Dragonmead Castlebrite Apricot Wheat | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Castlebrite Apricot WheatDragonmead Castlebrite Apricot Wheat

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Castlebrite is the first fruit beer to come from Dragonmead. This Apricot Ale uses an apricot puree as well as Pale Wheat malt to bring about this wonderfully refreshing brew. This beer starts with a subtle sweetness and slight apricot flavor, and finishes with a palate-cleansing tartness that will leave you wanting more.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of DanGeo
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dragonmead's Castlebrite Apricot Wheat for $3.09 at The Lager Mill. I've had this beer before and I thought it was just, but now that I saw some bottles of it I'm willing to give it a try again, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it has a nice design that goes with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker orange color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of slightly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a nice fruity, apricot and stone fruit like aromas that impart a nice juicy and candied apricot like aromas. Up next comes a little bit of a funky and lactic aroma that goes into some creamy sweetness with hardly any malty aroma with only a little bit of malty aromas. This beer has a nice aroma, but I could go with out the funky lactic like aroma.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the apricot being the first to show up and it imparts a nice apricot flavor that is creamy and it's not as juicy as it was in the aroma. Up next comes a little bit of bitterness with some sweet malts and a little bit of malts showing up. On the finish there's a just a little bit of tartness with a creamy apricot flavor in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, the apricot is showcased nicely.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, it lives up to it's name with the apricot being showcased nicely. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, especially in the summer time. What I like the most about this beer is how well the apricot is highlighted, it makes it live up to it's name. What I like the least about this beer is the funky lactic aroma, it would be better if it didn't have that. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for an apricot beer and I would recommend it to anyone looking for same. All in all I liked this beer, it was pretty straightforward and for the most part it lived up to my expectations. It's one of the better beers that I've had from this brewery and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty apricot beer, keep it up.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the better wheat ales I've had. Hazy gold in color, really rich looking. A thin collar of foam. Served on tap im a shaker pint. Aromas of freshly pulped apricot, with some nice wheat banana and spice notes. Feel is medium and prickly, with big juicy apricot flavors bursting forth ahead of a great wheat base finish.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/20/2016. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a small fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of apricot and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lightly tart apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, biscuit, herbal, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of apricots, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/dry, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very nice fruited pale wheat ale. All around nice robustness and balance of apricots, bready malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at an Old Chicago. A fine fruity wheat beer. Maybe a touch on the sweet side, but the apricot flavor is nice and not too cloying. I would certainly try again

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Photo of Giggy
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of klipper
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jmich24
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Dragonmead. Served in a taster glass.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few stray splotches of lace. Hazy straw body.

S - Rich sweet apricot flavors, with light malted wheat and a touch of musty K├Âlsch character. A bit saccharine, but shockingly good for this style of beer.

T - The taste isn't quite on par with the aroma, but it's still quite enjoyable. Nice apricot sweetness, and a clean pale wheat malt backbone.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light body, and a slightly grainy texture. Pretty much what you'd expect from the style.

D - This was actually quite excellent, and it's one of the best fruited wheat beers I've had (although most are quite terrible). Worth trying if you're at Dragonmead, and something that one could consume in large quantities.

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Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IlPostino
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Dragonmead Castlebrite Apricot Wheat from Dragonmead Microbrewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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