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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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36 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2003)
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Photo of rhoadsrage


3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:40:02 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL green bottle in the classic St. Peter's bottle style/shape.

A: pinkish-orange in colour--transparent with a bit of head on top, but not a lot. Beautiful colour.

S: definitely picking up the grapefruit scent, a bit of mild hops and grains too.

T: very refreshing--I was expecting the grapefruit to be a bit stronger, but it's actually quite mild/moderate.

M: mild carbonation; again incredibly refreshing and drinkable.

O: I normally drink beer quite slowly, but this one was so refreshing it went down easily and quickly. This wasn't outstanding or anything particular flashy, but it's a very solid, enjoyable beer. High on the drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 23:04:08 | More by fullsweep
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.38/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:38:36 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of Suds


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 13:07:18 | More by Suds
Photo of Sigmund


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 20:36:04 | More by Sigmund
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.6/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Warning: I love grapefruit. It is my favorite fruit.

Appearance: Somewhat unimpressive, with a small, weak white head that has trouble forming even after a fairly strong pour. Body is a nondescript clear golden amber; I guess I was expecting a more grapefruity appearance.

Smell: Deliciously, but not overwhelmingly, grapefruity. The whole grapefruit is represented: it's sweet, sour, and bitter, reminiscent of the very fruit itself - not its juice, not artificial grapefruit, but real grapefruit. The malts lend a nice backdrop to the expressive fruitiness, with a big caramelly character enhanced by a bit of diacetyl, plus whiffs of brown sugar, honey, and wheat. Hops are present, too, but dutifully in the background, lending just a slightly grassy, bitter edge to the grapefruit.

Taste: Wow. This is remarkable. It tastes more like an IPA than a "fruit beer" (whatever that is), with a full-bodied bitterness from the grapefruit rind and hops, which blended together create a powerful, complex, fruity-floral flavor that reminds me of a saltydog mixed with a fresh German Pilsener. The lively bitterness is anchored by a caramelly, nutty, whole-grainy malt base that supports and sweetens the grapefruit and hops but doesn't weigh them down. And something about it reminds me of black tea. Overall, it's very well-balanced, but the grapefruit is definitely front-and-center, just as I hoped.

Mouthfeel: A bit syrupy in the finish at times, but otherwise well-carbonated and well-suited to the flavor.

Drinkability: What a great beer; as interesting and robust as it is refreshing, and it's really very refreshing. A fruit beer for IPA fans - fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 08:55:58 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of callmemickey


4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jerusalem Tavern ...

A: Orangish copper... A thin creamy head


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

Serving type: cask

02-20-2008 16:27:18 | More by callmemickey
Photo of stcules


2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 18:02:01 | More by stcules
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 03:45:15 | More by wl0307
Photo of GreenCard


3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 16:33:39 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 06:33:47 | More by Ieatlambfries
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St. Peter's Fruit Beer (Grapefruit) from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
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