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Satsuma Harvest Wit - Abita Brewing Co.

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: philipquarles on 12-31-2008)
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skylab

Louisiana

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My experience was basically the same as the others reported here. Nothing really special about this one but not a terrible experience either. I was expecting more citrus taste in the beer - something more along the lines of the Strawberry Lager strength of flavor - but it really isn't there. There is a hint of it, however, with some bitterness more reminiscent of a Kumquat than a Satsuma to me.

I will buy it again, probably, as it is very drinkable and refreshing even with the lack of advertised flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 15:54:57 | More by skylab
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Very faint aroma of wheat and some citrus. Nothing exciting but nothing foul either.

Taste is a bit spicy up front and a little more sweetness comes in the finish. Notes of wheat and spices with some light fruit in the background. Actually, I'm not entirely sure I'm tasting the satsuma but there's definitely a faint sweetness coming in from that fruit taste.

Lots of carbonation in this one. Overall, its really just a typical Abita, better than pure macros but quite boring for a craft. The name sounded somewhat creative so I'm just underwhelmed here. I only got a single bottle for about a dollar so I don't regret trying this and it was hot outside so that made it more drinkable. Overall though this isn't something I'll be looking to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 23:26:34 | More by Vengeance526
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TeeCee

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:00:26 | More by TeeCee
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Light, hazy golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Takes a little bit to totally settle, and won't completely until you start to drink. Bubbly carbonation is pervasive. Nice thick spider web and beer ring lacing.

S: Wheat, hay, and a orange citrus. Some indistinguishable (at least to my underdeveloped sense of smell) spice in there as well, maybe basil or clove.

T: The base is a hay or wheat, with a light citrus. You can definitely taste the spice. . .very noticeable, but still subtle. You really taste it in the finish. Grains -> fruit -> spice, is pretty much how it goes.

M: Carbonation is prevalent, also a bit steely. Very light body. Really dry finish.

D: Light body and a really refreshing quality.

Really solid atmosphere. Appearance is very nice, and aroma is light but pleasing. Decent flavor, although subdued. Dry finish. Light body, refreshing. Overall, pretty solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 21:02:38 | More by bmwats
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Jablonski

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this bottled at the local grocery store and picked it up. I had heard a month ago that it would be ready early June, but I was still surprised to see it on the shelves in a high quantity. It pours a almost clear pale-gold color with a small head. It has a strong citrus aroma with not much else. Taste is slightly weak citrus (satsumas) with a spiced/bitter aftertase. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and average carbonation. It's a decent effort by Abita, but I probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 01:40:28 | More by Jablonski
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Abita Brew-Pub in Abita Springs, LA. Beer poured an attractive yellow color with nice white head that lasted a little while. Aroma is citrusy, with wheat and coriander coming through. Flavor is almost dominated by the citrus taste. Mouthfeel is good. This is a refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 15:47:05 | More by biggmike
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Abita Brew Pub. The appearance is cloudy, light amber with a very thin white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is very citrusy, with hints of yeast, wheat, and malts. The taste is strong of satsumas, coriander, and yeast. Somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is very carbonated; acidic.

This is a drinkable beer, but a little too carbonated. It is in the Witbier style, but due to the strong satsuma taste, it could be classified as a fruit beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 02:43:46 | More by theghost3
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 20:43:24 | More by philipquarles
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Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.