Satsuma Harvest Wit | Abita Brewing Co.

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Satsuma Harvest WitSatsuma Harvest Wit

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by philipquarles on 12-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 352
Photo of jmbranum
4.52/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant beer.

Gold, wonderfully hazy liquid with a big white head.

Smells of grain and spices.

Crisp and dry, fair amount of spices, slight citrus background. Also maybe a tinge of apricot.

Carbonation is nice and crisp.

Overall, I enjoy this beer a lot. Many fruit beers are too sweet. This one is just right.

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Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago before they decided to close into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A Great looking glowing yellow opaque body with a white creamy head that stuck around too short of a time, about 60 seconds. There is visible sediment floating around as well. 4.5

S Light citrus, wheat, inviting. Very on target with style. 4.0

T Very good basic Wit body with harvest like spices as an added attraction. 4.5

M Smooth but light and interesting tastes bring it all together. 4.0

D Very good. It was easy to drink this 12 oz. bottle.

Notes: Count me impressed with this Abita beer, a very serviceable replacement for Ommegang Witte really, and less expensive as well.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Satsuma Harvest Wit
Abita Brewing Co. / Abita Brew Pub
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.1% listed on bottle
bottle>wine galss @ home 7/29/09

Appearance was a 4.0 Okay 2 finger head, nominal lace. Golden white/creamy straw color.
Smell was a 4.5, very appropriatte belgian yeast profile/aromas. Hints of citurs, clove and spice. Hint of white pepper on the nose.
Taste is a 4.5, tasts follows smells. Less clove in taste than in smell. Sublte but noticeable citrus on palate with a wheat malt base.
Mouthfeel is a 3.0, medium-high carbonation, thin-medium body.
Drinkability exceeded my expectations as a 4.5. Awesome Belgian Wit rep, best most "true to style" offfering to date IMO from teh Abita Team. Wells done Abita Team! I would drink, buy, and enjoy this brew as a very accessible American Wit.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice cloudy golden color with a decent soapy head.
S: Great spiciness and slight citrus notes with sweet malty aromas.
T: Good and crisp wheat aroma with some subtle citrus finish. Sweet and refreshing.
D/O: Light and drinkable. Great refreshing summer beer with a good agave and citrus flavor. The beer is definitely a good quality summer style beer with some nice bright flavors.

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Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a tulip..

The beer is a pale/ hazy yellow color with a thick, foamy white head that quickly faded to a thin ring. The aroma is huge on banana and clove there are also hints of lemon and grass. It tastes of orange wheat banana and spice. The beer is light, but the carbonation is strong and prickly with a very refreshing finish. This beer can hang with the best of its style, I found it very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy lemon-yellow with a billowing white cap and a lot of lace

S - Wheat and oat, orange peel, white pepper.

T - Citric twang, mellow and smooth oat-y malt, white pepper and orange zest linger on the finish, nice balance between sweetness and dryness. The flavors are relatively understated, which suits me just fine. All in all, this is one of the better Witbiers I've had in a while. Exceptionally refreshing.

M - Light-bodied, softly carbonated.

D - Perhaps it is because this beer defied my low expectation that I am enamored with Satsuma Wit, but I find it a very nice brew, way drinkable, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy straw hue with a one finger white head. As it was coming out of the bottle, it was more of a pink-orange hue.

A good amount of citrus, but no orange peel like you normally find in a wit (maybe it's just hidden). There is still a little bit of spice in there though.

Very subtle and sweet fruit notes on top of a somewhat tart wheat malt base. There's an overall creaminess to it in the background. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

More of a fruity summer wheat than a witbier, but that's okay. Rather enjoyable, even if it doesn't fit in the exact style specification for a Witbier. Recommended.

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Photo of NODAK
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very sweet, with oranges in abundance...also quite a bit of spice present.

A very, very cloudy beer. Plenty of sediment...more so than most wits for sure.

A bit of sweetness and spice are present upfront in the beer. There's some citrus and a heavy wheat presence on the back end. A touch of hops are found at the swallow, as well. The carbonation seems pretty high on this one.

Tasty....I approve of this wit.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy straw color. Poured a half finger white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in thin rings. A little sediment.

S: Citrus and banana. Spice and crackery wheat malt.

T: Consistent with smell with wheat/malt more prominent. Light peppery bitter for balance with some of the citrus flavor lingering.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing without being fizzy.

D: Excellent drinkablity; flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big, foamy, gold-tinted head on top of a very pale, straw-colored body. Clarity is good and yeast sediment leaves an interesting haze. Lacing is impressive

S: Smell of a classic wheat with a bit more bitterness and a strong citric note. Mild coriander and yeast funk

T: Taste is nice and simple - grainy on the tongue with a hint of peach.

M- Light and very fizzy with micro-small bubbles.

D- Although I don't see myself drinking more than one of these in a night, I do enjoy the place it serves in my drinking line-up

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says Best By 11/14/13

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and zigzags of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Very yeasty wheat aroma with notes of orange and lemongrass.

T- Strong burst of yeasty wheat up front that gives way to a moderate sweetness and a slightly weak aftertaste. Very smooth, drinkable and flavorful. Zesty.

M- Plenty of snap with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A very solid wheat beer that's fruity but not overly so.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok first off yeah I realize this beer is hella old. Like at least 6-8 months. Still I wanted to try it and was not disappointed.

A - Poured a nice hazy yellow/orange tint with little to no head. You do get some lacing which is a sign the beer is still kicking. A white layer of sediment remains in the bottle after a light pour.

S - Actually quite fruity. Comes off smelling like wheat apricots mixed with slight grass.

T - Kind of bitter but you do get a nice sweet finish. The fruit taste is more like a pear/apricot but the wheat backbone prevents it from being to tart.

M - Light and crisp. Easy finish.

D - Actually wondering how much better this would be fresh. I mean it was pretty decent with this much age but I couldn't see it being anymore balanced. Still I would try it again next spring with a fresh batch because overall it was enjoyable.

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Photo of mgironta
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a half a finger heard with a very light yellow body. I assumed that it would be darker than this. On the nose, I got a lot of orange and lemon and some other citrus smells (which now I assume is this “satsuma” flavor). The spice on this is much milder than other witbiers I’ve had. The brew is mildly carbonated. It tastes almost like Leine’s Summer Shandy, but isn’t as abrasive. The citrus flavors come through on the taste as well with some mild coriander. Other people have mentioned that they got banana from this, but I couldn’t find any. This is a nice and subtle, not overly sweet summer brew. This is another beer that goes down easily. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: beer with satsumas! Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white fizzy head with fair retention. Cloudy and sedimenty lemon yellow liquid. Nice looking overall, but I'd prefer a bit more head.
S: Slight citrus, pronounced coriander, some slight metallic wheat malt. Tasty smelling but the citrus doesn't pop as much as I expected.
T: Tasty, opens tangy with the round sweet malt following in the center of my tongue. The citrus never shows up big but stays nice and tart in the background. It gets a bit too sweet, but it's a good beer nonetheless and very drinkable.
M: Full, round, a tad sweet.
O: Good. I'd have another, but I wouldn't buy 6. I'd consider sticking with this one at a bar, and could have a few definitely.

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Photo of kels
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't typically gravitate to Abita beers, but I was interested in trying this because of the satsuma. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance: Pours into my pint glass a slightly hazy, lemon-juice yellow with loads of carbonation bubbles running from the bottom to the 1 finger white, fizzy head. The head fades quickly and retains at a healthy, frothy skim. Bits of white, sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The smell is very light, but has those distinct notes of yeast and wheat that I expected to find. There's the slightest hint of citrus breaking through as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really nice and refreshing beer. The initial taste presents the yeast and the wheat that were present in the nose. They are accompanied by a lightly toasty, crispy malt. The satsuma doesn't seem to come through until I get to the aftertaste where it presents as slightly sweet and slightly bitter - a mix of the juice and the rind - very authentic tasting. The feel is a great complement to the taste. It is bright and fizzy and light. It keeps the beer very refreshing and matches the light tastes in the beer well.

Drinkability: Super high. It's a nice warm night, and this is the perfect beer to accompany. It might not be the perfect example of a wit, but I'd say it's a pretty enjoyable take on the style.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. A rich golden, hazy pour with a generous 2-3 finger white head. Clouded and murky. Smell is very orange forward with a small bit of bread and cloves. Taste was very smooth and a great blend of fruit, orange, spice and hops. Nothing was overpowering which was a nice surprise. Balanced and refreshing. I like my Wits/Hefes to have a good balance, and this was spot on. The heavier orange taste also made it quite unique. Feel was adequate carbonation with a medium body and lively action on the tongue. Some dry aspects on the end. Overall- A very solid Wit with orange/satsuma forward taste, a balance of bread and spice and nice mild hop finish. This was tough to sit down and very sessionable. Was not expecting this from Abita, but this one is a sleeper and one I will be getting more of very soon. A must try-

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Photo of schoolboy
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical of this style, it's about the same look going in as coming out. Fortunatly it is worth drinking, and one is better off for having drank it.

The flavor is naturaly yeasty as is the fruity aroma. It's as these mild wheats should be - civilized and extremely drinkable. A bit light if you are looking for a real beer adventure.

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Photo of awmiller
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very refreshing witbier (white beer)! This brew poured up a hazy amber-colored body with a nice foamy head with good retention and lacing. Lots of fruits (pears and apricots with a touch of lemon) and lemon-grass suit up for a nice bright bitter bite followed up with a smooth sweet finish. The body is very light and with an ease of drinkability that you need to keep track of how many you are having! Definitely a good brew to have on-hand during the summer months!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fully clouded orange-ish with a thin enough creme head. Nose is mildly musty with an earthy thing going on. Flavor is typical witbier character. I mean they actually pull it off. Tones of old fruit with some soil as well as some level of spices. Feel is a bit thicker on liquid and the carbonation is low, but what is there bites. I find this robust, yet refreshing at the same time. Abita looks better and better to me all the time.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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 hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Cloudy, hazy lemonade/orange in color, with a nice frothy head of white foam.
Aroma-Spicy wheat and citrus
Taste-Coriander, orange peel, spices. Tasty, light, and refreshing. Sessionable on a hot summer day. Very nice.

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Photo of dza360
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a slightly hazy straw color with a thin bit of foam that stays around the edges of the glass throughout.

Strong medicinal smell almost a eucalyptus quality also some fresh cut wheat or alfalfa, and some small notes of tropical fruit. Smell is subtle at first and as the beer warms it really opens up. Best quality of the brew is the smell.

Taste and mouthfeel is not as exciting as the smell. Not bad at all a tingly carbonation and a little on the thin side.

drinkability - real easy drinking beer. Not sure the ABV but this went down nice and smooth. If only I had another.

Abita is a classic brewery that always manages to get things right, and this is no exception. Not a huge wow factor beer, but like most everything Abita you know its going to be consistent and quality.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great choice for a fruity brew. The color is cloudy blond with a slight orange hue in the center. The head is bubbly and light and dissipates quickly, much like a soda. On the tongue, this carbonation level works well too, giving it a carbonated pop which this beer needs. It is very light in body, but your mouth is busy with other tasks like dealing with the delightfully sour flavors from the satsumas (which are citrus fruits much like clementines). The satsumas hit you first, but the sweet malt base finishes it off with smooth banana notes, keeping this beer from being a glorified Orangina.

I turned to this beer in the middle of the winter after coming off of a long night of heavy porters and imperial stouts. Being a summer brew, it was definitely past it's prime, but honestly, it was just what the doctor ordered to brighten up my palate.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
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 russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

Pours a hazed honey color with a pinky of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & some phenols

T: Slight phenol profile up front, apple peels, tartness & grassyness. As this warms grassyness some peppery spices are there, coriander & green apple too. Finishes with some green banana, grassyness & a fairly noticable yeast bite

MF: Somewhat fluffy, a bit of prickly carbonation

Great drinkability, not a great Wit, but way better than most Abita offerings

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Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co.
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