Melbourn Bros. Strawberry | Melbourn Bros.

Melbourn Bros. StrawberryMelbourn Bros. Strawberry
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Melbourn Bros. StrawberryMelbourn Bros. Strawberry

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I expected the beer to look artificially red, but to its credit it doesn't. It's medium orange-amber in color with the slightest suggestion of red. The head is light tan, average in size and looks dense, yet soft. It falls quickly to a thin film and leaves almost no lace.

The scent of strawberries entered the room as soon as the crown was cracked. I'm picking up a great deal of sweet-tart strawberry, but there's an obvious background maltiness to give it 'beerness' and character.

Wow, is this sucker ever sweet! Without question, it's the sweetest beer that I've had yet. As expected, the flavor profile consists of sugared (and slightly tart) strawberries with a pale maltiness that keeps it from tasting too much like a wine cooler. The finish is longish and stickysweet. Thanks to all the sucrose (and fructose?), the mouthfeel is full, smooth and slick.

Against all odds, Melbourn Bros. Strawberry is enjoyable beer. I don't usually like sweet beer (or any sweet alcohol for that matter) and there are many other berries (raspberry, black raspberry, blackberry, blueberry) that I like better. In any case, this is a tasty little treat. And an expensive one.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish tinted tea colour with a half inch white head. Laces all the way down the glass. Smell is a bit wheaty with definate strawberry aromas. Taste is of wild strawberries with a bit of biscuit and tart apple the beer is a bit sweet, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is good. Nice sparkly champagne like carbonation. The sweetness keeps this from being a session beer. Overall this would go well as an apetif or dessert beer. Definately a better beer than I thought it would be. I would recommend this for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Jarod
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass a strawberry red/reddish brown/mixed with a haze of cream to give it a hazy color. There was some head present after an aggressive pour, but it quickly fell to a small ring, which was an off white color. Some lace was present, but not much to make note of. The aroma was of fresh strawberries, kind of tart, kind of sweet, kind of sour, also present were notes of light malt, which seemed to balance the nose out. The taste was dominated by strawberries, fresh, pressed, tart, sweet, a cranberry bite, some malt seemed to come into play to help balance out the flavors. It was kind of champagne and fresh strawberry like, with some more intense strawberry flavor. The aftertaste was again mostly strawberry, and really clean. A good beer that kind of reminds me of a lambic but not as dense or complex. A good refreshing beer, and it would go great as a dessert beer.

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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 DagFishHead
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown-amber pour, topped by a frothy, pink-tinged, off-white head that fades quickly with minimal lace.
Smell: Sweet ripe strawberries, with whiffs of candied raspberry and tart cranberry. Amazingly, some sweet malt does poke through all of this fruit.
Taste and mouthfeel: Starts with syrupy-sweet berry juice, then a puckery tartness suddenly rides the fizzy carbonation to the top. Finish dries somewhat with a lingering lambic-like tartness, and ever-present strawberry essence.
Drinkability: Pricey... but I'd have this again with a big ol' slice of cheesecake!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, pale-reddish color, with a full, fluffy, creamy head.
Aroma: strawberry..sweet, delicious...strawberry...with a tiny touch of tart..
Taste...mmm, tasty, but tart...interesting to taste a fruit beer, that's not a Belgian lambic, but still contains that certain sourness...let's try again...Sweet, TART,...sweet, TART..(.they make candies like this, don't they, popular at Halloween.?)..Full flavor, medium body, nice, tasty finish....a sweet, tasty, rewarding fruit ale...on the other hand, way too expensive, like many other fruit beers, such as lambics...I'd prefer to taste these flavors, however minorly in other brews...that aren't quite as pricey...glad to know it exists, though....

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber tone with a pink haze over the body of this beer's hue, an off white red tinted foaming head as well. Lacing here is very nice with full rings. Aromatic qualities to note would be the lucious amounts of strawberry juice that is so quaffable. Very tasty and tart with the strawberries a bit on the sour side but very good sweetness, like a dessert beer. Mouthfeel this one has a medium body fizzy carbonation not too bad at all. Drinkability, well I don't honestly think I could drink alot of this stuff but for one it's a nice pleasant surprise not usually a big fan of fruit beers in general especially strawberry but this one hit me right for some reason

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Photo of marburg
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These guys do a great job at fruit beers, no question. The Strawberry's lone weakness is its color, a pinkish red that lacks the vibrancy some of these fruit beers have. In the light, it almost looks like a ketchup/mustard mix, a brownish hazed tone that doesn't quite do the vivid, lively flavors justice.

And those flavors are great! A seltzer water, fruity, Clearly Canadian type flavor. Tart, sugary strawberries with a hell of a clean finish. Goes down like a nice sparkling juice. Highly quaffable.

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Photo of steelreign
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unique thin longneck bottle. Pours a nice strawberry color (what else?). Aroma was....yep, you guessed it: strawberries, with a little malt and some spicy notes as well.

Carbonation was moderate and the taste was a nice mix of the fruity aspects and malt. Not much hoppiness. All in all, it was rather sweet - not quite as bad as a wine cooler mind you, just overall sweetness. A very nice dry finish. So easy to quaff down in massive quantities. Recommended if you want something different from the regular stuff.

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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 ADR
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber, definitely not Framboise-like (supposedly an inspiration for Melbourn brews). White somewhat lacy head that clings a bit but is down to a skim in a minute or so. Strawberry soda aroma, so far, a little cartoonish. But...the flavor is better -- medium body with a syrupy sense that can get cloying but has a full fruit impression of sweetness and sourness. Slight astringency and a little bit of puffy esters mid mouth but finishing with fruit and an un-expected black strap molasses pop. I can't rate this as outstanding, or maybe I'm not qualified, but this beats "mass market" Lambics and things like Leinenkugel's Berry Weis by a country mile.

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

Noticably more red - basically an amber - than the apricot Melbourne brews. Pours with a good head that leaves some lace. Strong strawberry nose and taste. Starts sweet, has a distinct fizziness and finishes tart. The hops and malt are in the background. 12oz was $5.89.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pinkish-red....could even call it strawberry...colored beer with a thin, dull white head. Aroma is strawberry and tartness. Smell is something like a lambic. Taste is tangy and almost sour, with strawberry flavors throughout. A little dry, and certainly astringent. You have to search for the hops, but I think that you can pick them up a little in the back-taste. Pleasant and wonderfully tasty in little sips.

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As much as I like Lindemans Lambics, I think I’ve found another brewery producing some quite quaffable brews. The pour is a striking “Strawberry red” color, the head immature, and the lace adequate to cover the glass. The nose is loaded with the aromas of over ripe strawberries also sweet and quite appealing. Ambrosial start, with an accompanying light tartness, the top skinny in feel and the finish astringent and the hops hidden under the strawberry sweetness, the aftertaste dry and sweet, quite a treat especially as an after dinner aperitif.

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Photo of StevieW
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz fat bottle with an extra long neck. "Beer with Stawberry Juice Added" right on the label.

A clear shiny golden ruby color under a creamy white head. Head didn't stay long but laced the glass nicely. An aroma right on a fresh picked basket of strawberries.
Taste was tart and sweet combination of strawberry flavors. Not fizzy, or fuzzy like other fruit beers. This one is creamy, rich full bodies feel. Very even. Tart crisp and refreshing finish. Very dry, and leaves you ready for another sip. Just like the apricot version, but stawberry flavor is more appealing to me.

A perfect end of the night beer. I think it's every bit as good as the apricot version.
(I am just about finished with the stock of fruit beers from the summer, whew.)

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

A great beer! This beer poures a beautiful peach colour with some reddish tones. It smells of fresh strawberries and spring water, and it tastes delicously like strawberries. This 'beer' lacks any real beer flavour butI did not mind that when I had this last night, as it hit the spot quite well.
An excellent dessert beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Although this beer is quite drinkable, I could see it getting old fast. So don't stock up. A very good, different beer, but it does not quit elive up to the $107 a case hype. Even if it is expensive to make it that way.

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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 Andy
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as its apricot brother. Deep, sweet strawberry aroma. The flavor of the beer backs up the aroma and continues straight through to the finish. Slightly tart.

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