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:
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 Rschis16
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks like an average amber beer. Thin white head, nothing striking about it.

S: Lots of fruitiness, reminiscent of Jolly Ranchers? Nothing else is too prevalent.

T: Honestly I'm most reminded of the Jolly Ranchers that I smelled in the first place. I can't say that I hate that though. For some reason it's refreshing and works for the fruity beer that I knew it was going to be. Not really getting much of the wheat flavor that the title claims to have. I've had better and more subtle apricot beers before, but this one just seems to go for it full force. Hard to knock it for that.

M: Not crazy carbonated like would be expected for a fruit beer.

D: For me personally, I couldn't drink too many of these. It's a little too fruity, but I can apprfeciate the straight fruity flavor that they were going for in this one. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
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 ChrisCage
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden color that resembles, in particular, Schwepps ginger ale. The white foamy head starts out about two inches thick, settling reasonably quick to a thick-ish, dense layer over the brew. Very moderate lacing clings to the side of the glass, and it appears more oily than most beers, as there is a film of syrupy liquid sticking to the glass as well. Lots of carbonation is apparent too.

S- The first aroma that hits my nose is that of sweet apricots. This is followed by dry, fiber like apricot pits and dry grains. The aroma is fairly fresh smelling and is quite ripe in the fruit as well. There isn't much of a bittering finish detectable....just lots of fruit.

T- This is much better than the aroma lets on. Of course the apricot flesh is the most noticeable flavor character, but the pits and skin provide a drier, slightly woodsy flavor as well. The finish comes on quick and is somewhat tart, and does provide not a hopped bitterness, but rather an earthy dryness that is thirst quenching, as is more expected from the wheat malts.

M- This leans closer to the thin side of the spectrum as far as body goes. The carbonation is reasonably strong, giving this beer more of a zip than other wheat beers, leaving this crisp and refreshing overall.

D- This is a decent, balanced fruit beer that I thought was going to be cloying and too sweet, but it turned out to be much more natural and quenching on the palate. I will get this again, as I quite like it. I also think this could make an interesting marinade for chicken...thumbs up!

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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 Rmason104
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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 andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light copper brown, thumb of egg white head, solid retention which settles into smooth mountains of foam and solid visible carbonation in the body. Sticky lacing remains throughout.

S - Peppery apricot, sour lemon with a hint of vanilla and bready wheat on the finish.

T - The apricot dominates, but is not overpowering. The peppery flavour is also present with some lemon grass and wheaty bread that lingers on the finish. The flavour is quite nice, and does not taste synthetic, which is always a bonus.

M - Perfect carbonation with a lighter bodied feel, leaving your tongue wet and wanting more.

D - This stuff is one of my favourite offerings from McAuslan, and one of my favourite fruit beers. The flavours are not too synthetic, and it is very refreshing. Perfect for a pint on a hot afternoon!!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - crystal clear peachy golden, one thumb of white head dissipated quickly to a very thin film with light lacing
S - bready wheaty malt, candied apricot syrupy sweetness, and light grassy hops
T - the sweet candy like apricot is strong but almost a little to artificial, nice savory bready wheat, some subtle grassy hops
M - medium body, light and tart with slight dryness
D - it is a sweet tasty apricot treat, light and refreshing, the downside being that the flavour starts to get a little too artificial or chemical like, but would be a nice summertime sipper

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Photo of spointon
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I had this one on tap while on a trip to Toronto. Specifically, tried this one in a pub in London, Ontario. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazed orange/amber color with a 1" bone white head. The head settled to a solid skim and left only the slightest of lace on the glass.

S= Very strong apricot smell. Sort of fake-y apricot smelling actually. Nothing off-putting though. Slight wheaty twang underneath all that.

T= A lot of sweet apricot layed over some fairly delicate wheat flavor. Only the slightest hint of hops at the end of each sip. Still finished fairly sweet though.

MF= Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation feel. I would have enjoyed a slightly more prickly carbonation level.

D= Its sweet but stops just short of being overly cloying. Still, I am not sure if I would want more than 1 or 2 in a day.

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

big foamy white head,fluffy
moderate carbonation
clear amber color

strong apricot smell, very fruity and sweet

taste apricot at first, but then comes a malty side and slightly bitterness at the very end

mf is smooth, low carbonation quite long after taste combined the fruity and little bit of malty flavors.

drinkability is alright
i think this is a good exemple of what a fruity beer can be.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

McAuslan has been brewing since 1989 in Montreal's St-Henri district. Then, the brewery produced just one beer, their Pale Ale. Now McAuslan produces ten different beers, including a Vintage Ale which I look forward to every year. Although I do look forward to the winter release of the Vintage Ale, almost every time I think about a quenching and delicious beer I look for the St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer.

In June 1997, McAuslan began brewing season beers: Apricot Wheat for the spring; Raspberry Ale for the summer; and the Spiced Pumpkin Ale for the fall. The Raspberry and Pumpkin beers are still available only seasonally, however because of the success of the Apricot Wheat it is now available year round. Thank you McAuslan!

On a hot summers day, by the pool, on the beach, at the game, or virtually anywhere I can hardly think of a beer better suited to quench my thirst than the St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer. The aroma is so distinct, the flavor so delicious, and naturally as a wheat beer the crisp and effervescent mouth feel is second to none! It is typically available in 6-packs at 5.0% abv, in 341ml bottles at the LCBO. The orange and green label depicts three fresh apricots on a tree; and that is exactly what you should expect.

It's an all grain brew with natural apricot essence to bring out a lively flavor and aroma. This is actually one of the first beers I look to when trying to convince naysayers that real beer is delicious. Most people can't comprehend the idea of an apricot beer, but once this beer is poured it is instantly apparent that this is no ordinary beer.

The color is transparent golden orange close to amber, and pours with much life spouting to the surface of the beer forming a short head which quickly fades to nothing. Once you lean in for a smell, it's over. It's filled with apricots - I mean filled with them. The nose is all ripe apricot flesh and a light tartness of apricot peal; that's about it. It does smell crisp and sweet with slight floral malt, but you shouldn't expect too much in the way of complexity. This beer isn't here to intrigue you, it's here to quench your thirst, and quench it exceptionally well!

It's 28 degrees Celcius and sunny out, you're on a patio in front of a BBQ flipping steaks and hamburgers, and you need something to break the heat that has filled your palate and throat. You reach for the Apricot Wheat Beer and instantly you are compelled to a world of fresh, crisp, refreshing fruit and beer. Nothing does it like the Apricot Wheat Beer. Right away as it hits your tongue you get the sweet fruity apricot flesh which will engulf your mouth. It's crisp, sweet and light everywhere, but not sugar sweet or artificial. The apricot flavor is very true and lively and not masked by malt or hops, which are there, but they play a secondary role to the apricot.

The beer finishes incredibly clean with more light sweetness and a hint of floral hops. It finishes so refreshing and cleansing, totally preparing your palate for that juicy burger. The St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Beer is amazing beer year round, and second to none in the summer. This beer is a Game Changer!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong apricot with not too much else. The flavor is more of the same with apricots and peaches standing out. There is also a little bit of wheat in the background, but the fruit is what this beer is all about. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. For a fruit-flavored wheat beer, this one is not too bad.

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Photo of kjyost
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a fruit beer fan, but my buddy had this in the fridge, so why not try something new?

When poured I had to wonder where the wheat beer cloudiness is? A light body and OK head. No lacing. The aroma is (stunningly) apricots and peaches with a bit of sweetness. Fortunately the body has a very light apricot with notes of coriander. Good mouthfeel and enjoyable carbonation. Drinkability is hampered by the fact I don't like apricots, that and while refreshing I just can't drink more than one or two fruity drinks...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to pint glass

A - Light to medium yellow in colour with a lot of visible carbonation. Not cloudy at all, which I have come to expect from a wheat beer.

S - Sweet apricots on the nose. The apricot was not overwhelmingly strong, but it was the only discernible smell.

T - Sweet apricot and bready malts are well balanced. The apricot is very present in the palate but is not overwhelming. This still tastes like a beer not just like apricot. A pleasant surprise to find a fruit flavoured beer that still tastes like beer.

M - Light body; moderate carbonation.

D - An excellent beer. One of the few fruit beers that I have ever been able to have more than a couple of in one sitting.

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Photo of liamt07
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What. A very sweet, apricot bomb sniffing this guy. Light orange body, with no head and no lacing at all. Taste is very apricotty (that's not a word!), light floral hops in there too for a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very poppy, the carbonation is mega high on this one. Felt like a soft drink at times going down. A decent drinker, but not something I would go out and buy given the opportunity.

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Photo of nokes
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK...this one was a bit of a conundrum. First, it's an apricot beer. experience has been pretty iffy on these things. Lambics I like, but things like raspberry wheat, etc...well, not so much. However, it's a McAuslan and their oatmeal stout is amazing. No idea where this one would take me. In the end, I guess the results were predictable.

It looks good. I guess I was expecting apricot colour, but no...quite pale. Looks fine. Nice foamy head, etc. ok. apricot beer. No surprise there. I guess it smells good. Yup. Tastes like apricot wheat beer. If I liked apricots, I think I'd like this beer. The apricot is obvious but not overpowering or crazy. It's muted and balanced. I don't like apricots, so I don't like it, but if I did like them, I think I'd like this beer. (So why am I drinking it? Compulsive need to analyze maybe? Who knows, but I'm trying to be fair.)

Medium-light body but holds up well enough, and doesn't seem watery or weird. Seems just fine, actually. Good level of carbonation and all.

I can't see a person drinking too many of these, but it's not really that kind of beer, is it?'s fine for what it is.

So yeah...predictable. McAuslan did a good job with something few breweries can pull off. I think they did it. I just don't like apricots. Recommended for people that do.

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Photo of breweski15
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I would try this beer being I've never had a Apricot one before and I liked the other St-Ambroise that I've had.

When looking at the beer it's a dark golden color that has a white head, in which quickly depreciates/leaves a ring

the Smell is the most obvious/easy to describe as you get a strong initial smell of Apricot's when opening the bottle.

when tasting the beer you get a strong initial taste of Apricot that lingers for a little bit but doesn't last. Sort of "sharp" at first

the mouthfeel isn't bad, can really feel it when getting the initial taste

Overall not a bad drink, though something I could drink all night. Greatly recommended if a big fan of Apricots. I would buy it again.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A : Dark golden color, nice head with good retention and leaves a good ring on the glass.

S : Sweet. We can easily smell the apricot. It smells like apricot syrup, not like natural juice.

T : Sweet, some wheat in the end. The apricot taste comes first. I would have thought it would be too sweet, but it goes well altogether.

M : Refreshing, a lot of carbonation.

D : Easy to drink but would be a little bit too sweet after a few. It is a great summer beer though. Taking one under the hot sun would be perfect!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - pours a deep amber color with a bubbly and quickly dissipating head. Only midly hazey. Surpisingly cleat for a wheat beer. I'm guessing it was filtered?

S - a muted smell but as it warms it becomes clearer. sweet biscuity fruity aroma. Mostly apricots and some lemon.

T - the taste is midl fruity with a sourish tinge twoard the end. Vert malty and toasty. Dry finish.

M - light bodied and high carbonation.

D - ehhh. Not a very exciting wheat beer. Easy drinking but not very interesting.

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Photo of DoppleJock
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
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 bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottles into a standard pint.

A: Light amber color. Pours a half finger, foamy, white head. Quickly settles leaving only a smattering of bubbles on the surface. No lacing.

S: Light grainy nose. Floral lavender and fruity apple and apricot. Not much else.

T: Very light wheaty flavor with heavy floral and apricot tones.

M: The floral hints filter up through the nose and linger. Very light body, and a floral, fruity finish.

D: Good to power through.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Appearance is really average, nose is full and well-pronounced. Flavor is light but fruity and profound. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass dec14 2009

A golden with no head or lace

S if you like apricot you will like this

T see above, not a lot of wheat just pure apricot, too good to be true(or real if you please)

M quite carbonated, almost to a turns to foam in your mouth but not quite

D very refreshing when all's said and done, easy too drink and would sink like a ship on a summer day

almost a fake flavor like candy in a way, but I didn't mind this beer and it's just pure apricot (and by pure I mean synthetic) well I'd be surprised if this is all natural flavor, it's just too apricot to be true

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle in to an imperial pint glass.

Clear golden-orange color with a thin white head. Quick to dissipate, lots of bubbles, looks like a lot of carbonation.

Aroma is strong on the apricot, dominant even. It's not bad, just nothing else there.

Taste is a little better balanced, but still dominated by the apricot flavors. There is a little malt up front, but it's quick to be overpowered by the fruit flavors.

Light body, lots of carbonation... it's not a bad fruit beer but it's nothing TOO special. Solid and drinkable.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 ounce bottle. Pours glowing apricot tinged medium amber, minor off white head, that leaves just some minor bits of lace. What else but loads of fresh, pungent apricot in the nose and then following through to the taste buds. Fruity, flavorful, but not overly sweet or anywhere close to cloying. Pleasant enough summery type brew. Fruit beer lovers will truly enjoy this one. Worth a try.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fruit beers are a funny thing for me: either they work well, or they are undrinkable - not much inbetween. I figured that I'd give McAuslan a try, considering my love for their blonde and oatmeal stout.

Poured a very clear deep golden, with a foamy 1 inch head that quickly receded around the edges. Left a bit of lacing.

Smell is certainly apricot and peach, with a little bit of wheat at the end. Pleasant, but not very complex.

The taste is decent, but it didn't do a whole lot for me. The apricot flavour dominated the front, while dry peachy bitterness (like a not-quite ripe fruit) was the finish. I agree with a previous poster: a 'hefe' quality would have helped this beer out tremendously, given it a bit more balance.

Mouthfeel is quite sharp, with the carbonation really kicking me at the finish.

Probably won't pick this one up again - a confusing brew that had a great deal of potential, but for me it missed the mark.

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