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Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co.

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Strawberry Harvest LagerStrawberry Harvest Lager

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Ratings: 1,005
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.9%
Wants: 14
Gots: 67 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Gagnonsux on 05-03-2005)
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Photo of miket163


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured a pale pale hazy gold into into a pint glass. 1" head quickly dissipated. O.K. lacing.

smell: Very sweet strawberry malt. Like a cake. Not much hop in the nose.

taste: Strawberry and pale malts are the main things I'm picking up. Slightly sweet and malty. No hops to speak of. Average pale lager.

OK beer in the heat, yet as my palate develops I find I like more richer tasting beers even when its hot (and I live in Dallas!).

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 04:11:20 | More by miket163
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours pale straw, clear, a thinnish white head.

Nose reminds me of those strawberry sugar wafer cookies that you can buy for like $0.90 a pack. Very strawberry, but it's strawberry flavor instead of real strawberries, the same why strawberry milk or strawberry ice cream is.

Flavor is biscuity, very light malt, with a finish that has some more of the strawberry come out. While it's not what I'd call authentic, it's not bad either, and it's not overdone. Still, this isn't even in the same ballpark as the best fruit beers out there, any more than cheap strawberry ice cream can measure up to homemade with real, fresh berries.

Mouthfeel was fine, nothing that impressive - light, fairly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability was fine, not really hurt by the strawberry as the beer is certainly not overly sweet. That said, not one I'd reach for under just any circumstance.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 17:33:02 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of thryn


4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden straw color, ever so slightly cloudy. Ample white head, but it does not last. Fair bit of sticky lace. Carbonation bubbles dance through it.

It smells like strawberry juice -- like REAL strawberry juice, with a bit of biscuity malt detectable as well. No hops in the nose.

This is very good! Prominent strawberry and biscuit is balanced by enough hop to provide some balancing bitterness without being prominent enough to really have much character of their own.

Great mouthfeel. Light and refreshing with good carbonation.

I really didn't expect to think much of this beer, but I recently bought a second sixer. I think it will definitely be a summer favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 06:40:14 | More by thryn
Photo of brewbasterd

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Even though this is normally not my type of beer, i was pleasantly surprised. The lightly cloudy,pale yellow color reminds me of a partially filtered wheat beer. A sweet strawberry scent present on the nose, but not overpowering. Smooth strawberry flavors are accompanied by sweet malts and floral hops. Nice light body that almost has a watered down aftertaste.

A good summer beer, but I would only have 1 or 2 of before switching to something else.

*if you swish it around in your mouth, the extra fizz almost makes it taste like you are eating strawberry Pop-Rocks *

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 03:43:59 | More by brewbasterd
Photo of Kromes


3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a fluffy white head. Great aromas, strawberry, sweet malts and a little bit of floral hop, very nice. Strawberry and malt flavors blend nicely. The higher carbonation gives the beer a creamy quality which of course goes nicely with the strawberry flavors. There is a little hop bitterness and tartness in the finish. All in all a very well balanced beer, only maybe a little bit on the sweet side, can only have one or two due to that.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 02:45:41 | More by Kromes
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale, slightly hazy yellow color with lots of active carbonation visible. The white head is pretty tall, dense, and foamy, with good retention and some patchy lacing.

S: Fairly standard lager malt up front - grainy and sweet. A bit of herbal hop twang. Strawberry aroma is not overdone and comes across as natural.

T: Similar to the smell. Standard lager base of clean, grainy malt and some faint grassy/herbal hops. Strawberry flavor is present at the back end, providing at first a dash of sweetness before fading into a semi-tart flash. A lingering berry aftertaste.

M: Fairly light and definitely refreshing. A bit of slickness into the finish. Carbonation is perky but not overdone. On a muggy night, this definitely gets the job done.

D: I prefer fruit beers to be understated, with fruit flavors complementing rather than overpowering the nature of the brew. While the lager base here is pretty average, they avoid overdoing the strawberry flavor and it never comes across as artificial, which is nice. A light, refreshing, fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 02:43:41 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of gobias


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a friend who is a big Abita beer fan. When I saw this in my local beer store, I thought I would give it a try.
This is a nice golden beer with a scent of strawberry. I do not find the strawberry flavor to be too strong, though. It is refreshingly crisp and sweet and goes down smooth.
It is a nice summer, seasonal beer that can be enjoyed as a session beer as it is only 4.2%.
A good over all beer for fruity beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 05:27:29 | More by gobias
Photo of Jablonski


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with an average sized head--a very clear beer. Smells quite a bit like strawberry yogurt. This is actually a very pleasant smell, and it is much better than I remembered it in the past. The taste is pretty much exactly like the smell. Nothing unpleasant, but nothing sets this beer apart. It's strawberries from the first sip to the last, so don't expect to anything fancy. The carbonation is spot on for this beer unlike many Abita's. However, it still feels a bit thin. The drinkability is good, but the sweetness gets annoying after a while. If you can put up with it, then it would be easy to sip on a six pack throughout the night.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 04:25:27 | More by Jablonski
Photo of cjgator3


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orangish color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is some malt and a really faint delicate strawberry aroma as well. It smells like there is some wheat in there as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty delicate on the flavors with some pale malt and wheat flavors along with a hint of strawberry flavors that is very refreshing.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty damn drinkable beer that would be a perfect summer outdoors beer. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:24:15 | More by cjgator3
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A good looking bier. A hazy golden yellow with a decent lacing.
S: Strawberry undertones, not overpowering at all. I was a little shocked, expected more of a fruity smell. Very pleasing.
T: I am not a big fan of fruity biers, but this one is good. A solid, not overpowering strawberry taste. Can still taste the "bier" in this bier.
M: No problems here, refreshing.
D: A good bier that I could have 2-4 of them then would probably get sick of the fruity taste.
Overall, a good bier that was a welcome find at my local bier store. I would recommend it to anyone who is in search of a refreshing fruity bier. Prosit.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:21:43 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of onecrazybreeze


2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I know a girl from Louisiana that swears by this stuff and how amazing it is so, she must buy 30 plus cases of it a summer, so I thought I should give it a whirl.

Pours a light golden color with a very fast slim white head. Really carbonated, stayed bubbly the entire time. Smells very faintly of strawberries and really nothing else. It could just be me but the taste was not there. It had a slight hint of strawberry but other than that, I felt like it tasted pretty much like nothing, just sort of like drinking carbonated water. Because of the taste the beer is really easy to drink, if that is what one is going for. The fruit in the beer isn't overpowering in the least and it goes down really easily. not really all that impressed but wouldn't turn it down if someone offered.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 20:59:21 | More by onecrazybreeze
Photo of malibujohnny


2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 03:22:43 | More by malibujohnny
Photo of BeanBone


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pale golden, slightly hazy body with a sudsy finger of near-white head that recedes rapidly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Quite simply, strawberry shortcake. Much closer to real strawberries than strawberry candy. The malt base is firmly in the pale malt range and seems a little sweet (though that may be the strawberries mixing in). I have to say, this is intriguing and alluring.

Taste: Still lots of fresh strawberries, though more muted than in the nose. The Lager comes through much clearer here than in the nose, but unfortunately it's a little grainy and average. The two flavors just don't mesh that well, I can't help but think that these strawberry flavors could have found a better housemate than a boring Lager. The aftertaste is pretty short, and tastes of strawberries and grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. The finish dries up a bit.

Drinkability: Decent, providing you like strawberries.

Verdict: In all honesty, I have to say I like this. It reminds of me of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat in a way: it's a fruit dominated beer that just seems wrong, but you can't help but like. Of course, this is miles ahead of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 16:32:48 | More by BeanBone
Photo of KeefD


4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that was gone in a flash, no lacing. Fruity aroma, strawberry is there but not overpowering, maybe just a hint of caramel and sugary sweetness, but doesn't smell bad at all. Taste is a nice dose of strawberries, sweet pale malts, a hint of bitterness, nice and crisp. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but I do actually like this one and think it would be great on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and not cloyingly sweet or fruity. Thanks to deepsouth for the extra!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 19:57:51 | More by KeefD
Photo of yesferro


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6pack at papa V's in Tupelo MS, so far the only place I've seen it carry

Appearance:slightly cloudy yellow with a nice sized head
Smell: delicious smell, like fresh strawberry jam
Taste: This surprised me, it's not sweet like I expected. Tastes like strawberries with some malt, not overly heavy or sweet, it has the perfect tartness.
Mouthfeel: crisp!
Drinkability : although I think this beer is great, I don't think I could have more then 2 of these before the strawberry taste gets old for me.

Overal a very nice fruity beer, perfect for the summertime

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 23:55:22 | More by yesferro
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that has decent retention and really nice lacing.

Nose is sniffalicious! Fresh strawberries are, of course, the main attraction with a few hints of light graininess and lagery sulfur. Clean and fresh smelling beer.

Wow, nectar of the gods? Strawberry flavor is subtle, yet omnipresent with a nice dose of light malt graininess. It would not surprise me if there was some wheat in here as well, as I get a bit of tartness near the end. This is one helluva refreshing beer. It's delicate, so drink it before any palate wreckers. Great job Abita!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 23:35:03 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light yellow/straw color with a slight haze and a decent head for a fruit lager. Faint lacing

S- Very fresh smelling berry flavor. Noticeable without being annoying

T- The taste is well done. It is light, of course, but it is also fulfilling with a real, sweet strawberry flavor combined with some very light malt and a touch of hopping.

M- Very light, bubbly feeling

D- Decent choice for a beer, great choice for a fruity lager. Paired with a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 03:06:19 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of brandoneast


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strawberry Harvest pours pale, off-white, and somewhat cloudy (for a lager) with a thick two finger head. Nose releases a very mild strawberry aroma with slight vanilla - not an artificial fruitiness that you can get in other fruit brews. I really appreciate how the strawberry sits in the background a bit which allows some of the wheat and hops to shine. Flavors of strawberry: Special K®, taffy, and granola. Creamy with the right amount of carbonation lends a medium mouthfeel.

For a lager , I love it! Strawberry Harvest may not pair impeccably well with crawfish, but with a relaxing Saturday of friends, grilling, and a washer tournament - count me in! Buy this now before it sells out.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 19:54:39 | More by brandoneast
Photo of AgingWarrior


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light to medium golden color with a fat finger of foamy white head. The head layered fairly quickly and provided some thin lacing.

The scent contains a lot of grain like a regular lager, but with the soft undertones of fresh strawberries. The strawberry scent becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Taste is malty on the front and then the strawberry kicks in. Nice blend of tastes in this beer. It's light and crisp with a clean finish.

Mouth feel is light body and medium carbonation. It has a nice crisp feel, perfect for a hot summer day.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this is one that I would drink a couple of on a hot day. Very good example of a fruit lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 13:33:48 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of nqualls


3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 17:52:15 | More by nqualls
Photo of Vengeance526


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear, pale golden color with a light fluffy white head that lasts for a little while before slowly subsiding and leaving moderate lacing.

Strawberry cleanly evident in the aroma.

Taste is more bready with a strawberry presence that isn't nearly as pronounced as the aroma may lead you to believe. Tart but not too fruity. Was concerned this may be too sweet but it is actually fairly well balanced.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty refreshing on a hot day so drinkability is definitely up there when the temperature outside is right. Taste imparted by the strawberries is not overdone and it does seem quite fresh unlike some artificial tasting fruit beers. Overall one of the few Abita offerings that might be worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 22:32:24 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of wmthorne


4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, I'm not much of a fruit beer person, not a real fan of the Abita purple haze but I really like this seasonal offering. My wife and I drove an hour and a half to Nashville to try the strawberry. Then we drove back to pick up 3 more cases.

Appearance: golden color no trace of red so it looks to be all natural, no dye

Smell: it is more bready and buttery with a hint of strawberry. That was a surprise

Taste: the initial taste is almost of shortbread and that aftertaste is the strawberry. Very nice progression.

Mouthfeel: consistent Abita carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability: my first bottle was paired with a spicy Cajun salmon. The Cajun spice pairs wonderfully, wonderfully with the strawberry lager. We bought the other 3 cases. We host a crawfish boil and can't wait to try the brew with the crustaceans. Looking forward to enjoying one on the lawmower tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:59:24 | More by wmthorne
Photo of Brenden


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 13:12:14 | More by Brenden
Photo of CampusCrew


2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: lager appearance, not red

smell: heavy berry flavor

taste: The strawberry is not overwhelming, but it is what it is. beer made with strawberries, way more drinkable than a wild blue though. This is a lager with a light strawberry flavor

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: a great session beer with low berry taste. Bud drinkers would highly approve. Not a great Beer advocate beer though. I could not drink multiples, just wanted to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 15:11:21 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of unclejimbay


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita Strawberry
Reviewed 3/18/09
@ Jacques-Imo's, NO, LA(http://www.jacquesimoscafe.com/)
bottle>pint cup, listed as 4.2%, 128 cals p12os

My wife ordered this beer during an awesome dinner we had at this restaurant in New Orleans. The food was AWESOME. I had a couple Abita IPA's, and was eager to taste her Abita Strawberry (since I have never had it, and it was freshly released this "season").

A 3.5 - The appearance was light in color with an okay head for a small pour. Noticeable visible carbonation.
S 4 - Aroma was mild fresh strawberry notes without being overly done.
T 4.5 - Taste was a light malt base with fresh strawberry and hints of kiwi.
MF 3.5 - light mouthfeel with high carbonation.
D 4 - A very nice fresh strawberry fruit beer. It's great to know Abita uses fresh LA strawberries and it comes through in the seasonal release. It was a pleasure to try this brew in the fine town of Nawlins, with fine food at Jacques-Imo's. It's worth a try if you are open to fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 18:00:01 | More by unclejimbay
Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
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