Apricot Wheat | Ithaca Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States
ithacabeer.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our smooth wheat beer is light in color and body…perfect for those looking for a lighter taste. The combination of wheat and barley gives Apricot Wheat a different malt character than our other ales. The hint of apricot gives this beer a pleasant nose and fruity finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
849
Reviews:
270
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
18.4%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
139
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vetbidder
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like beer, smells like apricot juice. Can't really scent any wheat at all. It's like slightly sweet apricot juice. Low carbonation, zero bitterness. I feel like I'm not giving enough effort giving a 3.5 across the board and it's certainly drinkable, just not very exciting to me.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
4.02/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Cloudy, Light Yellowish Gold. Slight head.
S - Perfumy Chapstick. Can't really recognize Apricots.
T - Fruity. Sweet. No Bite.
F - Little Carbonation. Extremely Smooth.
O - Very easy to drink. Summer time beer. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of thoglund
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am continuing my latest horizontal as a part of the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody with this one, followed by about six more Ithaca offerings.

From the bottle: Nada. I am not a fan of their no longer putting the ABV on the labels. I dig the minimalist look of the new labels, but less is not always more.

Following a Pop! of the top, I figured to get things underway with a heavy-handed pour. This resulted in two fingers of soapy, foamy, bone-white head with very limited retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5), causing the Gelt Gang to decline, preferring 24-carat clarity in their beer. Once more, the fruitiness was both evident and easily identifiable, in this case as apricot. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, kind of light, but nicely carbonated at least. The taste was all apricot and I am unsure what the wheat was meant to accomplish. It is a very pleasant fruit beer and probably more suited for the summer. Finish was semi-sweet, about what you might expect an apricot beer to taste like. It was not going to knock anyone's socks off, but that was not really the intention.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of akopczyk
4.06/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of malprep
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sharp315
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of timmynyc
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tappangordo
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle dated 07/20/16

Pours a highly carbed slightly hazy gold with no head to speak of. Smells like fresh apricot jam. Tastes like apricot juice, some wheat, bready malt, with earthy minty grassy pine. Feels light bodied with moderate high carbonation. Overall a nice apricot wheat ale.

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Photo of cwalter
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nater919
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.38/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Ithaca Beer Co. Apricot Wheat Ale 4.9% abv.
look: It is certainly a golden color with a slight haze to it, but I can see my fingers, so it's already not up to par with other wheat beers I have had. In my book if you can't see your hand than I like the look. Maybe they went for the crystal type of wheat beer on this one. There is a pretty substantial fluffy white head at first, but it dissapears to a small ring with not much lacing at all.
Smell: Just a nice sweet apricot smell here.
Taste: It has a nice taste, but it doesn't really taste like a typical wheat beer at all. You don't taste the coriander, clove, lemon, or those wheat beer spices. Since they brew it with barley and wheat you get a combination of those flavors and a very faint apricot taste at the beginning and the end with a dry finish.
Feel: The feel is very light. It has the mouth of a lager, or a pilsner.
Overall: Apricot is one of my favorite fruits and a favorite for beer flavors. I have had other beers that had apricot character to them, but had a bit of a thicker mouth feel. I also like wheat beers with more cloudy chunks from being unfiltered with wheat malts. I can see that they were not trying to go for that with this one, so it's not like they tried that and failed. It is not what I expected, but I ended up liking it in the end. It is lighter, but very nice. That being said I would like to find a beer that was heavier on the apricot.

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Photo of wac9
3.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very nice taste great good summer beer glad I tried it

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Photo of Antg8989
4.46/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid summer beer. Decent flavor. Everything about this is very decent. Nice peachy apricot aroma. Light refreshing and nothing that's too much or too little. Good stuff here.

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Photo of cdman56
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KWolf
3.24/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Swh744
4.6/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavy on the apricot. Cloudy, wispy head. Refreshing beer.

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of datalager
3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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