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 / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by the42ndtourist on 08-12-2002

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the toronto festival of beer....
It had never before occurred to me that apricots would make a good beer flavour. The colour is just on the orange side of golden - almost perfect for the fruit. The smell is very smooth. The taste is outstanding. Apricots are a relatively bland fruit fresh, I find, but this translates into an amazing smooth taste. It doesn't knock you over the head with sweetness like a kriek or tartness like a framboise. The fruit flavour is dominant with a smooth malt taste underneath. the mouthfeel is as smooth as the taste, I could drink this stuff endlessly.
Now I just have to find somewhere I can buy this!

Two years more knowledge of beer, and I feel I need to re-evaluate this... It's a great beer, but the 4.9 I gave it was too high. A rich, soft, velvety apricot flavour is intermingled with wheat edging and some biting freshness. A very well integrated fuit beer. There's no doubt that it's a real beer....

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice golden, amber color with a bubbly, off white head. Lacing was present but minimal. The smell was interesting. Very crisp and clean with nice maltiness. Actually had a Budweisery like smell. The taste was incredible. Had a nice bready taste with huge taste of apricots. Not too much apricot but just right. A slight hint. The mouthfeel was medium body wit medium carbonation. Overall a fantastic beer! I think I found my goto beer for summer.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.44/5  rDev +22%
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 Andrewharemza
4.44/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fruity concoction pours golden orange, peach I suppose, with a frothy light head that shines a bright white. The lacing is decent and there are some sparse, tiny rising bubbles in the body.

Aroma-wise I would say that the name is pretty accurate; juicy apricot and a mild but earthy wheat note are present. The apricot is very fresh and bright despite it is from extract. In this case I would say that it’s even better than the real thing. A delicate fruit aroma such as apricot could easily be lost in the mix, but is well retained in this case.

Subtle and refreshing. Lots of juicy apricot and a hint of citrus. The cereal wheatiness and dim honey shine through along with a bit of malt-character (more for mouthfeel than anything). Again, the delicate nature of the brew allows the apricot to really shine. I wasn't expected it to come through as much. Really well put together.

Well carbonated and bright with a nice medium body. The texture is there and lingers a bit but the brew as a whole is very clean and refreshing. An excellent job with a tricky ingredient that could easily be swept under the rug. Subtle and complex at the same time. Just goes to prove that a beer doesn't have to be huge and abrasive in order to be flavorful and complex.

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Photo of Antikythera
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of cyrenaica
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto on June 25, 2007. Wow! What a beer! (and it's an ale - maybe my ale has come!) This was a beautiful orangy colour, not translucent at all. The aroma was very much apricot with some grassy hints. The mouthfeel was crisp with nice carbonation. The flavour was malty with hints of apricot. I love this beer!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours this one in a bock glass. The color is yellow with some tint of orange. The head is 1 in. after pouring in the glass. The head vanish quickly and I ended up with a tin line of foam...

The beer smells a lot of Apricot and some wheat behind.

Taste: Apricot with a dry finish. Apricot taste with no sugar at all which I think makes it nice. If you like Apricot, then you will like this beer, like me. Very refreshing.

Very nice beer to drink during a hot day or whenever you need something very refreshing.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nothing too extraordinary about the appearance. A fine, normal-looking wheat ale. The head pours high and thicker than comparable beers.

I love the smell of this stuff. I prefer it in the bottle rather than glass... seems to hold the smell longer. I love the non-overpowering smell of apricot over the beer.

Tastes great, very similar to the smell. A fantastic, fresh, light summer beer.

In the mouth, it feels like most other popular wheat or India pale ales. Not too watery, not too carbonated. Just right for what it is.

I love this beer. It's great to drink any time, but especially in the summer. It's fresh, and goes down easy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The body is an appropriate peachy gold - or should I say 'apricot'? It's slightly hazy and the head dwindles shortly, but it's easily brought back by simply swirling the glass. The bouquet is quite enticing. The apricot extract appears surprisingly natural - very much like a ripe and juicy apricot! The body is light and combines with a very fine and moderate carbonation to form a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a superb blend of gently sweet malt and soft apricot flavor. It finishes with a short-lived, mild and softly sweet fruit note. It's quite delicate with alot of finesse and a good drinkability. The fruitiness is very nicely balanced; adding a great deal of character but never overwhelming the palate. Without question, the best apricot ale that I've ever had. It's very wine-like in many ways, and would make a great apertif. Soft and refreshing. Definitely worth trying for those that enjoy fruit beers.

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Photo of greenrowan
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because I really enjoyed St. Ambroise Framboise beer and I am generally a pretty big fan of fruit beers.

As other reviewers have noted this has a strong apricot smell/taste but was surprisingly not sweet as I expected. It had a nice sour finish, somewhat reminicent of a cider.

I found it to be a really easy drinking beer and I would definitely recommend it to those out there who like fruit beers.

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Photo of Rick_from_London
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

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Photo of DavidAdjey
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of billybob
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a four pack at West pkg store North Adams Ma.

pours a honey golden color with a two finger fluffy white head with a small amout of lace.

smell is right on the apricot hits you as soon as you pop the cap.

nice apricot taste, not overpowering but wheat malt and yeast tang are missing finish is very dry.

mouthfeel is light and lots of carbonation.

i liked dogfish better but this is still a good tasting apricot beer. good taste just needs some body to it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of julian
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought to Seattle, WA by my mom from Ottawa, Ontario.

A: almost perfectly clear, golden color. looks a lot like apple juice. minimal carbonation observed. the head was about 1/2 finger but quickly dissipated however, it leaves a nice ring of frothy foam around the edges. There is little to no lacing.

S: Not surprisingly, this has an intense, strong, fruity sweet apricot aroma and not much else. Very pleasant.

T: As expected the taste is dominant on fruity apricot flavors. There is a nice malt backing, with absolutely no bitterness.

M: medium carbonation, nice and smooth, goes down with ease.

D: Other than being slightly sweet (which was to be expected for a beer of this type and not a bad thing) this beer is highly drinkable. Great summertime beer.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells just awesome. You definitely know they put a lot of apricot in there. Doesn't look that incredibly though. Pretty normal golden/amber colour even though it's supposed to be a wheat beer. Good apricot taste but it doesn't feel so much like a beer but more like a juice. Either way it's really a good refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of Rmason104
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent dark golden color, thin head with moderate lacing.
Strong wheat taste but not overpowering. Crisp.
Slight sweetness, but not one I would have identified as apricot.
Overall a very good beer. Only it's price would keep me from making this a regular summer/warm weather go-to.

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Photo of Acebulf
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear orange with foamy head that dissipates quite quickly. Smells heavily of apricot.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and sugary while the carbonation is light It tastes of apricot, but the beer taste is also very present. Wheat with a light hop finish. Slightly bitter.

Overall a really good beer to enjoy on a hot summer day, or with light food.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle relieves a bright, slightly toasted amber with some sparse bubbling and a light frothy head that quickly disappears. A very perfumey apricot malt greets the nose. Gets a little too perfumey as it warms up. Delicate apricots dance on the tip of the tongue. The middle has a sweet bready toastiness. Soft palate with apricot right upfront on the flavor profile, but just right. Not overbearing and not too subtle. Perfect for a hot Summer evening.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale golden-orange with no carbonation in the body and a thin head that leaves some quite nice lacing. Aroma is bursting with apricot and it never seems artificial. There's some typical crackery wheat aroma underneath, but the main focus is on the fruit. Lots of apricot in the flavor as well. My only problems here is that the base beer is a little lackluster and that there is a faint, flat yeastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, but this could really use some more carbonation. Drinkability is really great, and I could see putting some of these away.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a slight head.

S: Dense aroma of apricots dominate with just a hint citrus maybe.

T: Full apricot flavor right up front, very natural tasting too not to syrupy. Wheat flavors come through at the end and quickly dissipate.

D: Way better than I thought it was going to be. This just proves you can't judge a beer by your preconceptions.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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 akdo
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderatly and has some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of apricots, peaches and a blend of tropical fruit that hits you in the face with some bready malts and a perfume like smell.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice fruity taste, getting some apricots, peaches and tropical fruit with some bready malts in the back and some suddle hops that give it a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium-high carbonation with a nice balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Yummy!

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