Strawberry Harvest Lager | Abita Brewing Co.

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Strawberry Harvest LagerStrawberry Harvest Lager

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness.

13 IBU

Added by Gagnonsux on 05-03-2005

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Clear light yellow liquid.

White head; minimal lacing.

Strawberry & wheat nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Surprisingly tasty yet refreshing strawberry blast. Tasty; a nice surprise.

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Photo of drpimento
1.76/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Aroma was rotten, putrid strawberries. Flavor was hindered by the thinness of the body and was basically a mild strawberry flavor with some carbonic tang, some weird oily sweetness. The finish is a memory of that awful aroma.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The strawberries are undeniable. Beer is golden yellow with a white head, some lacing produced. Smell is overwhelmingly strawberries, with a standard lager malt beneath. The taste is the same - a straightforward lager overlain with strawberries. The beer is not sweet, and not exceptionally complex. Mouthfeel is just slightly smooth and slick. A decent beer but not exceptional aside from the strawberries; your response to the flavor will certainly depend on whether you like the berry influence. I like the berries, but the overall beer aside from them simply isn't complex enough to warrant a particularly high score.

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Photo of vincehayter
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - clear, deep yellow with fluffy white head that leaves behind thorough lacing.
Aroma - good hint of strawberry, light on malt
Taste - enjoyable, dry malt backing a hint of strawberry sweetness without being overpowering, very well balanced
Feel - relatively thin but fitting with the flavor profile, very pleasing on the palate

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Photo of crisis1290
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strawberry Harvest Lager - Abita Brewing Co is nice and refreshing. Not too complex, sweet or over powering. Nice hit of strawberry as soon as the cap was popped. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head. A nice light taste and a nice light mouth feel. A super nice mixture of wheat and strawberry.For a wheat beer, I can say this one works for me. A good summer beer to say the least and very drinkable with a 4.2 ABV.

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Photo of jonmarksteiner
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great beer to have walking around in sun. The fruity aromas allow for good smells. The head disappears quickly so all the volatiles cant be released. It had a light taste and mouthfeel. The strawberry keeps the bitterness down quite considerably. The beer ended with a smooth finish that didn't linger very long.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle
Subtle strawberry smell and taste in a simple but well-crafted wheat beer. Very refreshing and an honest wheat beer complexity/quality that makes it very drinkable. If it was a little more strawberry, would it be better? Idk. I like this one because the fruit is just hinted at, not pounded on.

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Photo of AraBama
1.75/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

This light golden beer pour from tap arrived at my table completely headless.The smell was almost melon not strawberry. Very carbonated taste still not getting the strawberry.

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Photo of Suds
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This brew is clear, yellowish-golden, with a tall white head. The aroma is thick with perfumey strawberries. Lots of fruit, although it seems a little inauthentic and artificial. The taste is light, fruity, full of delicate berries, and fizzy. It's a typical, sub-par fruit beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it's not overwhelmingly fruity which is nice but that might be what keeps it from having a great flavor though, it's good enough for an occasional beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is golden yellow with an inch of creamy white foam that fell fast. You can notice a slight haze and blush from the strawberry juice. Nose is sweet. really sweet smells a lot like playdough. Big scent of strawberry. Very authentic and lots of wheat. An herbal hop with a strong floral. taste is sweet. very carbonated almost fizzy. Pils malt is lost behind strong wheat character and the strawberry juice. Has an uncharacteristic tartness in the middle for a lager which is what they call it. For a fruit beer ok but it's still really sweet. Finishes a bit heavy and with plenty of residual sweetness.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly on the dark side of a golden brew. It has a strong strawberry scent. It tasted faintly overripe strawberries with a little alcohol added. It felt light and great. This would be a great summer beer, especially for those who are strawberry fans. Abita hasn't let me down yet.

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Photo of TerryMatt
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the best fruity lagers available. Very easy to drink. I like to introduce novice drinkers to this one. Currently mixing with darker bock beers for more ABV and heavier bodied taste and feel.

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Photo of HiWire
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with 1/2 finger head. Smells malty and sweet. Tastes light with a dry malty and strawberry finish. Not really my thing, but atleast the strawberry isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look- Modestly hazy golden orange body, with a small, very dense off-whiter head, which slowly fades to a dusting of foam on the surface. Thin, fine beaded lacing leaves a ring on the glass walls.

Smell- I picked up mostly a malt smell with a bit of strawberry.

Taste- Not a whole lot of taste maybe a bit of strawberry and a malt but just kinda bland

feel- Light and watery

overall- if you want a strawberry flavored beer buy a different beer or for that matter if you want a beer with flavor. a letter grade of C to maybe a B- but that would be being very generous.

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Photo of eskildow
2.26/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This was pale, almost in the realm of a white wine in terms of colour. No head to speak of.

I didn't smell much in the way of strawberry, which was unexpected. Instead he scent veered toward an astringent vanilla. Like an odd combination of vanilla extract and a touch of windex. The scent made me almost expect citrus.

The flavour is where the strawberry notes came in, along with strong malt flavours. It was, given the scent, unexpected, and mixed strangely in the mouth.

The feel was thin yet clingy. Not unlike a mineral oil.

This was definitely not my cup of tea. The elements seemed to be working at cross purposes to one another and the beer was weak overall.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Modestly hazy golden orange body, with a small, very dense off-whiter head, which slowly fades to a dusting of foam on the surface. Thin, fine beaded lacing leaves a ring on the glass walls.

Aroma: Quite authentic strawberry notes dominate the aroma, with the malt yielding a mildly cake-like note, almost like, as others have said, strawberry shortcake.

Taste: The taste begins with very prominent strawberries, lacking the usual sugar flavor, as this has been fermented away. Beneath the strawberries, there is an understated, modest wheat malt presence. This supports, rather than vies with the strawberries. The taste profile is unusual, being dominated by strawberries, but having only a faint sweetness. Finishes with a lingering, dry strawberry note, and a bit of mild herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, with moderate soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, very refreshing for the summer months.

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

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Photo of Willvoll
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love strawberries so I had to try it. Had it on tap. Light appearance with a decent head. Smells like strawberries, best part of the beer. Tastes like a light strawberry lager. Fruity and bready, similar to leinenkugel shandy. Light mouthfeel and carbonization. Overall it's good and refreshing

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Photo of Antg8989
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer tastes like its name. Actually should have been called strawberries and cream. While I'm not a fan of fruit beers, this is quite tasty, very light and very smooth. Props to Abita for a decent strawberry brew.

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Photo of kyle7996
4.53/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really has a good taste from the aroma and hints of strawberry, actually seems to have a slight shortcake linger, definitely is a great beer. Draft seems to carry a better flavor profile than the shelf bought. My go to any time I find it on draft. It's not overpowering with fruit flavor a great balance!

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a strawberry blonde in a while - I used to love them. Color is a nice yellow with tons of carbonation. Smell is extraordinary. Awesome mixture of wheat and strawberry. Fizzy strawberry taste with a bit of wheat behind it. But, it's almost like a wine cooler a female would drink because of the carbonation so I gave it an average "feel" score.

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Photo of donspublic
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, kinda muted. I guess I was expecting more zing as with a raspberry, but should have known better. I wouldn't turn this down if it was offered, but don't see myself buying a six pack of it. Picked it up in a mix 6 because I wanted to try it. They hit the mark closer with the Grapefruit IPA offering. Smooth and has it's best flavor as it warms up. Best smell and flavor show up > 45 degrees

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Photo of JoLight
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Frothy white head that retains an almost one-finger width. Lots of bubbles on the glass. The body is a hazy, orange-golden color.

Smells of real strawberries/strawberry candy.

Taste: grain backbone, but mostly forward strawberry. A little bread. Slightly sweet. A minute hop finish. Bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: fluffy, carbonated.

Finishes mostly dry, crisp, and refreshing.

Overall: this is the best fruit-infused beer I have had this far. This is a superior beer for its category, and a very excellent beer overall.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle last night at the Cloverleaf as the first beer on their summer PhD list. While I'm not a huge fan of Fruit/Vegetable beers, this was easily manageable and not light enough to feel artificial. Given how low the alcoholic content of this was as well, it was easy to quaff although it hasn't fully warmed up for the season here yet.

The pour was what I expected - golden, fairly cloudy, and with a bubbly white head that quickly settled down. Lots of berries in the nose but not much else in the taste. The malts gave it a good body but the wheat didn't make this feel like a Hefeweizen. Enough carbonation here to keep this fresh and the Ponchatoula strawberries ensured that the flavor didn't feel too juicy or forced as is the case with so many other beers of this type. A slight grassy feel and the vanguard hops gave a little depth to this but from start to finish, this reminded me of something I'd end up having on a hot day.

Session beer? Check? Fruit flavor? Check. Light lager? Check. All that's needed is a lawnmower and radio broadcasting the ballgame and you'd be set. While not necessarily my cup of tea, I'd have this again and would easily prefer it over a mass-market brew. Nice and easygoing and certain to delight anyone who loves a good fruit beer that has a crafted feel to it. Relaxingly fun stuff!

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Photo of StrayteEDGE
2.01/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Looks good... like a pale golden ale. Smells terrible, like hay and old tap lines. Tastes like any generic ale with no strawberry flavor at all. I may just have a really old six pack.

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