St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002

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Reviews by Antikythera:
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4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a very pretty dark jammy gold or pale amber. Creamy-coloured head goes away fast.

Smell: fruity, distinct apricot on top of yeast.

Taste: wheaty with a faint hint of apricot. It's not a lambic, it's a fruit-flavoured wheat beer, so the fruit can be subtle. The apricot is mostly in the aroma (and I do believe they've added more apricot since the first time I drank it). Bready finish as with many wheat beers -- so aside from the fact that it's not sweet, it's like drinking an apricot jam sandwich.

Mouthfeel: really, really nice and smooth. No harshness or bitterness to speak of.

Drinkability: one of my absolute favourites -- never boring, never makes me want to leave a glass/bottle unfinished (in fact, two in a row is common, which is unusual for me with any other beer). Light enough for summer but flavourful enough for any time of year.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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)

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Photo of Popsinc
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One sniff of McAuslan Apricot Wheat and i jumped back....with a smile. The strong, yet not overwhelming nose convinced me that i was standing in a grand field surrounded by fresh, ripe apricot. And after the first sip, wow, i was very suprised that apricot did not overpower my taste buds. Initial hints of apricot quickly mellowed and the finish was both very smooth and refreshing. I could not think of a better summer beer than this.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of merlin48
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle pours a mostly clear, orange/amber body with a small, offwhite head. Just a hint of lacing. Aroma is the highlight here, with loads of fresh apricot notes and a kiss of wheat. Light bodied with a zesty carbonation. Taste is unimpressive for the most part. Sour and bitter notes dominate the understated apricot. A hint of malted wheat underneath. All in all, a pedestrian fruit beer that would be okay for a summer day.

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Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle. Pours glowing apricot tinged medium amber, minor off white head, that leaves just some minor bits of lace. What else but loads of fresh, pungent apricot in the nose and then following through to the taste buds. Fruity, flavorful, but not overly sweet or anywhere close to cloying. Pleasant enough summery type brew. Fruit beer lovers will truly enjoy this one. Worth a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/3 inch head, clear, orange-gold

Smell: wheat, malt, and apricot

Taste: wheat, malt, honey, and apricot--especially on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium body, high carbonation

Drinkability: slightly better than your average fruit wheat beer..The apricot taste is present, but I do not think I will be getting this one again for a while.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong apricot with not too much else. The flavor is more of the same with apricots and peaches standing out. There is also a little bit of wheat in the background, but the fruit is what this beer is all about. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a fruit-flavored wheat beer, this one is not too bad.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fruit beers are a funny thing for me: either they work well, or they are undrinkable - not much inbetween. I figured that I'd give McAuslan a try, considering my love for their blonde and oatmeal stout.

Poured a very clear deep golden, with a foamy 1 inch head that quickly receded around the edges. Left a bit of lacing.

Smell is certainly apricot and peach, with a little bit of wheat at the end. Pleasant, but not very complex.

The taste is decent, but it didn't do a whole lot for me. The apricot flavour dominated the front, while dry peachy bitterness (like a not-quite ripe fruit) was the finish. I agree with a previous poster: a 'hefe' quality would have helped this beer out tremendously, given it a bit more balance.

Mouthfeel is quite sharp, with the carbonation really kicking me at the finish.

Probably won't pick this one up again - a confusing brew that had a great deal of potential, but for me it missed the mark.

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Photo of BCborn
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of LDuke
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper, apricot colour; produces minimal head which fades fast; surprisingly clear

Aroma: apricot jam! aroma just burst from the glass

Taste & Mouthfeel: great, full but light mouthfeel; medium to light body; apricot flavour is perfect, not overwhelming and not too sweet; carbonation almost gives the feel of "fuzz"; hints of strawberry and peach too; finish is slightly dry

Overall: a rare time when being one dimensional is a good thing - stays focused, delivering a fresh, easy-drinking, interesting beer (and perfect for summer)

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles rising to a thin white film made up of mostly big bubbles. The head soon fades to only a hint of a ring around the edge.

S- The smell of soft sulfury raw grain gives way to a perfumey chemical apricot note that is bright.

T- The soft taste of dry wheat grain has a light noble bitter hops note to follow. There is a dry apricot essence in the finish with a note of sweet apricot perfume aswell. The finish has a tight carbonic acid flavor to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry texture in the finish.

D- This beer is very light on flavor and smell with a soft hint of chemical fruit not adding any quality to the beer. The carbonation is the strongest part of the beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18%

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
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