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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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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -8.4%
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 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 Morris729
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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%
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 -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 battlekow
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -11.6%
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 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 packetknife
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is where I almost want to smack myself. This is a beer you have once or twice and then just get it as the "exotic" for your GF to help justify the stuff you bought for yourself. Pours a light pinkish-amber with a very very light pink fluffy head that faded quickly. If you like strawberries, which I do very much, then the smell and taste will immediately remind you of something more likely to be served at an Orange Julius or other shake/juice mixer. It's clear it wasn't brewed into the beer as the carbonation feel dampened and the taste a bit too pixie-stick like. I can't object to this fruit beer but it's not a framboise or lambic.

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Photo of Oahu
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served via Bottle at Old Chicago in Evansville, IN

A New Lambic? Surely you jest. My wife and I had two of these puppies (she loves the Lindemanns- I just love beer) We had them with cheesecake- a perfect pairing. I'm getting ahead of myself.

Interesting shaped bottle, like a Red Stripe made sweet unprotected love to a giraffe. It says spontanteous fermentation in the bottle, and who knows how they're doing that- or if it is really true.

Pours a gorgeous ruby. Just sit and look at it for a while. If you do, it won't be long before you get hit with berries, berries and more berries. Strawberries that is. This is not a beer that has any pretense about what it is. It is a strawberry beer. Not much head, and the foam was lighter than I might have enjoyed.

Note: Enjoyment of this beer will vary with enjoyment of strawberries. The numbers up there really are just a measurement of how much I like strawberries. This beer does the SB justice. No doubt.

Taste: strawberrys. I was digging and swishing for something else, a glimpse of general hops and malt (I thought?!) but it could have been a hallucination for sure. Strawberry. Very slight taste of syrup. Very sweet. Once it is in your mouth you will consider pouring it from your glass unto your dessert.

Mouthfeel: Nectary, if pleasant. Perhaps as the diabetes sets in your mouth is distracted by all the sweetness receptors on Defcon Alpha.

Drinkability: This is a one time desert beer. If I order cheesecake at the Old Chicago again, like my waistline says I shouldn't, I will order this to go with it. Otherwise, no more Melbourn Bros for me.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white, pinkish, small head. A little gray. Dark, reddish-amber beer. The nose has sweet strawberry ice cream and is just a little fishy. Sweet, sweet strawberries at first. A little tart. Full, tingly, sweet-and-tart strawberry juice fills the middle. Some metal and fish at the end. This one is a little too sweet for me, and even fainter in funk. The least enjoyable of the three Melbourns here, but still tasty.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Custom 12 oz brown bottle noting that it was brewed with fresh strawberries, but no date or abv.
Aroma: Strong strawberry jam aroma with a bit of farmhouse funk and a slight medicinal smell. It also a firm earthy/cheesy smell that grows as it warms.
Appearance: Reddish peach glass with an off white thin head that left respectable patches of lace.
Flavor: Quite tart. Very strong sweet strawberry jam taste as well, with more of the funk coming through at the end; a real sweet and sour combination going on. It has just a slight hint of alcohol in the taste. This is something like a cross between a strawberry Sweet Tart © and an Alka-Seltzer ©.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Light body with a syrupy mouth coating finish that takes a moment to be worn off.
Overall Impression: Wow, this is a sweet beer. My wife liked it, and she only like Lindemans Framboise (and Corona). Impossible to make a session out of this without going into a hyperglycemic coma, but it would make a great after dinner dessert beer, maybe with ice cream, chocolate or fruit. A bit of a one trick pony, and I’m interested in how they do their “Spontaneous Fermentation” mentioned on the label.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks like liquid strawberries should (and I don't mean that blenderized mess that goes into tropcial drinks). Golden with slight hazy muddy red, almost dark apricot colored. Pretty large head with a reddish (thankfully not pinkish) tint- very nice to look at. And a sweet-tart aroma that follows through in the flavor that says Strawberries are here! I note honey, flowery, almost-too-sweet-to-make-my-teeth-ache flavors, but even so, it's pretty good.

I like this, although it's too sweet for me to want to drink very often.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice red color with a thick frothy pinkish head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet strawberry scent that is mellow and pleasant to the nose. The taste is good as well. It has an awesome strawberry flavor that goes down with ease and finishes tart and refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. I love this lineup of fruit beers. They go down too quick. I wish they weren't so damn expensive.

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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 allengarvin
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany color, slightly hazy, not much head retention (though that's normal in lambics).

Aroma: Sour fruit smell, with an iron-like, slightly cheesy, sweaty undercurrent. Top-notch lambic-like aroma.

Flavor: Sweet strawberry start, with sourness kicking in and balancing it out. Slightly puckering, astringent finish. The aroma characteristics disappear in the taste, unfortunately.

Body: Reasonably full, lightly effervescent.

Wonderful dessert beer, but needs more wild-yeast character.

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Photo of beerlovergirl
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The old world style bottle of this beer caught my eye at the liquor store. It was only after I took a second look that I realized it was strawberry beer. Then I knew I had to take it home! My expectations were very high due to the high cost per bottle. This 12 oz bottle looks bigger than it is.

The aroma of strawberries hit me as soon as I popped the cap of this bottle. As I poured the beer, the smell just got better, inviting me to take a drink. The pinkish/amber color left an off-white, 1.5 inch head which settled into a nice lace after about 45 seconds. I was expecting this to taste like a Lindeman's; however, there is much more of an acidic beer taste to it, even with all of the delicious strawberry flavor. It was very smooth in my mouth and left me with a mild tart strawberry aftertaste.

At $6 a bottle, I don't know that I will be purchasing this in large quantities, but it might be nice for special occasions. This is definitely a dessert beer. I had trouble getting through an entire bottle in one sitting due to its sweetness. It's worth checking out, but I prefer the cost and taste of a Lindeman's.

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a slightly hazed, pink tinted, orange body with a small, offwhite, head that is shortlived. Sparse, patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is pleasing, with tart and sweet strawberries overpowering a mild, caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel features effervescent carbonation and a light to medium body.
The taste is very strawberry..tart, sweet, and genuine. Caramel malt is picked up underneath, and provides a solid backbone. No hops presence is noted. The finish and aftertaste are also dominated by tart and sweet strawberries. Very nice if you're looking for a strawberry beer with a low alcohol content.
This is one dimensional in its berry character, but that seems to be the goal the brewery is aiming for. A low alcohol, strawberry beer that is very tasty, with light caramel malt undertones, that provides an authentic, strawberry flavor. Very well done, and an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pinkish-red liquid pours forth with a big champagne-like head, all fizzy and short-lived. No lace at all.
Smell is, of course, strawberry, a sweet, strong strawberry and a hint of malt.
Taste follows the nose with strawberry, light hoppiness and some malt sweetness.
Medium bodied, smooth, a light effervecence all over the mouth. Finishes clean and slightly dry, not cloying at all.
Drinkability is very high if you like strawberry. Another drinkable dessert, a beer masquerading as champagne.

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Photo of necoadam
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, but well overpriced. Payed about 6 dollars a bottle. Poured out a brick red color with some carbonation visible but later died out. Smell consisted of strawberries mostly. Smelled a little tart as well. Taste was decent. It was tart, but didn't go overboard as I expected it to be. But yet it got a little sweet toward the middle and into the aftertaste. A good alternative to switch things up in the beer fridge. But just don't go too crazy over this.

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Photo of Afterburner
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep bronze color, smallish head, minimal head retention. Faintly hazy.

Smell: Smells very strongly of strawberry shortcake.

Taste: Initial flavor is sweet strawberries, followed by more strawberries mid-palate, and more strawberries on the finish. However, there is some mild beer character that peeks through, keeping this from being basically a strawberry cider or near beer. The finish has some mild astringency and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, like soda.

Drinkability: Festive, drinkable, a fun little brew. Not the beer I'll be grabbing when I'm looking to really get in touch with my inner beer geek, but it's pleasant enough.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a unique mash tun shaped bottle.
Well carbonated strawberry-gold with a two finger off white red tinged head, leaves thin webs of lace.
Sweet, strawberry aroma, tart, grassy hop note.
Juicy strawberry taste, tastes real not processed chemicals as can often dominate a fruit beer. A tart flavor note balances the sweetness. The malt is a lightly toasted presence, covered by the fruit.
Very easy to drink, but the taste would be overpowering after awhile.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brew.

Smell is intense sweet and sour strawberry scent.

Taste is sweet and sour fruit similar to the Lindemans fruit lambics. Strong fruit flavor dominates this brew mostly strawberry with some apple and grape flavors too. A tasty brew that screams STRAWBERRY in a loud voice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty brew with a lactic acid punch, about as drinkable as a Lindemans.

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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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