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: 547
Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good summer drinking beer, aggressively carbonated main drawback offset by very peachy aroma and some peach in taste. Orange appearance. Made worth trying by single bottle allotment at WIld Oats in Cleveland. Malt, yeast and wheat there. More hops please.

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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 Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a normal pint glass and looked at the color of it. It seems to be rather clear for a wheat ale. The head was pretty nice and fluffy. The smell was lacking some of the wheat ale elements like clove and soft fruits. I felt that the mouthfeel was about right but still nothing to rave about. The flavor was kind of on the weak side, I was surprised because it's a stronger abv for a beer of this style. Not sure why but I was struggling with this one.

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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 BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

American Pale Wheat that the new American name for a Witbier to keep us from comparing this beer to Hooegarten? Nevermind. There are enough character here for me to think that they were intending to create a Witbier, but fell short. But, they didn't fall too short. It's tasty beer; just out of style. There are nice orange and lemon flavors, but poorly balanced with creamy malts and body building proteins (low wheat additions). The estery qualities are low other than the citrus. The yeasty / bready flavors and feel are less than desired. The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and numbing because of the light body and increased alcohol. the alcohols also taste phenolic and medicinal, but not to offend. I like the aggression in the 'American' interpretation of this beer, a better body would make all the difference.

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Photo of oline73
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy light amber color with two fingers of off white head. The head disappears completely leaving no trace.

Smell: Strong yeast along with citrus and spice. There is a mild tartness to it.

Taste: There is a ton of coriander in this beer. I'm picking up some citrus and wheat as well. There is a slight sourness to it, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be there, but it actually is one of my favorite parts. Not wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The sourness should have been stronger. I didn't really get this beer and I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy orange/gold color with a small, short-lived head. No lace.

S - It smelled of spice , wheat and yeast.

T - It tasted of wheat, clove, some honey and a little spice.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - A good pale wheat. I like the touch of honey. It adds a good sweet quality.

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Photo of oberon
4.71/5  rDev +34.6%
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 superspak
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 6/14/2011. A bit too old but lets give it a shot. Pours to instant head after a loud release of carbonation upon opening(no gusher though). Eventually turns out to be a hazy and cloudy deep orange color with a dense and fluffy 2-3 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some slight bits of lacing cling to the glass. The yeast seems to have clumped up and is floating around in the glass like bits of ground pepper. Aromas of orange peel, lemon, coriander, light pepper, bread, and not much else. Pretty weak aromas without much complexity; but not offensive. Taste of orange peel, pepper, coriander, wheat, spicy yeast, and breadiness. Some lingering notes of bread, wheat, orange, and spiciness on the finish for a bit. Medium body and carbonation; with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel that drinks very smoothly. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Other than the grainy appearance and weak aromas; this was pretty solid stuff. Good balance of flavors and easy drinking.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whitsun pours a deep orange color beneath a short head of fleeting white foam. The nose is yeasty, fruity, and malty (delicately caramelish) with an edge of wheat. It has an almost melon-like aroma, perhaps cantaloupe, and bits of citrus including orange. In the mouth it's light-medium bodied and crisp with a very fine bubbled effervescent carbonation that leaves a zing on the tongue. The flavor is initially a bit tart, adding to the impression of fruit flavors (early-picked apple, pear, white grape), and it appears very citrusy. Orange flavors seem to appear across the middle along and into the finish, and it lingers in the mouth with some sweet orange marmalade and honey. The bitterness is kept in check, and it's really quite refreshing. A delicate touch of astringency in the finish leaves it very dry and refreshing. An excellent summer brew! Very fruity. Very spritzy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lucent amberish orange with a pale butter colored head that's a bit too dense to be called frothy. The cap persists reasonably well and leaves no more than thin, tattered sheets of lace. The nose is sweet, grain-like and more hoppy than expected. I can appreciate the honey portion of the orange blossom honey, but not the orange. Although it's a bit weak, it's acceptable for the style.

Like the nose, the flavor is sweeter than expected. Whitsun is fairly well-balanced with toasted grain offset by gently bitter hops. It's a bit more assertive than most pale wheats in my experience, as if it contains much more barley malt than wheat malt. As I continue to sip, I'm beginning to appreciate notes of lightly spiced sour apple. This is a good summer quaffer if you like them firm and flavorful.

Arcadia Whitsun isn't a head turner, but it is a solid semi-wheat ale that I could drink by the gallon on a lazy summer day.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours an effervescent, yet hazed amber with 3 fingers of fluffy eggshell white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Pepper, tangerine, appleskins & phenolic notes

T: Fruiity, lemons & some yeast bite up front. Grapefruit & a little earthy mushroom follows as this warms. Finishes with a hint of alcohol, dryness, & loads of lemony hops

MF: Spritzy, medium-bodied & a lot of citrus hops

Drinks more like an uber-wit or belgian PA. Enjoyed this, but off style IMO

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

CAN you believe I am only the second person to review this beer from a CAN?!? Not even GrappyPunk, who sent it to me, has reviewed this particular serving type. Many thanks for the trade and always keep me in mind for new CANs.

From the CAN: "Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncompromised."; "Wheat Ale Brewed with Spices (Coriander & Orange Peel)".

The Crack & Glug was music to my ears and as the two fingers of eggshell-white head began to form, the room filled with the scent of orange zest. Drool! The color was a very cloudy orangish-amber. The nose was definitely orange peel/zest, but underlain by the spiciness of the coriander and the unmistakable lightness of ... no, not being, that is unbearable, but instead, wheat. Mouthfeel was slightly thin, which is not unusual in wheat beers and the immediate flavors were of the coriander's spiciness and the zestiness of the orange peel, followed by the sharp tartness of the wheat. This was a beer whose principal ingredients really worked well together and were exactly as advertised. Finish was light, dry, refreshing and perfect for yet another slow summer day. I would absolutely put this in my cooler, certainly during the summer, but also as a nice pick-me-up on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy amber. Nose is slight woody caramel. Syrupy kind of character to it. Flavor is tangy in a wood kind of way. Hits my mouth and makes me go "eck". A bit more body than I would expect, but there it is. Slight bitter tone. Feel is thicker on the liquid with a decent carbonation. I have an announcement to make. I hate this style. I hate it, hate it, hate it. I don't think there is one beer of this style that I tried that I liked. (Okay, that's not true. Blue Star by North Coast and White Gold by Ithaca were good, but way different than the 11 others that I do not like at all) But hey, this beer is overall pretty decent I guess. I just wouldn't mind never drinking another Pale Wheat Ale in my life; except Gumballhead.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin head that becomes patchy. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is fruity - esp. orange with some melon. Toasted wheat and maybe a hint of coriander mix in.

The taste is very fruity - esp. orange with toasty, though doughy wheat. Alcohol peaks through in the finish.

Light-bodied in a pretty crisp way.

Unusual. Unique - a fruity wheat ale with a pinch higher abv than usual for style. Worth checking out for a different spin on a summer brew, but I can't say I'm crazy about it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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 feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A solid orange color, under a fine, whitish head, with numerous micro, and some not so-micro-scopic "floaties" zipping about...yikes!
Aroma: odd. fruity, peach and nectarine, apricot, but it feels a touch plastic, rubbery...caramelly...reminds me of certain NW hops, but put to strange use...
something ill-fitting in this nose. Enough, let's taste...
That plastic/rubber thing I can't put my finger on is there again, in the taste...might be the yeast they use, but it dominates the texture of this brew.
Full-bodied, big -time fruit, mucho maltiness, not much from hops, an easy traveller over the esophagus...but lacks something...drinks easy, for sure, but misses ...I don't know...character? That's what I'll call it...
not bad, actually, just needs some ZING! to make me, or anyone with taste, stand up and salute. As it is, it ain't happenin'...

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Photo of Tone
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight honey, sweet malt, slight citrus (orange), and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight honey, hint of wheat, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus, and a hint of hops. Overall, great appearance, but lacking in aroma and body.

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

Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is yellow to golden and mildly cloudy with a small broken head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass.

Aroma is light, mildly bready and yeasty.

Beer is light in flavor and light in body, light in color and light in soul. THere is a mild doughiness to this beer but overall an unoffensive but boring beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the legend woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of oranges and spices. Taste is very flavorful, oranges, spices, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and wheat malt scent along with a dry, honey aroma. I hear this is made with honey. The yeast is right in the forefront as usual. It's fruity and a bit stale smelling. The taste is average. It has a very dry honey flavor that is wrapped around a base of pale and wheat malts. It's fruity and warming in the finish. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is one for the drawing board. These guys need some new yeast. The character this one gives off is terrible. It ruins every beer.

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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 beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured moderate golden-sunset orange color with a light fluffy white head. Lots of visible carbonation

S: Huge lemony aroma.

T: Slight sourness upfront with loads of oranges/tangerines in flavor. crisp, spicy and very citrusy. Nice tang and lemon lacing on the tongue. like this beer the more I drink it. The beer finished with some honey sweetness, and citrus (oranges).

M: Mouthful was moderate per style, nice level of carbonation.

D: Ok if nothing else available per style, otherwise just a moderately average wit.

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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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