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
Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 352
Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow with low foam, only patches remaining. Nose is wheaty and orange. Other fruity spice too. Firm carbonation with citrus fruity blend that fades into a wit wheat taste. Chalky firm hop. Kind of a rind close. Interesting.

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Photo of bashiba
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice hazy white with an inch of quickly disappearing head leaving just a hint of lacing.

The smell is sweet and very bready with a bit tropical fruit.

The flavor is very malty with a big blast of biscuit with light yeasty spice, the hops bring a balancing bitterness, but unfortunately not much in the flavor or aroma department. The taste really fades fast leaving just a trace of bitter and musty yeast and a hint of pepper.

The mouthfeel has very zippy carbonation and is a bit thin.

Strange Wit, I would avoid it in the future.

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

Transferred from my tasting notebook.

Appears clouded pale yellowish with orange shading, an initially large and fluffy two finger head falls apart in less than a minute, leaves very little by the way of lacing at all behind, mouthfeel is sort of slippery, thinner side of medium bodied.

Smells of wheaty malt with heavy breadiness and surprisingly faint orange peel...I was expecting a lot more orange peel. Taste is rather in a similar vein, with an initial straightforward wheat and coriander burst followed by the mild acidic ghost of the peel flavor arriving in stealth mode by blending in with some kind of gently herbaceous hopping that appears at the finish of the sip.
The main unusual quality I pick up from this one is the way it leans harder into dryness than most wheats I have tasted. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you...but I do have an issue with the fact that I'm completely unable to find any of the banana or clove elements I expect from a wheat beer in this brew...I'm just left with a merely generic sort of sense of herbal pale malt tinged the whispered breath of a orange peels smell. In other words, It really needs some more elements to feel 'complete' to me.

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Photo of DelMontiac
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle without any date indicators into a Rogue pint.

Cloudy, pale, thin white head, and no lace make for a pretty weak start.

Pretty weak in the aroma dept...hmmm...not really getting much with this one. A slight fruitiness at best. Faint earth and nut. This is stretching it.

A pretty run of the mill earthy wheat berry wit flavor with pronounced banana. This beer is supposed to have been brewed with "real Louisana satsuma oranges." I don't dectect this element at all. I thought satsuma oranges were from Japan anyway?

Mouthfeel is probably the best trait, but nothing to get excited about. Feels like most wit brews out there - somewhat dry and prickly.

Honestly, a bit of a let down. The words Satsuma and Harvest got me excited, but to no avail. Pass next time.

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Photo of CEversole
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow, hazy, decent lacing and an off white one finger head.

S: Smells malty and bready. I'm surprised I'm not smelling any of the fruit aromas. Not bad though.

M: Very clean and crisp.Moderate body and carbonation. This is about as it should be.

T: Taste of malt grass and good fruit flavor. I taste a citrus orage to slightly peach background. I thought there was a good balance of malt and fruit. Neither was too overwhelming. Maybe some floral hops too? I get a small bit of spices in the background, however I would have liked to taste more of those myself.

O: Not bad by any means. This is about the caliber that Abita puts out. Good, not to over the top beers. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of beagle75
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, luminous, pale golden color with over one finger of white foam head that is initially lofty and goes on to show some staying power. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bready yeast is slightly savory, with coriander, and buttermilk is also detected. No citrus is present in the smell.

T: Begins dry, with soft, wheat-focused grain, a brief whiff of chicken boullion, and moderate acidity of a mostly citric nature. Honey is aromatic going into the middle, where understated tangerine citrus will build on the palate over time. The finish is yeasty and slightly citrusy, with mild but detectable herbaceous bitterness.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, surprisingly creamy and substantial on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: What seemed unremarkable, if a little off, at first sniff takes its time to develop into an interesting and tastefully executed marriage of classic style elements with a fruit addition. While not a perfect wit, its strength is in the understated authenticity of its tangerine component. Texture is heavier than desired, but preferable to being prickly or watery on the palate. Speaking of prickly, it is some of the other, more experimental qualities this beer brings--such as the presence of chicken boullion--that causes it to remind at times of the Bruery's Orchard White.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a a lighter, hazy dandelion sort of yellow with a one finger head. Some sediment vies for space with the body carbonation.

S - Bread and banana with orange, clove, and slight hint of spice.

T - A lighter wit. This one seems to get most of its character from the yeast, lending some fruit and bare-bones sour notes. This is backed up by a light bed of wheat, with the usual wit bit of coriander. The flavor is very subtle, and all in the body - there’s honestly very little of note up front and at the finish. That’s not to say the beer’s not good, and it’s plenty refreshing. There’s just not a lot to it.

M - On the watery side, but carbonation is decent.

Overall - Not an outstanding wit, but a decent session. Nothing negative, but nothing special.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with thin white head that fades fast and leaves soapy lacing.

Very faint, fruity notes, orange pulp and citrus zest on a watery background with light toast.

Light, watery, and bland with too subtle spice, weak orange notes and a slight wheat, toasty bottom.

Light, refreshing, slightly grainy and gritty.

Overall, its boring, light, and watery. Needs more grain background. It gets a little tastier as it warms.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

#129. Still hacking away at my Abita Party Pack. This one is normally a spring seasonal, but there's no date on the bottle. Mysterious but I can usually find room for a Witbier at most times of the year, so I'll make this one work.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 1.5 finger depth frothy frost white head that thickens as it condenses. Retention is pretty nice and the beer recedes at a labored pace. Evidence of surface lacing is evident- a nice medium froth remains where the head meets the surface. Color of the beer is a dark golden-yellow but very opaque and very dense with lots of pulpy content. Despite the bright coloration of this beer, the little light reflected to my eye comes from bottom of the glass and is battled by very thick pulp. If you like bunches of pulp, this could be your late night juice. Otherwise, this may not match your ideal beer appearance. Does alright by me though- intriguing and appealing. 3.5

(Smell) Your very traditional witbier smells: banana bread, coriander, perhaps a touch of clove and citrus here and there. Not amazingly original but the positives are in potency, where this beer does somewhat well, but could always improve a tick. There's nothing here to turn me off, but also nothing here to discern it apart from the competition based on aroma alone. 3.5

(Taste) This is where it all disconnects. There's a substantial, albeit watery banana bread malty base in the center but very little spice and excitement to round it out on the finish and little content at the beginning. Despite looking thick and bold, the taste doesn't deliver. There's a touch of citrus and the tiniest bit of coriander on the end, but it's just not what I'm looking for in this beer, ions below the balance and presence of icons like Weihenstephaner. The introduction is the most lacking part of the sip, where content and wheat malt should be greeting, I just get water with a hint of flavor. It really needs a tune-up. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Surprisingly crisper than the appearance gives away. The beer gets significantly thicker as we work our way to the bottom of the bottle, and becomes pulpy and slightly chewy, both interesting elements but neither particularly pleasurable to me. Carbonation keeps this a tad bit tingly, a much more appropriate feel for the beer style than the taste. Body is a solid light and the alcohol is well hidden. This does much better, but without a solid taste to pair with it it's difficult to judge on its own. 3.5

(Overall) If the taste could even match the aroma of this beer, we'd have a far better finished product. The flavor just wasn't matching up with what I was expecting in particular. If you like Witbiers, you'll probably like this in large doses, but on a critical level, I'd pass this anyway even over Hoegaarden. I'm looking forward to an adjustment for this beer next year. 3

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Satsuma Harvest Wit
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Photo of zdk9
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours light yellow, clouded with a ton of suspended particles. About a finger of white head that leaves some wisps of lacing on the glass sides.

S- A weak smell. Some yeast, spice, white bread. But I could definitely use some more pungency out of this. Probably would be better in a different glass instead of the pint I'm drinking it in, but even so...

T- A good blast of spice and yeast. I was expecting fruity and sweet, and instead it's quite spicy with the coriander really coming out in the flavor. I'm not really sure what satsuma tastes like, but I'm pretty sure it'd be citrusy, and I don't really taste that. Some maltiness like whole wheat sandwich bread and also some bitterness in the back corners of my mouth. A really well flavored beer with some unexpected complexity to it.

M- Highly carbonated, not too sweet. Good here.

O- I didn't have very high expectations for this beer and it really shattered them. This would be a great summer drinker- complex but still light.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought some local LA beer for the season finale of True Blood...then no one drank it.

Opaque banana puddin' color with a quick to surrender, bubbly white head. Few foamy speckles.

Wheat aroma with some belgian-y spice. Maybe, just maybe, some hard to find orange citrus.

Crisp and wheaty with a minor spicy belch in back. Not picking up much of the promised orange or coriander.

Don't tease me with local produce then hide it in the beer. Boo. Otherwise the wit base is, in itself, pretty good.

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Photo of chinchill
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Even with brown glass I could see plenty of sediment in the bottom of this bottle. Not being adverse to this I gave it a little swirl then poured all but the last bit into my glass. This produced a nice thick head (keeping the appearance rating from hitting 1), but with all sorts of unappetizing whitish particles floating about. I then poured this thru a strainer into another glass, and ended up with something that looked palatable, with a light yellow gold hazy liquid crowned with a generous head.

The aroma of a fruity, spicy and yeasty witbier matches the flavor. Neither is very robust. It does taste better than it smells, and there are no serious flaws in the flavor. The finish and aftertaste are the best aspects, being nicely fruity (mainly orange) and modestly wheaty.

The mouthfeel is light and bit watery, even for this style. Despite the indication provided by the ample head, I felt this could use more carbonation.

This is drinkable and somewhat refreshing ale, but a beer I'll probably avoid in the future.

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Photo of diamondc
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.99 for a 12oz. No bottling or best before date on bottle.

A: Pale, cloudy, unfiltered. Slightly golden. Patchy lacing and decent head retention.

S: Corriander and OJ mainly. Generic wet grain aromas.

T: Oranges, lemons, and a mild banana bubblegum flavor. Some earthy, dry hop action at the end.

M: Quaffable, as most witbiers are, but not as bubbly as many others.

O: Nothing memorable about this beer. Could have been bolder with the spices.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a partly cloudy golden-straw color. Decent carbonation visible through the glass, and no head to speak of.

Smell: Very lemony, with a subtle yeasty character that fades in gently. So far so good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light at first, a noticeable lemon zest flavor. As the carbonation begins to unfold, there's a tremendous amount of bubbling on the tongue...very foamy. A little too foamy, perhaps. With this foaming comes some very real yeastiness. Aftertaste is mellow yeast, and mostly dry.

Overall: This beer had the potential to be great...but I was hoping for more spice (seeing as the label says the beer is spiced). Still, a decent witbier, and definitely better than Abita's "Purple Haze" or whatever it was.

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Photo of DerekP
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought an Abita Brewing Co Party-Pack to a friend's house last night, and out of the three brews I hadn't had yet, this was the most impressive to me.

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow body with a spotty, white head. Carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Smells of spicy yeast, cloves and nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Faintly boozy.

A prickly wheat dryness in the feel at first, but a bit watery later on. Light-bodied. Grains and a mild hint of lemon zest in the taste. Hop oils seem to battle it out with the hop bitters.

Notes: I feel like I should have served this to myself at a colder temperature, say 45 degrees F(it's probably around 50 degrees F). However, this brew is very enjoyable, and perfect for summer months. I wouldn't mind seeing it come winter.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everyone at work hates this beer, so after the beer tasting day for Abita, I got this one for free. Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A: Very cloudy, lots of particles, golden yellow color with a less than impressive white head that receded a little quick for a wheat beer.

S: Smells like yeast and pale malts with touches of sweet citrus fruit.

T: Same as nose with spice added into the mix. Banana and bubblegum flavors. I'm not sure exactly what a Satsuma is supposed to taste like, but this is the sweetest orange-ish fruit beer I've had.

M: Crisp but still sort of lacking a full carbonation. Medium bodied. Not very special, easy drinking though.

O: Well this may not be my favorite offering from Abita, but it's still an enjoyable beer. If you were to compare this to similar style American witbiers, you might find yourself reaching for this guy.

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Photo of zimm421
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Appears a cloudy, pale yellow with a white, fluffy, two-finger head. The head leaves a little lacing, not too much.

The nose is all yeasty and grain, maybe a slight hint of spices. Laid-back and not very strong with the aromas. The taste is also not very full. Seems to be lacking a bit, but there are spicy notes coming through that weren't around in the nose. Lots of yeast and wheat, very very bready.

The mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation. This would be good and refreshing for a hot day, but that's about it. Overall, not too impressed, pretty all-around average in my opinion. Flavor is really thin and not exciting.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a slightly hazy gold-straw color (a bit dark for this style?). There was a fair amount of sediment in the bottle so pouring was done carefully. The nose was crisp and fruity, but I thought the carbonation level was a bit low.

Very refreshing flavor. Soft, supple wit flavors with a noticeable dryness. The flavors did not develop though and I didn't detect much of a finish. This is a nice enough example of this style, but I probably wouldn't buy it again unless it was on sale.

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Photo of Arcuego
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-A bright and opaque yellow-orange yielding a fading one finger head, head is a bright white.

Smell-Not terribly impressive, a mild citrus smell, clearly orange

Taste-A clean, straightforward taste, the wheat is clearly present here coupled with the sastuma orange citrus, per chance a little coriander seed and thyme in there or I could be confusing that for an orange rind flavor

Mouthfeel-Incredibly refreshing and crisp, medium carbonation allows easy drinking

Overall-Not a fantastic beer but a good beer, refreshing and light, a perfect beer for a hot day

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw body, half finger of whitish head.

Smell is lame, kinda sour, cheap-o wit.

Tastes good- not too sour, refreshing, some kinda orangey (satsuma?) citrus, bit of coriander. Well balanced, not super flavorful nor too sweet.

Mouthfeel is bright and carby, quite crisp.

Drinkable, refreshing-- not a thick wit nor a potent one, but not bad either.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy golden yellow with minimal head

Smell: hints of citrus, clove, and bananas

Taste: sweet, with a heavy emphasis on the clove, with the banana taking a back seat

Mouthfeel: medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: a good summer beer, very refreshing


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Photo of Misfit138
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- A cloudy yellow/orange with a bright white head

S- Mostly citrus in smell, hints of clove and something sour

T- There is certainly citrus in the flavor, and some spices. Wheat is of course in there, and sharp almost lemon finish

M- Fairly light with fair carbonation

Overall- I had this beer last year and I remember really liking it, this time however I'm kinda neutral on it. It's a good beer, if you are into wheat/hefewiezen type beers this is one I recommend.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with two fingers of fluffy foam. No lacing. Aroma smells like cabbage, DMS, to me.

First sip is quite fruity, with lingering bubblegum flavors. Certainly tastes much different than it smells. Lemony, crisp citrus flavor, and then a lingering bubblegum sweetness.

Overall decently refreshing, but I've had much better Witbiers. Not something I'd want to buy an entire 6 pack of.

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

Great hazey banana peel color underneath a small bit of foam after the pour. Good bubbling, and a little receding lacing after each sip.

Dry banana peel with equally dry citrus aroma. The malts add some very faintly toasted barley, and unmalted wheat it seems. Dry smell overall. Good Summer beer.

Chalky palate upfront really enhances the banana peel and dry orange flavors. Good Wit carbonation. Dry yeasty flavors from start to finish, with a soft tart citrus finish. Great Summer session beer. I'm writing this while Chicagoland is under a week long heat wave of 100 degrees. This is the beer for the hot times.

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