Fruit Beer (Grapefruit)
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd

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3.36 | pDev: 23.51%
St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
England, United Kingdom
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Hoppsbabo from England

2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

£1 at Morrisons under the name of 'Citrus Beer'. A very ordinary bitter with an fairly obvious grapefruit quality. Nothing particularly special. It needs more bitterness to carry the grapefruit properly. Just a bit dull.

Oct 21, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2018. Purchased recently from Morrisons. The name on the label is 'Citrus Beer', but it specifically mentions grapefruit and the ABV is the same. I'm confident this is the same beer with an edited label.

A: Poured into a pint mug. A clear dark amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of juicy grapefruit with hints of citrus zest, pith, subtle caramel malt and mild ale yeast. Fruity and delicious.

T: Tastes of zesty grapefruit with notes of citrus, juice, mild caramel malt, ale yeast and faint stewed leaves. Aromatic yet dry, with a restrained bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. A little on the thin side. Aftertaste of zesty grapefruit, citrus, subtle malt and ale yeast.

O: Pretty good, if a little one-sided. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by juicy grapefruit notes underpinned by delicate malt and yeast. Body is alright but a tad watery. Goes down easily enough, particularly if you like grapefruit. Worth trying.

Oct 11, 2017
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice dark aamber colour with a small head which left a lot of lacing and a layer of foam.

Nose is pleasant. Malt, biscuit, grapefruit in abundance.

Palate is very good with lots of malty flavours, citrus, some grapefruit and a mild hop bitterness at the end. Very refreshing.

Mouth is very nice - quite creamy.

Overall I was impressed with this beer. I expected it to be very heavily flavoured but the grapefruit is very subtle.

Very refreshing, light citrusy ale.


Apr 20, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle....ok beer. The beer poured a clear golden (was careful to avoid sediment) with white head. The scent was grapefruit. The taste was also mostly grapefruit. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with little carbonation. Overall is was ok....glad to have tried it but probably would go buy more of it.

Jul 13, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Compliments of Another6Pack!

It pours a hazy to cloudy orange, has a 2 finger head of foam.

Nice bitter notes of grapefruit with some earthy malt notes.

The grapefruit is more bitter in the smell than in the taste. Kind of a light bitterness tempered by a honey like sweetness and an earthiness about it. Okay, it does get a bit more bitter with more sips. Pretty nice brew.

On the low end of medium bodied, same with the carbonation. I like the mouthfeel.

Overall, a tasty grapefruit fruit brew with low a enough abv to enjoy more than 1 if I had one. Good stuff.

Oct 07, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from Utobeer, London (£2.70):
Amber with a large, foamy white head that is foamy, dome shaped and very thick.

Floral with grapefruit, citrus & honey. Bitterness towards the end & an earthy aroma with some lighter hops too.

Orange & citrus notes upfront with a lot of bitterness and to a lesser extent some grapefruit too. Floral & mellow with some earthy flavours making an appearance too.

Light medium bodied and quite bitter from the outset with subtle carbonation and a touch of dryness.

A grapefruit and citrus mix with earthy tones & strong bitterness. A nice offering and definitely something a bit different from the usual, overly sweet taste of a regular fruit beer.

Oct 03, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A just barely off-white head rises to one finger in height and settles quickly down to a thick foam atop a cloudy, burnt copper-colored beer. It leaves a solid ring where it settled and steady craggy spotting the rest of the way down.
Herbal notes and floral, earthy bitterness up up front with some tobacco leaf, all a bit stronger than the grapefruit sneaking out underneath.
The flavor offers surprising bitterness, mostly pithy and herbal, with the tobacco leaf making as strong an appearance as on the nose. Citrus rind and grapefruit flesh meld together, with a dry biscuit effect from malts.
The mouthfeel offers a good balance of crisp and smooth with an underlying chalky feel to the dryness I get from some English beers. Herbal and leafy bitterness lingers into the finish.

Aug 02, 2013
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DeFaz from Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a pale color with a small head. Nothing special here except when factoring in the great bottle into the appearance (which I do).

Smell: Do I smell roasted malt? Grass plus citrus hop scent with of course the added natural grapefruit flavor.

Taste: More of the same. Roasted malt? citrus hops, grass, and grapefruit. Finishes dry and certainly not overly sweet. The grapefruit flavor is undeniable and while I'm not sure it perfectly collaborates with the other flavors, it doesn't taste artificial.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Carbonation is somewhat low. Goes down very easy, but still somewhat astringent from the grapefruit flavors, and finishes dry.

Overall: The cool bottle and the brewery's history aside, this beer isn't really that special, and when considering the cost of the beer, it's rather disappointing. Some beers showcase grapefruit flavors from the hop selection alone, and that would have been more impressive. I found the grass flavor to be unwanted. Anyway, this is a good beer, but not a great one, and there are far better fruit beers out there.

Jul 29, 2013
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Just one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and just a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Smells like a typical English pale with notes of grapefruit. Mildly toasty with grainy neutral maltiness. Mineral, caramel, earthy hoppiness with grapefruit fruitiness.

3.5 T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. A little hoppier than I was expecting though. Toastiness, graininess, caramel, mineral, earthy hops, light nondescript citrus, and grapefruit.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a nice creaminess. Has some weight to it, but isn't really chewy. It works well.

3.75 D: Not bad. I don't know if the grapefruit added anything to the beer, but it didn't take away either.

Jun 27, 2013
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up at Woodman’s in Rockford, IL in summer 2012 for $3.99.

Pours a clear, golden color that resembles the appearance of apple juice. There is a faint scent of grapefruit but mostly of cheap grassy grains like the scent of Heineken indicating I probably won’t like the taste. Taste is overly dry and chalky. Really hard to find any sort of fruit flavor in the beer at all. Decent consistency but that is about it. Nice history on the brewery and everything, but the beer really could use a lot of improvement. In my opinion, the green bottle doesn’t help either. A little more tolerable with every sip, but not something I would recommend to others or try again.

Jun 25, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is a rather disappointingly thin layer of ivory bubbles.

Smell: light aroma with a good malt quality and a citrusy hint which I would not readily identify as grapefruit. Not bad, though.

Taste: malty with a quite good grapefruit undertone. This is not the grapefruit you'd expect to get from citrusy hops, but a much drier and subtle flavor. I like it quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very low carbonation. I think this beer would benefit from being fizzier.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer, but it could use a lot more bubbles.

May 02, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a true-pint, the beer is a light, bright, orange-gold coloring with a light, sparse, filmy covering of head. Aromas of roasted wheat, a slightly sour tang malt, and a hint of tart grapefruit. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a light, subtle citrus highlight and not much else. Sharp charred characteristics on a smooth, bold body that leaves a quickly receding, slick lacing along the glass. The aftertaste is sharp, with toasted grain qualities. Smooth, tart, and quick finish. This beer was interesting in theory, but the taste profiles were a little rough and unbalanced.

Apr 03, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gravity halfpint at the Jerusalem Tavern.

A: Clear pale amber body with some wispy white head on top. Some fine lace. Ok.

S: Whoa. All these years describing IPAs as smelling like grapefruit, and I had no idea... THIS beer smells like grapefruit. Juicy, bitter, fresh, and, frankly, amazing. Puts Ruby Red Squirt to shame.

T: Sweet/sour/bitter grapefruit is right up front, and some light malt creeps in toward the end. Clean finish. So fruity, so tasty.

M: Soft, lightly carbonated light body. Good.

O: This is a beer that just has to be experienced to be believed. I never would have expected myself to enjoy a grapefruit beer so damn much.


Apr 02, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With all the hop descriptors that bring the fruity character of grapefruit to the foreground, it's dumbfounding that this is the first beer that I've seen to actually use the grapefruit as an actual fruit addition to beer. Raspberry, apricot, strawberry, banana, and even kiwi has seen more action than this obvious fruit addition.

St. Peter's Grapefruit infused ale pours with a nearly brilliant amber-copper glow that's very appealing in color and clarity. Foam character is terse as an intermittent white sheet of foam coats the surface but breaks apart quickly and struggles to retain or lace, making the beer look a little lifeless.

Aromas showcase grapefruit for sure, but what's not expected is the raw scent of tobacco and marijuana that's pungent, bright, and vividly portrayed. The background support of thin caramel, cola nut, part-barley and part-wheat all bridge the dank aromas to the fully malted and biscuit-sweet taste.

The malt support seems nearly honey-like with elements of nuttiness, raw tobacco, and sorghum which seems slightly disjointed from the fruity and/or hoppy additions. Not knowing where hop flavor starts and fruit flavor ends, there's the transition that happens as the sharply acidic fruit flavor of grapefruit is paramount throughout, but also with complementary flavors of fresh cut grasses, mulled herbs, and a lightly resin compound that might be of grapefruit pulp, hop resin, or pungent marijuana.

Where the flavors are strong, the body is somewhat malty sweet and without the aid of hop, alcohol, or fleeting malt dryness. The beer lingers with a long developing earthy sweet-bitter interplay that lacks closure to the taste and after texture.

Where the sharp citrus overtones are expected, it was the herbal and grassy tones that are much more expected from American hopped beer instead of those from England, especially in such vivid detail.

Mar 29, 2012
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the trademark St. Peter's apothecary bottle into a pint glass. Displays a clear golden hue topped by a thin layer of creamy white mousse. Looks like s typical pale wheat ale.

S: Sharp aromas of wheat, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon are immediately noticeable, but fade quickly after the beer is poured. I would have liked it if these aromas had stuck around a little longer.

T: A crisp, fruity entry quickly reveals notes of cream, wheat, grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple. Finishes with a brief, though intriguing, mix of grapefruit and herbal hop flavors that accent one another perfectly.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with a spritzy, yet firm mouthfeel. Neither too light nor too heavy.

O: I generally either love or loathe fruit/vegetable beers, but this one hit the spot. It does not taste artificial or syrupy, allowing the citrus and hop flavors to compliment one another. Nicely done.

Oct 04, 2011
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hosehead83 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool-looking half liter apothecary bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold in color, with a rather short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of mineral and matchhead. Surprising.
Taste-Grapefruit rind and pith,coarse wheat. Tangy, tingly and very refreshing. Unique aroma and flavor of English water adds an intriguing dimension to this brew. A nice summer quencher. Very refreshing, and very English. Nice.

Aug 29, 2011
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MoreThanWine from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1" white head. Clear golden color with a few big bubbles on the exterior edges. Smells mainly like a BMC with grass and corn. Taste is like a BMC summer brew with a fairly ordinary grass and corn taste and the grapefruit mainly coming out in the finish as a subtle citrus component. Frankly labeling the bottle as having grapefruit sets up the disappointment because I wouldn't have guessed that without reading it.

Aug 23, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice simple and good white fluffy head of about three fingers, sitting on a simple clear pale amber perhaps dull bronze body. Leaves a very nice foamy island cap on the glass, some good sticky lacing too. This actually looks quite impressive.

Bouquet is a very faint citrus oil and dull grain. This does not smell like grapefruit at all. Grapefruit on the label and does not smell like grapefruit, that's not good. What this does smell like is pith.

Bitter oil fruit tasting, and euro pale lager like bread finish. Bitter pith of grapefruit and a decent enough ok taste but, wet breakfast orange juice finish and feel on the swallow. It's not bad actually, pleasurable, easy going, inoffensive. Some roof top dry mouth sensations from pith tastes, but it tastes like a failed American IPA. Pith pith PITH!!!! In taste and feel.

This is a beer that doesn't overall make much of an impression on me. Grapefruit as the attraction? If you want grapefruit there are dozens of exceptional and powerhouse American IPA out there that have killer grapefruit aroma and taste with a great hop bent. Guess what?? No grapefruit added either. This beer almost reminds me of the answer to the question nobody should have asked. This is not worth my interest.

Jul 23, 2011
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a soft copper body with a gentle carbonation and a thin bubbly white film that is soon gone.

S- The soft grapefruit pith aroma blends with the hops note and compliment each other.

T- The soft woody green hops note is followed by a lightly toasted dry malt flavor and a wheat smoothness. There is a field corn taste and a touch of grapefruit in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a bit of a flat texture on the tongue.

O- The soft grapefruit flavor and dry lightly toasted malt are nice but as the beer opens the grapefruit becomes much more pithy and a light plastic quality to it. The field corn note is a bit odd in the finish aswell.

Jul 14, 2011
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fullsweep from England

3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL green bottle in the classic St. Peter's bottle style/shape.

A: pinkish-orange in colour--transparent with a bit of head on top, but not a lot. Beautiful colour.

S: definitely picking up the grapefruit scent, a bit of mild hops and grains too.

T: very refreshing--I was expecting the grapefruit to be a bit stronger, but it's actually quite mild/moderate.

M: mild carbonation; again incredibly refreshing and drinkable.

O: I normally drink beer quite slowly, but this one was so refreshing it went down easily and quickly. This wasn't outstanding or anything particular flashy, but it's a very solid, enjoyable beer. High on the drinkability factor.

Jul 14, 2011
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EnJeiBee from Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - After a vigorous pour it held a 1-finger white head with a transparent golden amber color

S - The grapefruit is present in the scent, but it almost has the skunked scent of a bad lager alongside it

T - Strangely enough, the bitterness from the grapefruit is definitely present above all else in the taste. Citrusy hops compliment the grapefruit profile and alongside a very faint caramel flavor

M - Very light with a bit of a tang on the tongue

O - It's not quite what I expected, but I'm pretty happy about that. The grapefruit makes it's presence known in the bitterness of the beer, not in some sickly sweet way like I expected

Jun 23, 2011
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Suds from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From one of St. Peter's distinctive oval bottles, this beer pours with a somewhat dark straw color and a clingy white head. The aroma is a mix of grapefruit, wheat, and pale malt. There's a little hop in the background, but it isn't a serious component of the smell. The combination of grapefruit in beer had me skeptical at first, but it's actually pretty good. The taste is of wheat and citrus. The grapefruit comes out more in the finish and on the back of the tongue, giving a nice bitter balance. Semi-dry, with considerable wheat flavor and twang. The mouthfeel is nice with this combination...medium in body and quite smooth. Nice beer.

May 23, 2009
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Sigmund from Norway

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, as St. Peter's Fruit Beer Grapefruit, bought at Vaaland Spesialbutikken, Bryne. ABV is 4.7%. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Strong and pleasant aroma of grapefruit, also moderate notes of malts and toffee. The flavour is zesty with plenty of grapefruit, also a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish. I love notes of "grapefruit" in a beer when they are caused by American hops, but actually adding grapefruit flavouring to the beer might mean a bit too much of the good stuff. Still, this is a refreshing and very drinkable beer, which requires that you have a crush on grapefruit to be really enthusiastic about it.

Nov 15, 2008
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soulgrowl from England

4.61/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Warning: I love grapefruit. It is my favorite fruit.

Appearance: Somewhat unimpressive, with a small, weak white head that has trouble forming even after a fairly strong pour. Body is a nondescript clear golden amber; I guess I was expecting a more grapefruity appearance.

Smell: Deliciously, but not overwhelmingly, grapefruity. The whole grapefruit is represented: it's sweet, sour, and bitter, reminiscent of the very fruit itself - not its juice, not artificial grapefruit, but real grapefruit. The malts lend a nice backdrop to the expressive fruitiness, with a big caramelly character enhanced by a bit of diacetyl, plus whiffs of brown sugar, honey, and wheat. Hops are present, too, but dutifully in the background, lending just a slightly grassy, bitter edge to the grapefruit.

Taste: Wow. This is remarkable. It tastes more like an IPA than a "fruit beer" (whatever that is), with a full-bodied bitterness from the grapefruit rind and hops, which blended together create a powerful, complex, fruity-floral flavor that reminds me of a saltydog mixed with a fresh German Pilsener. The lively bitterness is anchored by a caramelly, nutty, whole-grainy malt base that supports and sweetens the grapefruit and hops but doesn't weigh them down. And something about it reminds me of black tea. Overall, it's very well-balanced, but the grapefruit is definitely front-and-center, just as I hoped.

Mouthfeel: A bit syrupy in the finish at times, but otherwise well-carbonated and well-suited to the flavor.

Drinkability: What a great beer; as interesting and robust as it is refreshing, and it's really very refreshing. A fruit beer for IPA fans - fantastic.

Apr 24, 2008
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jerusalem Tavern ...

A: Orangish copper... A thin creamy head


T: Grapefruit is lovely when balanced against the traditional bitterness of the beer... a great blend that was unique for me

M: Smooth... medium bodied...

O: Drinkable, but after a while the grapefruit needs to be countered with a more hoppy beer

Feb 20, 2008
Fruit Beer (Grapefruit) from St. Peter's Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 45 ratings