Satsuma Harvest Wit - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: philipquarles on 12-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Real Louisiana Satsumas, golden wheat, oats and the finest barley create Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit. Pale and cloudy, like the haze on a hot summer day, this white beer has a sweet and subtle citrus flavor with a touch of spice that is cool and refreshing.

17 IBU
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Reviews by jettjon:
Photo of jettjon
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle with no visible freshness date into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Hazy straw yellow color with miniscule suspended particles. There's quite a bit of sediment left in the bottle even after a vigorous swirl. Thin whitish cap that fades fairly quickly, very little carbonation even from the nucleation sites. Nose of bready wheat, cloves, and a hint of lemon. In the mouth, it tastes of slightly sweet fresh malty bread with a citrus twist. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but passable. Mouth is watery and slightly thin, though it works. There's little crispness but that's OK; it's quite smooth, light and refreshing in a way that multi-million dollar ad campaign macros only wish they could be. Drinkability is quite good; it's smooth and quite quaffable. The only thing that detracts for me is an ever-so-slight over-sweetness that could get cloying with time. A tad more hops balance would be appreciated.

Overall: a competent wit; comparing it to another style favorite Hoegaarden it is a touch less complex, crisp, balanced, and refreshing, but it's surely a solid brew in its own right.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit beer. 5.1% alcohol content.

A- Pours a golden highly hued fluid that produces fluffy head that fall to a froth around the rim of the glass. In sunlight shows massive particals floating in this unfiltered wheat beer.

S- The scent is of a summer day in the wheat fields... fresh yeast is noticed first with a heavy note of unmalted wheat and barley. Mild alcoholic scent show at end of nose.

T-M- Taste is of fresh wheat and yeast mild backbone of citus notes with some alcoholic charactor. Medium body for a wheat beer that only shows a nice presence on the tongue with light carbonation.

D- Excellent drinkablity and great for summer cookouts or just a cool down sipper.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, I find no bottling/freshness info. Typical Wit look, clouded, dull tangerine, off white head that rapidly went to a film and left better then decent amounts of scattered lace after a gentle swirl. Bananas, oranges and yeast in the nose. Not a bad little wit, more orange picked up, juxtaposed with a moderate almost resiny hop balancing presence. Nothing special going on here. Respectable Wit, did a nice job cutting through the strong flavors of the peanut noodles with chicken that I enjoyed this brew with. Support NOLA/the Gulf....Buy Abita

Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, caution light yellow in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: wheat, grass, and sour tangerines--could that be satsuma

Taste: sour fruit that is like grapefruit juice, wheat and orange

Mouthfeel: light body and high carbonation, sweetish start with an over the top bitter middle that gets slightly less bitter

Drinkability: My least favorite of the Abita Harvest series. This one is a sipper because the bitterness takes over this beer--which I cannot get over. There are some elements in there that remind me of a saison which I like. I like Abita's creativity here. I would not rush to get this again, but if passed to me, I would not turn it down either.

Photo of dza360
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a slightly hazy straw color with a thin bit of foam that stays around the edges of the glass throughout.

Strong medicinal smell almost a eucalyptus quality also some fresh cut wheat or alfalfa, and some small notes of tropical fruit. Smell is subtle at first and as the beer warms it really opens up. Best quality of the brew is the smell.

Taste and mouthfeel is not as exciting as the smell. Not bad at all a tingly carbonation and a little on the thin side.

drinkability - real easy drinking beer. Not sure the ABV but this went down nice and smooth. If only I had another.

Abita is a classic brewery that always manages to get things right, and this is no exception. Not a huge wow factor beer, but like most everything Abita you know its going to be consistent and quality.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will complete my reviews from the Harvest series, sometimes it's easy to overlook Abita beers. This pours a glowing slightly hazed orange pale golden hue with a bright white flowing head. Fine spread even lacing looks great in my Gulden Draak chalice. Nose is full of citrus fruit with some mild spices and herbal hops bringing a very light aspect to the brew. Flavor is super interesting some cereal grains and soft oat notes with a bready yeast flavor that really makes the beer along with real Louisina Satsuma, mild spices set a nice pace of flavor. This is really good even with some bitter citrus peel working in and out, mouthfeel is medium bodied nice full carbonation slightly creamy texture from the oat additions. 100% enjoyment nothing offensive here this beer screams summer next time it's a whole sixer.

Photo of chinchill
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Even with brown glass I could see plenty of sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Not being adverse to this I gave it a little swirl then poured all but the last bit into my glass. This produced a nice thick head (keeping the appearance rating from hitting 1), but with all sorts of unappetizing whitish particles floating about. I then poured this thru a strainer into another glass, and ended up with something that looked palatable, with a light yellow gold hazy liquid crowned with a generous head.

The aroma of a fruity, spicy and yeasty witbier matches the flavor. Neither is very robust. It does taste better than it smells, and there are no serious flaws in the flavor. The finish and aftertaste are the best aspects, being nicely fruity (mainly orange) and modestly wheaty.

The mouthfeel is light and bit watery, even for this style. Despite the indication provided by the ample head, I felt this could use more carbonation.

This is drinkable and somewhat refreshing ale, but a beer I'll probably avoid in the future.

Photo of DarrellK
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried this beer at a couple of different temperatures and in all cases I was very disappointed.The pour generated a decent tight bubbled head but this dissapated quite quickly.

The look is a pale yellow semi-cloudy with a some carbonation.

I looked forward to a fruitly spicy nose and found just a faint vague aroma.

The body is very thin even for a summer wit.

The finish is totally undistinguished with only the remnant of the vague nose lingering to provide any real taste.

I've always found Abita brews to be pretty good, although not up their reputation, but this one is just not at all impressive and one that I wouldn't recommend. I hope it's because I have a bad six-pack and not what everyone else is getting.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I bought this one because I had no idea what a satsuma was. The apperance is a nice fuzzy orange color that is hazy. The smell is vague hops with a strange bitter smell that was off to me. Sweet taste but then melllows to quick to a earthy bitter that doesn't mix well. Aftertaste is decent but nothing amazing. Just not impressed but I want to try a satsuma to see how Mich flavor was in it

Photo of zaphodchak
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw body, half finger of whitish head.

Smell is lame, kinda sour, cheap-o wit.

Tastes good- not too sour, refreshing, some kinda orangey (satsuma?) citrus, bit of coriander. Well balanced, not super flavorful nor too sweet.

Mouthfeel is bright and carby, quite crisp.

Drinkable, refreshing-- not a thick wit nor a potent one, but not bad either.

Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma features some wheat with a good amount of citrus and spices.

T- The taste is very bready and fruity with some spices and yeast. The spices are on the peppery side. The satsumas really don't add too much to the aroma or flavor, I'm a little disappointed with that.

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

D- Overall, this is an okay Wit but really nothing stands out that would make me purchase this one again. Worth a try, but not worth going out of your way to seek out.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a creamy one finger head. Retention is pretty good, though not spectacular. I tend to rouse the yeast and pour it into the glass with these wheat beers and this was no exception. Very yeasty wheat aroma with a touch of citrus. Flavor is strong wheat malt and yeast with the orange flavor only showing itself at the very end. It's really subtle and almost expresses itself as the tartness in the back palate as opposed to a strong flavor on its own. I liked this beer more than expected and although I was expecting a "fruit beer" that is not really what I got, the fruit is nice and subtle and serves to enhance the nice wheat flavor.

Photo of SteveMi
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

A - Pours hazy golden with a one finger white head which starts to fade to strong lacing after a few minutes.

S - Very nice! Citrusy with lemon, orange and a bit of pine pushing through.

T - Orange with lemon with a bit of grass backing. Tangy and slightly bitter on the aftertaste.

M - Super light and fluffy. Carbonation is a little higher during sips than it needs to be but it is not problematic.

O - A good choice for a refreshing drink! Nothing in it was off putting to me and, in general, I don't much like orange. This would be a fantastic summer time brew.

Photo of DerekP
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought an Abita Brewing Co Party-Pack to a friend's house last night, and out of the three brews I hadn't had yet, this was the most impressive to me.

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow body with a spotty, white head. Carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Smells of spicy yeast, cloves and nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Faintly boozy.

A prickly wheat dryness in the feel at first, but a bit watery later on. Light-bodied. Grains and a mild hint of lemon zest in the taste. Hop oils seem to battle it out with the hop bitters.

Notes: I feel like I should have served this to myself at a colder temperature, say 45 degrees F(it's probably around 50 degrees F). However, this brew is very enjoyable, and perfect for summer months. I wouldn't mind seeing it come winter.

Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

Pours a hazed honey color with a pinky of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & some phenols

T: Slight phenol profile up front, apple peels, tartness & grassyness. As this warms grassyness some peppery spices are there, coriander & green apple too. Finishes with some green banana, grassyness & a fairly noticable yeast bite

MF: Somewhat fluffy, a bit of prickly carbonation

Great drinkability, not a great Wit, but way better than most Abita offerings

Photo of zimm421
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Appears a cloudy, pale yellow with a white, fluffy, two-finger head. The head leaves a little lacing, not too much.

The nose is all yeasty and grain, maybe a slight hint of spices. Laid-back and not very strong with the aromas. The taste is also not very full. Seems to be lacking a bit, but there are spicy notes coming through that weren't around in the nose. Lots of yeast and wheat, very very bready.

The mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. This would be good and refreshing for a hot day, but that's about it. Overall, not too impressed, pretty all-around average in my opinion. Flavor is really thin and not exciting.

Photo of bashiba
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice hazy white with an inch of quickly disappearing head leaving just a hint of lacing.

The smell is sweet and very bready with a bit tropical fruit.

The flavor is very malty with a big blast of biscuit with light yeasty spice, the hops bring a balancing bitterness, but unfortunately not much in the flavor or aroma department. The taste really fades fast leaving just a trace of bitter and musty yeast and a hint of pepper.

The mouthfeel has very zippy carbonation and is a bit thin.

Strange Wit, I would avoid it in the future.

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow with low foam, only patches remaining. Nose is wheaty and orange. Other fruity spice too. Firm carbonation with citrus fruity blend that fades into a wit wheat taste. Chalky firm hop. Kind of a rind close. Interesting.

Photo of Hesperus
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden and cloudy, a very satisfying appearance for a beer made with oranges. A thick head of white foam was present but dissipated quickly.

Smell: Yeast and a slightly metallic tone initially, with a backdrop of sweet orange. Orange becomes more apparent and the metallic note disappears as the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet orange, witbier yeast notes, wheat. I was expecting more satsuma flavor here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light bodied, medium-high carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: This is not the beer I was expecting, but was still fairly good. The satsuma orange didn't dominate the flavor profile like I would have liked, what is present makes the beer pleasantly refreshing.

Photo of TeeCee
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review: A bit bitter for a Wit, closer in color than the typical American fruit loop milk (although I have no Belgians poured for verification). Rather sessionable.

I had a sample of this a few weeks ago but had to pick up a six pack so I could get a good opinion of it. I poured it perhaps too hard into a standard US pint glass and had to stop half way through as the head was coming up fast. No lack of carbonation. It appears to be closer to a beer you would look at and call a wit than many of the coriander bombs on the market that taste like (to me) the milk left in the bowl after you eat fruit loops. The head dissipated over the course of a few minutes, leaving sticky traces on the walls of the glass, reducing minimal foam.

The smell is rather distinct for a wit: probablyt a combination of the yeast and whatever hops these beers typically use. I notice oddly enough that it's almost a urine smell. Hmmm. I can smell some lemony citrus in there. I almost ignore it as I expect that to be there.

The taste is smooth, slightly malty, with some bitterness at the end. The citrus notes are very slight.

Despite the huge head I poured, the mouthfeel is medium-thickish. Not so thick to make it hard to get down.

I could drink several of these. They go down easy. It's not going to make my top ten and is not at the top of my witbier list, but I consider it a decent attempt. As with Abita's other seasonal and harvest beers, this beer will likely evolve as the years go by.

Photo of alleykatking
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazed golden yellow color. this stuff almost looks like a gel. One finger white head shows medium retention overall. Light ringing lacing on the glass as I drink down.

S- The only two things I can pick out in this beer are a yeasty aroma in the front of this that is pretty dominate. There is a grainy like presence in the background. Almost smells like a very yeasty BMC product.

T- There is a light sourness to this from the get go. This dies to a light watery yeasty taste. Some light grainy notes really make this beer a subpar standing in taste as far as I'm concerned. There is a light artifical fruit flavor but I can't figure out what it is.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is fizzy and a little much for the beer. Light sourness and yeasty flavor left on the palate. Some alcohol and grainy flavor left in the aftertaste. Alcohol has light drying on the palate. Flavor is balanced for the style.

D- This beer to me is not a good offering for any brewery in this style. If this were a BMC product I would have no problem with it but as a craft brewery offering I must say this is terrible.

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Hazy super pale golden color with about 2 fingers of sticky bright white head. Good lacing. Extremely yeasty nose with tons of coriander.

Lots of flavor and goes down easy. Extremely spicy brew. Moderate body with a good deal of yeast bite. Wheat comes through on the back end to round that out. A little medicinal with a touch of band-aid like flavor. Interesting citric fruits. A strange beer with tons of flavors that kind of end up all over the place. It's good and refreshing but some of the flavors are off, especially the medicinal and wet newpaper like ones. Good use of an interesting fruit but could use some work. Slightly acidic with the aftertaste thats reminiscent of orange juice. Slightly overly spiced. Again, full of flavor, just a little off the wall and off the money at times.

Photo of philipquarles
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Abita Brew Pub. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing. Smells strongly of citrus, though mostly lemon with little satsuma, from what I can tell. The usual clove and coriander are also there, along with some yeastiness. Smells fake. Taste is again fully citrus and spice. The satsumas don't really add much distinctiveness to it. Highly carbonated. Another mediocre beer from Abita.

Edit---It's no better bottled.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy glodish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus with mild spices. Taste is the same citrus/lemony flavor up front, some wheat, lightly spiced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid but unspectacular beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 12, 2013.

It has a cloudy pale yellow pour with a quick white head that does not as terribly long. It has an unfiltered look.

The aroma smells like a wit should with Belgian pale malts, Belgian yeast, and a little bit of lemon zing. Yup = Hoegarrden. Mellow hops.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste has the same sort of roasted malt character I would expect from a wit but it is not quite as strong as it is on the nose. Vague spice and citrus. A bit sweeter than many wits. But it was not that bad and I could drink a few of these in 80 degree weather.

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Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.