Harvester | Meadowlark Brewing

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Brewed by:
Meadowlark Brewing
Montana, United States

Style: American Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Cream Ale is a traditional beer that emulates the American Standard Lager, but is brewed with ale yeast. Light-bodied, smooth, and unbelievably drinkable. It’s the perfect lawn mower beer for a hot summer day. The Harvester is a beer everyone can drink, whether you spent your day out fixin’ fence, just unloosed your tie, or want to kick back with your girlfriends. Named for a family heirloom and representing the agricultural community where it comes from, Harvester could be your new favorite beer. Drink it at home or come visit the brewery where Harvester is born.

A Family Heirloom
Travis reacquired a 1957 International Harvester that once was owned by his grandfather Gene Iversen. The pickup was in the family’s possession for 30 years and then was given away. It passed through a few owners before Travis relocated it. The colors used in the Meadowlark logo are matches to the original paint codes and nostalgic look derives from that era. Being an agricultural community, Harvester seemed a perfect fit for the cream ale.

IBU 15
OG 1.050

Added by Vaultdweller on 10-17-2014

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of colts9016
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. The beer is a pale straw color and super light yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with high carbonation. The head was virtually nonexistent, even after a hard pour half way through.

The beer has a medium high DMS smell, low hop aroma, lightly toasted malts and low fruity esters.

A medium cook corn flavor, medium light hops that is floral, light toasted malt, yeast, and biscuit notes.

The mouthfeel is high carbonation, light bodied, crisp, and a light finish.

The beer has too much DMS in it that I care to drink. The Deschutes Cream Ale on Nitro beats this beer by miles. This is not what I would consider a beer to imbibe on.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Impetuous
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear bright copper colour. Head is substantial and pairs down quickly but there is some durable film Anya whole lotta lacing.

Flavor is, well, creamy sweet and becomes more bitter and unpleasant as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly bubbly and kinda harshly too.

Very smooth and great, so long as one as it's treated as a sessionable beer not some sort of barrel aged poo bah.

Very very good.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not a bad cream ale here, but a somewhat palid brew, generic and uninspired, especially compared to some of their other beers they do here, which for the most part have been awesome in my experience. nothing wrong with it, just pretty darn plain, even for the style, and lacking some of that cooler fermented crispness i always look for in the style. almost has a sweet corny adjunct malt element to the nose and flavor, or maybe it just isnt fermented down quite clean enough, but there is some residual sugar here that doesnt really fit. a cereal freshness though on the malts is nice, and there is an appreciable yeast flavor here. its not under flavored, it just tastes like a million of its peers, nothing about it at all to make it unique, which for me makes it somewhat forgettable. decent medium body to it, and a decent sparkle of carbonation. its nice with robust food like the creative and awesome pizzas they make at red tractor in bozeman (where i had this on tap), but on its own its pretty unexciting.

edit: this has gotten better, more built up grain flavor and now a snappy lagered type finish, still a little hoppy, and now much more refreshing, interesting and refined. nice to see a brewery able to improve over time. the first review here is far too harsh for the current iteration of this brew, and i am raising up a few scores to reflect the improved product!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvester from Meadowlark Brewing
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 8 ratings