Apricot Wheat | Ithaca Beer Company

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Apricot WheatApricot Wheat

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 866 |  Reviews: 277
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brentk56
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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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2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
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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3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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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2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
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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3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
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 woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
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 BEER88
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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