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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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 461
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.91/5  rDev -47.5%
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 joekfsu
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.5 oz bottle. Pours a dark gold with nearly no head that is off-white that is gone quickly. Aroma is very sweet apricot. Flavor of sweet apricot is about all you get out of this one. No lacing, light carbonation, light body, no alcohol noted. I'd like to call this my experiment gone wrong.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
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 drpimento
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kind of over the top apricot. Not this brewery's best. Poured with an ok head and some lace. Pale gold/amber color. Very aromatic apricot and not much else for aroma. Flavor is a sweet/slightly tart apricot and a hint of bitterness. Some thinness and forced carbonation. Not bad finish if you like this sort of thing. A friend said he'd like it post lawn mowing. Not me. Maybe some cooking - say barbecue.

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Photo of Macca
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a clear yellow golden colour with a finger of head from a vigorous pour. Some retention.

The nose is quite malty with some sweetness. Slight bit of apricot.

The apricot flavours are quite pronounced. I should say the apricot 'type' flavours. I am finding this almost undrinkable although it is easier as I go along. Some wheat notes.

Medium bodied.

I won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
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 LittleCreature
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - 4.5
Pours two fingers of creamy off-white head that steadily reduced to a thin layer over a clear, deep gold to light amber coloured body. This is a very pretty beer that leaves nice, wavy lace on the inside of the glass.

Smell - 3.0
Sweet apricot fills the air the moment that the beer is poured into the glass. The apricot is jammy and a little candy-like, overwhelming all but a little malted wheat aroma.

Taste - 2.5
Unusual to say the least. Light wheat malt flavour is there, but is mostly drowned out by an apricot taste that avoids being oversweet, but manages to taste rather artificial and out of place. Balance is about right for a wheat beer, with just a little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine, nearly creamy carbonation is just right for a wheat ale. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability - 2.0
I struggled to finish one 341mL bottle, would not drink it again.

I feel like the score is a little high compared to my overall impression of this beer. Objectively, it is not bad, I just don't like it. Might appeal to those who go for something a bit weird, or some female beer drinkers who don't like bitterness.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap. Part of a taster's 12-pack. Poured in a pilsner glass.

Clear, golden colour. Off-white head is 1/8 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to only a thin ring around the edge. Lots of carbonation streams.

As should be expected, apricots dominate the aroma. If anything else just a light malt sweetness.

Flavour is all apricot up front and all beer in the back. Fresh apricots at the start. Gives way to a grainy, cereal middle. Blends slowly into an industrial beer finish. Kind of a chemically aftertaste.

Light bodied and mildly carbonated.

One of the better fruit beers I've had, but that's not saying much. It's reasonably refreshing on a hot day, but I can't recommend it highly because it really reminds me of a macro with apricots mixed in.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of DoppleJock
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a nice orange-amber, which looked good until the glass topped off with no head and almost no lacing to speak of. I saw bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, so why does this seem so flat?

S: Strong whiff of apricots (extract?) but not much else.

T: Apricots, apricots, apricots. Almost tastes "fake." More like alcoholic apricot juice than beer.

M: Juicy, like juice, not a full-bodied, complex carbonated beer. Even a first-grader could down this like a champ.

D: Package this in a juice box instead of a bottle. Nice idea for a concept ale but I think McAuslan focused more on the "concept" than the "ale."

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Photo of bryehn
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber-tinged golden colour with a soapy white head that settles as a collar.

this beer carries a surprisingly natural-smelling ripe apricot aroma with a sweet malt backing.

The taste is also dominated by the apricot flavour and it has a very dry, wine cooler-like backing with a subtle chemical note. There is a malty sweetness and a slight earthy hop tone, but both fail to stand out from the apricot flavour. To me it tastes more like a cider or cooler than a beer with added flavour.

There is a decent creamy body and earthy backing to the mouthfeel.

After falling in love with several other products from McAuslan Brewing Inc., St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale was a significant letdown. The natural apricot aroma gives way to an artificial taste that in my opinion does not have enough real beer flavour to properly back it.

I could barely finish two of the three included in a brewery sampler pack over two different sessions.

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Photo of jrenihan
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a transparent golden colour, with a small, flat white head.

Smell is, not surprisingly, dominated by apricot. To my nose, it is a very sweet and syrupy apricot- smells like apricot juice more than a real, fresh apricot. Not a smell I can take much of.

The taste is very mediciney, similar to cough syrup. The apricot is present, but tastes rather artificial, like the smell. The crispness of the wheat base is present, but only slightly at the end. Slightly bitter at the end. Not my cup of tea.

For feel, the beer is much too carbonated for my liking. Otherwise, it is a well done light-bodied beer, with a refreshing aftertaste.

Overall, not a beer that I will be eager to go back to. Fruit beers are not my favourite style, but this one really tasted artificial, which was offputting.

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Photo of TerryW
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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 BierFan
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Thin white head. Clear dull orange colored body. Doesn't smell or taste as fruity as I was expecting. I actually notice the apricot the strongest in the aftertaste, once the other flavors have faded from my palate. Little bit of a clove flavor from the wheat. Overall a very boring beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Seemingly a lowly hopped Pale Ale with a huge burst of appricot flavor. The wheat components don't really make a mark.

The beer pours a deep golden/light copper color with much better clarity than non filtered wheat beers should. A fizzy start to the carbonation leads to a flatering head that struggles to hold onto a lace arround the glass. A less than stellar appearance.

Sweet appricots, soda pop, and grainy/sweet notes take on a one-dimensional estery scent.

Flavors of sweet grains, appricots, sugary taste, fresh tobacco, and again soda pop. Light earthy hops make hardly any impact. Appricot taste reminds me of the Fruit Roll-ups type of sweet fruitiness (a blend of natural and artificial character).

A prickly and bubbly start fades quickly to a sticky-sweet feel and remains that way through the lingering finish and aftertaste.

Standard to most fruit beers: the fruit flavor is showcased so prominantly that the brewers forgot about making a quality beer to support it.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear light orange to peach color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a thin finger of white fine-foamed head that lingers just gently on the top, leaves absolutely no lacing
S: apricots and a nice fruity sweetness immediately pervade the nostrils, something reminiscent of peach hard candy is present
T: interesting taste, the apricot is definitely there but its backed off a bit by something that works its way in mid sip, has a nice creaminess to it that really reminds me of a creamsickle
M: strong carbonation tingle, very thin on the palate, leaves a distinct fruit taste on the palate not necessarily apricot but it seems like peach
O: a nice fruit brew, a bit thin and a bit too strong on the tangy fruit taste, overpowers the wheat aspect

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Photo of vikingmike
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite honestly it pours and looks identical to a BMC. Thin, straw colour with very little head.

Smell: The label boasted that it "Smells like apricots, but tastes like beer". I would actually reverse that claim, as I found it very hard to detect the apricot in the aroma.

Taste: Apricot! They did a pretty good job with it though, its not too sweet, the fruit tastes natural and it doesn't overshadow the fact that its a beer.

Mouthfeel: WAY too carbonated for my liking.

Drinkability: Might have 2 on a summer's day. Not something I would buy on a regular basis though.

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Photo of cratez
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 341ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: orange-yellow body with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Fine, sugary lacing is apparent at first but disappears after a while.

Smell: apricots and butterscotch. Fruity aromas dominate.

Taste: apricots and a malted wheat backbone. The aftertaste is quite tart. There's an overarching 'buttery' flavour that I don't enjoy.

Mouthfeel: carbonated and sweet to begin with, sticky and dry in the finish. A very thin mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: first time I've been disappointed by McAuslan. The brewery has failed in its attempt to create something novel, as this beer is too sweet, thin, and uninteresting to be considered 'good.' Still plan to try their Millesimiee, though, and perhaps the Framboise as well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden colour, with a big fluffy head of beaten egg-white. Lacing is excellent. Looks pretty good overall.

Huge stonefruit aromas on the nose. Masses of overripe peach, apricot with flashes of kiwifruit. Very jammy and sweet, almost to excess. Very odd.

Quite a disappointingly weak palate. To my mind, with such a strong fruit sweetness on the nose, it needs a cutting edge of hop bitterness (obviously not right for the style), or a penetrating lambic sour character. This has neither - just the patina of stonefruit sweetness, with a light lingering acidity. Mouthfeel is thin.

This is very odd overall. Too sweet and too unbalanced. It needs way more body and something else robust to counteract the fruit. I find it far too cloying.

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Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow golden with not a massive amount of head.

Aroma is artificial smelling fruit, vaguely apricot-y. Hard to detect much else past this- perhaps a bit of malt.

Taste is more fruity syrup, perhaps a bit apricoty. Yeah, there is some malt detectable here also.

Mouthfeel is sour with some bitterness. Lowish on body, fairly substantial carb.

The beer you get when you don't want a beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up recently in Totowa since I never had it before. I'm not a huge fan of this style and after having this, I was reminded why. While this isn't a bad beer, this has quite the artificial taste and feel to it and only die-hard fans of apricot or this style would enjoy an offering such as this one.

This had a decent pour to it, with an appropriate hue of apricot that was clear and a moderate amount of head. The aroma wasn't really there and neither was the lacing. As for the mouthfeel, it reminded me of syrup with too much fruit flavor underneath it. Just a hint of cinnamon-like spice with dough to boot. The carbonation wasn't really here either once the bubbles in the head settled and overall, the pieces didn't mesh well here. I would not guess the flavor or style on the first try since there's too much going on here and not enough notes to complement the overpowering fruit feel of this beer.

The alcohol here was light and didn't add or detract from this beer. yes, it's hot out today but this is too heavy to be considered a "lawnmower beer". It's only worth a try once since I haven't had anything like this, but then again, I can't imagine anyone else brewing something this mediocre.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden colour, with enormous off-white head, thanks in part to glassware design, but it sinks in a nice uneven way, leaves a nice thick web of lace. Slow bead, looks pretty good, although I might like more haze? Maybe it's just the use of the word "wheat" in the name.

Smell is intense with very rich ingrained fruit syrup aroma. Smell is very sweet and fragrant, with an almost resiny depth to it. Slight tartness as well saves it from over-saccharine character. Pretty good, actually.

Taste is unusual, particularly the finish, but I'll get to that later. Tastes first of that apricot flavour, slightly artificial in its sweetness, then a bit tart on the mid, but also quite watery. Just a slight sour hint in an otherwise bland and thin mid-palate. Finish has more typical bitterness, with a dank hoppy character and a slight cloying yeast flavour, plus more of that resiny fruit syrup character. All OK but less fruity than I might like or expect.

Mouthfeel is disturbingly thin and doesn't have a lot of body at all. A bit sticky which is OK but it's predominantly pretty thin.

Drinkable enough, but not very.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my wife's favourite local, so I'm guilty of stealing one of hers from the fridge.

Golden colour with two finger head that rapidly disappears. Distinct apricot smell. Lots of crisp carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Very sweet and cloying to the taste, lots of fruitiness and bubbliness. Tastes a lot like a shandy. The wheat element gets a little overwhelmed and not much hop to speak of.

Strikes me as a good beer to bring to a summer barbecue--that you won't mind leaving behind.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful clear amber with ample head topped by a wonderfully foamy head.

The aroma screams apricots and whispers wheat.

The taste is gross, with gross apricots and a prickly gross grainy wheat competing for top spot, with neither of them winning.

Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp.

It's refreshing enough, but so not my thing.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium light orange, big head that dissipates to a very this film, quite carbonated, very clear beer, no haze (kinda wierd being a wheat beer... I guess this is a version of kristalweiss).

Big aroma of peaches and apricot. Flavor is kinda wierd, it taste like apricot essence and a bit like soda. Bitter and sweet twang at the end. I don't have the impression of drinking a beer at all. It's more like a alcopop. Even if its drinkable, I'd not have more than one, even on a hot summer day.

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