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St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit) - St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)

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BA SCORE
75
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40 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 25.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2003)
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and just a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Smells like a typical English pale with notes of grapefruit. Mildly toasty with grainy neutral maltiness. Mineral, caramel, earthy hoppiness with grapefruit fruitiness.

3.5 T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. A little hoppier than I was expecting though. Toastiness, graininess, caramel, mineral, earthy hops, light nondescript citrus, and grapefruit.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a nice creaminess. Has some weight to it, but isn't really chewy. It works well.

3.75 D: Not bad. I don't know if the grapefruit added anything to the beer, but it didn't take away either.

DavoleBomb, Jun 27, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of innominat
2/5  rDev -39%

innominat, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a soft copper body with a gentle carbonation and a thin bubbly white film that is soon gone.

S- The soft grapefruit pith aroma blends with the hops note and compliment each other.

T- The soft woody green hops note is followed by a lightly toasted dry malt flavor and a wheat smoothness. There is a field corn taste and a touch of grapefruit in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a bit of a flat texture on the tongue.

O- The soft grapefruit flavor and dry lightly toasted malt are nice but as the beer opens the grapefruit becomes much more pithy and a light plastic quality to it. The field corn note is a bit odd in the finish aswell.

rhoadsrage, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A just barely off-white head rises to one finger in height and settles quickly down to a thick foam atop a cloudy, burnt copper-colored beer. It leaves a solid ring where it settled and steady craggy spotting the rest of the way down.
Herbal notes and floral, earthy bitterness up up front with some tobacco leaf, all a bit stronger than the grapefruit sneaking out underneath.
The flavor offers surprising bitterness, mostly pithy and herbal, with the tobacco leaf making as strong an appearance as on the nose. Citrus rind and grapefruit flesh meld together, with a dry biscuit effect from malts.
The mouthfeel offers a good balance of crisp and smooth with an underlying chalky feel to the dryness I get from some English beers. Herbal and leafy bitterness lingers into the finish.

Brenden, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle....ok beer. The beer poured a clear golden (was careful to avoid sediment) with white head. The scent was grapefruit. The taste was also mostly grapefruit. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with little carbonation. Overall is was ok....glad to have tried it but probably would go buy more of it.

WoodBrew, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Magery
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Magery, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice simple and good white fluffy head of about three fingers, sitting on a simple clear pale amber perhaps dull bronze body. Leaves a very nice foamy island cap on the glass, some good sticky lacing too. This actually looks quite impressive.

Bouquet is a very faint citrus oil and dull grain. This does not smell like grapefruit at all. Grapefruit on the label and does not smell like grapefruit, that's not good. What this does smell like is pith.

Bitter oil fruit tasting, and euro pale lager like bread finish. Bitter pith of grapefruit and a decent enough ok taste but, wet breakfast orange juice finish and feel on the swallow. It's not bad actually, pleasurable, easy going, inoffensive. Some roof top dry mouth sensations from pith tastes, but it tastes like a failed American IPA. Pith pith PITH!!!! In taste and feel.

This is a beer that doesn't overall make much of an impression on me. Grapefruit as the attraction? If you want grapefruit there are dozens of exceptional and powerhouse American IPA out there that have killer grapefruit aroma and taste with a great hop bent. Guess what?? No grapefruit added either. This beer almost reminds me of the answer to the question nobody should have asked. This is not worth my interest.

smakawhat, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.38/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was nice. Dark gold with not much of a head but nice lacing when it started to dissipate. The smell was ever so hoppy with a hint of the grapefruit flavor that's contained within. The taste was interesting, up front tart grapefruit, not sweet in the least. More like grapefruit rind even. Slight hint of hops and seemingly no malt. The mouth feel was crisp, with some biting carbonation. Drinkability was easily above average due to the crispness and lack of sweetness. Not the usual taste you expect when drinking a fruit beer. In fact this is my favorite fruit beer ever.

Ieatlambfries, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, as St. Peter's Fruit Beer Grapefruit, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.7%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Strong and pleasant aroma of grapefruit, also moderate notes of malts and toffee. The flavour is zesty with plenty of grapefruit, also a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. I love notes of "grapefruit" in a beer when they are caused by American hops, but actually adding grapefruit flavouring to the beer might mean a bit too much of the good stuff. Still, this is a refreshing and very drinkable beer, which requires that you have a crush on grapefruit to be really enthusiastic about it.

Sigmund, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of EnJeiBee
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - After a vigorous pour it held a 1-finger white head with a transparent golden amber color

S - The grapefruit is present in the scent, but it almost has the skunked scent of a bad lager alongside it

T - Strangely enough, the bitterness from the grapefruit is definitely present above all else in the taste. Citrusy hops compliment the grapefruit profile and alongside a very faint caramel flavor

M - Very light with a bit of a tang on the tongue

O - It's not quite what I expected, but I'm pretty happy about that. The grapefruit makes it's presence known in the bitterness of the beer, not in some sickly sweet way like I expected

EnJeiBee, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of GreenCard
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: gold with reddish hue, great clarity, frothy layer of suds that turns into little bubble-islands, lace

Aroma: grain, malt, lettuce(?), grapefruit perfume

Flavor: dryish malt backbone, pink grapefruit juice, white toast, hint of butterscotch, iron, unidentified berries (faintly), wilted green leaves, vegetal hop bitterness, finishes dry wtih an aftertaste of unsalted green olives and unripe strawberries

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, faint minerals, crisp texture

Other comments: Since I had another bottle of this in my stash, I decided to revisit the subject. I had previously give it a 2.3 with the following comments:

[I was pretty damn surprised when I looked on the label and saw that this was a "grapefruit beer". When I poured it, I had only read the words "Fruit Beer" and I would never have pegged it as having anything to do with grapefruit. That being said, it is still a rather pitiful beer.]

However, this tasting is definitely sitting a little better with me. As you can see, the score has gone up. I've also adjusted the review a bit. Not too bad, but I still don't know if I'd drink another one.

GreenCard, May 16, 2005
Photo of Punqbert
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

Punqbert, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a true-pint, the beer is a light, bright, orange-gold coloring with a light, sparse, filmy covering of head. Aromas of roasted wheat, a slightly sour tang malt, and a hint of tart grapefruit. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a light, subtle citrus highlight and not much else. Sharp charred characteristics on a smooth, bold body that leaves a quickly receding, slick lacing along the glass. The aftertaste is sharp, with toasted grain qualities. Smooth, tart, and quick finish. This beer was interesting in theory, but the taste profiles were a little rough and unbalanced.

GarthDanielson, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of DeFaz
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a pale color with a small head. Nothing special here except when factoring in the great bottle into the appearance (which I do).

Smell: Do I smell roasted malt? Grass plus citrus hop scent with of course the added natural grapefruit flavor.

Taste: More of the same. Roasted malt? citrus hops, grass, and grapefruit. Finishes dry and certainly not overly sweet. The grapefruit flavor is undeniable and while I'm not sure it perfectly collaborates with the other flavors, it doesn't taste artificial.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Carbonation is somewhat low. Goes down very easy, but still somewhat astringent from the grapefruit flavors, and finishes dry.

Overall: The cool bottle and the brewery's history aside, this beer isn't really that special, and when considering the cost of the beer, it's rather disappointing. Some beers showcase grapefruit flavors from the hop selection alone, and that would have been more impressive. I found the grass flavor to be unwanted. Anyway, this is a good beer, but not a great one, and there are far better fruit beers out there.

DeFaz, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of ElviraS
3/5  rDev -8.5%

ElviraS, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With all the hop descriptors that bring the fruity character of grapefruit to the foreground, it's dumbfounding that this is the first beer that I've seen to actually use the grapefruit as an actual fruit addition to beer. Raspberry, apricot, strawberry, banana, and even kiwi has seen more action than this obvious fruit addition.

St. Peter's Grapefruit infused ale pours with a nearly brilliant amber-copper glow that's very appealing in color and clarity. Foam character is terse as an intermittent white sheet of foam coats the surface but breaks apart quickly and struggles to retain or lace, making the beer look a little lifeless.

Aromas showcase grapefruit for sure, but what's not expected is the raw scent of tobacco and marijuana that's pungent, bright, and vividly portrayed. The background support of thin caramel, cola nut, part-barley and part-wheat all bridge the dank aromas to the fully malted and biscuit-sweet taste.

The malt support seems nearly honey-like with elements of nuttiness, raw tobacco, and sorghum which seems slightly disjointed from the fruity and/or hoppy additions. Not knowing where hop flavor starts and fruit flavor ends, there's the transition that happens as the sharply acidic fruit flavor of grapefruit is paramount throughout, but also with complementary flavors of fresh cut grasses, mulled herbs, and a lightly resin compound that might be of grapefruit pulp, hop resin, or pungent marijuana.

Where the flavors are strong, the body is somewhat malty sweet and without the aid of hop, alcohol, or fleeting malt dryness. The beer lingers with a long developing earthy sweet-bitter interplay that lacks closure to the taste and after texture.

Where the sharp citrus overtones are expected, it was the herbal and grassy tones that are much more expected from American hopped beer instead of those from England, especially in such vivid detail.

BEERchitect, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From one of St. Peter's distinctive oval bottles, this beer pours with a somewhat dark straw color and a clingy white head. The aroma is a mix of grapefruit, wheat, and pale malt. There's a little hop in the background, but it isn't a serious component of the smell. The combination of grapefruit in beer had me skeptical at first, but it's actually pretty good. The taste is of wheat and citrus. The grapefruit comes out more in the finish and on the back of the tongue, giving a nice bitter balance. Semi-dry, with considerable wheat flavor and twang. The mouthfeel is nice with this combination...medium in body and quite smooth. Nice beer.

Suds, May 23, 2009
Photo of Lemke10
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Woodman’s in Rockford, IL in summer 2012 for $3.99.

Pours a clear, golden color that resembles the appearance of apple juice. There is a faint scent of grapefruit but mostly of cheap grassy grains like the scent of Heineken indicating I probably won’t like the taste. Taste is overly dry and chalky. Really hard to find any sort of fruit flavor in the beer at all. Decent consistency but that is about it. Nice history on the brewery and everything, but the beer really could use a lot of improvement. In my opinion, the green bottle doesn’t help either. A little more tolerable with every sip, but not something I would recommend to others or try again.

Lemke10, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a rather disappointingly thin layer of ivory bubbles.

Smell: light aroma with a good malt quality and a citrusy hint which I would not readily identify as grapefruit. Not bad, though.

Taste: malty with a quite good grapefruit undertone. This is not the grapefruit you'd expect to get from citrusy hops, but a much drier and subtle flavor. I like it quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very low carbonation. I think this beer would benefit from being fizzier.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer, but it could use a lot more bubbles.

flagmantho, May 02, 2012
Photo of SimonTHGolfer
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

SimonTHGolfer, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of callmemickey
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jerusalem Tavern ...

A: Orangish copper... A thin creamy head

S: GRAPEFRUIT!

T: Grapefruit is lovely when balanced against the traditional bitterness of the beer... a great blend that was unique for me

M: Smooth... medium bodied...

O: Drinkable, but after a while the grapefruit needs to be countered with a more hoppy beer

callmemickey, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of JellyJacket
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JellyJacket, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Brewer1980
2/5  rDev -39%

Brewer1980, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of js155306
1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

js155306, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Utobeer, London (£2.70):
Amber with a large, foamy white head that is foamy, dome shaped and very thick.

Floral with grapefruit, citrus & honey. Bitterness towards the end & an earthy aroma with some lighter hops too.

Orange & citrus notes upfront with a lot of bitterness and to a lesser extent some grapefruit too. Floral & mellow with some earthy flavours making an appearance too.

Light medium bodied and quite bitter from the outset with subtle carbonation and a touch of dryness.

A grapefruit and citrus mix with earthy tones & strong bitterness. A nice offering and definitely something a bit different from the usual, overly sweet taste of a regular fruit beer.

flyingpig, Oct 03, 2013
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St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit) from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
75 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.