1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

36 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 21.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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)
View: Beers (26) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Caskaway


2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

06-29-2014 00:32:51 | More by Caskaway
Photo of SimonTHGolfer

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

12-30-2013 14:58:27 | More by SimonTHGolfer
Photo of Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2/5  rDev -40.8%

12-03-2013 10:59:03 | More by Brewer1980
Photo of JellyJacket


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-04-2013 10:49:16 | More by JellyJacket
Photo of Bitterbill


3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Compliments of Another6Pack!

It pours a hazy to cloudy orange, has a 2 finger head of foam.

Nice bitter notes of grapefruit with some earthy malt notes.

The grapefruit is more bitter in the smell than in the taste. Kind of a light bitterness tempered by a honey like sweetness and an earthiness about it. Okay, it does get a bit more bitter with more sips. Pretty nice brew.

On the low end of medium bodied, same with the carbonation. I like the mouthfeel.

Overall, a tasty grapefruit fruit brew with low a enough abv to enjoy more than 1 if I had one. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 22:42:56 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 07:55:54 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Flying_Moose


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-03-2013 02:05:10 | More by Flying_Moose
Photo of Brenden


3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:08:01 | More by Brenden
Photo of DeFaz


3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 23:56:57 | More by DeFaz
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 23:51:27 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Punqbert


4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

04-17-2013 01:21:34 | More by Punqbert
Photo of innominat


2/5  rDev -40.8%

03-04-2013 14:07:44 | More by innominat
Photo of jdhasse


2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

09-16-2012 15:49:39 | More by jdhasse
Photo of js155306

1.25/5  rDev -63%

08-01-2012 04:14:41 | More by js155306
Photo of Lemke10


2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:35:43 | More by Lemke10
Photo of flagmantho


3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 16:57:13 | More by flagmantho
Photo of IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

04-30-2012 16:38:02 | More by IPA4LIFE
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:46:03 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of woosterbill


4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gravity halfpint at the Jerusalem Tavern.

A: Clear pale amber body with some wispy white head on top. Some fine lace. Ok.

S: Whoa. All these years describing IPAs as smelling like grapefruit, and I had no idea... THIS beer smells like grapefruit. Juicy, bitter, fresh, and, frankly, amazing. Puts Ruby Red Squirt to shame.

T: Sweet/sour/bitter grapefruit is right up front, and some light malt creeps in toward the end. Clean finish. So fruity, so tasty.

M: Soft, lightly carbonated light body. Good.

O: This is a beer that just has to be experienced to be believed. I never would have expected myself to enjoy a grapefruit beer so damn much.


Serving type: cask

04-02-2012 00:46:01 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Magery


3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-29-2012 18:56:24 | More by Magery
Photo of BEERchitect


3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 06:05:13 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of mrfrancis


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the trademark St. Peter's apothecary bottle into a pint glass. Displays a clear golden hue topped by a thin layer of creamy white mousse. Looks like s typical pale wheat ale.

S: Sharp aromas of wheat, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon are immediately noticeable, but fade quickly after the beer is poured. I would have liked it if these aromas had stuck around a little longer.

T: A crisp, fruity entry quickly reveals notes of cream, wheat, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. Finishes with a brief, though intriguing, mix of grapefruit and herbal hop flavors that accent one another perfectly.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with a spritzy, yet firm mouthfeel. Neither too light nor too heavy.

O: I generally either love or loathe fruit/vegetable beers, but this one hit the spot. It does not taste artificial or syrupy, allowing the citrus and hop flavors to compliment one another. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:27:45 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of hosehead83


3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool-looking half liter apothecary bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with a rather short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of mineral and matchhead. Surprising.
Taste-Grapefruit rind and pith,coarse wheat. Tangy, tingly and very refreshing. Unique aroma and flavor of English water adds an intriguing dimension to this brew. A nice summer quencher. Very refreshing, and very English. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:31:50 | More by hosehead83
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 08:34:12 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of smakawhat


3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:49:29 | More by smakawhat
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit) from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.