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Aprikat | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada
alleykatbeer.com

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
Ranking:
#41,369
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
67
pDev:
13.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
Gots:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
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 biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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 WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2.79/5  rDev -16%
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 biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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 wordemupg
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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 jschott75
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
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 Howlader
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
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 andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 schopenhauerale
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.52/5  rDev +6%
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 thehyperduck
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
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 Beervana
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.02/5  rDev -9%
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 Corson
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Bunman3
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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 leaddog
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Naerhu
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of Shadman
2.7/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Aprikat from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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