Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 31
Gots: 189 | 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 oberon
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of withliterature
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Kimberly_48
4.59/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer with a smooth finish

Photo of rusheagle
4.34/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Perkyanda
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the strawberries with some wheat mixed in. The aroma is fairly syrupy. The flavor is strawberry, wheat and some vanilla. The beer tastes a lot like a strawberry Jolly Rancher. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, a pretty good use of fruit in a beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. On a bit of a beer run, and wanted some randoms to fill out my mixed six pack. It's summer, it's hot, and so this seemed to do the trick.

Poured into a fluted glass. Very pale yellow, visible champagne carbonation, a billowy head quickly dissolves into nothingness.

Nose is pleasant: strawberries, a bit of cream, biscuit, pale wheat malt.

Light, certainly refreshing, with a tart lemon counterpoint to the strawberry flavor, which arrives later in the sip. Tastes a bit artificial, but it's not bad. Sort of like strawberry cake. The base, I have to say, is a real let down - very watery, not much to it, and the pale wheat flavour is not entirely pleasant. Still, it tastes fine and goes down extremely well.

Decent summer fruit ale, but too light for me.

Photo of AbitaBeer
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was an interesting beer to try though I would be reluctant to ever order it. The flavor was basically of dehydrated strawberries, as one would be familar w/ in Captain Crunch ceral. Though not having had any other fruit style beers it is hard to be fair in judging this beer entirely.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a really light and hazy yellow with no head or lacing at all. Nose is quite odd, it's sweet and wheaty and smetying is jsut odd.

Taste... Ehh I had it when I was younger and liked it but now it's just weird. There's lots of wheat and a light hint of strawberry it's really odd. Skip it and get their regular beers.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw colored in appearance. Just a bit of foam remains after the pour. Looks like a craft brewed lager. The aroma is purely fresh strawberries, not overwhelmingly done. Mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Tastes like strawberries and light malt. More strawberries in the aftertaste.

Photo of alexkeil
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time in NOLA when on an incredible vacation. The food was incredible, the French Quarter was memorable, Bourbon Street was crazy, the Dominican cigars were fresh and enjoyable...the beer brings back all of those memories. The strawberry flavor is subtle and well blended in a very smooth tasting, very summer, and very exciting beer to look forward to.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale yella slightly hazed like a morning fog hue, brings a bright pillowy white head with fine even lacing scattered evenly across the sides of my pint glass.

Aroma has a tart citric and grassy hop flavor with a fruity purre'd strawberry kick bringing even more lively tones to the party. A slight mineral water with some earthiness peaks through in the end.

Flavor has a crisp clean lager with an awkward "I'm still going through puberty" like stage. The strawberry jam tartness that doesn't really belong in my beer seems out of place at the party yet adds some spice that makes the party at the same time. Not overly sweet which is a good thing, just a natural strawberry twang with some slightly cooked veggies and an airy light malted lager note.

Mouthfeel is a bit high grade with the CO2, it flows pretty dry overall with a tart slightly sour finish, again though that airy mouthfeel from the carbonation level is all that's left behind on the palate, kinda kills it.

Drinkability...this is quite the novelty beer, this is a wild card amongst the world of fruit beer , not overtly sweet toothache inducing, a nice natural flow of strawberries pretty well played if your not scared of drinking with your pinkies raised. The carbonation issue was my biggest gripe with this beer until further sampling in the future years that is all for now.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mildly hazy straw color. Small head. Mild retention and lacing.

Smell: Strawberries, some mild malts and yeast.

Taste: Same as the nose. Strawberries mixed with a light ale. Thats the gist of it.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but will I have more?

Photo of nqualls
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Frugal MacDoogal's in Nashville. Poured a hazy gold color with a two finger white head. Aroma of strawberries and some malt. Flavor is strawberries. Light bodied with good carbonation. This makes for a refreshing summer beer, or a good beer to keep around for the ladies.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a lemon yellow body with a strong matix of big bubbles racing to the surface. There is a thin white head that boils away before the first sip.

S-This beer has a clean aroma with a faint strawberry hint in the finish.

T- The strawberry bubble gum flavor comes through in the finish and then lingers. There is very little other flavors with some mineral water flavors that grow as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has very little flavor and the strawberry character is a bit artificial. It was not that it has lots of bad flavor but it just has no flavor.

Photo of OKbrew89
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden color with quickly fading head. Smells of malts with hints of strawberry. Smooth balanced lager with a mild sweetness from the strawberries coming through at the end. No bitter aftertaste or malt drink weirdness. Light body with light carbonation that is easy to drink. A good summer beer.

Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big white head quickly dies over a clear washed out yellow-golden colored fruit beer.

The aroma gave me an instant flashback of some strawberry cereal I had so many years ago, but what the name of it was escapes me now. There is not much else other than the strawberry cereal aroma.

A washed out strawberry cereal taste, not much else going on here, maybe a slight washed out malt but could really get that more than the first couple sips.

Light bodied without much aftertaste, maybe slightly breakfast cereal strawberries.

I really hope this beer is supposed to be better than this and this was just not right for whatever reason.

Photo of Brenden
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a clear, pale amber. It pours a big, thick head that leaves excellent spotty lacing. Carbonation is lively in the glass. The smell is all strawberries without the medicinal tint of fake fruits or sweeteners. It actually smells a lot like fresh strawberries followed with a light hops citrus finish on the nose. The taste follows the smell accurately with perhaps slightly more of a subtle hops pine in a light finish. Mouthfeel is light; this one is not at all thick with active carbonation. If it's a bit light on taste and mouthfeel, at least one can tell it's all real; no adjuncts or cereal grains, just real strawberry and, though seemingly in fairly low volume, real hops.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, golden/yellow color with a quarter of a finger of white head that immediately dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Interesting aroma. Very grassy and wheaty and barnyard. There are some fruity aromas, but what I mainly get are grassy, wheaty, barnyard aromas. Not sure if I classify it as pleasant.

Taste: Interesting flavors too. Again, grassy up front, followed immediately by lots of strawberry and cream. Actually, rather than a lager, the taste of this beer reminds me more of a cream ale flavored with strawberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation. With an ABV of 4.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Interesting beer. Fruity and creamy flavored (but not really creamy in mouthfeel). Just an interesting beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale yellow with a white foamy head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Some strawberry and vanilla upfront, but it is quickly replaced with a dirty/sweaty sock aroma.

T: Some candy flavored strawberries and vanilla, reminds me of a strawberry good humor bar. Finish actually has a decent amount of corn flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, rather fizzy.

O: Heard good things, but not really a fan of this. Would not pick it up again.

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Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
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