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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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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2003

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1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

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1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

Photo of innominat
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of Brewer1980
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of stcules
2.28/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Amber orange color, average foam, decently compact.
In the smell the grapefruit is well advertible, but there are also bitter orange peel, and a malty background. Overall, not too "fruity", as you can be afraid.
In the taste grapefruit again, with bitter orange, but it is still drinkable, and for sure it is quench-thirsting and refreshning.
Obvious grapefruit in the aftertaste, but then even some hop bitterness, with hints of pepper.

Photo of Lemke10
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of jdhasse
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Caskaway
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.92/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of wl0307
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BB 12/12/06, served lightly-chilled in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: dark orangey golden hue, coming with little beer head even with a forced-pour... very gentle carbonation detected.
S: grapefruit flavouring and a little touch of honey, a hint of stinky touch of hops also stays at the back along with sweet grainy malts; swirling brings out more peach-flavouring and grapefruit zests, but overall still very restrained though refreshing.
T: grapefruit-flavouring+peach-blossom prevail at the front, backed by a light-bodied biscuity grains--overall tasting like fruit-flavoured soda! A flow of floral hops develops in the background, with a soothing touch of bitterness like zests and flower... increasingly bitter, not in a big/loud way but quietly creeping down the palate, leaving a real citric-zests like tangy, bitter aftertone attched to the deep end of the palate, finished rather crisp-ish. The zesty bitter finish to me is probably the best part of the beer.
M&D: very light-bodied on top of an ideally carbonated mouthfeel to be refreshing, this is a beer designed for quaffing in summer, I believe. I can't tell if the beer base really is "wheat beer" (as stressed on the beer label), but at least I could recognise that no real grapefruit is used in this beer. Plus the overall impression really reminds me a lot of a kind of flavoured soda I used to drink in my childhood, I guess this is not a beer I could take really seriously. Not that it's a bad beer though--just not to my taste.

Photo of Magery
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of smakawhat
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head. Clear golden color with a few big bubbles on the exterior edges. Smells mainly like a BMC with grass and corn. Taste is like a BMC summer brew with a fairly ordinary grass and corn taste and the grapefruit mainly coming out in the finish as a subtle citrus component. Frankly labeling the bottle as having grapefruit sets up the disappointment because I wouldn't have guessed that without reading it.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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.

Photo of SimonTHGolfer
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Flying_Moose
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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.

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St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit) from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.