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Strawberry Wheat Beer - Lancaster Brewing Company

Strawberry Wheat BeerStrawberry Wheat Beer

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387 Ratings

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 19.24%

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This American Wheat Lager-style beer, with the subtle suggestion of real strawberries is the perfect pint of true refreshment.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003)
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Photo of billybeerlvr


4.99/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice head, reddish appearance. aroma is fruity; you know you're drinking strawberries here. this beer is smooth; creamy in the mouth. The strawberry flavor is there but not overpowering. the hefe base comes through, but is not over powering. This is one of the few beers I can stomach warm but best served chilled. the after-taste is almost crème. Reminds me of a strawberry cream soda but with the underlying hefe taste. For me the best fruit beer on the market -does not hold quality well, however. Bought some in August and by December it had lost it's flavor. So you can't stock up too much on your next trip to Lancaster Pa.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 07:33:28 | More by billybeerlvr
Photo of metter98

New York

3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with hints of raspberry syrup.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of sweet raspberries, and tastes like a Jolly Rancher candy.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but is too sweet to be refreshing. It tastes a lot like a candy.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:52:17 | More by metter98
Photo of 410Joe


1.98/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Horrible horrible horrible

nose: primarily of wheat, like rotten flour, with a slight slight hint of strawberry

Mouthfeel: thin, like water, with very little carbonation

head/color: amber brown with a thin, but lasting head

taste: mostly a wheat taste, like undercooked wheat bread, with sour strawberry flavors.

Overall: I don't know if i got a bad bottle, but i thought this beer was absolutely terrible. The wheat flavoring way over powers what little slight strawberry taste there is. I normally like wheat/fruit beers, but this one was just plain bad. It tasted like what i would imagine shredded wheat cereal with miller lite instead of milk and a few strawberries thrown in would taste like.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 00:22:21 | More by 410Joe
Photo of hmich176


3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you have a Strawberry Wheat on one of it's good days, it's a great day. If you have a Strawberry Wheat on one of it's off days, it's a fine day.

There are days where the Strawberry is absolutely top notch. On the days when it's not - it's pretty much a typical fruit wheat beer. It looks good, but not much of the strawberry comes through in the aroma. There are times where it does stand out in the flavor, but other times the strawberry takes a back seat. I think the Strawberry Wheat used to be more consistent in both flavor and aroma, but these days it's a little lacking.

Overall, it's a good beer. I think it's a great introductory beer for someone who is just starting to get into beer. But, if you get it on a day when the flavor and aroma is strong - enjoy every sip of that beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 08:45:20 | More by hmich176
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden orange color with 1 finger of a soapy white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Clarity is good with only a slight haze.

Smell: Artificial strawberry, grain, honey, some slight cracker/biscuity malt. Pretty mild nose.

Taste: Slight sweetness upfront, with weak flavors of wheat and grain. Strawberry comes through more in the finish and aftertaste and while it does taste artificial, it's not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Fuller side of light bodied. Medium levels of prickly carbonation. Crisp and finishes fairly clean.

Overall: Not bad, but certainly not good either. Might be refreshing on a hot summer day but that's about it. Other than that it's just another forgettable fruited wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:49:27 | More by Jonada
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –The beer pours a ever so slightly hazed orange-amber color with a one finger off white colored head. The head fades quite fast leaving little to almost no lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of strawberries and some other light fruit aromas of blueberries. Mixed with these are some wheat aromas and a light candy smell.

Taste – The taste is much less sweet and has much less strawberry flavor then would have been anticipated from the nose. It begins with a lighter wheat and strawberry flavor. These flavors create a base for the brew with the wheat staying relatively constant and the strawberry getting slightly stronger more toward the end. Along with the strawberry getting stronger, a light hop flavor of a citrus nature as well as some corn syrup sweetness comes to the tongue leaving a moderately sweet candied strawberry flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a relatively high carbonation. Good for the style as it makes it easy drinking, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall – OK, but the flavor it leaves on the tongue is a little bit off putting. It would likely be much better on a warm summer day outside as opposed to how it was drunk today; on a cold snowy day inside, just trying to stay warm.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 01:20:30 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of HomeBrewer211

1.58/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Put simply, I expected more from this beer.

I poured my bottle into a pint glass and found very little lacing.
The color was a light light amber. But I've never put much stock in color.

The aroma was very weak, nearly undetectable.
The flavor and mouthfeel is where this beer really falls short. With a strawberry wheat, I look for more of the strawberry to come through. I could hardly tell that this beer is either a wheat or a strawberry. There are so many more worth while beers that this better off left to the
non-beer advocate

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:31:28 | More by HomeBrewer211
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light amber with a small white head and some lacing.

Smell is mildy sweet, some strawberry, cotton candy, grains.

Taste has very light strawberry, crackers, light sweetness, just a quick wash of flavor.

Soda-like feel. Crisp prickly carbonation.

Just an average beer here. Actually a good palate cleanser between bigger beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:09:48 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of darktower


3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being from Lancaster and supporting my local brewers I may be a tad biased but I do enjoy this beer. It isn't the best example of a strawberry wheat in the world but it's better then average. A really good beer to enjoy on hot summer afternoons with a slice of orange to really make the strawberry flavor 'pop'.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 18:33:07 | More by darktower
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with some lighter hints of ruby red and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film near the center and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall this beer has a very mild smell, there are light aromas of wheat with some artificial strawberry sweetness.

T: Upfront the flavor of this beer is all wheat but the strawberry flavors come out in the finish. Unfortunately the strawberry tastes artificial and not like the natural sweetness

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink, best served very cold on a hot summer day/evening. I wish the flavor and the smell of the strawberry was more natural. Quenches your thirst.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 23:09:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of sauron681


2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-orange color. No head, no lacing. Medium-thin mouthfeel, low carbonation. Aroma starts inviting of strawberry, but quickly fades.
Weak wheat base beer to begin with, and the overpowering strawberry syrup flavor is typical of every strawberry wheat I have ever tried. Its hard to get good strawberry flavor into beer without it tasting like cough syrup.
No hints of wheat flavors, banana/clove/gum.

This is one of those beers best drank ice cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 17:03:09 | More by sauron681
Photo of SickGnar


3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium to light copper with the barest hint of an orange hue. Totally clear (and nothing left in the bottom of the bottle) with plentiful bubbles rising to the small, slightly off-white cap of foam. It settles fast to a thick ring that retains well & tries to leave lacing that mostly fails to adhere. Not really the look I was expecting, but still alright.

S: Grainy, sort of wheaty, hint of biscuit, big does of sweet & low C malty processed breakfast cereal grain. Almost even is a bit of artificial strawberry soda-esque & cooked berries/strawberries. Ghost hint of softly citrus & subtly herbal hops. Overall effect has that captain crunch berries / fruity pebbles impression found in all too many fruit, wheat beers. Quite good strength and completely unattractive.

T: Sweet & husky grain (sort of funny combo) with a bit of steely malt, some doughy wheat, and a bit of biscuit. Strawberry flavor backs off a bit. It comes through in the middle with a baked strawberry character and a faint hint of acid. Herbal hop character & bitterness is more forward with just a hint of citrus. As the beer warms, the herbal note grows considerably & becomes astringent white the other flavors fall apart and a soapy aspect emerges.

M: A ways under medium body with carbonation providing much of the mouthfeel. It avoids being fizzy, but is quite perky & brisk. The finish gets astringent & thin if it warms. Drink it cold as the hot weather quencher it was surely meant to be and the feel is okay.

D: Another hot weather fruity & sweet wheat beer quencher. And not even all that fruity or wheaty. I bet it is fairly good after doing some yard work – served best reasonably chilled. All in all it isn’t terrible, but it does not stand out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 17:24:38 | More by SickGnar
Photo of andersony17


3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single gift from a friend.

A - Simple and nice bottle label. Pour with a light foam head, A dark red-orange color.

S - The smell from the bottle is of strawberries, but from the glass is a wheaty aroma lacking the strawberry scent.

TM - Tastes and feels of a wheat beer with a kick of strawberry at the end. An odd wheat aftertaste but not bitter.

O - I like it, good dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:48:04 | More by andersony17
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale ruby amber with a quarter inch of foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is simply syrupy strawberry aromas. The taste is heavy syrupy strawberries. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated, but in the finish there is a thicker, more syrup-like feel.

This is a drinkable beer, but it's a little to sweet and syrupy. It's very obvious that the strawberry flavor was added and that this was not brewed with real strawberries. Each swallow leaves a slight sugary coating on the palate. I probably wouldn't seek this out had it not come in a mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:37:43 | More by tdm168
Photo of armock

New York

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Mt Pocono Beverage in Mt Pocono, PA.

A - Poured a copper color with a thin off white head with no lacing

S - Is of wheat and strawberries but not nearly as good as one would expect

T - Like the smell wheat and strawberries but it has a flavored syrup taste to it

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

O - Now I'm really pissed about the PA case laws because now I have five more of these to drink down this beer just isn't enjoyable not worth picking up

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 20:23:25 | More by armock
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


2.17/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ba Review # 62
Served On: 9/11/2011
Glassware: Wheat Glass

Another one from the LBC mixed pack that looks like a barn (clever).

Look: Poured a clear lighter copper color with a 1 finger head of white rocky foam.

Smell: Biscuity malts with some faint strawberry mixed in. This almost smelled like a flavored lager rather than a wheat beer. Oh well.

Taste: This beer basically tasted like a lager with artificial strawberry flavoring added. I’m note sure where the wheat comes in. I guess there could be some spicy clove notes, but are completely overpowered by the god-awful strawberry chemical taste.

This was a real disappointment. The label has Wilkes-Barre, PA on it, which is nowhere near Lancaster. I would say this is another contract brew from The Lion Brewery – better known for their quasi-macro brands like Stegmaier and Lions Head.
I think LBC could have accomplished so much more with the whole strawberry wheat concept, judging by all their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 17:22:57 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of JizackFH

New York

2.3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a perfectly clear golden orange color. It has a small half inch of white head resting on top. The head disappears almost as fast as it came, and there is no lace left behind on the glass.

S - It smells of wheat, berries (not fresh), and some yeast. There is some funkiness to it too. The smell really isn't working for me.

T - Tastes of malt and watered down strawberry juice. I not getting very much wheat. There is a little bit of hop presence in the back end. Lingering berry in the finish.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, it's like drinking a beer juice.

O - The drinkability here isn't so good. I'm just not very into the flavor here. It is like your average fruit beer, malty with some fruit juice concentrate, and a very low hop profile. It's just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 10:19:34 | More by JizackFH
Photo of bubseymour


3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle at a restaurant so appearance and smell I marked as average as its hard to judge that straight from bottle.

T: Decent flavor, standard lager-like taste with hint of strawberry.

M: Okay mouthfeel, crsip, light and very nice, especially for a nice hot day.

O: A pretty average strawberry flavored beer and an easy drinker. One that I could definitely drink a couple in the heat and be content.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:27:44 | More by bubseymour
Photo of KMcG


1.95/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: light, clear golden color with small carbonation bubbles. The 1 finger head quickly reduced to hardly any foam. 

Smell: slight strawberry and yeast.  The yeast smell is dank, a little old and basement like. 

Taste: grainy wheat, somewhat bitter, and the end flavor is exactly Captian Crunch Berries. That flavor is quite fresh in my mind, since I just had a taste of Crunch Berries yesterday - we bought it for a vacation treat for my son. Hence, the strawberry taste is unnatural. I also pick up a slight metallic bite. 

Drinkability: the strawberry is overwhelming, it is really fizzy, and light. 

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:26:04 | More by KMcG
Photo of suspect

New York

3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear, very light golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a fluffy white 1-finger head that dissipates very quickly. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Light wheat smell with some strawberry as well. Not strong, not offensive either.

T: Decent flavor, nice wheat-sweetness up front, subtle strawberry finish. Slight bitter finish from some slight hop presence.

M: Okay mouthfeel, crsip, light and very nice, especially for a nice hot day.

O: A pretty good fruit beer, a decent wheat beer and one that I could definitely drink a sixer of these on a nice hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:35:10 | More by suspect
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: small head, golden orange, very active carbonation; no lacing
S: pale strawberry; like a strawberry soda
T: like a weak strawberry soda; clearly light ABV; sweet, very little hops; at least it's not offensive (and that is a compliment--I generally don't like wheat beers); the flavor is very thin
M: perky

This would be a good beer to have in cases where you're thinking a cider or hard lemonade would be appropriate

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:20:44 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer in a chalice. I know that a chalice is completely wrong for this beer, but the guys on "New Brew Thursday" podcast say that a chalice can be used for every beer. This was because the bar only had chilled pilsner glasses... and you shouldn't drink beer from chilled glasses.

In the first half of the pour there was no head. I was more aggressive with the pour and there was very minimal head after that.

I got very little from the nose. It smelled like a stock wheat beer. I was hoping to get straw-beeries smell, but there were no straw-beeries.

On the first taste I only picked up wheat beer. As I pulled air over the beer in my mouth I finally got the taste of straw-beeries. A little of the after taste also had the beeries flavor.

I'd say the beer is nice for when it is warm out, but it really isn't special.

After drinking the beer, I noted that the label said "Strawberry Flavor Added." That was disappointing... they should have used real strawberries to bring out better flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 17:53:27 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Knapp85


3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out as a hazy golden color, the head was minimal from the start and was gone by mid glass. The smell was strong with strawberry with a little bit of the wheat coming through in the distance. The taste was very light, surprised at how strong the aroma was for such a lack of flavor. The mouthfeel was decent. This beer is average to say the least not really worth another attempt.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 23:38:20 | More by Knapp85
Photo of NaLoGra


3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Unfiltered, hazy, light brown-red. Small head.

S- Smells very much like strawberry, as you would imagine, with slight hints of wheat.

T- Tastes honestly like a strawberry milkshake. Forgot I was even drinking alcohol. Very flavorful, strawberry flavor definitely overpowers the wheat.

M- Very light and smooth, great to sip on.

O- Nice beer, would have again during the day outside for sure, probably while eating fruit...

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 22:13:13 | More by NaLoGra
Photo of wahhmaster


2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, light tan color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a faint, wheaty smell but there really isn't a lot going on in this department.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter. Ends with a wheaty sweetness backed by an artificial, strawberry jam flavor. All in all, this is a weakly flavored, artificial tasting fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: Light-tasting and crisply carbonated.

Overall: A pretty sorry fruit beer overall. While it is certainly refreshing and very drinkable, you could do much better for a lot cheaper. Skip this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:12:44 | More by wahhmaster
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Strawberry Wheat Beer from Lancaster Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.