Apricot Wheat | Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

their version of the now famous magic hat number 9. this is not nearly as good in my opinion. pours a very pale yellow color with a minimal white head. smells overly sweet, like apricot jam or preserves, rather than fresh fruit. heavier wheat malt and some hefe style yeast, peppery and zesty. flavor is kind of a combination of all the aromas, with the apricot coming on first, then the yeast, and finally the malt and a different apricot vibe, a bit more tart this time, very front of the tongue. it actually crisps up nice in the finish, and isnt a bad summer drink with its light body and bubbly carbonation. overall though i think ithaca is best at making hoppy beers, and this foray into the fruit side is not my favotite. passable, even good for those unfamiliar with the number 9, but an inferior poser to those in the know. hang me for that if you want, but i stand by it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy orange yellow color. The head was pretty fluffy looking until is simmered down to just a thin white film over the beer. The smell is soft and sweet, the apricot really shines through here. The flavors of wheat and just a hint of apricot are in the taste. The mouthfeel is smooth like most wheat beers. It's a pretty decent brew for the summer if you're into stuff like that.

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Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of apricots.
T: Like the smell, the taste is one dimensional and only the flavors of apricots are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The low alcohol content makes this beer easy to drink but there's nothing interesting in the taste that would make me consider this to be sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A kind of bland wheat beer. The apricot flavor isn't overbearing and is mixed in well which is good, but could use a little bit more of a flavor kick. It's drinkable, but then again so is water. There's much better fruit/wheat's out there.. and this brewery has much better options too.

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Photo of brentk56
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a head that fizzes away like soda; no lace

Smell: Smells like apricots, but more like "Tang" if it were apricot flavored - in other words, powdery

Taste: Apricot and wheat flavors, just as advertised, but not a natural fruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy

Drinkability: Not for me, but not a bad example of the style

Thanks, jjayjaye, for the opportunity

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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only non macro or big import served at the bar at Belhurst Castle so I gave it a try even though not a huge fan of apricot brews,poures a somewhat hazy straw with no head to speak of poured two bottles and no head in either looked flat.A big canned apricot aroma going on (like a few others noted) with some toasted graininess,taste is like sweeteded apricots and and toasted malt even more of the latter in the finish and aftertaste,went down quite easy.Not bad for an apricot ale have had better I let my wife normally drink these.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.35/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a large white head that fades instantly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: As you would expect, the aroma is heavily fruity and sweet with apricot and apple. I really couldn’t pick up anything else in the smell.

T: Just like with the smell, the sweet fruity flavor of apricot dominates. There’s a faint wheat flavor in there and I think I caught the smallest amount of hops. Malt character is thin. The after-taste, of course is very sweet. It’s like fizzy-yellow-beer with mixed with apricot juice.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: I didn’t find it very tasty, but I’m not a big fan of the style. It’s an easy drinking beer and might able to turn someone off of a macro if they like the apricot flavor. Within the style, I’ve certainly had better. To compare it with a beer of the same fruit flavor, I did like it better than Magic Hat #9. However, this would be one of my last choices when buying beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bright golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation right at the surface of the beer. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of apricot along with some lighter notes of wheat and citrus. Slightly tangy smelling.

T: The taste of this beer is very similar to the smell with the apricot flavor being dominant - it is nice that the apricot is not overly sweet though. There is a light tangy presence of wheat and just the most subtle hint of lemon citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is enjoyable and easy to drink, a very enjoyable beer for hot summer weather. This could be a decent session beer for an outdoor event but probably not an every day drinker.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light lager with a touch of fruit.

Nice golden color in the pint glass. Head is not much and mouth feel on the coarse side. Quite a dry style, like French cider. Hint of bitterness, not much flavor of wheat, or malt for that matter. However, the apricot scent is quite nice, and OK as a flavor on the tongue. Tart and in keeping with a summer style.

If you're in the right mood, i.e. hot and thirsty, this isn't bad at all. Or if you want less fruit, this will do it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden body with a small, fizzy white head. Lightly effervescent.

Smell: Perfumy aroma of apricot-flavored bubblegum and malted wheat.

Taste: Juicy apricots and wheat malts with a modest sweetness. A slight bitterness before the abrupt finish. That's it, folks.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: One of those beers that's just not for me.

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

Bright gold with lemonade trim. The bone white crown is respectable in all ways that matter (size, texture, persistence), but is really nothing special. A minimal rockiness appears as the foam melts and a thick collor of lace is the only glass garnish.

The nose is exactly as advertised. Apricot wheat smells like apricots and wheat. There are no off-aromas and I'm unable to appreciate the Cascade hops. The beer gets points for style accuracy, but it's little better than average in the grand scheme of things.

Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of American pale wheat ales and apricots and peaches are two of my least favorite fruits. That said, this one ain't half bad. Like the nose, it's simple and straightforward with no nastiness creeping in at the edges.

An untoasted wheaty tanginess holds down the bottom end, while 'natural apricot flavor' provides the top notes. Of course the tartness could be coming from the fruit or from 'sour malt', whatever that is. A modest amount of sweetness and a clean finish mean increased drinkability... if one likes the flavor profile. Interestingly, the beer seems sweeter during the final few swallows.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where is ought to be given the style. It's closer to light than to medium, never quite reaching watery on the swallow, and the carbonation is zesty without being fizzy.

I've decided to cut Apricot Wheat some slack where scores are concerned since it's such a solid example of the style. Whether that style is worth drinking or not is up to you. I still don't like apricots.

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Photo of billab914
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a clear light golden color with a one finger white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a mix of apricot and wheat. Taste is strong with apricot, too strong for me. It's very sweet up front with a strong tart finish. The wheat is also very present in the taste but the apricot is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability for me isn't great, the apricot is too strong for me.

I can see where some people might enjoy this beer but it isn't for me.

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

This is a noticably different beer from my last review. Appearance wise, it's straw colored, quite clear (slight haze), and this time, there's a lasting head (albeit thin); no lace.

Good apricot presence in the smell--sweet, no sourness.

The body is heavy even if the taste is light. High carbonation. The wheat is light, no notable hop.

While I'm going from memory here, I believe that this is a slightly drier version.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

light peach colored amber. A light haze was enveloped around it, but not terribly cloudy. A nice sized head of maybe an inch and a half came up over the top and settled down gradually, eventually leaving behind nothing in its wake. Loads of carbonation though could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was light and very fruity. Much more then I thought it would be to be honest. Lots of light grain, peach, apricot and various other notes along the lines. Not really picking up many hops in here, neither in the flavor. Took a sip and could have sworn this was like a lindemans or something. Lots of light sweet peach and apricot notes. Some light grains and a touch of yeast. Very light body, almost water like in its thinness. Lots of carbonation as well with tons of bubbles just rippling up toward the surface and keeping it the consistency of seltzer almost. Easily sessionable, though a bit too fruity to throw down too much of it.

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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange tinted with a slight haze bright white head fades rather quickly. Aromatics have a nice earthy almost nutty apricot pit like note, mild citrus background with sharp wheat. Flavor has American wheat with apricot extract written all over it, decent fruit beer my mom and my wife both dig this one alot more than I do. Again that earthy apricot pit shows up in the finish almost as a lingering bitterness to replace the low hop additions I guess. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation nothing to write home about overall drinkability, I'm sure this one is going down much smoother in the summer months.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ward 8
Pale orange color with a long lasting head. Overpowering apricot aroma and flavor. Kind of like a beer cooler, but it kind of worked.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a 1/4" head which fades quickly. Nose is apricot and wheat. Taste is very weak apricot and mild wheat. Highly carbonated, light bodied, and dry.

Not a bad summer beer if you're looking for something light and sessionable, but I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of Billolick
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating, pry off cap, new graphics. Pours a dull, semi cloudy light golden/apricot. Nose is perfumy, fruity and sweet. Apricot present, in the flavor profile, but its sort of candied in nature...tastes too sweet, and not all that natural, and also a bit watery in the mid section. Expensive lawn mower beer, at best

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Photo of jwc215
2.04/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Best by June notched on bottle:

Pours light golden with a big, bubbly white head. Carbonation vigorously rushes to the top. The head doesn't last, becoming broken bubbles. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is like apricot fruit juice with a lemon wedge. It is identifiable as apricot, though in that ariticial juice/syrup way. The lemony tartness doesn't help at all.

The taste is of sweetened apricot - tastes like apricot soda with a lemony tartness and a hint of breadiness.

The feel is watery and fizzy. Aftertaste of cross between apricot "Fruit Roll-up" and apricot cough syrup lingers a bit.

The tartness, while mild, conflicts with an otherwise standard/typical American fruit pale wheat ale. I was almost able to finish it off, and suppose I could have - but didn't want to. Not something I would recommed, even to apricot lovers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler-pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-yellow coloring with no head but a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of apricot, slightly sour apple, and sugary sweetness. Smells like a candyshop. Flavors are clean and crisp, with a strong apricot charcter in the forefront followed by a roasty grain backbone and tangy apple highlights. The aftertaste is like finishing a Jolly Rancher, with sugary sweet lingering flavors. Crisp, slightly long lasting finish. Refreshing and light, but quickly can bbecome overbearing.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.51/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottles purchased at Wegmans in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear fizzy yellow, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells like sugary, and kind of fake apricot juice. Doesn't really smell like beer.

It kind of tastes the same. I get a small wheaty bite near the end, but otherwise, it's all apricots, all day. And not in a good way. It tastes artificial. Too sweet.

This is light bodied, with a slightly watery mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Probably the worst beer Ithaca makes. It's probably not made for people on this site.

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Photo of Gavage
2.89/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a short 1/4" head that disappears in seconds. Low carbonation levels. No lacing develops.

Smell: a pleasant light apricot aroma is easily detectable.

Taste: very light malt sweetness and a mellow apricot tone. No bitterness. Juice-like flavor qualities, mildly refreshing on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: even with the few carbonation bubbles, this beer was extremely crisp and dry throughout. The soft apricot tones linger briefly. Light in body.

Drinkability: very bland flavor-wise, and this beer is one I can't see drinking again. This may appeal to non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks stegmakk.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice creamy two finger head which leaves quickly, little lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malty, some hops, apricots, and wheat. The taste is sweet, lots of apricots, and grassy. Light body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Chuck's in Syracuse

Well, this on is basically light and tastes like apricot flavoring. Like it doesn't taste like an actual apricot, it taste like a high-fructose corn syrup-based apricot juice with a slight light barley background. Still inoffensive overall and easy to dink.

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