Aprikat | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
67
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
22.15%
 
 
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1
Gots:
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by leaddog:
Photo of leaddog
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of talbotjf99
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LDuke
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
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 biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
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 MalcolmJames
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
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 joemcgrath27
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
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 elricorico
2.19/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out dark orange and bubbly, nothing but a wisp of white head to top it off. It doesn't look like a beer, looks like a sparkling wine cooler type drink.

Smells of apricot, big surpise there, like the old apricot fruit roll ups, I really used to like those. Maybe too sweet smelling to be quite a natural flavour.

First, the flavour is non existant, it enters your mouth like fizzy water, then on swallowing, a strong, sickly sweet apricot flavour floods the mouth.

Mouthfeel is thin, with a fair bit of carbonation. As far as drinkability goes, I doubt I will finish half of this bottle. Not a pleasant experience in the least. This shouldn't be a beer, it should be some kind of malternative.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Merlin68
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Mlkluther
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

I'm not a fan of fruit in my beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.02/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have a feeling that this stuff has been made and marketed to a demographic that I am not a part of, and am trying to wrap my head around the labeling and concept of a "beer cooler(!)".

Low carbonation, no head on the pour. Is deep golden in colour, practically an apricot/peach hue, which is rather fitting, however it appears more like cider. Nice aroma of apricot on the nose, it's inviting, but perhaps a bit too sweet. Sweet apricot flavour up front, backed up by a bittersweet foundation of wheat grain (too much wheat malt!), which interferes and takes away from the fruit flavour, rather than balancing or complimenting it. The faintest hop presence on the finish, but it compliments the fruit extract a lot more than the wheat malt. Mouthfeel is watery and a little oily. Perhaps this is best reserved as a summer beverage on those scorching hot days, but I find it too sweet and unbalanced for my own tastes.

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Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mdevonshire
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Vandelayindustri
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of benbou17
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
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 thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Johnnyr1
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trancesexual
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
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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Aprikat from Alley Kat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.
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