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 kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

single finger white head with poor retention on a hazy pale golden body. Aroma of strawberry and raspberry with a grain base which isnt that sweet. Flavors are also of strawberry and raspberry, sweetest in the finish with a very light malt and grain base. Also has orange peel notes. Light body and high carbonation. This one is refreshing. Not too sweet. Not a beer or a style for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/18/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a foamy light khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some earthy strawberry and strawberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with a flavor on the finish that is almost like a biscuit with butter and strawberry jelly. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is light and refreshing but the smell on this one is better than the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a big fruit beer guy ever, but this one is just really good. pours a very light looking hay color with a small white head and good bubbles. no pink or redness to it really at all, maybe just a hint. smells a bit sweet, like fresh strawberries and pale malts, crisp. flavor is really lovely, tastes like real fruit, nothing artificial or syrupy sweet. very fresh flavors, nice crisp finish. nothing overboard on the malt or hop fronts, just a good balanced beer that feels seasonally appropriate. honestly i could drink quite a few of these. feel is really light in body and very active on the carbonation. down easy, affordable, and yummy. this will assuredly end up in the fridge again this season.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a light pinkish color to it and a foamy white head on top. The head fades and just leaves a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer has a pretty healthly aroma of Strawberry to it. The taste of the beer is very light, The strawberry is sweet and just watered down it seems. The mouthfeel is also quite watery. Overall this beer wasn't overly impressive, just not for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of strawberries are present in the nose along with some notes of wheat. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has pleasant flavors of strawberries along with hints of wheat and a slight amount of bitterness. The best way I can describe the strawberries is that they taste like a Starburst candy but without the associated sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer, particularly its strawberry flavors since they seemed unique and didn't have any sweetness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mystery beer left over by one of the roommates in the kitchen fridge.. no idea how old this guy is, but I'm daring enough to find out. Pours a slightly see thru golden color, some bubbles ascending and some head to it.. well at least it isn't flat! Very faint stale corn aroma. Taste is medium bodied, slightly tart. Some strawberry on the back end, pretty well balanced and refreshing. A nice subtle fruit beer that isn't overbearing like a lot of others, a nice summer beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can talk Russian Imperial-this, Triple Decocted-that, and hype every limited release seasonal of which you can think, but it's this beer that's such a guilty pleasure for me that I look forward to its release to start every spring season year after year.

As the beer pours with a standard pilsner-esque pour of light gold hues and mild haze, I almost wish that it carried a tinge of red to honor the strawberry fruit. But the beer doesn't, instead it releases steady streams of carbonation that fuel a blanket of foam that spans edge to edge and leaves intricate patterns of foam behind.

The creative and indigenous use of strawberry in the brewing process captures the true essence of the fruit in vivid detail with delicate and floral aromatic compounds, bright acidity, and a supportive note of crisp malt and wheat.

Flavors follow on the fresh, ripe, and zesty taste of strawberry that harmoniously blend into the wheaty, malty, base. Abita does a masterful job of retaining all of the finesse flavors of the fruity but without any unnecessary or unwanted sweetness that's associated with fruit beers. The taste weaves in and out of the cracker-like breadiness and sweetness such that neither the fruit or the base pilsner dominate. All in all, this is a very well balanced beer that carries a slight buttery malt underscore that I can't decide if it's an asset or a deterrent to the beer's overall flavor.

Light in body, however remaining crisp and refreshing throughout; the beer's expansive carbonation seems to surpass creaminess and accents the acidity of fruit and grain. As supple as the beer may seem, it's a very zesty and playful beer right up to the clean finish, sans the light oily feel that's left after the finish and going into the wheaty aftertaste and with a whimsical memory of strawberry\.

Never before has such a delicate strawberry flavor been displayed in a beer that's decidedly a wheaty pilsner, and then executed to perfection. This is Abita at their best!

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a wispy head that fades somewhat quickly but does leave some splashy lace behind

Smell: Vague character of strawberry ice cream, with vanilla and real fruit elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with the strawberry and vanilla flavors bursting forward by mid-palate and continuing, after the swallow, with an increasingly dessert-like character

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: If you like this sort of thing, this is a well-executed fruit beer

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Photo of zeff80
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a yellow color with hints of pink. It was a little hazy with a one finger, white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of a little strawberry.

T - The strawberry flavor was muted. Other wise it just tasted like a bland lager, but not bitter.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - It lacked much flavor at all. It wasn't a great brew but far better than their Purple Haze.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big white head quickly dies over a clear washed out yellow-golden colored fruit beer.

The aroma gave me an instant flashback of some strawberry cereal I had so many years ago, but what the name of it was escapes me now. There is not much else other than the strawberry cereal aroma.

A washed out strawberry cereal taste, not much else going on here, maybe a slight washed out malt but could really get that more than the first couple sips.

Light bodied without much aftertaste, maybe slightly breakfast cereal strawberries.

I really hope this beer is supposed to be better than this and this was just not right for whatever reason.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/19/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger moderately dense and rocky light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big ripe strawberry, strawberry jam, wheat, shortbread, cream, and light floral. Nice aromas with authentic strawberry notes and moderate malt presence; with solid strength. Taste of ripe strawberry, strawberry jam, wheat, shortbread, cream, and light floral. Lingering notes of strawberry, wheat, shortbread, and cream on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of strawberry and malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice fruited lager style. Good balance and robustness of strawberry and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam, resting on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly, despite being replenished by a column of rising bubbles, it leaves little lace.

S - A light strawberry aroma with some musty hops and grainy malt.

T - Surprisingly full strawberry flavor up front with a little bit of sweet, bready malt. Some light, herbal hop in the middle along with smooth malt and light fruity flavors. The beer finishes dry with a juicy berry note and some light bitterness.

M - Moderately light body, higher than average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Much better than I expected, the strawberry flavor is quite full and convincing. The underlying beer is nothing special, but it serves the purpose of providing a neutral platform for the berry essence. There is a little bit of a sulfuric off note in the aroma, but other than that it is clean and pretty good for what it is.

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Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I split this bottle with my wife,not expecting to much,and it pretty much filled that bill.Poured a lighter golden color with a half finger white head that is gone pretty quickly.Aromas have some biscuit mixed with strawberry,not overly done,not bad.Flavors seem to be a little watery with the mouthfeel being quite thin,the strawberry flavors are sweetish and dont really lend a big hand,some mild toasted notes in the finish.Eh its ok but not anything I would have again.

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

On-tap 3/13/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains strawberries, wheat, light caramelized malts and lager yeast.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of strawberries and cream followed by a strong breadiness from flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the strawberry flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint brassy/golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of strawberries and wheat which intensifies slightly as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat with a light flavor of natural strawberry with just a hint of sweetness. Light hints of floral hops that impart just a touch of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Not thin and watery like a lot of light bodied beers.

O: Nice and easy to drink with a pleasant fruit flavor and not a lot of associated sweetness. Refreshing and a nice beer for a warm spring evening.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a small, tight, cotton white head.

Smell: Strawberries!!

Taste: Strong, sweet strawberry flavor, like you'd get from a kid's sugary sweet breakfast cereal with some strawberry yogurt stirred in. No bitterness or real hop character. Finishes same.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: If you dig lagers and sweet strawberries, then you could definitely go for this. For me, it was a bit too sweet.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a faint fogginess that dissipates with backlighting. The three finger cap has an appealing color (alabaster) and an appealing texture (both frothy and creamy). Thick bridges of foam connect head and glass, depositing shredded sheets of lace when they eventually break. I'm not sure if I'm disappointed or relieved that there's no hint of red or pink.

The nose is pretty much as advertised. That is, there's a mild-moderate strawberry fruitiness that comes nowhere close to covering up the essence of the base beer. Although the aroma is pleasant, I'm not doing cartwheels every time I put my nose over the glass. On the other hand, if the beer tastes like it smells, I'll be pleased.

Strawberry Harvest Lager is decent beer that doesn't quite come together in a harmonious manner, at least according to my fruit beer preferences. First of all, the amber lager itself is average. It's a little grainy and is on the undermalted side. Second of all, I'd like to see a little more strawberriness. It's an agreeable flavor, there just isn't enough of it. More fruitiness would help to cover up the base beer's faults.

The beer is both too sweet and too bitter. Bigger styles, for the most part, are better able to pull that combination off. An offering that is one or the other would fit this effort much better. Warming reveals no hidden charms. In fact, it causes the fine cracks in the flavor profile to becomes larger crevices. My suggestion is to drink ASHL fairly cool.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for a fruit beer that's also a lager. It's light without being watery and has a minor finishing slickness that must be due to fructose from the berries. I wouldn't change a thing about the middle-of-the-road amount of carbonation.

Despite its shortcomings, Strawberry Harvest Lager is an okay little fruit beer... as long as one's expectations aren't sky-high. More bursting berry goodness would probably make it one of Abita's best.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been one of my girlfriend's favorite spring seasonals the last year or so so I picked her up a dozen of them when they came in stock this year. Figured she wouldn't mind me snagging one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a light and clear golden color with a thin dense white head covering the top of the beer. It actually had some pretty nice head retention and left some good lacing on the glass as well.

The aroma is pretty much all strawberry flavor. The flavor isn't too overpowering though and instead has kind o f a nice light sweet and refreshing smell to it.

The taste has a lot of strawberry flavor to it as well . Like the nose though it's not overpowering and instead is pretty refreshing. It has a some grains coming through a bit as well but the strawberry definitely the focus.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent and would probably be even better if drank as a refreshment on a hot day.

Overall I thought it was a pretty good strawberry flavored beer. It almost tasted like a strawberry beverage instead of a beer but it still tasted good.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/gold with 2+ fingers off eggshell colored head. Great spider web-like lacing & good lacing

S: Some metallic hops & some strawberry

T: Srawberry, some grassy hops & raspberry up front. More berry, plus a kiss of lemon hops as this warms. Finishes nice & fruitty &with a bit of dryness, this has more of a natural taste than I was expecting.

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, nice balance

I could drink a few of these especially on a warm day. Nothing earth shattering here, but better than most Abita offerings IMO

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale yellow with a white foamy head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Some strawberry and vanilla upfront, but it is quickly replaced with a dirty/sweaty sock aroma.

T: Some candy flavored strawberries and vanilla, reminds me of a strawberry good humor bar. Finish actually has a decent amount of corn flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, rather fizzy.

O: Heard good things, but not really a fan of this. Would not pick it up again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well in my neverending search for new and intresting beers I come to this. The Abita Strawberry harvest lager. Now I am not usually ever a fan of fruit beers, they just always come off wrong to me, so I was a bit hesitant, but nevertheless, it deserved its fair try, so that it will get....

A - Poured a dull, hazy light golden amber, almost a yellow, with a big fizzy white head on top. Faded quickly and only left behind a thin film of lace on the top. Some visible carbonation was evident, very very cloudy looking.

S - So super strong strawberrry it was retarded. Smelled like a strawberry cake, soo sweet and fresh. Actually very very pleasant. A light citrus hoppiness could also be found, but just sickingly strong strawberry in a good way.

T - Actually very nice, not overwhelming like i thought. Definate grainey back to it, was clearly evident. But lots and lots of strawberry, and almost a sweet whip cream like flavor with it, strawberry shortcake beer, totally.

M - Crisp and smooth, very lingering aftertaste. Nice carbonation and good light feel to it.

D - Actually very good. I could drink this alot. Very light and not too sweet, just about right. Not overdone, which it could have been easily. Just a nice well rounded brew.

Overall I was very suprised. I really did enjoy this. It was very unique and not overpowering like it could have been. Overall just a really great summer brew. I will definatly purchase again.

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Photo of smcolw
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very light color of straw; slightly hazy. Good near-white head. Light (slippery) lace.

This beer has very little aroma. I'm noticing slight skunk. I don't smell any berry unless you count the Frankenberry-like smell. Also, this has a milky lactose nose.

Lots of sourness, particularly in the swallow and the aftertaste. The carbonation is quite low. This is an odd flavored beer; not my style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a hazy golden color with a small white head and a lot of fizz.

S: At least the strawberry aroma is not disgustingly fake. Definitely somewhat artificial and sugary, but it does have a nice fruit quality to it. Underneath that, a bit of corn bread.

T: Surprisingly good flavor, too. Best way to describe this is cornbread with strawberry jam on it. Nicely sweet, but I could see it getting cloying after drinking more than a few ounces of it.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: I was expecting a disaster. Luckily, this wasn't too shabby.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Abita Brewpub as part of their select series. Color is light golden with little head. The aroma is of strawberries, fairly fresh smelling, with just a hint of lager aroma. Taste is quite similar to Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blond, just fresher tasting. This is basically a lighter american lager with strawberry flavoring. This is an easy beer to get down, but almost everything else available at the Abita Brewpub is more interesting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I think New Orleans, strawberries strike my brain first in association... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose is an adept recreation in liquid of a strawberry-flavored Pop-Tart, crust and all. The taste generally brings more of the same, though there's more of that crust flavor and a touch of berry tartness near the finish, which, oddly enough, seems out of place, given the pervasive feeling of sweetness throughout. It also kinda stabs out, an unnatural lightning. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay beer at best, but one that just doesn't quite sit all that well with me. Thankfully, the strawberry flavor isn't truly an artificial one, but it's not altogether pleasant, either.

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