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Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 388
Hads: 1,240
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 37
Gots: 231 | FT: 0
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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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 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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Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow, one finger white head.

Aroma: Strawberry shortcake, light grainy-ness.

Flavor: Ripe strawberry, with some creme candy character, finish is a bit more artificial cotton-candy esque.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied and refreshing.

Overall: First impression of the brew was pretty off putting, it started to grow on me throughout the glass, but still not something I'd order again.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I almost never drink a beer with fruit in it but was assured that Abita had done it really well so I gave it a shot. The first pour was a happy surprise as the beer was a nice golden hue instead of a fake red dye or something. I gave a sniff and was able to pick up on the abundance of strawberries, but also the wheat and barley which immediately screamed spring to me. The taste was smooth with a nice amount of strawberries through out. The mouthfeel was a bit thin but overall I really liked this beer. If you are a staunch opponent to fruity beers than this probably isn't the beer that will change your world view, but it is very nice.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured pale hazy yellow with fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with some spotty lacing.

S: First thing I'm is of course strawberry with a mix sweet vanilla upfront... Not much else but it works for this brew.

T: I'm getting wheat upfront with a hint of citrus, things turn sweet mid-palette with strawberry and vanilla. Finish is also sweet but a little more corny in the end.

M: Light with good lively carbonation and a clean finish.

O: Hey it is what it is.... a strawberry wheat and it is very good at being that. Worth looking for if you like the style.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, golden, and clear colored with a good head. Taste and aroma have strawberry all over it. Very refreshing and drinkable. Perfect with hot boiled crawfish!

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Photo of KYGunner
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the expectation that the strawberry would add some sort of light red to pink hue to this but instead it had the lightest of gold complexion with a fizzy white froth for a head.

The nose was a bit cardboardish and dull with no real strawberry but more a earthy fruit. No real sweetness hits the nose but only metallic grain.

The flavor is maybe a more real strawberry but not an overly appealing fruit flavor. There is no sweetness but more a dull, earthy gourd and bready malt.

The feel is metallic and light with a light carbonated bite.

I'm a big fan of the Purple Haze and had hoped this may emulate it a bit with just a different flavor but it falls far short of that.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy yellow pour with a fizzy white foam. Mild lacing.

S - Nice smell of strawberry preserves. The sweet sugary fruit is very dominant.

T - Pleasant springtime beer. Some light grains are noted, but the sweet taste of fresh strawberries is potent and consistent throughout drinking.

M - The sweetness could be a bit tiresome, but this is an easy drinking beer. Actually paired great with peppery Cajun food.

O - Certainly worth a try, and better than many of the spring seasonals out there.

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Photo of dowen17
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a very thin layer of head on top with no retention. Very small strips of lacing down the glass.

Smell is of strawberry jam and fresh strawberries on the nose with a slight grain scent.

Tastes like water run over some crushed strawberries and into some beer. Not much there but it is very refreshing and clean tasting.

Mouthfeel is very light and carbonated. Very refreshing beer but again nothing special.

Overall I could drink this beer again. If someone else had some I would drink it but I don't know if its something I would seek out. It's a decent beer but that's about it. Worth the try though.

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Photo of daniellebelle
4.73/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Call me a girly girl, but this is seriously one of my all-time favorite beers. I love the light airy quality of all of Abita's beers (as a Louisiana native, I can testify that it has a LOT to do with the amazing water quality in Abita Springs - where their other major industry is bottled water). The clean crisp refreshing flavor of an Abita Strawberry harvest is absolutely delightful. Not to mention the strawberries are fresh from one town over and leave a very strong strawberry aftertaste in one's mouth. I am thankful that this "seasonal beer" is usually lingering on the shelves for about half of the year.

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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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Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.