Strawberry Harvest Lager | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,323
Reviews:
411
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
18.57%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
290
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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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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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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Strawberry Harvest Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
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