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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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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
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 Antilochus
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Got this one on an LCBO shelf - normally it is only in 6 packs. I've had this before, I didn't mind it but I wasn't quite a BA then. 5.00% abv, 341mL bottle. Fridge temp into a wine glass.

Coppery orange body, white sudsy head that leaves gobs of lace. Poor retention for a wheat.

Nose is odd. Big sugary apricot presence, of course; some peach too. A little bit of graininess, not distinctively wheat though. Wait, there comes some bubblegum. Seems boozy. Without a ton of malt or hops to support these kinds of fruit beers they just taste like they are cut with vodka. Oh well, we'll see how this fares.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavier side, carbonation is noted. Palate is a bit amateurish, got some sourness up front and a hint of sweetness. More punchy apricot and peach of course. Finish is dry and then lightly wheat malt sweet.

I'd like to see McAuslan brew this to a lower abv - 4.0-4.4% would be perfect.

Antilochus, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
3.13/5  rDev -14%

12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, formed a 1" bright white head above the clear golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, with average to good lace. Aroma is moderately of sweet fruitiness. Taste is wheaty sweetness upfront, dominating apricot essence in the middle, which bleeds over most of the close as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also limited somewhat by the overpowering fruit character. Probably not something I would search out again.

ppoitras, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

I must be excited for summer or something if I am picking up an Apricot Wheat Beer in mid March.

A- Cloudy golden peachy color, almost a glowing amber.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with nice apricot undertones- nothing overwhelming, but floral and fruity for sure.

T- Taste was your average run of the mill fruit beer although the apricot finish was more enjoyable than others. There was a creamy nature to this beer that lingered. The wheat was pronounced and quite earthy.

M- Light and carbonated. Easy drinking.

D- I could drink a gazillion of these in a sitting. Enjoyable on a summer day but I wont be looking for this one again.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -14%

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 RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +8%

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 bobsy
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a radiant pumpkin colour, with a small white head, which quickly falls away to a sparse film. Aroma of apricots and wheat, exactly as it says on the label. Initial taste is very grainy, and a bit bland, with the apricot present, but seemingly muted. The fruit flavours do became a lot more dominant as the beer warmed. I didn't find it as sweet as some of the other raters, and I imagine it could be a refreshing drink in the summertime. However, there is nothing here to make me buy it again.

bobsy, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of joekfsu
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

11.5 oz bottle. Pours a dark gold with nearly no head that is off-white that is gone quickly. Aroma is very sweet apricot. Flavor of sweet apricot is about all you get out of this one. No lacing, light carbonation, light body, no alcohol noted. I'd like to call this my experiment gone wrong.

joekfsu, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

11.5 ounce bottle. The beer pours golden orange with a very small white head. Head retention is low, but lacing is OK. Aroma is very nice, it smells mostly like apricots with a bit of wheat noticable. It tastes like apricots, bready malt, and wheat. It finishes with a slight bitter grassy hop taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with a little above average carbonation. It's clean and refreshing, I'm sure it would be really good on a hot summer day. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer, I'd pick it up again in the future.

bluejacket74, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
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 it’s 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.

letsgopens, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Bottle from break up buckets at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax, NS.

Appearance: Pours a filtered golden amber with a medium white head. Settles to thin layer, leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Apricots definately upfront. Heavy searching reveals some wheat hidden behind malts. Some more fruitiness, plums, wood.

Taste: Caramel flavours, some bread, quite sweet. Bitterness is medium to light. Apricot flavour appears in the middle. Finish is crisp and clean, leaving a sweet flavour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, great carbonation, good drinkability.

Final Statement: Another good clean beer by McAuslan. Great brewery for sure. Fruit beers are never my bag, but this one is probably my favourite. The fruit flavour is not dominating at all, and it's still interesting. Drink if offered or want something crisp.

MMansfield, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

I have had the pleasure of having this beer several times in Montreal. I have to say that it really suprised me for a fruit beer. If you are not a fan of fruit beers I suggest you try this one. It actually tastes like a beer but with some apricot flavor. So many others lay the flavor on thick and you would hardly know that its actually a beer.

Had this at the brewery tour out of a plastic cup. Nice brown opal like appearance. Very little head though. Would at least make it more visually appealing.

The smell does have a strong apricot smell. But you get a feeling that its a fake extract and not apricot puree or some thing close to natural. There is a malt scent that is quite assertive as well.

The taste is not bad. Definately an apricot flavor. But the beer end is covered too. Great malty flavor. Almost cereal like.

Very drinkable. Perfect pre-func beer.

jneiswender, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

Served from a 341ml brown twist off bottle into a pint glass. BB april 28 2008

A- Golden/amber in color, with a decent head that fades away in seconds leaving slight lace.

S- Aromas of apricots are very apparent but not over-powering. There is also some malty notes in the background and the slightest hint of some floral hops.

T- Fairly sweet at first, then mellows into some nice bready malt flavors with hops noticed in a slightly dry and bittersweet finish. Very flavor-full.

M- sweet on the tongue with a medium body and somewhat slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

D- Not bad for a fruit beer.

Overall this is the best fruit beer ive had. Fruity in flavor but not over-powering by any means.

drinkininthewood, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +9.9%

I am usually very pleased with McAulsan and this beer is no exeption. A dark golden yellow with a nice thick head that rapidly vanishes but leaves behind some nice lace work. A beautiful bouquet of apricots it almost reminds me of those fuzzy peaches candy's. You can definitely taste the apricots and sweetness on the palate, there is also a dry sour finish. Well balanced and refreshing a extraordinary beer for a hot summer night with friends.

irishkyle21, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4/5  rDev +9.9%

A nice looking ale. Pale amber with a 2 finger off white head. Not much for retention, quickly falls to leave a thin collar of fine lacings.

A tasty hint of apricot jam lies overtop of toasty, crusty bread malts. Slight hints of darker, pitted fruits, perhaps from ester fermentation byproducts. A faint hint of earthy, woody tones at the back of the nose also present.

Lightly spread apricot jam overtop of a crusty, whole grain alpine loaf. Wheat shows up in this malty mix, contributes but doesnt dominate. Hints of plum and cherry give way to a mild earthy and woody bitterness that nicely complements other flavours present in this brew.

A nice, light bodied, somewhat crisp and certainly refreshing ale. Nice balance between wheat, malts, apricot, and hint of darker fruits and earthy hops.

A great summer ale, and a great fruit beer. Syrupy sweetness and overpowering fruit flavour is never a concern with this ale. The apricot is a subtle but key player and is a refreshing touch that only makes this more drinkable and refreshing on this warm humid night. A great summer ale, approachable yet complex, and great session fare.

demcorhip, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
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!

cyrenaica, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Aromas of apricot & peaches. Not much else though.

Looked not-so-appealing. No head...ok a little but it dissipated really fast. No lace. Straw-golden in colour.

Tasted like I was sucking on an apricot pit. Not very sweet (in a good way). There might have been some hops there but they were overpowered.

Mouthfeel was similar to a champaign only not as dry (as some).

Overall, it was alright for its style. I'll drink it again, and I always try to get non-Beer-drinkers to try it as a gateway Beer.

BrewSomerville, May 06, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Bought in BC in a McAuslan taster pack.

Looks like a nice light lager. No head/lace to speak of. The smell is absolutely dominated by the fruity flavour of apricot. Like to the extreme. It put me off at first cause I thought perhaps it was an extract aroma that was overpowering. This didn't translate on the taste, however, since it tastes quite natural. There is a definate lagery taste. No hop flavour really. But I'll be honest, it tastes like a peach bellini crossed with a nice light lager. Smooth feel, a little oily from the apricot but overall pretty refreshing and clean feeling. I could probably drink a couple of these in a sitting but would soon crave a more beer-y beer. For what it is, McAuslan did a fantastic job. The lightness of the wheat beer profile with the freshness of the fruti flavour would make this an amazing summer beer.

Hornet2003, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of jbsteiny
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

This was the finale to the six-beer sampler at the McAuslan Brewery, and it was a nice dessert after the liquid meal I'd downed. Had to follow on the footsteps of the Oatmeal Stout, which was tough. Interestingly, they called it the "St. Ambroise a l'Abricot" -- I don't know if it's a different recipe than what's offered in the bottles, or maybe they just retitled it for the Anglo crowd. From skimming a couple of other reviews, maybe it is a slighly different brew than the bottled "McAuslan Apricot Wheat", since the drinkers on tap seem to like it better than the drinkers from bottles. Either way...

I wrote that it had a straw color, small, persistant carbonation, and a wispy head. It smelled mouthwatering, sweet and fruity. The hop aromas were a little dominated by the apricot. I'd say it tasted better than it smelled -- like apricots and cream. Much less bitter than Magic Hat's #9, and I didn't mind the sweetness. Good for dessert. Nice body and mouthfeel, however, because of the sweetness, I'd say that I'd max out after the second pint. Overall, a worthwhile visit to the brewery! I recommend it if you're in Montreal.

jbsteiny, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

I won a 6-pack of these as part of a prize package in a homebrew competition.

341ml bottle served in 16 oz pint glass.

Pours a clear "apricot" colour. 1/4" white head forms and recedes to a thin cap. No lacing.

Smells strongly of apricots. It seems ALMOST artificial, but is appealing.

Taste is soft wheat malt, with apricot in the background. Finishes dry and almost nutty. Not sweet, and the hops are there.

Mouthfeel has some lively carbonation, yet it is soft and smooth.

Despite having a fair bit of flavour, yet also being refreshing, the drinkability is just average for me. This is not something I'd want more than 1 of at a time.

An elegant fruit wheat beer if there ever was one. This isn't some sickly sweet, artificial tasting mess... you can tell that it is a well made beer first, with fruit flavour second. That being said, this really isn't my thing, but I've got to tip my hat to McAuslan for brewing a fine gateway beer that could sway the alcopop crowd. I would never buy this for myself, but would not hesitate to recommend it to inexperienced beer drinkers.

markaberrant, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a crystal clear and quite delicate shade of gold with a pure white head that builds to about one finger before dissipating, leaving a ring around the glass and a very little bit of lacing. Smell is sweet and fruity, the apricot a very pleasant and unusual scent. The wheat is aooarent in the background, but is clearly in a submissive role. Taste begins sweet, the apricot clear and just lovely, and then grows tart, with a wheat note coming through. The finish is unmistakably marijuana, just like chewing stem, and goes on for quite a while. Mouthfeel is very nice, crisp and well carbonated with just the right amount of body for a beer of this style, and drinkability is very good. It's quite an interesting offering. This is the only apricot flavoured beer I've ever had. The pot flavour is a bit odd, and took me a while to place (it's been quite a few years since I...well, you know), but it's unmistakable and a bit off-putting for me. Otherwise, top notch.

Mandrake, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of JOaikido
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Bottle dated best before 31 december 2006 on back label.

A- Good head with small bubbles. Sticks to the glass. Nice clear amber gold colour.

S- Apricot and not much else, but it's really nice and appetizing.

T- Strong flavour of hops on start that settles down into mild bitter aftertaste. Alcohol noticeable on finish. Some acidity and apricot is noticeable but doesn't match the aroma.

MF- Light, decent but a bit on the watery side. Easy to take but lacking anuthing extra.

D- Light, easy to drink. Good warm weather beer. Good thirst quencher.

JOaikido, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to Father Rob for bringing this back for me from his recent trip to Montreal. The beer pours a nice bright bronze color, and smells of the apricot it's named after. Oh, it's in there, baby. If you're looking for a No. 9 clone, look away. The wheat gives this a really nice sour refreshing characteristic that's bellied by the sweetness of the apricot. There are hops present, but not dominant here. During a night of seven beers, this one stood out as something I'd like to have again.

dherling, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of headlessparrot
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

I was quite hesitant to try McAuslan's Apricot Wheat Ale after a bad experience with another fruit beer - Kawartha Lakes' Raspberry Wheat, an atrocious brew with a wholly unpleasant, saccharine raspberry-syrup taste; curiosity eventually won out, however, and I grabbed a six-pack of this ale on the premise that I haven't been displeased with any beer brewed by McAuslan before - they're surely up there on the list of top Canadian breweries (along with Unibroue and Wellington). Ultimately, the Apricot Wheat Ale didn't dissapoint - it's a pleasant surprise, an excellent brew, though certainly not McAuslan's best.

The Apricot Ale pours from an industry standard bottle into my glass an unusual almost bronze/orange/copper colour, perhaps a result of the addition of apricots to the brew? It's topped by a solid two fingers of head that lasts for several minutes before dissapating to a ring, but complimented by some very heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell is absolutely heavenly. Obviously, apricots dominate the nose, but not in a cloying manner. They're complimented by some peach and apple (?) notes, with a certain creaminess. There's a wheat-y backbone, and some bubblegum notes, and a very, very faint hoppiness behind that.

The taste, though respectable, pales in comparison to the smell. Surprisingly, the apricot is nearly undetectable on the tastebuds, aside from an ever-so-slight, almost non-descript fruitiness. There's a certain tanginess, also a bit of a tart-taste, but also surprisingly dry. Definitely some wheat-y notes, and an ever so subtle hoppiness that's barely detectable. Surprisingly, slightly bitter on the finish, but also leaving a faint taste of apricots. The brew wins points for not overemphasizing the apricot to the point where the brew is almost unrecognizable as beer (a la KLB's Raspberry Wheat), but loses points for the fact that the taste is rather non-descript. In fact, I could have used just a tad bit more apricot flavour - without it, the heavenly nose just feels like cheating.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Proper carbonation and a nice moderate body make this a pleasant brew to inbibe - very refreshing on a hot day, which also makes it highly drinkable. I'd probably limit myself to two in one sitting (just a tad too tart for heavy consumption), but those drinks would go down excellently.

McAuslan's Apricot Wheat Ale is, all and all, a respectable brew. Enjoyable, and an interesting, novel combination. Certainly worth a drink, and I know I'll be picking up a six-pack every now and then.

headlessparrot, Jun 21, 2006
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.