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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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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002)
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

341 mL bottle from the LCBO (via the brewery's summer sampler); best before Jan 31 2013. Fruit beers have never really been my thing, but I decided to get this fruit-heavy 6-pack on the basis of past experience with McAuslan. I love their pale ale and oatmeal stout, so who knows - maybe they'll be the first brewery to really wow me with a fruit beer.

Pours a pale, clear golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of fizzy, foamy white head. Like many fruit beers, the head doesn't retain for long, soon dissipating into a thin film with some scant lacing left behind. Clean, fresh aroma with plenty of apricot/peach character, alongside some lesser sweet, bready wheat malt and a hint of strawberry. Nice to be able to detect some beer-like traits on the aroma - sometimes these fruitbiers smell syrupy, overbearing or artificial, but this is none of those.

And fortunately, that theme is continued into the flavour - while there is plenty of juicy, fruity flavour, this is not something I would mistake for an alcopop. Apricot and peach flavour is prominent throughout the sip, alongside a modest backbone of sweet wheat maltiness. Notes of mango and banana as well, with a pleasant, drying finish that helps cut through the juicy sweetness of the fruits. The flavour improves as it warms - this is one to serve only a little chilled. Light-bodied with firm, spritzy carbonation that gives the brew a crisp, almost tongue-scrubbing mouthfeel. Easy to toss back, and very refreshing.

Final Grade: 3.93, a respectable B+. St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale is a pretty good summer refresher. By wheat beer standards it's not particularly impressive, but it's quite good for a fruit-infused brew - and anyone who counts themselves among the fans of that style should definitely give this stuff a try. I haven't had Aprikat in a long time, but I would be comfortable ranking this ahead of that particular Alley Kat offering (the only other apricot beer I have tried).

[Updated July 26 2014]

Now available in tallboy cans; I picked one up because I was in the mood for something fruity and refreshing. This is not a complex brew, but the apricot flavour is exceptionally well-integrated, and seems authentic (i.e. not syrupy or otherwise off-putting). Sometimes I feel like I am overly critical of this style, but it's nice to find an offering that would be worth purchasing again. Fans of Magic Hat #9 will definitely want to give this one a thorough look.

08-03-2012 07:31:07 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +21.4%

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.

11-15-2002 08:03:09 | More by Popsinc
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Zakk

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-03-2012 01:47:12 | More by Zakk
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-10-2013 01:15:35 | More by tbryan5
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-06-2013 22:37:40 | More by FadetoBock
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

11-30-2008 18:23:26 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

11-10-2009 00:27:42 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-04-2009 13:45:06 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

07-26-2010 04:48:34 | More by Mora2000
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esanchlsu

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +37%

07-28-2014 12:57:59 | More by esanchlsu
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6%

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.

11-07-2009 03:32:08 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-13-2013 02:05:39 | More by Janeinma
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-21-2011 05:14:48 | More by chickenm
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

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)

04-13-2012 01:20:48 | More by BGDrock
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%

(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.

01-10-2008 18:48:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%

09-20-2013 00:10:31 | More by acurtis
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-28-2014 01:25:44 | More by MJ63
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rnm410

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-26-2013 17:40:06 | More by rnm410
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

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!

08-03-2009 05:16:58 | More by biboergosum
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

04-25-2009 22:03:32 | More by NJpadreFan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

06-13-2004 23:52:37 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%

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.

01-07-2003 19:10:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

08-05-2014 01:55:59 | More by jcubz
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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

09-20-2010 01:56:50 | More by joemcgrath27
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bashiba

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

04-14-2009 01:10:28 | More by bashiba
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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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