apricoty, but you knew that. The only things I'd change would be to make the apricot flavor a little more natural/mellow and the finish much crisper, but those are my opinions.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 01:16:57 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass. Nice cloudy straw complexion with a fluffy three finger head. Good head retention and lacing.

The smell was very pleasant - a nice subtle apricot aroma with a hint of spice.

The taste was also a nice subtle apricot. There was also a nice spice finish.

The mouthfeel was very pleasant. Nice and light.

A very drinkable fruit beer. A perfect light summer drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 01:13:26 | More by plaid75
Photo of edchicma


3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow with a good head that quickly dissipates. Strong apricot nose with a slight whaety undertone. A bit overdone on the apricot...probably a bit more refreshing in the summer. Medium mouthfeel, a bit too "thick a finish". Ok on the drinkability scale, but Dogfish Aprihop is abetter choice. Worthe a try, especially in warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 01:28:22 | More by edchicma
Photo of ggaughan


3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very pale, clear yellowish color with a medium white head that disapates very quickly. The aroma is very floral with strong notes of apricot and a bit jammy. The taste definitely apricot but not a whole lot more, some wheat notes. This beer is very light and easy to drink but not very complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 02:57:26 | More by ggaughan
Photo of silver1audi


3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very transparent yellowish gold into a glass, it's not much to look at. It's much lighter beer than I was expecting or hoping for, but it was still good. It smells kind of nice, if you like the smell of apricots. It has a very light and fruity taste and would be good during the summer. I had a couple in one setting and started to get a little tired of the fruity flavor after a few.

It's a good beer, i might have enjoyed it more if I was in the mood for such a light beer. I might buy some again sometime, but it's nothing that will be on my mind to pick up.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 16:28:17 | More by silver1audi
Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.