Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #798
Ranked #45,182
3.34 | pDev: 14.37%
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada
Notes: Aprikat, is an apricot flavored beer with a filtered wheat ale base -a North American twist on the traditional German style wheat ales Alley Kat’s style of wheat ale is brewed with 50% wheat, but fermented with our regular ale yeast. The result is a light, crisp ale with the fresh aroma and flavour of apricots substituted for the bananna and clove accents of a German wheat beer.

Aprikat’s subtle apricot aroma contrasts nicely with it’s big fruity mouthfeel. The beer pours a nice straw colour and its medium carbonation keeps it light and refreshing, perfect for a hot day on the patio or as an after dinner drink.
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 69
Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear honey yellow with a thin cap of white head that leaves melting snowbank lace as it recedes.

Smells of trail mix apricots, white bread and mild hops.

Tastes of candied apricot, bready wheat malt and more barely detectable hops.

Feels light and fizzy. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes sweet.

Verdict: Recommended, but you'd have to be thirsty.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This was overly sweet and completely one-dimensional apricot. The almost cloying sweetness almost made the apricot taste artificial (which it apparently is not).

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Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge fan of fruit beers, but they certainly have their place. In my world, they beg to be enjoyed on a hot day at the beach. Aprikat has a distinctive fruit flavour, but there is no doubt that it's a beer at heart.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle, 5.0% ABV. Thanks to some friends from Red Deer for bringing me a mixed 12 pack to try
L - light copper with a fizzy off-white head
S - apricot, floral, perfumey
T - apricot, floral hop, white wine, wheat, sweet and refreshing with a toasty grain finish
F - lighter body, ample carbonation, semi-dry and crisp finish
O - good fruit beer, not really what I drink, but this was good for what it is.

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Photo of david_wolf
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite literally the first craft beer I had ever tried (at the time). An old ex's sister's boyfriend (that's a mouthfull) brought a six-pack for us to try, and it was like nothing I had ever tried before.
I'll judge the beer from my notes, and in comparision to the many fruit beer's I've subsequently tried. This beer would hold a special place in my heart, if it weren't for the fact that I hate apricots, and I'm not especially fond of fruit beers. Despite all of that, this is a really nice fruit beer, particulary on the nose. I found it to finish with a bit of a bitterness, although this could quite easily be my dislike for apricots.
If you're a fan of fruit beers, and particularily apriocts, Aprikat is a no brainer.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%

A nice offering from a local brewery here in Edmonton. This one is pretty nice for a fruit beer, and I'd say this is certainly their most popular beer. Nice golden colour with a predominant apricot aroma and taste. The sweetness is also not too bad, although it's more than some other widely available fruit beers (which I think contributes to its popularity). No bad aftertaste either, and a good body for such a beer - certainly not too watery.

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Photo of leaddog
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a straw gold with a finger width of bubbly white head that quickly fades.

Smell- Apricots, peaches, wheat, grains.

Taste- Starts with sweet apricot followed by toasted wheat. The beer finishes with toasted grains.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. A tad thin.

Overall- A refreshing fruit/wheat beer by Alley Kat. There is a good balance of apricot and wheat flavours without being overly sweet. Worthwhile on a hot summer day on a patio.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed many times on tap and in bottles, but never took the time to scrutinize it
A - crystal clear golden, small covering of head dissipated to a few random islands and a thin lace ring
S - strong aroma of sweet juicy apricots, light grainy malt and a hint of leafy hops
T - tangy and sweet apricot dominates, leafy hops and pale bready malt, nothing fancy but it hits the intended mark
M - light and well carbonated, tangy sweet feel with mild dryness
O - a great summertime patio drink, its heavy on the fruit but it doesn't take away from its beerness

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Photo of maclean25
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a six pack of bottles while visiting Grande Prairie, Alberta.

It has a cloudy bronzed orange colour. It has a slightly beige head with small soapy bubbles which reduce to nothing. It has a strong fruit smell. It actually smells a lot like dried fruit, but that is probably because there are apricots in the dried fruit mixes.

Apricots definitely in the taste. My first impression is that it tastes nice, like cold fruit juice with apricots and peaches, then fizz and a hit of hops. It is tilted more towards fruit than any traditional beer tastes, and is very sweet. I found moderate-to-small carbonation and a medium body.

Overall, it is a nice, unique beer. It may be my first fruit beer (I vaguely remember having a raspberry-flavoured beer before) and is was more fruity than what I expected. It is not something I'd go back for and I'd be indifferent to recommending it to anyone.

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Photo of tonyf55
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mango Shiva (Calgary, AB). Served in an AlleyKat Lager glass.

Visual (3): Golden hue, modest clarity, very good lacing off the start. Little to no visible carbonation. Off-white single finger head quickly dissipates into a thin film.

Aroma (4): Sweet, fruity smell with the apricot present and dominating. Not overpowering though. Hints of raisen and plum. No real hops or yeast smell. Contributes to the taste.

Taste (4): Sweetness throughout. Initial taste is light on any fruit flavour, but the ends hits with apricot and plum flavours. The taste has a medium lasting quality. Exactly what I would expect from a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel (4): Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel with almost no hint of carbonation. Has enough of an alcoholic feel to avoid tasting like fruit juice. Mouthfeel lightly lingers

Overall (4): A very good fruit beer that has really improved since the first time I tried it a few years ago (3 or so?). My only slight knock is the lack of real "beer" flavours, yet it is nicely compensated by the touch of alcohol. True to the style, with a great smell and an original flavour.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Alley Kat Aprikat was on tap at the Earl's Restaurant in Calgary. The appearance was good, nice amber color with thick white head. The smell was decent, hints of citus and hops. The taste was somewhat tart/bitter due to the grapefruit start making the beer very crisp. The bitterness hung on the pallete. The mouthfeel was a little rough for me, because whn a beer is this tart it seems as if there might be a chalky taste. Nonetheless, this beer is worth trying.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The coloring is mainly orange, with maybe a touch of amber around the edging. The head starts out foamy and thick, yet it manages to fairly quickly drop off to a half ring around the glass. Lots of carbonation rises to the top in a fast motion. Lacing is modest at best...not much else to say about it. Overall not a stand out looking beer, but it doesn't look bad.

S- Sweet malts and apricot flesh dominate the aroma. Possibly a tad on the syrupy/phony side of things, the fruit just seems a bit too strong and sweet to not have some flavoring added, but it isn't offensive. The middle is a little reminding of biscuit followed by a slightly dry, but not bitter finish.

T- More of the same here, but the apricot isn't as sweet....tastes a bit more like the pit was used in the boil as well. Malt sweetness is still there but also not as pronounced. The finish is once again, slightly dry, but definitely there is not any hint of hops used here.

M- Solid medium-ish body and maybe a bit cloying, as noticed by swirling this around the glass. As this warms up a bit, the carbonation goes from zesty and plentiful, to zesty, yet fine. The beer really shows off the essence of apricot fruit well.

D- I really liked this when I was first introduced to it, but have since tried another apricot based wheat beer by Pyramid, and this is definitely second to it. I think this has become a little too sweet for me, but I still like it. This is the perfect beer to start out with for the crowd still sucking back sugary vodka/rum coolers....also is great on a hot summer day. I made one of my cats try this and he didn't like it unfortunately...I'd have a couple bottles of this under the right circumstances, otherwise one is enough!

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish golden apperance with light head but decent lace. Smell is mainly orange and apricot with an assortment of other fruits (mangos, apples, etc.). Very sweet.

Taste is similar to the smell, but suprisingly lighter. Mainly apricot and apples along with vague tastes of other fruits. Picked up a hint of wheat and sweetness. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a lingering mango taste at the end.

Overall this beer is a good take on fruit beers First impressions was that this would be a thicker beer, but it's refreshing and inoffensive. Worth a try.

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Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aprikat looks like honey and, indeed, you might be tempted to add a dollop of it into your tea. Its perfectly transparent and sunny complexion is fantastically suited to an apricot beer. Although a good head formed from the pour, most of it soon evaporated. Large bumpers like the ones used in children's bowling bound to the glass's sides.

The aroma is expressly fruity and fragrant, and as direct result let's slip a bout of artificiality. No matter, such was to be expected. And frankly it smells lovely anyhow. In fact, if anything, this smell of honey-drizzled apricots is a little too lovely - if something seems too good to be true chances are it is. This smacks of being a little syrupy.

Note how the brewery cleverly boasts about the beer being infused with the "fresh taste of orchard picked apricots". Right. It obviously has: that sums up the flavour perfectly. But take a close look at the wording: the "taste" of orchard picked apricots - not the orchard picked apricots themselves. Whatever. It's probably much tastier this way anyhow.

Normally flavour additives are a deal breaker, but I'd of been naive not to expect them with a beer like this. That artificial apricot flavour doesn't upset me - actually, it's rather delightful I must admit - but the near total lack of malts is thoroughly disappointing. This is more like an apricot cocktail than an apricot beer; there's no body to prop it up at all.

Which is a real shame because it's an otherwise lovely refreshment, especially for a sunny summer afternoon (which was the setting in which I enjoyed it). A delicate floral quality, like a rose-water flavour, and a honey-like sweetness sway a lot of that fruity apricot taste. This is something that will be splendidly enjoyable for the average public.

Behind only St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat, Aprikat is probably Canada's second best apricot-flavoured beer. That may sound impressive but far as I know they're Canada's only two apricot beers. Still, in all fairness Alley Kat does call this a "beer kooler" right there on the label. So there's no pretense here. You know exactly what to expect.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time consumer, first time reviewing. Ordered on the patio on a hot sunny afternoon at Original Joe's.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a thin layer of frothy head with decent retention and some light lacing.

S - Sweet apricots are noticeable with some strawberries also noticeable. A bit of bready malt on the finish, but overall the scent is rather mild.

T - The fruit bouquet is quite nice off the top (apricot and strawberries) and finishes with a bready malt that is reminiscent of a Ritz cracker. A little on the sour side, but still quite nice.

M - A little dry on the finish, however, the carbonation is nicely balanced.

D - Perfect patio drink... Summer is here, and it tastes delicious! Nice mild fruit flavours with a nice balance of bready malts to round out the beer.

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Photo of scott451
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured a golden yellow into a small weizen glass. One finger fluffy white head soon faded to a thin layer. Weak lacing. Smells included bread yeast and fruit. Tasted of bread with a sweetish apricot finish. Mouthfeel was light but the apricot sweetness thickens the finish a bit. No major flaws but the fruit sweetness would stop me from drinking more than a couple. Judging by previous reviews it seems that the beer may have been improved lately.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into 400ml DAB glass nov11 2009

A clear golden color with a fast falling two finger head that leaves no lace

S smells like apricot and not much else

T see above

M fairly light with decent carbonation

D if you like apricot like I do you will have few problems with this beer. I doubt this is made with real apricot but I liked it overall either way

worth trying if you like fruity beer, but I can't help thinking this is a "girlie beer"(sorry for discriminating towards all you female BA's) but that's what I think of it

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at Original Joe's downtown. Being one of Alley Kat's flagship offerings, one is more likely than not to see it available at local watering holes, if they provide Alley Kat, that is. I can see the crossover appeal, but I'd admit that I'm biased on the con side from previous exposure. For some reason, today's after-work bitchfest distracted me enough that I thought "what the hell" when the bartender gave me the sign.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-tinted golden yellow hue, with one finger of bubbly, weakly foamy, and mostly just soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of ocean spray lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of sweet dried and candied apricot, a touch of fuzzy peach, obfuscated grainy, wheaty, and caramel malt, and very mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is, drum roll please, apricot! Well, fruity apricot joined by its brother in arms, the peach, some gritty wheat and bready pale malt, and still well understated leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is on the high side, the body medium-light in weight, and somewhat cloying, in a kind of unrestrained fruity sweetness - its smoothness dubious at best. It finishes, yep, duly fruity, but generally clean, with little else lingering.

I'm quite glad that they're dropping the 'beer cooler' nomenclature from their old labels and marketing, as that wasn't helping this one's street cred one bit. Not nearly as bad as I remember, but hardly something which I would clamour for another.

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Photo of Shadman
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

only the second Alley Kay product I've seen in Medicnie Hat so thought we'd give it a go.

Appreance wise...I had an better first impression than some..clear, Aprocot in color ( who wudda thunk it) with a decent head and lacing.

smell is mostly aprocot, but i detected a fairly strong malt back bone in there.

The aprocot is a bit too up front for my liking...but there is a good malt foundation here and some hop dryness.

a bit too sticky on the back end, but I thought it was reasonable...

I think the whole term 'beer cooler' puts a lot of people off. This isn't vodka and Kool Aide afterall. My wife liked it...and it's cheaper than buying her a bloddy bottle of rye and some mix...i'm happy I can slide some of these her way and maybe sneak a very cold one myself...

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Hop In Brew. It's clearly extract and not apricots cut up and thrown in the mash, that worked for me at one brepub many moons ago. So the aroma is artificial. Its a lager. Yellow colour. Acidic. Fizzy and I guess a sweet punchy drink for the ladies that like the same.

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Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New label and 6 pack box, sans kats, gold label and 'beer cooler' predominate on the package.
Pours out of the brown bottle a bright clear orange color. Hard to coax even a small head out of the pour. The short and quickly disappearing foam seemed to be a pinkinsh orange hue. There are full smells of apricot, peaches and mangos coming out. Just a touch of yeasty/wheat aroma keep it from being overly sweet. Well balanced flavor, it is definatley a fruit beer, but not super sweet or sticky like a wine cooler. The apricot and peach flavor is well pronounced, but there is still enough 'beer' flavor to keep things in check. Medium carbonation keeps it light and refreshing, perfect for a hot day on the patio. Very well done

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Photo of Cwrw
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

All new labelling as of 2005. The labels says "wheat ale," which I never knew before. Described as a "beer cooler" by Alley Kat. I poured it into a tulip shaped glass and watched the enamel-white head disappear quite quickly into a spotty fizzy topping on the almost lemonade/grapefruit coloured beer. I do not remember the beer ever being this cloudy before. It is very hazy, and yes, judging by the bottom of the bottle, this beer is unfiltered. Has this beer always been this way? Maybe it has been far too long since I have tried Aprikat. In the aroma I get some almost lambic, wild yeasty smells. The apricot is there, but not overly, along with strong mint aromas, or like flavoured iced tea. Yes, raspberry iced tea, definitely. Refreshing wheat malt along with sugary candy. The yeast is adding a whole other nuance to the aroma though, and I cannot say for certain, but this beer may be new and improved since I last tried it. The yeast gives some almost Belgian-style aroma to it. Much better than I remember. The taste is quite tart at first, again giving flavoured iced tea tastes, but by the finish the wheat malt adds an appetising bready taste that is quite delectable. The apricot is pronounced, as is a touch of grapefruit and mint. In the middle is the sugary sourness that reminds me of kriek. The taste is light, as it is meant to be, and the mouthfeel is thin but reviving, again, as it is meant to be for this style. Medium carbonation. I do not find them overly sugary at all, and this was perfect after a hot day--a beer I could consume happily all afternoon. Great drinkability. This is certainly better than the last time I tried it. Next time I see it in six-packs, I will pick it up.

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Photo of thesilverhand
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I certainly appreciated the effort of a beer-loving friend to bring this to Japan, it wasn't great.

It's basically sweet - it smells and tastes primarily of apricots and sugar. I wouldn't recommend this if you want beer, however, it would probably be fine as a refreshing summer cooler. Indeed, it even bills itself on the label as a "beer cooler."

Again, not great as a beer, but if you want refreshment, and like apricots, this would definitely fit the bill.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a 1/2 pint sampling glass)
On the bottle it is referred to as a "beer cooler"

A- Orange hue with a thin white head that hangs on the edge of the glass. Very clear body

S- Very strong apricot perfume aroma that has some fresh fruit qualities to it

T- Strong apricot taste that isn't chemical or perfumy like the smell. A light citrus hops taste finishes.

M-light body with low carbonation.

D- It has a fresh apricot taste but it is a little overpowering and really has no supporting flavors. It’s all apricot all the time.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A big thanks to KBL Scott for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!!!

Hazy yellow body with a pure white head.
Huge apricot and icecream aroma.
No maltyness. No bitterness. No hoppyness. The only flavor is of apricots and biscuts (which I guess is malt, but I am not impressed).
I guess the label declaring this a beer cooler and not a beer should have warned me. This is not a beer for beer lovers, not even as an alternative. However, this is a fine alternative for alcopop lovers.

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Aprikat from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 69 ratings