St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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4.53/5 rDev +24.5%
on tap at the toronto festival of beer....
It had never before occurred to me that apricots would make a good beer flavour. The colour is just on the orange side of golden - almost perfect for the fruit. The smell is very smooth. The taste is outstanding. Apricots are a relatively bland fruit fresh, I find, but this translates into an amazing smooth taste. It doesn't knock you over the head with sweetness like a kriek or tartness like a framboise. The fruit flavour is dominant with a smooth malt taste underneath. the mouthfeel is as smooth as the taste, I could drink this stuff endlessly.
Now I just have to find somewhere I can buy this!
Two years more knowledge of beer, and I feel I need to re-evaluate this... It's a great beer, but the 4.9 I gave it was too high. A rich, soft, velvety apricot flavour is intermingled with wheat edging and some biting freshness. A very well integrated fuit beer. There's no doubt that it's a real beer....
08-12-2002 18:44:29 | More by the42ndtourist
4.5/5 rDev +23.6%
The beer poured a nice golden, amber color with a bubbly, off white head. Lacing was present but minimal. The smell was interesting. Very crisp and clean with nice maltiness. Actually had a Budweisery like smell. The taste was incredible. Had a nice bready taste with huge taste of apricots. Not too much apricot but just right. A slight hint. The mouthfeel was medium body wit medium carbonation. Overall a fantastic beer! I think I found my goto beer for summer.
04-19-2008 02:06:48 | More by Beerbuddha
4.45/5 rDev +22.3%
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
4.45/5 rDev +22.3%
This fruity concoction pours golden orange, peach I suppose, with a frothy light head that shines a bright white. The lacing is decent and there are some sparse, tiny rising bubbles in the body.
Aroma-wise I would say that the name is pretty accurate; juicy apricot and a mild but earthy wheat note are present. The apricot is very fresh and bright despite it is from extract. In this case I would say that its even better than the real thing. A delicate fruit aroma such as apricot could easily be lost in the mix, but is well retained in this case.
Subtle and refreshing. Lots of juicy apricot and a hint of citrus. The cereal wheatiness and dim honey shine through along with a bit of malt-character (more for mouthfeel than anything). Again, the delicate nature of the brew allows the apricot to really shine. I wasn't expected it to come through as much. Really well put together.
Well carbonated and bright with a nice medium body. The texture is there and lingers a bit but the brew as a whole is very clean and refreshing. An excellent job with a tricky ingredient that could easily be swept under the rug. Subtle and complex at the same time. Just goes to prove that a beer doesn't have to be huge and abrasive in order to be flavorful and complex.
12-14-2007 03:51:33 | More by letsgopens
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
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
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
Appearance: a very pretty dark jammy gold or pale amber. Creamy-coloured head goes away fast.
Smell: fruity, distinct apricot on top of yeast.
Taste: wheaty with a faint hint of apricot. It's not a lambic, it's a fruit-flavoured wheat beer, so the fruit can be subtle. The apricot is mostly in the aroma (and I do believe they've added more apricot since the first time I drank it). Bready finish as with many wheat beers -- so aside from the fact that it's not sweet, it's like drinking an apricot jam sandwich.
Mouthfeel: really, really nice and smooth. No harshness or bitterness to speak of.
Drinkability: one of my absolute favourites -- never boring, never makes me want to leave a glass/bottle unfinished (in fact, two in a row is common, which is unusual for me with any other beer). Light enough for summer but flavourful enough for any time of year.
03-01-2011 04:08:05 | More by Antikythera
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
I tried this beer at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto on June 25, 2007. Wow! What a beer! (and it's an ale - maybe my ale has come!) This was a beautiful orangy colour, not translucent at all. The aroma was very much apricot with some grassy hints. The mouthfeel was crisp with nice carbonation. The flavour was malty with hints of apricot. I love this beer!
06-26-2007 00:50:29 | More by cyrenaica
4.4/5 rDev +20.9%
Pours this one in a bock glass. The color is yellow with some tint of orange. The head is 1 in. after pouring in the glass. The head vanish quickly and I ended up with a tin line of foam...
The beer smells a lot of Apricot and some wheat behind.
Taste: Apricot with a dry finish. Apricot taste with no sugar at all which I think makes it nice. If you like Apricot, then you will like this beer, like me. Very refreshing.
Very nice beer to drink during a hot day or whenever you need something very refreshing.
06-21-2008 18:01:14 | More by ZorPrime
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +20.9%
Nothing too extraordinary about the appearance. A fine, normal-looking wheat ale. The head pours high and thicker than comparable beers.
I love the smell of this stuff. I prefer it in the bottle rather than glass... seems to hold the smell longer. I love the non-overpowering smell of apricot over the beer.
Tastes great, very similar to the smell. A fantastic, fresh, light summer beer.
In the mouth, it feels like most other popular wheat or India pale ales. Not too watery, not too carbonated. Just right for what it is.
I love this beer. It's great to drink any time, but especially in the summer. It's fresh, and goes down easy.
09-02-2009 01:40:56 | More by PEIBeerGuy
4.38/5 rDev +20.3%
I bought this beer because I really enjoyed St. Ambroise Framboise beer and I am generally a pretty big fan of fruit beers.
As other reviewers have noted this has a strong apricot smell/taste but was surprisingly not sweet as I expected. It had a nice sour finish, somewhat reminicent of a cider.
I found it to be a really easy drinking beer and I would definitely recommend it to those out there who like fruit beers.
09-13-2012 04:17:12 | More by greenrowan
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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