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Strawberry Wheat Beer | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 500
Photo of BuddyPal
1.89/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am amazed that with all the refined palates reviewing this beer no one in the first couple pages that I read mentioned the big Sarsaparilla note up front. It's root beer, folks. I love this brewery, but this is a non-starter for me. A&W does it better.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This wasn't really good or really bad...it just kind of was. Pretty standard wheat beer that really lacked in strawberry flavor. It poured a reddish orange kind of color and had a thin head that disappeared quickly. No matter how much I sniffed and sipped, I really couldn't pick up any strawberry at all. It was just a competent wheat beer that wasn't particularly spectacular. The feel was pretty thin and watery. Easy to drink but not what I was hoping for. It's not the worst thing I've drank, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
3.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised by this beer. Nice light but malty backbone, very subtle fruits, great carbonation and feel. Would go back real nicely on a warm day.

More of that toasted wheat smell and taste would be nice. Maybe they tried a little too hard to cover that up and it's a shame. Could have used a more spicy hops as well to contrast with the sweetness.

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Photo of opieo
4.72/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a wheat beer guy. I especially don't like fruit in my beers. Here's my exception. Crisp. Tart. Light. Refreshing. Perfect for a warm day or a day at the pool or beach.

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Photo of IronLover
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden Yellow with orange hues and light haze. Poured with a short, bright white foam with moderate retention that reduced to a wispy cap. Definitive, tart strawberry aroma resting on a firm wheat malt aroma. Sweet sugary strawberry and bready malt notes on the edges. No esters aside from the strawberry fruitiness. No hop aromas. Aromas are medium to medium high and well balanced. Medium to Medium high body with high carbonation and a smooth feel. Medium to medium high sweet, lightly sugary strawberry and wheat malt flavors. Fruity tartness around the edges of the mouth leave a sticky, strawberry bubble gum flavor. Meidum low bitterness through the middle balances the sweetness a bit. Finished semi-dryly with and fairly cleanly after a last sweet strawberry soda flavor snap. No hop flavors. The balance leans toward the fruity sweetness. However, the malt and hop bitterness team nicely to calm the sweetness to make this a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.56/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - A light gold with moderate head releases to a thin layer, a bit hazy, but not as much as I would expect in a good wheat
S - I'm getting apple juice and secondarily hints of red wine
T - This is just ok at best, subtle strawberry flavors, you will either like this or not, but the flavors overall are a bit weak; no hop, no malt...nothing noteworthy here
F - seemed a bit watery and flat, but with moderate carbonation (I know, not sure that really makes sense)
O - I drank half of a bottle and that was enough for me to decide that I didn't really care whether or not I finished the other half; a boring "beer"

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this years ago and never reviewed it - finally had it again last night at the Cloverleaf since this was the only time that they had it on tap during the colder weather months. I wasn't that impressed with this beer the first time around and that was also the case here, even though this wasn't anything that I had a hard time downing. It just didn't feel like beer to me and if you're looking for hops, you'll still be searching into an empty bottle or pint glass once you're done finishing this off...

This had a dark blonde hue to it as there seemed to be a bit of syrupy red mixed in as well. Not a potent head but the lacing was present along the back side of my pint glass after every sip. Hardly any hops to the nose and even less in the taste - this felt like a flat soda with some syrup thrown in for good measure. Wheat? It's in there but there wasn't any trace of it except for some sour grass and sharpness to the grain-like flavor that could be discerned around the strawberry. Somewhat slick, the syrup made this go down easy but it felt like something I would have had when I was underage at a wedding.

Had I wanted another, it wouldn't have been that hard as I didn't feel or taste the alcohol at any part of my experience with this. While not a drain pour, only someone looking for a good "lawnmower beer" or someone into fruit will find delight in this. Otherwise, the strawberry syrup/juice/puree was too strong to appreciate any other redeeming characteristics this may have had and it's beers like this that make me stay away from this style. Good for reminding me what I might have imbibed 10 or 20 years ago.

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Photo of generallee
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep reddish amber color with a small light tan head. The head is quick to fade out and makes no lacing at all.

Smell: It has a very mild cherry and berry like sweetness coming though a light white bready maltiness. Overall it reminds me of a store bought almond ring coffee cake.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a light thin feel with a balance of mild fruit and wheat. It seems somewhat dry and slightly tart. This finishes with some very light hop bitterness.

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Photo of Brenden
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A faint off-white froth attempts to form on the surface of this brew and does just manage to skim it for awhile. The beer itself lies somewhere between dark yellow and pale orange. A bit of loose bubbling sticks to the glass sporadically.
The aroma is a bit too artificial for me. Extracts are fine, though not as good as fresh, but there's still some technique to making it more real that isn't executed especially well here. Still, the malts set down the backbone with plenty of wheat, and the strawberry isn't either under or overplayed.
It comes off with a strong sweetness at first, fairly syrupy, then a sour/tart tang kicks in along with the wheat. There's a vague hint of leaf, but it begins seeming a lot like a strawberry soda. Fortunately, malt and hops aren't completely left out of the equation.
I expect the body to be light, and it is, but the feel is slightly improved over both what my expectations would be tasting it and what it's like at the beginning. That said, there's only enough carbonation, crispness and smoothness to be barely better than average. It threatens a little mix of slick and sticky but shies off just as it seems inevitable.

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Photo of billybeerlvr
4.99/5  rDev +56.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of 410Joe
2.01/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of hmich176
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of HomeBrewer211
1.57/5  rDev -50.8%
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

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of darktower
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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'.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of sauron681
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of andersony17
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.06/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of armock
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
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

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.2/5  rDev -31%
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.

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