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Melbourn Bros. StrawberryMelbourn Bros. Strawberry

Brewed by:
Melbourn Bros.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2002

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of quasimoto
2.07/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a pinkish orange with large bubbles and slightly cloudy. There is no head, and diddn't lace down at all. The aroma is of toaster studel, with roasted malt. The taste is of over powering straberry syrup flavor, like a watered down strawberry smuckers jelly. The mouthfeel is light but has large sharp bubbles which makes it very harsh on the palette. The drinkability of this beer is that it would be better suited as a strawberry soda. Overall I was unimpressed.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.11/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a very interesting pinkish red color. Pretty much look likes a Red pop but still looks kind of cool.

S- Tons of strawberries.

T- I don't know what else to say other this one tastes like strawberries. I can't taste anything else.

M- Light in body and a ton of carbonation.

D- I think this one is more like a wine cooler or maybe even fruit juice than beer. Still looking for a fruit beer I'll like...the search continues.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Foams up a bit out of the bottle when I pop the cap. This pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a murky red color that shows a light amber color (makes me think of browned, oxidized strawberries) when held up to the light. The aroma is unmistakably that of strawberry and is noticeable as soon as I pop the cap. Not surprisingly nothing else is noticeable except for the strawberry notes; at least the strawberry notes actually smell like real strawberries (though notched up a few ratchets) as opposed to cheap extract.

Shockingly sweet at the first sip, this tastes like strawberry syrup. Thick feeling, but there is a fairly substantial carbonation that actually seems to struggle to become free of the syrupy morass as the beer flows across my tongue. As to the flavors, well all I can say is strawberry and sweet, nothing else particularly is noticeable, especially nothing that would suggest this is a beer, much less a Lambic.

Not really something I want to drink, again this is more like a strawberry soda than anything. Way too sweet and fruity for my tastes.

Purchased: Papago Brewing Co, Scottsdale AZ

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Photo of jonnylieberman
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Much more like a Strawberry cola than a beer.

Out of the bottle it is pink. And not like most lambics where the redness gets mixed with some copper browns to produce ruby tones -- this guy was pink! and fizzy.

Smelled like candy. Strawberry candy

Tasted like cola. Not sour enough at all. The key to balancing the massive sweetness imparted by the "strawberry juice" has to be some tartness. Almost none was present. Shame, because the actual flavor was good, just unbalanced and too apparent.

It felt like fizzy cola in my mouth.

If you are really thirsty you might appreciate this... maybe. I didn't

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Photo of swamiswamu
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a tough one to rate in the typical beer fashion. It looks, tastes and smells of strawberry. To me it is more like a sparkling strawberry juice than a beer. It does work well as a dessert beer, but is pretty much worthless for anything else. Worth a shot, yes. Worth the $6 it usually sells for, hell no.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was surprised that this beer was wasn't the colour of Hawaiian Punch due to the intense strawberry nose and intial first sip. After I got by the sweetness , the well balanced back bone of the beer made its presence known. I don't know whether I can get by the
overwhelming sweetness to really want to buy this beer again.

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Photo of Tawnos
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours with very little head, no lacing left as the head quickly dissipates. Color is a surprisingly clear red-orange.

Smell: Strawberry jam on toast. Much less sweet smelling than a belgian lambic, actually quite pleasant.

Taste: Tangy with a very fast pucker factor. Bitter on the back of the mouth, not very good while in the mouth. The aftertaste is quite pleasant, like a not too sweet strawberry jam. However, the initial shock isn't worth the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Acidic, leaves the mouth coated in mucous. Not horrid, not great.

Drinkability: Pretty low. I'd rather take one sip and have no more than keep drinking. The aftertaste being so much better than the actual taste, it's hard to want to keep drinking this.

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Photo of peabody
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out kinda flat with a reddish root beer color.
Not much head and no lacing here.
Smell is all Strawberry. Not much else except for lots of sugar.
Taste is strawberry with lots of sugar. Way too sweet but still not bad.
Mouthfeel is very clean with such a sugary taste.
All in all, a pretty good beer but way too sweet.

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Photo of mntlover
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poursa a light brownish amber mix with a fizzy pinkish/white head that falls fast to a small ring no lacing really.

Aroma is fruity strawberries some acidic aromas mixed in like a dry sherry of something.

Taste is sweet strawberries syrupy almost some carbonation makes the finish zesty little acidy, not really dry. Over all no malt no hops what gives says malt hops yeast on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is not bad medium little syrupy feeling but more to do with the flavor then the feel I think.

Drinkability is well try anything once, its not really bad but then again doesn't really taste remotely like beer either, more like a strawberry wine cooler with a low ABV.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours light brown with a pink tint to it. It has a white/pink head that fades slowly, leaving a few laces.

This beer smells like a sparkling strawberry cider. It smells very sweet. I think the strawberry aroma is just a little overpowering.

This beer tastes like carbonated strawberry juice. It is slightly sour also. Not much else to it.

This beer is very carbonated. It leaves a strawberry sweet aftertaste.

I am nt sure that this would be a good session beer. It is just too sweet. It was nice to try it once though.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a hazy pinkish red, a pale pink head of a finger setting up and looking to hold but is actually melting away slowly.

Aroma - a sure strawberry pulp smell, grain edging its way in as the beer settles. Finishes sonewhere between the two, a curious combination to say the least. Overall, it's a berry owned aroma.

Taste - a sweet syrupy beer. The strawberry is easy to taste, it's everywhere. Some light grain coming in a bit as the sweetness subsides a little, almost a little lambic sourness to it. The ending dries up a little bit as some needed tartness tries to check the sugar level. Pretty tasty as alcopops go.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavier than average, mild to moderate carbonation, lending itself even more to a wine cooler style beverage.

Drinkability - if sweet fruit beers are your thing, you'll enjoy the Melbourn Strawberry, but it's more a novelty than a mainstay.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the chalice tea colored light brown/amber with a white head which rose nicely, but fell immdiately to barely lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly odd with a low acidic aroma followed by a strawberry aroma similar to the seeds or preserves.

The flavor was slightly odd as well. Some controlled acidity coupled with strawberry preserve flavors. The beer contacts the palate as slightly sweet and then dries over time leaving acidity and strawberry.

The finish was not quite dry with strawberry flavor lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. The strawberry flavors did not seem artificial, but they did not seem well crafted either.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Interesting and refreshing, but something about the strawberry flavors did not leave me wanting another.

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Photo of TheDM
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pour resulted in a medium white head of large bubbles that left little or no lacing as it receded. Its body is transparent amber brown. Its aroma is fruity, perhaps influenced by the strawberry in it. Its taste is sweet and sour with a mouth of carbonation. It also has a dry finish.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Recieved this as part of a christmas gift from my wife. I didn't think i was going to like it, but i was a little surprized. Pours red with a hint of brown. Not much head, very carbonated. Odor - strawberry syrup. Taste is tart and rife with attempt to hide the alc. flavor. After the alcohol comes more of a strawberry taste that hangs around in the same sort of way that a sweet wine does. Mouthfeel is very fizzy and light. Ok drinkability. I dont really want another, but i enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Porued a pale reddish brown, with a wine cooler like head that quickly fades. Aroma is fresh strawberries, taste is sweet/tart with strawberries in the forefront, with some malt coming through in there. Definetly more enjoyable than their apricot. Still Not something I'd go out of my way for. Not bad, but more of winecoolerish than a beer.

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Photo of Higravity
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well never had, had to try it. Big light pink head covers a rubyish body of beer like liquid. Smells only of strawberries and sweetness of sugar, but thats good I like it. The taste is also very berry not funky really and most of the malt flavor is hidden. Mostly for the weak of heart. Unless you want strawberry flavored like lambic leave it alone.

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Photo of xav33
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Melbourn Brothers Strawberry
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Recent bottling (?), fielded forever 11/06

Poured a hazy ruddy brown, the color of browned strawberries, with a large mostly lasting beige head.

Smelt of strong strawberries and apple juice.

Taste was upfront strong sweet and sour strawberries and spicy cloves followed by a strong sweet and sour brown strawberries and moderate yellow cake dessert feel on a long cloying sweet finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, syrupy, lively carbonated, and cloyingly sweet.

Overall, its feels like sparkling strawberry juice, or the taste of semi sweet thawed freezer burnt strawberries.

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Photo of hero27
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Pours a glowing reddish-brown. Decent head, especially for a fruit beer.
Strawberry extract is a little too artificial for my taste, didn't taste exactly like fresh strawberries to me. Slightly tart in the finish..

Tons of carbonation.. makes the body more like strawberry soda than strawberry beer. Overall, it's certainly not bad. The strawberry flavor is satisfying enough, but in my opinion it's not nearly worth the $4.99 I paid for one bottle.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet. I worked on a strawberry farm for 5 years and this tastes just like fresh squeezed strawberries with a slight malty/alcohol twist. Almost daiquiri like. Poured a brownish red in color with a filmy head. Got some lace on the edges of the glass too. Flavor is a bowl of strawberries. Also picked out the slight maltiness--but ever so slight. The alcohol--even at 3.4% ABV--is slightly noticeable. Just slightly tart too. Very light and refreshing. Only problem is this beer is too sweet to be all that drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz vintage style brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep reddish copper colour with a minimal spritzy lace ... a soda like apperance.

Smell: Freshly juiced strawberries with a balance between the sweet and the tart.

Taste: Light bodied and champagne like, smooth yet lively carbonation. Tartness gets a little assertive though this brew lends some sweet strawberry flavour also. Barley any beer characteristics, a touch of grain from middle to back that mingles with a woody leaf taste in the back. Aftertaste is surprisingly clean.

Notes: Similar wine cooler charateristics as the Apricot though a bit more tart and a pinch closer to a lambic style brew for the Strawberry. An excellent dessert beer, goes well with strawberry cheese cake.

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Photo of MillRat
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a coppery amber with a firm pink, yeah I said pink, head. Smell is strawberries with some lambic-ish funk. The taste amplifies the aromas, adding in a distinct cidery sour tang that keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. The sheer amount of strawberry flavor is impressive. I've brewed strawberry beers before and not achieved half the strawberry presence this has at a rate of a pound of berries per gallon. Despite the sourness, this manages to be a rpetty heavy brew. A bit more ABV might help. Not anything in the range or a session beer, so I could not reach for another right away, but it might be attractive to one more inclined to tropical mixed drinks or wine coolers.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dull cloudy purple with a nice finger of pink foam. Lots of really nice lace is left on the glass, making it look like a pink frosted window in winter.

S - Authentic fresh strawberries, tart fruit juice, strawberry jam, and a hint of strawberry candy...the kind that comes in a strawberry wrapper. The emphasis here is on the jammy strawberry jelly notes. Nice.

T - Again, tart and really jammy. This tastes exactly like strawberry preserves spread over white bread toast with even a hint of butter. Very nicely done.

M - Light bodied, tart, acidic, slightly sugary...but still relatively crisp.

D - A very good stab at fruit beer...which is pretty hard to get right IMO. This is sweeter and heavier than a lambic, but way more authentic and "real" than most American fruity-tootie beers marketed to young women.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of andrewj17
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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