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Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005

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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 89
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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler a hazed very light straw color a thinner white head atop,very mild wheaty aromas somewhat toasted not much citrus and/or spiciness to be had here.Starts out somewhat dry and toasty with a real wheat malt profile after a bit some orange essence comes thru and becomes more pronounced.Not bad a summer quaffer here just not real big in the flavor department really,

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, amber in color

Smell: orange, cinnamon, clove, and wheat

Taste: orange, lemon, light coriander, clove, and wheat

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: This is an ok witbier that has a touch too much spicing. Fairly undistinguishable, I will pass on this in the future.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Allagash chalice very enticing appearance with beautiful sunrise orange golden glow to it semi cloudyed large bubbled slightly off white head that forms a nice clouded texture about three fingers thick rising above the rim of my glass. Aromatics are slightly spiced maybe very light coriander and citrus tones coming through almost perfume like smells great. Taste hits with the lemon/citrus pith tones and heavy layer of spicing it has to be coriander this is tasting pretty witbier like. Leaves a nice bitter finish with the citrus peel tones overall a nice summer ale. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation a very mellow experience Belgian yeast and spices leave their mark on my palate. Body isn't thin this has some malts given it a bit of girth, in the middle between light and medium bodied not watery or heavy. Drinkability is decent no trouble getting through a glass I will check out their sampler pack this summer, with fresh Cascazilla, Pale, Partly Sunny, and the Groundbreak Saison that makes for a fun 12 pack sampler.

Photo of dacrza1
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The third of three Ithaca samplings tonight in preparation for the Brew Fest tomorrow...slightly cloudy, off-yellow unfiltered body... thin dissipating white head--it's a wheat, yes... bright, full wheat scents--consistent but not spectacular... medium-bodied, evenly textured to the tongue... lively and engaging... acidic, crisp wheat--nondescript otherwise--and a thirst quencher...a serviceable wheat that doesn't break new ground or sully the old....a good end to the evening.

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent wheat beer. Pours golden, with lasting white foamy head. Refreshing aroma, a tad of spice. Flavourful wheat,a little orange-lemon,corriander and maybe cardomon, carbonation right there. Drinkable though nothing to drink frequently.Perhaps a little too spicy for everyday.

Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As soon as I opened the bottle, there was a ton of carbonation that poured out of the top of the bottle. When I poured it, it poured a hazy yellow with decent, soft white head that has good retention. The nose has notes of clove, yeast, and straw. The taste is clove, lemon, spice, yeast, white grapes, and very faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is light bodied, moderately carbonated (in mouthfeel, not in pour), and very smooth.

Not bad, but hardly complex. This beer is a beginner's Wit. There's nothing offensive, but there are also elements of a decent wit. For those looking to get into the style, it's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light brown color with a whitish haze. The pure white head dissipates quickly into a light cap. The aroma is heavy on coriander, perhaps grains of paradise as it smells very similar to Sam's Summer. The taste is of a tart lemon citrus and plenty of coriander. The heavy spice is cut by the wheat malt with balances out the flavor and saves the beer. The brew doesn't seem to use a Belgian yeast strain so not sure this is really a wit, just an american wheat with a bunch of coriander. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes tart and dry. An ok summer brew. Not a big fan of coriander but this is drinkable since the wheat malt helps balance it out. Not something I would seek out again.

Photo of animalchin
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orange that becomes burnt in the pint glass. Certainly a good amount of cloudiness. The head has a very loose quality that doesn't stay for very long. Minuscule amount of lacing to go along.

S - Orange and spicy aromas with some sweetness to follow. Picking up banana/clove quality that resembles a hefeweizen. Very pungent and apparent.

T - The spice provides a real robust taste that is held back by the fruitness - a very well balanced situation. As with the smell, a bitter banana quality comes through in the aftertaste, but it's a nice complement to accompany.

M - A little sharp with the carbonation - not surprised by this due to the appearance.

D - This experience with witbier is surely positive. I have always been a fan of Ithaca's approach and take on various styles, and this shines through for me. This particular brew strongly resembles a hefeweizen; not sure if that was intention. I wasn't the biggest fan of the corrosive carbonation, but it may have just been the bottle/storage. Otherwise, excellent work.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale tangerine color is moderately hazy, with a strong waverly mist of micro-bubbles rising within. The capping is strong, 2 fingers, sea-shell white in color, with a frumpy, stryofoam like texture. The lacing is equally strong sticking well to the glass leaving a chunky, bready ring band about.

S: Pale oranges, wheat and a pretty good musky nature. Fairly simple, could use some sharpness as well coriander to spice things up.

T: sharp nature, pale oranges and wheat. No frills flavor that lacked a good spiciness (again coriander and a lemony touch would have been nice). Musky hops, some bitterness come on the close. Dry wheat base, mundane flavor and spicing.

M: Upfront crispness, very tight and well suited per style, but quickly turns to a washy feel after a few seconds. Bubbly, washy that loses credibility on the hold.

O: Besides a good visual nature the beer lacks in comparison to staple styles like hoegaarden. Lacks a good spicy nature, bite, with a fairly sloppy wheat base that comes off as ordinary as the spicing. Partly sunny is partly dull and overcast.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Ithaca Beer Co storefront. It poured a clear golden orange with a seemingly frothy head (it was a small glass). The flavor has very good depth with a spicy sweet flavor that consisted of wheat, citrus, and pale malts. It was very refreshing and could be a very good session beer for a summer afternoon.

Photo of scaliasux
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium light yellow. Cloudy, nearly opaque. Short creamy white head with some persistence.

Smell - Sweet and grainy. Banana and a little spice and lemon.

Taste - Sweet grain. Artificial banana with a lemony finish. Some spice, especially in the aftertaste - I'll go with cloves. Quite watery.

Mouthfeel - Light.

Overall - Flavor didn't live up to the aroma's promise.

Photo of Celt44
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy light yellow straw. Small head and thin lacing that last throughout.

Aroma - lemon zest with slight malts up front. Faint spice towards the end. Ginger...

Taste - Citrus lemon with a malt presence. Ginger pops its head up again....

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth - no suprises here. Designed to go down easy and fast on a hot summer day..

Drinkability - A very nice Witbier. Definitely will try this again. I've had more flavorful wits, but this hits the spot...

Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had my Partly Sunny on a rainy cloudy day. Looking at the label I can only hope for a couple more warm sunny days. The beer pours with a fair sized head but has no retention or lacing. Has a straw color with a bit of haziness.

The nose is one of the high points of this brew (along with the quaffability factors). Smells of spices (cloves?), orange, citrus, and some wheat malt. My girlfriend thinks it smells like bologna, I do find it to slightly noticeable but not as much as her.

The taste has a spicy fruit like quality ( if that's even possible). A good wheat profile and the orange/citrus comes in to play as well. I think this a great summer time brew.

Photo of Blanco
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark orange and cloudy with a nice sized head. Light carbonation. Smells like wheat and spices with a little fruitiness. Nicely balanced flavors of spices and citrus; its more sweat than tart. The flavor is very good albeit on the mild side. It has a nice tiny zing on the tongue that livens it up and goes down incredibly smooth due to its lightness and is very refreshing and perfect for summer. Very drinkable.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and left lacing on the surface, which eventually completely faded away leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of orange citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of citrus and wheat, but there are also some spicy hints of coriander.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable but I wouldn’t consider it refreshing enough to be thirst quenching.

Photo of rlee1390
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear yellow-orange. 1 finger foam head that dissipates quickly, does not leave behind any lacing. Highly carbonated

S-Lemon, wheat and bananas

T-Mainly lemon, not real strong. Some banana at the finish but once again not a strong flavor.

M-Light, carbonated and dry

D-Too dry and carbonated to be very drinkable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic. Pours very hazed and has a massive, topographous white head. Awesome retention. This is an almost perfect looking wit.

Coriander is definitely there in the nose, as is a hefty wheat tang. Has a spritzy lemon character that is a bit different and gives it almost a sour-ish aroma. Interesting.

The lemony aspect is definitely big in the flavor as well and makes this one almost an american wheat/witbier hybrid flavor. The coriander is not very strong and the beer lacks the traditional 'soft' feel to it that most of the classic wits have. Still though, not bad and is fairly enjoyable to drink. As a proclaimed wit fiend, this was fun to try and has some unique characteristics, but ones enough for now.

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy light straw hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was very good lacing and retention.

The smell featured elements of orange and lemon zest with a strong coriander and clove spice. Undertones of yeast and wheat malt as well.

The taste was upfront zesty citrus with a strong clove, coriander and grain of paradise spice. Chewy yeast and wheat flavors present toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was light yet rather chewy.

Overall an excellent wit and a great summer beer (although I sampled while watching the Fiesta Bowl). Very flavorful and highly quaffable. Another excellent upstate New York summer brew.

Photo of erosier
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pouts an orange-yellow color with a tall white colored head that fades slowly and laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat aromas, orange and lemon scents followed by coriander and maybe some other spices in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted wheat, some other sweet malts, sweet orange, tangy lemon, and then a nice coriander finish. Pretty decent mix of flavors.
M: Smooth, light-medium bodied, maybe some more carbonation would be good, but pretty refreshing nonetheless.
D: Overall a decent mix of flavors and feel, nice job on this.

Photo of MTNboy
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Don't let the name fool you this beer pretty cloudy but in a good way. It has nice cloudy hay yellow color to it. The head was virtually nonexistent but there was a little lace.

Smell- Definitely sweet other than that it is mildly citrus like.

Taste- It had a strong wheat malt taste, a little bit of sugar, citrus and some spice. I thought the aftertaste was a little bitterer than it should have been.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and easy to drink.

Drinkability- Average and refreshing.

Photo of Murchmac
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this as an extra.

Pours a really carbonated bubbling bubbly medium head that falls into itself. Like the baking soda volcano you would make in third grade.

More of a cut grass macro smell. Something Laverne and Shirley would bottle.

Some sweet malt taste, some spice. Some hops.

Macro and sweet aftertaste.

Next time you reach for that MGD on that hot summer day, pick this one instead.

Photo of DrDemento456
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A very nice bubbly yellow with a half inch of creamy white head. Looks pretty good.

S - Expecting a bit of lemon, yest or maybe some spice I am greeted with a smell of sour apples and pears. Is this a Saison? Very weird indeed.

T - Ow wow full on Saison flavors which is kind of offputting since it's very tart. I get full on apple and pear with a touch of lingering hay and a nice bit of hops in the finish. Rating to style this is a complete fail.

M - Medium bodied was surprisingly harder to drink than I thought.

Overall I love their "Groundbreak Saison" but this is kind of a disaster. Rating to style? Terrible. Rating to likeness. Pretty lousy.

I would avoid this if expecting to get a succession-able witbier.

Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is not much lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some herbal grassy notes and a floral/perfume flavour. It ends with a floral lingering aftertaste.

Overall - Good not great. The astringent floral notes get tiresome after a while. Well worth trying but not something I'd buy a whole lot of. A decent summer refresher.

Photo of drtth
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is cloudy golden yellow color with a ½" thick almost white head. Sipping leaves some, but not a lot of, lacing and the ring of foam persists fairly long, leaving some lacing on sipping for at least the first half of the beer.

Smell: There is a definite aroma here but nothing dominates it. The citrus, lemon zest in this case, is faint and blends nicely with the spice (some coriander) which is not powerful but is detectable.

Taste: The flavor is just fine, with some wheat, some yeast, the lemon zest and traces of the coriander.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light and prickly with lots of fine carbonation. The finish is fairly short but witbier spicy and reasonably dry.

Drinkability: This is a nice enough witbier with a good but not outstanding flavor. The lemon peel is an interesting variation on the usual orange peel. The beer is refreshing on a hot summer day. I've enjoyed this one both while taking notes for the review and then later with the last half of the beer being consumed along with a salad for lunch. While I wouldn't turn down another I think one is enough for now.

Photo of cbutova
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Partly cloudy light orange beer poured into a pint glass. Foamy white head forms to a nice three finger size but it only lasts for a minute or so. Tiny bubbly ring around the edges with a few clouds in the middle. Head disappears completely leaving no lace and a strange looking beverage.

S- Wheat/grain bomb, too much so it seems to dominate every whiff I get. I also get some lemon/citrus zest and just tiny yeast spice behind that.

T- Again, each sip brings with it a hefty dose of wheat bread crust. The citrus peel, floral, spicy, clove and yeast comes through more than the aroma. I get some sort of cardboard/corn hint as well, hard to describe (just super wheaty?).

MF- Light body with a somewhat watery feel. The carbonation is lower than I expected and seems off for the style. Slight bitterness.

Doesn't really do it for me in any way. The spices don't bring much flavor. The Witbier aspect of this is just not there. I just get a big flavor of wheat crust and some corn/cardboard thing going on when it comes down to it.

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Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.