Monday, May 7, 2012

Sixpoint Apollo


It's not summer just yet, but drinking a wheat beer outside certainly makes it feel like it. Sixpoint's new summer seasonal "Apollo" is a kristallweizen - a beer very similar to a hefeweizen, but with the yeast filtered out. Jay and I scored a few cans of this at the TAP NY Beer Fest thanks to their rep Adam (who I keep bumping into all the time!).

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (661) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Sixpoint rarely brews beers by the book, so when I heard they were making a wheat beer I figured they’d try to "Americanize" it with tons of hops or some kind of other unique characteristic. But that’s not the case with Apollo - unless you count the fact that it’s technically a kristallweizen rather than a traditional hefeweizen. Drinking this blind you’d never know it’s an American beer - and that’s a HUGE compliment for the style!


I poured a 16oz can into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Clear honey/caramel colored body. Plenty of visible carbonation. Forms an average size, white, frothy head which does dissipate (but not completely), and laces the glass wonderfully.

Smell: Standard Bavarian yeast esters of banana and clove. A tad lighter than an actual German brew, but very inviting.

Taste: The irony of this beer is that it has a very by-the-book palate, which is not usually the case of a Sixpoint beer. Apollo’s taste profile has an uncanny resemblance to authentic German brews of the wheat beer family. It begins with a light zesty flavor. A hint of lemonpeel and dry spice. It turns on a dime into an almost banana juice-like taste. A refreshing flavor of fruit, plus a subtle sweetness of cinnamon bread. The finish is almost identical to the beginning with a light spice and a bit of an apple juice flavor. The only problem might be that it finishes a little too clean, although I suppose that’s to be expected considering this is a cleaner body than your average wheat beer.

Drinkability: Looking at the stats of Sixpoint Apollo you might be worried it’s too light of a beer: 5.2% ABV and only 11 IBUs. That being said it certainly has a lot of flavor and delivers it with plenty of energy. At no point is this a watery or bland brew, although it’s as easy to drink as a beer where those adjectives might be applicable. Refreshing as hell, and a great beer to drink on a hot summer’s day - even straight from the can.

Grade: 8/10