Abita Brewing Co.

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American Adjunct Lager
3.35 | pDev: 17.61%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Wheat (May – September) German brewers discovered centuries ago that the addition of wheat produces a distinctively light, refreshing beer. Unlike traditional German wheat beers produced by other breweries, Abita Wheat is a lager, not an ale, and contains a generous amount of wheat which produces a clean, simple flavor.
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Photo of Mojo
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12ounce bottle-> World Market Tulip

This beer pours up a clear pale straw with a nice three finger white head. The nose is very mild, just some grain and banana. Taste is weak and relatively one dimensional. At least there isn't much of a metallic taste. Mouthfeel is pretty average and non distinct. An average beer, to take or leave.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: grain, adjunct, light wheat

Taste: grain, adjunct, light wheat--has a little bit of their Restoration Pale Ale taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: In a bizarre world, I have been seeking this beer out for a while and am happy to have found it. This is a sessionable adjunct lager that reminds me of a combination between their gold and restoration pale ale. I could have several of these especially on a warmer day. If I was not grading to style, this would be closer to a 3.5. However, I would turn to this over the BMCs and other adjunct lagers of the world. Of all of Abita's beers, I would not seek this out, but I would not pass on it either.

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Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was poor retention and lacing.

The smell featured adjunct grain, sour notes and grassy hop.

The taste offered a trace amount of wheat malt, with sweet corn, sour lemon and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was light and a bit raw.

Overall an all around weak wheat beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Translucent yellow-orange, not much carbonation or head, clears up as it warms until you can see through it.

S-Bland, boring, some wheat. Some skunkiness.

T-Wheat, tad bit of grass, not bitterness, not much in the way of flavor either.

M-Light, not carbonation at all, watery to boot.

O-Not sure why I picked up a bottle of this. It was worth the try, although I'm starting to doubt why I ever try an Abita beer.

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Photo of PatriotsRule
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12pak of Abita Wheat Lagers this Autumn for only ten bucks!
A: A pretty light lager with very little carbonation.
S: The most underwhelming characteristic of the beer. A slight hint of wheat.
T: Nice and strong malty base with a pleasant, bitter hop aftertaste, but not too hoppy.
M: Strong yeastiness lingers, and the bite on this lager makes for a crisp surprise.
O: A somewhat complex mix of malts makes for an intriguing and enjoyable taste. This beer is fine cold or not-so-cold, and at 4.2%abv it is extremely drinkable. Worthy of a try if you are a fan of wheat beers, but doesn't compare to the prime choices in that class. My best comparison is a "poor man's Leisure Time Lager."

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Photo of superspak
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before 9/27/2012. Pours lightly cloudy pale straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, biscuit, wheat, pepper, grass, herbal, floral, grape, and light earthiness. Pretty good aromas here actually; fairly weak, but they have a typical well balanced German lager feel to them. Taste of grass, bread, wheat, herbal, earth, pear, and pepper. Lingering notes of light grass and bread on the finish for a short bit. Extremely bland in the flavor department, almost like carbonated water for real. Extremely dry on the finish as expected for the lack of flavors. Medium carbonation and light body; with an extremely crisp and dry mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming noticed as expected for 4.2%. Overall a pretty mediocre wheat lager. The aromas were pretty good, but the lack of flavor was a let down. It is certainly crisp, clean, and drinkable though.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer basically tastes like Bud Miller or Coors with maybe a little better taste and only a slight hint of wheat. I expect it from those companies but not from a craft brewery. It's definitely light and drinkable, but not anything special, even compared to big breweries.

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Photo of acevenom
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours pale straw with a two-finger length white head. There are lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates rather quickly. There are aromas of pale barley malt and wheat malt. The hop aroma is mild. The overall scent is bready, but also slightly earthy. The beer tastes bready from the barley and wheat malt, bringing mild sweetness and cleanliness to the mouth while the mild hop flavors add some balancing bitterness. There's a mild yeast spiciness to the beer as well. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is very high. It's very refreshing. Overall, Abita achieved what it was going for with this beer. It is a very good beer that with its calorie count (125) and lower end ABV is a very sessionable lager. This is the sort of beer you could session during a hot day and accompanies cookouts quite well.

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Photo of charlzm
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Consumed May 11th, 2012 at The Abita Brewpub, Abita Springs, LA.

This beer is an extremely clear pale yellow with no head to speak of.

No aroma to note.

The flavor is slightly bitter water; no real wheat character or barley in evidence. Appropriate to the style, perhaps, but yuck. Even though I give it average for the style above, know that I would not drink this beer again.

Mouthfeel is at least a little lively.

Just awful. Why make a beer with no flavor?

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A very light yellow color with a fizzy head that is barely there.

S: There’s light lemon citrus scent which is pretty nice. Otherwise, it smells malty and grainy.

T/M: Tastes pretty much the same; light lemon citrus and some subtle grains and maltiness. There’s not much else.

It’s light, I’ll give it that, but there are better “light” options out there. I’m sure this is just another brewery’s attempt to capitalize on the wheat beer craze.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color and perfect clarity, as usual with Abita. Head was 3 fingers (thanks to an inverted pour into a hefe glass), bright white and left tons of lace behind

Plenty of bready malts, some musk, light sweetness. It's crisp smelling for sure.

Bready, sweet malts, very light hops. Maybe a hint of yeast spice. Overall a bit on the lighter side.

Nice crisp clean bubbly feel to it, goes does easy and smooth, nicely lighter in body. Rather refreshing on a hot day.

This doesn't wow in any way, and it's pretty run of the mill, but damn if it isn't hella refreshing on a hot day while fishing.

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Photo of colts9016
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a heffe glass at 41 degree.

Appearance: A one finger head that is foamy with okay retention and no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is straw color with light yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy with some carbonation. The haziness is from the yeast in the beer.

Nose: A light wheat and lemon,and fruity esters. The beer has a hint of yeast and malty with a note of biscuit. There is a slight buttery and grassy aroma.

Taste: A light wheat, grassy, lemon, and fruity esters. The other flavors in the beer is yeast and malty note with biscuit. There are a slight grassy note.

The mouth feel in the beer is light, crisp, clean.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is lighter. This a good example of a wheat beer. I am not a fan of this style but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of FishMan123
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A BotMC selection.

This isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't have anything that stands out. The bottle description indicates "light and refreshing lager" and "the perfect brew for escaping the summer heat". Is it a great beer? No. But is it a light and refreshing summer beer? Yes.

A: Golden yellow. Holds a slight head. Nearly clear, a hint of cloudiness.

S: Weak, slightly citrus.

T: A bit sharp, somewhat acidic. Mild citrus. Overall a fairly weak tasting beer.

M: Light and carbonated.

D: Have to give it great marks here. They have hit the mark on an easy drinking summer beer.

So, my rating on this one is rather low, but I think they achieved what they were aiming for. I'd say it's a great beer for drinking while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of climax
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abita's wheat pours a slightly murky light gold. The head was a modest off-white and left some bubbly residue, no real lace.

Nose was clean and mild. The anticipated lemon zest, cereal grains, and wheat tones were at the forefront.

The flavor was weak, sporting mostly lemon, with a fruit snack sort of sweetness. The finish was chalky with soft wheat tones and honey. A bit, er... lot more flavor would have helped.

The body is on the light side, a chalky smooth mouth-coating character keeps it away from "watery". Not a whole lot of flavor, but it is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of bnes09
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent, lemon yellow brew. Pours a white head with poor retention and moderate lacing. Lots of visible bubbles.

Smell of corn meal and faint lemon.

Lemon tartness carries into the flavor. Mild honey sweetness. Touch of banana and a smooth yeasty character. Minimal hops, fitting for the style. Lots of interesting flavors but once you taste the biscuity grains it fades quickly to a flavor so clean, you will think you just drank water.

Light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation and a dull, wet texture.

Drinkability is high with this one due to the lightness and lack of aftertaste. However, drinkability is usually one of the last things I look for in a beer. This beer definitely has some things going for it but it would be much better with a more flavorful finish and substantial texture on the palate.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Abita is an excellent brewery, Turbodog is one of my favorites and a big go-to now that it is so readily available. This is a classic style that arrived via BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top, I get a very down to earth wheat malt smell. On the pour the brew is a cloudy faded yellow, with a foamy head that recedes quickly and laces nicely. Taste is classic wheat, malts with a wisp of bitterness. Mouthfeel is actually well carbonated and thin, but in line for the style. This is a very light brew, flavorful, with drinkability off the scale.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as part of BotM shipment.

Poured into a wheat vase: Two fingers of spongy, just off-white head over pale golden-yellow body, transparent, with moderate nucleation. Head drops to a thick coating.

Smell is not so great: Weak sugars like synthetic cake icing, with a little lemon "flavor." A little musty, "damp" smell. Just a notch up from macro adjunct lager, really. Not digging it.

Taste is no better, unfortunately. Lightly sweet, lightly mineral, lightly citric, heavily watery. It's hard to pinpoint any specific flavors because they all taste so watered down that nothing really develops.

Thin, but fairly crisp & ends with a little snap.

Nothing overtly offensive or off, just very weak & watery. Have no desire to seek this out, & it would only be an alternative to...well, other beers that are even worse, I guess.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a light hazed golden yellow color...almost a light apple juice color. Half finger white head shows no retention and dies quickly. No lacing at all.

S- Light wheat notes in the front. Tons of cereal grainy scents...sweet alcohol in the backing. Some light earthy hops in the backing as well.

T- Grassy hops come into play first with some grainy cereal bill showing through. The middle has light bready malts that hint for a second. The wheat comes through in the end but only for a second and in a very light tone. The cereal grains and light hops dominate most of the flavor profile.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the style but not the beer. This beer has a ton of cereal grains left on the palate with a stale grassy hops in the aftertaste with a touch of alcohol. Flavors are crisp and clean. No alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is drinkable but not to the style I think. This reminds me of a slightly better adjunct lager more so than a wheat beer. Abita is a hit and miss with me. I could have no problem drinking a sixer of this as the ABV is low but wouldn't want to.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 12/15/10 on bottle neck. Received as beer club shipment.

A: Clear pale yellow with 1-finger of off-white tightly bubbled head dropping to a thin collar with wispy lace formations all down the glass.

S: Grassy hops are strikingly early in the nose with a soft wheat tartness and plenty of cereal grains to boot. Overall, a very clean aroma profile.

T: A light but easy-drinker with bready malts accentuated by the soft wheat component, which adds an element of sharpness that helps to streamline and clarify the malty grain flavors. Hops add a grassy, herbal component which is a nice balance.

M: The active, light feel fits the style right-on with a lightly citrus, ceral grain aftertaste which is quite clean with only a light cardboard residual.

D: I enjoyed this brew a lot more than expected, mainly because Abita brews haven't always impressed. This one was a simple, straightforward but nicely crafted wheat brew. Their move to use a lager yeast produces a clean yet nicely balanced beer. One of Abita's better offerings along with Restoration Ale.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Wheat has a medium, white head, which quickly dissipates, and a clear, golden appearance. Carbonation is low to moderate. The aroma is of bread, with a sharp hop note. I found the taste to be very bready, but the hops balanced it out, and were stronger and more bitter than expected. This beer has lots of body. Mouth-feel is medium, and Abita Wheat finishes refreshing, light, and mild, but not dull. I really liked this and found it better than I expected and better than many other wheat beers I have sampled.


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Photo of mralphabet
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden in color with less than a fingers worth of head that settled to a nice ring.. not much lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet wheat malt with a hint of citrus, more on the lemon side.

T: Sweet malt balanced nicely with a tart lemon finish. Very refreshing with a clean aftertaste.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing.

D: Pretty average wheat beer here. Pretty good for cooking out and after mowing the lawn... Love ABV makes this a good session beer but it is pretty average.

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Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pale, golden yellow hue. Pretty heavy carbonation, pours into about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly. Bubbly carbonation rises throughout. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat and yeast. Kind of a subtle, but thick in nature, almost malty nose.

T: Quite yeasty... quite wheaty... and again some maltiness. A little lemon citrus and clove.

M: Light with kind of sparkling quality to it. Feels a little diluted. Has a bit of a steely aftertaste.

D: This one won't put up must resistance. Goes down easy, and it's light body makes it a pleasure to drink.

Atmosphere is pretty nondescript, but not bad. Appearance is clean and pure, but nothing exciting. Nose is interesting because of the lager qualities, methinks. Flavor, again is interesting. Nice clean, smooth, wheat and yeast flavor. Overall, this is a pretty nice quaff.

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3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: The white head pours with an eruption and holds a nice head, body is a bit on the light lemon, yellow side and missing the needed haze for a perfect representation for this style.
S: A bit on the back burner, but these flavors are all there for this APW. A nice nose of clove and banana, with hints of summertime citrus.
T/M: A short mouthfeel of a clean, German style Hefe. Just as the nose suggests, a clean, clove and banana notes, with a hint of wheat. Still sitting on the back burner, these subtle flavors do represent a good rendition of the style.
D: Good brew, maybe the best of the Abita brew I have had thus far. I still do think that I would seek another APW out than this, but none the less a quality brew.

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Photo of claybeer
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Wheat drops in the glass with an odd dull yellow. It is surprisingly clear for a wheat beer but still just an ordinary yellow. The head was there, I turned around to throw the bottle away, when I looked back it was gone...huh? The nose is very soft and subtle with just barely a hint of bread. I would call this wheat beer the wonder bread of wheat beers. Everyone likes it but it doesn't compete with Grandma's homemade Sunday loaves. The taste is just plain and kind of boring but it's really, really easy to drink and goes with anything.

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Photo of Prideinnola
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden color. Not much of a head. Head develops but goes away quickly.

S: Mild aroma of malt and wheat. Plenty of citrus.

T: Crisp, Wheaty. Mild flavor of hops with a wheat and citrus finish that is subtle but very pleasant and noticeable.

M: Very clean.

D: Goes down easy and is easy on the stomach. I could drink this all day if I had to.

I've had better wheat beers but this is a solid choice from a solid brewery.

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Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 140 ratings