St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
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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:
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

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Photo of SebD
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of phiberoptik
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, bright golden yellow with reddish hues. Very similar to an apricot. The head is a bubbly white that dissipates quickly.

Apricot right up front. No guessing on this one. Apricot with a wheat finish and hints of some yeast at the end.

Apricots, wheat, a hint of sweet that turns to a dry tongue afterwards.

Light bodied with subtle carbonation. I expected more crispness but this was mellow.

This is exactly what my wife wanted when she picked this up. A great, light, but full flavored fruit beer. My only specific criticism is the lack of crisp carbonation that I typically expect from bright fruit beers like this.

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

Appearance. Pours a clear, amber-straw with over a finger of foamy, just off-white head.

Smell. Big, big apricots, strong and a little perfumey. Toasty light grains are barely detectable..

Taste. Big apricots, but also oranges, mango and pineapple. Sweetness is there and a little bitterness in the end that saves the day.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body but slightly sticky, medium-high carbonation.

Overall. Too much apricot, not enough wheat beer. The fruit is pretty much all there is, and it tastes slightly fake.

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Photo of ConchobarNessa
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a nice straw off-orange color. Nice head that quickly becomes a light film of tiny bubbles over the liquid, some lacing.

Smell- The smells are nice, reminded me alot of candied peaches. It smells refreshing and sweet, as I expected from an apricot brew. That said, I felt the smells, while being great, were somewhat light. I expected a more pronounced fruitiness in the nose.

Taste- Wonderful taste, plenty of apricot but relatively little of the familiar taste of wheat. Wish there had been a bit more wheat going on.. But that said... An apricot beer is wonderful and this one is a great example of why, the taste of this beer is what makes it a winner though I expected something sweeter.

Mouthfeel- Not outrageously carbonated or under carbonated, I felt it had the mouthfeel just right and finishes crisp and dry, quality bubbles that persist throughout the drinking experience.

Overall- This is a solid shelfer. I don't think it'll enter my regular rotation but its something to keep around for a change. It goes down real well and can be paired easily with food or without. That being said, I didnt find myself wowed by the beer either, it gives a solid performance but has some peers that might outshine her in some categories.

Edit: Lowered my score a bit because it has alot of potential but needs a little tweeking. Note that this brew needs to be enjoyed slightly warmer than fridge temp (We are talking late october north-east temp here..) to be really tasty.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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 tvv375ia
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from 11.5oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured a cloudy amber/orange with visible particles suspended with less than a finger of head that disappeared quickly

S-apricot/peaches with some breadiness

T-sweet apricot bread taste

M- light carbonation

O-nice fruit flavored wheat beer

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Photo of Roke87
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.
Best Before: Dec.31/11

Appearance- Pours a clear slightly on the darker side golden colour with a finger and a half of thick white head that quickly resides to a nice soapy film on the top, leaving an average amount of lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- The smells are quite inviting to be honest, very sweet and fruity with lots of the apricot coming through on the nose, some mild bready malts in there as well, but mainly dominated by the apricot which gives off a sweet almost “fuzzy peaches” candy like aroma.

Taste- Just like the smells, very sweet and fruity again with lots of the apricot coming through as well on the palate. Some very mild bready malts in the finish, but all in all it does exactly what it says it is, an apricot ale.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with lots of carbonation going on in this one, it is very smooth and crisp on the palate finishing with a fruity dryness very similar to wine.

Overall- I wasn’t shocked and awed by this one, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed either. It says exactly what it’s going to be and follows through with it in one of the best presentations of a fruit beer that I have tried thus far, the apricot smell and tastes are very prevalent and it comes through as a sweet candy like concoction that is smooth and crisp right till the last sip, it was rather good to be honest, I’ve definitely had worse fruit beers, and this one is an amazing summer drinker on that nice hot day when you just need something cold and refreshing.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head on tap at the kiwi - lots of lacing and slowly subsided to a nice collar of foam - colour of apple cider

S - huge apricot citrus smell - oranges- wheat - really nice - floral hops

T - apricot and orange balanced out with a wheat backbone - peppery in the finish - floral - coriander?

M - smooth (as always at the kiwi) and light to medium bodied with some carbonation - nice little bitterness in the after taste

O - very nice offering on tap - definitely enjoyed it more than from a bottle

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Photo of ikats
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color, very clear with fluffy white head. Aroma is mostly apricot, but there are a few other kinds of fruit there too. I find it pleasant. Taste has some apricot tartness up front, but then relaxes with some sweet after taste. Again pleasant. May be a touch too sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

I remember trying this beer long time ago when I was only getting into craft beer. I liked it then. I still enjoy combination of wheat beer and apricot.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Brent
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to beat a well-made, fruit-flavored wheat when the weather gets hot. Unfortunately, too many brewers view this style as an opportunity to crank out something more akin to an alco-pop to appeal to those who want to drink beer that does not taste like beer. Happily, McAuslan avoided this pitfal.

Nice, crisp wheat body and character, with a distinct fresh apricot juice presence that remained constant throughout. You see a lot of brewers using berries but, until now, I thought peach worked best in this use. I may have to rethink that position.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance - The beer pours a golden amber colour with an average size white fizzy and frothy head. There is some faint lacing and the head sticks around for a while.

Smell - Apricots, breads/grains, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. There is quite a bit of apricot/peach flavour mixed with a breadiness. There is also some light malts and just a touch of hops. The beer finishes with a grainy and apricot sweet aftertaste.

Overall - It works well as a beer to mix things up with during the summer months. I'm not sure I could drink many of them in a sitting, but I didn't mind the one.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Amber/copper in color, with a rather weak, quickly fading head of thin foam.
Aroma-Nice boquet of sugared apricot and caramel.
Taste-Caramel, toffee, apricot, "Sugar Daddy" candy. Virtually no carbonation to the point of being flat. No discernable date or code on bottle so hard to tell if this an old bottle, but it was presented on an end cap with "new" summer beers and I had not seen it in my beer store before. More carbonation would definitely raise my score and my appreciation of this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light pale copper body with a short-lived, white head. Noted effervescence.

Smell: Strongly scented of apricots, first and foremost, though there's some vague notions of vanilla and wheat malt within.

Taste: Starts tart with its apricot flavoring, though some sweetness manages to leak out around the edges. Modestly grainy barley and malted wheat underneath. Lightly hopped, lightly bitter. Little drop of vanilla cream. Grows a bit tangy as you head towards the finish, which is fruity and faintly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Sweetish apricot flavoring overlaying a minimal scaffolding of beer, featuring those key facets that helps a beer simply scream "summer refreshment", such as zippy carbonation, fruit flavoring, and relatively low alcohol. Kind of reminds me of RJ Rockers Son of a Peach. Kind of...

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Photo of maddmaxstar
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McAuslan St Ambroise Apricot Wheat

A - Clear Orange/Amber. 1 1/2 fingers head when poured into a Sam Adams Pint glass. Head goes away quick, but leaves decent lacing.

S - Apricot really comes out in the smell, masking just about everything else. Hint of maltyness.

T - Bitterness carries to the back of the mouth, malts, has a sense of creaminess to the taste typical of McAuslan's beers. Apricot flavour is mild but apparent throughout the taste, sweetness in the back.

M - Smooth, not too creamy but not watery either, finishes dry. Mild Carbonation. Quite refreshing.

D - For a fruit beer, this beer is Beer first and then Fruity. The blend is quite nice and works together well, not too sweet, not overpoweringly fruity. A great fruit beer.

Rating - 4/5

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Photo of Converge
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a goblet (It was displayed in one on the box, so...)

A - Big fluffy two-finger head, totally white, that falls to a nice half-finger ring. Rich golden orange color, but I expected something a bit brighter and stronger.

S - Apricot aroma is surprisingly faint. Citrus and peach scent is also present, but small. Light floral malt helps a bit, but I expected more.

T - Taste introduces much more than the aroma. Nice natural apricot flavor dominates the palate, with a distinct touch a peach sweetness. Notes of honey and orange round out the sweet flavor. Light floral malt helps balance the taste, but fruity sweetness is still the focus here. Wheat flavor is almost non-existent, which in my opinion could have certainly balanced this beer out a little more.

M - Medium carbonation with a light bodied feel. Quite crisp and refreshing.

D - Although quite crisp and light in feel, the sweet fruit flavor is a little overbearing. It's not unpleasant, but it lacks some balance and backbone.

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Photo of coupdegrass
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going into this beer, I had an idea of what to expect, since I have enjoyed many fruit laced beers in the past. The color was an appropriate transparent gold, and the head was creamy and white, though it faded quickly. The mouth-feel was prickly and crisp, with a smooth finish. The apricot was definitely the dominant aspect of the aroma, but I found that the flavor was surprisingly well balanced. One must expect a little bit of sweetness with beers such as these, but I still detected the bready wheat and yeast flavors, which backed the apricot nicely. Unlike other reviewers, I did not find this beer to taste artificial. It reminded me very much of apricot jam, the natural fruitiness accented by caramelized sugars. A great summer brew.

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Photo of jrenihan
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Antikythera
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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 Seru1
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Orangey Amber, Kinda cool does remind me of the fruit. nice finger thick white head.

Smell - Oh my got big smell of candied apricot with a floral nose at the top of the glass. The Big fruit dominated which is exactly what I want from a beer like this. I want to make this into cologne or candles.

Taste: Abit of hops in the very front with soft citrus. A smooth Slightly sweet fruit flavor lasts throughout and ends in a yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: You really get a filling flavor with lots of Apricot. Pretty good here but nothing special. I think it would be nice with a salad or something spicy.

Drinkability: I could have one a session happily, more than that I'm not sure. I would have to break it up with something. I'm not sure I'd want this back to back

A Good fruit beer with an amazing nose. I'd surely buy this again I have alot of friends that would like it.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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 bryehn
2.89/5  rDev -21%
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 flipper2gv
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure golden color, fully translucent. Head is pure white, fizzy and has ok retention. Lacing is good.

S: Apricot are very evident in the smell right off the start. It smells natural and not too artificial. Some very faint sweet malts and wheat/bread, but honestly, it's almost only apricot here.

T: Taste is much more balanced. Although the apricot is till and is quite strong, there is a solid malty taste in this. Good amount of toasted multi grain bread, light honey. Wheat brings some nice acidity, without being sour but a bit tart, to the beer. Light pepper and coriander thanks to the yeast. Some grassy hops and that's it. On paper it looks really good, but the overall taste experience is very "meh".

M: Light body with strong carbonation. What you'd expect.

D: This is a summer brew and it does its job perfect. Really easy to drink with a nice balanced (but still not impressive) taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the 12 fl. oz. bottle on January 20, 2011. It pours a well carbonated, golden-yellow with about three-quarters of an inch of long lasting white head. Apricots fill the sense in the aroma with a thin maltiness on the backside. The body is creamy and aboiut medium. The taste also emphasizes the apricot over the wheat. This would have been better on a very hot day.

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Photo of kwjd
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at C'est What in Toronto. Pours a pale orange colour with thin white head. Head lasted until the end of the pint, with some mild lacing on the side of the glass. Huge smell of apricot, not too much else though. Flavour is very sweet. Aftertaste is all apricot as well. I do get some flavour of a beer base, but this is quite dominated by the fruit. Very refreshing. Medium carbonation level. Too sweet for me to have often, but I enjoy a pint of this very year or so.

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 466 ratings
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