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Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co.

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Strawberry Harvest LagerStrawberry Harvest Lager

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 1,232
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 32.76%
Wants: 36
Gots: 226 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gagnonsux on 05-03-2005

Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.

13 IBU
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Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Abita Strawberry Harvest is a lager brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. Real Louisiana strawberry juice is added after filtration resulting in a crisp lager with a sweet strawberry flavor, aroma and haze." Purchased a marked down six pack in late fall of this seasonal, although it is also available in the Party Pack when in season. Best by date is 10/30/12. Brewed in the style of a pale wheat lager with fruit added.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Abita pint glass. Served upwards of 45º Fahrenheit.

(Apperarance) Pours a fizzy, crisp and loud head of a cream white tone that recedes at an above average rate. Body color is a slightly pale yellow with an intense amount of visible carbonation. Surprisingly little "strawberry-esque" color tones of purple, red or pink hues are notable in the color. A mild haze gives a notch of depth. Really crisp head initially but it settles to a much more pleasing soapy foam surface cover instead of fading away. Lacing is spotty but certainly substantial. Not bad. 3.75

(Smell) Interesting strawberry presence, certainly juice-like but very sweet. It reminds me of a cross between trix cereal and a kid's minute maid strawberry juice cocktail. The overall consensus is that it is very sweet and the strawberry sweetness dominates the nose. Wheat certainly would be a complimentary grain but I don't gather much from pilsner malts nor do I smell a hop presence here either. Could have done better with a lesser strawberry presence or added at a different time. It's pleasing to the nose like candy or fruit roll-ups would be and based off the aroma alone, it smells as if a kid could even enjoy the aroma of this, but it's not likely to be a favorite of those who enjoy a balance in their beer. 3

(Taste) Much better flavor than the taste. A definite wheat profile is evident, with a crackery crispness of pilsner malts, and the strawberry character, while still dominant, is at least closer to being in balance, and provides a lesser distracting strawberry cream tone which pairs surprisingly well with the malt bill. Strawberry tartness is also evident in this stage, balancing out the sweetness somewhat. Hops, while still tough to find, do present a touch of welcome bitterness on the finish and round out the sweetness a notch. Balance is still distinctly sweet, but not nearly as intense as I had predicted. One thing I could have preferred was a slight increase in the wheat body, which would have thickened the flavor a touch, balanced the strawberry even more and better complimented the texture too. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Surprisingly mild carbonation presence with a touch of creamy texture. Body is light/medium for wheat lagers and light overall. Alcohol presence is very low to none, almost completely washed by the strawberries. Pleasing creamy texture works much better than I would have expected it to for the beer but the body has so much more potential to improve. Beneath the strawberry flavor, it just feels too shallow in places and couldn't carry itself on malt and hops alone. 3.75

(Overall) Despite frightening first impressions of the intense strawberry flavor, this beer toned down and provided a little more strawberry diversity, like a mild tartness that better balanced out the tastes. My biggest bummer is the general light malt bill, which is noticeable even under the strawberries and cream taste and texture, and if increased a couple of spaces, would improve this beer's flavor and depth even more. Still, a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable strawberry wheat lager. 3.5

Abita Brewing Company's
Strawberry Harvest Lager

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with my wife,not expecting to much,and it pretty much filled that bill.Poured a lighter golden color with a half finger white head that is gone pretty quickly.Aromas have some biscuit mixed with strawberry,not overly done,not bad.Flavors seem to be a little watery with the mouthfeel being quite thin,the strawberry flavors are sweetish and dont really lend a big hand,some mild toasted notes in the finish.Eh its ok but not anything I would have again.

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Photo of aszatk01
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brownbeer
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lot of bubbles whirling around in a golden haze with a blanket of white foam on top, the head lasting the duration of the glass.

Pilsner-like aroma with a shot of strawberry quick/frankenberry in there.

The taste is mostly strawberry cream and some pale grain fading in and out.

Chuggable on a hot day, not much else.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a rather unappealing old lemon-flesh color with a thick,white head that reduces to one finger and leaves a stringy lace. It has a sour, musty aroma with strawberies and cracked grain pushing up.

Light citrus flavors cover a mellow strawberry flavor that lingers far below the surface. It adds an unexpected tang and is pushed up by herbal hops. The grain contribution is very soft and round, making this beer rather pilsner-like in that respect. Berry spritzes back up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is stingy with extremely fine pins and needles carbonation. Its slick and ligfht-bodied.

I really think this might be Abita's best offering and one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. The base style is a great pick for the fruit, and it scores big points with me for not being wheat.

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Photo of withliterature
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I haven't poured this into a glass, so no comment about the appearance.

When I smelled the beer I was apprehensive because there is a prevalent scent of something like shortbread and whipped cream in addition to strawberries. Kind of unappetizingly sweet and baked good-like in my opinion. However, the beer tastes great. The strawberries come across very fresh and tart, with no overbearing sweetness and no fake fruit flavor. This tastes like fresh, unsugared berries with very light lager. The mouthfeel is light with not very much carbonation and the lager doesn't coat the tongue at all.

I almost never buy lagers because of how light and often tasteless they can be, but in this case the flavors work and the effect is pleasant and refreshing, almost like a very dry cider.

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Photo of Kimberly_48
4.59/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer with a smooth finish

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Photo of rusheagle
4.34/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recommend highly when available on tap. Bottle version does not provide same flavor.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of mediumrare
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of markallmon
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of RoninBirdman
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BeerDreadz
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chip26
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz (short neck) bottle into a pint glass. On the back label it reads "BEST IF CONSUMED BEFORE" and there are numbers 1 to 12 on the left edge and 1 to 31 on the right edge, however nothing is marked. Also there is no abv is listed on the label but there is a nice short description of the beer.

Appearance: Its body has a brilliant deep yellow blond color with just the very slightest chill haze. The pour produces a tall bright white head. It is light, fluffy and fleeting, which means it fades out quickly and makes no lacing.

Smell: As I poured this beer into the glass it smelled as if I was opening up a box of Special K cereal with strawberries. It has that same dehydrated strawberry character which is backed up by light grain notes.

Taste/Palate: This one is simple, crisp and very refreshing. It is just as the aroma advertised it to be, light dehydrated strawberry with cereal grain. The finish is snappy, crisp and refreshing. Its palate has a light body with balanced carbonation.

Notes: I feel this is a solid summer time beer but aside from warm weather refreshment I really wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of megamass
1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear yellow body with an average sized white head. Some patchy lacing clings to the glass. Aroma is cooked strawberries and sweetish malts. Light medium body is crisply carbonated. Taste is dominated by an upfront strawberry fruitiness that to its credit is not at all artificial. Some clean lager traits hover underneath but hop presence is very fleeting. Quite well done for what it is. Pleasantly drinkable for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Perkyanda
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The head is a gorgeous thick white foam, but it dissipated very quickly. The beer itself is a nice strong dark yellow color.

The first scent that hits is strawberry, along with some peach and a hint of lemon. There's also an interesting pastry scent to it. It smells great and inviting.

The taste is AWESOME. It tastes like a strawberry shortcake-- the strawberry and the bready/grainyness are the two most dominant flavors. It also has a very nice aftertaste, just a mellower version of the main taste.

Mouth feel isn't great. It's a little thinner than I like-- and for something as sweet as this is, I feel like a touch more body would be good. Still though, it IS an excellent mouthfeel for a summer beer-- nice, crisp, and fresh. It's a little low on the carbonation, but it's almost like a bear soda-- you could make a super beer float with this and some vanilla icecream.

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Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, slightly hazy gold

Smell: strawberries--some malt

Taste: strawberries--both sweet and semi-ripe, hops towards the middle, a slightly malty and sugary end

Mouthfeel: crisp, sweet, can feel the high carbonation throughout

Drinkability: Very nice for a fruit beer. The high carbonation makes this feel like a strawberry sparkling wine--moreso than beer. This is better than most of Abita's offerings, but due to the sometimes intense sweetness, I think the max I could have is two.

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Photo of steelshell
4/5  rDev +14%

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Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
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