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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Photo of kevofficiel
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of my friend came up with that beer because he said he has peach in it.
And after u put in the glass the smell of the Apricot is present. And thats all you can smell
The looking is also nice. Gold, yellow color. Nice carbonation.
The taste is also nice once again u got that Apricot taste in it. And it takes over the taste of the beer. It's really refreshing but for me the taste of the Apricot is too present
So would I recommend it ? Yes for sure. If you like fruity beer, this one is for you. Really nice during summer.Personally I won t buy a pack for myself but if u are at a party and u have that kind of beer u won't be disappointed.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, peach, pear, wheat, honey, floral, grass, and light yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of apricot, pale malt, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, pear, apple, honey, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and light yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and light yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of apricot, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/fruit balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice fruit beer. All around good robustness and balance of apricot, pale malt, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange, clear filtered, very little carbonation, a few fingers of off white head.

S: Apricots, peaches, fruit, black tea, little maltiness but mostly stone fruit.

T: Very fruity with hints of tannins like black tea, candied fruit, a hit of Belgian yeast and ends in some dough.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, dry tannins and light syrupy quality.

O: Delicious, refreshing, complex for a ‘wheat’ beer. A good one for a hot day.

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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 DenisKolkin
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can from LCBo poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Nice copper / gold looking beer poured into glass. 2 fingers of light fluffy head rest on top dissipating almost entirely in the next two minutes. Slight soapy cream left on top. Nice lacing on the glass and beer is clearly effervescent.

Smell - Big apricot nose that is quite sweet. Not a whole lot else there maybe some caramel aromas thrown in for good measure but by and large it is only apricot. Slight vegetativeness after the first couple of sips becomes detectable.Also a vague honey scent is perceptible.

Taste- Fairly sweet apricot, but not over-sweet, clearly enough bitterness in here to determine that this truly is beer. Sweetness only last the initial bit in the mouth, after that it subsides and you are left with a beer flavor full of malts and a bit of a fresh grassy taste.

Mouthfeel - Rich but a bit syrupy especially on the first couple of gulps. After that, the beer goes down very refreshing and the carbonation adds to the fullness.

Overall - One of my favorites from this brewery and does not suffer from the thinness that i detected in the raspberry. Probably doesn't help that i am enjoying this on a wet, dank October day, this is a beer meant to be enjoyed on a rooftop patio during our short Canadian summer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I view this as St-Ambroise's third dimension, after its pale ale and stout. Though this apricot ale has the talk, I had yet to try this beer. From the Canadian 341 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The color is amber orange, clean bodied with a few visible bubbles of carbonation running through, a decent soapy head which forms an inch thick initially before dropping to a lace. The aroma has its pleasing moments of apricot flesh, a kiss of alcohol, graham cracker and honey, and an extra kiss of apricot at the end.

I've certainly had better and worse fruit beers. St-Amrboise's version lands in the middle of the pack. The wheat base has a strong presence and bring a sizable creamy flavor to the palate. The apricot flesh shows itself in modest doses. The big surprise of the beer is the mouthfeel. Usually fruit beer are light and fizzy; this one is medium full with mild carbonation hitting the palate. Lighter and more carbonated might have provided a more lively sensation.

This beer makes me want to revisit Montréal, even if it's not the most famous.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and apricot flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice apricot smell that is much better than the flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium copper with a foam white head. No real retention or lace.

Big natural apricot aroma, more like apricot preserves. You get a real sugary nose here.

A case where the nose is stronger than the taste. Mild apricot flavors over some toasted moderately bitter grain. This creates a bitter cookie flavor that works well. Malt, grain husk, and fruit all co-mingle nicely. Moderate bitterness at the end. Sweetness is never a consideration, but this one has some complexities that keep me from calling this harsh or dry.

Lighter bodied and medium carbonation.

A real decent apricot brew. Fantastic nose for the fruit element. The beer side of it is never lost, and in fact dominates. Well done.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color. Nice head on this one: a one finger off-white shade with a beautiful texture. As it recedes (relatively swiftly), it leaves behind decent amounts of lacing behind.

S: There's a nice aroma of apricots here. Honey, caramel, graham cracker, and wheat help support it. The aroma is generally sweet, but not overbearingly cloying.

T: It's initially quite forward in apricot flavors - decent ones, too, nothing horribly artificial. The flavors slowly transform into a finish/aftertaste laden with graham crackers. It's quite sweet, though restrained well enough so as to not become cloying.

M: It's nicely clean/crisp on the back end, which I always embrace in these beers. Well carbonated, too. In terms of how it finishes, there's enough dryness to reduce any overdone sweetness, and enough wetness to make it a great hot weather refresher.

O: Quite enjoyable for what it is. Not a world-beater, just a solid fruit beer that goes well with a hot-ass day.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid summer fruit beer.

Pours a clear and brassy golden colour, with a limited white head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma is apricot jam-forward, with a background of wheat and barley. Wheat is clear in the taste despite the fruit focus. It is a sweet beer but has a reasonably dry backbone to the finish, while maintaining jam and grains throughout.

Although not a flavour profile I could personally drink all night, a nice change from "the every day" and overall a well brewed beer.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St.Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale @ 5.0% , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottles purchased for $12

A-pour is a golden amber with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein

S-honey & apricots

T-oh so sweet apricots , slight dry finish

MF-medium carbonation , light body , very sweet on the palate , a real thirst quencher

Ov-a good , well crafted summer beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a bright orange-yellow color, similar to apple juice but with a finger-width of bubbly head that fades quickly.

Smell is dominated by apricot, very lush.

Taste is similar, with a rich apricot flavor that is finished with barley and wheat malts and just a hint of hoppy bitterness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated.

Overall, one of the best fruit beers I have tasted. Wonderful for the summer.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 341ml bottle poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep golden colour, with a decent amount of carbonation visible. Two fingers of bright white fluffy head cap the beer.

Smell - Some serious fruit smells dominate the nose. Mostly apricot (obviously), but there's also some other floral notes which compliment the fruit exceptionally well. One of the best smelling beers to ever grace my nose. Truly phenomenal.

Taste - Apricot up front, with some wheat in the middle, with a distinctive honey taste towards the finish with pleasantly lingers. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still quite well balanced for a fruit beer. The apricot flavour isn't too overbearing. Little to no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light, with moderate carbonation. Feels creamy on the tongue.

Overall - 4/5 The beer itself is pretty good, but its worth trying if only for the aromas.

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

330ml bottle served in a Thumbler glass.

A: Pours an absolutely clear orange color forming a medium white and bubbled head. Medium retention and only few lacings left

S: Sweet and fruity. Apricot juice, sweet grains, honey, vanilla and wheat. Yeasts

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of apricot. Sweet grains, wheat, honey, vanilla and wheat. Overall a slightly sweet beer. Apricot pie. with a light hoppy bitterness in the very end. Canadian yeasts which can also be felt on Unibroue beers. Interesting...

M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Fruity and bready aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good Fruit beer

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 341ml bottle to a Pilsner glass

A: Nice transparent blonde color with bubbles constantly streaming towards the head. The head itself was somewhat disappointing however and died of fairly quickly. I believe it is a filtered wheat beer and perhaps the first filtered one I've had so cloudiness was non-existent.

S: Smells very appealing. Perhaps the best aspect of this beer. The apricot is very evident and the smell is extremely fruity. Not much is detectable besides the apricot.

T: Once again apricot is the dominant flavor in the beer. Very fruity when it first touches the palate but near the end of the sip it develops a rather displeasing graininess. Very light pale malts are also detectable but are more hidden among the apricot. Could be seen as slightly watery as well.

M: Good clean finish. The carbonation is accurate and not to much allowing the beer to go down smooth.

O: I like this beer and its very cheap seeing as i live 2hrs from Montreal. I could see it pairing well with tropical fish dishes and being a refreshing patio beer, despite the fact that i'm drinking this in mid winter. I would recommend trying it but might not be worth the price stretch if you can't get it as cheap as I can. Probably will buy a few sixers of this in the future.

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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, golden color - 1/2" white head falls to a cap quickly. Big bubbles clinging to the side of the glass and a fine bead continues fromt he bottom of the glass. Some wispy lace.

Unmistakable apricot aroma...fruit and not too perfumey. Some wheat character but faint.

Apricot fruit and sweetness mid palate...not much before and it doesn't linger too long after. Very one-dimensial but a plus for me that it doesn't remain sweet but finishes very dry.

Thin and crisp, medium carbonation....summer time thirst quencher.

Decent overall...I appreciate the dryness of it. Falls in the upper third of fruit beers for me.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present.

A - Extremely thin, light copper colored body, with a beautiful creamy looking white head, that goes down significantly quick.

S - Smells like delicious creamy apricots, almost smells to me like an apricot Chobani yogurt. Kind of a pungent smell in there, somewhere.

T - Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Kind of a bitter sour apricot taste going on. Subtle notes of apples and maybe cinnamon spice in there also, as the beer warms. Not remarkable, but definitely very distinctive, and still a nice beer to sip on, with only a 5% abv.

M - Watery, the apricot flavors linger on nicely for a bit though.

Overall, this beer reminds me of some strange type of apricot cider, or something. Not super spectacular, but definitely worth trying.

McAuslan St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged up a bottle of this at vintage estates (Ohio) for $2.79

A - A nice clear golden amber with a mild orange tint. Tons of bubbles and a 1/2 inch of frothy head that quickly dispatches to a lace ring.

S - I'll be damned the others are right it smells like an apricot preserve or jam. The wheat is also very noticeable along side of sugary malts.

T - Well the wheat and yeast do give it a beer like taste so it's not like your drinking juice. The fruit flavor in this is pleasant but more prickly with tart fruit and sharp carbonation. The wheat does come back in the finish yet it does not come off very sweet at all.

M - Light and crisp with a sharp bubbly level of carbonation. Kind of like champagne.

Overall since this got great reviews I guess this is what people like in a fruit beer. It is rather tasty but couldn't imagine sessioning two. Especially at 3 bucks a pop. Worth a try though a very well crafted fruit beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once more, I do not know precisely how this beer came to be in my possession, but I am guessing that it was courtesy of previous reviewer and local in-person trader, Tone 77. I also have no idea why I am suddenly on a bottle kick and why so many of them have been fruit-wheat beers, but it is soon coming to an end. I gotta get back to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the bottle: "Ale with Apricot added"; "Apricot Wheat Ale".

My pour created just over a finger of rocky off-white head with decent retention. Color was a solid amber with NE-quality clarity. Hey, what gives with filtering a wheat beer? Nose smelled like apricot preserves and suddenly I was back in business. I subjected myself to some lesser fruit/wheat beers recently and this was a welcome return to the norm. Mouthfeel was soft, not watery, and the taste was really like apricot preserves. Yum! Finish was semi-sweet and very refreshing. I wished that I was in Montreal getting ready to watch some hockey ...

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Photo of Scrylol
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white bubbly head. Lots of lacing. Body is golden in color.

Nice apricot aroma backed by slight tropical notes. Little malt backbone in there. No hop presence.

Solid wheat taste with slight apricot and various tropical notes. Bready malt flavor on the back. Little bitterness.

A little bit too watery, but nice carbonation. Drinks very easily.

A decent fruit beer, only if you like apricots.

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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 DaftCaskBC
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: Amber liquid with excellent clarity with a 1/8" white head.

S: Apricots, yeast and wheat.

T: Apricots, yeast, wheat and grassy hops.

M: Medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: A very refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.5 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by apricots. Taste is apricots, but not sweet, a bit of wheat tang, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and pretty good beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO (via the brewery's summer sampler); best before Jan 31 2013. Fruit beers have never really been my thing, but I decided to get this fruit-heavy 6-pack on the basis of past experience with McAuslan.

Pours a pale, clear golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of fizzy, foamy white head. Like many fruit beers, the head doesn't retain for long, soon dissipating into a thin film with some scant lacing left behind. Clean, fresh aroma with plenty of apricot/peach character, alongside some lesser sweet, bready wheat malt and a hint of strawberry. Nice to be able to detect some beer-like traits on the aroma - sometimes these fruitbiers smell syrupy, overbearing or artificial, but this is none of those.

And fortunately, that theme is continued into the flavour - while there is plenty of juicy, fruity flavour, this is not something I would mistake for an alcopop. Apricot and peach flavour is prominent throughout the sip, alongside a modest backbone of sweet wheat maltiness. Notes of mango and banana as well, with a pleasant, drying finish that helps cut through the juicy sweetness of the fruits. The flavour improves as it warms - this is one to serve only a little chilled. Light-bodied with firm, spritzy carbonation that gives the brew a crisp, almost tongue-scrubbing mouthfeel. Easy to toss back, and very refreshing.

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale is a pretty good summer refresher. By wheat beer standards it's not particularly impressive, but it's quite good for a fruit-infused brew - and anyone who considers themselves a fan of that style should definitely give this stuff a try. I haven't had Aprikat in a long time, but I would be comfortable ranking this ahead of that particular Alley Kat offering (the only other apricot beer I have tried so far).

[Updated Jun 7 2016]

Available in tallboy cans, so I picked one up while it was on sale (dated Apr 29 2016). One inch of puffy white foam is produced, with great retention. This is not a complex brew, but the apricot flavour is well-integrated, and seems authentic (i.e. not syrupy, cloying or otherwise off-putting). I'll never be a big fruit beer fan, but I've had a handful of apricot beers over the last week and can understand why people seem to generally enjoy this one - the fruitiness is there, but the base beer itself is strong enough to give this ale a bit more depth. If you like Magic Hat #9, give this one a try.

Final Grade: 3.88, a B+.

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 460 ratings.
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