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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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216 Reviews
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Reviews: 216
Hads: 440
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada | website

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 Fatehunter
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is all apricot.
The taste starts with mild bitter, then more apricot sweet but remains balanced.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Golden coloured with a semi thick white head that only lasts for a few minutes, though it leaves a nice film with just a tough of legs.

Smell - Terrific. Tons of apricot, just the right level of sweetness.

Taste - Apricot on the very front, but then a strange almost stale taste comes over. A little disappointing to be honest. The finish is a tad bitter, almost a budget lager aftertaste.

Feel - Prickly carbonation but the body is thin. If it were up to me I would prefer a bit of a thicker body, but that's just a personal preference. Can't knock the beer for that.

Overall I can't help but be slightly disappointed with this beer, mainly due to the amazing smell followed by the adequate taste. However, all in all this is still a solid beer and worth a shot for anyone that enjoys apricots or fruit beer.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad fruitbeer but overall they are not my favorite style.

Appearance - Pours a clear deep golden color with very little head that fades quick. Seems to have some lively carbonation throughout.

Aroma - Apricots steal the show followed by wheat, some light malts. you dont get much afterwards because the strong sweet smell of apricot carries,

Taste - As far as taste is concerned apricot doesnt steal the show. Its primarily a wheat beer, I get wheat first. followed by some maltiness, bread, light hops which are then soothed by a very long sweet apricot finish.

Feel - This is a light bodied beer, it virtually runs like water down your throat, carbonation is prickly and lively which goes well with the sweet sensation.

Overall - As I had stated at the top I'm not a big fruit beer person, before this the only one I've genuinely liked was Ephemere du pomme by unibroue. I wouldn't say this beer stacks up too that, and I probably wont buy it again. but if it was offered to me, I would gladly accept. Cheers!

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Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant light body with a creamy carbonation. The aroma is sensational, a fume of apricot. Slightly sweet with a malty mellowness, which goes well with the fruit. It would be interesting to taste side by side with the popular apricot from Pyramid. That one is more crisp than the St-Ambroise, which has more of an apricot nectar taste.

This is actually one of the better apricot flavored beers I've had. From the 16 oz can purchased at Haggen's supermarket in Burlington, Wash.

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Photo of Rick_from_London
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thin tan head. Wonderful apricot nose with hints of hazelnut and licorice.
Crisp wheat malt palate, sweet with apricots. Nice ale finish with the fruit notes fading to tart malts and a hint of hops. I'll miss you until next summer!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Preserves, Even, Drinkable, Quenching

In the realm of fruit beers more often than not consumers are given half hearted attempts and either drown the beer with fruit essence and sweetness or simply there is not enough character to back up the fruit used in the name of the beer. St-Ambroise keeps it simple with a solid wheat beer base which would probably be pretty good on its own. The level of apricot in the nose and on the taste buds is nearly perfect here, no question that it is apricot and no question that we are drinking a beer and that is all anyone can really ask for when it comes to simple fruit beers like this.

STYLE: Fruit Beer | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of akdo
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: The beer was amber to the point it looked like honey. The head was half a finger and it dissipated quickly.

Smell: The nose matched the aromas of a real apricot. There was no trace of hoppiness in the nose.

Taste: The palate matched the nose. However, the beer's taste shifted to a more bitter taste as it neared the back-end.

Feel: The hops's bitterness took the form of crispness. While some found it light, I found it more aggressive than that of a radler.

Overall: Although I liked this beer, this is not the best offering from McAuslan Brewery. The head retention didn't please me. Moreover, while the taste was pleasant, I thought the back-end's crispness could be toned down.

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Photo of DavidAdjey
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich golden yellow color. Tall head, which dissipates after 15 seconds.

S: Strong aromas of dried apple, roasted apricot and drying orange rind. Sweet to the nose with underlying nutty tones of almond.

T: Hoppy bitterness mellowed by pungent sweetness of wheat and apricot. Fruity to the palate resembling over ripe stone fruit with a slight must.

M: Moderately carbonated. Bubbles dissipate quickly while massaging your palate. Deceptively heavy.

O: An enjoyable, easy to drink summer beer. Well balanced flavor profile with a natural apricot flavor. Another excellent brew by McAuslan.

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Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation, with lots of large bubbles rising to the surface. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches on the surface that were continually replenished by a steady stream of rising bubbles.
S: Moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of apricot flavors as well as a light amount of associated sweetness.
M: It feels very light-bodied (but not so watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors of apricots that don't seem to be overpowering or artificial, but apart from this it is rather weak in body and otherwise one dimensional. The apricots mask any flavors of the underlying wheat.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Bunman3
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant, as far as fruit beers go. I would concur with previous reviewers that there is "just enough" Apricot. It is still quite true to the wheat ale style, and the fruit flavour is an enhancement instead of a distraction.

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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.

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

From Bottle! Bright Amber orange with an off-white head. Super fruity apricot and wheat aroma. Sweet fruity taste. A bit much. Medium bodied and dry. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Transparent orange body with a thin, wispy head. Aromas include apricots, sweet, sugary malt. Sweet, sugary. Like an apricot dessert. Too much. Cloying. Thin body with assertive carbonation. No thanks.

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

Look: A clear golden yellow color with a short white head and no lacing

Smell: Strong apricot

Taste: Apricot, with hints of malts and wheat

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A good one-trick pony. Not much like a typical wheat, primarily a fruit beer

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Photo of TDotScott
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L- Deep gold with an orange hue. Completely clear. A bit disappointed at the filtration.

S- Where this beer rally shines. Sweet-sour apricot. Distinct without being fake-smelling. I'd like to see it blend with yeast character a little more.

T- A little bitter up front, with a quick fruit finish. The noise belies the taste big time.

F- Good and carbonated, just as you'd expect from the style, though perhaps the carbonation detracts from the taste complexity.

O- Not unenjoyable, but not the best apricot beer ever (not by a long shot).

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Photo of TheFrothDoctor
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

I was looking forward to this as I've never tried an Apricot wheat ale before! Poured a vibrant orange colour with a light white head.

The smell was very aromatic, sweet apricots and toasted grains were dominant.

The initial taste was that of a subtle apple pie. The after taste then turned to a bitter apricot maple tang. Was pretty happy with this overall, but I wished it was sweeter.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A- Pours a beautiful deep golden colour that is topped by a white two finger head. Lots of lacing left on the glass !

S- The smell of this beer is insanely refreshing. The first thing I thought of was fuzzy peaches (the candy). Not exactly what you would think you would want in a beer but it was quite nice. Upon further nosing, this brew has a more spicy, dried apricot type smell. Quite nice indeed..

T- Much like the aroma, the flavour of this beer is very refreshing. Lots of dried apricot that is mixed in with some classic wheat beer notes. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet as it smells; this ale is extremely well balanced and rather than providing that fruit taste in one go, its more of a mellow flavour that comes in with the wheaty notes.

M- Nicely carbonated for the style: low to medium. Smooth drinking and once again, extremely refreshing. Leaves your mouth slick without a hint of dryness.

O- I have to admit, I was not looking forward to trying this beer. I bought a St. Ambroise 12 pack sampler and this is the last of the bunch that i'm trying. Overall, i'm not a fan of flavoured beer (or coffee/tea for that matter) but I am glad to say that this brew has made me take a second look at fruity beers. Not only does it look and smell great, but its a real treat to drink (who doesn't like apricots?!). I couldn't think of a better beer to enjoy on a hot summers day. Two thumbs up from me!

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Photo of -steve-
4/5  rDev +9.9%

I love everything about this beer. The beautiful peach bouquet. And flavours. The colour, the taste. It is a great summer beer, patio beer and soothing beer to relax to. Or share with friends. Although not in my steady rotation it is a beer that I come back to every now and again to great enjoyment.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%

A good mid-day beer, I'll bet. Let's try it.

Serving style : 11.2 oz glass bottle poured into clear glass for appearance and taste.

Appearance (4) : A very pretty looking honey-golden transparent body with a thick, malty 3 finger head. Recedes to about a half inch of stable and foamy topper. Leaves lacing all the way down.

Smell (4) : Public park fountain drinking water (don't ask my how I came up with this - it's for my own benefit), freeze dried apricots, a hint of apricot candy, a sharp snap of persimmon and spice. It's very much like good fruit that has been sitting out, perhaps at your grandma's house, and has a rich candy-like aroma when you're opening a bag of peach or apricot candy from a heritage candy store (you know, the $4 a lb stuff). Oh yeah, and a little bit of Werther's candy. Pretty nostalgic, actually.

Taste (3.25) : Taste is a little funky at first with some kind of off-note sweet/sour thing; but then it settles nicely into a dried apricot and melts pleasantly on the tongue and roof of your mouth. The finish is semi-sweet with notes of fresh wheat and dull hops. Burps are apricot and more apricot. Ends a tad medicinal with heavy notes of tannins. The weirdness I suppose I could liken to the persimmon, but it's still off-putting so I'll knock it down a half point. Out of the bottle the funk is compounded and actually tastes a bit astringent or perhaps paint-thinner like? Either way it's a synthetic taste that isn't great. Pour this one if you're gonna drink it.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Rich and creamy with a semi-dry finish. Carbonation is there but it's tamed appropriately.

Overall (3.69): I guess I wouldn't hesitate to buy a six pack if I could find it relatively cheap. This is a wheat beer, and the apricot is nicely done. I can't handle the funk at the beginning, and if you have no place to pour it into, forget about it. The bottle's taste is medicinal and artificial. Pouring into a glass lets those flavors mix up a bit and you get a better representation, I think, of what this beer aims to be. A decent beer for the money.

Edit : towards the end I'm getting heavy medicinal aftertaste. Robitussin. Yep, Robitussin for sure. I'm gonna have to pour this one and knock down the score. Sorry, St. Ambroise. (revised rating : 3.44)

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of my friend came up with that beer because he said he has peach in it.
And after u put in the glass the smell of the Apricot is present. And thats all you can smell
The looking is also nice. Gold, yellow color. Nice carbonation.
The taste is also nice once again u got that Apricot taste in it. And it takes over the taste of the beer. It's really refreshing but for me the taste of the Apricot is too present
So would I recommend it ? Yes for sure. If you like fruity beer, this one is for you. Really nice during summer.Personally I won t buy a pack for myself but if u are at a party and u have that kind of beer u won't be disappointed.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, peach, pear, wheat, honey, floral, grass, and light yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of apricot, pale malt, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, pear, apple, honey, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and light yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and light yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of apricot, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/fruit balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice fruit beer. All around good robustness and balance of apricot, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange, clear filtered, very little carbonation, a few fingers of off white head.

S: Apricots, peaches, fruit, black tea, little maltiness but mostly stone fruit.

T: Very fruity with hints of tannins like black tea, candied fruit, a hit of Belgian yeast and ends in some dough.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, dry tannins and light syrupy quality.

O: Delicious, refreshing, complex for a ‘wheat’ beer. A good one for a hot day.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells just awesome. You definitely know they put a lot of apricot in there. Doesn't look that incredibly though. Pretty normal golden/amber colour even though it's supposed to be a wheat beer. Good apricot taste but it doesn't feel so much like a beer but more like a juice. Either way it's really a good refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can from LCBo poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Nice copper / gold looking beer poured into glass. 2 fingers of light fluffy head rest on top dissipating almost entirely in the next two minutes. Slight soapy cream left on top. Nice lacing on the glass and beer is clearly effervescent.

Smell - Big apricot nose that is quite sweet. Not a whole lot else there maybe some caramel aromas thrown in for good measure but by and large it is only apricot. Slight vegetativeness after the first couple of sips becomes detectable.Also a vague honey scent is perceptible.

Taste- Fairly sweet apricot, but not over-sweet, clearly enough bitterness in here to determine that this truly is beer. Sweetness only last the initial bit in the mouth, after that it subsides and you are left with a beer flavor full of malts and a bit of a fresh grassy taste.

Mouthfeel - Rich but a bit syrupy especially on the first couple of gulps. After that, the beer goes down very refreshing and the carbonation adds to the fullness.

Overall - One of my favorites from this brewery and does not suffer from the thinness that i detected in the raspberry. Probably doesn't help that i am enjoying this on a wet, dank October day, this is a beer meant to be enjoyed on a rooftop patio during our short Canadian summer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I view this as St-Ambroise's third dimension, after its pale ale and stout. Though this apricot ale has the talk, I had yet to try this beer. From the Canadian 341 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The color is amber orange, clean bodied with a few visible bubbles of carbonation running through, a decent soapy head which forms an inch thick initially before dropping to a lace. The aroma has its pleasing moments of apricot flesh, a kiss of alcohol, graham cracker and honey, and an extra kiss of apricot at the end.

I've certainly had better and worse fruit beers. St-Amrboise's version lands in the middle of the pack. The wheat base has a strong presence and bring a sizable creamy flavor to the palate. The apricot flesh shows itself in modest doses. The big surprise of the beer is the mouthfeel. Usually fruit beer are light and fizzy; this one is medium full with mild carbonation hitting the palate. Lighter and more carbonated might have provided a more lively sensation.

This beer makes me want to revisit Montréal, even if it's not the most famous.

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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