Aprikat | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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3.32 w/ 67 ratings

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

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

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 28
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
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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3.39/5  rDev +2.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tonyf55
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
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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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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Aprikat from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 22.4% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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