Abita Blueberry Wheat (Harvest Series)
Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Blueberry Wheat (Harvest Series)Abita Blueberry Wheat (Harvest Series)
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #540
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,117
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
108
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Best by 11/1/16"; drank 8/11/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy white head; nice frothy lace.

Blueberry soda & mild honeyed wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Sweet blueberry & soft wheat flavors; mild carbonation bite on the finish.

Refreshing but a bit inconsequential; fine on a hot summer day but ultimately forgettable.

Feb 19, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle close to the BB date stamp on the neck.

Pours with a clear, golden body topped by a decent white head. No sediment.
Smooth, medium-light body with medium carbonation.
Aroma features blueberry juice and suggests sweetness but the brew is mildly bitter overall.

Overall: a well done version of the intended style with ample, natural blueberry flavor mixing in good balance with wheat and light hops.

Jan 17, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a can glass

This beer pours a golden color with a slight haze. It is topped with three inches of off white head that has nice staying power.

The smell is intense blueberry. There is nothing artificial either.

The taste has a big blueberry presence. The underlying wheat beer is still recognizable.

Medium bodied and smooth, pillow-y mouthfeel

I love the smell. The taste is pretty good. I started getting a soapy aftertaste about halfway through.

Oct 26, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have a hard time being too critical here, i mean, sure this isnt some heady wild blueberry lambic, but in its class, which i consider to be almost macro fruit ales, summer drinks, feminine even, sometimes not fully authentic with the fruit and all, this is real solid, better than a lot of others like this i have had from these guys and really pretty darn good overall. the blueberry doesnt color it at all, golden and bubbly like a soda but holding a creamy little head for a couple of minutes. the nose is sweet and even baked blueberry to me, like a pie, intense and a little desserty, but also rather refreshing with the obvious wheat malt. i like the taste too, its only sweet for a second or two and its balanced well by the grain. the blueberry tastes like it isnt whole fruit, but its not syrupy or cheap tasting to me either, and its honest enough to be good. i know this is relatively simple and not particularly heady overall, but it tastes better than most of these do and i plan to drink them until there arent any more in the fridge. flavorful and crisp, bubbly, and summery. real good for what it is.

Aug 16, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a darker shave of canary yellow bordering on gold with a small white cap.

Marvelously rich blueberry scent springs forth as soon as the bottle is uncapped. Can't wait to taste it.

Wow, if only the flavor matched the scent. Taste on entry is a slightly tart wheat brew with a fruity presence riding on a barely discernible grain base. If I were handed this blind and had a stopped up nose I'm not sure I would recognize the fruit as blueberry. The scent alone keeps that alive as the glass is raised but I'm afraid the blueberry taste is more notable for being absent. It is more assertive in the aftertaste lingering like the Ghost of Blueberry past.

Fairly light texture with balancing carbonation.

It's a good thing Abita doesn't have to depend on my trade to stay in business. Oh, their beers aren't bad, or even flawed, just that they're nondescript, simply ok, and there are a lot of other beers better than ok on the craft brew aisle. Brewer says this is a wheat ale with natural flavors so I don't know what form of blueberry is used or at what stage added, but after going to such effort to produce this outstanding scent I don't understand why they didn't also make a better beer to support it.

Nov 21, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/25/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy blueberry, peach, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of blueberries, pale malt, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of lightly juicy/tart blueberries, peach, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop bitterness and blueberry tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly juicy/tart blueberries, peach, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of blueberries, pale malt, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Clean finishing. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly tangy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice fruited wheat beer. All around nice robustness and balance of blueberries, pale malt, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the ABV. Some nice fruit/malt balance overall, just wish that the huge juicy/tangy fruit character of the nose carried over to the flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Sep 09, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one and the strawberry beer from abita are really good beers if you like the respective fruits. I wouldn't drink it all night but good to drink one.

Jul 06, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear gold beer with a white head that only leaves a speck of lacing behind. The aroma is strong with blueberries but is seems to be too much blueberry smell to be real. It really smells too good to be true. There is a sweetness and some floral elements in the aroma. The taste is quite bitter and not as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe. The blueberry flavor seems more real than the aroma but there is not quite enough sweetness and an odd bitterness that just don't work well for me. This is definitely for blueberry lovers but not really for me.

Jul 06, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has a hazy yellow body, thin white head. Smell is of blueberries and malt. Upon tasting it. I taste a bitter blueberry taste too it with a little malts and hops in the background. Mouthfeel is crispy. Overall, I like this fruit beer, because of the bitter taste, instead of the too sweet taste you get from some shandys.

Jan 04, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong blueberry concentrate (cough syrup - like), slight floral notes, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong blueberry concentrate (cough syrup - like), slight floral notes, hint of hop, and slight sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, disappointing aroma and body, and poor blend.

Dec 21, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz draft pour into a pint glass is a hazy yellow body with a persistent thin bright white head and artful lacing.
Blueberry aroma is intoxicating with a sweet malt in the background.
Blueberry flavor dominates, but it is almost like candy and the thin mouthfeel doesn't do it any favors.
Very low carbonation.
I wish I knew how old the keg was, it was just tapped a few days ago.

Nov 24, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque orange-yellow with a finger and a half of wheat head. Head formation is tight, with good retention. Still lasting after several sips. Lacing is great as well. Aroma is blueberry heavy, but delicious. The namesake of the beer is detectable from the moment the bottle is opened. Other notes include wheat, bread, and a slightly lactic sour tinge. Taste is blueberry from beginning to end. Light notes of wheat and bread crescendo throughout the flavor profile, peaking near the end of the profile. Blueberry notes linger on the palette long after each sip. Mouth feel is bubbly, but otherwise smooth and creamy. Overall, it's a very tasty beer with a hefty load of blueberries. It may not be a standout in terms of being a wheat beer, but as a blueberry fruit/vegetable beer, it is fantastic. Very easy to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Possible bias: I love blueberries.

Oct 22, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew starts off strongly, with a great yellow body and a fruity blueberry smell but comes over too thin in the actual taste and finish.

Like much of the Abita catalog, I can't recommend this.

Oct 21, 2016
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

355ml Bottle as a gift from New Orleans:
Quite a disappointing beer that seemed fairly one-dimensional throughout, only the blueberries made themselves known & everything else came through a little too light by comparison. There was an okay sweetness in the early going & the odd floral touch but then things started to fade, the taste was notably weaker than the nose as well & it turned fairly bland towards the end. Overall, not a great one from Abita & not one I'd go back to again.

Sep 28, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice golden with a moderate, fluffy, head. Definite scent of Blueberry in the nose. Flavor is light with notes of blueberry. Nice!

Aug 24, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Brewing Co. "Blueberry Wheat"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/10/16" and sampled on 08/17/16"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I like this a whole lot more than I thought I would because it's not your standard American wheat-fruit beer, which I'll now explain. #1, it's not too heavy-handed with the wheat. Yes, there's a bit, and there should be, but I feel sometimes fruity wheat beers almost become a little 'muddy' with the wheat. This has more of a standard malt character because of the Pilsner malts that they've used, and the amounts. #2, It doesn't taste like extract. I'm sure it's in there as the label reads "wheat beer with natural flavors" and the aroma screams of it (you can't get that blueberry aroma from just using fruit or juice), but it's not overdone in the flavor. #3, it actually does taste like blueberries. Sure it's sweeter than real fruit, but they've used some real fruit in its production and I think it comes through. #4, it's really nicely balanced. It gives you that sweetness and fruitiness upfront, but by the time it reaches the finish it's fairly dry, and the small amount of residual malt fades quickly. All to often wheaty fruit beers are kind of sticky in the finish and they build on the palate, that's not the case here. #5, It looks great in the glass. It's slightly hazy, but I think that's almost a requirement, isn't it? And it's got a creamy bright white head that holds for quite some time and leaves some very nice lacing behind. I'd love to see just a little less blueberry aroma; and just a touch more tartness (there is some there underneath the sweet malt) to give it more of an actual blueberry flavor and a smidge more balance, but as it is it's definitely one of the best blueberry wheats I've ever tasted.

Aug 17, 2016
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Pegasus from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with an excellent, dense and robust off-white head with superb retention. Thick sheets of unbroken lacing adorn the glass walls. The body is a hazy deep gold, as befits a what ale.

Aroma: Pure, slightly sweet aroma of fresh blueberries is quite prominent in the aroma. The scent of the blueberries is very natural having an almost juicy quality. Spicy wheat notes are present as well. There is also a faint herbal hops presence.

Taste: Opens with tangy wheat malt and robust notes of blueberries. Unlike some fruit alco-pops, Abita Blueberry Wheat is not sweet, but offers strong notes of blueberry, rather like a dry fruit wine. As the taste progresses, spiciness from the wheat rises. The taste draws to a close with hints of alcohol, and a slight warming sensation.

Mouth feel: Soft and very full, light-bodied, but with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A simple excellent beer for the cooler autumn days to come; the restrained quality of the blueberries adds a particularly elegant note.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Aug 15, 2016
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cdb from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nothing special about the look of this beer. That said, I was pleasantly surprised. Nice light feel to it. Perfect for a hot summer day. Just enough blueberry flavor to justify the name. I like it quite a bit. Added a few frozen blueberries and four beers later I calling a winner.

Aug 14, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It was the kind of day where I just wanted to come home from work & have a beer. Just one, since I am off to play trivia later, nor did I want some big bruiser of an ale. Lo & behold - this one recently popped up in the backlog. Admittedly, it is a bottle, but it fits the bill.

From the bottle: "This crisp wheat beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh Louisiana blueberries. It's brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and hopped with German Perle hops, then the sweet juice from local blueberries is added to complement the toasty malt flavor. All our Harvest Series brews are made with the finest Louisiana-grown ingredients."

I Pop!ped the cap and began a pretty intense pour, resulting in two fingers of fizzy, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was really sweet, definitely of blueberries, but with a slight perfume-y smell. Mouthfeel was thin, kind of watery. For their claims of hops and malts, all I was getting was blueberry in terms of its taste. It had a kind of perfume-y character to it, so my noticing it on the nose was not off of the mark. Finish landed in that Twighlight Zone-area between semi-sweet & semi-dry. It was a pleasant beer on a hot, humid summer evening, but one was plenty.

Aug 09, 2016
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass.

Look: Semi-clear golden body, white head. A few big bands of lacing.

Aroma: Wet cereal grain, wheat, blueberry tart, a touch of metal.

Taste: A certain wet cardboard, damp wheat taste up front followed by blueberry juice sweetness and a dry, metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, hinges on watery.

Overall: Not a fan. Add this to a long list of other Abita beers that have not lifted my spirits.

Aug 04, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mini-review. 12 oz bottle good until Nov. 2016.

Big head but recedes quickly leaving some lacing and ring. Clear straw color. Nose shockingly is blueberry and flaked wheat. Taste follows nose, all fresh blueberry mellowed with flaked wheat so there is little bitterness. No sweetness, either. Light bodied, light to medium carbonation, crisp and easily drinkable. Not complex, but not bad.

Jul 30, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (best by 11/2):
Pours light white-golden, accentuated by a medium haze. A nice fluffy to foamy white head builds up, lingers; nice lacing.

Nose is definitely a strong blueberry from afar. Getting closer in and the blueberry fades a bit, oddly. A light grain breadiness I think balances against the fruit notes that are a more obvious bouquet at arms length. The mix of the two, however, is not appealing to me - though I am not sure what to expect from wheat and blueberry. Warmth tames the off-putting note to me, and the blueberry takes on a more jammy note as it gains some relative strength.

Definitely a wet beer, with a slightly above expected carbonation. I'd like a little more softness from a wheat beer, but it is only 4.4%.

The taste is like what the smell becomes - a jam on bread flavor (or maybe cracker, given the thinness of the beer). The blueberry does not seem artificial, which is nice, while still being a decent component of the taste. I think any problem I have is more with the base beer giving a little less than I had hoped. It's like the beer is supported by the blueberry base instead of the other way around.

Jul 16, 2016
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ablemedic49 from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass. It was slightly hazy but still maintained good clarity, which was expected given the style and ingredients. A 2-3 inch head white formed, and was well maintained throughout the sampling process. Upon glass to lip, the first thing I noticed was the sweet smell of the blueberries, it was fantastic. Taste was mostly of blueberry, but not too overpowering or sweet. Mild citrus notes and a hint of the malt could also be detected. It was crisp, and finished clean. It wasn't my favorite fruit/wheat combo but overall it was a great effort by Abita Brewing co.

Jul 15, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is blueberries, wheat, and pilsner malt. Medium bodied and sweet. Blueberries taste real. A very good blueberry wheat, but does not stretch the boundaries of fruit beer.

Jul 14, 2016
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Jaredhaley from Louisiana

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Nice golden color. Hazy due to the blueberry puree.
Smell- Very fresh fruity blueberry smell. Grains, what, malts.
Taste- Refreshing blueberry taste, very smooth, no alcohol or bitterness. Tastes like real blueberries.
Mouthfeel-No head, but smooth and fairly carbonated.
Overall-If you want a refreshing summertime beer, this is a good choice. Tastes much better than the Sweetwater Blue in my opinion. More authentic blueberry flavor.

Jul 14, 2016
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