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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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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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 biegaman
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brassy peach skin coloured beer that is plenty full of resilience and gleams even when away from the light. An adhesive milky frosting always lay prominent by a steady feed of carbonation. Geez those bubbles certainly seem in a rush to get from bottom to top.

An ambrosial bouquet that is both floral and fruity. With every sniff you enter a fragrant orchard of apricots. The smell of ripe, juicy fruit is so full bodied and so seemingly authentic, that you might assume the bushel was right beneath your nose. It is a savory perfume.

The apricot is nowhere near as luscious in taste as it is in smell; its flavour is far less prolific. They've also decided to be far less perfumy with the fruitiness for flavour. The apricot begins to taste more like bubble gum, hints of citrus and banana emerge, and a flowery taste not the least unlike hibiscus sets in with every sip.

I love two things most about McAuslan's Apricot Wheat: that it emanates a full fruity character without ever coming across overly sweet or artificial; and that despite this it drinks like a great American wheat style beer should.

There is plenty of wheat and malt to give this a hearty, quenching, medium bodied thickness that stands up to the fruit. This never exceeds being more than moderately sweet and has all the crisp, straw wheat and carbonation to make it incredibly refreshing.

It's tough for me to say if I like this more as a wheat beer, or as a fruit beer. On the one hand it is crisp and invigoratingly drinkable. On the other, it is ambrosial, fragrant and authentically fruity like few others. Well I guess either way, it seems like a win-win doesn't it?

Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  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.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep oragne colour with a thin white head that turns into a lacing for the rest of the drink.

Smells like peaches, apricot and some malted grains and a hint of hops.

Tastes like a rich blonde ale with an overwhelming taste of peaches and apricots that finishes a bit hoppy, this is a delicious, refreshing beer.

Photo of julian
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought to Seattle, WA by my mom from Ottawa, Ontario.

A: almost perfectly clear, golden color. looks a lot like apple juice. minimal carbonation observed. the head was about 1/2 finger but quickly dissipated however, it leaves a nice ring of frothy foam around the edges. There is little to no lacing.

S: Not surprisingly, this has an intense, strong, fruity sweet apricot aroma and not much else. Very pleasant.

T: As expected the taste is dominant on fruity apricot flavors. There is a nice malt backing, with absolutely no bitterness.

M: medium carbonation, nice and smooth, goes down with ease.

D: Other than being slightly sweet (which was to be expected for a beer of this type and not a bad thing) this beer is highly drinkable. Great summertime beer.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thin white head and clear darkish gold color. Aroma is of sweet apricots and grainy wheat and barley malts. The flavor starts out with a dryish shot of apricot flavors than fades out to leave a clean -filtered flavor of a good wheat beer. Mouthfeel features a light body and moderate CO2. This is not as gassy as the typical U.S. bottle conditioned wheat ale. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Good for the hot summer.

Photo of Kuemmelbrau
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

orange gold in color this pours with a good, yet thin, sightly off white head that is bold in arrival and quick in departure, good carb.

the smell is almost overwhelming of apricots hinged on an almost sweet peach scent, screams Fruit Juice! at me, (it has a syrup aspect) somewhat floral, no noticeable yeastiness or hoppiness

taste was very similar to smell, with mild wheat biscuitness, and dried earthy apricot instead of the overwhelming sweetness of the aroma, still on the sweet side though, no hops :( not all that balanced

disappointing mouthfeel- canned light beer anyone?- drinkability is questionable- how many apricots can you eat?- maybe as a night starter or a filler for variety it's but defiantly not all night material

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden with a very thin head. Looks like apple juice. Very floral apricot aromas, juicy. There are also some clean wheat and apricot kernel scents. Very nice in the nose, and definitely makes you want to drink. Unfortunately, the taste is a bit too floral and perfumey, with apricot blossoms, apricot nectar, and a slight bitterness. Not well balanced. A bit of sour astringency would add a lot here. The mouthfeel is slightly cloying, but there is some late sourness. Fairly refreshing, but this could be great with some tinkering.

Photo of Proteus93
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clean amber colour, head is just ever so much off-white, sudsy and sticky.

S: Apricot is certainly there. Something of a syrupy sugar scent, and the wheats complement the fruit aromas nicely.

T: Dried apricots, wheat, just the slightest bit tart. Flavours are natural and well balanced.

M + D: Crisp, sharp carbonation. Medium body that works alright, but lighter would work, as well. A very nicely done fruit-infused beer, and something I'd gladly try again. Perhaps I have developed a soft spot for McAuslan, or perhaps they just make good, solid beers. Very nice.

Photo of terryeckmeier
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the first fruit beer I had ever had and it was very different from anything I had ever had before. I liked the apricot flavour although I find it can be a little overwhelming at times. Had a good texture and feeling, head fades fairly quick and has a very distinct wheat ale taste. Not something I could drink on a regular basis but if I'm in the mood for something different. Also I find this would be a good beer for people who don't like the bitter malty taste of your "regular" beers.

Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden orange with a medium white head. Reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lacing.

S-Fairly strong creamy apricot aroma. Didn't smell "fake" and had the quality of real fruit. A tinge of sourness sneaked in. Semi-dry, champagne like quality to the taste and mouthfeel.

T-A pleasant blend of biscuity wheat malt and fresh apricot with just a hint of sourness. Nothing overpowering simply pleasant.

M-Light body, crisp, sharp and tart.

D-This is pretty good for a mass marketed fruit beer. I find this better than Sea Dog's version of Ap.Wheat....and probably as good or better than Pyramid's. Pleasant summer drinker.

Photo of dsa7783
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle just copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Another great brew from this excellent Canadian brewery... Their apricot wheat ale does a very good job at replicating a truly flavorful, authentic Apricot taste, although Magic Hat #9 is still by far my favorite in this department...
The mouthfeel kind of let me down on this one... Very watered down and loose with not much going on here...
Good level of drinkability though, especially thanks to the modest 5% ABV...

Photo of billybob
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a four pack at West pkg store North Adams Ma.

pours a honey golden color with a two finger fluffy white head with a small amout of lace.

smell is right on the apricot hits you as soon as you pop the cap.

nice apricot taste, not overpowering but wheat malt and yeast tang are missing finish is very dry.

mouthfeel is light and lots of carbonation.

i liked dogfish better but this is still a good tasting apricot beer. good taste just needs some body to it.

Photo of Nipitato
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Pours with a thick white head with good retention. Pretty good clarity.

S: Not surprisingly a fruity apricot aroma. Slight bready from the wheat malt. Fruit aroma is not overly sweet but kind of lactic/piquant. It's quite good. The apricot kind of smells like an apricot jolly rancher.

T: Not at all overly sweet. A good apricot flavor that tastes like unripened apricots. Slight touch of bitterness as well as lactic sourness. Grainy malt provides balance.

MF: A little watery. Low carbonation. Dry at end.

D, notes: Easily drinkable and not overly sweet with a nice biting thirst quenching apricot enhanced flavor.

Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in P'cola at Four Winds. Poured into a pint.

A: Poured a light brown/dark orange color. Had a good amount of white head, but had no retention.

S: This beer smells of freshly cut apricots. It is amazing. The only reason it didn't get a five is because I only got apricots and no wheat aroma.

T: Taste is once again of freshly cut apricots, but it has a nice wheat ale backbone. Just very well rounded and quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Coats the mouth leaving apricots on the tongue. No hint of alcohol. Very sessionable.

D: Very drinkable. This beer goes down easy and has an amazing balance of flavor. I love apricots and I love this brew. It does everything its label says it will, can't think of a better representation.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biggmike
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a clear golden amber color with a big white head that hung around a while. Aroma is sweet fruitiness. Flavor is wheaty sweetness that is very much dominated by the apricot. Mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Nice and refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden color. Massive 4 finger pour of white head.

S:Apricots totally dominate the nose. No hints of wheat at all. Really nice smelling. Think they are natural but it must have taken a ton literally to produce this powerful a nose.

T: Taste follows the nose 100%. No hints of wheat. This is a fruit bomb TM.

M: Medium body. Very syrupy for the style and abv.

D: Great for when you want a super fruity beer in the summer.Other than that I would pass on this.

Photo of Avryle
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden-orange. Aggressive pour resulted in a massive white head.

S- Apricots shine right through with a yeasty/bread-y background

T- A so-so wheat with fruit added. Nothing offensive to speak of but nothing to write home about either.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Low carbonation.

D- Great chick brew. I would bring this to a party for my I-don't-really-like-beer girl friends.

Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale golden-orange with no carbonation in the body and a thin head that leaves some quite nice lacing. Aroma is bursting with apricot and it never seems artificial. There's some typical crackery wheat aroma underneath, but the main focus is on the fruit. Lots of apricot in the flavor as well. My only problems here is that the base beer is a little lackluster and that there is a faint, flat yeastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, but this could really use some more carbonation. Drinkability is really great, and I could see putting some of these away.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle relieves a bright, slightly toasted amber with some sparse bubbling and a light frothy head that quickly disappears. A very perfumey apricot malt greets the nose. Gets a little too perfumey as it warms up. Delicate apricots dance on the tip of the tongue. The middle has a sweet bready toastiness. Soft palate with apricot right upfront on the flavor profile, but just right. Not overbearing and not too subtle. Perfect for a hot Summer evening.

Photo of Antilochus
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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