Satsuma Harvest Wit
Abita Brewing Co.

Satsuma Harvest WitSatsuma Harvest Wit
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Belgian Witbier
3.44 | pDev: 14.83%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Satsuma Harvest WitSatsuma Harvest Wit
Notes: Real Louisiana Satsumas, golden wheat, oats and the finest barley create Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit. Pale and cloudy, like the haze on a hot summer day, this white beer has a sweet and subtle citrus flavor with a touch of spice that is cool and refreshing.

17 IBU
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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 352
Reviews by jayhass:
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3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy straw color with white head that fades quickly. Aroma is light orange peel, coriander with soft pilsner malt. Taste is the same - orange peel is light as is the coriander. The malt is almost not existent. Maybe slight sweetness from the malt. Overall everything in this beer needs to be amped up just a bit.

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Photo of Bpierso1
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BeerAcolyte
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to look up satsuma, as I had never heard of it. It is a variant of Mandarin orange. Pour was hazy, with some vague spice notes in the aroma. Slightly tart, with much less citrus flavor than I expected. Wheat malt flavor in the middle and a semi-sweet finish overlaying bittering. Nicely refreshing.

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Photo of MidtowneMarket
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will complete my reviews from the Harvest series, sometimes it's easy to overlook Abita beers. This pours a glowing slightly hazed orange pale golden hue with a bright white flowing head. Fine spread even lacing looks great in my Gulden Draak chalice. Nose is full of citrus fruit with some mild spices and herbal hops bringing a very light aspect to the brew. Flavor is super interesting some cereal grains and soft oat notes with a bready yeast flavor that really makes the beer along with real Louisina Satsuma, mild spices set a nice pace of flavor. This is really good even with some bitter citrus peel working in and out, mouthfeel is medium bodied nice full carbonation slightly creamy texture from the oat additions. 100% enjoyment nothing offensive here this beer screams summer next time it's a whole sixer.

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Photo of TheBeerDog
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of mstyne
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Malt Beverage Brewed with Fruit and Spices".

The last of a sixer from Beverage Mart on NY 66.

Pours a light straw yellow into my #9 pint glass. Decent head which quickly dissipates, nice lacing. Very light aroma, wheat, citrus, spice.

Flavor is very light, but there's a nice spice bite -- and the satsuma kicks in at the very end. Had never heard of satsumas before an episode of Doctor Who; we picked some up at the grocery store the next week. A tricky fruit.

Definitely a novel brew for their use of the satsuma, highly drinkable -- an excellent choice for the heat wave that just passed through the northeast.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of DarrellK
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried this beer at a couple of different temperatures and in all cases I was very disappointed.The pour generated a decent tight bubbled head but this dissapated quite quickly.

The look is a pale yellow semi-cloudy with a some carbonation.

I looked forward to a fruitly spicy nose and found just a faint vague aroma.

The body is very thin even for a summer wit.

The finish is totally undistinguished with only the remnant of the vague nose lingering to provide any real taste.

I've always found Abita brews to be pretty good, although not up their reputation, but this one is just not at all impressive and one that I wouldn't recommend. I hope it's because I have a bad six-pack and not what everyone else is getting.

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Photo of SteveMi
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving bottle poured in to a tulip glass.

A - Pours hazy golden with a one finger white head which starts to fade to strong lacing after a few minutes.

S - Very nice! Citrusy with lemon, orange and a bit of pine pushing through.

T - Orange with lemon with a bit of grass backing. Tangy and slightly bitter on the aftertaste.

M - Super light and fluffy. Carbonation is a little higher during sips than it needs to be but it is not problematic.

O - A good choice for a refreshing drink! Nothing in it was off putting to me and, in general, I don't much like orange. This would be a fantastic summer time brew.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with lots of yeast floaties and a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a faint coriander and wit yeast aroma. It's fruity, but only mildly so. The taste is decent as well. It has a solid malt flavor that seems a little heavier in the pale malt department. It goes down really smooth with some light citrus/fruity flavors and a subtle yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best example of the style.

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Photo of Maday
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy lemon peel with lemon juice borders. An expansive chunk of ivory colored foam rests atop the beer, takes its sweet time melting and does an okay job with glass decoration. Not exactly eye candy, but no slouch either.

The aroma is pretty good, featuring plenty of bright citrusiness and a lesser amount of corainder spiciness. Satsumas are closely related to mandarin oranges, so they work just as well as whatever oranges most brewers use in their wits (naval, Valencia, Curacao, et cetera).

Satsuma Harvest Wit loses some of its luster on the palate. The bigget problem is that fruit and spice aren't bold enough. As a result, the base wheat beer is too prominent. Why hold back Abita? More of a good thing is almost always a better thing.

Flavors include tangy untoasted wheat, a small splash of orange and lemon juice, and a wee pinch of coriander that one has to go looking for to appreciate. Sweet, bitter and tangy are roughly equivalent, though none of them stands out.

The mouthfeel is closer to light than medium and has an expansive creaminess that pulls the score to an above average perch. The right amount of quality carbonation always goes a long way.

Satsuma Harvest Wit would be better beer if it was bolder beer. Refreshing and drinkable will only get you so far. Abita is on the right track with this brew, they just need to go to the whip.

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Photo of MrMaestoso
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, I find no bottling/freshness info. Typical Wit look, clouded, dull tangerine, off white head that rapidly went to a film and left better then decent amounts of scattered lace after a gentle swirl. Bananas, oranges and yeast in the nose. Not a bad little wit, more orange picked up, juxtaposed with a moderate almost resiny hop balancing presence. Nothing special going on here. Respectable Wit, did a nice job cutting through the strong flavors of the peanut noodles with chicken that I enjoyed this brew with. Support NOLA/the Gulf....Buy Abita

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Photo of Jude
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a modest head that fails to produce much lace

Smell: Floral, wheat aroma with a hint of citrus

Taste: A sweet, bready character, up front, with a spicy orange/coriander/white pepper element that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral/herbal aspect dominates into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Dragon17
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I took a 12-oz bottle, and poured it into a fluted chalice. This has a nice cloudy-golden color, with some yeasty chunks floating in it, and a modestly fluffy head. Nice aroma, with plenty of wheat, along with a pleasant citrus scent backed with coriander. The flavor features lots of coriander, providing a solid spiciness; not as much citrus to taste as in the nose, but it's present--though the satsuma character does not come identifiably through. Spicy finish.

Pretty good beer from Abita, and a pretty decent wit as well. The quality of Abita's beers is significantly up over a few years ago.

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Photo of Greg321
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 352 ratings