St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002

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Photo of Popsinc
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One sniff of McAuslan Apricot Wheat and i jumped back....with a smile. The strong, yet not overwhelming nose convinced me that i was standing in a grand field surrounded by fresh, ripe apricot. And after the first sip, wow, i was very suprised that apricot did not overpower my taste buds. Initial hints of apricot quickly mellowed and the finish was both very smooth and refreshing. I could not think of a better summer beer than this.

Photo of merlin48
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle pours a mostly clear, orange/amber body with a small, offwhite head. Just a hint of lacing. Aroma is the highlight here, with loads of fresh apricot notes and a kiss of wheat. Light bodied with a zesty carbonation. Taste is unimpressive for the most part. Sour and bitter notes dominate the understated apricot. A hint of malted wheat underneath. All in all, a pedestrian fruit beer that would be okay for a summer day.

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle. Pours glowing apricot tinged medium amber, minor off white head, that leaves just some minor bits of lace. What else but loads of fresh, pungent apricot in the nose and then following through to the taste buds. Fruity, flavorful, but not overly sweet or anywhere close to cloying. Pleasant enough summery type brew. Fruit beer lovers will truly enjoy this one. Worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/3 inch head, clear, orange-gold

Smell: wheat, malt, and apricot

Taste: wheat, malt, honey, and apricot--especially on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium body, high carbonation

Drinkability: slightly better than your average fruit wheat beer..The apricot taste is present, but I do not think I will be getting this one again for a while.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong apricot with not too much else. The flavor is more of the same with apricots and peaches standing out. There is also a little bit of wheat in the background, but the fruit is what this beer is all about. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a fruit-flavored wheat beer, this one is not too bad.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fruit beers are a funny thing for me: either they work well, or they are undrinkable - not much inbetween. I figured that I'd give McAuslan a try, considering my love for their blonde and oatmeal stout.

Poured a very clear deep golden, with a foamy 1 inch head that quickly receded around the edges. Left a bit of lacing.

Smell is certainly apricot and peach, with a little bit of wheat at the end. Pleasant, but not very complex.

The taste is decent, but it didn't do a whole lot for me. The apricot flavour dominated the front, while dry peachy bitterness (like a not-quite ripe fruit) was the finish. I agree with a previous poster: a 'hefe' quality would have helped this beer out tremendously, given it a bit more balance.

Mouthfeel is quite sharp, with the carbonation really kicking me at the finish.

Probably won't pick this one up again - a confusing brew that had a great deal of potential, but for me it missed the mark.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant apricot tinted amber with a moderately fast dissipating white foam collar. S: Very attractive apricot aromas with a suggestion of honey and light wheat. T: Apricot wheat palate with complex layers of flavor. The apricot dominates but it is not over bearing. Finishes with a mild hop accent. F: Medium light body and medium carbonation. O: This is a well balanced fruit beer with just the right amount of apricot – it they used any more it would not work.

Photo of BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper, apricot colour; produces minimal head which fades fast; surprisingly clear

Aroma: apricot jam! aroma just burst from the glass

Taste & Mouthfeel: great, full but light mouthfeel; medium to light body; apricot flavour is perfect, not overwhelming and not too sweet; carbonation almost gives the feel of "fuzz"; hints of strawberry and peach too; finish is slightly dry

Overall: a rare time when being one dimensional is a good thing - stays focused, delivering a fresh, easy-drinking, interesting beer (and perfect for summer)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles rising to a thin white film made up of mostly big bubbles. The head soon fades to only a hint of a ring around the edge.

S- The smell of soft sulfury raw grain gives way to a perfumey chemical apricot note that is bright.

T- The soft taste of dry wheat grain has a light noble bitter hops note to follow. There is a dry apricot essence in the finish with a note of sweet apricot perfume aswell. The finish has a tight carbonic acid flavor to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry texture in the finish.

D- This beer is very light on flavor and smell with a soft hint of chemical fruit not adding any quality to the beer. The carbonation is the strongest part of the beer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, a single from a depanneur near my central Montreal hotel.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two skinny fingers of tightly foamy, and densely bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random mesa formation lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of concentrated apricots, like those dried sorts that my mom used to put in my lunches, a middling semi-sweet caramelized wheat malt, and perhaps a touch of hard water flintiness. The taste again leads with the slightly sweet apricot juice fruitiness, a now more evident, if still muted (or overshadowed) pale husky and grainy malt, and weakly leafy, musty hops that are mostly only perceptible as a general drying effect.

The carbonation is mild, and barely noticeable beyond a meek frothiness, the body a decently pliable medium weight, with a bit of fruity mealiness affecting an otherwise plain Jane smoothness. It finishes off-dry and still duly apricot-esque, the fruit making the most of its guest star status.

The only comparison for the style (apricot-wise) that I have is Alley Kat's beer cooler offering, and well, this is so much more the real deal. I do like apricots, and up to this point, was convinced that they couldn't and shouldn't belong in any sort of an enjoyable and/or drinkable fruit beer. Tres bien fait encore, les brasseurs de McAuslan!

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St. Ambroise- Apricot

A- Light bright yellow orange with a hue frothy head.
S- Sweet lemon and apricot/ peach.
T- Sweet juicy peach and apricot with sugary bready malt and light wheat.
M- Light sweet and malty. Juicy fruit finish.

Overall- Quite good. Probably the best Apricot beer out there. Very smooth.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow. Apricot aroma and distinct apricot and other fruit taste in the wheat. Not a bad wheat beer, crisp.. Malty sweet but not too sweet like Dennison. Refreshing. Touch of sour aftertaste, and not too dry. Another good one from this brewery, but wouldn't buy too much of it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is an appropriate peachy gold - or should I say 'apricot'? It's slightly hazy and the head dwindles shortly, but it's easily brought back by simply swirling the glass. The bouquet is quite enticing. The apricot extract appears surprisingly natural - very much like a ripe and juicy apricot! The body is light and combines with a very fine and moderate carbonation to form a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a superb blend of gently sweet malt and soft apricot flavor. It finishes with a short-lived, mild and softly sweet fruit note. It's quite delicate with alot of finesse and a good drinkability. The fruitiness is very nicely balanced; adding a great deal of character but never overwhelming the palate. Without question, the best apricot ale that I've ever had. It's very wine-like in many ways, and would make a great apertif. Soft and refreshing. Definitely worth trying for those that enjoy fruit beers.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear peachy golden, one thumb of white head dissipated quickly to a very thin film with light lacing
S - bready wheaty malt, candied apricot syrupy sweetness, and light grassy hops
T - the sweet candy like apricot is strong but almost a little to artificial, nice savory bready wheat, some subtle grassy hops
M - medium body, light and tart with slight dryness
D - it is a sweet tasty apricot treat, light and refreshing, the downside being that the flavour starts to get a little too artificial or chemical like, but would be a nice summertime sipper

Photo of bashiba
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper color with a big fluffy white head.

The smell had a very fresh big apricot nose.

The flavor has a nice fresh apricot taste with very mild wheat beer underpinnings.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit dry.

The fruit flavors are good, and I like that they went all in with a big apricot flavor as opposed to being so subtle about it that you don't even notice it like some I have had. On the other hand it does leave the more traditional beer flavors a bit hidden.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must be excited for summer or something if I am picking up an Apricot Wheat Beer in mid March.

A- Cloudy golden peachy color, almost a glowing amber.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with nice apricot undertones- nothing overwhelming, but floral and fruity for sure.

T- Taste was your average run of the mill fruit beer although the apricot finish was more enjoyable than others. There was a creamy nature to this beer that lingered. The wheat was pronounced and quite earthy.

M- Light and carbonated. Easy drinking.

D- I could drink a gazillion of these in a sitting. Enjoyable on a summer day but I wont be looking for this one again.

Photo of coupdegrass
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going into this beer, I had an idea of what to expect, since I have enjoyed many fruit laced beers in the past. The color was an appropriate transparent gold, and the head was creamy and white, though it faded quickly. The mouth-feel was prickly and crisp, with a smooth finish. The apricot was definitely the dominant aspect of the aroma, but I found that the flavor was surprisingly well balanced. One must expect a little bit of sweetness with beers such as these, but I still detected the bready wheat and yeast flavors, which backed the apricot nicely. Unlike other reviewers, I did not find this beer to taste artificial. It reminded me very much of apricot jam, the natural fruitiness accented by caramelized sugars. A great summer brew.

Photo of Mandrake
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear and quite delicate shade of gold with a pure white head that builds to about one finger before dissipating, leaving a ring around the glass and a very little bit of lacing. Smell is sweet and fruity, the apricot a very pleasant and unusual scent. The wheat is aooarent in the background, but is clearly in a submissive role. Taste begins sweet, the apricot clear and just lovely, and then grows tart, with a wheat note coming through. The finish is unmistakably marijuana, just like chewing stem, and goes on for quite a while. Mouthfeel is very nice, crisp and well carbonated with just the right amount of body for a beer of this style, and drinkability is very good. It's quite an interesting offering. This is the only apricot flavoured beer I've ever had. The pot flavour is a bit odd, and took me a while to place (it's been quite a few years since I...well, you know), but it's unmistakable and a bit off-putting for me. Otherwise, top notch.

Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and bright amber in colour, this beer pours a decent head which quickly settles down into a thin layer leaving some good lacing behind.

Smells like loads of apricot, with some wheat and yeast in the background.

The same apricot smell dominates the light taste of this beer, presenting a dryness without being sweet like you might expect. It gives a nice complement to the beer instead of intruding on the flavour like you find in many fruit flavoured beers. This is followed by a decent amount of wheat and a hint of something smokey (which tastes kind of odd). There's some bitterness on the finish that doesn't quite fit. Not much noticeable alcohol presence.

The feel is nothing special. It feels kind of flat; dry and light bodied with an unexciting carbonation.

While this is one of the better fruit beers I've had, I'm really not a big fan of fruit beers. The apricot taste is nice but this beer just doesn't stand out as a beer in general. I wouldn't want more than one of these and don't think I'll buy this again.

Photo of elricorico
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange gold in coloure, very clear. One centimetre of off-white head that has good retention.

Sweet, candy like apricot notable to the nose even before I start sniffing. Wheat balances the aroma with a sort of grainy dryness. I really like the smell of apricot.

Very sweet, but with enough wheat tothe finish that it balances and still manages to taste like a beer. Too often fruit beers start to taste like juice, this one reminds you where it came from.

Light, but not without body, and fairly active carbonation. Mouthfeel works just fine.

This is a pleasant, refreshing beer and was just what I was craving tonight. The only downer is that the apricot gets just a bit cloying at the end of the bottle. Still, I enjoyed this one.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thin white head and clear darkish gold color. Aroma is of sweet apricots and grainy wheat and barley malts. The flavor starts out with a dryish shot of apricot flavors than fades out to leave a clean -filtered flavor of a good wheat beer. Mouthfeel features a light body and moderate CO2. This is not as gassy as the typical U.S. bottle conditioned wheat ale. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Good for the hot summer.

Photo of rebel1771
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a slight head.

S: Dense aroma of apricots dominate with just a hint citrus maybe.

T: Full apricot flavor right up front, very natural tasting too not to syrupy. Wheat flavors come through at the end and quickly dissipate.

D: Way better than I thought it was going to be. This just proves you can't judge a beer by your preconceptions.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.5 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by apricots. Taste is apricots, but not sweet, a bit of wheat tang, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and pretty good beer.

Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale golden-orange with no carbonation in the body and a thin head that leaves some quite nice lacing. Aroma is bursting with apricot and it never seems artificial. There's some typical crackery wheat aroma underneath, but the main focus is on the fruit. Lots of apricot in the flavor as well. My only problems here is that the base beer is a little lackluster and that there is a faint, flat yeastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, but this could really use some more carbonation. Drinkability is really great, and I could see putting some of these away.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the 12 fl. oz. bottle on January 20, 2011. It pours a well carbonated, golden-yellow with about three-quarters of an inch of long lasting white head. Apricots fill the sense in the aroma with a thin maltiness on the backside. The body is creamy and aboiut medium. The taste also emphasizes the apricot over the wheat. This would have been better on a very hot day.

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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