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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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BA SCORE
82
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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  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.

Sammy, Jun 14, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and apricot flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice apricot smell that is much better than the flavor in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.6%

djrn2, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.6%

acurtis, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassy apricot with bright lemon peel edges. I prefer the hazy beer seen on the McAuslan website. The cap is yellowed ivory in color and looks decent enough. Two interconnected rings of sudsy lace can be seen at this point... and that's about the extent of things.

The nose is definitely apricot-like, but it's also somewhat metallic. More ripe fruitiness would be nice, although credit must be given since the apricot essence smells natural rather than artificial. With time and warming, both of the above negatives go by the wayside and allow the score to be bumped.

If you enjoy apricots and wheat beer, this is a pretty good apricot wheat beer because it tastes like apricots and wheat beer. I'm not trying to be funny (much) because there are plenty of fruit beers out there that either taste like artificial fruit extract or don't taste much like the fruit in question. I'm also glad to see that the wheat is appreciated in the background.

The fruitiness is just prominent enough without being overbearing. AWA is also good beer because of its perfect sweet-bitter balance (along with a modest tartness). Getting the sweet-bitter balance just right in a fruit beer is no easy task. It may be simple, but it's good. And refreshing. And quenching.

The mouthfeel would be better if it was a fraction more full and a fraction less carbonated. That probably qualifies as nitpicking, but if you're going to brew an impressive fruit beer, you need to give it an impressive mouthfeel.

Apricot Wheat Ale isn't in the same league as this brewery's St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout in terms of quality, but then few beers are. McAuslan has done a very nice job with this one and I would be happy to down a few bottles on a hot summer day. Or any day at all.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Seemingly a lowly hopped Pale Ale with a huge burst of appricot flavor. The wheat components don't really make a mark.

The beer pours a deep golden/light copper color with much better clarity than non filtered wheat beers should. A fizzy start to the carbonation leads to a flatering head that struggles to hold onto a lace arround the glass. A less than stellar appearance.

Sweet appricots, soda pop, and grainy/sweet notes take on a one-dimensional estery scent.

Flavors of sweet grains, appricots, sugary taste, fresh tobacco, and again soda pop. Light earthy hops make hardly any impact. Appricot taste reminds me of the Fruit Roll-ups type of sweet fruitiness (a blend of natural and artificial character).

A prickly and bubbly start fades quickly to a sticky-sweet feel and remains that way through the lingering finish and aftertaste.

Standard to most fruit beers: the fruit flavor is showcased so prominantly that the brewers forgot about making a quality beer to support it.

BEERchitect, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pourred a small head that disapeared quickly as with all fruit beer. Smell of apricot is very present and very refreshing (if you like apricot that is). I'm not sure about a natural essence of apricot flavor as per their commercial description, seems more to me that they are using some apricot syrup not entirely natural. Nice golden colour (very appropriate)perfect for those got summer days. The only negative comments is the final bitter taste that doesn't match the sweetness of the apricot...

Phyl21ca, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light pale copper body with a short-lived, white head. Noted effervescence.

Smell: Strongly scented of apricots, first and foremost, though there's some vague notions of vanilla and wheat malt within.

Taste: Starts tart with its apricot flavoring, though some sweetness manages to leak out around the edges. Modestly grainy barley and malted wheat underneath. Lightly hopped, lightly bitter. Little drop of vanilla cream. Grows a bit tangy as you head towards the finish, which is fruity and faintly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Sweetish apricot flavoring overlaying a minimal scaffolding of beer, featuring those key facets that helps a beer simply scream "summer refreshment", such as zippy carbonation, fruit flavoring, and relatively low alcohol. Kind of reminds me of RJ Rockers Son of a Peach. Kind of...

ChainGangGuy, May 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  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!

biboergosum, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, apricots and other fruits, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste doesn't hit you with the strong tartness that many other beers like this can have but instead starts with a mild apricot sweetness and some wheat and grain breadiness. There's a very mild hops presence and a thin malt character. The after-taste does have a little bit of tartness to it.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not usually the kind of beer I go for, but this one was pretty decent.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a oh so slightly fogged amber that carries a small crème head for a very short while and then leaves. An apricot and peachy nose is easily noticeable. Flavor is very tangy with the apricot, but there is a real firm dirty water edge that just kills the whole damn thing for me. Yeck. Too much syrup like flavor and not much else going on. Feel is okay. I don't really consider this drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Feb 25, 2008
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.

Mora2000, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that becomesa a wide patch that slowly vanishes.

The smell is of fresh apricots.

The taste is of syrupy fruit juice - apricot, of course - with some wheat breadiness in the back. Sweet finish.

Light-bodied with some sweet stickiness.

In the end, it's just another typical American fruit wheat beer - apricot-style.

jwc215, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shockingly clear for a wheat beer--solid gold color. Good head (as expected with the wheat) that dissipates to a rocky froth. Lighter lace than I anticipated (spotty).

Fruity, almost like a punch, aroma. Extremely sweet. A touch of plastic. No wheat or hop noted.

The taste parallels the aroma--too sweet in my opinion without any counter-flavors to balance it. This might make a good dessert beer to go with dark chocolate or tart fruits. The aftertaste has a little citrus sourness. The carbonation really comes out in the swallow, otherwise it has a decent mouthfeel (full bodied).

Too coyingly sweet to recommend. It would be hard to drink this at any time other than as an aperitif.

smcolw, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that leaves just a bit of lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a clear red / orange, pale amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I get aromas of apricot and a direct inspection of the nose confirms that this is easily the dominant note in the aroma. The apricot note is nice, but it definitely drowns out any other notes.

This has a light sweetness to it and only a faint bitterness in the finish; both of these accentuate a floral, nectar like, apricot fruitiness that definitely is the most dominant flavor. There is a touch of sweet grain wheat character here that helps to boost the fruit flavors more than being noticeable in and of itself; the wheat also adds a touch of tartness, but only just. This is fairly light, but does have some texture and body to it that keeps it from being watery.

If you like apricot beers then you will enjoy this, for some reason I have a soft spot for such beers and this is actually pretty enjoyable.

Gueuzedude, May 03, 2009
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -17.6%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange in color with 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some lacing developed.

Smell: loads of apricots and wheat are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: the flavor follows the nose as wheat, apricot, and a mild bitterness make up a flavorful beer. There is a bit of breadiness to the flavor also.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Brief apricot filled aftertaste.

Drinkability: very nice fruit beer that does not come across fake at all. Easy to drink this one down and would actually have another one in the same session.

Gavage, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once more, I do not know precisely how this beer came to be in my possession, but I am guessing that it was courtesy of previous reviewer and local in-person trader, Tone 77. I also have no idea why I am suddenly on a bottle kick and why so many of them have been fruit-wheat beers, but it is soon coming to an end. I gotta get back to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the bottle: "Ale with Apricot added"; "Apricot Wheat Ale".

My pour created just over a finger of rocky off-white head with decent retention. Color was a solid amber with NE-quality clarity. Hey, what gives with filtering a wheat beer? Nose smelled like apricot preserves and suddenly I was back in business. I subjected myself to some lesser fruit/wheat beers recently and this was a welcome return to the norm. Mouthfeel was soft, not watery, and the taste was really like apricot preserves. Yum! Finish was semi-sweet and very refreshing. I wished that I was in Montreal getting ready to watch some hockey ...

woodychandler, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden colour, with a big fluffy head of beaten egg-white. Lacing is excellent. Looks pretty good overall.

Huge stonefruit aromas on the nose. Masses of overripe peach, apricot with flashes of kiwifruit. Very jammy and sweet, almost to excess. Very odd.

Quite a disappointingly weak palate. To my mind, with such a strong fruit sweetness on the nose, it needs a cutting edge of hop bitterness (obviously not right for the style), or a penetrating lambic sour character. This has neither - just the patina of stonefruit sweetness, with a light lingering acidity. Mouthfeel is thin.

This is very odd overall. Too sweet and too unbalanced. It needs way more body and something else robust to counteract the fruit. I find it far too cloying.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  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.

Billolick, Nov 10, 2009
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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.