Apollo | Sixpoint Brewery

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87
very good
739 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 04-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
739
Reviews:
196
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
15.68%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
47
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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -17%
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 barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden yellow color with a one inch white head that dissipates quickly with big bubbles, leaving little lacing.

Wheat, peach, apricot, banana, and clove comprise the aroma, with a bit of white pepper adding complexity.

Flavor is decidedly citrusy, with lemon and orange peel underlying a peach and bready wheat backbone. There's a significant coriander component and banana and apple esters present at the slightly peppery finish. There's a bit of a metallic element that emerges as it warms.

Body is a bit syrupy, With high carbonation. The finish is zesty and bubbly.

Overall, I don't have much experience with the style, but it's a fruit salad in a beer. Very tasty and lots going on to keep things interesting. But I have a feeling the style is supposed to be cleaner.

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a weizen glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy bright golden color, you can see the visible streaming carbonation but there is still quite a bit of haze for a kristalweizen. Nice fluffy head that left some minimal lace

S- Lots of banana and wheat ,clove, and quite a bit of sourness and hay funk in the aroma

T- There is a dominant tartness and hay funk from the middle of the tongue to the finish, banana, wheat, and clove notes up front

M- Very smooth, some tongue tickling carbonation, finishes dry, and an assertive tartness on the finish

O- Definitely a unique and enjoyable beer. I did not expect all the tartness for this style, but the can mentioned it being a tart wheat beer.

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Photo of TimHoss
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this interpretation of a Kristalweizen. I enjoy most of Sixpoint beers but I feel that this needs to go back to the drawing board before it is rated as "world class". I think one of the trappings of the beer is that it is marketed as a Summer Beer, which I understand the style fits the season, but the beer is simply too complex to be seen as a traditional, easy going summer beer. To me what gets you is the flavor and taste is all over the place. Starts with a sweet smell from the very thin head the mouth feel is what I expected, smooth and thin but the finish is what kills it. The finish is over the top antiseptic. What little flavor was left is destroyed by the finish. The rest of the beer is average its appearance, feel, and smell is an average interpretation of the style.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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 chrispoint
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of IBSRJOE
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw colored body beneath the very thin white head that quickly disappears to leave almost no lacing behind.

Subtle aromas of yeast, clove, and banana float from the glass.

The flavors offer clove and banana with hints of yeast and subtle tart fruitiness mid palate such as sour apple and just a hint of black pepper at the finish.

Lighter to medium in body with medium carbonation and kind of a heavy finish.

Overall this offers great character and is delightful to drink with very style appropriate flavors and mouthfeel.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz Tall Boy with Best Before 01SEP2012. Pours a murky brownish yellow with virtually no head. Very little lacing. Aroma is sour and a bit funky. Banana, cloves, spices and bread. Taste is kind of like sour banana bread. A lot of cloves and spice flavor. Hint of orange peel. Lightly carbonated. Somewhat heavy but it is an easy drinking summer beer, if that makes sense. Overall, the banana and sourness combo isn't quite for me. Its not a bad beer but there are a bunch more Sixpoint brews I'll grab before this one.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tallboy can poured into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange bodied beer with a tall 2 finger white head. Head drops pretty fast on this beer.

Smell: Smells fairly sweet; loads of bananas. Wheat, clove, pepper, and more fruity notes.

Taste: Big bananas overpower just about everything on the first sip. The beer tastes as sweet as it smells. Balance is added with hints of clove, green apple, a spicy black pepper note, and wheat.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied beer with moderate to high carbonation levels. Besides being fairly sweet its well balanced and very drinkable.

Overall: Really solid Kristalwiezen. I do enjoy drinking this style of beer this time of year when the weather gets hot. Love craft beer in a can and the price point is easy to swallow too.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orang-y cloudy body with 2 finger head. I thought Kristalweizen is supposed to be... clear? but hey, it looks very appetizing.

S: Spice, pepper, clove, banana,

T: Wow... disappointing... It looks and smells great, but the taste falls quite short. It tastes alright at first but the flavor quickly dies... leaving you with some... unpleasant after taste.

M: I think it could use a bit more carbonation.

O: It's got all the elements, but maybe slightly too spicy for the style and the flavor just dies too quickly. I would just stick to Weihenstephaner (which is locally and cheaply available).

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Photo of msarver16
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazy yellow almost green with a frothy white - little retention.

Smell lemon, sour, yeasty bread and banana.

Sour upfront, a little wheat & banana in the middle with bitter lemon and green apple in the finish. A very tart refreshing beer.

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Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Chevy Chase. Best by 18th August 2012.

Faintly hazy, this beer is dark orange with a white head that quickly recedes leaving nothing. Oh well. The nose is better, though. It's clear a fairly aggressive yeast was used in brewing this beer, as there's just a ton of clove character coupled with a moderate banana aroma. A little honey and caramel are also present. There is also a moderate fruity tartness present, like almost-ripe peaches. Not very wheaty IMO.

The palate opens with a blend of clove and a tart wheat flavor that's light and refreshing. This is followed by some banana and a little honey. Rather clean and crisp on the palate (i.e. not "soft" like a hefeweizen), this beer is light in body, has a medium-high level of carbonation and a nice, drying finish that's spicy and fruity. The tartness is an unexpected characteristic that, while not usual for the style, is an enjoyable characteristic. Recommended.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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 VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a lightly murky orange color. The body is translucent, but it glows. Nearly no head. Head is mostly just a layer along the rim of the glass.

S-Wow. Very, very spicy.Bananas riddled with clove. Tapioca pudding and sweet bread. Yeasty and peppery. I get a rubbery aroma too. Very interesting. Potent and exuberantly spiced.

T-Plenty of flavor here. I enjoyed the flavor more than the nose because the spice was effectively counterbalanced by other flavors. Tart apple cider and unripened bananas. Quite wheaty. Spice is still stressed but is not overwhelming. A nice citrus hoppiness play out on the palate too. Very tasty and it grows on you.

M-Body is fuller than I expected it to be. Massaging carbonation. A bit slick. Imbibable.

O/D-I did not think I would enjoy this as much as I did. There is a great addition of both sourness and hoppiness to the flavor. Really unique, complex and cool. I have been waiting to try this and it did not disappoint. Sixpoint brews cool beers and leaves the stylistic restraints by the wayside.

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Photo of MattGrimes17
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of lilnicky068
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into weizen glass, best by 8/18/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 3 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big banana, orange, bubblegum, biscuit, clove, herbal, and floral. Very nice and well balanced aromas with nice complexity. Taste of big banana, orange, pear, lemon, biscuit, clove, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and tangy wheat. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, biscuit, herbal, bubblegum, and light tanginess on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors; with more of a sweet flavor presence over spicy esters. Finish is fairly dry. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick moutfeel. Alcohol is completely hidden as expected for 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice Kristalweizen! Very nice flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. I really have no complaints, very enjoyable stuff.

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Apollo from Sixpoint Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 739 ratings.
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