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Apollo | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 04-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are bold with mainly wheat and fruity yeast. Tastes are wheat, banana, yeast, biscuity, bready, and sweet. It's medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, good interpretation of the style, but not as good as expected.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw with about a half finger of white head that fades very quickly. No lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is belgian yeast, banana, green apple, pineapple, and bubblegum. There is a mild tartness, even in the nose, that I'm intrigued by.

T: Umm. Light and sweet up front with the Belgian esters and fruits. Definite banana and bubblegum. As it moves to the middle I get some more fruityness out of it, and it shifts to a funkier side. Green apple and pineapple. Spot on with the nose. The finish is mildly puckering, but more so on the sides of the tongue.

M: Light bodied beer. It's sweet and refreshing to start, but gets a little weird in the middle. The finish is a tad sour, but everything seems to work well together.

O: Solid beer. This might actually be my favorite Sixpoint beer. I've been let down by their cans in the past, but this is a great summer brew with nice marriage of complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours from the can as a lightly hazed golden orange color with a one finger white head. The head fades very fast to give only a tiny level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat and sour lemon. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of yeast and a malty smell.

Taste – The taste starts out of wheat and malt and is quite lemony. The lemon taste gets even stronger as the taste moves on. As the taste moves on with the lemon increasing in the flavor becomes more and more tart. In the end a rather mouth-puckering lemon and wheat flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. Good for the style as it balances out some of the tart flavors by not allowing them overpower the tongue but yet the feel yields to a more refreshing feel.

Overall – A bit on the tart side for me, but that is to be expected for the style. Not a bad flavor profile and rather refreshing.

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Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a cloudy/hazed golden/orange...this is a Krstalweizen? This does not look filtered at all. At first a two finger white head forms, then noisely fizzes out in a second. No lace.
S: Banana bread, and toffee. Big bubblegum aromas. Spicy phenolic, peppery yeast.
T: A sweetness up front, along with some banana bread. Again, big on the bubblegum flavors, along with a peppery yeast. Maybe a bit of sourness? Not crisp tart lemons that can be a great component in other wheat beers, but more like a bit of an acidic bite.
M/D: A light to medium body. Light on the carbonation, and pretty thin overall. Not nearly crisp enough. Not hard to drink, and I will finish this with ease. Though this does not make me want to come back again and again.

Not bad, just pretty average. Maybe I am spoiled cause there are a handful of great wheat beers made in Texas. This leaves me wanting.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into pint

Pours a hazed golden color with a thick fluff of white head resting on top. Retains for a bit, leaving patchy lacing on the glass with some cloudy film.

Pretty interesting nose with elements of fruit, grass, tartness and bread. A bit sweet as well with some lighter malts and faint hops.

Decent sweetness up front with banana and apple. Soft tartness gives a brightness to the beer, with some biscuit malts providing balance. A bit sweet on the back end, with a soft notion of hops.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly and refreshing on the tongue. A pretty interesting beer, but the sweetness was a little bit much for me.

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Photo of mynie
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is not only gorgeous but absolutely perfect for this time of year, like something you'd be handed by a smiling man right as you enter a beergarden. It looks like the way sun looks in one of those old acid trip comics from the 60s.

Smells more yeasty than what I'm used to from the style, way more alcoholic than the lowish ABV led me to anticipate. The more traditional wheatmalt nodes (pepper, bananas) take a back seat, and the overall effect is pretty good but a little off balance.

Tastes much more balanced and yet maintains its adventurousness. Starts with lemony yeast--with the tartness blotting out any signs of alcohol--and moves into a middle of wheatmalt bananas as the yeast takes on nodes of cloves and whitepepper that's so good it's almost a dead ringer for Weihenstephaner. This sticks around for a long while, and lemony sweetness lingers long after the beer is swallowed.

The body's a little thin and the aroma's a little off balance, but aside from those two minor flaws this is an elite wheat.

A damn impressive summer session, right here.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like strong lemon with grassy hops and unripe apricot, and a little fresh wheat.
T: It tasted like lemon and unripe apricot, with a little grassy hops and candi sugar. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't bad, but I wasn't a huge fan of the scent or taste. The body was alright, and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not worth trying more than once.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up locally, enjoyed from a Weizen glass?

a - brew poured a murky yellow with an orange core and a few fingers of foamy head that evaporated almost instantly.

s - smells like a hefe. Orange peel and wheat with some sweetness.

t - big orange flavor tamed back only with wheaty sweetness and a pinch of earthy grassiness. Some banana in the mix as well to round it out. Not a huge fan of this style but this is quite tasty.

m - a bit more full bodied than I expected. Good carbonation. A little fizzy but appropriate for the style.

o - overall a nice rich and flavorful hefe that leads with oranges and nice sweetness. Great for this summery weather. One of the better hefes that I have had. Not grossly sweet.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a lustrous golden amber color with low clarity, more fitting of a proper hefe than a filtered version. The head, on the other hand, lacks the wonderful texture of a typical hefe, but it is a three finger offwhite color with thick bubbles that ultimately settles down to a little under one finger. Tiny specks of lacing on the glass.

S: Very strong banana scent, almost to the point where it starts to smell like glorified banana bread. There are also a bit of spices, such as coriander and clove hidden underneath.

T: It starts with a strong banana flavor (surprising) augmented by a pleasant tartness, before giving way to a wheaty malt upsurge near the finish. I've never had a weizen truly like this one - Sixpoint have done a great job getting yeast esters into the flavor profile without weighing down the palate with heaviness and astringency, all while providing an excellent tart sensation.

M: The finish and aftertaste aren't overly heavy from the yeast, though the body in general is still a little thicker than I like. Carbonation is about spot on for the general style.

O: Weizens are are one of my favorite styles, and this nicely breaks out of the traditional mold without coming across as recklessly experimental. It's not better than the weizens from Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, or Sierra Nevada, but it easily deserves to be placed in the same conversation as them.

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Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours out a deep, dark yellow, almost but not quite amber,with a thick haze. It develops a very frothy white head that reaches two fingers and shows good retention after receding to one, where it remains the rest of the session. Mostly spotty lacing is left on the glass, but it's thick and heavy, not to mention plentiful.
The first time I had this beer, I was a little surprised to smell the banana and clove typical of particular German lagers, since it was initially miscategorized. As it is, it leaves no doubt as to the style. It's got a very nice aroma, at once light and yet with a certain strength, with the particular yeast making itself well known. Phenols are very pleasant, and a light sweetness to a very nice spiciness underneath adds depth. Wheat and a touch of lemon make for a well-rounded, balanced, and fairly complex beer.
The flavor follows suit with a bit of lemony fresh tartness coming out more strongly along with a green apple . The note along with the spiciness beneath a strong wheat foundation. Malts are a bit bready as well.
This beer is light and crisp and quite dry, though not entirely. It needs no more crispness in order to be as refreshing as it should be. It's not thin, with the light body actually quite deep. It's also smooth, with all the elements working together.

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Photo of n2185
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with little lacing.

S: Light spice notes with sweet bubblegum and banana aromas up front. Bready and crystal malt aromas bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, bananas with some slight spice flavors and bubblegum are present up front. The finish is bready with a slight sour and tart flavors.

M: Light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is light, dry, and drinkable.

O: A solid beer, overall. The sourness in the flavor is slightly odd, but it works well enough. Still, it's enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of bobv
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade from a Ratebeer member from Ohio.
Thanks, Jeff!
Not available in VT until next week.

Poured into my 0.5 L. Weihenstephaner glass

A: Slow pour yields a chunky 2 in. head with chunky lacing.
Golden and a little hazy.

T: I fell into a banana boat! Cloves and slight peppery yeast.
Crisp citrusy finish.

M: Light to medium body with nice smooth carbonation.

O: Highly sessionable. Reviewing this well after dinner,but would really love to sit around a picnic table cracking Old Bay smothered blue claw crabs with a 4- pack of these!
Also would be excellent as a palate cleanser in a Leipziger Gose kind of way to drink at a Barleywine or Impy Stout tasting.
Hmmm... time to make that list of invitees.

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Photo of Dope
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A surprisingly cloudy golden-orange pour. Big fluffy white head. Fades at a medium pace leaving etching all over the glass.

S: Tons and tons of banana, pear and melon with some wheat backing it up. Quite a bit of black pepper. Maybe a little clove?

T: Fruity up front with the banana and pear mainly (just hints of melon like honeydew). Turns wheaty with some cloves and a little bit of sweetness in the middle. Great wheaty finish with the lots of black pepper in lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, very crisp and smooth and drinkable.

O: Wow this is a great one. Drinkability is off the scale. Goes down better than water, so smooth and crisp without being too thin and watery. I really enjoyed this one, top notch for the style - just a half a notch below Weihenstephaner in my opinion.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty straw color with a big moderate bubbled head that quickly settles into a light ring leaving some of those big bubbles on the side of the glass.

The aroma is of a true bavarian hefe. Noticable banana aroma, both ripe and unripe. The unripe banana and lemon notes gives the aroma a light tart edge. Some musty clove. A bready malt scent as well.

The taste is of bananas; again both ripe and unripe. There also is some lemon and metal that gives the beer a tart twang. Substantial wheat malt presence that gives the hefe a bready base. Some brown sugar sweetness.

Good balance between sweet and tart. Perhaps a bit more tart than the average hefe. Lightly astringent in the finish, not super creamy.

A solid hefeweizen. Not sure about the Krisalweizen classification as the beer is a bit murky and brown. Most Kristalweizens that I have seen are more pale in color with a slight haze.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed light orange color. Almost two fingers of foamy white head that falls quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

4.0 S: Big banana esters, clove from the yeast, bubblegum, and melon. Light grassy hoppiness. Neutral wheat. Quite nice.

3.5 T: Surprisingly tangy. The base mostly follows the nose, but the strength is reduced. Banana, clove, bubblegum, melon, grassy hops. Tangy earthiness with lemony tartness. Lightly bready with neutral wheat.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is appropriate to style. It's missing the creaminess that you'd get from a hefe though. Still, not bad.

3.5 D: Interesting. Didn't expect the tanginess from this. Still, it's tasty and a good summer beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into hefe glass from can. Really nice burnt orange color with a slight haze. Thick sticky head. Smells amazing...wheaty clove and banana malts. Taste is of major banana and clove and wheat. Its so fresh and crisp and easy drinking. This is a fantastic brew!! Another amazing sixpoint brew!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oversized can picked up in GCT, NYC.

Fizzy yellow, some white foam. Hazy. Smell is powerful banana/clove - like a hefe on steroids. Wheat throughout the nose and taste, and blended in with waves of citrus. The blend is near perfect.

Tasty, refreshing - this is an ideal summer beer I will be looking to pick up again before the season is over.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip. Enjoyed side-by-side with Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier in a battle for style domination.

A: The orange body is way too cloudy for the style, looking much more like a Hefe- than a Kristalweizen. Above is a finger of frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Compared to the crystal-clear body and majestic head of its German rival, this is nothing if not disappointing.

S: Powerful banana, floral spiciness, and some vanilla. Really different, and quite enjoyable. It's a bit heavier than the Weihenstephaner, but since it's a pleasant heaviness I don't really mind.

T: Opens with ripening banana, followed by a touch of spicy wheat, and closed out by ridiculously intense, pure banana. This seriously tastes like it was brewed with real bananas, especially on the aftertaste. I love it, but it's definitely a bit of a one-trick pony.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation. A bit sticky, but still great.

O: The bad appearance really turned me off to this one at first, and I'm a bit disappointed in its complete and utter lack of anything resembling complexity (especially compared to the remarkably complex, layered offering from Weihenstephan), but it's still a really tasty beer. I don't know that I'd want to drink more than one, given its heavy, insistent fruitiness, but it's a pleasure all the same.


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Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden color with a small white head and no significant lacing

S-wheat, bananas, cloves, slight citrus and spices

T-bananas, cloves, nice wheat character and slightly tart bite at the finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp, dry mouthfeel

O-a nice weizen that will be enjoyable in the summer months ahead

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, with best before date of sometime in July 2013 smeared on the bottom of the can. My friend gave me a can of this stuff so I could review it on here. My fourth beer from Sixpoint, and my first encounter with a kristalweizen style beer so I don't really know what to expect.

Poured into a Shock Top weizen glass, based on the BeerAdvocate recommendation.

A - Pours about three fingers of foamy off-white head that fizzles down to about a finger. Body color is an amber orange, almost similar to a pale ale, but with tons of bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Bananas, carbonation, bubblegum malts, cloves, vinegar, maybe a hint of lemons, and some earth. Not ideally how I like my beer to smell, but I suppose it suits the style.

T - Taste follows the nose, but with a bit of vinegar tartness somewhere near the middle. Creamy bananas, lots of clove, and a bit of grainy wheat. I am actually really enjoying it, except the cloves are a bit overpowering.

M - Feel is crisp, tart, and refreshing. Bit of vinegar tartness, and some spicy cloves lingering on the palate. Very light, easy drinking.

Overall, an interesting beer, definitely a bit different than what I expected. I personally think this would be a better beer without the cloves, or at least with them toned down a bit. Either way, flavorful and sessionable, especially for those more inclined toward German / Belgian style beers, I'd say. Not exactly my favorite, but it has me interested to try more kristalweizens.

Sixpoint Apollo ---3.5/5

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Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can.

Chill hazed tawny orange body. Pinkie finger of moderately dense, light beige head. Some lacing. Nose is loaded with clove, bubble gum, and banana. Borderline almond extract and sugar cookie dough as well. Good thing I like all of those things.

Lightly doughy, bready up front. Banana and clove fill in. Banana bread notes. Becomes slightly tangy with an almost tart, dry, bitterish edge. Clove and lemon peel mingle in the finish. Lingering banana and banana aftertaste. Medium body with a slightly creamy, yet somewhat lively, refreshing feel. A very nice sidekick for battling the summer heat.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a deep clear gold with two fingers of frothy off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Very sweet aroma of banana, geen apple, tropical fruit, cloves, and grainy malts.

The taste was tart with fresh-squeezed lemon upfront. Light amounts of wheat and green apple followed. The tartness lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and quite dry with a moderate carbonation.

I liked the combination of tartness and wheat. Very interesting, for sure.

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Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours an orange-yellow color with a bit of chill haze. The head stood about one finger tall following a medium-aggressive pour, but settled pretty fast. Very little in the way of head retention and/or lacing on this one.

AROMA: Clove, Banana, Fermented Peaches, Jasmine, Baby Powder, & Lavender.

TASTE: There’s a nice tart and fermented fruit flavor up front. The typical clove and banana flavors of a Hefeweizen start to surface about midway. The sourness creates a drying effect on the palate towards the back-end. There’s some lingering fruit flavor as well as some spices on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a very soft carbonation with some nice drying and tart characteristics.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is my first Kristalweizen, but it’s really just a filtered Hefeweizen, so the flavors are pretty similar. The mild, yet pleasant tart flavors really added to this one. It reminds me of a cross between Sierra Nevada Kellerweis & Dogfish Festina Peche. Good stuff.

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Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour was surprisingly turbid for a kristalweizen. Golden color with a dense head and finely suspended particulate. Soft mouthfeel, with vague banana notes and a bready, wheaty finish. Went a touch medicinal toward the very end, but not enough to throw the flavor profile off. A bit more sweet than average, with some sugary flavor in the middle. Good, but not more than that.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best By 18AUG2012

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: Yeasty, with banana, clove, and fruits. Simple, yet powerful

T: Follows the nose, tart with fruity yeast, banana and clove. Slight pepper. Finishes slightly sweeter, with the tartness fading

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky from the yeast, but much less than a hefe because of the filtered nature of this style

O: Wow. What a wonderful summer beer. Easy to drink, comes in a can, and is traditional. Can't beat it

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Apollo from Sixpoint Brewery
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