St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #216
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,848
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
474
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McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
Good
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 474
Photo of greenrowan
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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 +12.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +5.7%
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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Photo of mick303
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large head of white foam, leaves no lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation, with a bright golden colour and not any noticeable haze to it.

This beer (as I should have expected) smells strongly of apricots. They are at the forefront and quite rich and mouthwatering. Aromas of the malt also come through.

Flavour is quite balanced. The apricot flavour is present but not overwhelming. A fair bit of sweetness present. Hops take a backseat to the wheat, which bring some bready flavour.

Mouthfeel is good, has a medium body. Finish is of dried apricots with a touch of honey sweetness.

This beer is quite interesting. Don't pass it off as a fad beer because in its own right it achieves quite well in terms of flavour balance and depth. Highly drinkable and interesting beer. Seek it out for an interesting summer beer on a warm day.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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 BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: copper, apricot colour; produces minimal head which fades fast; surprisingly clear

Aroma: apricot jam! aroma just burst from the glass

Taste & Mouthfeel: great, full but light mouthfeel; medium to light body; apricot flavour is perfect, not overwhelming and not too sweet; carbonation almost gives the feel of "fuzz"; hints of strawberry and peach too; finish is slightly dry

Overall: a rare time when being one dimensional is a good thing - stays focused, delivering a fresh, easy-drinking, interesting beer (and perfect for summer)

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Photo of dansmcd
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear pale amber body under a quick thin white head fading to a ring.

S - Big apricot and sweet tinned peach.

T - The apricot and peach follow on but with a lesser intensity, and joined by a bread backbone.

M - Thin body, medium body.

O - A bit different but likable. A cross between a lambic and an hefe.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up at Vintage Estate, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden color, considerably more clear than I would expect from a wheat, with a big (2 finger) white head on top.

S: Big nose of Apricot. Maybe a touch of bread underneath, but mostly apricot. And lots and lots of it.

T: There's not a whole lot going on here other than apricot. Whatever hint there is of "wheat", it isn't strong. What wheat is there, combined with classic malts, rest in the background, as apricot is the main player here. And perhaps just a tough of hop bitterness on the back end, that accompanies the apricot nicely.

M: Light with strong carbonation, and a sour twinge on the finish that stays with you a bit.

D/O: As I worked through the bottle, the excessive apricot flavor really wore on me. This was worth a try, but I don't feel much of a need to repeat it.

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Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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 SebD
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +7.6%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -19.6%
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 +4.6%
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%
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 +10.9%
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 -10.6%
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 -23.7%
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 +11.7%
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 -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft

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 -13.9%
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 -2.5%
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 +4.9%
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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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 474 ratings