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Satsuma Harvest Wit - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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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 pzrhsau
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice cloudy golden color with a decent soapy head.
S: Great spiciness and slight citrus notes with sweet malty aromas.
T: Good and crisp wheat aroma with some subtle citrus finish. Sweet and refreshing.
D/O: Light and drinkable. Great refreshing summer beer with a good agave and citrus flavor. The beer is definitely a good quality summer style beer with some nice bright flavors.

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 douglasbarbin
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an AHS 20th Anniversary pint glass

A: Golden/straw coloration. Very little head with virtually no retention and no lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like any other spiced wit, as far as I can tell. Some coriander, maybe lemon, and just enough hops to balance the whole thing out. Not really getting much satsuma from this beer.

T: Again, just about the same as any other decent wit. Tastes like a less malty, slightly spicier Blue Moon. Not a bad thing, but the beer is unremarkable as a whole.

M: Mouthfeel is where I feel this beer really shines. I could drink a TON of these on a hot summer day. Carbonation is slightly low for the style, but makes the beer more drinkable as long as it is cold. Goes down easy, and very refreshing.

O: Overall an unremarkable beer. I just don't see a whole lot setting this apart from any other wit. It's not bad, by any stretch; it just isn't particularly good, either. I am not likely to buy this again unless it is on sale or I'm in the mood for a "lawnmower" type wit.

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 Portertime
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am liking Abita's harvest series. I already tried the strawberry and pecan. Pours a mandarin orange color with tight bubbles. Smells of orange oil essence and slight honey. Taste is not overpowering with a hint of orange and a little hop spice. An easy brew for a summer day.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy light straw w/minimal head.
S:muted. Not getting the satsuma citrus much. Lemony, grainy,and some coriander.
T: very close to hoegaarden. Lightly sweet biscuity wheaty malts washed out by a light lemony sourness. A bit watery.
M: light, feels a bit thin. Maybe some more co2 woulda helped.
O: pretty standard, if light, wit.

Photo of jwinship83
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up for $.99 as an impulse. i dont think ive tried anything from this brewery before. drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head falls quickly and doesnt leave behind much as far as lacing goes.

S- the nose starts out with some basic malted wheat and some mild lemon scents. a little bit of spiciness follows. the finish is of light floral hops.

T- the initial sip brings forth mildly sweet bready malts and a little bit of malted wheat. after that i get some light lemony flavors and some coriander, black pepper, and clove like spiciness. a small amount of floral hops finish this one off.

M- the body is light. the carbonation is high. the alcohol is virtually undetectable.

O- overall, this is a forgettable beer. there is nothing wrong with it, its just not interesting to me. i dont ever see myself picking this one up in the future.

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

A) Little head. No lacing. Looks like juice. Cloudy. Darker straw, slightly orange. Plenty of yeast in the bottle. It was a little clumpy in the glass but I got a lot into suspension.

S) Spicy, zesty, slight fruit.

T) No real malt flavor. Very dry, possibly from the spice. Some orange bitterness like from an orange peel. Easy going, bitter finish. A little peppery.

M) Perhaps a little under-carbonated for the style. Light mouthfeel.

Not too familiar with the style but it seem like a good representation and I thought it was drinkable for the style.

Photo of joshuacavett
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. This beer has tons of "floaties" in it and was not as sweet as I would like it to be for a Satsuma Witbier. The carbonation was no where near average although I heard a lot of air escaping when I opened the bottle. Smell was delicious and I can totally pick up some citrus notes in it. Drinkability would be average for me on this lackluster beer.

Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great choice for a fruity brew. The color is cloudy blond with a slight orange hue in the center. The head is bubbly and light and dissipates quickly, much like a soda. On the tongue, this carbonation level works well too, giving it a carbonated pop which this beer needs. It is very light in body, but your mouth is busy with other tasks like dealing with the delightfully sour flavors from the satsumas (which are citrus fruits much like clementines). The satsumas hit you first, but the sweet malt base finishes it off with smooth banana notes, keeping this beer from being a glorified Orangina.

I turned to this beer in the middle of the winter after coming off of a long night of heavy porters and imperial stouts. Being a summer brew, it was definitely past it's prime, but honestly, it was just what the doctor ordered to brighten up my palate.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy (murky) yellow gold in color with a foamy white head that faded very slowly, leaving decent lacing that slid down the glass fast; looks like a glass of juice after it settles.

Smells of lemon, wheat, yeast, sweet malt, coriander and light grains; the wheat, lemon and yeast basically control the aroma.

Taste of lemon, wheat, coriander, sweet malt, orange peel, yeast, wet bread, pepper and other light spices; pretty tasty and enjoyable with a nice bitter pucker in the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel was light and very crisp with a buttery to watery feel on the tongue, which flowed down real easy due to the very light carbonation. Nice, light and tasty, this was very good and would be a great summer session beer.

Photo of wcudwight
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale hazy yellow in color with a faint rim of white lace on top. No head to speak of. Lot's of citrus aromas. Grapefruit. Lemon. Very heavy on the citrus flavors. Very bitter. Again, grapefruit, lemon, sharp bitter oranges. Lemonaid and grapefruit juice. Kind of reminds me of my favorite soda from the islands, Ting. Very lively carbonation gives a good mouthfeel. Quite drinkable under the right circumstance but not a beer I'd reach for often. That being said it's the perfect beach beer.

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 mwa423
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow which is about dead on for the style, but a lack of head, only a thin white head that had good retention but was simply lacking.

S - Solid wit aroma with plenty of yeast up front and followed by a wheaty grain aroma. There is a hint of lavender and a hint of sweetness.

T - Taste is a solid typical with with yeast and wheat flavor, but this has a lemony sour/bitterness that reminds me of lemon cleaning fluid. You can certainly tell that this is a wit with an addition of another fruity flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel is light with a slight zing and a smooth finish, very crisp and refreshing. Quite drinkable and a wit worth trying, however there is nothing here that makes it particularly memorable. I will certainly pick it up when it's back on sale.

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 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.

Photo of cpanossian
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty hazy lemony yellow color with a very enthusiastic foamy white head. Lots of particulates floating around and very little beading. Almost no lacing in glass. Aroma is a slightly funked citrus with a bready undertone. Taste is light lemony/citrusy with some malty sweetness. It also has a particlar/unusual fruit flavor which must be the satsuma - I've never heard of this fruit or tasted it before so so far so good. This beer is in general pleasant and I think would make for a fine long session on a warm summer day. Quenchable and not over-powering - its unique flavors are pretty innocuous (by design?)

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 climax
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Satsuma: defined as some sort of hybrid mutant Japanese citrus fruit. Ok, let's begin. It pours a very cloudy sunshine yellow, with a swim team full of floaties. The head was small, with nothing but a film remaining soon after the pour.

The aroma is loaded with coriander, unless of coarse that's the "Satsuma". Clove, some tart citrus, some yeasty warmth accents.

The flavor is interesting, I like it. It's nothing intense, but everything seems to come together well in a tidy package. Citrus of some sort, orange I think, mingles well with lesser flavors of wheat, melon, spice and coriander. Long sweet orange finish lingers, bravo.

The soft feel is kept crisp by just enough carbonation. The body is light, but has enough of the chalky smooth caress on the mouth to keep it enjoyable. It's different, but satisfying.

Photo of NODAK
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very sweet, with oranges in abundance...also quite a bit of spice present.

A very, very cloudy beer. Plenty of sediment...more so than most wits for sure.

A bit of sweetness and spice are present upfront in the beer. There's some citrus and a heavy wheat presence on the back end. A touch of hops are found at the swallow, as well. The carbonation seems pretty high on this one.

Tasty....I approve of this wit.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Macadoodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Appearance- cloudy yellow color, thin head

Smell- very fruity, spice

Taste- fruit, spice

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. We don't get them here so I was excited about that. Pretty good witbier

Photo of Swill5786
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a highly clouded bright yellow, minimal head, gone in a moment. Yeast sediment floating within the clouds. Nose of wheat and muted citrus hoppiness.. Sweet malty start with heavy yeast and dry lemony finish. Heavy mouthfeel but cloying effect is strong. Decent for the style.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok first off yeah I realize this beer is hella old. Like at least 6-8 months. Still I wanted to try it and was not disappointed.

A - Poured a nice hazy yellow/orange tint with little to no head. You do get some lacing which is a sign the beer is still kicking. A white layer of sediment remains in the bottle after a light pour.

S - Actually quite fruity. Comes off smelling like wheat apricots mixed with slight grass.

T - Kind of bitter but you do get a nice sweet finish. The fruit taste is more like a pear/apricot but the wheat backbone prevents it from being to tart.

M - Light and crisp. Easy finish.

D - Actually wondering how much better this would be fresh. I mean it was pretty decent with this much age but I couldn't see it being anymore balanced. Still I would try it again next spring with a fresh batch because overall it was enjoyable.

Photo of CMW
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful pour. Straw yellow and cloudy with a fluffy white head with plenty of retention.

S - Fresh baked bread, coriander, fresh flowers.

T - Definitely plenty of wheat. Flowery aroma transfers to the palate. A little bit of watered down fruit flavor.

M - Light and crisp, just enough carbonation.

D - A very easy drinking beer. Good for summertime.

Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.