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Strawberry Wheat Beer - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Strawberry Wheat BeerStrawberry Wheat Beer

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189 Reviews

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 487
Avg: 3.19
pDev: 30.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003

This American Wheat Lager-style beer, with the subtle suggestion of real strawberries is the perfect pint of true refreshment.
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Reviews: 189 | Hads: 487
Photo of KMcG
2/5  rDev -37.3%
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. 

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Photo of suspect
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
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

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Photo of ummswimmin
3/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.17/5  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.

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Photo of NaLoGra
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
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...

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.34/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a rich amber color with decent size head. The smell is strong of wheat and a bit sweet from the strawberry. The taste has a nice grainy taste from the wheat, then the sweetness from the strawberry, but it has a bit of bite from the strawberry. The flavor could be a little more stronger, it quickly dissipate from the palate. Overall a good overall beer, plus if I liked strawberries probably even better.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was one of the better beers in the mixed 12 pack. I'm not too huge into fruit beers, but this one had a nice subtle fruit flavor to it and was really drinkable and not too sweet like some make the mistake of doing. Medium bodied and really drinkable, pretty surprisingly good little beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.09/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden orange color with hints of a pinkish tone to it. One finger white head shows low retention. Light spotty lace left on the glass.

S- Wheat comes through first in the nose. This is followed up with a nice balance of strawberry. A little artifical smelling but this doesn't destroy the aroma in the slightest. A nice balance between the wheat and strawberry.

T- There is once again only two parts to this beer which is wheat and strawberry (shocker). The strawberry places a bigger flavor than the wheat and acts as the underbody to the beer as a whole. Wheat acts as a secondary flavor which balanced out the strawberry. To me it had a light strawberry milk flavor to it without the milk heavy flavor.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Strawberry and wheat are left not only on the palate but follow through long into the aftertaste. No real alcohol flavor at all and shows very light drying on the palate. No off flavors shown while drinking. This beer is balanced perfect for the style it said it was.

O- This beer was exactly what it said it was. Strawberry forward with a wheat backing...and this is what it said it was going to be. ABV isn't high and you really couldn't taste it at all in the beer while drinking. Overall if you want a beer that is strawberry forward(not heavy) masterpiece flavor and drinkability wise then try this one out.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.15/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit I'm slightly impartial to this beer as I grew up near Lancaster. However, I do give honest reviews (see profile on other Lancaster beers).

Although others don't seem too found of this brew, I certainly think it's fantastic.

Not one usually for fruit beers, this is my one exception.

Pours a nice light lager color.

Smell is wonderful. Bountiful strawberry scenets mixed in perfectly with the beer.

Taste and smooth and rich. Perfectly balanced.

Easy drinking beer, perfect for summer meals with corn on the cob!

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Photo of fdw3
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange-amber with a thin white head with little retention and little lacing. Smells of wine and sweet wheat; probably a mixture between the malt and the strawberry component (which I couldn't isolate). Tastes predominantly of wheat with faint notes of sweet strawberry. Body is light and relatively watery, and carbonation is moderate.

I'm not sure why everyone hates this beer quite so much. Strawberry wheat is much more wheat than strawberry and in that respect, it honestly doesn't compete with other fruit beers. It's a decent wheat beer with a touch of strawberry -- nothing more, nothing less. Not bad, but refreshing.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy gold orange into a american shaker with very little head that went away quickly and didn't leave any lacing.

S: there is strawberry and a little wheat and that's about all I get from this beer.

T: the strawberry does complement the wheat in the taste rather well but the whole body of this beer is based a little to much on the strawberry.

MF: watery and light but refreshing.

D: I'd pass this beer up again but not if it where free or came in a mix pack. A good one for my beer disliking girlfriend.

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Photo of DDCMember
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-12 oz. bottle poured into mug.

A: Pinkish/Copper color. Very thin head.

S: More wheat than strawberry. Not overwhelming.

T: Just like the smell; malty with a hint of strawberry.

M: Light body. Little Carbonation.

D: Drinkable. Glad I only bought a 6'er of it though, probably won't purchase again. This was the 1st strawberry flavored beer that I've ever tried.

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Photo of Ty1erC
3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.*

a: slightly hazy, pink-ish/copper-ish in color. little retention, thin lacing.

s: wheat and sweet strawberries (although faint).

t: malt, with a strawberry finish.

m: light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

d: a very drinkable beer, but not all that interesting.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken visiting the brewpub this past summer. Hung out in Hershey Park, ate some chocolate, dealt with having to buy cases only when looking for beer and hit up this brewpub (not the one pictured, the other location).

orange color, smells of strawberry wine cooler. like a strawberry soda or seltzer crossed with a wine cooler. Nice aftertaste, but not my favorite.

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Photo of mralphabet
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Amber colored with a touch of red, about a finger worth of head that settles quickly to nothing, no lacing.

S: Malty, little wheat and a little strawberry, nothing overwhelming on any counts.

T: Just like the smell here.... malty wheaty and a little hint of strawberry... Feels a little like jam added to the beer. The taste is pretty balanced between the malt and strawberry. Aftertaste is light with very little aftertaste, maybe hint of wheat in the finish. Not bad.

M: Very light and crisp....

D: Overall not bad.... Low ABV makes it a very sessionable beer, but nothing to run out for, but if you like these kinds of beers it is worth a shot.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, reddish-brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: strawberries and wheat

Taste: strawberries dominant at the beginning and the end..wheat is present throughout and there is a touch of hops in the middle.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter middle and a sweetish end, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nice and light summer beer that I might have again. The strawberry is present but does not dominate the beer. I have had better fruit beers and way worse. Not a beer to spend the night drinking, but certainly one in the middle of a tasting would be refreshing.

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Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When i poured it, had a alight amber color body with a small head, which dissappeared quickly to a thin lace around the top of body. A very light smell of strawberry and malts, no hops. It has a nice taste of strawberry and a little bit of wheat. Has great mouth feel and is very drinkable. Other than that not much going on with beer.

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Photo of Florida9
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear amber. Forms a small white head that reduces down quickly to a ring around the glass. No lacing.

S: Smells of carbonation, grains, and corn. There is also a very light, almost imperceptible, scent of a slightly sweet artificial strawberry.

T: Very lightly flavored. A little bit of sweet malt. A lot of club soda. Some artificial strawberry on the finish.

M: Light bodied with heavy carbonation. Carbonation is so heavy it tickles the tongue.

D: While this beer is not very good, it's saving grace is the fact that the flavor and aroma are very light as I could only imagine how bad this beer would be if it actually tasted like something.

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Photo of eyefeelgood
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is not a lot to say about this one. Very little strawberry flavor is able to get through a very weak wheat beer. No aroma, no complexity, no second chance. And to make is worse, this was on tap at the brewery, I can't imagine how nondescript it must be from a bottle.

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Photo of sellmeagod
1.83/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This fruit beer is for fans of light beers and no desire to drink a real beer. Weak in every way.

The false strawberry flavor permeates but is not even strong enough to mask the ultra weak wheat style. A boring garbage beer that never comes into its own flavor. So light and so nothing.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gently cloudy, amber-tinged yellow with some thinner wheat highlights. The head appears thinner and matted, egg shell white. Crackling and effervescent, it recedes quickly.

Sweet, husky grain and lightly toasted, buttered wheat bread. Hints of phenol and a definite candy-like strawberry aroma.

Up front, it's decidedly sweet with lots of doughy biscuit and somewhat bland wheatiness. The butter phenol flavor pokes through and doesn't mesh well with what one would expect to be a brighter fruit note. However the strawberry is mellow and again very candy-like. The strawberry comes across as less than authentic; like the strawberry flavored milk or those gummy strawberries found in penny candy.

Mildly crisp up front but quickly fading to a very fluffy, dim finish that all but dies on the palate. The modest ABV would indicate a decently drinkable beer but in this case I can't see myself enjoying more than one without the strawberry marshmallow notes becoming burdening. Worth a try, but that's about it for me.

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Photo of wingman14
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish orange yellow with a white head that fades fast. Smell is malty with some sweet notes, not much going on there. The flavor is malt, no hops, with some sweet strawberry flavor. It starts sweet and ends with a strawberry finish. The mouthfeel is medium, nicely carbonated. Even though the flavor isn't complex the mouthfeel is good. This one is an easy drinker, the flavor isn't annoying, good for summer.

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Photo of gopens44
2.4/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looked a lot like the color of new motor oil (certainly not the consistency of oil - let's be clear on that!), with an immediate 1 1/2" head that went away pretty quick.

Smelled a little of strawberry, but the strawberry smell was quickly overwhelmed with the more traditional smells of a wheat beer.

Unimpressive taste, as the strawberry taste itself tasted more like candy corn, and had a syrupy back taste. If you took out the strawberry taste, it probably wouldn't have been too bad - I'll have to try some unflavored Lancaster offerings.

Mouth feel was a bit watery but held a decent amount of carbonation

Not exceedingly drinkable, but mainly due to my disappointment in the lack of a good demure fruit beer taste, like that of my favorite blueberry beers. Probably better than Pete's but I still won't rush out to buy more in the near future.

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Strawberry Wheat Beer from Lancaster Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.