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Satsuma Harvest Wit - Abita Brewing Co.

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Satsuma Harvest WitSatsuma Harvest Wit

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Ratings: 349
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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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and some mild citrus aromas. Taste is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, banana, and some slight citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness that quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink but I am not getting any strong citrus aromas or flavors.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light pale yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high white head that eventually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of wheat and oranges are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of both wheat and satsumas, which seem to resemble mandarin oranges with hints of lemons. No spices such as coriander are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and would make for a good selection on a hot summer day. I really enjoyed how it used Louisiana satsumas in place of the typical Curaçao orange peels that are typical of witbiers.

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a modest head that fails to produce much lace

Smell: Floral, wheat aroma with a hint of citrus

Taste: A sweet, bready character, up front, with a spicy orange/coriander/white pepper element that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral/herbal aspect dominates into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink but not something I would seek out again.

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little beer that works hard to satisfy summertime thirst without offense.

The beer begins with a hazy yellow appearance, fair carbonation that releases a fair head that hold fairly... a pretty ordinary look albeit very American Wheat-ish.

Wheat malt, fruits, and spice hits the nose. A good blend of pilsner malts and wheat create a base of creaminess, maltiness, and underlying sweetness. Yeasty fruitiness is accentuated by orange peel and apricots. Spicy clove and white pepper decorate the flavor and texture and help to balance the beer in the low-lying hop stature. Earthy and lightly pungent from time to time with a minterally character that doesn't quite hit 'metalic' taste.

Even getting a lot of slickness on the tongue, I don't detect any diacetyl, or buttery taste. Maybe they used a lot of oats to creamy up the mouthfeel.

If anything, this beer becomes a bit too much like Blue Moon but it does have some authentic Witkerke qualities that validate it a bit. The good news is that this beer has not fatal flaws. It is just simple and a tad lackluster.

Thanks dpodratsky3!

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out as a hazy yellow colored liquid, the head is fizzy and white leaving no lacing. The smell of the beer has some pretty nice citrusy aromas rising from the glass. The taste is light, there a touch of fruit in there but not much. The wheat flavors are present for the most part. The mouthfeel is a little watery and thin. It's a bit too light for me but overall it might be good on a hot summer day.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy lemon peel with lemon juice borders. An expansive chunk of ivory colored foam rests atop the beer, takes its sweet time melting and does an okay job with glass decoration. Not exactly eye candy, but no slouch either.

The aroma is pretty good, featuring plenty of bright citrusiness and a lesser amount of corainder spiciness. Satsumas are closely related to mandarin oranges, so they work just as well as whatever oranges most brewers use in their wits (naval, Valencia, Curacao, et cetera).

Satsuma Harvest Wit loses some of its luster on the palate. The bigget problem is that fruit and spice aren't bold enough. As a result, the base wheat beer is too prominent. Why hold back Abita? More of a good thing is almost always a better thing.

Flavors include tangy untoasted wheat, a small splash of orange and lemon juice, and a wee pinch of coriander that one has to go looking for to appreciate. Sweet, bitter and tangy are roughly equivalent, though none of them stands out.

The mouthfeel is closer to light than medium and has an expansive creaminess that pulls the score to an above average perch. The right amount of quality carbonation always goes a long way.

Satsuma Harvest Wit would be better beer if it was bolder beer. Refreshing and drinkable will only get you so far. Abita is on the right track with this brew, they just need to go to the whip.

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

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Nose of unmalted wheat and raw, wholesome oats with solid notes of generously added spices and, of course, the Satsuma (coming across as scent of orange and lemon).

Taste: Moderately tangy wheat rounded out slightly by some smooth, crisp oats and a touch of overall sweetness. Pinch of earthy spices along with the sweetish citrus Satsuna taste. Light bitterness midway through. The wheat and the fruit carry you effortlessly to the drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, though, at times, it's flirting with being watery. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasantly refreshing and goes down far too easy. It's by no means an outstanding wit, but, in my opinion, it's one of the better Abita beers available.

Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheap single, why not give it a try... never heard of a satsuma before today, pretty cool history it has in Louisiana.

It pours a hazy pastel yellow orange color, with a compact head of white foam. Spotty lacing froths up and sticks all around the insides of the glass. Retention is pretty good, as the skim never breaks across the surface.

Dull wheaty aroma, wet grain, saltine cracker, earthy coriander. Hard to pick out any citrus at all unfortunately.

Flavor is similarly muted, some breadiness and honey notes in toward the end with some coriander again towards the end, a peppery tingle in the finish. Again not much citrus here to speak of. Feel is soft and mellow from the wheat, but the low carbonation isn't doing it any favors, it feels a bit flabby. Middle of the road Witbier, not one to revisit, maybe worth trying again if absolutely sure it's a fresh bottle.

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange gold color with a large, bubbly white head that slowly receded with minimal lacing.

S - Aroma is solid - spices, lemon, clove and wheat. Has a fairly authentic wit aroma.

T - It has a fairly spicy flavor with wheat, yeast, grass and a mild fruitiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied ale that is pretty easy drinking.

D - This is an okay witbier. A fairly typical offering from Abita - quaffable but not going to blow you away.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Honestly, this is the first time I've ever seen the word satsuma. I must live a sheltered life or something. Anyway, the beer pours a slightly hazed very pale yellow topped by about a half-finger of white bubbly foam. The nose comprises light coriander, pepper, musky wheat, puffed rice, and a touch of orange. The taste has the usual wit-y lemon zest and coriander touches, but the wheat continues on its musky way, dragging everything downhill with it. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and an airy finish. Overall, I didn't care for this beer much. Just a bit too musky all over the place, while the rest of the wit characteristics subsequently dissipated behind it.

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fully clouded orange-ish with a thin enough creme head. Nose is mildly musty with an earthy thing going on. Flavor is typical witbier character. I mean they actually pull it off. Tones of old fruit with some soil as well as some level of spices. Feel is a bit thicker on liquid and the carbonation is low, but what is there bites. I find this robust, yet refreshing at the same time. Abita looks better and better to me all the time.

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

I picked this up at Thirsty's in East York, PA. Poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A light tangerine juice hued liquid w/ 3 fingers of whipped smooth white capping. The clarity is good until I poured the yeast slurry on the bottom of the bottle in giving the wit the appropriate level of haze. The lace clings like suspended snowflakes, the bead is fine

S - A malted wheat smell w/ a dense yeasty nose. A mild mustiness and light grainy spice odor w/ mild lemon note is hinted at

M - Light malt notes w/ a smooth softness of wheat which has a creamy texture, very minimal spice, moderate carbonation and light tanginess w/ a mostly clean finish

T - The taste is as expected from a wheat of this ilk - a light mellow quaffing quality w/ basic mild malt attributes. The spice isn't altogether absent, but very meek and the gentle fruit is an afterthought that gets comingled w/ an alcohol w/ dull earthy tinge

D - An ok wit, but not one I would pick unless there were no other good wheats available, but worth a try I guess.

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 mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity light wheat beer.

As beautiful a Wit poured in the glass as I can remember. Flavoring gives a rather elegant tangerine taste. Excellent watery mouthfeel with the creamy carbonation. Nose of citrus. Malt is very smooth and just flavorful enough to go with the tartness. Hops add to the peel, makes a long
bitter aftertaste to balance the wheat.

This is a really good beer from the same people who bring you Purple Haze, amazingly enough.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded light golden with a rich, fluffy white head that thins and stays. Some trailing lace sticks, though most slides down.

The smell is of... satsuma. Don't recall ever having that particular fruit, but if's it related to a peach, I suppose that's it! It's not overwhelming, allowing wheat tang, coriander and orange peel to come through. It has a refreshing warm day smell.

The taste is bready, fruity (satsuma I'm assuming again) with coriander. There's quite the peppery character to it, but like the fruit, not overdone. Finishes crisp and refreshingly dry.

It could be a bit more effervescent, but it is crisp and light-bodied, without being watery or fizzy.

This shows that American fruit beers don't have to have that artificial juice quality to them. It keeps a witbeer outline while providing a nice, refreshing fruit twist. A nice spring/ summer refresher here!

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with lots of yeast floaties and a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a faint coriander and wit yeast aroma. It's fruity, but only mildly so. The taste is decent as well. It has a solid malt flavor that seems a little heavier in the pale malt department. It goes down really smooth with some light citrus/fruity flavors and a subtle yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best example of the style.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, another new one from Abita,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thick fizzy white head.

S: Nice pungent nose of oranges, citrus fruit, bubblegum and cotton candy.

T: Solid citrus notes with a notable coriander/ white pepper bitterness to balance it all out. A nice flavour, nothing more.

M: Overly fizzy at times, thin too, light-bodied, spritzy.

D: Another slightly better than average beer from Abita, which is what I've come to expect from them. Nice drinkable wit, but nothing to think about after you're done.

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 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 dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.