St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale | McAuslan Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
466 Ratings
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
466
Reviews:
223
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
71
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 223
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1.44/5  rDev -60.4%

Photo of pin
1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

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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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

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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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

OVERALL - 3.1
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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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 FRANKIE65
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looked good, smelled good...taste, even though I love apricot, not my thing.
Just too "perfumey" for my taste.

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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

01/26/2010
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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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 BorisNorris
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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