Melbourn Bros. Strawberry | Melbourn Bros.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle

Pours with a rich syrupy ruby body, thick pinky white head with good retention.

Smell, fresh strawberries, some fruity esters. Lots of strawberry sweet aromas, mixed berries. Theres a certain almost yogurty creaminess too

Taste, smooth and fizzy strawberries, syrupy mouthfeel. A fair whack of sweetness but not overpowering, some slight tartness on the finish

Another tasty dessert beer from the Melbourne Bros brewery

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Photo of xav33
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 beersabound
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Melbourn's makes a very tasty strawberry beer. The fruit flavor and aroma is dominant. I really enjoy the unique aroma of that reminds me of real fruit unprepared and al ittle dirty. I find the finish a bit dry and the beer flavor is rather one dimensional. The finish is rahter dry for a fruit beer but this kinda nice as you are left wanting more. There are some fermentation characters coming through but not like the belgians. Don't get me wrong this a fine beverage and I enjoy it about once a month. (My wife likes it too.)

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dark shoe polish brown body with a white thin head that fades after a bit.

S- The smell of homemade strawberry jam is strong and dominates the smell even during the pour.

T- The first flavor is strawberry jam with a faint tart cherry hint in the background. The finish is a sweet jam note with a carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This is all about the strawberries and the sweetness upfront and dryness in the finish balance a bit. It would be nice to have a bit more malt or alcohol flavors to contrast the berries. I like deserts and fruit so this was not bad for both and I like jam.

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet Tart Strawberry Jolly Rancher Candy with hints of watermelon. Slight Horse Blanket/Barnyard with hints of Pale Malt.

Appearance: Clear Orangish Reddish Pink with a faint Pinkish White Head.

Flavor: Tart, Barnyard/Horse blanket Balanced with Pale Malts and a delicate Strawberry flavor and aged hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Light Body, Medium Carbonation.

Overall Impression: A wonderful Spontaneous Fermented Beer (Beer that is exposed to the surrounding open air to allow natural/wild yeast and bacteria to literally infect the beer). Basically tastes like a Belgian Lambic that is balanced with a perfect strawberry flavor. If you aren't a beer connoisseur you would probably think this was a wine cooler.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this a bit better than the cherry beer. Light amberish-pink colour with a fluffy, faint pink head. Smells like slightly off sweet strawberries, with some malts and hop bitterness. Not entirely unpleasant.

Sweet, slightly tart taste. Strawberry, pale malts and a bit of hops. Fruit flavours dominate.

Good mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Best served chilled, great with dinner or dessert.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber, almost reddish... with nil head. Smell and taste are both very much strawberry, very tart and very sweet. I swear I detected the smallest amount of hops (and maybe even barley), maybe it was my mind playing tricks on me, but it seemed like there was a touch of a green flavor in a couple of sips. That, and the very high level of carbonation was the only thing that made this seperated this from a wine cooler. Compared to a wine cooler, I would pick this 10 for 10. Compared to nearly any other beer on the planet, I would take a regular beer 99 out of 100. That being said, they hit the mark on the given style for sure.

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Photo of evilbeefchan
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange haze to rich red amber color. Pretty nonexistant head, more like the kind you get from pouring champagne or sparkling wine. Very carbonated, felt more like drinking soda than a beer. Slight taste of bitter lingers in mouth, I found it to be quite pleasant. Great for dessert, very light and refreshing. First time tasting this kind of beer, very satisfying.

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Photo of Tawnos
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
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 Macdoyal
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This being my first review bear with me as I hopefully get better at this. :)

Appearance : Nice Head but it doesn't stay long, Reddish Orange in color so far it's a very pretty beer. Then some nice lacing to top it all off.

Smell : Very very berry. Reminds me of Strawberry Jam or fruit roll ups. The normal set of beer smells are overpowered by the sheer amount of berry on this one.

Taste : Kinda tart almost sour. Nice subtle sweetness. Acidic notes are present. A nice change of pace.

Mouthfeel : Dry .. reminds me almost of a wine. Smooth yet watery.

Drinkability : Rather High, nothing I could drink all night for fear of a massive heart burn. Good non the less.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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 -13.2%
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 mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a pinky amber colour with hints of copper... Head was white with a slight hint of pink and poured quite foamy but faded pretty quickly...

Aroma - Very sweet, biscuity/shortbread notes, strawberries and cream, floral hints, some spiciness, very slight maltiness....

Taste – Sweet but not too sweet, strong strawberry notes, hints of spiciness, some sourness, vanilla notes...

Feel - Very creamy with a light sharpness underneath... medium body. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good fruit beer. Definitely worth a try....

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Photo of aforbes10
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 SilentSabre
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale rusty pink colour with no head. Very light lacing. The strawberry smell is immediately noticeable. The smell is very close to strawberry jam; very sweet. There is also a wine cooler characteristic about it [the smell]. Carbonation is mild and the taste is just about what you'd expect from the smell. Very tart and very dry. This is basically strawberry lambic. Not overly sweet; very pleasant. I'm a big lambic fan so I really enjoied this one. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of cokes
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber rust with a loose and sparce white lacing.
Strawberry juice nose with figments of dates, vanilla beans, and Swiss cheese.
Fruitiness, again, is king. The Strawberry hues are clearer, cleaner, and better pronounced that those in the Apricot. This is straight-up strawberry jam. The middle find hints of earth, pink grapefruit acidity, and grapenuts. It fades out with a solid canvas and berry cooler sugariness.
The carbonation is brighter here and keeps the heavy-sweet body from hanging unwelcomely.
It's more or less a berry spritzer with traces of lambic dirt. Hard to call it, but it is better than the Apricot on all accounts.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very much a dessert beer. Poured out to a hazy red / orange color with a 1/4 inch head. Higher level of carbonation, this almosted looked like champagne when poured. Aroma of malt and strawberries dominated, with a hint of spice mixed in as well. The taste was very unique and enjoyable; flavors of strawberry, malt, mild hops, and some acidity sweetness toward the finish meshed well on the palate. Mouthfeel was light and not syrupy like many Fruit Beers. Nice. Overall drinkability is pretty good; this is likely most desireable for after a meal as a sweet treat. One of the better flavored Fruit Beers i've had. A recommended brew for fans of the style.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 quasimoto
2.07/5  rDev -44.4%
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 Morris729
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a peach-hued medium amber color with a foamy pinkish light tan head that leaves a sticky lace on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Nose is sweet fresh strawberries and black cherry like tartness—a nice balance. A strong carbonation produces a very zesty and lively mouthfeel. The taste has the same good balance as was in the aroma with notes of sweet strawberry syrup and tart raspberries. Makes for a very nice dessert brew though it’s not cheap at $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of finepaws
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber, berry color. Slight head, not much lacing. Looked pretty for a beer, more fizzy than carbonated. Smells very fruity, strong strawberry scent. Very tingly, tart and sweet, almost like a lambic. Had an almost apricot taste. I really enjoyed this fruit beer, could have drank more, but at $5.99 a pop, I'll have to pass.

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Photo of mntlover
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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 battlekow
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice translucent red/amber with a generous, lingering head. Initially smells a little too sweetly of strawberries, but more careful examination reveals a more complex, less sickly-sweet scent. Hey, it tastes like strawberries! About what you would expect, extremely refreshing without being too sweet. The smooth taste contrasts nicely with the mouthfeel, which benefits from the rather high level of carbonation, stinging the palate. Right up there with the New Glarus fruit beers for simple, fruity goodness.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Higravity
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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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