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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Photo of PhantasIPA
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer is a light golden color with a very thin head that dissipated to nothing within a few minutes.

The smell is a weak apricot smell. There is no hop scent or malt scent. It is very one-dimensional.

The taste begins with a very striking apricot taste in the beginning and then quickly disappears. After that the taste is...gone! There is nothing else really to the beer. I was hoping for a sweet aftertaste but it never happened. Very bland after the strong apricot flavor.

The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for me. It feels almost like soda.

Overall, this beer is a good idea but poorly executed. Too much apricot flavor...maybe with more malt or sweetness it would have more balance.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.06/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a pale clear yellow with no head or lace. There's a good bit of fizz. The aroma is a small amount of apricot and something else strange. The flavor has an apricot tang but a strange sourness and funk. The mouthfeel is light and very sticky. Ithaca apricot Wheat is not a good beer, there was a sticker on the bottle that said "sample not for resale". Not recommended!

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Photo of CraftVA
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Color is golden and transparent, with a fluffy white head (which receded pretty quickly.)

S – A delicious fruity scent dominated by the apricots, with a hint of hoppiness.

T – Crisp and fruity up front with some wheat flavors coming in at the end. Somewhat sour.

M – A light on the mouthfeel and very carbonated.

O – A refreshing beer with a nice fruity flavor without being too sweet.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden color body with no head or lace to it. The smell is very strong of apricot. The taste is a little bit of malt up front then the apricot hits your taste buds hard but in a tasty way. The mouth feel is nice and smooth and overall is a very drinkable beer espically when it warms up a little bit, the flavors really come to life.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

A:Pours a bright pale gold, crystal clear, lots of cascading bubbles, minimal head, no lacing...looks like sparkling apple juice

S: nose features faint wheat malts, a spritz of lemon, and mellow dried apricot

T: taste features much more flavor than the nose lets on, starts off like an easy drinking pale wheat, the apricot comes in in a big way, it has a bit of a candied/artificial tinge to it, throws things off balance a little bit

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: nice feature of apricot, however it is lacking the balance that would make this be more refreshing

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa even though I hadn't had it in years. I remembered this being weak and watered-down and sure enough, that's pretty much how it was when I retried it earlier today. Fans of fruit beers will not be disappointed by this but for most other drinkers, there's not a lot here besides the apricot flavor and typical mouthfeel of this style.

This poured a fairly dull gold color with a head that didn't last long. The lacing and carbonation were at a minimum as well. It was cloudy but I couldn't sense the wheat in the taste and the apricot was not that lively. It had the consistency of syrup and there was just a bit of honey in the mix to sweeten everything up. This went down as easily as could be and there wasn't much of an aftertaste with the exception of a dull wheat taste that didn't linger for very long.

Because of the low amount of carbonation and light alcoholic content of this, it would be easy to down a few in a sitting. While the apricot is a decent flavor for a beer, there are better offerings out there where one could enjoy that and the drinking session as well. While not bad, this been is unmemorable at best.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass.

A: pours a very light translucent gold. Pours with about finger and a half of head of a white color. leaves no lacing.

S: very strong wheat nose, combined with a Nce apricot scent.

T: nice combination of wheat, grains and apircot fruity flavor, also has a slight lemony flavor. Taste ends leaving your mouth with a combination of all flavors, wheaty, grainy, and slightly tart due to apricot and lemons.

M: very light bodied ale with light carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite style of beer, however it is done right. No flavor takes control of the drinking experience, everything is balanced well.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only 1 or 2 minutes before is disappeared.

Smell - Grains/wheat, apricots, floral, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with apricots and lemons. I can also taste some hay and some corn syrup. It ends with a apricot/lemon tart aftertaste.

Overall – In retrospect, I probably should have bought something else. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers and this one didn't change that fact. I guess it's decent for the style and it does in fact have a lot of apricot taste.. just not something I'd buy again.

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

Cloudy, golden orange in color with a decent head. The beer has a pleasant citrus-y, apricot aroma with grainy notes. Tastes exactly as you would expect. To comment on other reviews, I concur by saying it is a bit light and one-dimensional, but overall not bad at all when compared to some other flavored wheat beers. tastes good & is refreshing, even though its nothing to write home about.

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Photo of smibroncos
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a cloudy straw with a white frothy two finger head, some lacing on the glass.

S. Apricot, citrus grass

T. Lightly apricot flasvored still can taste the wheat, not much in the hops department, but I like the flavor.

M. Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, mnedium duration

O. Taste just like apricot wheat beer, imagine that.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.12/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: straw yellow/cloudy, trace head, no lacing

S: apricot, wheat, grain

T: sweet apricot, wheat, mild grain,

M: light body, bubbly/tongue prick, dry crisp mouth

O: Very light lawnmower brew.
Will not seek out again, but not awful.


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Photo of thain709
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served with a clear copper body and a small, one finger, white head...it does not show very good retention...some thin lacing left

S - Sweet and juicy apricots jump out first...there is also a strong wheat malt aroma

T - The wheat and pale malts hit the palate first...they are pretty strong, especially the wheat flavor...the fruit shows up in the middle with a big kick...although it fades quickly and goes back to the wheat flavor

M - Light bodied...it's crisp but there is a funky, lingering aftertaste that I can't put my finger on

O - The aroma was about the only good thing going for this beer...yes, it's a summer fruit beer but I wanted more fruit...the wheat and malts took over the flavor profile and left an aftertaste that was unpleasant

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the bottle at P.F. Chang’s in Victor, NY. Poured into a tall hefe glass, it shown a clear and bright golden orange color. It held a one and a half finger head of stark white bubbles that held with excellent retention. The beer showed relative haze, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appeared light. The aroma popped with huge notes of apricot. This was propelled by a sugary sweetness and an additional artificial fruitiness. Despite this initial flare, the fruit inclusions seemed almost totally genuine for the remainder of the tasting. Other notes included were strawberry, lemon, clean wheaty grain, and bubblegum sugars. As we sipped, the taste began with bright apricot and fruit malts. The grain bill, at the start, was otherwise pale and clean. Through the middle we found a much cleaner malt and wheat. The taste finished with strawberry sweetness, faint booze, and more of that same grain. The aftertaste breathed of wet wheat, clean sugars, and a nice winter spice. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. There was an additional fizziness which effectively slowed the drinker down. This was not so much from carbonation per se, but rather a fizz as one might find jumping from the top of a champagne glass. The retained head helped give a clean coating to the mouth, but once this was accomplished it dissipates quickly. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the crazy apricot in the aroma and taste. This was not overly sweet, as is easy to do, but rather it was big on the actual tasting notes of the fruit, rather than the general sweetness. These qualities were so robust, in fact, that it started to obscure some of the more desired flavors, like the grain bill, that would have helped to really balance this guy out.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So every once in a while a fruit beer will turn up in my fridge. If it is a quality brew, I don't care what kind of beer it is. I have always been impressed with Ithaca so I had some pretty decent expectations for this brew....somewhat dissapointed. The beer poured a dark golden color with a thin white head which quickly dissipated. Carbonation bubbles flowing and rampant. Smell was sour and peachy. Taste was bland- too much fake apricot flavor which came through as exceedingly sour. Grain and straw. Liquid sour peach rings. Not a bad summer beer, just didn't work for me.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored ale, lighty carbonated and with a slight haze.
A very thin head sits on top.
Aroma is of pale heat malts and a slight hint of apricots.
Very mild wheat malt taste with some flavoring.
As far as fruit flavored beer goes this to me isn't very good.
Has more of a malt beverage feel then a beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden hue of a color with a slight bit of head that turns to a lace ring with very sticky lacing.

S - Smells of sweet apricots and a bit of wheat and wow does it smell a bit of tart.

T - Smooth tart apricots up front lead to a kind of soapy feeling on the palate as the wheat takes the finish with little to no hops in the flavor. Pretty tasty and simple.

M - Light to medium. Easy to drink.

Overall I kind of like simple fruit beers from time to time but this really could use another level of tart (kind of like Weach) to balance the soapy flavors of hops and wheat. Still could totally have a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of apricots and wheat malt; pretty self straight forward. Hops are not present; tad bit of yeast but I am reaching here.

The taste begins with a wheat tanginess that holds down the bottom end, while 'natural apricot flavor' provides the balance of flavor. 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.

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.

Overall this is a decent selection at a bar in the summer compared to the alternatives (Sam Summer or Summer Shandy from Miller/Coors) but is that really saying much.

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Photo of NODAK
2.06/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very sour aroma here. Almost like a spoiled milk smell. I wouldn't call it pleasant.

The taste really is more of the same. It has an odd sour, apricot taste throughout, but it is sort of a rotten type sourness that I just don't find to be all that pleasant. It just tastes fake...and while I wouldn't go so far as to call it "vomit" as another person did, it isn't good. There really isn't much of a hop profile on this one. Some wheat shows up on the finish, which is the lone good part.

I had high hopes for this beer, but unfortunately they weren't met. Oh well.

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

Light orange colored golden hue, almost like a syrup like consistency in appearance. Little head and minimal lacing to match.

Candied fruit on the nose, most notably apricot, obviously, with hints of lemon and tangerine. Wheat characteristics are detectable as well, although very muted by the fruit.

Very tangy with a bit of a sour kick throughout. As with the nose, a lot of citrus fruit presence with the faintest hint of hops in the back. The apricot is almost too overwhelming for my tastes; this is supposed to be a wheat beer with fruit accents, but it tastes almost like a spiked cider.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with abundant carbonation. A bit of a syrup like quality as well. Finishes crisp, dry and clean.

Overall, the apricot flavor seems extracted and fake, completely overbearing any other present flavors. Interesting to try, but horrendously balance and just not my thing.

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Photo of farrago
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bleached white head of large bubbles which are gone seconds after the pour, no lacing at all. Huge amount of bubble beads inside the murky dark golden to amber colored liquid, close to fully translucent. Strong apricot on the nose with peach and yellow apple too, soft lemon juice accents, the wheat component is relaxed and hard to individuate, slightly honeyed, maybe the graininess comes out more as it warms. Medium-bodied, smooth and close to soft, only the carbonation adds a steady tickle. Not overly sweet but, again, the apricot is by far the dominant aspect, as supported by pear and peach along with juicy orange and lemon citrus. Moderate dosage of wheat, rye and some biscuit. Dries up sufficiently by the end to achieve balance, this without impinging on the friendliness of the fruitiness. If you want an apricot beer, this should be on the short list.

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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 SickGnar
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A just barely orangey, super light copper, rustic sort of golden. Very small head of foam, but with lots of rising bubbles of obviously active carbonation. Basically no lace.

S: Apricot Juice! Some vaguely beery wheat and yeast in the background. Fruit first and beer way second. Kind of more cider quality than beer.

T: Palate is little bit better, but not by much. Sweet and fruity apricot on a fairly blasé wheat beer. The apricot does not scream cloying extract, but it is very potent. It really dominates everything else. Behind fruit is a doughy, yeasty, bready, grainy wheat beer that start sweet and finish with a soft tart zing. No hops really, minimal maltiness (the yeast makes a bigger showing) contribute to the cider like quality. It is okay actually, just not very beery.

M: Just over light body with firm yet reasonably soft carbonation. Starts sweet but goes mildy tart, crisp and drying.

D: Uber fruit dominated, but not fake or cloying. Still the fruit is strong enough to basically smoother the rest. There is a bit of substance in the background, yet the fruit domination gives this a bit of a cider feel. In all fairness, it is quenching and good for a summer novelty.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours light orange with a decent foamy head. No lace.

You definitely get the apricot, but not much else. Some toasted malt, light grain.

Apricot, some sour notes, some husk that leads to bitterness. The sourness of the fruit, and also an overall tart element is a detriment. Just ok, but flawed. Not harsh, but a bit disagreeable.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

I tried this on a whim. Didn't like this much. Off-flavors were present with the good one's in equal strength.

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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 tobelerone
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't too thrilled with this one. It looks nice, bright and clear in the glass, with a bouquet of apricot that is quite promising. The initial taste brings the fruit flavor to the fore but unfortunately it disappears quickly, replaced by an odd, perhaps metallic aftertaste. I guess you'd say this beer is inoffensive...it's lightweight, drinks easy and is fairly refreshing. But overall, a disappointment. Pretty forgettable really. The lovely apricot aroma just doesn't stick around enough in the mouth.

You could do worse for a hot afternoon quencher but I can't really recommend this one anymore than that.

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