St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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 EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.