St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale - McAuslan Brewing
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Nova Scotia (Canada)
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.
10-13-2007 01:00:53 | More by MMansfield
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.
10-11-2007 03:08:56 | More by jneiswender
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.
09-19-2007 23:12:04 | More by drinkininthewood
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.
07-19-2007 03:59:25 | More by irishkyle21
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.
07-06-2007 01:48:50 | More by demcorhip
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!
06-26-2007 00:50:29 | More by cyrenaica
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.
05-06-2007 01:06:13 | More by BrewSomerville
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
02-11-2007 05:15:39 | More by Hornet2003
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.
02-08-2007 23:28:05 | More by jbsteiny
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.
01-19-2007 03:00:20 | More by markaberrant
Nova Scotia (Canada)
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.
10-03-2006 03:30:05 | More by Mandrake
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.
08-17-2006 23:52:13 | More by JOaikido
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.
08-05-2006 06:21:16 | More by dherling
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.
06-21-2006 03:40:28 | More by headlessparrot
4/5 rDev +9.9%
341ml brown bottle with same green and orange label as in the picture. Picked it up the first time I saw this one in Calgary stores.
Pours out a dark golden orangish color, thick creamy white head, leaves some nice lacing. Lots of fruity aromas, obviously there is apricot, but also peaches, oranges, melon. Just enough grain and grass to keep it from being to one dimensional. The flavour is full of sweet apricots, but also is well balanced by the wheat beer base. Full fruity finish with just enough bitter tartness that keep it from being too sweet and sugary. Full bodied, keeps you drinking slowly and enjoying each sip. Very well done, another winner from St. Ambroise/McAuslan. Right on par with Alleykat Aprikat.
05-28-2006 06:19:26 | More by BigBry
British Columbia (Canada)
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
Decent, interesting offering from McAuslan. Light amber, cloudy with a nice whtie head. Colour seems a little off for a wheat beer, but this could be from the apricots.
Tart smell. Wheat malt, tart apricot scents. I can't find any hops in there. Sweet-tart fruit taste, with the light presence of wheat.
Good mouthfeel with an interesting taste. A times a bit too sweet, and it goes kind of funny when it gets warm. Enjoyable, especially on a hot summer day.
05-15-2006 03:59:42 | More by BDTyre
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle is a little past it's prime, (exp. 02/28/06) but i'll give it a try anyway.
This poured into my tulip with a thick, quick forming head. Smell is some elements of a Hefe Weizen with hints of Apricot, pretty good so far.
Taste is quite refreshing. Definitely wheat malt in there with a slightly fruity aftertaste. The fruit in this is no so pronounced as to make this not taste like beer.
Pretty easy going down for the most part, but near the end it can get a bit rancid. But if you keep it cold, this definitely makes for a good summer beer.
04-15-2006 22:52:52 | More by funkengruven
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Recently available in 6 packs here in Alberta now, and a great treat to see.
Pours out a deep reddish gold, capped by a thick creamy white head, along with sticky lacing. I'm really enjoying the aroma, sweet ripe orchard smells, I'm picking up arpricot, peach, orange and even a touch of papaya. A small touch of grain can be deciphered through the abundant fruit. The flavour is a bit more balanced, predominant sweet apricot with the tartness of the wheat keeping it from getting too far out of control. Tart fruity finish and aftertaste. A full mouthfeel for a fruit beer, a satisfying roll over the palate, not something you'd want to slam back on a hot day on a patio (more like sip on the patio under the sun). I'll be picking more of this up, but have realized that only two bottles at a time is my limit with this stuff, the tartness of the wheat starts to disagree with me by that point.
04-10-2006 22:12:08 | More by IronDjinn
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
A pretty beer with a slight orange tint to the gold. The nose is fruity and fresh. The taste is light and finishes dry with apricots used sparingly. This is less apricotish than Pyramid's version but the finish is better with a lighter touch on the balance. I hope this shows up in the summer in its own six pack as it is only available in BC in a mixed gift pack available for Xmas.
12-09-2005 01:32:45 | More by canucklehead
3.63/5 rDev -0.3%
My wife's favourite summer ale, that she didn't get to partake in due to the pending arrival of our daughter. She'll surely catch up a little next summer.
With a little encouragement this brew pours a golden, crystal clear apricot hue with a creamy off white cap of foam fed by a sparkling but fine and steady bead. Makes my mouth water.
The aromas are all fruitiness up front, and not just apricot. Notes of ripe oranges and pears do surface prominently as does a tangy juicy wave of jujube candy near the middle. The finish is chalky but mild.
Flavours are also fruity and juicy of course but with a refreshing tang from the wheat, and they envelop well the tastebuds. Dry alkaline mouthfeel quenches thoroughly and leaves just enough space for a whisper of hoppy bitterness to finish.
This is well balanced and refreshing certainly making it a valuable summer thirst breaker for days at the beach or just before dinner as an apéritif. Maybe not their most outstanding brew but very godd nonetheless.
09-13-2005 20:46:24 | More by Beersignal
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a mostly clear amber with a big pillowy white head head, laces very well. Smells strongly of apricots, thats about all I get out of it, but its a pleasant smell. Taste is quite fruity, but with a bitter finish, leaves the taste of apricots in your mouth. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a lot of carbonation. The drinkability is good, I can drink a whole lot of these and enjoy them.
05-22-2005 21:56:43 | More by Viggo
3.53/5 rDev -3%
Brought to me by my upstairs neighbors Sabrina and Joel. Thanks!
The beer pours a tawny golden color, fairly clear, capped by a thick white head. Good head retention, with spattered blobs of lace. Holds at least collar throughout. The aroma is mainly a combination of wheat and apricot tang, the two sour elements working well together. The flavor opens with softened wheat maltiness, somewhat bland with a powdery mouthfeel. Some grassy, haylike notes in the middle, with a present apricot flavor throughout. The finish displays little in the way of hops, but some pleasant sourness from both the malt and apricot. A bit of bready yeast. Apricot flavor in the end, finishing rather dry. Crisp, high carbonation. I could stand for the beer to be unfiltered, but that's pretty much my only complaint. Not a particularly complicated beer, but it does offer something a bit more interesting than your run of the mill fruity wheat beer. A nice beer to have when you'd like to relax, especially on a hot day.
05-21-2005 01:29:03 | More by UnionMade
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
Medium amber/yellow colour with a slight haze. Big fluffy white head reduced to a thin lace after a couple of minutes, but left some foam on the sides of the glass on the way down. The aroma was completely dominated by apricot, which I guess is what you're looking for with this beer. Some sweetness in the flavour and bitterness that shows up towards the finish keep the apricot (slightly) in check. There's also a bit of graininess. Slightly tart to end, and the finish is moderately long and dry. A bit more balance would be good. Light body and medium/high carbonation. Very smooth texture without any coarse CO2 character.
The apricot flavour/aroma is a little too strong for my tastes and I couldn't see myself having more than one in a sitting. Not bad, though the aroma didn't impress me as much as the draft version.
341 mL brown bottle with best before date punched into the side of the front label.
03-02-2005 00:55:28 | More by DrJay
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
I am not really a fan of wheat beers, but I like this one. Apricots add a lovely fruity taste completing well the wheat. I like its dark golden color (remembering apricots color). This beer had a good quality taste and a very nice mouthfeel. I see a serious personnality. It may considered as a novelty beer, but it is easy to drink. I don't think that I will drink it until being wasted, but one or two in a small pub or lounge or after a dinner is something I will redo for sure. Also, it may be an excellent beer alternative for your friend and family drinking wine coolers and that kind of refined sugar.
12-15-2004 20:50:48 | More by Barraclou
3.75/5 rDev +3%
Pours a lovely orange colour with almost no head and absolutely no lacing.
Smells like Apricot and not much else. The same can be said for the taste, although it does have a bit of a wheaty finish. Which isn't particularly surprising, all things considered.
Not an astounding beer, by any means, but if you like apricots (which I do) then you'll probably dig this one. It's a good beer for a lazy summer day and goes well with a hot tub.
10-25-2004 19:58:57 | More by chunkylover53
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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