Its hot and steamy outside, the thought of movement is tiring, and nothing would treat you better than a cold, delicious, lightly sweet and supremely refreshing beer. Hell, you’d even settle for a lemonade! Luckily though, such a beer does exist, so you can forget about the juice. From Quebec, McAuslan’s St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale is just that, a wheat beer brewed with the essence of apricot. Mmmm.
Apricot really has a beautiful mellow sweet flavor that lends itself perfectly to beer. It is not sugary sweet, nor is it tart or aggressive. It is just calm enough to play along with the beer rather than dominate it. Honestly this beer treats me so well every time I reach for one. And it is those sunny, dry mouth, hot-as-hell out moments where I will reach for one with a huge smile on my face.
It is available at almost every LCBO in 6 packs and comes in at 5% abv. It is light, quenching, a touch sweet on the apricot side of things, but best of all, it portrays the refreshing and effervescent mouthfeel of a wheat beer. I do recommend it to a ton of people who are trying to get into beer, or have just not tried it. That being said, I would leave it for the summertime, and maybe move to something more soothing for the winter.
The Apricot Wheat is wicked on its own, but its also delicious with Asian salads, fish, soft cheeses, sandwiches and cheesecake. It does have a distinctly crisp mouthfeel – so just keep that in mind if pairing it with food. Definitely, definitely serve is cold right out of the fridge and let it sooth the heat right out of you!