Apricot Wheat | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AgentZero on 10-17-2009

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very wheatbeer looking, cloudy, yellow color with the slightest hint of orange. Minimal head on it, no lacing, might have just been how the bartender was trying to serve it.

S - Well, you definately get the apricot in this. Not nearly the citris I was expecting in a wheat beer, hops seem to be drowned out by the apricot.

T - This beer is pleasant, the 4.0 rating is more for the fact this beer actually tastes reasonably good, and not horrible like most apricot beers do. Real apricot nectar taste, not the artificial flavoring of some of the other ones out there. No citris and no hops that I can taste.

M - Feels thick, then syrupy, although it's really just a light-medium bodied beer. Some nice carbonation, good for the beer.

D - Not hard to drink, but just too sweet for me to do a lot of. Nice take on the beer, but I think this is a hard type to make into a really good brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bruised apricot that faded to ripe apricot along the edges. The unfiltered murkiness of the beer was fantastic. Up top was at least one finger of quasi-creamy foam that was lemony ivory in color. A thin covering remained for the life of the pint, as did a few small sheets of smeary lace.

The aroma easily earned the above score because it smelled like apricots. To be more precise, like fresh, slightly musky apricot skins in addition to the sweet flesh itself. The tart and tangy wheatiness of the base beer was appreciated as well.

The taste score wasn't an easy call. In the end, I awarded the lower number, but it could just as easily have gone the other way. The reason for my hesitation is that AW lacked a certain spark that would have put it over the top. Whether the issue was the base beer or the amount of added fruit nectar is hard to say for sure.

I would have liked more apricot flavor... or more sweetness... or slightly less tartness... or a boatload of tropical fruity hops. On the other hand, none of those could reasonably be called a negative and none came close to being a deal-breaker. In the end, I felt that sweet, juicy apricot should have carried more of the flavor load.

Most people would be more than fine with a light-bodied summertime quencher. I am too, but that doesn't mean this one wouldn't have been even better with a little more heft. The finely buzzy bubbles in the top half of the pint were improved in the bottom half.

I like quite a few fruit wheats, but I love very few. It's so hard to find one that gets each and every variable juuust right. Apricot Wheat is a pretty good effort that, in my humble opinion, needs a little tinkering rather than a complete overhaul.

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Apricot Wheat from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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