Whitsun Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Whitsun AleWhitsun Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the style of a mid-19th century English Festival Ale, this unfiltered wheat beer displays a translucent orange color topped with a creamy, white head. Wheat enhances the mouthfeel of the beer and produces pleasant bread-like notes while Michigan honey provides a caramelized sweetness in the flavor profile. This beer is spiced with orange peel and coriander and small amounts of three hop varieties pleasantly counterbalances the sweetness.

Brewed with Michigan honey.
1062 OG; 17 IBU

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Ratings: 566 |  Reviews: 228
Reviews by wizo:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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Photo of oberon
4.71/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Started drinkin this on tap on Mckinac Island where I spend my summers,one of the best wheats on tap I have had.It rates with Franziskaner in my book,yes that good!The perfect beer to drink in the summer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange gold with a nice white head and almost no lacing or head. Sweet grains and honey with just a touch of orange in the nose. Taste has rubbery caramel malts with sweet fruity yeasts, peaches, peach syrup, smarties candy in the background, and a nice hoppy finish with a lingering bitterness. Body is medium and syrupy with decently assertive carbonation. Easy to drink and better warm than cold. Also much better in a bottle than on tap.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a hazy orange beer. It smells like oranges. It tastes like very acidic wheat beer that someone has added orange syrup to. Maybe this is kinda what Berliner Wiesse is like? The mouthfeel is syrupy with acid sting. I am not into this beer. If you like oranges though, give it a try.

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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was a hazy amber color with a small off-white head.

Outdoors aroma. Spicy. Some fruit, rather sweet. A little on the faint side.

Spicy coriander taste. A little orange.

On the lighter side.

Nice enough, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Todd
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Pours a very murky, rich peach coloured beer, large bubbles and a snapping white foam head that settles to nothing quite quickly. Loads of yeast! (unfiltered)

Sweet bread, light citrus, faint herbal and a bit of grain in the aroma. Very faint nose, overall.

Smooth, medium-bodied. An upfront malt sweetness and strong/distinct honey sweetness pairs well with the bold fruity flavours of melon, peach and apricot. Tea-like herbal character lies beneath and adds depth, while a light citrus sharpness of sweet oranges splash the malt sweetness from the palate. Touch of spice (clove). The finish dries out a bit, getting a bit crisp, with residual a residual fruit sweetness that lingers. Alcohol becomes a bit pronounced as the beer warms.

Although not traditional, this is an interesting, and very fruity, take on an unfiltered wheat beer. I could see myself relaxing and sucking back quite a few of these on a nice summer day.

Thanks to trbeer.

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Photo of Namarsha82
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, no freshness info offered. Pours cloudy/yeasty darker apricot amber, eggshell, medium bubble head and kist a tad of lace left behind. tropical fruit nose, fruity brew, respectable wit/wheat characteristics, refreshing and tasty. Some spicing and pepperyness late. Nice summer brew. Decent take on the style by Arcadia.

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Photo of alyssa1224
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light brown in color with a gentle haziness throughout. There's a fingernail of bright white on top. I smell coriander and light orange peel throughout the nose. The taste is intensely that of coriander and bitter orange peel. I also get pale wheat, but it is more of a background note. The mouth is very light and delicate.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Nose: fresh bread, some orange peel, slight coriander
Pours amber with a slight haze under a 1.5" bone white, frothy, sudsy persistent foam collar.
Palate: an American style Wit that leans a little towards the Belgian style. Nice wheat flavors, with light spice and orange. Cleaner yeast flavors than a Belgian Wit.
Medium full body, medium high carbonation.
A good, drinkable summer beer that you can serve to a wide range of people.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lovely golden color, with about a finger worth of head that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving a soapy layer on top. Almost no lacing.

S - Wheat, orange zest, and coriander. Not very complex, but appetizing nonetheless.

T - The orange is noticeable, and there's some sweet-wheat going on... funky spiciness that I'm not too sure about. Bitter finish.

M - Creamy with very fine carbonation. This one goes down nice and smooth.

O - It's nothing to write home about, but I wasn't really disappointed either. There are better renditions of this style, but it came in a sampler pack with other beers that I know I like. So-so.

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Photo of sarahspat
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is amber orange with a tiny off white head. No lacing. Smells of orange and lemon peels and the taste follows suit with freshly cut grass added. There are a few inappropriate hints of alcohol heat in some sips. Also, there's a bit of maple syrup in there. The flavors are a little aggressive for the style, and I don't think they blend as well as they could. It's kind of strong in flavor for a nice session or summer beer, but it's not bad in general.

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Photo of ADR
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quite hazy and sedimented medium yellow ochre with an illuminated back tone. Head is thin in the texture of the bubbles, rises to 1/4 of an inch with pretty good staying power. Laces are average in presentation, mostly non-interlocking downward dripping strings. Odd aromas, slightly citric as in citrons (candied fruit) with medicinal qualities. Mouthfeel has decent fine carbonation but is overly thick for style and verging on gloppy. Flavor starts fruity but too sweetened, some spice but is also lactic and almost like a mayonaise with tang and eggy notes. Still holds on to phenolic senses to the aftertaste. Strangely composed, I can often have trouble with this style, the spices sometimes strike me as odd, but in addition, this is too thick.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep cloudy hazed amber golden creamy head forms nicely leaves heavy chunks of lacing. Aroma: Slight subtle spice sharp wheat sweetness touch of citrus not bad seems a bit muted overall though. Taste: Slight English tone to it with a mix of caramel malt and unmalted wheat grains touch of spice and citrus appear but relatively toned down. Not a bad American pale wheat at all. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated was a smooth drinking beer after the Jack Johnson concert. Drinkability: Was definitely a brew I could have sipped on for awhile, but I spotted better offerings namingly Snake River Zonker Stout.

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Photo of Zopiac
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-amber pour, clean, moderate, pale head. Light nose. Mouthfeel is smooth, enjoyable, nonconfrontational. Taste is mildly hoppy behind a wall of rather indistinguishable fruity floral notes. Only orange peel I can pick out is the basic beery bitterness. Still a good aftertaste though.

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Photo of goast8127
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the look, I would think this beer was filtered, a clear, completely unhazed dark gold in color. The white head rests at two fingers in height, slowly and steadily fading down to a foam that leaves good lacing on the glass.
This is a nice American wheat: the foundation is strong, the citrus and spices are evident but not overdone, blending well, and it's just ever so slightly hoppy. Yeast adds a dimension while remaining moderate in flavor. I know honey is almost entirely brewed out, but when done well, it's still a presence; that's true of this beer. The flavor is stronger than the aroma, which could use a bit more to push it up a notch, but is very nice regardless. For a Belgian, this wouldn't be a standout, as the Belgian yeast strain isn't present, but it never claims to be. For an American, I don't know that a whole lot more could be expected. Truly great.
The body is good, light enough for summer and hot weather but verging on medium with good, level carbonation and a refreshing crispness. The smoothness underneath adds to the enjoyment.

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Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lnashsig
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one- never heard of this beer, but always dig craft in a can! Poured from can into my brooklyn tulip. Pours a murky orange color, crazy thick milky head, nice retention. Smell- Orange juice from concentrate- something like Minute Maid? Some lactose flavors- creamy. Maybe a hint of nutmeg spice. Taste- there is that orange juice concentrate flavor, but it is at the back of the throat. Just a little astringent. On the front of the mouth, it is nice and refreshing, light and airy flavors, it doesn't remind me of any wit I have ever had- I would have expected more citrus, more spice, more coriander, etc. But, there is some individuality going on here that I can really appreciate. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could see drinking on a hot summer day quite often, esp because it is canned.

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Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 566 ratings