Apricot Wheat | Otto's Pub and Brewery

Apricot WheatApricot Wheat
BA SCORE
3.57/5
134 Ratings
Apricot WheatApricot Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
ottospubandbrewery.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by psugrad98 on 11-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,204
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
134
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by goatgoat:
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russwbeck for the opportunity.

Perfectly clear light amber. Moderate white head falls quickly leaving little lace. Smell is popping with fruit, mostly apricot, intensely sweet with a caramel/sugary background, almost too much for me. Taste is sweet, but not as overpowering as the nose. It's toned down with more wheat character. A light bitterness in the finish, with an almost pit like character. Very light feel, drier than expected from the nose, which makes it easier to drink.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the apricot with not too much else going on. There may be a little bit of wheat in the aroma, but it is basically just fruit. The flavor is more of the same. A whole lot of apricot and a tad bit of wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Otto's Pub and Brewery "Apricot Wheat"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2.61 @ Pletcher's Beer Distributor, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I had this on tap at Otto's but I'd just eaten and I didn't think I could review it properly so I've got a bottle here and let's see how it goes. It's poured a clear golden body beneath a finger-thick head of bright white that seems to be settling slowly. The aroma is interesting, it reminds me a little of wax like those candies you had as a kid that had almost flavorless sugary syrups inside, and a little of tomato sauce that's both sweet and acidic, but it's also fruity. Apricot, yes I get that, but I doubt I would if I didn't know that's what it was, and there's some definite grainy malt in there as well. Let me try again... ahhh, maybe more so with the apricot, with the swirl of the glass I get more and it is like apricot "Fruit Roll Ups" but better, and I guess a little like the real thing as well. Also, did I make a pizza analogy, no I didn't, but that tomato thing has to be at least partially about sweetish bready malt that would normally be coming off of the crust. But OK... The flavor follows but it's more fruity sweet and just a finger-touch tart, but also stiffly bitter, and it finishes dry and lightly acidic with lots of apricot flavor lingering. Ahh boy, I'm an idiot and DUH, it's only now that I really get the wheat component of the maltiness. It's been there all along though, supporting the fruitiness, and I'll say it's remarkably well balanced. I know the apricot is just flavoring but even then when you're brewing it you still have to get it tuned in. Medium leaning medium-light in body. Moderately bitter but still mainly dry in the finish. Interesting, refreshing, and drinkable to at least two servings.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The initial pour is a bit foamy but seems to settle down rather quickly, revealing a clear copper body with a finger or so of fizzy slightly off-white head. This readily peters down into some light foamy ringing, which leaves back just a smattering of spotty lacing. The aroma smells like apricot, with a juicy sweetness in the nose that is propped up a bit by the wheat character. Light grassy hop notes hang on the edges.

The taste is similar, with the apricot flavor coming off as a bit more artificial feeling but it isn’t too bad considering that it is a pretty strong fruit flavor overall. A light grassy bitterness runs through the middle of the profile, while that crisp wheat backbone gives that fruit something to bounce off of. The finish here is bitter and drying. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly and crisp feel to the carbonation in the mouth but does seem a little too lively along the back.

Nothing overly offensive here but this one just wasn’t my thing. A little less over carbonation would have maybe helped things out as well. I can take it for what it is though.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - Oct 2, 2007. Aroma gives a musk of coconut body lotion, tinted with fruit flesh and some lip gloss. Edging artificial, but staying clean and leaving the ugly confrontation between malt and fruit behind for a more subtle expression of fruit sugars. Pours a rich straw, headed with a white crisp edge. Flavor is full and moves into a different range, with reduced apricot candy, lots of plum and peach, in juice form, balanced with honey and malt sugar. Again, edging artificial but staying clean and not get skunky or off, which I guess is the unintentional goal of most fruit beers. Coconut meat pops up as do higher florals in the orchid and hibiscus range. Finishes out a little wet and palate lies slightly sticky, but there’s a curbing edge of puckering sourness that gives it a more clean snap at the end, lending nice drinkability. Fresh, bright, clean, alive and friendly. All I can ask for in a brewpub’s perfunctory fruit offering, I suppose.

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Photo of brian60
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a cream soda color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mild apricots, some grains. Taste is light, grains, wheat, some apricot, not exactly bursting with flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not terrible, really nothing special about this beer.

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle purchased at the brewpub.

A: The wheat ale has a visually appealing amber color, lighter and more translucent than the bottle sitting next to it. A half a finger of head didn't do much.

S: The aroma is a light combination of sweet apricot and hearty wheat. The apricot becomes more dominant as the ale warms.

T: Much like the nose, the taste is driven by the apricot. The result is a pleasantly sweet ale that remains light throughout. Wheat appears near the back of each sip, adding a certain amount of body to the beer. The finish has an apricot zing that works better than most fruit beers.

M: The mouthfeel won't set the world aflame but the wheat and apricot pairing works nicely.

D: The ale is very easy to drink, light enough that it doesn't weigh you down and weak enough that it won't knock you out.

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Photo of SickGnar
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Peachy hued light amber/golden (how appropriate). Quite small white head, clear and bright. Nada for lace.

S: Juicy apricot, but none too strong. Faint and plain wheat beer way in the background. Not a whole lot going on either in complexity or amplitude. Apricot grows as warms, beer stays muted.

T: Pith & skins stone fruit – only vaguely apricot, though clearly stone fruit. Barest fleeting hint of juicy sweetness. Odd astringent note lurking around the edges. Blah and weak wheat beer in background with just a touch of husk. No hops noticed. Bitterness that is present seems more tied to astringent note.

M: Under medium body with CO2 matched. Soft and just barely avoids being watery. Astringent, sort of medicinal, drying.

D: Doesn’t really hit the apricot note. Wheat beer doesn’t really show through. Sort of misses all the way around. Also angular and disjointed. Still, it would be somewhat more drinkable were it not for the astringent note. Hopefully it is a better beer on tap. If not, then since Otto’s is located in a college town, there must be many let down coeds.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of andersony17
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack while at PSU at Killdare's

A - Nice bottle and simple cap, dark golden/orange color, short lasting thick foam head with a low amount of lacing.

S - Smells like sweet apricots, maybe a hint of peach as well.

T - Very subtle but pleasant flavor of apricot, not as strong as it smells but a great flavor, lacking some wheat component.

M - Smooth, no bitterness, refreshing and crisp.

O - Love the flavor, definitely will buy again.

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Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Mfloyd725
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mild apricots that is almost artificial but not quite. Some wheat as well. A very basic beer but at the same time nothing bad about it.

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Apricot Wheat from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 134 ratings
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