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 match1112
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy straw color with little head and moderate lacing. the smell is strong on spice upfront with clove and corriander then turns to sweet fruit notes with banannas lemon pears, lots of citrus. taste pretty much follows the nose with out any real noticable after taste. finishes clean with a very thin mouthfeel. it's a nice refreshing beer on a hot july day.

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Photo of awmiller
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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 BeerBeatnik
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored from a bottle into a pint glass. The label is attractive enough. Seems like it should be a tea or something. Pours pale hazy yellow with decent head. The citrus is much more subtle than I hoped for given the name, both on the aroma and taste. Wheat and spice (ginger, coriander) are much more present. Taste and mouthfeel are both thin and disappointing. Not a great beer. Not a terrible beer. If it's on-sale that's when you buy this one.

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Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
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 BeerAmbassador
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a creamy one finger head. Retention is pretty good, though not spectacular. I tend to rouse the yeast and pour it into the glass with these wheat beers and this was no exception. Very yeasty wheat aroma with a touch of citrus. Flavor is strong wheat malt and yeast with the orange flavor only showing itself at the very end. It's really subtle and almost expresses itself as the tartness in the back palate as opposed to a strong flavor on its own. I liked this beer more than expected and although I was expecting a "fruit beer" that is not really what I got, the fruit is nice and subtle and serves to enhance the nice wheat flavor.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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 sixerofelixir
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clouded, light-golden yellow. Decent white head. Smell, taste, and feel were all pretty average and unremarkable, imo. I got hints of apricot and an almost rhubarb-like flavor, along with some lemon-citrus. Akin to a wit mixed with #9. A bit sour finish. I was expecting more of a flavorful bounty than what hit my taste buds..

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with two fingers of white head that recedes into a foamy ring with no lacing.

S: Some light spice notes followed by biscuit and yeast aromas. There are some orangey citrus aromas in there as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some light spice notes in there followed by a fairly strong biscuit flavor. Oranges follow along with a slight tartness and a bready finish.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty light and crisp.

O: Overall, a decent and refreshing beer. Nothing to write home about, but it hits the spot after taking a break from some manual labor on a hot summer day.

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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 hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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 jsanford
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy light gold with a 1-inch white head that settles to a thin haze and slight ring.
S - Crisp wheat, bread dough, coriander, and a bit of citrus. I don't think I'd guess "Satsuma" here, I don't even know what the hell a satsuma is. Not bad though.
T - Pretty similar to the nose, this is basically a orange peel heavy (ok, satsuma peel) Witbier. More sweet, doughy malt, spicy coriander, and citrus. Nothing too spectacular, but it works for what it is.
M - Very crisp and drinkable, with a light mouth-feel and sharp carbonation. An excellent hot-day beer.
O - While definitely not an earth-shaking beer, it works wonderfully as a sessionable Summertime beer. Another great beer from Abita's Harvest Series!

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Photo of joefuzz
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a good sized white head looks like a normal wit.
Smells of oranges and wheat and some sort of spice that I can't quite put my finger on.
Tastes very bland...not much to pick out.
Mouth is normal for the style light highly carbonated

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Photo of emerge077
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheap single, why not give it a try... never heard of a satsuma before today, pretty cool history it has in Louisiana.

It pours a hazy pastel yellow orange color, with a compact head of white foam. Spotty lacing froths up and sticks all around the insides of the glass. Retention is pretty good, as the skim never breaks across the surface.

Dull wheaty aroma, wet grain, saltine cracker, earthy coriander. Hard to pick out any citrus at all unfortunately.

Flavor is similarly muted, some breadiness and honey notes in toward the end with some coriander again towards the end, a peppery tingle in the finish. Again not much citrus here to speak of. Feel is soft and mellow from the wheat, but the low carbonation isn't doing it any favors, it feels a bit flabby. Middle of the road Witbier, not one to revisit, maybe worth trying again if absolutely sure it's a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have never been a bit fan of the abita satsuma wit bier, but I have to say this is their best one so far which is saying much.
It poured a golden yellow to orange color, medium size white foaming head, quickly dissipated. It smelled of orange peal oil, or satsuma peal oil in this case. I tasted some wheat and yeast with a slight satsuma finish which was not overpowering. Blind tasting this beer I tasted Shock top. I can't wait to be dissapointed again next year lol.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz -> Spaten Glass

A ~ Really nice golden orange color with a 1/2 inch of head that dissipates into medium level carb.

S ~ White grapes, Dry Peach, Fructose & a bit of hay. Not alot.

T ~ Like a great (mild) wit. Juicy grains, dry hops, coriander, yeast & white pepper (mild first-off, but increases throughout)
Fruits I'm getting: Kumquat & Clementine with mild notes of Peach jam, & Asian Pear

M ~ Very bubbly which I love in this style. Yeast excites the throat going down especially as it warms

D ~ Would buy this again! Not as much Satsuma/Citrus as expected, but great nonetheless. Super drinkable backyard brew.

Don't associate this with P-Haze.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity light wheat beer.

As beautiful a Wit poured in the glass as I can remember. Flavoring gives a rather elegant tangerine taste. Excellent watery mouthfeel with the creamy carbonation. Nose of citrus. Malt is very smooth and just flavorful enough to go with the tartness. Hops add to the peel, makes a long
bitter aftertaste to balance the wheat.

This is a really good beer from the same people who bring you Purple Haze, amazingly enough.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
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 Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out as a hazy yellow colored liquid, the head is fizzy and white leaving no lacing. The smell of the beer has some pretty nice citrusy aromas rising from the glass. The taste is light, there a touch of fruit in there but not much. The wheat flavors are present for the most part. The mouthfeel is a little watery and thin. It's a bit too light for me but overall it might be good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of douglasbarbin
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an AHS 20th Anniversary pint glass

A: Golden/straw coloration. Very little head with virtually no retention and no lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like any other spiced wit, as far as I can tell. Some coriander, maybe lemon, and just enough hops to balance the whole thing out. Not really getting much satsuma from this beer.

T: Again, just about the same as any other decent wit. Tastes like a less malty, slightly spicier Blue Moon. Not a bad thing, but the beer is unremarkable as a whole.

M: Mouthfeel is where I feel this beer really shines. I could drink a TON of these on a hot summer day. Carbonation is slightly low for the style, but makes the beer more drinkable as long as it is cold. Goes down easy, and very refreshing.

O: Overall an unremarkable beer. I just don't see a whole lot setting this apart from any other wit. It's not bad, by any stretch; it just isn't particularly good, either. I am not likely to buy this again unless it is on sale or I'm in the mood for a "lawnmower" type wit.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy glodish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus with mild spices. Taste is the same citrus/lemony flavor up front, some wheat, lightly spiced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of Portertime
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am liking Abita's harvest series. I already tried the strawberry and pecan. Pours a mandarin orange color with tight bubbles. Smells of orange oil essence and slight honey. Taste is not overpowering with a hint of orange and a little hop spice. An easy brew for a summer day.

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

A: hazy light straw w/minimal head.
S:muted. Not getting the satsuma citrus much. Lemony, grainy,and some coriander.
T: very close to hoegaarden. Lightly sweet biscuity wheaty malts washed out by a light lemony sourness. A bit watery.
M: light, feels a bit thin. Maybe some more co2 woulda helped.
O: pretty standard, if light, wit.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up for $.99 as an impulse. i dont think ive tried anything from this brewery before. drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden orange colored body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head falls quickly and doesnt leave behind much as far as lacing goes.

S- the nose starts out with some basic malted wheat and some mild lemon scents. a little bit of spiciness follows. the finish is of light floral hops.

T- the initial sip brings forth mildly sweet bready malts and a little bit of malted wheat. after that i get some light lemony flavors and some coriander, black pepper, and clove like spiciness. a small amount of floral hops finish this one off.

M- the body is light. the carbonation is high. the alcohol is virtually undetectable.

O- overall, this is a forgettable beer. there is nothing wrong with it, its just not interesting to me. i dont ever see myself picking this one up in the future.

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

A) Little head. No lacing. Looks like juice. Cloudy. Darker straw, slightly orange. Plenty of yeast in the bottle. It was a little clumpy in the glass but I got a lot into suspension.

S) Spicy, zesty, slight fruit.

T) No real malt flavor. Very dry, possibly from the spice. Some orange bitterness like from an orange peel. Easy going, bitter finish. A little peppery.

M) Perhaps a little under-carbonated for the style. Light mouthfeel.

Not too familiar with the style but it seem like a good representation and I thought it was drinkable for the style.

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Photo of joshuacavett
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. This beer has tons of "floaties" in it and was not as sweet as I would like it to be for a Satsuma Witbier. The carbonation was no where near average although I heard a lot of air escaping when I opened the bottle. Smell was delicious and I can totally pick up some citrus notes in it. Drinkability would be average for me on this lackluster beer.

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