DuffMan (7620) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep golden with a fairly dense head. Tons of apricot aroma! Palate is on the light side, with apricot sweetness predominating in conjunction with a wheaty body. Finish is distinctly tart-- you can feel it in your cheeks early on. The tartness and solid wheat presence prevent this from being cloyingly sweet, and it remains enjoyable till the end. I didn’t find this to be poorly integrated like some of the other raters, and I distinctly prefer this over another apricot beer I tried not long ago (Melborne Bros.).
GRM (3233) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; eye: golden with yellowish reflections, clear, good effervescence, no lacing; nose: apricot, malt; mouth: starts with malt, bitterness, then apricot, bitter finale but also lightly sweet, medium body, good carbonation
Bouteille: oeil : dorée avec des reflets jaunâtres, claire, bonne effervescence, pas de dentelle; nez : abricot, malt; bouche : commence en malt, amertume, puis abricot, finale amère légèrement sucrée, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation
JorisPPattyn (8283) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange tinted beer with a slight rosy shine and slight haze; good, very dense head, looking as whipped eggwhite. Cray & watercolour nose, then some peachy/apricot nose as in concentrate, or some refined ester. Very strange, but integrated mix as from apricot fruitjuice, or diluted apricot brandy, wheat (quite present) but also some British bitter. They appear at different moments (the bitter, nearly hoppy, especially retronasal), but they do not break in, but are confluent. Put differently, excellent balance. The apricot, however is a tad artificial. Not sweet, not sour - neutral going into soft bitter. Light, certain but mild burning MF. Mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, the apricot doesn’t convince me. OTOH, the rest is, however light, well balanced and honest. Thanks, Igor!
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear gold colour with thin white head. Apricot nose. Apricot and mild malt taste with lingering bitter apricot finish.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[bottle] Excellent dried apricot aroma. Excellent balance of fruit and beer characteristics, but not too heavy on the fruit end of things. I was expecting more wheat presence, but the smooth apricot sweetness refreshes quite nicely.
Canuckistani (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great aroma, I really liked the juxtaposition of apricot and beery smell. Beautiful golden-orange pour, with a nice medium head. Flavour is weaker than all the other beers I tried, but on a 35+ degree day, it was what I really wanted. Could be a bit stronger though. Palate is too light for me; it’s almost fluffy. Finishes with strong apricot taste, which I don’t find artificial. The "artificial taste" reminds me strongly of my grandmother’s (100% natural, additive-free) canned apricots and peaches. Nice, clean, refreshing beer is great for summer, or any hot day. Make sure it’s cold.
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant apricot aroma, not artifical or overpowering. Pours dark orange-gold with white head. Taste of apricots at start and ended with a slight wheat bitterness. Excellent example of a fruit wheat beer.
jacktripper (20) - CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a nice golden-orange with a bright white head. Yes, there is a reason that it is called Apricot Wheat Ale as the aroma of apricots and peaches is quite prevalent. Taste is not overly fruity as one might think though there is certainly the flavour of apricot there. Finishes very clean with a slight taste of honey. Excellent fruit-based beer, probably the only one I buy regularly.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad beer, but it was a little bit too sweet for me and the apricot taste seemed a bit artificial.
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well this is a first for me, a fruit beer that delivers exactly what it promises. An aroma of apricots, sets the stage for the refreshing taste of wheat beer with only hints of fruit (apricots and peach) ascenting the flavour. I’m surprised to admit that a fruit beer is actually on my buy-again list.