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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: 398
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | 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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Ratings: 398 | Reviews: 203
Reviews by Voonder:
Photo of Voonder
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden color with one finger white head, which dissipated quickly. Smell - very nice fresh apricot hit the nose right away. They are very bold and cover pretty much everything, you can barely smell malts in there. I don't think it's bad though, as it is a fruit beer and apricot smell is actually very nice. Taste - is not as apricoty as smell (apricots are still there big time) and you can tell that it is actually a beer. Nice bitter hoppiness coming through which combines very well with fruity sweetness. Malts are a lot noticeable as well. I can't really tell if it's wheaty, perhaps it is. Very interesting stuff, balanced, flavorful and rich. It is light at the same time and very drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Zakk
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of merlin48
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +5.2%
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 +0.6%
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%
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 esanchlsu
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BCborn
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +14%
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 -25.6%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of rnm410
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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 -3.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +22.3%
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 jcubz
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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