Wasatch Brewery was established in 1986 making it not only the first craft brewery in Utah but also one of the first craft breweries in the country.

Greg Schirf was the man behind the vision for Wasatch and planted the seed for the business in the venerable town of Park City. In 2000, Wasatch merged with nearby Squatters Brewery and formed the Utah Brewer’s Cooperative. Later in 2012, Utah Brewer’s Cooperative also known as Salt Lake Brewing Co. took on an investor in Fireman Capital Partners making Oskar Blues a sister brewery. The Utah Brewer’s Cooperative operates a large commercial brewery, five brewpubs and a wine and ale house with packaged brews being distributed in 15 states.

Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen can

Today’s beer is Wasatch’s Apricot Hefeweizen. It is brewed with a hybrid Bavarian strain of German altbier yeast and natural apricot flavoring. Alcohol is kept low at 4 percent and bitterness is also kept low at a stated 9 IBUs.

Poured into a snifter, Apricot Hefeweizen shows a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color. The head is minimal and retention of what little foam actually formed was poor. Unusual for a Hefeweizen as they typically are very effervescent with large caps of foam that stick around almost annoying so. Nosediving reveals an aroma of super sweet apricot extract complete with that new plastic chemical note and just the faintest hint of Hefeweizen yeast in the form of clove and tarragon. Not looking good, so far.

Wasatch Apricot HefeweizenTo the tasting! At the forefront is an odd watered-down stale malt or bread character followed by that now familiar apricot flavoring. Any Hefeweizen yeast character is missing or has been washed out to the point of being non-existent. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I had a beer that tasted so watered-down and diluted. The carbonation is on the low end and the body is very thin.

Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen
BREWERY: Wasatch Brewery
LOCATION: Park City, Utah
STYLE: Fruited Hefeweizen
ABV: 4 percent
IBU: 9
PRICE: $2.49
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce cans/bottles
Overall, I’m not sure what to think of Wasatch’s Apricot Hefeweizen. If they were aiming for a diluted apricot extract flavored wine cooler then they nailed it. To call this a hefeweizen is just so far off base that I find it galling. For a brewery that has been around 30 years they sure have a lot more work to do with this one before I can recommend it to anyone anywhere.
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