JorisPPattyn (8648) - 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 doesnít 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. Iím surprised to admit that a fruit beer is actually on my buy-again list.
DerWeg (1567) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells tangy and sweet like apricot jam. Tastes tangy and off-dry with the peachy/apricot fruit notes foremost, their sweetness lending a touch of body to an otherwise light-bodied American Wheat ale. Looks quite pretty. Defined, yet still fairly mainstream. This could be better if brewed with whole fruits, I kept thinking. (Tastes like an extract.)
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Draught @ The Woolwich Arms, Guelph, ON: I wonít change the rating because itís a fine beer that deserves a good rating. This is probably the best fruit beer you can find due to the excellent balance and lack of overbearing and cloying sweetness youíll often find in the style. Having it on draught is worlds above the bottle as well, with all the gentle apricot and peach flavours shining through. Good stuff.<P>
Original Rating 06/05/22 355ml Bottle: This one surprised me, I had very low expectations going in as Iíve not yet enjoyed a fruit beer. Aroma is gentle apricot, but not overbearing. Flavour is excellent - only flourishes of apricot and peach, allowing the wheat beer to shine through. Itís more a beer than a juice, which is rare for the style. Loved it, would have it again in a second.