ChadPolenz (1654) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve never been a fan of pale wheat ales because they tend to be pretty bland and boring. Thatís understandable for a fairly light beer with a simple palette. But in the case of Arcadia Whitsun itís a beer that should rather complex considering its ingredients and potency. This is disappointing.
I poured a 12oz can into a weizen glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark orange hue; very cloudy but carbonation can be seen rising quickly within. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which quickly and completely evaporates without any lacing.
Smell: Very mild orange juice smell. No yeast esters or spices.
Taste: Thereís a difference between bad and boring and this beer is a good example of the latter. Thereís nothing inherently off about this palette, but thereís an obvious lack of appeal. This tastes like a homebrew extract kit: direct, simple and a bit twangy. I do not pick up on the coriander supposedly contained within but I do get some orange flavor on the back end. Though itís actually a bit of a juicy flavor rather than orangepeel spice. This beer is not particularly sweet despite the use of honey (which Iím sure was mostly gobbled up by the yeast to boost the ABV and does little for the taste). No hop bitterness or flavor to speak of nor malt distinctiveness for that matter. Shrug.
Drinkability: I was surprised to see 6.2% ABV on the label. This is clearly a summer seasonal Ė why such a high alcohol content? For that weight, I want way more complexity than what Iím getting here. And the delivery itself is underwhelming: tepid body from beginning to end with a bit of a watery sensation and texture. For such relatively low alcohol, I can actually taste it and feel a warming sensation. This is not my idea of a summer beer.
bth122 (1468) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at walnut grove. Dark golden color with medium head that stayed. Honey notes with some coriander and spice. Subtle spice notes. Slight lemon and orange slice notes. Nice texture. Good stuff.
scarletfire65 (1320) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at home. A full bodied, viscous wheat ale. Kinda bright orange pour. Aroma is wheat and orange. Bready with heavy malts, wheat bread, orange zest. Dry finish. Meh.
katrinaez (1186) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes a little like tangerine and sun. Wheat was Belgium style with light American flavor. Bottle
wlajwl (5550) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is wheat/wheat bread and mild notes of fruit and spices. The flavor is wheat/wheat bread, fruit, light citrus and a smooth finish.
mintzmeet (436) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wheat ale. Easy to drink. Tastes like orange peelings. Not much head. Kinda astringent not bad.
Lord_Mandrake__ (2) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was average start to finish. Nothing great to say about it. Would drink again though.
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gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For a Wit it is very heavy with little head or lacing. Pour is like a apple cider color. Aroma is as of a sour ale. Very bland astringent taste. Pass.
e303 (286) - - MAR 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to Hefe glass. Orange peel and malt sweetness on the nose. Bright wheat, orange, sweetness from the honey in the taste. Big carbonation throughout. Not the best whit but damn drinkable.
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BrewBoxer (2545) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the NYC craft beer festival. Cloudy yellow orang color with a nice wheaty drink ability. Very good