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Partly Sunny - Ithaca Beer Company

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 08-25-2005)
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When i opened the bottle it exploded with carobnation. When I poured the beer, it has a hazy golden color body with a nice white head. The smell is of clove and other spices. The taste has a lot of spice going on, but mainly it is clove. This has a great mouth feel and overall a average beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:47:16 | More by chefhatt
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellowish orange with golden highlights. Is very cloudy with a bubbly white head - little retention.

Smells of wheat, bitter lemon, fresh citrus, and warm spice - bitter herb.

Bitter lemon and sweet orange make for a lively mouth feel. Whole grain wheat comes after as it finishes with a bitter herb/spice. Drinking this on a partly sunny, partly cloudy PA day.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:22:31 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a somewhat foggy straw yellow with a one finger fluffy white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. No stickiness at all with this one. Smell is strong pale wheat with a lemon zest scent. Honey and coriander are noticable in the nose as well. Taste is a bit too zesty up front but dies down to a pleasant wheat flavor. Aftertaste is an enjoyable yeast flavor with a nice citrus splash. Average taste overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a whole lotta carbonation, too much IMO. Not a bad beer to put down on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 00:25:01 | More by BeerTruth
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Murchmac

California

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:09:00 | More by Murchmac
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with some bubbles rising. No real lacing. Nice foamy white head.

Tart aromas, with some wheat and yeast. The sour is lemon-like. Ok.

Very tart up front, with sour/lemon elements. Then you get sweet wheat and yeast. Some light bitterness. The sourness is a turn off. It isn't horrible, but just -- eh.

Lighter bodied, with good carbonation.

It is ok, but real hot weather beer. The sourness is a bit of a turn off. Just odd complexity. Good to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 23:24:16 | More by OtherShoe2
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atr2605

New York

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours hazy soft yellow color with about 1 finger width head with nice retention
S-lemon, spices, some pine aroma and a slight bready/yeast aroma.
T-More of the same in the taste, lemon really comes out at first and you get that nice piny hop bitterness towards the end.
M- medium bodied
O-Spin on a whitbier. It has a bit more lemon in the aroma and taste that I think is traditionally in the style, aloong with the use of what seems like cascade hops adding to the citrus and pine notes. Nice refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:09:43 | More by atr2605
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:18:06 | More by spinrsx
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younger35

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew (along with a few other Ithaca brews) from BeerTruth in the Fight Club BIF. Spiced wheat beers are usually hit or miss for me. Drank from my Port pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy light yellow with a decent one finger bright white head that drops very slowly. A super thin cap remains along with a fairy thick collar that leaves very little, if any, lacing.
Smell- Fairly vibrant and full of life with copious amounts of orange and lemon peel. I don't get much spice (coriander, clove, etc) but I do get a light gingery like tartness (don't think this even has ginger in it). Softly doughy and sweet with an almost vanilla like caramel maltiness.
Taste- That vanilla and caramel seems to have translated quite well into the taste also. Not overbearing, just a light mineral like vanilla tinge at the start. Some coriander and orange peel are present but seem to fade a bit as the beer warms and the malt pipes in. Very lightly sweet with a soft orange and apricot finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice creamy feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- This brew (more than any other spiced wheat I've tried) really reminds me of, dare I say, Blue Moon. Maybe it's the large orange peel aspect but it's really reminiscent. An okay beer that I didn't love but I definitely didn't hate. Would probably be more enjoyable sitting on the deck during a nice hot summer's day. Thanks Adam "Pacman" BeerTruth!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 21:40:56 | More by younger35
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. thanks tom!

Pours a hazy straw yellow with golden hues. A fair head bubbles up, retaining well with some streaks of lacing around the glass.

Scents of pleasant wheat with clove, spice, and some fruit sweetness, although the overall presentation is pretty light.

Begins with a nice tropical fruit sweetness including banana and pineapple. Some spice flairs through with cracked black pepper and some clove. Finishes with a touch of warmth and spice.

Lighter feel with plenty of carbonation and dryness towards the finish. Pretty solid session beer from Ithaca, but not really memorable in flavor or scent.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 05:10:32 | More by xnicknj
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger frothy head and little to no lacing. The aroma is of wheat and citrus with hints of clove. The taste has a nice wheat backbone with a big lemon taste, almost too much, and is balanced out by clove and a touch of banana. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light in body. The drinkability is good, the lemon taste might be a little to bitter to make a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 16:08:52 | More by goblue3509
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a copper-gold coloring with a filmy white coating. Aromas of toasted wheat, citrus sweet, and a touch of roasted herbs. Flavors are light and smooth, with a roasty and nutty backbone supporting some light spicing and lemony citrus blendings. Aftertaste is fruity sweet, with a grainy touch. The finish is a bit filmy and slightly lingering. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 20:52:25 | More by GarthDanielson
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JackStraw22

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this down at the brewery

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden body, with a sizable white head. The head retention wasn't great, I think it's just the glass. Decent lacing.

Smell: Very bready and yeasty, some corriander, slightly peppery. Average aroma, nothing that really excites the nose.

Taste/Feel: Bready and malty. Nice citrus aftertaste. Very smooth mouthfeel, could use more carbonation I think.

This is a nice Witbier, but it's nothing extrordinary. There's nothing "off" about it, so it's got room to get a lot better.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2005 20:52:33 | More by JackStraw22
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Partly sunny this beer is. Into my goblet a cloudy golden yellow with a big bubbly white head. Nose contains a lot of spice. Coriander, clove, slightly sour wheat and orange peel. Flavor is full of tangy lemon, orange and wheat. The spice quickly kicks in bringing out a lot of peppery yeast and coriander. It finishes with a crisp bitterness that dulls the spicy notes down and leaves a fruity finish. The body was light and crisp. Overall It's a decent beer but I thought the spicy middle was a little much.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 15:10:11 | More by DrinkingDrake
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellowish color with a slight haze to it with less then a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very thin veil of lace across the top.

S: Aromas of wheat and light orange citrus coming thru with a very light hint of spice.

T: Lemon is the main characteristic here with light wheat and grain. Spice is very very faint, barely noticeable at all. Mild citrus bitterness at the end. If I had a lemon slice I would probably give it a 4.

M: Light carbonation works with the citrus flavors and theres a bit of dryness at the end.

O: Not a bad summer beer. Crisp and refreshing, def a nice summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:38:44 | More by ChrisPratz
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of Ithaca's new seasonal at the brewery. I was told that it is similar to the MacGregor's Dim Wit in that they both contain coriander, but one has orange peel (Partly Sunny?) while the other has lemon peel (Dim Wit?).

Poured a huge white head that faded slowly to a ring around the glass leaving only a few specs of lace along the way. Hazy sunshine colored beer with a a few small streams of carbonation. Mild aroma full of corainder with a splash of fresh vegetation. Plenty of coriander in the flavor along with a very light, almost dry malt base. I'm pretty sure this one has the orange peels in it since there is a mellow citrus flavor towards the end. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish that never fully materializes. It's light and fluffy with a little less carbonation then most witbiers. It's missing that tangy lemon wheat flavor I like in wits, and there isn't really anything else going on to make this beer interesting. Not a bad beer, but not what I'm looking for in a witbier.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2005 00:27:03 | More by HappyHourHero
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 02:28:13 | More by dacrza1
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw color. Modest head, particularly for a wheat. No lace.

Smells like sour cream and confectioner sugar. Light spice in the background.

Flavors of coriander, soured milk, yeast and wheat. Smooth start to the body, but the high level of carbonation brings out some of the more bitter qualities of this brew. Slightly citrusy.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 02:47:52 | More by smcolw
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden straw color. A vigorous pour produces a lite foamy head fading fast.

Aroma is mostly of corrinder and celery.

Taste is definitly corrinder dominated.

Tart and dry with an off aftertaste.

Blue moon or this beer, it's a hard choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 10:31:34 | More by micromaniac129
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mobud

Delaware

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip from bottle.

A- Dark straw with a 1/2 inch white foamy head.

S- Very malty to me clove spice in to the backround.

T- Light wheat ale taste with a "guess what spice is in here" finish. Maybe I was having an off day, but I was not picking any one strong flavor in this beer. I think I will have to give it another try.

M- Alittle on the flat side.

D- I am normally I big supporter of IBC, but this beer is driving me nuts. I want to love it, but it misses me completely. I do believe that a second look is in order to be completely honest.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 23:34:32 | More by mobud
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Gmann

New York

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:39:17 | More by Gmann
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours partly cloudy with a short lived thin white head over a pale gold colored beer. Plenty of carbonation evident. Really not as hazy as I would like my witbier to be. Head retention is a disappointment as well.

Light citrus notes in the nose with plenty of spice. Coriander and pepper are notable. Taste is also dominated by spice, and there really is not that much of it. Just hardly anything else of note. There is a bit of a flowery hop finish and that's about it.

Nice light body and most definitely drinkable on a hot summer day. On said day I would be loathe to pass on any witbier. This is no exception, though I will probably not seek it out again. I'm not too excited about the Ithaca variety pack so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 23:33:40 | More by ZimZamZoom
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best before august 2009

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow has orange hues to it as well. The white head climbs to 1.5" and has a cakey, craterous texture. Good retention is shown, along with a trail of sudsy lace. So far, so good.

Smell: Somewhat of a distant aroma includes wheat malt and pale, too. Cracker and biscuit aroma sits next to some slight hop aromas.

Taste: Wheat malt leads the way, with some hop flavor not too far behind. A trace of minerals exists in both flavor form and mouthfeel. I'm disappointed that the taste is rather dull and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel: A trace of minerals makes the beer a bit dry. Smooth drinking, light body, and plenty of lively carbonation. Alcohol is difficult to assign.

Drinkability: A light beer in all aspects. This would be a great summer quencher, but could use more aroma and flavor. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 13:18:40 | More by Risser09
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erosier

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:25:40 | More by erosier
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:45:17 | More by scaliasux
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 22:50:31 | More by beerthulhu
Partly Sunny from Ithaca Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.