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Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 19.19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 89 | 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 lester619
1.25/5  rDev -63.7%

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.

lester619, May 03, 2010
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz (short neck) bottle into a pint glass. On the back label it reads "BEST IF CONSUMED BEFORE" and there are numbers 1 to 12 on the left edge and 1 to 31 on the right edge, however nothing is marked. Also there is no abv is listed on the label but there is a nice short description of the beer.

Appearance: Its body has a brilliant deep yellow blond color with just the very slightest chill haze. The pour produces a tall bright white head. It is light, fluffy and fleeting, which means it fades out quickly and makes no lacing.

Smell: As I poured this beer into the glass it smelled as if I was opening up a box of Special K cereal with strawberries. It has that same dehydrated strawberry character which is backed up by light grain notes.

Taste/Palate: This one is simple, crisp and very refreshing. It is just as the aroma advertised it to be, light dehydrated strawberry with cereal grain. The finish is snappy, crisp and refreshing. Its palate has a light body with balanced carbonation.

Notes: I feel this is a solid summer time beer but aside from warm weather refreshment I really wouldn't seek this one out.

generallee, May 02, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3/5  rDev -12.8%

A- Pours a nice golden with a small head with no lacing, dissipating quickly

S- Very light, fruity (strawberry)

T- Light, strawberry, grain, no hops -- crisp with little carbonation

M- Light, dry, nice summer beer

D- Again, a nice summer beer!

It's a nice beer, not really impressed but I could find myself drinking this on a hot summer day down here in Florida!

aepb1, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

drabmuh, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Perkyanda
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

The head is a gorgeous thick white foam, but it dissipated very quickly. The beer itself is a nice strong dark yellow color.

The first scent that hits is strawberry, along with some peach and a hint of lemon. There's also an interesting pastry scent to it. It smells great and inviting.

The taste is AWESOME. It tastes like a strawberry shortcake-- the strawberry and the bready/grainyness are the two most dominant flavors. It also has a very nice aftertaste, just a mellower version of the main taste.

Mouth feel isn't great. It's a little thinner than I like-- and for something as sweet as this is, I feel like a touch more body would be good. Still though, it IS an excellent mouthfeel for a summer beer-- nice, crisp, and fresh. It's a little low on the carbonation, but it's almost like a bear soda-- you could make a super beer float with this and some vanilla icecream.

Perkyanda, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A light straw color with a hint of redness. A thin white head that recedes rather quickly, but with nice lacing. Very clear.

S: No strawberry in the nose. Very little of any aroma to speak of, but there is some fragrance that I cannot put my finger on.

T: Crisp and dry, no hops bitterness. A good carbonation that does produce a sort of acidic sting. Moderate strawberry flavor with no fruity sweetness.

M: Good carbonation, but very light body.

Notes: Good. The first time I had this beer last weekend in New Orleans, it was a lot better (from what I remember). This merits the B-C that it gets.

kevinjosephlee, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

Had a number of bottles of this beer over the last few weeks; brought several back to Portland with me and having one tonight before dinner. Filled a pint glass with 12 oz. from a bottle, dated 'BEST BY 08/26/10'.

A: Golden and vaguely hazy, a suspended graininess cut by a few wriggling carbonation bubbles. What started as a 1-finger+/- white cream dwindles to broken film. Speckles of lace accent a clinging ring.

S: A sweet, cake-y aroma...strawberry shortcake or a' Dolly Madison'-type treat. Starburst, maybe? As candy-like as it is, the 'kid' in me has to admit he likes it...

T: It's a fairly generic wheat ale with a really wonderful dollop of strawberry atop. Mildly spicy, bready, then a sweet-&-tangy dose of ripe strawberries. The earthy blending works well; it's yeasty and doughy, subtly fruity with more than just berries. Rather tasty.

M: Crisp and light, quite refreshing. Alcohol is undetectable. Effervescently light carbonation, sweeter up front with a rounding, drier finish.

D: Reading the hit-or-miss reviews before mine, I fall squarely in the 'hit' realm. Wow, what an easy-to-drink treat. A well-balanced berry fruit melds with a springy wheat ale; it matches my taste buds well. I'll admit the Strawberry Harvest, though unbeknownst to me as of of a couple months ago, will now be a springtime craving. Well done, Abita.

msubulldog25, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of ncfranklin
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A : Pours a murky golden yellow to orange with a half-finger off-white head that caps it nicely. Head sticks around for most the brew.

S : Strawberry. Yeah, it's all strawberry. Maybe only the slightest hint of of a yeasty smell. Did I mention Strawberry?

T : It's got Strawberry on the label, so what would you expect? The fruitiness isn't overly powerful, but not subtle for sure. On the end you get a yeasty shot with the crisp finish.

M : High carbonation here with a lightweight to medium body. Refreshing and crisp.

D : This is a session brew. It's got one flavor, it's light, fantastic to enjoy a six pack of. Is it gonna win any award for complexity? No. But it sure wins my hot spring afternoon.

These are a bugger to find. Released early March, at the end of April it's almost entirely sold out everywhere in New Orleans. Spoke with a large store owner that stated that he was told by his distributor that the lager didn't leave Louisiana this time around. I picked up three six packs to take home to Bama with me.

ncfranklin, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

This has been one of my girlfriend's favorite spring seasonals the last year or so so I picked her up a dozen of them when they came in stock this year. Figured she wouldn't mind me snagging one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a light and clear golden color with a thin dense white head covering the top of the beer. It actually had some pretty nice head retention and left some good lacing on the glass as well.

The aroma is pretty much all strawberry flavor. The flavor isn't too overpowering though and instead has kind o f a nice light sweet and refreshing smell to it.

The taste has a lot of strawberry flavor to it as well . Like the nose though it's not overpowering and instead is pretty refreshing. It has a some grains coming through a bit as well but the strawberry definitely the focus.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent and would probably be even better if drank as a refreshment on a hot day.

Overall I thought it was a pretty good strawberry flavored beer. It almost tasted like a strawberry beverage instead of a beer but it still tasted good.

billab914, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

oberon, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of tylerhedwards
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. US tumbler ironically displaying a Young's logo. No "best if consumed before" date marked on the bottle.

A- Thin, transparent, light straw, pencil-thin head.

S- Strawberry short cake. The beer holds true to its name in the aroma category.

T- While the strawberry flavor is very apparent, it doesn't hold the same stage in on the palate as on the nose.

M- Much like its appearance, the beer is crisp and very light.

D- This beer is ideal for a break from yard work or sitting on the porch on a warm evening. While this beer would not typically make it into my fridge except for these purposes, it can certainly hold a temporary place on the shelf due to its timely and short lived span on the seasonal market.

tylerhedwards, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of fastpass17
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

12 oz brown bottle.

A: Light golden, with a slight pinkish tint in color, pillow white 1/2" head quickly fades.

S: Strawberry, a little funkiness, and a light maltiness.

T: Berry sweetness, crisp light malt presence, no noticeable hop presence.

M: Light, and clean, somewhat reminiscent of a fruit wheat beer.

D: Two or three when struggling with the summer sun, more than that might destroy ones palate due to sweetness and tang.

fastpass17, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Abita Strawberry Lager
appearance: Nothing special here. Hazy golden, lots of bubbles. Whitish medium head.
smell: Very nice spring smell of strawberries.
taste: Nothing too complex. A nice strawberry brew.
mouthfeel: medium feel. High carbonation
drinkability: One or two and I'm ready to move on.
This is a regular pool beer for me. Every summer I grab a few sixers. Not a got to have brew but a nice summer refreshment.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +16.3%

this beer is a perfect summer drinking beer.
pours clear deep yellow with little head retention or lacing. smells a little bland with pale malts and a little strawberry in the back where it should be. The flavor is good and balanced with some sweet maltiness and the strwberry is in the back again where it should be. I'm not a fan of fruit beers but this one is good. very easy drinkin and light.

hoplover82, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
2.13/5  rDev -38.1%

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.

kdawg105, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Clear gold with a white cap of foam.

Aroma is mostly grainy pale malt and wheat with strawberry shortcake showing up as it warms some.

The strawberries flex a bit more in the taste and just barely overtake the delicate base lager. Abita advertises that they use real strawberries in this, and if that's so I applaud them. In my mind it tastes pretty authentic other than the sweetish finish that tastes a bit like strawberry syrup.

All in all a decent fruit beer. It's not typically a style I really enjoy and certainly not a type of fruit that I enjoy in beer. With all of that said, it's probably quite a compliment that I enjoyed this beer.

bump8628, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Daytripper42
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%

Finally, it's Abita Strawberry time again. I can't wait for this beer to come out every year.

When you open the bottle, you can instantly smell the fragrance of ripe strawberries. I love popping the top and savoring the smell before I start drinking the beer.

The taste is obviously strawberry, but not overpoweringly so. The fruit flavor is balanced just right with the hops and barley tastes.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, more so than most beers I have tried.

Drinkability is high - for those who like fruit-flavored beers, the taste is so good that the beer just goes down easy.

I always try to stock up on this one, but it never works out because I always drink these before anything else I have in the fridge.

Daytripper42, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of SimplySinister
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%

A - Practically transparent, macro-pilsner looking brew with a small one finger head poured into a Weiss glass. Minimal carbonation.

S - The faintest hint of hops is massively overtaken by an extreme strawberry note.

T - Very strawberry. This brew tastes exactly like a strawberry smoothie as opposed to a strawberry beer. In fact, I have problems even believing this is a beer.

M - Very clean, crisp, light, and dry with practically no aftertaste whatsoever except that of strawberries.

D - If you like strawberries and don't really like beer, I doubt you could find a better brew. Even with this being said, the drink-ability is absolutely superb for nearly anyone.

SimplySinister, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of cnjohn19
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%

bought this beer for my wife who enjoys fruit beers, but she won't touch it because she thinks it smells awful...

unimpressed with the label...picked it up because the write up on it sounded intriguing..."red Louisiana strawberries are harvested at the peak of the season in the early morning chill"...who wouldn't be interested...

a hazy yellow with slight carbonation...appears to be unfiltered...

smells of strong vanilla, strawberries & cream...at first, i agreed with my wife on the smell...but once you recognize the fruit, you're good...really though, nothing to brag about...

well, this is tough to write about...surprisingly tart...very bready with a just slightly enjoyable aftertaste...the after effect of this beer is actually quite nice over time...

very crisp and slightly refreshing...not bad but certainly not great either...

cnjohn19, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

Saw some singles from this year's batch, and thought I'd give one a fair try.

Poured into a Stella goblet. Fizzy head with some staying power, then receding to not much eventually. Kind of an off-gold apple color that reminds me of a gueuze.

Aroma...remember Ben & Jerry's Cool Britannia ice cream? Strawberries, cream and shortbread, it smells like that.

Crisp up front and bready, but on the back end something seems to be keeping this beer down...probably the strawberry. It doesn't seem to pop and refresh the way I wish I did. I like the taste - it does seem like real strawberry. I just think it kinda weighs the beer down a bit.

Due to the low ABV, I could put a few down, but my palate is telling me one is enough.

Patrick999, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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

brentk56, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of sunrisesolara
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%

12 oz emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours a cloudy straw gold with a fluffy 2-finger white head which slowly receeds to a thick ring. Good lacing throughout.

S: The gentle scent of fresh strawberries wafts up, followed by some light malts.

M: Body is light-to-medium with good carbonation.

T: Nice mixture of ripe and semi-ripe strawberries. Real flavor, nothing artificial here. Malt and hops towards the middle. Malty sweet finish with a lingering strawberry aftertaste.

D: Almost too drinkable. These go down so quickly. Not too sweet, the flavor just keeps intensifying. The taste of this beer changes from year to year, but it is always spot-on and one of my all-time favorites.

sunrisesolara, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of hunthearin
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

Refreshing beer with just the right amount of strawberry flavoring - not overwhelming at all! In a similar manner to Abita Purple Haze, Abita has managed to create a fruit beer with a pleasing hint of fruit flavor. I would definitely recommend this beer with Boiled Crawfish for a springtime Louisiana treat!

hunthearin, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Beer pours a very clear cider color with a medium foamy head.

Smells like...hmmm....strawberries! Really it has more of a strawberry shortcake sort of smell, with biscuit, fruit and whipped cream all in one. The smell is the best thing about this beer.

Taste is a little like cream soda with some sour grape notes. Lightly hopped lager.

Body is light.

Not bad. A fun beer.

chickenflea, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +7%

A lot of bubbles whirling around in a golden haze with a blanket of white foam on top, the head lasting the duration of the glass.

Pilsner-like aroma with a shot of strawberry quick/frankenberry in there.

The taste is mostly strawberry cream and some pale grain fading in and out.

Chuggable on a hot day, not much else.

brownbeer, Mar 16, 2010
Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
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