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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Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orangish yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma features some wheat with a good amount of citrus and spices.

T- The taste is very bready and fruity with some spices and yeast. The spices are on the peppery side. The satsumas really don't add too much to the aroma or flavor, I'm a little disappointed with that.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is an okay Wit but really nothing stands out that would make me purchase this one again. Worth a try, but not worth going out of your way to seek out.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint.

A - A timid pour creates a thin layer of creamy white foam above a very lightly hazy straw yellow color. A little retention with a ring and a small amount of lacing complete the appearance.

S - Light orange creamsicle notes with a fruity peach aroma with a pleasant coriander aroma and a hearty helping of wheat. Banana esters are noticeable on the nose as well.

T - Light fruits of peach and strawberry with banana esters dance on the palate while coriander and wheat produce a delicious wit treat.

M - Creamy and smooth with a spicy finish and a light level of carbonation.

D - What a wonderful summer beer. All the flavors are a bit mild which creates a mellow and refreshing beverage.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
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 cincodm
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I'd like to point out that i had no idea what a Satsuma was, but wanted to try something new.

a-I find rating the appearance of beer like rating the sight of a fart; pointless, frustrating, and likely to distract from the smell.

s-Smells light and fruity, like Richard Simmons.

tTaste is not too bad, but not particularly great. I still don't know what a satstuma tastes like, only that it is citrusy.

m-The mouthfeel is actually pretty horrible, too similar to water. The taste isn't so bad, but the mouthfeel is bad enough to drag down the taste. Way too light.

d-Wishing I would have just purchased a single bottle, hope my girlfriend likes it so I don't have to have any more. I am actually going to lie to her and tell her it's awesome in hopes of using my jedi mind trick to get her to finish the 6-pack. And in case you were wondering, yes, this beer is so bad that I would abuse my jedi powers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, another new one from Abita,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thick fizzy white head.

S: Nice pungent nose of oranges, citrus fruit, bubblegum and cotton candy.

T: Solid citrus notes with a notable coriander/ white pepper bitterness to balance it all out. A nice flavour, nothing more.

M: Overly fizzy at times, thin too, light-bodied, spritzy.

D: Another slightly better than average beer from Abita, which is what I've come to expect from them. Nice drinkable wit, but nothing to think about after you're done.

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Photo of kels
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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 BirdFlu
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong belgian yeast characteristics. The citrus is present and it's not lost as a wit, but sort of overall-weak. Again reminiscient of Belgian pales, there's noticeable black pepper (salt too maybe) in the flavor. Mouth is a little bit watery, not to an unpleasant extent but it's quite light. Pour is also very light with barely any head and no lacing. I suppose it is a "white beer" but it sort of just looks like seltzer with lemon juice in it. Or Ginger ale, better yet. The lightness lends itself to drinkability, but the flavor and mouth dont inspire me to try more than one

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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 twiggamortis420
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cool multicolored label, I guess satsumas are similar to mandarin oranges...sounds tasty. Pours a slightly hazy medium yellow color with a thick, dense fine-bubbled head. Very nice retention and sticky lacing.

Has a soft and mellow citrus aroma, more like orange flesh than the peel. Smells like some coriander was used as well. Smells like a good witbier, but the satsumas dont do anything overly flamboyant.

The flavor is a little more bready than many of the style and the beer has a really great "soft" and creamy feel to it. The citrus flavors stay on the orange side of the spectrum and do not stray into the lemon or lime range at all. Has a modest bitterness on the very end and finishes clean. I like this beer quite a bit. I love a good wit, and this is an above average rendition of one. I am really diggin on Abita's Harvest series.

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Photo of dza360
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded light golden with a rich, fluffy white head that thins and stays. Some trailing lace sticks, though most slides down.

The smell is of... satsuma. Don't recall ever having that particular fruit, but if's it related to a peach, I suppose that's it! It's not overwhelming, allowing wheat tang, coriander and orange peel to come through. It has a refreshing warm day smell.

The taste is bready, fruity (satsuma I'm assuming again) with coriander. There's quite the peppery character to it, but like the fruit, not overdone. Finishes crisp and refreshingly dry.

It could be a bit more effervescent, but it is crisp and light-bodied, without being watery or fizzy.

This shows that American fruit beers don't have to have that artificial juice quality to them. It keeps a witbeer outline while providing a nice, refreshing fruit twist. A nice spring/ summer refresher here!

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Photo of BeanBone
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden body capped with a finger and a half of creamy, off-white head that features good retention and lacing. On point for the Witbier style.

Aroma: It certainly smells like a Wit too with lots of yeasty, doughy and bready notes. There's not that much in the way of citrus, but maybe it will be more prominent in the flavor profile.

Taste: Classic Wit flavors of bready, doughy wheat malt dominate, though it's missing a lot of the spice found in the Beligian originals. In the absence of spices, the citrus character that is usually derived from orange peel is amped up and somewhat jucier. The citrus flavor may be somewhat subtle, but it's there, especially towards the end. The aftertaste is bready with a trace of juicy citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Certainly a quaffable and nicely refreshing brew.

Verdict: Satsuma Harvest Wit is a serviceable Wit with a nice splash of citrus, just don't go in expecting a brew that's infused with bold orange juice.

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Photo of BrewsBrother
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one poured a light hay color with no head whatsoever. In the glass it looked light and thin. The nose was outstanding, orange peel was perfectly balanced with the malt and just a hint of hops to keep it rounded. True wit drinkers might be disapointed following the misleading nose once it hits your lips. There is no body to this wit. It drinks like a cheap lager leaving very little for the finish. If anything I would say this one may be perfect for a 100 degree swamppy day in Louisiana to cool off and rehydrate.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Nose of unmalted wheat and raw, wholesome oats with solid notes of generously added spices and, of course, the Satsuma (coming across as scent of orange and lemon).

Taste: Moderately tangy wheat rounded out slightly by some smooth, crisp oats and a touch of overall sweetness. Pinch of earthy spices along with the sweetish citrus Satsuna taste. Light bitterness midway through. The wheat and the fruit carry you effortlessly to the drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, though, at times, it's flirting with being watery. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasantly refreshing and goes down far too easy. It's by no means an outstanding wit, but, in my opinion, it's one of the better Abita beers available.

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Photo of Seru1
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass

Appearance- Straw gold, decent carbonation, with a thite head a finger thick that fades quickly.

Smell- Aromas of orange and clove mix with hints of spice, I think I smell banana. There's alot here that makes you wanna keep sniffing. I really can't decide personally if I like it or not.

Taste- The satsuma taste comes through rather clear with wheat mixing in in a blunt way that seams to create a wall for the orange to crash into. Light spice notes add depth, which I think this beer has alot of.

Mouthfeel- Thin with a little carbonated pop.

Drinkability- I could drink 1 or two in a night, but then I'd definatly wanna switch.

I am a fan of abita beer, and I like this beer. But Strawberry Harvest, and Purple haze are superior.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy light orange color pour with a thick frothy white head , lively carbonation. Aroma is of wheat malt,biscut,orange zest , and spice. Flavor is suprisingly good , some slight yeasty funk, orange, corriander,and a hint of grassyness , full body for an American made Wit , smooth creamy mouthfeel , a little spice lingering in the fiish , quite sessionable , I could drink quite a few of these at one sittig . A fun try that surpassed expectations .

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Photo of BeerMark
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co pours a cloudy yellow in my glass. Smells of faint citrus and wheat. Tastes exactly the same and it fits well within the style. It's drinkable but not impressive. Average is about right. Could be sessionable on a hot grass cutting day, though.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had a couple Abita beers before, and wasn't all that impressed. This is their take on the Belgian Wit. Here is the review:

A: Pretty typical for a Belgian Wit. Very light straw color. Very cloudy. Nice head that leaves light lacing on the glass.

S: Again, pretty typical for a Belgian Wit. Light citrus and spice notes. Yeast and wheat. However, there is a very slight vinegar character in there as well. It is very faint, but there.

T: You get lots of wheat. Pretty much the main character of the beer. Citrus is there. The spice comes through in the finish, but you really have to look for it. The vinegar doesn't come through as much in the taste as it does in the smell.

M: Very light and very smooth. Nice and refreshing.

D: Again, another high point. Belgian Wits, to me personally, are the easiest drinking beers around. Goes down like water. The flavor leaves a lot to be desired, but still easy drinking.

I would say this is a pretty average tasting Wit. The spice and citrus character seem a little too hidden. Not complex or great, but still a decent beer overall. Probably the best Abita beer I have had, but there are far superior and more widely available Belgian Wits around. Worth a shot.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this one right now. Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden color with medium foamy head that leaves a small bit of lacing. Smells of malts, yeast and citrus fruit. Tastes pretty much the same, with the satsuma being subtle but noticeable. Smooth and goes down easy, could maybe session this.

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Photo of skylab
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My experience was basically the same as the others reported here. Nothing really special about this one but not a terrible experience either. I was expecting more citrus taste in the beer - something more along the lines of the Strawberry Lager strength of flavor - but it really isn't there. There is a hint of it, however, with some bitterness more reminiscent of a Kumquat than a Satsuma to me.

I will buy it again, probably, as it is very drinkable and refreshing even with the lack of advertised flavor.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Very faint aroma of wheat and some citrus. Nothing exciting but nothing foul either.

Taste is a bit spicy up front and a little more sweetness comes in the finish. Notes of wheat and spices with some light fruit in the background. Actually, I'm not entirely sure I'm tasting the satsuma but there's definitely a faint sweetness coming in from that fruit taste.

Lots of carbonation in this one. Overall, its really just a typical Abita, better than pure macros but quite boring for a craft. The name sounded somewhat creative so I'm just underwhelmed here. I only got a single bottle for about a dollar so I don't regret trying this and it was hot outside so that made it more drinkable. Overall though this isn't something I'll be looking to try again.

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Photo of TeeCee
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review: A bit bitter for a Wit, closer in color than the typical American fruit loop milk (although I have no Belgians poured for verification). Rather sessionable.

I had a sample of this a few weeks ago but had to pick up a six pack so I could get a good opinion of it. I poured it perhaps too hard into a standard US pint glass and had to stop half way through as the head was coming up fast. No lack of carbonation. It appears to be closer to a beer you would look at and call a wit than many of the coriander bombs on the market that taste like (to me) the milk left in the bowl after you eat fruit loops. The head dissipated over the course of a few minutes, leaving sticky traces on the walls of the glass, reducing minimal foam.

The smell is rather distinct for a wit: probablyt a combination of the yeast and whatever hops these beers typically use. I notice oddly enough that it's almost a urine smell. Hmmm. I can smell some lemony citrus in there. I almost ignore it as I expect that to be there.

The taste is smooth, slightly malty, with some bitterness at the end. The citrus notes are very slight.

Despite the huge head I poured, the mouthfeel is medium-thickish. Not so thick to make it hard to get down.

I could drink several of these. They go down easy. It's not going to make my top ten and is not at the top of my witbier list, but I consider it a decent attempt. As with Abita's other seasonal and harvest beers, this beer will likely evolve as the years go by.

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Photo of bmwats
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Light, hazy golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Takes a little bit to totally settle, and won't completely until you start to drink. Bubbly carbonation is pervasive. Nice thick spider web and beer ring lacing.

S: Wheat, hay, and a orange citrus. Some indistinguishable (at least to my underdeveloped sense of smell) spice in there as well, maybe basil or clove.

T: The base is a hay or wheat, with a light citrus. You can definitely taste the spice. . .very noticeable, but still subtle. You really taste it in the finish. Grains -> fruit -> spice, is pretty much how it goes.

M: Carbonation is prevalent, also a bit steely. Very light body. Really dry finish.

D: Light body and a really refreshing quality.

Really solid atmosphere. Appearance is very nice, and aroma is light but pleasing. Decent flavor, although subdued. Dry finish. Light body, refreshing. Overall, pretty solid quaff.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this bottled at the local grocery store and picked it up. I had heard a month ago that it would be ready early June, but I was still surprised to see it on the shelves in a high quantity. It pours a almost clear pale-gold color with a small head. It has a strong citrus aroma with not much else. Taste is slightly weak citrus (satsumas) with a spiced/bitter aftertase. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and average carbonation. It's a decent effort by Abita, but I probably won't buy again.

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Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Abita Brew-Pub in Abita Springs, LA. Beer poured an attractive yellow color with nice white head that lasted a little while. Aroma is citrusy, with wheat and coriander coming through. Flavor is almost dominated by the citrus taste. Mouthfeel is good. This is a refreshing beer.

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Satsuma Harvest Wit from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 352 ratings