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

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky orange a bit of soda-pop head.

S: Not too much here. A bit of orange, some hops and slight yeast profile.

T: Orange and citrus fruits shine, the yeast makes a surprisingly clear impression. It's not too sweet at all (thank God!) and is very well rounded and balanced. It is just a little on the bland side, however.

D: Nice little extra kick from the ABV is completely unapparent. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly oily.

Overall: Won't become anyone's favorite, but this is a great little easy drinking summer ale with a decent amount of strength and at $8.50 for six 12oz cans its perfect for hiking, boating, or other summer excursions. Solid beer!

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Photo of beerswamie
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this straight out of the can boo ya!

A- Very hazy, pale body like most unfiltered wheat beers.

S- A light smell of citrus

T- Light, the citrus comes out on the back end.

M- Very nice body, has a nice thickness that you can enjoy.

O- This is a very nice white beer, I think the citrus comes out a bit more than the spices but still having this from a can on a hot day is great.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A moderate pour yielded two fingers of a very active head with rather large bubbles under a top clumpy layer. The bubbles dissipated in a couple of minutes, leaving a bit of the clumpy layer up top. The body is a murky yellow-orange color with a lot of carbonation rushing up to the top.

Pine. After the pine the nose gets broader, featuring the orange, coriander and spiced bread notes.

Whoa, orange and tangerine. This is the first flavor that greets you. The pine peeks in, but only enough to balance the orange, then the spiced bread takes over. Coriander on the end is a pleasant taste that sticks with you.

It seems light bodied as it goes down so quickly and easily. It definitely dries your tongue out. Just enough carbonation to make it a quick but pleasant drink. My only gripe is that is goes so quickly.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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 FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slighly hazy yellow body with a two-finger off-white head. Not much lacing left around after the head dissipates.

Light aroma; some citrus, lemon and orange, plus a bit of grainy wheat. Not too bold.

Well now...the flavor is a little better than the aroma. Definite notes of the orange peel, spices and coriander. Borders on a witbier with the spices rather than an American Pale Wheat. Good flavor mix overall.

Easy to drink and would be a summer staple for me if I could get is regularly in my area.

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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 qua17
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A copper-yellow in color, with a bit of head that fades away to a ring of lace.

S: The aroma is subtle and you really have to look for it. The only thing present is a trace of belgian yeast. Interesting when you consider the style.

T: The taste hints of orange that my friend describes as sherbet-like in that it's not real orange but more like the essence. It's also a bit sweet for my taste but there is a crispness in the finish. It's balanced.

O: At 6% ABV, it's got some kick but it's not a great beer. However, it's one I'd like to try again.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled-on date marked on back of neck.

Pours a hazed, honey-amber. Many chunks of stuff floating around.. perhaps I poured too hard. Much yeast sludge in bottom of bottle! An off-white head rings up and sticks. The smell is coriander and citrus zest. Taste is a whopping smack of coriander! Seriously, tons of flavor in this brew. I detect some honey. The orange peel comes through afterward, intense as well. Can't help but feel tart & thick, like OJ. A good drinker due to the supposed ingredient generosity. Nice ale.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Murky brown unfiltered color and a white frothy head due to the awesome glass and aggressive pour. Nose of citrus and spice. Quite tasty and refreshing. Slightly more flavorful than your average wheat based brew. Interesting mouthfeel. On the heavy side of refreshing. Would drink again.

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2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can into pint glass.
A: A very murky orange body in color, with a small white head, that sinks in a nice prolonged expanse of time. The carbonation is steady. Lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma is very low and hints of zested orange are present. A rather shoshockingly low level of aroma.

T: The body is crisp, but the low levels of carbonation make it more juicy. The orange is a nice character and is well balanced with the hops usage. Malt note is low and lingering taste is of nice oranges.

O: Overall a bit of a lack luster, no real stand out qualities, but still a decent brew. Refreshing out of the can (tasted good floating down the river in a kayak.) A bit higher ABV for style is a plus.

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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 xnicknj
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into large tulip - thanks to lgandrew

Pours a completely clouded golden orange color with darker, murkier tones. Thinner white head fades into cloudy film and some spotty lacing.

Soft scents of citrus fruit with orange and peel. Some spicier notes, but somewhat muted. Hints of malty sweetness with caramel and honey.

Some floral and herbal hop notes up front. Orange and citrus juice with a bit of rind and pulp. Slight spice and corriander with the malted base. Sweetness towards the finish, which is dry and a touch fruity.

Medium bodied, pretty soft and smooth on the tongue. Pretty refreshing brew, although a little light on flavor.

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Photo of Northsider
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haymarket Chicago.

I tried this one out of a 4 ounce taster. I had all the markings of a great beer! Great unfiltered body, white head. Smelled wheaty and fruity.

Tasted like...nothing really. Water. I'm not sure if it was the spicy pizza that destroyed my taste buds on this one (though apparently didn't affect the other brews I had) but I literally tasted nothing in this beer. I might as well have been drinking slightly flavored water. Shame.

Overall, skip this one.

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Photo of output01x
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Bottled On 03/08/11) into a weizen glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin, even dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy golden orange with small floaties and some small, slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Wheat dominates the nose with some orange peel and spices in the background.

A light wheat flavor is punctuated with a citrus sweetness akin to mandarin oranges or tangerines. The flavors are rather mellow and not very pronounced. While this does make it very drinkable, it also make this beer rather watery.

Light bodied with little carbonation, this beer has an odd slick consistency. It is definitely very drinkable, but the lack of carbonation allows the flavors to persist on the back of the tongue for far too long.

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Photo of Phinner
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This does not measure up to a wheat beer that is marketed for spring/summer consumption. The flavor is somewhat astringent, almost like an average quality homebrew. The label gives this beer too much hype - i.e. honey, corriander, orange peel. Didn't get any of these flavors coming through. I think it should be filtered to showcase the ingredient profile.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz.bottle into a standard pint glass. Hazy, copper/orange in color, with a moderate head of off-white goam.
Aroma-Orange fruit, spices
Taste-Orange,coriander, medium-bodied. Overall, nice flavor and character. Solid summertime brew.
Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BabySnakes
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper-orange hazy hue. poured a nice orange white head that dissipated quickly. Lacing Sticks around the entire consumption.

Lots and lots of coriander and fresh orange. Wheaty and sweet smelling. Faint clove note also.

Dominate wheat flavor, followed by orange intensity. Spicy coriander, sweet caramelized orange peel, bready clove very suttle in the finish.

Low-medium carbonation, Smooth wheat graininess goes down easy like a witbier should.

A very nice offering from Arcadia. I'm looking forward to drinking this constantly on blistering hot sunny days. Very refreshing. I'm ready for summer.

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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 beveritt
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: In honor of the temperature pushing 60 today, the sun shining and the birds chirping, I though I would sample a beer more suited for warmer weather. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small weizen glass. Label depict a minimalist picture of a sun rising over a field of wheat, its rays spreading out in all directions. The sun just happens to be an orange. Described as a wheat ale brewed with spices, coriander and orange peel. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to a half finger cap of foam. The beer itself is a perfectly clear medium orange. Significant sediment remains in the bottle and after some back and forth, i decide the swirl and pour like a true hefe. The beer then becomes hazy to the point of being opaque.

Smell: Tangy wheat aroma upfront with hints of citrus and an undertone of bubblegum phenols.

Taste: Crisp citrus and orange upfront layered against a backdrop of slightly sweet malt and a distinct wheat twang. Finishes with a slight astringency.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation. Body if good.

Drinkability: A crisp and refreshing wheat beer that can almost make me think the warm weather is here to stay. Not sure how available this is even though I am only one state away, but I wouldn't be against having it again.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear orange body with visible carbonation; head is fizzy, long lasting, off-white in color.

S: A very soft nose of wheat, coriander, sweet malts, citrus, & spices.

T: Upfront flavor is orange peel & wheat, followed by sweet & bready malts, and finishes a bit spicy, dry, malty, and a hint of citrus.

M: Light body, medium-light carbonation, crisp texture.

D: I always find this style very easy to drink. The flavor is good, light, and simple enough that before you know it you've have a 6 pack. Great for the summer.

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

A: Slightly hazy. A medium amber in color with some slight rose tones. The head is off white, and dissipates to bubbles fairly quickly.

S: Almost a touch of sour in the smell. Some orange peel, and a bread smell.

T: The citrus comes right out. A bit of a sweet bread flavor as well. A touch of spice, perhaps from the coriander.

M: Medium in body with fairly high carbonation.

D: Good. Could be a great summer bbq beer. Not sure if I would buy a lot of it, but knocking a few back in an afternoon wouldn't be bad.

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

Pours pale amber with no head. Aroma of lemon, bubblegum, and citrus. Flavors of coriander, lemon, spice, and spiced fruit. Light in body with high carbonation that zaps the palate. The spices reign dominant over the other flavors and can irritate after a while.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Pours a hazy golden. 1+ finger of off-white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin cap. Some lacing noted.

S- Wheat/lemon/citrus mix, with hints of the coriander and spiciness emerging as the head dies.

T- Coriander and orange peel dominate the flavor. Moderate sweetness. Sturdy citrus peel-esque bitterness.

M- Moderate, to slightly high carbonation, fairly crisp. Body is a bit towards the lighter side.

D- Decent. Not a standout in any area, but moderately low ABV, refreshing, easy drinker where downing a few wouldn't be a chore.

Future outlook: Decent, interesting variation, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Looks a lot darker than I expected, almost an amber/honey color. About a finger of creamy, off-white head which dissipates smoothly leaving almost no lacing on the glass. Little to no carbonation. Perfectly average.

Smell: Ah, this is nice. Upon first scent there is this beautiful bittersweet aroma. Mellow malty nose with a lemony zest background. Not as "clove-y" as German Hefe Weizens (which inspired the APWAs) which is alright by me. Pleasant.

Taste: Just a touch of bite to lead off with (the citrus) followed quickly by gentle, malty character and rounded out with a banana-like flavor as the beer warms in the mouth. Aftertaste is just slightly bitter with hops and traces of the banana-like flavor. Very well done here.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation that didn't seem to be present in the appearance is making its debut here! Upon hitting the tongue, it foams into a million tiny bubbles which mellow down after a moment. The beer leaves a light coating in the mouth, which is good in this case since the taste is decent. Mouthfeel matches the taste well here.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I'm drinking the beer at about 50 degrees, and I'm sure if it were about 10 or 15 degrees cooler, I'd give it a 4.5 or a 5. As it stands, I could definitely drink the other two that came in the sampler pack.

This (as I seem to recall) is one of Arcadia's masterpieces, and it has stuck around for good reason. Definitely a good end-of-summer beer in my opinion, something that hearkens to fruit beer but dabbles in earthy tones as well. I like it.

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Arcadia Whitsun Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 551 ratings.
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