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Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co.

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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 lester619
1.27/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a slightly hazy blond yellow. Fizzy head that settles at about a half inch of flim at the top of the liquid. There is a brief faint hint of beer aroma, but for the most part sweet strawberry is all I smell. The taste is just way to sweet and fruity for me. The few bitter beer flavors that come out don't complement the strawberry flavor. I know slamming a strawberry beer for being sweet and fruity is like reviewing an IPA and saying you don't like the bitterness. It's strawberry beer, this is how it's supposed to taste and smell. They made it right, I just don't like it. That being said, I could not drink it.

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Photo of redneckchugger
1.5/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pour is pretty, i will give it that, nice head, soem lacing, but thats all that good about this beer. It smells and tastes like you squeezed a pound of strawberries into a glass of simple syrup, cloyingly sweet, no depth, no nuances, horrible beer, avoid it like the plague.

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Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.01/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Looks good... like a pale golden ale. Smells terrible, like hay and old tap lines. Tastes like any generic ale with no strawberry flavor at all. I may just have a really old six pack.

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Photo of kdawg105
2.2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this brew! The apperance was average for a normal lager. The smell was surley of strawberries and not a hint of anything but malt. The taste was not very good at all. It reminded me of how stinky feet smell. The mouthfeel is a little to light for my liking and it does not have a very decent drinability.

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Photo of eskildow
2.26/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This was pale, almost in the realm of a white wine in terms of colour. No head to speak of.

I didn't smell much in the way of strawberry, which was unexpected. Instead he scent veered toward an astringent vanilla. Like an odd combination of vanilla extract and a touch of windex. The scent made me almost expect citrus.

The flavour is where the strawberry notes came in, along with strong malt flavours. It was, given the scent, unexpected, and mixed strangely in the mouth.

The feel was thin yet clingy. Not unlike a mineral oil.

This was definitely not my cup of tea. The elements seemed to be working at cross purposes to one another and the beer was weak overall.

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Photo of Heischman
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer/Brewery - Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing
City/State- Abita Springs, Louisiana
STYLE – Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV – 4.2
IBU – 13
DATE – 1 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
APPEARANCE – Straw yellow, with little to almost no head, good flow of carbonation though
AROMA- Very fruity, with strong notes of fake strawberry and cream
TASTE – Again fruity, with strong notes of fake strawberry and cream even more over powering than the aroma.
MOUTHFEEL – smooth like a light beer, with a strong presence of carbonation on your tongue that dissipates quickly
CONCLUSION – nothing to jump up and down about. Not to sound like a “MAN” but this is a Chick beer.

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Photo of Butch
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled 21 March 2007, purchased in Abita Springs, LA for me by a friend
12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Color & Head: Very clear and straw colored. Fizzy. Not a lot of head.

Aroma: A touch of strawberry in it, but not a lot. Kind of sour, really. Not much hops.

Taste: Not a lot of flavor here. I was expecting some serious strawberry flavor from what I’ve heard and read. I can barely taste any and The Wife says she can’t taste any at all. Still very sour. Too sour.

Notes: I’m not very impressed. I don’t usually go for fruit beers, but the fruit isn’t he problem with this one. Some guys at the Keg & Barrel were saying it was terrific last year, and they normally don’t care for fruit beers either so I was enthusiastic about getting some of this. I had a friend bring me back some form LA last weekend. I got a sixer, but I think I’ll save the other five for guests hat want to try it.


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Photo of kingcrowing
2.46/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of brewemstrong
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very light, limited cloudiness. 1/2-1 finger head.
S: Gives off a strong scent of strawberries, which dominates any malty notes. My first strawberry lager but it seems too overpowering.
T: Strawberry flavor is plentiful, yet tart. More maltiness in a sip than smell, but an absence of seemingly necessary hops.
M: Smooth enough so that the tartness does not linger on the tongue; light.
D: Not a "go-to" beer, but will finish 6-pack.

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Photo of otto251068
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden yellow color. The beer is very transparent, and the lively bubbles are clearly seen rising to the surface. The pure white head rises to a half fingers worth, then fades to a single blob in the center of the glass.

Smell: Pale wheat aroma, followed by some nice, tart, under ripened strawberries, a little on the sour side. The strawberry has a very sweet, almost candy smell to it. A lot of citrus, maybe a touch of orange zest.

Taste: Right off the bat...nothing really, maybe a tiny bit of wheat and grassy flavors. The strawberry comes next, the same processed, candy taste as the aroma would indicate. The beer finishes clean, with no aftertaste whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a medium carbonation. The beer has the consistency of water, and the carbonation is very prickly on the tongue.

Overall: This is a highly drinkable beer. I really could drink this like water. The very subtle flavor(s) is there, and then it is gone, leaving no aftertaste. It is very refreshing and quenching.

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Photo of soulfly1492
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Pilsner malt, strawberry, rice. Not too excited here. A bit skunked maybe, although the "best by" date is way out and the bottle is brown.

Appearance: Pale yellow. Slight cloudiness. Little white head, no lacing.

Taste: Pilsner malt, wheat, rice, artificial strawberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not interested. Very little fruit flavor, and what is there tastes synthetic.

Note: Drank on 4/22/2012. Best by date is 8/22/2012.
Probably the shortest review I've written to date, that's not just a coincidence.

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Photo of Braudog
2.52/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared with a friend (thanks, Tyler) at RFD Washington. This is a bit hazy, and relatively flat. Unfortunately the overall impression of this brew by everyone involved was best encapsulated by Tyler (who is a big Purple Haze fan), who described it as "kid’s toothpaste in a glass." Only for the fruit lovers. (#2773, 4/5/2007)

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Photo of route66pubs
2.54/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - clear yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles lead to good white head from a hard pour

S - very sweet strawberry aroma overwhelms the senses immediately, leaving no room for anything else in the nose

T - crisp and cool taste of sweet strawberries follow the aroma throughout the mouth

M - this is definitely a light, summer lager, and its crispness brings a sparkling feeling throughout the mouth

D - too much of a novelty for much enjoyment, but certainly an interesting thing to try once

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Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of DeFaz
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I'm not sure what the rave is about this one. It doesn't taste remotely like a lager, or any kind of beer for that matter. Instead of the fruit collaborating with the other flavors, this "beer" really doesn't have much in ways of hops or malt. It has some wheat flavors and grain, but that is all overpowered by the strawberry. The mouthfeel is its main problem though, as this is extremely thin (even for a summer beer) and the carbonation is too high. The only thing keeping this from being a terrible investment is that the strawberry flavor tastes natural (unlike in many overly thin fruit beers) and is not excessively sweet. But when looking at this beer overall, and especially when considering that it costs around $10/six pack, it's very disappointing.

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellowish color with a short lived smallish white head. Smell is sweet malt and strawberry candy, and a bit strange. Taste is like strawberry cereal and reminds me of the milk at the bottom of the bowl. Medium bodied with normal carbonation. Hint of odd sourness. Not that great.

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Photo of WildRage
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge fan of this beer, although I should have known what I got myself into when I purchased a 'Strawberry Harvest Lager."

Very sweet, strawberry smell. Very light light (did I say light?) color. Extremely thin body. Very basic and not complex at all.

I really like Abita's Purple Haze and TurboDog, but would never purchase this one again.

That being said, if served very cold on a hot summer day, I wouldn't turn it away.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.64/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice to see Abita in Maine (how about that):

In a pint glass:

A: yellow colored body with a fizzy pale head that dies within less than thirty seconds. There is no lacing that is left. Carbonation is barely seen rising.

S: strawberry, nothing else

T: only strawberry

M: light and fizzy (Is this beer or soda?)

O: well, this is the first beer I've had by Abita, so I don't want to bust on them too much. However, this isn't necessarily a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up as part of a mixed six pack today at Total Wines.

A:The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. Small head, quarter inch slowly rose, then fizzled fast to just a ring of bubbles.

S: The strawberries overpower, it's hard to get much else. Slight bit of wheat, and corn syrup as well.

T: Sugar, strawberries, syrup, and some mild corn.

M: Sightly crisp, a little sticky. Lightly carbonated, and a bit thin on the finish.

O: okay. One and done for me. Hard to get past the cloying sweetness, for a lager it's not that refreshing.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strawberry is not an easy fruit to pull off. Pours a mostly hazy darker yellow to golden hue. A slightly pinkish hue. A bubbly white head on the pour but quickly dissipates and not much lacing to speak of.

The nose is limited both on base beer and fruit. To start there is a light grainy aroma with a off candy like backing. Some hints of berries but nothing really specifically noting strawberries. Has a almost artificial type of aroma. There is a noticeable metallic smell that I get with all of Abita's beers. Some light grassy notes in the back end.

The taste is similar to the nose. The malt is limited with more of a candy like backing than grainy or husky. The metallic notes are a bit stronger and really are distracting in the taste. The berry comes out more than the nose indicated but does not have that distinct strawberry flavor. Tends to fade as the beer warms. Also some yeast notes come out as well.

The body is light and a bit wispy. Carbonation is low but ok. Overall, sure strawberries are hard to do, but there are some other off notes in this beer that just create an off experience.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.67/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass...2008 vintage

Appearance - Clear see through gold with a tiny half finger white head. Nice white mist left on top after the head disappeared.

Smell - Sweet sweet strawberry smell blended in with some malts

Taste & Mouthfeel - Strawberries taste just like the freeze dried ones you get in cereal boxes. Crisp and tangy taste in the beginning turns into a smooth sweet malt in the back. Very light and lager like.

Drinkability - Nothing complex at all about this beer. I usually limit myself to one or two a season. A Sunday breakfast brew in the springtime that would make a great paring with some pecan pancakes. Not a big fan, but is nice for a yearly sample.

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Photo of lvbs
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Our tasters thought the strong strawberry nose and the surprisingly unsweet taste were the strongest points of the beer, but it still lacked the body and complexity of a truly great strawberry wheat. Still, on the whole, it was a good fruit beer that even those of us who dislike such beers could enjoy.

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Photo of zeff80
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a yellow color with hints of pink. It was a little hazy with a one finger, white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of a little strawberry.

T - The strawberry flavor was muted. Other wise it just tasted like a bland lager, but not bitter.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - It lacked much flavor at all. It wasn't a great brew but far better than their Purple Haze.

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Photo of malibujohnny
2.72/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Strawberry for sure this one is. I like sweet fruit beers but this one is just too much for my tastes. Not enough malt in the wort boil, i think to accomadate the fruit. This is even to sweet to drink 2 in a row. A good beer perhaps for a fun loving lady of the evening!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pale tan and mostly clear with a half finger head and ok lacing.

Smell is not too good. Funked and skunked with a little bit of BO in there.

Tastes better than it smells. Lagery with a touch of strawberry.

Somewhat dry despite a mild sweetness. Light bodied with mid level carbonation.

It's ok but I wouldn't seek it out or recommend it.

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Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.