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Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 383
Hads: 1,223
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 34
Gots: 214 | 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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/18/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a foamy light khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some earthy strawberry and strawberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with a flavor on the finish that is almost like a biscuit with butter and strawberry jelly. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is light and refreshing but the smell on this one is better than the taste. (585 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

single finger white head with poor retention on a hazy pale golden body. Aroma of strawberry and raspberry with a grain base which isnt that sweet. Flavors are also of strawberry and raspberry, sweetest in the finish with a very light malt and grain base. Also has orange peel notes. Light body and high carbonation. This one is refreshing. Not too sweet. Not a beer or a style for me. (385 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of strawberries are present in the nose along with some notes of wheat. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has pleasant flavors of strawberries along with hints of wheat and a slight amount of bitterness. The best way I can describe the strawberries is that they taste like a Starburst candy but without the associated sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer, particularly its strawberry flavors since they seemed unique and didn't have any sweetness. (859 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a big fruit beer guy ever, but this one is just really good. pours a very light looking hay color with a small white head and good bubbles. no pink or redness to it really at all, maybe just a hint. smells a bit sweet, like fresh strawberries and pale malts, crisp. flavor is really lovely, tastes like real fruit, nothing artificial or syrupy sweet. very fresh flavors, nice crisp finish. nothing overboard on the malt or hop fronts, just a good balanced beer that feels seasonally appropriate. honestly i could drink quite a few of these. feel is really light in body and very active on the carbonation. down easy, affordable, and yummy. this will assuredly end up in the fridge again this season. (703 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a wispy head that fades somewhat quickly but does leave some splashy lace behind

Smell: Vague character of strawberry ice cream, with vanilla and real fruit elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with the strawberry and vanilla flavors bursting forward by mid-palate and continuing, after the swallow, with an increasingly dessert-like character

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: If you like this sort of thing, this is a well-executed fruit beer (525 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a light pinkish color to it and a foamy white head on top. The head fades and just leaves a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer has a pretty healthly aroma of Strawberry to it. The taste of the beer is very light, The strawberry is sweet and just watered down it seems. The mouthfeel is also quite watery. Overall this beer wasn't overly impressive, just not for me. (405 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can talk Russian Imperial-this, Triple Decocted-that, and hype every limited release seasonal of which you can think, but it's this beer that's such a guilty pleasure for me that I look forward to its release to start every spring season year after year.

As the beer pours with a standard pilsner-esque pour of light gold hues and mild haze, I almost wish that it carried a tinge of red to honor the strawberry fruit. But the beer doesn't, instead it releases steady streams of carbonation that fuel a blanket of foam that spans edge to edge and leaves intricate patterns of foam behind.

The creative and indigenous use of strawberry in the brewing process captures the true essence of the fruit in vivid detail with delicate and floral aromatic compounds, bright acidity, and a supportive note of crisp malt and wheat.

Flavors follow on the fresh, ripe, and zesty taste of strawberry that harmoniously blend into the wheaty, malty, base. Abita does a masterful job of retaining all of the finesse flavors of the fruity but without any unnecessary or unwanted sweetness that's associated with fruit beers. The taste weaves in and out of the cracker-like breadiness and sweetness such that neither the fruit or the base pilsner dominate. All in all, this is a very well balanced beer that carries a slight buttery malt underscore that I can't decide if it's an asset or a deterrent to the beer's overall flavor.

Light in body, however remaining crisp and refreshing throughout; the beer's expansive carbonation seems to surpass creaminess and accents the acidity of fruit and grain. As supple as the beer may seem, it's a very zesty and playful beer right up to the clean finish, sans the light oily feel that's left after the finish and going into the wheaty aftertaste and with a whimsical memory of strawberry\.

Never before has such a delicate strawberry flavor been displayed in a beer that's decidedly a wheaty pilsner, and then executed to perfection. This is Abita at their best! (1,995 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a faint fogginess that dissipates with backlighting. The three finger cap has an appealing color (alabaster) and an appealing texture (both frothy and creamy). Thick bridges of foam connect head and glass, depositing shredded sheets of lace when they eventually break. I'm not sure if I'm disappointed or relieved that there's no hint of red or pink.

The nose is pretty much as advertised. That is, there's a mild-moderate strawberry fruitiness that comes nowhere close to covering up the essence of the base beer. Although the aroma is pleasant, I'm not doing cartwheels every time I put my nose over the glass. On the other hand, if the beer tastes like it smells, I'll be pleased.

Strawberry Harvest Lager is decent beer that doesn't quite come together in a harmonious manner, at least according to my fruit beer preferences. First of all, the amber lager itself is average. It's a little grainy and is on the undermalted side. Second of all, I'd like to see a little more strawberriness. It's an agreeable flavor, there just isn't enough of it. More fruitiness would help to cover up the base beer's faults.

The beer is both too sweet and too bitter. Bigger styles, for the most part, are better able to pull that combination off. An offering that is one or the other would fit this effort much better. Warming reveals no hidden charms. In fact, it causes the fine cracks in the flavor profile to becomes larger crevices. My suggestion is to drink ASHL fairly cool.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for a fruit beer that's also a lager. It's light without being watery and has a minor finishing slickness that must be due to fructose from the berries. I wouldn't change a thing about the middle-of-the-road amount of carbonation.

Despite its shortcomings, Strawberry Harvest Lager is an okay little fruit beer... as long as one's expectations aren't sky-high. More bursting berry goodness would probably make it one of Abita's best. (1,963 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well in my neverending search for new and intresting beers I come to this. The Abita Strawberry harvest lager. Now I am not usually ever a fan of fruit beers, they just always come off wrong to me, so I was a bit hesitant, but nevertheless, it deserved its fair try, so that it will get....

A - Poured a dull, hazy light golden amber, almost a yellow, with a big fizzy white head on top. Faded quickly and only left behind a thin film of lace on the top. Some visible carbonation was evident, very very cloudy looking.

S - So super strong strawberrry it was retarded. Smelled like a strawberry cake, soo sweet and fresh. Actually very very pleasant. A light citrus hoppiness could also be found, but just sickingly strong strawberry in a good way.

T - Actually very nice, not overwhelming like i thought. Definate grainey back to it, was clearly evident. But lots and lots of strawberry, and almost a sweet whip cream like flavor with it, strawberry shortcake beer, totally.

M - Crisp and smooth, very lingering aftertaste. Nice carbonation and good light feel to it.

D - Actually very good. I could drink this alot. Very light and not too sweet, just about right. Not overdone, which it could have been easily. Just a nice well rounded brew.

Overall I was very suprised. I really did enjoy this. It was very unique and not overpowering like it could have been. Overall just a really great summer brew. I will definatly purchase again. (1,453 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden color with a small white head and a lot of fizz.

S: At least the strawberry aroma is not disgustingly fake. Definitely somewhat artificial and sugary, but it does have a nice fruit quality to it. Underneath that, a bit of corn bread.

T: Surprisingly good flavor, too. Best way to describe this is cornbread with strawberry jam on it. Nicely sweet, but I could see it getting cloying after drinking more than a few ounces of it.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: I was expecting a disaster. Luckily, this wasn't too shabby. (586 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, tight, cotton white head.

Smell: Strawberries!!

Taste: Strong, sweet strawberry flavor, like you'd get from a kid's sugary sweet breakfast cereal with some strawberry yogurt stirred in. No bitterness or real hop character. Finishes same.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: If you dig lagers and sweet strawberries, then you could definitely go for this. For me, it was a bit too sweet. (466 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam, resting on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly, despite being replenished by a column of rising bubbles, it leaves little lace.

S - A light strawberry aroma with some musty hops and grainy malt.

T - Surprisingly full strawberry flavor up front with a little bit of sweet, bready malt. Some light, herbal hop in the middle along with smooth malt and light fruity flavors. The beer finishes dry with a juicy berry note and some light bitterness.

M - Moderately light body, higher than average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Much better than I expected, the strawberry flavor is quite full and convincing. The underlying beer is nothing special, but it serves the purpose of providing a neutral platform for the berry essence. There is a little bit of a sulfuric off note in the aroma, but other than that it is clean and pretty good for what it is. (920 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I think New Orleans, strawberries strike my brain first in association... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose is an adept recreation in liquid of a strawberry-flavored Pop-Tart, crust and all. The taste generally brings more of the same, though there's more of that crust flavor and a touch of berry tartness near the finish, which, oddly enough, seems out of place, given the pervasive feeling of sweetness throughout. It also kinda stabs out, an unnatural lightning. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay beer at best, but one that just doesn't quite sit all that well with me. Thankfully, the strawberry flavor isn't truly an artificial one, but it's not altogether pleasant, either. (858 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -28%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mystery beer left over by one of the roommates in the kitchen fridge.. no idea how old this guy is, but I'm daring enough to find out. Pours a slightly see thru golden color, some bubbles ascending and some head to it.. well at least it isn't flat! Very faint stale corn aroma. Taste is medium bodied, slightly tart. Some strawberry on the back end, pretty well balanced and refreshing. A nice subtle fruit beer that isn't overbearing like a lot of others, a nice summer beer. (476 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly clouded gold. Nose is a touch of strawberries over a firm metallic character. Flavor is kind of like a smooth lager with a creamy strawberry presence that is just slight. What ruins it for me is the somewhat harsh aftertaste of metal. Just too much metallic for my liking. Feel is thick with carbonation and fairly standard on the liquid. Overall it is drinkable, yes. Just not so much since there is a lack of firm strawberry and also with the presence of so much metallic. (491 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/gold with 2+ fingers off eggshell colored head. Great spider web-like lacing & good lacing

S: Some metallic hops & some strawberry

T: Srawberry, some grassy hops & raspberry up front. More berry, plus a kiss of lemon hops as this warms. Finishes nice & fruitty &with a bit of dryness, this has more of a natural taste than I was expecting.

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, nice balance

I could drink a few of these especially on a warm day. Nothing earth shattering here, but better than most Abita offerings IMO (554 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light color of straw; slightly hazy. Good near-white head. Light (slippery) lace.

This beer has very little aroma. I'm noticing slight skunk. I don't smell any berry unless you count the Frankenberry-like smell. Also, this has a milky lactose nose.

Lots of sourness, particularly in the swallow and the aftertaste. The carbonation is quite low. This is an odd flavored beer; not my style. (395 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/19/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger moderately dense and rocky light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big ripe strawberry, strawberry jam, wheat, shortbread, cream, and light floral. Nice aromas with authentic strawberry notes and moderate malt presence; with solid strength. Taste of ripe strawberry, strawberry jam, wheat, shortbread, cream, and light floral. Lingering notes of strawberry, wheat, shortbread, and cream on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of strawberry and malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice fruited lager style. Good balance and robustness of strawberry and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,103 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twist-off bottle:

Pours straw yellow with thin white head that eventually (rather quickly) disappears.

The smell is of sweet grain and a touch of grass. Light strawberry comes through. Glad to smell a fruit beer that has "beer" aroma.

The taste is of sweet grain and light grass. Sweet strawberries are mixed in. At least it's not as artificial tasting as many other fruit beers, but...overall, the taste is mild and rather lacking. A vague hop bitterness balances out the sweetness and tartness.

Typical of the brewery this one is light-bodied. I don't fault it for that, as that is what they make. However, this one almost pushes it too much. There is a pleasant aftertaste and it is smooth.

This is a decent fruit beer. The strawberry is not quite as artificial as is found in so many of this style. It's rather weak, but maintains a "beer" quality, albeit light. Rated per style. Better than other fruit beers, but doesn't quite do it for me other than being rather refreshing on a hot day. (999 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, forms a thin white head of small bubbles. No lacing no the glass and the carbonation is low.

Sweet smell, definitely getting the strawberries, smells fine.

Medium body with a sweet strawberry aftertaste. Its wet in the mouth and there is no carbonation on the palate, second taste. Kind of flat feeling, not really loving this beer. Good thing my wife likes it. (425 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint brassy/golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of strawberries and wheat which intensifies slightly as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat with a light flavor of natural strawberry with just a hint of sweetness. Light hints of floral hops that impart just a touch of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Not thin and watery like a lot of light bodied beers.

O: Nice and easy to drink with a pleasant fruit flavor and not a lot of associated sweetness. Refreshing and a nice beer for a warm spring evening. (971 characters)

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Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.