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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got one of these in a can so I know it fresh!

A - Pours cloudy with a orange tint yellow color and a 1/4 inch of head.

S - Smells of obvious honey (like a smack to the face) touch of orange peel and a nice bit of spices but I am not getting much wheat at all (weird...)

T - Seems to drink more like a spiced English pale. Slight pale malts clash with orange and honey with a bit of spices and no noticeable ABV but not much wheat flavor at all which is what love in a wheat beer. Pity,

M - Light to medium yet high octane for the style.

Overall quite a strange wheat beer with little wheat taste. If they toned that up a bit I believe it would make for a great Witbier. Still not bad though.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; deft. like the new label better than the old one. No date that I saw, but as this is a seasonal and HyVee keeps their beer freshly rotated, I'm not concerned.

Appearance: Deep golden-orange hue into my Duvel tulip, crowned with a nice, creamy ivory cap which shows great retention (no doubt helped by the glass). Slightest bit of sediment in the glass.

Smell: I wasn't aware this was brewed with honey, but not that I know, I'm not at all surprised. Significant, sweet honey aromas are right up front (I really liked this), backed by the fruity/floral characteristics of your good (if garden-variety) witbier. Floral notes, spice, and honey come together pretty nicely. A few swirls brings a HINT of alcohol to the party.

Taste: More witbier character and less honey than in the aroma, though there is a little bit of drying honey flavor on the finish. There's also a bit of pale malt in here, which wasn't appreciated in the aroma, and a bitterness that seems more than the stated 17 IBUs, and a little high for this beer. Becomes increasingly perfumey and floral with warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, feels big for the 6.2% abv.

Conclusion: They call this a 19th-century English-style festival ale. I know that I've read that some earlier English ales used spices and other flavorings, though I'm not familiar with this specific tradition. It kind of seems like a cross between a traditional Belgian wit (albeit crystal clear, less fruity/spicy) and an extremely clean, medium-hoppy English pale ale. The combination won't appeal to everyone, and I'm not even sure I'd want an entire six-pack of it to myself, but a couple would certainly be enjoyable. It's one real downside is that this beer, marketed as a summer quencher, is actually fairly substantial, in flavor, mouthfeel, and gravity. Perhaps this might be better suited as a sort of harvest beer? Perhaps a couple of points higher with a bit less bitterness (is some of this coming from the orange peel?) and a dollar or so less than its $9.99 price-tag.

83 B

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on April 1, 2012. Bottled on March 14,2012.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Poco Grande flute glass.
A-Orange-amber color; floaters. Thick 2 finger head, less than their Angler's Ale which turned into a major eruption of foam. Tight bubbles. Leaves a mild amount of lacing.

S-Didn't pick up on too many pronounced aromas; faint orange and some malt.

T-Spices, malt on back end. Turned more "wheaty" as it warmed up a little.

M-Light carbonation, no lingering flavors/tastes.

O-Not too bad, not great to me either. I just can't get past the floaters in the beer.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours an orangish-golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a soapy-like lacing. There's chunks of yeast floating in the glass also.

Smell - The orange zest is the most dominant aroma, it's nice. Followed by citrus, honey, feint coriander, wheat, and hops.

Taste - The coriander is a little strong, it's quite hoppy also. Citrus, orange zest, honey, pepper, and wheat. Slight bitterness in the finish. Possibly some clove in this but I'm not 100% sure..

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - It was a little spicier than I was hoping for but it's still good. Seems more like a witbier in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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