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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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Reviews: 211
Hads: 421
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 11
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St.Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale @ 5.0% , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $12

A-pour is a golden amber with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-honey & apricots

T-oh so sweet apricots , slight dry finish

MF-medium carbonation , light body , very sweet on the palate , a real thirst quencher

Ov-a good , well crafted summer beer

prost LampertLand (397 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a bright orange-yellow color, similar to apple juice but with a finger-width of bubbly head that fades quickly.

Smell is dominated by apricot, very lush.

Taste is similar, with a rich apricot flavor that is finished with barley and wheat malts and just a hint of hoppy bitterness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated.

Overall, one of the best fruit beers I have tasted. Wonderful for the summer. (486 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep golden colour, with a decent amount of carbonation visible. Two fingers of bright white fluffy head cap the beer.

Smell - Some serious fruit smells dominate the nose. Mostly apricot (obviously), but there's also some other floral notes which compliment the fruit exceptionally well. One of the best smelling beers to ever grace my nose. Truly phenomenal.

Taste - Apricot up front, with some wheat in the middle, with a distinctive honey taste towards the finish with pleasantly lingers. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still quite well balanced for a fruit beer. The apricot flavour isn't too overbearing. Little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light, with moderate carbonation. Feels creamy on the tongue.

Overall - 4/5 The beer itself is pretty good, but its worth trying if only for the aromas. (910 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear orange color forming a medium white and bubbled head. Medium retention and only few lacings left

S: Sweet and fruity. Apricot juice, sweet grains, honey, vanilla and wheat. Yeasts

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of apricot. Sweet grains, wheat, honey, vanilla and wheat. Overall a slightly sweet beer. Apricot pie. with a light hoppy bitterness in the very end. Canadian yeasts which can also be felt on Unibroue beers. Interesting...

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Fruity and bready aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good Fruit beer (618 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 341ml bottle to a Pilsner glass

A: Nice transparent blonde color with bubbles constantly streaming towards the head. The head itself was somewhat disappointing however and died of fairly quickly. I believe it is a filtered wheat beer and perhaps the first filtered one I've had so cloudiness was non-existent.

S: Smells very appealing. Perhaps the best aspect of this beer. The apricot is very evident and the smell is extremely fruity. Not much is detectable besides the apricot.

T: Once again apricot is the dominant flavor in the beer. Very fruity when it first touches the palate but near the end of the sip it develops a rather displeasing graininess. Very light pale malts are also detectable but are more hidden among the apricot. Could be seen as slightly watery as well.

M: Good clean finish. The carbonation is accurate and not to much allowing the beer to go down smooth.

O: I like this beer and its very cheap seeing as i live 2hrs from Montreal. I could see it pairing well with tropical fish dishes and being a refreshing patio beer, despite the fact that i'm drinking this in mid winter. I would recommend trying it but might not be worth the price stretch if you can't get it as cheap as I can. Probably will buy a few sixers of this in the future. (1,284 characters)

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, golden color - 1/2" white head falls to a cap quickly. Big bubbles clinging to the side of the glass and a fine bead continues fromt he bottom of the glass. Some wispy lace.

Unmistakable apricot aroma...fruit and not too perfumey. Some wheat character but faint.

Apricot fruit and sweetness mid palate...not much before and it doesn't linger too long after. Very one-dimensial but a plus for me that it doesn't remain sweet but finishes very dry.

Thin and crisp, medium carbonation....summer time thirst quencher.

Decent overall...I appreciate the dryness of it. Falls in the upper third of fruit beers for me. (620 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present.

A - Extremely thin, light copper colored body, with a beautiful creamy looking white head, that goes down significantly quick.

S - Smells like delicious creamy apricots, almost smells to me like an apricot Chobani yogurt. Kind of a pungent smell in there, somewhere.

T - Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Kind of a bitter sour apricot taste going on. Subtle notes of apples and maybe cinnamon spice in there also, as the beer warms. Not remarkable, but definitely very distinctive, and still a nice beer to sip on, with only a 5% abv.

M - Watery, the apricot flavors linger on nicely for a bit though.

Overall, this beer reminds me of some strange type of apricot cider, or something. Not super spectacular, but definitely worth trying.

McAuslan St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale ---3.5/5 (836 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged up a bottle of this at vintage estates (Ohio) for $2.79

A - A nice clear golden amber with a mild orange tint. Tons of bubbles and a 1/2 inch of frothy head that quickly dispatches to a lace ring.

S - I'll be damned the others are right it smells like an apricot preserve or jam. The wheat is also very noticeable along side of sugary malts.

T - Well the wheat and yeast do give it a beer like taste so it's not like your drinking juice. The fruit flavor in this is pleasant but more prickly with tart fruit and sharp carbonation. The wheat does come back in the finish yet it does not come off very sweet at all.

M - Light and crisp with a sharp bubbly level of carbonation. Kind of like champagne.

Overall since this got great reviews I guess this is what people like in a fruit beer. It is rather tasty but couldn't imagine sessioning two. Especially at 3 bucks a pop. Worth a try though a very well crafted fruit beer. (935 characters)

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 ... (973 characters)

Photo of Scrylol
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white bubbly head. Lots of lacing. Body is golden in color.

Nice apricot aroma backed by slight tropical notes. Little malt backbone in there. No hop presence.

Solid wheat taste with slight apricot and various tropical notes. Bready malt flavor on the back. Little bitterness.

A little bit too watery, but nice carbonation. Drinks very easily.

A decent fruit beer, only if you like apricots. (415 characters)

Photo of greenrowan
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (422 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: Amber liquid with excellent clarity with a 1/8" white head.

S: Apricots, yeast and wheat.

T: Apricots, yeast, wheat and grassy hops.

M: Medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: A very refreshing wheat beer. (291 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.5 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by apricots. Taste is apricots, but not sweet, a bit of wheat tang, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and pretty good beer. (261 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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: 3.92, 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. (2,457 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large head of white foam, leaves no lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation, with a bright golden colour and not any noticeable haze to it.

This beer (as I should have expected) smells strongly of apricots. They are at the forefront and quite rich and mouthwatering. Aromas of the malt also come through.

Flavour is quite balanced. The apricot flavour is present but not overwhelming. A fair bit of sweetness present. Hops take a backseat to the wheat, which bring some bready flavour.

Mouthfeel is good, has a medium body. Finish is of dried apricots with a touch of honey sweetness.

This beer is quite interesting. Don't pass it off as a fad beer because in its own right it achieves quite well in terms of flavour balance and depth. Highly drinkable and interesting beer. Seek it out for an interesting summer beer on a warm day. (842 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up recently in Totowa since I never had it before. I'm not a huge fan of this style and after having this, I was reminded why. While this isn't a bad beer, this has quite the artificial taste and feel to it and only die-hard fans of apricot or this style would enjoy an offering such as this one.

This had a decent pour to it, with an appropriate hue of apricot that was clear and a moderate amount of head. The aroma wasn't really there and neither was the lacing. As for the mouthfeel, it reminded me of syrup with too much fruit flavor underneath it. Just a hint of cinnamon-like spice with dough to boot. The carbonation wasn't really here either once the bubbles in the head settled and overall, the pieces didn't mesh well here. I would not guess the flavor or style on the first try since there's too much going on here and not enough notes to complement the overpowering fruit feel of this beer.

The alcohol here was light and didn't add or detract from this beer. yes, it's hot out today but this is too heavy to be considered a "lawnmower beer". It's only worth a try once since I haven't had anything like this, but then again, I can't imagine anyone else brewing something this mediocre. (1,215 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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) (548 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear pale amber body under a quick thin white head fading to a ring.

S - Big apricot and sweet tinned peach.

T - The apricot and peach follow on but with a lesser intensity, and joined by a bread backbone.

M - Thin body, medium body.

O - A bit different but likable. A cross between a lambic and an hefe. (313 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up at Vintage Estate, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden color, considerably more clear than I would expect from a wheat, with a big (2 finger) white head on top.

S: Big nose of Apricot. Maybe a touch of bread underneath, but mostly apricot. And lots and lots of it.

T: There's not a whole lot going on here other than apricot. Whatever hint there is of "wheat", it isn't strong. What wheat is there, combined with classic malts, rest in the background, as apricot is the main player here. And perhaps just a tough of hop bitterness on the back end, that accompanies the apricot nicely.

M: Light with strong carbonation, and a sour twinge on the finish that stays with you a bit.

D/O: As I worked through the bottle, the excessive apricot flavor really wore on me. This was worth a try, but I don't feel much of a need to repeat it. (881 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow golden with not a massive amount of head.

Aroma is artificial smelling fruit, vaguely apricot-y. Hard to detect much else past this- perhaps a bit of malt.

Taste is more fruity syrup, perhaps a bit apricoty. Yeah, there is some malt detectable here also.

Mouthfeel is sour with some bitterness. Lowish on body, fairly substantial carb.

The beer you get when you don't want a beer. (397 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of apricots, peaches and a blend of tropical fruit that hits you in the face with some bready malts and a perfume like smell.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice fruity taste, getting some apricots, peaches and tropical fruit with some bready malts in the back and some suddle hops that give it a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium-high carbonation with a nice balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Yummy! (674 characters)

Photo of phiberoptik
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, bright golden yellow with reddish hues. Very similar to an apricot. The head is a bubbly white that dissipates quickly.

Apricot right up front. No guessing on this one. Apricot with a wheat finish and hints of some yeast at the end.

Apricots, wheat, a hint of sweet that turns to a dry tongue afterwards.

Light bodied with subtle carbonation. I expected more crispness but this was mellow.

This is exactly what my wife wanted when she picked this up. A great, light, but full flavored fruit beer. My only specific criticism is the lack of crisp carbonation that I typically expect from bright fruit beers like this. (634 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear, amber-straw with over a finger of foamy, just off-white head.

Smell. Big, big apricots, strong and a little perfumey. Toasty light grains are barely detectable..

Taste. Big apricots, but also oranges, mango and pineapple. Sweetness is there and a little bitterness in the end that saves the day.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body but slightly sticky, medium-high carbonation.

Overall. Too much apricot, not enough wheat beer. The fruit is pretty much all there is, and it tastes slightly fake. (515 characters)

Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a nice straw off-orange color. Nice head that quickly becomes a light film of tiny bubbles over the liquid, some lacing.

Smell- The smells are nice, reminded me alot of candied peaches. It smells refreshing and sweet, as I expected from an apricot brew. That said, I felt the smells, while being great, were somewhat light. I expected a more pronounced fruitiness in the nose.

Taste- Wonderful taste, plenty of apricot but relatively little of the familiar taste of wheat. Wish there had been a bit more wheat going on.. But that said... An apricot beer is wonderful and this one is a great example of why, the taste of this beer is what makes it a winner though I expected something sweeter.

Mouthfeel- Not outrageously carbonated or under carbonated, I felt it had the mouthfeel just right and finishes crisp and dry, quality bubbles that persist throughout the drinking experience.

Overall- This is a solid shelfer. I don't think it'll enter my regular rotation but its something to keep around for a change. It goes down real well and can be paired easily with food or without. That being said, I didnt find myself wowed by the beer either, it gives a solid performance but has some peers that might outshine her in some categories.

Edit: Lowered my score a bit because it has alot of potential but needs a little tweeking. Note that this brew needs to be enjoyed slightly warmer than fridge temp (We are talking late october north-east temp here..) to be really tasty. (1,497 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear light orange to peach color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a thin finger of white fine-foamed head that lingers just gently on the top, leaves absolutely no lacing
S: apricots and a nice fruity sweetness immediately pervade the nostrils, something reminiscent of peach hard candy is present
T: interesting taste, the apricot is definitely there but its backed off a bit by something that works its way in mid sip, has a nice creaminess to it that really reminds me of a creamsickle
M: strong carbonation tingle, very thin on the palate, leaves a distinct fruit taste on the palate not necessarily apricot but it seems like peach
O: a nice fruit brew, a bit thin and a bit too strong on the tangy fruit taste, overpowers the wheat aspect (812 characters)

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.