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Aprikat - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aprikat, is an apricot flavored beer with a filtered wheat ale base -a North American twist on the traditional German style wheat ales Alley Kat’s style of wheat ale is brewed with 50% wheat, but fermented with our regular ale yeast. The result is a light, crisp ale with the fresh aroma and flavour of apricots substituted for the bananna and clove accents of a German wheat beer.

Aprikat’s subtle apricot aroma contrasts nicely with it’s big fruity mouthfeel. The beer pours a nice straw colour and its medium carbonation keeps it light and refreshing, perfect for a hot day on the patio or as an after dinner drink.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2003)
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Reviews by Olek4374:
Photo of Olek4374
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%

A nice offering from a local brewery here in Edmonton. This one is pretty nice for a fruit beer, and I'd say this is certainly their most popular beer. Nice golden colour with a predominant apricot aroma and taste. The sweetness is also not too bad, although it's more than some other widely available fruit beers (which I think contributes to its popularity). No bad aftertaste either, and a good body for such a beer - certainly not too watery.

Olek4374, Jun 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

LDuke, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a 1/2 pint sampling glass)
On the bottle it is referred to as a "beer cooler"

A- Orange hue with a thin white head that hangs on the edge of the glass. Very clear body

S- Very strong apricot perfume aroma that has some fresh fruit qualities to it

T- Strong apricot taste that isn't chemical or perfumy like the smell. A light citrus hops taste finishes.

M-light body with low carbonation.

D- It has a fresh apricot taste but it is a little overpowering and really has no supporting flavors. It’s all apricot all the time.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at Original Joe's downtown. Being one of Alley Kat's flagship offerings, one is more likely than not to see it available at local watering holes, if they provide Alley Kat, that is. I can see the crossover appeal, but I'd admit that I'm biased on the con side from previous exposure. For some reason, today's after-work bitchfest distracted me enough that I thought "what the hell" when the bartender gave me the sign.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-tinted golden yellow hue, with one finger of bubbly, weakly foamy, and mostly just soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of sweet dried and candied apricot, a touch of fuzzy peach, obfuscated grainy, wheaty, and caramel malt, and very mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is, drum roll please, apricot! Well, fruity apricot joined by its brother in arms, the peach, some gritty wheat and bready pale malt, and still well understated leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is on the high side, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat cloying, in a kind of unrestrained fruity sweetness - its smoothness dubious at best. It finishes, yep, duly fruity, but generally clean, with little else lingering.

I'm quite glad that they're dropping the 'beer cooler' nomenclature from their old labels and marketing, as that wasn't helping this one's street cred one bit. Not nearly as bad as I remember, but hardly something which I would clamour for another.

biboergosum, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Hop In Brew. It's clearly extract and not apricots cut up and thrown in the mash, that worked for me at one brepub many moons ago. So the aroma is artificial. Its a lager. Yellow colour. Acidic. Fizzy and I guess a sweet punchy drink for the ladies that like the same.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of MalcolmJames
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

MalcolmJames, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Alley Kat Aprikat was on tap at the Earl's Restaurant in Calgary. The appearance was good, nice amber color with thick white head. The smell was decent, hints of citus and hops. The taste was somewhat tart/bitter due to the grapefruit start making the beer very crisp. The bitterness hung on the pallete. The mouthfeel was a little rough for me, because whn a beer is this tart it seems as if there might be a chalky taste. Nonetheless, this beer is worth trying.

WoodBrew, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed many times on tap and in bottles, but never took the time to scrutinize it
A - crystal clear golden, small covering of head dissipated to a few random islands and a thin lace ring
S - strong aroma of sweet juicy apricots, light grainy malt and a hint of leafy hops
T - tangy and sweet apricot dominates, leafy hops and pale bready malt, nothing fancy but it hits the intended mark
M - light and well carbonated, tangy sweet feel with mild dryness
O - a great summertime patio drink, its heavy on the fruit but it doesn't take away from its beerness

joemcgrath27, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of elricorico
2.15/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out dark orange and bubbly, nothing but a wisp of white head to top it off. It doesn't look like a beer, looks like a sparkling wine cooler type drink.

Smells of apricot, big surpise there, like the old apricot fruit roll ups, I really used to like those. Maybe too sweet smelling to be quite a natural flavour.

First, the flavour is non existant, it enters your mouth like fizzy water, then on swallowing, a strong, sickly sweet apricot flavour floods the mouth.

Mouthfeel is thin, with a fair bit of carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, I doubt I will finish half of this bottle. Not a pleasant experience in the least. This shouldn't be a beer, it should be some kind of malternative.

elricorico, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of ChrisCage
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The coloring is mainly orange, with maybe a touch of amber around the edging. The head starts out foamy and thick, yet it manages to fairly quickly drop off to a half ring around the glass. Lots of carbonation rises to the top in a fast motion. Lacing is modest at best...not much else to say about it. Overall not a stand out looking beer, but it doesn't look bad.

S- Sweet malts and apricot flesh dominate the aroma. Possibly a tad on the syrupy/phony side of things, the fruit just seems a bit too strong and sweet to not have some flavoring added, but it isn't offensive. The middle is a little reminding of biscuit followed by a slightly dry, but not bitter finish.

T- More of the same here, but the apricot isn't as sweet....tastes a bit more like the pit was used in the boil as well. Malt sweetness is still there but also not as pronounced. The finish is once again, slightly dry, but definitely there is not any hint of hops used here.

M- Solid medium-ish body and maybe a bit cloying, as noticed by swirling this around the glass. As this warms up a bit, the carbonation goes from zesty and plentiful, to zesty, yet fine. The beer really shows off the essence of apricot fruit well.

D- I really liked this when I was first introduced to it, but have since tried another apricot based wheat beer by Pyramid, and this is definitely second to it. I think this has become a little too sweet for me, but I still like it. This is the perfect beer to start out with for the crowd still sucking back sugary vodka/rum coolers....also is great on a hot summer day. I made one of my cats try this and he didn't like it unfortunately...I'd have a couple bottles of this under the right circumstances, otherwise one is enough!

ChrisCage, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have a feeling that this stuff has been made and marketed to a demographic that I am not a part of, and am trying to wrap my head around the labeling and concept of a "beer cooler(!)".

Low carbonation, no head on the pour. Is deep golden in colour, practically an apricot/peach hue, which is rather fitting, however it appears more like cider. Nice aroma of apricot on the nose, it's inviting, but perhaps a bit too sweet. Sweet apricot flavour up front, backed up by a bittersweet foundation of wheat grain (too much wheat malt!), which interferes and takes away from the fruit flavour, rather than balancing or complimenting it. The faintest hop presence on the finish, but it compliments the fruit extract a lot more than the wheat malt. Mouthfeel is watery and a little oily. Perhaps this is best reserved as a summer beverage on those scorching hot days, but I find it too sweet and unbalanced for my own tastes.

IronDjinn, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Alberta_Beer_Guy, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of mdevonshire
3/5  rDev -9.4%

mdevonshire, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Vandelayindustri
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Vandelayindustri, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of benbou17
3/5  rDev -9.4%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of BigBry
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New label and 6 pack box, sans kats, gold label and 'beer cooler' predominate on the package.
Pours out of the brown bottle a bright clear orange color. Hard to coax even a small head out of the pour. The short and quickly disappearing foam seemed to be a pinkinsh orange hue. There are full smells of apricot, peaches and mangos coming out. Just a touch of yeasty/wheat aroma keep it from being overly sweet. Well balanced flavor, it is definatley a fruit beer, but not super sweet or sticky like a wine cooler. The apricot and peach flavor is well pronounced, but there is still enough 'beer' flavor to keep things in check. Medium carbonation keeps it light and refreshing, perfect for a hot day on the patio. Very well done

BigBry, May 15, 2006
Photo of thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

thehyperduck, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Trancesexual
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Trancesexual, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish golden apperance with light head but decent lace. Smell is mainly orange and apricot with an assortment of other fruits (mangos, apples, etc.). Very sweet.

Taste is similar to the smell, but suprisingly lighter. Mainly apricot and apples along with vague tastes of other fruits. Picked up a hint of wheat and sweetness. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering mango taste at the end.

Overall this beer is a good take on fruit beers First impressions was that this would be a thicker beer, but it's refreshing and inoffensive. Worth a try.

CrazyMike, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of david_wolf
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite literally the first craft beer I had ever tried (at the time). An old ex's sister's boyfriend (that's a mouthfull) brought a six-pack for us to try, and it was like nothing I had ever tried before.
I'll judge the beer from my notes, and in comparision to the many fruit beer's I've subsequently tried. This beer would hold a special place in my heart, if it weren't for the fact that I hate apricots, and I'm not especially fond of fruit beers. Despite all of that, this is a really nice fruit beer, particulary on the nose. I found it to finish with a bit of a bitterness, although this could quite easily be my dislike for apricots.
If you're a fan of fruit beers, and particularily apriocts, Aprikat is a no brainer.

david_wolf, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of hockeybarbie
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

hockeybarbie, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

SnatchyMcPants, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of thesilverhand
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I certainly appreciated the effort of a beer-loving friend to bring this to Japan, it wasn't great.

It's basically sweet - it smells and tastes primarily of apricots and sugar. I wouldn't recommend this if you want beer, however, it would probably be fine as a refreshing summer cooler. Indeed, it even bills itself on the label as a "beer cooler."

Again, not great as a beer, but if you want refreshment, and like apricots, this would definitely fit the bill.

thesilverhand, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of joefinnigan15
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

joefinnigan15, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time consumer, first time reviewing. Ordered on the patio on a hot sunny afternoon at Original Joe's.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a thin layer of frothy head with decent retention and some light lacing.

S - Sweet apricots are noticeable with some strawberries also noticeable. A bit of bready malt on the finish, but overall the scent is rather mild.

T - The fruit bouquet is quite nice off the top (apricot and strawberries) and finishes with a bready malt that is reminiscent of a Ritz cracker. A little on the sour side, but still quite nice.

M - A little dry on the finish, however, the carbonation is nicely balanced.

D - Perfect patio drink... Summer is here, and it tastes delicious! Nice mild fruit flavours with a nice balance of bready malts to round out the beer.

andrenaline, Jul 29, 2010
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Aprikat from Alley Kat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.