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Strawberry Harvest Lager | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Gagnonsux on 05-03-2005

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Photo of hophugger
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale golden color with average head and light lacing. Aroma is of fresh strawberry puree and that's about all you get. Taste was little disappointing, the lager is evident, but the fresh strawberry flavor seems watered down, in fact, the whole beer seems watered down. Mouthfeel is ok, too light and hardly any aftertaste or finish. Not the best, by far, that Abita has done !!

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

This is a simple, easy-drinking, and pretty tasty beer. Clean, crisp, and refreshing flavor and mouthfeel. It's neither too sweet nor too watery. I probably wouldn't drink it every day, but it hits the spot when it's 85 degrees and muggy outside.

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Photo of VTR
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. When I first smelled this I almost forgot I had a strawberry beer. There is only a faint hint of strawberry but a strong bread yeast smell to it. The taste is where things get better. More of a bold strawberry but again not a huge presence. Suffice it to say I do not find it very sweet. It is a pleasant beer to kick back and drink with non beer friends. I enjoy having one of these for an easy drink on a hot day. I will purchase another 6 pack for such occasions.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date

Look -Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy and billowy white head with small bubbles. Excellent distribution, good retention. Decent lacing. 4.5 paws.

Smell - Lots of strawberry, mixed with the malt it smells a bit like strawberry yogurt. A touch of lemon and a bit of wheat and just a smidgen on cinnamon and honey. No hops, strawberry yogurt or ice cream is really the dominant aroma. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Lots of strawberry up front, crisp pilsner malt, but an unpleasant finish of an American wheat beer, somewhat astringent and metallic. The strawberry flavor is very nice though, and tastes of strawberries and cream. A touch of lemon and honey and the slightest bit of hops bitterness that lingers The faint cinnamon flavor pops up again for me, almost like a churro (keyword: faint). 3.75 paws.

Feel - Medium bodied, and slightly creamy that compliments the strawberry flavor well. Not much tingle. 4.25 paws.

Overall - A very nice warm weather beer, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The finish was a bit off-putting at first, but the more you drink, the more the strawberry flavors envelops everything. 4.25 paws.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/13/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains strawberries, wheat, light caramelized malts and lager yeast.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of strawberries and cream followed by a strong breadiness from flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the strawberry flavor.

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Photo of seabeetastetest
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellow orange haze, smells of strawberry and of malts.And surprise it has a strong strawberry taste with a malty finish. A good beer for a hot summer day, i get a six pack every year drink it cold and fresh out of a ten i give it a strong 7.5.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow orange with small white head, smells of strawberry malty yeast, tastes of creamy strawberries with slight malt smooth mouthfeel. Reminded me of strawberry captain crunch

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Photo of ShawnMN
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Great summer time brew. I was a little iffy on a fruity beer. I've had some before that tasted like a malt liquor. But this was surprisingly great and is now one my favorite summer time Ales. It has a great smell , only hints of strawberry. That carries straight into the taste. Fizzy light feel with little hoppiness in and only hints of strawberry in the taste. Still taste like a beer. Which I love about it. Great seasonal!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3/5  rDev -14.5%

This one pours a cloudy pale golden color with just a hint of orange. With a thin short lived head that settles moderately quick with very minimal lacing.

The nose is very strawberry and malt with the hops being almost non-existent. The nose is very fruity and pleasant. Reminds me of spring time.

The taste is a tad dry with definite fructose, strawberries and apples with a dry malt bed a mild hopping.

The moutfeel is adequate

Overall this is a decent beer and drinkable. Not exceptional, but I think would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of FLima
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thick head with short retention.
Predominant aroma of strawberries, biscuit malt and lager yeast.
Similarly, refreshing flavor with notes of strawberries, lager yeast and faint floral hops.
Light body with mild carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Nice fruit beer, strawberry notes are not heavy and the beer is not overly sweet. Hops could be bolder, and I guess citrus hops would perfectly match this.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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Photo of Act25
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Summer Lager time.
Strawberry Lager keeps showing up in my WFM craft packs. I cannot give them away fast enough, so I cracked one open with my salmon over pasta and fresh baked tomatoes/ basil / noodle lunch.
That said in summer I often squeeze a lemon, orange, or some peel into a beer, just like I would an espresso. (but I'd never want a "FLAVORED" coffee).

Fruit beers fall into 3 categories for me:
1) Authentic, additive to malt, yeast and hops (rare): eg Selected Pumpkin Ales and Carton Panzanella http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26817/128664/
2) Authentic, but detracts from core beer (Abita falls in this category for me)
3) Fake, cloying, heading toward bathroom scented - Anything Apricot, eg St Johns Apricot Ale, any Lemon Shanty, unless I mix it myself.

A: Nice hazed body, half finger head, but only a bit of dotty lace and no retention.
S: Perhaps the best moment, because the strawberry is in reserve, but aroma is lacking across the board.
T: Authentic, but Strawberry overwhelms the lager.
MF: Strawberry all the way to the finish, not sweet, not cloying, but not anything, missing the refresh of lager, and the bitter long tingle of ale.

Also ran, I have to keep giving away. Not a lunch or a dessert beer either.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden-yellow hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy white foam with decent retention. Not bad.

Smell: lightly malty aroma with a moderate strawberry note. Not over the top, which I like, but also not terribly complex.

Taste: much like the aroma, there's a light malt flavor with a fair bit of strawberry character. I'm generally not a fan of strawberry beers; I think the fruit is too subtle to really stand out in a beer context.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess.

Overall: this beer is fine, although it really doesn't float my boat. Well-enough made, it just doesn't have a strong appeal.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a fairly clear medium straw color with a decent sized bubbly white head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Aromas of strawberry but a bit on the subtle side. Light spice, lemon, and just a touch of yeasty funk. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Yeasty wheaty with a hint of lemon and funk with a solid hit of strawberry to add a bit of complexity. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice fruity light easy drinking summer ale, I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of PawPawPepperoni
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's not a great beer, but I like it anyway. The sweetness is a nice complement to spicy crawfish that is also in season when this beer comes out. I find a noticeable improvement on-tap vs. the bottle.

Not for everyone, but if you're looking for something different in the springtime, this can be a nice treat, every once and a while.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Abita Strawberry is a really good tasting beer. It is not too strong, or too light. You can taste the strawberry flavor that it has. The smell is really good as well. The taste is not too strong or to light. If you have not had this beer you should try it, if you like strawberry flavored drinks.

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Photo of etoimazo
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my quest for the ideal after-mowing-the-lawn brew for the summer, I’ve explored a few of Abita’s beers. Typically light and crisp, their mainstays have a reputation as thirst-quenchers, and their Purple Haze already reflects brewing savvy using berry ingredients. So I tried a few bottles of their Strawberry Harvest Lager.

Appearance- straw to light golden color, hazy and effervescent, not much of a head

Smell – berry fruit wafts intertwined with light malt – slightly funky with little to no hop aroma

Taste- light wheat-twinge carries and dryly offsets the strawberry sweetness, but the latter predominates and persists. Strawberry flavor comes across as natural rather than artificial, and dosage is balanced rather than sickly sweet. No hop bitterness or flavor to speak of –presence is there only to balance the malt and let the strawberries speak.

Mouthfeel – lightly quenching lager character – drinkable and suitable for summer session consumption

Overall- The strawberry flavoring gives a unique and pleasant twist to a summer lager, but I’d enjoy this for its variety rather than as my main brew.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six at Ye Ole Spirits. I tend to like the fruit beers more than most so I was optimistic going in. The beer looked like a lite beer when poured. Not a lot of color or thickness to it. Not much to offer to the nose which was a little disappointing, no fruit smell and not much else. Flavor was also a disappointment, kinda like rotten strawberries in a cheap beer. From a guy who likes fruit beer this is one that I will not buy again and would only drink if I was on a quantity night.

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Photo of Jonada
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle best before 8/7/2014. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark yellow with 1 finger of a white soapy head that settles to a thin cap and collar. Body is hazy with some fine visible sediment.

Smell: Strawberry starburst candy, grain, slight melon. Mostly sweet strawberry candy.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Strawberry candy with a mild malt backbone and slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad but really nothing notable here. It's a relatively boring base beer with an artificial (though not offensive) strawberry presence. It's refreshing and easy to drink though, so if that's all you're looking for then I guess it's worth a try.

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Photo of Badger6
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint..in retrospect maybe a flute would've been more appropriate.

A hazy golden body, with a nice white head that was recedes to a ring. Lightly laced the glass. The aroma contained faint notes of the wheat malts, but the strawberries were dominant. The flavor is really where this beer gets up, the strawberries are dominant, as you'd expect, but the wheat lager foundation really shines. Grassy wheat, bready yeasts, and light toasted malts are all around. These classic wheat flavors with the strawberries make for an amazing flavor that you wouldn't expect from the aroma. It is a very refreshing beer to drink, with a light mouthfeel both in body and carbonation, and finishes off dry and clean.

Not my favored style, and definitely not a go to, but would make for an occasional cap off to a evening on the patio in the summer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy straw colored body. A white head recedes to a wisp while lacing is minimal.

Aroma: An immediate strawberry creme note fills the nose.

Taste: Malty, grainy, and sweet. The strawberry presence in the taste is a little more organic and less like candy. A strawberry tart note to finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between carbonated and creamy.

Overall: It was interesting and didn't offend. Not a style of beer I'd go back to, however.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on May 10, 2014 when it was 75 degrees outside.

It pours a hazy pale yellow color with a big, white fizzy head. The head becomes a ring after a moment.

The aroma is full of strawberry notes that merge with toasted biscuit, bready malts and a light hop kiss.

Thin but light and refreshing body.

Strawberries are the most notable flavor, which is as it should be considering what it is. The toasted malts are there and it finishes clean and crisp. This fits into the style well.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: hazy golden with a 1" white head which recedes slowly. Decent amount of lacing and carbonation.
Aroma: strawberries! Reminds me of the smell of strawberry preserves. Also pick up some grassiness (from the wheat I presume).
Mouthfeel: crisp, light, watery, refreshing. Finish is dry.
Flavor: tastes exactly as I would expect a strawberry wheat lager to taste. The strawberry flavor is evident as is grassy wheat, yeasty bread and lightly toasted malt

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Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.