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 #228
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,984
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
475
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McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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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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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 475
Reviews by Phyl21ca:
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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pourred a small head that disapeared quickly as with all fruit beer. Smell of apricot is very present and very refreshing (if you like apricot that is). I'm not sure about a natural essence of apricot flavor as per their commercial description, seems more to me that they are using some apricot syrup not entirely natural. Nice golden colour (very appropriate)perfect for those got summer days. The only negative comments is the final bitter taste that doesn't match the sweetness of the apricot...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
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)

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of TerryW
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured up a white head that very quickly disappeared. No lacing. Clear gold colour suited to apricot fruit. Sweetish smell of apricots - I can't really detect much of anything else. Same for the taste. Gentle carbonation. Apricots dominate, bit of a stretch to figure this as beer. No meaningful beer flavours.

You could get away with serving this up to someone who isn't a big beer fan, but is looking for something cold and summery to drink. Sorry but just not in the same league as some of the other fruit beers I've tried.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a hint of orange. Topped by a short lived white head that leaves no traces of lacing.

Smell: Jolly Rancher-esque apricot smell, but not overly cloying. Still, I'd prefer a more organic fruit aroma.

Taste: Sweet, wheat cereal flavor with a light taste of fruit on the finish. The chemical nature of the nose does not follow through on the taste, thank god.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light-bodied. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Is Quebec the only source of non-lager beers in Canada? Anyhoot, an above average fruit beer. My usual experience with these sorts of beers is artificial fruit flavors followed by a stale wheat macro "beery" taste. This was not the case here. I'd gladly try again.

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Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that leaves just a bit of lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a clear red / orange, pale amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I get aromas of apricot and a direct inspection of the nose confirms that this is easily the dominant note in the aroma. The apricot note is nice, but it definitely drowns out any other notes.

This has a light sweetness to it and only a faint bitterness in the finish; both of these accentuate a floral, nectar like, apricot fruitiness that definitely is the most dominant flavor. There is a touch of sweet grain wheat character here that helps to boost the fruit flavors more than being noticeable in and of itself; the wheat also adds a touch of tartness, but only just. This is fairly light, but does have some texture and body to it that keeps it from being watery.

If you like apricot beers then you will enjoy this, for some reason I have a soft spot for such beers and this is actually pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great taking summer beer. My favourite drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of merlin48
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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 sdm9465
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

St. Ambroise- Apricot

A- Light bright yellow orange with a hue frothy head.
S- Sweet lemon and apricot/ peach.
T- Sweet juicy peach and apricot with sugary bready malt and light wheat.
M- Light sweet and malty. Juicy fruit finish.

Overall- Quite good. Probably the best Apricot beer out there. Very smooth.

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Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Rastacouere
2.54/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What so many others said. It seems like it's made from a concentrated apricot syrup mixed with water and other ingredients. Not too pleasant for me on the taste aspect nor the appearance one. Perhaps people who are fanatics of fruit beers and apricot flavors could appreciate, but damn this is sweet

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Photo of FrankShirley
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glassy apricot with bright lemon peel edges. I prefer the hazy beer seen on the McAuslan website. The cap is yellowed ivory in color and looks decent enough. Two interconnected rings of sudsy lace can be seen at this point... and that's about the extent of things.

The nose is definitely apricot-like, but it's also somewhat metallic. More ripe fruitiness would be nice, although credit must be given since the apricot essence smells natural rather than artificial. With time and warming, both of the above negatives go by the wayside and allow the score to be bumped.

If you enjoy apricots and wheat beer, this is a pretty good apricot wheat beer because it tastes like apricots and wheat beer. I'm not trying to be funny (much) because there are plenty of fruit beers out there that either taste like artificial fruit extract or don't taste much like the fruit in question. I'm also glad to see that the wheat is appreciated in the background.

The fruitiness is just prominent enough without being overbearing. AWA is also good beer because of its perfect sweet-bitter balance (along with a modest tartness). Getting the sweet-bitter balance just right in a fruit beer is no easy task. It may be simple, but it's good. And refreshing. And quenching.

The mouthfeel would be better if it was a fraction more full and a fraction less carbonated. That probably qualifies as nitpicking, but if you're going to brew an impressive fruit beer, you need to give it an impressive mouthfeel.

Apricot Wheat Ale isn't in the same league as this brewery's St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout in terms of quality, but then few beers are. McAuslan has done a very nice job with this one and I would be happy to down a few bottles on a hot summer day. Or any day at all.

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Photo of maxraymond
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow. Apricot aroma and distinct apricot and other fruit taste in the wheat. Not a bad wheat beer, crisp.. Malty sweet but not too sweet like Dennison. Refreshing. Touch of sour aftertaste, and not too dry. Another good one from this brewery, but wouldn't buy too much of it.

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Photo of sperrykk
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.91/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice looking rusty orange color with no lacing and a wimpy head. The Aroma is entirely of sweet and tart apricot extract. The taste is of different fruits, mostly apricot with some peach, banana and citrus notes. Hops and malts are barely noticeable. It tastes like a mixed fruit yogurt thanks to the tartness contributed by the yeast. After a few sips it became almost overpowering. This beer is way too one dimensional and dominated by sweet sweet fruits. Way too sweet, there should be more tartness and hops to balance.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Beersignal
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife's favourite summer ale, that she didn't get to partake in due to the pending arrival of our daughter. She'll surely catch up a little next summer.

With a little encouragement this brew pours a golden, crystal clear apricot hue with a creamy off white cap of foam fed by a sparkling but fine and steady bead. Makes my mouth water.

The aromas are all fruitiness up front, and not just apricot. Notes of ripe oranges and pears do surface prominently as does a tangy juicy wave of jujube candy near the middle. The finish is chalky but mild.

Flavours are also fruity and juicy of course but with a refreshing tang from the wheat, and they envelop well the tastebuds. Dry alkaline mouthfeel quenches thoroughly and leaves just enough space for a whisper of hoppy bitterness to finish.

This is well balanced and refreshing certainly making it a valuable summer thirst breaker for days at the beach or just before dinner as an apéritif. Maybe not their most outstanding brew but very godd nonetheless.

Santé

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Photo of hockeybarbie
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 475 ratings