Arcadia Whitsun Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 548
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is better than its ratings, a little something different. it doesnt have the right yeast complexion to be a belgian wit, its got orange and coriander so doesnt really fit the american wheat plan, and sort of floats in a middle area between them which i think is a great place to be, not many beers satisfy this strange niche. very pale hazy orange color to this, and a holey but high pure white inch of head. orange peel right away in the nose, the wheat malt, and a more simple yeast, bready like some of the english strains but tough to pinpoint. the hops are subtle here, but they have a citrus note too. the flavor is not exactly elegant, but its better refined than it appears to be getting credit for on this page. the honey makes the beer floral and summery and neat, without adding more sweetness than it needs. i find the orange to make it a little bitter, which i like in the finish. the grain doesnt taste super fresh to me (a problem i seem to always have with beers from these guys), but i like that it doesnt add too much body, and with the high carbonation, this is every bit a summer crusher. not much coriander here, but i dont miss it. kudos for making something a little different. i like the subtle honey and the different yeast. does not fit into a style category well, but its tasty beer. underrated.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer brew. Orange and similar citrus fill the flavor spectrum. Easy to drink. Refreshing. Would work nicely iced down in a cooler on your deck or at the pool.

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Photo of TinyRicks
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Closest beer to Bell's Oberon I've ever had. It pours a beautiful orange that's a tad on the dark side. Take wise this beer is the next closest thing to Oberon but a bit lighter in flavor. Great summer beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an Irish pint glass with the top half shaped like a soccer ball (being honest, don't ask).

Look: Very light burnt orange body with a lovely light cream head that doesn't do much too recede. Nice thick bands of lacing as well.

Aroma: Orange peel and orange zest really attack the nose with a hint of coriander on the back side.

Taste: I know "creamy" isn't a taste, but trust me, this tastes creamy. Light cardboard maltiness with stringent orange peel and a metallic, bitter tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, tangy.

Overall: Not really.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice copper orange color with a small foam head that doesn't last, except around the edge of the glass.

Smells fruity of oranges.

Tastes of a wheat ale with a bitterness and an orange peel taste.

Drinks smooth, not too thin, Would be refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of Barbarosa
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice orange and copper look. Smells of orange and spices very fresh. Taste is very good, like a beer should taste. Malt and light spices with a slight hop bite. Light carbonation, with a little aftertaste. A very good beer, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Smk54
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into a tulip beer glass. Nice Amber/copper color with mild yeast, but little citrus notes on the nose. Clean mouth feel. Less citrus flavor. Unpleasant aftertaste-?coriander?? Not what I expect from a wheat beer.

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

This beer tried being something it wasn't. The hops were a bit too pronounced for the style and it did not blend well. But it was drinkable I guess, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper, more along the lines of a pale ale than a wheat. A little head with not much retention and little lacing.

S: The spices lead, particularly the coriander - honey, bread, and fruit are also there. It smells like a tripel.

T: Spicy for a wheat, the coriander leans forward and again, it's like a tripel. The wheat is strong - is a little something extra for the style.

M: Not my favorite. Feels watered down and a bit old.

A different wheat, but not sure I'd buy again.

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Photo of SwiftestWolf
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A mild, refreshing wheat ale. A full but delicate flavor makes it better to have early in a meal or just as a refresher during the day. Refreshing and light.

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Photo of dogma33
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, HIGHLY carbonated coming out of the 12 oz bottle but the foam dies off, minimal lacing on the glass. It has a very mild aroma, hints of citrus, honey, coriander which are evident in the taste as well. The taste is mild, smooth, but the flavor is easily overwhelmed by food. To me, this is best for refreshment, not to pair with a meal. Interesting and worth trying as a six pack before going in for a case.

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Photo of tkelley
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from my latest beer of the every other month club shipment. There appears to be a smudged out best by date on it, and I cannot read what it says.

A -- Kind of a hazy toasted bronze color with white, fluffy foam on top. The foam was, to put it lightly, very aggressive at first and it took me a while to pour it into the glass.

N -- Smells kind of stale, probably a result of the shipping process. Some coriander and bread notes. Kind of yeasty and citrusy too.

T -- Pretty mild taste that follows the nose. Very pleasant. Wheat and spice notes (coriander, citrus).

M -- Again, this was aggressively bubbly, which probably helps cut through a bit of a heavier body.

O -- Decent offering. Good late summer beer. Cheers!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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 Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades rather quickly leaving a fantastic level of foamy rings of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of an orange smell mixed with a strong showing of wheat. Along with these are some lighter notes of a yeasty smell as well as a bit of lemon.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheat bread flavor mixed with a little bit of a drier orange flavor. The orange flavor lessens a bit as the flavor advances being replaced by some flavors of a more lemon like citrus. All the while a decent yeasty and lightly hopped grassy flavor comes to the tongue. In the end with the loss of the orange, increase in the lemon and grass and maintenance of the wheat a somewhat crisp and dry flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather fitting for the style creating a rather refreshing feel.

Overall – An alright and rather crisp brew, but really nothing that is worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A golden/orange color and cloudy body greet the consumer upon first pour of this beer. The nose is one of spices and citrus. The foam level is slight and settles down quickly.

This ale offers up flavors of wheat malt, oranges, coriander, and caramel. Upon further examination, I was able to pick up on flavors of honey and there are other citrus notes and spices in the background. A little bit of yeast flavor rounds out the tasting. The body of the beer is creamy and medium in weight and there is a somewhat alcoholic presence in the flavor but it fades quickly.

Whitsun ale is a good beer with a good deal of complexity going on inside its hazy body. There is some sediment in each bottle so don’t be alarmed if you pour and discover a few floaters in your glass. This is expected and while it may not make for a perfect appearance, it doesn’t adversely affect the taste in any way.

I love a great wheat beer and this one is a pretty good one overall. It isn’t the greatest I have ever tried but there is enough artisan craftsmanship and good taste to keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of Augusta3
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very nice golden color, about a half inch head, hazy.
Aroma: definitely smells like a wheat beer with hints of orange and honey. Pleasant, but nothing too special.
Taste: a little spicy (coriander) with some orange notes, slight bitter finish

Overall: definitely great for summer. It is a great choice if you want a wheat beer similar to Blue Moon but want to switch it up!

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Photo of WillKorn
4.56/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy showing this beer to people who like Oberon, which is how it was presented to me as well. I think the flavor components are very similar so it is an easy transition, but to me, this as a slightly sharper flavor, which i tend to enjoy .

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange copper pour with virtually no head. Flavor is on the sweet side with orange and coriander upfront. Can also taste wheat and honey in the body. Finishes with a hint of orange peel.

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Photo of hoffhin2
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thin layer of head, slight orange color.

Smell: Has a very strong orange smell, not too many other smells that I pick up.

Taste: There is a strong orange, bitter taste. Pretty smooth with a slight spiciness.

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and is a nice change of pace from IPAs i have been drinking as of recently. Its somewhat light but has a nice orange taste, not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

Poured into a pint glass

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Photo of nukem5
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy dusky orange color with nice soft tan foam cap.

S: Aroma is light orange fragrance.

T: Taste is of sweet malts oranges spicey hops and corriander.

M: Mouthfeel is silky and medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer and would seek it out and drink again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$4 bottle from Buffalo Wild Wings in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

Appearance: Orange sort of color with a nice two finger head on it. I don't recall the clarity on it, since I wasn't paying too much attention. Decent lacing. Pours pretty nicely.

Smell: Refreshing. Quite a bit of citrus, with some slight hoppiness.

Taste/feel: Also refreshing, with plenty of citrus and grain. Reasonably high carbonation to help with that, yes, I'm using the word again, refreshing flavor/feel. There's a solid amount of orange and orange peel sort of oil/bitterness in this brew, but yet it never becomes overwhelming. Surprised the alcohol is 6.2%, as it feels like an even 5%, but what's an extra percent? Anyway, I'd gladly have another.

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Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down and left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with hints of lemon citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of wheat along with light bits of lemon citrus.
M: It feels a bit higher than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but lacks complexity—I didn't get any of the coriander or spices in the taste.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin cap of white foam.

S. orange peel, heavy yeast, grains, citrus notes are predominant.

T. Big wheat and yeast flavors up front followed by a nice balance of hops and malts. Light to medium body with a semi dry bitter finish.

O. This is a nice wheat ale that has good flavor and balance. This could make a nice session ale in the summer months.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange color with almost no head formation. A few specks of sediment sit at the bottom the glass.

Grassy pilsner and tangy wheat malts in the nose. Pungent are the aromas of coriander and candied orange peel. Retains an earthy citrus/pine hop character, as well.

Tangy with the orange rind and hearty wheat notes, but well-affirmed is a bitterness accented by grassiness, citrusy hops, and spicy coriander. The booze is a little bright for a summery brew, but I really like how paler malts (detecting barley amongst the wheat) keep the hop profile noticeable and zesty.

Drinks with a lot of sudsiness. The body isn't flaccid; it's light and easy to cruise along with.

A spicy witbier with rind-y orange notes and some lingering grassiness from the malts. Boozier and crispier than one would expect, but a decent beer, nonetheless.

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Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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