St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #299
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,425
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
478
From:
McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  76
SCORE
83
Good
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
Notes: Natural apricot flavour is married to barley and wheat malts to give St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale its uniquely delicious, subtly sweet taste. A natural, delightfully refreshing choice for adventurous palates that appreciate a light ale with a playful twist.
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InspectorHound from Canada

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours pale copper, with a 2 finger dense white head. After 5 minutes the head is still a 1/4 inger across the top of the glass.
Smell: Aproicots. bubble gum. Very pleasing smell, the only knock on it is it is pretty subtle.
Taste: Watery and slightly sweet at start of sip. Leaving the beer in your mouth it opens with plenty of apricot sweetness. Somewhat of a grainy and earthy aftertaste.
Feel: Slightly soapy or oily at the start. The flavours open up dominating the sides of mouth and back of the tongue. Somewhat fizzy carbonation, tickles the palate.
A very nice fruit beer. Maybe a slight bit syrupy, but quite pleasant. This beer earns a strong B+

Oct 11, 2020
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Larryfunnell from Canada

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this as part of a mixed pack. Normally, I am not a big fan of wheat beers, but the colour on this one is an outstanding golden. The smell hits you with heavy notes of fruity apricot, which is delivered on the taste. Nice to have a beer that delivers this way. I would have scored the taste, feel and overall higher, but found the beer a bit too sweet, missing some bitterness that I like in my beers. Conversely, my wife thought "this is really nice", since she avoids more bitter beers. So maybe I am the wrong market. Overall for a fruity beer though, quite good.

Jun 26, 2020
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amadori16 from Canada

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was presently surprised by this beer as I normally don't like fruit beers.
It smells very fruity, and you can definitely taste the apricot, but it is not overpowering or syrupy. Unlike many fruit beers it is not too sour either.
You may find this too sweet but for me the sweetness was perfect. It is just slightly bitter at the end.
The wheat flavours were subtle; would have enjoed this more if it was more pronounced. Overall it was refreshing on a very hot summer day! I would try this again.

Aug 04, 2019
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altstadt from Canada

2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Brown-gold color. Clear. Very little head on the pour, and it was completely gone in a minute.
Smell: Pleasant mild over-cooked apricot or peach, with a slight sweet plastic scent. More like a commercial cider than a beer.
Taste: Mild malt and bitters. Bitter apricot (including the pits?) mid-way through and into the aftertaste. Too sweet.
Feel: Explodes into large bubbles, making it hard to find or taste any liquid. The bubbles make it hard to swallow until it dies down a bit.
Overall: Disappointing. The flavor doesn't live up to the promise of the smell. The carbonation actually fights any attempts to swallow this.

Apr 24, 2019
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ConfusedCat from Canada

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly good! Smells very heavily of apricot and I thought this could be an overly sweet mess, but the apricot is pretty subtle on the taste and it's overall a well-balanced refreshing beer. It's far from my favorite St-Ambroise beer but I could see myself drinking this in the summer.

Mar 17, 2018
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BorisNorris from Idaho

2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours amber/orange-honey color with a very thin, white head, and brilliant clarity. Aroma is heavy on the apricots. Flavor leans heavily to sweet apricot, so much so it tastes artificial. Earthy and floral hop flavor underneath the apricot; sweet malt flavor. Finish is dry and leaves a mild, floral bitterness. Far too sweet for my taste, and the heavy fruit flavor I just can't get over.

May 02, 2017
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souvenirs from Canada

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A clear gold and bubbly with a couple fingers of fluffy white head
S sweet apricot, perhaps more candied than fresh
T thankfully more bitter than the sweet, sweet smell. Low hop bitterness though. Lingering apricot flavour.
F crisp

Dec 11, 2016
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Lewnanny from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice flavored beer. The apricot is really present and this beer is nice to drink on occasion.

I will have this one again, it is fruity just enough and not too much.

The 473 ml can with an IBU of 15 is brewed to an ABV of 5%

May 26, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light amber color, with a fizzy head that disappears quickly. Fruit in the aroma, nice though a bit sweet smelling. Neutral taste of some apricot fruit, dry wheat and light bitterness. Not too bad. Finish is spritsy and semi dry. Perhaps an old bottle, no date on it. A beer that is fruit driven but not cloying. There is a nice balance to some degree, but its boring. Its above average for style, not too sweet and drinkable. eh

May 08, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can into a lager glass.

Appearance - Amber colored body with a tall white head that soon dies down to a thin but durable top coat; Nice patterned lacing is left sticking to the glass. Moderate visible carbonation.

Aroma - Wheat bread and lot of apricot jam.

Taste - Apricot start to finish. Various vague soft ripe fruit and bready notes interweave.

Feel - Medium carbonation; Semi-dry finish.

Overall: worth a try if you enjoy apricots or fruity wheat beer.

Apr 14, 2016
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cosmin from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fantastic summer/patio beer! My wife doesn't even like beer but she LOVED this one!

The smell is very fruity/perfumed however it tastes like a real beer. Very refreshing and perfect on a hot summer day. I tried this on tap and out of a can (from LCBO) and had very similar results. St. Ambroise is definitely a brewery you want to check out. I must say I'm not a huge fan of fruity beers however this one nails it!

This is on my list of "must haves" in the fridge during summertime.

Feb 26, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is all apricot.
The taste starts with mild bitter, then more apricot sweet but remains balanced.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Enjoyable.

Feb 13, 2016
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fortyfield from Canada

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Golden coloured with a semi thick white head that only lasts for a few minutes, though it leaves a nice film with just a tough of legs.

Smell - Terrific. Tons of apricot, just the right level of sweetness.

Taste - Apricot on the very front, but then a strange almost stale taste comes over. A little disappointing to be honest. The finish is a tad bitter, almost a budget lager aftertaste.

Feel - Prickly carbonation but the body is thin. If it were up to me I would prefer a bit of a thicker body, but that's just a personal preference. Can't knock the beer for that.

Overall I can't help but be slightly disappointed with this beer, mainly due to the amazing smell followed by the adequate taste. However, all in all this is still a solid beer and worth a shot for anyone that enjoys apricots or fruit beer.

Jan 22, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada

3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad fruitbeer but overall they are not my favorite style.

Appearance - Pours a clear deep golden color with very little head that fades quick. Seems to have some lively carbonation throughout.

Aroma - Apricots steal the show followed by wheat, some light malts. you dont get much afterwards because the strong sweet smell of apricot carries,

Taste - As far as taste is concerned apricot doesnt steal the show. Its primarily a wheat beer, I get wheat first. followed by some maltiness, bread, light hops which are then soothed by a very long sweet apricot finish.

Feel - This is a light bodied beer, it virtually runs like water down your throat, carbonation is prickly and lively which goes well with the sweet sensation.

Overall - As I had stated at the top I'm not a big fruit beer person, before this the only one I've genuinely liked was Ephemere du pomme by unibroue. I wouldn't say this beer stacks up too that, and I probably wont buy it again. but if it was offered to me, I would gladly accept. Cheers!

Nov 01, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant light body with a creamy carbonation. The aroma is sensational, a fume of apricot. Slightly sweet with a malty mellowness, which goes well with the fruit. It would be interesting to taste side by side with the popular apricot from Pyramid. That one is more crisp than the St-Ambroise, which has more of an apricot nectar taste.

This is actually one of the better apricot flavored beers I've had. From the 16 oz can purchased at Haggen's supermarket in Burlington, Wash.

Sep 13, 2015
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Rick_from_London from Canada

4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thin tan head. Wonderful apricot nose with hints of hazelnut and licorice.
Crisp wheat malt palate, sweet with apricots. Nice ale finish with the fruit notes fading to tart malts and a hint of hops. I'll miss you until next summer!

Sep 13, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Preserves, Even, Drinkable, Quenching

In the realm of fruit beers more often than not consumers are given half hearted attempts and either drown the beer with fruit essence and sweetness or simply there is not enough character to back up the fruit used in the name of the beer. St-Ambroise keeps it simple with a solid wheat beer base which would probably be pretty good on its own. The level of apricot in the nose and on the taste buds is nearly perfect here, no question that it is apricot and no question that we are drinking a beer and that is all anyone can really ask for when it comes to simple fruit beers like this.

STYLE: Fruit Beer | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

Aug 25, 2015
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akdo from Canada

4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: The beer was amber to the point it looked like honey. The head was half a finger and it dissipated quickly.

Smell: The nose matched the aromas of a real apricot. There was no trace of hoppiness in the nose.

Taste: The palate matched the nose. However, the beer's taste shifted to a more bitter taste as it neared the back-end.

Feel: The hops's bitterness took the form of crispness. While some found it light, I found it more aggressive than that of a radler.

Overall: Although I liked this beer, this is not the best offering from McAuslan Brewery. The head retention didn't please me. Moreover, while the taste was pleasant, I thought the back-end's crispness could be toned down.

Aug 23, 2015
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DavidAdjey from Canada

4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich golden yellow color. Tall head, which dissipates after 15 seconds.

S: Strong aromas of dried apple, roasted apricot and drying orange rind. Sweet to the nose with underlying nutty tones of almond.

T: Hoppy bitterness mellowed by pungent sweetness of wheat and apricot. Fruity to the palate resembling over ripe stone fruit with a slight must.

M: Moderately carbonated. Bubbles dissipate quickly while massaging your palate. Deceptively heavy.

O: An enjoyable, easy to drink summer beer. Well balanced flavor profile with a natural apricot flavor. Another excellent brew by McAuslan.

Aug 12, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation, with lots of large bubbles rising to the surface. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some patches on the surface that were continually replenished by a steady stream of rising bubbles.
S: Moderate aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of apricot flavors as well as a light amount of associated sweetness.
M: It feels very light-bodied (but not so watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors of apricots that don't seem to be overpowering or artificial, but apart from this it is rather weak in body and otherwise one dimensional. The apricots mask any flavors of the underlying wheat.

Serving type: can

Aug 07, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant, as far as fruit beers go. I would concur with previous reviewers that there is "just enough" Apricot. It is still quite true to the wheat ale style, and the fruit flavour is an enhancement instead of a distraction.

Jul 01, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant apricot tinted amber with a moderately fast dissipating white foam collar. S: Very attractive apricot aromas with a suggestion of honey and light wheat. T: Apricot wheat palate with complex layers of flavor. The apricot dominates but it is not over bearing. Finishes with a mild hop accent. F: Medium light body and medium carbonation. O: This is a well balanced fruit beer with just the right amount of apricot – it they used any more it would not work.

Jun 30, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle! Bright Amber orange with an off-white head. Super fruity apricot and wheat aroma. Sweet fruity taste. A bit much. Medium bodied and dry. Quite refreshing.

Jun 04, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Transparent orange body with a thin, wispy head. Aromas include apricots, sweet, sugary malt. Sweet, sugary. Like an apricot dessert. Too much. Cloying. Thin body with assertive carbonation. No thanks.

Jun 03, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: A clear golden yellow color with a short white head and no lacing

Smell: Strong apricot

Taste: Apricot, with hints of malts and wheat

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: A good one-trick pony. Not much like a typical wheat, primarily a fruit beer

May 23, 2015
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 478 ratings