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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3/5  rDev -8%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apricot Wheat from Ithaca Beer Company
3.26 out of 5 based on 851 ratings.
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