Apricot Nectar | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
84
good
42 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The base for this beer is Willy Wheat. They add Apricot extract to the tanks during aging to make the final product.
Draft availability only.

Added by xlperro on 08-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
7
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
12.33%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Poured a light yellow with a bit of an apricot-colored tint to it. A good amount of lacing. The aroma's first scent is straight-up apricot, although underneath some of the typical characteristics of an American Pale Wheat Ale kick in. The taste is quite similar, with the apricot being the dominant taste. I really liked what they did with this one, and would love to taste this sort of apricot on other styles as well, maybe a berliner weiss with it. The overall body was light, and the drinkability was excellent.

 554 characters

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Dicers
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at alpine.

A: poured a mellow yellow like the willy which they said it was just apricots added.

S: did not smell like apricots at all but had a good malt yeast balance and not a whole lot of hops goin on.

T: same as the smell but was a better apricot presence on the taste.

M: meduim bodied with a little carbonation that made the apricots stand out a bit more.

D: decent beer but would think that it would have been a little bit fruitier.

 451 characters

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased during a recent visit to the Alpine Beer Company with fellow BA xlperro on 29th July 2005, some Two Years after my first visit here, also courtesy of BigDog.

The Apricot Nectar was available as a sampler whilst I waited for my two recently purchased Alpine Growlers to be filled with Emerson Lager and Pure Hoppiness. Described as the Willy Wheat with Apricot. Listed Strength was 4.9%ABV if I remember rightly.

Soft cuddly golden color had a little turbidity to it; the head was a minimally sized pure white affair. Spritzy carbonation even in the sampler. Lovely inviting nose, a mixture of freshly peeled Apricots and some tinned Peach tones – which lend one to question where the Apricot flavoring actually comes from. Taste is perfect, like most of Alpine Beer Company’s offerings; the carbonation is smooth and well-placed and supports the tastes without fault. The Apricot is not over powering but moreover this is a Wheaty offering with a soft luscious hint of fresh Apricots. Very nicely put together, I’m not big on “standard base beers with fruity essence added”, but this one works extremely well……..so much so I wish they would bottle this instead of the rather aggressive Mandarin Nectar.

This is a very good offering; I can vividly remember the fresh Apricot and the wheaty nature of this one from the smallest of samples. Gonna grab me a Growler of this on my return and do a proper Review!!! Recommended!

 1,448 characters

Photo of FosterJM
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

521st review on BA
Draft to Pint
@ Alpine Beer Pub

App- This was almost water clear with some yellow food coloring. No head just a thin layer of bubbles. Same as the base beer from which its brewed.

Smell- Very very light. I get faint fruits all around. The extract is okay, I am sure if fresh apricots were available it would kick it up a notch.

Taste- Taste follows the nose. Its a run of the mill APWA with some fruits in it but doesnt bring a whole lot to the table. As above the fresh fruits would have worked wonders vs. extract.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. Left just a watery wheat taste and no fruit.

Drink- It was okay, just a base beer to appease the masses with something light. No real flavors behind it, but I could see a lot of people in SD slammin this for summer @ Mission.

 803 characters

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoelClark
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly balanced sweetness, fruitiness, and flowery aromatics. Very drinkable.

81 characters

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brycevolk
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Apricot Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.